How-To Geek We Explain Technology Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:23:03 +0000 en-us hourly 1 How to Publish Your Outlook Calendar From Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:23:03 +0000 Rob Woodgate

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Outlook lets you share your calendar with individual people, but you can also publish your calendar so that anyone with the right link can see it. Here’s how to do that and why you might find it useful.

What’s the Difference between Sharing and Publishing?

You can make your Outlook calendar available to other people in two ways:

Share your calendar. When you share your calendar, only the person you share it with can see it. You can share your calendar multiple times and manage each share individually. For example, you can share your calendar with Alice and then share it with Bob; later on, you can remove Bob’s access while keeping Alice’s access. Sharing is the best option if you want to be certain that only people you choose can see the calendar.

RELATED: How to Share your Outlook Calendar

Publish your calendar. When you publish your calendar, anyone with the link can see it. Anyone finding the link by accident is all but impossible, although people could share the link with others. Publishing is all or nothing, so if you remove the publishing link, it won’t work for anyone. Publishing is the best option for a public calendar that multiple people need access to, such as your project team at work, or a sports team you organize on the weekend.

A quick note for people using corporate IT: A lot of companies make their staff calendars internally visible by default. This allows everyone in your organization to see each other’s calendars, which makes booking meetings much easier. This is not the same as publishing your calendar, which is primarily used for sharing your calendar with people outside your organization.

How to Publish Your Outlook Calendar

In previous iterations of Outlook, you could publish your calendar from the Outlook client on your laptop. But since the introduction of Office 365 (O365), Microsoft allows you to publish a calendar with people outside of your organization only by using the Outlook web app.

Log in to your O365 account and navigate to Outlook by clicking on the app launcher (the 9 dots in the top-left corner) and selecting the Outlook icon.

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My iPhone or iPad Screen Won’t Rotate. How Do I Fix It? Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:24:51 +0000 Khamosh Pathak
Portrait Orientation Lock message in Control Center on iPhone
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The iPhone and the iPad screen rotates almost seamlessly based on how you’re holding it. But if your display is stuck in portrait or landscape orientation, here are a couple of ways to fix it.

Turn Off Orientation Lock on iPhone

If your iPhone display is stuck in portrait and won’t rotate to landscape even when you hold your handset sideways, the Portrait Orientation Lock might be the culprit. Fortunately, we can quickly disable this lock from the iOS Control Center.

If you’re using an iPhone X-style device with a notch, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to reveal the Control Center.

Swipe down from the top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone 8 or earlier device with a physical Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center.

In the Control Center, spot the icon that looks like a lock with a circle around it. If the Portrait Orientation Lock is enabled, this icon will be shown with a white background. Tap on the “Portrait Orientation Lock” button to disable it.

Tap on the Orientation Lock icon From Control Center on iPhone

You’ll see a “Portrait Orientation Lock: Off” message at the top of the Control Center.

The Portrait Orientation Lock Off message shown on iPhone

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How to Open the Control Panel on Windows 10 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:00:58 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Control Panel icon on a Windows 10 desktop

Windows 10 still contains the Control Panel. Some settings appear only in the Control Panel, some in the Settings app, and some in both. Here’s how to find the Control Panel, which is a little more hidden than it was on Windows 7.

On Windows 7, you could click the Start button and click “Control Panel.” On Windows 8 and 8.1, you could right-click the Start button or press Windows+X and click “Control Panel.” Neither of those methods works on the latest version of Windows.

Still, launching the Control Panel on Windows 10 is very easy: click the Start button or press the Windows key, type “Control Panel” into the search box in the Start menu, and press Enter. Windows will search for and open the Control Panel application.

Launching the Control Panel from Windows 10's Start menu

If you use the Control Panel frequently, right-click the Control Panel’s taskbar icon after launching it and select “Pin to Taskbar.” You can then easily launch it from your taskbar.

Pinning a Control Panel shortcut to Windows 10's taskbar

You can create a desktop shortcut to the Control Panel, too. Open the Start menu, scroll down to the bottom of the Apps list in the left pane, and click the “Windows System” folder. Drag and drop the “Control Panel” shortcut to your desktop.

Creating a desktop shortcut to the Control Panel on Windows 10

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How to Get Help in Windows 10 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:41 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Get Help application showing the Virtual Agent on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a built-in Get Help app that will offer solutions to problems and even connect you to a human support person. That’s just one of Windows 10’s convenient built-in support options.

Use the “Get Help” App

Windows 10 includes a Get Help application that can provide solutions to many problems. You’ll find it in your Start menu. Click the Start button, type “Get Help,” and click the “Get Help” shortcut that appears or press Enter. You can also scroll through the list of applications at the left side of the Start menu and click the “Get Help” shortcut.

Searching for Get Help in Windows 10's Start menu

By default, this connects you to a “virtual agent.” Type what you want support with, and it’ll try to find you some information. You can also skip this part and type something like “talk to a human” to get connected with a Microsoft support person.

Asking the virtual support agent for a human representative on Windows 10

Press F1 for Help in Many Applications

The F1 key is the traditional way of getting help. If you have the focus on the Windows desktop and tap the “F1” key, Windows will perform a Bing search for “how to get help in windows 10.”

That’s not super useful, but the F1 key can still be helpful in many other applications. For example, pressing F1 in Chrome will open Google’s Chrome Support site. Pressing F1 in Microsoft Office will open Microsoft’s Office support site. Try it in whatever application you’re using.

Find Settings With the Start Menu

We recommend using the Start menu’s search feature if you’re looking for a setting or application in particular. Let’s say you need to connect to a VPN—you can just press the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Start button and type “vpn.” You’ll see a variety of VPN options in Windows.

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Geek Trivia: When You’re Up To Shenanigans, You’re Acting Like What? Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

When You’re Up To Shenanigans, You’re Acting Like What?

  1. An Imp
  2. The Norse God Loki
  3. A Monkey
  4. A Fox

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How to Enable Ultra-Low Latency Mode for NVIDIA Graphics Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:23:50 +0000 Chris Hoffman
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card

NVIDIA’s graphics drivers now offer a “Ultra-Low Latency mode” intended for competitive gamers and anyone else who wants the fastest input response times in their games. This feature is available for all NVIDIA GeForce GPUs in the NVIDIA Control Panel.

What Is Ultra-Low Latency Mode?

NVIDIA ultra-low latency response time testing benchmark results

Graphics engines queue frames to be rendered by the GPU, the GPU renders them, and then they’re displayed on your PC.  As NVIDIA explains, this feature builds on the “Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames” feature that’s been found in the NVIDIA Control Panel for over a decade. That allowed you to keep the number of frames in the render queue down.

With “Ultra-Low Latency” mode, frames are submitted into the render queue just before the GPU needs them. This is “just in time frame scheduling,” as NVIDIA calls it. NVIDIA says it will “further [reduce] latency by up to 33%” over just using the Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames option.

NVIDIA render queue diagram

This works with all GPUs. However, it only works with DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 games. In DirectX 12 and Vulkan games, “the game decides when to queue the frame” and the NVIDIA graphics drivers have no control over this.

Here’s when NVIDIA says you might want to use this setting:

“Low Latency modes have the most impact when your game is GPU bound, and framerates are between 60 and 100 FPS, enabling you to get the responsiveness of high-framerate gaming without having to decrease graphical fidelity. “

In other words, if a game is CPU bound (limited by your CPU resources instead of your GPU) or you have very high or very low FPS, this won’t help too much. If you have input latency in games—mouse lag, for example—that’s often simply a result of low frames per second (FPS) and this setting won’t solve that problem.

Warning: This will potentially reduce your FPS. This mode is off by default, which NVIDIA says leads to “maximum render throughput.” For most people most of the time, that’s a better option. But, for competitive multiplayer gaming, you’ll want all the tiny edges you can get—and that includes lower latency.

How to Enable Ultra-Low Latency Mode

You’ll need version 436.02 or newer of the NVIDIA graphics driver to take advantage of this. You can update your graphics driver through the GeForce Experience application or download the latest graphics driver directly from NVIDIA’s website.

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The New Microsoft Edge Is Now “Ready for Everyday Use” Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:07:09 +0000 Chris Hoffman Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser beta on Windows 10

You can now download the first Beta version of the new Chromium-based Edge browser. Microsoft is still working on it, but says it’s “ready for everyday use.” It’s available for Windows 10, 8, 7, and macOS.

As Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Windows, writes: “Beta is the third and final preview channel which will come online before launch.” This is the version to try if you want to play with the new Edge and want the most stable experience

Edge’s new development process is just like Google Chrome’s—that’s no surprise, since both are now based on the Chromium open-source project. Expect major Beta version upgrades every six weeks. New features have to make their way through the Canary and Dev channels before graduating to the Beta channel.

Make no mistake: This is the future of browsing on Windows. And it looks a lot like Chrome. Microsoft has put its own spin on things, integrating tracking prevention for improved online privacy, Internet Explorer mode for compatibility, and Windows Defender Application Guard for enterprise security. But much of the work Microsoft is doing will make Google Chrome even better, too. Everyone wins.

The new Microsoft Edge's New Tab page

How to Send PowerPoint Presentations With an Embedded Video Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:23:05 +0000 Marshall Gunnell

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PowerPoint allows you to embed videos directly in your presentation. However, if you share the presentation, you might discover the embedded video no longer works. Here’s how to send your presentation with the embedded video still intact.

The issue here is that the embedded video doesn’t actually become a part of your slideshow. When you embed a video in PowerPoint, you’re simply telling PowerPoint the location of the media on your computer. PowerPoint then references that video on the designated slide.

If you want to send the presentation with the embedded video, you’ll need to package them together.

Create a Folder

First things first, you’ll create a folder to store both the PowerPoint and video file. Note that you need to do this before embedding the video in your presentation. If you change the location of the video file after you embed it, the video will no longer work.

To create a new folder in Windows, right-click on the location where you want to place it, select “New” from the drop-down menu, and then select “Folder” from the submenu.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll simply right-click and select “New Folder.”

Create a new folder

You’ll be prompted to name the folder. Name it something memorable, and then store your presentation and video file in this folder.

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How to Create Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes in Google Docs Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:24:13 +0000 Brady Gavin

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Standard keyboards don’t have dedicated keys for special punctuation marks, such as an en or em dash, if you want to use them in Google Docs. Here’s how you can create hyphens and dashes in your documents.

As we are a technology website, we won’t go into detail about when and how to use each form of punctuation. Instead, you can check out what a hyphenen dash, and em dash are if you’re unsure when to use each punctuation mark. Essentially, a hyphen is a dash (-), an en dash is the length of two dashes (–), and an em dash is the length of three dashes (—).

Manually Create Hyphens and Dashes

The first thing you’ll need to do is fire up your browser and open a Google Docs file to get started.

A hyphen is the easiest punctuation mark to create in Google Docs. Likely, your keyboard already has a key just for this purpose. Depending on the layout of the keyboard, the hyphen key is at the top and beside the zero (0) key. All you have to do is press it, and that’s it. Hyphen created.

En and em dashes are a little more tricky to find. Keyboards don’t have keys that are dedicated to these punctuation marks. Unless you’re a professional writer, you probably aren’t going to be using them that often.

Although you could enter the corresponding Alt key code for either en or em dash, you have an easier way to insert them into your document. Docs has a Special Characters tool that lets you add them without having to remember their codes.

Click on your document where you want to insert the dash, open the “Insert” menu, and then click “Special Characters.”

Click "Insert" and then click "Special Characters."

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How to Create More Space for an iPhone or iPad Update Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:00:03 +0000 Khamosh Pathak
iPhone Storage screen on an iPhone.
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A major iOS software update normally requires a couple of gigabytes of storage space. If you don’t have room on your iPhone or iPad to install an update, follow these steps to quickly free some up.

Delete Photos and Videos

If your iPhone or iPad is packed with photos and videos, it’s unlikely all of them are worth keeping. For every Instagram-worthy shot, you probably have 5 to 10 you can do without. Once you delete those photos, you quickly recover storage space.

Open the Photos app, navigate to the “Recents” album, and then tap “Select.”

Tap Select.

Scroll through all your photos and select the ones you can delete. When they’re all selected, tap the Delete button in the bottom-right corner.

Tap the "Delete" button.

In the next popup, tap “Delete Photos” (this also deletes the photos from your iCloud account).

Tap on Delete Photos button to confirm

But iOS and iPadOS won’t delete the photos immediately. Go to the “Albums” tab and select the “Recently Deleted” album. Here, tap “Select,” and then tap “Delete All” to get rid of all your deleted photos.

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Can You Use iMessage on a Windows PC or Android Phone? Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:04 +0000 Chris Hoffman
iMessage on an iPhone X
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Want iMessage for Android or Windows? Unfortunately, you’re out of luck. Apple’s Messages app works only on Apple devices like Macs, iPhones, and iPads. No third-party apps can connect to iMessage. However, some good alternatives have similar functionality.

Apple doesn’t offer Messages on the web, either. That’s a shame—it could be part of the iCloud website like iCloud Drive, Notes, and Find My iPhone are.

Solutions That Don’t Work (Stay Away from iPadian)

Search for “iMessage on PC” or something similar on the web, and you’ll discover many websites offering a handful of bad solutions for running iMessage on a Windows PC. Here’s why they don’t work.

Some websites recommend you use Chrome Remote Desktop or another remote desktop tool. Yes, if you have a Mac, you can leave that Mac running, access it remotely from a PC, and use the Messages app (or any other Mac app) over the remote desktop connection. If you have a spare Mac lying around, this will work—but you probably don’t. This is a silly solution for almost everyone.

The same websites recommend you download something called “iPadian,” which is an “iOS and iPad simulator.” At first glance, it looks like a way to run the iPad’s iOS operating system on your desktop. But that’s deceiving. It isn’t an emulator—it’s a “simulator” that can’t actually run real iOS apps. You can’t run Messages or any other apps. You can run some fake apps designed to look like an iPad. For this, the company behind iPadian charges money.

Stay away from iPadian. It doesn’t work at all, and it’s a waste of money. Sadly, there’s no way to run iMessage on a PC.

How to Use iMessage on Android (with a Mac)

iMessage on Android with AirMessage

If you own a Mac and have an Android phone, here’s a solution you can look into. AirMessage promises “iMessage for Android,” and it delivers. It’s a little complicated, though, and involves conscripting a Mac you own to function as a server.

Here’s how it works: You need a Mac, where you’ll install the AirMessage server. That Mac must remain running and connected to the internet at all times. You then install the AirMessage app on your Android phone. You can access iMessage through AirMessage on Android—your Mac does the heavy lifting; the AirMessage app communicates with it. As the device that’s actually connected to iMessage, your Mac is just sending messages back and forth.

For Mac owners with Android phones, AirMessage could be tempting. But you’ll want an always-on Mac with a stable internet connection. It’s an ordeal.

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What Is VBScript, and Why Did Microsoft Just Kill It? Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:40:50 +0000 Chris Hoffman

Internet Explorer shortcut on a Windows 10 desktop.

VBScript is gone. Once a scripting language to compete with JavaScript in web browsers, VBScript is now disabled by default in Internet Explorer on all supported versions of Windows after a recent Windows update. But VBScript has been fading away for years.

Goodbye, VBScript!

On August 13, 2019, Microsoft disabled VBScript by default in Internet Explorer on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 systems via a Patch Tuesday update. Microsoft released a similar update for Windows 10 on July 9, 2019. Now, on any supported Windows system with the latest updates installed, VBScript will be disabled by default.

VBScript was already mostly gone. Microsoft never supported VBScript in Microsoft Edge, which meant it was limited to Internet Explorer 11. Other browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari never implemented VBScript, either.

VBScript Competed With JavaScript

VBScript was a scripting language modeled after Microsoft’s Visual Basic. Its full name is “Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition.”

This language first appeared in a consumer product back in 1996, when it was added to Internet Explorer. Websites could use VBScript just like they could use JavaScript, and Internet Explorer supported both. However, VBScript only worked in Internet Explorer while JavaScript was a cross-browser solution that also worked in other browsers. That’s a big reason why JavaScript won, and most web pages never adopted VBScript for client-side scripts.

Microsoft just disabled VBScript in the browser. By default, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer run VBScript found on web pages. It was rarely used, but there may still be some old internal business websites that rely on VBScript instead of JavaScript.

Microsoft’s Edge browser team wrote about “saying goodbye” to VBScript and other old technologies like ActiveX back in 2015, pointing out that “JavaScript has become the de-facto language of the web.” Edge has never supported VBScript.

VBScript Wasn’t Just For Web Browsers

A VBScript file in File Explorer

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Geek Trivia: What Is The Only Insect Known To Navigate Using Stars? Tue, 20 Aug 2019 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

What Is The Only Insect Known To Navigate Using Stars?

  1. Monarch Butterflies
  2. Dung Beetles
  3. Locusts
  4. Centipedes

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How to Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:53:19 +0000 Justin Duino
Google Nest Android App Homescreen
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Nest users can now migrate their account over to Google. Doing so allows for a more secure sign-in process and better integration with Google Assistant, but kills most third-party integrations. There are more cons than pros, so we recommend waiting.

Why You Should Hold off on Making the Switch

When Google announced its plans for the account migration, it also stated that the company would eventually kill off the Works with Nest program. This change would require services to move over to the Works with Google Assistant program.

The main problem with that transition is that most services would lose direct access to Nest Products. As a result, users would need to set up routines that may or may not work the way they previously had.

The one caveat is if you’re using Amazon’s smart devices with your Nest products. Google stated that it is working with Amazon to make sure Alexa keeps all of its integrations.

If you’re not worried about losing third-party integrations with your Nest devices, go ahead and move to the next section.

RELATED: What the End of “Works With Nest” Means For You

Migrate Your Nest Account to a Google Account

For this tutorial, we’re going to walk you through migrating your Nest account to Google using the Android app. The process is nearly identical on the iOS app and on the web. Additionally, you will need to be running version 5.38 of the Nest app.

Note: Migrating your Nest account to Google is not reversible. Once you confirm the switch, you won’t be able to use your Nest login again.

First, open the Nest app on your device or visit the Nest website and ensure that you’re signed in. Next, select the gear icon in the top-right of the screen to take you to the settings menu. If you’re on the web, you’ll need to click on your avatar and then choose “Settings”.

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How to Reset User Options and Registry Settings in Word Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:23:27 +0000 Marshall Gunnell

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If Word is acting glitchy and abnormal, resetting it might be necessary. Although Microsoft doesn’t provide a “reset” button to bring Word’s user options and registry settings back to default, a couple of fairly simple solutions are available.

Running Microsoft’s Easy Fix Wizard

The first (and easiest) solution is to run Microsoft’s Easy Fix Wizard that automatically resets Word’s user options and registry settings for you. To find the Wizard, go to the “Here’s an Easy Fix” section of Microsoft’s Troubleshooting page. Select “Download” and, once finished, open the application.

Note that all Office applications must be closed for the Wizard to work.

Microsoft Easy Fix

The Easy Fix window will appear. Read the basic information and select “Next.”

Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems

Let the Wizard run through its troubleshooting process. When it’s finished, select “Close.”

Troubleshoot complete

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How to View Saved Passwords in Chrome for Android Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:24:38 +0000 Justin Duino

Android Google Chrome Saved Passwords

Google Chrome occasionally offers to save passwords as users type them into websites. Android owners can quickly access, delete, and export saved passwords through the mobile browser. Here’s how to view your saved passwords on your smartphone.

View Saved Passwords

Start by opening the “Chrome” browser on your smartphone. If the app isn’t located on your homescreen, you can swipe up to access your app drawer and launch Chrome from there.

Android Click Chrome App

Next, tap on the three vertical dots. Depending on your version of Chrome, these are either in the top-right or bottom-right corner of the screen.

Android Google Chrome Tap Three Dots

Select “Settings” near the bottom of the pop-up menu.

Android Google Chrome Tap Settings

Locate and tap on “Passwords” partway down the list.

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Will Your Favorite iPhone Apps Work on iPad? Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 Oliver Haslam
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Everyone has their favorite apps. Although many of them will work on iPhones and iPads, they don’t all take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. We’re going to explain how to tell which apps should work well before you download them.

The Different Types of Apps

The App Store is home to millions of apps, but they aren’t all created equal. To determine whether an iPhone app will work on your iPad, you need to know a little about how apps and the App Store work.

There are four types of apps a developer can build:

  • iPhone-only: These apps are built for the iPhone and cannot work on an iPad at all. The number of apps that fall into this category is small, and they are usually those which require hardware that isn’t present in an iPad.
  • iPhone-specific: These apps are designed to work on an iPhone. They’re built with the iPhone’s screen in mind with interfaces scaled accordingly. They will, however, work in iPhone compatibility mode when installed on an iPad. When running in iPhone compatibility mode, apps appear on an iPad’s screen just as they would on an iPhone. Users can choose to have them appear the same size as the smartphone’s display or scaled up and stretched to fill the tablet’s larger screen.
  • iPad-only: These apps work only on an iPad. Few and far between, these are usually games or drawing apps not suitable for a smaller screen.
  • Universal: These apps are designed to work equally well on iPhone and iPad. When installed on iPhones, the app displays a smartphone-specific interface. When installed on an iPad, the app’s interface changes to one more suited to the larger display and potentially works with accessories like the Apple Pencil. These are the kinds of apps that Apple pushes developers to create.

The Best Apps for iPad Owners

So, will your favorite iPhone app work on your iPad? If it’s universal or iPhone-specific, the answer is yes. Ideally, you’ll want a universal app, especially if you also use an iPhone. You’ll get two apps in one, and both will make the best of the devices they’re installed on. An iPad-only app will definitely suffice if you don’t use an iPhone, though.

The last resort is to use an iPhone-specific app. It’ll run on your iPad in iPhone compatibility mode; it won’t be easy on the eyes, but that’s better than nothing if you’re in a pinch. We’d suggest reaching out to the developer and asking if a universal app is in the works.

iPhone-only apps cannot be installed on iPads at all, so you don’t need to worry about downloading one by accident. They simply don’t appear in the App Store on an iPad.

How to Identify Universal Apps on an iPad

The easiest way to identify a universal app from your iPad is to look at the screenshots in the App Store. If you see iPad screenshots, you’re good—the app is either universal or iPad-only. You won’t be left with a blown-up iPhone interface either way.

Overcast iPad App Store Screenshot

You will also see a list of the officially-supported devices below the screenshots. Universal apps will display iPhone compatibility when the listing is viewed on an iPad.

How to Identify Universal Apps on an iPhone

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How to Troubleshoot Web Pages That Won’t Load Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Tim Brookes
Upset man on cell phone gesturing at a laptop.

It’s frustrating when a web page won’t load. Your connection, software, or the website could be causing the problem. Here are a few ways to troubleshoot the issue and access a website, even if it’s down.

Check Your Network Connection

First, check your network connection. Wireless connections can be flaky and drop out at any time, so make sure you’re connected to the right network. An easy way to test this is to visit a popular website, like Google or Facebook. If the site loads, you’re connected!

If the site doesn’t load, make sure your device isn’t in Airplane Mode. On Smartphones, tablets, and many Windows desktop and laptop computers, you can disable all communications. Some Windows laptops also have dedicated Airplane Mode keys, which you can press by mistake. So, double-check your device settings, just in case.

If you can’t access any websites, make sure your computer is connected to your network. Check your Wi-Fi settings or, if you use a wired connection, make sure your Ethernet cable hasn’t slipped out. If you’re confident you’re connected to your local network, it could be your internet connection causing the issue.

The macOS Network settings menu.

The best way to check this is to look at the lights on your router or modem. Every router is different, but most have a clear indicator of the connection status. If the light next to the internet symbol is red or orange, you probably aren’t connected to the internet.

In many cases, rebooting your router and modem might solve the problem. To do so, unplug your modem and router, wait for 10 seconds, plug it back in, and then try the website again.

If the problem persists, you can connect to your local network hardware to get more information. Traditional routers have an admin panel you can access via your web browser. You can usually find the web address printed on the side of the network hardware, along with the default username and password. It’s usually something like or If you have a mesh router system that relies on a mobile app, launch the app instead.

Most routers provide information about your connection status. If you can’t connect to the internet, you might be able to get more information or even an error code. You can then make a note of the error and get in touch with your service provider to try and resolve the issue.

Research Any Error Message in Your Browser

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What’s New in Windows 10’s 19H2 Update, Arriving Fall 2019 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:40:57 +0000 Chris Hoffman

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Windows 10’s 19H2 update will arrive in the second half of 2019, perhaps in September or October. Also known as Windows 10 version 1909, this will be the smallest, quickest Windows 10 Update yet. It’s practically just a service pack.

We’ve updated this article with the latest features from Windows Insider build 18362.10015, released on August 19, 2019.

A “Less Disruptive Update” With Fewer Changes

Microsoft’s John Cable explains that this update “will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements.” In other words, expect a select set of bug fixes, performance tweaks, and a handful of business features.

If you’re sick of big Windows 10 updates every six months, 19H2 is the update for you! Installing 19H2 will be more like installing a standard cumulative update like the updates that arrive on Patch Tuesday. It should be a small download with a fast installation process—no long reboot and purging of old Windows installations necessary.

Computers with the May 2019 Update (also known as 19H1) installed will get a small patch via Windows Update and quickly update themselves to 19H2. This will likely arrive sometime in September or October 2019.

With Windows 7’s end of life looming on January 14, 2020, Microsoft clearly wants to avoid a repeat of last year’s buggy October 2018 Update.

Other Voice Assistants on the Lock Screen

Alexa saying "I'm ready" on Windows 10

In current versions of Windows 10, Cortana can run on the lock screen. But Microsoft seems to be giving up on Cortana as a consumer product. It’s fitting, then, that Cortana is making way for other voice assistants. A change will allow other voice assistants—like Amazon Alexa—to run on Windows 10’s lock screen.

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Geek Trivia: What Office Ritual Is The Result Of Careful Marketing? Mon, 19 Aug 2019 06:02:00 +0000 Jason Fitzpatrick

What Office Ritual Is The Result Of Careful Marketing?

  1. Casual Friday
  2. Coffee and Donuts
  3. Bring Your Daughter To Work Day
  4. Water Cooler Conversation

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