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These days, note-taking apps tend to add a whole lot of features. Most OneNote or Evernote users aren’t utilizing half of those features. In fact, these simpler, uncomplicated notepad apps can actually make you more productive. A lot of productivity is about discarding unnecessary things that you think are necessary. Strip the useless bits of note-taking apps and you’re left with lean and mean productivity tools, ready to get things done. It’s something that the Notes app on macOS and the ever-popular Simplenote app do well. And that’s the philosophy that more apps have taken up. So try out these...

Read the full article: 5 Uncomplicated Note-Taking Web Apps to Be More Productive

The bitcoin wave has swelled up higher than ever before, and everyone wants a piece of the action. But do you actually stand to make a profit or will you end up losing your money? These free simulators and games will help you learn about cryptocurrency and try your hand at it risk-free. Cryptocurrency is similar to the stock market, and bitcoin is like a blue chip company. Obviously, there are big amounts of money involved and so you should tread with caution. Before you jump into the market, it’s smart to do a mock run and see how you...

Read the full article: Can You Be a Bitcoin Billionaire? 5 Risk-Free Cryptocurrency Trading Simulators

Welcome to 2018. Perhaps you’ve decided this is the year where you’re going to turn your boring old dumb house into the envy of your neighborhood. Yes, 2018 is the year in which you will finally get your dream smart home. But before hitting the shops and spending all your money on every smart gadget under the sun, you first need to spend a bit of time doing some research. Not all smart home gadgets are worthwhile. Some are overpriced, some are unnecessary, and some are a security nightmare. In this article, we’re going to look at five popular gadgets...

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YouTube is cracking down on videos showing people eating Tide Pods. Because this is apparently a thing now. Tide Pods are little plastic capsules of laundry detergent, and shouldn’t be consumed under any circumstances. Unfortunately, YouTubers think they’re somehow immune from danger. If we learned one lesson from the internet recently it’s that YouTubers will do anything for views. Logan Paul is the prime example, leading to YouTube changing its rules, but there’s also that guy who cemented his head into a microwave oven. And now people idiots are eating Tide Pods. From Ice Buckets to Tide Pods We all...

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Whether you’ve only just upgraded to Windows 10 or you’ve already been using it for years, you probably have unanswered questions. Although Windows 10 continues to improve and add new features, the user experience still leaves much to be desired. Windows 10 is far from the most straightforward operating system. The most basic settings can be elusive, and even the simplest of tasks can be confusing, to say the least. Here are some of the most common Windows 10 questions we’ve heard. Click to jump ahead: How Do I Boot Into Safe Mode? How Do I System Restore in Windows...

Read the full article: How to Use Windows 10: Your Burning Questions Answered

If you use Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) for email, it’s vital that you secure it properly. After all, your email is a gateway to nearly everything you do online. But there’s another reason that your Outlook account is so important. Windows 10 allows you to sign into your PC with a Microsoft account. If you use this feature and someone steals your account password, you could be in big-time trouble. Don’t let that happen! We’ll share some great security tips to make sure that nobody can gain access to your account. 1. Set a Strong Password The first tip is one...

Read the full article: 10 Tricks to Keep Your Outlook Email and Microsoft Accounts Secure

Did you know your Raspberry Pi can be used as a desktop PC? Perhaps you’ve already tried building a media center and a retro gaming station, and now you want to settle things down. Maybe your own desktop PC is no longer fit for purpose. Either way, the Raspberry Pi 3 (the newer the better!) makes an ideal desktop replacement for basic productivity purposes. But are you getting the best performance? We’re guessing you’re not. So, if you want to use your Raspberry Pi 3 as a desktop PC and enjoy maximum performance, try these seven tips. Some of them might...

Read the full article: 7 Tips for Using a Raspberry Pi 3 as a Desktop PC with Raspbian

When it’s time to update or create a new resume, you want one that reflects you and looks professional at the same time. Starting with a template can help with the appearance as well as what you should include. We have many great options for Microsoft Word users, but what about those who need Google Docs resume templates instead? If you have done some searching already, then you know they are a little harder to find then those for Word. For you Google Docs users, here are several resume templates that you can easily adjust to fit your needs. Built-In...

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Instagram has quietly introduced a new feature to the app which means people can see when you were last active on Instagram. On the flipside, you can now see when other people were last active on Instagram. This feature is enabled by default, but it’s easy to disable it. At least for now. Social networking sites rely on interactions between people. Without them, the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram would stop functioning. One way of getting people to keep coming back, and to interact with others, is to shame them for their absence. Which is Instagram’s latest trick. Everyone...

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Does sound distract or keep you awake? A white noise machine can help. Most people use noise-canceling headphones to dampen sounds. But there’s another option that doesn’t require wearing bulky earcups: white noise (a random audio signal with differing frequencies and equal intensities) does the same job. With a nature-emulating soundscape, such as wind blustering through trees or a gently rushing waterfall, white noise is well-suited to a variety of applications. Find out what a white noise machine is, why you should use one, and discover the best white noise machines for canceling distractions! What Is a White Noise Machine?...

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Whether you’re looking to meet a New Year’s resolution or simply trying to improve your life, self-improvement audiobooks can help. But there are so many out there that it can be difficult to pick one. That’s why we’ve scoured the internet for the best self-improvement books that you can listen to. From cleaning out clutter to reducing stress, these inspirational audiobooks will help you get your life on track. Audiobooks for a Simpler Life Clearing out clutter and refocusing your mind can have a profound effect on your life. These three books will help you simplify in different areas of...

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Nvidia has a new gizmo to make PC gamers sit up and take notice. It’s called the Big Format Gaming Display (or BFGD for short). But is this new type of TV actually an innovation or just some marketing gimmick? Nvidia Doesn’t Make BFGD TVs, It’s a Standard The first thing you should know is that Nvidia does not make BFGD TVs or monitors. Instead, it has developed a series of technologies and a set of requirements for a TV to be called a BFGD. If a company like HP, Acer, or Asus makes a TV that meets these standards,...

Read the full article: Nvidia BFGD vs. Gaming Monitor vs. TV: The Differences Explained

All operating systems have their idiosyncrasies, and Macs are no different. In some areas, the platform is excellent, in others, it lags behind its competitors. Consider the mouse trackpad. From a hardware standpoint, a Mac’s trackpad is hard to beat. From a customization standpoint, it’s poor. Whereas setting up a Windows trackpad to right-click and middle-click is trivial, macOS is a bit more longwinded. Yes, setting up right-click is easy — but middle click? Not so much. Sadly, you’ll need to use third-party software. In this article, we’ll tell you which software to use and explain how to set it up....

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With Google Slides, you can give a presentation from anywhere. But did you know that you can host a question-and-answer session with your audience? That’s just one of the Google Slides tips that can turn you into a master presenter. You can also say a lot with videos embedded in Slides. Along with YouTube videos, you can simply insert videos directly from Google Drive. But it isn’t enough to just dump them in a slide and call it a day. The best presenters know how to control the playback too. Consider these four tips for videos in Google Slides: Start and...

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Yahoo is still one of the biggest email providers around. If you use Yahoo for email, it’s vital to protect your account in every way you can. Of course, setting a strong password is part of this. But if you’re fed up with passwords, Yahoo offers another way to sign in to your account. It’s called Yahoo Account Key. How to Sign In Using Yahoo Account Key Download any of Yahoo’s mobile apps. Yahoo Mail works fine, but you can also use Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Messenger, or others. Sign in to your Yahoo account on the mobile app. On your...

Read the full article: This Method Lets You Log In to Yahoo Without a Password

While you can freely use some Microsoft Office products in online or mobile form, you’ll find that many core features are missing in the web versions. If you want to buy the desktop versions, it can be pretty costly — unless you take advantage of Microsoft’s Home Use Program. Here’s how it works: Once you’ve loaded the Home Use Program page, you can select your location from the dropdown menu. If you’re in the U.S., you’re looking at a $9.95 price tag for almost $300 worth of products. U.K. users pay £9.95. You can choose between two suites: Microsoft Office Professional Plus...

Read the full article: How to Legally Get Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2016 for Under $10

Apple plans to let users decide for themselves how to manage their iPhone’s battery usage. While details are currently thin on the ground, this will be accomplished by an iOS update dropping soon. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this in an interview mostly covering Apple’s tax affairs. Apple Gets Caught Slowing Down Old iPhones In December 2017 it was revealed that Apple has been slowing down old iPhones on purpose. Contrary to popular belief this wasn’t designed to force people to upgrade. Instead, Apple was trying to prevent older iPhones from shutting down when their aging batteries start struggling. The...

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Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise of all time, and the second best-selling video game franchise, right behind Super Mario. But you might not know it for its game cartridges. Instead, you could be a fan of the hugely-successful trading card game (TCG), or the ongoing anime starring Ash Ketchum and his faithful Pikachu. You might have a Lugia, Kyogre, and Articuno on Pokémon Go. But you can’t claim you’re a hardcore Pokémon enthusiast if you haven’t played these official Pokémon games. The Official List of Titles Pokémon games are split up into generations, due to the number of titles released...

Read the full article: You Aren’t a Pokémon Fan If You Haven’t Played These Official Games

Arguments over which email service is best can get as heated as which browser comes out on top. Mobile email clients aside, Gmail and Outlook are still higher on the list than Yahoo Mail when it comes to usage. But, Yahoo is still pushing to improve their mail service with backend optimizations, enhanced features, and the new paid ad-free Yahoo Mail Pro. Are Yahoo’s efforts fruitless? Will their attempts gain them more users? For most, it comes down to what Yahoo New Mail has to offer as opposed to classic Yahoo Mail and how the new version compares with other...

Read the full article: Gmail vs. Yahoo New Mail: Which Is the Best in Class?

Welcome to 2018. What new year resolutions have you made this year? Hopefully, one of them is to try out some new apps on your Windows operating system. And if you did make that resolution, you’ve come to the right place. You can find countless amazing Windows apps, many of which are not commonly known. They cover everything from font rendering software to the ability to create tabs in Windows Explorer. In this article, we’re not going to discuss the usual litany of quality Windows apps. Everyone knows about Photoshop. Instead, this is a list of the best Windows desktop...

Read the full article: 7 Niche Windows Desktop Utilities You Must Try