How to keep track of Beats 1 playlists even when you’re not "tuned in"

The music streaming revolution has arrived in the form of Apple Music—or so say the reviewers anyway. Services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and Spotify have been around for a while, but Apple Music’s features are getting a lot people excited. Alongside Apple Music’s new streaming service is Beats 1, a live streaming 24/7 radio station with…



How to diagnose and fix a dead laptop keyboard

The keyboard on Tom Dimas’ laptop stopped working. He’s hoping for a fix. With a laptop, you can’t simply buy a new keyboard and plug it in. Replacing it is difficult (or expensive), so it’s best to find another fix before you take the big plunge. If you don’t already have an external keyboard, buy…



How to use PPAs to install bleeding-edge software in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Linux users install most of their software directly from a centralized package repository managed by their Linux distribution of choice. This is a convenient, one-stop shop place to get your software—but what if the repository doesn’t have the program you need, or you want a newer version? For Ubuntu and Linux Mint users, that’s where…



Turn multi-page web articles into a single, scrolling page with this extension

This one’s for the anti-clickers. Despite fast Internet connections and zippy PCs, web designers still like to organize really long content into multiple pages. That can be for financial reasons (more clicks equals more ads thus more revenue) or just because the designer thinks it’s more manageable for the reader. Visual content in particular suits…



What to do when your email address sends spam

Edward McCrea is “ getting returns of emails I didn’t send… How do I prevent this?” What’s worse than getting spam? Unwittingly sending it. When bogus and probably malware-laden advertising goes out in your name, you look bad. And you get flooded with bounced messages from dead addresses that some crook attempted to spam in…



Panic Button for Chrome hides your online shenanigans

“Quick! The boss is coming shut down that MLB stream!” Too late, you’re caught. Lucky for you, the boss pulled up a chair to watch the game too, but you can’t always count on near misses to get you through your slack-off time at work. That’s why it’s good to know about a great little…



NFC security: 3 ways to avoid being hacked

Here’s what to keep in mind as near-field communications (NFC), the technology that allows Apple iPhone users to tap and pay, takes off. By the end of 2015, more than a billion phones will have the capability to use the wireless protocol to exchange data, and applications beyond payments will become common. The technology promises…



Find duplicate photos: Two utilities that can help

Nick Bichsel wants a good way to find and sort out duplicate photos. When it comes to photos, there’s no one definition of the word duplicate. Obviously, if two JPG files are pixel-by-pixel, bit-by-bit identical, they’re duplicates, and you can safely delete one of them. But what if one photo has been resized? Or cropped?…



Stream music from your PC to almost any device with this free tool

Here’s a fun tip to get your week off to a good start: an easy and free way to turn your PC into an audio streaming center that broadcasts to almost any web-capable device in your house. This can be handy if you don’t have access to Spotify on a game console, or you have…



When Windows refuses to eject mass storage: 5 ways to safely remove a USB drive

Edy Wan asked how to safely remove a flash drive, or an external hard drive, when Windows says it isn’t safe to do so. If you unplug a USB external drive before making sure it’s safe to do so, you’re courting disaster. The sudden, unprepared removal of a storage device can corrupt files. I’ve even…



This Firefox extension kills the pesky problem of noisy web pages hiding in your tabs

I end up talking a lot about Chrome extensions and apps partly because it’s the browser I use every day, and partly because so much active development is happening on Chrome. But today I’ve got a great tool for all the Firefox users out there who open a lot of tabs at once or are…



Replace your PC’s heart: How to install a power supply in your computer

Don’t underestimate the importance of your PC’s power source. A good power supply serves as the cornerstone for a low-maintenance and highly reliable computer. But more often than not, boxed, pre-built desktops ship with the cheapest power supplies that meet the criteria of their product warranties. This means that two or three years after buying…



How to find the secret Start Menu built into Windows 8.1

I usually advise readers, but this time a reader gave me advice. Joe Rubenstein told me that “There is a Start Menu in Windows 8.1,” then explained how to make it work. Yes, it’s true. You can add a Start menu–of sorts–to the Windows 8.1 taskbar without installing a third-party program. All of the code…



AVG’s Crumble extension simplifies online privacy

We’ve talked about anti-tracking extensions before. These are the tools that prevent online advertisers from tracking you online, allowing you to retain your privacy. There are many to choose from—including Disconnect, DNT+, and Ghostery—but recently AVG came out with a new extension for Chrome called Crumble that’s worth trying out. To read this article in…



How to create an insane multiple monitor setup with three, four, or more displays

Studies have shown that dual monitors can increase productivity, but the jury’s still out on whether adding even more monitors means even more productivity. That aside, having multiple monitors (and I’m talking three, four, five, or even six) is just…awesome, and something you totally need in your life. Right now, my main PC has a…



The dangers of Android malware may be exaggerated, but you should still play it safe

Jagdish Shrimali asked if “it is necessary to install antivirus software on an android mobile device?” It may not be necessary, but it’s still a very good idea. There’s definitely Android malware out there. While the level of the threat may be exaggerated, it’s really a matter of being better safe than sorry. [Have a…



How to blast through your daily email with InboxVudu

Have you ever noticed a direct relationship between the amount of email you get and your level of hatred for the service? I have, and that’s why I’m always trying to find different ways to tweak email and streamline it as much as possible through filters, labels/folders, and so on. I’ve been trying out a…



5 steps to keep your smart home from being hacked

Consumers who outfit their homes with home automation devices without considering security may be inviting hackers and thieves inside. Repeatedly, studies have revealed that devices designed to automate the home have serious vulnerabilities. Many devices have weak password policies and do not protect against man-in-the-middle attacks, according to an HP survey of 10 off-the-shelf home…



How to run Android apps in Windows with a virtual machine

Anil Kumar wants to run Android apps on his Windows PC. Android and Windows are two very different operating systems; programs designed for one won’t normally work on the other. To get around this, you need to set up an Android virtual machine (VM) on your PC. And as a general rule, setting up a…



Use your TV as a computer monitor: Everything you need to know

A couple of months ago, I took a good, hard look at my dual-screen setup and thought-–Hmm. Maybe I should get another monitor. A bigger monitor. Then, after an hour or two of researching 27-inch monitors online, I walked into my living room and was struck with a brilliant idea: Maybe, instead of purchasing an…