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Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 15, 2019 at 18:51.

How to Stream All the Coolest E3 2019 Events From Home

How to Stream All the Coolest E3 2019 Events From Home

Next week is going to be very exciting if you like video games. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, returns to LA from Tuesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 13. During the show, and the press conferences leading up to it, gamers will get their first looks at the biggest games coming out through the end of year, next year, and beyond.

Though E3 is open to the...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 15, 2019 at 17:08.

How to Add Chrome’s New Dark Mode and Colorful Themes

How to Add Chrome’s New Dark Mode and Colorful Themes

Everybody loves a Dark Mode. Adding a high-contrast “reverse type” version of websites and apps always seem to be a big hit among power users, presumably because their dark palettes are easier on the eyes when staring at a bright screen in low light. If you are one of the dark-mode faithful—or just a fan of reskinning your apps—today is an exciting day: Google released a set of 14 alternate...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 15, 2019 at 11:27.

How to Set Up Two-Step Authentication on Your Microsoft Account

How to Set Up Two-Step Authentication on Your Microsoft
Account

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: You should use two-factor authentication everywhere you can. It’s an easily enacted security measure that should give you a lot more peace of mind.

Technically, Microsoft protects its apps with “two-step verification ” rather than two-factor verification. Alex Simons, vice president of program management for Microsoft’s Identity Division,...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 15, 2019 at 03:08.

How to (Finally) Change Your Name on PlayStation 4

How to (Finally) Change Your Name on PlayStation 4

The time has come: Sony has finally announced it will allow PlayStation 4 owners to change their User IDs—the name you go by when you’re playing games online—starting later today. The feature is a long time coming, and gamers, particularly those of us who have been hamstrung with the same handle since creating a PlayStation ID for the PlayStation 3, are thankful.

For something so coveted, you...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 14, 2019.

The Biggest iPad Changes Coming to iPadOS from WWDC 2019

The Biggest iPad Changes Coming to iPadOS from WWDC 2019

Apple made some really big announcements about the future of all its products during its annual Worldwide developer Conference on Monday — WWDC, for short — but one of the biggest has to be the fact that iPads now have their own operating system, iPadOS. Instead of using iOS, the same software used on the iPhone, the iPad will be able to go its own way. Based on the presentation, that will...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 14, 2019.

How to Join the Beta for Google’s ‘Live Transcribe’ Android App

How to Join the Beta for Google’s ‘Live
Transcribe’ Android App

Google announced Monday that it’s launching a beta for a new Android feature called Live Transcribe, which can accurately create written captions from speech on the fly. It’s an accessibility-focused project made to help people with hearing loss communicate without making special arrangements or purchasing expensive equipment.

Live Transcribe seems easy to use: Once activated in...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 14, 2019.

All the Big iOS 13 Changes Apple Announced at WWDC 19

All the Big iOS 13 Changes Apple Announced at WWDC 19

Apple is hosting its annual Worldwide Developer Conference this week and, as expected, kicked off the conference by unveiling iOS 13, the next version of its mobile operating system, during the show’s opening keynote. Apple showed off a LOT of stuff, including key improvements to overall privacy, overhauled apps, and sweeping software changes for iPads. Here’s a rundown of the changes you’ll...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 14, 2019.

How to Pre-Order the New Macbook Air and iPad Pro

How to Pre-Order the New Macbook Air and iPad Pro

Apple just announced a suite of new computers—new iPad Pros, Mac Minis, and a new Macbook Air. (We’re very excited about that last one). All of these shiny chrome devices are coming soon, hitting stores next Wednesday, November 7. Conventional wisdom dictates waiting for reviews before picking up new gear, but maybe you’ve been waiting to pick up your next tablet or laptop and want to...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 13, 2019.

Sign Up to Watch Next Week's Mac Event at an Apple Store

Sign Up to Watch Next Week's Mac Event at an Apple Store

Apple likes to describe its press conferences as celebratory events. And while, admittedly, the traffic they draw may elicit some cheers from tech sites, they’re merely blips on the average person’s radar.

But the people that care, really care. If the idea of watching an Apple event in a social setting is more enticing to you than heading to the bar to catch the World Series, there’s good...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 13, 2019.

Use the Semiphemeral App to Delete Your Tweets While Keeping Your Faves

Use the Semiphemeral App to Delete Your Tweets While Keeping Your Faves

There are a lot of good reasons to delete your tweets, but I’ve been hesitant to pull the trigger. While the idea makes sense on paper , I know there are things I will regret erasing. We’ve recommended services to clear your Twitter before, but as far as I know, all of them delete your whole history. It’s all or nothing.

Semiphemeral, a program made by technology reporter Micah Lee, is perfect...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 13, 2019.

The Tech Decisions That People Love to Fight Over

The Tech Decisions That People Love to Fight Over

The identity politics of tech are real. We become obsessed with the devices that power our lives, and they can drive us to heated arguments—however preposterous—with anyone who loves a competing product, platform, or service.

It’s frighteningly easy to filter your life through your tech purchases and mistake a criticism against a device or service you use (or the brand that made it) for an...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 13, 2019.

How to Record Calls on Skype

How to Record Calls on Skype

Skype announced this week that it has added a cloud-based recording feature to its video chat service, which you can now access on almost any version of Skype save for the Windows 10 version. It’ll gain the call-recording feature “in the coming weeks,” according to the Skype blog.

To record a call, simply press the plus symbol (+) in the bottom-left corner of a Skype call select “Start...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 13, 2019.

You Don't Need Nintendo Switch Online

You Don't Need Nintendo Switch Online

Even if it’s technically new, Nintendo Switch Online shouldn’t seem especially new to anyone. Like Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One and PlayStation Plus on the PlayStation 4, the new $20 subscription for everyone’s favorite “hybrid” console confers a couple services gamers on other platforms would consider standard—the ability to play games online and access to cloud storage for game saves—as...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 12, 2019.

The Best Deals in the Epic Games Store's Month-Long 'Mega Sale'

The Best Deals in the Epic Games Store's Month-Long 'Mega Sale'

Epic really wants you to start buying games from its online store. The company behind Fortnite (and the widely used Unreal game design engine), announced that it will hold a store-wide sale on its platform, the Epic Games Store, from May 16 through June 13, 2019. That means lots of discounts on PC games, big and small, old and new (and not even out yet).

The Mega Sale pre-empts the annual...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 12, 2019.

How to Protect Your Privacy on Linkedin

How to Protect Your Privacy on Linkedin

We’ve been spending a lot of time lately wrestling with what Facebook has been doing with our information from our personal lives—but Facebook isn’t the only place where you’re sharing a lot of information about yourself. LinkedIn, everyone’s favorite professional-networking service, gets a ton of data from you about your career and interests, and uses it to sell ads and other services. You...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 12, 2019.

Share up to 2.5GB of Files at Once (for Free) with Firefox Send

Share up to 2.5GB of Files at Once (for Free) with Firefox Send

Sometimes, it’s a lot easier to dump a file (or a ton of files) into a cloud storage service like Box or Dropbox instead of trying to attach them all in an email. That, or you hunt around the web for any number of “free file upload” services that promise to temporarily host data on your behalf.

This week, the folks at Mozilla launched a neat new service called Firefox Send, which makes it easy...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 11, 2019.

How to Opt Out of Amazon's Print Holiday Catalog

How to Opt Out of Amazon's Print Holiday Catalog

Amazon wants to fill the Toys R’ Us-shaped hole in our hearts with an old fashioned print holiday catalog , much like the recently closed toy store’s “Big Book of Toys.” Amazon’s catalog, which The Verge said will be called “A Holiday of Play,” hopes to reimagine the Black Friday gift guide by adding QR codes next to every item so you can literally shop out of it with your phone.

I’m of two...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 11, 2019.

Check Your Nintendo Switch Cartridges for Damage Before You Use Them

Check Your Nintendo Switch Cartridges for Damage Before You Use Them

The Nintendo Switch is a fun game console, but it’s surprisingly fragile. Its kickstand can snap off like a twig; its screen is easy to scratch; and, apparently, inserting a damaged game cartridge into your console can break the card reader, making it unable to play physical games.

This disturbing discovery comes courtesy of a Japanese blog Esuteru, reporting on a YouTube video from a repair...

Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jul 04, 2019.

How to Sign Up for the Android Q Beta Right Now

How to Sign Up for the Android Q Beta Right Now

The Android OS cycle starts again this week, with Google announcing more details on Android Q and releasing a first, early beta for adventurous types who want to take a peek under the hood. If you’re one of those people, and you have a Google Pixel phone, you can enroll in the beta right now and start trying out Android Q within 24 hours of the request (if not sooner).

How to sign up for the...
Mike Epstein Mike Epstein Jun 30, 2019.

Having Issues Playing Games on PC? Update Windows 10 

Having Issues Playing Games on PC? Update Windows 10 

If you’ve noticed that some of your games on Windows 10 have been particularly unresponsive in the last week, you aren’t alone. Microsoft confirmed that a recent Windows 10 update, patch KB4482887, introduced a bug that dramatically increased lag. Don’t sweat it, though. Microsoft has, thankfully, dealt with the issue quickly in a new patch, KB4489899, which reportedly fixes the...

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