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All the Best Ways to Back Up Your Data

You’ve got more choices than ever when it comes to backing up your data—you are backing up your data, right?—so how do you choose the best one for your needs? First, it’s a good idea to pick up some kind of external hard drive. You can go the Network Attached Storage (NAS) route if you want to access the storage from your Wi-Fi (or build your own Netflix). You can also just get a regular external hard drive from someone like Seagate or Western Digital. Read More >>

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How to Spot and Remove Stalkerware

As if there aren’t enough tech security threats to worry about, you also need to be on your guard against so-called ‘stalkerware’—those invasive types of programs installed by suspicious spouses, jealous exes or controlling parents without your knowledge. Here are the warning signs (on your computer) to look out for, and what you can do about them. Read More >>

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The Best macOS High Sierra Features You Probably Haven’t Heard of Yet

At the start of last week Apple showed off some of the upcoming features in macOS HIgh Sierra, but the company’s keynote by no means covered everything in the desktop OS update. We’ve been using the developer beta of macOS 10.13 for the last few days and scouring the web to uncover some of the hidden features coming down the pipe. Read More >>

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The Coolest Stuff Apple Announced at WWDC 2017

Apple just kicked off its annual developer conference with a customary jumbo keynote, where it announced the next major updates for iOS and macOS. The company also launched a ton of new hardware, including upgraded MacBooks and a brand new smart speaker powered by Siri. Read More >>

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MacOS High Sierra: The New Features Coming to Your Computer

Apple announced the brand new update to macOS (version 10.13), its desktop operating system today. Read More >>

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What to Expect From Apple WWDC 2017: iOS, iPads, MacBooks, and More

On Monday, Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, kicks off, and that means we will soon learn more about the company’s newest and most exciting products. This year the event runs from June 5-9 and is expected to serve as the launching point for major updates to iOS and macOS, as well as some new hardware. Read More >>

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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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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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You Can Download Night Shift For MacOS For Free Right Now

You no longer have to worry about your laptop’s bright screen disrupting your sleep schedule. Apple just released Night Shift — a feature that reduces blue light from the display in the evening — on the newest version of macOS Sierra (10.12.4). The update has been in testing since 24th January, but only developers have been able to download it. Now, the update is available for everyone to use. 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 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 Painlessly Run Windows on Your Mac

Virtual machines let you run one computer inside another, or at least one operating system inside another. You get the benefit of two OSes without the hassle of dual-booting or the standard setup process. It’s also easier than you might think to get started. Here’s how to set up your first virtual machine. 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 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 >>