21 July 2017

With GPUs Skyrocketing in Price, Should You Buy a Graphics Card?


A graphics processing unit (GPU) offers increased graphical horsepower over integrated graphics. While most people use GPUs for gaming they remain useful for data processing as well as tasks such as video editing. So why do they cost a fortune now? Because of cryptocurrency mining’s popularity, the demand for graphics cards skyrocketed. Find out if you should buy a graphics card or not, and what the best alternatives are! GPU Price Surge Image Credit: NikolayFrolochkin via Pixabay Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum are mined using either ASIC devices (cryptocurrency lingo explained) or GPUs. While ASICs specialize in mining a...

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How to Build an Effective and Affordable Smart Home From the Ground Up


The smart home industry is booming, and everyone is hopping aboard the bandwagon. This trend that was once derided as a gimmick is being vindicated as more and more users realize how useful smart devices can be. If you don’t know the first thing about “smart homes” or “smart devices,” then you’ve come to the right place. By the end of this article, you’ll know everything you need to know about smart technology, including what it is, how it works, and which devices to purchase or avoid. What Is a Smart Home? There’s a good chance you already own a...

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20 July 2017

These 9 Projects Will Make You Fall in Love With Photography


If you’ve been looking for inspiration or ideas to kickstart your photography this summer, there are plenty of online projects you can participate in. Photography exercises can be a great way to improve your skills, and this list of nine project ideas is no exception. 1. Frequent Photo Walks Going out for a walk with the express purpose of taking photos on a regular basis is a great way to stay passionate about photography. Going to different locations to take photos can be a great way to explore your own city. Go a little farther afield and you can discover a neighboring town...

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How to Not Get Your Credit Card Hacked


Credit card fraud is massive, with an estimated $4 billion hacked in the U.S. alone during 2016. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that 41 million American adults have had their identity stolen. You don’t want to be part of that statistic. So how can you avoid it? Well, you can be proactive and prevent hackers from targeting your credit card. In fact, it’s pretty simple to do. Set Up Notifications and Alerts on Your Card You should check whether notifications are available for all of your financial accounts. These are alerts that you can set up to email or send an SMS...

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20 Facebook Pages Every Designer Needs to Follow


Facebook should be a top choice for any new or experienced designer in search of non-stop inspiration and information. But sifting through all those design-related pages and groups to find the absolute best can be a nightmare mission. But as we always try to do here at MakeUseOf, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Listed below are our top recommended Facebook pages (and a few groups) that all designers should follow and join. And for any we might have missed, please leave a link in the comments below! 1. Smashing Magazine With almost 300,000 likes, Smashing Magazine is a leading design-focused Facebook page....

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Why You Should Learn Ethical Hacking with These Online Classes


The Rogues Gallery on the web has a special spot reserved for hackers. At the top. Far ahead of trolls and pirates. Hackers have also been romanticized over the years by media and movie moguls. A “Gary McKinnon” may not be a known name like “Lisbeth Salander”, but their collective group has fed our pop culture. The former name is real, the latter is pure fiction. But hacking is a legitimate career choice now. It is a shingle on a cyber expert’s door. Some of them might even read – Ethical Hacker at Work. If you wish to learn ethical hacking,...

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How to Create Interactive Excel Charts With the INDEX Formula


This simple process will help you turn static Excel charts into something much more dynamic. Excel makes it easy to create clear, concise charts from your raw data. However, the results can sometimes feel static and uninteresting. One way to address this problem is to add some design flourishes, but you can also introduce an interactive component. A simple drop-down menu can transform a simple Excel chart into an illustrative visual that’s capable of presenting several different sets of information. It’s a great addition to any Excel dashboard, and it’s very easy and quick to set up. Here’s how to use...

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Google Play Protect Helps Keep Your Android Secure


Google has released Google Play Protect, a security suite designed to keep your Android safe. Play Protect resides on your handset, scanning your device around the clock. It also scans apps to make sure they’re behaving as they should, and lets you browse Chrome with confidence. Google has always offered some level of safety and security to Android users. However, it’s now ramping up its efforts in order to protect the hundreds of millions of people who choose Android over iOS. Thus, Google has consolidated Android’s security features into Play Protect. What Google Play Protect Offers Android Users… Play Protect...

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How to Sync Android Notifications With Windows, Mac, and Linux


There are several reasons why you might want to sync notifications from your Android phone with your desktop. For instance, if you spend most of your time on your computer, it might be inconvenient to reach for your phone every time there’s a new notification. Displaying notifications on your desktop can save you from this hassle. You can act on important notifications straight from your computer and dismiss annoying ones. Fortunately, you can sync Android notifications on pretty much any desktop operating system, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. Sync Android Notifications With Windows 10 The Windows 10 Anniversary Update brought a lot...

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These Star Wars Fan Films Will Make You Forget George Lucas Exists


Star Wars fans are almost unrivaled in their dedication to the universe they love. With the possible exception of Star Trek fans, ironically. Star Wars video games, websites, books, and podcasts abound — and so do Star Wars fan films. There are short films about the Sith, the Jedi, soldiers, families, pilots, smugglers, and every other member of the Star Wars universe you can possibly think of. I spent many hours watching Star Wars short films made by the fans for the fans, and these 10 are my favorites available to watch on YouTube right now. It would take literally weeks to...

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You Should Kill Windows Automatic Maintenance and Do This Instead


Before we start, let me make something clear: performing maintenance on your computer is vital. It’ll prolong the life of your hardware and save you hours of frustration. In Windows 10, Microsoft has provided a tool that does much of the hard work for you. It’s called Automatic Maintenance. However, it’s not without its flaws. You might want to take maintenance into your own hands instead. Unfortunately, unlike previous iterations of the operating system, there is no easy way to turn off the feature. Or is there? In this article, I’ll show you how to disable Automatic Maintenance and introduce you...

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Chris Nolan Hates Netflix for Killing Movie Theaters


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Christopher Nolan isn’t a fan of Netflix. Especially when it comes to the streaming giant’s attitude to making movies. He hates the fact Netflix insists on streaming its movies at the same time as releasing them in theaters. A practice he thinks is doing irreparable harm to movie theaters. Nolan is the destined-to-be-legendary film director who brought us Inception, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar. All three of which are absolute classics. However, Nolan wouldn’t have made any of those movies for Netflix, simply because he vehemently disagrees with the company’s distribution model. Christopher Nolan Loves Film But Hates Netflix Netflix...

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How to Make Window Snapping in Windows 10 Less Annoying With One Tweak


One of the most important facets to controlling your Windows desktop is snapping windows. Even if you only have a single monitor, having two apps side-by-side lets you multitask like a pro. But whether you use your mouse to drag a window to the side of the screen or do it instantly with a keyboard shortcut, you’ve probably noticed that Windows 10 added a helper feature when you snap a window — one that can be pretty annoying. After moving a window to one side of your screen, Windows will populate the other side with icons for your other open...

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How to Enable Guest Mode in Chromecast Audio


Chromecast Audios are fantastic little devices. Sure, they can’t compete with Sonos or the other wireless speaker systems, but they pack an impressive punch for $35. In case you don’t know, the tiny Google-made dongles plug into the back of your “dumb” Hi-Fi and instantly turn it into a smart system. You can play music from your favorite streaming app through your system without having to plug anything in or fiddling with headphone jacks. However, if you’re hosting a party, you might encounter a problem: you don’t want to pass your phone around all night so people can queue songs,...

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How to Find Free Fonts Similar to Paid Fonts by Appearance


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Finding the perfect font can be a challenge. You know the name of the prohibitively expensive font you wish you could use, but need to find a free alternative? Or you have a picture of a font as inspiration, but don’t know what the font is called? A few free online tools make it easy to find that perfect free alternative. Finding Similar Fonts by Name Alternatype is an easy to use website. Just enter the name of the font and it will suggest one or two free alternatives. To find a similar font by name, Identifont also offers a straightforward tool. Just enter the name...

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You Can Now Use Your Nintendo Switch Online


Nintendo has released Switch Online, the mobile app that will enable Switch owners to game online. The good news is you can now download Switch Online on Android and on iOS. The Bad news is it isn’t yet functional. It should come online on July 21st, however,to coincide with the release of Splatoon 2. The Nintendo Switch is doing rather well so far. Nintendo unveiled its new console in October 2016, and released it in March 2017. Demand has so far outstripped supply, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a legitimately great game. The one thing...

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11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience


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Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, the Chrome Web Store has some excellent extensions to improve your Gmail experience. But it also has several that you don’t need. Let’s sift the gems from the mud. Note: The extensions in this list work only with Gmail. If you prefer the time-saving Inbox by Gmail, there are separate extensions for that. ActiveInbox: Send Mails Later and Manage Email Tasks If you’re a Gmail power user, this is the best extension you can install. But be warned, ActiveInbox is free for a one month trial, after which it costs $50 per...

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How to Use Instagram on Your Windows Desktop


This article originally discussed Instagrille, a free Windows program for using Instagram on your desktop. That app isn’t available anymore, so we’ve updated the content to instead discuss the best ways of accessing Instagram on Windows. For all of Instagram’s popularity, its desktop experience is pretty limited. This makes sense considering the service is geared towards sharing photos and video clips of everyday life. Of course, it’s easier to capture these moments with the phone that’s always in your pocket than to upload them from your PC. But if you want a great Instagram experience on Windows, you’ve got some...

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17 Cleverly Cheap Ways to Rent All Your Textbooks This Year


When it’s time to head back to class, you have a lot to pay for, right? You may have to find a place to live near campus, make sure that your tuition is paid, and figure out your transportation options. All this costs money. If you can save a few bucks by renting your textbooks instead of buying them, then why not? For books that you have no desire to buy and keep forever, these sites can help. They offer great rental prices and flexible terms, making them ideal for college students on a budget. 1. AllBookstores.com To compare rental...

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Digital Photos Secure on Vacation


When away on vacation, it’s all too easy to snap away to your heart’s content. “When am I ever going to come back here again?” And no one can blame you. But how do you make sure your photos are safe? It would be truly awful for pictures to disappear or your device to be stolen, and all those treasured memories are tainted. What happens when you lose your phone, or it becomes redundant? Fortunately, whether you’re using a digital camera or smartphone, you can keep your photos secure. 1. Automated Backups Backing up your data is the key to...

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Google Now Lets You Customize Your News Feed


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Google is making the Google app most of us have on our phones much more useful. And it’s all thanks to “the Feed”. The Feed being an endless stream of stories and articles about the topics you’re interested in. And it resides right in the Google app, immediately underneath the Search bar. Google makes most of its money from the ads which everyone hates but which most websites, including us, need to exist. But when most ordinary internet users think of Google, they think of searching the web and finding exactly what they need. And the Feed is an extension...

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19 July 2017

5 Reasons Not to Use a Genuine Arduino in Your Next Project


The name Arduino has become synonymous with DIY technology. Many people started their journey into electronics and robotics with one. Here at MakeUseOf we have covered their use extensively, from a beginner guide to get you started to more complex projects like a Laser Turret. There is no doubting the influence these boards have had, but a question remains: should you use a genuine Arduino board in your project? Perhaps not. Here’s why. 1. There Are Better Alternatives For the sake of clarity, we need to make a distinction. There are officially produced Arduino products, and third party products which...

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Should You Buy Any Of Amazon’s Deals Today? [US/CA]


Today, Amazon has deals on refurbished gaming laptops, a Sony soundbar, a 1080p camcorder, surge protectors and more. But are they worth jumping on? Here’s how we rate the deals to make it quick and easy for you to decide if they’re worth getting. Must buy: The lowest price ever and a deal that hasn’t been seen often. Good: At or close to the all-time low, but has been available at that price other times. Decent: If you need one, it’s a solid deal, but the price isn’t much lower than its average. If a deal is just bad (a...

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Is Computer Science Right For You?


In the simplest of terms, computer science is the study of information (“data”) and how it can be manipulated (“algorithms”) to solve problems, mostly in theory but also in practice. Computer science is not the study of computers, nor does it strictly require the use of computers. Data and algorithms are possible to compute using pen and paper, which makes “computer science” a misnomer. Computer science is more akin to mathematics, which is why some now prefer to use the term “informatics” instead. Computer science often gets conflated with three other fields, which are related but not exactly the same:...

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The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Taskbar Customization


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The Taskbar is one of the least appreciated aspects of the Windows user interface (UI). It’s there, it’s reliable, and it does exactly what it’s supposed to. Some, however, have come to terms with the fact that desktop customization is a thirst that knows no bounds. Even your Taskbar isn’t off limits: there are plenty of ways, both by default and through third-party software, which allows users to tweak every conceivable facet of their Taskbar. Since it’s such a minor aspect of the UI, however, there’s almost never a complete online guide to twist, shape, and change your Taskbar. That...

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Beware LeakerLocker: Ransomware That Locks Your Mobile


Fresh on the heels of the malware best known as WannaCry, new ransomware threatens to lock your device and send private information to your family and friends. It’s as if you can’t go a month without a new strain of malware hitting the headlines. Admittedly, while relatively few are actually victims, it’s a catch-22: fear of ransomware is why it’s always big news, but media attention only heightens this. Nonetheless, this is a particularly nasty threat that you need to know about right now. What Is LeakerLocker? You’ll likely be pretty familiar with ransomware: it’s malicious software that encrypts all...

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How to Get Ubuntu Running on Your Raspberry Pi


Raspbian Jessie is a great operating system for the Raspberry Pi, but if you want a more traditional Linux computing experience, you might be looking for a different OS. Many operating systems are available for the Raspberry Pi, among them Ubuntu. But surely that’s a desktop operating system? Well, yes, and no. In fact, Ubuntu is a desktop OS as well as a server OS. And both variants can be run on a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3. Several paths to installation on your Raspberry Pi’s SD card are available, and we’re going to take a look at each below....

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Do NOT Go 100% Paperless, Here’s Why


The idea of going 100 percent paperless might seem like a dream, especially if you’ve been reading the golden promises of many top minimalism and productivity blogs. Ah, the bliss of waving goodbye to that shelf of ugly ring-binders. Imagine the time you’ll save being able to retrieve an ancient utility bill at the swipe of a finger. And let’s not forget the trees you’ll save. The trees! But as is always the case with these solve-alls, things aren’t so simple. We can’t simply disregard a medium we’ve relied on for millennia. There’s a reason why paper has lasted so...

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5 Features Android Has That the iPhone Still Doesn’t


The Android versus iOS debate is as controversial as Pepsi versus Coke. But like the two colas, Android and iOS today are more alike than they are different. So if one has to choose between the two platforms, there isn’t much to lose — you can do most smartphone tasks on either platform. But now that we know what Android O and iOS 11 both offer, it turns out that there are still some things you can do on an Android phone that you just can’t on an iPhone. And although there are many other tiny advantages, we’re going to point out the...

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7 Music Sites All Audiophiles Need in Their Lives


Music streaming services haven’t traditionally focused on audio quality. Spotify and Google Play Music both boast maximum bitrates of 320 Kbps, while Apple Music comes in at just 256 Kbps. This might sound like a lot, and for most users, it’s enough. However, when you compare the quality of most streaming services to CDs — which typically offer 1,411 Kbps — there’s no contest. If you’re an audiophile, this poses a problem. You don’t want poor-quality audio to sully your expensive Hi-Fi system. Because you demand the clearest and most refined music available. As such, your options are rather limited....

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Why It’s Important to Password-Protect ZIP Files


You’ve probably worked with ZIP files at one time or another. Whether you want to archive a bunch of files yourself, downloaded a portable version of an app, or sent a collection of files to someone, a ZIP file is a quick and easy way to accomplish these. But when using a ZIP file, you should protect it with a password for several reasons. First, it provides another level of security for sensitive data. If you’re archiving important pictures or documents, they probably contain some content you don’t want the world to see. Having a password on your user account and using...

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Never Mix Up Your Time Zones Again With This Chrome Extension


Time zones — one of the best and most annoying inventions in the history of humankind. I dread to think just how many business meetings, flights, and TV shows have been missed because someone got confused. The professionals would never make such basic mistakes. Most frustrating? If you don’t know a country’s time zone, it’s not even as simple as drawing a straight line on a map to make an educated guess. Some of the time zones are seriously wacky and appear to follow no geographic logic. Clearly, we need a better solution. It needs to be easy to use,...

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How to Preview All Fonts on Your PC at Once


Your choice of font can make or break a design… but previewing fonts on your computer, whether on a Mac or Windows machine, can be a cumbersome affair. Online tool WordMark.it makes it incredibly easy to see a preview of all fonts installed on your computer, all on one easy-to-view and customizable screen. WordMark.It’s Features On the surface, WordMark.it is a simple tool to use. Type in your preview text (it can be one word, a phrase, or a whole paragraph) and hit Enter to see how it would look using all the fonts installed on your computer. You will have to...

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How to Share Google Keep Notes With Other Apps on Your Phone


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Google Keep is one of the simplest ways to collaborate with vanilla notes. You can tap and feed a Gmail ID to share notes with a colleague or family member. But did you know that the Google Keep app on your phone also allows you to share notes with other apps? This is one of several Google Keep tips you can start using right now. The most obvious way is to send Google Keep notes to Google Docs. This transfer is useful when you want to develop quick ideas: capture an idea in Google Keep, then send it over to Google Docs...

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The Top 5 Free Apps to Split or Merge Video Files


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Editing videos can be surprisingly complex — so much so that it may take days or weeks before you can comfortably cut one video into smaller clips or join several bits into one larger video. So what are you to do when you don’t have that kind of time or energy? What if it’s a one-time thing and you don’t want to scale the learning curve of a full-blown editor like Adobe Premiere Pro or HitFilm? Don’t worry, you have options! You’ll find all kinds of free tools for splitting and merging video files on the web. The tricky part...

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Netflix Now Has Over 100 Million Subscribers


Netflix has announced its latest financials, but before you click away for fear of being bored, there’s some rather interesting information buried in the Q2, 2017 earnings. Not least that Netflix has hit another milestone in terms of subscribers, meaning more people now watch Netflix than ever before. Reed Hastings’ company has a long and checkered history. Netflix started life shipping DVDs by mail, but once it started streaming content instead things really took off. The Qwikster split and various price hikes have caused people to cancel their Netflix subscriptions, but the company is on an upwards trajectory that shows...

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Who Unfollowed Me on Instagram? The Only Way to Find Out


Every Instagram addict wants more likes, and that means getting more followers. However, it’s just as important to retain your current followers. But can you really see who unfollowed you on Instagram? A quick Google search for this problem will yield a bunch of guides and apps, so I tried out each of those guides and each of those apps, going till the fifth page of search results. Here are my results. Brace Yourself for Disappointing News I tried some of the most oft-recommended and popular tools for this problem. Among the many, many apps I tried were: StatusBrew Followers+...

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Unimpressed by Your Smart Gadgets? Try These Accessories On for Size


There’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about the rising popularity of smart home products, such as voice-activated speakers, responsive lighting systems, streaming video boxes, and more. These devices are often described as smart home accessories. That’s probably the wrong term when you consider that devices like Amazon Echo Dot, Apple TV, and Philips Hue now have accessories to call their own. With these additions, you can make your smart home setup even more useful and practical, and yes, in some cases, smarter. In this article, you learn more about some of the accessories available for many of the...

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18 July 2017

Enhance Your Gmail Experience With These 9 Great IFTTT Applets


Gmail is the go-to email service for so many people. You can turn Gmail into a powerful collaboration tool, make Gmail better with Chrome extensions, and use some great third-party Gmail tools. Today, let’s see how you can couple Gmail with IFTTT to automate tasks and make your life easier. How to Connect Gmail With IFTTT Open the IFTTT website and sign in or sign up. Next, navigate to the Gmail listing and click on Connect. Now, sign in with your Google account and click on Allow to grant permissions. Your Google account should now be connected. Alternatively, you can also download IFTTT’s mobile app to accomplish the same thing....

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Are Amazon’s Deals Worth Buying Today? [US/CA]


Looking to protect your expensive electronics? Amazon has lots of APC power devices at all-time low prices today only! Here’s how we rate the deals to make it quick and easy for you to decide if they’re worth getting. Must-buy: The lowest price ever and a deal that hasn’t been seen often. Good: At or close to the all-time low, but has been available at that price other times. Decent: If you need one, it’s a solid deal, but the price isn’t much lower than its average. If a deal is just bad (a price hike followed by a drop,...

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How Does Malware Get Into Your Smartphone?


Malicious apps are a scourge to smartphone users. No matter your take on iOS versus Android, we can all agree that a malware-infected app guarantees a terrible day. And while the Google Play Store is undoubtedly drowning in malicious apps, the long-standing sanctity of the Apple App Store is no more. Why do malware purveyors want to infect your smartphone with an infected app? There are two simple reasons: money and data. There are countless apps out there that never arrive accompanied with a malicious sting. So how do they avoid infection, and how does malware get into an app...

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12 Productivity Extensions That Keep You Focused on Deep Work


It’s almost like being a goldfish in a glass tank. It can be easy to lose track of time. There are so many online distractions attacking your eyeballs these days. Maybe a basic timer can help you escape your screen. Or perhaps you need something more severe like a tool that closes your tabs or won’t let you visit certain sites. These types of browser extensions can help you step away from the screen, when you cannot browse where you want thanks to your wayward whims. If you need a little extra help to limit your online time and get back to some deep work (or...

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Google Glass Is Back to Make Your Job Easier


Google Glass is back, and with a much more sensible target audience than before. The consumer edition is dead in the water, but Google is now focusing its attention on businesses. The idea being that employees will wear Google Glass to help them be more productive. Which may just work. The History of Google Glass For the uninitiated, Google Glass is an augmented reality headset which brings an internet-connected screen very close to your eyeball. Google first revealed Glass at Google I/O 2012, and people were bowled over by the concept. Me? I was more scared at the prospect than...

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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Actually Need a Plex Pass


If you have lots of locally-saved media on your computer, Plex is a must-have piece of software. Unlike Kodi, it’s easy for beginners to set up and has apps available for every major operating system and media streaming device. Even if you prefer to stream content, it’s still useful. The Unofficial Plex App Store is packed with channels, and since June 2017, you can also use it to watch live over-the-air TV. The other significant difference between Plex and Kodi is when it comes to pricing. While Kodi is entirely free, Plex offers a paid tier. Called the Plex Pass,...

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Top 10 Apps You Should Install on Your Raspberry Pi


The Raspberry Pi is an awesome little computer, whose capabilities won’t stop increasing. As such, you should make sure that you have the best apps installed on it. If you’re running Raspbian Jessie or another Linux operating system on the Raspberry Pi, these are the top 10 apps that you really need to have installed. If you like the sound of them, just follow the instructions in each section to install the apps on your Raspberry Pi! 1. Chromium We’ll start here, with the browser you simply need to have installed on your Raspberry Pi. Thanks to Chromium, there’s now compatibility...

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5 Ways to Auto-Schedule Your Day


In a world of juggling work, errands, and personal hobbies, even the slightest inconvenience can seem larger than life. When you’re already pressed for time, the little things that are bound to come up in your day-to-day can be stressful. Rather than getting exasperated over things you can’t control, plan ahead and auto-schedule some of the things you can control. Here are five auto-scheduling apps and tools you can use to make a little more room in your day. 1. Rethink Your Inbox Availability: Web only. Between work emails and personal emails, you’re undoubtedly sick of the mundane task of...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 Review


Like the Apple iPad, Microsoft have decided the latest devices have no need of a number to indicate which version it is. The fifth iteration of the Surface Pro tablet computer – following on from the Surface Pro 4 – is now just a “Surface Pro”. To confuse matters further, every release of the Microsoft Surface Pro comprises several hardware options. At the top end, you’ll be paying around $2500 for the very best device; at the other end, less than $1000. They’re all known as a Surface Pro, however. Three processor variants are available, the 7th generation Intel Core M3 7Y30, Core i5-7300U...

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The SNES Mini: Everything You Need to Know


The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) rolled out across the world between 1990 and 1993 and sold 49.10 million units. Now, Nintendo intends to give fans an injection of nostalgia by releasing a remake of the console. Following the success of the NES Classic Edition (also advertised as the NES Mini), it’s no wonder that Nintendo has a follow-up ready for later this year. It’s the console we’ve all been waiting for: the SNES Classic Mini! This is already at the top of everyone’s Christmas list — but what exactly is it? What’s included in the box? And has Nintendo learnt...

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Top 7 Easy and Free Web Hosting Services


Want to try your hand at creating and maintaining a website? Awesome! It’s much easier than you’d think, especially nowadays, and you’re sure to learn a lot from the experience. But is it okay to start with a free host? I think so. Most paid web hosts, including the cheaper ones, often require a commitment of one, two, or three years for discount prices when signing up. That’s a lot of wasted money if you decide to quit a few months from now! Yes, there are plenty of downsides to free web hosting. I don’t recommend it as a long-term...

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Use This Trick to Tweak Smart Menu Transparency in Windows 10


Windows 10 is definitely more palatable than Windows 8 was, but you’ll likely still want to change how your desktop looks and feels. Using a quick tweak, you can now even change how transparent your Windows 10 Start Menu appears. You can attain basic transparency by flipping an option. Open Settings, then head to Personalization. Select the Colors tab on the left, then scroll down. Make sure Transparency effects is set to On. If this doesn’t make the menu transparent enough for you, editing a Registry value lets you increase the transparency even further. Remember that editing the Registry is dangerous...

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