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  Think of the tiled Start page as...

Think of the tiled Start page as a full-screen Start button. Because that's exactly what it is. Just as with the old Start button, you can simply start typing to show programs that begin with the letters you type, and launch them without having to scroll across tile screens. You can customize this p... Show More
  Calibrate your screen

The colors you see on your screen will vary depending on your monitor, graphics cards settings, lighting and more, yet most people use the same default Windows color profile. And that means a digital photo you think looks perfect might appear very poor to everybody else. Fortunately Windows 7 now pr... Show More
  Changing the Map Views

Just like in the Maps application for iOS, the Maps app for OS X lets you switch between three well-known map views: Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite. To change these views, select either the Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite buttons in the toolbar; or use the keyboard shortcuts by pressing Command + 1,... Show More
  BitLocker Drive Encryption WIndo...

Bit locker is a feature used to protect your computer running on windows 7 from offline attacks by encrypting the system volumes. ‘Bit locker To Go’ is a new feature for encrypting removable drives. If you lose your laptop computer, bit locker helps you to protect your data on stolen or lost com... Show More
  Install hardware drivers

To obtain the maximum output from your Ubuntu desktop, you’ll require the optimum drivers for your video card. They aren’t installed from starting, but if you go to ‘System | Administration | Hardware Drivers’, you can see your choices. Choose the appropriate driver, install it and restart y... Show More
  How to Easily Check an Entire Wi...

If you need to do security checks on entire folders with multiple antimalware programs, here’s a tool for you. It’s from Microsoft Sysinternals and is called Sigcheck.

It’s a command line tool but don’t let that deter you. It’s easy to use.

Read more at: http://www.techsupportalert.c... Show More
  Automate your Mac to Run Schedul...

One way to accomplish this is using a combination of the Automator application and the Calendar application to perform the task. The steps below outline the process:

Create an Automator Action to Delete the Contents of a Folder

1. Open Automator

2. In the Library pane, double-click Get Spec... Show More
  Manually Mount a USB Drive

A USB storage device plugged into the system usually mounts automatically, but if for some reasons it doesn't automount, it's possible to manually mount it with these steps.

1. Go to Menu > Terminal.

2. Enter sudo mkdir /media/usb to create a mount point called usb.

3. Enter sudo fdisk -l t... Show More
  Five different ways to cut, copy...

The last three days covered cutting, copying and pasting text in a document.

There are five different ways to cut, copy and paste selected text. You may wonder why this would benefit you. Get familiar with the different ways and you will start using them for different purposes. Editing a paragrap... Show More
  Fix performance problems

If your Windows 8 system seems sluggish, the revamped Task Manager may be able to offer some clues. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to take a look.
Click 'More Details'. The simplified Processes tab then reveals what's currently using your CPU time, RAM, hard drive and network bandwidth. (The more in-depth da... Show More
  How to record the screen on a Ma...

Do you want to show what you’re doing on your Mac to someone? Or many people? Sometimes video is the best medium to explain what you are doing. You can record your instructions once, and share it on YouTube or social networks. Here is a tip on how to do it for free with Quicktime Player 10, it’s... Show More
  5 Ways to Eject an External Driv...

Many people who are new to Macs are sometimes confused about external drives and how to properly remove them. Simply unplugging them from your Mac is a big no-no and could end up resulting in a trashed drive or data loss.

Depending on your setup, whenever you attach a flash drive or an external d... Show More
  Use file history for brain-dead ...

Windows 8 adds a mind-numbingly simple backup system called File History that few people seem to know about. To use it, simply plug in an external hard drive and Windows automatically archives files to it. Even better, Windows saves old versions of your files, so if you make a colossal mistake and o... Show More
  Find your applications

The Win+X menu is useful, but no substitute for the old Start menu as it doesn't provide access to your applications. Press Ctrl+Tab, click the arrow button at the bottom left of the Start Screen, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen and a list of your installed programs will appear. If you can... Show More
  How to get rid of the clutter on...

If you have a Desktop cluttered with icons and wish to temporarily hide them from view, you can do so with a Terminal command.

To hide Desktop icons use:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder

To redisplay Desktop icons use:

defaults write com.apple.f... Show More

 

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  Two weeks later: My switch from ...

ZDNet's David Gewirtz has been using Gmail for two weeks after switching all his email from Outlook. After two weeks with Gmail as his primary mail environment, what's his verdict? It might surprise you.

Read more at: http://zd.net/1AS82fT
  Microsoft promises fix for Surfa...

Microsoft is readying a fix meant to remedy an issue with the Intel Core i7 Surface Pro 3 tablets that is meant to remedy overheating issues reported by some users.

Read more at: http://zd.net/1qrt559
  Google Chrome 64-bit arrives for...

Along with the 32-bit release of Chrome 37, Google today released the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in the stable channel. Nevertheless, going 64-bit is still an opt-in process: to take advantage you have to hit the new “Windows 64-bit” download link over at google.com/chr... Show More
  Eight tips for improving battery...

Thanks to more efficient chips and improvements to software, the battery life on Apple's computers continue to improve with each new model year. The company also includes various energy saving settings in its OS X operating system.

Read more at: http://cnet.co/1APaAeD
  Six ways to improve your Wi-Fi n...

Suffering from a slow or sluggish home internet connection? Here are six ways to help improve your speeds.

Read more at: http://zd.net/1tDuDtp
  New Windows coming in late Septe...

It looks like we're due for a preview of Windows sometime in late September. As InfoWorld's Eric Knorr noted last week, something new is brewing with Windows in Redmond, and it looks like we'll have a chance to see it in four to six weeks.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1tDrbid
  Dirt cheap Windows PCs already h...

Microsoft is helping hardware makers build low-priced Windows PCs to combat Chromebooks and the early results of that effort are hitting the market.

Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo are selling laptops priced less than $250 that run on Windows 8.1 with Bing, a royalty-free version of the OS. The ... Show More
  5 Chrome tricks for power users

Ready to exercise your supreme Chrome skills? Learn how to set your location, easily view cached pages, and more!

Read more at: http://cnet.co/1mDA1r7
  The best desktop weather program...

The Internet has simplified how we access weather information. Before that, you had to rely on the newspaper, TV, or phone to get weather information. With the rise of the Internet came dedicated websites that provide you with the information you require in real-time at all time.

Read more at: htt... Show More
  TorrentLocker Is A New Ransomwar...

Cryptolocker might be dead and buried, but there’s a new piece of malware looking to take the Ransomware crown. It’s called TorrentLocker, and it’s positively evil.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/XJkBvS
  Make phone calls from your Mac r...

You don't have to wait for OS X Yosemite to place a call on your Mac, using your iPhone. Here's what you need to know.

Read more at: http://cnet.co/1pnRaKi
  Three ways to make a Chromebook ...

The truth is, for most of us, using a Chromebook already feels a lot like using a PC or Mac, depending on how much time you typically spend using Chrome when on a "real" computer.

Read more at: http://cnet.co/1oipsJV
  Apple updates OS X Yosemite publ...

As expected, Apple today released the second public beta of OS X Yosemite.

The update, pegged as build "14A329r," followed the debut of the sixth developer preview on Monday. Then Computerworld had predicted that Apple would ship the public beta today after concluding that the company would refre... Show More
  U.S. warns 'significant number' ...

Over a thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised by a recently discovered malware package called "Backoff" and are probably unaware of it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a cybersecurity alert on Friday.

Read more at:... Show More
  How to Play Solitaire in Windows...

Microsoft’s digital version of the card game Solitaire is one of the most popular computer games ever. Included as part of Windows starting with Windows 3.0 way back in 1990, the game has consumed countless hours of employee downtime over the years.

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