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How to keep Amazon, Apple, and Google from listening to your Alexa, Siri, and Assistant recordings

How to keep Amazon, Apple, and Google from listening to your Alexa, Siri, and Assistant recordings

August 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm 0 comments

Yes, your Amazon Echo and Google Home devices are listening to you, and it turns out that the smart speakers can record what you say and share those recordings with Amazon and Google employees. The reason: so Amazon and Google can analyze the responses of their virtual assistants and “manuallyRead More

How To Change Windows Sandbox Settings In Windows 10

How To Change Windows Sandbox Settings In Windows 10

August 8, 2019 at 7:17 am 0 comments

Windows Sandbox is probably the most useful security feature added to Windows 10 in the recent past. Based on the Hyper-V technology, the Windows Sandbox is an isolated environment designed to enable you to test suspicious or untrusted programs without affecting the host Windows 10 installation and data. The WindowsRead More

Is anyone home? Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker is a no-show at Unpacked 2019

Is anyone home? Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker is a no-show at Unpacked 2019

August 8, 2019 at 3:23 am 0 comments

It’s been about six months since we’ve laid eyes on the Galaxy Home, Samsung’s answer to smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. It now appears we’ll have to wait even longer for another sighting. First announced at Samsung’s 2018 Unpacked event last August, theRead More

2 Ways To Change Drive Icons In Windows 10

2 Ways To Change Drive Icons In Windows 10

August 6, 2019 at 2:02 pm 0 comments

Not all users like the new File Explorer drive icons in Windows 10. Many users want to change the default drive icons of the File Explorer to something that they like. Luckily, changing the File Explorer drive icons is an easy job in Windows 10. You can get it doneRead More

Can I Move The Hiberfil.sys (Hibernation) File In Windows 10?

Can I Move The Hiberfil.sys (Hibernation) File In Windows 10?

August 5, 2019 at 7:18 am 0 comments

The hibernation feature is turned on by default in Windows 10. When the hibernation feature is turned on, Windows creates hiberfile.sys file in the root folder of the drive where Windows 10 is installed (which is usually the drive “C”). As you likely know by now, the size of theRead More

You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

You just bought a new Amazon Echo device? Do these 6 things first

August 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm 0 comments

So, you snapped up an Echo, Echo Dot, or another Echo device during Amazon’s Prime Day extravaganza (or during one of Amazon’s periodic Echo sales), and it’s sitting in your kitchen, silently awaiting your next order. Now what? Before you can ask your Alexa-powered Echo to play your favorite SpotifyRead More

How To Hibernate Windows 10 When You Close The Laptop Lid

How To Hibernate Windows 10 When You Close The Laptop Lid

July 31, 2019 at 7:14 pm 0 comments

Many computer users are not aware of a feature in the Windows operating system that allows you to turn off the laptop by closing the laptop lid. You can configure Windows 10 to turn off (shut down, hibernate, or sleep) the laptop when you close the lid. If you needRead More

Windows 10 Photos App Not Recognizing iPhone

Windows 10 Photos App Not Recognizing iPhone

July 31, 2019 at 6:12 pm 0 comments

There are a bunch of ways out there to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC. The easiest of the lot probably is to use the built-in Photos app. At times, however, the Photos app might not recognize or detect the connected iPhone. The Photos might notRead More

Programs & Apps Starting Automatically In Windows 10

Programs & Apps Starting Automatically In Windows 10

July 31, 2019 at 5:09 pm 0 comments

When you turn on your PC, Windows 10 loads necessary drivers and services, at times, some programs might also start automatically with Windows 10. If an app or program automatically starts on its own and you don’t want the app or program to start automatically, you can configure Windows 10Read More

How to create a PowerPoint presentation for a kiosk or trade show booth

How to create a PowerPoint presentation for a kiosk or trade show booth

July 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm 0 comments

Can I format or compile my PowerPoint presentations to run automatically in a show booth or kiosk and, if so, how? Yes, you can and the how is much easier than you’d imagine. First, create your slideshow as you would any other presentation. Add your graphics, text, animations, and transitionsRead More

5 Windows display tricks to help you focus

5 Windows display tricks to help you focus

July 23, 2019 at 11:14 am 0 comments

When you’re trying to focus on a specific task, the right display settings can make a big difference. Dimming or disabling secondary monitors, cutting down on harsh screen lighting, or even eliminating color altogether can help draw your eyes to the job at hand and reduce eyestrain. With the rightRead More

Disable Notifications While Gaming And Watching Videos In Windows 10

Disable Notifications While Gaming And Watching Videos In Windows 10

July 23, 2019 at 9:25 am 0 comments

Most of us don’t want to get interrupted while gaming and watching movies. While gaming, watching movies, or giving an important presentation, more often than not, we get notifications. The desktop notification feature in Windows 10 is very helpful, but it can be annoying while gaming, presenting, and watching movies.Read More

Remove Yellow & Blue Shield From Shortcut Icons On Windows 10 Desktop

Remove Yellow & Blue Shield From Shortcut Icons On Windows 10 Desktop

July 22, 2019 at 5:38 am 0 comments

With the default installation settings, most of the classic desktop programs create their shortcut icons on the desktop upon installing them. While some programs offer an option to install programs without creating the desktop shortcut, some not. Program shortcuts usually have a shortcut icon over them to indicate that theyRead More

How To Open Office Word Document (.DOCX) With Google Docs

How To Open Office Word Document (.DOCX) With Google Docs

July 19, 2019 at 10:57 am 0 comments

Google Docs lets you view, create, and edit documents online for free. It’s probably the most used online office suite. The beauty of Google Docs is that it is compatible with the Microsoft Office Word document file format (.docx) as well. Since Google Docs is an online service, you won’tRead More

How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

July 18, 2019 at 9:50 am 0 comments

If you have an Amazon Echo in your home you already know how useful it can be. Whether you want to play music, turn on your lights, or just check the weather, Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart speakers can pretty much do it all. And that includes making calls. That’s right, youRead More

Automatically Hibernate Windows 10 PC When Battery Is Low

Automatically Hibernate Windows 10 PC When Battery Is Low

July 18, 2019 at 6:21 am 0 comments

Hibernation is a brilliant and time-saving feature present in the Windows operating system as you don’t need to close all running programs before shutting down the PC. The hibernation feature also makes it possible to start from where you left off. In simple words, when you hibernate your PC, itRead More

How to play music you own on an Amazon Echo

How to play music you own on an Amazon Echo

July 16, 2019 at 11:08 pm 0 comments

Amazon’s Alexa is becoming less hospitable to people who prefer to buy music instead of just signing up for a music subscription service such as Spotify.  Until recently, Amazon Music Storage was the best way to stream your personal music collection onto Alexa devices—provided it was encoded as MP3 files.Read More

How to protect yourself from online scams including ransomware and more

How to protect yourself from online scams including ransomware and more

July 16, 2019 at 10:07 pm 0 comments

Protecting yourself from online scams is a fact of life now. According to the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report, Internet scams from 2014 through 2018 cost consumers $7.45 billion. Scams include online shopping/non-delivery of products ordered, identity theft, credit card fraud, and denial of service/DDoS attacks. Other threats include variousRead More

Google Keep Notes: 10 tips and tricks to become a master

Google Keep Notes: 10 tips and tricks to become a master

July 16, 2019 at 10:54 am 0 comments

Google Keep Notes might be the most underrated of Google’s services. It’s more than just a place to jot down your thoughts—it’s also the missing link to bring Docs, Calendar, Photos, and the rest of Google’s services together. Here are 10 tips and tricks to unlock the full potential ofRead More

Battery Or Power Icon Setting Greyed Out In Windows 10

Battery Or Power Icon Setting Greyed Out In Windows 10

July 15, 2019 at 2:18 pm 0 comments

Windows 10 displays a battery/power icon on the taskbar on devices that have a battery. The battery icon displays the status of the remaining battery life. When connected to a power source and charging, it displays a charging icon. Clicking on the battery icon gives you more information and options.Read More

How to add music to your Google Slides presentation

How to add music to your Google Slides presentation

July 15, 2019 at 10:22 am 0 comments

Music is a great way to liven up your Google Sheets presentations and keep your audience engaged. Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, however, Google Sheets doesn’t include support for audio files. But with the following workarounds, you can add a soundtrack to any slide. (Updated July 10, 2019, with a new workaroundRead More

A Problem Prevented The Document From Being Scanned

A Problem Prevented The Document From Being Scanned

July 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm 0 comments

The built-in Windows Fax and Scan utility in Windows 10 is helpful to scan documents and pictures. Microsoft has released an official Scan app for Windows 10 (available in the Store), but many users prefer using the classic Windows Fax and Scan program. When using the Windows Fax and ScanRead More

How To Preview, Install & Uninstall Fonts In Windows 10

How To Preview, Install & Uninstall Fonts In Windows 10

July 11, 2019 at 4:45 pm 0 comments

Windows 10 ships with many built-in fonts. Like its predecessors, Windows 10 also allows you to view, install, and uninstall fonts with ease. Although Windows 10 doesn’t let you change the display font via the Settings or Control Panel, the same can be changed via the Registry. Tools like SystemRead More

How to back up your Google Photos library now that Google Drive auto-sync has shut down

How to back up your Google Photos library now that Google Drive auto-sync has shut down

July 10, 2019 at 9:04 pm 0 comments

Ever since Google Photos and its unlimited high-quality cloud storage arrived, Google has included a handy backup method with your Google Drive. As long as you had the Google Drive toggle flipped in the Google Photos settings (and enough space in your Drive), everything added to Google Photos synced backRead More

How to automatically delete the web activity and location history data in your Google account

How to automatically delete the web activity and location history data in your Google account

July 10, 2019 at 10:53 am 0 comments

Google is finally taking your privacy seriously. Earlier this year, it rolled out a simpler and more transparent way to access your Location History and Web & App Activity, and delete part or all of it, but it’s effective only if you remember to do it. Now Google is makingRead More

We Can’t Create The Recovery Drive Error In Windows 10

We Can’t Create The Recovery Drive Error In Windows 10

July 9, 2019 at 11:30 am 0 comments

Windows 10 allows you to create a recovery drive so that you can use the recovery media to restore the Windows 10 installation to a previous date (using a previously created system restore point) or reset to the default settings without losing the data. The recovery drive is useful, especiallyRead More