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How to Hide Your Friends List on Facebook

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:30:40 +0000

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It can get a little confusing to understand what exactly you’re sharing with whom on Facebook. Frequently changing and complicated settings often result in people sharing a lot more than they intended. If you delve into your Facebook privacy settings, however, you can gain complete control over almost each part of your profile, including who can see your list of friends. By default, everyone can see all your friends on your list, but you can keep most of your friends list hidden and privy only to yourself: Go to Settings > Privacy. Under the Who Can See My Stuff section, click Edit for Who...

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How to Apply a Smart Filter to Multiple Layers in Photoshop

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:30:31 +0000

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Every beautiful Adobe Photoshop effect is the result of editing magic on multiple layers. Layers, like simple transparent sheets, can be shuffled and shaped together. But did you know you can use a smart filter, instead of a regular filter, on multiple layers for even more interesting effects? A regular filter alters the pixels in a layer permanently. A smart filter applies a filter effect to layers non-destructively. This is a huge time-saving step. Let’s see how you can use a smart filter on multiple layers and retain the power to make edits at any time. How to Apply a Smart Filter to Multiple Layers...

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How to Delete Profiles on Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:30:10 +0000

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Need to delete a profile on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One? Perhaps you used to share a console with a friend or sibling, or maybe you don’t need your old account anymore. This also comes in handy if you sign in on a friend’s console to play an online game together. Whatever the case, you can easily remove old profiles and accounts on your Xbox console. Here’s how to do it for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. How to Delete Profiles on Xbox 360 Scroll to Settings and select System, then Storage. If you don’t have an...

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Scribblenauts Showdown Is a Party Game for Creative People

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:05:34 +0000

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Scribblenauts is returning from the dead, with a new games set to hit consoles later this year. The brand new title is called Scribblenauts Showdown, and as its name suggests, the focus is on the multiplayer side of things. Essentially, this is set to be a party game for creative types. For the uninitiated, Scribblenauts is a puzzle game which requires players to use their initiative. You’ll face an obstacle, and have to figure out how to get past it. You do so by writing the name of the object on the screen, and it will appear as if by...

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Your Chromecast May Be Killing Your Wi-Fi

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:58:20 +0000

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If you have noticed your Wi-Fi struggling recently, you may have cause to blame Google. Reports suggest that Google devices with the Cast feature, such as Google Home and Chromecast, can mess with your wireless connection. Google is working on a solution, but there’s no instant fix. Most people reading this will have the luxury of a permanent internet connection in their home. It’s great when it works, but when it goes down it’s annoying and frustrating in equal measure. And we now know another possible reason why your Wi-Fi connection may be faltering at times. Google Messes With Your...

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How to Install a MySQL Database on Windows (And Access It Remotely)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:00:00 +0000

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If you often write applications that connect to database servers, it helps if you know how to install a MySQL database on your Windows machine for testing purposes. Connecting to a database with most applications usually just involves a specific connection string, so testing your application with one database server and then switching it later to a “production” server is very simple. In this article, we’re going to walk you through the steps of setting up your own local MySQL database on any Windows PC. Later in the article you’ll also learn how to set up that test database for...

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How to Upgrade Your Android Phone Without Buying a New One

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:00:00 +0000

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It can be hard to resist the temptation of a new smartphone. Yet phone development has slowed to the point where a new device isn’t guaranteed to be that much better than an old one. Especially not $1,000 better, which is what you might end up paying. So maybe a better solution is to get more from your current Android phone. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons for upgrading, and how you can work around them. You Want Updated Software As desirable as it is to have the latest version of Android, it isn’t actually...

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Your Complete Guide to Windows 10 Customization

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:51:00 +0000

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Do you desire a desktop that looks and feels like your own? This guide will help you create a fully customized Windows 10 desktop and user interface (UI). A few minutes is all it takes to turn your desktop into a unique UI suited to your needs and wants. It’s fun, it’s easy, and the results will be stunning. Let us take you through the process, step-by-step. In this guide: Introduction | Themes | Rainmeter | More Apps | Instant Customization | Wrapping Up 1. Introduction to Desktop Customization 1.1 Why Should I Customize My Desktop? Your desktop is simple. You use it...

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10 Fascinating Internet of Things Devices You Should Try in 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

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It’s predicted that by 2020, there will be 30 billion devices connected to the internet, with 250 new devices added per second. That works out to be almost four internet connected devices per person. While some people do have multiple phones, the enormous growth isn’t fueled by smartphones. Instead, it’s being driven by a range of gadgets known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It was once the case that only the (now-laughably) large home computers could connect to the internet via dial-up. These days, even miniature devices strapped to your wrist can access the world wide web. Thanks to...

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The Best Doctor Who Podcasts All Fans Need to Hear

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

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After more than half a century, Doctor Who remains a giant on the televisual landscape. However, as they say, opinions are like favorite Doctors — everyone’s got one (although some will swear they’re all equal). Fandom can be a very argumentative place to be, and that even extends to podcasts. Fortunately, most of these are populated by fans who argue with reasoning, kindness, and respect. And are sometimes backed up by an army of Dalek action figures. If you’re looking to get your regular fix of Whovian news and opinion, here are some excellent Doctor Who podcasts to help you...

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Is Your Yahoo Mail Account Safe? 10 Ways to Stay Secure

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000

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Worried that your Yahoo account could use some extra security? It’s a valid concern. Over the past few years, Yahoo has suffered from several breaches and security hacks. If you choose to stick with Yahoo Mail or just need a Yahoo account for Flickr, here are ten ways to increase your account security. 1. Set a Strong Password No guide to security would be complete without this basic tip. Your email is a critical account because you use it to log into so many other services. If someone broke into your Yahoo email, they could reset passwords on other sites,...

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This Is the Best Chromebook to Buy Today

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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There has never been a better time to buy a Chromebook than now. Not only has Chrome OS matured quite a bit since it debuted in 2011, but Chromebook manufacturers are taking themselves seriously and competing to build the best Chromebook at the most affordable price. Portability, ease of use, battery life, affordable prices, great performance, support for running Android apps — these are just some of the reasons why Chromebooks are perfect for students, office workers, travelers, working from home, or just browsing the web and checking email. Convinced but not sure which Chromebook to buy? First, we recommend...

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