How to silence annoying auto-playing Facebook videos

Facebook like most other social media companies believes in videos and especially live videos, but today’s update is going to be very annoying to some users. Previously, while Facebook videos are set to autoplay by default as you scroll past them, you at least had the solace of knowing that they were silent. It was only if you tapped a video that you heard the audio.Facebook chip cover

This apparently resulted in some desperate moves by advertisers to add subtitles to their ads, which cluttered the screen. There was no similar option for your average Facebook user to try something similar.

But with this new update videos will automatically play sound. And there’s no way to turn it off on the desktop version without disabling auto-play videos entirely. (Yes, it can be done in Settings.)

Now if you haven’t put your device on silent mode, your Facebook will have the audio fade in and out as you scroll over videos in your news feed. It thankfully, won’t play over top of other audio, if you’re listening to music elsewhere on your phone, but you still may want to disable it.

How to mute auto-playing Facebook videos on your iPhone/iPad

Open up your Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap the icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner to open up the menu. Then tap Settings, Account Settings and then Sounds. Then tap to turn off the toggle next to Videos in News Feed Start With Sound.

Keep in mind that if you don’t see the option to disable this feature, it’s because you don’t have access to the update yet.

How to mute auto-playing Facebook videos on your Android

Open up your Facebook app on your Android and tap the icon that looks like three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen. Then scroll down and tap App Settings. Then tap to turn off the toggle next to Videos in News Feed Start with Sound.

Again, if you don’t see the option to disable this feature, it’s because you don’t yet have access to update yet.

Sources: Lifehacker

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How to markup photos on your iPhone

Sometimes a simple photograph isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to add your own notes, doodles or you need to circle and highlight certain areas. Fortunately, it’s easy enough on your iPhone to add your enhancements to your photos.markup on iPhone

Just open up the Photos app on your iPhone and open up the photo you intend to annotate, draw on or markup. Then tap the photo again so that its toolbar pops up and then choose the icon that looks like three vertically stacked switches. Then tap the circle icon with three horizontal dots, second from the left on the bottom of the screen.

Now that you’ve pulled up your editing options choose the toolbox icon labelled Markup. From there if you tap the pen icon you can draw on the photo with any number of colours. You can use the magnifying glass icon to magnify certain areas on the picture. Or you can use the T icon to add text to the photo. Keep in mind that there is an undo button, in case you make a mistake.

When you’ve completed your additions to the photo tap Done. You need to tap Done a second time to save the changes you’ve made to the photo.

That’s it now you’re ready to share the marked up photo on social media, via text message or email.

Keep in mind that if you don’t see the editing option to markup your photos, you may need to update to the most recent version of iOS. Just head to settings, double-check that you’re using iOS 10 or higher. Similar markup abilities also exist on Macs in their Mail for Mac app.

Sources: OSXDaily

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Friday app roundup: Gravity Ducks and pet health advice

This Friday’s app roundup comes on the heels of a rough week. Who could of predicted that we would be suffering from more snowfall in February. Thankfully, the weekend ahead is supposed to be filled with rain, so you’ll need this app roundup to keep you entertained while you chill indoors.

This week’s Friday app roundup includes: a gravity-defying platformer; an app that’s like WebMD for pets; an interesting game about Swedish mythology; and a puzzle game that’s perfect for de-stressing.

App: Gravity Duck IslandsGravity Duck Islands universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? This is a retro platform game that spices up the usual formula by allowing you to flip gravity and everything on the screen upside down. So guide your intrepid duck across all four islands, solving the puzzles found in each level. It’s a fun way to waste a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Best review quote: As you control your duck in different levels, bear in mind that flapping your wings to change your gravity can be useful. Just try to reach and get to the safe zone at the end of each classic. – Android Community

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: PetCoachPetCoach universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? If you have a pet this is a resource that you need. It can answer all your questions about pet care. It offers the expertise of vets, nutritionists, trainers and other animal experts to offer you the best possible advice when caring for your pet. It’s a bit like a WebMD, except for your household pets.

Best review quote:  Think of it like a kind of WebMD for animals (aside from PetMD, of course). You can find a variety of questions and answers about various things. It also has a function where you can ask vets, nutritionists, trainers, and other experts questions for advice. It won’t replace taking your cat to the vet, but it’s a good way to deal with minor issues and find quick info. – Android Authority

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: Year WalkYear Walk iOS app


What is it? This is a unique game based on Swedish folklore and mythology. You’re venturing out in the dark woods of 19th century Sweden. You’re on a quest to discover the future and figure out if your true love will love you back. You can accomplish this vision quest by solving cryptic puzzles. It’s a very elegant and artful game.

Best review quote: Year Walkis an eerie exploration of Swedish tradition. Players set out on a pilgrimage through the gloomy Scandinavian wilderness to complete their “year walk”, a quest to be reunited with a lost love. Both parts terrifying and alluring, Year Walk is one of the most atmospheric games in the App Store library. It’s so heavily invested in its folkloric roots, the developers even released a companion app for folks who really want to dive deep into the lore. – 148Apps

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: HocusHocus universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? This game is a great way to unwind after a stressful day after a long day at work. The design contains 100 M.C. Esche-inspired levels. Let this innovative puzzler soothe your stressful soul. For the best results, don’t turn off the music, let the calm, smooth music wash over you as you play.

Best review quote: The aesthetic here is clean and relaxing, with all focus put on the puzzle itself, with calming music playing in the background. There are a 100 mind-melting puzzles included in the core game, but you’ll also want to tap the pencil and ruler icon to create or play levels designed by the Hocus community. This is a great pick-up-and-play game that will leave you feeling calm and accomplished. – Android Central

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

Sources: Android CommunityAndroid Authority148AppsAndroid Central

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How to fix screen overlay error on your Samsung Galaxy S7

This is a common Samsung Galaxy S7 error that can kind of blind side you. You start up an app for the first time and accept the usual permission requests. Then see a weird message that looks something like this:

Screen overlay detected
To change this permission setting, you first have to turn off the screen overlay in Settings > Apps.Screen overlay settings

So a screen overlay is a part of an app that is able to display on top of other apps. An example of this is Chat Heads in Facebook Messenger. But these screen overlays can cause you problems.

The easiest way to get rid of this confusing error message is to give in and follow its instructions. Go ahead and open up your Settings app. Then scroll down and tap Applications and then tap Application Manager. Then tap More to open the longer menu in the top right corner of the screen. Next tap, Apps that can appear on top. From here, scroll down and find the app that is requesting screen overlay. Once you’ve found the app in question, make sure the toggle next to its name is in the off position. Remember grey means that the toggle is off, green means that the toggle is on.

Keep in mind that it isn’t always immediately clear which app is trying to use screen overlay. Some of the apps that have been accused of causing this problem are Clean Master, Drupe and Lux.

In any case once you’ve made sure that screen overlay is turned off for the app in question, just go ahead and try using that same app again. If you’ve done this correctly, you’ll just be prompted to accept its permissions and then you’ll be able to download and use that app.

Let us know if you have any other smartphone issues you want us to explain how to fix.

Sources: Android Central

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