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How to Figure Out What’s Slowing Your Computer Down

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Inevitably your computer slows down. You try to open a website and it grinds to a halt, or read an email and it churns along sluggishly. A slow computer, in many ways, is worse than a broken one—or at least infinitely more frustrating. Read More >>

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How to Build the Ultimate Movie and Music Server

If you’re like me, you’ve got hundreds of gigabytes of digital media files, everything from movies, to music, to TV shows, stored across portable hard drives, old laptops, and various PCs. Wouldn’t it be great if all of that media could live in one place and be able to be easily accessed by your other computers and smart devices? With the right apps and a network attached storage device, you can do just that. Read More >>

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5 Ways to Stop Spending So Much on Printing

We’re slowing getting closer to that long-standing goal of paperless offices (and home offices), but, unfortunately, we’re not there yet—and if you’ve got a printer or two installed at home the costs can quickly rack up. Yet with a little time and some effort you can drive the costs down while still churning out page after page of Mapquest directions or FedEx shipping labels. Read More >>

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How to Turn Nerf’s Newest Blaster Into a Foam Bullet Fire Hose

It was only announced last week, and it’s not supposed to be available until later in the year, but somehow YouTube’s LordDraconical managed to get his hands on Nerf’s new Rival Nemesis MXVII-1oK. He promptly gutted it and then upgraded it to turn it into a wacky foam bullet-shooting monster. Read More >>

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How To Get All Your Fitness Tracking Data in One Place

You’ve got data pouring in from your connected fitness tracker, your smartphone, your smartwatch, the smart scales in your bathroom and the dieting app you use to log your meals—so how do you get all of this information in one place? It isn’t easy, but here are a few pointers to help. Read More >>

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How to Put the Google Pixel’s Best Features on Your Phone

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL have set the bar high for the Android, but you don’t necessarily have to shill out hundreds of pounds to get a Pixel-esque feel on your handset. Quite a few of the Pixel’s features can be added to any Android phone, and here’s how it’s done. Read More >>

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How to Stop Social Media From Taking Over Your Life

In this day and age, it’s hard to live a full life without logging onto Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every now and then. The problem is that they can become a huge waste of time. Read More >>

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How to Take Screenshots of Anything (Even When They’re Blocked)

Whether you’re showing off your video gaming prowess, trying to fix a problem, or capturing a badly-spelled tweet before it’s deleted from the web, screenshots are an essential part of our digital lives. It’s not always obvious just how to pull off a screengrab though, especially when they’re blocked by default. Here’s how to take a screenshot anywhere—even when they’re blocked. Read More >>

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How to Make the iPhone’s Touch ID Work With Gloves

It’s cold and with what feels like an eternity of wintery weather ahead of us, it’s most definitely glove-wearing season. Read More >>

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How to Switch From a Mac to a Windows PC Without Losing Your Data

So you’ve run out of patience with your old MacBook Pro, and have now been tempted over to the world of Windows by all the shiny 2-in-1 devices recently announced (or maybe you just prefer Cortana to Siri). How exactly do you get started? And can you really move all of your important files over easily? Here’s everything you need to know about switching from Mac to Windows. Read More >>

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How to Save Your Vines Before It’s Too Late

Let’s bow our heads for six seconds of silence: Vine is closing down. Today, in fact. The video looping service doesn’t fit in with Twitter’s plans for the future, which means you’re going to have to go elsewhere for your micro-movie-making exploits. Read More >>

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How To Backup Your Old PC So You Can Finally Throw It Out

Many old computers sit around gathering dust because owners are too lazy to clear everything off them, so they can finally be sold or recycled. But the task is actually much easier than you might think. Here’s how to get an old desktop or laptop ready to move out of your home. Read More >>

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How to Turn YouTube Into the Ultimate Music Player

YouTube’s not just for toy dissections and mannequin challenges, it’s the world’s biggest jukebox too, though it may lack some of the refinements of your favourite desktop music player. Here’s how to queue up an endless list of songs you’ll love, old and new, without having to constantly search for and select each track at a time. Read More >>

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How to Avoid Getting a Hangover After This New Year’s Eve

While our friends in the States probably ring in the New Year with kale smoothies and baby yoga, New Year's Eve here in the UK is synonymous with one thing and pretty much one thing only: getting absolutely bladdered. Whether you're going to an all-night rave, hitting up a house party, or just enjoying a few beverages with friends and family down the pub, the danger is that your New Year's Eve revelry translates into a raging hangover on January 1st. Read More >>

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How to Build Your Own Mini SNES

The NES Classic Edition is almost perfect—short controller cords not withstanding—and if you can buy one, it’s one of our favourite Christmas gifts, especially if you don’t want to leave the house. But it only plays NES games, and 30 games at that. Plenty of people—us included—would love a tiny system to play our favourite Super Nintendo games. Or Genesis games. Read More >>