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What Was Windows CE, and Why Did People Use It?

Hewlett-Packard Microsoft released Windows CE in November 1996 as a new version of Windows. Designed to run pocket-sized computers, CE brought the user-friendly Windows 95 interface to mobile computing for the first time. Its architecture also formed the basis of Microsoft’s later mobile computing and smartphone products. Here’s why it was needed. A Compact, Portable…
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Stuck Design’s New Touchless Elevator Buttons Are Exactly What the World Needs

Stuck Design Singaporean studio Stuck Design just created Kinetic Touchless elevator buttons, sparing us all from ever having to touch one again. This is great news given how COVID-19 infections are nearing 100 million worldwide, since the virus survives on surfaces and is transferred by touch. The buttons are one of many examples of the…
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Alphabet Permanently Grounds Loon, the Internet Balloon Company

Alphabet Alphabet, the parent company behind Google, is shutting down its Internet company dubbed Loon. In case you missed it, the idea behind Loon was to send hot air balloons to low-income areas to broadcast affordable internet service. Unfortunately, the idea never really took flight (pun intended), and the company says it will “begin winding…
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The Honor View 40 5G Says Hello World, Goodbye Huawei

Honor could reintroduce itself to the global market with the new View 40 5G. Honor Honor has unveiled the View 40 5G, the brand’s first phone since splitting from Huawei, its former parent company. The flagship device boasts a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset, GPU Turbo X gaming optimization, and global 5G compatibility. It could…
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What Is the Google Store?

If you’re interested in Google products, you may have stumbled upon the Google Store. This is the place where Google sells its own products, but it wasn’t always like that. The Google Store has an interesting history. The Google Store Started as a Tab The “Devices” tab now goes to the Google Store Google’s first…
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How to Delist Your Facebook Profile From Search Engines

dennizn/Shutterstock Facebook allows search engines like Google to index your profile and publicly available information. But if you don’t want people to be able to look up your social profile outside of Facebook, you can choose to delist it. Here’s how. First, head over to Facebook’s website using your Windows 10, Mac, or Linux desktop browser…
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Fresh Reads: 12 Great Books Arriving in February 2021

Delacorte Press/Celadon Books/Ace February is the month to fall in love, and we’ve got a dozen books we think will be a perfect match for you! Whether you’re dying to geek out over some intriguing nonfiction or looking for a warm-and-fuzzy romantic comedy, there’s something for everything among the most anticipated titles hitting bookshelves this…
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What’s the Newest iPhone?

Apple has released over 20 models of iPhones since the original iPhone launched all the way back in 2007. But it isn’t always easy to figure out which iPhone is the latest to come out or which new model you should upgrade to. No worries, you can use this handy guide to see the latest…
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How to Start an Encrypted Secret Chat in Telegram

Khamosh Pathak Unlike Signal, Telegram chats aren’t end-to-end encrypted. You only get server-side encryption by default. But if you want full encryption, you need to enter a separate Secret Chat mode. Here’s how to start an encrypted Secret Chat in Telegram. What Is Secret Chat in Telegram? When it comes to security and privacy, Telegram…
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How to See Which iPhone Apps Can View Your Photos

On an iPhone, photos are a huge potential privacy leak. They include not only visual information but also metadata that might reveal your location or when the photo was taken, among other facts. Luckily, it’s easy to see which apps have access to your photos and even revoke access if necessary. Here’s how. First, open…
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How to Use printf in Bash

Shutterstock/gilangtristiano Text formatting is an interesting topic, especially when it comes to Bash. Whilst there are many tools for text formatting, printf is unique and universal. Learn all about printf in Bash to format your text just the right way! Using printf in Bash C++ and other developers will already be familiar with printf as…
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What is Semantic Versioning?

Semantic versioning is a formal convention for determining the version number of new software releases. The standard helps software users to understand the severity of changes in each new distribution. A project that uses semantic versioning will advertise a Major, Minor and Patch number for each release. The version string 1.2.3 indicates a major version…
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Ubuntu Comes to M1 Macs with New Linux Port

Apple Linux enthusiasts rejoice—there’s a new Linux port for Apple’s M1 Macs that allows them to run Ubuntu! A security firm named Corellium just successfully ported Ubuntu to the new Macs and released a handy tutorial for anyone interested in installing it on their own computer. This Ubuntu includes USB support and boots into the…
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Raspberry Pi’s New $4 “Pico” Is an Arduino-Like Microcontroller

Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi kicked off a revolution in affordable single-board computers, but tinkerers often paired Pi devices with microcontrollers to accomplish tasks a Raspberry Pi can’t on its own. The Raspberry Pi Foundation took its first steps to address that issue with its latest product, the $4 Raspberry Pi Pico. If you think that the…
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How to Customize the Look of Watch Faces on Apple Watch

Khamosh Pathak There’s more to an Apple Watch face than meets the eye, especially when it comes to visually stunning watch faces, like Typography. Here’s how to change the color and style by customizing the look of the watch faces on your Apple Watch. Every watch face has a different set of customization parameters. Most…
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How to Use Higher Order Components to Reuse Logic in React

Higher Order Components (HOCs) are a kind of React component which help you to reuse logic across your application. The terminology may sound complex but HOCs are easy to get grips with and can make your codebase simpler to maintain. A Higher Order Component always wraps child components with additional functionality. A HOC is defined…
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How to See Which Model and Year of Mac You Have

When you need support for your Mac—or you’d like to install some kind of upgrade—you usually need to know the exact model and year of the Mac you’re using. Here’s how to quickly find out. First, click the “Apple” menu in the corner of the screen and select “About This Mac.” A window will pop-up…
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Cyberattacks to Watch Out For In 2021

Shutterstock/Kent Frost Forewarned is forearmed. The threat landscape is always evolving. The threat actors don’t sit still for long. . Here are some trends and developing cyberattack threats that you should be aware of in 2021. The Threat Landscape It was a staple element of old war movies. They always included a scene set in…
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[SPONSORED] How Wondershare PDFelement Enables Faster, Simpler, and Smoother PDF Editing Than Ever

Whether you’re a freelancer dipping your toes into self-employment, an entrepreneur with several years under your belt, a small business owner, or an educator dealing with remote learning, you’re eventually going to need a PDF editor. And given that we’re now living in an era defined by distributed work, that software needs to not only…
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This Is The Biggest Organization Mistake You’re Making

Kostikova Natalia/Shutterstock Between The Home Edit, Marie Kondo’s new Container Store line, and the new year, you’re probably feeling the need to organize your home. Before you do, though, make sure you’re not making a big organizing mistake: rushing! Alexandria Lawrence, a consultant for KonMari, explained to Apartment Therapy that often, people are in too…
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How to See Which iPhone Apps Are Listening to Your Microphone

Are you worried that your iPhone apps are listening using your device’s built-in microphone? If so, it’s easy to know for sure—and to revoke microphone access if necessary—by checking a list in Settings. Here’s how to do it. First, open the “Settings” app. In “Settings,” tap “Privacy.” In “Privacy,” tap “Microphone.” On the next screen,…
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7 Ways to Cook Bacon (And When to Use Each)

Elena Veselova/Shutterstock There are a variety of ways to make bacon and what’s important to you—speed of cooking, the volume of bacon prepared, or just crispy fatty goodness in every bite—should dictate how you prepare it. Here’s what you need to know. We all love the delicious taste of crispy and salty bacon. It pairs…
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How to Change Watch Faces on Apple Watch

Khamosh Pathak One watch face is never enough. You might want to customize your Apple Watch with multiple watch faces depending on the time of the day and activity. Here’s how you can quickly change watch faces on Apple Watch. Once you’ve added multiple watch faces, you don’t need to go back into the customization…
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How to See the Most Recent Updates Windows 10 Installed

Microsoft frequently updates Windows 10, but it’s not always clear when each update was installed. Luckily, there are two easy ways to see a list of the most recently installed updates. Here’s how to check. First, open “Windows Settings.” The quickest way to do this is by clicking the small gear icon in the “Start”…
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Get Creative with 12 Months of Writing Prompts and Projects

Lovgretphoto/Shutterstock If you’ve been wanting to expand your writing skills and experience, this is a great year to do it. Spend some of your free time creating stories, poetry, and more, one month at a time. January: Work on Your Handwriting Skills Jan. 23 is National Handwriting Day, so it’s a great time to get…
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Have Video Games Gotten Too Ambitious?

CD Projekt Red The last console generation was marked by a push for ever “bigger” games. Bigger worlds, more complex systems, bigger multiplayer arenas, and of course, better and better graphics. But recent events have shown that there’s a point of diminishing returns when you widen the scope of development. Have we passed that point…
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Nvidia Shield TV Adds Supports for Xbox Series X/S and PS5 Controllers

Michael Crider The Nvidia Shield TV is one of the best Android TV devices on the market, and it’s always getting better. Despite the name, gaming is among its best features, whether through apps or streaming. Nvidia just released an update that improves on that by adding Xbox Series X/S and PS5 controllers support. The…
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Let’s Get Medieval: LEGO’s New Blacksmith House Celebrates the Middle Ages

LEGO Here’s one for the history books: the latest LEGO Idea to get approved is the Medieval Blacksmith’s house. Instead of focusing on medieval knights or royals, the set focuses on the unsung heroes of the era—blacksmiths. Plus, it shows off the iconic architecture, as well, like lattice windows, stone, and timber-framed walls. The concept…
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Goodbye CBS All Access, Hello Paramount+ And Tons of New Content

How many streaming services does anyone really need? And how specialized do you want them? That’s the big question for streaming these days, and thus far it’s hard to justify a CBS-specific service propped up mostly by Star Trek. Parent company ViacomCBS knows it too, and will rename the service to Parmount+ while adding tons of…
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The Big 6 Streaming Video Services—What Does Each One Offer?

Said Marroun/Shutterstock.com You’ve likely heard of “the big six” streaming service—Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, and Prime Video—but what does each one really offer? It’s easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole of paying for multiple services, so let’s take a closer look at each one so you can easily pick which ones work best…
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How to Use the Document Outline in Google Docs

If you use Google Docs as your go-to writing application, then there’s no better way to organize your content than with the Document Outline tool. This handy feature helps you structure and navigate your document by automatically creating an outline using headings in your document. Open the Document Outline in Google Docs Head to Google…
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Meatless Monday? Vegetarian All The Time? Check These Cookbooks Out

The Experiment/Rodale Books/BenBella Books The New Year comes with resolutions of all sorts. If one of yours is eating a little greener and a little cleaner, these vegan and vegetarian cookbooks should be your first stop. Whether you want to learn how to cook nourishing whole foods on a budget or hoping for an all-inclusive…
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How to See Which Apps Can Access Your Microphone and Camera on Android

There are many sensors on your smartphone, and two that present some privacy concerns are the camera and microphone. You don’t want apps to be accessing these without your knowledge. We’ll show you how to see which apps have access. It’s important to routinely check up on app permissions. We’ve shown you how to see…
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How to Add Complications to Your Watch Face on Apple Watch

Khamosh Pathak Watch faces on Apple Watch aren’t just pretty, they can also be powerful. Most watch faces come with designated areas for complications (little widgets). Here’s how to add complications to the watch face on Apple Watch. There are watch faces like Typography or California that are all about style. And then there are…
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What’s New in Chrome 88, Available Today

Google will release Chrome 88 to the stable channel today, on January 19, 2021. The latest browser includes some cool changes, including an improved dark theme for Windows 10 and the beginning of less intrusive permission prompts. Here are the highlights. Better Dark Theme Support on Windows 10 Chrome has supported Windows 10’s system-wide dark…
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Get Your Camera Ready, ‘New Pokemon Snap’ Arrives on Nintendo Switch April 30th

Nintendo After more than two decades of waiting, fans of the 1999 hit Pokemon Snap are getting a sequel. New Pokemon Snap lands on the Nintendo Switch April 30th, finally bringing all 8 generations of Pokemon behind the lens. New Pokemon Snap takes place in the new Lental region, which contains a mix of marshlands,…
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Rock Out at Home with Bandsintown’s New Streaming Concert Subscription

Bandsintown Concert venues might not be open right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on live shows. Bandsintown, which previously specialized in selling concert tickets, has just announced its new live concert subscription service, Bandsintown PLUS. For $9.99 per month, you can see over 25 live-streamed concerts each month from the…
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How to Flip an Image on Android

Photo editing on Android smartphones and tablets has come a long way over the years. There are a lot of powerful tools built-in at your disposal. However, one thing seems to always be left out: the ability to simply flip a photo. Crop and rotate are staples of nearly every editing app on Android, but…
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Skullcandy Crusher Evo Review: Brain-Rattling Bass

Rating: 9/10 ? 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage 3 – Strongly Flawed Design 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons 5 – Acceptably Imperfect 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes 9 – Shut Up And Take…
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How to Magnify Your iPhone Screen Using Display Zoom

Khamosh Pathak Want to give your eyes a break? You can try increasing the text size on your iPhone, but that doesn’t help with the UI. Here’s how to use the Display Zoom feature to magnify the entire interface on your iPhone. Display Zoom vs. Text Size Increasing the text size on your iPhone or…
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How to Make Signal Your Default SMS Messaging App on Android

Signal Signal is a popular privacy-focused, encrypted messaging app. It’s an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and others. There’s a lot to like about the app, and if you make the switch, it can even replace your SMS app. Like its competitors, Signal is mainly used for instant messaging other people who use the…
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How to See Which iPhone Apps Are Accessing Your Camera

Few iPhone privacy issues make people as nervous as whether an app is using your camera or not. Luckily, thanks to Apple’s Privacy settings, it’s easy to know which apps have access to your iPhone’s built-in camera. Here’s how to check—and how to revoke access if necessary. First, open “Settings” on your iPhone by tapping…
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How to Use Cron With Your Docker Containers

Running background tasks on a schedule is a standard requirement of backend services. Getting setup used to be simple – you’d define your tasks in your server’s crontab and call it a day. Let’s look at how you can utilise cron while using Docker for deployment. Containerising your services increases developer productivity. Simultaneously, it can…
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How Devices Use Wi-Fi to Determine Your Physical Location

NicoElNino/Shutterstock.com Did you know that laptops and other devices without GPS hardware can determine your precise physical location—with just a Wi-Fi radio? Here’s how this often-overlooked feature of modern “Location Services” works. “Location Services” Is More Than GPS Modern operating systems—including iOS, iPadOS, Android, Windows 10, macOS, and Chrome OS—have their own “Location Services” systems…
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You Can Eat Mario’s Hat, Question Blocks, and More at Super Nintendo World

Nintendo Super Nintendo World is set to open in February, and while we’re excited to see how the final result looks, we’re more excited to go try the food, because the pictures have us salivating. The park has multiple food destinations within it, offering all kinds of scrumptious Mario-themed concoctions. Haven’t you ever wondered what…
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How to Stop Kids from Talking to Strangers on Nintendo Switch

If you have kids that use a Nintendo Switch, you might worry that they could potentially talk to strangers in online-connected games. Luckily, Nintendo provides an easy way to turn off communication with others in their Parental Controls app for smartphones. Here’s how to set it up. First, Get Nintendo’s Parental Controls App Before you…
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Give Your Sonos Move New Life with an Official Battery Replacement Kit

Sonos Sonos was caught in hot water about a year ago for questionable “recycling” practices. The company eventually mended the issue to the benefit of the environment. It seems like Sonos took that lesson to heart, because it’s now offering owners of the battery-powered Move speaker a way to replace said battery themselves. The Move…
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How to Make a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Read-only

If you want to discourage others from making edits to your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or let them know the file you sent is the final version, you can do so by making it read-only. Here’s how it’s done. Note: While making your PowerPoint presentation read-only is a good deterrent from having others edit your content,…
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How to Stream Liam Neeson’s Action Thriller Movies

G Holland/Shutterstock Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills that he’s been showing off as the unlikely movie star of action thrillers since 2008’s Taken. Here’s how you can stream all of Neeson’s most popular action hero roles. The Taken series When Neeson was cast as former CIA agent and Green Beret Bryan Mills,…
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Netflix Is Taking Over Movie Night with a New Original Film Every Week of 2021

Netflix Even while it’s facing stiff competition from Disney+ and HBO Max, Netflix continues to release a huge amount of new content. In a promotional video, the online streaming services enlisted the aid of mega-stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson to show off its slate of 2021 movies. The schedule includes 70 movies,…
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How to Display Steam’s Built-in FPS Counter in PC Games

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com Steam has a built-in feature that will display your frames per second (FPS) while playing PC games. It’s quick to enable and works in nearly any Steam game. Here’s how to see your FPS in Steam games on Windows 10, Mac, or Linux. First, click Steam > Settings in Steam. In the Settings window…
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What Do “WYD” and “HYD” Mean, and How Do You Use Them?

Vann Vicente Are you about to start a conversation with someone? The acronyms WYD and HYD are the shortest ways to initiate a back-and-forth with a friend. Find out what they mean, and how to use them here. The Definitions of WYD and HYD WYD (not be confused with World Youth Day, an annual event…
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What We’re Watching: How a DVD for Cats Got Me Hooked on Bird Videos

Andrew Heinzman I don’t know what I expected from Cat Sitter Volume II, a poorly-printed DVD that promises to hypnotize housecats with hours of bird footage. At best, it would give my cats a few minutes of fun before finding its way to my pile of neglected discs. But something strange happened when I fired…
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How to Watch YouTube Picture-in-Picture in Safari on Mac

The dedicated Picture-in-Picture (PiP) button makes it quite easy to play videos in a floating, movable window on the Mac. Unsurprisingly, the YouTube player doesn’t support this feature. Thankfully, there’s a hidden way to watch YouTube Picture-in-Picture in Safari on Mac. Many websites in Safari (and the TV app) come with the Picture-in-Picture button. You…
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Oops: If Google Forgot to Charge You for Nest Aware, It Plans to Collect Soon

Josh Hendrickson Not long ago, Google revamped its Nest Aware subscriptions to better support homes with multiple cameras. But if you only have one Nest camera (like a Nest Doorbell), it makes sense to stick with the old plan. Now it seems that Google forgot to charge some users who didn’t switch over for a…
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Can You Tell When Your Apple Watch Has a GPS Lock?

Sara_K/Shutterstock.com Most GPS running and multi-sport watches tell you when they have a lock to the GPS satellites overhead. Unfortunately, the Apple Watch doesn’t—at least not without using a third-party app like Runkeeper or Intervals Pro. But there are a couple of workarounds. Most of the time, the GPS in your Apple Watch should work…
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How to Use Sticker Packs in Signal

Khamosh Pathak Just like WhatsApp, you can use sticker packs in Signal. The encrypted messaging app offers a couple of sticker packs to get you started. If those aren’t enough, you can download awesome third-party stickers and use them directly in Signal. How to Use Signal’s Built-in Sticker Packs Signal’s own sticker packs are enough…
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How to Open an MBOX File (Using Mozilla Thunderbird)

Golden Sikorka/Shutterstock.com An MBOX file contains an archive of emails. When you download your Gmail archive from Google Takeout, for example, you’ll get an MBOX file containing all your emails. Here’s how to view its contents. Download Mozilla Thunderbird Our favorite app for opening an MBOX file is the open-source Mozilla Thunderbird application. We performed…
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How to Check If Signal Is Down

Yalcin Sonat/Shutterstock Is Signal down? At the start of 2021, the encrypted chat app has seen a wave of new users who want to keep their conversations private. Here’s how to check whether Signal is down for everyone else. Check Signal’s Status Website for Official Updates Head to the project’s official Signal Status website (status.signal.org) to see…
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What’s the Deal with Sea Shanties? (And 5 Worth Checking Out)

Alvov/Shutterstock Regardless of whether you’re on social media, you’ve likely seen sea shanties popping up in the news. But why? Like most viral trends these days, you can thank TikTok. Here’s the scoop. The trend is being dubbed “ShantyTok” and involves users of the video-sharing platform, well, singing sea shanties. And they’re pretty intense. Users…
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Strap a Theater Screen to Your Face with TCL’s Wearable Display

TCL Augmented Reality (AR) was all the rage for a hot minute, but it didn’t take off outside enterprise uses, like Hololens. Sometimes for a product to reach consumers, simpler is better. TCL’s latest wearable won’t change the world around you; instead, it’ll give you access to a giant screen without the need for a…
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Cowin’s $80 Sound Bar Can Split in Half for Surround Sound

Cowin Sound bars are a great way to improve your TV’s tinny speakers without taking up a lot of room. But they don’t truly surround sound thanks to grouping speakers so close together. Cowin’s new wireless sound bar might give you the best of both world. You can place it under your TV like a…
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How to Get an Always-on-Top Calculator in PC Games on Windows 10

Steam Windows has had a calculator app since the beginning, and it’s always been handy. In Windows 10, you can pin the calculator on top of whatever you’re doing. That could be a detailed strategy game or an intense Exel session. Try Windows 10’s Built-in Calculator Windows 10’s built-in calculator has an always-on-top mode, too.…
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Avita’s Admiror II Laptop Has Three Webcams and a Ring Light Because Why Not

Nexstgo If you want to make a go at livestreaming, you’ll need a few things like a decent computer, a good webcam, and lighting so we can see your face. Nexstgo’s latest CES-borne laptop, the Avita Admiror II, will pack all of that into one thanks to its triple-webcam setup and embedded light ring. Just…
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How to Create a Poll In Microsoft Outlook

Need to quickly get feedback or answers to a question? Microsoft has added a quick poll feature, powered by Microsoft Forms, to both the Outlook client and Outlook Online. Here’s how it works. The built-in poll feature, like the Quick Poll add-in, is only available for Office 365 and Microsoft 365. If you’re using a…
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LG’s New 4k CineBeam Projector Automatically Adjusts for Dark and Bright Rooms

LG With many theaters still closed and more content going straight to streaming services, it’s tempting to buy a huge TV to emulate a theater. But sometimes a projector is the better way to go. And as LG’s latest 4K CineBeam proves, projectors have come a long way. On top of 4K HDR support, it…
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How to Turn off 5G on iPhone (to Save Battery Life)

The new 5G wireless standard holds great promise in speeding up your iPhone’s wireless data transfer rates, but it also can take a heavy toll on your battery, quickly draining battery life while enabled. Here’s how to turn it off when you don’t need it. First, open Settings on your iPhone. In Settings, tap “Cellular.”…
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What Are Presentational and Container Components in React?

React has a component-based architecture that encourages you to split your codebase into reusable units of functionality. Not all components are created equal though. Let’s look at the differences between two common types, Presentational and Container (also known as “Stateful”) components. Is There Any State? To begin with, it should be stressed that these terms…
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How to Use Adobe Flash in 2021 and Beyond

Alberto Garcia Guillen/Shutterstock.com Adobe Flash is officially dead, and that means you should stop using it. But what if you have to use it? How can you run .SWF files or play online games from the good old days? Here’s what you need to know about running old Flash content. Is Flash Gone for Good?…
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Acer’s New Gaming Laptop Line Has Something for Everyone

Acer Acer always comes to CES with a ton of new product announcements, and this year’s digital-only show is no exception. The company is showing off no less than five new notebooks, all of which can handle gaming to one degree or another. They range from the sleek Predator Triton 300 SE to an update…
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How to See Which Apps Can Access Your Location on Android

It’s no secret that smartphone apps have the ability to access a lot of permissions—if you let them. It’s important to make sure apps aren’t abusing permissions to protect your privacy. Android makes it easy to see which apps can access your location. Android apps are required to ask for permission to access your location.…
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Philips Hue’s New Wall Switch Module Fixes the Biggest Problem With Smart Bulbs

  Signify Today Signify announced several new Philips Hue smart home products, including a new outdoor light bar and an upgraded dimmer switch. But the most exciting new product solves one of the biggest annoyances with smart bulbs—the light switch. The new Philips Hue wall switch module upgrades your existing dumb lights switch to a…
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Razer’s Project Brooklyn Is a Gaming Chair Right Off a ‘Star Trek’ Set

Razer The outlandish designs of gaming peripherals lend themselves towards sci-fi imaginings: I’ve personally seen Razer’s Tartarus and Orbweaver keypads in Arrow and Ender’s Game. But the company’s latest concept device looks like it dropped right off the bridge of a warp-capable starship. Meet Project Brooklyn, Razer’s concept for the future of PC gaming chairs and “battlestations.” The…
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How to Sort and Filter Data in Excel

Sorting and filtering data offers a way to cut through the noise and find (and sort) just the data you want to see. Microsoft Excel has no shortage of options to filter down huge datasets into just what’s needed. How to Sort Data in an Excel Spreadsheet In Excel, click inside the cell atop the…
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How Well You Sleep May Be More Important Than How Much

Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock Mental health is complex and can be linked to everything from sleep to diet to exercise. Among all these things, however, quality sleep may be the best way to improve it. In a new study, researchers surveyed 1,100 people between the ages of 18 and 25 on their sleep, diet, and exercise habits,…
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Google’s New “Guest Mode” for Smart Displays Completely Misses the Point

Google If you have a Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, or any of the Nest smart speakers, the devices are likely full of your personal details. Nest Hubs helpfully show calendar appointments, recent searches, and more. But what if you don’t want houseguests to see all that juicy info? Google’s new guest mode, rolling out…
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Belkin Unveils Wireless Earbuds with Apple’s ‘Find My’ Technology

Belkin Belkin is expanding its line of SOUNDFORM audio devices with the new SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds, which incorporate Apple’s Find My technology for easy retrieval when lost or stolen. While Belkin hasn’t announced a price for the earbuds, the company says that we can expect a launch in March or April of this…
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Charge Your iPhone 12 in Midair with Belkin’s New BOOST CHARGE PRO MagSafe Stand

Belkin Why use a boring wireless charger when you can enjoy the magic of a MagSafe charger? Belkin’s new BOOST CHARGE PRO 2-in-1 charging stand uses MagSafe to power your iPhone 12 as it floats in midair. It also has a wireless charging base for your AirPods or AirPods Pro. The BOOST CHARGE PRO launches…
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What Is Google Assistant, and What Can It Do?

In a world filled with virtual assistants, Google Assistant is one name you probably recognize. The market is full of Google Assistant-enabled devices, but what exactly is it, what does it do, and should you use it? A Brief History Google Assistant had very humble beginnings. It debuted in May 2016 as part of Google’s…
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How to Create a Word Cloud in Microsoft PowerPoint

Adding a word cloud to your slideshow helps communicate what’s really important about the presentation by making certain keywords stand out. There’s no built-in tool in Microsoft PowerPoint for creating a word cloud, but it can still be done. Here’s how. Install the Pro Word Cloud Add-in Though there are several third-party applications available that…
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How to Delete a Watch Face on Apple Watch

quangmooo/Shutterstock.com If you have an Apple Watch, then you might want to shake things up by changing your watch face once in a while. One problem with this is that you are often left with a long list of faces that you’ll never use. Fortunately, you can just as easily remove them. How to Delete…
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Get Ready for These Books to Hit the Big Screen in 2021

Other Press/St. Martin’s Griffin/Blackstone Publishing It’s going to be a big year for movie adaptations of popular books! From long-awaited adaptations of classics to quirky, unexpected films, there’s something for everyone. Although the 2021 release schedule is still somewhat in flux, the movies below are (so far) still scheduled for release at some point this…
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How to Enable an Extension in Chrome’s Incognito Mode

By default, Google Chrome does not run extensions in Incognito mode because they could potentially compromise your privacy. But, if you’d like to give an extension permission to work in private browsing mode, it’s easy to do. Here’s how. First, open “Chrome.” Click the “Extensions” icon in the toolbar, which looks like a puzzle piece.…
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How to See What Data Facebook Has on You

Facebook Facebook knows a lot about you. Some of this information was handed over when you signed up, but there’s some stuff you might not know about. We’ll show you how to see and download it. Your Facebook Information First, you might be curious to see just how much data Facebook has on you. There’s…
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Kensington’s StudioDock Is a Charging Station That Turns Your iPad Into an iMac

Kensington If you’re looking for a fanciful way to dock and charge your Apple products, there’s no shortage of options. But Kensington’s StudioDock may be the best looking and most functional option yet. With one stand you can dock and charge your iPad Pro or Air to give it an iMac-like look while charging your…
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Razer’s Project Hazel Face Mask Has N95 Filters, Amplifier, and (of Course) RGB

Razer Razer has been making cloth face masks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, doing sterling work donating them to hospital staff. But as a company, Razer never really knows how to stop: why just design when you can over-design? Thus was Project Hazel, the company’s super high-tech mask concept, born. And of course,…
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Rollables are the New Foldables at CES 2021

TCL Last year foldable phones were all the rage. Samsung kicked things off with the original Galaxy Fold, but let’s not forget the Royale FlexPai, the Motorola Razr, TCL’s concept phones, and the Surface Duo (almost). This year, though, foldable devices are out and Rollables are in. LG and TCL both showed off concept handheld…
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Lenovo’s ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i Is a Dual-Screen Wonder with a Full-Sized E-Ink Display

Flip the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i to go from its HDR display to its outer e-Ink panel. Lenovo Lenovo is launching a sequel to its dual-screened e-Ink laptop, the ThinkBook Plus. Say hello to the ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 i, an advanced business laptop with an inner HDR display and a full-sized e-Ink panel…
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How to Start Google Assistant Routines From Your Home Screen

“Routines” might be Google Assistant’s most powerful feature, especially if you have smart devices around your home. You can automate several tasks with a single command. To make Routines even easier to use, you can add home screen shortcuts. Google includes several pre-made Routines in the Google Home app, but you can create your own…
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How to Stop Microsoft Outlook from Saving Sent Emails

Clearing out your Sent Items folder in Microsoft Outlook normally means either deleting all the emails or moving them into an archive. Whichever you prefer, here’s how to automate the process by either not saving sent emails or saving them into a different folder instead. When you send an email, Outlook sends the original email…
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Jabra Refreshes Its Near-Perfect Elite 85t Earbuds with Four New Colors

Jabra Our favorite wireless earbuds just got a whole lot better. Jabra now sells its excellent Elite 85t wireless noise-canceling earbuds in four new colors: Gold, Copper, Black, and Gray. Like the standard Titanium Elite 85t earbuds, these cool new flavors cost $230 and are available through most retailers. We scored the original Titanium-colored Elite…
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These Apps Will Make You Happier in 2021

shurkin_son/Shutterstock We often turn to our phones when we’re bored or stressed. Unfortunately, scrolling through social media and the news rarely improves our mood. However, there are plenty of apps designed to make you feel happier. We’ve sorted out some top picks in both general areas of happiness and self-improvement, and organized them by month.…
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Arcade1Up Announces Its Best Retro Arcade Lineup Ever

Arcade1Up It’s hard to break through the wave of CES announcements right now, but Arcade1Up did exactly that today. In its latest wave of replica arcade machines, the company unveiled cabinets with Dragon’s Lair, Killer Instinct, Battletoads, and the X-Men 4 Player Arcade Game featuring new machine designs. Shut up and take our quarters. Arcade1Up Before we get to the…
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Twinkly’s Latest NanoLeaf-Like Smart Lights Move Beyond Christmas

Ledworks If you visited any Christmas section at a local big box store, there’s a decent chance you saw Twinkly lights in action. Twinkly lights aren’t just your common Christmas LEDs, they’re smart, controllable by apps, and even synchronize with music. But with the new Twinkly Home range, the company is stepping out of Christmas…
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Look, Don’t Touch: Alarm.com Debuts the First Touchless Video Doorbell

Alarm.com Delivery drivers touch our doorbells every day, but we rarely (if ever) take the time to clean the buggers. And while CDC guidelines state that COVID-19 spread through contaminated surfaces is “uncommon,” picking up the virus from a doorbell is within the realm of possibility. Alarm.com aims to remedy the problem with its Touchless…
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TCL Debuts Its Alto R1 Smart Soundbar and a Line of XL Roku TVs

TCL’s Alto R1 soundbar connects to Roku TVs wirelessly and doesn’t require an extra remote. TCL TCL is teaming up with Roku to streamline your home theater setup. The company is launching a new Alto smart soundbar that connects to Roku TVs wirelessly, enabling you to enjoy premium audio without an extra remote or messy…
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TCL’s New 20 Series Phones Marry Beauty to Affordability

TCL During today’s virtual CES event, TCL announced it’s adding two smartphones and two tablets to its affordable mobile lineup. The 20 Series smartphones both offer an upgrade to last year’s 10 series, pairing outstanding performance with visual-enhancing technology, while the NXTPAPER and TAB 10S tablets both take a stand as powerful, feature-rich resources aimed…
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The Trickbot Botnet is Dead – Or Is It?

Shutterstock/WhataWin In the run-up to the 2020 US election, Microsoft launched an offensive against a prolific botnet called Trickbot. Did they manage to kill the threat? We explain how it panned out. Bots and Botnets A bot is a computer that has been compromised and infected with malware. The malware performs some action to the benefit of the…
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A Playable PSP Remake of the Original ‘Tomb Raider’ Has Been Discovered

Despite being fairly antiquated by today’s standards, the original Tomb Raider was groundbreaking at the time. The PC/PlayStation action game broke molds with its mix of 3D platforming, exploration, and combat, and protagonist Lara Croft is now a media icon. Ten years after her 1996 PC debut, a glammed-up remake for the PlayStation Portable was planned, but…
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How to Set Custom Wallpapers for WhatsApp Chats

Khamosh Pathak One of the easiest ways to make a chat distinct is by using a unique wallpaper. This way, you won’t end up sending accidental messages. Here’s how to set a custom wallpaper for individual WhatsApp chats on iPhone and Android. You can give a chat (group chat or individual chat) a custom wallpaper…
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