Computers

Razer Blade 15 Upgrade

How to Upgrade the Razer Blade 15 RAM & SSD

The Razer Blade 15, the long-awaited redesign to the Razer Blade, is finally here and there’s one unique feature that makes it even more appealing: it’s upgradeable. What I mean by that is that you can buy the Razer Blade 15 from Razer in any of the RAM and SSD configurations and, should you feel the urge, you can easily upgrade the RAM or upgrade the SSD to increase the performance or storage. Besides the clear benefits of increasing the power and storage as you need it, this is also a great way to save money. Most of the time …

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Low Power Notification Windows 10

How to Fix the Computer Randomly Dying After Creator Update

Ever since I updated to the new Creator Update on my Windows 10 laptop, I’ll be sitting at a cafe, writing as usual, and then all of a sudden my computer just dies. No warning, just in the middle of a sentence, black screen. After doing a little research it turns out that it’s not an issue with the battery, but it is an issue with something the Creator Update decided to just turn off by default for some dumb reason: the low battery notification. Simply put, when the computer would normally tell me “hey you’ve been here way too …

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eGPU

How to Use an External Graphics Card with Your Laptop (Video)

While doing the review of the Razer Blade 2016 gaming laptop, I came across the Core: an external graphics card housing made by the same company. What is an eGPU? The idea of this housing is that it allows you to plug in your Razer laptop via a Thunderbolt 2 or 3 USB-C cable and utilize any desktop graphics card you can put into the PCI slot inside as if it was inside the laptop itself. The implications of this are pretty incredible. Since games and, in my case, video editing rely heavily on the graphics power of the laptop this means …

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Emojis on Computer

How to Use Emoji on a Computer

Emojis are just a part of our language at this point –our modern-day hieroglyphics. For as kitschy as they seem, they do offer something very important to human communication that beforehand was missing from our new forms of text-based communication. People don’t just hear your words when you speak to one another, they also read you face and body language, emoji sort of provide a glimpse of that in our SMS conversations. In fact, I use them so regularly now (yes, I’m willing to admit I love emojis) that I find myself wishing I had them available for other forms …

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Text From a Computer

How to Text from Your Computer (Complete Guide) (Video)

There’s nothing like a full-blown keyboard for typing. Even though touchscreens have gotten better, more responsive, typing with two thumbs will always be beaten by typing with all ten fingers. Interestingly enough, some app developers agree (so does Apple) and there are ways to use your real keyboard and text from your computer instead of the phone. This ability is one I actually love when I’m working –receiving and sending texts from my computer while my phone is comfortably plugged it on the desk. I figured I wasn’t alone in this enjoyment so if you also want to be able …

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How To Sync iTunes Music With Your Android Device On Windows

As Google’s Android gets better and better, it becomes more and more irresistible; that’s why many of us have switched from iPhone. But, that doesn’t mean you need to leave your iTunes music behind on your computer or old iPhone; you can easily upload your library to your Android phone using Google’s Music Manager. Also, any song you add to iTunes can be automatically added to your Google Play music library, so you don’t need to replace iTunes with Google Play. When your music is uploaded, it goes into Google’s cloud so you can access it easily from your computer and …

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How to Use Windows 8 on Android or iOS Using Remote Desktop (Video)

Microsoft recently released an iOS and Android version of their remote desktop application for WIndows 8. Why should you care? Well, if you have a Windows 8 PC at home, this will allow you to access it directly from your Android or iOS device and use it as if you were sitting at it. Now, this concept isn’t a new idea, but the difference here is Windows 8. The latest iteration of Microsoft’s operating system, unlike previous versions of Windows, is optimized (to some extent) for a touch screen which, if you have iOS or Android, you have. See why …

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Best Windows 8.1 Features, How to Use Them, and Why You Might Want to Upgrade

Windows 8.1 was launched today, and even though it’s a free upgrade for current Windows 8 users, some people might still be wondering if they should even bother. On top of that, you have a ton of Windows 7 users that are just plain scared/annoyed/frustrated with the entire Windows 8 concept and shutter at the thought of “tiles”, flat design, and the premise of an app store. Well, lazy and/or scared people, Windows 8.1 might be a good idea for you. Here I’m going to list all of my favorite Windows 8.1 features, what they do, how to use them, …

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How to Update to Windows 8.1

If you have Windows 8 running on your device then you most likely are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 and I recommend you do it, like as quickly as humanely possible. Reason I say that isn’t because there’s some sort of time limit or restriction on upgrading, no. It’s simply because Windows 8.1 solves and improves on a lot of headaches you might have in Windows 8. I’ll be doing a full list of my favorite new features in Windows 8.1 later today (and you’ll be able to find it here then, or follow me on Facebook/Twitter/Google+ …

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How to Enable Flash on the Microsoft Surface (IE 10)

While Microsoft did include Adobe Flash in the new Internet Browser 10 that comes on the Microsoft Surface, you may be left wondering why some websites are still asking you to install Flash. Well, as it turns out, even though there is Flash in the browser, Microsoft only allows specific websites to utilize it. Thanks to an XDA developer familiar with the workings of Windows 8, we’ve found the whitelist and know how to add any sites you need Flash for to it. Here’s how. Also, this procedure should work for Windows 8 in general, not just the Microsoft Surface. I. …

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How to Change the Default Search Provider on the Microsoft Surface (IE 10)

You may have noticed that whenever you search the web in the Internet Browser on the Microsoft Surface that it automatically uses Bing and it would seem the only way to search Google is to actually head to Google.com and then search through there. Well, there is a solution, albeit a slightly out of the way one. Microsoft DOES allow you to change the default search provider for IE 10 (both the desktop and the Metro version) but you have to use an add-on to do so. Here’s how. Also, this procedure should work for Windows 8 in general not …

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How To Disable Auto Brightness in Windows 8

When I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Mac, I noticed one HUGE issue that I just couldn’t deal with; the screen would keep dimming down no matter how many times I would set the brightness to 100. Apparently, in anticipation of putting Windows 8 on tablets with light sensors, Microsoft has added the feature of auto brightness just like they have with their phone devices. So, I had to find out how to disable it before I threw the computer across the room. Have the same troubles? There’s help. I. Disable Auto Brightness 1. Head to the …

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How To Enable Safe Mode in Windows 8

Occasionally in Windows, you might mess something up. Back in the day, you used to be able to turn off the computer and just hold F8 down when turning it back on to be able to boot into Safe Mode which only loaded some of the most basic Windows services so you can solve the issue and get back to the way things were. In Windows 8, there is no way to just hold F8, you must first enable Safe Mode. Here’s how. 1. Hover over the far right or left corners of the screen to bring up the Charms …

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New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 8

  Windows 8’s new Metro UI might be all touch friendly but if you don’t have a touch screen then you might want to utilize the new hot keys / shortcuts that have been added for those of us with physical keyboards. These may not seem like much, but trust me, once you get used to using them, they’ll make navigating Windows 8 much faster.

How To Perform a Hard Reset in Windows 8

  What happens when you mess up? Well, luckily, Microsoft has made it quite easy to reset your WIndows 8 system without having to completely reinstall the OS. Here’s how.