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What to Do With Your Old Laptop

If you've got an old laptop collecting dust in your home, you're not alone. In a survey conducted last spring by the Consumer Reports Survey Group, a …

These LED bulbs offer 100 watts worth of light: Which is best?

100-watt replacement LEDs like these are plenty bright and surprisingly affordable. Let's put them to the test.<p>Most folks think of 60-watt light bulbs as the basic standard for common household lighting. If you want something brighter, you upgrade to, say, a 100-watt bulb. The thing is, most …

Home Automation

Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free?

Top-quality software that costs nothing.<p>We rely on expensive computer programs to edit photos and video, deal with office work, and protect our computers from malware. But they're not our only options. Often, commercial studios will offer the most basic versions of their products free of charge. In …

Software

16 Windows 10 tricks you'll wish you knew sooner

In homes and offices across America, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a Windows PC. You’ll find Microsoft running on monitors in almost every school and library, in businesses big and small, and in living rooms, bedrooms, and dorms from coast to coast.<p>Windows is so commonplace, many of us …

Operating Systems

Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

For all his success in designing world-changing technology, Bill Gates has set surprisingly strict rules for how his kids can use that technology, the billionaire philanthropist has said in multiple interviews.<p>"You're always looking at how it can be used in a great way — homework and staying in …

3 things you can do to protect yourself against the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws

Fortunately, it shouldn't be too hard for most users to take the required measures to protect themselves from the flaws, which have been named "Meltdown" and "Spectre."<p>There's one thing to keep in mind, however: You have to update your operating system, the firmware of the chip inside your …

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of …

Force quitting apps is almost always a bad idea, repeated warnings and iPhone X design make clear

There's one big mistake that almost everyone is making with their phones.<p>Clicking to look at all the apps that are running and then swiping them away …

Hidden Credit Card Benefits You Might Be Missing

Your credit card might offer more than cash back or hotel and airline rewards points.<p>Often, hidden in the fine print of your cardholder agreement, …

The 6 Settings to Change as Soon as You've Set Up Your New Phone

Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a shiny new smartphone, you’ve worked your way through the initial setup and login process, and you’re ready to …

How to turn any song into a ringtone with GarageBand for iOS

There are very few iOS tasks that still require a Mac. One of those is getting your own ringtones onto your iPhone. You can buy them, but you can’t add a downloaded ringtone onto your iPhone without hooking up to iTunes. Or can you? GarageBand on iOS lets you save your own creations as ringtones, …

Music Production

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Windows 10

Coda is a next-generation spreadsheet designed to make Excel a thing of the past

From rows and columns to custom apps<p>When Shishir Mehrotra worked at YouTube, he was struck by the relatively pedestrian tools that kept the site running. Mehrotra, who served as the company’s head of product until he left in 2014, managed his team largely using a combination of Google Docs and …

Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it.<p>The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA …

Los Angeles

WATCH: Tricks That Will Save Your iPhone Charger

Say goodbye to broken cables for good.<p>As anyone who owns a cell phone (read: everyone) knows, the only thing worse than seeing the "10% of battery …

How to protect your data and avoid being hacked

NEW YORK (AP) — The government hack of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino killer serves as a reminder that phones and other electronic devices aren't …

Information Systems

This weird trick can free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone

Whoa! This unusual (and risk-free) hack can free up hundreds of megabytes, or maybe even a couple gigabytes.<p>It seems like iPhone storage is always at a premium, especially if you have an entry-level model with just 16GB -- an economic necessity for many an iPhone owner. It's the rare person who …

Magic

How to adjust the click speed of the Home button

One of the pet peeves that I have with my iPhone and other iOS devices is sometimes when trying to launch the App Switcher, I end up on the Home …

Disability

People are relying on their iPhones to take photographs more than ever before

The iPhone 6 was the most used camera on Flickr, closely followed by the 5S, 5, 4S, 4, and 6 Plus.<p>iPhones took the first six spots in front of other smartphones and even DSLR camera.<p>The most-used Android smartphone on Flickr's list is Samsung's Galaxy S4 in 11th place, followed by the Galaxy S5 in …

12 ways to get more battery life from your iOS device running iOS 9

Apple's new iOS 9 will make your old iOS device feel like new again with all of the features and screw tightening it brings.<p>But like every new …

Tim Cook on Those Pesky Default iOS Apps, His Favorite iPhone 6s Feature, and the iPad Pro

BuzzFeed Managing Editor John Paczkowski had the honor of spending a 20 minutes car ride across Manhattan with Apple CEO Tim Cook, and during the …

How to get ready for your iOS 9 upgrade the right way

Whether you’re getting a new iPhone 6s or not, you’re going to want to upgrade to iOS 9 to take advantage of everything Apple’s new mobile operating system has to offer.<p>iOS 9 is ready to revolutionize your mobile life, but there are a few things you should do before making the leap. Here’s how to …

Apps

14 menstruation facts you should definitely know

We give periods many names like "Aunt Flo," "time of the month," "crimson wave" or a number of other weird euphemisms that only serve to mystify and …

7 tricks to free up space on your iPhone

Use these tips to free up storage space on your iOS device -- and keep it free.<p>When you start running short on space on your iPhone, you can start deleting apps and offloading photos and videos to free up space or you can expand your storage. You can also try to trick your iPhone into freeing up …

Track Down

Is Your Internet Service Fast Enough for Streaming? - Consumer Reports

Slowdown culprits<p>Even if the broadband speed coming into your home is satisfactory, there are other reasons for slow service. One culprit might be an …

Confused by new no-contract plans? You're not alone

Wireless contracts and device subsidies will soon go the way of the dinosaur. CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains how to navigate the changing mobile landscape.<p>The wireless industry is in the midst of massive change as carriers kill service contracts and eliminate device subsidies.<p>Most of these …

Mobile

Pro tip: Troubleshooting 8 known iOS 8 issues

Jesus Vigo reviews eight documented issues affecting iOS 8 and offers troubleshooting tips to work through them.<p>iOS 8 has arguably been both a …

5 Super-Useful Things You Can Do With Your Old iPhone

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