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How to use Nvidia Optimus to switch active GPUs and save power on Linux laptops

Nvidia's power-saving Optimus technology is available on Linux, but the experience is far from smooth out of the box. Here's how to fix it.

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Two tools that help you stop over-using words in your documents

Are you over-using a few words in everything you write? Here are two tools to help check yourself.

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How to use Google to sync all your passwords

Securely store your passwords with Google and forget about the need to pay for a password manager.

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Five ways to add SSD speed to your laptop without losing storage capacity

Using an SSD and a hard drive together offers both speed and storage space. But most laptops won't let you install two drives.

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How to keep track of Beats 1 playlists even when you're not "tuned in"

Don't want to bother with Apple Music or iTunes, but curious about Beats 1 streaming radio? Turn to Spotify and Twitter for a sampling.

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How to diagnose and fix a dead laptop keyboard

You can't write that report with a dead keyboard. A few tests can tell you how to bring it back to life.

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How to use PPAs to install bleeding-edge software in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

PPAs are a great way for Linux users to install software that's unavailable in central repositories, but carry some risks you need to be aware of.

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One tap to action: Launch common tasks with these widgets and shortcuts

Go directly into specific tasks like setting a reminder, texting a family member, or identifying the name of a song.

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Turn multi-page web articles into a single, scrolling page with this extension

Autopagerize helps you get through multiple web pages by automatically loading them for you. No mouse required.

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What to do when your email address sends spam

Spam is going out in your name to everyone you know. A few precautions can keep this from happening again.

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Panic Button for Chrome hides your online shenanigans

Panic Button hides all those tabs you shouldn't have open and makes it look like you're doing what you should be.

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NFC security: 3 ways to avoid being hacked

More than a billion phones will be equipped with near-field communications technology in 2015, potentially opening up new vectors for attack.

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Find duplicate photos: Two utilities that can help

Duplicate Cleaner and Free Duplicate Photo Finder can both sift through your digital images for identical or similar ones, but there are limitations to the free versions.