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

Wayne Watson asked for advice about backing up his PC.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The EPUB Proof is in the iBooks pudding (hint: it's in the Advanced Menu)

The EPUB standard for ebooks is ridiculously popular. While Amazon's Kindle spread the notion of having a dedicated e-reader and an attached, constantly updated bookstore, the EPUB format allowed publishers to tailor their output to a single specification.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.