GIFWrapped syncs your GIF collection across all iOS devices

Sometimes the only proper response to someone on Twitter, or even via Messages, is a GIF. With a proper search, you can find an animated image for almost any situation.

As I've mentioned in the past, managing GIFs in iOS is a pain. Boxie does provide for a simple method of organizing GIFs, but it doesn't help you discover GIFs.

Enter GIFWrapped. This free app not only makes it easy to sync and share GIFs using any one of your iOS devices, but it also gives you the ability to search (and then save) new GIFs. You can … Read more

Reduce data usage, increase speed with Chrome extension

Google added a feature to Chrome for iOS and Android last month that let you route your mobile Web traffic through Google's servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them, helping to reduce your data usage. Now, an enterprising developer has released a Chrome extension that performs the same trick on the desktop. You may not have the same need to reduce your data usage on your desktop as you do on your phone in terms of staying below your carrier's monthly data allotment, but using the Data Compression Proxy extension can help speed up your Web … Read more

Change your name in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com

When you signed up for a new Web e-mail account, you probably filled out your account profile and entered your real name. When you send e-mails with that account, your real name is displayed in the From: field of the e-mail header.

You may, however, want to change your name so that only your first name is displayed for privacy reasons, or use a completely different name just for fun. All three of the major Web e-mail providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com) offer a way to change your name.


Step 1: Click on the gear icon, then … Read more

Add to your Feedbin using a Safari bookmarklet

I'm always looking for an easier way to subscribe to new RSS feeds. With most of my browsing of new sites coming on my iPhone or iPad, due to following links on Twitter to new sites, I wanted to figure out a quick way to add a feed to Feedbin without having to copy and paste the URL into another app.

I figured the easiest way would be to use a Safari bookmark that would send the URL of the site I was currently viewing to Feedbin, and subscribe me to its main feed. My idea was to find … Read more

Avoid Olympic spoilers with Liveschedules.net

It is difficult to avoid spoilers when the Olympics take place halfway around the world. I try to stay away from Facebook and Twitter during the day if I know there is a primetime event I'll want to watch. But even when I limit my social media entanglements, I have run into spoilers while innocently visiting the NBC Olympics Web site to check in on the action in Sochi. I've been burned on more than one occasion by a headline on NBC's site that informed me of a skiing result before I was able to watch Bode … Read more

Google Chrome's shutdown glitch defies an easy fix

When diagnosing PC problems, sometimes it pays to take the easy route.

About every other time I open Google Chrome lately, an error message alerts me that the browser failed to close correctly. I'm then prompted to click the Restore button to reopen the tabs that were active when Chrome last closed.

Who's got the time to figure out what's causing the browser to hiccup when it closes? Just go the restore route or start the browsing session afresh. No big deal, right?

Having nothing better to do over a holiday weekend, I decided to look into … Read more

Get e-mail contact info with Vibe

Currently, I use Rapportive because I like the dashboard it adds to my Gmail inbox which provides context for my e-mail contacts. Chrome extension Vibe provides a similar service, but isn't constrained to Gmail. It lets you hover over an e-mail address you encounter online, and receive a drop-down panel of information about the person behind the e-mail.

When you install Vibe, it adds a button to the right of Chrome's URL bar. Before you begin using the service, you'll need to use that button to get directed to Vibe's Web site to create an account … Read more

Use Google search to set a timer

Using Google search to set a timer isn't a new feature, per se. The ability to set a timer in Google Search was around last August when Dan Graziano put together a post detailing useful tips for Google search.

But then the feature disappeared from Google search, with no mention as to why, or if it would ever return. Then, just this week, Lifehacker found the timer feature active once again on Google.com.

Setting a timer is simple; as long as you have the word "timer" and an amount of time in the search query, Google … Read more

How to deauthorize Google Play Music devices

Google allows you to use the Google Play Music service on up to 10 different devices with your account. If you've reached your device limit and want to add a new device, you'll need to deauthorize an old one before being allowed to add another device.

There are two ways to deauthorize devices from your account: using a Web browser or through the Google Play Music Android app. The device management feature was just added to the Android app this week, so we'll start there.

Deauthorize from Android From your Google Play Music Android app, go to … Read more

Online dating tip: Skip the selfies, guys

Pictures on dating Web sites are notorious for being misleading. They're usually old, like when the person was 20 pounds lighter and had more hair. But even worse than that is a guy taking a selfie in front of the bathroom mirror.

That's a big no-no, according Shayan Zadeh, CEO and founder of the dating site Zoosk.

"Your picture is really important," he says. "Taking a picture that shows your full body actually improves your chances of responses. If you're a guy, avoid selfies. Selfies don't work for guys. Women, yes. Selfies work … Read more