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    Using an alternative to the big four wireless providers is a great idea for many of us, and here are some reasons why. When we talk about phone companies, most of us automatically think of the big four here in the U.S.: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But they're not the only choices when it comes to who you get your service from, and the popularity of alternative carriers is on the rise. It's not difficult to understand why. Having a carrier that uses the same nationwide networks that the big guys do without some of the baggage that comes along with those big guys is an attractive position for a lot of people. There is a lot to talk, good and bad, in any discussion about finding the right carrier and whether or not a smaller alternative option is best for you. The advantages for you are especially important to consider. Advertisement You can save a lot of money Depending on how you use your phone (as always) you can save a nice chunk of money every month. Different c...

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    We've already provided numerous guides for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Capcom's amazing first-person horror game. Our Achievement Guide provides some general tips on how to complete the game in under four hours (which unlocks the amazing Circular Saw weapon), but we really want you to be prepared for your speedrun. Hence this full speedrun walkthrough, with all the strategies you'll need to beat the game as fast as possible! As a special bonus for Xbox gamers, Resident Evil 7 also happens to be an Xbox Play Anywhere title. If you buy the game digitally from the Windows Store, you get access to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions, with full cross-save support. See on the Windows Store Goals and Achievements The primary goal of this walkthrough is to help players complete Resident Evil 7 on Easy difficulty in less than four hours. You should have completed the game at least once (unlocking the Albert 01-R pistol and the Secrets of Defense) before following this guide. Suc...

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    When your PC has limited storage space, or you simply want to keep things separate, use this guide to install or move apps to a different drive on Windows 10. It doesn't matter if it's a Windows Store or traditional desktop (Win32) app, they all end up installed (by default) on your primary computer's hard drive. Although this makes sense in most cases, there are many reasons you may want to install apps on a separate drive. It could happen that you have a low-end device, such as a tablet or laptop, that came with a very limited local storage and you're running out of space. If you need to run demanding applications, you may want to install them on a faster hard drive to improve performance. Or it could be that you just want to keep your apps separate from the Windows 10 installation drive. Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 10 includes a number of ways to help you install apps on an external hard drive or SD card storage, whether you're dealing with Windows Store or Win32 a...

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    At long last, the world's largest streaming platform is letting its members change their usernames. Here's how to change your name on Twitch. This is probably the most requested feature ever on Twitch, and frankly, it took way too long to turn up. Getting a new username used to mean getting a whole new account, which for some would be disastrous. But today, you're now able to switch usernames. If you're not happy with being hawtgamer5647 any longer and want something a little better, here's how to change your Twitch username. Login to Twitch. Go to Your account settings. Next to username, you'll see an Edit button, which you should click. Enter your new username. If that username is available you'll see a green check mark. Click Update. Enter your Twitch password to verify, and you're good to go. Your username and channel URL will update immediately. Your followers and subscribers won't change as they would if you had to create a new account; they'll just see your new name...

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    Encountering SteamVR issues? Here's where to get started! If you've encountered any issues while using SteamVR, you'll know just how hard it can be to find a solution to your problem. With support for multiple headsets and a range of complex features, fixing any issues can be hugely daunting. Luckily, error codes are one of the easiest ways to diagnose a problem. If you're having issues, here's a breakdown of some common SteamVR error codes. Read more at VRHeads HTC ViveHelp & How To...

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    In this guide, we explain the new "Hotspot 2.0" Wi-Fi standard and its benefits, and show you how to connect to the networks using Windows 10. Hotspot 2.0 (HS2) is a new networking standard designed to make the process of connecting to public wireless hotspots easier and more secure with seamless authentication and encryption between your device and access points. Also known as "Passpoint," or "Next Generation Hotspot," this new approach is based on the IEEE 802.11u standard, and it improves the way you currently discover and connect to network hotspots. If you're in places such as airports, coffee shops or hotels, you'll see a lot of Wi-Fi networks, and it's not always easy to recognize which ones are safe and which are fake, with malicious users trying to pry into your internet activities. Hotspot 2.0 networks use WPA2-Enterprise for authentication and encryption between clients and access points. In addition, you don't have to look through multiple networks anymore trying to f...

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    You can use NTFS compression to save storage space on your Windows 10 PC, and in this guide we'll show you how. NTFS file system on Windows 10 includes a compression feature, which allows you to shrink files to save space with the advantage to keep accessing your files as you would normally do without compression, and without the need to decompress files using extra software. However, there is a caveat, using compression can impact system performance. When you're actively accessing compressed files, NTFS needs to decompress and compress those files again as you finish using them, which is a process that requires more processor and hard drive resources. Although this feature can impact performance, there are still a number of good reasons to use it. Typically, you would use compression to set up a drive to store data that you almost never use. In those times when you need to optimize your storage space. Or to store files that you use frequently, but they don't impact system perform...

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    Thanks to an impressive array of quality PC hardware options, and some less-than-inspiring product launches and updates from Apple, now is a great time to make the switch from Mac to Windows. Microsoft versus Apple. PC versus Mac. Windows versus OS X, errr, macOS. Surface Pro versus iPad. Zune versus iPod. (OK, that last one might be a bit off ... but you get the point.) It's a technology battle that's been waging for decades, with constant ebbs and flows based on the market and user priorities. During the past few years, the momentum started to once again shift back toward Microsoft and the Windows PC. That has a lot to do with some uninspired updates from Apple (we're looking at you, new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar) and lackluster product launches (iPad Pro, anybody?), as well as some solid hardware options from Microsoft partners, including Dell and HP. (We're particularly smitten with the XPS 15 and HP Spectre x360 15.) In other words, Windows is cool again. Whatever your reas...

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    How do I stop my webcam and microphone from working? Most laptops today come with a built-in webcam — some with a standard camera used for Skype and other web-conferencing, some with IR cameras for Windows Hello facial recognition. And pretty much all laptops also come with a built-in microphone to be used in conjunction with the camera. If you're someone who never uses their camera or microphone on their laptop, you might be wondering how to disable them. Why? Some malware can take control of the hardware and let it work even when you aren't using it. Even if you're just concerned with your ever-eroding privacy, these steps will show you how to disable the built-in webcam and microphone on your Windows 10 laptop. Scan your computer for malware Check which apps are using your webcam Disable your webcam and microphone through Device Manager Disable your webcam and microphone through the BIOS Cover your webcam Scan your computer for malware If you think your computer might be...

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    You can manually assign permanent drive letters in Windows 10. This guide shows you how. When you connect a new drive (a USB flash drive, optical drive, SD card or another type of storage devices) to your computer, Windows 10 automatically assigns a drive letter to identify the device and make it accessible. However, if you use multiple drives, you'll probably notice a new letter whenever you reconnect the same drive, which can be frustrating. Fortunately, you can manually assign a permanent letter to any drive you connect using Windows 10 (excluding the C drive, of course). That's not only to stop the OS from assigning different letters. Windows 10 could also try to set a letter that's already in use, and you'll need to resolve the conflict. Or perhaps you simply want to assign drive letters in a way that makes more sense to you. Whatever the reason, Windows 10 offers a few ways to manually assign permanent drive letters, as long as you connect the drive to the same computer and ...

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    Don't panic, and maybe don't completely re-install Windows. A small group of users have noticed a big problem when trying to use their Oculus Rift after the 1.12 system update from Oculus. When you go to run setup and pair your Touch controllers, or when you try to jump into a game to play if you're already set up, the PC flashes the Blue Screen of Death and you're faced with "SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED" on the screen. For most people, this is a surprisingly easy fix. Here's what we've found so far! Read more at VR Heads! virtual realityHelp & How To...

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  • 03/10/17--08:00: How to install an Intel CPU
  • Installing a new Intel processor is an important step in any PC build or upgrade. Get it wrong and you could cost yourself hundreds of dollars. Here's the right way to install a new Intel CPU and avoid costly issues. Insert and play First thing's first, you're going to need to have your motherboard at hand with ample access. If it's inside a PC case or packaging, we recommend you extract it and place it on an anti-static surface or atop its box. The same goes for your shiny new Intel processor, but pay extra attention to avoiding contact with the metal contacts. Unclip the metal retention bracket on the motherboard. Remove the plastic protective cover. Line up the guiding notch on the CPU with the one on the socket. Insert the chip without using any force. Secure the CPU by clipping down the retention bracket. The bracket will keep the CPU from falling out when the motherboard is installed inside a PC case. The next stage is to install a cooler to take heat away from the componen...

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    Should I clone or image my hard drive? Solid-state drives (SSD) are becoming all the rage thanks to the significant speed upgrade they deliver over standard hard-disk drives (HDD). Not only are SSDs faster, they're also more reliable because they don't have moving parts inside. If you're swapping out a secondary drive, or one that doesn't contain your OS, you can technically just drag and drop the files you want to keep over to the new drive. But what about when you want to move your entire OS and your apps and your files to a new drive? That's where cloning and imaging come in. Let's take a look at what exactly each process involves, and why you might want to use each technique. What is hard drive imaging? What is hard drive cloning? Conclusion and more resources What is hard drive imaging? Before you perform either process on your PC, it's good to know exactly what imaging and cloning are. They both involve creating a backup of your hard drive, but there are significant diffe...

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    How do I insert a footnote or endnote into a Word document? And how do I know when to use a footnote or endnote? Whether you're writing a report that needs references to other sources, doing research for the next great Hemingway-esque novel, or just creating a printed list to organize and navigate your ridiculous collection of vintage hats — with references to where you purchased them, as well as outfit pairing suggestions — Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows has a number of "reference" features that make it easy to insert footnotes and endnotes quickly. How to add a footnote in Microsoft Word How to add an endnote in Microsoft Word Additional Microsoft Office 101 tutorials How to add a footnote in Microsoft Word Before getting into the tutorial, a definition of "footnote" could be useful, to help explain when and where you want to use them. Here's a definition, from Dictionary.com: An explanatory or documenting note or comment at the bottom of a page, referring to a sp...

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    You don't have to pay full price for your Xbox Live Gold subscription. Here are a few tips to saving some cash! If you pay for Xbox Live Gold to use on your Xbox One, you may well be spending too much. The service is basically a necessity to get the most from your console, but if you just sign up and give Microsoft your money you're probably not getting the best deal. The good news is that deals on Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are fairly common, you just need to know where to look. Here, we've rounded up some tips on where to look to save some money. Thrifter.com Thrifter is a new addition to the Mobile Nations family, dedicated 100% to curating the best deals around to help you save money. Be sure to keep an eye on the site at Thrifter.com and follow along on the usual social media channels. If there's a deal to be had on Xbox Live Gold, Thrifter will make sure you know about it. Follow Thrifter on Twitter Like Thrifter on Facebook CDKeys CDKeys is a reputable source of...

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    What is a solid-state drive and how does it work? Update March 13, 2017: We've refreshed this article with some new resources and more information on swapping out your old drive with a new solid-state drive. Many Windows PC users wade into the solid-state drive (SSD) market without the knowledge needed to make an informed buying choice. We take a look at solid-state drives and what's inside them to help prepare you for your next storage device. What is a solid-state drive? Why use a solid-state drive? Choosing the right type of memory Understanding NAND memory chips Choosing the right connection Choosing a solid-state drive Upgrading to a solid-state drive What is a solid-state drive? When you get down to a base level, an SSD is just some memory chips on a circuit board. It has an In/Out interface, usually in the form of SATA or PCIe, that feeds power and transfers data. Unlike traditional hard-disk drives (HDD), there is no actuator arm that has to move across a spinning magn...

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    Advanced Solid State Drives (SSDs) with high capacity remain out of reach for consumers on tight budgets, so filling up available space on PC hard drives remains a common fear for many folks. When looking at installed drives in Windows Explorer, it's difficult to judge just what is taking up occupied space. Luckily, there are a few handy tools that can help you clear out space. Here's a look at some of them. CCleaner WinDirStat SpaceSniffer Other options In order to get your PC prepped and ready for analysis, it's a good idea to run your favorite cleaning tool to clear out stored cache and other temporary or unrequired files that are taking up valuable space. Our chosen cleaning suite is CCleaner. Even if you're planning to use another analyzer, we recommend you use a tool like CCleaner to get rid of temporary files and other junk. CCleaner As noted already, CCleaner is our favorite when it comes to clearing crap from a PC, sorting out a bloated registry, seeing what startup ...

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    Getting Windows 10 IoT Core to run on the Raspberry Pi is easy. Here's what you need to know. It's not Windows 10 as we know it from PCs, tablets or phones, but Windows 10 IoT Core is another branch of Microsoft's ubiquitous OS designed to be run on low-power devices. One such device is the Raspberry Pi 3, the super-cheap little computer that has taken the world by storm. Embraced by coders and makers the world over, it's a perfect piece of equipment to use in a Windows 10 IoT project. Here's how to install Windows 10 IoT Core on the Raspberry Pi 3. What is Windows 10 IoT Core? Microsoft's official description: Windows 10 IoT Core is a version of Windows 10 that is optimized for smaller devices with or without a display, and that runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3, Arrow DragonBoard 410c & MinnowBoard MAX. Windows 10 IoT Core utilizes the rich, extensible Universal Windows Platform (UWP) API for building great solutions. Essentially it lets you use Windows technologies...

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    How do I back up the data on my PC? Living in a digital world is a convenience we take for granted, but what happens when you lose the catalog of files you've so carefully built? Your photos are no longer kept in albums, and your music no longer sits on a shelf. Nevermind the sentimental stuff — recovering a PC from a virus or a complete drive failure can be a real pain if you haven't taken precautionary steps. While dragging and dropping files onto a hard drive is enough for some people, others need a more thorough backup, one that keeps everything organized and updated or that includes your OS. It's good practice to back up to two separate places; for example, cloud storage and an external drive. This protects you from many threats, including fires or floods that will do a number on your local storage. Ready to safeguard your data and make your life a lot easier when your hard drive fails or is infected? Here are six great ways to back up the data on your PC. Back up files to...

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    Microsoft lets you recall, or 'unsend,' email messages sent using Outlook 2016 for Windows — if you meet a very specific set of requirements. We've all been there. You had a bad day… maybe a bad week (or year). You couldn't take it anymore. Maybe you had one too many bottles of... soda and then fired off a nasty message to your boss or to a customer. Maybe you just forgot to include an important attachment or didn't run a spell check, and your message was riddled with elementary-school grammar errors. Whatever the reason, you need to recall an email message you sent using Outlook. Unfortunately, unlike some other common mail clients that make it very simple to quickly "unsend" or "undo" sent email messages, such as Gmail, the process is a bit more complicated in Outlook. However, it's not impossible to recall a sent email using Outlook, at least not if you fit can check the following boxes: You use Outlook 2016 for Windows. (There is currently no message recall feature av...

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