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May 24 2017

15:00

Unusually Useful IFTTT Notification Applets You Shouldn’t Do Without

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IFTTT (IF This Then That) is one of the handiest automation tools out there. Connect your favorite online services with IFTTT Applets, formerly named Recipes, to automate various tasks. From managing emails to posting on social networks to controlling smart home products, IFTTT has countless possibilities to make your life easier. Along with tasks for tons of categories, IFTTT has Applets you can use for notifications. You may already use these for priority emails, missed calls, or sports scores. But there are plenty more and these can range from alerts of your battery status to those for stock price changes. Some may...

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14:00

Why You Should Stop Using a Raspberry Pi for Everything

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Want to make a web connected doodad that flashes an LED? You could probably use a Raspberry Pi! After all, when you only have a hammer in your toolkit, it’s easy to to view everything as a nail. But you shouldn’t, and here’s why. Don’t Spend $40 to Flash an LED Over the Web All too often we see relatively simple Internet of Things (IoT) electronics projects being made with a Raspberry Pi: a $35 mini computer that needs an SD card (another $5) and possibly a Wi-Fi dongle. In reality, you don’t need the power of a Raspberry Pi to handle simple...

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13:00

How to Make a Login Protected Area for Your Website

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You’ve learned how to make a website and read our jQuery guide. What’s next? Creating a password protected area for your website is essential for keeping your stuff secure. Fortunately, it’s easier than you may think! Getting Started There are many ways to password protect a website. You could setup an online database and code your own login system, or you could use a content management system such as WordPress. Today I’ll be showing you how to password protect your website by using your web server. You’ll need an Apache web server to follow along. Many other web servers provide similar...

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12:00

Windows 10 Now Has a Place to Vent: The Feedback Hub

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How many times have you complained that a company you’re dealing with doesn’t listen to customer feedback? It’s been a problem since the dawn of capitalism. Sadly, tech companies are among the worst. Most don’t have physical stores you can visit. Many don’t even have customer support telephone numbers. (Have you ever tried getting in touch with someone from Facebook?) Windows is certainly no stranger to complaints and feedback. Given more than 1.25 billion computers around the world run the operating system, there is always going to be a sizeable number of users with problems, issues, and criticisms. Microsoft is...

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10:30

How to Unlock WannaCry Ransomware Without Paying a Cent

In the past past weeks, we’ve seen a wild ransomware attack that affected industries all around the world. Dubbed WannaCry, it spread via an exploit through an outdated protocol in Windows. Affected systems spread the malware across networks without the other machines even having to click a link. Thankfully the spread is over, but companies hit by the attack still have a lot of mess to clean up. If you were infected, you know that you shouldn’t pay up. Ransomware authors obviously aren’t honest people, so there’s no guarantee that they’ll provide the decryption key even if you hand over...

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09:30

Bing’s Best Feature Just Got Even Better

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When it comes to searching online, no one really thinks of going to Bing. The Microsoft search engine may be good enough, but it still doesn’t a torch to Google yet. But there’s one awesome feature that Bing offers over its competitors — Image of the Day — and this feature just got better. When you visit Bing, you get to see a beautiful image, and this photo is renewed on a daily basis. How did it improve? Well, if you want to know more about the day’s image, you can now scroll down and find out more information about...

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08:30

How to Make Awesome Photo Slideshows With Dropbox Paper

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Simple visuals are a potent communication tool. Thanks to collaborative tools, like Google Docs and even Microsoft Office 365, online presentations are now a breeze. Dropbox is the latest entrant on the cloud with its almost minimal Dropbox Paper, and it has a few tricks up its sleeves. One of the hidden gems in Dropbox Paper is Presentation Mode. Keep reading for a demonstration of how you can create a slideshow in seconds and show off your photos (or anything visual) to friends, family, and the world. Display Your Photos With Dropbox Paper Sign into Dropbox Paper with your account and...

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May 23 2017

22:30

Apple Begs Android Users to Switch to iPhone

Apple is ramping up its efforts to entice Android users over to the dark side. Or, to put it slightly less melodramatically, from Android to iOS. The company has launched a new website prodding Android users to wake up and smell the coffee Siri is brewing like a digital hipster. Android and iOS are the only two mobile operating systems that matter. And while Android has the upper hand in most parts of the world, in the U.S. Apple still reigns supreme. Google has been tempting people to switch from iOS to Android for a while, but now the roles...

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21:15

How to Integrate Google Calendar Into Thunderbird

Google Calendar is arguably the best tool to share calendars online. The web interface is great, but if you want to be efficient, you’ll unite your Google Calendar with a tool you’re using anyway. Meanwhile, Thunderbird comes pre-installed with the Lightning Calendar. While you can add network-based calendars to Lightning, this calendar doesn’t natively support read and write access to external calendars. Let’s see how you can fully integrate Google Calendar with Thunderbird. What You Need Google Calendar integration requires two Thunderbird add-ons: Lightning (pre-packaged as of Thunderbird 38) adds a Sunbird-type calendar to Thunderbird. Provider for Google Calendar connects...

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20:00

10 Third-Party Apps All SmartThings Owners Should Be Using

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Using Samsung SmartThings is one of the easiest ways to turn your house into a smart home. You don’t need to spend lots of money or install fancy infrastructure — just buy a hub and some devices, and you’ll be up and running in no time. To get your connected devices working exactly how you want, you need to use SmartApps. SmartApps manage the customizable automations and rules that govern how your devices react to different circumstances. SmartApps come in lots of shapes and sizes. You can find official apps released by from Samsung and device manufacturers, third-party community projects, or...

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19:00

11 Lesser-Known Features in Spotify for Android You Should Be Using

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If your usage of Spotify on Android consists of little more than loading up playlists and radio stations, then you’re really missing out on some of the other cool things the app is capable of. From supercharged searching to integration with your navigation software, Spotify has loads of extra features you may not know about but really should start using. Here’s our pick of the best. 1. Advanced Searches You can really hone in on the music you want to listen to by using search operators in the Spotify app. You can limit your search results to specific artists, albums, years,...

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18:30

You Can Now Archive Your Old Instagram Photos

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Instagram now lets you archive old photos, hiding them from public view. You previously had to either keep your old, and potentially embarrassing, photos online for all the world to see, or delete them entirely. Now, you have a third option, and it’s probably the most sensible one. The Instagram userbase skews young. And younger people have grown up online, and are happy recording their every movement on the internet. With that in mind, the idea of deleting something probably fills the average Instagram user with dread. Cue the Instagram archive. Disappearing From Public View The option to archive photos...

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18:00

7 DIY Solar Projects for Off-Grid Survival

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While solar panels and large scale batteries are by far the most efficient way to power your home in a survival situation, they aren’t the whole story. In this article, we’ll explore seven other ways to harness the sun’s energy in day-to-day life. 1. Fire Starter By magnifying or concentrating the sun’s light, you can create a huge amount of heat. YouTuber Grant Thompson used the Fresnel lens from an old rear projection television to make a “Solar Scorcher” capable of temperatures of up to 2000 F at the focal point. You can get similar effects to this by concentrating solar energy into a single point....

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17:00

Manage Email Like Bill Gates: The Two-Screen Technique

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Think about how much the internet has changed in the last decade. Responsive web design. Wi-Fi availability everywhere. Productivity shifting from desktop apps to web apps. The entire web carried around in our pockets without a second thought. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: email. In fact, the emails we send today are quite similar to the very first email sent in 1971 — the main difference is the sheer quantity of emails we have to deal with. Did you know there are 2.4 million emails sent every single second? Of course, you did. You can feel that number...

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16:00

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Desktop Mac Right Now

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On a dingy weekday, sometime last month, Apple did something unprecedented. They invited five journalists to their headquarters and for the first time in recorded history, revealed their plans for creating a new Mac Pro. A machine that hasn’t been updated for more than three years. A machine that won’t be out for at least a year. They didn’t have any physical product or sketches to show. For all we know, the Mac Pro plan just exists on a whiteboard somewhere in Cupertino. In the meeting, Apple promised pro users that there’s nothing to worry about. There’s going to be a...

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15:00

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Medium

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Medium is not just a platform for bloggers to express themselves or companies to market their brand. It is also a place to read interesting, informative, and even humorous content. The trick is knowing how to find that content. Medium offers a variety of features that make it easy to get the content you really want. Plus, if you like, you can enjoy an interactive experience at the same time. 1. Customize and Follow Tags When you sign up for a free account with Medium, you can immediately choose Tags, which are basically categories. With everything from culture to sports...

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14:00

Widgets on Linux: 5 Plasma Applets You Should Try Out

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The Linux world above all else consists of lots and lots of choices. You can mix and match software to your liking, from things like file managers to your entire operating system. The same applies to your desktop environment, the bundle of software that you run your programs on. This is especially the case with KDE’s Plasma desktop. It’s built with lots of options for users to play with and is extremely flexible. You can even make it look like Windows or macOS or anything in between. The applets and widgets built for this desktop further extend it. Getting Plasma...

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13:00

5 Most Popular Podcast Formats: Which One’s Right for You?

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Your podcast could probably be better. Perhaps you followed our guide to launching a successful podcast. You might have picked up our tips for streamlining your podcast post-production. But you’ve noticed the podcast is flagging, and you don’t know what to do about it. Perhaps you should put an end to it and put your solitary remaining listener out of their misery. Then again, if you still have a listener who isn’t your mom, perhaps the best option is to keep going. After all, you’re clearly doing something that someone likes. But how can you rebuild the audience? The smart...

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12:00

8 Websites to Help You Discover New Music Genres

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Are you fed up with listening to the same music all the time? It doesn’t matter whether you like Bieber or Black Sabbath, we could all do with a change every now and again. Broadening your musical horizons by discovering new or niche genres can be beneficial. You might discover a new artist — or even a whole genre of music — that you weren’t previously aware of. Of course, you can use the music discovery tools in the mainstream streaming services such as Spotify, but these aren’t always enough. The tools’ algorithms still have a tendency to steer you...

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10:30

Prevent WannaCry Malware Variants by Disabling This Windows 10 Setting

This month, attackers launched a global ransomware attack on a scale the world has never seen. Many vital agencies, such as hospitals and telecommunications firms, were incapacitated due to their computers being shut down by this malware. Though a security researcher thankfully killed it off preventing further spread, it’s still wise to make sure you’re protected against these types of attacks in the future. We now know that the ransomware spread due an exploit in the Windows Server Messaging Block (SMB) protocol version 1. This is an outdated version of SMB, used to share files and printers among networked computers,...

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