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Friday, January 20, 2017

How to Tell Which Application Is Using Your Windows PC's Webcam

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In the German city of Ulm, you’ll find the Museum of Bread Culture, a museum that houses 16,000 bread-related artifacts, but not a single piece of actual bread. The founders, Willy Eiselen and his son Hermann Eiselen, believed that the bread itself was not an artifact, but a foodstuff that should be baked fresh and enjoyed.

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Homeowners Are Encouraged To Keep Their Hot Water Tank’s Temperature Set Higher To Prevent?
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Today's Tech Term

Generation Loss

Generation Loss refers to the loss/reduction of quality that occurs when making subsequent copies of copies rather than getting a direct copy of the original image, video, etc.

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How to Increase the Size of Text on a Chromebook

Chromebooks are excellent low-cost, secure laptops that are great for the user who lives in the cloud. The thing is, they are designed with portability in mind, which generally means smaller displays. As display tech moves forward, laptops have more and more pixels per inch, which means one thing: everything on the screen appears smaller.

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How to Delete a Snap from Your Snapchat Story

Snapchat's Story feature is a great way to share what's going on in your life right now with your friends. The problem is, because it's integrated with Snapchat's regular messaging, it's very easy to accidentally post a Snap to your story that was meant for someone specific. Obviously, that can get embarrassing, fast…not that I'd know.

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How to Tell Which Application Is Using Your Windows PC’s Webcam

Webcams often include a light showing whether the webcam is in use or not. Windows doesn’t make it easy to check which application is actually using the webcam when the light comes on, but it’s possible to find out.

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Can I Use Task Scheduler to Monitor My Computer’s Battery?

If you like to keep a close eye on your laptop’s battery charge level, then you may be looking for a built-in way to help monitor it while you are busy working. Is there one or do you need a custom solution? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a battery monitoring reader’s question.

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How to Factory Reset the Google Home

Whether you’re having issues with it or just want to sell it, here’s how to factory reset the Google Home to erase all of its settings for a fresh start.

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How to Disable Your Mac’s Touchpad When Another Mouse Is Connected

Laptop trackpads can be annoying. Your palm hits them while you’re typing, moving your cursor and messing up your flow. This can be particularly annoying if you have an external mouse connected, and aren’t even using the trackpad.

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How to Remove Your PC from a Windows HomeGroup

HomeGroups in Windows are great for sharing files between computers on a local network. At some point, though, you might find it necessary to disconnect from a HomeGroup. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Always Show Comment Lines in Microsoft Word

Comments in Word allow you to provide feedback in a document without changing the text or layout. You can place the cursor in the content or select content (text, images, tables, etc.) and add a comment about that part of the document.

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How to Customize Your Chromecast’s Backdrop to Show Personalized Pictures, News, and More

Google’s curated collection of Backdrops—the photos that show up when your Chromecast or Android TV box is idle—is very nice, but sometimes you want to see something a little more personalized. With the Google Home app for Android and iOS (formerly the Chromecast app), you can actually change the Backdrop settings to show a lot more than just stock photography.

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Is Photoshop Worth the Money?

For years, the only way to get Photoshop was to pay hundreds of dollars up front for a license, or take to the dingier corners of the internet and pirate a cracked version. Now, through the Adobe Creative Cloud, you can get Photoshop for $9.99 a month. Feel free to insert your own cups of coffee, pints of beer, fistfuls of baguettes, or other price comparison here.

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How to Stop Websites From Asking to Show Notifications

Web browsers now allow websites to show you notifications. Visit many news and shopping websites, and you’ll see a popup telling you the website wants to show notifications on your desktop. You can disable these notification prompts in your web browser if they annoy you.

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