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The Best Free Apps and Software You’re Not Already Using

There’s a wealth of free software and apps available to help you get the most out of your computer or smartphone (or both)—so much, in fact, that it’s hard to get around to trying most of them. That’s where this list comes in. It’s freshly curated to highlight the top tools and applications you’re (probably) not already using. Read More >>

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How to Tidy Up Your Laptop So It’s Actually a Pleasure to Use Again

If your heart sinks every time you open up your laptop – at the thought of sluggish performance, broken shortcuts and a mess of files and folders – this is the guide for you. We’ll talk you through some of the ways you can tidy up your Windows or macOS laptop, and reduce those feelings of frustration. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Web Browser for Macs Has Leaked Online

Mac users who are tired of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari just got a new (if not totally official) way to browse the web. Monday evening, a Twitter user named h0x0d posted download links for developer builds of the macOS version of Microsoft’s Edge browser, The Verge reports. Read More >>

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The Incredible Old-School iTunes Feature I Hope Apple Doesn’t Kill

Time is moving on, as it tends to do, and iTunes—a media suite that made its debut in 2001, almost two decades ago—is potentially on Apple’s chopping block. This year’s macOS refresh has been being tipped to feature separate apps for TV, music, podcasts, and ebooks, with iTunes maybe hanging around, Internet Explorer-style, for legacy purposes. It feels like the right move, but there’s one iTunes feature worth saving. Read More >>

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Will Apple Just Kill iTunes Already?

People have been complaining about iTunes for ages. The bloated and confusingly arcane piece of software has been updated and repurposed and jury-rigged to handle new tasks for the past 18 years, and one developer says it won’t live to see its 19th birthday. It looks like Apple is finally about to kill iTunes and release separate apps for music, podcasts, and books. Rest in peace, iTunes, you digital dinosaur. Read More >>

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How to Leave No Trace on a Borrowed Computer

Say you need to borrow someone else’s laptop or desktop, but you don’t want to leave a digital trail of breadcrumbs behind you when you’ve gone. Maybe you’re using a public computer, or maybe you’re just borrowing a friend’s and don’t want to mess up all their own settings and preferences too much — how do you make sure you don’t leave any tracks? Commit these tips to memory and use them whenever the situation arises. Read More >>

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How to Enable Dark Mode Nearly Everywhere It’s Available Right Now

Dark mode can make software easier on the eye, give you a refreshing change from the norm, and even save on battery life if you’re using an OLED display – here are all the apps and platforms offering the option of a dark mode right now, and how to enable it in each case. Read More >>

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Google’s Project Zero Team Releases Details on ‘High-Severity’ macOS Bug

Google’s bug-zapping Project Zero team has uncovered what it said was a “high-severity” flaw in the macOS kernel, Wired reported on Monday, and revealed the details on March 1st following the expiration of a 90-day period for Apple to patch the exploit. Read More >>

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How to Use Your Gaming Controllers With Your Computer

You may think that your Xbox One or PS4 controller will always stay faithful to the console it’s paired with, but that’s not always the case. Thanks to the wonders of Bluetooth and other wireless technologies, you can actually use these input devices with Windows and macOS as well—and the setup isn’t too difficult either. Read More >>

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This Apple Rumour That Refuses to Die Is a Very Good Idea

Yesterday Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reported that sources tell him Apple is planning to create a unified app architecture that works across macOS and iOS, and that it ties into a bid to develop an Apple computer with an Apple-designed CPU inside. Your Apple apps will be cross-platform, and the line between iOS and macOS could blur to the point that it will be difficult to distinguish between the two. You’ve heard this rumour before. And you’re going to keep hearing it, both filtering out of Cupertino, and from Apple fans—because it’s a damn good idea. Read More >>

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How to Get the Most From Your macOS Dock

If you’re serious about using macOS to its full potential, then you need to be serious about making the most of the Dock – and that means tweaking and customising it to suit your workflow, the apps you need, and the way you use your Mac. Here’s how to get the macOS Dock set up the right way for you. Read More >>

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Why Choosing Between Windows and macOS Still Matters

Sometimes it feels like the operating system doesn’t matter. Sure, the fans will always be there ready and willing for a debate, but for most of us, there’s little difference between using Windows or macOS. Most of our day-to-day computing is happening in a web browser—and those are pretty universal at this point. The really popular apps we might use, like Spotify, Slack, or Photoshop, are cross-platform too. But it really does matter which OS you use, and not just because there might be a learning curve if you make a switch. Here are some of the key reasons why your choice still counts. Read More >>

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How to Partition Your Hard Drive and Why You Would Want To

Partitioning your hard drive sounds like a technically involved task that most people don’t need to bother with – but it’s actually relatively simple to do, doesn’t have to cost you any money, and can make your computing life easier and more productive. Here are the advantages of a partitioned hard drive, and why you might want to do it. Read More >>

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The Best macOS Apps That Actually Make Good Use of the Touch Bar

It’s fair to say that the Touch Bar—that little display strip above the keyboard on newer MacBook Pro laptops—hasn’t been the most successful of Apple’s recent attempts at innovation. It mostly sits unloved and unneeded, sacrificing keys that were useful for not much benefit. There are apps that try to make the most of the Touch Bar though, and we’ve found them. Read More >>

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How to Run a Different OS Without Buying a New Computer

Maybe you’ve grown tired of your current laptop or desktop operating system and you just want to try something different. Or maybe you need to use multiple OSes for work. Either way, the need for a new operating system doesn’t mean you need a whole new computer. There are numerous ways to run other operating systems without going out and buying a new machine. We’ve gathered your options, with the pros and cons for each, below. Read More >>