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If you have installed the Developer Preview of Windows 8, you probably have discovered the rather obscure method of shutting down the system. There is an easier way of shutting down, restarting, sleeping, and hibernating your computer. You can add tiles to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen that allow you to perform these tasks with one click.

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After all they go through to defeat the bad guys and save the day, what are these poor heroes supposed to do when no one can even remember their correct names?

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Ring lighting is a very flattering light but rings lights are usually expensive, bulky, or both. In this tutorial we see how to craft a ring light for under $25 that is lightweight, inexpensive, and less bulky than other DIY ...

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for helping friends and family when you can’t sit right down at the terminal with them. Read on to check out how your fellow readers help from afar.

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The Task Manager in Windows 8 has undergone some serious revision, check out this informative post from the Windows 8 Development Team for a run down of all the new features and layouts.

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Over the last 30 years cellphones have gone from monstrous multi-watt consuming bricks to power sipping computers you slip in your pocket. Check out this infographic for a rundown of notable moments in cell phone history.

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Another long work week is almost over, so why not have a bit of fun while waiting to go home? In this week’s game your mission is to successfully create energy bridges between two points on an isometric grid before running out of energy.

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What’s better than a $100 tablet? A $100 tablet that can run two operating systems! The TouchPad was a great bargain and now that you’ve figured out webOS, try Android. Here’s how to install it in 3 easy steps.

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Once a week we round up and share excellent reader tips with you. This week we’re looking at removing the restriction on Windows 8’s “Secure Boot”, an open source solution for launching apps from Windows Media Center, and a simple trick to speed up Windows installations.

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Tired of the same old theme on your desktop? Then why not add a double-dose of goodness with these two great themes from photographer Andrei Niculescu! The first theme focuses on panoramic views of outdoor settings in Romania...

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Need a secure password and you’re away from your favorite password management app? WolframAlpha, the mathematical search engine, can generate a customizable secure password for you on the fly.

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If you need to share your screen with a friend or peek in on their’s and you don’t want to deal with installing software, QuickScreenShare is a nearly instant and dead simple solution.

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You want to send a file but it’s too big for email, your recipient doesn’t know how to FTP, and they’re behind a restrictive firewall. JustBeamIt can help–drag and drop the file and then send them the ...

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Ever wanted to restore a file from the past, but don’t have a good way to do it? With System Restore Explore you can mount a System Restore snapshot, and browse a past copy of your entire drive.

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We’ve all been there; a friend, colleague, or relative calls us with a computer problem and there’s simply no good way to diagnose it by their haphazard description alone. When you’re in that situation, how do you help? What tools do you use?

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