How to run Windows programs in a browser tab for free

Most of the time we focus on helpful tips for Windows users, but today’s article will also appeal to anyone with a Chromebook. A company named Cameyo is known for its software that lets you run Windows program from a USB stick, but it also offers a virtualization service that lets you run full-blown Windows…



Recover a stolen laptop, or prepare for the day your laptop is stolen

Sylvia Chepkurui asked, “Can I recover my stolen laptop using the serial number?” Probably not, but having the serial number gives you at least some chance of recovery. Without it, even if the police find your laptop in a stash of stolen property, you would have no way of proving it’s yours. And no, booting…



Don’t Panic

My laptop keeps reverting to the date I purchased it (2006), causing problems with other software. Changing the date in the settings doesn’t last. What next?



How to stop Ubuntu from sending your desktop searches to online retailers

When you install Ubuntu the Unity desktop will send your searches over the web by default, showing you products you can purchase from Amazon and other retailers, including eBay. Oh, you searched for Firefox? Did you mean you wanted to purchase a Mountain Equipment Men’s Firefox Jacket from Amazon? No thanks, Ubuntu—I just wanted to…



How to enable Chrome’s clutter-free experimental reading mode

Other browsers have had it for years, but Chrome is finally adding a “Reader mode” that strips down an online article to its most essential parts—images and text—to make it easier to read. The new feature, dubbed Distill, is currently a work in progress but is still worth trying out for full-time Chrome users. Here’s…



Six ways to make your iOS or Android phone easier on the eyes

Even as the displays on our iPhones and Android phones get bigger and bigger, the type on our screens remains stubbornly small—so small, indeed, that you may find yourself squinting whenever you glance at your handset. Give your aching eyes a break. Read on for six settings that’ll make your iPhone or Android screen a…



Get Office, Dropbox, and your photos to work together on your iPad

Terry Asp works in Microsoft Word on his iPad. But he can’t insert a photo from his Dropbox account into Word. In fact, he can’t insert one from his OneDrive account, either. If you’re using the current versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on your iPad (but not, unfortunately, OneNote), you can easily open a…



How to send Gmail attachments to Dropbox automatically

One of the pitfalls of Gmail’s generous storage limits is the temptation to use it as a warehouse for all your email attachments. That seems like less of a good idea when you have to wade through your inbox for that report you need for the weekly all-hands in 15 minutes. But processing the daily…



Get some help with technology

STAFF at Bentham Library will be available at two sessions next month helping people having problems with their computer, tablet, ipad or laptop – without the confusing jargon. They will give advice on anything from sending emails to shopping online and protecting privacy. The sessions will be held on Monday March 2, 2.30pm to 4.30pm,…



5 Chromebook tips and tricks to fine-tune your productivity

While Chrome OS started life as a simple, stripped-down browser and little else, Google’s operating system now has tons of tools, tweaks, and customizations that let you tailor your Chromebook to your specific workflow needs. Just like Windows or OS X, Google’s built additional functionality into Chrome OS’s app launcher, the taskbar-like shelf, window sizing,…



How to deal with difficult SD cards that refuse to write data

SD cards rock for easily boosting the storage capabilities of PCs—I like to use them for Raspberry Pi images, among other things. There’s just one problem: SD cards can be downright annoying to use with a computer. Most SD cards are write protected, and even when you think write protection is disabled Windows still often won’t…



How to turn your old phone into a basic PC for cheap

Your old smartphone has a greater destiny than your junk drawer. Believe it or not, you can turn it into, say, a mini-PC or media streamer. Assuming it packs both USB On The Go support (OTG) and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) compatible port, there’s a ton of additional functionality lurking under that its hood….



Free OCR: Turn a picture of text into real text without spending a dime

Bhargav Sai asked for a way to pull text out of a GIF image and make it editable. Optical character recognition (OCR) software has been around for a long time. But for the most part, it’s still cumbersome and expensive. If you only occasionally need to turn an image of text into the real thing,…



Review: Dell XPS 13

With its XPS 13 laptop, Dell didn't screw with the formula. It just executed the formula really well. Then it picked a couple of spots to really swing for the fences. The post Review: Dell XPS 13 appeared first on WIRED .



View tons of Evernote data at once with CardDesk’s digital corkboard

Evernote is a great tool for taking notes, clipping web pages, and saving other scraps of data you need to keep tabs on. But some people may not like its linear nature, where everything is clipped into notes contained in notebooks. A web app called CardDesk (currently in beta) aims to change that. CardDesk is…



Lenovo’s Response to Its Dangerous Adware Is Astonishingly Clueless

Lenovo says that the Superfish adware it preinstalled on laptop computers isn't a security problem. That's not true. And guess what? It breaks Slack too. The post Lenovo’s Response to Its Dangerous Adware Is Astonishingly Clueless appeared first on WIRED .



How to remove the dangerous Superfish adware preinstalled on Lenovo PCs

Lenovo’s been caught going a bit too far in its quest for bloatware money, and the results have put its users at risk. The company has been preloading Superfish, a “visual search” tool that includes adware that fakes the encryption certificates for every HTTPS-protected site you visit, on its PCs since at least the middle…



Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

Sam McCurry wisely created an image backup of his internal drive. Now he wants to know how that backup can help him should Windows fail to boot. An image backup copies the complete contents of your drive, including the partition table and the boot sector, to a single file—usually stored on an external drive. Other…



What Is A Trader's Worst Nightmare?

A little preparation will make sure you protect your trading space from everyday



Two OSes in one: DuOS-M puts Android on your Windows device

Do you have a favorite Android app that you wish you could run on your Windows tablet or laptop? Well, now you can. A new program called DuOS-M runs full-blown Android as its own Windows application, so that you run almost any Android app on a Windows 7/8/8.1 system.