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Friday, July 22, 2016

You Only Have a Week Left to Get Windows 10 Free. Here's Why You Should Update

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Many people in New Jersey pronounce quite a few Italian words in a strange way, but it’s not due to ignorance or misreading of the words–it’s because many of the Italians that settled in the general New Jersey region spoke a now extinct, regional dialect of Italian.

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Ring Topology

Ring Topology (a.k.a. Ring Network and Token-Ring Network) refers to a specific type of network setup where the devices/nodes are connected in a ring pattern (closed loop) and pass information back and forth based on their proximity/location to each other.

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How to See When a Text Message was Sent on Your iPhone

By default, the iPhone’s Messages app shows you the date and time for the first message on any given day, but not for every message sent and received. However, the exact time each message was sent is hidden–but there's an easy way to show all the exact timestamps.

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How to Prevent Windows from Automatically Updating Specific Drivers

Windows–especially Windows 10–has a bad habit of installing new updates for hardware drivers whether you want them or not. You could go big and simply prevent Windows from downloading updates altogether, or you might have luck blocking or hiding updates. But if you’ve got the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows, you can tailor your actions a little better by using Group Policy Editor to prevent the installation or updating of specific devices.

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How to Disable the Trash and Screenshot Sound Effects on a Mac

Move a file to the trash, empty the trash, or take a screenshot of your Mac’s desktop and your Mac will play a sound. If you’re sick of those paper crumpling and camera shutter sounds, you can disable them by changing a single option.

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You Only Have a Week Left to Get Windows 10 Free. Here’s Why You Should Update

The free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016. After that, you’ll have to pay at least $119 if you ever want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your computer. You should seriously consider upgrading to Windows 10 before July 29, if you haven’t already done so.

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How Do You Get Firefox to Utilize Secure HTTPS Connections by Default?

Unless you have a particular website bookmarked as such or manually type in https with URLs, far too many websites still automatically default to http instead. How do you get your browser to automatically utilize https connections instead? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful suggestions for a security conscious reader.

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How to Automatically Notify Your Neighbor If SmartThings Detects a Door or Window Being Opened

If you’re on vacation, the last thing you want is to find out that someone broke into your house. There’s really not much you can do about it if you’re halfway around the world, but if you have a trusted neighbor and a SmartThings setup, you can automatically notify them if someone tried to break into your home.

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How to Hold Command+Q to “Slow Quit” Apps in macOS

To quit an app on a Mac, you can just press Command+Q on your keyboard. This however, can lead to unintended consequences, namely accidentally quitting apps if your fingers are in the wrong place.

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How to Share Notebooks in Microsoft OneNote 2016

Microsoft OneNote 2016 is a great free note-taking tool, not just for yourself, but also if you want to collaborate on notes and projects with others, such as colleagues or family members. We'll show you a few different ways you can share your OneNote notes and notebooks.

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How to Simplify the LG G5 for Your Tech-Unsavvy Relatives with “EasyHome”

If you're the "tech guy" (or girl!) in your family, you know what it's like to deal with a constant barrage of questions every single time your tech challenged family members get a new gadget. While we can't really help you simplify everything in their lives, we can tell you how to simplify their LG G5 with LG's "EasyHome" launcher. Here's how to enable it.

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How to Create a Master Installation Flash Drive with Multiple Versions of Windows

You’ve got your collection of Windows ISOs and maybe you’ve burned installation DVDs or flash drives for them. But why not make yourself a master installation drive that you can use to install any version of Windows?

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