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When was the last time you played a couch co-op game with your friends? If you’re like me, someone who stopped buying consoles ages ago, it’s probably been a while. You might have even noticed the slow decline of split-screen titles. Couch co-op was my childhood, though, and an experience I’ve missed. From GoldenEye 007 to Super Smash Bros., or even Halo, these games bring me back to a time when...
3 months ago
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Does your system use an SSD or HDD? What if I told you HDD users that you could bring new life to your system with a simple upgrade for the price of less than a dinner for two? And no, the answer is not by downloading more RAM. (Jokes aside, this is not a real thing. Do not pay to download RAM.) Interested? While it sounds like snake oil at first, Intel® Optane™ memory packs memory advancements...
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For something that has “universal” in its name, USB naming conventions are anything but. From long names to standard changes, it can become increasingly difficult to figure out what all the letters and numbers mean. First, we’ll look at the number that follows USB, like USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0. That number refers to different maximum data-transfer speeds. Let’s start with the most...
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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. Wait, no, that’s for something else… Here we go! The actual pledge is, “I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31.” That is the pledge for World Backup Day (www.worldbackupday.com), an organization whose goal is to make sure your personal data is safe. It...
3 months ago
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There’s something magical about starting up a new computer for the first time. As it efficiently whirs along and quickly gets you to the setup screen, you probably can’t help but notice how fast everything works. That is, until one day, when you load a YouTube video and your browser freezes. From there on out, everything is very slow and laggy, and there is just no recovering from it. You find...
3 months ago
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When scrolling through websites, have you noticed anything different in your browser lately? If not, then log on to Google Chrome and direct your attention to the upper left-hand corner of the address bar. There you will learn if the site you are visiting is “Secure” (using the prefix HTTPS, for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) or “Not Secure” (using the prefix HTTP, for Hypertext Transfer...
3 months ago
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Springtime is all about cleaning and, while you’re busy folding clothes, organizing drawers, and dusting shelves, your computer is slowly suffocating. It’s easy to overlook cleaning your PC, but you shouldn’t put it off for too long. If left powered on, a computer will slowly build up dust, which can impede airflow, resulting in higher temperatures and possibly hardware failure. Try swiping your...
4 months ago
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The iPad Pro is a great tool for designers, creators, and artists of almost any stripe. From its gorgeous, color-accurate display and powerful performance to the way it integrates seamlessly into your workflow, the iPad Pro delivers a design solution that will enable you to realize your artistic...
5 months ago
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It's quite rare for a game to come out without being hyped to the max these days. Games are usually teased with cryptic trailers, for years, or revealed at large gaming events like E3, but Respawn and EA just dropped Apex Legends with little to no fanfare. Released on February 4, 2019, this game seemingly came out of nowhere to surpass 25 million unique players and more than 2 million peak...
6 months ago
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There’s nothing like spending some quality time with your friends and family during the holiday season. Laughter fills the hallways and food fills your belly. Presents are given and received. And, of course, pictures are taken. Whether you’re using your smartphone or a DSLR camera, the pictures don’t mean much if you don’t share them with your friends and family. Here are six different ways you...
9 months ago
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The Wi-Fi Alliance has recently introduced the next generation of Wi-Fi connectivity, known as Wi-Fi 6, based on 802.11ax technology, along with a new naming convention. Most consumers are familiar with the 802.11 standards; however, this new sequential number rebranding is intended to simplify things in the long run. Previously, the naming design used the alphabet, starting with a to b to g and...
10 months ago
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Have you noticed your computer being slower than usual? Before you use this as an excuse to purchase a new laptop (we know it’s tempting), you might want to opt for a more cost-effective approach, which is cleaning out the hard drive (HDD). In a few simple steps, you can analyze and clean out your HDD to free up valuable storage space. Defragging your old HDD and properly formatting newly-...
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If you’re looking to access your external hard drive without having to deal with the archaic method of lugging it around your home and plugging it into every device with which you need to use it, there are two simple solutions on how to share your external hard drive via your Wi-Fi network. For the first solution, you’ll need to check your router. Most modern routers have a USB port into which...
by John-Paul Palescandolo and Patrick Chiang
10 months ago
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Our increasing appetite for improvement has been a driving factor in everything we make and do, and video games are a great example. At the start, characters were blocky, environments were… lacking, to say the least, but that didn't stop us from enjoying what we had. As games have slowly improved, the space needed to store all the textures, shaders, audio files, and everything else has increased...
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We’ve gotten to a point in our history where solid, stable Internet connections are not only demanded, but expected. If you think that’s not true, try turning your phone off or unplugging your computer or laptop for a couple of days. As we’ve become more reliant on the Internet, we’ve become far more selective about our home networking systems. When B&H first...
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