How-to

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | SECURITY

How to prevent mobile malware in 3 easy steps

Looking only at the data provided by security firms, the world appears on the verge of a mobile malware apocalypse.

SOFTWARE

Teach your kids (and yourself!) how to code with these iPad apps

Move over, Space Camp: Coding is quickly growing as a popular activity for kids, and not just for those who dream of being programmers when they grow up. The logical thinking required to code can help kids succeed in school and other day-to-day activities--it's no wonder why big companies are getting behind the effort to help students learn the needed critical thinking skills.

SOFTWARE | MOBILE | NETWORKING | TELECOMMUNICATION

How to easily secure your web browsing with TunnelBear's free Chrome extension

Virtual private networks are already easy to use thanks to the simple desktop apps many services offer. But if you live most of your computing life in the browser even a desktop app might be overkill.

SOFTWARE

How to get started with Linux: A beginner's guide

The world of Linux is ready to welcome you, with a shower of free open-source software you can use on any PC: hundreds of active Linux distributions, and dozens of different desktop environments you could run on them. It's a far cry from the one-size-fits-all, this-is-just-what-comes-with-your-PC vision of Windows.

STORAGE | SECURITY

You can securely wipe your files, hard drive or SSD with one of these free utilities

Stoqn Tochev asked about securely erasing sensitive files without destroying everything on his hard drive. I'll discuss SSDs, as well.

SOFTWARE

How to whiten teeth in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

When it comes to retouching portraits, whitening teeth is one of the most common edits you'll ever make. In this column you'll learn how to whiten teeth without messing up your original image and without having to make a single selection. As a bonus, this technique works in nearly any version of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. (For the curious, you can't do this in iPhoto or Photos, but you can do it in Aperture, Lightroom, and Pixelmator.)

INTERNET | SERVICES | SOFTWARE

Mac 911: You are not an Apple ID! You are a Free Person!

The problem of identity is a deep one: how do we know who we are? Apple's problems with identity stem from its superannuated Apple ID system, which carries with it the detritus of generations of past technological choices that it wears around its figurative neck like an albatross.

INTERNET

When 'error 404 file not found' strikes: How to remove broken browser bookmarks

Rich Wynne wants an easy and automated way to remove broken bookmarks from his browser.

COMPONENTS | HARDWARE SYSTEMS | INTERNET

Don't panic! How to fix 5 common PC emergencies

Your PC may not be as essential to you as your smartphone, but chances are it's still pretty damn important. So it's completely understandable if your first reaction is to freeze and freak out when you run into a PC emergency, such as a broken screen, accidentally-deleted important file, or a virus. But panicking is counter-productive, because time is often of the essence.

HARDWARE SYSTEMS | COMPONENTS | SOFTWARE

3 surprisingly easy PC repairs you should do yourself

PCs can be confusing, even scary at times, but the truth is they shouldn't be. That's especially true when it comes to simple hardware upgrades, repairs, or software fixes.

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.