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How to really erase any drive — even SSDs — in 2016

You may already know that “deleting” a file does nothing of the sort. Securely erasing drives before you sell a computer keeps your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Good news: it’s easier than ever to fully erase data.   There are easier and safer methods for erasing hard drives – including SSDs […]

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When Windows 10 breaks, don’t just blame Microsoft

By David Gewirtz for DIY-IT   It’s often easy to blame Microsoft for every flaw and failing in our Windows update experience. The fault, dear reader, may not be in the updates, but in our own installs.   TECH PRO RESEARCH Despite the laptop’s manufacturer warning that Windows 10 is not supported for the four […]

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Hands-on with the first feature-packed preview of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Last week’s release of Windows 10 build 14328 includes the first glimpse of new features slated for this summer’s major Anniversary Update. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect. Officially, Microsoft hasn’t announced a release date for this summer’s Anniversary Update to Windows 10. But the safe bet is Friday, July 29, one […]

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Five cheap or free ways to make a PC faster

It’s 2016 and tech users have a plethora of different devices to choose from, ranging from tablets to smartwatches, yet the most commonly asked question to land in my mailbox hasn’t changed in over two decades.   “How can I make my PC go faster?” This is a question that’s been fielding for over two […]

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Google Play Store is on High Alert!

Researchers have discovered a new Trojan that exists within 100 applications currently available on the Google Play Store. Security company Doctor Web (based in Russia) have now added this new Trojan, which they named Android.Spy.277.origin, to its virus database on April 1, 2016. The company commented: “A Trojan for Android that steals confidential information and delivers advertisements. […]

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Google brings calendar reminders feature to desktop web

Users can now see their to-do list and schedule all in one place on their computers Google Calendar users now have the ability to add reminders from their desktop browsers that will follow them around to other Google services, thanks to a feature the company introduced Tuesday. People can now set reminders in other services like […]

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Find any setting in seconds in Windows 10

One confusing aspect of Windows 10 is the way it keeps some options in the old-style Control Panel and others in the new Settings app. The good news is you don’t have to guess where to look, once you learn these two search secrets. The Settings app in Windows 10 is filled with options, and […]

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