Author: David Nield

There are many reasons you might want to run Windows on your Mac computer. Maybe you need to run a Windows-only application, or you actually prefer the look and feel of Microsoft’s operating system. Whatever your reason is,  you’ve got mainly two ways to go about it. Which method is right for you depends on your budget, how often you’re planning on using  Windows, and how old your Mac is. We’ve covered both here so you can take your pick or switch between the two if you need to. And just in case you’re wondering, you can’t run macOS on…

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There’s PDF functionality built right into Finder as well. If you select multiple files and then Ctrl+click on the selection, you can pick Quick Actions and Create PDF to do just that (most common file types are supported). You’re able to build PDFs in the Preview tool too: As long as you have a PDF open in Preview, you can drag any file type into the table of contents sidebar on the left to add it as an extra page. (If you can’t see the table of contents, choose View and Table of Contents.)iLovePDF offers a wealth of PDF-related functionality.…

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This story has been updated. It was originally published on February 9, 2018. When you’ve got a photo to show off, you don’t necessarily want to plaster it all over your Twitter or Instagram accounts for the whole world to see. For example, you might want to display a photo of your adorable tot for his grandparents—without giving Facebook the opportunity to record his facial features for posterity. Luckily, plenty of apps will help you share a picture with only a select group of people. To choose the best method, you’ll have to take a few things into consideration, such…

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This story has been updated. It was originally published on September 25, 2019. Maybe it’s a Monday morning and you’re waiting for the train with your coffee in one hand and your phone in the other. Maybe it’s one of those mornings when you need a little help getting to work, so you softly whisper to your phone, “Hey Google, show me GIFs of cute puppies,” only to have your Google Assistant shout the results for everyone on the platform to hear. Great, now the awkward, crowded train is going to be even more awkward. Or maybe it’s a Sunday…

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One of the benefits of using Google Chrome on every device is that it’ll keep track of your browsing history across platforms. So, if you need to get back to a page you saw earlier, last week, or last month, your history is just a click or tap away, and easily searchable. Now Google has enhanced this functionality with a new feature called Journeys, which you’ll find in Chrome for Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS. With Journeys, you can access not just the sites you’ve previously visited, but details of how you got there too—hence the name. How Chrome Journeys…

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Social media can connect you to friends and family, bring you the latest and most important news, and help you discover art, opinions, and places you would otherwise never have come across. But these platforms can also trigger negative emotions, make you dissociate from what’s happening around you, and act as a potentially dangerous time sink that distracts you from important tasks.  Your first instinct may be to go ahead and delete your accounts completely, but finding a balance when it comes to your online life will allow you to reap all of the benefits while laying off the toxicity. …

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This story has been updated. It was originally published on July 2, 2019. With more than 82 million tracks available at the push of a button, Spotify gives you access to more music than you could possibly listen to in a lifetime—a rather daunting catalog when all you want to do is pick out a playlist for a summer drive or evening chill out. But if you don’t want to build your own playlists manually, you don’t have to. Whether you’re a free or premium user, Spotify offers a wide choice of playlists auto-generated from what you’ve listened to in…

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This story has been updated. It was originally published on June 22, 2019. If you’ve got access to a Netflix or Spotify account—or any other subscription streaming service—you might be using a friend or relative’s login details rather than your own. Or maybe you’re the one doing the login lending. It’s common practice, but should you be doing it? Might you run into technical or even legal problems down the line? We’ve taken a detailed look at the major streaming services to help you figure out those answers. Netflix Each Netflix plan offers a different number of simultaneous streams. David…

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This story has been updated. It was originally published on February 7, 2018. Your social media accounts help you share your daily life with friends. But the platforms can go further than that: automatically alerting everyone when you become available online, read a message, or even visit a location. As a general rule, if you don’t want your nearest and dearest to know what you’re up to every minute of every day, you can try posting less frequently. Your photos, check-ins, and text updates can convey more information than you intend. If you’d rather keep posting, there are certain key…

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For many years, Windows users had to rely on a third-party security tool to keep viruses and malware at bay, but now Microsoft’s operating system comes with its own package, in the form of Windows Security.It’s designed to run quietly and efficiently in the background, and you might not have even noticed it’s there—but it’s important to know how it’s keeping your computer safe, and the various options it gives you.While you can add extra security software to Windows if you want, Windows Security should keep you well protected from danger. You can open it from the Start menu or…

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