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Set Up a Wi-Fi Hotspot with Windows 8 [How to]

Posted by Guest Post On May - 18 - 20135 COMMENTS

You can turn your laptop equipped with Microsoft Windows 8 into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

There are three ways to do this on your laptop. One of them requires that you delve into the command prompt, a task many feel unwilling or unprepared to handle. If you are one of these people, there’s still a way to make your laptop a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Windows 7 Hotspot instructions

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9 Ways to Improve Wireless Connectivity for Your Computer

Posted by Guest Post On November - 12 - 20121 COMMENT

Wi-Fi is Broken

Everyone knows how frustrating a sketchy Wi-Fi signal can be. You’re about to send an important file. You’re about to Skype with your sister who lives in Australia. And then the signal goes dead, and your wireless internet goes down without warning. You may even work from home, and the sketchy Wi-Fi means a consistently frustrating day with constant interruptions and less productivity.

Here are nine things that you need to check and fix to make your Wi-Fi work for and not against you.

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Windows 8: The Same Old Microsoft Operating System?

Posted by Guest Post On October - 25 - 20123 COMMENTS

By Sandro Villinger, Technical Product Consultant, TuneUp

The imminent release of Windows 8 has us all on the edge of our seats, and wondering how big the performance and power enhancements will be. Will the new operating system actually live up to its hype?

Test scenario: 150 programs. 2 months

In conducting preliminary benchmarks, we found that Windows 8 managed to beat Windows 7 in the performance department in almost every discipline. With our interest peaked, we decided to take our tests one step further to identify how the installation of third-party applications, or crapware, affect the new operating system’s performance. To do this, we added 150 programs [Figure 1] to our solid 2009 Core 2 Duo with 3 GHz, 4 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive using the RTM version of Windows 8, and measured the impact on resource usage, boot time, application launch speed and battery life, among other areas, over a two-month period. So, how did Windows 8 fare under the stress of the 150 programs?  Let’s check it out!

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10 Great Freeware Downloads You Might Have Never Heard Of

Posted by Guest Post On October - 21 - 20123 COMMENTS

In this guest post, Amy shares ten freeware programs you should definitely check out. Find out more about Amy at the end of this post. 

MacBook Pro, August 2012

It seems like the internet is consistently becoming more regulated, and also more expensive. No matter how bombarded you are with ads for anti-virus software, video and audio tools, photo editors, and more, you might be surprised how many free tools are still available to cover all your online needs – even perform tasks you didn’t know were possible. Here are just a few of the best ways to maximize your PC without even touching your bank account.

1. AVG Anti-Virus

There are many different decent freeware programs to protect you from spyware and malware, but AVG is consistently rated highest when it comes to providing complete virus protection comparable to the kind you’d normally purchase at an expensive rate. AVG is known for its fast scanning capabilities, virus detection and quarantine, and disabling nearly all malware infections. It’s the first stop for protecting your PC without spending money.

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What is HTTPS? How Secure is it today? How can its Security be Improved?

Posted by Guest Post On October - 9 - 2012Comments Off on What is HTTPS? How Secure is it today? How can its Security be Improved?

HTTPS SecurityThis is a guest post written by David Ritchie.

As the World Wide Web takes on more and more enormous importance in our modern life, the security issues become of the most immediate interest now. The risk of personal information pilfering is constantly increasing. In this regard, such terms as antiviruses and brandmauers are no more strange being widely used. Most people realize that private data such as personal correspondence, account details, passport and phone numbers should be transmitted via secured connection to eliminate or, at least, reduce the loss of valuable information. This article is concerned with HTTPS constituting one of the most popular protocols for ensuring data transmission security.

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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts for Non-Touchscreen Users

Posted by Guest Post On September - 11 - 2012Comments Off on Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts for Non-Touchscreen Users

This is a guest post written by Kelly, from Barton Technology; find out more about Kelly at the conclusion of this post.

Microsoft’s latest version of the venerable Windows operating system is Windows 8. Unlike many other previous releases, such as Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 is a major refresh of the operating system and appears quite different than the previous few versions; the biggest revamping since Windows 95.

Touchscreen technology has taken off of late with the introduction of several tablet PCs and the ever-popular iPad, and Windows 8 is designed primarily for use with a touchscreen, be it a tablet or some of the fancier new machines that offer touchscreen monitors.

However, not every user that is planning to upgrade to Windows 8 or purchase a new system is going to have the capability or desire to use a touchscreen. Fortunately, Windows 8 have anticipated this scenario and have included a number of keyboard shortcuts.

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