Express yourself with Disney Gif keyboard extension for iOS with characters from Inside Out, Frozen, Toy Story, Star Wars

Disney Gif keyboard extension for iOS

Disney has a new Disney Gif” app which is a keyboard extension for iOS. With this new keyboard, you can easily share over 200 animated GIFs and Emojis with characters from Inside Out, Frozen, Toy Story, The Lion King, Star Wars, Up, Finding Nemo etc.

Once the app is installed, you need to enable it from Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. Select Disney Gif and switch on “Allow Full Access”. “Allow Full Access” is required for any third party keyboard in iOS to function properly. Disney has put up a disclaimer on its app description to affirm that the app tracks anonymous usage for the function of the app and is not snooping on you.

A NOTE ON ALLOWING FULL ACCESS:
Why does Disney Gif need “full access”? Full access allows Disney Gif to get awesome gifs from the Internet so you can add them to your messages. Without full access, Disney Gif cannot do either. 

Disney Gif does not and cannot track keystrokes for any other keyboards (including the standard Apple keyboard). Disney Gif cannot access any private information stored on your phone. Disney Gif can only track what GIFs are being used at an anonymous and aggregated level. This anonymous data helps us to improve the quality of the gifs we make available and overall happiness with the app.

Once the keyboard is enabled, you can then choose Disney Gif as your keyboard by tapping on the globe icon to toggle to the keyboard. Or press and hold on the globe icon and then select Disney Gif from the menu. You can preview a GIF in full size by tap and hold on it.

Disney Gif is a free app with in-app purchase for premium contents. Currently there are two premium packs each at $0.99 for GIFs and Emojis from Frozen. More premium packs are expected in the future for your emotional GIF sending.

Disney Gif on the App Store

How to unsend an email in Gmail

Google has made email unsend an official feature in Gmail. This feature was available for years, hidden under the “Labs” beta section. It is now open, first to Gmail personal account and for the web version of Gmail. With this feature enabled on your Gmail account, you can unsend email up to 30 seconds after you hit “Send”.

To enable email unsend, goto Gmail.com Settings page under General tab. Scroll down to locate “Undo Send”.

Undo Send in Gmail

Click on the tick box to “Enable Undo Send”. You also will need to choose how long (either 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds) is the cancellation period. Click the “Save Changes” button at bottom of the page to save the setting.

The next time you send an email, a thin yellow box with the text “Your message has been sent” will appear on the top of the screen just below the search bar.

Unsend Gmail email

Click the “Undo” button to stop the email from sending. Do it quick as the undo option will disappear once the cancellation period is over.

How to view a cached version of a web page

Search engine such as Google keeps a cached version of every web page when its search bot crawls the page for its search index. The cached version is handy if the page that you used to visit is no longer available. Or the web server is under high load that it has problem serving you the page.

To get the cached page from Google, enter this inside Google search:

cache:http://www.domain.com/page.html

For example to view the cached version of MacBook page at http://www.apple.com/macbook/, enter:

cache:http://www.apple.com/macbook/ 

This query will redirect you to a page under Google at webcache.googleusercontent.com. 

How to view a cached version of a web page

On the top of the page is a banner indicating it is a Google cached version, with a timestamp when Google bot took the snapshot of the page.

Download Wikipedia article as PDF

On the left pane of a Wikipedia article is the “Download as PDF” link which will generate a nicely formatted PDF version of the article. This is great when you need to read the article offline on your iPhone or iPad.

Download Wikipedia article as PDF

The PDF export tool is available only on the desktop version of Wikipedia. When you’re on your iPhone, change to view the desktop version of Wikipedia in order to download the article as PDF.

Search Google for a quick countdown timer

Search Google for quick countdown timer

If you’re in need of a quick countdown timer while on the web, you can search Google with the word “timer”. On top of the search results will be a simple timer which you can start, stop, reset, mute the alert and even enlarge it to fullscreen. By default it is a 5 minutes timer. To change it, click on the timer to edit the duration.

Can’t get enough of Kindle freebies?

KindleFreebies sub Reddit

We’ve highlighted tips on how to find free Kindle books on Amazon.com. If you find yourself too lazy to do the search, check out KindleFreebies, a sub-Reddit with free Kindle books discovered and submitted by members. Each link is tagged with a helpful coloured label for the book category. A quick click will bring you directly to Amazon.com for quick download. Check the book price for $0.0 before you click the buy button, as the free offers are time limited.

Use Bing app to translate web page

Bing for iOS from Microsoft is not just an app for web search, it has Bing Translator feature that allows you to quickly translate foreign web page. To make it convenient for users, Microsoft has created a “Bing Translator” action extension for a quick language translation.

To get started, first install the Bing app from the Apple App Store. Action extension requires iOS 8. Once the Bing app is on your iPhone, you can access the “Bing Translator” action on all apps that support the share sheet for a web link.

Take Safari mobile as an example. Visit a foreign page, tap the Share button on the toolbar and select the “Bing Translator” on the share sheet to start the translation.

Use Bing app to translate web page

If you do not see the “Bing Translator” button, scroll all the way to the right, tap on the “More” button, and turn on the switch for “Bing Translator”.

Bing Translator iOS

Make a “Never Played” iTunes playlist

Make a Never Played iTunes playlist

Too many songs, and too little time. Chances are there are large number of songs in your iTunes library that you have never heard. To discover those unplayed songs, create a smart playlist in iTunes with the rule that matches “Plays is 0”. Named the playlist whatever you like, play the songs and recall with relish why you bought them in the first place.

A web app that might help you to de-stress

Pixel Thought Destress Web App

If you’re too bogged down by the demands in life or having a stressful day in the office, this simple small web app PixelThoughts might help you to ease and relax. Simply enter what’s bothering your mind and watch the screen. Make sure your speaker volume is turned on.

How old do you look?

How old do I look?

How-Old.net is a web app that will guess your age from photo, and it is by none other than Microsoft. It is more of a fun way for Microsoft to experiment with its facial recognition technology. The app can detect your pet dog from a human, but it can’t differentiate a CGI alien from us (is there really a human being with blue skin tone?). Judging by the few photos we tested, the result is often far from accurate. Safe to say that SkyNet or the rise of the machines is not happening soon if state of the art technology is in used.