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  • Thursday, June 14, 2018

    • Windows tip of the week

      How to make the most of a multi-monitor configuration

      by Ed Bott

      One of the easiest ways to boost your productivity is to add a second display. That configuration allows you to keep different sets of tasks organized without having to constantly move, resize, and rearrange open windows.

      After successfully adding a second monitor on a Windows 10 PC, go to Settings > System > Display and you'll see two rectangles under the Select And Rearrange Displays heading. Use those settings to make the following tweaks:

      Drag the displays on the Settings page so that they match the physical layout on your desk. Drag a monitor left or right to match the movement of the mouse pointer. For different display sizes, drag either display up or down to account for differences in height.

      If the search box and Action Center are on the wrong display, click the display you prefer to use; scroll down to the Multiple Displays heading, and select Make This My Main Display.

      One bonus tweak: Set a custom desktop background for each display by going to Settings > Personalization > Background. Right-click a picture from the list of five thumbnails and choose whether you want to use it with Monitor 1, Monitor 2, or all monitors.

    • [ALERT] VPNFilter: The Russians Really Are Coming For Your Data

    • Fastest Mobile Networks 2018

    • Intel Will Enter GPU Market By 2020

    • AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Asks Us to Trust AT&T Judge Richard Leon agrees to let AT&T buy content producer Time Warner with no conditions. In doing so, the court builds another giant monster to do battle with other monsters.

    • Facebook Bug Changes Privacy Settings of 14M Users The bug was live between May 18 and May 27. During that time, some 14 million people made public posts on the social network, many of them likely believing they were sharing with just friends. Facebook is currently notifying affected individuals.

    • The Best VPN Apps for the iPhone Your iPhone may be well protected against malware, but it can't protect your data as it travels the internet. Using an iPhone VPN app keeps your information safe and private, even when you're connected to the web through an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot.

    • Rocks Under I-95 Present Odd, and Scary, Threat to Power Grid

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    • Windows tip of the week

      How to create a secondary account for troubleshooting

      by Ed Bott

      When a Windows PC begins acting wonky, the first troubleshooting step is to figure out where the problem lies. Is it in a core part of Windows itself, such as a driver or a system service? Or is it part of user-specific settings?

      To make it easy to narrow the diagnosis, I recommend setting up a secondary user account. Signing in to that account allows you to perform a simple test. If you can't reproduce the symptoms using your clean secondary account, the issue is likely part of a setting or service associated with your primary user profile.

      On any Windows 10 PC, you can create a new user account by going to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other People. Under the Other People heading, click Add Someone Else To This PC.

      The default options strongly push you to use an existing Microsoft account or create a new one. Don't enter an e-mail address, as prompted. Instead, create a local account by looking for the small links at the bottom of the next two dialog boxes. Click I Don't Have This Person's Sign-in Information, click Next, and then click Add A User Without A Microsoft Account.

      Follow the prompts to enter a username and password, then log in once to finish the initial setup. Save the credentials in a secure place so you can use them in your next troubleshooting session.

    • 13 hidden features of iOS 12 worth getting excited about Not every iOS 12 feature is a headline-grabber, but sometimes it's the little things that matter most.

    • The Best Antivirus Protection of 2018

    • 9 MacOS Mojave Features We Can't Wait to Try

    • Geekly Update 06 03 18

    • Your iPhone is tracking your movements and storing your favorite locations all the time Your iPhone is keeping a detailed history of places you visit on a regular basis and storing this information on your iPhone.