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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How to Run Any Program as a Background Service in Windows

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The Statue of Liberty weighs 450,000 pounds, but only 60,000 of those pounds are made up of the copper skin that gives the statue its iconic form, the rest is accounted for by the internal steel support structure and other components.

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Despite The Common Belief, The Word Sushi Does Not Refer To Raw Fish But?
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Today's Tech Term

Turnkey System

A Turnkey System is a computer system with all the necessary hardware and software already “put together” so that it is ready to run as soon as a user or customer receives it (just “turn the key” and go).

What We're Reading

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How to Manually Add a Photo to a Contact on an iPhone or iPad

That boring, grey circle may give you a slight indication of who you’re calling or texting, but wouldn’t it be nice if all your iPhone contacts had photos to go with them? Here’s how to manually add a picture to a contact.

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How to Put an iPad Into “Kiosk” Mode, Restricting It to a Single App

An iPad makes a great “kiosk” device–a tablet restricted to one specific app for your home or small business. You can create a makeshift kiosk using the Guided Access feature, or enable Single App Mode for a true kiosk environment.

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How to Run Any Program as a Background Service in Windows

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 are some that would be nice to start even before a user logs in to the PC. To do this, you’ll need to run the app as a Windows service.

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How Can a VPN Improve Download Speed?

We can all agree that faster download speeds are preferable and would assume that a VPN might slow things down a bit, but what if the opposite happens and your VPN actually increases the speed? With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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How to Make Your Nest Automatically Detect When You’re Away

When you leave for work, you likely turn down your thermostat before you head out the door to save energy. But the Nest Thermostat can automatically do that for you, by detecting when you’re away and when you come home.

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How to Name Folders with Emoji on iOS and Android

It’s easy to think you’re stuck using boring old letters and numbers to name your smartphone’s app folders, but with the wonderful world of emoji, your folders will take on a new life of their own.

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How to Hide Contact Photos in Messages on the iPhone

By default, on an iPhone 6/6 Plus or 6S/6S Plus, photos for your contacts are displayed in the Messages app. If you don't want to see those photos, though, you can hide them with a simple setting.

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How to Remove an Old Computer from a Windows Homegroup

Windows Homegroup is great for sharing documents, pictures, and printers between computers on your home network. If you’ve had it set up for a while, you may have noticed that the ghosts of old computer hang around in your Homegroup list. Here’s how to banish them.

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How to Hide Sensitive Notifications From Your iPhone’s Lock Screen

If you have notifications enabled, apps normally display your messages right on your lock screen. But you can hide the text of those messages without disabling the lock screen notifications entirely, allowing you to see you have a message while preventing people from reading those messages over your shoulder.

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The Best Android Shortcuts You're Probably Not Using

The beauty of technology isn’t just doing more stuff–it’s doing stuff quickly. Whether you want to call a specific contact with one tap, keep your phone unlocked when you're at home or work, launch the camera in a flash to quickly capture the perfect moment, or search for an app while in a rush, here are some of the best shortcuts built into Android that you're probably not using.

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