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Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare

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Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare

Although Windows is a very capable operating system, it is infamous for its deteriorating performance over time. With the help of some clever system cleaners, however, you can drastically increase the life expectancy of your system before you have to resort to a re-installation. I compared three programs based on their interface, features, scan times, and results. An ideal cleaner should have a simple, easy to use interface with effective features, quick scan times and accurate and helpful results.

Danny Stieben June 24, 2013
Cleaners Compared: CCleaner vs. Slimcleaner vs. IObit Advanced SystemCare
Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools

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Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools

Personal privacy is the hot topic these days, at least in the news. It should also be the hot topic in your computing life, as well! What you do online and on your computer says an awful lot about you and, in the hands of the wrong people, can prove disastrous. Oh, fine, at least we have a password on our computers. But let’s say we are doing something where privacy really does matter. Imagine we had a benevolent reason to cover our tracks. On to some tools that will help us do just that!

Guy McDowell June 21, 2013
Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools
10 Common PC Maintenance Errors That You Can Avoid

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10 Common PC Maintenance Errors That You Can Avoid

PCs still require maintenance, as much as we wish they were magic boxes that did all the work for us. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when it comes to maintaining their PC. These mistakes could result in hardware damage, security breaches, data loss, and general system instability. We generally cover lists of things you should do, but knowing what not to do can be even more important. Here we cover some of the most common mistakes so you can avoid them and keep your PC running like new.

Chris Hoffman June 21, 2013
10 Common PC Maintenance Errors That You Can Avoid
The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows

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The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows

These days, almost everyone has a Skype account. It has quickly become the default communication method for long-distance calls and video chats as it is free and easy to use. Once you’re in the habit of using Skype regularly, though, you start finding other neat things you can do with it. Like, for instance, recording calls. There are so many great reasons you may have for recording calls on Skype, so whatever it is you need to record; here’s how you do it.

Angela Alcorn June 20, 2013
The Quickest, Easiest Way To Record Skype Calls For Mac And Windows
How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device

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How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device

A few months ago I was playing games on my Nintendo Wii (thanks to the loss of my Xbox 360) and even getting fitter in the process – until I stumbled across the news that not only could I turn my Wii into a media centre, but that I could also install Netflix. Suffice to say, the intervening months have not been kind to my waistline. At times, they haven’t been all that kind to my sanity, either.

Christian Cawley June 20, 2013
How To Improve Netflix Streaming On Any Device
Tips To Maximize Your Listening Pleasure In iTunes

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Tips To Maximize Your Listening Pleasure In iTunes

With Spotify, Pandora, and – sigh – The Pirate Bay in the mix, it’s very rare that you hear someone say they just love listening to iTunes. It’s not like people don’t do it, though. It just seems as if it has faded into the background as the simple default music player for Macs, iDevices, and more. So here are five tips to aid you in maximizing your listening pleasure with iTunes. These basic cheats can be customized according to your listening preferences, so grab your headphones and check ’em out.

Joshua Lockhart June 20, 2013
Tips To Maximize Your Listening Pleasure In iTunes
Don’t Get Fragged: 5 Must-Have Free Voice Chat Clients For Gamers

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Don’t Get Fragged: 5 Must-Have Free Voice Chat Clients For Gamers

Have you ever heard about the paradox of choice? Here’s the gist of it: the more choices you have, the harder it becomes to make a satisfying decision. This is slowly becoming a reality in the world of voice communication because the number of available programs is rising – which one is the best? Which one should you use?

Joel Lee June 19, 2013
Don’t Get Fragged: 5 Must-Have Free Voice Chat Clients For Gamers
How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

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How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8

My personal desktop setup has changed considerably in the past few months since purchasing the Acer Iconia W7 series tablet, which I use as my primary PC. Gone is the tower of my old self build AMD-powered game station, replaced by far more compact dimensions, a new monitor and an external HDD. This is the main hub of my professional life: a Windows 8 tablet. Yes, you read that right. Let me demonstrate how you can be productive with Windows 8. It is possible, and with the right apps you can get great results.

Christian Cawley June 19, 2013
How This Freelance Writer Maximises Productivity With Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8
Every Windows 8 Shortcut – Gestures, Desktop, Command Line

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Every Windows 8 Shortcut – Gestures, Desktop, Command Line

Windows 8 is all about shortcuts. People with touch-enabled PCs use touch gestures, users without touch devices must learn the mouse shortcuts, power users use keyboard shortcuts on the desktop and novel command-line shortcuts, and you can even use special swipe gestures on your laptop’s touchpad. Here we collected all the shortcuts you need to master Windows 8. If you’ve upgraded to Windows 8 or bought a new PC that came with Windows 8, you’ll find that a lot has changed.

Chris Hoffman June 19, 2013
Every Windows 8 Shortcut – Gestures, Desktop, Command Line
5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI

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5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI

Whether you’re limited to Modern UI or just contemplating its general usefulness, you need really good apps to help you take advantage of it. The Windows 8 Store has been growing by leaps and bounds, and it’s now possible to find a great selection of Modern apps. From news apps to email apps, there’s almost nothing that isn’t available for the Modern UI. But how do these apps compare to their desktop predecessors? Are they really worth the trouble? Turns out they are.

Yaara Lancet June 18, 2013
5 Awesome Windows 8 Apps That Will Make You Love Modern UI
How to Wipe Your Hard Disk Drive Leaving the OS Intact

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How to Wipe Your Hard Disk Drive Leaving the OS Intact

So you want to get rid of your computer. To keep your data secure you will want to securely wipe the drive. This ensures that no one can recover the deleted files. However, you might not want to remove the entire operating system itself. Just re-installing your operating system or restoring from your recovery partition isn’t enough to guarantee that your files won’t be recoverable. When getting rid of a PC that has potentially sensitive data, you should wipe the drive to be sure your data can’t be recovered.

Chris Hoffman June 17, 2013
How to Wipe Your Hard Disk Drive Leaving the OS Intact
Getting A New PC? 12 Must Have Applications To Install First

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Getting A New PC? 12 Must Have Applications To Install First

It’s a fuzzy feeling when you unbox that brand new desktop or laptop and consider how fast and responsive of an experience you’re about to be in for. When you purchase a new computer, treat it like a new car. Take care of it and give it no more or less than what it needs. Is there really a need for you to download six different media players? None of that! If you consider buying a new PC, or you’ve just purchased one, go down this list and let me make your job easier on you.

Craig Snyder June 17, 2013
Getting A New PC? 12 Must Have Applications To Install First
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