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March 15, 2017

How to Uninstall Skype Preview in Windows 10

Ever since Windows 8, Microsoft has tried to push their Windows apps onto users and while some apps may be useful on devices such as smartphones or tablets, they’re more often than not just very bad versions of apps that already exist in Windows.

One such app is Skype Preview, which have somehow creeped its way into many users Windows 10 installations. Unfortunately, many users have found that Skype Preview is buggy and unusable compared to the already existing Skype for Desktop app. After all, even Microsoft calls the Windows 10 app a “preview” rather than a final version of the product.

Today, we’ll show you how to remove [...]

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March 11, 2017

12 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Slow PC

There’re no two ways about it: all PCs slow down without proper maintenance. Before you decide to recycle your machine, try following this simple guide to see if you can squeeze out an extra bit of performance.

 

1. Run Windows Update

Windows tries its best to let you know when new updates with crucial bug fixes and stability improvements get released. However, sometimes the updates don’t automatically apply. If you’re experiencing a slow system, it may be that you need to update your system. This is especially important for newly purchased machines.

 

2. Identify Rogue Programs With Task Manager

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March 10, 2017

How to Undervolt Your Laptop to Boost Battery Life, Reduce Heat and Quiet Your Fans (Intel CPU Based Systems Guide)

When most people are asked what the main problems of their laptops are, the ones with Ultrabooks and other ultraportable systems would probably say performance while the ones with enthusiast and gaming laptops would probably say battery life, heat and annoyingly loud fans. While this guide isn’t going to teach you how to improve the performance of your laptop, we will cover how to increase battery life, reduce heat, and reduce the amount of time the fans kick in by using a technique called CPU undervolting.

 

What is Undervolting and Why Undervolt Your Laptop

As PC enthusiasts, we’re quite familiar with the term overclocking, a technique used to [...]

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March 9, 2017

Guide: How to Overclock Your Monitor with a Nvidia Graphics Card

As PC enthusiasts, we spend quite a lot of time tinkering with our CPUs and GPU overclocks to squeeze every last bit of performance out of them, but it’s not common knowledge that monitors can also be overclocked as well.

Why Overclock a Monitor?

Generally speaking, unless you own a 100Hz or 144Hz monitor, your monitor is running at 60Hz, or 60 Frames Per Second (FPS). Overclocking a monitor essentially refers to going beyond the 60Hz specification set by the monitor manufacturer in order to push more FPS than the manufacturer’s specification. Depending on the panel you own and a bit of luck, overclocking the monitor could potentially provide a [...]

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March 9, 2017

Chrome vs Edge vs Firefox: Which is the Best Browser for Battery Life?

If you’ve used a PC lately, you’ve probably seen messages from both Microsoft and Google trying to coax you into using their respective web browsers. Google’s iconic “Get Chrome” banner on Google.com appears so often that many people just download Chrome simply to get rid of it. Microsoft on the other hand peppers your Windows 10 desktop with persistent notifications, constantly reminding you about the new Edge browser and how much safer, faster, or power efficient it is. Then you have Mozilla Firefox, the humble, open-source browser silently watching from the sidelines.

While all three browsers have their pros and cons, one thing they all claim [...]

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March 6, 2017

How to Test Internet Speed, Ping, Jitter, and What Do These Numbers Mean

As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.

This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.

 

What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter

Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.

Bandwidth, which is most commonly [...]

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March 4, 2017

USB Explained: USB Connector Types and Versions

These days, USB is pretty much everywhere. From your laptop to your smartphone to your tablet to much, much more, USB has become the dominant standard for communications between PCs and other electronic devices.

Originally started in the 1990’s to establish a standardized connector for PC peripherals, today USB it’s used for everything from computer mice to even laptop charging. In order to accommodate for such a wide range of devices and applications, USB introduced numerous versions and revisions within each version over its lifetime, which has unfortunately led to a bit of confusion. As such, this article aims to provide a handy reference guide to [...]

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March 3, 2017

How to Delete Google My Activity Log

So you think you know how to cover your tracks. You know how to delete your browser history, you know how to clear the search cache, you know how to set up proxies to keep your IP hidden, but did you know if you were logged into Google that you can retrieve all your activity from the Google My Activity history log?

Yep, if you go to Google’s My Activity page, you can find logs of everything you’ve done while logged into a google account. Literally everything such as which websites you’ve visited, your Google Voice searches, YouTube video watch history, Google Map searches, and more are all kept in a separate vault from your Chrome [...]

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February 28, 2017

How to Change Windows 10 Network From Public to Private or Private to Public

If you’ve ever plugged a Windows 10 system into a network or joined a Wi-Fi connection with Windows 10, one of the first things you’ve probably seen is a prompt which pops out on the right hand side of the screen asking whether you’d like to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on the network. The prompt may look something like this.

If you click yes, Windows 10 sets the network to a private network, which allows the system to be discoverable by other devices and allows the system to discover other devices as well. If you select no, or click anywhere else on the screen, the system will default to a public network so the [...]

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February 26, 2017

How to Make Ethernet Cables: The Simple Step-by Step Instruction Guide

Why Should You Make Ethernet Cables?

As most of you have probably purchased an Ethernet cable at one point or another, you’ll know that one of the most annoying things about buying an Ethernet cable is that they’re always sold in fixed lengths. As such, you always end up over-ordering and leaving tons of unsightly Ethernet cable leftover, or you end up under-ordering and you end up ordering another longer cable to ensure that the cables are long enough.

To solve this problem, the easiest way is to simply build your own network cables. This way the cables are customized to the size needed. As an additional bonus, those who plan to make a lot of Ethernet [...]

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