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If you’re reading this article, then you probably spotted the Runtime Broker process in your Task Manager window and wondered what it was–and maybe even why it spikes CPU usage sometimes. We’ve got the answer for you.

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Android 7.0 Nougat is another feature-refining build for the OS, with lots of little tweaks and optimizations throughout.  Google covered a lot of the big features when it announced Nougat (then called “Android N”), but today we’re going to highlight a handful of features that you may not have already heard about.

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Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, and Nexus users will start getting the updates very soon. Here are the coolest features in the latest version of Android.

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If it’s dark out and someone comes to your door, you probably can’t see them unless your porch light is on. Furthermore, if a potential burglar approaches your front door, a motion light can help scare them away.

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On basically every mouse, the scroll wheel can be clicked to perform what’s called a “middle click”, and it’s incredibly useful while browsing the web. You can middle-click any link to open it in the background, or middle-click any tab to close it. It’s one of those things that are hard to live without once you discover them.

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At first blush, Samsung’s Edge Display may seem a bit gimmicky—and initially, it kind of was. But the longer the company uses it in new devices, the more useful it gets. Some of the things it can do are subtle, while others are much more prominent. One of the more subtle, yet useful, features on the Edge Display is something Samsung calls “Night Clock.”

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You can easily add the current date and time to your Word documents, but what if you only want to add the month or month and year, but no date? It’s easy to manually add a custom date field and we’ll show you how.

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By default, Windows 10’s lock screen times out and switches off your monitor after one minute. If you’d like it to stick around longer than that–say, if you have background picture you like looking at or you enjoy having Cortana handy–there’s a simple Registry hack that will add the setting to your power options.

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Some people say they have “a smartphone with 64 GB of memory”, but they don’t. Those people might have smartphones with 64 GB of disk space, or storage, but that’s different than memory. It’s time to clear up this tech term misconception.

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PowerShell is now open source, and available for Linux and Mac. You can download official packages from Microsoft for the 64-bit versions of Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, CentOS 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, and Mac OS X 10.11.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update just broke millions of webcams. Microsoft supposedly has a fix coming in September, but there’s a registry hack you can use to fix the problem and get your webcam working properly today.

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Smart thermostats are known for their energy efficiency, but if you want to get an in-depth look at how much money they’ve saved you on your bills, the Ecobee3 lets you take a peek at all sorts of usage information.

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As anyone who uses a Mac knows, entering special characters is really easy–you just hold down a letter. That’s great if you want to play Pokémon Go with your friends mañana, but not so much if you realllllllllllllllllly want to play now.

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Flashing Google’s Factory Images to a Nexus device is a pretty straightforward process, but it can be a little more daunting on Nexus Player since it doesn’t technically have its own display. The good news is that the process isn’t all that different from other Nexus devices.

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We’re used to word processing programs telling us when we’ve misspelled a word, but what about when your fingers are flying through directories on the Linux command line? You can actually have your typos and misspellings automatically corrected, at least when using the cd command.

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In previous versions of Windows, you could change the number of recent items shown in jump lists with a simple option in taskbar properties. For whatever reason, Microsoft removed this ability in Windows 10. With a minor Registry hack, though, you can still bump that number up.

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