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Windows 8 comes with a new hybrid boot system, this means that your PC is never really off. It also means that Windows has the permission to wake your PC as it needs. Here’s how to stop it from waking up your PC to do maintenance tasks.

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The Windows Task Manager is a built-in tool that allows you to check which services are running in the background, how much resources are being used by which software programs, and the all-to-common task of killing programs that are not responding.

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Travelling around in large starships is great for long distance journeys or if you have a lot of cargo and supplies to move, but once you reach your destination you sometimes need something smaller to get the job done. Launch this awesome squadron of fighters on your desktop with the first in our series of Starfighters Wallpaper collections.

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The CC and BCC fields when sending email work similarly. CC stands for “carbon copy,” while BCC stands for “blind carbon copy.” While these terms may have been immediately obvious when email was invented, they’re antiquated today.

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There is a handy feature in most modern browsers that allows you to go back and see what pages you have visited on a particular day. But what if you don’t want your browser to keep track of your browsing history? Here’s how to disable it.

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With security like that no one would ever be able to hack their way in!

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Nothing quite like a little ‘friendly persuasion’ eh?

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We’re fairly certain the guys at ThrashLab just put this video together for a chance to film themselves smashing things in slow motion. We’re completely OK with that.

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We clearly tapped into a subject you all have a strong opinion about with this week’s Ask the Readers post; read on to see how your fellow readers manage their email on, off, and across desktops and devices.

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Why do some new technologies cause ripples and reactionary backlash in society but others slip into our daily lives almost entirely uncontested? It turns out there’s a rather specific combination of things the new technology must do to upset the public.

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If you love The Matrix and Minecraft, then you will definitely enjoy this humorous video mashup of the two.

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How do you design an audiobook player for an elderly book lover who doesn’t want to wrestle with new technology? Simple and with a single button interface is a great place to start.

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This week’s game starts off simple enough, but will quickly challenge your problem solving skills as you work to fill in the hex chains with color on each level. Do you have the patience and skill to succeed at this wicked brain-teaser or will you end up screaming in frustration and defeat?

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We have already shown you how to use the Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8, now we are back to show you how you can create a custom refresh image. This means next time you refresh your Windows 8 PC, you can use a custom image instead of the one that shipped with your PC.

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The advent of economical consumer grade multi-core processors raises the question for many users: how do you effectively calculate the real speed of a multi-core system? Is a 4-core 3Ghz system really 12Ghz? Read on as we investigate.

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Space Gate, Future, Planet, Starlight [The Paper Wall]

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