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Install and Update All Your Windows Apps at Once With the Chocolatey GUI 

Windows: The phrase “package manager” sounds a bit ominous, but if you’re smart, you’ve already used one to outfit your Windows PC with all the basics: Ninite. The site couldn’t be any simpler. You pick the programs you want, it creates one installation file for everything, and double-clicking on it installs…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Sync Your Lights to Your Games and Music with This App

Windows, Mac: There are plenty of apps you can use to put on a little light show in your house (or geek den) if you’ve bought into Philips’ Hue ecosystem. My room is full of the company’s expensive color-changing LED bulbs, and I’ve checked out a few of these apps, but generally don’t need to […]

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How to Get Apple’s ‘Quick Look’ Feature in Windows 10

Windows: Even if you’re the world’s biggest Microsoft fan, you have to admit that Apple’s “Quick Look” feature for macOS is pretty convenient. If you’re such a purist that you haven’t even touched a Mac in the last decade or so, here’s a brief introduction: You click on a file. You press the space bar. […]

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How to View HEVC or HEIC Files in Windows 10 for Free  

Windows: This week’s featured Windows app isn’t really an app per se, but it’s an incredibly useful extension you’ll want to grab from the Windows Store if you have any kind of device—cough Apple cough—that shoots and stores .HEIC images. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Explore the Universe with SpaceEngine

Windows: I’m sitting in Las Vegas as I type this, and little makes you want to launch yourself off the face of the Earth faster than running into a group of loud, yelling bros looking for that next sweet bar where they can fill up on Coors Light.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Find Out What’s Taking Up Space on Your Windows Computer With Wiztree

Windows: Most computer geeks know about WinDirStat, an incredibly useful utility that shows which folders and files are taking up so much room on your drive. It’s a must-have app, because you’ll be surprised—heck, I’ve been surprised—how many times you might find some random, triple-buried folder on your desktop…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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See How Bad Your Wifi Situation Really Is With WiFi Analyzer

Windows: There are a million little apps that feature some combination of the words wifi and analysis, or something really close to either. Some apps are paid; some are free. And they all allow you see different combinations of information about your wireless setup (and the wireless setups of those around you). Read more… Continue […]

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How to Easily Convert Your iPhone’s HEIC Images in Windows

Windows: Here’s the problem: The HEIF image format, which Apple now uses in iOS 11 in the form of HEIC files, is a great alternative to JPEG. HEIC images eat up less space and support plenty of extra features, like depth maps and 16-bit color. Great. Wonderful. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Try Mailspring If You’re Tired of Terrible Desktop Email Apps

Unless you’re the world’s biggest fan of Microsoft Outlook, odds are good that you don’t use a desktop email client at home. You probably use a web-based email service, and your daily routine probably involves firing up your browser to delete, move, and otherwise ignore your messages. Third-party apps like Mail (for…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Syncthing Synchronizes Your Files Without Giving Them Up to a Third-Party Service

There’s nothing inherently wrong with Dropbox, Google Drive, or whatever popular service you use to back files up to the cloud and keep them synchronized between your multiple desktops and laptops. However, data privacy is becoming a bigger deal, and we wouldn’t question you if you’re ready to make the leap away from…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Turn Any Part of Your Windows Desktop into a GIF

Gif. Jif. No matter your pronunciation preference, it’s easy to create that word using a variety of apps and services. Since I started working at Lifehacker, I’ve found that it’s sometimes easier to show, not tell, in the form of a little animated image that demonstrates some key feature or setting. Consequently, I’ve…Read more… Continue […]

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Lockhunter Lets You Delete Files When Windows Won’t

It’s been nearly a decade since we last checked out Lockhunter, an incredibly useful Windows app that ensures you’ll always be able to remove files and folders that File Explorer refuses to delete. Developer Crystal Rich Ltd continues to update the app with useful features, but sporadically: It took around 3.5 years …Read more… Continue […]

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Windows App of the Week: Steam Mover

If you’ve been gaming on Valve’s Steam service for a decent amount of time, you’ve probably heard of Steam Mover. It’s a great tool for transferring your multi-gigabyte Steam games to different hard drives on your system, in case your primary hard drive is running out of space (or bursting at the seams).Read more… Continue […]

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