Enter Windows 8 Safe Mode when you can’t boot Windows 8

Glennr4466 found a flaw in my advice about booting into Windows 8 Safe Mode. Because it requires a reboot, it doesn’t work if Windows refuses to boot at all. If Windows 8 won’t boot normally, it probably won’t boot into Safe Mode, either. You can try the trick of repeatedly pressing and releasing F8 (described in…



PlayBox squeezes Playstation and Xbox into one hybrid laptop

If you've been agonizing about whether to get a Playstation 4 or an Xbox One , there may now a third way. A modder by the name of Edward Zarick has crammed both consoles into one portable machine. The PlayBox is the laptop of every gamer's dreams… Continue Reading PlayBox squeezes Playstation and Xbox into…



Problems: 'Get on with it or tell him to get lost'

Q: I'm 17 and live at home with my sister, who is 14, and my mum. My dad left when I was 10 and he has been unreliable since he left, putting his work, friends and girlfriends before us continually.I decided after a couple of years, after he had cancelled endless football matches with me and…



Wi-Fi triage: 5 common solutions to your wireless woes

Wi-Fi is the most wonderful home convenience—except for when it isn’t. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a mental checklist on hand for common issues that might be causing the problem when your Wi-Fi checks out. Everybody has their own favorite way of handling Wi-Fi problems, but here’s mine. Reboot your router The…



Got a low-cost laptop? Windows 10 upgrade may take some effort

Now that Microsoft has opened up the floodgates to try the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you’re itching to give it a go, right? So am I, so I attempted to get the latest software through the Windows Insider …



How to enable the Spartan browser’s speedy new Edge engine in Windows 10 today

Microsoft’s new Project Spartan browser (pictured above) isn’t available just yet, but Windows Insiders can already reap some of the benefits through Internet Explorer. In the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build, users can toggle a hidden flag in Internet Explorer to enable Spartan’s new Edge rendering engine. Though it’s still experimental—and is mainly aimed at…



How to handle a Facebook bully or stalker

An anonymous reader has been getting a lot of unwanted, and potentially frightening, attention on Facebook. I offer some advice. If someone on Facebook continually insults you, upsets you, threatens you, or makes unwanted sexual advances, ask them to stop. If they do, fine. If not, you’ve got a stalker. First, ask yourself if you…



Which cloud personality are you? Three ways to approach online storage

Cloud storage is incredibly convenient, but it can also be confusing. Sometimes you’re just not sure what files to put up there or if you should store anything online at all. One way to approach the issue is to ask yourself what you want to get out of storing files online. Is your overarching concern…



How to replace your Android or iOS keyboard

The touchscreen keypad that comes with your iPhone or Android handset is competent, but maybe you’d like to give your fingertips a break by swiping keys rather than tapping them. Or perhaps you want a keypad that does a better job of guessing the next word you want to type. Or maybe you’re just tired…



Is your backup drive full? Here’s how to make space

Codymack backs up to an external hard drive. Although it’s quite a large drive, it’s full. Now what? Over time, a backup can require a huge amount of drive space. Part of the problem is deleted files. You can open up space on your internal drive by deleting files, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that…



Analysis: Finally, Windows 10 solves one major problem with 2-in-1 devices

For those of you that were hoping for a Microsoft-made phone-laptop-tablet hybrid to come out of the Redmond firm's big January 21 Windows 10 event, I'm not sorry. Why? For one, that would have been a train wreck. Secondly, as a consolation of sorts, Microsoft VP of Operating Systems Joe Belfiore solved one of the…



Indicted Philly pol: Burglar stole my laptop

Vanessa Lowery Brown claims that a burglar made off with her state-issued laptop. She waited three days to report it.



The 15 best Chromebook keyboard shortcuts for faster productivity

Chromebook keyboard shortcuts are the fastest way to power through those tasks you perform multiple times per day, like copying and pasting text. A few of Windows’ old reliable tricks work on Chrome with the same set of keys, but for many other commands it’s a different configuration entirely.  It’s worth the effort, however, to…



7 ways to make the most of your Android and iPhone contacts

The address book on your iPhone or Android phone can do a lot more than just store names, numbers and addresses. Dig a little deeper into an iOS or Android contact card and you’ll find fields for all kinds of trivia—everything from birthdays and anniversary dates to nicknames and “associated” people (think relatives, spouses, office…



4 easy ways to cut your software costs in 2015

The holidays are over, the new year has begun, and thoughts are turning back towards normal life—and post-holiday finances. There’s a reason that “Save more money” is such a popular New Year’s resolution. One easy way to cut costs is to reassess the software you’re paying for and why you’re paying for it. If there’s…



How to teach contact names and relationships to Siri and Google Now

Picking up your phone and saying “Call my dad” or “Call Ted” (meaning Ted your boss, not that random Ted fellow you met five years ago) should work like magic. All too often, though, both Siri (on iOS) and Google Now (on Android phones) will do a double-take, asking “Who’s Dad?” or “Which Ted did…



Behind the Great Firewall: using my laptop and phone in China

Safe and secure computing inside China is not a simple task.



The one way to upload folders to OneDrive in-browser

Microsoft gave Office 365 subscribers an early holiday treat in October when it promised unlimited cloud storage via OneDrive. One way to take advantage of all that storage in Windows 8.1 is to simply copy all the files you want in the cloud over to the OneDrive folder on your desktop. Internet Explorer won’t let…



Opinion: Slick, capable and connected: it's time to go back to the PowerBook Duo

I'm hugely excited about that laptop from Apple. The one that's breathtakingly light and smaller than anything else on the market, which is pared back to its essentials, and which somehow bypasses the rational part of your brain to lodge itself firmly in the desire centre. You just want it. Nope, I don't mean the…



‘Switching on outside office risks relationships’

Psychologists have found out that workers who are ‘switched on’ long after the office was shut were more likely to have problems with their health and private lives. A company mobile phone or laptop might seem like a perk of the job but it could spell disaster for personal relationships, a new study has found…. …