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SOFTWARE

How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays

Ultra-high-resolution displays with high pixel densities are all the rage now, and for good reason: They look amazing compared to conventional displays. The big problem for PC users is that a lot of software isn't designed with that level of pixel density in mind.

SOFTWARE

The art of Windows file search

Arnoldas Zdanevicius needed help finding a file. Luckily, Windows' built-in search tool can be a powerful ally--if you know its tricks.

STORAGE | SOFTWARE

Tip: WinDirStat can help you free up storage space for GTA V (or anything else) in a flash

Grand Theft Auto V is finally here for PCs, and it's hands-down the definitive version of the game, from its glorious 4K resolution support to its native video editor and graphics options galore. (You can even adjust the grass quality and soft shadow technology options)

SOFTWARE

How to import, merge, and consolidate your libraries in Photos for OS X

Photos for Yosemite is finally out! And that's a real "finally" given how long we've all been wrestling with the limitations of iPhoto in OS X and Apple's early announcement of its replacement. Photos for OS X has a lot going for it, especially in speed. But it's also a ground-up rewrite of our Mac photo experience, and some pieces are missing (some permanently), some moved, and some broken.

SOFTWARE

Use Gmail's hidden colored stars to better organize important emails

There's nothing like a nicely organized Gmail inbox to take the stress and worry out of your life. But there's one area of your email that may not be as well organized as it could be: Gmail's Starred section.

SOFTWARE

How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV

Ever since the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard at CES 2013, we've seen a plethora of Miracast-enabled devices and receivers, from Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 to Amazon's Fire TV stick. Users can now wirelessly mirror the display of their Miracast-certified phone, tablet, or laptop to any Miracast-capable receiver like a TV, projector, or monitor. What you see on your device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV.

COMPONENTS

How to clean a touchscreen: All you need is a simple cleaner and a special cloth

Barbie asked how to clean an oily "serum" off her laptop's touchscreen.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS | MOBILE

Ask the iTunes Guy: Help for old-school iPod problems

The popularity of the iPhone and iPad mean that most people who use iTunes have iOS devices. But we shouldn't forget that there are still millions with non-iOS iPods, such as the classic, nano, and shuffle. In this week's column, I address a couple of questions sent in by readers who use these "legacy" devices. I also look at questions about gaps not playing between songs, and devices authorized to download iTunes content.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Mac 911: How to erase your Mac's hard drive the right way

When you sell or donate a Mac or give it to a family member, it's best to make a clean break: wipe the puppy clean, reinstall the latest version of OS X, and hand off a system that you're not worried has remnants of yourself on it.

INTERNET | SOFTWARE

3 fast, easy ways to find the perfect animated GIF

Sometimes words aren't enough when you want to express yourself online. You need an image that will simultaneously display your encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and wit.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.