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How to Download Microsoft's Big October Update for Windows 10 Right Now How to Download Microsoft's Big October Update for Windows 10 Right Now

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 version 1809 at the beginning of October, but thanks to a little trick, you can grab the update now and take it out for an early test drive.

The Essential Windows Apps for 2018

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…

Download Free Stuff From Reddit's Favorite Websites Download Free Stuff From Reddit's Favorite Websites

“What are some cool websites where you can download free stuff?” asked redditor howtoadvanced. He got over 5,000 answers. We’ve gone through and categorized the best ones, identifying each resource. You could spend the rest of your life just entertaining and educating yourself with the free books, music, games, apps,…

RealtimeBoard Is a Simple Virtual Whiteboard RealtimeBoard Is a Simple Virtual Whiteboard

No virtual whiteboard is perfect for everyone—and every virtual whiteboard service seems to shut down after a few years. While we’ve recommended several over the years, the only one still around is Twiddla, which is so feature-rich that it might feel too complicated (and ugly) for some projects. If so, try the simpler…

What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer? What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer?

There are a few programs everyone knows to add to a new computer: Chrome, Spotify, Dropbox, some work apps like Excel or Photoshop. But many of us also have our favorite helper apps and utilities to customize our workflow.

Turn Any PC Game Fullscreen With This App Turn Any PC Game Fullscreen With This App

Windows: Windows 10 makes window management pretty easy thanks to its accessible shortcuts—the WIN key plus the arrow keys—but certain apps just don’t like to play nice. Whether it’s an older game from your childhood set to run at a certain resolution, a newer game that isn’t configured to cover your entire screen, or…

Calm Down With These Stress-Free, Non-Violent Video Games Calm Down With These Stress-Free, Non-Violent Video Games

Inspired by games from the 2016 Self-Care Jam (which Kotaku mined for favorites), MetaFilter users recently named their favorite calming video games. Some will be familiar, but others are deep cuts by independent developers. Most aren’t for winning or losing, just exploring, interacting, and existing. None of them…

Hackers Infected CCleaner’s 32-Bit App —Here’s How to Fix It Hackers Infected CCleaner’s 32-Bit App —Here’s How to Fix It

This morning, Piriform, developer of PC maintenance tool CCleaner, announced it was breached by hackers who infected an estimated 2 million users with malware. Prifirom says the incident has since been resolved, but encourages users to update the software to prevent further compromises.

The Best Tools to Archive Web Pages The Best Tools to Archive Web Pages

It seems like a lot of web pages are disappearing from the internet these days. If you feel like taking on archiving duties for yourself, there are a variety of tools for doing so.

Collate Is a Privacy-Focused Evernote-Style Notes App Collate Is a Privacy-Focused Evernote-Style Notes App

Windows/Mac/Linux: When it comes to notes apps, you have a seemingly endless trail of options, but it’s rare to find one that’s cross-platform, supports the Evernote-style of rich notes, and works without needing an account somewhere. Collate is just that.

The Beginner's Guide to 1Password The Beginner's Guide to 1Password

Using a password manager is basically internet security 101 these days, but that doesn’t make them any less intimidating. If you’ve never used a password manager, they’re annoying, cumbersome to use, and baffling at a glance. 1Password is one of the easiest to use options around, but that doesn’t mean you don’t some…

Microsoft's Wunderlist Replacement, To-Do, Is Now Available Microsoft's Wunderlist Replacement, To-Do, Is Now Available

Windows/Web/iOS/Android: Microsoft has released a public preview for its new to-do app, aptly called To-Do. This is ostensibly Microsoft’s version of Wunderlist, which the company acquired back in 2015.

All the Coolest New Features in the Windows 10 Creators Update All the Coolest New Features in the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft is doing their best to drum up excitement for the relatively mundane experience of updating Windows. Today’s release—the Creators Update—is a little more fun than the usual system tweaks, though. Is it worth its cheerful name? Maybe, if you’re a fan of MS Paint.

The Laziest, Cheapest Way to Circumvent Your Snooping ISP The Laziest, Cheapest Way to Circumvent Your Snooping ISP

Congress decided that your ISP should be allowed to sell off your private browsing data, but the solutions to get around this are a bit complicated, costly, or just a pain. What’s a lazy-internet person to do? Use Opera.

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2017 With Speedier Installs and a Leaner Footprint Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2017 With Speedier Installs and a Leaner Footprint

Microsoft released the newest version of its popular IDE, Visual Studio 2017 today for Windows alongside a preview of the still in development Mac software. The biggest improvement comes in its installation screen, which finally lets you pick and choose which components to install.

EdgeDeflector Forces Cortana to Use Your Default Web Browser EdgeDeflector Forces Cortana to Use Your Default Web Browser

Windows: Cortana can do a lot of cool stuff in Windows 10, but she tends to prefer Microsoft’s own apps and services. EdgeDeflector can force Cortana to use Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser you prefer.

Give Your Virtual Windows Desktops a Name With This AutoHotkey Script Give Your Virtual Windows Desktops a Name With This AutoHotkey Script

Windows: The new multiple desktops feature in Windows 10 is as excellent as it is overdue. However, it would be nice if you could do things like give your desktop a name or see which desktop you’re currently on. This AutoHotkey script does just that.

Steam Cleaner Cleans Up Duplicate and Leftover Files from Steam, Uplay, and GoG Galaxy Steam Cleaner Cleans Up Duplicate and Leftover Files from Steam, Uplay, and GoG Galaxy

Windows: Whether all of your games are Steam games, Uplay titles from Ubisoft, or GoG purchases loaded into Galaxy, odds are after installing or uninstalling, you probably have duplicate files, leftover files, or redistributables you don’t need anymore. Steam Cleaner takes care of them all for you.

LibreOffice Updates Its Office Suite with Tons of New Features, Introduces a Private Cloud Version LibreOffice Updates Its Office Suite with Tons of New Features, Introduces a Private Cloud Version

Windows/Mac/Linux: LibreOffice, the open source, free alternative to Microsoft Office, just got a big update that adds in a ton of new features alongside a new cloud version you can install on your own server.

This Extension Rearranges Chrome Tabs with Keyboard Shortcuts This Extension Rearranges Chrome Tabs with Keyboard Shortcuts

Chrome: Rearrange Tabs lets you move your Chrome tabs around an open window with keyboard shortcuts. It’s fairly simple, and a nice way to organize them if you have a ton of tabs open. The default shortcuts are good, but if you don’t like them, you can customize them and add your own.

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