How to Change Between OS Channels on Your Chromebook

Just like the Chrome browser, Chrome OS offers several channels for you to choose between: stable, beta and development. Each one offers a different mix of new features and stability, so you can access updates earlier if you’re prepared to put up with a few bugs. Here’s how to switch between the available channels on… » 5/27/15 9:45am Wednesday 9:45am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Pinterest Master

What Pinterest lacks in user numbers it makes up for in aspiration: beautiful buildings, artwork, crafts, technology, outfits and landscapes. Whether you’re a keen Pinterest user or a newcomer who’s in the early stages of poking around, here are 10 useful tips to improve your pinning experience and get more from the… » 5/26/15 10:10am Tuesday 10:10am

Put Windows on Auto Pilot With Task Scheduler

Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft’s OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you to automate a multitude of tasks with no additional software required. » 5/22/15 9:30am 5/22/15 9:30am

Find Out Which Android Apps You're Really Addicted To

You know you spend a lot of time on your smartphone, but what are you doing with it? It’s a question QualityTime (Android 4.0+) attempts to answer, monitoring activity on your handset and revealing the apps that you just can’t pull yourself away from. Here’s how to get the app up and running on your device. » 5/21/15 9:50am 5/21/15 9:50am

How to Add Customized Gesture Controls to Your Android Phone

Get yourself an Android phone or tablet and you can hack it to work in pretty much whatever way you want—and that extends to input as well. All In One Gestures is one of several apps on the Google Play Store that let you create customized gestures for controlling your apps and the OS itself. Here’s how to get it set… » 5/18/15 9:55am 5/18/15 9:55am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an iMessage Master

Apple’s iMessage is an all-in-one messaging solution that stays with you across mobile devices and laptops—assuming they’re all made by Apple of course. Even if you rely on the service every day, you may not know about some of the features and tricks you can take advantage of, so we’re here to help put that right. » 5/13/15 9:25am 5/13/15 9:25am

How to Fix Most Any Computer Glitch By Yourself

Knowing the difference between HDMI and USB qualifies me as the local tech “expert,” so folks often invite me around to fix their computer problems. I’ll let you into a little secret, though: Most of the time, I’m not doing anything all that impressive or magical. Troubleshooting basic computer problems is actually… » 5/05/15 9:30am 5/05/15 9:30am

6 Sites and Apps to Help You Learn a Language for Free

Learning a foreign language boosts brain activity, broadens your cultural horizons, and helps you avoid catastrophes when ordering from a menu in an unfamiliar country. You don’t necessarily have to sign up for classes or pay for a course to get started though—these sites and apps will get you on your way for free. » 5/04/15 10:50am 5/04/15 10:50am

Cut Down on Your Chrome Data Usage on iOS and Android 

Browsing the web on your mobile is always something of a compromise between getting all the information you need and trying not to hit your mobile data limit (if indeed you have one). Chrome for iOS and Android includes a Data Saver feature you can utilize to compress files before they reach you and save yourself some… » 4/30/15 9:40am 4/30/15 9:40am

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an iTunes Master

Apple’s venerable media suite isn’t everyone’s favorite bit of software, but there are more functions and features available here than you might have realized—from desktop shortcuts to hidden columns to Android support, we’ve picked out 10ten noteworthy tricks that you can make use of in the latest versions for Mac… » 4/28/15 9:25am 4/28/15 9:25am