Swap files between Windows and Android in 2 clicks with Pushbullet

There are many ways to get files from your PC to a mobile Android device. One of our favorite methods around here is the super useful AirDroid for Android. But a recent feature from the free app Pushbullet for Android and iOS recently caught our attention.

Pushbullet makes it ridiculously simple to transfer files from one device to another with just a few clicks. The connection between your devices is always present, meaning you don't have to reconnect every time you want to swap a picture.

I wouldn't call Pushbullet a replacement or even a competitor to AirDroid though, because the two apps don't work the same way.

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Monitor multiple time zones from your desktop with the Windows clock

Windows has so many handy little features hidden all over the place, you can often forget they're there and until someone reminds you. Here's a reminder. 

Since I work overseas, I have to keep track of several times zones so that I know when my editors will be online and when would be a good time to call my family. One way to do this is just by doing the math in your head or typing "time [city name]" into Google.

But if you want this information at hand for a quick glance, Windows has a built-in solution.

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Drop the Dropbox icon, and other notification area tweaks

Of all the locations on the desktop, how often do we pay attention to the lower right corner also known as the system tray/notification area? Unless we get a pop-up notification or want to check the time, probably not much.

But maybe you’d pay a little more attention to what you’ve got going on there by tweaking and customizing it a little.

Here’s how.

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Get more out of the Windows Taskbar with these 3 shortcuts

One of the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is the ability to pin apps to the Taskbar. Until Microsoft comes out with the refreshed Start menu, pinning apps is a must for Windows 8.1 users.

As the go-to location for dealing with and switching between open programs, the Taskbar may be the most clickable location on your desktop. But there’s no reason you can’t spice it up with a few keyboard tricks to make things a little more efficient.

Pick by number

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How to create an anonymous email account

A reader recently asked me how they could use aliases in Outlook.com to create an anonymous email account. My answer was simple: you really can’t.

Microsoft’s implementation of aliases is not designed to hide your identity. Instead, Outlook.com aliases are about creating throw away addresses that you can give out to marketers and others to avoid plugging up your inbox.

But the question remains, how do you create an anonymous email account? Let’s take a look.

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Three critical laptop accessories for summertime travel

With July in full swing now that Independence Day is over, thoughts are turning to company-sanctioned time off for travel and relaxing in the sun. Before you head out on your great summer vacation, you’ll want to make sure you pack well not only for yourself but your laptop as well.

No matter if you’re headed across the country in a VW bus or across the Atlantic on a 777, here are three critical laptop accessories no summer traveler can do without.

Adapt your laptop’s power supply

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Six modern Windows apps for Fourth-of-July fun

Independence Day may be largely an outdoor affair, but your PC or Surface can still play a role in planning your day. 

If you’re running Windows 8.1 on a tablet or traditional PC, the Windows Store has a number of apps that can help you prepare for your day.

Heat, humidity, precipitation

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