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Learn How to Use Siri Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier Learn How to Use Siri Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier

Announced as part of the iOS 12 update and now available as a separate app, Siri Shortcuts (or just Shortcuts) lets you do more with Apple’s digital assistant—you can wrap up a bunch of different tasks and launch them with one voice command. If you’re not sure exactly how this can be of use, keep reading.

Google's 'Squoosh' Image Compression Tool Shows Off the Power of Web Apps Google's 'Squoosh' Image Compression Tool Shows Off the Power of Web Apps

Google has a new, experimental web app for you to try: Squoosh. It uses the latest in image compression technology to cram your pictures into smaller file sizes with a minimal loss of quality, but what really impresses about the app—coded in the WebAssembly programming language—is its speed, even under a relatively…

How to Get All Your Local Media Files Streaming to a Chromebook How to Get All Your Local Media Files Streaming to a Chromebook

While you can replace a lot of desktop apps with online equivalents when using a Chromebook—and even run Linux apps—you can’t exactly transfer your local media library wholesale from Windows or macOS to your thin and light laptop. Here are some of the smartest ways to take your media library anywhere.

All the Useful Stuff Your iPad and Other Gadgets Can Do With USB-C  All the Useful Stuff Your iPad and Other Gadgets Can Do With USB-C 

Surprise! Apple decided to go with USB-C charging for its latest batch of iPad Pros, which means... well, what exactly does it mean? Whether you’re putting down some cash for one of the new Apple slates or you’ve already got a USB-C device in your life, here’s how the emerging technology works and exactly what you can…

9 Cool Tricks for Outlook.com That You Can't Do in Gmail 9 Cool Tricks for Outlook.com That You Can't Do in Gmail

For years Gmail has ruled the land of web-based email services, but slowly and surely Microsoft has been making Outlook.com a force to be reckoned with. We’re not yet at the stage where we can confidently declare Outlook.com is superior to Gmail for your online email checking—but what we can say is here are nine cool…

Why an iPad Is Worth It Why an iPad Is Worth It

Last week we asked what the hell the point of the iPad was anyway—and you responded. It seems quite a few of you are still getting real use out of an iPad in 2018, and we’ve collected some of your reasons for firing up a tablet rather than a smartphone or a laptop.

19 Tips and Tricks to Make You an Apple Watch Master 19 Tips and Tricks to Make You an Apple Watch Master

Three years and four hardware revisions down the line, and it’s clear that the Apple Watch is here to stay—but are you squeezing all the functionality you can out of your Apple wearable? Here we present 19 tips and tricks for the Apple Watch, many of which will work across multiple models, to help you really master…

5 Simple Windows Security Tips You've Got No Excuse to Ignore 5 Simple Windows Security Tips You've Got No Excuse to Ignore

Computer security doesn’t really have to be hard. Some of the smallest, simplest measures can be the most effective in keeping your devices secure—they won’t take long, they’re easy to do, and you don’t really have any excuse for not doing them.

The Complete Guide to Google Assistant in 2018 The Complete Guide to Google Assistant in 2018

Beyond Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube, Google Assistant is shaping up to be one of the most important Google products in the years ahead, and it’s already more pervasive and more advanced than you might have realized. Here’s everything Google Assistant can do and everywhere you can find it.

How to Back Up All of the Photos From All of Your Apps How to Back Up All of the Photos From All of Your Apps

Your photos and videos are likely to be some of the most precious files you have on your smartphone. Even if you’ve got new photos and videos taken with the camera synced to the cloud though, what about the pictures your family send you over WhatsApp? Or the Instagram Stories you post? Here’s how to make sure every…

8 Advanced Photo Edits You Can Do on Your Phone 8 Advanced Photo Edits You Can Do on Your Phone

You might already be familiar with the quick fixes you can apply to your pictures after you’ve snapped them, right on your phone—but if you want to take your mobile photo editing to the next level there are tools and apps that can help here too. Here are six advanced tricks to try and how to apply them.

11 Fantastic Add-Ons for Your Favorite Apps 11 Fantastic Add-Ons for Your Favorite Apps

You’ve no doubt got your favorite apps, the ones you turn to again and again on your smartphone—but have you discovered the best add-ons and plug-ins for those apps? There’s a growing market for apps that work with other apps, and we’ve picked out some of the best and most useful examples you can find right now.

How to Do Passwords Right in 2018 How to Do Passwords Right in 2018

Even in a world of face unlocking and fingerprint scanning, we still haven’t escaped the password just yet. They’re still a necessity and they’re still annoying to remember. There are now numerous browser features, third-party tools, and even hardware dongles designed to help keep your login credentials safe and…

9 Reasons It Might Be Time to Switch to Microsoft Edge 9 Reasons It Might Be Time to Switch to Microsoft Edge

Years after we all jumped ship from Internet Explorer to Firefox and Chrome, we don’t really want to go back to a Microsoft browser, do we? While buggy and slow when it first appeared, Microsoft Edge has been given a continuing stream of new features and updates that make it worthy of your consideration now. Below are…

Battle of the TV Boxes 2018: Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs the Rest Battle of the TV Boxes 2018: Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs the Rest

Most of the major names in set-top boxes have been busy upgrading their devices this year, and that means you might well be in need of a refresher in terms of which 4K streamer is going to be the best buy for you. Here’s our (relatively) brief, point-by-point guide to the top devices on the market, and how you can…

11 Free Apps for Fixing Annoying Problems on Windows 10 and macOS 11 Free Apps for Fixing Annoying Problems on Windows 10 and macOS

No matter how careful you are, problems tend to crop up on Windows and macOS anyway—from little annoyances you can’t get rid of to full-blown system-wide issues that make it hard to use your computer normally. We’ve got some good news for you though: You can find plenty of free apps to help at least ameliorate some of…

Wi-Fi 6 Is Coming: Here's Why You Should Care Wi-Fi 6 Is Coming: Here's Why You Should Care

Get ready for the next generation of wifi technology: Wi-fi 6 (for so it is named) is going to be appearing on devices from next year. But will you have to throw out your old router and get a new one? And is this going to make your Netflix run faster? Here’s everything you need to know about the new standard.

9 Things You Can Do in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update That You Couldn't Do Before 9 Things You Can Do in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update That You Couldn't Do Before

In addition to pushing out a boatload of new Surface hardware yesterday, Microsoft also made the October 2018 update of Windows 10 generally available—it should be heading to your machine soon if it isn’t there already. Here are all the new features you’re going to be able to take advantage of with the new update.

Google Is Killing Inbox—Here Are Some Alternatives Google Is Killing Inbox—Here Are Some Alternatives

Bad news for fans of innovative email systems: Inbox by Gmail is shutting down, less than four years after it first saw the light of day. If you’re a deeply invested Inbox user, where can you find the same sorts of features and tools beyond next March? We’ve got some ideas.

5 Frustrating Smartphone Problems You Can Fix With a Simple Dongle 5 Frustrating Smartphone Problems You Can Fix With a Simple Dongle

Smartphone dongles and adapters can tend to get a bad rap, seen as unsightly and unnecessary add-ons that ruin the curved aesthetic of a smartphone, and become just one more thing to forget or lose. But used right these plug-in peripherals can help you do more with your phone than you ever thought possible, here are…

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