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Run Android Apps On Your Chromebook (And Windows, Linux Or Mac)

No one likes to be told what to do, so why should your Chromebook follow the rules? Well, it’ll have to abide but whatever physics dictates, but when it comes to running Android apps, there is a way to convince it (and other operating systems) to play ball, if you’re willing to do a little legwork. Well, fingerwork.


Reset A Quirky Windows Program To Its Defaults With The Registry

When a Windows program doesn’t behave, many of us uninstall and reinstall the application — which doesn’t always work. The How-To Geek explains the different ways of erasing Windows program settings.


Can You Run It Tests Whether Your PC Can Run That Game

PC gaming has a lot going for it, but figuring out if your computer can run a particular game is still hard to decipher. Can You Run It simplifies the process and tells you whether your computer is up to the task.


The Minimal Venetian Desktop

Reader Jody‘s desktop gets kind of messy as the workday goes on, but it’s always a clean slate at the beginning of the day. This is a view of Jody’s desktop at the top of the day — clean, open and inspiring, but hiding serious power. Here’s how it’s all set up.


Use Text-To-Speech Functions For Better Proofreading

Most of us know you should read something out loud when proofreading, but we may miss critical errors. We insert words we think are there, but aren’t, because we wrote it. Using the text-to-speech function on your device will help prevent your internal autocorrect from missing errors.


Securely Format A Drive In Windows 8 From The Command Line

As you probably know, formatting a hard drive doesn’t completely erase the data on it. You must overwrite the data to securely destroy it, preferably multiple times. Windows 8 let’s you do this with the format command and the /p parameter.


The Complete Guide To Avoiding (And Removing) Windows Crapware

Windows has a lot going for it, but it’s also saddled with one of computing’s biggest annoyances: crapware. Here’s everything you need to know about identifying, avoiding and removing unwanted software from your system.


Steve Ballmer Wrote The BSOD, So Stop Slacking Off

Even when you’re the boss, it sometimes pays to muck in and make changes yourself.


A Tool To Tweak Windows 8.1's New User Interface Settings

Windows 9 is still far enough away that it’s worth persisting with Windows 8.1, rather than digging out your Windows 7 DVD (or downloading to disc image) and going backwards in time. If you’re still not satisfied with the operating system’s reworked user interface, you might be able to solve a few of your problems with a new tool called ModernUI Tuner.


Microsoft's Upgraded EMET 5.0 Offers More Windows Protection

We recently covered Microsoft’s lesser-known Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) that adds protection against malware. Microsoft recently upgraded it to version 5.0 with even more protection against Internet nasties.