Category: Basics

Use Chrome’s picture-in-picture mode to watch videos while browsing other tabs


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. We all know the struggle. You’re watching a show, or a video, but you also really want to get work done or do some browsing, so you flip to other Chrome tabs. You’ll be able to hear your video, but not see it. It’s a compromise we’ve all made from time to time — but you don’t have to make it. Chrome actually has a built-in (albeit somewhat hard-to-find) picture-in-picture mode that lets you watch…

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How to set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. One of Facebook’s most subtly ingenious features is the birthday fundraiser. It prompts users to set one up on or near their birthday to raise money for various nonprofits — essentially capitalizing on the moment when everyone on your Facebook list suddenly remembers you exist to generate some social good. The company launched the feature in 2017. Originally Facebook collected a fee from the money raised, but it no longer does. So whatever your friends,…

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How to add Apple Pay to your Watch ahead of your next gym visit


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple today revealed it’s offering a rewards program to incentivize going to the gym by making certain ones “Apple Watch Connected.” Now when you make more of an effort to close your rings, you’ll be earning rewards. At the moment, the connected gyms include several from familiar franchises: OrangeTheory, Crunch Fitness, YMCA, and Basecamp. The rewards vary based on which gym you go to, with some benefiting you personally and others benefiting the community — most…

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How to add people to Twitter lists without notifying them


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Twitter lists are a useful, if little-discussed feature that allow you to group your many different follows into coherent categories. If you’re like me and follow people from a wide swathe of society, you might find it helpful to break them down into lists. That way you can check those lists when you’re interested in seeing updates from, for example, personal friends or news sites. But if you’re like me in another way, you’re kind…

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Your beginner’s guide to Honey, the anti-Amazon shopping extension


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Honey is a browser extension that purportedly helps you find the best price for your items by automatically price-matching items and automatically applying coupon codes. It’s garnered quite a following, and was purchased in November by PayPal. It’s pretty nifty — my colleague Yessi listed it as her favorite thing on the internet last year. One of the truths of the internet is that Amazon‘s prices operate on an inscrutable formula — they fluctuate and…

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How to turn your iPhone into a Google security key


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Google recently revealed it was giving iPhone users the same security as their Android brothers, by making your phone the equivalent of a key. No more dealing with SMS codes… just one Google app on your phone. Whereas before you’d have to buy a physical key to get this same level of protection, now all you need is the Google Smart Lock app. Here’s everything you need to know to get started. [Read: PSA: Your Android…

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WhatsApp finally gets dark mode on Android — here’s how to enable it


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. WhatsApp is finally getting dark mode on mobile — but only for Android for the time being, so iPhone users will have to wait a little longer. There’s another catch: the feature works solely through the app‘s latest beta version, which is already available on Google Play. Those signed up for the beta program should actually get the update automatically. If not, you can always enter the program to get the dark theme. [Read: How to…

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Here’s how to check your AirPods’ firmware version


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. If you’re an avid tech news hound, headphone enthusiast, or Apple follower, you might’ve heard about the recent issue with noise-cancelation on the AirPods Pro. Basically, a firmware update (the alluringly named 2C54) has reduced the effectiveness of this sound-supressing feature for many users. Now, you might be suffering from this very issue — or maybe you’re just interested in the particulars of your AirPod‘s firmware version — but whatever the reason for being here is,…

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How to enable 144Hz (or higher) on your expensive gaming monitor


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. You just blew your pockets empty on a flashy new monitor. You eagerly awaited its delivery, tore through the boxes like a savage, and rushed to set it up immediately. You swiftly load up your favorite game, excited for a new high FPS experience. But there’s something wrong. “WTF,” you exclaim, “things look exactly the same.” Does that sound familiar? Well, in that case, you should know that support for 144Hz (or higher) isn’t enabled…

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What exactly is 4K resolution and why’s it called that?


Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Been near technology in the past couple of years? Then you’ll have definitely seen 4K plastered across pretty much every screen or bit of media. But what actually is it? And why’s it called that? Well, we’ve got the answers! What is 4K? Basically, it’s a type of display resolution. And what’s resolution? When it comes to displays and screens, resolution is simply the number of pixels (AKA colored dots) they can show. This translates directly to…

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