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3 Ways to Disable Windows 8 Gestures

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3 Ways to Disable Windows 8 Gestures

Windows 8 is full of gestures and shortcuts. In addition to touch-screen gestures, there are swipe gestures you can perform with your laptop’s touchpad and mouse gestures that involve moving your cursor to the corners of the screen. However, there are ways to disable all of these gestures. This is particularly useful if these gestures get in your way while using your touchpad or mouse. You can even disable a Windows 8 device’s touch screen entirely — we don’t recommend it, but it’s something you can do if you want.

Chris Hoffman July 3, 2013 03-07-2013
3 Ways to Disable Windows 8 Gestures
Spotify vs. Rdio: A Complete Comparison

Android

Spotify vs. Rdio: A Complete Comparison

I recently cancelled my Spotify Premium membership after a year of uninterrupted monthly payments to the company. This decision came about when I accidentally signed up for 14-days of free Rdio Unlimited. Quite frankly, I was left confused as to who I should be paying money to and after playing with both services there’s a good chance you would be too. If you’re choosing to take the Netflix-style “all you can eat” route with your music, you’ve got quite a selection of services to choose from – but who reigns supreme?

Tim Brookes July 3, 2013 03-07-2013
Spotify vs. Rdio: A Complete Comparison
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

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Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop

People love their desktops! Whether you’re on a Mac, Windows or Linux computer, the desktop is an open space that isn’t pre-defined by a rigid structure. Unlike the interfaces of mobile devices or Windows 8’s Modern interface, it gives room to randomness, creativity, and individuality. This of course results in messy desktops more often than not. We have previously demonstrated how to clean up your desktop and switch wallpapers. Here I present a selection of wallpapers to go with a lean and productive desktop.

Tina Sieber July 2, 2013 02-07-2013
Get Things Done! 5 Ideas To Make The Best Productive Use Of Your Desktop
How to Change the System Language in Windows 8

Windows

How to Change the System Language in Windows 8

Changing the system language in Windows 8 can be a complicated process, especially if you don’t understand the current language. If you’ve sat down at a Windows computer and found it’s in an unfamiliar language, trying to puzzle out where the language options are located can take a while. We’ll walk you through the process of changing the Windows system language on Windows, complete with screenshots for every step of the process. Note that you can set different languages for each user account.

Chris Hoffman July 1, 2013 01-07-2013
How to Change the System Language in Windows 8
3 Apps And Services That Can Tap Into The Feedly Cloud

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3 Apps And Services That Can Tap Into The Feedly Cloud

Although there are several alternatives to Google Reader, Feedly, with its easy to use interface, has been the primary choice for reading news. Along with announcing Feedly Cloud, Feedly also informed its users about other services and apps that can be used in combination with Feedly. In this article, we’ll look at three that integrate exceptionally well with Feedly.

Aaron Couch July 1, 2013 01-07-2013
3 Apps And Services That Can Tap Into The Feedly Cloud
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

Gaming Linux

Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH

If you happen to enjoy playing cards on your computer and are tired of Solitaire and other card games, there are plenty of other options available. Playing Poker on your computer tends to be risky business because most time-worthy poker games are online and actually involve gambling, making its legality uncertain from country to country. If you’re worried or even affected by this, don’t think that you’ll have to forget about playing poker on your computer. Instead, you can try out PokerTH, a fun and complete poker game that’s cross-platform and free.

Danny Stieben July 1, 2013 01-07-2013
Relax and Play (Legal) Poker with the Cross-Platform PokerTH
Keep Your Computer Free From Threats With WinZip Malware Protector [Giveaway]

Windows

Keep Your Computer Free From Threats With WinZip Malware Protector [Giveaway]

WinZip Malware Protector is available for $29.95 USD on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. That may seem like a steep price to pay for an anti-malware solution – particularly when there are a bunch of free alternatives floating around – but we’ve got a great deal for you: we’re giving away 10 copies of WinZip Malware Protector worth a total of $300 for FREE!

Joel Lee July 1, 2013 01-07-2013
Keep Your Computer Free From Threats With WinZip Malware Protector [Giveaway]
Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

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Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

Have you ever wondered if there could be more to the Windows context menu? It has a dedicated key on every keyboard, yet are we really using it to it’s full potential? Perhaps it’s clogged up with a bunch of program entries from software that you don’t really use. Now technically, you don’t need a program to remove context entries, but if you want to extend your context menu beyond the defaults that Microsoft has limited it at, I recommend taking a look at Right Click Enhancer.

Aaron Couch June 30, 2013 30-06-2013
Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer
Instant Message Anyone On Your Home Network With LAN Messenger

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Instant Message Anyone On Your Home Network With LAN Messenger

One of the worst things in a household full of poeple is when conversations consit of shouting throughout the house. More families are turning to instant messaging as a solution for in-home communication. Heck – IM is making paging systems obsolete at most workplaces, so why not in the home? The problem arises for parents of young children, who don’t want those kids to be plugged into the Internet on public IM networks – for those parents, LAN Messenger can serve as an excellent solution.

Ryan Dube June 29, 2013 29-06-2013
Instant Message Anyone On Your Home Network With LAN Messenger
Scrivener: The Best Writing Program for the Mac and PC

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Scrivener: The Best Writing Program for the Mac and PC

Scrivener has been around since 2006, and it is a favorite application amongst novelists and screenwriters. Scrivener is not a desktop layout application like Word and Pages, but it helps you organize and export your documents to other applications. As a full-time non-fiction tech writer, I can’t recommend Scrivener enough for actually starting and drafting writing projects and today I will share my personal workflow and tips for getting the most out of Scrivener.

Bakari Chavanu June 29, 2013 29-06-2013
Scrivener: The Best Writing Program for the Mac and PC
Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player

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Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player

I’ve tried so many desktop music players that I’m starting to lose my mind. So far I’ve tried Clementine, Spider, GOM Audio, AIMP3, and a few more. How does Nightingale fare against its fierce competition? Before answering that, you should know that Nightingale is a fork of Songbird Classic. You’ll find a lot of similarities between the two, but also a number of differences – the main one being that Songbird has officially been declared dead. Whether you were looking for a Songbird alternative or a Songbird replacement, Nightingale might have what you need.

Joel Lee June 28, 2013 28-06-2013
Nightingale: A Faster, Cleaner Cross-Platform Fork of Songbird Music Player
2 Tools and Ways to Manage Your Windows Libraries

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2 Tools and Ways to Manage Your Windows Libraries

Microsoft has made some aspects of managing Windows libraries rather difficult — what if you want to add removable drives or network shares to a library? What if you want to choose a custom icon for your libraries? To do these things, you’ll need a third-party tool for managing your Windows libraries. These tools are useful on Windows 7, but they can be even more useful on Windows 8, as Modern apps don’t have access to the file system and can only see files in the appropriate library.

Chris Hoffman June 28, 2013 28-06-2013
2 Tools and Ways to Manage Your Windows Libraries
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