Best of the Web for Windows Users - 14 - 20 December 2014

This is our last recap with Microsoft news for 2014 and it includes quite a long list of reading recommendations. We start with Microsoft selling the MixRadio service they bought together with Nokia, great news about upcoming OneDrive and Xbox One features, the launch of the Skype Translator Preview and more. Read this episode to learn what happened this week in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Share Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerTo complete our tour of the File Explorer user interface, we are going to discuss the Share tab. This is where you'll go to find the tools you need to help get your files in front of other people, whether that be by emailing, sharing over a network or simply handing someone a copy. Here's how it works:

How To Use Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool For PC To Get Rid Of Adware

BitdefenderWhen you browse the web and install applications of all kinds, you expose yourself to malware threats, including adware. You know, the kind of programs that show you annoying ads for things you don't need and other nasty behavior like that. If you don't have a proper security solution installed like an internet security suite, you may get your computer infected with adware and you may want a free tool that can help you get rid of it. Bitdefender has recently launched a free tool named Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC. Here's a tutorial on how it works and how you can use it to remove adware from your computer.

Reviewing The Dell Inspiron 14 7437 - An Affordable Ultrabook

Dell Inspiron 14 7437If you are looking for a good-looking laptop, with a good hardware configuration, that's able to deal both with desktop programs and touch apps, while not costing more than $1000, you will surely encounter the Dell Inspiron 14 7437. While it's not exactly a new ultrabook, it is a good device and it runs Windows 8.1 smoothly, at a reasonable price. That's why we decided to test it and review it for you when we had the chance. Read this article to learn more about this ultrabook, its strengths and weaknesses and whether it is worth buying.

Simple Questions: What Is USB or Universal Serial Bus?

USBEveryone has used at least once a device that was connected to another device with the help of a USB port. Whether we are talking about flash memory sticks or other peripherals like printers, many devices are using the USB standard connector. In this article we will share what USB stands for, what it does and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using USB to connect devices.

A Geek's Quest To Quitting Coffee - How I Managed To Pull It Off

coffeeHave you ever found yourself getting through a day with excruciating headaches and then remembering that you forgot to drink coffee? You're not the only one. There is a very large number of people trying to quit coffee. A simple Google search yields a comparable number of results for "quit coffee", "quit alcohol" and "quit drugs". Impressive, right? Yet, nobody really pays attention to this one that much. And while the other 2 habits are blamed by society, coffee is actually endorsed. That's why, in this article I am going to describe how I ended up deciding to quit drinking coffee, my method for doing it and the impact it had on my sleep and energy levels. Being a quantified self geek with over 9 months of detailed data about myself, I am able to correlate a number of vital signs to the experiments that I do on myself. Let's get started:

How To Change The Default Playback & Recording Audio Device

sound devicesOne of the many creative options built into Windows is the ability to record and play back multimedia files. Windows even makes it simple by selecting a default device for audio recording and playback, but what if you'd prefer that another device be used? Let's take a look at how to change the default and how to troubleshoot certain problems.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 7 - 13 December 2014

This week we have received news of Windows 8.1 supporting natively the MKV file format for movies, Microsoft starting its Bing integration with Office in new and useful ways, as well as Xbox One finally outselling PS4. To learn more details about these events as well as other interesting news, check this week's roundup:

How To Set Windows Photo Gallery As The Default Image Viewer

Windows Photo GalleryWhen you install Windows Photo Gallery, you are not asked whether you want to set it as the default image viewer. In order to do that, you have to go through several steps. You can set it as the default viewer for all image types, just a few of them or only one type. In this guide we will cover all three scenarios:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Home Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerOne way that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 improve over previous versions of Windows is by adding the ribbon interface introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 into the File Explorer. This ribbon introduces a system of tabs and buttons. Each tab, like the menus they replace, houses a series of tools to help you work with files and folders. In this article we'll show you the default Home tab. This is where you'll find the tools you'll need most often while browsing in the File Explorer.

Reviewing The ASUS Strix Claw Mouse & The Strix Glide Control Mousepad

ASUS Strix ClawASUS has launched a new brand of gaming peripherals and hardware components called Strix. The name is taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for "owl" and it means the keenest hearing and sharpest eyesight. Sounds daring, doesn't it? These devices are not sold under the Republic Of Gamers brand and the whole lineup is a new brand of its own. We were quite interested to test these devices and see how well they fare. Luckily, we got our hands on some devices in this lineup. First, we tested the Strix Claw gaming mouse together with the Strix Glide Control mouse pad. Learn from this review how good they are and whether they are worth buying.

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