Granted, I download more apps as a tech writer than the typical iDevice user, but if you've had an iDevice for more than a few months, however, it's likely you have deleted many needless apps and free trials after trying them out. The problem is that if you delete an app from your iDevice, the app remains listed in iTunes. This is good if you might one day want to redownload it, but it creates a rather lengthy and unmanageable list when you go to sync your phone. In my case, I have more apps in the Sync Apps list in iTunes that are no longer installed (unchecked) than those that are, making it a chore to sort and manage the apps on my iPhone and iPad. … Read more
By changing a privacy setting, you can limit the likelihood of receiving Facebook friend requests from total strangers.
Do you get friend requests from strangers or people you hardly or don't want to know? Unless you embrace all comers on Facebook, these requests are nothing but an annoyance. One likely source of such requests is people seeing your profile in the People You May Know box that sometimes appears to the right of the News Feed.
By default, Facebook broadcasts your profile to everyone, but you can restrict your appearances in the People You May Know box to only … Read more
If you are a Windows user, or come from a Windows background, odds are you have heard of and used WinZip.
With the launch of WinZip for the iPhone and iPad, iOS users will now have an easy method for opening ZIP files on their iOS device. Whether those files come from the Web, or were sent as an e-mail attachment.
Once you have downloaded and installed WinZip on your iPhone or iPad, you may notice there is nothing to the app. Upon opening it, you are presented with a miniature tutorial and nothing else. Even after trying to read … Read more
If you're putting up your own Web site, you've got nearly infinite options, but that's actually a problem for those who aren't trained in Web design. Even something as theoretically simple as font selection can leave you gasping for breath as you deal with too many choices. It may be easier to use a template or hire a designer, but if you want to make the process easier on yourself, check out Typetester. It's a simple, free Web service that lets you compare fonts as they appear on screen. Here's how to use it:&… Read more
OneShar.es can make anyone feel like a spy.
Using the Web site, you can send-self destructing messages to friends, colleagues, or anyone else you may be sending personal information to. The messages are only accessible through a unique URL, and as soon as the URL is viewed once, it is no longer valid.
Using a service like this may seem a bit gimmicky at first, and it is to an extent, but it can come in extremely handy when you want to send personal information and don't like the thought of that information sitting in some e-mail account … Read more
Typing in different languages on the Web can be as easy as clicking on a browser button.
With the Google Input Tools extension for Chrome, you can easily type in multiple languages when typing an e-mail, filling out a Web form, or writing anything else on the Web. Here's how:
Step 1: Install the Google Input Tools extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Click on the new browser button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome browser and select Extension Options. Choose the languages you want from the input tools list, then close the tab.
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Trying to explain to your your grandma, or even your parents, how to get Skype set up so you can video chat with them can be infuriating and frustrating for all involved.
By using Vidless, setting up a video chat is as simple as creating a room, and sharing the link to that room. No user names, no downloads, no installing, no logging in. The only requirements are a solid Internet connection and the latest version of Flash.
Still not convinced? Below you will find the steps required to create a video chat.Visit Vidless.com from your computer browser. … Read more
E-mail is the greatest office productivity booster since the invention of the telephone. E-mail is the biggest waste of work time since the invention of the coffee maker.
Lately, I've been leaning toward the latter proposition. I calculate that only one in five of the messages that make it through Gmail's spam filter into my inbox are worth the time it takes to open and read them.
This doesn't include the spam Gmail automatically identifies and blocks, which in recent years has dropped from more than 90 percent of all the messages sent to just over 70 … Read more
If you grumble to yourself whenever you see an "E-mail me" link because you'd rather use Gmail (or Hotmail or some other Webmail service) than whatever your browser thinks you should use, you're in luck.
There's an easy way to get Chrome to fire up Webmail whenever you click a "mail-to:" link.
Install the Mailto: extension. Once it's installed, the Options window should pop right up. You can select a Webmail service, add your own URL, or have the extension ask you what you want to do each time. When you've … Read more
Nobody likes to be that person who forgets a friend's birthday.
Facebook is great for avoiding awkward moments like these, but sometimes having a notice on Facebook about a birthday isn't enough. After all, getting a daily reminder of your brother's birthday a week in advance might make you forget about it by the time his big day arrives; or you may not even log on to Facebook to see the reminder. Luckily for Android users, there's an app that can post a birthday message for your Facebook friends automatically. So if you forget, or just … Read more