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How to Install and Set Up the Nest Thermostat

April 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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A smart thermostat is a great accessory to have, not only to be able to adjust your home’s temperature from your phone, but to also save money on your utility costs. Here’s how to install and set up the Nest Learning Thermostat in your own home. What Is the Nest Thermostat and Why Would I […]

How to Check for Dangerous, Superfish-Like Certificates on Your Windows PC

January 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Dangerous root certificates are a serious problem. From Lenovo’s Superfish to Dell’s eDellRoot and a number of other certificates installed by adware programs, your computer’s manufacturer or a program you installed may have added a certificate that opens you to attack. Here’s how to check if your certificates are clean. In the past, this hasn’t been an […]

What’s the Point of a Wireless Hard Drive, and Do I Need One?

January 11th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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As consumers continue to shift their lives away from the desktop and onto their mobile devices, having an external hard drive that can you connect to without any cables is a convenient way to stash away photos, videos, and music you want to take with you on the road. But how do they work, and are they […]

VR Is Almost Here: What Will I Need to Be Ready?

January 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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After years of waiting, dozens of different developer kits, and more beta tests than we can shake a stick at, the era of truly immersive virtual reality headsets is finally upon us. Both HTC’s Viveand Facebook’s Oculus Rift are primed and prepped to hit shelves for everyone to buy for themselves…but with HD screens and gigabytes […]

Should You Buy a 4K Computer Monitor?

January 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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New 4K monitors are dropping in price, and they are available almost everywhere. They can be found now for a few hundred bucks, and we’ve seen some great sale prices. But are they worth the money, and should you upgrade? As with TVs, 4K computer monitors have a display resolution of 3840×2160. This is about four times […]

How to Create a Table Using the Keyboard in Word

December 30th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Creating tables in Word is easy using the commands on the ribbon. However, if you want to quickly create a table without removing your hands from the keyboard, you can easily create a basic table using the keyboard. NOTE: We used Word 2016 to illustrate this feature. However, it also works in Word 2013. To […]

How to Troubleshoot Printer Problems on a Windows PC

December 21st, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The paperless office isn’t yet here for many of us, and printers are still a fact of life. If your printer isn’t working quite right on a Windows PC, here are some simple troubleshooting tips that can fix it. Obviously, the first steps are the most obvious. Verify your printer is plugged in, powered on, and […]

PSA: You Should Unpack and Update Game Consoles Before Christmas

December 17th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The last thing you want on Christmas Day is for your kids to be unable to play the game console they’ve waited so long to enjoy. Read on as we highlight why you need to pre-game your console gift giving experience. Why Do I Want To Do This? If you’re not a gamer yourself you […]

How can Windows 10 Function With as Little as 32 GB of Disk Space?

December 16th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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All operating systems require a certain amount of disk space in order to run and function properly, so how are ‘economy model’ laptops able to properly function with the small drives that are built into them? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to […]

How to Find Out Which Build and Version of Windows 10 You Have

December 15th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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“Windows 10” is apparently here to stay, and Microsoft won’t be bumping things up to Windows 11 any time soon. Here’s how to find out what “build” of Windows 10 you have — you can think of it like a service pack level — as well as which edition and version of the operating system you […]

How Windows 10’s “Builds” Are Different From Service Packs

December 14th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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If you’re a long-time Windows user, you’re probably familiar with service packs. But Microsoft seems done with service packs. Windows 10’s first big update — the “November update” — is a “build” rather than a service pack. Windows 10’s future big updates will be builds, too. Microsoft actually gave up on service packs years ago. The […]

Everything You Know About Resolution Is Probably Wrong

December 11th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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“Resolution” is a term people often throw around—sometimes incorrectly—when talking about images. This concept is not as black and white as “the number of pixels in an image.” Keep reading to find out what you don’t know. As with most things, when you dissect a popular term like “resolution” to an acedemic (or geeky) level, […]

How to Mount and Use an exFAT Drive on Linux

December 10th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The exFAT file system is ideal for flash drives and SD cards. It’s like FAT32, but without the 4 GB file size limit. You can use exFAT drives on Linux with full read-write support, but you’ll need to install a few packages first. Try connecting an exFAT-formatted drive without installing the required software and you’ll […]

What’s the Difference Between FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS?

December 9th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Whether you’re formatting an internal drive, external drive, USB flash drive, or SD card, Windows will give you the choice of NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT. The Format dialog in Windows doesn’t explain the difference, so we will. FAT32 is an older file system that’s largely relegated to USB flash drives and other external drives. Windows uses […]

How to Roll Back Builds and Uninstall Updates on Windows 10

December 9th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Windows 10 automatically installs updates in the background. The only way to prevent them from being installed is to set your connection as metered so they don’t download automatically. But updates — especially major new builds of Windows 10 like the November update — could potentially cause problems. This shouldn’t be necessary most of the time, […]

18+ Useful Things You Can Do with OK Google

December 8th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Apple users have Siri, Windows 10 users can call upon Cortana, and Android users can use Ok Google. Ok Google can do a lot more than just look stuff up however, and it even rivals Siri in some ways. Ok Google can be accessed by typically saying “Ok Google” or tapping the microphone button on […]

How to Print to PDF on Any Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet

December 4th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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All modern computers, smartphones, and tablets can now easily print web pages and other documents to PDF files without any extra software. Microsoft added this to Windows 10, and Apple added it to iOS 9. PDF is a standard, portable document format that works across all devices. It’s ideal for archiving and sharing web pages […]

What is Encryption, and Why Are People Afraid of It?

November 30th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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With recent acts of terrorism in Paris and Lebanon, news media and government have been using the word “encryption” as if it’s somehow to blame. Nonsense. Encryption is easy to understand, and if you’re not using it, you should be. Like many technologies, encryption has the potential to be misused, but that does not make […]

8 Things You Can Do With 3D Touch on an iPhone

November 24th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are the first iPhones to feature “3D touch“. 3D Touch allows the iPhone to detect how hard you’re pressing, and you can press harder on the screen in some places to do different things. When you press down on the screen, the glass bends a tiny bit. A capacitive sensor […]

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