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How to Use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant From a Computer

Digital assistant apps of all kinds are on the rise, but you don’t necessarily need to invest in a smart speaker to start chatting to one: with a little know-how you can get Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant up and running on your computer. Here’s what you need to do. Read More >>

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The Complete Guide to Dumping Google

Had enough of Google meddling in your affairs? Rather impressed by what Microsoft is doing with Outlook on the web? A little bit spooked by how much data Mountain View has on you? Whatever your reasons for splitting up with Google, here’s how to make sure it’s a clean and uncomplicated break. Read More >>

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How to Install Lightweight Versions of Your Favourite Apps

With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don’t burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here’s how to give them a test drive. Read More >>

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How to Create a Minimalist Desktop to Be Proud Of

Your desktop is the first sight you see when you switch your computer on, and there’s nothing worse than flicking that computer on and finding yourself staring at a cluttered mess. A tidy looking desktop is just as satisfying as a tidy house, and a lot easier to maintain. Read More >>

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How to Secure Your Home From Corporate Snoopers

Looks like corporate Big Brother might be watching your every move. Back in February US electronics company Vizio was forced to pay millions for secretly snooping on customers, but the TV tech giant isn’t the first corporation to go 1984 in peoples' homes. Amazon and Google have microphones in every room thanks to the Echo and Home, and Samsung and Microsoft can use cameras to watch you. Can you kit out your house with TVs, talking speakers and security cameras without getting spied on by the corporate entities behind them? Read More >>

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How to Lock Down Your Privacy on the Amazon Echo and Google Home

The smart speakers are coming! Wandering into our living rooms, listening for our voice commands, pulling random bits of trivia from the web, spitting out weather forecasts, and controlling a growing number of home appliances. But they’re always listening and currently there isn’t an easy to way to know when they aren’t (apart from hitting a mute button). So how do you stop TV ads, young kids and dumb roommates from controlling your speakers and revealing your most intimate secrets? Read More >>

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How to Abandon Android and Switch to iOS

Maybe you like the curves of the iPhone 7, maybe you just don’t trust Google with your data any more, or maybe someone just gave you an iPhone as a birthday present. Whatever the reason, here’s how to get your entire digital life from Android to iOS with as little head-scratching as possible. Read More >>

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How to Get on the Internet When Your Internet is Down

It could be vandalism down at the local green box,  bad weather taking out important infrastructure, a power cut, or your ISP happens to decide you don't deserve internet for a few days. Any way you look at it, when the internet is down your life is effectively on hold until it’s back up again. Read More >>

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The Easiest Ways to Run Multiple Accounts from One Phone

If you use Gmail and your office uses Google Apps or you like to maintain multiple Facebook accounts, than operating on a phone can be a nightmare. Multiple logins means constant logging out of apps and then logging back in—a process that only gets more excruciating when you have two-factor authentication (and you should really have two-factor authentication). Read More >>

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How to Spot a Link You Shouldn’t Click On

Even as our tech gets increasingly sophisticated and intelligent, sometimes it’s falling for the oldest tricks in the book that breach the security walls we’ve put in place—like clicking on dodgy links or shady attachments that we shouldn’t. You don’t have to get tripped up by these simplest of scams though, if you know what you’re looking for. Read More >>

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The Secret to Free Music Is Internet Radio

If you want to enter the modern age and listen to all your music online then streaming is the only way to go. While iHeartRadio and Pandora have both become the poor man’s Spotify—demanding costly monthly fees for so so music selection there’s still genuine free music available online. Internet radio gives you an endless amount of free music with just a few clicks of the mouse...provided you know where to look. Read More >>

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How to Avoid Unwanted Communications on Social Media

That recent tech innovation known as the internet has made keeping in touch with family and friends easier than ever—but it might also have brought you some unwelcome attention from people you’d rather not keep up correspondence with. If you want to minimise the chances of getting contacted out of the blue, here’s what to do. Read More >>

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How to Make the Best Videos for Snapchat and Instagram

Apple just pushed out its newest app, a mobile iMovie for the Snapchat generation—but it’s far from the only lightweight video editor you can get for your phone. Jazz up those clips of your pets and holidays before they hit Instagram and Snapchat with these mobile video editing suites, putting pro tools in your pocket. Read More >>

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How to Protect Your PC From Trolls, Hackers and Other Obnoxious Security Threats

It’s a scary fact of digital life that there are a lot of ways your PC can be exposed. Maybe you’ve been hacked by a state agent, or cracked by weird Nazi trolls. Fortunately you’re not powerless, and there are lots of ways to fight back. You don’t need to be a hacker, cracker, or computer savant to protect your laptop. Read More >>