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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How To Disable Forced Restarts After A Windows Update

7th January, 2014

Are you tired of Windows hassling you to reboot your computer after updates were installed? Miss a pop-up and it reboots automatically. Stop this madness and reboot at your leisure.

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iCloud Keychain: Why You Want It & How To Use It

3rd January, 2014

iCloud Keychain is a secure password manager for both OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad. Use it to quickly and easily log into websites, Wi-Fi networks, Internet accounts, and more.

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This Is How Microsoft Has Been Trying To Change The Game In 2013

1st January, 2014

Microsoft has been behind. The PC market has been declining for years. In 2013, the great sleepy giant made several bold moves that will determine its future. We make sense of it.

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Windows 8 Refresh Not Working? Try These Tips

20th December, 2013

Windows 8′s Refresh is like reinstalling Windows, but it’s easier, faster, and preserves your personal files. If Refresh fails or doesn’t solve your problems, these troubleshooting tips should help you fix things.

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Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook

19th December, 2013

Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook?

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How To Send Your Friends Apps For Christmas

12th December, 2013

When you think about it, apps are the perfect gift. You can buy them online and instantly send them to someone, without having to mail anything or pay shipping fees. Here’s how.

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iPad Air vs iPad Mini – Which Should You Buy?

11th December, 2013

If you want to buy an iPad, you have a tough decision ahead of you. Apple’s new iPads are very similar, but they’re still noticeably different in many ways.

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5 Ways To Improve Speed & Efficiency In Windows 8

5th December, 2013

Has Windows 8 slowed you down? We’ll get you back to speed! From boot to shutdown and everything in between – let us show you the best tweaks and shortcuts to efficiently use Windows 8.

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Drowning In Tweets? How To Use Twitter Lists To Unclutter Your Feed

4th December, 2013

By default, Twitter shows tweets from everyone you’re following in one huge stream. Things tend to drown. Learn how to use Twitter lists to tame your Twitter feed.

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4 App Showdown: Which Is the Best Android Podcast App?

29th November, 2013

There are great podcast apps available for Android, whether you’re willing to pay for an app as good as anything you’d find on an iPhone or want a polished, free app.

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Was Your Android Phone Lost or Stolen? This Is What You Can Do

27th November, 2013

There are many good options for remotely locating your stolen phone, even if you never set anything up before you lost your phone.

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WPA2, WEP, And Friends: What’s The Best Way To Encrypt Your Wi-Fi?

20th November, 2013

When setting up wireless encryption on your router, you’ll come across a variety of confusing terms — WPA2, WPA, WEP, WPA-Personal, and WPA-Enterprise.

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How To Increase Storage Space On Windows 8.1 Devices With SD Cards

18th November, 2013

Windows 8.1 devices, even the tablets, are full PCs and often support SD cards. They are great for storing libraries, downloads, and SkyDrive files externally. We’ll show you how to best use the extra storage.

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8 Super Windows 8.1 Tweaks For Power Users

15th November, 2013

With Windows 8.1 came many changes. Some options are completely new, others were changed or moved. Whether you’re using Windows 8.1 on a desktop, tablet, or something in between, these tweaks will come in handy!

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Overcome Windows 8.1 Upgrade Errors With A Legal ISO Download

14th November, 2013

The Windows Store upgrade doesn’t work for everyone. To avoid or fix issues, perform a fresh Windows 8.1 installation using Microsoft’s ISO file download. You can even use the installation media on multiple computers.