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    Grand Theft Auto V is finally here for PCs, and it's hands-down the definitive version of the game, from its glorious 4K resolution support to its native video editor and graphics options galore. (You can even adjust the grass quality and soft shadow technology options)

  • How-Tos: How to import, merge, and consolidate your libraries in Photos for OS X

    Photos for Yosemite is finally out! And that's a real "finally" given how long we've all been wrestling with the limitations of iPhoto in OS X and Apple's early announcement of its replacement. Photos for OS X has a lot going for it, especially in speed. But it's also a ground-up rewrite of our Mac photo experience, and some pieces are missing (some permanently), some moved, and some broken.

  • How-Tos: Use Gmail's hidden colored stars to better organize important emails

    There's nothing like a nicely organized Gmail inbox to take the stress and worry out of your life. But there's one area of your email that may not be as well organized as it could be: Gmail's Starred section.

  • How-Tos: How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV

    Ever since the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard at CES 2013, we've seen a plethora of Miracast-enabled devices and receivers, from Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 to Amazon's Fire TV stick. Users can now wirelessly mirror the display of their Miracast-certified phone, tablet, or laptop to any Miracast-capable receiver like a TV, projector, or monitor. What you see on your device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV.

  • How-Tos: How to set a GIF as your background in Windows 8

    If a pretty picture isn't enough as your desktop wallpaper, an animated GIF can liven things up (and drive you crazy). Here's how to set a GIF as your background in Windows - including Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Ask the iTunes Guy: Help for old-school iPod problems

    The popularity of the iPhone and iPad mean that most people who use iTunes have iOS devices. But we shouldn't forget that there are still millions with non-iOS iPods, such as the classic, nano, and shuffle. In this week's column, I address a couple of questions sent in by readers who use these "legacy" devices. I also look at questions about gaps not playing between songs, and devices authorized to download iTunes content.

  • How-Tos: How to use your favorite mobile messaging service on your PC

    It's ridiculous how many different mobile messaging services are out there right now. Looking at my own phone I've got Blackberry Messenger, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Line, and WhatsApp installed, all to communicate with different people in my life. Most of these services are mobile centric, but many of them have desktop counterparts too--making life easier when you're stationed in front of your PC.

  • How-Tos: 3 fast, easy ways to find the perfect animated GIF

    Sometimes words aren't enough when you want to express yourself online. You need an image that will simultaneously display your encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and wit.

  • How-Tos: Power tips for managing files in Apple's Finder

    While some of OS X's applications have their own data structures--like Mail and Photos--Finder is likely where you will be doing most of your file organization. After you have created or collected hundreds (if not thousands) of files on your Mac, you might often find yourself needing to move these items around, print them, open them, and delete them so frequently that the basic uses of the mouse become somewhat limiting.

  • How-Tos: How to update Windows 8 apps

    We show you how to update Windows 8 apps in this step by step guide.

  • How-Tos: How to get texts on a tablet: Sync your phone and tablet SMS

    A phone is all most people need to send and receive text messages, but sync your inbox to your Android tablet and you can more easily manage your SMS- and multimedia messages. You get a bigger screen and larger keypad for texting, too. Here's how to get text messages on a tablet.

  • How-Tos: How to change the font in Google Chrome

    Are you bored of seeing the same fonts all the time? Well if you’ve got Google Chrome, we have a way of changing the font on almost any website to a custom one of your own choosing.

  • How-Tos: How to figure out if a website is down

    Internet access is a glorious thing--except for when it isn't. Sometimes it's an easy fix if you know how to solve Wi-Fi router problems, and other times the issue isn't so obvious, especially if it looks like your favorite site went down and took half the web with it.

  • How-Tos: How to change the user account on Windows 8 start up

    Here's how to change the Windows 8 start up so you get Windows 7 style log in with multiple accounts.

  • How-Tos: Mac 911: Good backup habits making migrating to a new Mac easier

    To go forward, you must back up. This is an old rubric and bad joke about the importance of keeping regularly updated copies on hand of your personal and work documents and, ideally, your entire drive. Backing up is often an important stage in migrating to a new machine as well. This week, I cover my recommended methods.

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 10 on your phone

    As promised the Technical Preview of Windows 10 for phone is now available. We show you how to install Windows 10 on your phone if you have a compatible Lumia.

  • How-Tos: 5 secret Chrome app launcher tips and tricks that speed up everyday tasks

    The Chrome app launcher is more than a glorified version of the Windows start menu. It packs a surprising amount of Google-y power that can speed up a wide variety of tasks on a Chromebook--and Windows, if you install the Chrome launcher.

  • How-Tos: How to make your phone's battery last longer

    Fed up with charging your phone every night? We offer some simple tips and tricks you can use to make your battery last longer.

  • How-Tos: How to install software on a second hard drive

    With limited capacities, storage space for apps is at a premium on an SSD. Here's how to install software on a second hard drive. We also explain how to move the contents of the Program Files folder to a hard disk will free up many gigabytes of space. Here's how to do it.

  • How-Tos: The ultimate guide to finding free, legal images online

    You may not realize it, but if you use Google to find an image and then use it in a project, you're likely breaking the law. Unless you've been given permission to use the image by its creator, then you cannot legally or ethically use it.


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