Which Apps Are Running Down Your Chromebook's Battery?

Worried if your Chromebook battery's going to last until you get back home? The latest version of the Chrome OS Dev channel breaks things down for you by showing how much juice each of your Web apps is using. Follow these steps to load up the console and you can easily spot the battery hogs causing you trouble. » 3/04/15 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

How to Sync Your Open Safari Tabs Across Mac, iPhone, and iPad

iCloud Tabs have been around for a while—they work on iOS 6 or later and OS X Mountain Lion or later—but they're worth revisiting if you're new to the software or you've been dallying with other browser apps recently. Here's how to make sure the feature's switched on and where you can find it. » 3/04/15 11:35am Yesterday 11:35am

4 Apps to Get All of Your Contacts in One Place

If you've got a well-organized contacts book, our hats are tipped in your direction. Keeping track of hundreds of people across dozens of sites and services is no easy task, and it seems strange that no one's quite cracked the formula for getting all this information sorted out. Here are four apps taking on the… » 3/03/15 4:50pm Tuesday 4:50pm

Trim Your Videos Before You Upload With the New YouTube Android App

If your latest video masterpiece has some extraneous fluff at either end of the clip, the new YouTube app for Android lets you chop it off in seconds, no questions asked. Make sure you're running the latest version from the Google Play Store and the option shows up as soon as you import or record a video on your… » 3/02/15 9:10am Monday 9:10am

Use Google Translate to Transform Foreign Signs Before Your Eyes

The best way to get along in a foreign country is to know the local lingo. But if you don't, your smartphone can help you cheat your way through. The instant picture translation feature rolled into Google Translate last month is only a tap away, though you shouldn't take everything it says at face value. » 2/27/15 12:40pm Friday 12:40pm

How to Sync Your WhatsApp Chats to the Web

Last month WhatsApp rolled out a web client, and yesterday it announced support for Firefox and Opera as well as Chrome, so it seems like an opportune time to show you how to switch between your browser and your mobile. There's still no love for iOS users or for Safari right now, but the rest of you can dive right in. » 2/26/15 10:25am 2/26/15 10:25am

Create an HD Fly-Through Video Tour in Google Earth Pro

In January, Google decided to make Google Earth Pro free for everyone—that means we can all make use of features that previously cost $400 a year, and one of those features is the ability to record HD video of your tours. From floating along the Grand Canyon to zooming into your local neighborhood, here's how to… » 2/25/15 9:30am 2/25/15 9:30am

Tweak the Hidden Settings in Instagram's Hyperlapse to Get Better Video

You may be a regular Hyperlapse user or have forgotten all about Instagram's slick video capturing tool since it launched last August. What you probably don't know is that the app features a hidden menu that gives you access to some extra settings, enabling you to take more control over the quality and speed of the… » 2/24/15 10:35am 2/24/15 10:35am

How to Leave All Your Accounts to Someone Else When You Die

Here's a sobering thought: You're not going to be around forever. So who gets all those emails, photos and rocking tunes you've been amassing over the course of your life? Here's how to prepare pass on your digital estate to your next of kin on all the major platforms before you shuffle off this mortal coil. » 2/23/15 10:05am 2/23/15 10:05am

15 Clever Recipes to Try With IFTTT's New Do Apps

Good news! One of our favorite web services—IFTTT—has been updated with some extra features making it more useful than ever before. The new Do apps bring one-tap magic to your phone (or smartwatch) and can be used to quickly push out photos, trigger actions and create notes. Here are 15 Recipes that show off the… » 2/20/15 9:35am 2/20/15 9:35am

Find Your Next Netflix Binge-Watch With FlickSurfer

Why choose what you are going to watch next when you can let the algorithms decide for you? The question is, which recommendation engine are you going to trust? The built-in tips served up by iTunes, Spotify et al aren't quite as robust as they could be, and sometimes you want something a little more advanced.… » 2/19/15 9:40am 2/19/15 9:40am

Use OneDrive to Sync Settings Across All Your Windows 8.1 Devices

If you use more than one desktop, laptop or tablet running Windows 8.1 then you can use Microsoft's OneDrive platform to sync some settings across all of these devices, from the background wallpaper to the passwords stored in your browser. Here's how to configure the feature and to switch it off if you don't want… » 2/17/15 12:00pm 2/17/15 12:00pm

Add Folders as Favorites for Easy Access in Windows

The Favorites section of File Explorer is designed to hold the folders you use most often. It makes opening those frequently accessed parts of your drive that little bit easier. If there are new folders you want to add, or redundant ones you don't want to see, making changes isn't difficult (and the seconds you save… » 2/16/15 4:30pm 2/16/15 4:30pm

30 Essential Shortcuts for Navigating Your Favorite Sites

It's amazing the difference that a few keyboard shortcuts can make to your web surfing. We've picked out some of the most essential shortcuts for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Outlook and Netflix to help you get more done in less time. If you already knew about all of these beforehand, then you have our… » 2/16/15 9:45am 2/16/15 9:45am

How To Roll Back Windows Updates If They Bork Your PC

By and large you should certainly be keeping Windows Updates switched on to download and install automatically. If a serious new threat should be uncovered, it's the best way of making sure that you're protected. However, there are occasions when applying a new update can cause problems, and here's how you can undo… » 2/13/15 5:30pm 2/13/15 5:30pm

See What Devices Are Signed Into Your Google Account With This Dashboard

Whatever happened to that old tablet that you sold on eBay? Where has the phone you passed on to your nephew got to? Google has an easy-to-use dashboard that lets you check up on all of the devices your account is associated with. Here's how to find it and find your way around its various features. » 2/13/15 12:40pm 2/13/15 12:40pm

5 Apps and Gadgets to Help Get You Out of Bed

Hitting the snooze button is generally understood to be bad for you—the extra sleep you're getting isn't of a very good quality, and on top of that you have to choose between missing breakfast and missing your bus. If you really can't resist the temptation to take another twenty minutes under the covers on your own,… » 2/12/15 9:11am 2/12/15 9:11am

How to Keep Your Android Device's Screen From Ever Going to Sleep

There are times when you don't want your smartphone's screen to automatically dim after a few seconds—working from a recipe, showing off photos, studying your social media strategy—but there's no way to do this natively on stock Android (the most you can extend the delay to is 30 minutes). If you need your display on… » 2/11/15 2:25pm 2/11/15 2:25pm