There is a piedpiper.com

 There is a piedpiper.com

Making it more real than ever, there is now a piedpiper.com website, completes with the “technology” behind the startup and bio description of its “founders”. Well this is all for HBO’s latest “Silicon Valley” series, a show by Mike Judge (Office Space) about startups in the valley. And the latest news is HBO has just renewed the show for second season in 2015. 

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook

Facebook announced in March that it is launching video ads that will automatically play on your News Feed. These autoplay video ads are slated to roll out in late April. The ad is 15-seconds video that will start playing without sound as it appears on screen and stop if you scroll past it. When you tap on the video ad, it will expand into full-screen view and sound will start.

You can’t opt out of the video ads, but you can disable it from playing automatically. Log in to Facebook in your browser, click on the arrow at the end of Facebook menu bar, and then select Settings in the drop-down menu.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook

On the left menu bar of the Settings page, click on “Videos” at the very bottom. You might not see this “Videos” option if Facebook has yet to roll out video ads to your account.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook select videos

On the Videos setting page, you can see that by default Facebook has enabled autoplay videos in your feed. Click on the arrow drop-down to change to “Off” to disable autoplay.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook video settings

Call it clever or scheming, this Video settings only applied for Facebook on the web. It is completely separated from Facebook mobile apps.

Unfortunately there is no way to completely shut off autoplay for video ads on Facebook for iOS. The best you can do is to setup so that video ads will autoplay only when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.

To setup, go to Settings app and select Facebook. Tap on Settings and tap to switch on “Auto-play on Wi-Fi only”.

How to disable autoplay for video ads on Facebook on iOS

By restricting autoplay to Wi-Fi, your mobile data plan will be a lesser hit. And you’d have save precious battery life especially if you’re on Facebook a lot. Hopefully one day Facebook will come to its senses by allowing us to disable autoplay completely.

How to mute Gmail inbox conversations

Email Reply-All conversations can be a nuisance at times, especially when it is a thread that just won’t die or you have no interest in the thread. Wish you could shout out loud “Please stop replying to all!!”? If you’re using Gmail, you can silently drop out of the conversations using the “mute” feature.

When you mute an email conversations in Gmail, all new messages to you in the thread will bypass the Inbox and will be archived. To mute, open the email thread, click on the More button on the message toolbar. Select Mute from the drop down box.

How to mute Gmail inbox conversations

You can also use the Gmail keyboard shortcut m to quickly mute conversations.

Muted messages are not marked as read and are searchable. Type is:muted into your Gmail search box to find all muted conversations.

To unmute a thread and join back the conversations, simply click the More button and select Unmuted from the menu.

Mac Desks

Mac Desks

Finally a site that showcases Mac desktop for you get inspirations for your next home deco. Head over to MacDesks.com for a picture gallery that is dedicated to Mac desktop. The best part is you can submit your own desk.

Keynote updated to support animated GIFs

Keynote updated to support animated GIFs

Right on the heels of Office for iPad release, Apple has updated iWork for Mac, iOS and iCloud with numerous new features and bug fixes. One of the highlight as least for us is the support of animated GIFs in Keynote. Finally.

Recover up to GB of hard drive space by removing unused versions of Google Chrome for OS X

For unknown reason, Google Chrome for OS X is keeping older versions of itself inside the app bundle. You can recover up to GB of hard disk space by removing old versions of Google Chrome.

Go to Finder and look under “\Applications” folder for Google Chrome app. Right click on the icon, and on the popup menu select “Show Package Contents”. Navigate to Contents > Versions. Delete all version folders except for the latest. 

Recover up to GB of hard drive space by removing unused versions of Google Chrome for OS X 

Depending on your setup, we have seen people saving up to 6GB of hard disk space by removing unused “versions” of Google Chrome for OS X. Give it a try and leave us comments on how much space you have saved up using this method.

How to disable photo tagging in Twitter

How to disable photo tagging in Twitter

Twitter has become more like Facebook with the rolling out of photo tagging feature. You can tag up to 10 people in a photo, and each tweet now can contain up to 4 photos. That’s how you can embarrass 40 people at once in just 140 characters.

This is good news for Twitter and horrifying news for those who scream discretion. By default, anyone can tag you in the photo that they tweet. Here’s how to change this settings.

Twitter.com

At Twitter.com website, click on the gear icon gear-icon that is located at right corner of menu bar. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

How to disable photo tagging in Twitter privacy settings

Click on “Security and privacy” on the menu on the left. Under Privacy section, the default for Photo Tagging is “Allow anyone to tag me on photos”. Click to change it to “Only allow people I follow to tag me in photos” or “Do not allow anyone to tag me in photos” for some privacy. Remember to click on “Save Changes” button at bottom of the page to save your new settings.

Twitter for iOS

Make sure you have the latest version of Twitter on your iPhone or iPad. Tap on the “Me” tab and click on the gear icon gear-icon. On the popup menu, select “Settings” and select your Twitter account.

How to disable photo tagging in Twitter iOS app

Tap on “Photo tagging” to change your photo tagging settings in Twitter. Tap the “Photo tagging” switch to turn it off. This is equivalent to the “Do not allow anyone to tag me in photos” settings on Twitter.com website.

Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft Office for iPad

Finally, Microsoft released Office for iPad today, unveiled by its new CEO Satya Nadella. And you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad free from the App Store, but with a catch. A subscription to Office 365 is required in order to be able to edit your documents. Otherwise you can only use the apps for viewing and presenting.

Office 365 is a subscription plan that gives you free use of Office apps on multiple platforms (PC, Macs, iOS, Android, web), bundled together with OneDrive cloud storage. For home and family, Office 365 Home Premium is available at $10 per month or $100 per year. This plan allows you to use Office on up to 5 PC/Mac and 5 tablets and includes 20GB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 free Skype world minutes per month. You can sign up for a 30-day trial.

Amazon is quick to take advantage of this launch by having a sale of Office 365 Home Premium one year subscription at $67.15. This is a saving of $32.84, one-third of the normal retail price.  And it comes with free shipping. If you’re destined to use Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your iPad, grab this offer before it expires.

Microsoft will release a new Office 365 Personal plan later in the spring at $7 per month or $70 per year. The Personal plan is limited to one desktop computer and one tablet, and includes the same 20GB OneDrive storage and 60 minutes monthly Skype world call as its Office 365 Home Premium plan.

Download Microsoft Office for iPad on the App Store.

Check your Google account recent activities

Check your Google account recent activity

In case you’re worried about someone else using your Google account, there is a nice Recent Activity security report of your Google account. The webpage list the log of devices that has recently been used to sign in to your Google account. There is even an accompanied map of the location based on your device/computer’s IP address. Google account recent activity report is at https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity.