Friday, October 24, 2014

How To Really Speed Up Your Computer - Common Myths & What To Do Instead

How To Really Speed Up Your Computer - Common Myths & What To Do Instead: "You might have noticed that your computer has never been as fast as it was when you first got it. But do you know why our devices slow down over time? Many of us have a number of misconceptions about sluggish PCs, so let’s crack these open and find out how to actually speed things up."



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Free, Unlimited Cloud Storage Is Here! Is Hive Right For You?

Free, Unlimited Cloud Storage Is Here! Is Hive Right For You?: "There are lots of cloud storage services to choose from — but they all limit the amount of storage you get to some number of gigabytes, or cost money (sometimes both). When you hit a cap, you have to start deleting your files or, shudder, open a new account with a new service. Until now: Enter Hive."



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Mirror Anything from Your Computer to Your TV Using Google Chromecast

Mirror Anything from Your Computer to Your TV Using Google Chromecast: "Outputting your computer to your HDTV via HDMI works well. Unfortunately, your computer’s location depends upon the length of your cable. With Google Chromecast, however, you can literally mirror any browser tab or even your desktop, from anywhere, in just a few clicks."



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iPad mini 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

iPad mini 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: "You have to wonder where the iPad mini stands in Apple's long-term plans. With tablet sales waning, Apple put all of its upgrade chips into the iPad Air pot this year, as the iPad mini 3 is barely changed from last year's model. Let's see how it compares to its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4."



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How to free up space in iCloud - CNET

How to free up space in iCloud - CNET: "Apple's iCloud storage service can be used to stash away photos, videos, device backups, and more in the cloud. The company offers users 5GB of space for free, however because it's 5GB of space per Apple ID and not per device, you may find yourself running out of space faster than you would like. While additional storage can be purchased from Apple, there are ways to free up space in your iCloud account."



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Inbox by Gmail Preview - CNET

Inbox by Gmail Preview - CNET: "Gmail is getting a major makeover in Google's newest app, Inbox (iOS|Android). Announced today, the app and web service is completely separate from Gmail, and it seeks to change how your emails are organized. So far, I can say it absolutely succeeds.

It does this by categorizing every email you receive, as either an important message that deserves space in your inbox, or as less-important update that can be lumped into a label with other message like it. Google introduced this concept in the latest version of Gmail from 2013, with the tabbed inbox, where messages are automatically grouped into labels such as Promotions, Social, and Update. Inbox takes that further with a new approach and more labels, all in the name of helping remove clutter from your email."



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10 Ways to Boost Your Wireless Signal | PCMag.com

10 Ways to Boost Your Wireless Signal | PCMag.com: "Troubleshooting your network's wireless performance can seem like a baffling exercise, until you consider that there are really just two main factors to consider—coverage and speed. Yes, you can have one without the other. For example, it's great to have a screaming-fast wireless network, but if you only get decent speed when your laptop is right next to the router, the speed isn't worth much. You need to boost the signal's range. If you can barely open friends' Facebook pictures when you're in the same room as the router, then we're talking about problems with speed."



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10 useful Google Search functions you may not know about

10 useful Google Search functions you may not know about: "Google Search is so widely used that the company's name has become synonymous with searching online. There's more to the most used search engine in the world than just locating websites though, other services aside. Let's have a look at some of Google Search's other functions."



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Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Upgrade Your Existing Hard Drive in Under an Hour

How to Upgrade Your Existing Hard Drive in Under an Hour: "If you’ve been eyeing the falling prices on spacious solid-state drives but putting off an upgrade because you don’t want the hassle of reinstalling everything, we here to help. Read on as we show you how to clone your old HDD onto a new HDD and get your entire system back up and running in under an hour; no reinstallation of Windows and all your apps necessary."



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Gigabit cellular networks could happen with 24GHz spectrum, FCC says | Ars Technica

Gigabit cellular networks could happen with 24GHz spectrum, FCC says | Ars Technica: "The Federal Communications Commission is starting to plan for cellular networks that can send users gigantic streams of data, but there are technical challenges to be solved and years of work ahead."



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Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium

Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium: "We took a hacker to a cafĂ© and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled."



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How to Unsubscribe from Email Newsletters the Correct Way

How to Unsubscribe from Email Newsletters the Correct Way: "Do you get too many newsletters and other promotional emails? These emails aren’t technically “spam” — they’re from legitimate organizations. Thanks to the US CAN-SPAM act, every legitimate company offers a consistent way to unsubscribe from their newsletters."



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Secure Your Online Accounts By Removing Third-Party App Access

Secure Your Online Accounts By Removing Third-Party App Access: "You’ve probably given a few applications or websites access to your Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, or Microsoft account. Every application you’ve ever allowed keeps that access forever — or at least until you revoke it."



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How to Import Your POP3 Emails Into an IMAP Account

How to Import Your POP3 Emails Into an IMAP Account: "We recently explained why you should be using IMAP instead of POP3 for your email. If you still have old POP3 emails stored offline, you don’t have to abandon them — import your POP3 emails into an IMAP account.

We’re using the free Mozilla Thunderbird email client for this. If you use Microsoft Outlook for your email, you can do this in a similar way. Add the IMAP account and drag-and-drop your POP3 emails to it."



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Samsung launches new, Intel-based Chromebook 2

Samsung launches new, Intel-based Chromebook 2: "If you're keyed up on Google’s rapidly growing Chrome OS platform, then you’ll likely be aware of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 series, announced back in March. The company has today revealed a new, 11.6-inch addition to the line that’s powered by an Intel chip."



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10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates To Organise Your Life

10 Amazingly Useful Spreadsheet Templates To Organise Your Life: "Is your life a hotch-potch of missed deadlines, forgotten shopping and reneged commitments? Sounds like you need to get organized. Where better to start than with hard numbers and figures? For this, you might want to take advantage of the many spreadsheets available on Vertex42 that allow you to keep track of your time, belongings, projects and money. Here are 10 of the best."



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Beware: Never Download “Codecs” or “Players” To Watch Videos Online

Beware: Never Download “Codecs” or “Players” To Watch Videos Online: "If a website asks you to download a “codec,” “player,” or “browser update” to play a video, run the other way. You don’t actually need to download this sort of thing — the website is trying to infect your computer with malware."



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Run (Some) Android Apps In Your Chrome Browser | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

How to Run (Some) Android Apps In Your Chrome Browser | News & Opinion | PCMag.com: "Android apps and Google Chrome are not like oil and water; at least not anymore. While Google is working to support more Android apps on Chromebook laptops, getting Android apps to work directly in the Chrome browser is a little trickier."



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Hey, where's my iPhone 6? Find out with these tracking tools | Macworld

Hey, where's my iPhone 6? Find out with these tracking tools | Macworld: "t’s Friday, September 19. Do you know where your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is? Hopefully, it’s already on the back of that UPS truck, making the rounds, and you’re sitting at home, anxiously waiting for it to show up at your door. Or perhaps your phone isn’t in the first batch of preorders, but will be on its way within the next week or two."



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Get to know iOS 8: Customize your Notification Center with handy new widgets | Macworld

Get to know iOS 8: Customize your Notification Center with handy new widgets | Macworld:



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How to upgrade to iOS 8 (and downgrade to iOS 7 if you regret it) | Macworld

How to upgrade to iOS 8 (and downgrade to iOS 7 if you regret it) | Macworld: "As summer winds down and autumn kicks in, it’s time for another iOS update. And, just as predictably, a lot of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners will want to make the leap from the previous operating system to the new one. If tradition holds, Apple will release iOS 8 at around 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, and when it does, this guide will show you the way."



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Get to know iOS 8: Changes in the Settings app | Macworld

Get to know iOS 8: Changes in the Settings app | Macworld: "With every new version of iOS, Apple loves to add, tweak, and change settings; unsurprisingly, iOS 8 is no different. Here’s a comprehensive list of just about everything the company has changed in iOS 8 within the Settings app."



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What to do when your USB device doesn't work

What to do when your USB device doesn't work: "Clearly, something is broken. But is it hardware, software, the device or the computer? That's going to take some experimentation.

First, let's get the obvious out of the way: Unplug the device, then plug it again. Did that fix the problem?"



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2 Simple Tips for Improving Your Portraits – PictureCorrect

2 Simple Tips for Improving Your Portraits – PictureCorrect: "
Today, let’s get a bit into portrait photography. Here are two quick tips for you. Though they may seem minor, they can make a HUGE difference in the effectiveness of your portraits. Who knows, maybe you’ll start winning some of those photo contests!"



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How to Share Files and Folders From Your Cloud Storage Folder

How to Share Files and Folders From Your Cloud Storage Folder: "Cloud storage isn’t just for your own personal files. You can use it to easily share files without any hassle. Share files back-and-forth with your friends and colleagues, or make them available to the entire Internet."



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Monday, October 13, 2014

New crazy-fast Wi-Fi breakthrough can download a movie in 3 seconds! | Komando.com

New crazy-fast Wi-Fi breakthrough can download a movie in 3 seconds! | Komando.com: "It wasn't that long ago that "download" for just one photo meant you had enough time to go refill your coffee cup. OK, maybe that was AOL on a dial-up modem, but you probably know what I mean."



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Saturday, October 11, 2014

5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do | PCWorld

5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do | PCWorld: "The now-familiar knock seemingly started when the very first Googley laptop rolled off the line. “Sure, Chromebooks are nice, but they can’t run Photoshop.”

Well, that just isn’t true anymore. Nor are many other Chromebook myths.

From Photoshop to Office and beyond, here are five powerful things you might be surprised to learn you can do with a Chromebook."



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▶ 4 fast note-taking tips for Android and iPhone | PCWorld

▶ 4 fast note-taking tips for Android and iPhone | PCWorld: "You’re dashing off to that big meeting in the city when suddenly, it hits you: that big idea you’ve always been waiting for.

And then—going, going, gone.

I feel your pain. The most I typically can remember about my occasional good ideas is that, well, I had some."



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