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See What the World Looked Like When the World Wide Web Was Born

The World Wide Web turned 30 this week, and everyone celebrated the best way they know how—by coming up with big lists of all the internet-related topics we’ve dealt with (or obsessed over) the past few decades. That includes dial-up modems, AOL, avatar- and comic-based chatrooms, and Homestar Runner, which are just a…Read more… Continue […]

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The Best Websites and Web Apps for Making Use of Exactly One Hour of Free Time

It’s lunchtime—or maybe it’s just a break you’re taking from the world. Either way, you’ve got an hour to spare, and that could mean running errands or braving the outdoors, or it could mean snacking at your desk while idly clicking around the internet (employer IT policy permitting). If you’re looking for inspiration…Read more… Continue […]

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D-Link’s New 5G Wifi Router Could Let You Say Goodbye to Cable Internet Forever

Unless you spent 2018 living in a cave (which would be 100 percent justified given the political climate) you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz around the new 5G wireless networks coming online. They not only promise faster internet speeds for mobile devices but wireless internet that’s actually fast enough to completely…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Choose a VPN

Finding a great VPN service can be a challenging task—and that’s putting it mildly. It’s not hard to find any VPN service. There are plenty of apps that promise to encrypt your connection by shuffling it through a third-party server, causing your requests to appear as if they’re coming from said server (even if its…Read […]

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How to Keep Your Internet-Connected Device From Spying on You 

A typically geeky holiday might sound something like this: You wake up on the morning of December 25, run down to your Christmas tree, unwrap everything in a frenzy, plug in all your long-awaited gadgets, connect them to your wifi, and speed past the installation screens (or manuals) to start having all kinds of fun.Read […]

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The best things on the internet in 2018

We often speak of the internet as if it’s an independent entity, with a mind and a will of its own. But thankfully, that’s not quite the case—yet. For the time being, the internet is ultimately run by human beings, and is filled with the by-products of human thought and imagination. Sometimes, as we detailed […]

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Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet

The DNS (Domain Name System) server settings on your laptop, phone, or router are your gateway to the web—converting easy-to-remember domain names into actual internet IP addresses, just like your contacts app converts names into actual phone numbers. You can change which DNS server your devices use though, and…Read more… Continue Reading at https://kotaku.com

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Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps 2018

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Make Sure You’re Getting the Internet Speeds You’re Paying For

It’s probably been a while since you signed up for internet service, but you should have an idea of how fast your plan is. If not, give your ISP a call. Write down your plan’s maximum download and upload speeds. You can then use these speed-testing websites to see just your wifi’s actual performance stacks up […]

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Should I Ditch My ISP and Just Share My Phone’s Data Connection?

Nobody likes paying a ton of money for internet service (especially if you’re spending a small fortune each month for crappy speeds, like a spotty DSL connection). And while a crafty idea might pop into your head from time to time about how you can reduce or eliminate your monthly fee—including asking your neighbor to…Read […]

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Why Does My Network Switch Keep Dropping Gigabit Speeds?

Although it feels like I’m dancing with myself, this week’s Tech 911 column—you ask tech questions, we deliver tech answers—is going to be a little inverted. Rather than fielding a question that you’ve emailed me, left in the comments, or tweeted at me (with a GIF), I’m going to solicit your help with a little […]

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Why Does My Network Switch Keep Dropping Gigabit Speeds?

Although it feels like I’m dancing with myself, this week’s Tech 911 column—you ask tech questions, we deliver tech answers—is going to be a little inverted. Rather than fielding a question that you’ve emailed me, left in the comments, or tweeted at me (with a GIF), I’m going to solicit your help with a little […]

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