Chris Hoffman

Joined December 2011

Chris Hoffman is a tech blogger and all-around technology addict living in Vancouver, BC. Connect with him on Google+ or Twitter.

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Browser Plugins – One Of The Biggest Security Problems On The Web Today [Opinion]

1st June, 2012

Web browsers have become much more secure and hardened against attack over the years. The big browser security problem these days is browser plugins. I don’t mean the extensions that you install in your browser – I mean those plugins that any web page can take advantage of, like Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Oracle’s Java.


How To Make Your PC A Microsoft Signature PC Without Paying $99

30th May, 2012

Windows PCs are notoriously junk-filled out-of-the-box. Buy a Microsoft Signature PC from a Microsoft Store (yes, Microsoft has a handful of stores across the US) and you’ll find it free of the usual junk. Soon, Microsoft will offer to turn any PC into a Microsoft Signature PC with its “Signature Upgrade” service – as long as you pay $99. But here’s how you can save that money.


An In-Depth Look At Google’s New Knowledge Graph

28th May, 2012

Google is the most popular website in the world, so when Google introduces a new feature, it’s big news. Google’s new knowledge graph is big news even for Google. It marks the beginning of Google’s transformation from a search engine that provides a page of links to a knowledge engine that knows about pieces of […]


WinISO – A Swiss Army Knife For Disc Images [Giveaway]

28th May, 2012

WinISO can perform every function you’d need a disc utility for, including creating, converting, editing, extracting, and burning disc images. It supports CD, DVD, and Blu-ray disc images in ISO and a variety of other formats. This week we’ll be giving away 25 copies of WinISO, worth a total of nearly $750. Read on for your chance to enter our giveaway (it’s free!) and win yourself a copy!


5 Ways To Securely Encrypt Your Files In The Cloud

25th May, 2012

Your files may be encrypted in transit and on the cloud provider’s servers, but the cloud storage company can decrypt them — and anyone that gets access to your account can view the files. Client-side encryption is an essential way to protect your important data without giving up on cloud storage.


Driving Speed 2 – A Free Racing Game With Amazing Graphics [MUO Gaming]

23rd May, 2012

Picture a racing game with high-quality graphics, eight-player multiplayer, and realistic physics. You’d probably assume that this game costs money – but it’s named Driving Speed 2, and it’s free. This isn’t an arcade-style racing game where cars fly up into the air – it’s got realistic handling. There are lots of great freeware games out there, but free racing games with high-quality graphics are a rare breed.


How App Permissions Work & Why You Should Care [Android]

21st May, 2012

Android forces apps to declare the permissions they require when they install them. You can protect your privacy, security, and cell phone bill by paying attention to permissions when installing apps – although many users don’t. Malicious apps can’t send premium-rate SMS messages or snoop on your personal information without asking permission – unless there’s a security vulnerability, of course.


5 Ways To Customize Your Browser & Have Websites The Way YOU Want Them To Be

18th May, 2012

You’re probably familiar with browser extensions, but there are many other ways to customize your browser and tweak websites. The web isn’t a one-way, passive medium – you have the ability to remix websites you view on the fly, adding features or changing their look. Each of these methods has its own advantages and drawbacks.


6 Things You Should Check First When Skype Does Not Work

16th May, 2012

Most of the time, Skype just works – but every now and then you’ll run into a snag. These six troubleshooting steps will solve most common Skype problems, whether your microphone isn’t working or the other person sounds like a robot.u


10 Video Game-Related Easter Eggs From Google

14th May, 2012

Google Docs contains a dragon, YouTube’s video player contains a hidden game, and zerglings are waiting to devour your search results when you challenge them to a battle. Over the years, many video game-related Easter eggs have crept into Google – several of which are playable games. These Easter eggs pay tribute to retro video game culture. Many Google employees are obviously video game fans.


Simplify Note-Taking & Sync Notes Everywhere With Simplenote Apps

11th May, 2012

Simplenote and its ecosystem of apps for every platform toss all the superfluous features found in competing note-taking programs and focus on the ones that matter. All Simplenote apps sync effortlessly, with minimal interfaces that don’t get in your way, easy searching, quick tagging, and excellent support for keyboard shortcuts.


The Cloud Storage Showdown – Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More

9th May, 2012

The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed – both Google and Microsoft are now challenging Dropbox on its own turf, and all three services have their own compelling features. One thing’s for sure – Dropbox is no longer the one-size-fits-all solution.


7 Tips & Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Google Drive

7th May, 2012

Google Drive is a great service, but installing the Google Drive application and synchronizing some files is just the first step. These tricks will help you take advantage of Google Drive, both on the desktop and on the web – whether you’re looking to easily synchronize other folders with your Drive or take advantage of the features only available on Google Drive’s website.


Optimize Your Disk Performance With Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro [Giveaway]

7th May, 2012

File system fragmentation is a major cause of sluggish performance on Windows. The default Windows Disk Defragmenter does a passable job of the basics, but Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro ($29.95) goes above and beyond. We’re giving away 25 copies of Auslogics Disk Defrag Pro for Windows worth a total of $750 to 25 lucky readers this week! Read on for your chance to win.


A Look At Google Drive, Google’s Long-Awaited Cloud Storage Service

4th May, 2012

After more than 6 years of rumors and a long-ago cancellation because “files are so 1990″, Google Drive is finally here. Coming with 5 GB of free storage space, a Dropbox-like desktop sync client, and strong integration with Google’s web apps, Google Drive has a lot to offer. Google Drive is late to the game, but it stands out from the pack with its deep search features and application integration.