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4 Ways To Make Facebook Messenger a Standalone App

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There’s a big misconception that if you want to use Facebook Messenger, you must be signed into Facebook itself and access the chat interface from the Facebook website or the mobile version. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact you don’t even need a Facebook account anymore to use Messenger. Even if you […]

Find the Perfect Time to Buy Digital Games on Sale

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With the Steam Summer Sale just recently coming to a close, the internet’s largest digital video game sale is behind us. However, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the year won’t be filled with discounts that savvy gamers can take advantage of. The digital distribution of video games has become an increasingly popular way […]

How To Encrypt Your Windows Hard-Drive With VeraCrypt

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In this final part of a three part series, we are now going to look at how to encrypt your Windows hard-drive using VeraCrypt. In part one, we showed how to make an ordinary encrypted folder and in part two, how to make a hidden folder within an encrypted folder. But now we’re going to […]

6 Ways to Send Large Files as Email Attachments

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All the popular email clients have size limits on the files that you can email to recipients. However, there are ways to send large files as email attachments despite those limitations. File size limits vary depending on the email service. For example, Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL have a limit of 25 Mb per email. Outlook.com […]

How To Extract Files From a Dead Hard Drive

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What scares you more than losing everything that’s on your computer right now? If your hard disk drive (HDD) died right now, this second, would your heart sink into your stomach or launch it straight up into your throat? You’ve been making sure your files are backed up to a cloud service or that your […]

Is it Dangerous to Tether to a Cellphone for Internet Access?

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We’ve gone from the philosophical concept of everything being connected to the physical reality that almost everything is connected. But there are those times where you can’t be connected to your home or work network, or a public WiFi hotspot. That’s where mobile hotspot tethering comes into play. What is Mobile Hotspot Tethering? Most phones […]

What is Path Tracing and Ray Tracing? And Why do They Improve Graphics?

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If you’ve taken even the slightest glance towards gaming and graphics news lately, then you’ve heard the latest and greatest buzzword: ray tracing. You might also have heard a similar-sounding word called path tracing. And you could be totally forgiven for not fully understanding what either one of the processes is. A simple explanation is […]

Should You Buy the New AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs or Stick with Intel?

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AMD just shocked the consumer PC space with a powerful lineup of new AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs, which I recently covered on HDG. Is it finally time to make the switch from Intel to AMD? In this article, I take a look at AMD’s new Ryzen processors and offer some tips on which processor brand […]

How to Build Your Own Budget Gaming PC in 2019

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If you were to take the shell off the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’d find that the parts are comparable to a budget gaming PC. If you’re not interested in platform specific games like God of War or Halo, and you’re not sure you want to buy a gaming PC or a console, then […]

4K vs HDR vs Dolby Vision: What’s the Best for Your TV?

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Browsing through the TV aisle, you notice the wide variety of acronyms used in their descriptions. Ultra HD, UHD, 2160p, 4K x 2K, 4K Ultra High Definition, Quad High Definition, Quad Resolution, Quad Full High Definition, QFHD, UD, HDR…the list goes on. Is the extra money worth the hype? 4K/UHD has four times the number […]