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What to do when a power outage or surge damages your PC

A power outage can be bad for your PC, but a power surge can severely damage your hardware. In all but the worst cases, however, you should be able to revive the PC, or at least retrieve any files stored on it.

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How to know if your PC is ready for virtual reality

With Oculus Rift on preorder and HTC Vive coming soon, the big question is whether your PC will be up to the VR task. The Rift compatibility tool will tell you—and you don't need to preorder anything to use it.

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The tricks for using Gmail folders vs. labels

The way Gmail's organization works, a label can be a label, but it can also be a folder. Here's how to work with the two features.

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4 ways to take charge of iOS's Background App Refresh feature

Too many apps refreshing themselves in the background can put a dent in your iPhone or iPad battery life. Keep an eye on which apps are doing the refreshing, and when.