YouTube Go - Google's App to download YouTube Videos!







Sometimes you may get tired of searching a better way to download Youtube videos. There are different third party apps and websites that let you download YouTube videos at no cost. But these methods don't last long. After a certain time they stop serving you. 

But what if you get Google's own application to download YouTube videos!? Yes! Google has recently launched an application named YouTube Go. With this app you can view and download YouTube videos from your Android phone. 


About the App | A redesigned version of YouTube App
  • Name: YouTube Go 
  • Category: Video Players & Editors
  • Size: Less than 10 MB (Varies device to device)
  • Offered by: Google
  • 100 Free - Contains Ads
  • Works with all running versions of Android



Features & Advantages
  • Watch YouTube videos - video quality can be controlled
  • Download Videos - You can choose download location i.e. SD Card
  • Discover & popular videos

* Copyrighted videos can only be played but will not be available for download. 

NB: This app requires to verify your phone number. 



Look at the above image. You will have three quality options - Basic, Standard & High. Choose a quality that meets your data plan. 




This is an example of copyrighted video. These videos can only be played but not available for download. 


You can't play the downloaded videos using Media Players. These videos can only be played by YouTube Go app!




I really like this new app from Google. But I hope Google will introduce the features of YouTube app to this Go version. 

 




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Lock your Flash Drive by BitLocker . . .



Password Protect your Pen Drive using BitLocker



Sometimes you may need to protect your USB Flash Drive/ Pen Drive or Drives of your PC. And for this purpose you may use or think of using third party security tools. But do you know that Windows OS offers a better way to secure your drives? Yes! BitLocker Drive Encryption could be a great tool for you . . . 


Applies to - Windows 7 or above


You can use this security feature both for your internal hard disk drives and also for external flash drives or hard disk drives. Here I will mainly focus on USB Flash Drive. Before we start I believe you have a - 
  • A Personal Computer with OS Windows 7 or above
  • A USB Flash Drive 
  • Minimum skills to work with Windows OS

And remember, I'm working on Windows 10. So few terms may not match with yours if you're on Windows 7 or 8. Don't get nervous in that case. Simply try to find the similar terms.  


How to use BitLocker?

  1. Insert your Flash Drive on USB Port.
  2. Now go to This PC/ My Computer to see your drives.
  3. Right Click over your Flash Drive and Choose Turn on BitLocker.
  4. Now you will see a window asking for password. Choose use a password to unlock the drive.
  5. Now enter your password 2 times. Remember, password should contain Uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. > Press Next.
  6. Save recovery file to your desktop and Press Next.
  7. Choose Encrypt used disk space only > Compatible Mode > Start Encrypting.
  8. Wait sometimes and you will see Encryption is complete! 

BitLocker Screen on Windows 10



Now remove your Flash Drive and insert it again. Check your drives and you will get your Flash Drive locked. 


Windows 10 Hard Drives List

If you try to open it then it will ask your password. 


Unlock BitLocker Protected Drive by Password


Keep your recovery key in a handy place. If you forget your password then recovery key will help you unlock it. 



How to Turn off BitLocker?

Well it's quite simple. If you need to turn off this feature then unlock your drive first. Then follow the steps below - 
  1. Right click on your flash drive.
  2. Choose Manager BitLocker.
  3. Click on Turn off BitLocker.
  4. Now you will get a window decrypting your drive.
  5. Wait few moments and this feature will be turned off for your drive. 

BitLocker Turn off Option


Caution!

  • If you forget the password and lose your recovery key, then the only way to access your drive is to format it. And it that case you've to lose all of your data contained inside. So be sure about the safety of your data. 
  • Don't eject your device while encrypting or decrypting. It may cause damage to your data or device. 


Fact!

Encryption and decryption speed depend on the amount of data you stored in your device. 



Disclaimer!

By no means Marks PC Solution will be responsible if your drive gets damaged or if you lose important data. 


Thanks for your time. See you in the next post . . .




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Show your Image on System Properties!!



Show Custom Image on System Properties!!



Few years ago I showed you how to show custom picture on USB flash drive. That time it was a quite interesting trick among the PC users. Today I'm gonna show you another trick which will show your custom image on your Computer System Properties! Let's try . . .



Applies to - 


I'm using Windows 10. Hopefully it works with the previous versions of Windows too . . .


Necessary Tools - 

  • A USB Flash Drive
  • Your desired image - You've to convert it to Bitmap image (BMP)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Minimum skills to work with the Registry Editor (regedit)


Before you begin . . . 

Press Windows + Pause or Right click on your Computer > Properties


Computer Properties on Windows 10


This window shows the basic information of your Computer. Your picture will be shown in the System section. 

Now look at the image below - 

Showing Custom Image on Computer Properties

After completing this task, your image will be displayed as mine. 


Procedure | 2 Stages

The whole task is to be divided into 2 stages. At first, we've to prepare your image. And then we've to work in Windows Registry Editor. You must be careful enough to finish the task properly. Cause if you miss any point this trick may not work . . . 


Stage 1 - Preparing the Image
  1. Choose an image that you wanna display on your system information.
  2. Open that image in Photoshop. Resize or crop the image to make it smaller.
  3. It shouldn't be too large. Keep the size within 200 to 250 pixels.
  4. Go to File > Save as > BMP i.e. Your filename will be like Munna.bmp

Your image is ready. Now copy and paste this image i.e. Munna.bmp to the following location of your Computer - 


C:\Windows\System32\oobe


After pasting the image it should look like the image below - 


Placing Custom Image to be Displayed on My Computer Properties


That's it. Now you're eligible for the next stage. 


Stage 2 - Working with the Registry Editor

  1. Press Start + R > Type regedit > Press Enter > Hit Yes
  2. This will open Registry Editor window
  3. Now go to this location step by step -  Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation
  4. Click right mouse button either over the OEMInformation or on the right side blank area > String Value > Rename the string as Logo. 
  5. Now double click on the Logo and input the following code into value data -   %systemroot%\System32\oobe\Munna.bmp  
    Editing OEMInformation String to Display Custom Image on My Computer Properties
  6. Press OK and get out of Registry Editor window.

Now press Start + Pause to view your system information or simply go to Desktop > Right Click over My Computer/ This PC > Choose Properties > See the magic! 




At a Glance - 

  • A Bitmap Image (BMP Format)
  • Image Location - C Drive > Windows > System32 > oobe
  • Registry Editor Location - HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > OEMInformation
  • String Name - Logo
  • String Value - %systemroot%\System32\oobe\Munna.bmp


Inform me whether you've done this or not. Leave your comments below. Thank you.





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Microsoft Office 2019 is Coming Next Year!









Well I believe that this is gonna be a great news for MS Office lovers. Microsoft released Office 2016 around 2.5 years ago. And Office 2019 will be available by November, 2018. So you can celebrate next year. Till then stay with sweet 16! 


Microsoft announced about their next perpetual release of Office At Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. Mr. Jared Spataro, The General Manager for Office, wrote about its next version i.e. Office 2019 in its Official blog on September 26, 2017. This release is scheduled for the second half of 2018.



Apps that will be included  - 
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Skype for Business
  • Servers for Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business

Microsoft hopes that the previews of the new product will be ready to test in the mid of next year. 



New Features!
  • Improved Inking - Pressure sensitivity, Tilt Effects, Ink Replay
  • New Formulas & Charts for Excel
  • New Animation Effects for PowerPoint
  • Server Enhancements
  • Features of Office 365 will be included too!




Hope the next version of Office will be of great use for all. Thank you . . .



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Meet Firefox Quantum - It's Lovely!!



Meet Firefox Quantum - Lighter, faster and smarter



When working on web I always prefer Google Chrome. But it's time to think about something else. Yes, the new Firefox. Mozilla named it Firefox Quantum - it's updated, improved and dashing! Let's give it a try . . .



About Firefox Quantum 57.0.2

Mozilla's CEO Chris Beard says that this new version of Firefox is blazing fast. This rebuilt brand new web browser will deliver a completely different experience to the users. It's modern, quick and efficient. 


About Firefox Quantum 57


Mozilla hopes that the Internet users will also agree with them. Now time will say what the reality will be . . .



What's new in this rebuilt?

  • Best Firefox ever - 2x Faster browsing experience
  • A powerful new engine for rapid performance
  • Better and faster page loading with less computer memory
  • Smart design for intelligent web browsing
  • 30% lighter than Chrome - less pressure on your RAM
  • Improved tab switching - more responsive 


Tips for the new users . . . 

If you're new to Firefox then I would like to share some basic tips that may enhance your experience with this browser. Before you begin make sure that you've got the latest version of Firefox i.e. Firefox Quantum 57.0.2.


Reader View

It's like Microsoft Edge's Reading Mode. If you're bored with the ads and graphics of a website, then you can enter into Reader view. This will remove ads and unnecessary graphics from web page and optimize it for better reading. 

You will find the reader view button 📄 at URL bar. Remember that some websites may not support reader view. In that case you will not see the reader view button. 


Screenshots

This new version of Firefox includes a nice screen capturing tool. Most of the available screenshot application can only capture the monitor view. But this one is capable of capturing a whole website. That means you can only capture and current view as well as the full webpage. 


Screenshot Icon in Firefox Quantum Browser


Follow the above image. You will get the screenshot option by clicking the action button which is located in the URL bar. 


Save your Favourite Article/ Video

This feature is called Pocket. If you need something to watch later, then you can save it in pocket. Later you can find it in your pocket list.

Pocket button is also available in URL bar. Don't forget to sign in to Firefox before using Pocket. 


Library

Firefox Quantum provides library facility for the users.  This is really a great feature to get all of your stuffs in one place. 


Books Icon


Your pocket saves, bookmarks, history, screenshots all will be available in library. You will get the library icon at the upper right corner of the browser. 


Tracking Protection

Need privacy? Choose New Private Window from menu button or press Ctrl+Shift+P for private browsing. This will take you to the private mode which is tracking protected. When you're in this mode your history, cookies, temporary files and search queries will not be saved. 


Tracking Protection in Firefox Quantum Private Browsing


Online trackers will be blocked by Firefox so that your information can't be leaked.



I think Firefox lovers are already appreciating its team for this great work. And hopefully chrome lovers will also think about Quantum . . .



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