How-To Geek We Explain Technology Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:30:00 +0000 en-us hourly 1 The Essential Running Accessories for Winter Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:00:59 +0000 Jennifer Allen

Winter is coming. Seriously. Which means a whole different bunch of gear for when running outdoors. After all, you don’t want to get too cold, right? We’ve taken a look at some of the best running gear and accessories for winter runs.

We’ve focused on warmth because, well, that’s the big issue when out in the cold. Cold air hitting your lungs can be detrimental to your health, plus the cold can also negatively impact your limbs and muscles. It’s important to be suitably dressed for cold weather.

Not everyone feels the cold the same though. We all have different ideas of what feels right and what feels freezing cold. Also, different climates mean different levels of what constitutes ‘cold’, so we’ve taken a layer by layer approach to things. See, wearing multiple layers keeps you warmer than wearing just one or two really thick items of clothing. It also means that if you start to get too warm (or the weather improves), you can remove a layer and carry on.

Here’s a look at some of the best clothing solutions for keeping you warm through your winter runs, as well as a few other useful accessories.

Basic T-Shirt: Under Armour Men’s Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt ($25)

You probably already own some good t-shirts for wearing when jogging or running but if not, buy an Under Armour Men’s Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt. It’s made from 100% polyester and includes very fancy technology known as a Moisture Transport System. That basically means it wicks sweat away from your skin and it dries fast. There’s anti-odor technology too so your shirt won’t stink at the end of a run.

Whatever the weather, you should be wearing this.

Basic Pants: NIKE Men’s Athletic Track Tight Pants ($53)

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The Best Free Credit Score Apps Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Yuvraj Wadhwani

Your credit score determines the interest rate that lenders charge you for debt (and whether you can secure a loan at all). That means your credit score affects everything major you buy—your car, your house, and even your education. It makes sense not only to track your credit score but also take the necessary steps to improve it. These apps will help you do both.

Will Checking My Credit Score Impact My Credit Score?

No. Checking your credit score is usually a “soft request” or a “soft pull,” which means it does not affect your credit score. This is different from “hard requests,” that do affect your credit score; those happen when you do things like apply for credit cards or loans. Credit Karma has a great article highlighting the difference between the two types of requests if you’d like to learn more.

And with that, let’s get to the apps.

Credit Karma: Best for Most People


Credit Karma is perhaps the most popular free service for checking your credit score and it’s the one we think is best for most people. Creating an account is quick, and you don’t even need to share your credit card number. The score is updated weekly and fetched with a “soft pull” so that your credit score is not impacted at all.

Credit Karma pulls your credit report from Equifax and TransUnion—both of which use VantageScore 3.0. Your credit report will include a report card, which will list the factors that affect your credit score. You can check your credit score any number of times and changes in your score will tell you if your score is improving or not. Credit Karma lets you check in on the different accounts that make up your credit report so you can always see what’s up on your report.

Credit Karma’s iOS and Android app also alert you about any important changes to your credit score and also let you report disputes if you find any.

Mint: Not Bad, Especially if You’re Already Using Mint


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What is WiGig, and How Is It Different From Wi-Fi 6? Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:40:00 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Wi-Fi 6 is on the way, but it isn’t the fastest wireless technology you can get. WiGig is designed for super-fast speeds over short distances, and an improved version is coming in 2019.

WiGig Basics

HTC’s Vive Wireless Adapter connects a Vive headset to a PC wirelessly, using WiGig.

WiGig transmits data wirelessly on the 60 GHz frequency, unlike Wi-Fi 6 and other “normal” versions of Wi-Fi that use the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequencies.

The 60GHz frequency is less congested than 2.4GHz or 5GHz, which means it can transfer more data at once. That translates into faster wireless data transfer speeds—in other words, faster Wi-Fi when using WiGig.

Specifically, the current version of WiGig is promising speeds of around 5 Gbps in the real world, while Wi-Fi 6’s real-world speeds will probably be more around 2 Gbps. And there’s a newer, better version of WiGig the way, which should be even faster at around 10 Gbps.

That sounds great, but there’s a downside. Those shorter wavelengths mean that WiGig has a much smaller range. The Wi-Fi Alliance says the current version WiGig can support distances of up to 10 meters thanks to beamforming. However, a WiGig signal will have trouble getting through walls or other obstacles.

WiGig devices can drop to the 2.4GHz or 5GHz frequencies when necessary. But, while on those frequencies, they aren’t getting WiGig’s super-fast speeds.

RELATED: Wi-Fi 6: What’s Different, and Why it Matters

WiGig Is 802.11ad and 802.11ay

The ASUS ROG Phone wirelessly connects to displays using a WiGig-enabled dock.

WiGig was first announced in 2009 by the Wireless Gigabit Alliance, a trade association pushing this technology. In 2013, the Wireless Gigabit Alliance closed and the Wi-Fi Alliance—the same body that oversees Wi-Fi standards like Wi-Fi 6—took over. “Wi-FI CERTIFIED WiGig” is now a Wi-Fi Alliance standard, just like WPA3 security is.

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Geek Trivia: Which Film Was The First To Feature A Photo-Realistic Computer-Generated Character? Sun, 21 Oct 2018 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

Which Film Was The First To Feature A Photo-Realistic Computer-Generated Character?

  1. Young Sherlock Holmes
  2. Looker
  3. Tron
  4. Superman

Think you know the answer?

The Best Food Processors For Every Budget Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:00:44 +0000 Jennifer Allen

If you do any serious cooking, a good quality food processor is a critical addition to your kitchen on account of its versatility and time-saving tricks. So, we’ve looked at the best food processors you can buy, no matter what your needs are.

The food processor isn’t quite the heart of the kitchen (that’s your cooker or oven), but it is a vital component. A certain amount of mixing and chopping and slicing can be done manually, but the results are rarely the same to if you do it through a food processor. For instance, there’s a noticeable difference to how cookies look, depending on if you’ve manually mixed or used a food processor. It’s good to have both options. If nothing else, the “lazy” route is always to toss everything into the food processor and let electricity do all the hard work for you.

Food processors vary significantly in cost and features, so we’ve checked out the best food processors for every price range and requirement.

Best All-Rounder: Cuisinart Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor ($130)

The perfect size for a family kitchen, the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11-Cup Food Processor is near flawless. The food processor has room for 11 cups of produce, so you can easily use it to make dough, shred vegetables or herbs, or mix batters. It includes a chopping blade, three slicing and shredding discs, along with a spatula.

Unusual for a food processor, there’s a fairly long feed tube so you can feed in large items like carrots or zucchinis without any hassle. It’s ideal for whatever you throw its way, and is sure to become a key part of your kitchen and cooking prep.

Best Budget Choice: Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Food Processor ($50)

If you’ve just moved into your first home or you’re new to cooking, you don’t want to spend a ton of cash on a food processor. Some cheap food processors are pretty lousy but the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Food Processor holds its own at a good price. It’s big enough to contain 12 cups of produce with a stainless steel blade chopping, mixing and pureeing. In addition, there’s a reversible stainless steel slicing and shredding disc that does exactly what the name suggests.

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How To Get Better Steam Price Alerts Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Michael Crider

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Steam’s wishlist feature is handy, but it’s not always useful. If you’re waiting for a significant discount on a $60 game, five bucks off probably won’t change your mind. There’s a better way. can connect to your Steam account, import your wish list, and send you an email notification when a game goes below a specific price level or a percentage value. It’s a great way to save money on new titles and on all that stuff on your wish list.

Connect IsThereAnyDeal to Steam

Before you start, you’ll need to give IsThereAnyDeal access to your Steam account. This is perfectly safe—they don’t get access to your personal information or payment methods. Note that, for this to work, you need to set your Steam profile to public. You can make an account on the site and add games manually if that makes you uncomfortable.

To start, go to and click “Sign in” in the upper-right corner.

In the pop-up menu, click “Sign in through Steam.” You’ll be given a web-based login for your Steam account.

Once you’re back at the main IsThereAnyDeal page, click the arrow next to your Steam username and then click “Waitlist” on the drop-down menu.

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How to Set Up an Etsy Shop Sat, 20 Oct 2018 10:40:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd

If you make cool handmade items for friends and family and want to grow your market a bit, opening up an Etsy shop is an excellent way for the world to see (and buy) your work. Here’s how to set one up.

Keep in mind that you’re required to collect and remit sales tax in some states when selling either tangible or digital items. And to collect and pay sales tax, you need a sales permit. Some states even require you to register as a business regardless. This guide will only show you the steps to setting up an Etsy shop and listing your handmade items—for the business, tax, and legal side of things, be sure to talk with an accountant, lawyer, and your local small business administration.

Etsy Selling Fees

Just like on eBay, Swappa, and most other selling platforms, Etsy charges fees to sell your handmade stuff. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • You’ll be charged $0.20 for posting a listing. Listings expire after four months, but you can automatically renew for another $0.20.
  • You’ll be charged $0.20 for additional quantities that sell. So if you post a listing for a keychain and have 10 of them to sell, you’ll be charged $0.20 up front for posting the listing, and then $0.20 each for the rest of the nine keychains—but only if they sell.
  • Etsy takes a 5% cut from the total price of your item, including shipping fees. So if you’re selling keychains for $5 each and charging $3 for shipping, Etsy will take a 5% cut from the total $8.
  • If you decide to use the Etsy Payments platform to accept payments for your shop (which I highly recommend), you’ll be charged a small percentage fee for that as well. This varies by country, but in the US it’s 3% of the total cost plus $0.25. You could use another payment platform if you wish, like PayPal, but you’ll still be subjected to payment processing fees no matter which platform you use.

So in total, you’ll be charged 8.5% of the total selling price of your item, plus $0.45. So if you sell a necklace for $50, expect to give $4.70 of that to Etsy as a selling fee.

Getting Started

With all that said, if you’re ready to open up your Etsy shop, it’s a pretty simple process. Here’s how to do it.

Start by heading to Etsy’s homepage and clicking the “Sell On Etsy” link in the top right corner.

On the next page, click the “Open your Etsy shop” button.

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Geek Trivia: What Is The Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Series? Sat, 20 Oct 2018 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

What Is The Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Series?

  1. Star Trek
  2. The X-Files
  3. Dr. Who
  4. Stargate

Think you know the answer?

Apple’s New Watch Charger Shows the Company’s Slow Embrace of USB-C Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:49:44 +0000 Cameron Summerson

Apple has been offering a Lightning to USB-C cable for fast charging of its modern phones for a while now, and now it’s extending this new standard to the Apple Watch.

A new version of the Apple Watch that sports a USB-C connector (instead of the standard USB-A connector on the version that ships with the phone) showed up in the Apple store last night for $29, further displaying that the company is slowly moving to support USB-C for more of its devices. It’s also rumored that the new iPad Pro, which will be announced on October 30th, is going to ditch the Lightning port for USB-C.

The implications here are a little bigger than just “it’s USB-C instead of USB-A,” because it also means you can charge your Apple Watch directly from the newer MacBooks, which are totally void of anything other than USB-C ports.

Sure, this is a small thing right now, but it points to the bigger picture: Apple is embracing USB-C, one small thing at a time.

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The Best Individual Bean Bag Chairs For Every Space Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:00:10 +0000 Jennifer Allen

A large bean bag chair is great if you have the room, but what about if you need something a little more subtle? We’ve checked out some awesome individual bean bag chairs for some cozy relaxation time.

Like when we checked out large bean bag chairs, these individual sources of comfort won’t replace your sofa or regular armchair. They are, however, pretty great for relaxing and lounging on something a little different from the norm.

As before, some are made from shredded memory foam while others are made from beans. Shredded foam tends to be quieter, but we favor beans for comfort and that traditional touch. Don’t forget to take the bag out of the box it arrives in too. It needs time to ‘fluff’ out so that it feels good and comfy.

Here are our pick of individual bean bag chairs.

Best For Limited Room: Big Joe Duo Chair ($38)

A bit of a bargain for an individual bean bag chair, the Big Joe Duo Chair is suitably cozy for one person, providing that person doesn’t have long legs. Yeah, this is a tight fit for anyone tall but that’s why it’s perfect if you’re short on space.

It’s filled with UltimaX beans which are a fancy form of bean that molds into your shape, with SmartMax fabric keeping you comfortable at all times. The cover isn’t removable so you’re restricted to spot cleaning, but the material is stain and water resistant. There are side pockets for storing items like remotes too.

Best For The Classic Experience: Big Joe Original Bean Bag Chair ($50)

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How to Remove Cards and Passes from the Wallet App on iPhone Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:00:00 +0000 Craig Lloyd

You go to open the Wallet app on your iPhone so that you can delete a card or pass you’ve meant to get rid of, only the button to remove the card is nowhere to be found. Apple made this a bit tricky, but it’s easy once you figure it out.

RELATED: Six Apple Wallet Features You May Not Have Known About

There are a few different ways you can open up the Wallet app: From the lock screen (if you have that method enabled), from Control Center, or from the home screen. It turns out, though, that only one of those ways lets you remove cards and passes.

Long story short, to remove a card or pass from the Wallet app, you have to open the app from the home screen. Opening Wallet from the lock screen or Control Center won’t allow you to remove cards for security reasons.

There are a couple of ways to remove cards and passes from Wallet.

Remove Individual Wallet Cards or Passes

To start, find the Wallet app on your home screen and tap on it to open the app.

Select the card that you want to remove.

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Free Download: Winamp 5.8 Beta Is Official, Now Llama-Friendly Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:45:11 +0000 Lowell Heddings

The tech world got really excited the other day with the news that Winamp was supposedly returning with an all-new version that would solve all of our music-listening problems. And now the official Winamp 5.8 is available for download. Great, right?

If you want to download it for yourself, just head straight to and grab yourself a copy. It’s even now llama-friendly for some reason.

What’s Going On With Winamp 5.8?

This new version is basically identical to the leaked beta from last month, which added Windows 10 compatibility, removed all the broken stuff, and got rid of all the Pro features, so it’s now freeware again. It’s a lot better than it was before, but it’s a bit buggy still.

If you’ve got a high-resolution / 4K monitor… Winamp is very, very broken. It’s hilariously bad.

If you’re using a modern skin, you can fix this by right-clicking on each window and choosing Window Settings -> Scaling -> 200% (or whatever scaling you prefer).

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How to Order an Unlocked iPhone XR Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:41:01 +0000 Cameron Summerson

The iPhone XR pre-orders started last night, but unlike the XS, there isn’t an option to “Buy without a carrier.” Good news: you can still get your iPhone unlocked. Here’s how.

First Off, What is an “Unlocked” Phone?

This topic can get a little bit complex, so I’m going to hit you with the quick and dirty here: “Unlocked” means that it’s free to use on any carrier you want. So if you’re currently on Verizon and decide to switch to AT&T, you can take your phone with you as long as it’s unlocked.

That’s an overly-simplistic explanation of what an unlocked phone is because with iPhones it can get a bit more complicated than that. But here’s the gist: there are two different types of networks—GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon/Sprint)—and not all iPhones are compatible with both types.

  • The Verizon and Sprint versions have both types of chips, so they will work on any carrier.
  • The AT&T and T-Mobile versions only support GSM, so you can’t use them on Sprint or Verizon.

Note: This only applies to non-LTE connections. All iPhones support Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint LTE bands.

This is something you’ll keep in mind when buying your new phone—if you’re on a carrier that isn’t one of the big four, you’ll need to know if it uses CDMA or GSM.

How to Get an Unlocked iPhone XR

If you’ve bought an iPhone in the past (or if you look at the XS page), then you’ve seen the “Buy without a carrier” option, which is surprisingly missing from the XR’s buy page.

Just because there’s no specific “Buy without a carrier” option, however, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the four options presented during checkout. All these options are unlocked—as long as you pay for them in full. That’s the key: if you finance the phone, it’s locked to the carrier. If you pay in full, it’s yours.

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PSA: Don’t Buy a Pixel 3 from Best Buy Unless You’re on Verizon [Update: Verizon’s Statement] Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:45:28 +0000 Cameron Summerson

For the third year in a row, Verizon is the “exclusive” launch partner for the Pixel 3 and XL. But this year, they’re handling things differently—out of the box, the Verizon Pixel 3 is SIM-locked to Verizon.

The “Only on Verizon” ad campaign that has backed Google’s Pixel phones since the original has always caused confusion but with the Pixel 3, things are even more convoluted. In the past, you could walk into Best Buy—which has always only sold the Verizon variant of the phone—and walk out with what was essentially an unlocked model (after paying in full).

That means you were able to pop in any SIM you wanted, be it AT&T, Sprint, Cricket, T-Mobile…whatever. It worked like this for the Pixel 1 and 2, so there was no reason to think things would be different for the Pixel 3.

But it is.

For the first time in years, the Pixel 3 is SIM-locked to Verizon, regardless of whether you pay for the phone in full or not. That means out of the box, despite having the ability to support all carriers across the U.S., any Pixel 3 bought from Best Buy or Verizon can only be used on Verizon.

Since the phone is paid in full, you can take it into a Verizon Store and request that they unlock the device. They may or may not do this willingly since you’re not a Verizon customer, so be prepared to potentially get some backlash. Maybe.

Update: It’s being reported that after 24 hours with a Verizon SIM in the phone, it’s automatically unlocked. That’s cool if you’re already on Verizon, in which case none of this matters in the first place. It still doesn’t help non-Verizon users in the slightest.

Update x2: Verizon issued a statement to Android Police:

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]]> Windows 10’s Next Update Will Make Your PC Faster, Thanks to Better Spectre Fixes Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:09:27 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Your PC has been slower ever since Microsoft patched the Spectre flaws back in January 2018. PCs from 2015 and earlier slowed down the most. Now, Windows 10’s next update will mostly eliminate those slowdowns, making your PC faster.

Microsoft’s fix is part of Windows 10 version 19H1, which is currently in development. Windows Insiders can install an early, unstable version of it now. Microsoft will likely release it to every Windows 10 user around April 2019.

This information comes via Microsoft’s Mehmet Iyigun, who works on the Windows kernel team. On Twitter, he explained the Microsoft has now enabled “retpoline” and “import optimization” by default in the new builds of Windows 10. Together, these features “reduce the [performance] impact… to noise-level for most scenarios.” That’s another way of saying the slowdown will largely eliminated and basically unnoticeable.

Here’s his full tweet:

We’re not sure what Microsoft’s “import optimization” is, but retpoline has been used on some Linux systems since January 2018. Retpoline was developed by Google and is a faster way of blocking Spectre-based attacks with “negligible impact on performance,” according to Google. You can get all the technical details about Retpoline on Google’s website.

It’s notable that security researcher Alex Ionescu found the speed of transferring a bunch of small files was improved on his test system. That’s because some benchmarks found a slowdown of up to 23% when moving a bunch of smaller files around, but Microsoft’s new patch seems to help a lot here.

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Everything You Need To Welcome Your New Puppy Home Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:00:13 +0000 Michael Crider

So you’re super-excited to get your new puppy. And you should be! But in addition to dog food, tags, and a trip to the vet for vaccinations, you’ll want a few other things that you might not have thought about.

To Keep Your Puppy Well-Fed: Old Tikko Water Feeder Dispenser ($33)

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Feeding your new pup at a regular pace is important, and puppies eat quickly. If you’re forgetful or just busy, you might consider swapping out the standard food and water bowls for these gravity feeders.

They’ll hold a week or more of food and water for your puppy, keeping it from going hungry if you’re less than attentive. Pay attention to how much it’s going through, though: if your puppy is overeating (bloating, constipation) you should switch back to a standard bowl or upgrade to an electronic model.

To Keep Your Puppy From Chewing Up Your Entertainment Center: Grannick Bitter Apple Spray ($12)

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Puppies are constantly teething for six to eight months, and they’ll have a desire to chew just about everything. That includes classics, like your shoes and bed sheets, and more dangerous stuff. Sometimes they’re especially fond of the rubbery texture of electrical cords or media cables—yikes!

To proactively prevent your puppy from munching on anything valuable or harmful, pick up a few bottles of Grannick Bitter Apple spray. This non-toxic spray makes anything—edible or not—taste revolting to your dog. Spritz a bit on anything your puppy likes to chomp on, and it will soon find something else to chew. (And as a nice bonus, it’s hilarious to watch when they try to spit it out.) Of course, you’ll want to stock up on some chew toys, too, just to give them something safe to attack.

To Take Care Of Inevitable Accidents: Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover ($11)

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How to Reuse or Import Slides from Another PowerPoint Presentation Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:23:00 +0000 Marshall Gunnell

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We often find ourselves creating the same sets of slides for different presentations—weekly presentations for company meetings, for example. Using slides from another PowerPoint presentation is a great way to save time and effort while still giving your presentation the professional appeal it requires.

Importing slides can save a ton of time. Not only does it keep all the animations and other settings when imported, but you can also have the imported slide adopt the theme of the presentation you’re working on.

First, go ahead and open the PowerPoint presentation that you’re working on—the one into which you want to import slides. Next, select the correct location on your presentation where you’d like your imported slide to appear. For example, if you want the imported slide to appear as slide number three, you’ll need to click the space between the existing slides two and three.

Insert a Slide between two slides

Next, switch to the “Home” tab and click the arrow under the “New Slide” button.

Insert New Slide

On the drop-down menu that appears, click the “Reuse Slides” command.

Reuse Slides

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Use This Extension to Get Chrome’s New PiP Feature on Any Site Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:03:20 +0000 Cameron Summerson

With version 70, Chrome got a nifty new picture-in-picture feature. While cool, its use is pretty much limited to YouTube, but thanks to a new Chrome extension you can use pip on any site that has video.

The extension, elegantly called Picture-in-Picture, comes from Chrome developer and evangelist François Beaufort, who shared the details on the not-long-for-this-world Google+. It’s also open source, so you can dig through the code if you’re the inquisitive type.

To install the extension, head here, click on Add To Chrome, then confirm in the pop-up. So easy.

Once installed, an icon will show up in the Chrome shortcuts bar that enables pip with a single click.

It’s right there

So if you’re watching a movie trailer on IMDb, which doesn’t normally support picture-in-picture, go ahead and give that button a click-a-roo. Now float that trailer on top of anything you want. And it should work on any other site with video, too. Nice.

How to Clear Recently Used Desktop Background Images from Windows 10 Settings Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:24:00 +0000 Brady Gavin

Whenever you set your desktop’s background image, Windows stores a thumbnail of that image in the background history. This is where you will see the last five images that were used as a background, even if you accidentally clicked on the wrong image while browsing. With a few simple Registry edits, you can remove one or all of them and start from a clean state.

Clear Recently Used Background Images by Editing the Registry Manually

If you’ve accidentally added an image as a background and want to get rid of it, you can’t simply right-click the image and delete it. Sure, you could add five more different images, but using this Registry edit is a lot easier to do.

Standard Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack, and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open the Registry Editor and then give it permission to make changes to your PC.

In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key (or copy and paste it into the Registry Editor address bar):


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Apple Is Still Sending macOS Mojave Upgrade Alerts to Incompatible, Older Macs Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:48:07 +0000 Craig Lloyd

Earlier this year we discussed how Apple was promoting new versions of macOS in the App Store on older Macs that were incompatible in the first place. Now with macOS Mojave released, Apple is still doing the same thing, and this time it’s even worse.

On my own 2008 iMac, I received a notification to “Upgrade to macOS Mojave,” complete with a short description of some of the big new features.

After opening up the Mac App Store, I clicked on the “Download” button to begin my upgrade, only to be greeted by an error message saying that “This version of macOS 10.14 cannot be installed on this computer.”

The error message was about as vague as it gets—nothing about my specific model being incompatible with macOS Mojave. Honestly, if I didn’t know that my 2008 iMac was incompatible with Mojave (as is probably the case with many older Mac owners), I would’ve easily taken this as a literal error message and assumed that there was a problem with my Mac.

This is pretty irresponsible of Apple. I understand that they want to promote the latest and greatest software in order to get customers to buy a newer Mac, but nowhere does it tell me specifically that my older Mac is incompatible with Mojave. They need to make that clear at the very least in a situation like this.

How to Delete Apps from Your Chromebook Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Tom Westrick

Chromebooks are great because they don’t require huge hard drives, but there are some instances where that can also be a limitation. With modern Chromebooks being able to install a slew of apps from multiple sources, they can fill up quickly.

Currently, you can install Android apps from the Google Play Store, Chrome apps, and Linux applications. So storage space can become a concern pretty quickly. And with streaming services like Netflix letting you download your favorite movies and shows for offline playback, you could be faced with a device that doesn’t have enough space for everything you need.

Fortunately, it’s straightforward to uninstall apps you don’t use anymore from your Chromebook, no matter where they came from.

How to Uninstall an Android App from Your Chromebook

For most users, Android apps from the Google Play Store are likely to be the main reason they need to clear up space, so we’ll start there.

If you’re using the Chromebook with a trackpad or mouse, two-finger click (trackpad) or right-click (mouse) while the mouse pointer is hovering over an app’s icon and then click “Uninstall.”

If you’re using a Chrome OS tablet—or just like using your Chromebook’s touchscreen—tap and hold on the app’s icon and then tap “Uninstall.”

How to Uninstall a Chrome App from Your Chromebook

If your application came from the Chrome Web Store, that’s easy to remove as well. And if you’re unsure where an app came from, the process is identical to uninstalling an Android app.

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How to Adjust Your Camera’s Viewfinder (If You Need Glasses or Contact Lenses) Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Harry Guinness

If you don’t have 20/20 vision, you don’t need to worry about wearing your glasses or contacts when you use your camera. If it’s a DSLR or mirrorless camera, you’ll be able to adjust the power of the viewfinder to better match your eyes.

Beside the viewfinder is a little dial called the diopter-adjustment dial. This adjusts the power of the viewfinder and lets you tweak things so that whether you’re long- or short-sighted, things will look right to you.

By default, the diopter-adjustment dial is set for 20/20 vision. You’ll know it isn’t set correctly for you if, when you look through the viewfinder, the information displayed is blurry or if your camera keeps telling you focus is good when the image still looks blurry—at least to your eyes. Also, if you’re manually focusing, you’ll find that your images are just out of focus when you review them later.

Adjusting the diopter is a trial and error process. There usually is a slightly larger mark to indicate the center of the adjustment dial so you can easily reset it back to normal.

The best way to know when you have the diopter set correctly is when the information displayed in the viewfinder looks sharp. If it’s easy to read, then the viewfinder should accurately show the scene in front of you. Twist the diopter-adjustment dial back and forth until you find the setting that works for you. It may be easier to remove the viewfinder cup so you can turn the dial.

Adjusting the diopter just affects the viewfinder—whether optical or electronic; you will still need to wear your glasses to focus with the Live View screen.

Finally, the diopter-adjustment dial doesn’t lock into position. If things start looking blurry again through your camera, there’s a good chance that you accidentally hit the dial at some point. Adjust it again.

How To Make Your Computer’s Microphone Sound Better Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:40:00 +0000 Anthony Heddings

Ever wonder how radio and podcast hosts get their signature sound? While some of it comes from their better hardware, a lot of it comes down to post-processing, which is editing the audio after it’s recorded (or sometimes while it’s live) to make it sound much better. You can use the same techniques to make your microphone sound better.

The two apps we will be using for post processing our audio are Adobe Audition and Audacity. Audition is an excellent tool with a clean interface. Audacity is free, but lacks some features and is a bit harder to use, but either one is sufficient for our uses.

Buy a Standalone Microphone

While post-processing can help make your microphone sound much better, you still want a good starting point in the form of a decent mic. The primary concern here is noise. While audio post-processing apps like Audacity are great at EQing your voice and making flat audio sound professional, it can’t get rid of noise very well. Built in microphones are usually small and pick up a lot of noise from inside your device’s case. Large, standalone mics are generally much less noisy.

A great microphone could easily cost hundreds of dollars, but unless you’re an audio professional, you’ll see diminishing returns on audio quality, as even something like the TONOR BM-700 at just $30 will sound incredible compared to your laptop or phone’s built mic.

Noise Reduction

Most mics, even high-end ones, aren’t entirely quiet, and getting rid of annoying background hiss is one of the first steps in cleaning up your audio.

The spectral frequency display in Audition is useful for visualizing noise. It shows levels of noise at each frequency, over time. Before noise reduction, you can see here at the end of the audio (while I wasn’t talking) there’s still a lot of data. Looking closer, these lines of noise stretch across all of the audio.

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Geek Trivia: Which Game Console Was The First To Feature Built-In Ethernet? Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

Which Game Console Was The First To Feature Built-In Ethernet?

  1. GameCube
  2. Xbox
  3. Dreamcast
  4. PlayStation 2

Think you know the answer?

Soon You Can Control NVIDIA SHIELD with Google Assistant Thu, 18 Oct 2018 23:13:13 +0000 Tom Westrick

The NVIDIA SHIELD is the quintessential Android TV box. It’s been the face of Google’s smart TV platform for years now, and it’s about to get a whole lot better. NVIDIA announced some new integration with Google Home, and it makes the SHIELD so much better.

What Can You Do Today?

The NVIDIA SHIELD has already let users do some things with Google Assistant commands. You can do the same things that you can do with any Android TV: ask Google to show a specific video on YouTube, bring up playlists in Google Play Music, or bring up a photo album in Google Photos.

What’s Coming Next?

Those commands were great—and they’ll still work—but now Google Assistant will almost be able to replace your SHIELD remote entirely. You’ll be able to use your voice to turn the SHIELD on and off, open any app, change or mute volume, play a specific show from some services.

You’ll need a Google Home or another Google Assistant device with a microphone, and the update should be rolling out to you soon. NVIDIA has the full list of commands on its site, so you know just what to say to your machine. 

Why is This Cool?

Voice commands are cool, but the SHIELD already has a nice remote and controller for getting around the interface. Well, you may have times when the remote or controller is all the way over there (points to a far away corner of the living room). You don’t want to interrupt your epic Netflix binge to walk across the room. So just use your voice.

On a more serious note, you may know some who’s a bit hard of seeing, or who is losing sensation in their fingers. Yeah, they can see what’s on the TV, but they struggle a bit finding the exact button they need to press. Since they could open their favorite app with their voice, that’s not a problem. And that’s super cool.

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How to Use New Gmail Add-Ons (Like Dropbox) Thu, 18 Oct 2018 22:55:49 +0000 Brittany Vincent

Tired of spending time inserting images, pasting data, or attaching important documents into email? Google is looking to speed up the process for you with a series of new Gmail Integrations.

These new features are meant to help make things quicker and easier for people who spend a lot of their day searching for Dropbox files (or similar services) or copying and pasting links, which can admittedly get a little old if you’re doing it often enough. With Compose Actions, you can take care of most of these actions with special Chrome Extensions right from your Gmail message draft, with little fuss.

There’s a wide variety of new Compose Actions found in Gmail Add-ons, which come in the form of Chrome Extensions you can download straight from your browser. Right now, four integrations are up for grabs for all Gmail users, including Box, Dropbox, Atlassian, and Egnyte.

Here’s an example of how you can speed things up with the Dropbox for Gmail extension and Compose Action. It’s actually very easy to do.

First, you’ll need to install the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome Extension from the G Suite Marketplace (don’t worry, you don’t need a G Suite account for this—it also works in regular Gmail).

From there, click on “Add to Chrome.” If you already have the extension installed for some reason and didn’t realize it, you’ll see “Remove from Chrome” instead. In that case, just do nothing at that screen and head to Gmail. For everyone else, click the “Add” button and the blue text will turn into “Checking…” while a dialogue box pops up notifying you of the extension’s permissions. Click the “Add extension” button at the bottom right of the box and you’ll be good to go. The installation doesn’t take very long, so you’ll be good to go in seconds.

Next, head to Gmail and open up a new message. This is probably the first time you’ll have used this extension, so you’ll see a screen notifying you of the Dropbox extension.

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The New Chromecast Doesn’t Support 4K (But Here’s What Does) Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:00:02 +0000 Andrew Heinzman

There isn’t much to say about the new Chromecast. It’s almost identical to its 2nd generation counterpart, even down to the $35 price point. Oh, and it doesn’t support 4K.

Google’s decision to cap the new Chromecast at 1080p seems near-sighted, especially when you consider that Amazon and Roku have 4K streaming devices in the same price range as the Chromecast. But let’s not forget that Google already has a 4K streaming device: the Chromecast Ultra! Problem is, the Ultra costs $69. That economic hurdle raises a powerful question: should you buy the new Chromecast, upgrade to a Chromecast Ultra, or buy a competitor’s streaming device?

How Has the Chomecast Changed?

The old Chromecast looked like a shiny air freshener for your car. It had a Chromecast logo in the center, and a bendy HDMI dongle sticking out the top. Fans of the old design will be relieved to know that the new Chromecast has the same old shape and the same old dongle. But Google replaced the old shiny plastic shell with a matte finish and swapped the Chromecast logo for the sleek Google “G” logo. There are two color options: chalk and charcoal. Personally, I think that the chalk design looks like a giant breathmint, or half an earmuff. Anyway, the Chromecast dangles behind your TV, so we can forget about appearances and move on.

I’m going to reiterate, the new Chromecast doesn’t have 4K. But Google has updated the hardware, so the new Chromecast supposedly runs 15 percent faster than the previous model. While the previous model could only run 30fps at 1080p, the new one can run 60fps at 1080. The Wifi range has also been increased, which is nice because the Chromecast still doesn’t have an Ethernet port.

Eventually, the Chromecast will have multi-room speaker support. You’ll be able to cast audio from the device to compatible speakers all over the house. While this feature may be useful to people with a bunch of Bluetooth speakers or Google Home devices, it may not be something the average consumer cares about.

The new Chromecast still uses a Micro USB adapter for power, which is fine. Even if the new Chromecast used a USB-C cable, would you really dig it out from behind your TV to plug something else into it? Probably not. Oh, and like its predecessors, the Chromecast still doesn’t have a remote, you need a phone or tablet to operate it. While this may be a deal breaker for some, others may prefer it.

How’s About That Chromecast Ultra? ($69)

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Apple’s Parental Controls Are Bad, But So Are Microsoft’s Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:35:48 +0000 Chris Hoffman

As sex education site found, Apple’s new web filter is pretty bad. But all web filters are bad. Even Microsoft’s web filter, for Windows 10 and Xbox One, allows neo-Nazi websites and instructions for committing suicide.

Windows 10’s web filter is available when you add a child account to your PC. You can then visit the Microsoft Family website, click “Content Restrictions” for that child account, and activate the “Block Inappropriate Websites” option.

This setting only affects the Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, but the filter automatically blocks other common browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox from running while it’s enabled.

We ran some quick tests and found that, while Microsoft’s web filter doesn’t approach the level of awfulness in Apple’s new web filter, it’s also nowhere near perfect.

Despite the description saying this will “block inappropriate websites” and prevent “results that are too mature” from appearing, it seems like this filter mostly blocks pornography.

That’s fine, but you can still access some nasty stuff. Microsoft’s web filter won’t let a child visit 4chan, but it does allow neo-Nazi news website The Daily Stormer. It doesn’t block searches like “how to join isis” or “how to commit suicide” either.

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