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Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #5: Upgrading a Flash BIOS
By Scott Mueller
Jul 13, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott introduces the basics of upgrading a flash BIOS.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #4: Motherboard Selection Criteria (Knowing What to Look For)
By Scott Mueller
Jul 10, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott offers a simple motherboard selection checklist.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #3: How L1 Cache Works on Your PC
By Scott Mueller
Jul 9, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott explains how L1 cache works like a savvy waiter in a restaurant--most of the time.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #2: Comparing Processor Performance
By Scott Mueller
Jul 8, 2015
How can two processors that run at the same clock rate perform differently, with one running β€œfaster” than the other? In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott discusses how to compare processor performance.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #1: Know Your PC's System Components
By Scott Mueller
Jul 7, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott walks you through all the components and peripherals in a modern PC system.
Increasing Storage Space on Boot/System SSDs for Mobile Devices
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 18, 2014
Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel show you how to use the graphical disk analyzers WinDirStat and SpaceSniffer to free up space on disks, especially on SSDs where disk space is usually at a premium.
Reducing the Amount of Storage Space Required for Windows Driver Store
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 11, 2014
Learn about the Refresh Your PC feature in Windows 8.1 by using the Windows RecImg command to make a custom recovery image of a computer's disk and an alternative: the Slimware Utilities' RecImg Manager application.
Enabling and Managing Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Screen Saver
By Eric Butow
Apr 28, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with its own screensaver called Daydream that you can turn on when the Tab 3 is docked or inactive. You can also download and install a screensaver from the Google Play Store to run when your Tab 3 is inactive. Eric Butow shares all the details.
LEGO Has Gone Interactive
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 25, 2014
Jason R. Rich takes a look at how LEGO toys have gone from traditional and extremely popular plastic building bricks originally created in 1932 to interactive play experiences, thanks to a handful of iPhone and iPad apps, online games, and other high-tech products.
Changing Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Display Settings
By Eric Butow
Apr 24, 2014
There are plenty of ways to modify the look and behavior of your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 screen so the device reflects your personal style. Eric Butow shows you how to change screen settings including screen brightness, the background wallpaper, and when the screen turns off automatically.
Keep Your Web Surfing History Private when Using Safari on the iPhone/iPad
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 23, 2014
Jason R. Rich discusses ways to keep your web surfing history and activities private when using the Safari browser on your iOS mobile device. Meanwhile, you can reverse some of the information offered within this article to keep close tabs on the web surfing activities of your kids.
Viewing Data Usage, Sharing Media, and Sharing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Screen
By Eric Butow
Apr 21, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 makes it easy to see how different apps and features on the device use data within the Settings screen. Eric Butow shows how to view data usage, share media files, and share your Tab 3 screen with another device.
Five Innovative Ways to Use an iPhone or iPad When You Travel
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 17, 2014
In this article, Jason R. Rich offers a handful of useful tips that will help you get the most use from your iPhone or iPad when traveling, especially when on a business trip or while vacationing overseas.
Syncing and Managing Cloud Services on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
By Eric Butow
Apr 16, 2014
If your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is connected to a cloud service such as Dropbox or your Samsung account, you can change cloud service settings within the Cloud page on the Settings screen. Eric Butow shows you how to view the information about your cloud service(s) and how to change cloud service settings.
Discover What's New in the iOS 7 Editions of iWork for iOS Apps
By Jason Rich
Apr 15, 2014
Jason R. Rich gives you a look at the latest versions of the iWork for iOS apps: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. You'll discover the new features and functions that have been added, including better integration with the iWork for Mac and iWork for iCloud apps.
Five Reasons to Upgrade to the iPad Mini with Retina Display
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 10, 2014
Jason R. Rich focuses on the iPad mini with Retina display and explains some of the reasons why you might want to upgrade from the original iPad mini to this new model; upgrade from a full-size iPad to the new iPad mini; or get your first taste of using an iPad with this new, thin, and lightweight tablet.
Setting Blocking and Driving Modes on the Galaxy Tab 3
By Eric Butow
Apr 8, 2014
Eric Butow shows you how to turn off notifications and alarms by setting the blocking mode or have the Tab 3 read your alarms and notifications aloud in driving mode.
Juggle Multiple iCloud Accounts for Yourself and Your Family
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 7, 2014
Maintaining a single Apple ID and iCloud account is usually sufficient for most users. Jason R. Rich explains that for some families, however, having two or more separate Apple ID and iCloud accounts is advantageous.
Quickly Create Prints from Digital Images Taken and Stored on an iPhone or iPad
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 4, 2014
Jason R. Rich explains a few different options for creating prints from digital images that were taken or that are being stored on your iPhone (or iPad).
Changing the Look and Feel of Your Galaxy Tab 3 by Changing Accessibility Settings
By Eric Butow
Apr 3, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is designed to be used by anyone, and you can customize the Tab 3 for your level of usability. Eric Butow discusses a variety of Tab 3 accessibility settings for screen, sound, mobility, and controlling interactions.

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