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.

Feel free to contact at choffman@makeuseof.com

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Insane Tablet and Phone Touchscreen Repair Tips You Should Avoid

19th June, 2014

These crazy-looking tips will just damage your screen even more.

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How To Activate Windows 8 After An Installation Or Hardware Upgrade

18th June, 2014

Here’s a summary of activation scenarios and a step-by-step rundown of how you can (re-) activate Windows or change your product key. We also show you how to access hidden options.

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10 Dark Windows Themes & Skins To Reduce Eye Strain

13th June, 2014

Do you struggle with headaches or irritated eyes? You may be dealing with eye strain. Computer screens can be glaringly bright, especially in the dark. Dark themes could be your free remedy.

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Is DRM A Threat To Computer Security?

12th June, 2014

DRM is harmful to our security. At best, it’s a necessary evil — and it’s arguably not necessary and isn’t worth the trade-off. Here’s how DRM and the laws that protect it make our computers less secure and criminalize telling us about the problems. DRM Can Open Security Holes Digital Rights Management (DRM) itself can […]

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What Does AnTuTu Benchmark Actually Measure?

6th June, 2014

Here’s what AnTuTu, the popular benchmark app for Android, is actually measuring and what each benchmark means for real-world use.

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How To Recover A Hacked Microsoft Account & Prevent Future Hacks

5th June, 2014

Microsoft accounts are used for OneDrive file storage, Outlook.com emails, Skype conversations, and even signing into Windows 8. You’ll want to get that Microsoft account back if it’s ever hacked. Here is how.

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What Is The Fastest Android Browser?

30th May, 2014

Browsers on Android can have different rendering engines, so some browsers can be faster than others.

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5 Ways Overzealous Cleaning Can Break Windows

29th May, 2014

It’s easy to go overboard with cleaning your PC. When you’re cleaning your PC, be sure you know what you’re getting into — it’s easy to break something.

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Is Your Antivirus Tracking You? You’d Be Surprised At What It Sends

28th May, 2014

Your antivirus software is watching you. A recent study shows that popular antivirus applications like Avast assign your computer a unique identifier and send a list of all web addresses you visit to the manufacturer. If the antivirus finds a suspicious document, it will send the document┬áto the antivirus company. Yes, your antivirus company might […]

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How to Use Your Windows 8 PC Anywhere – Without Taking It With You!

23rd May, 2014

Imagine your files, settings, and apps followed you everywhere. In Windows 8 that’s possible and we will show you how it works.

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Heartbleed Isn’t Just a Desktop Problem – Your Android Could Be A Risk

14th May, 2014

Most of us know Heartbleed as a bug that affected websites and web servers, but Android 4.1.1 also uses the vulnerable version of OpenSSL. This means some Android smartphone and tablets are vulnerable to Heartbleed attacks.

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7 Ways To Improve Battery Life on Windows 8 Tablets & Laptops

13th May, 2014

In Windows 8.1 battery-saving features moved! Otherwise they are similar to options seen in previous Windows versions. Learn more to make your tablet or laptop battery last as long as possible.

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Windows 8 Crashing? How To Easily Troubleshoot Blue Screen & Other Issues

8th May, 2014

Windows 8 isn’t perfect. That said, most blue screens and application crashes aren’t Windows’ fault. Our tips will help you identify exactly what’s wrong with your PC and fix it.

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How To Create An Image Of Your USB Drive

7th May, 2014

Drive images can be cloned to another drive. This is useful for duplicating USB drives or backing up a drive’s contents before overwriting it. This should also work with SD cards — even bootable ones.

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4 Ways To Read A Mac Formatted Drive In Windows

29th April, 2014

The Mac drive you are trying to read on Windows may not be broken! Some Mac drives are formatted with HFS+, a file system Windows can’t read unless you use the right tools.