Customize Taskbar, Notification Area and Action Center in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, there is a new icon in the notification area of the taskbar called Action Center, which basically fixes the problems with notifications in Windows 8. Action Center stores all the notifications from the operating system and from your installed apps. It also has action buttons that allow you to perform certain tasks quickly […]

Does Your Windows Computer Display Turn Off Every 15 Minutes?

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A recent issue I’ve seen on a few Windows 7 machines has been the display turning off after only 15 minutes, even though I set the Turn off the Display option to Never. Weird! You’re probably reading this because you’ve tried changing the power plan settings to Never for everything and your monitor still turns […]

Guide to Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7, 8, 10

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The Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7, 8 and 10 is one of the more important and useful Control Panel apps that lets you see information about your network and lets you make changes that can affect how you access resources on the network. Unfortunately, most people never mess around with network settings because […]

How to Watch TV on Your iPhone or Android Device

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Looking to catch up on the latest news, sports, and entertainment on your iPhone? What better way than to watch TV on your iPhone! When I say watch TV, I mean either watching prerecorded shows or watching live TV. There are a whole slew of ways you can get content on your iPhone these days […]

How to Find a Wireless Access Point IP Address

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Ever had to figure out the IP address of your or someone else’s wireless network so that you could change its settings? Most people setup their wireless networks right out of the box without any configuration and therefore have no idea what the IP address is. However, these days you need to login and at […]

How to Securely Encrypt a USB Flash Drive

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If you carry sensitive information around on a USB drive, you should consider using encryption to secure the data in case of loss or theft. I’ve already talked about how to encrypt your hard drive using BitLocker for Windows or FileVault for Mac, both built-in operating system features. For USB drives, there are a couple […]

iOS Not Syncing All Google Calendars to iPhone?

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Syncing your default Google Calendar or any custom calendars to your iPhone is pretty easy these days in iOS. Once you add your Gmail account under Mail, it gives you the option to sync your calendar, contacts and notes. However, if you have ever added any third-party calendars to Google, i.e. the ones that show […]

How to Make Blurry Pictures Clear

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Unless you are a professional photographer, there are many times when a great picture is ruined because it’s blurry! Whether it’s because something was moving really fast or because of camera shaking, a blurry picture is pretty useless. However, there are many times when you simply cannot recreate the moment caught in that blurry picture […]

How to Use Firefox Addons

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Even though Firefox usage has been on the decline over the last few years, it’s still in second place behind Google Chrome in terms of usage. The main reason behind that is add-ons. Firefox can be customized in a million different ways, something no other browser can replicate to that level. In Firefox lingo, add-ons […]

Change the Default Search Engine in IE via Registry

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Changing the default search engine to something other than Bing is really easy in Internet Explorer and takes just a few clicks. That is, unless you work in a corporate environment and your network administrator has the web browser settings locked down. Some admins go a little overboard with restrictions and forcing people to search […]