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We already live in the future. We have handheld devices that use satellites to pinpoint our precise locations almost anywhere on the planet. But have you ever wondered just how GPS works?

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Backing up our PCs is something we are all used to. It’s not something many people relish, but once an automated task has been set up, it is something that can be forgotten about until your suffer from hard drive failure or another disaster and need to think about restoring files. But things are not quite so easy when it comes to Android.

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How much do you know about the ‘phenomenon’ known as light? Do you think it is made up of waves or particles? Learn more about this common ‘phenomenon’ we take for granted every day with Veritasium’s reproduction of Thomas Young’s 1801 Double Slit Experiment.

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Most people don’t realize this, but Amazon allows you to get a refund for a Kindle book that you purchased, but wish you hadn’t. Instead of wasting time leaving a nasty review, why don’t you just get your money back?

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Chrome has built up quite a loyal following over the years, but while it is an adept web browser it does suffer from problems when it comes to tab management. It does not take long for Chrome’s memory usage to creep up as you load up more and more tabs, and start times can be extremely slow. Using the The Great Suspender extension you can get things back under control.

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An hour after you’ve settled in with your tablet, busy playing a game, it’s still quiet as a mouse but most laptops would be serenading you with the whir of a system fan. Why can tablets forgo a cooling fan?

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After last week’s meteorite strike in Russia there has been a renewed interest in meteorite activity across the globe. Now you can view the impact locations of 34,513 recorded meteorite strikes dating back to 2,300 B.C. with this awesome map created by Javier de la Torre.

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If you managed to get infected with the absolutely terrible Ask Toolbar on your computer, don’t be ashamed – it could happen to anybody. Especially considering that is bundled with the equally awful Java runtime. Those people should be ashamed of themselves.

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Most everyone needs to be reminded about something. Be it a daily task, recurring commitment, or a one time event – having a pop-up reminder on your computer can come in handy. While there are myriad tools available to handle this task, we outline a simple way you can do this with no additional software.

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Windows 8 is designed to push Microsoft’s web services: Bing, Internet Explorer, Outlook.com, and more. However, Windows 8 isn’t limited to just Microsoft’s services. Google services like Gmail, Google Search, Chrome, and more can all be integrated with Windows 8.

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Wireless internet connections are far more prevalent than they used to be, but there are still times when you may find that you are stuck using a wired connection and want to use it wirelessly — for instance, at a hotel with only wired internet but you want to get your tablet online.

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How much do you really know about color? Do we all see a particular color the same or differently? Consider how people who experience color blindness have a different experience or those who have been blind from birth deal with the concept of colors. Learn more about color and the science behind it with this informative video from Vsauce.

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By default Windows keeps track of which files you have opened with a particular program in its Jump List. Here’s how to limit the amount of entries it stores or even disable it altogether.

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NFC hardware is being included in more and more devices – particularly smartphones, but also some laptops. NFC could be the future of payments, security keys, and boarding passes. NFC is also an upgrade over clunky QR codes.

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Microsoft’s Surface RT and other Windows RT-based machines include the Flash browser plugin, but it only runs on websites Microsoft has whitelisted. We have covered how you can add any website to the Flash whitelist, but now there’s an easier way.

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We recently looked at how you can make it easier to manage multiple inboxes in Gmail using the Multiple Inboxes Lab feature. This is a non-standard feature and it’s far from being the only one available to you. In fact there are numerous hidden features that can help you to get more from Gmail.

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