Web: When I’m on Windows, I can’t stand iTunes. Even when I’m on my MacBook, the experience is less than ideal. But what can you do? If you’ve bought into Apple’s ecosystem — especially its $11.99/month Apple Music — you don’t really have a choice. Right?
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The World Wide Web turned 30 this week, and everyone celebrated the best way they know how — by coming up with big lists of all the internet-related topics we’ve dealt with (or obsessed over) the past few decades.
Like an operating system reinstall, resetting your web browser can fix all kinds of problems and improve performance at the same time — squash annoying bugs, clear out dodgy and outdated extensions and get a browser that's good as new with a hard reset. Here's how to carry it out on all the major browsers.
Android/iOS: I have a reasonable but not overwhelming amount of media: Mostly books, followed by video games, followed by some collectable vinyls and CDs that I keep around. I also have friends who have rooms full of stuff: Stacks of books and floor-to-ceiling bookcases that are nearly bursting from overuse.
All of us could benefit from checking out Libib, a free service you can use to scan and catalogue your books, movies, music and video games.
Chrome wasn't the only browser to get a visual overhaul this week, because the privacy-focused Tor Browser was also given a new lick of paint, as well as a host of under-the-hood upgrades, and refinements to make it easier to use for newcomers. There are now more reasons than ever to make Tor your daily browser of choice.
Chrome fans might have noticed a little change in their browsers today. Assuming you’re running Chrome’s latest iteration, version 68, you’ll now see a big “not secure” button in the address bar whenever you pull up a website that starts with http:// instead of https://. (For what it’s worth, I’m using Chrome version 67.0.3396.99, and it pops up there, too, whenever a page has a data entry field.)
Browser cookies are useful in some instances; unpleasant in others. While they can save you from having to go through a complicated authentication process whenever you're trying to access your favourite sites, they can also store data on what you've done on a particular website -- which can then be used to serve you more "relevant" advertising at a future point.
Suppose you're trying to troubleshoot a family member's computer, you want to show a friend some issue you're having with your system, or you want to make a quick recording of some crazy thing you're about to do in a game. With the Chrome extension Loom, it's incredibly easy to capture and share a quick recording of your screen right from of your browser.
Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.
These are troubled times for SoundCloud, with staff lay offs, changing CEOs, and talk of emergency investment securing its future for the time being. As with any service that's looking shaky, users will be (and should be) worried about getting their stuff out -- you may have years of playlists, uploads, and podcasts collected on the service. Here's how to get all that audio and data into safer locales.
If your efforts to track down long-lost relatives and obscure musicians (or anyone else you're looking for on the web) stop at Googling their name, you've come to the right place. Here's how to seriously go about searching for people online, including some advice from the professionals who do it for a living. Oh, and if you'd rather not be found yourself, than read on to understand exactly how the pros go about finding those who'd prefer to stay hidden.
Web/iOS: Travel planning typically includes a lot of research. When you're planning a trip with stops in different cities, the research can be even more time-consuming. Eightydays can help.
Google's Chrome browser has a neat history erase tool that lets you blitz your browsing logs from the last hour, day, week or month -- or from the beginning of time. However, that history can be useful to search back through, and if you only want to exorcise one site from Chrome's memory, here's how to do it.
Google Photos is pretty killer for managing all your photos, but it sure would be nice if you could share entire albums, right? Now you can. Better yet, you can even choose to let other people submit their own pictures to a shared album.