Five Useful YouTube Features

YouTube has been around since 2005, and it’s one of the most visited websites in the world. Tons of features have been added to the YouTube website and apps over the years.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 13, 2022

YouTube has been around since 2005, and it’s one of the most visited websites in the world. Tons of features have been added to the YouTube website and apps over the years. Here are some features you may not know about.

This is for devices using YouTube. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 15.6+

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Save Videos to Watch Later

You have probably been browsing YouTube and come across a video that looks interesting. What if you do not have the time to watch it right at that moment? The Watch Later feature is perfect for this.

Watch Later is essentially just a playlist that you can add videos to for watching later. It’s great for saving videos that you do not want to forget about, and it works everywhere you can access the YouTube website or app.

First, find a YouTube video you want to watch later. Next, tap the Save icon in the toolbar below the video. Now, from the Menu that opens, select the Watch Later option. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Watch Later option

Set YouTube Videos to Fill Your iPhone Screen

It’s pretty common for your phone’s display to have a different aspect ratio than YouTube videos. You can pinch to zoom to fill the full screen when watching a video, but you have to do that every time.

You can actually make it so videos will always fill the full screen. You will not have to pinch-to-zoom every time, but you will be able to zoom out if too much of the video is being cut off.

First, open the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad device. Next, double-tap your profile icon in the top right-hand corner. Now, from the Manu that opens, select

Settings > General

and toggle Zoom to Fill Screen to ON. See the below image:

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Enabling Zoom to fill the screen

Skip Forward/Backward Fast

Here’s a quick tip that will save you a lot of time watching videos on the YouTube mobile app. Rather than using the seek bar to skip forward and back in the video, simply double-tap the left or right side of the video. See the following image:

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Skip Forward or Backward

Change the Double-Tap Skip Time

Speaking of double-tapping to skip forward or back in a video, you can adjust the length of these skips. By default, it’s 10-seconds. You can customize this length from 5 to 60 seconds. It’s a great thing to do if you find yourself tapping the video too much.

First, open the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad, device. Next, double-tap your profile icon in the top right-hand corner. Now, from the Manu that opens, select

Settings > General

and select the Skip Forward and Back option. Next, choose one of the time increments from the Menu. Refer to the below image:

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Set timer for Skip Forward and Backward

Speed Up or Slow Down a Video

YouTube videos do not have to be played at the speed of how they were uploaded. You can speed up or slow down any video you want. This is super handy for rewatching moments in slow motion or getting through long videos a little faster.

The Playback Speed controls can be accessed on the web and mobile apps. You can select a speed anywhere between 0.25- 2 times the normal speed, with 1 being the normal speed.

First, open the YouTube app and play a video. Next, tap the screen once to bring up the toolbar, Now, tap the Settings icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the video frame.

Next, in the Menu that pops up, select Playback speed. In the list that appears, select the speed you would like. See the below image:

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Set timer for Playback speed

Now, close the Menu, and the video will resume at the selected speed. If you need to change it back to the regular speed, repeat the above and change the speed to 1 for normal speed.

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How to Use Picture-in-Picture from YouTube on iPhone

YouTube on Android has had Picture-in-Picture support for several years, but the iPhone app lagged behind. That finally changed, and you can now watch YouTube in a floating window on your iPhone or iPad, too.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 11, 2022

YouTube on Android has had Picture-in-Picture support for several years, but the iPhone app lagged behind. That finally changed, and you can now watch YouTube in a floating window on your iPhone or iPad, too. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 15.6+

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It was a long journey for iOS and iPadOS devices to get Picture-in-Picture for YouTube. The feature started out as an experiment for Premium subscribers in August 2021. A few months later, the experiment ended. In July 2022, Google started rolling it out for real.

Non-Premium Members: Everyone in the U.S. can use Picture-in-Picture in the YouTube app regardless of whether they have a Premium subscription or not. PiP only works with non-music videos.

Premium Members: Premium subscribers in all areas of the world can use Picture-in-Picture in the YouTube app for both music and non-music videos.

First, we need to make sure your iPhone or iPad has Start PiP Automatically enabled. To do so, open the Settings app. Refer to the below image:

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Accessing Settings app

Next, go to General. See the below image:

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Accessing General option

Now, select Picture in Picture. See the following image:

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Accessing the Picture in Picture option

Next, make sure Start PiP Automatically is toggled to ON. Refer to the below image:

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Enabling PiP

Using Picture-in-Picture

Using Picture-in-Picture mode is actually very easy. The feature is enabled by default once you get it. First, watch a video and swipe up on the bottom of the screen to go to your Home screen. The video will display the PiP mode. See the below image:

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Your YouTube video

Next, if you want to double-check to make sure Picture-in-Picture is ON or turn it OFF, you can do so in the YouTube settings under:

Settings > General > Picture-in-Picture

and toggle it ON or OFF. See the following image:

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Enabling Picture-in-Picture on YouTube

Picture-in-Picture is a great feature to have on a phone or tablet. Now you enjoy YouTube on your Apple device while being able to do other things at the same time.

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How to Use Quiet Mode on Facebook

If you are having trouble stepping away from Facebook’s endless scroll, Quiet Mode can help silence the chatter, memes, and misinformation.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 25, 2022

If you are having trouble stepping away from Facebook’s endless scroll, Quiet Mode can help silence the chatter, memes, and misinformation. Let’s explore this Facebook feature.

This is for devices using Facebook on mobile. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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Social media is designed to keep you hooked. The endless scrolling. A constant stream of notifications. The temptation of opening an app. It all works together to suck you in and keep your attention for longer than what could be considered a harmless distraction.

If you feel like you are ready to pull back without fully unplugging, Facebook offers a built-in tool called Quiet Mode that can help you manage your time on the platform.

To get started, first, open Facebook, tap the Menu (the Hamburger icon) in the mobile app, and head to:

Settings & privacy > Settings > Your Time on Facebook under the Preferences section.

Time You Spend on Facebook

Next, tap See Time on the Your Time on Facebook page. Here you can view several graphs that show app usage. Swipe the screen to view total time, daytime versus nighttime hours, and how many times you opened the app over the last week. Refer to the below image:

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Your time on Facebook

Now, if you simply want to be mindful of your usage and not change anything, enable Weekly Update, which will send you a weekly email reviewing your Facebook usage from the last seven days. You can also tap Activity Log to view all your recent actions on the platform.

Setup Daily Reminder

Next, tap the See Tools button on the Your Time on Facebook page. You can start off slow by setting a reminder that will tell you to stop using the app after a set amount of time.

Now, from the Manage Your Time page, enable Daily Time Reminder at the bottom of the page, and then set the timer to a specific amount of hours and minutes. The app will tell you how much time you average per day so you can set the timer to something under that number. Tap Set Reminder, then continue using the app until your time is up. See the below image:

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Daily Reminder

Set Quiet Mode

Next, if you need a little help cutting down on Facebook usage, Quiet Mode is here to help. When enabled, this feature will mute push notifications to your phone, limit the notification dots that appear in the app, and stop you from using the app the next time you open it. Enable Quiet Mode from the Manage Your Time page, and then set how long you want it to stay on.

Now, you can also schedule Quiet Mode to turn on at a specific time each day. Enable Scheduled Quiet Mode, then tap Add Schedule to set the start and end time, as well as which days the feature should be used. TapDelete Schedule to remove or redo it. See the following image:

FB Time 3

Quiet Mode

Manage Quiet Mode

Next, when you open the app while Quiet Mode is enabled, you will be greeted by a reminder that shows you how long you have left. If you really need to do something in the app, tap Manage Quiet Mode and either end Quiet Mode immediately or get a 15-minute reprieve. Or choose Edit Settings to change how Quiet Mode works for you. Refer to the below image:

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Manage Quiet Mode

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How to Follow Someone on Facebook

Once you follow a personal account or a page on Facebook, you start seeing that entity’s posts in your News feed. This is a great way to get updates from your favorite people or brands without being friends.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 23, 2022

Once you follow a personal account or a page on Facebook, you start seeing that entity’s posts in your News feed. This is a great way to get updates from your favorite people or brands without being friends. Let’s explore following a person on Facebook.

This is for devices using Facebook. Screenshots are from Windows 10 and iPhone XR

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Following vs Friending

When you follow someone, you do not have to add them as a friend. You can see that entity’s posts and other content in your News feed while not becoming a part of their friend’s list. This option is usually used to follow celebrities and the pages that interest you on this social platform.

To follow someone and to add someone as a friend are two different things on Facebook.

The convention on Facebook is that when you add someone as a friend, it’s likely you know that person personally. You add people like your real-life friends, colleagues, and family as “friends” on Facebook.

Know that while Facebook allows you to have up to 5,000 friends at a time, there’s no such limit for followers. Also, keep in mind that people and pages can choose not to allow themselves to be followed. In such cases, you will not see the Follow button on these entities’ pages on Facebook.

Follow People

To follow a personal account on Facebook, all you have to do is visit that person’s profile page and click or tap an option.

On Desktop

On your computer, first, launch a web browser and open Facebook. Log in to your account if you have not already.

Next, after logging in, access the profile page of the person you want to follow. On this page, in the tab list beneath the person’s name, click the three dots (the Menu icon) or the Friends button. Refer to the below image:

Accessing the Menu

Now, in the three-dot Menu, choose Follow. If you do not see the Follow option, that person has yet to enable others to follow them. See the below image:

Selecting to Follow

Tip: Later, to unfollow this person, click Following followed by Unfollow on the person’s profile page.

You are now following the selected person in your Facebook account. The person’s posts will appear in your News feed.

On Mobile

To follow a person from your phone or tablet, first, launch the Facebook app on your mobile device. Then, open the profile page of the person you want to follow.

Next, on the profile page, beneath the person’s name, tap the three dots (the Menu icon). See the following image:

Accessing the Menu

Now, in the Profile Settings menu, choose Follow. Refer to the below image:

Selecting to Follow

Tip: In the future, to unfollow this person, tap Following followed by Unfollow.

You are now following the selected person in your Facebook account. The person’s posts will appear in your News feed.

Follow Pages

Following a page is as easy as doing so for a personal account.

On Desktop

On your computer, first, launch a web browser and open Facebook. Log in to your account if you have not already.

Next, open the page you wish to follow. On the page screen, at the far right of the tab list, click the three lines or the three dots (the Menu icon), whichever is shown. See the below image:

Accessing the Menu

Now, in the Menu, choose Follow. If you do not see the Follow option, that person has yet to enable others to follow their page. See the following image:

Selecting to Follow

Tip: Later, to unfollow a page, visit the page, click the three lines or the three dots (the Menu icon), and choose Follow Settings. Then enable Unfollow This Page and click Update.

You are now following the selected person’s page posts in your Facebook account. The person’s page posts will appear in your News feed.

On Mobile

On your mobile phone or tablet, first, launch the Facebook app. Access the page to follow, then tap the three lines or three dots (the Menu icon). Refer to the below image:

Accessing the Menu

Next, from the Menu that opens, select Follow. See the below image:

Selecting to Follow

Tip: To unfollow a page, tap the three lines or three dots (the Menu icon) and select Manage Follow Settings. Then tap Unfollow.

You are now following your favorite page on Facebook.

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How to See Battery Percentage on iPhone or iPad

iPhone models that have notches in the upper portion of the screen (such as the iPhone X, 11, 12, 13, and their variants) do not have the option to display the numerical battery percentage on the status bar as on older models.

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July 7, 2022

iPhone models that have notches in the upper portion of the screen (such as the iPhone X, 11, 12, 13, and their variants) do not have the option to display the numerical battery percentage on the status bar as on older models. So, let’s explore how to see battery percentage on newer models.

This is for iPhone and iPad. Screensho9ts are from iPhone XR

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Instead, you can quickly check the battery percentage by launching Control Center. To do so, first, place your finger on the Battery icon in the upper- right-hand corner of your screen and swipe downward. Refer to the below image:

Battery 1
Opening the Control Center

Next, when the Control Center appears, you will see the battery percentage in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. See the below image:

Battery 2
Your Battery percentage

To return back to your Home Screen, just tap any blank area or swipe up from the lower handle. See the following image:

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Return back to the Home screen

It’s also possible to add a widget on your iPhone or iPad called “Batteries” to your Home screen (or Today View) that will let you keep an eye on your battery percentage at all times.

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Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.

Pope Paul VI

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How to Share Your FaceTime Screen

f you would like to share what you are looking at on your iPhone or iPad screen with a friend, it’s as easy as making a FaceTime call now thanks to the built-in Share Screen feature.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
July 5, 2022

If you would like to share what you are looking at on your iPhone or iPad screen with a friend, it’s as easy as making a FaceTime call now thanks to the built-in Share Screen feature. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for the iPhone and iPad. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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Need to Know

To share your screen with FaceTime, both you and the person you will be sharing with need iOS 15.1 or iPadOS 15.1 or later. You also need an Apple ID to use FaceTime.

Be aware that you can not share content from apps that require a subscription or a purchase to view.

Sharing your screen in FaceTime is great for when you need help troubleshooting or would like to present information to other people remotely. While sharing your screen, notifications will be hidden. But be careful about screen sharing if you have sensitive information on your screen because the party on the other end might see it.

Share Your Screen on iPhone and iPad

To share your screen on iPhone or iPad, first, run the FaceTime app and make a call to someone else who also has FaceTime set up. Once you’re connected, tap the Screen Sharing button in the toolbar that looks like a rectangle with a person in front of it. In the pop-up that appears, tap Share My Screen. Refer to the below image:

Screen Sharing 1
Accessing Share My Screen

Next, when the screen-sharing starts, FaceTime shrinks to a small window on your screen, and you can use your iPhone or iPad as usual to launch apps. The person on the other side of the call will see what you are doing on your screen (but they will not see the inset video window). See the below image:

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Your screen sharing

Now, to stop screen sharing, bring up the FaceTime toolbar again by tapping the video thumbnail and selecting the Screen Sharing button again. See the following image:

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Stop Screen Sharing

Next, when you are done with the FaceTime call, tap End. Refer to the below image:

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Ending FaceTime call

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The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.

Thomas Sowell

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How to Delete Messages in Facebook Messenger

If you do not wish to keep a single or an entire chat in your Facebook Messenger, the company allows you to delete individual or all your messages at once.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 28, 2022

If you do not wish to keep a single or an entire chat in your Facebook Messenger, the company allows you to delete individual or all your messages at once. Let’s find out on your desktop and mobile.

Note! Your deleted messages can not be restored, so make sure you really want to get rid of your messages.

This is for devices using Facebook Messenger. Screenshots are from iPhone XR and Windows 10. Messenger’s latest version is 2022 so screenshots may be different from your device.

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You can remove, unsend, or delete messages or chats. This post gives you different methods on how to “back out” your messages or chats. This means you can “undo” mistakenly sent messages. For the Unsend, you have 10 minutes to retract the original message. The Remove feature deletes the message.

Delete Messages on the Desktop

If you are on a desktop computer like Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook, use the Facebook website to delete individual or all messages from your account.

First, launch a web browser on your computer and access Facebook. Log in to your account on the site if you are not already logged in.

Next, in Facebook’s top right-hand corner, click the Messenger icon. Refer to the below image:

Messenger 1
Accessing Messenger

Now, in the Messenger panel, at the bottom, click See All in Messenger. See the below image:

Messenger 2
Selecting all messages

Next, in the Chats sidebar on the left, you will see all your conversations. Select the chat in which you want to delete messages.

Now, on the right pane, find the individual message to delete. Then hover over that message, click the Menu icon (the three vertical dots), and choose Remove. See the following image:

Messenger 3
Remove a message in a chat

Next, depending on the message you select, click either Remove for you or Remove for everyone. Refer to the below image:

Messenger 4
Selecting your option

Now, if you have selected your own message, select Remove For You.

In the window’s bottom left-hand corner, click Remove and your message will be deleted. See the below image:

Messenger 5
Removing only for you

Next, if you have selected an everybody message, select Remove for everyone.

In the window’s bottom left-hand corner, click Remove and your message will be deleted. See the following image:

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Removing for everyone

Now, if you would like to delete an entire conversation, then in the left sidebar, find that conversation. Then hover over that chat, click the Menu icon (the three vertical dots), and choose Delete Chat. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to delete a chat

Next, in the prompt that opens, click Delete Chat. See the below image:

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Confirming to delete a chat

Now, Facebook will delete your selected chat on the desktop.

Delete Messages on Mobile

On your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, make use of the Messenger app to delete your individual messages or entire chats.

First, launch the Facebook Messenger app.

Next, tap the conversation from which you want to remove messages.

Now, on the conversation page, tap and hold on to the message to remove. If you have selected the other party’s message, then in the menu that opens, select More > Remove. If you have selected your own message, then tap Remove. The message is deleted on your end, but the other party can still access it. See the following image:

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Remove a message

Next, To delete the message from everyone involved in the chat, choose Unsend. Refer to the below image:

Messenger 9
Unsend a message

Now, you can choose Unsend for everyone or Unsend for you. See the below image:

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Selecting an option to Unsend

Next, to remove the message only from your own chat history, select Remove For You. See the following image:

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Selecting Remove for you option

Now, you can also delete entire chats with someone. To do so, tap and hold on to the chat to delete. Then, in the menu that opens, select Delete. Refer to the below image:

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Delete a chat

Next, in the prompt that opens, tap Delete. See the below image:

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Confirm the delete

Now, you have successfully deleted your messages from Facebook Messenger on mobile.

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How to Use Text to Speech Tools

Reading is great, but sometimes you want or need to listen. Let your computer or phone do the reading for you.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 23, 2022

Reading is great, but sometimes you want or need to listen. Let your computer or phone do the reading for you. Let’s explore some tools to do this.

This is for the mobile or desktop

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Some people struggle with reading text on a screen, or physically can not. Others might want their computer to read something to them aloud while they do something else. There are plenty of reasons to use a text-to-speech tool, also called a “screen reader”.

Although there are standalone text-to-speech apps, you probably do not need them. That’s because every operating system, and several well-known pieces of software, offer a text-to-speech feature, and they are all quite good.

Spoken Content for iPhone

The iPhone’s text-to-speech feature is very easy to use. First, to turn it on, head to:

Settings > Accessibiltu > Spoken Content

and enable Speak Selection and Speak Screen. Once enabled, any text you highlight in any application will have a Speak option, which you tap to activate. We have highlighted some text from the Notes app to be read to us. Refer to the below image:

Spoken Content for iPhone

Read Aloud for Browsers

Read Aloud is an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge that can read whatever website you currently have open. First, you will need to download the extension. After downloading, in Chrome, right-click on some highlighted text and choose the Read aloud selected text option. See the below image:

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Read Aloud for browsers

Immersive Reader for Office and Edge

Microsoft Office applications have a built-in text-to-speech feature but it’s a little hard to find. First, in any document, click the Immersive Reader tab. If you do not see it, search for it, and from then on it should appear in your interface permanently. Highlight some text, then right-click and select Read Aloud to hear your document read back to you with the corresponding word highlighted as it goes. Immersive Reader is perfect for copy editing and reviewing long documents. See the following image:

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Immersive Reader for Office

Microsoft Edge has this feature, too. Highlight some text, then right-click and select Real aloud selection. Refer to the below image:

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Immersive Reader for Edge

Natural Reader

First, download the mobile version (ours is for the iPhone). Then head to

NaturalReaders.com/online (note the plural in the URL)

and paste some text, highlighting it to hear it read on a mobile device. See the below image:

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Natural Reader on mobile

You can also drag documents into your browser window if you prefer. Natural Reader has a variety of voices, and you can control the speed of reading. Just click the Gear icon on the upper right-hand corner for options. See the following image:

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Natural Reader options

You can upgrade for features like a Chrome extension, OCR for scanned documents, higher quality voices, and the ability to create MP3 files; these features cost $9.99 a month. The paid version also supports uploading documents, including Microsoft Word, Apple’s Pages, and even image files with text on them. The free version is perfect for quick listening. Refer to the below image for an example of listening to a webpage:

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Natural Reader for web pages

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Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

Daniel J Boorstin

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How to Mark All Messages as Read on iPhone and iPad

Many things are easy and obvious on Apple devices. But every so often you come across something that is not. If you want to mark all your emails as read on iPhone and/or iPad and clear those indicators, let’s explore how this is done.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 21, 2022

Many things are easy and obvious on Apple devices. But every so often you come across something that is not. If you want to mark all your emails as read on iPhone and/or iPad and clear those indicators, let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone and iPad

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Whether you have a mailbox full of unread messages or just a group that you want to mark as read, you can do both in the Mail app on your Apple device.

Mark as Read on iPhone and iPad

First, open the mailbox in the Mail app on iPhone or iPad or choose All Inboxes to take care of all your mailboxes at once. You can also pick a specific folder. Tap Edit on the top right-hand corner and Select All on the top left-hand corner.

On the bottom left-hand corner, tap Mark and select the Mark as Read option. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting all emails as read

Mark as Read on Mobile

Maybe you have just a group of emails that you want to mark. They might be newsletters, promotional emails, or confirmation messages.

First, open the mailbox or folder in the Mail app and tap Edit on the top right-hand corner.

Next, you can select each message one at a time if they are not adjacent to each other. Or, to select a range of emails that are next to each other, drag your finger through them to mark them all quickly.

Now, tap Mark on the bottom left-hand corner and select the Mark as Read option. See the below image:

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Selecting 2 emails as read

You can also use the Search feature to find particular emails and mark messages as “read” the same way.

Once you clear those unread indicators in your inbox or badge on the Mail icon, you can start fresh with new messages.

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You affect the world by what you browse.

Tim Berners-Lee

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How to Turn Off/On Live Captions in Google Chrome

Are you not a big fan of Google Chrome’s Live Captions, which displays the text version of your media files? If so, it’s easy to turn this feature off/on both temporarily and permanently.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
June 16, 2022

Are you not a big fan of Google Chrome’s Live Captions, which displays the text version of your media files? If so, it’s easy to turn this feature off/on both temporarily and permanently. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices using Google Chrome. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Temporary Disable Live Captions

You can turn off Chrome’s Live Captions for a specific playback session while keeping it enabled for all other sessions.

First, open a video containing a voice. The speaker’s voice will be displayed as Live Captions. To close this Live Captions, in the top right-hand corner of Chrome’s Live Captions box, click the “X” icon. Note! We are assuming the Live Captions option has been disabled (see below section). Refer to the below image:

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Live Caption being displayed

Live Captions will immediately disappear from your screen, and you can enjoy your media playback without any interruptions.

Permanently Stop Live Captions

If you do not wish to see live captions for any of your media playbacks in Chrome, turn the feature OFF permanently and it will not bother you anymore.

First, from Chrome’s top right-hand corner, select the three dots icon (the Menu icon). See the below image:

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Selecting the Menu icon

Next, in the Menu box, click Settings. See the following image:

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Selecting Settings

Now, on the Settings screen, from the left sidebar, select Advanced. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting Advanced

Next, in the expanded Advanced menu, click Accessibility. See the below image:

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Selecting Accessibility

Now, on the right, in the Accessibility pane, toggle the Live Caption option to OFF. See the following image:

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Disable Live Caption

If you want to enable the option again, toggle the Live Caption option to ON. You may see the message “Speech files downloaded” below the Live Caption. Refer to the below image:

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Enable Live Caption

Going forward, Chrome will not display any captions for your media playbacks in the browser.

Quote For the Day

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle.

James Surowiecki

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