When managing a personal or community page on Google+ (Android or iOS), you may become curious if the people you follow are also following you back. As an avid Google+ user, I've seen people complain about the asynchronous following method, while others sing its praises. However, if you're really trying to do some self- or brand-promotion, you probably want to know when followers lose their interest.
To hear Google tell it, you'd think its Chromecast practically installed itself. I can tell you from experience that this is not the case.
To Google's credit, Chromecast setup is a breeze compared with some of the hair-pulling experiences I've had involving the Apple TV, for which I suspect Apple designed the remote control out of metal in order to help you withstand the compulsion to throw that thing back into the useless hell it spawned from. But I digress. Here's how to set up your Google Chromecast.
Plugging it in Sounds simple enough. Grab your … Read more
The Pebble smart watch allows users to design and install custom watch faces and apps. But if you've ever thought about trying to design your own faces, only to find the Pebble developer site and learn it's not even close to a streamlined process, you're in luck.
The hardest part of using Watchface Generator is deciding how you want your watch to look and work. You're able to set the font, … Read more
Since I started writing content for the How To blog, screenshots have become a staple of my work. Usually their purpose is to show the reader how to perform an action in a more precise way than words can express.
As you may imagine, I have tried a lot of different ways to take and save screenshots. The most basic method, PrtScr (Print Screen), still requires pasting the copied image into an editor and then saving it. While this is great because it is built-in, it makes the process more complex than necessary. Even though none of the screenshot utilities … Read more
Flipboard, the app that lets you tap and flip your way through digital magazines on smartphones and tablets, has come to laptops and desktops. You can now access your Flipboard account from a Web browser, complete with the flip animation -- for better or worse. You can also use the Web app to create your own magazines to clip articles for later viewing via a bookmarklet. But the magazines you create are kept separate from the rest of Flipboard on the Web, which makes the Web app a better addendum to the mobile app than standalone product.
When browsing Instagram, be it your timeline, popular page or through hash tags it doesn't take long to find terrific photos (and maybe videos). Remembering who posted the content isn't always as easy. Thankfully, Instagram has made it possible to view every photo or video you've ever liked; you just have to know where to look.
iMore originally posted this quick tip, and to be honest, it's one of those tips that's so obvious it's easily overlooked.
To view your like history on Instagram, in either the Android or iOS app, launch the app … Read more
Facebook "likes" mean money. Individuals and businesses of all types -- legitimate and otherwise -- use various techniques to persuade you to click that ubiquitous thumbs-up button.
Begging for Facebook "likes" has become epidemic. "If I get a million likes I'll be cured of my terminal disease and I'll be able to implement my sure-fire plan for world peace!"
"If you don't like this picture you hate your mother, America, and apple pie."
Scammers prey on Facebook users' propensity to respond emotionally by clicking "Like" … Read more
IFTTT for iPhone allows you to setup your iPhone's Contacts app as a channel. Once set up, you can then have the app perform various functions, all of which are triggered when you add a new contact to your device. One such function is to append your new contact's information to a plain text file on Dropbox, or as another row in a Google Drive spreadsheet. Currently there's no way … Read more
On Friday Google decided it was time to give Gmail users their full-screen compose window back.
As the rollout of the "new" feature continues, you'll eventually see the icon to expand pop-up compose window. Clicking on it will reveal the full-screen compose window.
Now for the best part: you can set the full-screen window to appear by default going forward. To do just that, click on the More Options arrow in the lower-right corner of the compose window.
From here click on the "Default to full-screen" option, placing a check mark next to the listing. … Read more
Urchin Tracking Modules, or UTMs, are tracking tokens added to URLs. They are a tool used by Google Analytics to help calculate the unique number of clicks on a specific link, navigation choices on a Web site, and how much time is spent looking at it. The namesake comes from Urchin Software, a company Google acquired in 2005. Google Analytics borrows a great deal of its structure and features from Urchin 6.
To get started, you'll just need to install a copy of the respective add-on for your Web browser.
Head to the Chrome Web Store entry … Read more