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Managing Notifications in Windows 8

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Managing Notifications in Windows 8

Windows 8’s new app platform provides an integrated notification system for Modern apps. Windows 8-style apps can use several different types of notifications — traditional toast notifications, lock screen notifications, and live tiles. All of these can be managed, whether you want to disable an app’s notifications, allow notifications only for certain email accounts, or temporarily silence notifications. Unfortunately, Windows 8 doesn’t include a notification center that shows a history of your notifications in one place.

Chris Hoffman August 2, 2013
Managing Notifications in Windows 8
5 Vital System Tools Every Windows User Should Know About

Windows

5 Vital System Tools Every Windows User Should Know About

Not sure why your computer keeps crashing? If you’ve been afraid to poke around your system and figure out how to maintain it, don’t fear: it’s simpler than you think. There are plenty of articles on this very site pointing out third-party tools for maintaining your Windows system. What we occasionally overlook, however, are the tools Windows provides out of the box for doing the same things. Knowing where to find tools for scanning your hard drive and memory can’t hurt – and neither can some basic diagnostic tools.

Justin Pot August 1, 2013
5 Vital System Tools Every Windows User Should Know About
Batch Edit & Watermark Hundreds of Photos With PhotoMarks

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Batch Edit & Watermark Hundreds of Photos With PhotoMarks

Batch image editing is something most people don’t even think about until they find themselves staring at tens, hundreds or thousands of photos that require an identical edit. The task seems impossible, and you wonder; how the heck am I going to do all of this without perishing of boredom? Fortunately, many people have been in this spot before, and many developers have created solutions to quickly whip thousands of photos into shape. One such solution is PhotoMarks. Let’s see what this batch editor has to offer.

Matt Smith August 1, 2013
Batch Edit & Watermark Hundreds of Photos With PhotoMarks
Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]

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Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]

Technology has come a long way over the past few decades with the advent of increasingly complex bits of software, hardware, and networking. Despite this progress, technology still hasn’t managed to solve one of the most fundamental forces in life: entropy. No matter how hard you try to fight it, time breaks down all things and the result is clutter – computers are no exception. The best we can do in light of entropy is to repair the chaos ourselves and that’s where WinOptimizer 10 steps in.

Joel Lee July 31, 2013
Automate Your Computer Maintenance With Ashampoo WinOptimizer 10 [Giveaway]
5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That’s Perfect for You

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5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That’s Perfect for You

Choosing some sort of password management strategy to deal with the huge amount of passwords we need is crucial. If you’re like most people, you probably store your passwords in your brain. To remember them all, you end up choosing weak, easy-to-remember passwords and reusing them for multiple accounts. But there are better ways — a good password management tool will allow you to use secure passwords without devoting lots of time to memorization. Read on to learn about a variety of powerful solutions to manage strong passwords.

Chris Hoffman July 31, 2013
5 Password Management Tools Compared: Find the One That’s Perfect for You
2 Windows 8 Swype-Like Touch Keyboards Tested

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2 Windows 8 Swype-Like Touch Keyboards Tested

On more than one occasion, I’ve found myself attempting to drag my finger around the keyboard on my Windows 8 tablet, only to be disappointed when only a single letter is entered. Swype-like input is simple, intuitive, and fast. So why can’t a Windows 8 tablet do that? Well, it can—sort of. There are a couple limited options you can choose from. They won’t be a perfect replacement for your keyboard, but they can offer some good Swype-style relief for those days when you really don’t want to lift your finger off the screen.

Riley J. Dennis July 30, 2013
2 Windows 8 Swype-Like Touch Keyboards Tested
How To Check New & Used Devices For Problems Using Simple Tips & Software

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How To Check New & Used Devices For Problems Using Simple Tips & Software

Are you thinking of purchasing a new or used smartphone or computer? While you absolutely must test used electronics, even brand new smartphones and computers can suffer from defects that you may not notice until after a 30-day return policy expires. Before you take the plunge, there’s a variety of stress-tests and diagnostics you should perform. This article details several methods of vetting a new or used device on Windows and Android to identify problems before you encounter them.

Kannon Yamada July 30, 2013
How To Check New & Used Devices For Problems Using Simple Tips & Software
Airfoil Adds Extended AirPlay Functionality To Mac and PC

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Airfoil Adds Extended AirPlay Functionality To Mac and PC

AirPlay is Apple’s way of wirelessly streaming audio and video to supported devices on your local network. If you have one of Apple’s more recent Airport base stations, an Apple TV or a Boxee box at home, you should already be able to stream music from your computer to your entertainment system, wirelessly. Apple has made it notably more difficult to use AirPlay with third-party apps like Spotify or Rdio instead of iTunes. For that, you’ll need something like Airfoil.

Simon Slangen July 29, 2013
Airfoil Adds Extended AirPlay Functionality To Mac and PC
Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly

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Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly

Image hosting and image sharing sites are all the rage these days, especially with the widespread explosion in popularity of Internet image macros and memes. Images are pleasing to the eye and people are more likely to view an image than read a block of text – which is why infographics are great. The problem? Storage limits and inconvenient uploads. What if there was a tool that lets you take screenshots, upload them to storage, and share a link – all with one click? That tool exists and it’s called Puush.

Joel Lee July 26, 2013
Puush: Take Screenshots and Share Them Instantly
Update Windows Drivers For Free With IObit Driver Booster Beta

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Update Windows Drivers For Free With IObit Driver Booster Beta

Without drivers, hardware and software wouldn’t be able to communicate, leaving a system inoperable. Updates to drivers can dramatically improve the stability, speed and features of a computer without any changes to the hardware inside. Yet, driver updates remain difficult to locate for most devices. Most users don’t update unless something has gone wrong. IOBit’s Driver Booster promises an easier solution by acting as an all-in-one command center, from where of your drivers are easy to update.

Matt Smith July 26, 2013
Update Windows Drivers For Free With IObit Driver Booster Beta
How To Diagnose And Fix A Dead Hard Drive To Recover Data

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How To Diagnose And Fix A Dead Hard Drive To Recover Data

Several years ago, I experienced a hard drive failure. I was at work when my laptop suddenly started to act particularly strange. About half an hour later, the hard drive failed audibly and the laptop wouldn’t boot anymore. Unfortunately, I didn’t have comprehensive backups. Over the next couple of weeks I considered doing everything under the sun — and did most of it — to fix the old HDD. If your hard drive has died, this guide might help you to revive it again. So roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Tina Sieber July 24, 2013
How To Diagnose And Fix A Dead Hard Drive To Recover Data
Finally Get Two Functional Desktops With Actual Multiple Monitors

Windows

Finally Get Two Functional Desktops With Actual Multiple Monitors

Once you have tried working with a dual monitor setup, you’ll never go back. While two monitors give you double the workspace and boost productivity, I found the setup is never perfect. In the end, either the screensaver or backgrounds don’t work right or the software tool is very buggy and ends up freezing up the system. Then I came across Actual Multiple Monitors. This impressive software can transform your single PC into a dual display system that acts as though you’re running two independent computer desktops.

Ryan Dube July 24, 2013
Finally Get Two Functional Desktops With Actual Multiple Monitors
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