Is your Android Home screen getting a bit crowded? You’ve probably installed a ton of useful apps and are running out of room. However, there are probably apps you use more often than others. There is an elegant way of curing a crowded Home screen. A free app, called Bar Launcher, allows you to add app shortcuts to the notification tray on the status bar on you Android device. To install Bar Launcher, touch the Play Store icon on your Home screen. Search for “Bar Launcher” in the Play Store and touch “Install” on the page for the app. Once installed, touch “Open” to open the app. NOTE: You can also open the app from the Home screen, if you have chosen within the Play Store settings to add the shortcut to your Home screen , or from the App Drawer. To add an app shortcut, touch the plus button in the lower-right corner of the screen. Advertisement Scroll through the list of apps and touch an app you want to add to the notification bar. Once you … [Read more...] about How to Add App Shortcuts to Your Status Bar in Android
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Something to look forward to: Microsoft has started to roll out the significant changes to OneNote it teased last August, including a visual overhaul and new organization features, with more still to come. The biggest additions to the note-taking app involve dictation with smart pens, voice, AI, and cameras. If you're confused about which of the two Windows versions of OneNote will receive the changes, Microsoft plans to unify them. Microsoft's refresh of OneNote starts this week for current channel users, primarily with smart pen dictation improvements. OneNote can now make pixel-perfect versions of shapes users try to draw with Windows Ink. Handwriting can now convert into text of the right font size, and a digital ruler can help users draw straight lines. OneNote can also now automatically sort pages by name and date. Users can still manually sort, and the app will remember their choices. OneNote can now update while the system is locked which should make getting these new … [Read more...] about Microsoft OneNote is receiving a major overhaul, still free to download
YouTube Shorts is Google's rival to TikTok and Instagram Reels. Launched in September 2020, the short-form video format allows creators and artists to make videos of 15 seconds or less. What is the USP of YouTube Shorts YouTube Shorts is built directly into the YouTube app. With Shorts, YouTube aims to make it easier to create and upload videos right from one's smartphone. And people who come to YouTube can find Shorts integrated into the YouTube experience, with a specific destination just for short videos. YouTube has foundational creation tools, like a multi-segment camera to string multiple video clips together up to 15 or 60 seconds (options for both), the ability to record with music from a large library of songs, control speed settings, and more. Shorts offers creators ability to add text, captions to videos; record up to 60 seconds, or even sample audio from other Shorts to remix into their own creation. In what is claimed to be an exclusive feature, it … [Read more...] about Explained: What are YouTube Shorts and tips to make
Kayla Williams has never said the word “suicide” on TikTok, even though she uses the platform to discuss mental health issues with her 80,000 followers. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the 26-year-old student from Berkshire, England, has posted multiple videos about suicidal ideation and her stay in a psychiatric ward. Some of these clips are lighthearted, others far more serious. Yet Williams does not utter the word “suicide” to her front-facing camera, or type it in her captions, for fear the TikTok algorithm will censor or remove her content. Instead, she uses the word “unalive.” The hashtag #unalivemeplease has 9.2 million views on TikTok; #unaliving has 6.6 million; #unaliveawareness has an additional 2.2 million. Though #suicideprevention is a frequently used tag on the app, the hashtags #suicide and #suicideawareness do not exist—if you search for them, TikTok pulls up the number for a local crisis helpline. It’s a well-intentioned policy, initiated in September 2021 … [Read more...] about Are TikTok algorithms changing how people talk about suicide?