Find and recover Windows files

Find and recover Windows files

Even computer experts with brand-new equipment have days where a storage device dies, we accidentally delete an important file, or we run out of disk space. If your Windows files are giving you fits, we have fixes. In this article, we address how to find files and recover deleted info. Stay tuned for another piece on how to recover from damaged or reformatted drives and how to optimize storage.Finding your files

There are two common scenarios where you need to find... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , utility , Files

Do your taxes on your phone

Do your taxes on your phone

You already skip the paper; now skip the computer. The IRS says that 80 percent of us file electronically, but only recently has it become feasible to do your taxes on a phone or a tablet. We recommend TurboTax Tax Preparation for its excellent guidance, built-in security features, and affordable pricing, but H&R Block Tax Preparation and TaxAct Express are worthy alternatives.

TurboTax Tax Preparation (iOS, Android)

TurboTax Tax Preparation makes filing as unintimidating as possible by walking you... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS

Apple Music versus Google Play Music

Apple Music versus Google Play Music

Apple and Google were so late to the streaming-music party that we wondered why they bothered to show up. Apple Music launched in June 2015, and Google Play Music relaunched in its current form in October 2015, long after brands like Spotify and Pandora had polished their products and built a loyal fanbase. We weren't alone in that thought: Some analysts even decried that "Apple Music is doomed."

But now that Apple Music and Google Play Music have had... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apple , Google , music

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Happy Safer Internet Day! While the world today is acting in a possibly irresponsible manner to celebrate Mardi Gras, Google would like to take a moment to make your piece of the Internet a better, safer place.

First, log in to your Google account and a do quick security check on your settings.

As part of your checkup, you can add a recovery phone number for your account and review the strength your password. If you complete the Security Checkup... Read More »

Topics: Security , Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides

Troubleshoot your Windows laptop

Troubleshoot your Windows laptop

Laptops liberate us from wires and desks, but they have quirks and pitfalls that you have to remain vigilant about. Battery issues, overheating, and unresponsive input can make your liberation feel like tribulation, so here are solutions to those issues and other common problems with Windows laptops.

Turning on your laptop

Can't turn on your laptop? Most of the time, the issue is just a drained battery. First, check for a bulge on the laptop's underside. This is the hallmark of a... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides

Dating apps for targeting your type

Dating apps for targeting your type

There are a lot of dating apps -- so many that you might need a matchmaker to help you find the right app to help you find the right person. We've picked dating apps that focus on your type, whether you're looking for a fellow geek or a girl who likes girls. If you'd rather have an app that matches your dating style, check out 7 apps for 7 daters.

Instagram fans: Nine (iOS)

Location-based Nine helps... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Android , iOS

Second-screen the Super Bowl to share the fun

Second-screen the Super Bowl to share the fun

You can watch Super Bowl 50 on your TV. That's what everyone does. But the game's not just about what's on the field and on your TV; half the fun is the crowd and tailgating at the game or, if you're at home, hanging out with your friends offline and on. Fire up your second screen to comment on the action, to watch and vote on the ads, and to check out fan photos and videos.

Watch the game

The second... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Games

iTunes tips and tricks

iTunes tips and tricks

Apple's iTunes debuted 15 years ago, on January 9, 2001, and since then its features have ballooned. iTunes 1.0 was a bare-bones Mac OS 9-only app, launched to ease MP3 management by enabling users to rip, mix, and burn their existing collections. Subsequent versions added iPod support, smart playlists, ratings, the iTunes Store, bit-rate conversions, Genius playlists and Mixes, Home Share, iCloud and Apple Music integration, and so much more. Some features didn't make the cut, such as Cover... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iTunes

Mobile commenting comes to Google Drive apps

Mobile commenting comes to Google Drive apps

Google this week opened up collaborative tools for mobile users of its Drive app.

Whether you use the Google Drive app or use Google Apps as part of Google for Work, you can now comment on docs from the Android and iOS apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

You can also add collaborators to a conversation by typing their names in the comment box. The person will be added to the conversation and receive an email. Using a + or... Read More »

Topics: Productivity Software , Android Software , Android

Tags: Google

Windows 10: six-month report card

Windows 10: six-month report card

A product as ambitious as Windows 10 comes with high expectations. Upon Windows 10's release on July 29, 2015, Microsoft declared that it wanted its flagship operating system on 1 billion devices within the next three years. As of January 4, 2016, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 was active on over 200 million devices. If these were all PCs, that would be a market share of about 10%, versus 55% for Windows 7, according to data collected by... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , operating system