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How to Optimise Your RAM & Get the Fastest Speeds

Upgrading the RAM in your PC or even laptop isn’t at all difficult. Assuming you have decent access to the memory slots, it’s really as simple as pushing the memory sticks into place. Just make sure the power is turned off, and battery removed if you’re working on a laptop. Ideally use an anti-static wrist strap, too. Modern computers should automatically detect new memory next time you boot them up, but they won’t necessarily pick the correct speed and other settings.…

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If you forgot your Windows admin password, try this

Okay, so you forgot your password for logging in to Windows. All is not lost. You can still log in to Windows—even if there is no other administrative account on the PC. From a security point of view, this is actually scary news. But there are legitimate reasons to use the tricks below, and none of them will let a criminal log in without your knowledge (the password is changed, not revealed) or gain access to encrypted data. (You do encrypt…

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MacOS: How to change the default app for a file

Back in the pre-Mac OS X and macOS days, Apple’s System 9 and earlier relied on hidden metadata to associate files with apps. File extensions, those bits of text that follow a period at the end of a file (like .doc, .html, or .jpg) were optional, although often used for compatibility with other platforms and with web. On the web, file extensions are effectively mandatory so a browser knows how to handle a file appropriately. Macworld reader Rick would like…

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How to Download Amazon Prime Video Films & TV Shows to Watch Offline

Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix, and like Netflix it lets you download select shows and movies to watch offline. This is perfect for watching videos on your commute or on a long flight, so here we show you how to download episodes and films from Prime Video. The ability to download video content makes an Amazon Prime subscription all the more tempting as you also get music streaming thrown in (typically somewhere between £6/US$6 and £10/$10 per…

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How to Download Amazon Prime Video Films & TV Shows to Watch Offline

Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix, and like Netflix it lets you download select shows and movies to watch offline. This is perfect for watching videos on your commute or on a long flight, so here we show you how to download episodes and films from Prime Video. The ability to download video content makes an Amazon Prime subscription all the more tempting as you also get music streaming thrown in (typically somewhere between £6/US$6 and £10/$10 per…

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iOS 12: How to customize grouped notifications

If you ever ask an Android user what they dislike most about iOS, Apple’s notification system almost always enters the discussion. Before iOS 12, we’d get individual notifications for every little thing, while for years Android decluttered its home screens by smartly grouping notifications. With iOS 12, Apple finally gets its own version of grouped notifications. Even better, you can customize which apps have grouped notifications and which don’t. After all, some apps benefit more from individual notifications than others.…

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How to Download Amazon Prime Video Films & TV Shows to Watch Offline

Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix, and like Netflix it lets you download select shows and movies to watch offline. This is perfect for watching videos on your commute or on a long flight, so here we show you how to download episodes and films from Prime Video. The ability to download video content makes an Amazon Prime subscription all the more tempting as you also get music streaming thrown in (typically somewhere between £6/US$6 and £10/$10 per…

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How to use iOS 12’s new animated Activity stickers for Messages

Apple continues its emphasis on health and fitness features in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. Apple Watch users can enjoy new workout types and auto workout tracking, for example, and they can challenge other Watch users to week-long Activity Challenges duels. On the phone side, iOS 12 makes talking about fitness more fun with a new set of animated Stickers in the Messages app. Here’s how to find and use them. IDG Finding Activity stickers The new Activity stickers are…

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How to Get Free Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is Amazon’s video- and TV streaming service and rival to Netflix. It’s part of the wider Amazon Prime subscription service, which costs £7.99 per month. But you can also watch your favourite TV and movies completely free. How to get Amazon Prime Video free Right now, the best way to get a free subscription to Amazon Prime Video is to sign up for a month’s free trial. As long as you cancel before the period is up,…

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How To Move Steam Games To Another Hard Drive

Steam games can take up an awful lot of space on your hard drive, and a long-time headache for PC gamers has been manually shuffling around and deleting old games in order to make room for newer titles. But while this was once a complicated process that required the use of third-party software, Steam now offers a quick and easy way to move your games between drives without any risk of corruption or loss of data. Here’s how. How to…

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Adobe Creative Cloud: Pricing, discounts, and free trials for Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, and more

Adobe is easily the biggest name in digital creativity. While it’s best known for its flagship products such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Premier, Adobe has a whole fleet of software for creative professionals and hobbyists in the areas of photography, video and film editing, web development, animation, sound engineering and more. Interested? All of it can be accessed through Adobe’s online portal known as the Creative Cloud, via a yearly subscription payable either monthly or in one lump sum.  Mentioned…

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How to Watch Tour de France 2018 on TV & Online

This year, as in the past, you can watch the Tour de France live on TV as well as on your phone, tablet or computer. Here’s the TV schedule and the Tour de France 2018 teams.  In the UK, you can watch the Tour de France on TV on ITV, S4C and Eurosport. You can find the broadcaster for your region on the official Tour de France site by clicking the ‘Official Broadcasters’ tab at the top. How can I watch Tour…

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How to Use Focus assist in Windows 10

Windows 10 has always has a ‘do not disturb’ setting, but as of the April 2018 Update it’s now called Focus assist instead of Quiet hours. There are some useful new features, too, and here we’ll show you how to use them. On phones, do-not-disturb modes are mainly used overnight to stop notifications bothering you when you’re asleep. The defaults for Focus assist are similar: 11pm to 7am. However, as the name suggests, the new feature is better suited to…

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How to move multiple Safari tabs at once in macOS

When tabbed browsers first appeared, I was dubious. I liked my various windows that I could arrange! Over time, browers improved tab management and tools, and I adapted. I often have multiple windows open, each with a particular task or project, with many tabs in each. But what do you do when you have a bunch of tabs in one window and want to move them to another window? Safari lets you drag tabs one at a time: hold down…

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How to Watch Netflix on TV

Even the cheapest TVs on sale today typically include some smart services, but they can be painfully slow to navigate. If you’re using a cheap TV or an old television that doesn’t have any smart services, it’s easy to add support for streaming services such as Netflix. Watch Netflix on internet TVs Check whether your TV does have access to any smart services. You might never have used them, but if you were asked to connect it to a wireless network during setup…

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How to avoid losing media when working with iCloud Photo Library

I may have noted before that we receive more questions about Photos for macOS than any other topic at Mac 911. A recent set of questions from Macworld reader Pedro bring up an interesting intersection of potential pitfalls, some of which I’ve answered individually before, but which are useful to look at together. Pedro has a small disk drive on his MacBook Air, just 128GB, and thus is wrestling like many people with keeping his entire Photos library on the…

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