Mounting an external hard drive isn’t as simple as plugging it in …

When we buy an external hard drive you typically can plug it in and all will be ok; however, there are other factors to take into consideration, such as the proper file format standard. Follow the source link below to c|net to learn more about the “formatting facts” for Windows and Mac.

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So you’re setting up an external hard drive. Formatting facts for Windows and Mac

Formatting an external drive forces you to make some important decisions that will affect how and where you can use the drive, including whether it’ll work on a PC, Mac or both. Manufacturers often advertise that their external drives are compatible with both operating systems out of the box, and for the most part, that’s accurate. However, it’s more nuanced than that. 

Do you have Chrome extensions that have become must-use, but their absence is keeping you from adopting the Opera browser? Fret no more …

How to install Chrome extensions on Opera with ease

After a bit of searching, I came across an Opera extension that allows you to install Chrome extensions on the browser. I quickly installed it and gave it a test. It should come as no surprise that the extension worked like a charm. Once installed, I could then add any Chrome extension I needed to Opera.

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With Swagbucks, you can make extra cash through your phone, computer, and tablet during your free time …

One of the best ways I have found “recently” to earn some extra money is with Swagbucks . I started “Swagging” about a 3.5 weeks ago and have earned over $57 for which I have already cashed in for an Amazon $25 Gift Card (that I was able to get for $22). It has taken me this time to learn the “in’s and out’s”, but in the end it has been fun, addictive and worth it. I now have my wife “Swagging” and we expect in a month’s time to earn over $100 once we gain more knowledge about the service. She is into the surveys and we found the more you do, the better the surveys become (just have to be truthful). Swagbucks is for real and has been around for approximately 13 years. It is something that you can turn into a hobby that can earn you some spare money, gift cards, etc… I typically do Swagbucks in my idle time; like sitting at a Dr’s appointment, watching TV, etc… One “Swagbuck” is the equivalent of a penny and they will add up. You have daily tasks to complete, videos you can watch, coupon savings, etc… Like I said, you have to get in there and learn how to navigate the site to start earning your Swagbucks

Earn money online

If you think you may be interested, signing up is FREE. By using any of the links in this article, it helps keep my site going and helps me gather more “Swagbucks” to feed the cat (LOL)…

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A quick way to “clear your web browsing history and data” …

The one thing I love about is computers is that I am always learning something new; even after all these years. I did not know that there is a web browser keyboard shortcut that you can use in just about any web browser that will get you quickly and precisely to the settings that you need in order to clear your browsing data (such as your browsing history; download history; tracking cookies and site data; images and files; and even stored passwords — if you opt to). It is a good idea to dump this data on a regular basis to speed up the browser (and computer) and to especially eliminate any tracking cookies or even data that may contain malware. The data your web browser collects and stores on your computer is in essence a complete and massive record of everything you do or have done while surfing the web.

So, the keyboard shortcut to bring up what you need to clear your browsing data in your web browser is as follows:

Ctrl + Shift + Delete

The screenshot below depicts what appears when you use the keyboard shortcut as indicated above. This screenshot is from the web browser, Microsoft Edge. I tested this on Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Vivaldi and the keyboard shortcut is the same on all. The dialog box that appears may be slightly different than pictured below; but, they are all very similar.


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Increase your productivity and learn how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”…

To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer (or smartphone) that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.

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How to keep the Windows 10 Calculator always on top …

The Windows calculator has developed quite nicely over the years. Today I will outline the steps to keep Windows 10 Calculator on top of other applications so that it is readily visible and ready to use. These steps only work when the Calculator is in standard mode.

  1. Open Calculator app
  2. Click on the “Navigation Menu” (3 horizontal lines)
  3. Switch to “Standard” mode
  4. Use the Keep on top icon to place the calculator app on top of other windows
  5. Switch back to full view mode.
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Tutorial: Things to know before buying a new router ….

A wireless router is the bedrock of your entire home network. It is a compact device, which circulates data packets between the connected devices in an area and directs traffic on the web. It allows you to use the internet from any corner of the house and with any Wi-Fi enabled device. It also stands between a stellar online experience and a constantly lagging one. Therefore, picking the right Wi-Fi router is an extremely important task. If you are a novice, then the complex terminology and the marketing verbiage might confuse you, and understandably so. Worry not, as this article will list down all the things you need to consider before buying a new router for your home.

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Multiple monitors are a popular way to boost your productivity. But how many is enough … or as it might be, too much?

I can attest that a multiple monitor setup can be a boost to productivity and is actually easy to set up in Windows 10 (learn how HERE) … BUT, how many monitors is enough? That answer can only be answered by you and what it is you are trying to accomplish (and how much money you have). If you follow the source link below you can learn more about “How many monitors do you need?” from a realistic standpoint.

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Did you know that there is are two very basic forms of Facebook you can use on your computer and smartphone?

Facebook has a high-end interface that you typically see on your desktop computer (at facebook.com) and in the Facebook app that you use on your phones. Both of these interfaces, whether on the computer, smartphone or tablet, can consume a lot of memory. What most folks don’t know is that there are other ways of loading Facebook in your web browser that uses a less intensive user interface (and less memory) that is geared toward loading facebook on a mobile phone. For example, let’s say your Facebook app is not working on your phone. You can go to your web browser on your phone (note: this will work in the web browser on your computer and tablet as well) and try (type) the following web addresses into the browser:

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What is an “unlocked cell phone or smartphone”?

You may have seen that term “unlocked cell phone”, but don’t quite understand what that truly means or represents. It is a good thing to understand because it can save you a considerable amount of money and gives you the freedom to move from one cell provider to another in the event you are not happy with their service.

In terms that will hopefully make sense to you, an unlocked phone is a phone that is not tied to any specific carrier (or service). In other words, you can use the phone with multiple cell providers.

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If you’ve ever typed anything into a Google Doc, you can now play it back as if it were a movie — like traveling through time to look over your own shoulder as you write …

This is possible because every document written in Google Docs since about May 2010 has a revision history that tracks every change, by every user, with timestamps accurate to the microsecond; these histories are available to anyone with “Edit” permissions; and I have written a piece of software that can find, decode, and rebuild the history for any given document.

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Chrome OS has a reputation for being virus-proof. Google likes to boast about how secure its operating system is compared to others. Are Chromebooks really immune to viruses, though?

For folks at home owning a Chromebook is probably one of the best investments you can make that will allow you to experience nearly everything the internet has to offer. Here at “Tech News for You”, I highly recommend Chromebook purchases, especially folks in the elder generation, due to the low maintenance and the ironclad security. If you follow the link below, you will learn “why” Chromebook security is the best out there in protecting you from viruses and malware.

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What is “Microsoft Windows 10 “S”?

You may have noticed various notebook computers where the specs indicate the computer runs on Windows 10 S and may be wondering what is Windows 10 “S”?

Windows 10 in S mode is a version of Windows 10 that’s streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience. To increase security, it allows only apps from the Microsoft Store, and requires Microsoft Edge for safe browsing.

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Three App Launchers for those Microsoft Edge Web Apps that you create…

Microsoft Edge provides the capability to create web apps by going to the menu (three dots at top right of the browser) and selecting “Apps” on the menu. From there you can create (install) new web apps from a site you are currently on or you can select to manage the apps you already have created. Once an app is created it can be pinned to the Windows taskbar or Windows Start Menu. The only issue I have with that is you then have do some navigation around to get to the app(s) that you created.

A solution I have found is this…

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Did you know you can use Rocketbook anytime, anywhere for free with the FREE Rocketbook templates?

Today I took advantage of a deal at Amazon for a Rocketbook. Rocketbook is a reusable, cloud-connected, notebook for note-taking purposes. You can blast your handwritten notes and big ideas to your favorite cloud destinations with the FREE Rocketbook companion app, then erase your notebook pages with water to use the pages over, again and again! Now, how cool is that.

While I await shipment of my Rocketbook, I started to explore more; and, I happened across a portion on the Rocketbook site that allows you to download templates that you can use with the Rocketbook app. Definitely is a great way to try out the app and the technology before you order your Rocketbook.

Download, print and scan Rocketbook pages for free

If interested in buying a Rocketbook, CLICK HERE to visit Amazon to see the selection of Rocketbooks that are available.

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A tutorial on the “10 Hidden Amazon Fire Stick Features & Settings”

Here at “Tech News For You” I have been experimenting with various online TV streaming options. So far, I am stuck on the Amazon Fire Stick. I was going to write an article about some of the hidden features and settings that I have come across, but found this great video that covers all the bases. If you are interested in giving an Amazon Fire Stick a try, they are available at Amazon (click here), are reasonable in cost, and provide a great way to cut the cord from cable. What I have found is that the Fire Stick is basically Android on a stick which means you can install many Android apps.

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WHEN YOU WORKED in the office, you had plenty of space for multiple monitors. But now that you’re working from home, the company laptop screen leaves a little to be desired. Fortunately, it’s easy to add more screen space to most laptops, even if it doesn’t have a built-in display output…

Many laptops come with a port dedicated to connecting a second monitor built right in. In some cases, these may look like the typical ports you’re used to, such as HDMI, but more often they’re smaller versions that look unfamiliar. If there’s a port you don’t recognize, check to see if it’s something you can connect to a display.

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Learn How To Connect A Second Monitor To Your Laptop @ Wired

People have been selling and donating old tech for years. One security researcher decided to find out just how many people remembered to delete their personal information before handing over their old devices. You’ll be surprised at just how many did not erase them properly…

Before donating or selling a device, you need to make sure everything has been deleted properly.

If you don’t wipe your device, information can be found later on down the road. All those deleted letters, financial documents and compromising photos are still lurking on the computer. All it takes is a little know-how to recover them.

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