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7 Free Online Tools to Rescue Your Photos Without Photoshop 7 Free Online Tools to Rescue Your Photos Without Photoshop

Whether you’re sharing photos on Instagram or working on an art project, the quality of the final image matters. Even if you don’t have something like Photoshop installed, you can get your pictures looking their best with the help of some free, simple-to-use web apps—and we’ve picked out seven of the best for your…

10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web 10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web

You’re probably used to bookmarking your favorite sites for easy access, but the web goes much deeper than the top domains you’re familiar with—from your social networks to your email box, having the right URL to hand can enable you to jump right into the page, feature, setting, or search you need. Here are 10 of the…

How to Use Social Networks to Find Out What's Going On in Your Neighborhood How to Use Social Networks to Find Out What's Going On in Your Neighborhood

The web connects us to people on the other side of the globe in an instant, but sometimes you just want to know what’s happening down the street. Here’s how to use your social networks and more to get the local lowdown and stay in the loop with what’s going on nearby, whether that’s snowstorms or street parties.

Why Your Passwords Aren't Strong Enough—And What To Do About It Why Your Passwords Aren't Strong Enough—And What To Do About It

Passwords are your way into almost all of your online accounts, from social networks to email platforms, but how do you know whether the ones you’re using are strong enough to stand up to repeated hacking attempts? If you want to know how to do a self-audit on password security, and the best combinations to use to…

How to Properly Secure Your Accounts in Case You Forget Your Passwords How to Properly Secure Your Accounts in Case You Forget Your Passwords

You’ve chosen a strong password and you’ve set up two-factor authentication, which requires an additional device to authenticate on log in, so your accounts are safe, right? Not so fast—all of your online accounts and apps will have recovery processes in place to help you, should you get locked out of your accounts,…

Here's How to Share as Little Data as Possible Without Deleting Facebook Here's How to Share as Little Data as Possible Without Deleting Facebook

As you may have realized by now, Facebook can’t be trusted with your data, and has been caught out time and time again letting it leak out to places it shouldn’t. If you can’t quite bring yourself to close down your account—maybe there’s a support group or family connections you’d like to keep active—then here’s how…

You Can and Should Hide Your Facebook and Twitter Likes You Can and Should Hide Your Facebook and Twitter Likes

Its okay to fall out of love with social media, especially as it seems like it’s a painful reassessment of your own self-worth every time you post something. Every like, retweet, new follower or friend can feel like they’re contributing to a metric of your personal value. But with a the right add-ons you can turn off…

10 Ways Shopping Online Sucks and How to Fix Them 10 Ways Shopping Online Sucks and How to Fix Them

Not so long ago, being able to click a button and have the goods of your choice delivered to your front door in a day (or less) would’ve seemed like some kind of black magic—but as convenient as online shopping is, it does come with its own set of frustrations and problems. Here’s how to fix the most common ones.

How to Find the Best Free Movies and Music on the Web How to Find the Best Free Movies and Music on the Web

Whoa, hold on there, person about to exchange money for movies or music—do you know how much free stuff is out there on the web, all legally released and available for anyone to listen to or watch? If you want to spend less on your entertainment budget and maybe discover some interesting new stuff at the same time,…

The Best Apps and Add-Ons to Improve Your Writing The Best Apps and Add-Ons to Improve Your Writing

Whether you write for business or pleasure or both, you want your prose to be at the very least comprehensible and free from typos—and as usual, there are apps for that. These are some of the best tools we’ve come across for keeping your writing as neat, as tidy, and as impactful as possible.

Here's All the Data Collected From You as You Browse the Web

Unless protect yourself, as soon as you open up an internet browser, you begin to leave digital footprints behind you that the sites you visit can use to track your activities and recognize who you are. We’re not talking about some crazy government data mining operation. This is totally legal, above board tracking…

The Best Apps and Browser Extensions to Supercharge Your Online Shopping The Best Apps and Browser Extensions to Supercharge Your Online Shopping

Picking up a bargain online is a buzz any time of year, but as the holiday season approaches it’s particularly important to get your shopping game on point—whether you want to find the perfect gifts for the family or you’re chasing the biggest Black Friday discounts, these are the mobile apps and browser extensions to…

Who Actually Owns Your Content When You Post It to the Web Who Actually Owns Your Content When You Post It to the Web

Thanks to the wonders of the web, you can get your content up and in front of an audience of millions in seconds—but that doesn’t necessarily mean you still own that photo of your dog once it is live. Signing the terms and conditions on your favorite social networks could mean signing away the rights to that video of…

How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web How to Spot Fake Photos on the Web

Take a moment before you reshare that hilarious or terrifying image on your favorite social media channel of choice—is it, in fact, as authentic as it first appears? From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers. Here’s how to…

Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News

You’d be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It’s faster, more efficient, and you won’t have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading habit to all your…

How to Find Anyone Online How to Find Anyone Online

If your efforts to track down long-lost relatives and obscure musicians (or anyone else you’re looking for on the web) stop at Googling their name then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to seriously go about searching for people online, including some advice from the professionals who do it for a living, and…

How to Back Up All Your Songs and Podcasts From SoundCloud How to Back Up All Your Songs and Podcasts From SoundCloud

These are troubled times for SoundCloud, with staff lay offs, changing CEOs, and talk of emergency investment securing its future for the time being. As with any service that’s looking shaky, users will be (and should be) worried about getting their stuff out—you may have years of playlists, uploads, and podcasts…

All the Secret Stuff That Happens When You Visit Google.com All the Secret Stuff That Happens When You Visit Google.com

From snapping photos with a cellphone to streaming music through a browser, much of the tech trickery we take for granted in 2017 looks simple on the surface but involves a complex series of computations and calculations behind the scenes to make the magic happen. As an example, take Google.com.

Google vs Apple vs Microsoft: Which Online Office Suite Should You Be Using? Google vs Apple vs Microsoft: Which Online Office Suite Should You Be Using?

You don’t necessarily need to install a desktop application to get your hands on a decent office suite any more, and the biggest names in tech all have free, online productivity tools you can access from any browser—so which one should you be using? We take a look at the features, strengths, and weaknesses of each.

How to Back Up All of Your Online Accounts Offline How to Back Up All of Your Online Accounts Offline

Big fans of the cloud as we are, there’s no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don’t have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here’s how to make sure…

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