How to Play YouTube Videos in the Background on iOS

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YouTube is world’s largest repository of music, humor, entertainment, spiritual and educational videos. Watching the video isn’t always necessary to enjoy the content. Sometimes the audio is enough, or all that ’s needed – and this is especially true for music.

If you’re on your desktop or laptop, you can play YouTube videos in the background by minimizing the browser/switching to another tab and then opening other programs or surfing the web as usual. But, what do you do when you’re on your iPhone (or iPad)?

The official Google YouTube app does not, at the moment, support background video playing. There was support for this feature in the older version of the apps, but it has been removed in the newer versions. Thankfully, there is a workaround to this, so you can still play YouTube videos in the background on iOS (though it will only work on devices running iOS 7 and iOS 8).

Android Customization: How to Change Themes and Icons on Android

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One of the beauties of the Android system is the extensive customization that is possible on it. While the stock Android look is fairly neat by itself, there are many of us who want our phones to reflect our own tastes and personality and nobody else’s.

It is for such enthusiasts that Android has come up with launchers that can change the complete appearance of your home screen including the icons and themes. There are also quite a few apps that allow you to change the icons in your phone without actually installing a third party launcher app.

However, if you want to customize every aspect of your phone and not just the looks then Rooting your Android device can provide you full control over it. Rooting allows unlimited access into the very innards of your device thereby giving you the power to govern the processor speed, remove all the bloatware, flash custom ROMs and more.

How to Remove Bloatware from Your New Laptop for Good

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Bloatware, also known as crapware, has been a big problem for laptop users for a while now. Laptop manufacturers insist on selling laptops stuffed to the brim with useless bloatware, despite strong protests from consumers.

While some manufacturers have begun to tone down the amount of bloat they ship their new laptops with these past few years (they know we don’t like it), it’s still a problem for millions of new laptop owners. We think that bloatware is something that you – as a new laptop owner – should concentrate on removing as soon as possible.

How to Jailbreak iOS 8.4 (Updated)

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You can now jailbreak iOS 8.3, the second-latest firmware available for iPhone and iPad. However, you’d better do it fast because this guide will only be good for a certain amount of time before Apple closes the jailbreak window.

Here’s how to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8.3 and jailbreak it. I tested the process on my iPhone 5 and it worked perfectly. It takes a couple steps, but it’s all there.

How to Create Photo Collages for Instagram on Android and iPhone

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They say ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. Social media has made it possible for us to share our most cherished moments and memories with our near and dear ones. This is the reason for Instagram, a social network for sharing images, being such a hit.

However, the modern tech savvy generation felt the need to further improve upon the impact of a single photograph and that’s where collages came in.

Recently Instagram has introduced a new app Layout for Instagram that allows sharing your collages directly to your Facebook account without having to use Instagram. We have listed other popular apps that can get you fantastic collages for Instagram, however Layout by Instagram is by far the best way to bundle up and share your precious memories.

How to Install Beats Audio on Android To Get Beautiful Audio Performance

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The audio quality of a laptop or a smartphone can be adequate for most people. However, there are some music lovers out there, who are horrified by the deterioration in sound brought about by these gadgets. Music for most of these gadgets is often an afterthought. Beats audio is meant for such music enthusiasts who want to listen to music the way an artist would have played it to them.

The quality improvement brought about by this technology is immense as it smoothens out the tones and provides crystal clear output. The audio is base heavy making it a dream for the rock and roll lovers.

There are several speakers and headphones available by Beats now. However, the cost of these accessories can be quite prohibitive when compared to a normal headphone or speaker.Though, things have changed now.

If you are passionate about your music and own a vanilla Android phone; there is still hope for you. Beats Audio can now be installed on all Android phones running 2.3 Gingerbread or above.

10 Highly Useful Gmail Lab Features You Should Enable Today

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Gmail is probably the best email service in the world today. It gives you a ton of storage space, sorts your email into different categories for you automatically and it even lets you chat or call your contacts anytime you want. As if all these features weren’t enough, Gmail keeps rolling out new ones through its Gmail Labs initiative.

Gmail Labs, as the name suggest, is where Google introduces new experimental features that it may or may not make an official part of Gmail in the future. Even if these features are in the beta stage, most of them are very useful and plain fun to use.

Here are 10 highly useful Gmail Lab features we really think you should enable today to drastically improve your Gmail experience.

The Best Tasker Alternatives To Automate Your Android Device

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There is no denying the fact that the Android OS is popular as much for its customizability as it is for the user friendliness. It is also immensely versatile and you have plenty of ways to make it your own. But, like everything tech it comes with limitations, that where automation apps step in.

While there are plenty of tools to automate tasks on Android, Tasker remains a popular choice among Android users. The app combines numerous actions, triggers and related parameters to let users automate their actions on Android in plenty of ways. Want to turn off the phone ringer every day when you get to work? Need a reminder to buy groceries when you start driving? Tasker can do the routine and some out of box tasks on your behest.

However, Tasker comes with a learning curve and may not come easy to all. If you find it difficult to wrap your arms around it, there is no reason to fret. There are quite a few alternative apps that you can pick.

How to Use Your Old Smartphone as Security Camera

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You may have built up a collection of smartphones and tablets these past few years if you’re the typical gadget lover. Most of your old smartphones are probably in a closet somewhere, unused and gathering dust. You could also have comparatively newer devices that were damaged in some way (cracked screens or bent bodies) lying around in your house.

While older smartphones can’t compete with newer smartphones in terms of technology, that doesn’t mean they’re completely useless. They are mini-computers in their own right and can still be used in a variety of ways.

Some people turn their old devices into home entertainment systems, TV remotes and E-book readers – but your new smartphone can do all this too. Instead of treading the beaten path, an innovative way to use for your old smartphone would be turning it into a security camera.

5 Features of Inbox by Gmail That Make It the Ultimate Email Productivity App

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Inbox by Gmail, if you’re unfamiliar with the app, is Google’s new take on email. It’s a nifty app that attempts to completely change how you view and use email.

It introduces several features that really speed up your messaging experience, like the highlights feature that lets you read a portion of an email without you having to open it.

When Google released Inbox by Gmail, it was still a work in progress and so lacked some basic yet necessary features. Thankfully, Google has updated the app since then and the result is clear to see – the app runs great, works well, and is fun to use.

Here are 5 new features of Inbox by Gmail that make it the ultimate email productivity app.

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