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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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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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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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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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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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How to Find Your Missing USB Drive in Windows 7, 8, and 10

USB drives should automatically appear in Windows Explorer when you connect them to your computer. Follow these troubleshooting steps if Windows doesn’t show a connected drive. To open Disk Management on Windows 8 or 10, right-click the Start button and select “Disk Management”. On Windows 7, press Windows+R to open the Run dialog, type diskmgmt.msc into it, and press Enter. Examine the list of disks in the disk management window and look for your external drive. Even if it doesn’t show up in Windows Explorer, it should appear here. Look for…

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How to Add Files to a Memory Stick

Memory sticks–more commonly known as “flash drives”–are miniature portable hard drives capable of holding files, folders, pictures, and even entire programs or operating systems independent from your computer’s hard drive. You can add files to a memory stick by plugging it into your computer’s USB port and dragging files into its interface. Using a Memory Stick on a PC 1 Locate your PC’s USB port. USB ports are rectangular with a solid piece of plastic on the upper half of the slot and an empty space on the bottom. The…

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How to Make a USB Bootable

f you have an old USB drive lying around that you don’t use anymore, you can turn it into an operating install disk for Windows, Linux or Mac, or turn it into a diagnostic tool for your PC. To make a USB bootable, you’ll likely need to tweak and format the USB drive in a manner according to the specific operating system or purpose you have in mind. On Any Windows PC 1 Open the Command Prompt. You will need to run Command Prompt as an Administrator. Right-click on it…

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