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 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.

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How To Run WhatsApp & Other Mobile Messaging Apps On Your PC

12th November, 2013

Most mobile messaging apps don’t offer a desktop client or web interface and not even a Windows 8 app. We show you a workaround for running the Android versions on your Windows or Mac computer.

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6 Ways Enhanced Steam Makes Valve’s Steam Store Even Better

6th November, 2013

Enhanced Steam is a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera that enhances the Steam website when you visit it in your browser.

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5 Ways Gamers Can Save Game Progress To The Cloud

5th November, 2013

What would happen if your game console or PC died? Would you have to restart all the games you’re playing from scratch?

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Forget Phone Calls – Your Android Can Remote Control Everything

27th October, 2013

An Android phone is an infinitely programmable remote control that can be used to control any network-connected device.

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How To Keep Your Files Synced With SkyDrive In Windows 8.1

26th October, 2013

Storing data remotely and syncing them across devices has never been so easy, especially if you’re using Windows 8.1. SkyDrive received a significant update, improving its integration with Windows and adding interesting new features.