How To Use YouTube Incognito Mode On Android

Incognito mode is something you find in browsers. It’s used when you want to keep your browsing private. It helps when you don’t want your search results to be impacted by whatever it is you’re searching for. All browsers, even mobile ones, have an incognito mode but on mobile, most apps that you use have an in-app browsers and you don’t normally have the option to switch over to incognito mode inside these in-app browsers. YouTube doesn’t come with an in-appbrowser but it now has an Incognito mode of its own. The YouTube incognito mode lets you use the app as though you were signed out of it.

YouTube Incognito Mode

YouTube incognito mode is, at present, an Android only feature. You need to update the app in order to use the feature.

Open YouTube and tap your profile thumbnail at the top right. This will take you to the Account screen. Here, you will see a ‘Turn on Incognito’ option. Tap it.

You will see an on-screen alert tell you that you’ve gone incognito. You can now browse YouTube and the videos you watch and the channels you browse will not have an impact on your watch history. Your subscription tab, your library, and your inbox tab will all be empty.

Going incognito will reset your regional settings too and the Trending tab will show you whatever is trending in your part of the world. You can change this setting as it isn’t strictly tied to a user account.

If you exit the app, and open it again, it will automatically exit incognito mode. If you want to manually exit YouTube incognito mode, click the incognito thumbnail at the top right, and from the menu that opens, select the ‘Turn off incognito’ option.

The point of incognito mode is to be able to watch videos without them having an impact on the suggested content you see on YouTube. Signing out of YouTube doesn’t give you access to age or region restricted videos so there’s little benefit to be had there. It’s easier to use than signing out and then signing back in again.

YouTube’s content suggestion isn’t the best. The second you watch a video that is unrelated to the content you normally watch your timeline will be littered with similar suggestions as though you’ve seen hours worth of that type of content. This isn’t particular to a special type of content category; if you watch a few kids’ videos on YouTube, your timeline will soon be a mess of cartoons, puppets, and dancing triangles.

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How To Reduce Background Noise In A Recording On Windows 10

Studio recording takes a lot of equipment. On top of all that, you need a room with good acoustics and no noisy neighbors. If you’re not looking for studio quiet, but just something that doesn’t sound terrible, you can get that at home. The bit of noise that you do record can be reduced or eliminated with software. Here’s how you can reduce background noise in a recording on Windows 10.

There are great paid apps that can do this but for our purpose, we’re going with a free and exceptionally popular app called Audacity that can do a lot of things, such as record speaker output, and reduce background noise. If you’ve already bought an app for editing sound files, check to see if it has a noise reduction feature and you can compare the results.

Reduce Background Noise

This works best if your recording has a bit of quiet in it at some point. By quiet, we mean there’s no voice. The noise will be there regardless if you’re speaking or not.

Download Audacity, install, and run it. Add the voice file to the app. The wave pattern will show you which parts are quiet. Use your mouse and click and drag over a quiet part to select it.

Go to Effects>Noise Reduction. In the window that opens, click Get Noise Profile, and then click Ok.

Next, select the part of the sound file that has the voice over. Repeat the same process as above; go to Effects>Noise Reduction and again, click Get Noise Profile. You can change the noise reduction level if you want, as well as play with the other two settings. Once you’re done, click Ok. The file’s wave pattern will change after the noise has been reduced. Play it and you will notice an obvious difference.

Once you’re satisfied with the result, go to File>Export and select a format to export it to.

You may want an app that does everything from video editing to sound editing but an app like that would be too resource hungry, not to mention ridiculously complex to learn and use. Audacity is one of the most popular audio editing apps in the market and it’s free. The price tag isn’t the best reason to use it though; it’s a capable app that’s been around for years.

If your sound file is too quiet after the noise reduction, you can check out the Amplify effect that Audacity has to make it louder. The noise will not be amplified, of course. Your preferred audio or video editor might have a similar setting. Check which gives you the best results.

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How To Use Siri To View Nutrition Information On iOS 12

Siri has come a long way since it was first introduced as a feature in iOS. For one, it now works on the desktop i.e., on macOS and it’s quite capable there as well. Siri can do more things since its inception and of course with each new iteration, the AI gets more and more capable. You can view Nutrition information on iOS 12 via Siri.

To view nutrition information on iOS 12, you need to invoke Siri. The trick is to know the correct command. There are a couple that work;

  • Show me nutrition information for (food name)
  • Is (food name) healthy?
  • How many calories are in (food name)?
  • How much fat is in (food name)? You can vary this question by replacing the ‘fat’ with cholesterol, or vitamin D, or something similar.

There are probably a few more commands that will work but these are the few we have for now.

Siri can’t pull up information for every food item there is. It’s not ready to compete with the database that MyFitnessPal has but for the food items it does support at the moment, you can view how many calories it has, how much fat it has and much of it is saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats, you can see how much cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, it has. For some foods like Milk you will see a break down of the vitamins and minerals it has.

Like all nutrition information, the values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. There is no way to change the quantity of a food item you see nutrition information for. For example, the coffee nutrition information is for 237g or 8 fl oz. You can’t change it to a larger or smaller quantity. The list of supported foods isn’t conclusive just yet. Siri has information for Milk, Lemonade, and Coffee but not for roasted chicken or an Apple.

This is a small feature in the grand scheme of things so it obviously wasn’t mentioned when iOS 12 was announced. That’s probably why there is no conclusive list of supported foods and it’s unlikely a lot of people are aware this feature exists at present.

If you use MyFitnessPal, and it’s connected to Apple Health, you know that it can sync nutrition information. Naturally, Apple will want to compete with that. Maybe Siri will be able to add nutrition information to the Health app too. Perhaps that won’t happen with the initial stable release of iOS 12 but with one of its later iterations.

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How To Change Your Whatsapp Phone Number

Your Whatsapp account is associated with a phone number. You can take your SIM out from one phone, and insert it into a different one and you can be up and running in no time. You can restore your chat history from a back-up of the chat but nothing will change. That said, you can change your Whatsapp phone number pretty easily if you ever need to. There’s a built-in option that lets you do it in a few taps.

Whatsapp Phone Number

Open Whatsapp and go to the Settings tab. Tap Account, and on the Account screen, tap Change Number. Tap Next on the Change Number screen.

Enter your current phone number i.e., the one currently associated with your Whatsapp account in the ‘Old phone number’ field. Next, enter the new number that you want to switch to in the ‘New phone number’ field. Tap Next, and then confirm that you want to make the change.

When you change your number, you have the option to notify your contacts about the change in number. Your groups get an alert no matter what. If you want, you can choose which of your contacts are informed about your new phone number.

Your account will be switched from the current phone number to the new one. You will need to verify that you have the new phone number, and once you do, your old SIM and phone number will no longer work with Whatsapp.

If you change your phone at the same time that you change your phone number, your chats won’t automatically sync to the new phone just because you transferred the number. You Whatsapp account information will move from the old phone number to the new one but that doesn’t include your chat history.

Your contacts will get an alert much like the one they get when there’s a change in your encryption key. Your contact information will update for your friends; they will not suddenly start receiving your messages from an unknown/new number.

If you don’t see the option to tell your contacts about the change in phone number, it’s because this is a new feature. To get it, you have to be on the latest version of the app. The feature is available for both Android and iOS users and there’s obviously an app update for both platforms.

Your contacts don’t need to be running the latest version of the app to be notified about the change of phone number.

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How To Set A Default App By File Type On Windows 10 1803

Every major Windows 10 update always does one thing; moves a few settings from the Control Panel to the Settings app. With Windows 10 1803, the Control Panel section that allowed users to set default apps by file types is gone. When you click that now deprecated option, you’re taken to the Settings app. When you click the button that allows you to select an app, you either have a few UWP apps to choose from, or you can go to the Microsoft store and download one from there. Here’s how you can get around the limitation and set a default app by file type on Windows 10 1803.

Default Apps By File Type

What you basically need is to get to a menu that lets you choose an app already installed on your system and set it as the default app. If the defaults weren’t already assigned when you installed the app there is a pretty simple way to do it.

You need to find the file type that you want to set the default for. If you already have it, that’s one step out of the way but if you don’t have one, there’s an easy work around to getting it.

Create a Notepad file, and change its extension to the one you want to associate a default app with.

Once you’ve created the file, right-click it and select the Open With option. The menu you see will be a familiar one. Scroll through the list of apps and at the bottom you will see a ‘Look for another app on this PC’ option and select the app you want to associate with it. Once you’re done, select the ‘Always use this app to open files’ option.

That’s about all it takes. You can delete the fake file that you created. Repeat this for all file types that you need to associate an app for. It’s a tedious way of doing things but that’s the only way there is. Microsoft seems to have made something that was simple a little more complicated and that’s not a surprise. It’s trying to simplify settings but the casualties keep piling on.

It doesn’t seem like Microsoft knows that the Control Panel doesn’t have to be killed off bit by bit. The Settings app can exist with it and offer users the easier interface they need to tweak their system. If everything from the Control Panel moves to the Settings app, it’s just a new app for users to learn their way around but without all the options the Control Panel had.

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