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How to create a local account in Windows 10

Windows 10 doesn't make it easy or obvious to create a secondary local account, but all it really takes is looking for the fine print.

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Turn your Word doc into a PDF with a live table of contents

Jon Berger asked for a way of "creating PDFs with automatic links in the table of contents" to chapter titles in the main body of the document.

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How to delete saved messages and texts on iOS

iOS's Messages app can get cluttered up in a hurry, between conversations with friends over lunch plans, passive-aggressive texts from old flings, and automated messages reminding you to pay your phone bill. But iOS comes with a few tools that can help you control the clutter and keep Messages under control.

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How to connect an Apple Display to a USB-C MacBook

Gunnar Diepenbruck wondered several weeks ago whether or not an Apple LED Cinema Display could be connected in some fashion to the USB-C port of a 12-inch MacBook. I'd extend that question to ask about the Apple Thunderbolt Display as well. I waited to answer this to see whether a cable was forthcoming from Apple or third parties. None has yet appeared.

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Listening to classical music on Apple Music

Classical music fans like me are living in a golden age. More recordings are available than ever, and it's much easier to buy CDs and downloads than in the past. Classical recordings are extremely affordable on CD: you can buy big box sets of music by your favorite composers or performers for a buck or two per disk. And, with streaming services, you have access to an immense library of music that you can listen to at any time.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS

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When a CD or DVD is stuck or the drive won't open

Chisomo Masonga asked about removing a CD or DVD that's stuck inside the drive.

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Why you can't find your product key after upgrading to Windows 10

A funny thing happens when you look for a product key in Windows 10 after doing the free upgrade: You won't find them.

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How to check your data plan usage on your iPhone

If you, like many of us, have a limited cellular data plan, monitoring your data usage is essential. Between iOS's built-in tools and apps from carriers, though, you have several options for monitoring your data usage.

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The hidden editing power of Photos for OS X

Photos for OS X is designed to appeal to a broad audience, with simple editing tools that let anyone improve their photographs. But is that it? Even though it's a 1.0 product (replacing iPhoto and Aperture), a lot of editing power is actually hidden beneath that user-friendly surface.

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.

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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.