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How to check your Intel and M1 Mac’s SSD health using Terminal

Learn how to set up the Terminal in macOS so you can install and run smartmontools, a utility that provides data on the health of your SSD.


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How to install an SSD in a PC

Here's how to install an M.2 or SATA SSD in your desktop. We walk through every step and include details to consider. We also remind you to read the manual—you'll need to for a couple of important steps.

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How to use Zoom's Video Filters to spice up your next Zoom call

Zoom's new Video Filters and Studio Effects give you fun effects without having to search for third-party images online.

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Android 11: Getting started with gesture navigation

With Android 11, almost all devices will default to Google's new gesture navigation. Here's how to get started and adjust it to your liking in just a few taps, or give up and go back to buttons.

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How to connect a new soundbar to an old TV that doesn't support HDMI

Just because you have an aging TV that lacks HDMI ports doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade its audio with a soundbar.


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Photoshop Tips: Textures, Patterns, and Gradients

Some of the greatest features in Photoshop are the text, object, and image effects such as Textures, Patterns, Gradients, and Styles. We'll show you how they work.

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How to clean up your Gmail inbox by quickly deleting old email

Here's a way to clean up your inbox within Gmail, first by deleting unwanted emails using Google's built-in filters, then using search commands to find specific email to delete.

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How to tell if your password has been stolen

How can you tell if your password has been stolen or compromised as part of a password breach? We'll discuss free and paid services you can use, from websites to your browser or paid password managers.

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Got a Roomba? Clean these filthy components right now

If your Roomba is having trouble docking or has slowed to a crawl, a good scrub might make things right.


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How to see your PC game's frame rate with Steam's FPS counter

It's quick and easy to turn on Steam's in-game FPS counter. Here's how.

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How to tell which GeForce 30-series laptop is the most powerful

How can you tell whether a RTX 30-series gaming laptop is using Nvidia's higher-power "Max-P" GPU, or the lower-power "Max-Q" version? It's not easy, but we have some tips for figuring it out.

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5 things I learned while setting up my first media server

Sure, you can spend a fortune setting up a media server for your music and videos, but it turns out you don’t have to.


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How to build your own high-performance portable SSD

By building your own portable SSD you can typically get the best performance at cheaper prices.

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6 ways to stop using your Android phone before bedtime

Stop using your phone before bedtime so you can sleep better. Android offers handy tools to help, most in the Digital Wellbeing settings.

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Find gorgeous PC background images every day with Bing Wallpaper

The free Bing Wallpaper app lets you refresh your PC's background image every day with a new image curated by Microsoft.