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- 09/14/17--04:00: _How to stop Windows...
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- 09/14/17--09:01: _7 ways to get bette...
- 09/14/17--10:00: _How to upgrade your...
- 09/14/17--15:04: _How to enable 1080p...
- 09/14/17--18:39: _How to record Xbox ...
- 09/15/17--04:00: _PlayerUnknown's Bat...
- 09/15/17--04:46: _How to find Xûr in ...
- 09/15/17--16:08: _Here's a list of al...
- 09/16/17--11:00: _Killing Floor 2 Beg...
- 09/18/17--04:01: _How to backup your ...
- 09/18/17--05:00: _5 secrets in Destin...
- 09/19/17--04:00: _How the Xbox One an...
- 09/19/17--05:01: _Dealing with RPM: W...
- 09/19/17--12:00: _How to add app shor...
- 09/20/17--04:00: _How to disable SMBv...
- 09/13/17--07:30: How to play Oculus Rift games on the HTC Vive
- 09/13/17--12:00: How to add shapes and images to PowerPoint slides
- 09/14/17--04:00: How to stop Windows 10 apps from running in the background
- 09/14/17--08:00: Blu-ray vs. DVD vs. CD: How to pick the right optical drive
- 09/14/17--09:01: 7 ways to get better battery life from your Windows 10 PC
- 09/14/17--10:00: How to upgrade your PC's graphics card (GPU)
- 09/14/17--15:04: How to enable 1080p Game DVR recording on Xbox One
- 09/14/17--18:39: How to record Xbox One Game DVR clips to an external drive
- 09/15/17--04:00: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Ultimate Guide
- 09/18/17--04:01: How to backup your PC automatically on Windows 10
- 09/18/17--05:00: 5 secrets in Destiny 2 for Xbox One you should know
- 09/19/17--05:01: Dealing with RPM: Why laptops are still using slow hard drives
- 09/19/17--12:00: How to add app shortcuts to the Start menu manually on Windows 10
As the end of the year approaches, the next major update is brewing for Xbox One. These are the features we expect to see this fall.
The next major update is just around the corner for Xbox One owners, and it is expected to bring a new wave of features to the console this fall. With the launch of the 4K-capable Xbox One X, this year is shaping up to be rather crucial for Microsoft, and subsequently, the changes to the console's OS are more significant than ever.
Although Microsoft has yet to officially unveil the next update for Xbox One, the similarity with Windows 10 PC update cycles points towards the latter months of this year. While those on PC will be getting the "Fall Creators Update," Kevin Gallo, Director of Windows Developer Platform at Microsoft, has confirmed the next update will bring a similar set of features but likely bear a different name.
After multiple waves of new features rolled out to Xbox Insiders, we now have a better idea of what major features are debut...
How do I get Rift games working on my Vive?
PC gamers have long been proud of their peacefulness (other than a few mild dust-ups with the console armies). There hasn't been a war between PC gamers in years!
Keeping with the trend of sharing and caring, LibreVR created Revive, software that lets HTC Vive owners play Oculus Rift games. Why can't Rift games by default be played on Vive? We'll get into that.
Let's take a look at how Revive works, a little history about Oculus games, and finally a list of all the Rift games that work with Vive.
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Destiny 2 returns with the trio of classes from the first installment: Titan, Warlock, and Hunter. In this article, we're going to go over the Hunter in-depth. Here's our definitive guide to the class, as well as some tips and suggestions.
What is the Hunter class?
If Titans are the tanks and Warlocks are the mages, then the Hunter class is Destiny 2's equivalent to a rogue. Hunters have low durability — you can only take a few hits before going down — but for what they lack in endurance, they make up for in agility. Thanks to their light armor and clothing, the Hunter the fastest of the three Guardian classes. When put to good use, their speed and nimble movement abilities allow them to be the best scouts, assassins, and sharpshooters of all of the Light's warriors.
No matter what subclass of Hunter you choose to be, all members of the class share two types of abilities: dodges and jumps.
Marksman's Dodge - A directional dodge that quickly ...
You can't have an engaging presentation without an artist's touch. Imagery is not only eye candy for your audience, it's another way for them to learn and understand.
How often have you heard that a picture is worth a thousand words? That well-known quote could very well be true for a report or presentation. Visual aids may even have more of an impact than text alone. Here's how you can add supporting multimedia to PowerPoint presos and create images of your own.
How to draw on presentations
How to draw shapes
How to add images in PowerPoint
How to group pictures and shapes
PowerPoint and Office 365 provide a few ways to add images and graphics to your files. These include shapes, clip art, and images stored locally or in the cloud. You have the freedom to set the location, size, and dimensions of most content while also applying color and effects to make them stand out. Let's take a look at adding images, creating your own, and applying effects to them.
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You can stop Windows 10 apps from running in the background to save battery, bandwidth, and some system resources. In this guide, we show you how.
On Windows 10, apps you install using the Store have been designed to run in the background to take advantage of the OS features, including the ability to download data, show toast notifications, and fetch information to display up-to-date updates in their Live tiles in the Start menu.
The issue is that these apps are always running in the background, even if you didn't open them, and that will drain battery, bandwidth, and system resources. However, Windows 10 includes a few options to take control of the apps that run in the background using the Settings app.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to stop apps you install from the Store from running in the background, wasting resources on your device.
How to stop apps from running in the background using Settings
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What to look for when choosing your PCs optical drive. Keep reading.
Whether you're building your own PC, buying one or just looking for an external addition, it's important to make sure you get the right optical drive for your needs. There are three formats to take into consideration: Blu-ray, DVD and CD.
The choice may sound straightforward, but there's a little bit of thinking to do first.
Go Blu-ray if you can
The downside to going for a Blu-ray drive is cost. They're significantly more expensive than drives that don't support the format. There's a good reason for it (quality), but it'll always leave you spending a bit more.
That's the only negative. If you can get a Blu-ray drive, then you definitely should, whether it is built into your pre-built PC or you're putting your own internal or external drive into your setup.
Blu-ray drives will almost always be backward compatible with DVDs and CDs. That means one drive to play everything. Forward compatibility isn't a thing ...
How do you get the most battery life from your Windows 10 PC? Check out these tips and tricks.
Other than the usual, quick methods of getting a bit more battery life from your PC — turning down the volume, lowering the brightness of your display, and unplugging any peripherals — there are a few tricks you can implement that will get you some extra time before you have to look for an outlet.
Enable and configure battery saver mode
Set your display to turn off when not in use
Optimize your battery for video playback
Change or create your own power plan
Underclock your processor
Set which apps are allowed to run on battery power
Disable wireless communication
Enable and configure battery saver mode
Windows 10 has a built-in battery saver tool that can help you get a few more minutes out of your battery. You can enable the battery saver through the Windows 10 Action Center:
Click the Action Center button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Click Battery saver.
Upgrading your graphics card (GPU) is mostly a simple process, but there's still a process to follow.
It's an exciting time getting a new graphics card for your PC. Whether you've been hanging on to the same one for years, or you're a fan of the bleeding edge, it's something that always brings new life to your gaming.
Getting a newer, more powerful graphics card means better performance in the latest games, and in some cases, it increases the resolution you can play at. Once you've got your new card, making the switch is fairly straightforward but there are some things you need to make sure you do.
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Remove the old drivers
Even if you're going from NVIDIA to NVIDIA, or AMD to AMD, you still need to sort out the drivers. If you don't, you'll most likely have a bad time. trust me, I speak from experience. (Yes, I forgot to do this during an upgrade.) This will remove the drivers for your current card, so you'll also want to make sure you ...
Following the fall Xbox update, here's how to enable 1080p Game DVR gameplay capture on any Xbox One console.
Microsoft recently announced that Game DVR, the Xbox One's inbuilt gameplay capture application, will be seeing improvements later this year in a major system update. Following the update, all Xbox One consoles have the option to record at 1080p resolution, meaning a significant bump in clarity can be expected from all future recordings. This offers a significant step up over the previous limitation imposed on Game DVR, which capped gameplay at 720p at 30 frames per second (FPS).
This joins a wide range of features currently in the works for the console, including a visual overhaul of the Xbox dashboard themed around the Fluent Design System, a reworked modular Home menu and other changes to the user interface. For those enrolled in the Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program, the improved GameDVR functionality is now available to testing, although you'll need to manually en...
As a part of the Xbox One fall update, using an external drive allows you to capture, store and edit Game DVR clips with ease.
The next Xbox One update is currently brewing and while still some time away from a public release, we're already getting a sense for the major features hitting the console. Although the biggest focus of the fall update focuses on redesigning the Xbox One user interface (UI) with fluidity and speed in mind, a range of new additions is also being introduced across console's entire feature set.
One of the biggest of these affects the console's inbuilt game capture application, Game DVR, with support introduced for external drives. Following the update, select external drives can be used to store game clips, while saving space internally on your console. We've broken down the steps required to record to external storage, alongside the benefits it offers.
How to enable 1080p Game DVR recording on Xbox One
How to record Game DVR clips to external storage
The complete guide on how to git gud at PUBG.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has taken the gaming world by storm, climbing to the top of Steam's concurrent PC player list, beating out the juggernaut that is Dota 2. With PUBG headed to Xbox, it's only going to get more popular.
Why is it so popular? That's a hard question to answer, but it likely has something to do with the generally accessible exterior that hides a deep set of content. PUBG is designed to foster many playstyles, and so many gamers, whether first-person shooter fans, survivalist fans, or just fans of looting, can find something to like.
Regardless of your preferred playstylecov, there are some concrete tips and tricks that can help you survive not only to a top-ten placement, but might get you a coveted chicken dinner. Let's take a look at those tips and tricks in this ultimate guide.
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Your first moves outside of the plane
When the game starts, you'll find yourself in an ...
Everyone's favorite Exotic-wielding vendor, Xûr, Agent of the Nine, has made his return in Destiny 2. Here's how to find him.
Xûr, Agent of the Nine, was one of the most mysterious characters in the first Destiny game, and despite little information surfacing on his background, he's emerged as one of the most iconic in the franchise history. This elusive vendor served as the one-stop shop for guaranteed Exotic items, however, he had an enigmatic twist to his whereabouts.
In Destiny 2, Xûr has made a return, delivering a new wave of gear to eager guardians. Furthermore, information on how the merchant will function in Destiny 2 has surfaced, with some notable changes for returning players.
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Who is Xûr, Agent of the Nine?
Xûr is a mysterious vendor is Destiny 2, providing access to Exotic weapons, armor, and various consumable items, in exchange for a specific currency. While Exotic engrams are a way of securing random drops of high-value lo...
In the Xbox 1710 update, new content blocks will make themselves available to users everywhere.
Expected to arrive around October 2017, the 1710 update will add a new home screen layout, Fluent Design elements, and much more. One of the more compelling feature additions is the new content blocks, which allow you to fully customize the area below the main home screen.
Content blocks include things like your pinned apps and games, larger sections to showcase specific games and trending content, and also some other Xbox features, such as friends and Xbox deals. But how do you add them?
Let's look through the ways you can add content blocks to your Xbox's home screen, currently available on the Xbox Insider Program.
What exactly are content blocks?
Content blocks are essentially home screen sections you can add at will, providing rich information and trending content about the subject pinned. If you pin a friend, you can see how their achievements stack up against yours. If you pi...
Don't let these brutish bosses bust your butt!
Killing Floor 2, the stellar co-op horde shooter, features two terrifying bosses for teams to take down. If you're not careful, either one of them will wipe out your whole squad in moments. Don't worry, though – this guide gives you the intel needed to emerge victoriously!
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General boss tips
At present, Killing Floor 2 offers 15 distinct maps for solo and co-op players to take on in survival mode. After clearing all normal waves of enemies, the team must face an unnumbered boss wave. Be sure to fully restock ammo, armor, grenades, and weapons before the boss wave starts – you won't get another chance to use the shop.
One important tip, as outlined in our Killing Floor 2 beginner's guide, is to buy a healing pistol. The HMTech-101 pistol (found under the field medic tab) only takes up one inventory space, and it only costs 200 dosh. Buy one, and you can use its alternate fire to heal fr...
You can automate the process to backup your device and documents regularly on Windows 10, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do it.
It's just a matter of time until the hard drive on your device stops working, a critical error prevents your computer from starting, or files get corrupted. However, performing regular backups is one of the best ways to protect those valuable documents, photos, and configurations you worked so hard to set up your device just the way you like it.
While there are numerous third-party backup software you can opt to use, Windows 10 includes the Backup and Restore feature, which works the same way since Windows 7, and it allows you to perform a full backup of your computer automatically on a regular basis.
A full backup using the built-in tool on Windows 10 includes everything stored on your device, including the system installation, plus settings and applications, and all your files stored on your computer's primary drive and external storage. Then ...
These are our five favorite secrets unearthed in Destiny 2 so far.
Like the original game, shortly after Destiny 2's launch, players are continually digging up various secrets and easter eggs lined through the world. With many players spending hours on end in the world, some complex methods to unlocking hidden content are already being unearthed. We've rounded up our five favorite secrets discovered so far, in the world of Destiny 2.
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1. Uncover a hidden room in the Tower
This first secret takes players to the Tower (unlocked after completing the main story) and uncovers a little more surrounding Destiny's lore. Using a specific route, a small secret room can be uncovered in the hangar, providing access to an ominous book for your Ghost investigate.
To access the room, head east after spawning in the Tower and follow the hallway to the Hangar. Walk up the stairs onto the second-floor balcony and find the area shown in the image above. Jump down o...
Xbox fans are going to buy a lot of 4K TV sets this holiday season, as the Xbox One X approaches its planned launch date.
The general consensus right now is that OLED TVs are the best for 4K HDR gaming, providing the best viewing angles, the best contrast ratios, and the best color gamuts. We list the LG C7 as the best OLED 4K HDR TV you can pick up right now for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, and that's not likely to change for a while.
However, more and more people are waking up to the fact that OLED sets can suffer from burn-in and image retention. Microsoft is aware, however, and in Xbox One build 1710, they have already prepared a way to combat this issue.
What is OLED burn-in?
Burn-in typically refers to the appearance of previous images shown by the becoming "burned" into the display, appearing like a faint ghost-like blur or image on top of whatever you're currently watching. Burn-in was particularly notable on Plasma TVs, which are no longer in circulation.
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Should I still choose a hard-disk drive for my laptop?
Today, when shopping for a new laptop, you'll likely see a hard drive advertised as either a hard-disk drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD). HDDs have a physical platter that is read while it spins, while SSDs have no moving parts and are thus much faster. Since SSDs are available, why are laptops still shipping with the slower HDDs? Let's break it down and, along the way, explain the big difference between drives and which one you should buy.
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The tale of two hard-disk drives
Whether you have an HDD or an SSD advertised with a new laptop, you'll see a storage size, usually measured in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB). If it's an HDD, you should also see a listed speed.
The spindle speed, which signifies how fast the physical platters inside rotate and is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM), will often be either 5,400RPM or 7,200RPM. Great! You want a fast hard drive, so you'l...
Did you install an app and isn't appearing in the All apps list? If so, in this guide, we'll show you the steps to manually add a shortcut to the Start menu on Windows 10.
On Windows 10, as part of the installation process, apps usually add a shortcut or folder in the Start menu to make easier to open them. However, some apps are not capable of registering themselves to appear in the "All apps" list, such as portable and very old apps.
If you have an app that doesn't have a shortcut in this list, it's possible to create a shortcut to quickly find and open the app using the Start menu.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to add an app entry to the All apps list manually.
How to add an app to the Start menu's All apps list
Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
Type the following path and click OK:
Using the Windows key + Right arrow keyboard shortcut snap the window to the r...
Your PC may be vulnerable to attacks — use this guide to disable the Server Message Block (SMB) version 1 (v1) protocol on Windows 10.
Recent ransomware attacks, including WannaCry and Petya, both wreaked havoc on hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe, taking advantage of a flaw found in the old SMBv1, which still comes enabled by default on Windows 10.
SMB is a network file sharing protocol that Windows 10 uses to allow apps to read and write to files, as well as to perform services requests for another device on the network. There are three versions of SMB, but version 1 is the only one affected; versions 2 and 3 are not vulnerable.
If your computer is not running applications that require the use of this protocol, it's recommended to disable SMBv1 completely to prevent future malicious attacks that could use this vulnerability.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to disable the SMBv1 protocol to make your device less vulnerable to attacks.