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How to Voice Train Your Google Home Smart Speaker

Help the Google Assistant better understand you and the voices of other users. Here’s how to set up and train multiple voices via the company’s Home smart speakers. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. The Google Home speaker is pretty good at recognizing when someone’s talking, but it can get tripped up. Sometimes Google will think you’re talking when you’re not or mishear your commands. Fortunately, you…

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Top Instagram Tips for the Photo Obsessed

See How Much Time You Spend on Instagram With iOS 12 Screen Time or Android Pie Digital Wellbeing, you can get alerts about how much time you spend on social media, but to drill down into Instagram usage alone, navigate to Settings > Your Activity. This will tell you how much time, on average, you spend using the app each day. If the number is alarming, you can set time limits on your snooping of snaps. Choose Set a Daily…

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How to manage Windows 10 updates to prevent them from ruining your life

How can I stop Windows 10 updates? Whether it’s preventing Windows 10 from kicking off a critical update during a presentation, or deferring Microsoft’s Windows 10 feature update because of worries about data loss, it’s a question we’ve all asked. You shouldn’t block all Windows 10 updates. But you can manage them. Windows 10 feature updates and security updates provide a valuable service: they not only patch Windows, its apps and components, but provide new features and capabilities twice a…

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How to use multiple drives with Time Machine for redundant backups

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What to do when FileVault won’t turn on

After a recent inexplicable problem on my MacBook, in which macOS would complete loading but never get past the blank screen before the Desktop appeared, I had to revert to a clone. (Even reinstalling macOS didn’t work.) I then upgraded to Mojave. Somewhere in there, an important piece of macOS “fell out,” metaphorically. Apple added the concept in 10.13 High Sierra of a “secure token” to the first account created in macOS on installation or after upgrade as part of…

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Dark Souls Beginner’s Guide: 8 Tips That’ll Help You Survive

Unlike other open-world adventure games, where you can hack and slash your way to victory, Dark Souls requires a lot more finesse. Essentially you need to pay attention to how enemies engage you, and then react when they offer certain tells. At specific moments in their attacks, these enemies will be vulnerable to attack, which is when you should strike. The same overall strategy is true for bosses, too. Just don’t panic, and you’ll do fine. To give yourself the…

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Set any song as a ringtone on an Android phone

Setting a ringtone on your Android phone is easy: you simply open Settings, Sound, Ringtones and add one from the list. But what if you want to choose an MP3 stored on your device as the ringtone or, better still, edit that song so you get just the catchy bit or chorus, not the first 30 seconds, for your ringtone? Here we’ll show you how to edit an MP3 in Ringtone Maker (free), then set it as your ringtone. Loads of…

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How to export PDF files from Acrobat to Excel, and Excel to Acrobat

How to export PDF files from Acrobat to Excel, and Excel to Acrobat | PCWorld <!– –> <!– –> ‘); consent.ads.queue.push(function(){ try { IDG.GPT.addDisplayedAd(“gpt-superstitial”, “true”); $(‘#gpt-superstitial’).responsiveAd({screenSize:’971 1115′, scriptTags: []}); IDG.GPT.log(“Creating ad: gpt-superstitial [971 1115]”); } catch (exception) { console.log(“Error with IDG.GPT: ” + exception); } }); We’ll show you how. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By JD Sartain tech journalist, PCWorld | Oct 22, 2018 12:41 AM PT Rob Schultz…

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45 Slack Hacks to Help You Say Goodbye to Email

The Slack messaging app has taken the work world by storm. Learn what makes it the best replacement for email your office will ever see. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. While its name might conjure thoughts of laziness, cloud-based team collaboration app Slack has taken root in the business world. From 2012 to May 2018, the service has moved from 17,000 users to 8 million. That’s…

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How to share books on a Kindle

One of the best, lesser known perks that come with owning an Amazon Kindle is the ability to share many of the ebooks in your digital library with your friends and family. Better still, your friends and family can also share the books from their collection, with you. We’ll show you how to quickly and easily loan Amazon Kindle ebooks to your friends, share your digital library with members of your family and, in some circumstances, shuttle the DRM-free books…

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How to download the personal data that Apple collects from you

How to download the personal data that Apple collects from you | Macworld <!– –> <!– –> ‘); consent.ads.queue.push(function(){ try { IDG.GPT.addDisplayedAd(“gpt-superstitial”, “true”); $(‘#gpt-superstitial’).responsiveAd({screenSize:’971 1115′, scriptTags: []}); IDG.GPT.log(“Creating ad: gpt-superstitial [971 1115]”); } catch (exception) { console.log(“Error with IDG.GPT: ” + exception); } }); Apple’s privacy website also now lets you get a copy of the data that Apple collects about you. Here’s how to get yours now. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error…

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How to edit PDFs in Microsoft Word

Working with PDFs has become as common as working with Word docs, but to get the full editing capabilities in Adobe Acrobat you must shell out $449 for the desktop Pro 2017 version, or almost $180 per year for a Pro DC subscription. While there are plenty of alternative PDF editors, the simplest solution might be a tool you already use: Microsoft Word 2016. While previous versions of Word let you save a document as a PDF, Word 2016 allows…

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How to export PDF files from Acrobat to PowerPoint, and PowerPoint to Acrobat

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How to Create Stop Motion Movies on iPhone or iPad

Looking to get into iOS moviemaking? All you need is an iPhone or iPad, a tripod, the right software, and a bit of creativity. Here’s how to get started. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. King Kong. Jason and the Argonauts. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. These are just a few classic films made via stop motion technology. In such movies, the filmmaker gives life to inanimate…

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How to Listen to the Radio on Your Amazon Echo

If you want to listen to the radio, but lack the hardware to do so, Amazon’s Alexa can fill in as your disc jockey with skills that tap into current and past radio broadcasts. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. You enjoy listening to the radio for news, sports, weather, and special programs, but maybe you’re not near a radio, or maybe you no longer even have…

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How to Save Money When Shopping Online

Looking for safe money-saving hacks to get the best discounts and deals? These tips, tricks, and tools can score you lower prices when you shop online. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. You might shop at Amazon and other online retailers without batting an eye at the prices. But before you hit the virtual checkout line on your next buying spree, check out the tips below to…

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How to Ask Alexa to Remember Things

Having trouble keeping track of important dates, where you left your keys, or what you need to bring to the gym? These tips will show you how to use Alexa skills to remember all of the important details in your life. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Keep forgetting your mother’s birthday or your own anniversary? Can’t remember where you put your keys or your phone? Forgot…

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How to Use the New Apple Books App in iOS 12

Download iOS 12 First, make sure your iPhone or iPad has iOS 12 or higher. Open Settings > General > About. Scroll down the About screen to the entry for Version. If 12.0 or higher is listed, you’re set. If not, return to the General screen and tap on the entry for Software Update to download and install the latest version of iOS. Apple Books Welcome Screen Tap on the Books icon. The first time you launch the app, a…

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