How-to

SOFTWARE

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How to download and install the Office 2016 Preview

Mere months after releasing the locked-down Office 2016 developer preview, Microsoft has thrown open the proverbial doors to welcome all comers to the Office 2016 consumer preview .

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

Don't fear the water: Clean gunk out of Apple Watch under the faucet

Like anything you wear every day, your Apple Watch is bound to collect some dust and grime. Keeping your screen smudge-free is easy, but the Digital Crown could use a little extra TLC.

COMPONENTS

What to do when the PC turns on but the screen remains black

When Harrison Bywater turns on his PC, the power lights and the fan turn on, but no image appears on the screen.

SOFTWARE | MOBILE | TELECOMMUNICATION

How to customize or silence Chromebook notifications

You already get too many notifications. Your phone, tablet, and maybe even your smartwatch are constantly buzzing with emails or news alerts.

SOFTWARE

How to silence noisy Chrome tabs with one click

If there's one feature I love about Chrome it's the volume indicator that lets you know which tab is pumping out auto-playing audio or video. Without it I'd never be able to track down which of my gazillion open tabs is screaming at me.

COMPONENTS

How to install a graphics card

Few upgrades add as much punch to your PC as installing a new graphics card. It can transform your PC from a system that chokes on lightweight games into a monster that churns through even the most visually punishing titles with ease.

SOFTWARE

3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

Wayne Watson asked for advice about backing up his PC.

SOFTWARE

More help for Photos: Metadata, the Places map, and syncing without iCloud

Photos for OS X made a big impact--some might say a crater. While the software has huge improvements in speed, it comes with a lot of changes, some bumps in get started, and a few bugs. In last week's Mac 911, I covered merging iPhoto and Photos libraries and a tip on pausing iCloud Photo Library sync. Jason Snell last week also explained how to use Photos with Automator, the limits of geotagging, and hard linking in Photos.

SOFTWARE | OPERATING SYSTEMS | INTERNET

Tip: Pin web apps to your taskbar to make them behave like desktop software

Web apps are an essential part of most people's workflow, whether it's writing an email in Gmail or editing a spreadsheet in Excel Online. It's handy to have all your stuff in the cloud, for sure, but it's kind of a hassle to have to open your browser and navigate to each website you use individually.

INTERNET

How to download your entire Google search history

Google recently added another option to its Takeout service that lets you export data from your Google account, and the latest addition is one of the most important: Your Google search history.

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.