Apple works hard to make its software updates painless. But the download and installation process for a major OS update can take a few hours, so it's smart to prepare so that everything goes smoothly...and be ready in case something goes wrong. With El Capitan coming September 30 as a free download in the Mac App Store, now's a good time to get ready.Check your hardware
First, make sure your Mac can run El Capitan (OS X 10.11). Here's Apple's... Read More »
Does your Windows computer seem slow, or does it seem to be running a number of mysterious processes like svchost.exe? If you've looked at your list of running processes in the Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Shift-Esc on your keyboard and click the Processes tab), you've probably seen a lot of things that you don't recognize. These can eat up system RAM, which can affect functionality, like how many applications and browser tabs you can have open at once. It's a... Read More »
Google is rolling out a new collection of templates for its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps to give you a running start on creating good-looking documents. The premade forms range from report and invoice templates to photo-album galleries and offer a clean, modern look. Access the new template gallery from within each app by choosing File, New, From Template.
The 30-plus Docs templates include ones for creating resumes, lesson plans, and school reports.
In San Francisco this morning, Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 6s, updates to the Apple Watch, a new Apple TV, and a wide-body tablet named the iPad Pro. With the new electronics comes new software, including iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 (both due September 16), El Capitan (possibly coming September 30), and TvOS and an app store for Apple TV (October). Apple's fall line highlights the path the company hopes to take into the living room and... Read More »
In Windows 10, Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer 11 with Microsoft Edge, initially known as Project Spartan. (While IE 11 is no longer the default browser, it's still present in the background, because many applications still use parts of it, and it's deeply integrated into many business operations.) Edge is great but missing a couple pieces: it doesn't support Chrome and Firefox extensions yet (it will soon), and it has some limitations... Read More »
Really, you don't have to choose. With Apple's Boot Camp, you can run Microsoft Windows 10 and OS X Yosemite or later on your Mac, turning your machine into a dual-boot Windows/OS X system.
Boot Camp sets up a partition on your Mac's hard drive and installs Windows in the partition. Then you can switch between the two systems by rebooting into whichever one you want.
That's the catch: you have to restart your... Read More »
Topics: Mac Software
Twitter is meant to be a public forum, but even so there are things you want to keep private, and there are security risks you should be aware of. Before you tweet again, learn how to secure your account and protect your privacy on Twitter.Create a secure log-in
To protect your Twitter account, start with a secure password. Check out our guide to creating strong passwords. To change your password, sign in to Twitter.com and click the Profile and... Read More »
If you get a new Windows 10 PC, how do you move files from your old computer that's running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7? Microsoft has one answer, a software utility called PC Mover Express, which Microsoft (in partnership with LapLink) is offering for free until August 31, 2016.
Ordinarily PC Mover Express costs $30. The utility uses your local network, wired or wireless, to migrate your data over to a new PC, and you don't have to... Read More »
Millions of users have upgraded to Windows 10, and now the challenge is figuring out how to use it. Microsoft's flagship operating system combines elements of both Windows 7 and 8.1 but adds a few new places and interfaces as well. To check your network connections, for example, or to see a list of installed programs, the route may be unfamiliar. So if you're lost in Windows 10 right now, let us draw you a map.Navigate the... Read More »
Why pay $1 billion for an NFL team? With a handful of friends, colleagues, or total strangers, plus an app or two, you can form a fantasy football league and draft players, make trades, and grumble about your commissioner as you pace around your owner's suite (aka your den).Getting started
In fantasy football, you draft players, set a lineup for the week's games, and win points based on how your roster performs -- points scored, yards gained, sacks made,... Read More »