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  How to Customize the Look and Fu...

People often write of OS X as a restricted, un-customizable operating system. But if you know where to look, you can change a lot about how your Mac looks and works. Here's how to do it.

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  Set Up Apple Pay on iPhone

Apple Pay is a contactless payment platform that is newly available to iPhone 6 users. It works well and is incredibly simple; once you’ve added a card to Apple Pay, you just need to wave your iPhone over an Apple Pay compatible NFC payment terminal to pay for whatever you’re buying.

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  How to Select Your Default Apps

Just as in previous versions of Windows, Windows 8.1 lets you set your default apps to determine which specific apps open which specific file types. But the option to control your default apps is now part of the PC Settings screen, so you no longer need to navigate your way through the Control Panel... Show More
  Understanding Processes in the T...

The Task Manager is a nice utility that gives you a bird's-eye view of what's going on with your system. It runs at a higher priority than normal applications, and it has sufficient privilege to view and control the system's running processes.

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  Why You Shouldn’t Use a Task K...

Some people think that task killers are important on Android. By closing apps running in the background, you’ll get improved performance and battery life – that’s the idea, anyway. In reality, task killers can reduce your performance and battery life.

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  Shut Down Faster

Here's something else you can do from the Quick Access menu: shut down your computer. In Windows 8, the shutdown command was hidden somewhere in the Charms bar, which most people never figured out. In Windows 8.1, however, you can shut down your PC by right-clicking the Start button to display the Q... Show More
  Create a Shortcut for Locking Yo...

The quickest way to lock your computer screen is to just use the Win+L keyboard shortcut. Some people prefer to use the mouse to lock the workstation, however, or would just like to have both options.

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  2 Possible Fixes for Mail SMTP S...

Some Mac users who updated OS X to Yosemite have found Mail app to experience errors or problems when trying to send email.

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  Why You Don’t Need an Antiviru...

Believe it or not, there are antivirus programs targeted at desktop Linux users. If you have just switched to Linux and started looking for an antivirus solution, don’t bother – you do not need an antivirus program on Linux.

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  Personalize Your Android Homescr...

Widgets are wonderfully versatile additions to your Android home screen. They can provide access to various features of the apps you have installed, make it easier to access settings, display information about your device, and much more.

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  Use Reading View in Internet Exp...

Windows 8.1 includes the latest version of Internet Explorer (11), and with it a cool new feature called Reading View. This option, available only with the full-screen Modern version of IE (not the desktop version), strips away ads and other extraneous stuff from most web pages, displaying the main ... Show More
  Fonts Look Blurry in OS X Yosemi...

Some users of OS X Yosemite have found the Macs new system font, Helvetica Neue, looks blurry and is generally harder to read than Lucida Grande, the system font it replaced. The blurred fonts are sometimes able to be reproduced in screenshots but usually they show up looking normal, which makes dem... Show More
  Capturing a Screen Shot

Windows makes it easy to create an image of what's on the screen. PC keyboards have a "Print Screen" key, which used to actually print the screen image to an attached printer. This key may have some abbreviated variation of "Print Screen," such as "PrtScn." (It may take some creative reading to figu... Show More
  How to Easily Add and Remove Pro...

If you use Windows, you are probably familiar with the Add/Remove Programs tool in the Windows control panel. It lists the programs currently installed on your system and provides an easy method for uninstalling them with only a few clicks.

In Ubuntu, you can add and remove programs very easily u... Show More
  Snap Two or More Full-screen App...

Modern-style apps are designed to run full-screen on your PC or tablet device. That's fine, but we're all kind of used to having more than one app open at a time in the traditional Windows desktop environment.

Now, you can't display Modern apps in separate windows, but you can snap two or more of... Show More


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  Ubuntu's Unity 8 desktop will re...

Unity 8, seen in the Ubuntu Desktop Next images and Ubuntu Touch phones, removes a controversial feature branded “spyware” by some and fixes one of Ubuntu’s most long-standing complaints.

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  Microsoft releases anti-POODLE F...

By default, Internet Explorer on Windows client systems supports SSL version 3.0, the version recently found vulnerable to attack. Now there's another way to turn it off.

Read more at: http://zd.net/1q0fwqn
  Good dog: Puppy Linux reaches ve...

Linux is pretty darn awesome when used on super-powerful machines. However, where the kernel really shines is when operating systems leverage it for less powerful computers. In other words, Linux can breathe new life into old computers thanks to lightweight distributions.

Read more at: http://bit.... Show More
  Write! is a distraction free ric...

Notepad or its richer replacements are quite good when it comes to writing short to medium sized texts but lose much of their appeal when it comes to longer texts.

While you can certainly write a book using nothing but Notepad, it may not be the most comfortable thing to do and while programs suc... Show More
  The end of an era: Windows 7 con...

This year, Halloween will be scarier than usual for PC fans. Friday, October 31 is the final day that Microsoft will sell Windows 7 licenses to PC makers (OEMs in industry parlance), per Microsoft's lifecycle fact sheet.

After Friday it's all about Windows 8.1, at least for the consumer market.

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  Microsoft fires new shot in stor...

Microsoft today abolished space restrictions on its cloud-based OneDrive storage service for subscribers to Office 365, saying per-user allotments are now unlimited.

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  Cyber espionage group launches s...

Pawn Storm attacks target military agencies, embassies, defense contractors, and media organizations, Trend Micro says.

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  Canonical Marks 10 Years of Ubun...

Popular Linux distro Ubuntu recently turned 10 and Canonical could think of no better way to celebrate the milestone than with the release of a new version of the operating system.

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  Test drive Linux with nothing bu...

Maybe you’ve heard about Linux and are intrigued by it. So intrigued that you want to give it a try. But you might not know where to begin.

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  SUSE Linux Enterprise 12: new fe...

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 is available today. And with it SLES 12 brings several significant new features and extensions to the desktop and to the datacenter.

Read more at: http://zd.net/1oS1AUw
  Why Google wants to replace Gmai...

Gmail represents a dying class of products that, like Google Reader, puts control in the hands of users, not signal-harvesting algorithms.

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  Apple to stop SSL 3.0 support fo...

Apple will stop support next week for an encryption protocol found to contain a severe vulnerability, the company said on Wednesday.

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  Windows 10 to get two-factor aut...

The new OS will feature enhancements in areas like identity protection, data security, and malware resistance.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1xpiQPP
  Google blocks Bit.ly: Chrome and...

Bitly is a popular url shortening service that is widely used and according to Alexa one of the top 4000 websites in the world. It can be used by anyone to turn any link into a shorter version that looks similar to this one: http://bit.ly/1dNVPAW . If you have tried to open the main Bitly website re... Show More
  Why Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn'...

Ubuntu 14.10—or “Utopic Unicorn”—is now out. It’s a standard release of Ubuntu, not a long term support release like 14.04 “Trusty Tahir,” and at first glance Utopic isn’t the most exciting update. It doesn’t even have new wallpaper! But peer a little closer and you’ll see some h... Show More

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