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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 >>

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Why Fast SSD Storage Might Be the Best Upgrade for Your Computer

Before you throw out that old desktop or laptop, consider upgrading its storage. Whether your computer uses a hard drive or an older solid-state drive (or SSD) it’s probably time to upgrade it. SSDs are getting faster every year and replacing the storage in your old computer with a new SSD won’t cost you too much, it won’t take that long to fit, and it will make a huge difference to the speed of your computing experience. Read More >>

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How to Keep Your Family and Friends From Snooping on Your Laptop and Phone

Many of us are more security savvy than ever when it comes to our phones and laptops, but there’s one threat you might not be protecting against—the people inside your own home. Whether you’re worried about nosey housemates, clumsy kids, or horrible siblings, these are the steps to take to make sure your stuff stays private. Read More >>

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Simple Benchmarks to Run on Your Computer to Check If It’s Working Well

At first glance the computer on your desk might look a lot like last year’s model or the model your colleague has, but looks can be deceptive—if you want to really rate your laptop and find its place in the power and performance stakes, that’s where benchmarks come in. Read More >>

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25 Years On, We Asked Lenovo About The ThinkPad

The ThinkPad is 25 years old. The first ThinkPad may not have been the first laptop, but it was the first with a colour display. Along the way, there's been a swathe of pioneering innovations — the first CD and DVD, the first Wi-Fi, the first laptop into space. Read More >>

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Google Wants to Sell You a £900 Chromebook

At today’s big event in San Francisco Google confirmed what we’ve all know for the last two weeks: It has a slick looking new Chromebook, and it costs $1200 (~£900). However Google crucially expanded on those early details and has revealed a Chromebook that might actually be worth it’s sky high price tag, unlike the last $1000-plus Chromebook. Read More >>

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20 Cool Command Line Tricks for Windows and macOS

The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there’s still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system—and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too. Read More >>

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How to Get Windows and macOS Apps on Your Chromebook

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As capable as Chromebooks have become, there are times when you might need to load up Photoshop, iTunes or something else that relies on Windows or macOS. Not only can Chrome OS do this, it’s not that difficult to set up...if you know the right plug-ins to use. Here’s how to get started. Read More >>

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How to Upgrade Your Computer’s Login Screen

The login screen greets you every single time you boot up your computer, but it’s often neglected when it comes to tweaking and customizing your system. Here’s how to make changes to the login screen on macOS Sierra or Windows 10 so it’s very much your own. Read More >>

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How To Maximise Your Laptop’s Battery Life

There are all kinds of reasons you might want to minimise the power draw of your laptop or desktop. To save battery, of course, but also to keep your electricity bills lower and reduce your impact on the planet. Here are all the ways you can knock down the amount of power your computer is drawing. 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 an Old Laptop By Installing This Free OS

The new and improved default OS for the Raspberry Pi isn’t just for hobbyist computer boards any longer. Thanks to an experimental version of the Linux-based software for PCs and Macs, you can use it to reinvigorate an old laptop and get a few more years out of an ageing machine. 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 Stop Your Computer from Slowing Down

As months and years pass by, even the most powerful computer can start to slow down and show signs of age, much like a car. But as with your automobile, there are steps to take that will minimise the creeping sluggishness and keep your laptop running as fast as possible for as long as possible. Here are a couple of easy steps you can take to keep your computer from slowing down. Read More >>

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How to Fake the Touch Bar on an Old Mac

Hey did you see those new MacBook Pros? One of their big new features is the Touch Bar, an OLED strip that morphs into pretty much whatever button or slider you need it to be. Well, you don’t have to shell out thousands of pounds to get the Touch Bar experience anymore: here’s how to test it out today. Read More >>