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Families can now ask Twitter to remove images of their dead loved ones

Twitter will now allow family members or authorized individuals to request that certain pictures and videos of deceased individuals are removed from the social networking service. As clarified in a policy update, Twitter says it will consider media removal requests sent to in order to respect the wishes of loved ones of the deceased, “from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death.”

The move comes a week after Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams, was driven from Twitter by a barrage of abuse, including pictures depicting her father after his death. Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, Del Harvey, said the company would evaluate how it could further improve its policies after…

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How to Install, Update & Remove Web Libraries Easily With Bower

To build a website, we commonly rely on a number of libraries, be it in the form of CSS or JavaScript. If I would build a small website that will display an image slideshow, for example, the website probably would need jQuery and a jQuery plugin, Flexslider. These libraries are the dependencies for the website to function.

While adding these libraries should be an easy task, when it comes to a large-scale website which requires more libraries, everything could be cumbersome and messed up from the beginning. You may have to trawl from one repository to another repository, downloading each of the libraries, extracting the packages, and finally putting them in your project directory.

When the new version becomes available you will have to be doing all of that again (sounds like a lot of work, right?).

If that sounds like what you have been doing for ages, this article may be worth a read. Here we will show you a handy tool called Bower that makes managing website libraries a breeze. Let’s check it out.

Getting Started

To use Bower, you have to install Node.js. Since Bower is based on Node.js, you should be able to run Bower on every platform: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Once you have installed Node.js, open Terminal (or Command Prompt) and run this command line to install Bower.

 npm install -g bower 

Installing Libraries

Now we are ready to use Bower. Let’s start by searching a library that we want to put in our project directory. Assuming that you are currently inside the directory, you can type bower search {name of the library}. Here, for example, I searched for Normalize.css, a library to make an element’s style consistent in all browsers.

 bower search normalize 

The command will list a bunch of results; not only that it gives us the original Normalize, it also shows us Normalize versions that have been converted to LESS, Sass, Stylus, and the other platforms.

Once we have picked which one to install, we can type bower install {{name of the repository}}. In this example, I will install Normalize LESS as well as jQuery.

 bower install normalize-less jquery 

This command will download the latest version of normalize-less and jQuery, and save it in a new folder named bower_components; you should now find the folder created in your project directory.

Alternately, if you want to install the older version of the library, you can run the command followed with the version number, this way.

 bower install jquery#1.10.0 

Now that we have the libraries, Normalize and jQuery, in our project directory, we can use them by referencing the jQuery from the bower_components folder in the HTML document and import Normalize LESS in the other LESS stylesheet.


 <script src="bower_components/jquery/jquery.min.js"></script> 


 @import "bower_components/normalize-less/normalize.less"; 

If one of the libraries is no longer used in the website, you can uninstall it easily with bower uninstall command, like so.

 bower uninstall normalize-less 

Updating The Bower Components

Let’s say you have been working on your project for several months, and some libraries that you are using (like jQuery) have released a new version. In this circumstance, we can use Bower to update jQuery to the latest version. But first let’s check out whether the new version has been registered in bower with bower list command.

The latest version of jQuery, as you can see below, is 2.1.1.

To update jQuery, we can type bower update jquery. Once the update has completed, you can run bower list command again to verify the current installed version. Below, as you can see, we now have the latest version of jQuery.

Wrap Up

Bower is a really handy tool that I think you should leverage in your project. It’s like having an AppStore, but for your website stuff – we can install, update, and remove libraries conveniently.

In the next article we will dive into Bower and explore some more advanced features. So stay tuned.

How To Remove Irrelevant Ads (Or Tailor Them To Your Liking) [Quicktip]

While the majority of us dislike being served ads (prompting the making of apps that help you block ads) there are some ads that inform users of great deals, new services or tools that can be helpful to them. If ads are better catered to our preferences, we probably won’t find them as annoying or interruptive.

Google Ad

Google serves ads based on preferences built upon your searches. Frequent searches of "computers" may cause Google to serve you more computer-related ads and deals. This however is not an exact science. If it helps, you can actually add or remove interests, essentially tailoring the type of ads you get served. Here’s how to pick your preferences.

Accessing Google Ad Settings

To access the information, you must first login to your Google account, and then go to the Google Ads Settings page.

Ads Settings

From here, you can see what information Google has on you based on your previous searches and the websites you’ve visited. Provided you haven’t given the data, Google can also make guesses on what age and gender you are using your history.

In order to view the categories that are listed under your preferred ads, simply go to the Interests section and click on Edit.

Ad Interests

You can add and remove interests from this panel, suiting it to your taste. Once done, Google will look into the list and show advertisements that are more relevant to your selected interests.

Opt-out Of Personalized Ads

Here you can also choose to opt out of personalized ads. Note that the ads will still keep coming, however, they won’t be tied to your browsing history or searches. To do this, go to the Opt-out Settings > click Opt out.

Note that this opt out applies only to the web browser and computer you are currently using. It must be redone if you would like this to take effect on another browser or computer.

Google Opt-Out


Google Ad Settings is a useful tool to make sure that all advertisements that are served to you are relevant and useful. It’s also useful if you feel uncomfortable with your browsing habits and history being used as a marketing platform. You may not be able to get rid of advertisements completely, but you can control what types appear.

Picture Cook: A whimsical, illustration-only cookbook aims to remove the intimidation of cooking for novice chefs

Picture Cook

Today’s standard format for cookbooks is a recipe for ultimate intimidation: a mathematical formula accompanied by beautiful, close-up photographs of the prepared meal taken on a DSLR camera. With such detailed requirements and high expectations, novice cooks might bemoan their shameful results and…

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Japan to remove nuclear fuel from Fukushima plant

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant’s operator has gained permission to move forward with a plan that would transfer over 1,000 fuel rods to a new location on the site, potentially preventing massive radiation leaks in the future, reports The Wall Street Journal. Around 1,300 spent fuel rods and 200 new fuel rods have been sitting in a pool inside one of the plant’s reactors, Unit 4, since it was damaged in March 2011. The four-meter-long rods (around 13 feet) will be pulled out of the plant one at a time by a crane that still needs to be constructed.

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Bitstrips & How To Remove It From Your Feed [Quicktip]

Have you been Bitstripped? Bitstrips is the latest fad that is on (or is coming to, hide!) your Facebook feed. If you have friends who like to report every little thing they do e.g. "I’ve cleaned my room (finally), phew", with Bitstrips, they can now deliver this "message" via a comic strip.


Using caricatures of themselves, a Bitstrips user will pull together a comic strip panel – usually a single – depicting them in wacky and funny moments (see "not human until I’ve had my coffee example" above) or just doing everyday stuff. It is a simple idea but one that is going viral. Yet if you’re not amused by Bitstrips, skip ahead to be rid of this.

What’s Bitstrips?

If you are curious about what Bitstrips is or how it works, we’re saving you the trouble.

At the app page you allow permission for it to use your Facebook profile data (all apps do this, don’t be surprised). Once inside, it’s time to start buiding your avatar. The builder is pretty precise, allowing you to mold the way you look, from what your hairstyle is like, down to the size of your pupils and eye shape.

Then, it is off to create a comic. While you may have little control of the "scene", "situation" or background, you can change parts of your avatar (as in rotating body parts, the facial expression, add dialogue etc), pair up with a friend, and create greeting cards to celebrate the holidays.

Bitstrips will then share your adventures on your behalf to your Facebook profile. And that’s it.

So far, the app that is available on Facebook, iPad, iPhone and Android has at least 10 million monthly users. The Android app has already been downloaded 5 million times and at the time of this writing, Bitstrips is the top free downloaded app on the App Store.

However, not everyone is a fan, so if you are in this group, here’s how you can remove Bitstrips from your feed.

Removing Bitstrips

You can choose to hide it from your feed by clicking on the arrow down button to the right of the image. Choose "Hide all from Bitstrips" to ensure that no other Bitstrips comic will ever grace your feed again.

Alternatively you can block the app right from the page. Go to the app page. If you see this chaotic view, you’re at the right place.

BitStrip App

Now look for the word Block at the lower right corner of the page and click it. A prompt will appear asking if you want to block the app, click on Continue.

BitStrip Block

Congratulations, you have entirely removed Bitstrips from all of your Facebook. Now you won’t see anything posted with Bitstrips.

Don’t worry, this is not permanent. To unblock Bitstrips, click on the Gear Icon (Settings Icon) at the end of the Facebook search bar and click on Account Settings.

Account Settings

Then click on Blocking on the left navigation panel and scroll down to find Block Apps. Look for Bitstrips then click on Unblock next to it, and Bitstrips is back.

BitStrip Unblock

How To Remove Unnecessary Modules in jQuery

jQuery is undoubtedly the most popular JavaScript library, (almost) every website on this planet is using it. This affects jQuery to include all the functionalities within the library to cover every instance and possibility.

However, when we work on a simple website, we might only use a few of the functions. Thus, it would be more efficient if we were able to run only that necessary function and not everything other unused function as well. As of version 1.8, jQuery allows us to do this. We are able to exclude some jQuery modules that are not necessary in your project. So, let’s see how we can do it.

First thing first

First, we need to install some tools required to do the job. These tools are Git, Grunt, and Node.js. If you running on OS X, the easiest way to install all these tools is through an OS X Package Manager called Homebrew.

Install Homebrew

So, let’s open up your Terminal and run the following command to install Homebrew. As said, Homebrew will let us install the other mentioned tools more easily.

 ruby -e "$  (curl -fsSL" 

Install Git

After the Homebrew installation completed, run the following command to install Git.

 brew install git 

Install Node.js

Run the following line to install Node.js

 brew install node 

Install Grunt

Lastly, we need to install Grunt. Run this command.

 npm install -g grunt-cli 

Build jQuery

Currently, jQuery allows the following modules to be excluded.

Modules Command Description
Ajax -ajax This specifies the jQuery AJAX API that includes jQuery.ajax(). jQuery.get(), and .load() function
CSS -css This specifies the functions from jQuery CSS Category that includes .addClass(), .css(), and .hasClass().
Deprecated -deprecated This specifies the deprecated modules or functions.
Event Alias -event-alias This specifies the event functions like .click(), .focus(), and .hover().
Dimensions -dimensions This specifies the functions to set CSS dimension. Such functions include .height(), .innerHeight(), and .innerWidth().
Effects -effects This specifes the functions that set animation effects, such as .slideToggle(), .animate() and .fadeIn()
Offset -offset This specifies the functions that retrieve45 coordinates and position. Such funtions include .offset() and .position().

Before we are able to customize the jQuery, we need to clone it from the Github repo by running this command in the Terminal.

 git clone git:// 

You should then find a new folder named jquery created under your user folder. Navigate to that directory using this command.

 cd jquery 

Next, we need to install Node dependencies modules to run our project.

 npm install 

We then build our jQuery by simply running Grunt command (and hit enter)


It will return the following report, if the operation succeeds.

And as we can see from the report, our jQuery is saved within the dist/ folder. Our jQuery is, at this point, set with all the functionalities, thus the size is quite large, 239kb. The minified version is at 83kb.

Removing Modules

Let’s say, we want to remove the Effect modules from jQuery; we can run this command.

 grunt custom:-effects 

If we take a look back at the file size, it is now decreased to 220 kb.

To exclude multiple modules, separate each module with a comma, for example:

 grunt custom:-effects,-ajax,-deprecated 

Final Thought

jQuery can help us manipulate DOM easily, but with 200 kb more at the size, it could affect your website performance. So, by eliminating some unnecessary jQuery modules, your jQuery script will certainly run faster and more efficient. We hope that this little tip would be useful for your next project.

Remove Background From Images Easily With Clipping Magic

Want to remove the background from an image and just focus on the subject? That’s easy, just Photoshop it. Don’t know Photoshop? Well, that’s a problem now, isn’t it? Not with Clipping Magic, it’s not. In fact, by the end of this post, some of us who know Photoshop may even opt to use Clipping Magic instead.

intro image

Clipping Magic is an alpha-stage, free online tool which helps you to easily remove background from images. If you’re struggling with the lasso tool on Adobe Photoshop, you should definitely try this to ease your life.

Remove Background From An Image

To start, browse to Clipping Magic and choose an image file that you want to work on. Depending on the image size, you may need to wait a few minutes.

Choose an image to upload

You will now see two copies of your image: one is the ‘Original+Mask’ image and another is the ‘Result Preview’ image.

the interface

On the ‘Original+Mask’ image, there’s a green brush. The green brush is used to highlight the part of the image that you want to keep. For this guide, the part that we want to keep is the gun-wielding hero and the Android it is protecting.

highlight part to keep

Press Spacebar to change the brush to red and use this to highlight the area you want removed. You can instantly see on ‘Result Preview’ the outcome.

highlight part to remove

Made a mistake? Press Ctrl + Z to undo or you can press X to turn it to a blue brush then use it to highlight the mistake that you made. Press Ctrl + Y to redo what has been undone.

highlight mistake

When you’re done, you can download the image by clicking on Download on the top bar.

click download

Apart from downloading the result, you can also share the result with friends.

download result or copy link address


Clipping Magic might come out as an intelligent web tool, but there’s one major problem: it doesn’t have brush size control. The default brush size is rather large and you might have problems which involve highlighting areas you don’t want highlighted. To compensate, try zooming in first before higlighting with the brush. The brush is relatively smaller in this zoomed mode.

zoom in to highlight areas better

How To Remove Duplicate Apps In Mac OS X Right Click Menu

The ‘Open With’ feature in right-click menu allows us to open a specific file with applications other than the one associated with the document type. Normally it will display all compatible apps to open a specific file but sometimes, it will display more than one selection for the same app in the ‘Open With’ menu.

If you’re annoyed by this harmless bug, we have a solution to remove duplicate apps in the ‘Open With’ menu.

3 Steps to Kill Duplicate Apps

Just follow these 3 simple steps to kill duplicate apps in your ‘Open With’ menu:

  1. Open Terminal application.

  2. Copy the following coding and paste in Terminal application, then press Enter.

    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

  3. After that, relaunch Finder by holding down the Alt key and right clicking the Finder icon in the Dock, then click Relaunch.

That’s it! Try to right-clik a file and go to ‘Open With’ menu. You will see all the duplicate app icons removed.

Remove hotspots from portraits with Photoshop

We’ve all done it – glare from strong sunlight or flash can ruin portraits. Here’s how to tone it down in four simple steps.

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