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June 15 2017

14:00

These YouTube Channels Will Make You More Productive

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There’s certainly no shortage of productivity advice out there. But in a world where video is king, YouTube is arguably the best source of tips and tricks to help you squeeze even more out of your days. If you’re someone who prefers video to text or audio, the channels in this list will have you covered. They span everything from showing breakdowns of popular productivity books, to explaining the hidden features of your favorite to-do list apps. If this isn’t enough, however, check out our selection of top practical productivity blogs and the best productivity audiobooks and podcasts. That’ll make sure no stone is...

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13:00

This Does What?! 15 Weird Smart Home Gadgets

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When you picture a smart home, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Perhaps smart thermostats and intelligent security systems. Or maybe you’re more interested in whole-house audio. You might even think about stuff for your garden like smart sprinkler systems and automatic lawnmowers. These gadgets are all very different, but they’re all undeniably useful. These days, they’re also all somewhat mainstream. But for every useful and meaningful gadget out there, there are 10 that are utterly inexplicable. Some are so strange, it’s remarkable that anyone ever buys them. Join us on a journey as we take a whirlwind...

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12:00

Why You Should Set Your Internet Connection as Metered in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, you can set your Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as metered. This means that it’ll limit what it uses your internet data for. We’ll suggest what scenarios this might be useful for, what differences it provides, and show you how to enable it. One of the key points about enabling a metered connection is that it’ll stop Windows Update forcing downloads on you. It’ll also mean other background updates, like those in apps or Start Menu tiles, won’t necessarily be automatic. We think a metered connection is one of the default Windows 10 settings you should check immediately. What...

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10:30

How to Track Friends in Real-Time Using Google Maps

These days, when meeting friends, you don’t have to worry if they got lost or hurt — a quick call lets you check in on their status. But if that’s not convenient enough for you, Google Maps has a new feature that lets you track a friend’s location. This is extremely useful when you’re expecting someone and they’re late. Just use their shared location to see if they’re held up in traffic. On Google Maps for Android and iOS, you can activate sharing by sliding out the left sidebar and tapping Share Location. Agree to the location policy, then you...

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09:30

How to Always Open Online PDFs in the PDF Viewer of Your Choice

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Choosing between a local PDF reader and reading PDFs in your browser all comes down to preference. Luckily, with the most popular browsers, it’s easy to make that choice with a feature available in browser settings. Note: If you’re a new Windows 10 user and have picked Chrome or Firefox as your browser of choice, in addition to following the steps related to your browser, you’ll also have to go through the steps listed below for Edge users. Chrome If you want to open the PDF using a local app, do the following: Go to Settings > Show Advanced Settings...

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08:30

This Free App Sets a New Beautiful Wallpaper for You Every Day

When it comes to desktop wallpapers, more is always merrier. That’s never a problem because there are many ways to change a drab desktop with a beautiful wallpaper. But it’s still a chore — unless you use a wallpaper manager that automatically downloads and sets the wallpaper for you. Splashy is a smooth little app for Windows, Mac, and Linux that can do the job for you. It’s not the first of its kind (also try Wallcat and Irvue), but it’s definitely one of the better ones worth trying. Splashy Art Wallpapers Install the 33.7 MB freeware and you will...

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June 14 2017

20:30

Google Showcases the Best Android Apps & Games

Google Play offers an impressive smorgasbord of Android apps and games. So many, in fact, that it’s often difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are, however, certain apps that get everything right. And these are the apps Google has now decided to showcase on Google Play. There are millions of Android apps and games available on Google Play. While this offers Android owners an inexhaustible selection of apps and games to choose from, sorting the wheat from the chaff is almost impossible. Thankfully, Google is here to help with what it calls Android Excellence. Apps and Games...

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20:00

How Compressed HTML Works and Why You May Need It

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If you run a website, you should already know how to use the right image formats and optimize your images for the web. Yet while image compression is a well-known practice, HTML compression tends to get overlooked, which is a shame because the benefits are worthwhile. In this article, we’ll go over the two main methods for shrinking HTML files, why HTML files should be shrunk, and how to go about it. Compression vs. Minification As far as optimizing HTML files, there are two main methods for it: compression and minification. They sound similar on the surface, but are actually...

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19:00

This Trick Makes a USB Drive Work Perfectly With Windows, Mac, Linux, and Anything Else

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A file system is the magic tool that lets an operating system read the data on any hard drive or USB drive. Unfortunately, there are a number of file systems out there, and not every operating system plays nice with each one. That’s why the default recommended choice is FAT32. But there’s a better choice: exFAT. File systems are an unnecessary complication, but they aren’t going anywhere for now. For example, Apple computers use HFS+ (i.e. Mac OS Extended) file system by default, while Windows uses NTFS (New Technology File System). Unsure what’s behind your system? Here’s an easy way to...

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18:30

Grab Discounts On These Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts [US/CA]

I don’t want to alarm you, but Father’s Day is literally right around the corner. Did you get your dad something yet? Don’t worry too much, because there are actually quite a few good deals on Amazon that’ll get here on time! US Deals Bell + Howell 1176 Taclight High-Powered Tactical Flashlight ($13.79, 31% Off) Bell + Howell 1176 Taclight High-Powered Tactical Flashlight with 5 Modes & Zoom Function Bell + Howell 1176 Taclight High-Powered Tactical Flashlight with 5 Modes & Zoom Function High-power: Taclight is made from air-craft grade aluminum and can withstand extreme temperatures from freezing to boiling. It...

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18:00

Do You Bookmark or Save for Later? The Pros and Cons of Pocket

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There’s no shortage of ways to save links: online bookmarking services like Tagpacker, read-it-later services like Pocket, or even just the native bookmark feature in your browser. Out of these, what’s the best way to save links? Let’s make an important distinction to point out right off the bat. Pocket is not a bookmarking service. Its creators view it as a reading list where you keep track of the many online posts you want to read. Once you finish an article, you can archive or delete it. Bookmarks, on the other hand, are a permanent fixture in your browser. These are links you find yourself going...

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17:00

Classic Mac OS Software Lives On at the Internet Archive

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There are already a number of classic operating systems you can access via a web browser. The Internet Archive is responsible for many of those, and now their new collection of classic Mac software should help to scratch your nostalgia itch. Much of this software comes from the bad old days of Apple, before their storied rise from ruin. Let’s take a look at the highlights. Relive the Old Days of macOS (Mac OS) Beyond the school lab, I did not have much experience with classic Mac. The market share numbers would suggest that applies to most modern Mac users. If you have never used an old...

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16:00

How to Install Chrome on Linux and Easily Migrate Your Browsing From Windows

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If you’re migrating from Windows to Linux, one of the most valuable things you can take with you is your web browser. Packed with bookmarks, history, and passwords, your browser is your gateway to the web. Switching to a new operating system like Linux without the benefit of a personalized browser can be problematic. Passwords can be a massive problem — if you have collected favorite bookmarks over the years, their loss can also be a big issue. One obvious way around this is to use the Chrome browser. Simply using a Google account with Chrome will sync your bookmarks,...

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15:00

How to Get a Cheap Home Makeover With Interior Design Hacks Found on Pinterest

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When you think of interior design, you probably envisage endless glossy brochures, expensive rugs, and budget television shows aired on HGTV. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Interior design can be both fun and cheap. If you’ve got a family, working on a few projects can be an enjoyable way to bring everyone together. So where do you start? There are millions of specialist sites and individual blogs dedicated to the topic. If you’ve been trawling through them all trying to find inspiration, you’ve been looking in the wrong place. You should be focusing your efforts on Pinterest...

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14:30

E3 2017: Super Mario Odyssey Steals the Show

Nintendo has used E3 2017 to show off Super Mario Odyssey in all its fantastically weird glory. We have a trailer, we have a release date, and we have more details about the game itself. Which, we’re not going to lie, looks like it’s set to be a heady mix of both awesome and odd. Nintendo has had a tough few years. After hitting an incredible high with the Wii, the Japanese company followed it up with the Wii U. Which failed rather spectacularly. However, Nintendo is back, with the Nintendo Switch proving to be a critical and commercial success....

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14:00

How to Adjust Your Google Calendar Notifications on Any Device

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If you are a Google Calendar user, then you are likely familiar with receiving event notifications. But there are several ways that you can personalize, adjust, and change those handy alerts. On the web, your Android or iOS mobile device, and with Chrome, check out these quick and easy ways to handle Google Calendar notifications. Personalize Notification Times per Calendar If you have several calendars connected to Google Calendar, you can easily personalize the notifications for each one. For instance, you may prefer to receive an email notification for a shared calendar. On the other hand, you may have access...

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13:00

Meet Dr. A.I.: Can an App Diagnose Your Health Issues?

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When was the last time you had a non-emergency healthcare check? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans made 19 percent fewer doctor visits in 2010 compared to 2001. It’s not just that fewer people are going to the doctor — although that’s absolutely true — but even those who visit the doctor are making fewer annual visits. Part of it has to do with a lack of time. It also has to do with unaffordable healthcare costs. And for some, it can involve a mixture of pride (“only weaklings go to the doctor”) and denial (“I’ll just wait it...

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12:00

4 Archaic Functions Windows 10 Still Supports

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With a history as long as Windows has, it’s no surprise that the operating system (OS) has adopted and dropped many features over time. We’ve looked at ancient programs still in use today as well as longtime Windows tools that new features superseded. But did you know that Windows still hides some outdated functions? Let’s take a look at some old, archaic features Windows 10 can still do that most people haven’t used for years. 1. Floppy Disks Floppy disks illustrate the growth of storage media quite well. The most recent form of floppy disk, which measures 3.5 inches, only...

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10:30

Set Your PC Power Button to Turn Off Your Screen Instead

You’ve surely used the power menu in Windows 10 to shut down your computer or put it to sleep. But did you know that you can also use the physical power button on a desktop or laptop for different functions? By default your power button will shut down your computer, but you can change it to turn off the display instead. Right-click on the Start Button to open the Power User Menu. Choose Power Options and the Settings app will open. Under Related Settings, click Additional power settings to open the Control Panel entry Power Options. Here, you should find...

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09:30

How to Remove “Most Used Apps” From Windows 10 Start Menu

While there may be a lot of justified complaints about Windows 10, one of the great things about the OS is the ability to customize it to your heart’s content. The Start Menu in particular is a trove of personalization and customization. One example is the ability to remove individual apps or the entire list of Most Used Apps from the start menu. If you want to reclaim that screen estate, or simply don’t want that info on display, here’s how to get rid of it. Remove Individual Apps If there is a particular app you want to remove from the...

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