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Learn to Limit the Data You’re Giving Apps When Log in with Facebook

Ever sign into apps like Airbnb or Candy Crush via the blue “Log in with Facebook” button? It’s an easy alternative to the tedium of creating an account by typing in a userID and password, and since you’re likely already signed into Facebook’s app, you’ll have quick access to other apps in just a couple of taps.

The caveat for the convenience has always been agreeing to hand over a collection of your personal information to those apps when you log in through Facebook, such as your birthday and email address. In fact, you had to agree to share whatever the app asked for, or else you wouldn’t be granted access.

But a few months ago Facebook quietly redesigned its app login experience so users could edit which type of personal information they want to share with third-party apps (i.e. you may be okay with sharing your Facebook Likes, but not your email address).

This is a subtle yet big change that puts more control back into the hands of users, and it’s something not everyone knows about. Considering 80% of both iOS and Android apps offer a “Log in with Facebook” option, with varying degrees of access to personal information, it’s worth understanding how the feature works.

After an app asks if you want to log in via Facebook, you’ll see a screen that reveals what personal information will be shared. Before the change, the permissions screen gave you only one choice: approve or cancel. But now there’s a prominent option to edit your info; you can see the change in the picture below.

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By tapping “edit,” you’ll see a screen that breaks down the shared info in bullet points. In this example, it includes your friends list, birthday, email address, Facebook Likes and phone number. From here, you can de-select specific items.

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There’s also a choice to prevent an app from posting information to Facebook without asking permission first — we assume most people will want to select this option — but if you’re cool with an app posting things for you (like your high score on Candy Crush), you can select who sees those updates (public, friends, only me and so on).

While Facebook aims to make its platform a bit more transparent about where your information is going, it’s a good reminder to routinely check and see which apps are connected to your Facebook account. If you haven’t played a certain game or accessed an app in awhile, you should probably disconnect it to better protect both your security and your privacy.

Tips To Find A Good Domain Name For Your New Website

When you’re about to create a website, there are two things you need: (1) someplace to host your site, and (2) a name for your site.

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These two things act like your virtual property and address where people will come in order to find you online. Both are rather easy to jump into and pick out as far as getting them, but CHOOSING them is another story.

When it comes to your domain name, the world is your oyster. There are hundreds of thousands of names you can pick from and an ever growing selection of extensions to choose from in order to become your new digital home address. However, just because it’s easy to buy one of these domain names doesn’t mean that you don’t have a big decision to make.

In fact, much like buying a home with the best address in town, your domain name is probably one of the biggest choices you have to make because picking the wrong domain name can be like buying the perfect house in the wrong zip code — bad investment choice.

But don’t get overly worried about this either. Choosing a domain name, though important, isn’t hard to do, but it does take some time and thought on your end.

Before you just jump in and buy the first domain name that suits your fancy, here are some things to consider to make sure you’re picking from the cream of the crop.

The Big Debate: Should You Use Keyword Based Domains?

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When you’re searching for information about ranking your site with SEO, you’ll often find two schools of thought on domain names. Either people stick to the idea of that keyword based URLs are the way to go or they say that keywords in your domain doesn’t matter at all.

So which is true?

Well, if this was 2010 and Google Penguin wasn’t around, then yes, you should stick to your guns about choosing keyword based domain names because they would have been a good thing. But with Google changing up SEO and refining her algorithm updates (yes, I often refer to Google as a woman), you may have a losing fight on your hands.

As many of you already know, Google no longer places any value of SEO tactics that try and help a site sneak up the page when they don’t deserve it. Now that’s not to say that Keyword Based Domains will get you slapped with a penalty by Google, but those type of URLs don’t seem present the same SEO value now as they did back in the day.

Does that mean that you should avoid keywords in your domain altogether?

Well, no, not exactly. Keywords in your domain name can still be a good thing because they can give your potential viewers an idea of what your site is about.

For example, if your site is going to be on the topic of gluten-free living, the a URL of can be a good domain name for many reasons including the fact that the name tells viewers what your site is about, however, choosing that name doesn’t mean you’re going to see an SEO benefit.

Basically, a keyword in your URL can be fine, but it’s best to follow the tips below in order to get the best domain for you.

Follow These 5 Tips When Choosing A Domain Name

Shoot For Something Brandable

Google values brands over just about anything else. You can see that they favor blogs and sites that have built a good name and brand for themselves — especially is that the case in top e-commerce sites like Amazon.

Having a name that standouts as a brand can do a lot for you in the long run. Obviously, there is more to ranking in the SERPs than a simple URL, but picking a domain name that stands out will help build your brand, authority, and it makes it easier for people to recognize you and what you’re about.

Opt For The .com Extension

As far as top tier domain extensions go, the .com extension is the way to go. People and search engines alike seem to trust sites with domains that end with this extension when compared to others. As that is the case, it is almost always best to pick a domain that ends with this.

There are some exceptions to this rule though. For example, if your site is going to be like a TV channel, then choosing an extension like may be a better choice for you.

If you’re building a blog, business website, or e-commerce site, then be sure to opt for the .com extension. And as an added tip, buy the .net extension to help lock in your domain name and keep it out of the hands of others out there.

Keep It Short and Memorable

There are plenty of sites on the web that have managed to build a site and online business that are brandable and whose names are both short and easy to remember. Want some examples?

Here are a few to consider:

  • Moz
  • HubSpot
  • ElegantThemes
  • WordPress
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest

That list could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. All of these sites represent well-established brands that also happen to have names that are memorable. Just take Moz as an example.

Moz focuses on content and products that help people learn and keep up to date with the latest in SEO, however, the name has nothing to do with SEO. But even though the name doesn’t clearly state SEO as the topic of the site, the site has established itself as one of those go-to brands when it comes to learning SEO and it’s super easy to remember.

Another example of creating something memorable is Pinterest. Pinterest took two words and ideas, mashed them together and create a name and brand is easy to remember and hard to forget.

Picking a short and memorable name is what can help you build a brand and building a brand is something that Google likes to reward.

Be Unique

Following the idea above, all the sites above have something in common: they’re unique.

Uniqueness is something to always strive for. Google loves content that is unique, so why wouldn’t she love a unique URL that is linked to a brand, blog or product? Heck, even your name as a domain name can be a good thing when you look at it from a uniqueness angle.

Avoid Hyphens

In the hopes of being unique and memorable, it can be tempting to buy a domain name that is catchy but that uses hyphens since the real name you want is already registered.

There are different schools of thoughts on this as well, but I am on the side that says that these domain names are ugly looking and really don’t help lend to that authority many of us strive for.

The other downside to using hyphens is that they tend to actually not be unique. If someone else already uses and you register, then people who remember your name and type it into the search bar will more than likely forget the hyphen.

What does that do? It takes them to another site that has nothing to do with you. Yeah — bummer!

These tips are just a few to follow, but they’re ones you should consider when picking out a domain name.

Places To Find Domain Names

There are plenty of places to find domain names online so the choice is really up to you as far as who to choose as your registrar. Below are a few choices for registering a URL.


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When looking for a place to buy domains, GoDaddy is the big kid on the block. They are one of the most popular options that most people choose when buying domains and they often run deals to help you save a great deal of money when you first registrar a domain with them.

They also have an area when domains are auctioned off, so you can buy a domain name from someone else who has the URL you’re looking for and are willing to see.

Though GoDaddy is the most popular option, they do tend to charge quite a bit more when it comes to renewing your domains with them and WHOis privacy (something you’ll want) is hardly ever free. Average cost for renewing a domain for two years will run you around $50, which isn’t terrible but still worth noting.


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This is another popular domain registrar and has a couple advantages when compared to GoDaddy.

As far as price goes, NameCheap is almost always cheaper to renew considering their .com extensions run around $10 with no discounts applied. Domains purchased through NameCheap also come with Free WHOis Protection which saves you close to $10 as well. Personally, I love to buy my personal URLs from them.

Your Host Provider

Many host providers offer the choice to purchase a URL or to get one for free when you sign up. Though many prefer to have their hosting and domains separated, there are some who like the convince of keeping them together.

Bluehost offers a free URL when you sign up with them and other providers like SiteGround have an area in the members area where you can search and purchase multiple domains and save them on your account.

Wrapping It Up

As mentioned before, where you decide to buy your domain from is purely up to you. Though the majority of your online success does not lie in your URL, your domain name can still affect things — either for good or otherwise.

It is worth your time to really consider what you will call your site and business since it will be what sets you apart from others. Just like your name connected is with your personality and features makes you different, a good domain name that is marked by brandable features and great content is what will help you be unique and stand out to Google.

5 Ways You’re Still Not Taking Full Advantage of Your iPad


While you probably use your iPad every day for web browsing and media consumption, are you really using it to its full potential? Five years after the first iPad went on sale on April 3, 2010, we have five suggestions for ways to get the most out of your Apple tablet.

1. Use your iPad as a second monitor.

Having a second monitor setup extends your screen real estate and can make you more productive. There are a number of apps out there that let you use your iPad as a second screen fairly simply and reasonably affordably.

Avatron’s AirDisplay solution will wirelessly connect your iPad to your Mac or Windows PC. The Splashtop Extended Wireless Display 2 will convert your iPad into a Wi-Fi-connected second monitor. If you’re looking for a wired solution, Duet Display, from a team of ex-Apple engineers, can help.

2. Get more out of gaming.

Sure, you probably play games on your iPad, but do you ever use it as the actual game board? There are various games and activities that let you set up your iPad and iPhones for some truly digital gameplay.

The Card Table app lets you play card games. Scrabble for the iPad boasts a free app that turns your iPhone into a personal tile rack so you can flick your tiles onto the board. Joypad offers an entire suite of iPad games that use your iPhone as the controller.

3. Use your iPad as a giant wireless remote for your computer.

The right app will let you control your Mac or PC remotely via your iPad. This means you can sit on the sofa and manage your Mac from a distance – finally! You can also enjoy multi-touch control without wasting money on an Apple Magic Trackpad.

Mobile Mouse Pro, Remote Mouse and Rowmote Pro will all transform your iPad into a multi-touch trackpad mouse.

4. Use your iPad as a remote video camera.

Whether it’s for security or to keep an eye on your furry friends while you’re away from home, you can turn your iPad into a remote, streaming camera in a matter of seconds.

There are a variety of app solutions available, including AtHome Video Streamer, Manything home security webcam and Surveillance Camera for Mobiscope, some of which also include motion alerts and the ability to record.

You won’t know what peace of mind this kind of setup can give you until you try it.

5. Use your iPad as a cat entertainment center.

Have you considered the potential your iPad has as a cat distraction device? Just be sure to invest in a robust screen protector before you let Tiddles loose on your tablet.


9 Truely Useful Google Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

Compared to the other major web browsers, Google Chrome too far within short time. And it’s popularity continues to grow rapidly. So we have tried to show you some extensions for Chrome that you might find useful.

Web Developer

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The Web Developer extension adds a toolbar button to the browser with various web developer tools. This is the official port of the popular Web Developer extension for Firefox written by the same person.


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BuiltWith is a web site profiler tool. Upon looking up a page, BuiltWith returns all the technologies it can find on the page. BuiltWith’s goal is to help developers, researchers and designers find out what technologies pages are using which may help them to decide what technologies to implement themselves.

Eye Dropper

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Eye Dropper is extension for Google Chrome and Chromium. It allows you to pick color from any webpage or from advanced color picker. It is great tool for web developers.


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MeasureIt! allows you to draw out a ruler that will help you get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.

Window Resizer

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This extension resizes the browser’s window in order to emulate various resolutions. It is particularly useful for web designers and developers by helping them test their layouts on different browser resolutions.


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Inspired by the Firefox Extension CSSViewer, this Chrome extension allows you to easily scan an element’s basic CSS properties without having to delve into the inspector window.


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Whenever you have the need to simply switch between development, test and productive hosts you should use MultiSwitch.

Speed Tracer

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Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs.

Awesome Screenshot

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Awesome Screenshot lets you capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share. Support PNG and shortcuts.

Easily Make Your Gmail Address Public Without Going Nuts

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At a time when we’re all socially connected, making your email address publicly available is often the friendly and approachable thing to do. It can be scary, though — you’re opening up your inbox to potential spam and abuse.

But we have a solution. If you’re a Gmail user, there’s a simple hack that allows you to make your email address public, without the stress that comes with inbox overload. Read on for our easy-to-follow instructions.

By simply adding an extra period to your Gmail handle, you can change how your inbox treats mail sent specifically to that email address.

For example, if your Gmail address is, your public email address would become


Look to the left-hand side of your Gmail inbox and click “More labels.” Scroll down and select the option to “Create new label.” Now, create a new label for your future public email, such as “Public email.”


Now you’re going to create a filter so that every email sent to your address with the extra dot gets siphoned off into the label you just created.

Go to your settings menu by clicking the cog icon at the top-right of your screen, and select “Settings”. Click the “Filters” tab at the top of the screen, and then select “Create a new filter.”

In the “To” field, enter your email address with the dot in it, and then click “Create filter with this search” at the bottom-right. On the next screen, be sure to check the option to “Skip the Inbox (Archive it).”

Next, check the “Apply the label” box and use the drop-down menu to select your “Public email” label. Click “Create filter” and you’re finished.


To see the mail that has been sent to your “Public mail” folder, click the option to see “More labels” (you can have this folder always appear in the label list by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the label and choosing “Show” below “In label list”).

If you want to move an email you’ve received via your public Gmail address to your inbox, just right click on it and select that option, or check off the message, click the “Move to” folder icon at the top of the page and choose “Inbox.”

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