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Ever wished you could assemble a couple of pictures into a collage that you could then post to Instagram, Facebook or even here on Google Plus? You can! Here's the app you need & how to use it...

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When a reader asks about adding a link to their new book in their Instagram posts, I share the bad news: Instagram doesn't like URLs. Here's the scoop... 

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How do I delete a photo pin I posted on Pinterest?: This sounds like social media gaffe #193 if you ask me: don’t assume everyone in a photograph wants you to post it on a social media or social network site. If it’s someone you’re in a close relationship with, then odds that it can cause trouble increases quite a bit, sometimes exponentially! While it’s tempting to always seek approval before posting anything, I am sympathetic to your plight because I too ascribe to the philosophy that it’s better to seek forgiveness than permission, which can sometimes mean you’re shooing from the proverbial hip and need to fix things rather quickly. But no fear, I can show you exactly how to delete a photo from a Pinterest board, and once you know that, you can quick remove as many as needed to restore the peace, love and happiness. To start, here’s a typical Pinterest home page: Look for the cursor. See it on the top right? You’ll want to click on your name on the Pinterest home page (you’ll obviously need to be logged in for that to work). Once you do, you’ll see a screen showing all of your Pinterest boards, public or private: That’s just a few of mine, but it includes the board that has the stray photograph / pin I seek to delete. The board in question? Go Fatherhood, tied to my blog of the same name. A click on the board and it opens up to show all the current pins: The one I want to axe is the newest, the video sequence of yachts at Dana Point Harbor. To do so, simply move the cursor over the image on this page and a few options appear: The pencil icon is what you seek. It’s the “edit” feature. Click on the pencil to proceed and a window full of options appears: Lower left is what you seek: Delete Pin. Sounds likely. Click on it. If you are sure you’re sure, click Delete Pin and poof it’s gone. Harmony, peace, love and understanding restored. Not too bad, really. The post How do I delete a photo pin I posted on Pinterest? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/how-do-i-delete-a-photo-pin-i-posted-on-pinterest/
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How can I create a Wishbone survey?: I don’t often write about applications aimed at teen girls, but the popular iOS 9 app Wishbone (“Compare Anything”) is pretty slick and it’s no surprise that it’s picking up users at a rapid clip with its simple interface and fun questions. If you’ve got an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can get in on the fun and share with the world whether you prefer hot or cold, wet or dry, cats or dogs, brothers or sisters, Kanye or Flo-rida, etc etc. To create a new wishbone, as it’s called, you’ll need to have an account and have shared your email address and created a login name and password. That’s pretty easy to do as you go through the process the first time, so I’ve skipped that in this article. Instead, we’re jumping straight to the good stuff! First off, here’s the home screen for Wishbone when I launch the app on my iPhone 6s: To vote, you simply tap on the one you prefer of the (always two) choices shown. Easy. Fun! The process of adding a new wishbone starts with tapping on the profile silhouette that’s the rightmost of the options along the bottom of the screen. A tap and: You can see, front and center. what you need to tap. So tap on Create Now. Easy enough. Tap in the “What’s your question?” portion to enter your question, and tap on the “+” on each of the two image regions to add the two pictures you’ll need for your comparison. I’ll start with a question: You can see, I’ve specified “Which cat is more ferocious?” and have tapped on the left “+” symbol to add a photo. Notice on the lower portion you can take a photo, choose from your photo library, search the web or even add a sticker or two if you really want to be unique! I’ll tap on “Choose from library” since I already have pictures of both my cats. I can see both cat pictures I want in the Camera Roll, which is handy. To start, I’ll tap on the grey cat, Kiwi. Hey, even Wishbone likes this picture of my cat. As the pop-up details, you can now tweak your photo to get it just right, starting with the basic photo as uploaded: That’s perfect. But the second image, of the smaller cat Ozzy, well, that needs a bit of tweaking: Right now, the images are mismatched, not so good. But with a little bit of finger-spreading and some dragging to get things centered well, here’s the result: Looks pretty darn good, though it’d be nice to have a bit more of Kiwi’s body. Still, good enough to submit. Click on “Done“. That’s it. Now keep your fingers crossed that your wishbone will be shared with the rest of the Wishbone community! Oh, and which of my cats does look more ferocious? The post How can I create a Wishbone survey? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/how-can-i-create-a-wishbone-survey/
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How does my Facebook Page “like” other pages?: Most of the time Facebook seamlessly switches between your personal profile and a business or fan page you’re managing as you perform various personal, business and marketing tasks on the site. Every so often, however, you hit an edge, a point where it’s hard to figure out which is which. Most people who manage business pages on Facebook simply ignore things like the ability to like other pages because of this complexity, and that’s too bad because it’s actually really interesting to see which organizations, businesses and startups are connected publicly with others. If nothing else, it’s a smart way to support your supply chain. But let’s see how it all works, shall we? First off, here’s a short list of pages liked by the Colorado Rockies official page, just so we know what we’re talking about: You’ll notice that each has a “Like” button. Why? Because I’m viewing this business page as a personal profile. This is key to understanding how everything works: If you click “Like” on the MLB Network, for example, you’ll like it as you. That is, your personal profile will record it as another page that you’ve liked. Even if you administer a dozen Facebook business or fan pages. Hmm… maybe the secret’s on your own page? On my Ask Dave Taylor page on Facebook, for example, I’ve already liked Microsoft: But that’s not the right path either. Instead, let’s have a look at the (unofficial) Apple Computer Facebook page instead, since it’s a page I want to add to my “liked by this page” for the AskDaveTaylor page itself. Here’s a portion of the main fan page: Again, if you click on “Like” you’ll like it as an individual. But see the “•••” button on the right? Click on it: There’s the secret, the choice you want: Like As Your Page… Choose it from the menu and… Now you can see that this is a fruitful path! A click on the menu and you’ll see all the Facebook pages you’re managing, whether just one or dozens. In my case, it’s a half-dozen: If I choose “Ask Dave Taylor” and click on Save… That’s the ticket! With a little bit of effort, now AskDaveTaylor has a dozen tech companies it’s liked, a summary of which is shown on the page now: So that’s how you have a business page that you administer or manage “like” other pages. Now go forth and like stuff! The post How does my Facebook Page “like” other pages? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/how-does-my-facebook-page-like-other-pages/
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Can I mute audio in Web browser tabs?: Ah yes, the super annoying auto-play video ads that include audio content and are often below the fold or otherwise where you can’t immediately see them and figure out what’s producing the sound. I’ve encountered them all too often and if you tend to have a lot of tabs open at any given time, it’s too darn common for a site to have content suddenly start playing without you even viewing that particular page. Really annoying. You don’t, of course, want to just mute the computer entirely because you might be listening to music or watching video content on the active tab, a perfectly reasonable activity! The problem with this situation is that most browsers don’t offer any help in this situation at all. For example, if you have a bunch of tabs open in Apple’s Safari browser and one of the has audio, you don’t see nuthin’ of use: In this case, the Amazon tab (in the background) has an Amazon video streaming. But the menu options are pretty useless. Same thing with Firefox too: Again, YouTube has the new Star Wars trailer running in the background, but there’s no indication that the audio is coming from that tab, nor is there any option of muting the audio. And then there’s Google Chrome, which does have this ability! First off, you can see which tab has audio playing: In this case you can see that Amazon.com has audio from the tiny microphone icon. Even better, right click (or Control-click) on the tab, whether it’s in the foreground or background, and: Mute tab. Indeed. So there’s your solution: use Google Chrome. The post Can I mute audio in Web browser tabs? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/can-i-mute-audio-in-web-browser-tabs/
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How can I require a password on wake on my iMac?: Both Mac and Windows systems are usually set up to require a password upon waking from sleep, but some companies like to disable that feature for various reasons, including demonstrating the idea that all computers at a place of work are owned by the company, not the individual. If you’re in a completely secure environment – like your home – you might want to have this disabled too, because it’s one less thing to fuss with when you’re ready to pop onto the Internet, check your email, whatever. Then again, this configuration can cause great hassles as it sounds like you learned when your colleague messed up your computer by using it without permission and supervision. Mostly, though, we’re used to thinking about our computers, whether at work, school or home as our personal property, so having someone else use it without permission can feel a bit like having someone come into your home without permission. Not so pleasant. Fortunately the Mac OS X system has always made it easy to enable requiring a password upon wake. If you know where to look. Of course you’ll need to start with System Preferences… off the Apple menu, but when you look, where do you think this particular setting would be found? My guess would certainly be Desktop & Screen Saver since we’re talking about the Screen Saver, sleep, etc. But when you go there, you quickly realize there’s no ability to select a password option: Instead, you need to go to Security & Privacy, where it’s immediately obvious what to change: Take a minute or two and think about different usage scenarios too. If you’re at an environment where you’re almost always sitting at your computer, you might choose 30 minutes or longer before a password is required. If you’re in a busier space, maybe 5-10 minutes is better, or even immediately: I’ve found 5 minutes is good for my usage patterns, long enough that if my computer falls asleep while i’m up getting coffee or on the phone, I can wake it up again without entering my password, but short enough that unless someone is stalking me, they will be prompted for a password before they could use it. Your experience may vary, of course. But that’s all there is to it. Easy enough! The post How can I require a password on wake on my iMac? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/how-can-i-require-a-password-on-wake-on-my-imac/
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Video Review: Intelliglass Pro tempered glass iPhone 6/6s protector: Love your iPhone but live in fear that you’re going to scratch or damage the screen? No worries with the tempered glass IntelliGlass Pro cover. Here’s how I installed one on my iPhone 6s: Learn more about Intelliglass from IntelliARMOR at IntelliARMOR.com. The post Video Review: Intelliglass Pro tempered glass iPhone 6/6s protector appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/video-review-intelliglass-pro-tempered-glass-iphone-66s-protector/
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Can I back up all my iPhone photos on Microsoft OneDrive?: There are now more cloud services than you can shake a stick at, and just about all of them offer a free photo backup service. From Amazon’s Cloud Services to DropBox, if a company has data storage on the Internet, they likely have a way you can automatically sync your Photo Roll or photo album with your cloud storage and thence with other computers you own, whether they’re Android tablets, Windows laptops or Mac desktop systems. On the Mac side, iCloud definitely makes it easy and is a popular choice for people, but you’re not the first person to bring up the issue of Apple Software and I understand your concerns. Why Microsoft OneDrive is better when they’re very similar corporations is another story, but perhaps you can share your perspective in the comments below this article? The important thing is that, yes, you can set this up really easily. To start, download a copy of Microsoft OneDrive for iOS and sign in to your existing OneDrive account (or set one up as needed). Here’s the main screen of OneDrive once you have it set up and have a few files and folders backed up: Tap on “Photos” along the bottom and you really can’t miss its invitation to set up photo sync: Why yes, I believe I will set up Camera Upload and “automatically upload photos” by tapping on “Turn on”. One more tiny step: approve OneDrive accessing your photos: That’s it. Done. Wasn’t that crazy easy? It might, however, take a few minutes to sync the first time. As you can see, I have 284 photos remaining to upload: Oh, okay, there’s another way you could have done it too. Tap on the three horizontal lines on the top left of the OneDrive screen: Now tap on the gear icon and you’ll access all your Microsoft OneDrive settings in the iOS 9 / iPhone app: That’s all there is to it. Either way, set things up, then let it whir along for a while, uploading all your photos. Easy and efficient. Thanks, Microsoft! The post Can I back up all my iPhone photos on Microsoft OneDrive? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/can-i-back-up-all-my-iphone-photos-on-microsoft-onedrive/
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Can I disable Amazon “Tracking” Ads?: I know just what you’re talking about, these are what’s know in the industry as tracking ads because, well, they track your behavior and supposedly yield good results for the advertiser. Since we have Google AdSense ads on this site and AdSense definitely participates in the tracking system, it’s quite possible that one or more of the ads you’re seeing on this very page are tied to something you’ve bought or searched for on Amazon.com right now. And we have zero control over it as a publisher. As a Web user I will share that I don’t like them. I prefer ads on pages that are thematically associated with the page content, not ads tied to my behavior on a different site. The tracking is just weird at times: I’m looking at a site about car buying, but I’m seeing ads about women’s sneakers because that’s what my daughter was researching just prior? Fortunately you do have some level of control over this behavior through your own Amazon.com account settings. To start with, go to the Amazon.com home page and choose “Your Account”: Most likely you’ll need to log in at this point if you don’t already have yourself perpetually logged in. Once on the Your Account page, you’ll see that there are a whole lot of options on the subsequent page. Scroll down to the last block of choices, labeled “Personalization”: The very last option on the page (d’ya think Amazon wants us not to notice?) is “Your Advertising Preferences“. That’s the one. Click on it. So there it is. Simply choose “Do Not Personalize Ads from Amazon for this Internet Browser” and a modicum of sanity will be restored to your Web browsing experience. In this browser, at least. But that’s a start. While you’re here, btw, on “Personalization” also click on “Your Browser History Settings” too, as it’s quite interesting: You can see what I’ve viewed recently on the site, but more importantly, you can see that there are “Remove” buttons if those searches were for a present for someone or just things you don’t want reappearing on your subsequent “Recent Searches” display on other Amazon.com pages. And don’t forget to click on “Manage History” on the top right too, to reveal: There you go. You can remove all items or turn browsing history completely off. Hope that helps you establish a better relationship with Amazon.com! The post Can I disable Amazon “Tracking” Ads? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor. https://www.askdavetaylor.com/can-i-disable-amazon-tracking-ads/
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