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Opera 11 has just been released, with lots of great new features. Let’s take a quick tour through the best features for the world’s most alternate browser.

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Over at Google’s Demo Slam site, they’ve got a really impressive animation that they put together using nothing more than a Google Docs presentation. It’s well worth watching, if for no other reason than to ...

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All Windows users know all about the Blue Screen of Death, but did you know it’s possible to change the color to anything you want? All it takes is… well, a lot of hacking.

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The Apple iPad is an amazing tablet, and to help you get the most out of it, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of every tip, trick, and tutorial for you. Read on for more.

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Yesterday Google released an updated Gmail application for Android 2.2 phones that supports the Priority Inbox feature—and more importantly, allows you to change your notifications to only alert you for important email. Let’s take a look.

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We’re big fans of hacking the Windows Registry around here, and we’ve got one of the biggest collections of registry hacks you’ll find. Don’t believe us? Here’s a list of the top 50 registry hacks that we’ve covered.

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Google announced their new Chrome Web Store today, with loads of web sites and games that can be installed as applications in your browser, synced across every PC, and customized to launch the way you want them to. Here’s how it all works.

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Here’s a couple of ideas for items that won’t break the bank.

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There’s nothing more annoying than saving a file somewhere on your hard drive, and then having to browse for that file again when you’re trying to upload it somewhere on the web. Thankfully Google Chrome makes this process much easier.

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If you’ve got a Verizon Mi-Fi and you’re having problems with it disconnecting all the time, there’s a quick and easy fix—you’ll just need to upgrade the firmware to the latest version. Here’s how to do it, and fix your connection issues.

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How do you know when you’ve passed geek and headed deep into nerd territory? Twaggies explains, with another great illustration.

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After you’ve used Disk Cleanup, you probably expect every temporary file to be completely deleted, but that’s not actually the case. Files are only deleted if they are older than 7 days old, but you can tweak that number to something else.

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If you’re running Google Dev channel version of Chrome, you might have noticed that the latest update really broke—the problem is the GPU accelerated canvas option, but you can’t get in there to change it since it keeps crashing. Here’s how to fix it.

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The Complete Android Guide is a 280-page book chock full of every menu option, hidden settings, and secrets that Google’s Android has to offer, and today they’ve got a promotion where you can get the downloadable eBook for only 99 cents. That’s a great deal!

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If you’re looking for a good Cyber Monday tech deal, you might want to check out O’Reilly’s book sale, where everything is 60% off.

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We’ve already shown you how to create shortcuts to create new Google Docs easily, but what if you want total Windows integration? Here’s how to add them to the Windows Explorer “New” menu for easier access.

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The trick to getting this to work is to first open up a Terminal window, and then type in killall Dock, but don’t hit enter, and make sure to use a capital letter since this command is case sensitive.

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When you’re dealing with a PC that is completely infected in viruses, sometimes the best thing to do is reboot into a rescue disk and run a full virus scan from there. Here’s how to use the Kaspersky Rescue Disk to clean an infected PC.

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The first thing you’ll want to do is download and install MenuCalendarClock, which is actually a freeware application even though the page makes it look like shareware—you can pay for additional features, but the core features are free.

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It’s Thanksgiving, and this year we’re going to share all of the great technology that we’re really thankful for. Join us for a look at the tech products that keep each of the How-To Geek writers going. Also, Happy Thanksgiving!

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The New Twitter web site is more like a web application than a site, and there’s only one thing missing—the ability to do the old-style quote retweets. Here’s the easy way to do it.

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Reader Jeevus wrote in asking how to remove the “Troubleshoot Compatibility” item from the Windows context menu whenever you right-click on an application—naturally, we were happy to explain how to do it, and share with the rest of you.

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We’ve always been huge fans of the VistaSwitcher alternative to the regular Alt-Tab in Windows, and there’s a new update that fixes the compatibility issue with IE9, along with a couple of other bugs.

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If you upgraded to the latest iOS release on your iPad, only to figure out that the screen orientation lock doesn’t work anymore, here’s how to lock the screen using the new, annoying method.

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Normally when you don’t get an inbound email message that you were expecting, you’re supposed to check your Spam or Junk Email folder—in the new Facebook “Email” (Messages) system, it’s not quite as obvious how to check that folder. So here’s how.

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