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Download YouTube videos legally or illegally

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

There’s a reason why everyone’s looking for a way to download YouTube videos. Learn about the legal and illegal ways here.


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How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:36:00 -0700

Don't let buzz, hum, or hiss ruin your AV experience. We'll show you how to solve common electrical faults and ditch the noise.


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Word 2016: A guide to its desktop publishing tools

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:12:00 -0700

Microsoft Word has come a long way since the “pre-Windows, non-mouse” versions used between 1983 to 1990. Back then, there were NO graphics, not even a graphical user interface. The Word 1.0 for Windows 3.0 version was a notable improvement, but then it took two decades for Microsoft to figure out how to integrate quality graphics successfully.

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Insert images from a hard drive or other source.

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How to take a screenshot on any Android phone

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 02:35:00 -0700

Every Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all with the handy power-and-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That's why some phone makers have introduced new methods. We're here to help: Just find your Android phone on the list below to learn the various ways to snap, share, and save a screenshot.

Acer phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.

Asus phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel to reach quick settings and tap the Screenshot icon.

HTC phones

  • HTC U series: Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • HTC 10: Hold down the home and volume-down buttons OR hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • All other HTC phones: Hold down power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Huawei and Honor phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel, switch to Shortcuts, and tap the Screenshot icon.

Lenovo

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel and tap the Screen Shot icon.

LG phones

  • Hold down the power (located on the back of the phone) and the volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Pull down the notification panel and tap the Capture+ icon.

Motorola phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Nexus and Pixel phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Samsung phones

  • Galaxy S8: Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Galaxy S7 and earlier: Hold down the home and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.

Sony phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
  • Hold down the power key until a screen appears and tap Take screenshot.

ZTE phones

  • Hold down the power and volume-down buttons for a couple of seconds.
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To back up your screenshots, you'll need to head over to Google Photos.

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Play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Windows 10 won't play DVDs natively, and Windows Media Center is gone. Here are your options.


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How to bulk delete iPhone photos

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:34:00 -0700

Here are the fastest and easiest ways to bulk delete photos from your iPhone.


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How to delete iOS apps

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:28:00 -0700

Here are the best ways to delete unwanted iPhone and iPad apps from your device.


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When Windows 10 takes up too much disk space, try this

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:30:00 -0700

Roelof Die Hoenderboer was having issues running Windows 10 on his 16GB SSD. 

Windows 10 works best with more disk space. While it’s not optimal to run Windows 10 from a 16GB or even 32GB SSD, the OS has some tricks up its sleeve that allow it to run on devices with skimpy storage space, such as tablets. It’s not that painful once you take the proper steps. 

Live small and prosper

Microsoft designed Windows 10 so that its own files could be reduced in size without using disk compression. The overhead of unpacking stuff reduces performance somewhat, but it can mean the difference between being able to work with the device you’ve got, and having to buy a new one.

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Killing Cortana: How to disable Windows 10's info-hungry digital assistant

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:20:00 -0700

Killing Cortana isn’t as easy as it used to be.

When Windows 10 first released, turning off Cortana was as simple as flipping a switch in the digital assistant’s settings, but Microsoft removed the option in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Now there’s no obvious way to disable Cortana—but it is possible using not-so-obvious methods.

Completely eradicating Cortana requires a quick and easy registry edit, which we’ll detail here. If you don’t want Cortana spying on you but also detest the idea of mucking with your PC’s deepest software innards, PCWorld’s guide to privacy-boosting Cortana tweaks can show you how to limit the personal information it sends Microsoft. Cortana will still run in the background with limited functionality if you don’t perform the registry edit, though.

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How to monitor, measure, and manage your broadband consumption

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 -0700

Update, July 11, 2017:  We've added some additional tips and tricks for monitoring the performance your ISP is delivering throughout this article. Forget that bass; in the digital world, it’s all about that bandwidth. You’re paying your ISP for a given amount of bandwidth, but it’s up to you to manage how it’s consumed. Whether or not you have a data cap—and even if your data cap is high enough that you never bang into it—simply letting all the devices on your network engage in a battle for supremacy is a recipe for problems.

You could experience poor video streaming, choppy VoIP calls, or debilitating lag in your online gaming sessions. And if you do have a data cap (and yes, they are evil), blowing through it can hit you in the pocketbook, expose you to throttling (where your ISP drastically, if temporarily, reduces your connection speed), or both.

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How to create a Windows 10 recovery USB drive

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:05:00 -0700

You never know when you’ll need a Windows recovery drive in order to restore your system to a pristine state, so the time to make one is now—and it’s very easy to do. 

A recovery drive is similar to the media you’d receive if you bought a prebuilt system. Back in the day, PCs would ship with a CD or DVD that included an image of the system as it left the factory. If your PC’s OS went sideways, you could easily restore it to the way things were on day one (though you’d lose all of your subsequently created data and applications, obviously). Nowadays manufacturers usually just put an image of the system as it left the factory on a hidden partition of your main drive.

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How to download YouTube videos: 4 things you need to know

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:12:00 -0700

Sure, it's easy to download videos from YouTube, but doing it legally is another proposition. While there's no law that specifically says you can't download videos from YouTube for free, YouTube's rules are very clear. 

Before you start downloading YouTube videos, read on for four things you need to know, starting with...

There's only one 100-percent legit way to download videos from YouTube

If you want to download YouTube videos confident in the knowledge that you're on the right side of the law, there's just one way to do it: by signing up for YouTube Red.

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How to Back Up and Transfer your Stuff to a New Android Phone

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0700

Getting your data from an old Android phone to a new one isn't hard, but you'll want to follow these steps.


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How to stream PC games anywhere

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700

You’ve spent days, months building the perfect gaming den. Kick-ass PC: check. Perfect desk: in place. Supreme gaming chair: acquired. Fridge full o’ grog: brimming. There’s no better environment for gaming glory. Apart from the sofa. Or at work. Or in bed.

While we all love our battlestations, the ability to play PC games elsewhere—inside or outside the home—can be truly liberating. Today we’ll look at some of the best ways to stream your games remotely and look ahead to upcoming services which could allow you to play your favorite titles on any device. Macs, smartphones, TVs, that aging, dusty Dell in the office? They’re all invited.

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How—and why—you should use a VPN any time you hop on the internet

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0700

Surfing the web through a virtual private network ensures that your online activities are both private and secure.


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How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:45:00 -0700

Updated 06/29/2017 to include a warning about how the Windows DVD Player works or stops working in Windows 10, which only reinforces our advice to use VLC instead.

You can play a DVD in Windows 10 for free, with a little help that’s probably not from Microsoft. I’ll tell you how Microsoft’s solution sort-of works for some people. Then I’ll tell you about the much better alternative that anyone can use—and best of all, it’s free.

RIP Windows Media Center

When Windows 10 came along, it left behind Windows Media Center, a utility for home theater PCs that let you play DVDs on your computer. Windows 8 didn’t come with it either, but users running Windows 8 Pro could still install Windows Media Center.

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Become an expert at Safari for iOS with these 8 tips and tricks

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:30:00 -0700

Hide your frequently visited sites, remotely close Safari tabs on other devices, turn web pages into PDFs, and more.


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Photoshop fonts: Creating swashes, swirls and flourishes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:51:00 -0700

In our first story on Photoshop fonts, we covered font and paragraph attributes, plus how to alter the shapes of a word, phrase, or sentence, which (obviously) affects the shapes of the fonts. The instructions targeted Creative Suite users, which means the path to altering a string of text is Edit > Transform > Warp. If you’re using Photoshop version 6.x or 7.x (pre-Creative Suite), the Warp feature is under Layer > Type > Warp Text.

This follow-up article explains how to add swashes, swirls, and flourishes that turn words into a visual feast. Nothing makes typefaces pop more than a few well-placed calligraphic swirls. Even though some fonts already fall into the script or calligraphy categories, they can be difficult to read and are often too decorative for a full word or phrase.

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How to use Evernote in Linux

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:36:00 -0700

Evernote does not offer an official desktop client for Linux, but there are a few workarounds. For a better-than-browser experience, try one of these methods. 

Evernote Web and Chrome app

The browser-based version of Evernote is the only officially supported way of using the application on Linux. It works, but if you’re a tab hoarder like me, editing your notes in a tab in a sea of tabs can be a bit tricky. On top of that, there is the additional baggage of running a full-fledged web browser.

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The Evernote Chrome application works just like the web application without the UI cruft of running it in a web browser window.

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How to transform your laptop into a gaming powerhouse with an external graphics card

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:20:00 -0700

My desire to power up a laptop with an external graphics card began in 2015, when I set out on a quest to get back into PC gaming—a beloved pastime I’d neglected since childhood.

But the only PC I had at the time was a 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. That just won’t cut it for proper PC gaming. Sure, the laptop would work well enough for older titles like Diablo III, especially on the laptop’s tiny 1366x728-resolution display—but forget about more graphics-intensive modern games on an external 1080p monitor. That’s why I decided to examine external graphics card (eGPU) setups.

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Photoshop fonts: Using Text Type and Text Editing to transform fonts

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:46:00 -0700

One of Adobe Photoshop’s many talents at your disposal is the ability to create and decorate fonts. This tutorial is for beginners, and the instructions are applicable for Photoshop Creative Suite 1 through 6.

Character attributes

1. Open Photoshop and select File > New > Name. For this example, we’ll call it FabFonts1 and make these further choices: 

  • Preset: Custom
  • Width: 8 (inches)
  • Height: 10 (inches)
  • Resolution: 300 (pixels/inch)
  • Color Mode: RGB 
  • (Background) Contents: White
  • Then click OK.

Three important tips:

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Hackintosh: Build a DIY Mac for gaming

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:15:00 -0700

Rob Griffiths decides to replace his nine-year-old Hackintosh (dubbed Frankenmac) with a new DIY Mac.


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6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago.

Indeed, the new version of iOS brings such enticing features as a revamped App Store, a customizable Control Center, and drag-and-drop for iPad users, plus such catch-up features as one-handed typing and easy person-to-person payments.

But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I've grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever's onscreen at a given moment.

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How to remove malware from your Windows PC

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:30:00 -0700

Updated June 20, 2017: We’ve updated our links for suggested anti-virus programs, and have slightly adjusted our instructions to address program updates in Malwarebytes.

Is your computer running slower than usual? Are you getting lots of pop-ups? Have you seen other weird problems crop up? If so, your PC might be infected with a virus, spyware, or other malware—even if you have an antivirus program installed. Though other problems such as hardware issues can produce similarly annoying symptoms, it’s best to check for malware if your PC is acting up and we’ll show you how to do it yourself.

Step 1: Enter Safe Mode

Before you do anything, you need to disconnect your PC from the internet, and don’t use it until you’re ready to clean your PC. This can help prevent the malware from spreading and/or leaking your private data.

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How to search Google: 10 advanced tips and tricks

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:31:00 -0700

No matter how good you may be with Google search, there’s always something new to learn given Google’s constant tweaks. This perpetual state of change is most noticeable in Chrome, where Google can integrate search capabilities with its own browser. To advance your search game, or just discover hidden tips, check out these master tips. 

View the cached version of a page

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Hop into Google’s time machine to see how a site looks when Google last captured it.

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How to switch from Mac to PC, part 6: Which Mac users should do it

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

After spending close to 20 years as a Mac user, I decided to switch to using a Windows 10 PC. Over the past few months, we’ve gone over all the angles of this decision:

In the final installment of this series, I’m going to discuss which kinds of Mac users should switch to Windows, and who should keep their Mac, and why.

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Windows 10: How to customize multi-finger touchpad gestures

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:30:00 -0700

One of the biggest improvements the Creators Update recently brought to Windows 10 was enhanced support for Precision Touchpads, the built-in mousepads on select laptops that support multi-touch gestures. As many a Mac user knows, the ability to use one-, two-, and three-finger gestures to navigate apps, switch desktops, and perform various clicks and selections can really speed up your workflow. Here’s how to configure these settings on your Windows 10 device.

Open touchpad settings

From the Start menu, go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad to access your touchpad options. You should see “Your PC has a precision touchpad” at the top of this page. (If you don’t, your device doesn’t support a precision touchpad and you won’t see any of the associated options.)

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How to manage your digital music library

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

It doesn’t matter how big your music collection is if you can’t find the tunes you want. This in-depth guide will help.


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How to use Microsoft Excel's Conditional Formatting

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Microsoft Excel's conditional formatting is a wonderful "automatic" feature that allows you to formats cells based on the value of those cells or the value of the formulas in those cells. For example, you can specify that all the sales totals in your spreadsheet that exceed $5,000 are highlighted in yellow; or all the dates prior to the current year use a dark-green font; or use a shape or ratings icon to flag all duplicate values above 12,000. The options are endless and, in addition to all the preset formats, you can create your own custom formatting rules.

The best thing about this feature is that it provides a quick snapshot of your spreadsheet when you view it or show it to others. Because the formatting is based on values, you don't have to do anything to make it work except update your data.

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How to launch Chrome faster with Native Lazy Tabs

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0700

If you set Chrome to launch with the tabs you last had open, the browser's startup time can take forever. That's especially true if you last had 10 or more tabs going. The problem is that Chrome starts loading all your tabs at once, which can be a drain on resources. A new extension called Native Lazy Tabs helps fix that problem.

Native Lazy Tabs stops all tabs but the one currently in focus from loading. The other tabs will load when you switch to them. This is similar to the behavior Opera introduced in version 41 of its browser last October.

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How to set up a wireless router

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:08:00 -0700

Setting up a wireless router doesn’t have to be an ordeal. And while router manufacturers must be commended for making it easier to install their products, these tips will make the process even simpler. I’ll also show you how to make sure your home network is as secure as it can be, and I’ll explain some networking details that user manuals often gloss over.

The majority of router manufacturers now offer smartphone and tablet apps that you can use for first-time installation and subsequent tweaking. In fact, some companies no longer bother with browser-based user interfaces at all. I think it’s best to have both options so you can decide which approach is best (personally, I prefer using the browser because the display connected to my PC is bigger and easier to see).

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Google Slides: 3 Chrome extensions for better presentations

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:37:00 -0700


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5 vital Android settings that save your apps, data, battery and more

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

No matter what you do in Android, there are five settings that everyone should know.. These vital features range from one that limits your cellular data use to a cloud backup setting that preserves your data in case bad things happen to your handset.

Note: I tested these tips on a Nexus 5X running Android version 7.1.2. The settings on your phone may vary depending on the make and model of your handset.

Turn on Data Saver

Unless you've signed up for one of those pricey unlimited data plans, you're probably keeping an eye on your mobile data use. Unfortunately, Android apps are notorious for gobbling up more than their fair share of data, particularly when they're sitting in the background.

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Use your TV as a computer monitor: Everything you need to know

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:14:00 -0700

A couple of months ago, I took a good, hard look at my dual-screen setup and thought, hmmm, maybe I should get another monitor. A bigger monitor. Then, after an hour or two of researching 27-inch monitors online, I walked into my living room and was struck with a brilliant idea: Maybe, instead of purchasing an entirely new monitor, I should just move my 32-inch HDTV into my office and call it a day.

Bigger is better, you know, and this way I wouldn’t have to drop a couple hundred bucks on a new piece of equipment. But just because HDTVs look a heck of a lot like computer monitors doesn’t necessarily mean they can replace computer monitors. Or does it? Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking about sticking an HDTV on your desk.

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5 things to do before giving an old iPhone or iPad to your kid

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Don't hand over an aging iOS device to your eager youngster before doing a little kid-proofing first.


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