internet
Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet

The DNS (Domain Name System) server settings on your laptop, phone, or router are your gateway to the web—converting easy-to-remember domain names into actual internet IP addresses, just like your contacts app converts names into actual phone numbers. You can change which DNS server your devices use, though, and perhaps get yourself a faster, more secure internet connection along the way. Read More >>

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7 Reasons Why This Is the One Gadget Your Home Network Needs

You might think your home network is complete after you buy a good router, but that’s not true! There’s a lot of ways to to improve it, and how you compute. But the best gadget to invest in after a solid router is a Network-Attached Storage, or NAS drive. If you’re new to the idea of drives, they’re basically hard drives that connect directly to your router rather than one of your computers—and that gives them a number of advantages to the local hard drive you might have installed inside your laptop or desktop. Here’s why you might want to set up a NAS drive yourself. Read More >>

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7 Problems with YouTube Music that Need Fixing Fast

It might come as no surprise to you that Google has launched something that isn’t really finished: YouTube Music is available now in the UK and several other countries, but it barely qualifies as a music streaming service today. After using the platform for several days, here are the biggest problems we want fixing. Read More >>

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How to Make Your iPhone Play Nice With Your Windows PC

If you’ve spent any time around Apple products, you know that “compatibility with hardware made by rival manufacturers” isn’t high up on the company’s priority list. But using your iPhone with a Windows PC can be a smoother experience than you might think. Read More >>

security
How to Spot Tech Support Scams and What to Do to Report Them

The tech support scam, obviously shady though it might seem to some, continues to catch more and more people—Microsoft says the number of reported cases is on the rise, while in March the U.S Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) said it logged 11,000 complaints last year, a rise of 86 per cent over 2016. The claimed losses amounted to nearly $15 million (£11.2m). Read More >>

consumer tech
10 Phone and Laptop Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you own a phone or a computer (and we’re assuming you do) there are bugs and annoyances that you just have to learn to live with. On the flip side, there are also problems that hint at something much more serious going on with your device—issues you shouldn’t learn to live with, but should address at the earliest opportunity. Read More >>

security
6 Ways You’re Risking the Security of Your Gadgets Without Thinking

We all want our tech to stay secure, but we also want a life that’s easy and convenient — and sometimes the two don’t fit together all that well. These are some of the ways you’re putting your devices at risk, perhaps without even realising it, and what you can do to stop it. Read More >>

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USB-C Is a Mess – How to Navigate It

USB Type-C, or simply USB-C, sounds fine in theory — a single port to handle charging, data transfer, video output, and more, and one that’s reversible too. Three years down the line from its introduction, you’ll find it on most smartphones and many laptops, but its apparent simplicity isn’t the whole story. Here’s what you need to know about USB-C in 2018. Read More >>

computing
How to Transfer Data Between Two Computers Without Losing Anything

If you’ve treated yourself to a shiny new computer then the excitement might be tempered somewhat by the thought of having to shift all your files and programs over to the new machine. With the right tools and know-how though, this doesn’t have to be a chore—here’s how to get it done quickly. Read More >>

social media
What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Social Media Accounts

There you are just wanting to get on with some casual Facebooking but all of a sudden you can’t get into your account—and what you thought were your username and password aren’t working any longer. If you find yourself locked out of one of your social media accounts, take a deep breath, and follow these steps. Read More >>

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10 Useful New Features Hidden in the macOS Mojave Beta

Earlier this week, Apple gave macOS 10.14 a name (Mojave), showed off some of its key features, and pushed out a developer preview to the world. We’ve been playing around with the brand new, rough-around-the-edges first beta of the new macOS, and these are some of the coolest and most useful features we’ve come across so far. Read More >>

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How to Bring Back Any Device From The Dead

Computer, tablet, or phone not starting, or seemingly frozen in time? Before you take it down to the local repair shop, or send it off to the professionals, here are the cheat codes to use to try and get your device back on its feet—it might be you can save yourself a hefty repair bill by fixing the issue yourself. Read More >>

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Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device

Bad apps are draining your battery life, sucking up your local storage, and causing your devices to crash more often than they should—and the worst part is, you might not realise who the worst offenders are. Here’s how to track down badly behaving apps on the major desktop and mobile platforms, and kick them to the kerb. Read More >>

computing
How to Customise the Dock and Start Menu for a More Useful Computer

Your Dock or Start menu is your way into macOS and Windows, respectively, as well as everything running on top of them. So it makes sense to have these launch systems configured in exactly the way you need them to be. We’ve got a bunch of essential tips on streamlining your Dock or Start menu, and powering through your computing more efficiently. Read More >>

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3 Simple, Free Apps for Accessing Your Home Computer From Anywhere

You’re at work, or on the other side of the world, or both, and you need something from your computer at home—in years gone by, you would need an IT degree and an expensive software package to connect up to your home computer remotely, but now a number of apps will do the job, simply and free. Here are three of our favourites, and when you might want to use them. Read More >>