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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4 Services That Let You Schedule Google+ Posts

25th October, 2013

Need to schedule posts on Google+? Google is not going to make it easy for you. Google+ doesn’t let you schedule posts as Twitter and Facebook do. But there are ways around it.

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Navigating With A Phone? Use Google Maps On The Desktop to Plan Ahead

24th October, 2013

Google Maps can sync your recent searches, allowing you to enter a destination on the Google Maps website, then pick up your phone and head out the door.

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Should You Really Flash That ROM? 5 Things To Consider First

24th October, 2013

Custom ROMs are powerful and allow you to get the latest version of Android without any manufacturer-installed junk and with advanced features and tweaks. But they have downsides, too.

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External Drive Not Recognized? This Is How To Fix It In Windows

21st October, 2013

External drives — either USB flash drives or external hard drives — should be easy to use. In some cases, you may connect your drive to a Windows PC or another device with a USB port and find that it’s not recognized. This problem can be caused by partition issues on your external drive, using […]

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Finding Cheap Apps: How To Track Down Deals on Android Apps and Games

16th October, 2013

There are easy ways to find the latest and greatest apps and games on sale, monitor apps you want to buy for price drops, and get free apps every day.

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What Is A Wireless “Dead Zone” And How To Eliminate It?

14th October, 2013

We take Wi-Fi for granted, but it’s not magic — it’s radio waves. These radio waves can be interfered with or obstructed, producing wireless “dead zones” or “dead spots.”

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Windows Update: Everything You Need To Know

11th October, 2013

Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes.

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How To Make Your Windows 7 PC Genuine Again After a Hardware Upgrade

9th October, 2013

“Your activation period has expired. You must activate Windows.” Triggered by a hardware upgrade or following a fresh installation, this is Microsoft’s way of ensuring you use Windows according to its licensing terms.

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Valve’s 3 Big Announcements: Everything You Need To Know

8th October, 2013

Valve has announced its own OS, a new line of Steam Machines, and a controller. What does it mean for gaming?

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8 Ways To Improve Windows 8 With Win+X Menu Editor

7th October, 2013

Windows 8 contains an almost hidden feature you need to know about! Press Windows Key + X or right-click at the bottom-left corner of your screen to open a menu you can now customize.

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4 Windows Media Player Alternatives for Windows 8

2nd October, 2013

Windows Media Player is outdated on Windows 8. Oh sure, it’s still there, but it’s only available on the desktop and hasn’t seen any meaningful updates. Windows Media Player is also missing in action on Windows RT, even though most other desktop programs that come with Windows are included. If you have a Windows 8 […]

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What Is the Best Podcast Manager For Windows?

30th September, 2013

A desktop application is still the best option to play podcasts on your Windows PC. Whether or not you have an Apple device, you’ll find a great solution in this roundup.

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Android Is Watching: 8 Ways A Typical Smartphone Is Monitoring You

26th September, 2013

Google says all this data is encrypted in transit, but Google holds the keys and could decrypt it whenever they wanted (or were made to).

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Don’t Stop The Music: 4 Ways To Set Up Alerts For New Album Releases

25th September, 2013

There was a time when you could keep track of new music releases by checking in at your local record store, but we live in a different world now. How do you keep track now?

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Upgrading Your PC for Windows 8.1? Prep It First!

23rd September, 2013

Windows 8.1 makes significant changes to Windows 8 and it’s a worthy upgrade on any device. How you’ll upgrade depends on which version of Windows you’re upgrading from. This article has all the details.