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7 Tasks Chromebooks Still Can't Do As Well As Macs or PCs 7 Tasks Chromebooks Still Can't Do As Well As Macs or PCs

Chromebooks are cheap, compact, lightweight, versatile, and durable—so you should definitely pick one up for your next laptop, right? Not so fast, potential portable computer buyer, because there are still a number of areas where Windows and macOS have a distinct advantage, and we’re going to go through them here.

Watch a Guy Build a Brand New, Completely Obsolete Gaming PC With 20-Year-Old Parts

On June 25, 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98. It didn’t come out with quite as much fanfare as Windows 95 did, so to commemorate the OS’ 20th anniversary, YouTuber Shelby Jueden built a gaming PC using brand new, in the box, 20-year old components, as well as an unused copy of Windows 98.

How to Make Your iPhone Play Nice With Your Windows PC How to Make Your iPhone Play Nice With Your Windows PC

If you’ve spent any time around Apple products, you know that “compatibility with hardware made by rival manufacturers” isn’t high up on the company’s priority list. But using your iPhone with a Windows PC can be a smoother experience than you might think.

Here's Even More Evidence of Microsoft's Rumored Dual-Screen Surface  Here's Even More Evidence of Microsoft's Rumored Dual-Screen Surface 

For almost a decade, there have been rumors that Microsoft was developing a dual-screen device that would radically alter they we think about modern computing. In 2009, it was the Microsoft Courier, while more recently, patents showed something that looked more like a folding Surface allegedly codenamed Andromeda.

How to Transfer Data Between Two Computers Without Losing Anything How to Transfer Data Between Two Computers Without Losing Anything

If you’ve treated yourself to a shiny new computer then the excitement might be tempered somewhat by the thought of having to shift all your files and programs over to the new machine. With the right tools and know-how though, this doesn’t have to be a chore—here’s how to get it done quickly.

20 Slick Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Windows Machine Organized 20 Slick Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Windows Machine Organized

You probably spend more time than you realize copying, moving, renaming, and otherwise organizing files on your Windows hard drive—so knowing how to do all of this faster and smarter can claw back a serious amount of time. Here are 20 of our favorite hacks and tricks for mastering File Explorer and file management in…

Update Your PC Now to Fix This Pesky Cortana Security Flaw Update Your PC Now to Fix This Pesky Cortana Security Flaw

Cortana, like all digital assistants, is supposed to make life easier by organizing your data and presenting you with helpful information when you need it. Unfortunately, that inclination to be useful can also pose a security risk, as McAfee found when it discovered a bug in Windows 10 that let hackers use Cortana to…

Qualcomm Teases Its First Chip Built Just for Laptops Qualcomm Teases Its First Chip Built Just for Laptops

In early 2018, the first Windows 10 laptops sporting Qualcomm CPUs hit the market, and with it, Qualcomm brought a more smartphone-like experience to the PC world. That was thanks to superior battery life and always-on LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, because these Windows on Snapdragon devices were stuck using the…

Microsoft Bought an AI Startup to Help Cortana Sound Less Robotic Microsoft Bought an AI Startup to Help Cortana Sound Less Robotic

At Google I/O 2018, Google announced that its digital assistant was getting upgraded with more natural-sounding speech in addition to six new alternate voices. Then, Google promptly scared the hell out of everyone by using the Google Assistant’s new skills to mimic a real voice so well, people on the other end of a…

Microsoft's Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech? Microsoft's Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech?

Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Hub 2, and like many of the company’s previous Surface products, it offers a tantalizing view into a future filled with glorious touchscreen devices and effortless workplace collaboration. It looks totally sweet, and I’d love to have one on my wall at home right now. But after…

How to Bring Back Any Device From the Dead How to Bring Back Any Device From the Dead

Computer, tablet, or phone not starting, or seemingly frozen in time? Before you take it down to the local repair shop, or send it off to the professionals, here are the cheat codes to use to try and get your device back on its feet—it might be you can save yourself a hefty repair bill by fixing the issue yourself.

Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device

Bad apps are draining your battery life, sucking up your local storage, and causing your devices to crash more often than they should—and the worst part is, you might not realize who the worst offenders are. Here’s how to track down badly behaving apps on the major desktop and mobile platforms, and kick them to the…

4 Cool Apple and Google Features Microsoft Just Put in Windows 10

It’s a little later than expected, due to a last minute bug that needed fixing, but Microsoft has finally launched the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The title is dry, but the updates are good, especially if you’re coming from Google’s Chrome OS or Apple’s macOS. In those cases you might notice some, uh, familiar…

E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses

California man Eric Lundgren, an electronic waste entrepreneur who produced tens of thousands of Windows restore disks intended to extend the lifespan of aging computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami after it ruled “he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000,” the Washington Post reported

How to Hide Files on Any Phone or Computer How to Hide Files on Any Phone or Computer

If you’ve got something you want to hide away, then you’ve got plenty of options on Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS—options that we’ll run through here. Even if the kids or a stranger should get access to your devices somehow, these files will stay hidden from view and locked away.

How to Customize Apple's Dock and Window's Start Menu to Make Your PC More Useful How to Customize Apple's Dock and Window's Start Menu to Make Your PC More Useful

Your Dock or Start menu is your way into macOS and Windows, respectively, as well as everything running on top of them. So it makes sense to have these launch systems configured in exactly the way you need them to be. We’ve got a bunch of essential tips on streamlining your Dock or Start menu, and powering through…

3 Simple, Free Apps for Accessing Your Home Computer From Anywhere 3 Simple, Free Apps for Accessing Your Home Computer From Anywhere

You’re at work, or on the other side of the world, or both, and you need something from your computer at home—in years gone by, you would need an IT degree and an expensive software package to connect up to your home computer remotely, but now a number of apps will do the job, simply and free. Here are three of our…

Windows VP Terry Myerson Out as Major Shakeup Hits Microsoft Windows VP Terry Myerson Out as Major Shakeup Hits Microsoft

After 21 years leading the server, Exchange, and most recently the Windows and Devices teams, longtime vice president Terry Myerson is leaving Microsoft as the company pursues a major restructuring of its entire business.

Windows Has a Plan to Make Its Update System a Little Less Garbage Windows Has a Plan to Make Its Update System a Little Less Garbage

Installing updates on Windows has always been a pain in the ass. Not only does Microsoft seem hellbent on forcing users to update their machines whether they want to or not—including in prior versions of Windows 10 a nightmare “feature” that forcibly seized control of users’ systems to start the installation…

Microsoft’s Edge Browser Could Soon Be Harder to Ignore in Windows 10 Microsoft’s Edge Browser Could Soon Be Harder to Ignore in Windows 10

It’s time for a look at the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10. There are some small but welcome improvements, like the addition of HEIF (high efficiency file format) that lets you more easily save and view photos and videos from across the web, along with a safer removal process for people using external…

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