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Manage Your Privacy in Windows 10

Being in control of security on your computer is important but almost as important is being able to control your privacy settings. Microsoft recently launched a web-based privacy dashboard tool and this has now become available to everyone in the Creators update. The Privacy Dashboard The privacy dashboard is web-based rather than in the settings and it allows you to manage multiple devices from a single interface, as long as you are logged in to a single account. Open your browser and navigate to www.account.microsoft.com/privacy. If prompted, use your Microsoft account details to log in. You will be logged in...

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Google Chrome Tips and Tricks

google chrome tips and tricks

One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it can be as simple or complex as you like. You can be up and running with the basic uncustomised format in seconds or you can spend ages tweaking it and getting it set up in dozens of different ways. Even if you have been using Chrome for a while, there are probably dozens of tricks that you never even knew were possible. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started. 1. Incognito Window There are several ways to open a new incognito window for Chrome. If...

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Monochrome Techniques in Photoshop

Although easy colour photography has been around since at least the 1940s, monochrome or “black and white” photography remains popular to this day. There’s something about black and white that really works for some subjects, bringing out texture, form and detail that the more realistic depiction of colour somehow misses. With the right choice of subject, a good well-exposed monochrome image can become a work of art. Almost all digital cameras include a black and white mode, and as you’d probably expect Photoshop offers multiple methods for converting colour images into stylish black and white. For this section we’ll use...

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Installing a Virtual Environment for Linux

A guide to installing a virtual environment for Linux. Oracle’s VirtualBox is one of the easiest virtual machine platforms for the beginner to experiment on. Within it you can install Linux, without ever having to alter your main computer’s set up. Using a VM will take resources from your computer: memory, hard drive space, processor usage and so on. So make sure you’ve got enough of each before commencing. Step 1 The first task is getting hold of VirtualBox. If you haven’t already, head over to www.virtualbox.org and click on the large Download VirtualBox 5.1 box. This will take you...

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The Rules of Photo Composition

Learning the rules of photo composition can improve the results of any photographer. The difference between a good shot of your favourite view or subject and a truly awesome one is simply down to how you compose the shot and the elements within it. A tree here, a lake there, it all adds up to elevate a photo to a piece of photographic art. The first and most important thing to remember is to take your time. Look at the scene in the viewfinder or on your monitor and try to see it not as simply a view but instead...

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Using Do Not Disturb Mode on iPad

  It’s easy to switch the Do Not Disturb feature on and off from the main Settings screen or the Control Centre but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Here’s a guide to its advanced features. Activating and Using Do Not Disturb There are times when you need some peace and quiet and for those times, this guide to the iOS Do Not Disturb feature is completely invaluable. If you need to silence your iPad, here’s how. Step 1 To access your iPad’s Do Not Disturb options, open the Settings app from your home screen and then tap...

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Extending Your Notebook’s Battery Life

Extending your notebook's battery life. Modern Mac notebooks have a very good battery life. Indeed, they should last all day on a single charge. Even so, there comes a time when you’re running low on power and need to keep your MacBook going, but what can you do? Follow these simple tips and you can squeeze every ounce of energy from your notebook battery. Turn Down the Screen Brightness The screen is a huge drain on the battery but you can reduce how much power it uses by turning down the brightness. You can use the function keys or touch...

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Security Risks for Windows 10 Users

There are more security risks for your computer than just the common, run-of-the-mill virus. The amount of digital use the average person has over the course of a week has increased significantly in just a few years, and with it comes a legion of security related issues.  Understanding the Security Risks Although not a definitive list of the possible threats available for the Windows user, here’s ten modern risks that you face every time you power up your PC. 1 – Viruses Viruses have been around for as long as computers. They’ve moved on from simply displaying the name of...

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