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The Best Handsfree For Your Cell Phone

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

One of the most popular accessories for a cellular phone is a headset. A headset allows you to keep your hands free while still talking on the phone. Many states require headsets if you want to use a phone while driving, but how do you choose the right one? What options are out there and what are the benefits of each? Continue reading

Multiple Svchost.exe, Dangerous or Safe?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Shreekanta from Bangalore writes: I have a WindowsXP OS. The Windows Task Manager shows 5 to 6 svchost.exe would be running.Why is it so ? And could I safely cancel any of them ? Answer: Many people when they open task manager see the same thing you saw… Continue reading

Windows 8’s Sorta-Start Menu

Monday, January 21st, 2013

So you’ve purchased a new computer or upgraded your existing computer to Windows 8 and discovered the Start Menu has been removed. You can use the new Windows 8 interface to search for programs pretty easily, but wouldn’t it be nice if some part of the Start Menu lived on? Well good news everyone… Continue reading

Camera Codec Pack – Preview Raw Images

Monday, January 21st, 2013

RAW is a popular format for higher end digital cameras, but unlike JPG images, you can’t preview them in Windows Explorer. Microsoft’s free Camera Codec Pack will allow you to preview these images so you don’t need to open every file individually to see what is in the photo. Here’s how to get it… Continue reading

How Does A Computer Understand Speech?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: How Does A Computer Understand Speech? Answer: Software like Dragon Natural Speaking or Services like Google Voice Search of Apple’s Siri Digital Assistant allow you to speak to a computer or smartphone and have the computer understand what you are saying. How does this work though? Continue reading

Older PC: Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

For many people, using Windows XP or Windows Vista this is an important decision to make. Do you choose Windows 7 knowing that it’s not the latest and greatest, or do you choose Windows 8 and force yourself to use the new interface? Continue reading

Bill from NV writes: I have been using Firefox Mozilla for a few years and got Google every time I wanted to search for something. Suddenly, I find that I am using MyStart Search and I don’t like it. How do I get my Google back? Continue reading

Is it Ok to Leave My Computer On?

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

I’ve Always Wanted To Know: Is It Ok To Leave My Computer On? Answer: Each industry has it’s own “depends on who you ask” question and one of the most common in the PC industry for confusion is “Should you turn off your computer when you’re not using it?” The question is generally difficult to have a consensus on because it depends on the type of computer, the needs of the user and how your… Continue reading

New Java Exploit – Disable Java NOW!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but there was another Java exploit discovered and this one is the worst kind of security hole, one that allows a hacker to install malware or viruses without your knowledge simply by visiting a website. The exploit has been confirmed by Bitdefender, a popular anti-virus company, as being actively used by hackers on the internet to compromise computer systems. Continue reading

Windows 8: How To Shutdown Quick

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Derek from London writes: Hi, is there a ‘quick’ way to close, or shut down, a computer running Windows 8, ie, similar to the start button, shut down with Windows 7? Continue reading

The only thing you have to fear is not having the right quotation for a situation … or something like that … was said by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Providing quotations for a situation can be inspirational, caring, supporting and uplifting. The internet is rife with misquotes and reference to people who didn’t say a certain comment, so how do you know what the correct quote is and who said it? Continue reading

WizTree – Find Big Files Wasting Space

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Tis the season to make new years resolutions and one of the most popular is to loose those extra pounds you’ve put on during the holidays. Have you considered making a resolution to put your computer on a diet? Get rid of all of those bloated files and space sucking programs that you never use? Continue reading

Lost Windows 7 Disc – What To Do?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Charles from MA. writes: My HD crashed and I lost win 7 replacement discs. Is there any generic version of Win7 I can use? Continue reading

How Do Free Games Make Money?

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

From Facebook games where you’re a virtual farmer to online card games and role-playing games, one trend has taken over within the last few years: companies giving the games away for free. But how does a video game company afford the artists, designers and coders to make these games if they’re just giving them away? Is it really a scam, or is there some secret logic to it? Continue reading

Can’t Get IE9 on XP, What To Do?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Windows XP, which was released in 2001, has been declared end of mainstream support in 2009. In April of 2014 it will reach final end of life where it will no longer receive critical security updates of any kind. Microsoft has not released Internet Explorer 9 for Windows XP because of this and you’re left using IE which is a nearly three year old web browser design… Continue reading

Online Charity Giving For The Holidays

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

The holidays are the top time of the year for donations and gift giving to charities, but which do you donate to? Have you been considering a charitable donation but realized it’s very hard to tell the scams from the real charities? Read on for our five step guide on how to tell from the bad. Continue reading

What Is Spam? Why Is It So Common?

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Spam, which is otherwise known as junk mail or spam mail, is a huge annoyance for every user of e-mail. So what exactly is it? Why is it so common? How do you prevent spam? Why don’t internet service provides stop accepting spam? The answers to these questions may surprise you… Continue reading

Did you know that your web browswer automatically keeps a history of everywhere you go? This can be helpful as it uses this information to guess where you want to go if you type in a recently visited address but it can also be used to see where you’ve been and when. Most web browsers… Continue reading

Nitro Reader – Best Free PDF Software

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

PDF is a document format used on the web and by companies to transit product guides, manuals, brochures and other documents in a format that can be universally read and will print exactly as the person sending it intends. The most common reader for PDF documents is Adobe Reader available here. The problem with Adobe Reader is it’s basically just a viewer. You can’t use it to edit, create or extract text or images from the files. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a free PDF viewer to do all of that? Continue reading

Have you ever been told to get a malware scanner? Ever received the threat of a virus? Have you been advised not to use a specific program because it has spyware? What is the difference? Do you need a separate program for each, or does one cover them all? A lot of questions need to be answered, so we’ll cover them one by one. Continue reading

Where To Get Drivers For Windows 8

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

You’ve just upgraded to Windows 8 or bought a PC with Windows 8 on it and you need a driver for your hardware. What do you do? Where do you go? Take a deep breath and read our easy guide on where to find the latest drivers. Continue reading

Gmail Backup

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

If you use Google Gmail, there is a fantastic utility which allows you to backup all of your e-mails to a folder on your computer. You may wonder, why bother, since Gmail has never deleted any e-mail before, but since Gmail is a free service, there are no guarantees that they will not change that policy in the future and limit the retention period for e-mails. Continue reading

Passwords: Don’t Make Yourself A Target

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Online security is very important, especially with bank, credit card, utilities, and other important accounts being available through the internet. So, what is the worst thing you can do online in regards to your security? What’s the one thing responsible for more hacked and stolen accounts than anything else? Continue reading

If you have an iOS device, you may have been using the Apple Maps app for the last few months. While it has its redeeming qualities (free turn-by-turn directions being the major one), the general consensus has been that Google Maps had a better interface, and the Android version’s turn-by-turn navigation was more reliable. on 12-12-12, Google released the new and improved Google Maps for iOS. Continue reading

Windows 8: Multiple Monitors Made Easy

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Windows 8 includes two fantastic features for people using multiple monitors. The first feature lets you choose which background image to have on which monitor, so you don’t have to have the same background on all monitors. The second feature is an easy keyboard combination which lets you move any Windows Store App to another monitor. Continue reading

Camera Phones Vs. Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This holiday season, the sale of conventional point-and-shoot cameras is expected to be much longer than previous years. One major reason why is the proliferation of cell phone cameras that many people consider good enough to replace the point-and-shoot. Is the cell phone camera good enough? Are all the cell phone cameras basically the same? What does a point and shoot offer that a cell phone doesn’t? Continue reading

TeraCopy: A Better Copy For Windows

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Did you try to copy a large number of files and have and error halfway though which forced you to restart again? Was copying slower than you thought it should be? Did you forget if you’ve selected a file and don’t want to keep copying if you picked the wrong ones? Well, with traditional Windows copy dialog, you’re stuck if any of the above happen. Errors stop you dead in your tracks and it’s an all or nothing slow process. Continue reading

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