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- 07/03/17--08:30: _These are the HTC V...
- 07/03/17--12:00: _How to record games...
- 07/07/17--06:30: _What are the advant...
- 07/07/17--12:00: _How to turn off sou...
- 07/07/17--13:00: _Best Diablo III Nec...
- 07/10/17--04:00: _How to use OneDrive...
- 07/10/17--05:00: _Why you don't need ...
- 07/10/17--08:23: _Windows 10 build 16...
- 07/11/17--05:00: _Doomfist in Overwat...
- 07/11/17--11:00: _Windows 10 Fall Cre...
- 07/13/17--04:01: _How to determine if...
- 07/13/17--09:40: _How to create an Xb...
- 07/13/17--10:15: _Everything you need...
- 07/13/17--12:00: _How to close and pe...
- 07/13/17--13:00: _Marvel Heroes Omega...
- 07/14/17--04:00: _Microsoft Excel key...
- 07/14/17--08:29: _How much mobile dat...
- 07/17/17--04:00: _How to add hands-fr...
- 07/18/17--04:00: _How to enable and d...
- 07/19/17--04:01: _How to apply Window...
- 07/03/17--08:30: These are the HTC Vive games launching in July
- 07/07/17--06:30: What are the advantages of using an alternative carrier?
- 07/07/17--12:00: How to turn off sound for notifications on Windows 10
- 07/07/17--13:00: Best Diablo III Necromancer builds guide and beginner's tips
- 07/10/17--04:00: How to use OneDrive Files On-Demand on Windows 10
- 07/10/17--05:00: Why you don't need an unlimited data plan
- 07/10/17--08:23: Windows 10 build 16237 and 16232 for PC: Everything you need to know
- 07/13/17--09:40: How to create an Xbox Arena tournament on Xbox One or Windows 10
- 07/13/17--12:00: How to close and permanently delete your Microsoft account
- 07/14/17--04:00: Microsoft Excel keyboard shortcuts you need to master
- 07/14/17--08:29: How much mobile data does streaming media use?
- 07/17/17--04:00: How to add hands-free typing to Office apps
- 07/18/17--04:00: How to enable and disable Reset Protection on Windows 10 Mobile
Here's what's new for the HTC Vive for July 2017!
A number of interesting titles are set to release for the HTC Vive this month, fit for the fan of any of virtual reality genre. Although we won't be getting any highly anticipated releases from big studios, some indie gems are on the horizon. Here's an in-depth breakdown of all the HTC Vive games releasing over the month of July 2017.
Note: This list is compiled from Steam store listings at the start of the month.
Read more at VRHeads
HTC ViveHelp & How To...
You can configure Game DVR on Windows 10 to capture videos at 60 frames per second (FPS) with 192kbps audio quality, and in this guide, we'll show you how.
If you're a core PC gamer, and you like to record your favorite games, you can appreciate Game DVR on Windows 10. However, there is one caveat, Game DVR by default records clips at a standard 30 FPS and audio at 128 kbps. While these are good settings for most users, if you have a powerful machine, these settings are perhaps inadequate if you're looking for the absolute best video recording.
Luckily, Game DVR can be configured to record clips with much higher quality, using 60 FPS with up 1080p resolution, and 192kbps for audio quality.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to record game clips using Game DVR using the highest video and audio quality available using the Settings and the Xbox app.
How to change Game DVR recording options on Settings app
How to change Game DVR recording options on Xbo...
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.
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...
Too much notification noise? Here's how to quiet things down on Windows 10.
On Windows 10, notifications keep you in the loop about things happening around your digital life, and they also alert you of anything in your system that may require your attention. However, each banner that slides out in the bottom-right corner also includes a sound, which can quickly get annoying.
If you're constantly getting notifications and muting the system volume or disabling notifications completely is not the solution, Windows 10 includes at least two ways to turn off the sound while still being able to see toast notifications.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to prevent notifications from playing sound using the Settings app and Control Panel.
How to disable sound for notifications using Settings
How to disable sound for notifications using Control Panel
How to disable sound for notifications using Settings
If you want to turn off the sound for notifications, you ...
The necromancer is the newest playable class in Diablo III, sold as the Rise of the Necromancer DLC on Xbox One and PC.
A returning class from Diablo II, the necromancer brings a powerful array of undead magic and abilities to the game. Here are some suggested builds to help you make the most of this commander of the dead.
See Rise of the Necromancer on the Xbox Store
See Diablo III: Eternal Collection on the Xbox Store
The necromancer is a dark priest that can summon undead minions and draw power from blood and death. Although necromancers were a playable class in Diablo II, they play a bit differently in Diablo III. For instance, they now have more active combat options that reduce the need to depend on minions in battle.
Most of the necromancer's abilities rely on the class's primary resource, "essence," which she draws from enemies. Attacking with her primary attack (assigned to the A button by default on Xbox One) replenishes essence. The maximum stor...
Microsoft's OneDrive now lets you view your files without having to download them using on-demand sync. Here's how it works.
OneDrive Files On-Demand is a new feature coming in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which allows you to access all your files stored in the cloud using File Explorer without having to sync them directly and use storage space on your device. It's a feature that's similar in concept to the now-defunct OneDrive placeholders.
Currently, OneDrive uses selective sync, which downloads every file to your device, but takes up a lot of space. On the other hand, with Files On-Demand only pieces of information (e.g., metadata and thumbnail image) about a file are stored locally. This is a faster and more efficient approach, which allows you to browse your entire collection of files without sacrificing local storage. At the time to work with a file, you simply double-click the placeholder to complete the download and open the file with an app.
In this Windows 10 gui...
The numbers are in, and they say you probably don't need an expensive unlimited data plan.
Unlimited data plans are back. Here's some insight into why, as well as a look at how much data we really use every month.
We've recently seen all four major U.S. carriers introduce or revamp their unlimited LTE data plans. Multiple times. For some of us, this is great news. The folks who use upwards of 10GB of data on a line they pay for themselves found plenty of creative ways to hold on to older unlimited data plans, and sometimes that could be a hassle. Now they are available with a click of the mouse.
Unlimited plans coming back to AT&T and Verizon are a direct result of tough competition in the industry.
This wasn't unexpected. Companies such as T-Mobile and StraightTalk made people notice the cost versus value proposition of a cell phone data plan. AT&T and Verizon enjoyed a consumer mindset that they offered something superior, when for many people alternatives could be ...
Here's a closer look at the changes included in Windows 10 build 16237 and 16232.
Windows 10 build 16237 is now rolling out in the Fast ring for PCs. This new release delivers a few new features and a lot of improvements that will be available later this year as part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
While build 16237 is a minor update, it still brings a number of small improvements to notifications and Action Center, Emoji, touch keyboard, Task Manager, and to the Settings app.
Windows 10 improves the way it handles scaling for High-DPI displays, Microsoft Edge also gets updated with a few new features and more.
Also, Microsoft recently released Windows 10 build 16232 to the Fast ring. It was not a big update either, but it included a couple of new security features, such as Controlled folder access and Exploit Protection.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll take a closer look at the features and changes that recently appeared in the past two previews of the upcoming Fall C...
After four months since Orisa's introduction, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch's next hero release last Thursday — the menacing Doomfist, now playable on the PTR. Here's everything you need to know about the man behind the infamous gauntlet in one detailed, comprehensive guide.
Doomfist Story: Only through conflict do we evolve
Akande Ogundimu (Ah-kahn-dey Oh-gun-dee-moo) better known as the man currently undertaking the title of Doomfist, was born into a wealthy Nigerian family that owned a world-class prosthetics development company. As he grew older, Akande grew into a charismatic and intelligent young man, and he contributed these attributes to his family's company to help its business grow and improve. In his free time, he grew to love participating in competitive martial arts. He grew first to master several African fighting styles, then he slowly trained in techniques from all over the globe, incorporating a combination of them all into his form. As a result, ...
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will offer new settings to reduce data usage to prevent going over your data limits.
Although Windows 10 can dynamically adjust the bandwidth use to download and upload updates, if you don't set your network adapter as metered on a capped internet connection, you still can go over your data usage.
However, this is about to change with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as Microsoft has quietly introduced the ability to specify the amount of bandwidth your device uses to download (and upload) system and apps updates, which can help you to avoid going over your data usage limits.
Delivery Optimization settings
Starting with build 16237 or later, you can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Delivery Optimization, and in this page, you'll find two new links: Advanced options and Activity monitor.
The Advanced options page includes new settings to adjust the amount of bandwi...
Have you ever wondered if you're running an upgrade or clean install of Windows 10? In this guide, we'll show you how to tell.
Windows has received numerous releases through the years, and if you had the same computer for a long time, you probably went through a lot of upgrades.
If you're ever curious to see the upgrade history that led to the latest version on your system, Windows 10 doesn't reveal such information. However, you can use the Registry to accurately determine whether you're running an upgrade or clean install of Windows 10 and the number of times a new version of the OS has been installed.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to use the Registry (without having to modify anything) to check what type of installation you have. Additionally, we'll help you to answer other questions, such as which was the original version installed on your device, and the times an upgrade was applied with the exact date.
How to check Windows setup information
Xbox Arena tournaments are here, and they are extremely easy to create!
Xbox Arena is a system that allows users to create their very own tournaments complete with notifications, scheduling, and more. The feature is rolling out more broadly as part of the July 2017 Xbox update, after being in testing for several weeks on the Xbox Insider program.
If you want to create your very own tournament, you'll have to follow these steps!
Create a tournament on Xbox One
Create a tournament on Windows 10
Create a tournament on Xbox One
Tournaments are attached to Clubs, so first, navigate to the Club you want to create a tournament for by pressing the Xbox button to open the Guide.
Navigate to the Friends & Clubs tab.
Scroll through the list, and hit 'A' on the Club you want to create a tournament for.
Note: If you haven't created or joined a Club yet, we have some guides on how to do that right here.
In your Club, navigate to the "Tournaments" tab at the top.
Select Create a to...
Today's Xbox One update will bring custom gamerpics, new Club features, and Mixer co-streaming to the public.
Having been in testing for several weeks, the latest Xbox One features are finally rolling out to the public today. Here's everything you need to know about the update, and guides on how to get up and running with the latest features.
How to update your Xbox One
First and foremost, you should check if you have updates available. The update will likely roll out in waves, so if it's not available at the time you read this, check again at a later time.
Tap the Xbox logo button on your controller. Or, if you're using a Kinect just say "Xbox, go to settings" and skip to step #3.
Select Settings. It is the gear icon.
Select All Settings.
Select Console Info & Updates. Then it will inform you if there's an update available.
The biggest change this update will bring is the addition of custom gamerpics. Up until now, the ability to add custo...
How do I completely close my Microsoft account?
Companies usually give you a bit of guff when you try deleting an account with them, but Microsoft has relatively few of hoops to jump through to do so. No matter the reason for deleting your account — switching to a new one, moving to a different OS, or just testing things out — the process remains the same. Here's how to do it.
Things to do before deleting your Microsoft account
How to completely delete your Microsoft account
How to retrieve your Microsoft account within 60 days
Things to do before deleting your Microsoft account
Before you completely get rid of a Microsoft account, there might be a few loose ends that need tying up.
1. Cancel subscriptions: If you're subscribing to other services using your Microsoft account ID, cancel those subscriptions now. If not, you won't be able to access those services following deletion.
2. Set up an automated email forward: If you use an email address that ends in hotmail.com, ...
If you're going to buy characters for Marvel Heroes Omega, you'll want to get the best deal.
Marvel Heroes Omega is a free to play MMO that recently launched on Xbox One. Although you can play the whole game for free, several characters are available to buy in DLC bundles. This guide describes the contents of each DLC and exactly how much their components are worth!
See Marvel Heroes Omega on the Xbox Store
All Marvel Heroes Omega players receive enough free Eternity Shards at the end of the tutorial to buy one starter character. But you can get Daredevil for free too by picking him up from the Xbox Store.
Daredevil doesn't include any special bonuses or come with extra costumes, but you'll still be able to take him all the way up to level 60 and make twenty percent progress towards the Super Team Achievement for leveling give heroes to 60.
See on the Xbox Store
War Machine Pack
The cheapest premium character is Iron Man's sidekick James Rhodes, also known as ...
Do you find using a mouse to manage your Excel worksheet a bit of an annoyance? Would you rather command it from your keyboard? Then you need to learn about keyboard shortcuts.
There are quite a few command and customization options in Excel that can be accessed through the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar. Did you know that you can quickly find and execute command functions from your QWERTY companion? Here a list of some of the keyboard shortcuts that will save you a mouse click or two.
Customizing the Ribbon
Copy, Paste, Cut and Insert
Managing your Workbook
Hyperlinks and Comments
Find and Replace
Home — Moves the cursor to the beginning of the row.
Ctrl + Home — Moves the cursor to the top left cell of the worksheet.
Ctrl + End — Moves the cursor to the last cell of the worksheet that contains content.
Ctrl + G and type cell reference — Goes to the cell at the intersection of the re...
Here's the breakdown on how much data streaming music and video use so you know how much to budget.
The things most of us love to do with our phones is also the thing that eats the most data: stream music and video.
Modern phones and streaming services were made for each other. Your phone is capable of delivering high-quality content through the screen or its audio components and streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and Spotify were made to deliver them. The first popular media-centric phone was the iPhone. Both Apple and Google owe a lot of their success to this because it was also the best way to watch YouTube in the palm of your hands.
Things have come a long way since then, but one thing hasn't changed. We love to watch and listen with our phones. But the advent of HD video streaming and high-bitrate audio streaming means that it also gobbles up the data like never before. Let's break it down to see just how much data you use when you fire up your favorite streaming app....
Microsoft's Dictate brings speech recognition to Office using Cortana's technology, and here's how to use it.
If there is one feature missing in Word, Outlook, and other Office apps is the ability to type hands-free. Sure, you can set up speech recognition in Windows, but it's not a really good experience, and it's a feature that hasn't been updated in a long time.
However, if you speak faster than you can type, the Microsoft Garage team has created Dictate, a new add-in that brings a good speech-to-text experience to Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
While Dictate is an experimental project, it's a powerful tool. It uses Cortana's speech recognition technology to convert voice into text in more than twenty languages, there is support for voice commands to control a dictation session, and it also includes real-time translation in sixty different languages.
In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to add and use Dictate to incorporate speech-to-text functionality into Office a...
How do you protect your Windows phone?
Windows 10 Mobile has built-in Reset Protection that can stop someone who gets their hands on your phone from resetting it and making it their own. Reset Protection isn't available for all Windows phones; only some newer phones that have build 8.10.15127.138 or later installed. Here's how to enable and disable Reset Protection when you still have your phone, and also how to disable Reset Protection.
How to enable Reset Protection on Windows 10 Mobile
The first time you set up your Windows phone, you'll be asked if you'd like to accept some recommended settings. If you accept the settings and your phone supports Reset Protection, it will be turned on automatically.
If you didn't choose to go with recommended settings during setup, or if you chose to initially forego Reset Protection, you can still enable it.
Swipe down from the top of the screen.
Tap All Settings.
Tap Update & security.
Tap Find My Phone.
Tap Turn on. (You might be a...
On Windows 10, it's possible to configure Local Group Policy settings for one particular user or group. Here's how to do it.
The Local Group Policy Editor is a powerful tool that gives users running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise a relatively easy way to customize advanced options that are usually not configurable through the Settings app (or Control Panel).
However, on a shared computer scenario, no matter whether you use "Computer Configuration" or "User Configuration," policy changes will always apply to every user account on your device, and there isn't an option to assign those changes to specific users.
If you're looking to change advanced settings on Windows 10, but you want to apply them to a specific user or group, you can still accomplish this task using the Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe).
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to apply policy changes only to a particular user or group.
How to apply policy changes to specific users