How to make Linux’s desktop look good on high-resolution displays

Ultra-high-resolution displays with high pixel densities are all the rage now, and for good reason: They look amazing compared to conventional displays. The big problem for PC users is that a lot of software isn’t designed with that level of pixel density in mind. If you’re running GNOME 3 in Linux, your first boot will…



Todoed makes creating task lists as easy as a right-click

Making a to-do list is like exercise. You know you should do it, but sometimes it’s just too much trouble. I can’t help you with your workouts, but I recently came across a new Chrome extension (that also works in Opera) called Todoed that takes the pain out of creating to-do lists. Todoed’s full interface….



How to bypass Windows AutoPlay when you plug in an external drive, and go straight to Explorer

When you plug in a flash drive or external hard drive, Windows brings up the AutoPlay menu, which offers all sorts of options. Deborah Armstrong asked how to make Windows simply open the drive so she can get to the files. When I plug in a flash drive, all I want is access to files…



Tip: WinDirStat can help you free up storage space for GTA V (or anything else) in a flash

Grand Theft Auto V is finally here for PCs, and it’s hands-down the definitive version of the game, from its glorious 4K resolution support to its native video editor and graphics options galore. (You can even adjust the grass quality and soft shadow technology options!) But all those features and enhanced graphics come at a…



Use Gmail’s hidden colored stars to better organize important emails

There’s nothing like a nicely organized Gmail inbox to take the stress and worry out of your life. But there’s one area of your email that may not be as well organized as it could be: Gmail’s Starred section. I love using stars in Gmail to remind me about important messages or emails I want…



5 features to get you started with your new Samsung Galaxy S6

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How to clean a touchscreen: All you need is a simple cleaner and a special cloth

Barbie asked how to clean an oily “serum” off her laptop’s touchscreen. Do you always wash your hands before using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone? Neither do I. And the result isn’t pretty. A chemist could probably take samples from my iPad’s screen right now and tell you what I had for breakfast. Touchscreens need…



Review: Toshiba Satellite P50t B-11D

Introduction and design As a touch 4K laptop, Toshiba's business-targeted Satellite P50T B-11D was expected to make an impact, visually at least. Toshiba call it the 'world's first 4K Ultra HD laptop' and claim it delivers 'true colour accuracy', allowing you to see movies, photography and art as the artist intended. To back up that…



Dell XPS 13 Linux developer edition available

Do you want a top-notch Linux developer laptop? Then Dell has several systems for you to consider.



How to use your favorite mobile messaging service on your PC

It’s ridiculous how many different mobile messaging services are out there right now. Looking at my own phone I’ve got Blackberry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Line, and WhatsApp installed, all to communicate with different people in my life. Most of these services are mobile centric, but many of them have desktop counterparts too—making life easier…



Hazelwood mine fire inquiry to begin

HEALTH problems caused by smoke from the Hazelwood mine fire will be the focus of a new government inquiry.



Fuel-cell laptop to be shown at CeBit

We’ve already heard news for some time now from technology giants like NEC and Toshiba about shoving fuel cells into notebook computers, but they have never come to pass. One of the main problems facing this technology is the whole thing about bringing combustable fuels on board an airplane.



Review: Apple MacBook

Apple's newest laptop may not make a lot of sense to you at first glance, but it clearly represents the future of computers. The post Review: Apple MacBook appeared first on WIRED .



MacBook review: Apple reinvents the laptop again

For months, the internet was abuzz with two similar, and somewhat contradictory, Apple rumors. Depending on whom you believed, the famously secretive company was working on either a 12-inch “iPad Pro” or a Retina display MacBook Air. To date, neither…



Dropbox vs. Carbonite: The difference between cloud-based storage and backup

John asked if Dropbox effectively works as a backup program, and if using Dropbox and Carbonite together gives him two backups. My answer includes other, similar cloud-based services. These online services exist for very different purposes. Sync and storage services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, make selected files available to other PCs and devices,…



How to replace a broken laptop screen

A dying or cracked display doesn’t mean your laptop is a paperweight. For most laptops, a screen replacement takes $80 and an hour of your time at most. If you’re a DIYer, replacing a broken laptop screen yourself is a great way to save cash, as most computer repair shops will quote you $150 to…



3 fast, easy ways to find the perfect animated GIF

Sometimes words aren’t enough when you want to express yourself online. You need an image that will simultaneously display your encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and wit. I am, of course, talking about the art of the animated GIF. But if you’ve never tried diving into the world of the GIF, where do you start?…



Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof Laptop Bag Could Save Your Life

This Engineering Newswire looks at sending gas-sensing capsules to your gut, stopping speeding projectiles with a laptop bag and 3D printing a flowery pavilion with a unique cement. Gas Sensing Capsules Send Data to Your Phone



How to install two or more operating systems on one PC

Chidi Okwara asked “Can one run several operating systems in one computer?” Not only can you do it, but it’s reasonably easy. Of course, all of the operating systems must be compatible with your hardware. Assuming your PC is less than five years old, it should be able to take Windows 7 and 8, along…



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What went wrong and what can be learnt from recent Apple Pay problems? Tony Larks, ThreatMetrix, investigates.