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PC Repair 

10 Quick Ways to Speed Up a Slow Mac

Macs can perform slowly, too. If your Mac seems to be running slower than it should, the variety of tips here should help you identify and fix the problem. As with a Windows PC, there are many reasons a Mac might be slow. Stay away from programs that promise to “optimize” your Mac and make it run faster. Some “cleaning” programs — like the Mac version of CCleaner — can remove temporary files and free up space, but they won’t make your Mac perform faster. The first step to a…

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Repair Guides 

How to Increase the Size of Text on a Chromebook

Chromebooks are excellent low-cost, secure laptops that are great for the user who lives in the cloud. The thing is, they are designed with portability in mind, which generally means smaller displays. As display tech moves forward, laptops have more and more pixels per inch, which means one thing: everything on the screen appears smaller. As a result, many users may have a hard time seeing the content on the display or reading text. No fear, though: it’s actually incredibly easy to increase the size of text and other on-screen…

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PC Repair 

How to Test if Your ISP is Throttling Your Internet Connection

We’ve all heard the rumors and seen occasional evidence — some Internet service providers slow down certain types of traffic, like BitTorrent traffic. Other ISPs slow down their customers’ connections if they download too much data in a month. But does your ISP do any of this? Here are a few simple ways you can test whether your ISP is performing any traffic shaping or bandwidth throttling on your connection. Traffic Shaping The Glasnost project provides web-based tests that can identify whether different types of traffic are being rate-limited (slowed…

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TECHNOLOGY 

How to Send and Receive Faxes Online Without a Fax Machine or Phone Line

Some slow-moving businesses and government agencies may not accept documents over email, forcing you to fax them in. If you are forced to send a fax, you can do it from your computer for free. We’ve previously covered ways to electronically sign documents without printing and scanning them. With this process, you can digitally sign a document and fax it to a business — all on your computer and without any printing required. How Fax Machines Work (and Why They’re So Inconvenient) This isn’t as easy as it should be….

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Phone Repair 

How to Optimize Your iPhone’s Music Storage to Automatically Free Up Space

Despite the increasing storage size of each generation of iPhones and other iOS devices, it’s really easy to stuff them full. If your storage management problem is a result of too much music, there’s a new feature introduced in iOS 10 that makes it easy to optimize your storage and free up space. Introduced in the spring of 2015, Apple Music—Apple’s answer to Spotify and other music streaming services—makes it pretty easy to find new artists and download music to your iOS device. Between Apple Music and regular MP3s, it’s easier…

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Android 

How to Move a Steam Game to Another Drive, The Easy Way

Steam offers multiple library folders, and you can choose where you want to install games when you download them. And, thanks to a recent update, you can easily move a game after you’ve downloaded it without re-downloading the entire thing. This process can save you from downloading tens or even hundreds of gigabytes of game data all over again, just because you got a new SSD and want to move a few games. It’s different from moving an entire Steam library folder, which movesevery single game inside it—the following process will let…

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PC Repair 

Automatically shut down computer at night when you are not using it

t’s good to to power off your PC when you’re not using it, but do you ever forget and leave it on? Here’s how to configure Windows to automatically power down at night, but only if you’re not using the PC at the time. We really recommend putting your PC to sleep rather than shutting it down as a normal course of action. Sleep and hibernation have both come a long way since the early days of Windows and if you avoid using them because you used to have problems,…

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Phone Repair 

How to Run the Same App in Multiple Windows on Android Nougat

With Android Nougat, Google released an oft-requested feature: the ability to run two windows side by side. Instead of some sort of janky workaround like Samsung or LG’s solutions, which only allow certain apps to work in a multi-window scenario, this one is baked into Android. That means it works for essentially all apps, all the time. It does, however, have its limitations. First, if probably won’t work right with legacy apps that haven’t been updated in quite some time. Secondly, you can’t run the same app in both windows….

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TECHNOLOGY 

How to Restart Windows’ Explorer.exe (Along with the Taskbar and Start Menu)

Apple Photos on macOS can be trained to recognize faces so you can search for family and friends in all the photos in which they appear. Training is easy, though it might take some time if you have a lot of pictures in your library. When you want to train Photos to recognize faces, first open the application and click on the “People” pane along the left-hand side. Here you will see pictures of faces in your photo album. The number below each face corresponds to how many images there…

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PC Repair 

How to Restart Windows’ Explorer.exe (Along with the Taskbar and Start Menu)

If your Taskbar, System Tray, or Start menu acts up, you might be tempted to restart your PC. Instead, you can usually just restart Windows Explorer—and Windows makes it pretty easy. Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) is a program manager process that provides the graphical interface you use to interact with most of Windows—the Start menu, taskbar, notification area, and File Explorer. Occasionally, any of these pieces that make up the Windows graphical shell can start acting strangely or even hang. Just like you can close and restart an app that’s acting…

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