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- 07/24/18--04:00: _How to join the Win...
- 07/24/18--05:00: _Fallout 76 ultimate...
- 07/25/18--04:00: _How to use multiple...
- 07/25/18--09:00: _eMMC vs. SSD storag...
- 07/25/18--11:45: _Why YouTube is so s...
- 07/25/18--12:00: _How to set up eye t...
- 07/26/18--14:00: _How to play The Div...
- 07/27/18--14:00: _The best live event...
- 07/27/18--15:00: _No Man's Sky for Xb...
- 07/30/18--12:00: _How to install Wind...
- 07/30/18--13:00: _Best Xbox Game Pass...
- 07/31/18--04:00: _How to get Open NAT...
- 07/31/18--12:00: _How to watch live T...
- 07/31/18--13:00: _3 tips for survivin...
- 08/01/18--03:30: _How to disable Bing...
- 08/01/18--05:00: _How to fix Surface ...
- 08/01/18--07:00: _How to cancel your ...
- 08/02/18--03:00: _How to fix 'This ap...
- 07/23/18--12:00: How to permanently disable Windows Defender on Windows 10
- 07/24/18--03:30: How to play the Fallout 76 beta
- 07/24/18--04:00: How to join the Windows Insider Program
- 07/24/18--05:00: Fallout 76 ultimate guide: Tips, tricks and more
- 07/25/18--04:00: How to use multiple desktops in Windows 10
- 07/25/18--09:00: eMMC vs. SSD storage: What's the difference?
- 07/25/18--11:45: Why YouTube is so slow in Microsoft Edge (and how to fix it)
- 07/25/18--12:00: How to set up eye tracking on Windows 10
- 07/26/18--14:00: How to play The Division 2 beta
- 07/27/18--14:00: The best live events you can watch in VR this month
- 07/27/18--15:00: No Man's Sky for Xbox One beginner's guide
- 07/30/18--12:00: How to install Windows 10 from USB with UEFI support
- 07/30/18--13:00: Best Xbox Game Pass games
- 07/31/18--04:00: How to get Open NAT on Xbox One with port forwarding
- 07/31/18--12:00: How to watch live TV on Xbox One without paying for cable
- 07/31/18--13:00: 3 tips for surviving No Man's Sky's early game
- 08/01/18--03:30: How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 Start menu
- 08/01/18--05:00: How to fix Surface Book 2 base docking problems
- 08/01/18--07:00: How to cancel your MoviePass account
If you're looking for a permanent solution to disable Windows Defender, in this guide, we show you how to turn it off using Group Policy and the Registry.
Windows Defender Antivirus is an anti-malware engine that comes included on Windows 10 to protect your device and data against viruses, ransomware, spyware, and many other security threats.
Although it's an antivirus that provides robust real-time protection, and even disables itself automatically when a third-party solution is detected, it's not possible to permanently disable or uninstall the engine entirely like in previous versions.
However, there are still a number of scenarios when you may not want to use the default antivirus. For example, when setting up a kiosk computer that won't connect to the internet and no one will be allowed to connect peripherals. Or when performing specific tasks that otherwise will be blocked by the security feature. If you must disable Windows Defender Antivirus, despite the risks of leaving y...
The Fallout 76 beta is your chance to explore the wasteland early. Here's how and when to play.
Fallout 76 marks a new direction for Bethesda's post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise and is shaping up as one of its most ambitious titles yet. As a shared-world multiplayer experience, you'll have the ability to build a home, hunt creatures, and uncover secrets with friends for the first time.
While its expected November 14 release is still some time away, Fallout 76's beta test is your opportunity to play early. Here we wrap up everything we know about the Fallout 76 beta and explain how to play it yourself.
Fallout 76: Everything we know
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What to expect from Fallout 76 beta
As announced alongside Fallout 76 at E3 2018, Bethesda plans to host its B.E.T.A. (Break It Early Test Application) for the game ahead of release. Common among most big upcoming titles, these tests are an ideal opportunity to squash issues before release. And being the first o...
Here are the steps to quickly enroll your PC in the Windows Insider Program to get all the latest builds for the next version of Windows 10.
The Windows Insider Program has been designed to allow developers and enthusiasts to get early access to upcoming features and improvements to provide feedback to help shape the future of Windows 10.
The program includes three levels of readiness known as "rings," including Fast, Slow, and Release Preview. Usually, the Fast ring is the readiness level you want to use when planning to test new features as soon as they're ready (roughly every two weeks). However, preview builds available in this ring are known to include significant bugs and problems.
On the other hand, the Slow ring also offers early access to the latest features, but with previews that are less risky. The only caveat using this readiness level is that builds are not available as frequent as in the Fast ring.
The Release Preview is the third ring designed to get only the late...
Everything we know about Fallout 76, and how to survive its new multiplayer wasteland.
Later this year, Bethesda plans to release the next installment of its post-apocalyptic role-playing series – Fallout 76. Diverging from series roots in pursuit of online multiplayer, its emergent shared-world brings a new dynamic edge to gameplay. With a rich open world expected at launch and promise of regular free updates, the ambitious title reworks the wasteland experience from the ground up.
Ahead of Fallout 76's Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs debut, we've wrapped up everything you need to know, alongside extensive guides to help you on your journey.
Getting started in Fallout 76
While there's still a lot unknown about Fallout 76, pre-release videos have established the foundations for its online world. With the debut of West Virginia, players can experience new locations, fight its strange creatures, and uncover post-war secrets. For those new to Fallout, we've wrapped up t...
The multiple desktops feature in Windows 10 has been tweaked for the April 2018 Update.
Windows 10 has made it extremely easy to set up and use multiple virtual desktops in Windows 10. Multiple desktops are great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly hiding from the boss that browser game you can't stop playing.
Ready to tackle the day with multiple desktops? Let's go!
How to create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10
How to switch between virtual desktops in Windows 10
How to move windows between virtual desktops in Windows 10
How to duplicate windows across virtual desktops
How to remove a virtual desktop in Windows 10
How to create a new virtual desktop in Windows 10
Creating a new virtual desktop can be done with a couple of clicks or with a keyboard shortcut.
Click the Task View button in your taskbar.
You can also use the Windows key + Tab shortcut on your keyboard, or you can swipe with one finger from the left of your touchscreen.
They're close, yet so far apart ...
Storage in a laptop or tablet is a big deal. It's usually one of the main features advertised by a manufacturer, but it's also one of the spots where a big number (1TB!) can hide some lesser-known hardware terms that will affect the device's overall performance. In the case of budget or ultraportable laptops and tablets, you'll often see storage advertised as eMMC, which stands for embedded MultiMediaCard. Let's take a look at how it compares to solid-state drive (SSD) storage, and why you might want to skip it.
Related: Surface Go 64GB vs. 128GB: Which model should you buy?
What is eMMC storage?
MultiMediaCard (MMC) storage was the precursor to what we now commonly know as Secure Digital (SD) storage. MMC still exists, but you'll no doubt find its embedded version much more often.
eMMC storage is mostly found in phones, as well as compact, budget laptops or tablets. The "embedded" part of the name comes from the fact that the storage is u...
The Edge browser is not to blame for a slow YouTube experience, and you can easily fix the problem.
Microsoft's Edge browser has a lot of challenges in the modern web world, not the least of which is Google's Chrome browser, which is still top dog for preferred browser usage. Microsoft, though, for its part is playing by the rules – that is, adopting open and agreed upon web standards to make its browser the friendliest.
Nonetheless, if there is one complaint we all hear about (and have experienced) is the YouTube website taking what seems like forever to load in Edge. Today, we'll explain why that is and how to get around the problem to make Edge behave just like Chrome.
The problem is Google
Recently, Chris Peterson, the technical program manager at Mozilla (who oversees the Firefox browser), finally gave a detailed analysis and confirmation of what we all have experienced: YouTube is slower on Firefox and Edge.
YouTube page load is 5x slower in Firefox and Edge than in ...
Did you know Windows can work along with eye-tracking devices? Here's how to set it up and control your PC with it.
Starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft introduced a new ease-of-access feature that allows users to control their PCs with just their eyes, using third-party hardware from the likes of Tobii. This new feature gives the user full control of their desktop via the eyeballs, allowing them to interact with it without needing to use a mouse of keyboard.
The feature is pretty easy to set up, and here's how!
Before we begin, there's a prerequisite you'll need to acquire: an eye tracking device. You can grab the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C from Amazon for around $150, which is the only eye tracker that works with the feature right now. Microsoft says it will be adding support for other eye-tracking devices in the future.
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Download and set up eye tracker
To begin, we need to download a bit of software from Tobii to get our Eye Tr...
Get ready for The Division 2 beta, your chance to reclaim the streets of Washington D.C. a little early.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is shaping up to be a potential major hit for Ubisoft, building on previous series traction with a slew of improvements. Headed to the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C., the successor is promising major upgrades through reworked mechanics and deeper end-game activities.
While The Division 2 is set to launch early next year, the game's private beta test is your chance to play at home early. Ahead of the release, we wrapped up everything about The Division 2's beta test, gameplay, requirements, and expected start date.
What to expect from The Division 2 beta
Although The Division 2 is currently on track for a March 15, 2019 release, Ubisoft plans to host a closed beta test prior to launch. As is common among countless video games, this is an opportunity for studios to test gameplay, performance, and server load. For gamers, this is a chance to play a...
It's almost like I'm really there
Between the International Champions Cup or your favorite sporting team having a match, watching live events in VR can be quite rewarding. We all wish we could make it out to the stadiums and fields our favorite performers are in, but sometimes that's just not in the cards. But, don't you worry, the other option you have is to watch your favorite shows and sports in VR. Here you can feel like you're actually in the crowd without having to spend hundreds of dollars on tickets. Find it on Oculus here!.
Check out the live events coming to your Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in August!
You can find the app for NextVR on your HTC Vive or your Oculus Rift. It offers countless wonders when it comes to watching live events in VR. One of the spectacular events they'll be covering for the rest of July, and into August, is the International Champions Cup. If you've been watching it on your TV instead of inside of your VR headset you're missing out! Outsi...
No Man's Sky NEXT drastically changed the game, so here's a beginner's guide to help you get started
With the release of No Man's Sky on Xbox One, the game is finally getting the second chance that it deserves. It notably suffered a controversial initial launch on PS4 in 2016 after its marketing promises didn't live up to the final product. The game's biggest update yet, NEXT, means to change this.
Whether you're just jumping into No Man's Sky for the first time or have been here since the beginning, you may be confused as to where to begin now. Here are some tips to get you started on your journey.
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First or third person
Such a simple aspect can make a world of difference. NEXT introduces the ability to play No Man's Sky in third person. Your game might start you out in third person by default, but should you want to change your camera view, here's how:
Press down on the D-pad.
Scroll to the left to Utilities.
Press up on the D-pad to open the Utilities...
Here are two easy ways to create a bootable USB media to install Windows 10 on PCs using UEFI.
If you're planning to install a fresh copy of Windows 10, part of the process involves creating a USB media to boot your device into the setup wizard. However, if you have relatively new hardware, the chances are that you're using Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), instead of the legacy Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware, in which case you also have to ensure that the bootable media supports the firmware that you're using before you can proceed with the Windows 10 installation from USB.
Luckily, when dealing with a computer using a UEFI firmware, there's more than one way to create a compatible USB bootable media. For example, you can use the Media Creation Tool, which is a Microsoft utility that makes it easy to copy the Windows 10 installation files onto a removable drive with support for both, BIOS and UEFI. Or you can use Rufus, a free third-party tool that lets you ...
With so many Xbox One games and so little time, these are the Xbox Game Pass titles you can't miss.
Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's all-in-one subscription for Xbox One games, providing access to a Netflix-style library for a flat monthly fee. Priced at $9.99 per month, subscribers gain access to an ever-changing collection of over one hundred games, spanning three generations of Xbox hardware. Among the games are hit Xbox One releases, underrated indies, and an abundance of backward compatible classics.
We've rounded up our ten best games currently on Xbox Game Pass, spanning ten varied genres.
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Best shooter: Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 is the latest entry in the iconic Xbox franchise, following a trio of soldiers on their journey to uncover a mysterious new enemy. Beyond its campaign, the five-player Horde mode pits teams against overwhelming waves of enemies, while its Versus mode offers unique competitive multiplayer.
With modes for everyon...
Achieving Open NAT on Xbox One is key for an ideal gaming experience – here's how port forwarding can help.
Network Address Translation (NAT) plays a huge role in connectivity with multiplayer Xbox One games, deciding how incoming traffic is handled. For gamers, NAT can play a huge role in who you can play with, establishing barriers between players if closed. With the help of port forwarding, your NAT type can likely be quickly improved.
Everything you should know about Xbox One networking
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Why you need Open NAT on Xbox One
When connected to Xbox Live and playing online games, you may have seen terms thrown indicating the leniency of NAT types. This somewhat represents your compatibility with other players, with stricter NAT types often experiencing issues with multiplayer connectivity. A good way of showing how NAT influences connectivity is through a handy grid courtesy of Xbox Support. This shows compatibility between NAT types and why...
Don't have cable TV? That doesn't mean you can't watch live TV on your Xbox One. Here's what you need to know.
OneGuide is one of the core features of the Xbox One, and it integrates cable TV with the console in a single seamless interface. But what if you don't have cable TV?
The good news is you're not frozen out, and you can very easily — in certain areas at least — integrate over-the-air (OTA) TV channels into your Xbox One experience. Here's how.
How to watch live TV with the Xbox OTA Tuner
To get OTA TV channels directly onto the Xbox One you need a tuner that runs between the aerial and the console. They aren't expensive, but depending on where you live they will look a little different. In Europe, for example, there is an official Xbox-branded tuner that's still available, while in North America it's produced by Hauppauge. (That same version is also now available in Europe, too.)
It's an interface with an aerial input on one side and a USB cable on the other to c...
No Man's Sky can be challenging right off the bat, but these three tips will help keep you alive.
No Man's Sky recently released on Xbox One, and players are excited to experience the complexity, scale, and detail that its randomly-generated worlds offer. However, before exploring at will, you'll need to survive the perils of your starting planet long enough to repair your ship. We made a full beginner's guide to help you get through most early obstacles, but there are some other things you should be prepared for, too.
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Use what your ship offers you
It's tempting to immediately venture far from your starting point, but your best bet is to stick close to your ship as long as you can. Though it's functionally nothing but a piece of scrap since it needs extensive repairs, that doesn't mean it can't be used as shelter. Violent wildlife, relentless storms, and a toxic atmosphere are all serious threats early on in No Man's Sky, but hiding in your ship...
How do I limit Start menu searches to only my files?
Updated July 31, 2018: Unfortunately, these steps no longer work in Windows 10 version 1803 or newer. To tweak Bing in the Windows search bar, you must now work exclusively with the registry editor.
When you search in the Windows 10 Start menu, it's actually picking up results from both your computer and Bing. While this can be handy, there are several upsides to disabling Bing in Windows 10's Start menu: you'll be able to wade through search results much easier (as they are restricted to items on your machine), and will reduce the work-load when you open the Start menu, if your computer is on the slow side. Ready to disable Bing? We'll help you through the process.
How to disable Bing search in the Windows 10 Start menu
Note: Proceeding through these steps will also disable Cortana, Microsoft's helpful AI assistant.
Click the Start button.
Type Cortana in the Search field.
Click Cortana & Search settings.
Click the swit...
The Surface Book 2 continues the revolution for versatile computing form factors, but it isn't without its problems.
The Surface Book 2 is the best device I have ever owned. It's sleek, sexy, relentlessly powerful, and has impressive battery life. However, I have had my fair share of issues with some of its more unique features.
The Book 2, like its predecessor, has a detachable display, which comes with a few benefits. You can use the display separately as a tablet if you want to, but the most useful function here is the ability to reverse the screen, so you can rest it flat for inking, or set the laptop upright in tent mode.
When detached, the dedicated NVIDIA d-GPU becomes separated. The CPU and integrated GPU power the laptop from within the screen. It's this unique design that helps Microsoft get the different segments of the device so flat and so thin, but occasionally the Surface Book 2 will sometimes refuse to detect the d-GPU in the base, even when docked. Thankfully, it ...
The reality of MoviePass might be more complicated than you hoped for.
MoviePass offers an interesting service: for $9.95 per month, you can see a new movie in theaters every day. If that sounds too good to be true, that's because it's turning out to be. While the idea of a flat rate subscription to see multiple movies in a week is certainly intriguing, the reality of MoviePass is turning out to be a lot more complicated.
For starters, you can only see movies in 2D on standard screens, you can't watch the same movie multiple times in a week, and most recently, that flat $9.95 per month? Well, there's now surge pricing (sorry, "Peak Pricing") that you'll need to pay on top of your subscription for popular movies and showtimes. Add to that the fact that the service recently ran out of money one night and was unable to pay for tickets, and what you've got on your hands is a mess.
So if you're looking at all this and thinking about canceling your account, here's how you go about doing...
Windows 10 will block some apps it thinks are dangerous, but there is a workaround.
Yes, it is a good thing that Windows 10 has security features like Defender SmartScreen built in, but sometimes they get in the way. You really want to install this app — you know there's nothing wrong with it — but you're locked out.
Windows Defender SmartScreen acts as a sort of guard dog while you use Windows 10. It will block you from opening some apps if they come from an unknown place or are created by an unknown publisher. While these steps will get you around the Windows 10 block, you should use them with care. Some apps really are harmful and really will get you in a mess. Only go around the Windows 10 app block if you know for sure that the file is safe.
How to open a file blocked by Windows Defender SmartScreen
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How to open a file blocked by Windows Defender SmartScreen
If a file you know is safe...