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Though weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science, thanks to voice assistants, pop-up notifications and buzzing smartwatches, it's easier than ever to keep tabs on the day's weather (and dress accordingly). Of course, checking the truncated weather forecast on your phone might be convenient, but it could also mean you're losing out on valuable information that could help you deal with the heat, rain, or general mugginess outside. That's where desktop weather apps come in.

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What operating system do you use? For some, that question may as well be posed in Latin or Sanskrit. For others, it's an invitation to have a heated debate about the benefits of GUI vs. command line, modern day UI vs. old school metaphor, the pros/cons of Windows 10, LAMP vs. IIS... the list goes on and on. For most, however, the answer will be a variation on Windows or Mac.

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If you think back to your high school geometry class, you might remember that "If/Then" statements were used in solving mathematical proofs. But even if maths wasn't your thing, you actually use If/Then statements every day: "If it's raining outside, then I will bring an umbrella." Or, "If I eat this doughnut, then I will be very guilt- um, happy."

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Windows 10: You can now download the next major update to Windows 10, dubbed the Fall Creator's Update. You'll be able to enjoy major features like Mixed Reality support, bringing augmented reality to compatible PCs, as well as minor upgrades to features like handwriting recognition, voice control via Cortana and a revised user interface.

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iOS: If you're like me, you've experienced the sting of an unwanted subscription draining money from your checking account, long after you forgot to cancel a free trial. If you'd like to finally get a handle on all your subscriptions without poring over your bank statements, take a look at Bobby. It's an iOS app that lets you track multiple subscriptions to see how much money you're shelling out each month. The only thing it requires is a little leg work to start (and a $US1.99 ($3) in-app purchase for certain options).

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Video: Everyone has used their phone to settle disputes over trivia. You whip it out, punch in a few keywords and there's your proof that Geoffrey Rush won an Oscar for Shine. The makers of Cake, a new mobile browser, think they can make this process better.

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Short power naps are a great way to refresh your mind in the middle of the day. They give you a mental boost without making you too groggy. But if you don't want to use an alarm for your super short snooze fests, you can use this classic nap timing trick instead.

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The MacBook Pro's Touchbar is a polarising addition to the notebook. Many praised its versatility, while others bemoaned the removal of the traditional shortcut keys we've grown to know and love on Apple's keyboards. Since there's no tactile indication of whether or not you've hit a key on the Touchbar, it's a bit frustrating to find yourself tapping where you think the misaligned Escape key should be without getting a response.

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If you get breaking-news notifications on your phone, you'll often find you disagree with what Apple about what constitutes news. Instead, you can turn use news aggregation app Nuzzel, which can notify you when a certain number of your Twitter friends link to the same URL, no matter the source.

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There's a lot to love about the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, from a powerful new camera to a squeezable frame that launches Google Assistant, but one feature that hasn't received much attention is the phone's calendar widget. Google's new Pixel launcher (the extra software that comes on top of Android 8.0 Oreo) puts reminders for upcoming events right on your homescreen, which is pretty great if you're the type of person who constantly forgets about scheduled plans and meetings.

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Nine years after winning four silvers and a gold in gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics, Shawn Johnson East is joining the investor team on CNBC's Adventure Capitalist. In the meantime, she's released a memoir and YA novel; won an ESPY and a Teen Choice Award; and competed in Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice, and a charity episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? We asked her how she gets it all done.

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For six glorious months a few years ago C-3PO was the voice of Waze on my phone. That December I drove from California to North Carolina, and having my favourite droid give me directions made the whole experience a lot more pleasant. I love it when you can change the voice of digital assistants you deal with daily. Sure, it isn't adding any functionality, but it can be fun to change things up every now and then. And now you can change the voice of Google Assistant on your Android phone or Google Home setup.