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5 common MacBook problems and how to fix them – CNET

Is your Mac is starting to show signs of age and is acting strangely or feeling sluggish? Before you junk it, there might be some easy fixes to what ails it. Here are five fixes to five common Mac problems. 1. Startup issues If your Mac fails to boot properly and you find yourself staring at a blank screen or gray startup screen instead of your desktop, then it’s time to try booting in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, MacOS will boot with the bare minimum of software and drivers…

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Find out if your house is a good candidate for solar energy – CNET

Is your house ready for solar? Screenshot by Martin LaMonica/CNET Saving money and the planet though solar energy has a lot of appeal. Not every home is the ideal candidate, though. Here are some tips to help you decide if solar energy is a viable option for your home. Check with Google’s tool According to the California Energy Commission, a solar system needs unobstructed access to the sun’s rays for most or all of the day.  The easiest way to check your home for solar viability is by typing your…

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5 hidden MacOS High Sierra features you need to know – CNET

A revolutionary update, MacOS High Sierra was not. Instead of a massive design overhaul, it focused on a number of under-the-hood changes, namely Apple File System (APFS) for better performance and security, HVEC for improved video compression and Metal 2 for more powerful graphics. High Sierra did, however, introduce some tangible changes to your Mac. In addition to offering improvements the apps you use most, it contains a few other features that you may have missed. Here are five features of MacOS High Sierra that are worth knowing. 1. Lock…

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6 things you should know about Chrome’s new ad-blocker – CNET

Sure, sure… Chrome now blocks web ads. Pigs also fly, and pizza is now a health food. But it’s true: As of today, Chrome does block ads — some of them, anyway. Here’s what you need to know about the browser’s new groove. Not all ads, just ‘bad’ ads Google’s goal is to improve the user experience by stripping away ads that “do not follow the Better Ads Standards.”  In real-world terms, say goodbye to ads that pop up, count down, automatically play video or sounds, or block the content you…

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Finding the right manufacturer for your product – CNET

With technology increasingly intertwined with all aspects of business, CNET@Work can help you — from prosumers to small businesses with fewer than five employees — get started. Chris Adams first hatched the idea for Levium, a natural supplement used to treat stress and anxiety, when he was confronted with his then 5-year-old daughter’s panic attacks. As a veteran IT professional and executive, he has also witnessed high levels  of stress and anxiety in younger tech workers. Adams decided to do something about it. Assembling a team of researchers, clinicians, academics,…

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Ridiculous microwave myths you can stop believing – CNET

Wait! Don’t throw out that microwave! Colin West McDonald/CNET Delete those spam emails and hide those social media posts. Most of what you read about microwave ovens just isn’t true.  Here are just a few common myths and the truth behind them. Myth: Microwaves give you cancer Reality: This one comes from a popular email that’s been circulating for years. Microwaves operate using radiofrequency (RF) radiation, which is at the low-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum. This type of radiation is around you day and night, whether you use a…

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Olympic athletes 2018: How to follow the best from Team USA – CNET

One of the best ways to follow the Olympic action in PyeongChang is from the athletes themselves. From gold medal tweets to bronze medal Instagrams, here’s how to follow the best athletes from Team USA. Chloe Kim, snowboarding Chloe Kim is 17 years old, just won gold in the halfpipe and loves churros. Oh and I also had 2 churros today and they were pretty bomb so if you ever get nervous go eat a churro — Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 11, 2018 Follow Kim on Twitter and you’ll get…

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Apple HomePod: What to do if you don’t use Apple Music – CNET

Apple’s HomePod ($349.00 at Apple) is a device built to stay within the company’s walled garden. The device works flawlessly with Apple Music, and while it may appear that it doesn’t work with any other service outside of Apple’s, that’s not quite the case.  Now Playing: Watch this: Make an infinite loop with HomePod, Echo and Google Home 3:18 In fact, with a little know-how you can stream music from just about any source to the HomePod. But first, let’s take a look at what the speaker supports.  Supported services…

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How to track Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster through space – CNET

Dummy astronaut “Starman” as seen in the Tesla Roadster before the cameras cut out. SpaceX Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster launched on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, but we stopped getting images from its on-board cameras shortly after. People are still following the electric car’s movements across the solar system, however, through the Where Is Roadster? website.  Pearson’s site shows the electric car’s location in the solar system. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET “I guess we just want our Apollo moment,” said Ben Pearson, builder of the Tesla-tracking site, explaining the…

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Make Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant talk in an infinite loop – CNET

Three voice assistants walk into a bar and they all start talking. But the conversation never stops. Here’s how to make Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant talk to each other in an infinite loop using their respective smart speakers: the Apple HomePod ($349.00 at Apple), Amazon Echo ($84.99 at Amazon.com) and Google Home ($99.00 at Dell Home). Let’s be real: you probably won’t have three of these speakers just lying around. This is just something fun to try as a party trick if you have friends or family with these…

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