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How to Connect a Mouse and Keyboard to Your PlayStation 4

June 26, 2016 - 12:10 pm in Articles

Believe it or not, Sony’s PlayStation 4 works with a mouse and keyboard. This makes it more convenient to type, use the web browser, and generally get around more quickly. Some games even support mouse and keyboard controls. Unfortunately, most games still…


How to Run Any Program as a Background Service in Windows

June 25, 2016 - 12:08 pm in Articles

If you’re like most Windows users, you have lots of great little utilities that run when you start Windows. While this works great for most apps, there…


How to Extract Images, Text, and Embedded Files from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Documents

June 19, 2016 - 11:50 am in Articles

Say someone sent you a Word document with a lot of images, and you want you to save those images on your hard drive. You can extract images from a Microsoft…


How to Enable Parental Controls on Your PlayStation 4

June 18, 2016 - 11:50 am in Articles

Your PlayStation 4 offers parental controls that can limit access to games, Blu-ray movies, DVDs, and web browsing. Your restrictions are protected with a four-digit numerical PIN so they can’t be easily bypassed. Sony also offers sub-accounts, which are…


How to Create a List of Your Installed Programs on Windows

April 26, 2016 - 12:14 am in Articles

Reinstalling Windows is a good way to fix serious problems with your computer, or just to get a fresh slate. But before you reinstall Windows, you should make a list of programs you currently have installed on your PC so you know what you want to reinstall…


How to Use Quality of Service (QoS) to Get Faster Internet When You Really Need It

March 31, 2016 - 4:38 pm in Articles, Gadgets

Not all Internet traffic is equal. Streaming HD video or having a stutter-free Skype call is probably more important to you than downloading a big file. The Quality of Service feature on your router lets you prioritize the things you care about, so they…

How to Remap Buttons on Your Steam Controller

December 23, 2015 - 3:38 am in Articles

Valve’s Steam Controller isn’t just designed for new games. Unlike other controllers, it’s designed to be backwards-compatible with as many games as possible — even ones designed for keyboard and mouse controls. To make the controller work with a game,…


U2F Explained: How Google and Other Huge Companies Are Creating a Universal Security Token

November 11, 2015 - 1:43 pm in Articles

U2F is a new standard for universal two-factor authentication tokens. These tokens can use USB, NFC, or Bluetooth to provide two-factor authentication across a variety of services. It’s already supported in Chrome for Google, Dropbox, and GitHub accounts.…


PSA: Don’t Trust Caller ID — It Can Be Faked

October 27, 2015 - 1:46 pm in Articles

Telephone scams are on the upswing, and they’re often enabled by caller ID spoofing. That name and number that appears when someone calls you can be faked, so you can’t place all your trust in it. Caller ID is more of a convenience feature. If a friend,…


You’re Not Backing Up Properly Unless You Have Offsite Backups

June 22, 2015 - 12:24 am in Articles

Backups are critical. But, if you’re just performing regular backups to a nearby external hard drive or USB drive, you’re missing an important part of your backup strategy. You need your files stored in separate physical locations. So-called “offsite…