Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don't Need

Windows UpdateWindows Update is an essential part of running Windows, regardless of which version you have. It's the way Microsoft releases not only updates but also bug fixes and security fixes. It was changed substantially in Windows Vista and has remained much the same since then. In this tutorial we will show you how to use Windows Update in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Simple Questions: What are Cookies & What Do They Do?

cookiesWhen browsing the Internet you may have encountered the term "cookies". Some websites informed you about using them or your web browser had some settings about them. Even though you knew that these "cookies" are not exactly a sweet dessert, you didn't know exactly what they are and their role in browsing the web. This is why, in this article we will explain what cookies are, how they work and what kind of cookies are most frequently used.

How to Use Windows Update from Windows 8.1's PC Settings

Windows UpdateIn Windows 8.1 there are two Windows Update tools: one available from the Desktop (which hasn't changed since Windows 7) and one in PC Settings, that's optimized for users with touch devices. When using the PC Settings version, you can view information about available updates, check for new updates manually, install those that are available, view your update history, and choose how updates get installed in Windows 8.1. Here's how it all works:

How to Edit or Remove Your Recent Messages When Chatting on Skype

SkypeSurely, when chatting online with someone, there were times when you have brought "disgrace upon yourself" by misspelling words or saying things without thinking. And there was no way for you to undo the harm done. Before choosing the wrong messaging client for daily use, we suggest that you take a look at Skype. It is one of the few chat services that allows you to edit or delete recent messages, before they are forever stored in your chat history and cause more harm than good. Here's how this hidden feature works when using both the desktop client and the touch app for Windows 8.1.

Tech Lolz: Cats Taking Over the World, But Not My Keyboard!

keyboardFor those of you who are blessed enough to own a feline, you are well-aware of their intent to make you as uncomfortable as possible in your daily routines. Needless to say that because of their cuteness, you tend to allow their mischievous behavior and worse, get used to it. Well, my fellow friends, it is time we take back what is ours. It's going to be a long process, and, most likely, we will not win, but God-damn-it, I will not stand here with my arms crossed, while my cat makes a mess out of this articleksjdngffklrddgjy634567uh. Point taken, cat!

How to Change the Windows Firewall's List of Allowed & Blocked Apps

Windows FirewallWindows Firewall is a security feature built into Windows that helps block unauthorized access to your computer while permitting authorized communications to and from your computer. It has been improved in each new version of Windows. With Windows 8.1, this tool can filter both inbound and outbound traffic or set rules and exceptions, depending on the type of network to which you're connected. In this article we will show how to edit the list of allowed apps and features. You will learn to edit existing connection rules, add new apps to the list of exceptions or remove them from it.

Tech Lolz: Is This a Keyboard or a Toaster? Or Maybe Both?

hardwareHello there! You all know the classic question: "to be or not to be?". Adapting it to our modern times, we could transform it into: "to buy or not to buy?". I'm sure that all of us have lived that moment when we could afford either object A or object B but not both. So we were in the difficult situation of choosing between them. Now, if any of you are like me or like Sheldon (remember the Big Bang Theory?), this task is nearly impossible. But, luckily for us, Microsoft has thought of everything: from operating systems to toasters. Yes, you read right. I said toasters. And this brings me to today's topic. Sit back and enjoy, it's gonna be a fun ride! :)

How to Use the OneDrive Troubleshooter to Fix Your Problems

OneDriveIf you have problems with OneDrive and your files are not synchronizing correctly, you may want to consider trying the official OneDrive Troubleshooter that's offered by Microsoft. It is a small troubleshooting wizard that you can download and run in order to fix your problems. Here's where to find it and how it works:

The Benefits and Shortcomings of Using Windows Phone's Wallet App

Wallet appThe Wallet app from Windows Phone is a convenient way to store financial data and use it to make purchases. This all sounds fine and dandy but why should you use this app to store your data? What are the benefits for doing so? And what are the possible problems you might expose yourself to? In this article we will get a bit philosophical and share our arguments for each side of the coin. Enough "how-to" articles, don't you think? :)