How to Skip the Wait and Upgrade Your Nexus to Android Nougat Now

Android Nougat is here, but it’s rolling out to Nexus devices slowly. If you still haven’t gotten the upgrade notification, here’s a little trick to upgrade sooner.

by about 14 hours ago

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How to Use Your Free Windows 10 License After Changing Your PC’s Hardware

The free Windows 10 license you receive is tied to your PC’s hardware. You’re still allowed to use Windows 10 on that same PC even after changing its hardware. Activating that license is easier than ever in Windows 10’s Anniversary Update.

by about 13 days ago

Everything You Can Do With Windows 10’s New Bash Shell

Windows 10’s Anniversary Update brings a “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” environment to Windows 10. But don’t be deceived: This is more than just a Bash shell. It’s a full compatibility layer for running Linux applications on Windows.

by about 18 days ago

How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10’s Anniversary Update

Microsoft doesn’t want you to disable Cortana. You used to be able to turn Cortana off in Windows 10, but Microsoft removed that easy toggle switch in the Anniversary Update. But you can still disable Cortana via a registry hack or group policy setting. This transforms the Cortana box into a “Search Windows” tool for local application and file searches.

by about 22 days ago

What’s New in Windows 10’s Anniversary Update

Windows 10’s second big update, dubbed the “Anniversary Update”, is finally here. This is a huge update that touches every corner of the operating system. It includes many, many more changes than the November update did.

by about 22 days ago

You Can Still Get Windows 10 for Free from Microsoft’s Accessibility Site

The free Windows 10 upgrade offer may technically be over, but it isn’t 100% gone. Microsoft still provides a free Windows 10 upgrade to anyone who checks a box saying they use assistive technologies on their computer. This offer will end at some point, but Microsoft hasn’t announced when.

by about 24 days ago

How to Easily Boost Your Cell Phone Signal at Home

Poor signal strength could be your carrier’s fault, or it could be because of signal-blocking materials in your home’s walls. Whatever the cause, you can boost that signal and get the maximum number of bars at home. Or, better yet, just use Wi-Fi calling on a modern phone.

by about 26 days ago

One Year Later: Did Microsoft Listen to Windows 10 Complaints?

Windows 10 is an odd beast. It’s a worthy upgrade to Windows 7, and a big improvement from Windows 8. But Microsoft made quite a few decisions people weren’t happy about. So, a year into Windows 10, with a new update on the way, we ask: Did Microsoft listen to the complaints?

by about 27 days ago

Where to Download Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 ISOs Legally

You can reinstall Windows from scratch using the product key that came with your PC, but you’ll have to find installation media yourself. Microsoft offers free ISO files for downloading; you just have to know where to look.

by about 1 month ago

PSA: Encrypt Your PC, Phone, and Tablet Now. You’ll Regret It Later If You Don’t

Imagine you go on your dream European vacation and all your things are stolen after your hotel room is burgled or your car is broken into. Clothes and toothbrushes are easy to replace, but your devices are a potential treasure trove for thieves to exploit.

by about 2 months ago

The Best Android Shortcuts You’re Probably Not Using

The beauty of technology isn’t just doing more stuff–it’s doing stuff quickly. Whether you want to call a specific contact with one tap, keep your phone unlocked when you’re at home or work, launch the camera in a flash to quickly capture the perfect moment, or search for an app while in a rush, here are some of the best shortcuts built into Android that you’re probably not using.

by about 4 months ago
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