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David Nield David Nield Jul 19, 2019 at 20:30.

The 9 Best Hacks to Make Your Internet Feel Faster

The 9 Best Hacks to Make Your Internet Feel Faster

Your time is precious, and you spend a lot of it inside a web browser—so shaving off seconds and minutes that you don’t need to waste can give you back a chunk of time in your day. These are the best ways to speed up your web browsing no matter what your browser or platform of choice.

Turn off images

Just the text, please, ma’am—if you’re only interested in the raw text content of a page then...

David Nield David Nield Jul 18, 2019 at 22:50.

DisplayPort 2.0 Is Finally Here, and This Is Why It Matters

DisplayPort 2.0 Is Finally Here, and This Is Why It Matters

You might not have heard much about DisplayPort, as the HDMI rival is limited mostly to high-end monitors, dedicated graphics cards, and other premium, professional tech. A new version of DisplayPort is upon us though—the standard’s biggest upgrade yet—and it could be enough to earn the technology a place in more devices in the future.h

As DisplayPort isn’t a display interface everyone will be...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 20:25.

Our 19 Favorite Tips and Tricks of 2018 

Our 19 Favorite Tips and Tricks of 2018 

As you might have noticed, another year is drawing to a close. What you might have missed are all the tips and tricks we’ve packed into the Field Guides of 2018—and so here are some of our favorite hacks and time-savers, from exporting Fitbit data to finding hidden Windows menus, that we think are worth highlighting again.

1) Turn on your phone’s one-handed keyboard

Your phone comes with a...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 20:15. 6 comments

7 Ways OnePlus and OxygenOS Beat Google's Stock Android

7 Ways OnePlus and OxygenOS Beat Google's Stock Android

OnePlus phones just keep getting better and better, but what’s not often talked about very much is the software that comes pre-installed on board. It’s Android, but it’s OnePlus’ own brand of Android called OxygenOS and it’s getting very close to beating Google at its own game.

From the once-very-bloated-but-now-not-so-bad offering that is Samsung One UI, to more vanilla takes from LG and...

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David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 16:28.

Impress Your Friends With Intimate Knowledge of Movies and Shows You've Never Watched

Impress Your Friends With Intimate Knowledge of Movies and Shows You've Never Watched

Going to the movies or binge-watching TV can be fun, sure, but it’s also time-consuming, and quite possibly expensive too—and thanks to the wonders of the modern-day internet, it’s no longer necessary. You can get clued up on that killer twist, or super-emotional showdown, or scarcely believable character arc, via a web browser in minutes... and then talk about it like an expert.

Find out what...
David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 16:20.

5 Ways to Spend Less Money on Digital Subscriptions

5 Ways to Spend Less Money on Digital Subscriptions

You’re probably spending more than you think on monthly subscription services —music streaming, cloud storage , video libraries, software packages... the list goes on and on. Add them all up and you might be talking about a substantial chunk of money going out on a regular basis. Here’s how to start cutting back.

1) Switch to free options

Admittedly, there’s no (legal) way to get everything...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 14:40.

Android TV Is Good Now

Android TV Is Good Now

While often derided as buggy, slow, and not as good as alternative options like the Apple TV or even the Chromecast, Android TV has been quietly fixing a lot of its problems and adding a pile of features that make it worth a second look. Nearly five years after launch, there are a lot of reasons Android TV might be worth a second look for your living room.

The obvious beauty of the operating...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 14:17.

How to Choose the Right Platform to Run Your Smart Home

How to Choose the Right Platform to Run Your Smart Home

Maybe you’re taking your first tentative steps into the smart home market, or maybe you’re expanding what you’ve already got, but at some point you’re going to want to get everything working together—or else be faced with using dozens of different apps every day to get your smart gadgets doing your bidding.

Here we’re going to take a look at three of the major options: Amazon Alexa, Google...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 13:00.

How 'Sign in With Apple' Improves on Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Options

How 'Sign in With Apple' Improves on Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Options

Amongst the reveals we saw at WWDC 2019 was a new technology for apps and the web: “Sign in with Apple .” It’s supposedly a more private way to sign into apps and services, according to the company. But if Apple’s version is more private, what are you actually giving away when you sign in with a competing sign-in option from Google, Facebook, or Twitter? And how does Apple plan to do things...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 12:34.

How to Make Sure Amazon's Recommendations Actually Work

How to Make Sure Amazon's Recommendations Actually Work

Amazon has a lot of information about you, which it uses to try and suggest other stuff you might like (to buy). If you notice that your recommendations are frequently unhelpful, then there are some tweaks you can make inside your user account to try and improve them. Here are the screens and the settings you need to head for.

Get yourself logged into Amazon, avoiding any tempting special...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 11:42.

All the Data Google Has Collected About You and How to Delete It

All the Data Google Has Collected About You and How to Delete It

The data that Google is gathering on you stretches across Gmail, Google Maps, Android devices, web searches, smart speakers , your video viewing habits, and more. That’s a lot of information, but Google makes it available for you to view and delete if you want to—and here’s how to go about it.

With each passing year, Google seems to get more concerned about positioning itself as...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 03:43.

The Best Free Software to Install on Your New Laptop

The Best Free Software to Install on Your New Laptop

You’ve unboxed yourself a brand new laptop, logged in, changed the wallpaper to something more your taste, and... now what? Let us direct to you a collection of the best free software you need to install straight away, whether your new machine is running Windows or macOS .

1) Mozilla Firefox

For a lot of you Chrome will be the go to browser to install alongside Edge or Safari, but we’re here...

David Nield David Nield Jul 15, 2019 at 00:35.

How to Use Your Gaming Controllers With Your Computer

How to Use Your Gaming Controllers With Your Computer

You may think that your Xbox One or PS4 controller will always stay faithful to the console it’s paired with, but that’s not always the case. Thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth and other wireless technologies, you can actually use these input devices with Windows and macOS as well—and the setup isn’t too difficult either.

If you’re looking for an upgrade for your laptop or desktop gaming...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 22:36.

7 Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of a Multi-Monitor Setup

7 Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of a Multi-Monitor Setup

If you’ve never tried running two screens from one computer then it might seem like an unnecessary luxury—but setting up a second display can make a huge difference to your productivity and entire user experience. Once you’ve taken the plunge with another screen, here are nine ways to make the most of it.

1) Change your primary display

Your primary or main display is where a lot of the main...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 22:05.

How Phishing Scams Are Evolving—And How Not to Get Caught

How Phishing Scams Are Evolving—And How Not to Get Caught

Phishing is one of the most reliable methods a would-be hacker can take to access your digital accounts or even your bank account—and these kinds of attacks are becoming more common and more sophisticated over time. Even if you think you know a phishing email when you see one, new strategies continue to spring up.

That’s not surprising, considering the rewards can be so huge for a successful...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 21:27.

Please, for the Love of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly

Please, for the Love of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly
GarbageThis week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure.  

Your personal data—be it financial spreadsheets or web searches—is not something you want to be leaving behind for other people to find, and totally wiping your activity off devices or the web takes a few more steps than you might have realized. Don’t...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 21:10.

The Best iOS 13 and macOS Catalina Updates Apple Didn't Announce at WWDC

The Best iOS 13 and macOS Catalina Updates Apple Didn't Announce at WWDC

During the WWDC 2019 keynote on Monday, we heard about a ton of features coming to iOS 13, the new iPadOS , and macOS Catalina —but Apple itself admitted that there was much more it didn’t have time to showcase. Here are some of the best and coolest software tweaks heading to iPhones, iPads, and Macs later this year.

iOS 13 and iPadOS

Wifi selection from Control Center: The next versions of...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 18:01.

How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It's Available Right Now

How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It's Available Right Now

Dark mode can make software easier on the eye , give you a refreshing change from the norm, and even save on battery life if you’re using an OLED display—here are all the apps and platforms offering the option of a dark mode right now, and how to enable it in each case.

Windows

You can enable dark mode on Windows 10 by clicking the cog icon on the Start menu, then choosing Personalization,...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 16:47.

The Best Websites and Web Apps for Making Use of Exactly One Hour of Free Time

The Best Websites and Web Apps for Making Use of Exactly One Hour of Free Time

It’s lunchtime—or maybe it’s just a break you’re taking from the world. Either way, you’ve got an hour to spare, and that could mean running errands or braving the outdoors, or it could mean snacking at your desk while idly clicking around the internet (employer IT policy permitting). If you’re looking for inspiration for your next 60 minutes of non-work web browsing, here are some of the...

David Nield David Nield Jul 14, 2019 at 15:47.

The Triggers That Make Us Check Our Phones Most Often... and How to Fight Them

The Triggers That Make Us Check Our Phones Most Often... and How to Fight Them

Reaching for your phone in moments of silence, or because you simply struggle to disconnect, can be socially rude and emotionally tiring (especially if you’re a news fan). University of Washington researchers believe they have identified four common triggers that prompt us to take our phones out, and they’re the same across all ages. So below we outlined what they are, how to anticipate them,...

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