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December 28th, 2011
3 Ways to Watch Cable Television on Your iPhone/Android

Now that internet-enabled smartphones are rapidly expanding their market share, we're increasingly turning to our phones to pass the time while we're on the bus, sitting in a waiting room or even when we should really be keeping our eyes on the road.

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September 6th, 2011
Improving Your Android Phone’s GPS Reception

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Gio, an entry-level Android smartphone priced at €149 (approx. $212). Overall my experience with the device has been great, but the phone seemed to have trouble picking up the GPS satellites and therefore couldn't pick up a GPS signal in most locations.

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May 5th, 2011
Will the Mac App Store Kill Steam?

Centralized software purchasing is a hot topic these days. It all began with the iOS App Store. About six months ago, Apple announced that it was going to launch an App Store for desktop computers, following in the footsteps of Ubuntu's Software Center. Leaked screenshots from Windows 8 show that Microsoft is working on an app store too.

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January 18th, 2011
Opera 11 Adds Extension Support

I've never been a big Opera user. I have tried it on several occasions over the years, dating way back to the time that you either had to pay for Opera or get the ad-supported version. Its lack of extension support has always been its Achilles' heel in my opinion. At long last, this issue was addressed when Opera 11 was released a few weeks ago.

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December 28th, 2010
SoundHound Music Identification Service Goes Unlimited

Picture this: an awesome song from a cellphone commercial has been stuck in your head all day. You want to look it up on YouTube so you can hear the full song, but you don't know the song's title.

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September 14th, 2010
How to use Filters to Enhance Gmail’s Priority Inbox

A few weeks ago Google started rolling out Priority Inbox, a feature for Gmail that promises to sort your incoming mail so that all the important stuff is shown at the top of the page.

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September 2nd, 2010
Should We Be Worried about Apple’s Increasing Power?

Apple is a fascinating company. Ever since Steve Jobs returned as the company's leader, Apple has shown that like no other they can get millions excited about new technology. They successfully branched out from selling computers to selling music players and phones.

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May 19th, 2010
How to Regain Control of Your Facebook Privacy

It has happened so many times before: Facebook introduces a new feature they say  everyone will love. But instead, people get up in arms over what seems Facebook's newest step towards a society without privacy. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in between.

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May 15th, 2010
Only Hours Left! Get Six DRM-free Indie Games, Name Your Price

This deal will expire in a few hours! The Humble Indie Bundle is a chance for you to get six DRM-free games for the low price of- well, you can choose! Here's the deal: a few indie game developers have partnered for a Radiohead-esque experiment where you can not only name your price, but also choose [...]

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February 17th, 2010
How to Run Linux Apps Natively On Windows

I consider myself a Windows guy, but there are things I prefer doing on Linux mainly because of its advanced terminal. My unwillingness to pick a side has some inconvenient implications: rebooting into Linux every time takes too much time and virtualized Linux tends to be a little slow on most machines.

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January 28th, 2010
How to Adjust Your Computer Environment to Prevent Eye Strain and RSI

Let's face it: being a computer geek isn't the healthiest hobby in the world. Staring at that bright screen for hours at a time will affect our health in many ways. But there are many things you can do to improve your health without having to stop using your computer altogether.

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January 11th, 2010
How to Remove Embarrassing Sites from the Firefox Awesome Bar

In August of last year, Mozilla research showed that one of the reasons why people don't want to upgrade to Firefox 3 is the Awesome Bar. When you're typing in your address bar, the Awesome Bar displays suggestions based on your browsing history and bookmarks. This is a great time saver...

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December 30th, 2009
How Websites Can Track You With Cookies Even If You’ve Disabled Them

Ever since consumers started gaining access to the internet, cookies have been controversial. They have a lot of legitimate uses, such as helping websites remember that you're logged in.

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December 29th, 2009
Backupify Automatically Creates Backups Of Your Online Belongings

Over the last five years, there has been a huge increase in the amount of data we store online. We post pictures to Flickr, bookmark sites on Delicious, keep documents in Google Docs and tweet with Twitter. But unlike with offline data, backing up your online belongings requires a different approach [...]

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December 15th, 2009
How to Speed Up Downloads With Your Current Internet Connection

Our internet connections have become faster over the years, but with that our need for speed increased too. And sadly, having a fast internet connection does not mean the server you're downloading from gives you the speed you pay for. That's where download managers come in.

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December 3rd, 2009
Grooveshark Brings Restriction-Free Music Streaming to People Worldwide

If you're not from the US, this sounds familiar: a cool new music or video service launches but when you want to test it out, you find out it's not available in your country. The music recommendation site Pandora is one of many victims of a world that doesn't have unified copyright regulations.

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December 1st, 2009
How to Remember Secure Passwords Without Writing Them Down

As we've learnt from following the news, simple passwords like 123456 aren't the safest. On the other hand, if you pick a safe password with both letters and numbers, you'll end up forgetting it. You can't have your cake and eat it.

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November 25th, 2009
How to Do Automatic Color Correction On Your Pictures For Free

If you've ever toyed around with any digital camera for five minutes, you know that the pictures it takes often look different than what you saw in real-life. Common complaints include photos being too bright/dark or having an odd-looking color balance.

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November 17th, 2009
Quickly Add Media to iTunes When It’s Not Running

Sometimes, Apple sneaks in new features into their software without ever making a big deal out of it. When iTunes 9 was released, they made it possible to add files to iTunes without even launching the app. The secret to this trick not as far-fetched as you might think...

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November 12th, 2009
How to Reduce Firefox’s Memory Usage

It's a common problem among Firefox power users: you've been surfing the web for some time and all of a sudden Firefox's memory footprint goes through the roof. And although Mozilla's developers do their best to ensure that Firefox is stable, many people play a part in the browser's memory leaks without knowing it.

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