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How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10.

Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it's essential on some types of connections.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (28Apr17)
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What is difference between micro SD, and micro SDHC and micro SDXC cards?

I've been looking at Micro SD memory cards and had no idea what the difference was between them. I thought I'd post up some details for anyone looking at purchasing their first, or next Micro SD card, hope it helps.
Article from the Quora Website
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TPG takes on rivals with mobile network.

Internet provider TPG Telecom will build Australia's fourth mobile network for almost $1.9 billion after securing premium spectrum, sending Telstra shares plunging due to fears of a price war.
Article from Yahoo7 News   (12Apr17)
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Yes, Google Tracks Most Everything You Do.

Whether you like it or not, Google, Facebook, and Bing track everything that you do on their sites. Google is particularly far-reaching because it also captures what you do on Gmail, YouTube, and the millions of partner websites who use Google Analytics software.
Article by Paul Gil   (Lifewire:  03Nov16)
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How To Defer The Scary Creator's Update.

Creator's Update Is Fast Approaching. If any of you were in the unfortunate position of upgrading to the last major Windows 10 upgrade, known as the Anniversary Update, then you will once again experience that uncomfortable worm crawling around in your stomach. Yes indeed folks, come April 11 this year, that same feeling of trepidation will once again rear its ugly head in all its haunting glory.
Article by Richard Pedersen   (Daves Computer Tips:  16Mar17)
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What's New in Windows 10's Creators Update.

The Windows 10 Creators Update-codenamed Redstone 2-will begin rolling out on April 11, 2017. Like other updates to Windows 10, it's free, and includes a host of new features. It will be rolled out slowly like the Anniversary Update, so it will be a few months before Microsoft offers it to everyone.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (How-To Geek:  11Apr17)
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What Is HTTPS, and Why Should I Care?

HTTPS, the lock icon in the address bar, an encrypted website connection-it's known as many things. While it was once reserved primarily for passwords and other sensitive data, the entire web is gradually leaving HTTP behind and switching to HTTPS.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (How-To Geek:  21Mar17)
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How to Fix Inaccurate Charge Percentages by Calibrating Your Phone's Battery.

If you've ever noticed that your phone's battery goes from 60% to 50% in a matter of minutes, only to remain on 50% for what seems like ages, it probably means the battery needs to be calibrated.
Article by Craig Lloyd   (How-To Geek:  03Mar17)
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What Does a PC's BIOS Do, and When Should I Use It?

Your computer's BIOS is the first thing that loads when you start your computer. It initializes your hardware before booting an operating system from your hard drive or another device. Many low-level system settings are only available in your BIOS.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (How-To Geek:  18Feb17)
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Latest Windows Service Packs and Updates.

Download Updates for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and More - Microsoft regularly releases major updates to their Windows operating systems.
Traditionally those updates are service packs but more often these days they're semi-regular and significant updates via Windows Update.
Article by Tim Fisher    (Lifewire:  02Feb17)
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How to Run Android on Your Computer.

Android isn't largely thought of as a desktop operating system, but if you're curious about how Google's mobile OS works, running it on a device you already have isn't a bad idea. This will give you an idea of what to expect on a phone or tablet, all without making a single change to your laptop or desktop since you can easily do this from a flash drive or memory card.
Article by Cameron Summerson   (How-To Geek:  07Feb17)
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21 Things You Didn't Know About Microsoft & Bill Gates.

Bill Gates may be one of the most famous people on planet Earth, and his company's software may run a majority of the computers in the world, but there are a few things you probably didn't know about either.
Article by Tim Fisher   (Lifewire:  28Oct16)
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Is Microsoft Edge Really Safer than Chrome or Firefox?

Microsoft is heavily pushing their Windows 10-exclusive browser, Edge. Ads built into Windows 10 are now claiming that Edge is "safer" than Chrome and Firefox. How did Microsoft determine that, and is it really true?
Article by Dennis Stewart   (How-To Geek:  26Jan17)
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Terabytes, Gigabytes, & Petabytes: How Big are They?

An Understandable Guide to Everything from Bytes to Yottabytes.
Without a doubt, one of the more common technology questions we get asked about surround those data storage metrics, like terabytes, gigabytes, petabytes, megabytes, etc.
Article by Tim Fisher   (Lifewire:  23Jan17)
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Remove Adobe's Stealth Chrome Extension.

If you have Adobe Reader installed to read PDF files, and you use Chrome, you may find that you got a little something extra you didn't ask for in a recent update.
   The most recent update to Adobe Reader, as of this writing, automatically installs an extension to Chrome. Without asking. That's just wrong.
Article by Leo A. Notenboom   (Ask Leo! Newsletter:  18Jan17)
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Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

Today, I taught a class on Windows 10 at the local library and had some folks in attendance that decided my class would be their Forum for debate. One man asked, "How is Windows 10 better than Mac OS Leopard?"
Article by Sherri Meinke   (Daves Computer Tips:  12Jan17)
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Kaspersky System Checker (Freeware) - A Short Review.

The Kaspersky System Checker (KSC) is a free and portable utility. Free and Portable are two of my favorite words, especially when used in the same sentence. I downloaded this little beauty, tried it out, and would like to share my experience with you.
Article by Richard Pedersen   (Daves Computer Tips:  09Jan17)
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How to Back Up and Transfer Settings for Your Windows Programs to a New PC with CloneApp.

How many times have you migrated to a new computer, or reinstalled Windows, and lost all the little settings in your Windows programs that you had finally tweaked perfectly?
   The good news is that you can easily save and restore the settings for lots of Windows programs, including Microsoft Office, so you can transfer them to another computer in one fell swoop.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek:  05Jan17)
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Why Do CDs and DVDs Add Data From the Center Outwards?

When burning a CD or DVD at home, you might find yourself wondering why data is always added from the center outwards? Would it really matter if the data was added in the opposite direction like old vinyl records were fixed? Is there more to it? Today's SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader's question.
Article by Akemi Iwaya  (How-To Geek:  10Jan17)
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What's New in Windows 10's Creators Update, Arriving Spring 2017.

The Windows 10 Creators Update-also known as Redstone 2-is due to hit PCs in Spring 2017. Like other updates to Windows 10, it's free, and includes a host of new features.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  28Dec16)
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How To Change Themes In Mozilla Thunderbird.

As always, I love to change the look of programs; you need to make it your own and show your personality! As in some of my other articles, "How To Change Twitter Theme Colors," "How To Change Facebook Colors In Chrome," and "How To Change YouTube Channel Art," I found a new way you could leave your mark. Saying that, I have figured out how you can add a touch of you to your Mozilla Thunderbird eMail client.
Article by Jason Shuffield  (Daves Computer Tips.:  27Dec16)
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It's Time to Leave Yahoo: How to Quit and Move to Gmail Right Now.

For the second time in recent months, Yahoo has been hit with a security breach. This time, Yahoo announced that hackers stole details from a billion accounts in August 2013.
   Security breaches happen to almost every company, but Yahoo seems to have a big issue with safety. Coupled with the fact that they've been scanning your emails to give to the government, we think it's high time that people stopped using Yahoo.
Article by Ben Stegner  (MakeUseOf:  20Dec16)
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Why You Should Worry Whenever a Service's Password Database Is Leaked.

"Our password database was stolen yesterday. But don't worry: your passwords were encrypted." We regularly see statements like this one online, including yesterday, from Yahoo. But should we really take these assurances at face value?
   The reality is that password database compromises are a concern, no matter how a company may try to spin it. But there are a few things you can do to insulate yourself, no matter how bad a company's security practices are.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  15Dec16)
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Gooligan Malware Infects 1 Million Android Devices.

A new type of malware is doing the rounds, and it has already infected 1 million Android devices. Dubbed Gooligan, this malware roots Android, giving the hackers full control of people's devices. Anyone with an Android running Jelly Bean, KitKat, or Lollipop is currently at risk.
Article by Dave Parrack  (MakeUseOf:  30Nov16)
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An Easy-to-Miss Source of PUPs.

One of my assistants recently alerted me to a new (new to me, anyway) source of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
In fact, it was new enough that I didn't pay close enough attention while investigating it, and almost ended up installing software I didn't want or need.
Let's use this as an opportunity to review what you need to look for when downloading software or software updates.
Article by Leo A. Notenboom  (Ask Leo! Newsletter:  07Dec16)
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Update Your Firefox and/or Tor Browser NOW.

An active zero-day exploit has been discovered affecting both the Firefox and Tor browsers - the latter because it is based on the former (specifically, on the Firefox ESR browser).
At this point it's not known who first started wielding the exploit, however, it is very similar to an earlier exploit employed by the FBI in 2013 to target users of hidden services.
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips:  02Dec16)
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The end of the Apple dynasty?

Apple is misplaying the hand Steve Jobs left them, making themselves vulnerable to competition for the first time since iPod.
   The company has always been at least one step ahead of the competition in hardware advancements and software experience.
Article by Chrys Bader  (TechCrunch:  29Nov16)
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4 great Google alternatives.

Everyone on the Internet uses search engines. There's hundreds of them yet 97 percent of all users focus on just three search providers two of which barely scrape the 3% mark. They are Yahoo Search, owned by communications giant Verizon, and Bing, Microsoft's protegé. With 91% market share, Google effectively has a monopoly and holds incredible influence due to the huge amount of data traffic . Yet, we're all aware that Google makes dubious use of our data. Why not switch to providers that better protect our privacy? Here's a list of 4 search engine alternatives!
Article by Sven Krumrey  (Ashampoo BLOG:  29Nov16)
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How Do I Automatically Repair Windows Problems?

Depending on the version of Windows you're using, there are several different ways to automatically repair major Windows operating system problems without resorting to a destructive process, like a Reset Your PC or a Windows Clean Install.
Article by Tim Fisher  (Tech Today - by Lifewire:  09Nov16)
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Pin the Control Panel to Your Taskbar for Quicker Access to Your Most-Used Windows Tools.

If there are Control Panel apps you use all the time, why not make accessing them quicker? Just pin the Control Panel to your taskbar or Start menu and then pin individual apps to its jump list.
Article by Walter Glenn  (How-To Geek:  21Nov16)
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Best of Freeware 2016.

It's a been a while since we last posted our best of freeware selections. That's largely down to the fact that freeware offerings haven't changed that much and new/innovative freeware has become somewhat of a rarity. So, there's not much point in re-iterating categories which haven't really changed (such as 'image viewers', for example, where FastStone, IrfanView, and XnView still pretty much rule the roost).
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips:  21Nov16)
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Welcome to the year 2008! - Windows 10 and data security.

Just when you think you've seen everything - along comes Microsoft and amazes us. By now, it's common knowledge that Windows 10 likes to "phone home", but it's still worth taking a closer look at just how much (or how little) Redmond values data security. Think of it this way, if data security was a limbo pole, Microsoft has just made sure you'll bump your head. We've just gotten new details on how much data is sent by Windows 10 along with the conclusion that we've gone back in time to the year 2008.
Article by Sven Krumrey  (Ashampoo BLOG:  15Nov16)
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The 1-2-3 Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Android Smartphone.

It's common to hear people complain that their phone has started to slow down, or that they've run out of space, or that the battery life is no longer any good.
   A lot of these things can be caused by the various apps, files, and other random stuff that amasses the more you use your phone. Fortunately, it's easy to clean it up, and Android has the tools to get the job done.
Article by Andy Betts  (MakeUseOf:  11Nov16)
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How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 10.

The Windows 10 taskbar works much like previous Windows versions, offering shortcuts and icons for every running app. Windows 10 offers all kinds of ways to customize the taskbar to your liking, and we're here to guide you through what you can do.
Article by Walter Glenn  (How-To Geek:  18Nov16)
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How to Disable Your Webcam (and Why You Should).

Once a concern that was the province of the paranoid, years worth of reports and revelations have made it readily apparent that people really can spy on you through your webcam. Here's why you should disable or cover yours.
Article by Jason Fitzpatrick  (How-To Geek:  14Nov16)
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All the Features That Require a Microsoft Account in Windows 10.

Windows 10, like Windows 8 before it, is integrated with Microsoft's online services. Microsoft would prefer you sign into Windows with your Microsoft account, although you can still create a local account. Certain features are only available if you sign in with a Microsoft account, however.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  06Nov16)
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What Is the ProgramData Folder in Windows?

On modern versions of Windows, you'll see a "ProgramData" folder on your system drive-usually the C:\ drive. This folder is hidden, so you'll only see it if you show hidden files in File Explorer.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  09Nov16)
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How to Use the Snipping Tool in Windows to Take Screenshots.

There are lots of tools out there for taking screenshots in Windows. However, you may not need to install a third party app. Snipping Tool, included in Windows Vista and later, allows you to take screenshots, as well as edit and annotate them.
Article by Walter Glenn  (How-To Geek:  10Nov16)
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Warning: Some Apps Are Malware in Disguise.

Watch out of copycat apps masquerading as the real thing.  With news that fake versions of the popular Pokémon Go game had popped up in the Google Play Store, at least one of which locked devices immediately after installation. Users would have to remove their battery or use Android Device Manager in order to unlock their phone. That's scary, and malicious apps can often cause damage that affects your phone's performance or even renders it useless. Other fake apps feature ads selling expensive services.
Article by Molly McLaughlin   (Tech Today/Lifewire:  28Jul16)
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How To Clean a Flat Screen TV or Computer Monitor.

Cleaning Techniques to Prevent Damage. Flat screen monitors and televisions, most of which are LCD (including LED-backlit LCD) displays, as well as touchscreen devices of all kinds, require special attention when cleaning.
Article by Tim Fisher   (Tech Today/Lifewire:  28Sep16)
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What's New in Windows 10's Creators Update, Arriving Spring 2017.

The Windows 10 Creators Update-also known as Redstone 2-is due to hit PCs in Spring 2017. Like other updates to Windows 10, it's free, and includes a host of new features.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (How-To Geek:  26Oct16)
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Tech Today - Can a Hacker Spy on You Through Your Webcam?

Yes, but you can fix that in one minute. No tape needed!
Article by Andy O'Donnell   (About Tech/Lifewire:  14Oct16)
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Tech Today - What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

We use social media accounts to share our lives with family and friends, but what happens when that life comes to an end?
Article by Elise Moreau   (About Tech/Lifewire:  17Oct16)
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Fix Anniversary Update Error 0xC1900101-0x40017.

I've just gone through a long (almost 2 weeks) and frustrating period trying to install the Windows 10 Anniversary update. I tried every suggestion and potential solution mentioned across the web, including plenty from Microsoft MVPs, all to no avail. The details can be viewed in a previous article here: Can't Install the Anniversary Update.
In my case, installation kept failing at around 75% following the second restart with the following error message:
Article by Jim Hillier   (Daves Computer Tips:  18Oct16)
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Tech Today - A Few Things You Didn't Know You Can Do With Google Maps.

Google Maps is pretty useful for getting driving directions, but did you know all the other things you could do with it? Here's a few of those nifty tips and tricks hidden in Google Maps.
Article by Marziah Karch   (About Tech/Lifewire:  19Oct16)
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How to Set the Default Font and Font Size for New Workbooks in Excel.

Excel uses the very nice Calibri font by default in Windows, but if you'd like to use a different font or change the default size, you can easily adjust the setting in the Excel options screen.
Article by Brian Burgess  (How-To Geek:  19Oct16)
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How to Add Website Links to the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Windows 10's Start menu is very customizable. Add website shortcuts to your Start menu and you can quickly access your favorite websites by clicking a tile. This works with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or any other browser.
The instructions are a bit different for each browser, however, so we'll go through them one by one.
Article by Chris Stobing   (How-To Geek:  13Oct16)
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Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files.

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files. If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or is corrupted, Windows may not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions may not work, or Windows may crash.
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Tech Today - The 20 Best Sites to Find Free Ebooks.

Ever thought of creating a library with thousands of books, and never spending a dime? Sounds impossible, but it's not! Freely available books in nearly any subject you can think of abound on the Web, ready to be read, downloaded, and shared. Here are the top twenty sites where you can find a wide variety of completely free books, anything from romance novels to computer technology manuals.
Article by Wendy Boswell    (About Tech :  28Aug16)
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What's the Difference Between "Image" and "Clone"?

The difference between image and clone is both simple and confusing, because the terms are used interchangeably to mean different things.
I always seem to become confused when the discussion turns to image and clone. I thought I understand the basic difference, but … maybe not?
Article by Leo A. Notenboom   (Ask Leo! Newsletter:  05Oct16)
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Huge List of Ashampoo Freebies.

Our contact at Ashampoo has offered the following software titles all free for DCT readers:
Ashampoo Backup 2016, Ashampoo Burning Studio 2016, Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2016, Ashampoo HDD Control 2017, Ashampoo UnInstaller 2017, Ashampoo Photo Commander 12 - (latest version is v14), Ashampoo Slideshow Studi0 2017, Ashampoo Snap 2017, Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2016, Ashampoo Music Studio 2016.
Article by Jim Hillier   (Daves Computer Tips:  30Sep16)
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How to Change the Size and Color of the Mouse Pointer in Windows.

"Where the heck is my mouse pointer?" If you've asked yourself that question too many times, you can change the size and color of your mouse pointer to make it easier to find on the screen.
You can use either PC Settings or the Control Panel to change the mouse pointer size and color, and we'll show you both ways. The PC Settings method can be used in Windows 10 and 8, and the Control Panel method can be used in Windows 10, 8, and 7.
Article by Lori Kaufman   (How-To Geek:  03Aug16)
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Problem - Very Slow Windows 7 Update Scans.

2 easy steps to speed up Windows 7 Update scans.
   Based on a technique created by a German blogger, here's how to stop wasting hours checking for Windows 7 updates.
I've been complaining about slow Windows 7 updates since April. Running "check for updates" in Win7 shouldn't take more than a few minutes, even on a very slow line. Instead, we've seen checks that take hours -- sometimes many hours. Your machine bogs down to the point where it's unusable, and it may stay that way for the better part of a day. Fortunately, thanks to German language site wu.krelay.de, we now appear to have a simple solution.
Article by Woody Leonhard (Woody on Windows)   (InfoWorld:  09Aug16)
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Watch Free Educational Movies Online: The Top 20 Websites.

Whether you're an educator looking for great multimedia to explain a new concept, a parent supplementing your child's education, or just an aspiring autodidact seeking knowledge, this list of twenty resources for educational movies will help you find what you're looking for. From science to humanities, you'll be able to find something here.
Article by Wendy Boswell   (About Tech:  07May16)
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Would you like to learn what Google knows about you?

When I was young, there was a TV show called "That's your life". A more or less famous person stat in a studio while the host held a book and read out details about various stages of his or her life . Every now and then, an old companion would come rushing in, hug the guest and start chatting about past events. Google has something similar to offer to all of us - and I'm still vacillating between fascination and trepidation.
Article by Sven Krumrey   (Ashampoo BLOG:  20Sep16)
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All the Ways You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free.

Windows 10's free upgrade offer is officially over. But, unofficially, free copies of Windows 10 are still available. There are quite a few ways you can still get Windows 10 for free, without using a pirated license.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (How-To Geek:  22Sep16)
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Windows 10 Quick Tips - Fast Screenshots.

Screenshots And The Print Screen Key (PrtScn) Taking screen shots is part of my life. They are needed on a daily basis for an educational/technical Website like Dave's Computer Tips (DCT). It is much easier to show you how to do something than it is to merely tell you about it. The old "a picture is worth a thousand words" adage certainly holds true.
Article by Richard Pedersen   (Daves Computer Tips:  21Sep16)
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How to Customize Windows 10's Appearance.

Windows 10 includes bunch of personalization settings that let you change your desktop background, windows colors, lock screen background, and more. Here is what you need to know to get your computer looking exactly how you want it.
Article by Walter Glenn   (How-To Geek:  15Sep16)
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System Restore - A Layman's Guide.

System Restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that allows the user to revert their computer's state (including system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to that of a previous point in time ~ Wikipedia
Article by Jim Hillier   (Daves Computer Tips:  12Sep16)
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How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10's Anniversary Update.

Microsoft doesn't want you to disable Cortana. You used to be able to turn Cortana off in Windows 10, but Microsoft removed that easy toggle switch in the Anniversary Update. But you can still disable Cortana via a registry hack or group policy setting. This transforms the Cortana box into a "Search Windows" tool for local application and file searches.
Article by Chris Hoffman   (How-To Geek:  02Aug16)
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How to Insert the Current Month and Year in a Word Document That Automatically Updates.

You can easily add the current date and time to your Word documents, but what if you only want to add the month or month and year, but no date? It's easy to manually add a custom date field and we'll show you how.
Article by Lori Kaufman   (How-To Geek:  22Aug16)
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9 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Features You'll Love.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is finally here! It's now been one year since Windows 10 went live, and even though the operating system is still far from perfect, this update brings a lot of much-needed changes and additions. Here are the best and most anticipated features to arrive in the update. We're quite happy with them and we think you will be, too.
Article by Joel Lee   (MakeUseOf:  10Aug16)
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How to Use Microsoft Office's Built-In Clipboard.

Your computer's "clipboard" is where content that you cut or copy is temporarily stored. Microsoft Office has its own clipboard, however, that's more powerful.
   The Windows clipboard only stores the last item you copied. However, the Office clipboard stores up to 24 text and graphical items from Office documents and other programs. You can paste the items into any Office document in any order, which can be really useful when working on a large document.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek:  30Aug16)
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Everything You Need to Know About "Reset This PC" in Windows 8 and 10.

Windows 10 includes a "Reset your PC" option that quickly restores Windows to its factory default configuration. It's faster and more convenient than reinstalling Windows from scratch or using your manufacturer's recovery partition.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  26Aug16)
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Anniversary Update Breaks Millions of Webcams.

About 2 weeks ago DCT's Forum Moderator Daniel reported that after installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update his USB webcam was no longer working properly. At the time we passed it off as some sort of minor glitch, a driver problem maybe, and thought no more about it. However, it now comes to light that this issue is widespread, possibly affecting millions of users worldwide.
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips:  23Aug16)
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How to Find a Style You Don't See on the Home Tab in Microsoft Word.

By default, Microsoft Word does not display all the built-in styles on the Home tab or on the Styles pane. So, what if you want to use a style that you don't see?
Styles save you a lot of time and provide consistency when formatting your documents. They are available on the Home tab and on the Styles pane, and there are a lot of built-in styles you can use or customize to your liking.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek:  25Aug16)
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Windows 7 and 8.x Forced Cumulative Updates.

Microsoft will impose a change to the way it will offer updates to pre-Windows 10 computers. No more picking and choosing between individual patches for security and system reliability. These patches will be offered only in a single "Convenience Roll-up" update. A Roll-up is multiple patches rolled into a single update package. The move will have two primary objectives: It will reduce update fragmentation among the millions of Windows computers out there, and it will simplify the update management system for Microsoft.
Article by Daniel Banks  (Daves Computer Tips:  19 Aug16)
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Tech Term Confusion: "Memory" Means RAM, Not Storage.

Some people say they have "a smartphone with 64 GB of memory", but they don't. Those people might have smartphones with 64 GB of disk space, or storage, but that's different than memory. It's time to clear up this tech term misconception.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  22Aug16)
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New Revo Uninstaller Free Now Supports 64-bit Applications.

Revo Uninstaller has long been regarded as one of the best third party uninstallers available. However, the free version has always suffered from lack of support for removing 64-bit applications (which has previously only been available in the Pro version). Good news; this has all changed with the release of the latest Revo Uninstaller free edition (2.0.0) which comes with a new look interface and full support for removing 64-bit as well as 32-bit applications.
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips:  12Aug16)
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How to Periodically Scan Your Computer With Windows Defender While Using Another Antivirus.

Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender, a built-in antivirus tool to help protect your PC from malware. With the Anniversary Update, Windows Defender can keep protecting your PC by providing a second layer of protection, even if you install another antivirus.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  08Aug16)
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How to Use a Dark Theme for (Almost) Everything in Windows 10.

With Windows 10's Anniversary Update, Microsoft now offers a dark theme-known as "dark mode". This option was previously hidden and could only be enabled with a registry hack. Now, it's a simple toggle.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek:  12Aug16)
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Why Do SSD Sectors Have a Limited Number of Writes?

Many of us have all heard the same thing, that SSDs have a limited number of writes before they go bad. Why is that? Today's SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader's question.
Article by Akemi Iwaya  (How-To Geek:  12Aug16)
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The case against Windows 10 Anniversary Update grows.

With myriad problems now evident, it may be best to skip the Anniversary Update for now.
   Given the massive testing and repeated refinement that brought us Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you'd think the rollout would proceed with few debilitating problems. But you'd be wrong. From common installation problems to minor irritants to significant data destruction, reports of problems are mounting up.
   You should consider dodging the update until Microsoft irons out the worst difficulties.
Article by Woody Leonhard  (InfoWorld:  04Aug16)
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How Do You Get Firefox to Utilize Secure HTTPS Connections by Default?

Unless you have a particular website bookmarked as such or manually type in https with URLs, far too many websites still automatically default to http instead. How do you get your browser to automatically utilize https connections instead? Today's SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful suggestions for a security conscious reader.
Article by Akemi Iwaya  (How-To Geek: 21Jul16)
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A Tour of the Windows Store in Windows 10.

The Windows Store looks better than ever these days.
Article by Ian Paul  (About Tech: 17Jun16)
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47 Alternatives to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is perhaps the most popular reference site online, with millions of high quality articles available on virtually any topic. However, there are limits to what Wikipedia can offer. Here are 47 Wikipedia alternatives you can use to find information, research a paper, get quick answers, and much more.
Article by Wendy Boswell  (About Tech: 15Jun16)
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Where to Download Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 ISOs Legally.

You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the product key that came with your PC, but you'll have to find installation media yourself. Microsoft offers free ISO files for downloading; you just have to know where to look.
   There are a few ways to do this, but they're all on the straight and narrow-you won't have to visit a shady BitTorrent site to download ISOs that may be filled with malware. Instead, you get official installation media straight from Microsoft.
Article by Walter Glenn  (How-To Geek: 18Jul16)
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Microsoft Is Giving Away Tons Of eBooks, Again!

Microsoft's Director of Sales, Eric Ligman, is once again sponsoring a mega-giveaway of extremely useful eBooks to the masses. It is absolutely a free, no-catch giveaway that you should definitely explore.
   Included are multitudes of subjects from Windows to Office to Azure to SQL and Servers, too. You won't be disappointed. The sheer number of offerings makes it impossible for me to cover the entire scope, so I'll just have to settle with teasing your taste buds.
Article by Richard Pedersen  (Daves Computer Tips: 14Jul16)
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Is Linux Finally Good Enough to Replace Windows?

Linux has reached a point where it can replace Windows and Mac OS X for the average user?
Article by Bertel King, Jr.  (MakeUseOf: 15Jul16)
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Hostage situation on your PC - Ransomware.

Those affected may find it quite spooky, either parts of or their entire system is no longer accessible. Instead, they are presented with notifications that can give you goosebumps: A police department is supposed to have found illegal material on their machines. Their copy of Windows is illegal and they need to purchase a license or they have violated copyright laws. Other messages may be more "honest" and will tell mortified users their PCs have been taken over and that their files have been encrypted. They are now required to pay a ransom because they fell victim to ransomware.
Article by Sven Krumrey  (Ashampoo BLOG: 12Jul16)
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What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

Policies and Steps to Take for Contacting Popular Sites About a Deceased User - As more people continue to jump on the latest social networking site or app to share their lives and interests with friends, dealing with the grim task of figuring out what to do with all the online accounts and social profiles of a deceased loved one is becoming more of a common situation that families are needing to face these days.
Article by Elise Moreau  (About Tech: 12Feb15)
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Why Is Windows Hibernating Instead of Fully Shutting Down?

Windows' hibernation setting can be a very useful "feature" when you need to quickly start your computer, but there are times when you want or need to completely shut down your operating system every time instead of just occasionally. With that in mind, today's SuperUser Q&A post has a quick and easy solution to a frustrated reader's problem.
Article by Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel)  (How-To Geek: 14Jul16)
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Is Your PC Running Smoothly? Make Sure with a System Diagnostics Report.

The Performance Monitor is one of many useful tools buried deep in Windows. It can generate a System Diagnostics Report with information about problems and suggestions of how to fix them. If your computer isn't performing well or is experiencing another problem, this quick report might be able to help.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek: 28Jun16)
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How to Migrate from Evernote to OneNote.

Evernote is going to be limiting their free plans and increasing the prices of paid plans. If you've ever thought about switching to Microsoft's OneNote instead, now is probably a good time. Thankfully, Microsoft has released an official tool for migrating your Evernote data into OneNote.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek: 05Jul16)
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A mysterious Windows 10 .EXE hints subscriptions are coming, but don't worry yet.

When Build 14376 rolled out just days ago, a mysterious file called "UpgradeSubscription.exe" seemingly pointed to the possibility that Microsoft could introduce a paid subscription scheme for Windows 10. After all, there's no sure bet that Microsoft will continue to hand out free updates over the next ten years, right?
Article by Kevin Parrish  (Digital Trends: 01Jul16)
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There's a secret tool in Windows 10 that puts all your settings in one place - here's how to find it.

Windows 10 is a worthwhile upgrade to its predecessor. But, like any OS, it has its share of niggling annoyances.
The solution lies in a long-time Windows shortcut called the Windows Master Control Panel. Colloquially, it's known as GodMode. While it's not quite as exciting as that video game-like term would suggest, it's still a handy option for Windows tinkerers and power users to keep in their back pocket.
It's also super easy to set up. Here's a quick tutorial.
Article by Paul GilJeff Dunn  (Tech Insider: 30Jun16)
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Geek Uninstaller now Removes Windows Apps.

The latest version of Geek Uninstaller, a popular third-party program for removing installed software, now also supports removing Windows Store apps.
Geek Uninstaller is a portable program which not only uninstalls software but also scans for and removes leftover traces, in much the same way as Revo Uninstaller. However, Geek Uninstaller's free version includes full support for the removal of both 32-bit and 64-bit applications whereas Revo Uninstaller's free version only supports removing 32-bit applications (full support for 64-bit applications is available only in Revo Pro).
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips: 28Jun16)
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3 Must Do Things After Upgrading to Windows 10.

Because it's a hybrid operating system, catering for both desktop and mobile users alike, Windows 10 is a very different animal to Windows 7 and even more mobile-centric than Windows 8.1. You will no doubt have heard complaints regarding increased telemetry (data collection) in Windows 10 and this is largely related to the mobile side of things. In my humble …
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips: 23Jun16)
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ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer..

Whoda thunk it? Tourist/cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco was hanging out in Vienna when he walked up to an ATM. Because he trusts no one he decided to give the reader a little tug and came away with a working skimmer designed to look exactly like the card slot on the original machine.
Article by John Biggs  (TechCrunch: 24Jun16)
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Edge Versus Internet Explorer.

How Microsoft's strategy pushing Edge seems to be dooming both Edge and IE (and how you can get IE back in Windows 10).
Video by Leo A. Notenboom  (Ask Leo! Newsletter: 15Jun16)
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Is ATA the Same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

When you are shopping for a new hard drive, it can sometimes be a bit confusing when similar, or not so similar terminology is all mixed together in the product's description. With that in mind, today's SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader's question.
Article by Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel)  (How-To Geek: 02Jun16)
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How to Use Notepad to Create a Dated Log or Journal File.

Notepad has been the standard text editor included in Windows for many years, allowing you to create and edit plain text files. But, did you know you can also use Notepad to keep a dated log or journal? It's very easy and we'll show you how.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek: 14Jun16)
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Firefox 48 finally enables Electrolysis for multi-process goodness.

At long last, Firefox is going multi-process. Barring an eleventh-hour mishap, Electrolysis (e10s) is coming to the masses with Firefox 48. In the words of long-time Mozillan Asa Dotzler, this is the most significant Firefox change the foundation has ever shipped.
Article by Sebastian Anthony  (Ars Technica: 09Jun16)
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How to Fix Line Spacing In Thunderbird.

Recently, I updated my Mozilla Thunderbird eMail application to the most up-to-date version. We have all done this, or at least, the eMail application has automatically done it for you. The one thing I noticed after the update is that when composing an eMail I kept getting double line-spacing between each sentence. That is all good as long as it is a break between paragraphs, but not when I just want to move down one line. For a while I dealt with it, but finally decided I should figure out how to fix it. So let's break this down into an easy-to-follow guide.
Article by Jason Shuffield  (Daves Computer Tips: 18May16)
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Tech Today - Is It Dead? Reviving the PC That Won't Turn On.

It's an awful way to start the day, but don't panic. Here's how to fix it.
Article by Tim Fisher  (About Tech: Updated 15Jul15.)
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Tech Today - Windows or Mac? What Is an Operating System, Really?

Often abbreviated as OS, an operating system is a powerful, and usually large, program that controls and manages the hardware and other software on a computer.
All computers and computer-like devices have operating systems, including your laptop, tablet, desktop, smartphone, smartwatch, router... you name it.
Article by Tim Fisher  (About Tech: Updated 26May16.)
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What's New in the Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview.

Windows 10's next big update, dubbed the "Anniversary Update", comes out this summer. Here's what's been announced so far, along with a few goodies we've discovered in the first, second, third, and fourth Insider Preview builds.
Article by Chris Hoffman & Whitson Gordon  (How-To Geek: 31May16)
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Windows 10 Behaves Like Malware.

Windows 10 is a fine operating system, but it's being tarnished by the over-the-top tactics Microsoft is using to get people to upgrade.
Video by Leo A. Notenboom  (Ask Leo! Newsletter: 01Jun16)
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Why Passphrases Are Still Better than Passwords & Fingerprints.

Remember when passwords didn't have to be complicated? When PINs were easy to remember? Those days are gone, and cybercrime risks mean fingerprint scanners are next to useless. It's time to start using passcodes...
Article by Philip Bates  (MakeUseOf: 30May16)
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What Is the Alpha Channel in PNG Images?

Sometimes you may hear about images that have an alpha channel. Here's what that means!
Article by Akshata Shanbhag  (MakeUseOf: 14Mar16)
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Why Windows 10 isn't really free: The subtle new world of built-in costs.

Even if you get the free upgrade, everything from Cortana to Xbox has its ways of making you pay.  Windows 10 isn't really free. Realizing why and how it isn't really free can help you understand why installing the operating system on 1 billion systems by 2017 is such a big deal for Microsoft-and why this version of Windows is very different at its core than Windows 7 and its predecessors.
Article by Brad Chacos  (PCWorld: 06Aug15)
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How to Recover an Unsaved Microsoft Office File.

You've just closed an Office document and accidentally clicked Don't Save. Or maybe Word crashed or your laptop lost power before you remembered to save what you were working on. We've all felt that pain, but all is not necessarily lost. By default, Office applications automatically save temporary backup copies of your documents as you work and there's a good chance you can recover them.
Article by Walter Glenn  (About Tech: Updated 08Feb16)
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Educate Yourself for Free: 14 Sources for Free Online Classes.

What's better than free training in almost any field you can think of?
Article by Wendy Boswell  (About Tech: Updated 08Feb16)
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How to Find Your Firefox Profile Folder on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Your Firefox profile stores your settings and personal information, such as your home page, bookmarks, extensions (add-ons), toolbars, and saved passwords. All this information is stored in a profile folder that keeps your data separate from the Firefox program, so if anything goes wrong with Firefox, your information is preserved.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek: 19May16)
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Tech Today - Important Info: What Is Email Spoofing?

Ever get an email from someone you know that just doesn't seem...right?
Article by Paul Gil  (About Tech: Updated May 12, 2016.)
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5 Security Mistakes That Could Put You in Harm's Way.

We all make mistakes, but these will get you into serious trouble.
Article by Andy O'Donnell  (About Tech: Updated June 28, 2015.)
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How to Download Official Windows ISO Files Free from Microsoft.

You can download Windows installation files free from Microsoft. We'll show you a hack that allows you to download ISO files for any edition of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 from Microsoft's Tech Bench.
Article by Tina Sieber  (MakeUseOf: 29Apr16.)
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The Freeware Download Sites That Don't Force Crapware On You.

It's been more than a year since we drew attention to the crapware regularly foisted upon unsuspecting users by pretty much every big freeware site, including the venerable SourceForge. Since then, a few sites-including SourceForge themselves-have started cleaning up their act.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek: 11May16.)
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What Is the Microsoft .NET Framework, and Why Is It Installed on My PC?

If you've been using Windows for very long at all, you've probably heard of Microsoft's .NET, probably because an application asked you to install it, or you noticed it in your list of installed programs. Unless you're a developer, you don't need a lot of knowledge to make use of it. You just need it to work. But, since we geeks like knowing things, join us as we explore just what .NET is and why so many applications need it.
Article by Walter Glenn  (How-To Geek: 10May16.)
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How To Create Full System Images with Aomei Backupper.

Aomei Backupper is so simple to use it probably doesn't require an elaborate guide, however, I wanted to show less experienced users just how easy this process is in the hopes of encouraging more to take advantage of this ultimate fail safe - creating full system images. Creating and saving full system images will allow you to quickly and easily restore a badly infected or broken system back to full working order, even when the system won't boot. For this guide, we'll be using the free edition - Aomei Backupper Standard.
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips: 15Apr16.)
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Tech Today - Don't You Hate Getting a Computer File You Can't Open?!

Computer file formats can be downright confusing, and sometimes impossible to open. Have no fear, we've got a simple guide that'll help open any format you'll encounter!
Article by Tim Fisher  (About Tech: Updated 12Apr16.)
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Why Does Restarting Seem to Fix Most Computer Problems?

Why Powering Something Off and Then On Tends to Fix Most Problems - It's definitely not magic.
Article by Tim Fisher  (About Tech: Updated 22Oct15.)
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Why You Should Uninstall QuickTime ASAP.

Applies to QuickTime on Windows, not on Mac OSX - TrendMicro, the well known and reputable security company has issued what they describe as an "urgent call to action" following the discovery of two critical vulnerabilities in Apple's QuickTime player. What makes this situation "urgent" is that Apple is in the process of deprecating QuickTime for Windows and will no longer be issuing security patches for the product, so these 2 vulnerabilities are never going to be fixed.
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips 18Apr16)
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Spreadsheeto - Addition to our Useful Website Page - Tutorials.

Spreadsheeto - Excel Tutorials. Each topic is thoroughly explained, in an easy-to-understand manner. All contents are free and up to date. So if you're not an "Excel-nerd" you'll learn to do some pretty amazing things (e.g. Create a drop-down menu in your spreadsheet).
By Langmann & Mikkel Sciegienny Kasper
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Opera bundles free, unlimited VPN client into its browser.

Opera Software has become the first major browser maker to introduce a built-in VPN client for its Web users.
Article by Andrii Degeler  (Ars Technica 21Apr16)
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9 Cleanest & Safest Websites to Download Free Software for Windows.

Downloading software can be dangerous. Visit the wrong site and you might accidentally download malware. We have compiled free software download sites you can trust.
Article by Joel Lee  (MakeUseOf 21Apr16)
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How to Create a List of Your Installed Programs on Windows.

Reinstalling Windows is a good way to fix serious problems with your computer, or just to get a fresh slate. But before you reinstall Windows, you should make a list of programs you currently have installed on your PC so you know what you want to reinstall on the new system.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek 12Apr16)
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Nobody Knows What Windows 10's "App Connector" Is, and Microsoft Won't Explain It.

Windows 10 includes a mysterious app named "App Connector" that has access to your location, camera, contacts, and calendars. This app was created by Microsoft, but Microsoft hasn't officially explained what it does.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek 05Apr16)
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Microsoft is bringing the Bash shell to Windows 10.

Here is an announcement from Microsoft Build you probably didn't see coming: Microsoft today announced that it is bringing the GNU project's Bash shell to Windows. Bash (Bourne Again SHell) has long been a standard on OS X and many Linux distribution systems, while the default terminal for developers on Windows is Microsoft's own PowerShell.
Article by Frederic Lardinois  (TechCrunch 30Mar16)
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How to open Internet Explorer in Windows 10.

Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 10. But if you prefer to use IE, then this post will show you how to open Internet Explorer in Windows 10 and how you can pin it to your Start Menu or Taskbar for easy access and how you can even set it as your default web browser.
Article by Anand Khanse (aka HappyAndyK)  (The Windows Club 13Jul15)
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An Introductory Guide to PayPal Accounts & Services.

PayPal offers a lot of services that you might not be aware of -- here's a guide to understanding some of the lesser-known options.
Article by Joel Lee  (MakeUseOf 31Mar16)
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Text Talk and Mobile Device Abbreviations.

2016 is all about mobile web and short 'bite-sized' communications. Our desktop messaging has shifted to our smartphones and tablets, and spelling and grammar have been slashed in favor of thumb-typing speed. All the while, we still need to pack meaningful information, courtesy and etiquette into our messaging.
Article by Paul Gil  (About Tech - Updated 16Jan16)
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Google's $150 Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software is Now 100% Free.

Google just announced that it's making its Nik Collection of desktop photo editing software 100% free (it was originally $600, they reduced it to $150, and now they're giving it away).
Article by Michael Zhang  (PetaPixel 24Mar16)
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How to Delete a Saved Wi-Fi Network on Windows 10.

Windows 10 saves a list of Wi-Fi networks you connect to along with their passphrases and other settings. If you want to set your Wi-Fi network up from scratch-something that's occasionally necessary to fix connection problems-you'll need to make Windows "forget" the Wi-Fi network.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek 24Mar16)
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How to Hide Your Personal Information on the Windows 10 Login Screen.

If you log in to Windows with a Microsoft account, the Windows 10 login screen shows the name and email address for the last user that logged in. It's convenient, but if you use your computer in public or leave it unattended, you might not want people being able to see that personal information. With a little policy editing, it's easy to hide.
Article by Walter Glenn  (How-To Geek 17Mar16)
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How to Shutdown or Sleep Windows 10 With a Keyboard Shortcut.

The fastest way to shut down or sleep a Windows 10 computer is not with a mouse -- it's with the keyboard!
Article by Dave LeClair  (MakeUseOf 21Mar16)
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How to Create Windows 10 Installation Media.

Regardless of how you arrived at Windows 10, there's a way to create your own installation media. Sooner or later you might need it. Let us show you how to be prepared.
Article by Gavin Phillips  (MakeUseOf 10Mar16)
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The mystery over the @ sign.

The @ character is the symbol of the internet age, crucial for emails and social networking. But no-one really knows where it came from, writes Claire Bates.
The "at sign" was once an obscure symbol known only to book-keepers. That changed thanks to Ray Tomlinson, the man widely regarded as the inventor of the email.
Article by Claire Bates  (BBC Magazine 08Mar16)

The Ultimate Guide to MS Windows 10 Troubleshooting.

The Ultimate Guide to MS Windows 10 Troubleshooting is the most extensive and comprehensive guide to troubleshooting and solving common problems in Windows 10. From simple issues like customizing your Start menu to complex solutions for fixing the Blue Screen of Death - we have you covered! The guides are thorough, proven, easy-to-follow and supported with helpful screenshots that will guide you through every step of the process.
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What Do Different Types of LAN IP Addresses Represent?

When you start learning about IP addresses, it may be a bit confusing at first when it comes to knowing what specific addresses represent and why they do so. With that in mind, today's SuperUser Q&A post helps a curious reader learn more about IP addresses.
Article by Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel)  (How-To Geek 03Mar16)
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How to Get Rid of Bloatware on Your Android Phone.

Manufacturers and carriers often load Android phones with their own apps. If you don't use them, they just clutter your system, or-even worse-drain your battery in the background. Take control of your device and stop the bloatware.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek 03Feb16)
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Does Microsoft Really Love Linux After All?

Microsoft and Linux have had a tumultuous relationship. Over the years, CEOs have expressed a desire to see Linux disappear, but these days the story is different. Does Microsoft really like Linux after all?
Article by Bertel King, Jr.  (MakeUseOf 22Feb16)
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How to Spell Check Worksheets in Excel.

Excel's spell check feature doesn't have all the bells and whistles that Word's does, but it does provide basic spell-checking functionality. You can check the spelling of words in the cells of a worksheet and add words to the dictionary.
Article by Lori Kaufman  (How-To Geek 25Feb16)
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Google Is Finally Killing Picasa.

It hasn't made sense for Google to continue to invest in two separate photo storage and sharing applications, as it has been doing with the newer Google Photos and the dated software Picasa. And now the company is finally going to do something about that: Google announced this morning that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application as of March 16, 2016. In addition, it will be archiving Picasa Web Albums data at a later date while encouraging those users to convert to Google Photos instead.
Article by Sarah Perez  (TechCrunch 12Feb16)
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How to Change the Default Password on a Network Router.

It's the most basic type of security, but most people never change the password to access their router's admin settings from the manufacturer's default. Don't overlook it, protecting your home network starts here.
Article by Bradley Mitchell  (About Tech Feb2016)
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10 Interesting Things You Might Not Know About the Mac.

Your Mac hides many features and informational tidbits from you, often in plain sight.
Article by Akshata Shanbhag  (MakeUseOf 08Feb16)
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Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is now a recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers (February 2016). If you're not yet ready to upgrade, it's time to double-check your Windows Update settings. We show you how.
Article by Tina Sieber  (MakeUseOf 04Feb16)
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek 05Feb16)
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Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won't Damage Your Devices.

USB Type-C brings a new universal connector to laptops and smartphones, and many device are already starting to use it. But beware: many USB-C cables aren't designed properly and could potentially damage your hardware.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek 02Feb16)
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Hotmail No More! Microsoft Outlook Email Services Explained.

Stop searching for Hotmail! The terminology surrounding the various Microsoft Outlook email services is confusing. If you no longer know whether it's called Outlook web app, Outlook Online, or other, let us explain.
Article by Joel Lee  (MakeUseOf 07Jan16)
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Getting started with Windows 10.

Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft's operating system for PCs and tablets. It was released July 29, 2015. Check out these lessons to learn more about Windows 10!   GCF Global Learning.
GCF LearnFree Home Page. - The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out our Everyday Life, Basic Math, and Computer Training today!
More Subject Headings: Computers, Email Basics, Internet Basics, Linux, Mac OS, Online Safety, Windows, Devices, Digital Skills, Photos and Graphics, Social Media, Using the Cloud.
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TeraCopy enables you to copy and/or move files within Windows in a much faster way - an improvement you'll be especially grateful for when dealing with several gigabytes of data.
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10 free websites that'll get your brain working!

The internet is an amazing place to learn a lot about pretty much anything. From serious self-improvement to getting a better understanding the world around you, here are 10 free websites that'll get your brain working!
Article by Paul Gil  (About Tech 07Jan16)
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Top 50 Most Popular Gmail Tips, Tricks and Tutorials.

It's true Google's Gmail is already one of the best free email services around, but is it possible to beef up security or migrate an old inbox?  Sure looks like it.
Article by Heinz Tschabitscher  (About Tech 07Jan16)
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Microsoft is pulling the plug on Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next Tuesday  (12Jan16)

Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next week on January 12th, releasing a final patch encouraging users to upgrade to one of the company's more recent browsers. The end of support means that these older versions of Internet Explorer will no longer receive security updates or technical support, making anyone who uses them much more vulnerable to hackers. A recently-announced patch will deliver the last few bug fixes, as well as an "End of Life" notification telling users to upgrade to IE 11 or Microsoft Edge - the company's successor to Internet Explorer, built for Windows 10.
Article by James Vincent  (The Verge 06Jan16)
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Can Unplugging a Portable USB Hard Drive Damage a Computer?

While many of us are familiar with the concept of improperly unplugging a portable hard drive causing potential data loss, is it also possible that your computer could be damaged as well? Today's SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader's question.
Article by Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel)  (MakeUseOf 04Jan16)
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What is 802.11ac, and Do I Need It?

If you've been down to your local Best Buy lately, you might have noticed that a whole new class of wireless routers are on the market on the premium end of the product scale, emblazoned with an "802.11ac" label in bright letters on the front of the box.
   But what does 802.11ac mean, and is it really necessary for you to get the most out of your daily WiFi browsing experience? Read on as we clear up the confusion around this confounding wireless networking standard and tell you everything you need to know about the newest devices that can support it in 2016.
Article by Chris Stobing  (MakeUseOf 03Jan16)
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Thunderbird - Software made to make email easier.

Thunderbird is a free email application that's easy to set up and customize - and it's loaded with great features!
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What's RAM?  Does Your PC Have Enough?

Selecting the Proper Type and Amount of RAM for a Desktop PC.  Most computer system specifications tend to list the system memory or RAM immediately following the CPU. In this guide, we will take a look at the two primary aspects of RAM to look at in computer specifications: amount and type.
Article by Mark Kyrnin  (About Tech 17Dec15)
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How to Change Passwords on Any Device (Windows, Mac, Smartphone).

It may seem like a simple thing, but changing your password is a fact of life, and knowing how to do it is something we here at How-To Geek generally take for granted, but the question is: do you know how to change your password?
   Changing your password regularly may not be the best course of action, but changing it to something strong and hard to crack or guess is.
Article by Ohio State Buckeye, Matt  (How-To Geek 10Dec15)
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What's the Difference Between FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS?

Whether you're formatting an internal drive, external drive, USB flash drive, or SD card, Windows will give you the choice of NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT. The Format dialog in Windows doesn't explain the difference, so we will.
   FAT32 is an older file system that's largely relegated to USB flash drives and other external drives. Windows uses NTFS for its system drive, and it's also ideal for other internal drives. exFAT is a modern replacement for FAT32, and more devices support it than do NTFS - although it's not as widespread as FAT32
Article by Chris Hoffman  (How-To Geek 09Dec15)
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Wipe vs Shred vs Delete vs Erase: What's the Difference?

Wiping, Shredding, Deleting, and Erasing Files are Actually Different Things.   You can delete a file without erasing it, erase a drive without wiping it, shred a file without deleting it, and wipe hundreds of files at once that were already deleted.
   Confused? I'm not surprised! These four terms - wipe, shred, delete, and erase - might sometimes be used interchangeably but they shouldn't be.
   Each word implies something different being done to a file, folder, or even space that looks empty, on a hard drive, flash drive, or some other storage device.
Here's how these concepts differ and why it's important that you understand exactly what they do.
Article by Tim Fisher  (About Tech 20Nov15)
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What is Encryption, and Why Are People Afraid of It?

With recent acts of terrorism in Paris and Lebanon, news media and government have been using the word "encryption" as if it's somehow to blame. Nonsense. Encryption is easy to understand, and if you're not using it, you should be.
Article by Eric Z Goodnight  (How-To Geek 30Nov15)
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2 minute tech: BIOS.

A friend of mine who works as a computer teacher refers to the "BIOS threshold" when asked to judge the competence of his students. Those who know about BIOS ("basic input/output system") have already had deeper experience in dealing with PCs. Since a BIOS is an integral part of most computers yet unknown to many users, here's a short introduction for you.
Article by Sven Krumrey  (Ashampoo BLOG 27Nov15)
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How do pixels and DPI and resolution and picture size and file size all relate?

Article by Leo Notenboom  (Ask Leo Newsletter)
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11 Hidden OS X El Capitan Features You Might Not Know About.

Think you've found all the new features in El Capitan? Think again! There are a bounty of handy features that haven't gotten a lot of press.
We've already covered the many new features in El Capitan, but as with any operating system upgrade there are going to be tons of minor changes that don't make the first review.  So let's look at a few more, shall we?
Article by Justin Pot  (MakeUseOf 04Nov15)
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Microsoft Ditches Unlimited OneDrive Storage & Reduces Free Quota.

A little over a year ago, Microsoft upped the ante in the storage wars by announcing that Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers would get unlimited cloud storage on OneDrive as part of their subscription. In a recent blog post, the company has now back-tracked on that promise. It turns out that if you offer unlimited storage, some people actually expect unlimited storage.
Article by Jim Hillier  (Daves Computer Tips 05Nov15)
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The Only Safe Way to Update Your Hardware Drivers on Windows.

Want to update your computer's hardware drivers? Don't use driver-update utilities. Avoid bad freeware-download sites, too. Get your driver updates from Windows Update or your device manufacturer's website.
Article by Chris Hoffman  (MakeUseOf 09Nov15)
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This Easy Plugin Integrates Google Drive Into Microsoft Office.

Wish you could access Google Drive from right inside Microsoft Office? Here's a quick plugin that makes that possible.
Article by Ben Stegner  (MakeUseOf 05Nov15)
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Windows 10 growth sluggish as Windows 7/8.x users stick with their OS.

The monthly desktop operating system usage share figures are in from NetMarketShare and they show that Windows 10 growth is slowing down as Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users stick with their operating system.
Article by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes  (ZDNet 02Nov15)
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Why This Longtime Google Fan Now Prefers DuckDuckGo.

I don't clearly remember life before Google search. Since the early 2000's it has felt like an extension of my brain, always giving me exactly what I was looking for. For 15 years, I felt kind of weirded out whenever I saw anyone using a non-Google search engine.
   Put simply, I was a Google fanboy. Three months after switching to DuckDuckGo, however, I'm not sure I'll ever switch back.
Article by Justin Pot  (MakeUseOf 16Oct15)
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Miss Windows XP? Get it Back With Zorin OS.

If you're one of those old school Windows users who loved Windows XP, but found yourself missing many things about it as the world progressed onto Windows 7, 8 and now 10 - have I got a treat for you!   Introducing Zorin OS, the alternative Windows XP.
Article by Ryan Dube  (MakeUseOf 22Oct15)
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How to Pick the Best Cloud Service for Your Needs and Devices.

The Cloud is ubiquitous, and with it, a myriad of service and products, many of which the average user doesn't even comprehend. Cloud storage, however, is definitely something that nearly everyone uses, so which one do we think is best for you?
   For all intents and purposes, there are really just four cloud storage services we seriously consider: Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud.
Article by Ohio State Buckeye, Matt (How-To Geek 15Oct15)
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Android 6.0 - Marshmallow: What We Know

Android's latest confection has been unveiled: Marshmallow will be the name of Android 6.0, and we've already learned about several new features. Some are brand new functionalities, while others simply give you more control over your phone, which is great news. Here are the top new features you should be excited about.
Articles by Molly McLaughlin (About.com 09Oct15)
Scott Adam Gordon (AndroidPIT 08Oct15)
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Firefox Security Tips and Tools

The browser wars rage on. Some people love Google Chrome, some choose Safari. I personally prefer Firefox. I've had a lot of trouble with other browsers, but Firefox seems to be pretty stable, except for the occasional random shutdown or two. Firefox also has some great security features that make it my preferred browser of choice.
Note: To check your settings in the latest version of Firefox for Windows:  Select "Tools" then "Options.
Article by Andy O'Donnell (About.com 25Sep15)
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Microsoft May Download Windows 10 Without Your Knowledge. It can happen even if you haven't reserved a copy.

Windows 10 is an outstanding operating system, one that builds on Windows 7's strengths while minimizing Windows 8's weaknesses. It's also free for a year, so you have until next July 29 to upgrade. But not everyone wants Windows 10 yet, and Microsoft is quietly downloading Windows 10 for millions of users -- even if they didn't ask for it.
Article by Keith Ward (About.com 29Sep15)
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Newly found TrueCrypt flaw allows full system compromise.

Windows users who rely on TrueCrypt to encrypt their hard drives have a security problem: a researcher has discovered two serious flaws in the program.
   TrueCrypt may have been abandoned by its original developers, but it remains one of the few encryption options for Windows. That keeps researchers interested in finding holes in the program and its spin-offs.
Article by Lucian Constantin (ITworld-IDG News Service 29Sep15)
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Gmail - Stay in control with Block and Unsubscribe.

Sometimes you get mail from someone who's really disruptive. Hopefully it doesn't happen often-but when it does, you should be able to say, "Never see messages from this person again." That's why you can now block specific email addresses in Gmail-starting today on the web, and over the next week on Android. Future mail will go to the spam folder (and you can always unblock in Settings).
Posted by Sri Harsha Somanchi, Product Manager (Official Gmail Blog 22Sep15)
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Screenshot Tour: What's New in Office 2016

Today marks the release of Microsoft Office 2016. We've tested some of the more notable, cool new features and enhancements, which we'll show you here in our standard How-To Geek style screenshot tour with lots of pictures.
Article by Lori Kaufman (How-To Geek 22Sep15)
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Windows 10 Being Downloaded to PCs Whether You Want it or Not.

It seems Microsoft is so keen to achieve its "billions of devices running Windows 10" prediction that the company has taken to downloading Windows 10 even to systems where the user has not reserved a copy and has no intention of upgrading.
   It should be pointed out that this unsolicited download only affects Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users who have automatic updates enabled.
Article by Jim Hillier (Daves Computer Tips 11Sep15)
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Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format.

Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix today announced that they have formed a new open source alliance - the Alliance for Open Media - with the goal of developing the next generation of royalty-free video formats, codecs and other related technologies.
Article by Frederic Lardinois (TechCrunch 01Sep15)
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Why is Linux So Great? Because It's Open Source!

What can't Linux do? Nowadays you hear Linux powering just about any device imaginable - all the way from dime-sized computers via the Raspberry Pi all the way to most of the top 100 supercomputers in the world. We interact with it daily, whether it be on our personal computers, Android devices, Steam boxes (gaming), flight entertainment systems, web servers that power behemoths such as Google, Facebook, and Wikipedia, or more.
But what makes Linux such a great choice that it's used in all those devices? It's because it's open source software, which has various implications.
Article by Danny Stieben (MakeUseOf 24Aug15)
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Your guide to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is now available for download, and there's no better time to start getting acquainted. Read on for everything you need to know about where to get Windows 10, how to install it, and how to use it. And keep checking back, as we'll continue to post all our Windows 10 How To coverage right here.
Article by Eric Franklin & Kent German (CNET 20Aug15)
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Windows 10 Drivers.

Here on this page we are dedicated to bringing you guys the most pertinent news and information about drivers for the Windows 10 Operating System. So the most common question I get asked is "what is a Windows Driver?"
Article: Windows10update.com
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Shortcut Keys for Windows 10.

This guide lists shortcut keys that you can use from the desktop in Windows 10.
List: Microsoft.PDF
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3D Printing - Two articles by T.J. McCue  (About Tech Newsletter 19Aug15)

What Is 3D Printing? - A Primer On 3D Printing and How It Works.
Whenever you hear about 3D Printing, many people will say, the Star Trek Replicator is coming! It is a fun illustration that many people know, but it does not really answer the question people have: What is 3D printing and how does it work? I like to explain that a 3D printer is like a computer-controlled glue gun that follows your digital commands.
What Is 3D Printing G-Code?   G-Code is a language that helps a machine understand our commands.
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Google gives birth to a new parent - Alphabet

Google is Now Part of a New Company Alphabet - Google has decided to restructure itself under a new company called Alphabet Inc. and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be Alphabet's CEO and president respectively.
Article by Adarsh Verma (fossBytes 11Aug15)
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Why iPhones Are More Secure Than Android Phones.

Here's a dirty secret: Most Android devices never receive security updates. Ninety-five percent of Android devices can now be compromised via an MMS message, and that's just the most high-profile bug. Google has no way to apply security patches to these devices, and manufacturers and carriers just don't care.
Article by Chris Hoffman (How-To Geek 03Aug15)
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What's the Difference Between Windows 10's Express or Custom Setup?

When you first set up Windows 10, Microsoft is going to want to rush you through the process with "Express Settings". We recommend taking a little time and stepping through the customized setup instead.
Article by Ohio State Buckeye, Matt (How-To Geek 30July15)
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Warning: Don't Download Software From SourceForge If You Can Help It.

"SourceForge are (sic) abusing the trust that we and our users had put into their service in the past," according to the GIMP project. Since 2013, SourceForge has been bundling junkware along with their installers - sometimes without a developer's permission.
   Don't download software from SourceForge if you can help it. Many open-source projects now host their installers elsewhere, and the versions on SourceForge may include junkware. If you absolutely have to download something from SourceForge, be extra careful.
Article by Chris Hoffman (How-To Geek 06Jun15)
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How to Restore Windows 7 Backups on Windows 8.1 or 10

Windows 8 offered support for restoring Windows 7 backups, but Microsoft removed this feature in Windows 8.1. There's still a way to restore your files from Windows 7 backups on Windows 8.1 or 10, but it'll take a bit more work.
Article by Chris Hoffman (How-To Geek 29Mar15)
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New Standard for USB Connectors, "USB Type-C"

USB Type-C is smaller in size than current USB connectors, roughly the same size as existing Micro-USB connectors at the bottom of smartphones, but it's reversible, meaning no more upside down.  Set to be available next year, the new 18 Pin Type-C USB will support USB 3.1 with the top speed of 10Gbps and has much high power output of up to 20V(100W) and 5A.
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   Jim Hillier (Daves Computer Tips) August 18, 2014.
   Sebastian Anthony (ExtremeTech) August 12, 2014.
   Dong Ngo (CNET) 23 August 2014.
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