How to Create Price Alerts For Holiday Shopping Deals

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, one of the biggest spending holidays is still on the horizon: Christmas! While savvy shoppers may have gotten their Christmas shopping out of the way during the year’s two biggest days for deals, there are more savings to come as retailers work to clear out their inventory before the new year.

With plenty of year-ending online sales left to be scavenged, it’s worth it to know some of the best ways of having the internet do the hardest parts of shopping for you. Comparison shopping is tough and time-consuming, but we know two web services that can save you a lot of time.

If there’s a particular store or item that you’ve got your eye on before Christmas, there are two great ways that you can monitor them and know when great online deals come up or a specific price is met. 

In this article, let’s go over these two ways how you can get ahead of other shoppers by using Slickdeals and Keepa for automated price alerts.

Slickdeals

If you’re big on shopping, you’ve probably heard of Slickdeals. Slickdeals is fresh off of celebrating its 20th anniversary, offering 20 consecutive days of hand-picked deals to fans of its website. While Slickdeals’ frontpage is a well-recognized revolving door of up-to-date deals, you may not know about arguably its best feature – deal alerts.

Slickdeals’ custom deal alerts have personally saved me hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, and they can do the same for you. All you have to do is sign up for a Slickdeals account and navigate to the Deal Alerts page.

Once you’ve chosen a keyword for a product you’re interested in, add it by typing it and hitting the Enter key. You can then click More Options to fine-tune your price alert.

These options are what make Slickdeals deal alerts so powerful. You can change the target forum, notification method, frequency, and deal rating threshold.

By downloading the Slickdeals app on iOS or Android, you open yourself up to deals on the go with Slickdeals’ mobile push notifications. Selecting instant frequency, rather than daily, means that the moment a matching deal is posted, as long as it meets your rating threshold, you’ll know about it.

The rating threshold slider may be the most important option on this page. Defaulting to +2, this refers to the number of net upvotes required before your alert is triggered. The non-numerical values refer to special and featured ratings. 

For this value, you’ll want to use Any for products you’re extremely eager to purchase, but maybe something higher, such as Popular, for a product you’re only interested in if the deal is particularly good, as picked by the community.

When satisfied, click on the Add Alert button.

You can add as many deals as you want, and these can be defined by keyword, or store or brand name (if supported by Slickdeals). For stores and brands, you can even combine multiple into a single alert.

If you end up finding these deal alerts useful on the web, we definitely recommend installing the app on your phone for instant push notifications (as shown above).

Keepa

If you’ve heard of CamelCamelCamel, Keepa is similar, but we believe that Keepa’s browser extensions and charts are much more intuitive and powerful.

Keepa is an Amazon and eBay price tracking service that features price history charts, price drop and availability alerts, and more. Although Keepa only supports Amazon and eBay, these two storefronts are a massive chunk of the e-commerce space.

Keepa is available as a browser extension on Chrome, Firefox, Opera (through the Chrome extension), and Internet Explorer. There are no mobile apps for Keepa, but you can keep up with price alerts on your smartphone if you have an email client, Facebook, Telegram, or RSS reader.

After creating an account and installing the browser extension, Keepa will automatically show price history charts on every Amazon product page.

Across the top of this chart, you’ll see multiple tabs, one being Track product—clicking this tab will change views and present you with options to do just that.

Keepa supports tracking products sold new and used by Amazon and third-party sellers. While you can’t track items from eBay, any items tracked on Amazon will also offer charting for matched eBay results.

It’s worth noting that there are three tracking modes: Basic, Advanced, and Pro. Basic (shown above) and Advanced are available for free. Advanced options will allow you to set price alerts based on Lightning Deals, add memos and tags, consider shipping costs in prices, and more.

To set up your notification preferences, you need to go to the Settings area of the Keepa website.

Set any or all of these to receive price alert notifications as you desire. Again, while Keepa does not have a native iOS or Android app, these options (such as Telegram) can be leveraged so that Keepa notifications are easily seen on your smartphone.

Lastly, you can see and manage all of your currently tracked items on Keepa’s Tracking Overview page.

Here, you can see everything you’re currently tracking at a glance. You can also bulk manage all of your products’ individual settings. It only takes a click and a few keystrokes to change any product’s desired price.

Slickdeals and Keepa are godsends if you’re a penny pincher or savvy shopper. These two tools for price alerts give you every advantage, at your desk or smartphone, to beat other shoppers to the punch on some great deals that you may otherwise miss. Once you start getting Slickdeals and Keepa price drop notifications, you’ll wonder what you hadn’t done this sooner!

Hulu Offline Viewing: How It Works & When to Use It

Hulu offers thousands of great movies and TV shows to watch, with a library of content that’s always updating. Up until now, you needed some kind of internet connection to connect to your Hulu account and watch content. Well, as of October of 2019, that’s no longer the case.

You can now download anything you want to watch to your smartphone using the Hulu mobile app. Then later, whether you have an internet connection or not, you can watch that content wherever you are. Currently, this feature doesn’t work on desktop devices when you access the Hulu website.

There are a few limitations to this feature. In this article you’ll learn what those are, how to use the Hulu offline viewing feature, and the best situations where this feature can come in handy.

Upgrade To Use Hulu Offline Viewing

Hulu offers a few different subscription plans, and not all of them include the offline viewing feature.

The four plans for Hulu include:

  • Hulu (ad-supported)
  • Hulu (No Ads)
  • Hulu + Live TV (ad-supported)
  • Hulu + Live TV (No Ads)

The only plans that support the offline viewing feature are the two “No Ads” plans. Once you’re done reading this article and decide you want to use Hulu’s offline viewing feature, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the No Ads plans.

How To Use Hulu Offline Viewing

If you haven’t updated the Hulu mobile app in a while, you may not see the ability to download content. Visit the Google Play store or the Apple store and make sure to run an app update.

Once updated, open the Hulu mobile app and browse to the content that you want to download. 

On any TV shows with multiple episodes, you’ll see a small download icon to the right of the episode title, next to the three dot menu icon.

Once you select this, the download for that episode will begin. You’ll see a status for the percentage downloaded show up as a circular line moving around the outside of the download icon.

For movies, it’s slightly different. When you’re browsing a movie title, you’ll see a new Download link and icon displayed right under the Watch Movie button.

Selecting this will initiate the download for that movie.

Managing Hulu Offline Viewing Downloads

In addition to the download status displayed on the download icons in the app itself, you can see the status of individual movie or TV show downloads in your notifications area as well.

You can initiate multiple downloads at a time. Which means if you have an upcoming trip coming up and you know you’re going to be “off the grid” for a while, connect to a good Wi-Fi network either at home or your local internet cafe, and initiate as many content downloads as you like.

The only limit to the number of content items in Hulu that you can download is the storage capacity of your smartphone. As downloads complete, you can manage all of your downloaded content in the Downloads area of the Hulu app.

To access this, select the Downloads button at the bottom of the main page of the Hulu app.

This will take you to the Downloads page, where you can find all of your downloaded content.

From here, you can simply tap any of the downloaded content to start playing it. This works whether or not you’re connected to the internet or a Wi-Fi network, since the content is streaming directly off your local device storage.

Not All Hulu Content Is Downloadable

You may notice as you’re browsing that some of the movies or TV shows don’t feature a Download link or icon.

This is because not all content on Hulu is downloadable. You could take your chances and just randomly check movies or TV shows that you want to download. But there’s an easier way.

On the Downloads page mentioned above, if you scroll down to the bottom you’ll see a See What’s Downloadable button you can select to see a list of all content on Hulu that you can download to your device.

Selecting this will open a new area on the Hulu app where you can browse all of the downloadable content.

As you can see, this area is organized into TV, Movies, Kids, or Newly Added Movies. Save some time by using this area, and you’re guaranteed that if you see something you like, you can download it to your local device.

When To Use Hulu Offline Viewing

The Hulu offline viewing feature is perfect for a number of situations you may find yourself in. A few of the most common include:

  • Taking a road trip with kids, you can download children’s TV shows to their mobile devices before the drive.
  • If you’re staying at a campground far away from internet access, you can download movies to watch at night in your tent.
  • When traveling to another country and you want to conserve data usage costs, load plenty of movies for the trip.
  • Protect your mobile device security by watching movies at a hotel without having to connect to a dangerous public Wi-Fi network.

If you’re considering upgrading to a No-Ad Hulu subscription, this could be one excellent reason to do it.

10 Little-Known Spotify Tips and Tricks

Among many other music streaming services out there, Spotify still remains one of the top choices. It’s simple in use, has a user-friendly interface, a free version and a great set of premium features available for reasonable money.

Whichever version you use – free or premium – Spotify comes with a great variety of useful features. We’re not going to talk about the obvious ones, like Discover Weekly or ability to create collaborative playlists with other users. You already know and love these aspects of the app. 

Instead, we’ll dig deeper and show you some of the little-known Spotify tips and tricks that will help you become a pro Spotify user. 

1. Recover Playlists You Accidentally Deleted

If you ever change your mind about deleting one of your playlists, or maybe if you deleted one by accident, you can restore it using this feature. 

  • To recover a deleted playlist, you’ll need to access Spotify web (not the Spotify app). 
  • Log into your Spotify account and find Recover playlists in the menu on the left side bar. 
  • Then select the playlist and click Restore

After that you’ll be able to find that playlist on the app on all your devices again.

2. Use Smart Search

You might be using Spotify on a daily basis and still search for your music by the name of the artist, album or song. 

Here’s another Spotify tip: Spotify actually has a smart search feature that enables you to find the desired music easier. For example, you can search for songs from specific time periods – just put the year or range in the search box (try 1969). You can also use filters like genres, labels, and other. 

Have a look at Spotify’s extensive search guide to learn the rest of the smart search terms. 

Discover Spotify Karaoke

For all the karaoke fans out there, you can now use Spotify to sing along to your favorite songs, even if you’re not confident you know the lyrics.

To find this feature, look for the Lyrics button in the bottom right corner of the app when playing a song. When you click on it, you should see lyrics for almost every song from the library. 

If you want to get more information about the song you like, you can enable the Behind the Lyrics mode in Spotify’s settings. 

This Spotify tip is also handy when you’re trying to find a song by its lyrics. You can do it all in Spotify instead of jumping to Google search and back. 

Learn Spotify’s Keyboard Shortcuts

This one is a very handy Spotify tip that every Spotify user should take advantage of. You can control Spotify almost entirely using keyboard shortcuts. Spotify web has a dedicated page with a full list of shortcuts to every function of the app (for both Windows and Mac). 

You can learn shortcuts for the obvious things like playing next or previous track, as well as more advanced actions like switching to shuffle mode or logging out of Spotify. 

Drag & Drop Links To Your Favorite Songs

Most people share songs from Spotify using URL links or HTML embed codes. But there’s an easier way to do it. 

In your desktop app, you can just drag and drop them. Just choose the song, click on it and drag it to any message box. Spotify will automatically turn it into a link for this song with the title and the artist’s name. 

Now you can share your favorite tracks with people on Facebook or via email in no time at all. 

Hide Your Listening Habits Using Secret Playlist

By default, Spotify has your activity set to public, meaning that everyone can see what you’re listening to at any given time. However, there’s a Private Session option that hides it for at least six hours at a time.

A more user-friendly way to keep your Spotify activity private is creating secret playlists to listen to your music. To create a secret playlist, tap on the three dots next under its name and choose Make Secret

You can also turn any of the playlists you already have from public to private by changing the playlist’s privacy settings. 

Sync Your Spotify With Shazam

Shazam is great for identifying songs by their sound. What makes it even better is that you can now connect Shazam to YouTube and Spotify too. It means that you can easily import music from Shazam into Spotify. 

After you sync the two apps, try using Shazam to identify a song. You’ll see an arrow sign next to the play button. Choose Spotify in the drop down menu to play it in the app. 

The feature is available for both iPhone and Android. 

Listen To Non-Spotify Music On Spotify

You know that frustrating moment when you open Spotify to play a song that’s been stuck in your head the whole morning, but can’t find it? It is actually an easy fix. If the song you’re looking for isn’t on Spotify, you can add it from an outside source. 

  • In order to do that, open the app and go to Settings
  • Keep scrolling down till you find Local Files
  • After you turn on Show Local Files, you’ll see an Add Source button under it. Click it to add non-Spotify music. 

Listen To Spotify In Uber

Did you know that you can listen to your Spotify using your Uber driver’s sound system? The two companies teamed up to improve your user experience, and we have to say it’s a pretty cool idea. 

To enable this function, you need to go to your Uber app’s settings and click on Connect Spotify. Then log into your Spotify account and you’re all set. 

One downside here is that not all drivers will have this function enabled. You can check it when Uber assigns you a driver. Drivers with Spotify enabled get a special icon next to their profile on the app.

For now, the feature is only available to Spotify Premium users and only in certain cities. But according to Spotify they will roll out the feature worldwide once they’re done testing it. 

To find out whether it’s available to you, check your Uber app for this feature. 

Set Your Preferred Music Quality

One more Spotify tip is that Spotify allows you to set your preferred music quality yourself. 

  • To find this feature, open the Spotify app and go to Settings
  • Under Music Quality you’ll find options to change Streaming quality and Normalize volume
  • Click on the drop down menu on the right hand side to set the quality you want. Remember that the higher quality you choose, the more data it will use. Also note that the Very High option is currently only available for Spotify Premium users. 

All of these great features are right on the surface. You just need to know where to look for them. But even with all of its functionality, Spotify isn’t perfect. One decent Spotify alternative is Apple Music. It also comes with its own pros and cons, as well as some Spotify tips and tricks to get the most out of the music streaming service

How To Create Your Own Emoji

Emoji are fun to use for nearly any occasion, and while there seems to be an endless number to pick from, learning to create your own emoji is the best way to get exactly what you want. Because let’s face it, sometimes there just isn’t an emoji for that exact expression on your face.

When you create your own emoji, you can have it be anything you want: an object, weather icon, symbol, facial expression, or something else entirely. You’re limited only by your imagination and the ease of use of the emoji maker.

There are lots of emoji builders out there, but below is a tutorial of the best ways to create your own emoji that you can use on your phone, tablet, or computer.

How To Create Your Own Emoji On iPhone

Emojily is by far the best way to create your own emoji on an iPhone. It has a make-from-scratch option and a random method to generate emoji quickly. It’s great for creating emoji of your emotions.

When you use the New option from the app’s home screen, you get several creation tools. From left to right, this is the order in which you make your emoji:

  • Pick a template, like a multi-colored base, a square face, or a taco head.
  • Choose a pair of eyes.
  • Decide on some eyebrows.
  • Flip through the mouth options to find a suitable one.
  • Add some facial hair if you want.
  • Optionally pick some hand gestures.
  • Select one of the objects to have your emoji stand out.
  • Choose a hat for your emoji.

Every option is customizable, so you can drag them around the emoji background, rotate them, and resize them using normal finger gestures. Tap the download button when you’re finished to save your custom emoji to your gallery.

Exit Emojily and go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emojily to add the Emojily keyboard to your phone and making sending your custom emoji really easy.

When you’re ready to use your custom-built emoji, use the app drawer next to the keyboard to select the two-faced Emojily icon. It’s there that you’ll find the emoji you made.

Emoji Me Animated Faces is a similar free app for iPhone and iPad. iOS 13 and iPadOS users can make emoji with Memoji. Animated Memoji is available only on iPhone X and later, iPad Pro 11-in, and iPad Pro 12.9-in (3rd gen).

How To Create Your Own Emoji On Android

Making your own emoji on Android is easy with Emoji Maker. If you don’t want to spend time making your own, there’s also a gallery you can browse to find popular emoji made by other users.

Something unique about this emoji maker is that as you’re choosing the various parts of the emoji, you get to see a preview immediately. This helps you decide what to pick because you don’t have to guess how it will look if you select it.

Here’s how Emoji Maker works on Android:

  • Tap New Emoji from the home screen.
  • Choose a background for your emoji. It can be anything from a dog or bear face to a heart, vegetable, cat, or circle. There are even animated backgrounds.
  • Use the menu icons on the bottom of the app to pick eyebrows, eyes, a mouth, hand gestures, hair, facial hair, a mask, and more.
  • Tap the checkmark at the top right to saved the custom emoji to the gallery within the app.
  • Tap the emoji and then the share button to share it through any of your apps.

Bitmoji is another great option for creating emoji on Android and iOS. The emoji you can make in that app are usually far more complex looking in that there are captions and full scenes, but they’re still really easy to make. 

Similar is Chudo, but it’s marketed more as a messaging app with live, augmented reality emoji that sits on top of your real face.

How To Create Your Own Emoji From a Computer

The free online emoji maker at Labeley is an excellent resource for building your own emoji. You can use the full screen of your desktop computer to make large emoji by picking a shape, background color, eyebrows, facial features, accessories, and text. 

When you’re done, you can share the emoji over Facebook Pinterest, or Twitter, or save it to your computer to do with it as you wish.

Emoji-maker is similar but is much easier to save to your computer. There are lots of options for face shapes and other features, and a built-in text tool lets you write on the emoji.

The piZap emoji maker is another option for computer users. Several of the options cost, and a high-quality export isn’t free either, but there are still lots of unique emoji building tools (and the standard-quality export is definitely still good enough).

As you can see, there are lots of ways to make your own emoji. You can do it on your computer, from your Android or iPhone, or on a tablet. 

Some of these methods are better than others if you want to send the emoji via your phone’s keyboard, but others are great for emailing or Facebooking the emoji from a computer or using the emoji in other projects.

No matter which method you choose, making your own emoji is undeniably fun. Creating a brand-new emoji that most other people aren’t using can make you stand out in group messages and may even have your friends reusing your emoji.

How to Mass Delete Tweets, Facebook Posts, and Instagram Posts

Social media is an interesting modern phenomenon. Some people use it exclusively to stay connected with friends, while others practically livestream their life on social networks. No matter what type of person you are, one day you might decide to limit what other people can learn about you online. Or even do a complete social media cleanup. That’s where you might face certain difficulties. 

Before we get into that, let’s look at the reasons why you might want to consider deleting your tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram posts at all. 

Digital detox – spending a certain time period without using gadgets or social networks in particular – is a popular one. Other reasons include applying for a job (your new boss doesn’t necessarily need to see your party pictures or read your tipsy tweets), or starting a new relationship. You don’t want your new partner to constantly be reminded of your old relationships. 

Finally, you might just want to do a bit of a personal re-branding by getting rid of somewhat embarrassing old photos or updates. Whatever your reasons are, here’s how to delete your social media updates in bulk once and for all. 

How To Mass Delete Tweets

As you probably guessed, Twitter doesn’t have a built-in function to delete multiple tweets at the same time either. 

In order to delete an individual tweet, do the following: 

  1. Find the post you’d like to delete on your timeline.
  2. Click on the arrow on the upper right corner of your post.
  3. Choose Delete Tweet

Use TweetDelete To Mass Delete Tweets

If you want to batch-delete your tweets, you’ll have to use an app or a browser extension to do it. TweetDelete is a free app that can help you mass delete Tweets. It works in any browser, and you can use it on your desktop as well as on your smartphone. 

Here’s how to delete your tweets using TweetDelete:

  • Go on the TweetDelete website and sign in to your Twitter account. 
  • Once you’re signed in, click Delete tweets. 
  • You can choose whether you want to delete all of your tweets or just tweets from a certain period of time. You can also use a text search tool to filter the posts you’d like removed. 
  • When you’re happy with all the configurations, click Delete my tweets!

You can set the app to run a Twitter cleanup regularly if you want to keep updating your feed. If you have over 3,200 tweets that you’d like to remove, you can repeat the process until they’re all gone. There are other tools that can help you mass delete your tweets in one go, but most of them you have to pay for. 

Similar to Facebook, we recommend you archive and save your Twitter content before doing a complete clear-out. 

How To Mass Delete Facebook Posts

When it comes to Facebook, the most obvious option is to delete your posts one at a time. In order to do that, do the following:

  1. Find the update on your profile that you want to delete.
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the post.
  3. Select Delete.

Alternatively, you can delete Facebook posts using Activity Log:

  1. Find the Activity Log button in the upper right corner of your profile.
  2. Select the category of posts you’d like to access from the Filters column. 
  3. In order to delete a post, click the pencil icon on the right of each post. 

Both options only allow you to delete your Facebook updates one by one. 

Use Social Book Post Manager To Mass Delete Facebook Posts

Unfortunately, there’s no option on the platform to delete posts the way you delete your browser’s cache. So if you don’t want to waste time removing each Facebook post separately, you’ll have to use a browser extension or some other online tool to mass delete Facebook posts. 

For example, Social Book Post Manager is a free plugin for Chrome that can help you with that. You can delete your Facebook posts in batches, as well as improve your Facebook privacy by hiding multiple posts from other users. 

Here’s how to use Social Book Post Manager to mass delete your Facebook posts: 

  • Add the plugin to your browser.
  • Open your Facebook profile and go to Activity Log. Choose a category from the Filters column on the left. Like Posts you’re tagged in, or Other people’s posts to your timeline.
  • Open the Social Book Post Manager extension. Then fill in the fields to narrow down your search of posts you’d like to delete: Year, Month, Text Contains, and Text Not Contains
  • Check Prescan on Page to enable preview. 
  • Click Delete to delete the chosen posts. 

Remember that once you delete your Facebook posts they can’t be recovered. So before you go and erase all those memories, make sure to download your Facebook data

How To Mass Delete Instagram Posts

Unsurprisingly, the Instagram app doesn’t let you delete more than one post at a time. More than that, you can only delete your posts using the mobile app, not your web browser. 

To delete a single Instagram post, do the following:

  1. Log into your Instagram account on your smartphone.
  2. Find the post you’d like to delete. Then click on the three dots in the upper right corner of that post. 
  3. Choose Delete

You can also choose to Archive your posts instead of deleting them. Unlike deleting, that action is reversible. The post will also retain all the likes and comments if you ever change your mind and want to restore it. 

Use Cleaner For Instagram To Mass Delete Instagram Posts 

There are quite a few apps out there that can help you mass delete Instagram posts. One popular option is Cleaner for Instagram (download for: iOS, Android). 

If you decided to rid your feed of some old posts using Cleaner for Instagram, follow these steps:

  • Open the app on your smartphone. 
  • Log into your Instagram account. Read and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Choose Media from the menu in the bottom of the app.
  • Select the posts you’d like to remove. 
  • Tap on the lightning sign in the bottom right corner. Click Delete

Cleaner for Instagram is free for up to 40 operations. There’s an option to upgrade it and get more functionality with the Pro version. The app isn’t limited to mass deleting your Instagram posts. You can use it to whitelist users, unfollow, or block them, as well as remove likes from posts. 

If you wonder whether you’re oversharing on social networks, chances are you’re right and it’s time for a general cleanup. Cleansing your social media accounts isn’t just good for your soul (and your followers), but can be a big step towards protecting your overall online privacy