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How Minecraft has made this Irish couple into a YouTube sensation

Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube<p>THEY ARE BETTER known as Little Kelly and Sharky, and if you’re a parent of young children, there’s a fair chance you’ve …

News (Ireland)

Stardock's Groupy lets you organize your apps like browser tabs

If you've ever wished you could bring tabs to every app on your PC, Stardock's latest app is worth a look.<p>Stardock, the company behind a number of …

Software

Mysterious ‘green line of death’ appears on some iPhone X displays

It wouldn’t be the launch of a first-generation Apple product without a few hiccups — who can forget Antennagate and Bendgate? — and the iPhone X is no different. A handful of users report that a mysterious and inextinguishable green line has appeared on their device’s display.<p>The above images, …

Samsung

How to pin more than 3 contacts to the taskbar on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Do you want to pin more than just three contacts to your taskbar? No problem. Here's how to do it.The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces a …

Microsoft

Why the Surface Book 2 seems like a dream laptop

I've been a Surface user since the dark days of RT, but with the Surface Book 2, it looks as though Microsoft might have achieved …

Laptops

Logitech’s enormous mouse pad is enormously useful

In this case, bigger is definitely better<p>My desktop has been tamed, and all it took was one giant mouse pad.<p>For as long as PCs and Macs have been around, the question of what surface we put our mouse on has been a small but pervasive one. It mattered more in the past, when mouse movement was …

Logitech

How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise have become too much)

It’s not as impossible as you might think.<p>There are many valid reasons you might want to quit Facebook. Maybe you spend too much time there. Maybe you’re tired of its cluttered app. Maybe you’re unnerved by all the Russia stuff.<p>I was an avid Facebook user for more than a decade. But due to a …

iOS

Get the most out of your Windows 10 taskbar with these customization tips

The Windows 10 experience is anchored by the taskbar. It provides an information-packed reference point for your workflow, but not every desktop serves the same purpose. Here are a few customization tips that’ll show you how to move, resize, and customize the taksbar to suit your needs.<p>With the …

Microsoft

Oops. Pixel 2's secret menu button was a mistake

If you've been an Android user since the early days, you may remember when your phone had a dedicated menu button in its navigation bar. So, if you …

Google

Google Photos now recognizes your pets

Breaking mews from Google<p>Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet, automatically grouping them together the way it does with people. This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.<p>Rolling out in most …

Google Photos

Amazon Echo and LaMetric Time

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker system with digital assistant. She responds to the wake-up word 'Alexa' and her features include music streaming …

This is what an exploding smartphone looks like

We've all become familiar with the images of the aftermath of an exploding smartphone, whether it be a completely destroyed phone, the damaged nearby property, or even bodily injury.<p>But we rarely see the moment a phone catches fire and the panic that ensues.<p>A recent video shows the moment a …

Samsung

Study Shows Calories Burned May Be Wrong On Fitness Trackers

<i>Whomp whomp.</i>We’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but if you have one of the fitness watches recently tested for caloric expenditure accuracy, …

Wearable Tech

RetroModem for the Commodore 64

Retrocomputers are fun, but ultimately limited in capability compared to modern hardware. One popular pursuit to rectify this is the connection of …

Raspberry Pi

The Pixel 2 can automatically switch into do not disturb mode when you're driving

In addition to announcing two new Pixel phones this week, Google released a new app called Pixel Ambient Services. I know, it's an exciting name. This is the description for the app: "Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices." Today, <i>Android Police</i> spotted …

Google

Latest Action Launcher update brings the Pixel 2’s new design to any Android phone, here’s how to set it up

At the Made by Google event earlier this week, the search giant announced two new Pixel smartphones which showed an updated Pixel Launcher. The most notable difference was the search bar which got moved below the app dock. Thankfully, one of the most customizable launchers available for download …

Google

Microsoft announces Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Launcher for Android

Microsoft announced today two new apps that help expand the company’s presence on operating system platforms outside the Windows ecosystem. Based on …

Microsoft

WhatsApp emoji: New, redesigned set rolls out to users

This is the first time the messaging app has designed its own. Until now, it had used Apple’s emoji on both Android and iOS versions of the …

iOS Apps

The Pixel's missing headphone jack proves Apple was right

We might not like it, but Apple’s prediction that we could live without headphone jacks is proving correct<p>When it launched the iPhone 7 a year ago, Apple confidently declared the headphone jack obsolete technology that we could learn to live without. I disagreed with the necessity of its removal …

Headphones

Google unveils 'Pixelbook' Chromebook, and it is much better than a Windows 10 PC

Fact -- Chromebooks are much better than Windows 10 PCs. Well, for some people, at least. I'll concede that some consumers will be better served by …

Laptops

All the ways you can use Chrome offline

No internet, no problem.<p>Internet access, whether wired or wireless, has become one of the most precious commodities of our time. But that leaves us singularly unprepared when that access gets cut off—such as when we travel to the signal-free middle of nowhere or a storm knocks out power to our home …

Google

The best Microsoft programs killed before their time

Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be dropping its classic drawing app Microsoft Paint into the Recycle Bin with the launch of this year's …

Microsoft

Electronic music superhero Aphex Twin unearths massive, free music vault | Ars Technica

Includes hours of never-before-released beats over past 20-plus years.<p>Many of the greatest electronic musicians also happen to be computer and …

Electronic Music

Microsoft signals end of Paint program

<b>Microsoft's graphics program Paint has been included in a list of Windows 10 features that will be either removed or no longer developed.</b><p>Paint has been part of the Windows operating system since its release in 1985 and is known for its simplicity and basic artistic results.<p>Paint's successor, Paint …

Radiohead releases a surprise ZX Spectrum program for OK Computer anniversary | Ars Technica

And they're shipping it to fans on a bonafide cassette tape.<p>Radiohead has never shied away from arty and elaborate "special edition" versions of its …

7 Cool Programming Tricks Inside Microsoft Notepad

No coding skills? No problem. Microsoft Notepad has you covered.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from …

Python Programming

Raspberry Pi's tiny but beefy rival: UP Core can run full Windows 10

The Intel x86 UP Core is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.<p>UP has launched a crowd-funding campaign for its new developer board, the …

Raspberry Pi

Amazon Look

So. Amazon have launched the "Echo Look", which is a basically a webcam linked to Amazon which has AI powered fashion sense. Apparently you can use …

Deep Learning

How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update's hidden desktop themes

If you're looking to pretty up the look of your desktop, there are just under 175 preset themes available in the Windows Store in the Windows 10 Creators Update at this writing—but finding them isn't so simple. Searching for 'themes' in the Store only gets you a bunch of apps and a random …

Microsoft