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How To Safely Access The Dark Web

The deep web and its inner recess, the dark web - those less well-trodden parts of the internet beyond the reach of Google and Bing - are not for the …

Privacy

14 things you might not know about the SpaceX rocket launch

Before Tuesday's test launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, not even the company's CEO Elon Musk knew what to expect.<p>"It's either going to be an exciting success or an exciting failure," he said. "One big boom! I'd say tune in, it's going to be worth your time."<p>Musk was right: There was a big …

Falcon Heavy

My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition – MacStories - page 2

Utilities<p>The utilities I use on my Mac fall into a couple of categories. First, there are those apps that are so core to my use of macOS that they may as well be part of the operating system themselves. These are the first apps I install if I’m setting up a fresh Mac. The second category of …

Apps

Thunderbolt 3 Docks Ranked From Best to Worst

As more laptops come with Thunderbolt 3 ports built in, there's a new generation of docks that promise to charge your system, exchange data with …

Computer Hardware

Quench your thirst for tech with these refreshingly good newsletters

Tech is exciting and awesome, but it’s also incredibly fast. You want to stay up to date on what is happening in the thrilling world of technology (that’s why you read TNW), but sometimes you just can’t get enough.<p>One of the easiest ways to keep up and learn about various news, thoughts, and …

Tech Industry

Wavebox is the most powerful Mac email client I’ve ever used

With Google Apps, Trello, and Slack built in<p>The perfect email app is a bit of a unicorn. Countless companies and startups have tried, and many have failed, to perfect the inbox experience and make peace with email and its soul-crushing inevitability in our modern digital lives. The goal is to make …

The PowerUp is the MacBook Pro charger to solve your USB-C woes

Why isn’t this in the box by default?<p>I have written before, and will likely write again, about the frustrations of Apple’s MacBook Pros, which only offer USB-C ports. That’s why I’m almost mad to see something like the PowerUp, a new USB-C charger for Apple’s MacBook Pros (or anything, really) that …

Eight tips for setting up your new Galaxy S8

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 hit stores this past weekend, which means that a lot of people likely received their preorders or were able to pick one up in a store. The S8 is one of the best phones you can buy, and easily the best of what’s been released in 2017 so far. If you did grab a new S8, here are …

Phones

You'll know Apple blew it when it makes a fingerprint dongle

April 19th, 2017<p>By now you've probably read that Apple's next flagship iPhone might be running a bit behind the company's usual release schedule. The culprit seems to be a fingerprint sensor of Apple’s own design, that’s meant to sit behind the full edge-to-edge OLED display on the front of the new …

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

The 7 Highest-Paying IT Certifications of 2017

If you’re thinking of launching a career in information technology (IT) or of getting certified for something you’re already doing in IT, then there …

How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard

If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret: The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has …

This beef over a garage door proves why we shouldn’t connect everything to the internet

There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t connect random electric devices to the internet. There are security fears. Software could malfunction. The devices may not really add to your life in any meaningful way.<p>Or the company that makes your internet-of-things device could just decide they don’t …

Home Automation

6 persistent phone charging myths, debunked

Charging your phone should be easy — just plug it in and forget about it. Unfortunately, there's a lot of bad advice out there that is actually doing …

Gear & Gadgets

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

How to Disable the Windows 10 Startup Delay

If you have a fast SSD you’re used to rocket-like startup speeds. What you may not know is that you can make this process even faster by disabling …

Review: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor – Do I HAVE to Give Them Back?

- Feb 22, 2017<p>I’ll say it right up-front. If you’re not listening to music, watching videos, or playing video games on your Mac or iOS device via a …

How to List All of the Available Mac Terminal Commands

- Feb 10, 2017<p>In addition to a great graphical user interface, macOS offers a very capable command line environment via the Terminal program. …

Linux

15 Essential Accessories for MacBook and MacBook Pro

Because you and your laptop deserve nice things.<p>Apple's laptops boast the best ecosystem of accessories in the business. Here are some of our favorite picks for the 12-inch MacBook and the new MacBook Pro models.

Death to Apple's Mac Mini: I made a Hackintosh

Let me just say now that I'm not an engineer.<p>Imagine putting together an intricate Lego set, only this is a computer with expensive parts you can break if you touch them the wrong way.

Apple

Why I’m Leaving Apple for Microsoft: Switching as a Photographer

Apple, we had a good run… Through the many iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, Mac Pros, heck, even the Apple Watch, it was a good run indeed. However, times …

This Tool Can Help You Disappear from the Internet

Between election bile, fake news, and just plain exhaustion, we may be entering a down cycle for social media. If you’re interested in downsizing …

AIRS

The "Internet of things" (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It's a concept that …

$3.8 billion Slack's chief marketing officer quietly stepped down after less than two years

Bill Macaitis, a tech industry veteran and former Salesforce and Zendesk executive who was hired as Slack's first Chief Marketing Officer back in 2014, stepped down a few months ago and move to an advisory role at the compay, according to his LinkedIn page.<p>A Slack representative confirmed to …

Startups

I followed Jack Dorsey's morning routine for a week and was surprised by the difference it made in my day

As CEO of both Twitter and Square, 18-hour days are regular occurrences for Jack Dorsey.<p>According to a 2015 Product Hunt Q&A, Dorsey keeps balanced by following a uniform schedule.<p>"I look to build a lot of consistent routine," he said. "Same thing every day."<p>Dorsey said in the Q&A that this routine …

7 ways to lock your MacBook

Putting your MacBook into its sleep state is a convenient and useful option when you need to step away for a moment. Provided you have an account password set up, sleep lets you lock your MacBook without shutting it down so you can quickly resume your labors upon your return.<p>There are a number of …

Operating Systems

Extreme online security measures to protect your digital privacy – a guide

Mark Zuckerberg uses tape over his webcam. Even if you’re not worried about industrial espionage, there’s no such thing as too much security<p>Outlook and other email clients let you install a personal security certificate, which you can use to encrypt email so that only trusted recipients can read …

Security

Attention insomniacs: here are 9 gadgets that will help you sleep better

Scientists still don't fully understand sleep, but it's clear that getting enough of it is very important, since being well-rested comes with a myriad of health benefits.<p>For the 40% of the US population that gets less than seven hours per night, there are plenty of devices, both physical and …

5 Unique Features Of Google Compute Engine That No IaaS Provider Could Match

Google Compute Engine (GCE), the infrastructure service of Google Cloud Platform, is a late entrant in the market. Amazon EC2 was announced in 2006 while Microsoft added VMs to Azure in 2012. Google announced the general availability of GCE only in late 2013.<p>Despite being the laggard in the IaaS …

Make a Raspberry Pi-Powered Remote Camera that Monitors Weather, Temperature, and More

We know you can turn a Raspberry Pi into a cheap surveillance system and that displaying images on a small screen is no problem either. Adafruit …