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- 12/07/18--12:00: _Microsoft plans to ...
- 12/08/18--12:00: _How to do a clean i...
- 12/10/18--04:00: _Missing Office feat...
- 12/10/18--11:00: _This is what you sh...
- 12/11/18--05:52: _How to turn off Xbo...
- 12/11/18--07:10: _How to enable Rainb...
- 12/12/18--04:00: _External drive won'...
- 12/12/18--05:54: _All the changes inc...
- 12/12/18--12:00: _Is AMD Ryzen 5 2600...
- 12/13/18--04:00: _Turn off updates fo...
- 12/13/18--05:00: _Should you buy a Su...
- 12/13/18--11:00: _You can play Oculus...
- 12/13/18--14:00: _Should you buy a Su...
- 12/14/18--11:00: _Should you upgrade ...
- 12/17/18--12:00: _Use multiple mics o...
- 12/08/18--12:00: How to do a clean installation of Windows 10
- 12/10/18--11:00: This is what you should do first on your Synology NAS
- 12/11/18--05:52: How to turn off Xbox One video autoplay in Microsoft Store
- 12/11/18--07:10: How to enable Rainbow Six Siege two-step verification (2SV)
- 12/12/18--04:00: External drive won't show up on Windows 10? Here's the fix.
- 12/12/18--05:54: All the changes included with Windows 10 build 18298
- 12/12/18--12:00: Is AMD Ryzen 5 2600 a good CPU for Fortnite?
- 12/13/18--04:00: Turn off updates for Office apps
- 12/13/18--05:00: Should you buy a Surface Pen for the Surface Pro 6?
- 12/13/18--14:00: Should you buy a Surface Dial for a Surface Laptop 2?
- 12/14/18--11:00: Should you upgrade to the new HP Spectre x360 13?
- 12/17/18--12:00: Use multiple mics on Windows 10? Here's how to configure them.
Chromium isn't just another Google product — it can be anything you want it to be thanks to its open-source license.
Microsoft's announcement that it will rebuild its Edge browser using Chromium was a bit of a shocker. It almost sounds like Microsoft has decided to let Google build the web browser of choice for Windows computers, and that's a change that would affect a couple billion people, most of which wouldn't even know, as long as they see the familiar icon in the Start menu. It would also be a change that gives Google a billion more users by default and heads down a path where there is only one company and one choice if you want to use the web. Nobody wants that. Thankfully, that's not the case. And Chromium is very different than Chrome.
While Chromium is a project started by Google, it's really not what you might think it is. And that's because of its open-source nature, which allows it to be anything.
Related: Everything you need to know about Microsoft Edge, Chromium, ...
If you need to reinstall, upgrade, or set up a new device with Windows 10, a clean installation is your best choice – Here's why and how to do it.
On Windows 10, a clean installation is the best option to remove everything from the hard drive and start from scratch when your device is having performance and other issues. Using this process, you can quickly resolve startup and shut down problems as well as memory usage and apps issues. In addition, you can quickly get rid of viruses and other types of malware, fix system corruption and improve battery life.
If you're upgrading from a previous version, a clean installation is also a good method to install the new version. Although there are several ways to upgrade, they usually don't work correctly, and they may bring unwanted settings, files, and apps to the new installation.
It's also a useful choice to start fresh with a copy of Windows 10 on a new hard drive that you just replaced, or to set up a new device that came pre-insta...
Not sure if you're running the latest version of Office? Here's how to check, install, and verify whether you're using the latest version of Office 365 or Office 2019.
Although if you ask around, anyone will say that if you're using the Office 365 apps, then you're running the most up-to-date version of Office that Microsoft has to offer, you may still be missing out on new features and improvements if your device hasn't received the latest update.
Microsoft updates its Office apps on a regular basis, and even though updates should download and install automatically, it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll receive updates as soon as they become available. Also, if it happens that the automatic update service has been disabled, there's no way for your device to grab those new fixes and improvements.
Fortunately, whether you're using an Office 365 subscription or the one-time purchase version of the apps, such as Office 2019, you can make sure that your device is running the most up...
Here's what to do when setting up your new Synology NAS.
When buying prebuilt Synology Network Attached Storage, you're also acquiring a license to the manufacturer's OS, DiskStation Manager. Much like a new installation of Windows 10, there are a number of steps you should take after setting everything up to ensure you're going to have a great NAS experience. Here are some handy tips to get you started in DiskStation Manager.
Synology has a feature called QuickConnect, which allows you to connect to the NAS at home without using any IP addresses. The servers at Synology will communicate with your NAS through a Synology account, allowing you to maintain a connection even if your ISP refreshes your external IP. It's also super-easy to locate it on the local network if you need to connect a new device to the NAS.
Setting up QuickConnect is simple too. It's part of the initial Synology NAS installation process but is an optional step. If you failed to set i...
Disabling video autoplay in the Microsoft Store can mean faster, distraction-free browsing.
The Xbox One's integrated Microsoft Store has undergone substantial changes since launch, recently bringing a full facelift to the console's digital marketplace. Updates have brought automatic video playback across store listings, which while a dynamic touch to browsing, can be equally frustrating. From loud trailer music, navigation woes, and slower load times, disabling these might be best for you.
Here's how to disable video autoplay on the Xbox One's digital Microsoft Store.
How to disable Xbox Store video autoplay
Battlefield V Xbox One store listing with video autoplay (left) | Xbox One store listing without video autoplay (right)
If autoplay videos aren't for you, disabling them on Xbox One is a simple switch away. Once disabled, the often-low-quality compressed videos will be replaced with high-resolution banners, meaning smoother and sharper store navigation. Follow the s...
Why Ubisoft has forced two-step verification in Rainbow Six Siege – and how to enable it today.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege is among today's top first-person shooters and it's important you keep your account locked down. For those on PC, Ubisoft provides the ability to further secure accounts beyond a password with the help of two-step verification (2SV). This keeps unwanted visitors out with an additional layer of security.
More importantly for many, Ubisoft has forced 2SV on all Rainbow Six Siege players within the "Ranked" playlist on the platform. Amid growing concerns around cheating, it hopes that enforcing 2SV will improve the state of competitive multiplayer. Here we break down the mentality behind Ubisoft's decision – plus how to enable 2SV for a sweet Thermite skin.
Why Ubisoft is forcing 2SV in Rainbow Six Siege
Thermite's exclusive in-game skin bundle, available exclusively after enabling 2FA.
With cheating becoming a big problem in Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft...
If your PC isn't detecting an external hard drive, use this guide to resolve the issue.
On Windows 10, you usually only need to connect an external drive to your computer and wait until it appears automatically in File Explorer to start using it. But it's not always a straightforward process.
Sometimes, for unknown reasons that could be related to your connection, driver, settings, or hardware issues, Windows 10 will just refuse to detect the external drive, or it'll detect the device, but it won't appear in File Explorer.
If you're trying to set up a new external hard drive, or you want to use a storage device previously connected to another computer, but it won't show up, there are a number of troubleshooting steps you can follow to resolve most common problems.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to fix most issues when your computer won't detect an external hard drive.
How to fix problems with an external drive on Windows 10
The instructions outlined bel...
Here's a closer look at the new features and improvements available with Windows 10 build 18298 and build 18290.
Windows 10 build 18298 is now available for download on PCs enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider program. This is the fifteenth preview that Microsoft releases for the 19H1 development, and even though it's a relatively small update, we're getting a number of features and improvements expected to arrive in the first half of 2019.
This flight brings a couple of tweaks for File Explorer. Using the Settings app, you can now configure a security key. Notepad receives a bunch of welcome improvements. If you use Command Prompt or another console, you can now configure more settings using the new Terminal tab. Build 18298 also unveils a new interface when installing Windows 10 using an ISO, Narrator gets a slew of changes, and a lot more.
Alongside build 18298, Windows 10 build 18290 recently released to testers as well, without significant changes, but with some i...
Best answer: AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 is an excellent mid-range CPU, perfect for gaming and Fortnite.
Amazon: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU ($160)
Amazon: ASUS GTX 1060 GPU ($250)
Six cores / 12 threads
The number of cores and threads may not mean much, but think of them as a highway. A vehicle is a task assigned to the processor to handle. A core has two threads, which you can consider as highway lanes. Twelve lanes allow you to cram down more vehicles before bottlenecks occur.
Having 12 threads allows the processor to handle multiple tasks at once, ideal for games that support multi-core setups. Fortnite isn't the most multi-core supported game out there, but it doesn't hurt to have the available performance at hand, especially if you play other games and do some work on the side too.
An added bonus with this CPU is the inclusion of a stock cooler that's actually decent enough for keeping the processor within safe operating temperatures without sounding like a jet engine.
Dropping from the...
Are Office updates causing problems, or you're not ready for the new version? Use this guide to disable automatic updates for Office 365 and Office 2016 or 2019.
If you're using an Office 365 subscription to access Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, you've probably noticed new visual changes and features appear quite frequently. This is because Office, similar to Windows 10, uses automatic updates to ensure that apps are always up to date with the latest security patches, improvements, and features.
However, if the updates are causing problems in your installation, or a new release became available with visual changes and features that you don't need, it's possible to disable automatic updates completely in Office 365 as well as in the standalone version.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the easy steps to completely disable updates for the suite of apps, whether you're using Office 365 or the standalone version, including Office 2016, Office 2019, and older version...
Best answer: Yes! But only if you think you'll be doing a lot of note-taking, digital art, or sketching. If you're planning to do occasional annotations or document signing, it might be cheaper to simply use a phone stylus or even your finger.
Microsoft Store: Surface Pen ($100)
Amazon: Amazon Basics Stylus ($7)
Great for heavy duty inking
Ultimately, whether you should grab a Surface Pen or not depends wholly on whether or not you think you'll be using it. As a product, the Surface Pen is a great companion designed to perfectly compliment the Pro 6.
The Surface Pro 6 has a co-processor built to reduce latency between the pen and the screen, producing a nearly-imperceptible amount of lag. The Surface Pen supports tilt shading and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, which is great for digital art and heavy-duty note-taking alike.
Inking in Sketchable.
The Surface Pen supports leading art programs like Clip Studio, Photoshop, Sketchable, and dozens more, with a reverse digita...
SteamVR integration with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is a big step in the right direction for the emerging VR platform, but it doesn't mean you're stuck playing only games available from Steam (or, of course, the Microsoft Store). LibreVR's Revive is a tool that effectively reroutes Rift games downloaded through the Oculus app over to the SteamVR platform. It was originally intended to work with the HTC Vive, but you can get it all working with Windows Mixed Reality.
Products used in this guide
Best Buy: Razer Blade ($1,600)
Amazon: Samsung Odyssey Plus ($598)
How to install SteamVR
In order to use Revive, SteamVR must be installed and working with WMR. If you need a bit of help, we already wrote a guide on getting it set up.
How to install the Oculus app
The Oculus app, also known as Oculus Home, is where you can download Rift exclusive games and experiences to use with Windows Mixed Reality. If you don't actually have an Oculus Rift, follow these steps carefully in order to ...
Best answer: No. The Surface Dial has fairly limited functionality as a laptop companion. It's best used on-screen for creative apps on 2-in-1 Surface devices such as the Surface Pro, Surface Book, and Surface Studio.
Microsoft: Surface Dial ($100)
Microsoft: Surface Book 2 ($1,300+)
Microsoft: Surface Studio 2 ($3,500+)
Dial "U" for Unintended
The Surface Dial is a nifty piece of kit that allows you to interact with your device in a new way, but only in certain scenarios. It's a puck-shaped Bluetooth device that can connect and work with any Windows 10 device, but its functionality is severely limited if you're not planning to use it with one of the 2-in-1 Surface devices, namely the Surface Pro, Surface Book, and Surface Studio.
The Surface Dial can detect presses, and rotational movement with touch-sensors beneath its exterior. It's a weighty device meant to sit on a desk, with a rubberized underside to prevent it from sliding off a glass screen when placed on a Surface 2-i...
Best answer: If you need the latest specifications, upgrade to the latest HP Spectre x360 13.
HP: Spectre x360 13-ap0038nr ($1,300)
Featuring a new design
The late 2018 refresh of the HP Spectre x360 13 features an updated design with angled corners and different colored accents. HP calls this new design the "Gem Cut," and while it still looks like a Spectre device, the new design gives it a fresh new look and futuristic appeal that the previous models didn't have.
Previous models featured a more traditional design, with zero angular or gem cuts found. The new design is much bolder and more unique, making it stand out in the a coffee shop or alongside other laptops.
More power on the inside
In addition to a new design, the new HP Spectre x360 13 comes with updated internals to bring it up to scratch with the rest of the competition in 2018. Featuring 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U, either 8GB or 16GB RAM, 1080p or 4K touchscreen display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, and 256GB or 51...
If you have one or more microphones connected to your device, you can use these steps to manage settings and troubleshoot problems on Windows 10.
On Windows 10, the ability to configure your microphone settings has always been available, but it was a process that you needed to perform using Control Panel.
Since the release of the last two feature updates, Windows 10 has introduced changes that allow you to manage microphone settings, and troubleshoot problems, using the Settings app.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to manage the microphone settings available with the October 2018 Update. In addition, we outline the steps needed to troubleshoot and fix common mic problems.
How to set microphone as default using Settings
How to rename microphone using Settings
How to enable or disable a microphone on Windows 10
How to fix microphone problems using Settings
How to set microphone as default using Settings
If you have a multi-microphone setup, such as one ...