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It is said that every 3.5 seconds a phone is lost or stolen, which is exactly the root of why the mobile data backup field is getting more crowded. Staying ahead of the competition is no picnic, but WinX MediaTrans makes it with ease!

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Some Google Chrome extensions add a button to the right side of the toolbar, which usually provides access to the extension’s main features. These buttons are added in the order the extensions were installed, and that order may not be to your liking.

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Easter Day is on the horizon. If you have updated your computer to Windows 10 consider yourself lucky: Digiarty Software is celebrating the holiday with a bang. Starting now, you can fetch a genuine set of license keys for the latest WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, one of the best DVD rippers for Windows that can perfectly revive the lost DVD playback function on Windows 10, without spending a dime.

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Most of the How-To Geek team is at CES 2016, and we’re doing a group photo “live blog” like we did last year, which just means that we’ll be posting pictures of everything we’re looking at in Vegas, as we’re looking at it (assuming we have a decent Internet connection).

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Christmas is already here! This year, Digiarty decided to hop on the holiday bandwagon again and offer a time-limited deal which enables you to make a purchase of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and WinX DVD Copy Pro individually for only $9.95. Each of them will save you big bucks and give you the privileges of Lifetime Free Upgrades and tech support.

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Late last night, Skype sent me an email letting me know that they had successfully changed my email address to thegeek@cock.li and I should visit my account to review my changes. Except I didn’t change anything. And What?

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Nine years after starting How-To Geek, we’ve served up 1 Billion pageviews to our readers. Here’s the (brief) story of how we did it, and how we’re going to take things to the next level. Spoiler: We’ve hired an awesome new editor-in-chief.

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If you have a lot of DVDs that you haven’t ripped, and you missed out on the Digiarty Halloween giveaway here on How-To Geek, you’re in luck, because there’s a new giveaway for Thanksgiving. This time it’s for WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, and it’s a full license for free.

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If you signed up for the OS X beta program at some point to test the latest release before it was publicly available, you might be wondering how to get out of installing every single beta update. Or not. Either way, here’s how to get out of it easily.

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With Halloween creeping closer Digiarty Software is doing its bit, particularly through various forms of promotions and sales, to help you dispel Halloween thrills and chills. At the time of writing, a giveaway promo centering on one of Digiarty’s most successful products, WinX DVD Copy Pro, is going well underway. This DVD copy software is specially designed to meet users’ up-to-date DVD backup demand in Windows (10), surprisingly offering up to 9 modes to back up your DVDs.

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I got my Apple Watch gold plated… for Science! Can you really get a gold Apple Watch on the cheap instead of paying the crazy $17,000 that Apple is charging? Would it look terrible? Would it even still work? I had to find out.

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Everybody is getting hacked left and right. Anthem lost 80 million records. The US government got hacked and lost personal data for millions, all the way down to fingerprint data. Now Experian, a credit bureau got hacked. So how can you protect yourself from criminals opening accounts in your name?

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Java is, and always has been, the source of many woes. And security holes. Lots of security holes. There’s really no reason to have it installed anymore, especially now that Minecraft has its own bundled Java for both OS X and Windows. So today is the day you remove it.

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Microsoft hasn’t exactly been endearing themselves to tech geeks everywhere lately, with all the privacy concerns and other issues. And now they are automatically downloading all of Windows 10 to your Windows 7 or 8 PC, whether you asked for it or not.

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If you brought your Mac back from sleep only to see that your Wi-Fi isn’t working at all, even after a reboot, you might be experiencing the Wi-Fi: No hardware installed error. And luckily it’s really easy to fix.

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Want to install Windows 10 on your own PC? We’ve got you covered with the instructions, although it’s just like installing any other version of Windows.

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One of the most talked about features in the latest version of Windows 10 was the Cortana personal assistant that is integrated directly into the taskbar. But what if you don’t want to waste all that taskbar space?

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I’ve never found the recycle bin on the desktop very useful, so I almost always disable it as one of the first things that I do. The only problem is that every new version of Windows makes it take more steps to get rid of it, and Windows 10 is even more confusing than the rest. Here’s how to hide it in any version of Windows.

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If you’ve removed your recycle bin icon, or you previously added the some of the “special” icons like Computer, User or Control Panel to the desktop and they are now missing, you might want to know how to add them back.

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After testing out the new iOS 9 beta, the first thing that we noticed was how annoying the keyboard noises can be after about 32 seconds of typing. Thankfully it’s super easy to turn them off — so easy, in fact, that we probably don’t need to write an article about it.

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When you’ve got a PC completely infected with viruses, sometimes it’s best to reboot into a rescue disc and run a full virus scan from there. Here’s how to use the BitDefender Rescue CD to clean an infected PC.

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It’s obvious that Windows 10 will come with some innovative features. However, Microsoft doesn’t expend much energy on the improvement of the OS’ media playback nor media center, which has been exemplified by the confirmation of the lack of Windows Media Player in Windows 10.

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I don’t know about you, but I really preferred having the My Computer icon right on the desktop. Seems like modern versions of windows don’t have it by default anymore. There are two different ways you can add the icon back.

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The whole world has gone crazy with Furious 7 as it raked in over 1.4 billion dollars since its premiere in movie theatre last month. Furious 7 has everything you need to become a fixture in your DVD library for everlasting remembrance. Not only that, you can also rip the DVD to your hard drive for better protection or transfer it to mobile devices for watching with abandon, of course, though, with the aid of a third party DVD ripping software.

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Are you one of those people that obsessively edits your start menu to keep it clean, tidy, and organized? Back in Windows XP, all you had to do was right-click on the start button to get to the folder, but Windows 7 changed it. And then Windows 8 made it really annoying. And then Windows 10 brought it all back to normal… sorta.

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