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How to watch the BlizzCon 2017 live stream

With the 11th BlizzCon convention kicking off this Friday, 3 November 2017, and with tickets completely sold out, there’s only one way for those without tickets to follow the event. Here, we show you how to watch the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony livestream, along with how to keep up with all the announcements throughout the convention.  Want to pass the time before the show begins? Take a look at our list of the best MMORPGs of 2017.  What is BlizzCon? So, what…

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Excel charts: Mastering pie charts, bar charts and more

Excel’s chart features can turn your spreadsheet data into compelling visual communications—if you know what to do. This guide will walk you through the basics of setting up trends, percentages, relationships, averages, and much more. We’ll keep adding information over time, so bookmark this page to learn more.  Chart Designs Excel has 16 chart designs with several models in each design, plus a dozen or so styles, colors, and layouts for each model in each design. According to Microsoft, specific…

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How to build a Raspberry Pi retrogaming emulation console

This RetroPie really happened: Watch (above) as our own Adam Patrick Murray and Alaina Yee build a RetroPie system after they weren’t able to buy an SNES Classic. Go ahead, laugh at (and learn from) our mistakes. For the past 20 years, retrogaming enthusiasts have dreamed of building a “universal game console” capable of playing games from dozens of different systems. Their ideal was inexpensive, easy to control with a gamepad, and capable of hooking into a TV set. Thanks…

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How to Watch PlayStation PGW 2017 Announcement Live Stream

Paris Games Week 2017, or PGW 2017 as it’s better known, is around the corner. The Paris-based games show attracts gaming companies from around the world, and is where Sony likes to make big PlayStation-related announcements. PGW 2017 is no different, as Sony has confirmed that a Media Showcase will take place during the show. What will Sony announce? When will the announcement take place? And most importantly, is there a livestream? We answer all those questions below. When is…

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How to delete or disable your Facebook account

Deleting your Facebook account may be a fantasy you entertain briefly every time you see one too many intrusive ads or political posts on your feed. We understand. The good news is, you have two options for fulfilling this fantasy: deactivation, which can be undone, or full-on deletion—and even then, you have a chance to change your mind. Here’s how they both work.  Deactivate your Facebook account Melissa Riofrio/IDG Go to your Facebook Settings and select General to find the…

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Why Photos for macOS says an image is an unsupported image format

With the recent release of operating system updates, you might see a message like this in Photos in macOS: The original image was captured in an unsupported image format. To view the full-resolution photo you need to upgrade to the latest version of macOS. It’s a new one, unique to asymmetric upgrading! If you move your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11, change a setting, and keep a Mac running macOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier, you can wind up with…

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How to Delete a WhatsApp Message You’ve Already Sent

Deleting a sent WhatsApp message is really easy. You just tap and hold it, then tap the bin icon that appears in the top bar and say Ok to the message that pops up asking if you really want to delete it. But we’re guessing that’s not really what you meant when you looked online for advice on how to delete a sent WhatsApp message. Our guess is you’ve sent a message and immediately regretted it, and now you’re desperate…

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How to Restore a Laptop & Keep Microsoft Office

Restoring your laptop or PC to factory settings is something you might want to do if it’s full of malware or viruses, or simply because you want to sell it on or give it away. However, this process will wipe not only all your files – music, photos, videos and documents – but also any programs you installed after getting the laptop out of its original box, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps.. Microsoft Office isn’t part of Windows…

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How to Get Microsoft Edge on Android

Microsoft’s Edge browser was a welcome inclusion with Windows 10, bringing with it many interesting new features and an elegant user interface. Now Android users can get in on the action, as Edge comes to the world’s most popular mobile platform. We show you how to get Edge on your Android phone, and why it’s a good idea. If you’re unfamiliar with the Microsoft’s successor to Internet Explorer, then check out our How to use Edge browser in Windows 10…

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How to watch Wales Rally GB

The penultimate round of the 2017 WRC is this weekend. Wales is the destination for thousands of rally fans in search of the best spot to catch the spectacle that is Wales Rally GB. You don’t necessarily need your thermals, wellies and flask of tea though as the WRC is broadcast on TV and online so you can watch the action from the comfort of your sofa. Things kick off on Thursday 26 October with a new spectator state at Tir…

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iTunes 12.7: Can you really delete iOS apps stored by iTunes?

When Apple updated iTunes to version 12.7, it overhauled the iOS/iTunes interaction. We ran a guide, “iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes,” which answered most of your questions. But one thing I noted in passing continues to come up: several readers have asked if they can really, really dump the iOS application files that iTunes retained after the upgrade. You don’t need these. Really. You don’t. iTunes will never rely on them to sync back to your…

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How to back up your PC, laptop, phone and tablet for free

There’s also tips on how to backup mobile devices too, as much of the data we generate these days begins life under those brightly lit displays.  What kind of backup do I need?  There are a variety of backup styles on offer, so we break down the main types below. You’ll definitely want to pick one, but it’s wise to use multiple techniques and create multiple backups. This is to prevent a double disaster, by finding that the sole backup…

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How to Watch PlayStation PGW 2017 Announcement Livestream

Paris Games Week 2017, or PGW 2017 as it’s better known, is around the corner. The Paris-based games show attracts gaming companies from around the world, and is where Sony likes to make big PlayStation-related announcements. PGW 2017 is no different, as Sony has confirmed that a Media Showcase will take place during the show. What will Sony announce? When will the announcement take place? And most importantly, is there a livestream? We answer all those questions below. When is…

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What they are and how to use them on your phone

Now that Google’s Instant Apps have made it to the Play Store, you can expect to see a lot more of them. While the initial rollout is limited to just a handful of apps, dozens of apps and games will soon be available in instant form. But what exactly are Instant Apps? And how do you get them on your phone? We’re here to help you get started: What are Instant Apps? Instant Apps are the next step in app evolution, a…

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What to do when ransomware strikes your Mac

When ransomeware strikes, it’s hard not to panic. A ransomeware attack may cause your Mac to shut down and then restart into a lock screen. A message appears, demanding ransom to provide a six-digit unlock code, which can’t be bypassed. This can occur even with two-factor authentication enabled. Crackers appear to be making use of passwords from other sites that have had password breaches in the past—and iCloud accountholders re-use those passwords with their iCloud account. With Find My Mac…

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How to Speed Up Your VPN

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are a great way to protect online privacy or disguise your location from snooping eyes. You can opt for one of best free VPNs if you want to see how they work, or there are a number of paid VPNs that come with additional features (our top pick is NordVPN). Either way, you might experience performance issues from time to time, so we’ve put together five quick ways to speed up your VPN when it starts…

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How to set up your iPhone for disaster alerts

This week I’ve been in Chicago for a conference, and people keep coming up to me to ask if I’ve been impacted by the horrible fires ravaging the Bay Area this month. Fortunately, beyond all the smoke in the air making it hard to breathe outside, my family has been unscathed. But just a couple dozen miles to the north, whole neighborhoods have burned and people have lost their lives. One story that stuck with me last week was about…

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When Can I Upgrade? How To Find Out When Your Phone Contract Ends

If you don’t remember exactly when your phone contract first started, chances are you won’t know when it ends. Knowing how long you’ve got left on your contract is useful: it enables you to know when to start thinking of upgrading and when you can renew or start researching other providers. (Our article on the best phone networks might help). It’s also really important to know when your contract ends in order to ensure that you don’t get charged for…

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Top professional development tips for programmers

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Developers and engineers may be in high demand in the UK but that’s not to say that competition for roles isn’t tough. The most innovative companies (and best roles) require employees who balance excellent technical ability with a number of soft skills. After all, there is more to being a good developer than just coding. If you really want to excel in the industry there’s a number of ways you can deepen your knowledge…

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