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News and Top Stories
Netflix’s Introduces “My List” to Replace Instant Queue Today, Netflix introduced a new feature that replaces the old, clunky Instant Queue called My List. Instead of hiding behind a menu, your saved shows will appear right alongside whatever you’re browsing for.
Google Maps Adds Incident Reports from Waze, Waze Gets Better Search Google acquired the awesome navigation app Waze earlier this year, and today we get to see the first benefits of this joining. Google Maps now shows incident reports from Waze users, and Waze has Google Search and street view.
CyanogenMod Unveils New User Accounts for Remote Find and Wipe The team behind CyanogenMod, one of the most popular Android ROMs available, took the wraps off of their new CyanogenMod Accounts feature last night, where users can update, sign up, and access new features like the ability to remotely track, find, and wipe their device if it’s lost or stolen.
The Difference Between Antivirus and Anti-Malware (and Which to Use) Antivirus is a confusing matter: it’s called antivirus, but there are tons of other types of malware out there. So…do those programs also scan for spyware, adware, and other threats? Here’s how to make heads or tails of it all, and which tools you can trust to keep your PC clean.
How to Transform Your Bright and Noisy Bedroom into a Sleep Paradise Good sleep really matters, but even if you have what it takes to get a good night’s rest you still have to combat the world around you. You can’t control the sun or the noise outside, but you can do a few things to make your bedroom dark and quiet when you need it so nothing stands between you and a good night’s rest.
Questions and Answers
“I read your article about protecting my BitTorrent privacy with BTGuard, but after trying it out, I’m really unhappy with the service. My speeds are horribly slow and their customer service is nonexistent. Are there any alternatives?”
People have had problems with BTGuard since we originally wrote that guide, but at the time it was still one of the most convenient ways to anonymize your traffic. These days, you have some other options, so we rewrote the guide to talk a bit more about them.
- “I’m a Mac user coming back to Windows, but buying a PC is so hard. How do I know whether I want a laptop, a touch screen, a convertible, Windows 8, Windows RT, or any of those other features?”
We don’t have enough experience with the new Windows 8 laptops to give you really concrete advice on this (though we all think the touch screen laptops are a little silly, and that you definitely should avoid Windows RT). The most important advice we can give is: go to your local computer store and try them out. Tech specs are important, but you have to get the feel of a laptop before you buy—how its keyboard feels, how well its trackpad works, how flimsy its hinge is, etc. Check out our guide to picking the perfect laptop for more info.
- Joshua writes, “I’m in the Navy, and frequently find myself in a variety of ports around the world. Wi-Fi is ubiquitous, but a search of the web in an attempt to find a free provider for international web calls yields few options. Fring-to-Fring is the best I’ve been able to find so far, can you recommend any better options?”
Skype is a great option, especially with its Skype To Go feature. Google Voice also has very cheap international rates for normal, non-Wi-Fi phone calls.
- José asks, “Can I use an Apple monitor with my Windows PC?”
You bet! The old ones work great with most computers, either through a MiniDisplay port (if your video card has one) or with a DVI adapter. You can often find them on Craigslist or eBay for pretty cheap. The new displays are Thunderbolt, so you’d need a Thunderbolt port on your computer for them to work (but they offer lots of advantages).
- Ahmad asks, “Should I use VLC for iOS? A new cydia tweak allows gesture control which is just what it needed.”
VLC doesn’t really work as well as Apple’s built-in player. Nothing does, since they don’t have access to some of the resources Apple’s built-in player does. But VLC is free, so we recommend trying it out and seeing! It’ll run differently on every iOS device.
- skullz777 asks, “What, in your opinion, is the best Ereader? Especially for textbooks.”
Dachis thinks the Kindle apps work well for textbooks, so it’s likely that the Kindle device would too. The Nook is a little less mature, but does have some textbook features. Alan and Whitson really like it for its rooting capabilities, though, which is great if you read something other than books.
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