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Twitter has introduced a new feature that allows you to easily save tweets. With the new featur people don’t have to be forced to like a tweet just to keep it for later. That feature is called Bookmarks.What is Twitter’s New Bookmarks Feature
Before the Bookmarks feature was released, if you came across a tweet you liked, you would have to either like it or send it to yourself to read it later. If you left it in your feed thinking you could find it later, you probably didn’t have much luck with that.How Twitter’s New Bookmarks Feature Works
Don’t worry if you don’t see the option just yet since Twitter is rolling out the option as fast as it can. It’s only a matter of time before you get it. Twitter has been working on this feature since October of last month.Conclusion
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Smart assistants have reached the point where they can help you with just about anything, but they aren’t restricted to smart speakers or the smartphone in your pocket—they work just as well on your computer, too.
Whether you’re using a desktop or laptop, we’ll show you how to get Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa up and running. If you prefer the built-in Windows and macOS options—Cortana and Siri, respectively—we’ve got those covered as well. We won’t dive too deep into the assistants’ voice commands or features, but we will touch on some of the common ones.Amazon Alexa
Amazon has an official Windows app, which you can download and install from here. A recent update added hands-free voice control, which means you can now shout, “Hey, Alexa,” and get the assistant to do your bidding without touching the mouse or keyboard.
Launch the app and you’ll be asked to sign in with your Amazon account (you’ll need one to use Alexa). If you want to use voice control or hands-free operation, you’ll next need to give the app permission to access your computer’s microphone. You can always change these allowances later in the app’s settings.
Any of the voice commands you’re used to saying to your Amazon Echo work on Windows as well. Just use the “Alexa” wake-up word, followed by your request. Ask to hear music, check the weather forecast, look up information from the internet, and so on.
No official Alexa app for macOS exists yet, but Reverb is a fine (and free) substitute. After installing Reverb from the Mac App Store, sign in with your Amazon credentials, and you’ll be able to start speaking commands to your MacBook or Mac desktop.
Reverb is a neat option for getting Alexa on a Mac. David Nield
Another option is to use Alexa on the web. This will work anywhere you can use a browser, from Chromebooks to MacBooks to Linux computers. Fire up Alexa in the Browser, built by developer Sam Machin, and you’ll again need to log in with your Amazon account, then allow the site to use your computer’s microphone.Google Assistant
You can get a taste of Google Assistant’s functionality on the web. David Nield
At the time of writing there’s no way to get Google Assistant on a Windows or macOS computer, at least not in its full form. As far as desktops and laptops go, Google seems to be saving Google Assistant for Chrome OS computers, which often have a dedicated button that launches the utility.
However, you can load up Google in any web browser on any computer, then tap the microphone icon, to get an approximation of the Google Assistant experience. You’ll need to grant the website access to your computer’s microphone to say commands like: “What is the weather going to be like tomorrow?” or “How old is Barack Obama?” Google will then read responses back to you as search results show up on your screen.
If you’re signed into your Google account, it works even better. Simply ask, “What’s next on my calendar?” or “Show me my photos from Sydney,” and Google will tap into Google Calendar and Google Photos to complete your request.
Ultimately, this is just voice control of the Google search engine, though, not the proper Google Assistant. You can’t stream music, for example, or control your home’s smart lights. For all those extra commands, you’ll need to wait for Google to release an official desktop app.Windows and Cortana
Cortana is ready to do your bidding in Windows. David Nield
To have Cortana respond to “Hey, Cortana,” no keyboard or mouse is necessary. Simply go to Windows Settings via the cog icon on the Start menu, then select Cortana and Talk to Cortana. The same dialog box also lets you set up a keyboard shortcut for the assistant and have it appear on your computer’s lock screen.
Besides the usual assistant commands covering weather, calendar appointments, and more, Cortana can also control different parts of your computer. For example, you can tell Cortana to turn Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on or off, or to launch specific apps.
As yet, there’s no way to launch Cortana on anything other than a Windows computer. No web interface is available, so that’s not an option, and there’s no program either. If you absolutely must have Microsoft’s smart assistant on your Mac, your only option is to install a Windows emulator such as Parallels Desktop.macOS and Siri
Siri comes built into macOS, and gives you lots of options. David Nield
Open the Apple menu on your Mac, then choose System Preferences and Siri to set how the digital assistant works on your macOS computer. You can enable or disable the “Hey, Siri,” voice activation, control Siri’s presence on the lock screen, configure a keyboard shortcut, and turn voice responses on or off.
As with Cortana, you can get Siri to control your computer. Commands include: “Turn Bluetooth on” (or off), “Lower the volume,” “Make the screen brighter,” and “How much disk space is available?” You can also use Siri to launch individual apps such as Safari and Mail.
Unfortunately for Windows users with a fondness for Siri—and perhaps with an iPhone—it doesn’t look like Apple will be pushing its digital assistant to non-Apple hardware anytime soon. While some Apple apps are available through a web browser and the iCloud portal, Siri isn’t one of them.
This story has been updated. It was originally published on January 12, 2023.
You know what you want to watch—but where can you watch it? In the age of streaming, we often sit down to screen a favorite film… and then waste precious relaxation time looking for it on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime before finally coughing up some money to buy it on Apple TV. With so many competing streaming services and digital-download providers, it’s not always obvious where you can find specific shows and movies.
But knowing where to look doesn’t just save you time and frustration; it will also help you decide which services to subscribe to and which streaming devices to buy.
Luckily, we have a few tips to help you track down that elusive content. Follow these steps to work out where you can access digital versions of the movies and television shows you want to watch.How to find where TV shows and movies are streaming online
GoWatchIt has since become JustWatch, but it still lets you type in a show name and instantly see where you can stream it. David Nield
When you stream videos through your web browser, you can find them by visiting a different site altogether. Several online portals let you query multiple streaming services at once. Simply type in the name of the television show or movie you’re interested in watching, and you can instantly see where it’s available.How to find where TV shows and movies are streaming on your phone
Google now shows streaming options in its search results. David Nield
When you’re on your phone, you don’t need to visit a separate site to find out where to stream your planned viewing. A couple of the primary video apps will dig these options up for you.
The television app built into iOS aims to sync your viewing across multiple devices. But it also has a secondary application: It can tell you if the shows and movies you look up might be available on other platforms, such as Disney Plus and Amazon. Just tap Search to look up the content in question, then tap the link you want to open the relevant app.
Likewise, when you search for a particular video, the Google TV app for Android will display your viewing options, including, Hulu, HBO Max, and Peacock. Again, you can jump into the relevant app with a tap.
At the time of writing, the same functionality hasn’t appeared in Google Play Movies & TV for iOS. Instead, if you want an alternative to Apple TV, just run a Google search, as mentioned in the previous section. You can do this through your mobile web browser or with the Google app for iOS. This works on Android as well.How to find where TV shows and movies are streaming on an Apple TV
The Apple TV has a comprehensive search function. Apple
To use this feature, you have a couple options. You might head to the home screen’s Search app and type in your keywords. Or, wherever you might be in the Apple TV interface, you can hold down the remote’s Siri button and speak your search terms aloud.
As you would expect, the Apple TV defaults to showing you the options available in the Apple TV app. However, if other apps have the same content, you can find these alternatives by hitting the Open In button on the results page.How to find where TV shows and movies are streaming on an Android TV
Android TV includes built-in search options. Google
If you own an Android TV or an Android TV box, you can search for content in multiple apps, as well as the default Google TV portal. Based on our testing, an Android TV device can dig up content from Apple TV Plus, YouTube, and Hulu, among other services.
From the home screen, just move up to the top of the screen and type the name of a show or movie into the search box. Once you’re there, you can also tap select and speak your keywords out loud. If your device has a remote with a microphone button, you can also hold down this key to run a voice search from anywhere in the interface.
The results appear in a pop-up pane on top of the interface. Then you can select one of the apps—Disney Plus, Google TV, or wherever the film or show is available—that has the content you want.How to find where TV shows and movies are streaming on an Amazon Fire device
With any Amazon Fire TV device, you’ll see a search option in the top left-hand corner. Insignia
According to Amazon, the universal search feature on its Fire TV devices lets you hunt through the catalogs of more than 75 different apps and providers. The list includes Netflix, Hulu, and HBO, as well as Amazon Prime Video. This means it can turn up results that include both streaming and for-purchase options.
To search for your favorite film or show, navigate to the Search icon (the magnifying glass) in the top left-hand corner. As you tap out your query, you should see results start to appear on screen, allowing you to pick the right one. If your Fire TV device supports voice search, you can also hold down the microphone button on the supplied remote and state your search terms.How to find where TV shows and movies are streaming on a Roku device
Roku devices let you search across multiple channels. Roku
If you’ve own a Roku TV stick or box, you can enjoy its own powerful search function. This feature lets you scour the available titles on many major platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo, Amazon, and more.
Taking screenshots is quite easy on macOS, but to a new Mac user with Windows experience, it may seem a bit confusing. Screenshots are saved directly to the Desktop as opposed to Windows’ style of pasting them to the clipboard or being saved in the “Pictures” folder. You might be used to that on your previous Windows system and might want to change it on macOS. Here we show you how to do both: change where your Mac screenshots are save, and save screenshots to the clipboard.How to change where screenshots are saved
If you’re using macOS Mojave, changing the screenshot location is very easy. We’ve detailed the steps for this below:
1. Press Command + Shift + 5.
4. Navigate to and select a folder where you want your screenshots to be saved.
5. From now on all of your screenshots will be saved to your specified location.
If you’re using an older version of macOS, you’ll need to use Terminal to change the location where you screenshots will be saved.
1. Select the folder you want to save your screenshots to. You can select or make a folder wherever you want to and name it whatever you like.
3. Type in the following code:defaults
4. Press your keyboard’s spacebar to add a period after the line of code.
5. Specify the location of your folder by dragging and dropping your selected folder onto the Terminal window. Alternatively, if you’re familiar with identifying and specifying folder locations, you can type the location in Terminal.
6. Press Enter.
7. Type in the following command to make sure the changes take place:
3. Make sure you don’t delete the folder you created/specified for the screenshots.
If at any time you want to revert to the original screenshot location (Desktop), type the following lines of code in Terminal and press Enter (after each line):defaults
com.apple.screencapture location ~
DesktopHow to save a screenshot to the clipboard
As was mentioned earlier, the Print screen function in macOS works a bit differently compared to Windows. In Windows the screenshot is saved to the clipboard, after which you need to open up Paint, Photoshop or any other photo-editing software and paste the photo to get the actual JPEG/PNG screenshot file.
This power feature is easier and useful if you’re just taking screenshots to add into a document and want to avoid the clutter of multiple screenshot files on your hard drive. Fortunately, you can also do the same on macOS:
1. Press Command + Shift + 4 to take a standard screenshot.
2. Press and hold Control while you use your mouse/trackpad to select the screen region you want to save to the screenshot.
3. Your screenshot will be saved to the clipboard. You can now paste it wherever it’s needed.
Alternatively, you can also use the method detailed above to change the default screenshot location to the clipboard. You won’t need to press Control at all. Simply select “Clipboard” in the Options menu:
Let us know below if you found these tips helpful.
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We’ve probably all accidentally closed a program without saving what we were working on at some point. It’s a scary feeling, wondering if you’ve just lost the progress you made. This is why knowing how to save your edits in Lightroom is important since you don’t want to lose any changes you’ve made to your images.
But won’t Lightroom save automatically? And what are the different options for saving images? Let’s go over everything you’ll need to know about saving edits in Lightroom.Does Lightroom Automatically Save?
When editing photos in Lightroom, you’ll want to know if Lightroom will save your edits if the program closes before you manually save the image.
The simple answer is yes – Lightroom will automatically save your edits once you exit the program.
However, the way that images are saved differs depending on whether you’re working in Lightroom Classic or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (also known as Lightroom CC).
The two programs have similarities and differences in how they save images, so it is important to understand how each one saves your edits so that you don’t lose your work.How Lightroom Classic Saves Your Edits
When Lightroom Classic saves your images automatically, it will save them to the Lightroom Catalog. However, you can also set Lightroom to save changes as a separate file next to the image file.Saving To The Lightroom Catalog
The Lightroom Catalog is Lightroom’s way of storing your images, separate from the files on your computer. Therefore, if you save an image to the Lightroom Catalog, the edit data stays there. You’ll only be able to access the edited image from within the catalog. You won’t see the edits if you open the same original image file in a separate catalog.
This also means that if you delete the catalog, the edit data for the images in that catalog will be deleted along with it (though the original photos themselves will remain in your files). So it’s important to save images as separate files once you’ve finished editing them.Saving Changes As XMP files
At the top of the Catalog Settings window, you’ll see different tabs where you can adjust settings. Head to the Metadata tab.
Check the box next to Automatically write changes into XMP (if it is already checked, you’re already saving your edits as XMP files, so leave it checked).
Now, if you access the root folder, you’ll notice separate XMP files next to the image files. When you edit an image, an XMP file is created containing those edits, which is useful if you want to access those specific edits from other catalogs.Understanding How Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Saves Images
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the newer version of Lightroom, is cloud-integrated, so there is no need for catalogs. Instead, any changes you make are automatically synced to the Adobe cloud. You’ll be able to see your editing data whenever you’re logged into your account and have a stable internet connection.How To Save Photos You Have Edited In Lightroom
While Lightroom will save the edit data automatically to the catalog, if you’d like to save the image as a new file on your computer with the edited changes, you’ll want to use one of the two best file formats: TIFF or JPEG. The file type you should use to save the image depends on several factors.Saving As TIFF
The Export Window will appear. Here, you can name your file and set an export location.
Exporting your images as a TIFF file keeps the raw file data and the adjustments you’ve made. This means you can re-open a TIFF file in Lightroom another time, and all the adjustments will be available for you to see and edit.
This is useful for any files you may come back to, though it isn’t the best if you plan to store or share lots of TIFF files because of the large size. You’ll need lots of space if you’re working with TIFF files often.Saving As JPEG
The other option is to save your image as a JPEG. This will preserve the size while compressing the raw data and baking the edit data into the picture. You won’t be able to access the edit data to change it again, but the file will be considerably smaller and better for sharing.
Give your image a name and save location.
Then, scroll down to the File Settings section. From the menu next to Image Format, find and select the JPEG format (it may already be selected).
The bot problem on Twitter is real and very much evident. The micro-blogging platform has been swarmed with bots for quite a long time and it is becoming really difficult to escape its clutches. If you’re a regular Twitter user, there surely must have been times when you have encountered a spam bot that was spreading information wildly. The bots are usually used to spread fake news stories and political propaganda, which is now being seen as the biggest problem with Twitter at the moment. However, you can still try to keep your Twitter account free of bots by identifying them on the platform.Tips to Recognize Twitter Bots
Look out For Bogus Account Names
The easiest way to filter out bots from amongst the Twitterverse is through the usernames, which may not conform to their identity or the function they serve. You can easily guess that a username belongs to a human by instinct, as they’d look thought out, whereas a bot’s username may contain too many symbols, numbers or fake names, exposing their identity.
Detect Duplicacy of Profile Pictures
This should be one of the initial steps that you should perform to judge the authenticity of a profile on Twitter. Since the number of bots on the platform is too high, there is a possibility that the people creating bots are reusing their profile or cover images to save time and deploy more spam profiles.
Direct Response Within Seconds of Tweeting
There are numerous types of bots that’ve been deployed on Twitter to spam your account but the one that’s the easiest to spot is the topic-related spambot. It is activated when you send out tweets related to a certain topic, almost instantly. The bot may follow you, reply to your tweet or add you to their Twitter list, while attracting you to follow them as well.
Check out Twitter Account Activity
In terms of indicators, the activity of a Twitter account trails alongside the username and profile picture. There could be one of two scenarios. Either the bot was recently activated and has sent out a single tweet, with high engagement figures or the bot has sent a huge number of tweets in a rather small window of time.
You can calculate the account activity of any Twitter user by diving the number of tweets by the number of days it has been active on the platform. You can check the joining date of the user by hovering over the Joined ‘month/year’ tag under the profile.
There are a diverse set of benchmarks to decide whether an account is bot-controlled. But, if the activity varies between 50-75 tweets per day then it is regarded as suspicious. It can be tagged highly suspicious if the number of tweets exceed 144 per day, a pattern uncommon for human users. The bot account shown above displays an activity of about 59 tweets per day.
Check ‘Bot Score’ of Twitter Account
Since social media has become a core element of our society, researchers are now working on methods to make it easy to identify bots on Twitter. The researchers at Indiana and Northeastern University has developed a new tool called Botometer, which tells you the likelihood of a Twitter user being a bot. It’s difficult to determine an absolute threshold percentage to detect bots but the closer the score is to 100%, the probability of the account being a bot increases.
Here are two screenshots, one showing the bot score of my Twitter account (30%) and the other showing bot score of an online news spambot (58%). The tool employs a wide range of signals, such as user behavior, emotional content, and other feature types to set the rating. However, it is not always accurate.
Semantic Similarity (Common Content)
Ideally, it should be difficult to catch spambots on any platform, be it Twitter, but we can detect them because of time and money constraints. It is common to see spam bots post the same tweets, across all of its accounts as per a part of some strategy, giving away the secret of their identity.
Beware of Twitter Botnets
The spamming bot accounts do not operate singularly. A collection of these bot accounts is said to be controlled by a spammer, who can spread the word about anything by using this network of automated Twitter accounts. You should be cautious of spam accounts as they propagate malicious links and false news, which may result in voicing a wrong opinion on the topic without taking into account all the necessary facts. The bots could also be used to make any topic trend and spread hate speech across the platform, which is not the purpose of the crisp format of Twitter. You can check whether you’re conversing with a propaganda bot on Twitter with the use of the chúng tôi tool.
Amplification of Content
This is possibly the worst consequence of the presence of bots on Twitter. The spammer is known to tweet a politically-charged message or factually incorrect news from one of the bot accounts, which is spread around the platform like crazy by companion bot accounts. You’ll notice that the one odd tweet that is present on the bot account has more likes and retweets than most influencers on the platform.
This activity from the spambots has resulted in the spread of politically incorrect info and other rage-infused messages across Twitter, which has been sighted as the biggest problem with the platform right now. It is due to the platform’s openness that the bots are operating freely without any checks and balances.Twitter’s Responsibility
Though Twitter has started implementing new policies to weed out and block bots on its platform, there is still a long way to go. It has already made changes to the policies that prevent you from cyber-bullying, hate speech and handing even more power to users to report users and help improve the micro-blogging platform. It is high-time Twitter lay out the groundwork to stop bots else it’ll affect the credibility of the news-focused platform it has been trying to become in the past year.
SEE ALSO: 15 Best Twitter Tips and Tricks You Should KnowIdentify Bots on Twitter, Stop Spam!
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