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  • Tech Life Hacks You Should Know

    1. Hitting the Spacebar scrolls down a web page; hitting the Spacebar + Shift lets you scroll back up.
    2. Your best search mate for college assignments is not google.com. Use scholar.google.com instead. Try adding “PDF” to find downloadable copies.
    3. Laptop batteries can last longer if you charge them up to only 80% instead of the full 100%.
    4. To find the solution to one of your many computer troubleshooting issues, add “Solved” to sift through the results.
    5. Saving an Excel file as an .XLSB will shrink the size by half or 75%.
    6. If your printer is out of black ink, change the font color to #010101 for 99% grey.
    7. Want a quick way to turn part of a YouTube video into a GIF? Add “GIF” after “www.” and before “youtube” in the URL of the video
    8. To paste copied text without the formatting, use Cmd / Ctrl + Shift + V.
    9. Can’t watch YouTube videos that have been age restricted but don’t want to sign in to do so? In the URL, delete the “watch?v=” and replace it with “v/”.
    10. To delete files or folders quickly without dragging it to the trash bin, just use Shift + Del .
    11. Smallpdf is a fun place where PDFs go to be converted to and from other formats such as JPG, PPT, Word and Excel. They also unlock, split and merge PDFs
    12. Put an emergency contact number and a name on your lock screen, in case you lose your phone.
    13. View, Edit or annotate PDF documents online via PDFEscape.com.
    14. You can take a snapshot of video you are watching via VLC Media Player. Hit Shift + S on Windows, or Cmd+ Alt + S on OS X.

    Know of more tech life hacks you want to share with us? Tell us in the comments section.

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  • How to Add Emergency Info to Your Phone's Lock Screen

    Here are a few different ways to add ICE to your phone.

    ICE on iPhone
    If you have an iPhone, you can add emergency contact information and medical notes so that's it's accessible to anyone from your lock screen.

    1. Open the Apple Health app, which is installed on all iOS devices running iOS 8 and later. This app can't be uninstalled.

    2. Tap on Medical ID in the bottom right corner.

    3. Tap Create Medical ID.

    4. At the very top, make sure Show When Locked is turned on (to green). Fill in as much information as is relevant to you. If you have no known allergies or aren't taking medication, it still helps to write "None" or "None known" so that medical personnel don't assume you've overlooked these fields.

    5. Make sure you assign at least one person as your emergency contact person. You must save that person's name and phone number in your Contacts app for the Health app to be able to include it.

    6. Hit Done to save.


    ICE on Android

    For Android 4.2 and later, the ICE: In Case of Emergency app ($3.99) seems promising (I haven't personally tested it). It has a lock screen widget and lets you save important information as well as ICE names and numbers. Some user feedback suggests that it may disable alarms, however. If you use your Android as an alarm clock, you might want to consider other options before shelling out four bucks for this app.

    ICE stands for "in case of emergency,"

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  • How To Watch YouTube Videos Which Are Blocked In Your Country

    Access Video Which are Not Available In Your Country By Changing Video URL in your computer

    If you on PC and facing YouTube restriction issue, then you can view that restricted video in  simple steps. Basically when a user clicks on a video on YouTube, then he gets redirected to his country’s server. So we will change the URL to make video work.
    See the URL of the video you are trying to play. To ensure this method is working, copy and paste the URL in notepad.
    Now you have to replace /watch?v= with /v.
    Paste the new URL in address bar, and we hope this time it will work. If you are confused, then see below example for better understanding. Suppose if the URL of the video you are trying to play is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fl8_4BImws

    Then you have to change the /watch?v= .So your new URL will look like https://www.youtube.com/v/1Fl8_4BImws

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  • Trace Location Of A Person By Chatting on Facebook or WhatsApp

    1. Through Facebook Chat

    This is fast,but a little tricky as well, thought its pretty straight forward. Many people have used this method and its been a success.

    Next, follow these :

    • Press Win+R , a shortcut it us.
    • Next you type cmd and enter.
    • In the command prompt that appears, type netstat -an and click enter.
    • This now provides to you with a list of IP addresses, which will have the person’s address whom you are chatting too as well.
    • You now have to have a look at the possible IP of the person.
    • Next you have to go to http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ and then type the IP address on the box which says “lookup this ip or website”

    And there you go!

    2. By Creating Tracking Link

    this is a better source than the first one. Also, once done, it lets you track the addresses.Basically you are to great a link which will save their IP address  with timestamp and user-agent/browser.

    All you do is follow as stated below:

    1. Visit a website such as 000webhost, ByteHost, Free Hostia, etc. (See Full List of Free Web Hosting Sites Here)
    2. Now you need to make up a domain name and register yourself there for free. May be a sub domain such yoursite.freehosting.com. And aslo make sure you can add up your own files..
    3. Next you have to download a zip file: Track-IP
    4. You will see files, Namely: img.jpg, index.php and log.txt. You need to out them up on your free website root.
    5. Now, the link you created, (yoursite.freehosting.com), this will be your tracking link. You send it to the person, and make sure that they visit it
    6. Once they click on the URL, the log.txt file will trace their IP, Browser along with the timestamp. And now you are through!*This works out better on email*

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  • Here Is The Easy Way To Download Facebook Videos On Android Device

    How to Use MyVideoDownloader On Android Device:

    • Once installed, launch the app and log in to your Facebook account.
    • In the menu, select ‘News Feed’ to search for the video you want to download.

    • Once you have found a video you like, check the video you would like to download, and hit the download icon located on the top-right corner of the screen.
    • Your downloaded video will be saved to you phone’s SD card by default
    • You can also choose to save videos to your phone SD card from the Setting’s menu.
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