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    What to do with applications that keeps crashing on your Mac [Troubleshooting Guide]

    If you’ve been a Mac user for a long time, you may have already encountered apps that keeps on freezing. If you find yourself reading this article it means that you are having that kind of problem. If so, then don’t worry we will guide and provide you some tips to help fix the issue.

    The frequently freezing of apps on your Mac has several reasons. To determine the culprit, we need to perform some troubleshooting procedures. Just continue reading the post to learn more about the issue and how to avoid it in the future.

    How to troubleshoot apps that keep crashing on your Mac

    When the Mac apps froze it could only mean that you can’t do anything or it’s stuck on the same page for a long time. It could be that the issue is on individual app or MacOs is freezing. It rarely happen on Mac to experience frozen apps or MacOS, but in case you experience it then follow our recommended troubleshooting procedures below.

    Close and Reopen the App

    Once the app suddenly frozen and won’t let you do anything, it means that the app is freezing in loop and taken so much of memory and caused the Mac to lag or unresponsive. The best and typical way to solve the issue is to force close the app and reopen it again. Follow these steps on how to force close frozen app:

    1. While the app is frozen, press Command + Tab to another app.
    2. Press Control + click the app icon in the dock.
    3. Press and hold Option
    4. Click Force quit. To close the frozen app instantly.

    Or

    1. Press Command + Option + Esc to open force quit application dialog box.
    2. Select the frozen app on the list
    3. Click Force quit

    Restart your Mac

    If closing and reopening the frozen app won’t work, then it could be the MacOS is frozen. You will determine if it’s MacOS has the issue because it let you open the force quit application window or became unresponsive. The best thing that you can do is to restart your Mac right away. Here’s how:

    1. On the desktop, click Apple menu icon on the left side of the screen.
    2. Click Restart

    If it won’t let you click the Apple menu icon on the screen, follow these steps:

    1. Press Command + Control + Eject.
    2. Then your Mac will restart automatically

    However, if it won’t let you do that, then follow these steps:

    1. Find your Mac’s Power button
    2. Press and hold Power button for several seconds
    3. Wait until the Mac is turned off, then turned on your Mac again.

    Once the restart is complete, see if the issue still occurs.

    Close frozen Mac app via Activity Monitor

    In case the issue is caused by a single process or app, then you can easily remove or kill the process on Activity monitor. In activity monitor, it will show you all the apps currently running on your Mac and how much memory and process percentage they used. But, always remember that you must be familiar with this because killing a wrong process can cause an issue and it might not resolve the issue. To open the activity monitor, follow these steps:

    1. Open Application folder
    2. Select Utilities folder and open it
    3. Launch Activity Monitor
    4. Sort all the processes by CPU or Memory percentage
    5. Find the process or app that you think the culprit
    6. Click Octagon icon with ‘X’ to close it.
    7. Once done, close activity monitor.

    Make sure your MacOS is up to date

    It’s very important to update your MacOS to the latest version available. This is one way to avoid experiencing freezing of apps or your MacOS. You can always visit the Mac App store to find the latest MacOS and apps updates and install it.

    Updating your MacOS is very easy. But, before you can update though, see our recommended tips first.

    1. Find the MacOS you want to install because it might be the current OS installed and you don’t need to download it.
    2. Make sure to know the supported MacOS of your machine because there are cases that you might be using an older Mac and it’s not supported, it’s rare though.
    3. Always remember to leave some space on your Mac’s drive to successfully install new updates. The minimum storage space must be 8GB but, the recommended storage space must be 8GB and above.
    4. Make your Mac away from any harm, keep it healthy all the time. Avoid opening websites that is harmful to your Mac that could get malwares or virus like porn sites, unsecured websites and the well known scam website “safari-get” that opens a lot of draft emails or itunes websites.
    5. Always backup your Mac just in case something went wrong in the future. By doing this, it should be very easy for you to restore your Mac back to normal if some issue will be detected in the future.
    6. Make sure to have an account on iCloud. Make sure you are logged into iCloud before you start updating and things should go smoothly.
    7. Make sure to use a trusted network especially if you want to download any softwares on your Mac. Always download this software to the places that you positively think is safe like at your workplace and at home. Public networks is always the playground of hackers, so beware.

    Bring your Mac to the nearest service center

    If all the procedures above didn’t resolve the issue, then we recommend bringing your Mac to the nearest service center in the area because it could be a serious problem and only the professional tech can able to fix it.

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    Easy ways to maintain and make your MacBook’s battery last longer

    Have you been experiencing a frequent charging your MacBook every 2 to 3 hours or maybe less? If so, then it could be that there’s something wrong with your Mac’s battery that causes it to drain quickly. The battery is the main source of life Mac if it’s not plug into an AC adaptor and maintaining it is very easy.

    In this article we will tackle about the typical ways to maintain good battery life and how to prolong its life, so we recommend to continue reading the post. We’ve prepared some tips to know and when your Mac battery needs some proper attention and when to replace it, if necessary.

    Here’s some tips to maintain your MacBook battery

    First off, the MacBook’s battery has limits, it means expiration. But, in machines like Mac and other laptops it is called “cycle”. If you reach the maximum cycles means you have to expect some issues like battery won’t charge, it won’t reach 100% and draining fast and other battery related issues.

    Next, if you’re charging your Mac battery every 1 to 2 hours that means something bad. Typical hours for Mac to recharge is 7 to 8 hours, depending on the usage. If it won’t reach that far, then your battery needs replacement. This scenario can be frustrating especially if you are always on the go or you are working while traveling. For example, you are making some presentation and you have to plenty of slides, but you’re not halfway yet and your battery is draining so fast or ends up turning off your Mac.

    Lastly, if that scenario happens, then you no choice but to see if your Mac battery needs some service or replacement. Here’s how:

    1. Go to Apple menu
    2. Click About This Mac
    3. Click More Info
    4. Click Power section
    5. See the condition of your battery. There are four conditions, Normal, Replace soon, Replace Now and Service Battery

    Alternatively, you can do this:

    1. Press and hold Option key on the keyboard, then click Battery icon.
    2. Then see what is the condition of your Mac battery.

    Here’s how to prolong your MacBook battery

    The following are some tips on how to make your Mac’s battery last longer…

    Always show the battery percentage

    It is very important to turn on your battery percentage all the time especially if you are working long hours. By doing this, you were able to tell if your Mac needed to recharge or monitor how many percent was reduced every minute or hour.

    Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-fi when not in use

    Another way to prolong the battery life is turn off other feature of your Mac, like the Bluetooth and Wi-fi. There are times that we tend to forget to turn off these features especially during sleep time or not using it. These features are scanning a long distance connection, the longer the connection more energy consumption needed. This is the best way also to conserve your data usage especially if you are not on unlimited package. In case you don’t know how to turn off the Bluetooth and Wi-fi, follow these steps:

    Turning off Bluetooth

    1. Click Bluetooth icon on the upper right side of the screen
    2. Click Turn Bluetooth off.

    Or,

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Click Bluetooth
    3. Click the box to uncheck “ON”

    Turning off Wi-fi

    1. On the desktop, click Wi-fi icon on upper right side of the screen
    2. Click Turn Wi-fi Off

    Or,

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Click Network
    3. Click the box to uncheck Turn Wi-fi Off

    Always use Energy Saver

    To make your Mac’s battery lasts longer you have to use the energy saver mode to use reduce the energy consumption. This is important especially during a long trip and no power outlet to plug in your Mac power adapter. This mode will allow you to use some basic tools, reduce the CPU performance or turned off screen when not in use, etc.. To enable the energy  saver mode, follow these steps:

    1. On your desktop, click on Apple menu
    2. Click System Preferences
    3. Click Energy Saver
    4. Click on Automatic graphics switching to turn it on
    5. Click on Put the hard disk to sleep when possible to turn it on
    6. Turn off Wake for network access, if not using a network.

    Lower the screen brightness

    The screen is an important part of your Mac because it will display anything you are doing. It’s always a best practice when to use more brightness and when to lower it down. To put it simply, the more brightness you use, it consumes more energy. We recommend lowering or dim your screen if the surroundings is bright. For example, you are making your project on the playground, when you’re at the park or any places that has bright surroundings.  If you lower the screen brightness it will greatly impact in increasing your battery life for an hour or two. Here’s how:

    1. On your desktop, click Apple menu
    2. Go to System preferences
    3. Click Display
    4. Then adjust the brightness slider to a level that suit your need.

    Or

    Press F1 on your Mac keyboard to lower your screen brightness (Press F2 to increase).

    Close irrelevant application running in the background

    There are application that runs in the background even if you not using it. It is one of the reason that your Mac’s performance are slower than before and not only that, it could drain the battery faster as well. However, you must be familiar with the applications because you might close the wrong apps and cause some issues. Here’s how to close apps that runs on the background:

    1. Go to Applications folder
    2. Open Utilities folder
    3. Click Activity Monitor
    4. Click CPU tab
    5. Sort the list to CPU percentage. Make sure that the highest usage must be on top.
    6. Select the name of the application that has the highest allocation, it could be it.
    7. Click Octagon with “X” icon
    8. Click Close program
    9. Then you’re done.

    Turn off backlit keyboard during daytime

    We recommend turning off the backlit of your keyboard during daytime because you can clearly see the keyboard letter keys. So, it’s useless to turn it on and it could be a battery consuming feature and it should increase your Mac battery. Here’s how to turn it off:

    1. On the keyboard, locate the function key 5 (F5) and press it in succession to make your keyboard backlit turn off.

    Or,

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Click Keyboard
    3. Click Automatically illuminate keyboard in low light to uncheck it.
    4. Below, you can see Turn off when computer is not used for and move the slider to 5 seconds.

    Turn off the Time Machine feature

    There are some features that consumes your Mac battery even if not is use. Closing this features can help increase your Mac’s battery life to last longer. One of the feature that runs in background is Time Machine. This tool is very helpful for users to backup their important files and save it to another drive. However, we recommend enabling this feature only when your Mac is plug to its power adapter because it could consume more energy and might drain your battery faster. Here’s how to turn it off:

    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Click Time Machine
    3. Click Options
    4. Click Back up while on battery power to uncheck it.

    Once done, it will be deactivated if your Mac in on battery and can only be enabled if it is plug into power adapter.

    Use Private browsing

    The private browsing feature on browsers is also a help in reducing battery consumptions. If this feature is enabled, when you are browsing the internet it won’t save any cache  pages and images, meaning the hard drive can rest. The hard drive won’t spin during browsing because it does not remember any of the sites you visited or any search history. If you want to visit the website again, you must remember it. Here’s how to enable it on Safari browser:

    1. On your desktop, open your Safari browser
    2. Once the Safari browser is open, then click Safari tab.
    3. Click Private browsing.
    4. Done

    You’ve pretty much perform all the recommended troubleshooting procedures above. Hopefully, this tips and steps did help you with your Mac issues.

    Connect with us

    We are always willing to help our readers fix the problems with their computer and so if you are currently experiencing an issue or two, do not hesitate to contact us and tell us about your experience. The solutions we provide will be based on the information you feed us. Make sure you include all necessary details and please fill up each field in our computer issues questionnaire accurately so we can give you more accurate solutions.

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    5 Best Mobile Workstation Laptops for Business or Engineering Students in 2017

    Workstation laptops are not only stronger than regular business laptops, but they are also very versatile. They may look chunky or heavy, but even so, these beasts offer some things you might expect from a desktop and not a laptop. So you’re probably wondering, “Why would I want a workstation instead of a regular cheap business laptop?” Well, I think you just answered your own question; business laptops are cheap and made very thin, meaning less parts or smaller parts, which in turn means less power. Workstation laptops, however, are made for more power and versatility. While they do cost more, they’re very strong.

    Best Mobile Workstation Laptops

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    Razer Razer Blade 2049
    Lenovo Lenovo ThinkPad P70 1328.99
    HP HP ZBook Studio G3 1271.29
    Lenovo Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga 1268.99
    Toshiba TOSHIBA Laptop Tecra 649


    Razer Blade

    This laptop is a gaming laptop, but doesn’t have to be used as such. Putting the gaming label on it just shows it’s a very powerful laptop which means better performance. Overall this laptop is great for any kind of use whether it be for gaming, working, or studying.

    As for the specs, it has a 2.8 GHz intel core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD drive, so as you can see this laptop should be able to take anything that’s thrown at it (figuratively speaking, of course). The RAM and the CPU are currently top of line necessities, so if you’re a big multitasker, then having that 16GB of RAM and 2.8GHz CPU should help a lot.

    HP ZBook Studio G3

    This laptop is known as the brains and the beauty, seeing as it looks beautiful with its optional 4k display and its powerful inner workings. Essentially this laptop has been stated as a mobile workstation squeezed to fit the ultrabook form. It may be ultrabook size, but it works like workstation laptop.

    Although the battery life isn’t fantastic, this laptop works like a beast with the following components: a 3.7 GHz intel Xeon CPU, Nvidia Quadro GPU, 32GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD drive. All that being said, this laptop looks great and works even better. With the intel Xeon and the 32GB of RAM, nothing will prohibit you from utilizing this laptop to it’s full capabilities.

    Toshiba Tecra Z40T C 10M

    This laptop has quite a bit of power behind it, and has great mobility, which means that while it’s powerful, Toshiba has done so without adding too much weight. This laptop also has lots of connectivity options so it’s great for business use. While this is a little more on the pricey side, it’s an awesome pick.

    As for the specs or components under the hood we have, a 2.8GHz intel core i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD drive.

    Lenovo ThinkPad P70

    This laptop also comes equipped with a beautiful 4k display which is typically uncommon with business/workstation laptops. This workstation laptop is one of the top ones Lenovo has created, which means better parts and more crisp images whether it be for movies, videos, or video games.

    As for the specs of this fine delightful workstation laptop, it has a 2.8GHz intel xeon CPU, Nvidia Quadro 8GB GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. This laptop is a bit heavier but for some, that’s a positive factor, because it can mean that the parts/pieces of the laptop are heavier duty and should last longer than your typical laptop.

    Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga

    Here’s one I’ve personally not seen yet. The Lenovo P40 is a convertible workstation, so you can just pick it up, flip the screen over, and boom, it’s in tablet mode, easy as pie. Also the portability on this bad boy is the best in the class.

    As for the components on this beasty convertible, a 2.5GHz intel i7 CPU, Nvidia Quadro GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.  They put the best of the best in this laptop to ensure whatever the use may be this will suffice.

    Our Take

    Workstations can be used for multiple purposes, whether it be for work, studying, or even gaming on the side if that’s your kind of thing, but all-in-all it’s a beefed-up computer that will help you when you need it most for heavy duty use. Which workstation laptop out of the 5 do you like most?

    Best Mobile Workstation Laptops

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    Razer Razer Blade 2049
    Lenovo Lenovo ThinkPad P70 1328.99
    HP HP ZBook Studio G3 1271.29
    Lenovo Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga 1268.99
    Toshiba TOSHIBA Laptop Tecra 649


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    5 Best Single Board Computers in 2017

    Single board computers, also known as SBCs, have come a long way since the days of the first Raspberry Pi. There’s now a single board computer for nearly every occasion. Some are tiny and less expensive than most domestic shipping options, while others are surprisingly powerful and suitable for use as home entertainment systems.

    Best Single Board Computers

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    ODROID ODROID-XU4 Single Board Computer 82
    Asus ASUS SBC Tinker board 59.99
    LoveRPi Raspberry Pi 3 Model B 39.99
    CanaKit CanaKit Raspberry Pi Zero W 39.99
    Arduino.org Arduino Industrial 101 37


    Of course, there’s also no shortage of single board computers that don’t have what it takes to capture the imagination of tinkers, hackers, developers, and computer enthusiasts in general. To help you avoid single board computers without future and nudge you in the direction of some of the most popular single board computers on the market, we’ve prepared this list of top 5 best single board computers in 2017.

    Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

    The original Raspberry Pi, released in 2012, is the single board computer that has started it all. The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is a worthy successor and a proud carrier of Pi’s legacy. It features the BCM2837 CPU from Broadcom running at 1.2 GHz. The chip has a powerful integrated GPU called Videocore IV, clocked at 400 MHz.

    Present is also 1 GB of memory, the BCM43438 wireless LAN and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chip, 40-pin extended GPIO, four USB 2.0 ports, a 4-pole stereo output and composite video port, a full-size HDMI, a CSI camera port, a DSI display port, and a microSD port for operating system and data.

    Yes, there are more powerful single board computers that cost just as much, if not less, than the Pi 3 Model B, but none are surrounded by such large and active community as this tasty board. This alone is what makes the Pi 3 Model B the best single board computer for beginners. When you also consider just how much third-party hardware accessories and software tools there are for the Pi 3 Model B and other members of the Raspberry family, it becomes obvious why we’ve picked this board as our favorite.

    Raspberry Pi Zero W

    The Raspberry Pi Zero W board extends the functionality of the Pi Zero board with wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity. In many ways, it’s the ideal single board computer for the Internet of Things era. Considering its tiny size, you might be surprised to find out that it comes with the Broadcom BCM2835 CPU clocked at 1 GHz and 512 MB LPDDR2 SDRAM.

    Its cost? Around $5. That’s right, for the price of a fast food burger, you can have an incredibly versatile, Wi-Fi-enabled single board computer that stands on the shoulders of the most active and helpful community of single board computer enthusiasts in existence.

    The Raspberry Pi Zero W measures only 6.5 cm × 3cm × 0.5cm, and it consumes so little energy that even a moderately large battery pack can keep it running for a very long time. Throw into the mix a decent solar panel, and you’re looking at a potential weather station, a smart GPS tracker, or perhaps your own robot. If these ideas sound too far-fetched to you, just take a look at some of the tutorials prepared by the Pi community to see for yourself how easy it is to start working on fairly complex projects with the Pi Zero.

    ODROID-XU4

    If you find single board computers interesting for their potential to function as inexpensive replacements for regular desktop computers and home theater PCs, then you’ll love the ODROID-XU4. Even though this board doesn’t cost much more than the Raspberry Pi 3, it features the mighty Samsung Exynos 5422 Cortex-A15 octa-core GPU clocked at 2 GHz and the Mali-T628 MP6 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 1.2. ODROID-XU4 also has 2 GB of memory, two USB 3.0 ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI 1.4a for display, and the board even comes with an active cooler and a power adapter.

    The board can run the latest version of Ubuntu, Android 4.4 KitKat, 5.0 Lollipop, and 7.1 Nougat, giving you plenty of options how to turn it into a full-fledged computer or a handy backup device. When placed inside a nice case, ODROID-XU4 can also be a fantastic first computer for a young child, especially with the Android operating system.

    ASUS Tinker Board

    Just like ODROID-XU4, ASUS Tinker Board can be used as a daily computer with more than enough power for basic image editing, Full HD video streaming, web browsing, music listening, and even some casual gaming. The board features the Rockchip RK3288, which is a modern quad-core ARM-based processor that you can find inside many Chinese tablets and multimedia players. With 2 GB of memory and the Mali-T764 GPU, the board can play HD and UHD video at 30 fps with the included media player with support for hardware acceleration.

    To further establish the ASUS Tinker Board as an excellent home multimedia center, it comes with one key feature that you won’t find on nearly any other SBC: an HD codec that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio. But the Tinker Board isn’t all about fun and games, well, depending on your idea of fun. The board also includes a 40-pin GPIO interface, a gigabit LAN connection, a DSI MIPI connection for displays and touchscreens, and a CSI MIPI connection for connection to compatible cameras, making it great for the Internet of Things.

    Arduino Industrial 101

    Just like the Arduino YUN, the Arduino Industrial 101 integrates an ATmega32U4 and an Atheros AR9331 with Wi-Fi and Linino OS. The board has 3 GPIOs, 4 analog inputs, 1 USB port, 1 row of Ethernet signal on pin headers, and a built-in DC/DC converter that requires 5 V at around 130 mA. This curious board is perfect for compact applications written in C, Python, or other supported languages that require more processing power, storage, and better connectivity than what most micro controllers can offer. The setup of the Arduino Industrial 101 board is no more complicated than the setup of any other Arduino board, requiring only a few simple steps. A board like this is really all you need to develop sophisticated, connected real-time applications that solve real problems and could one day evolve into marketable products.

    Best Single Board Computers

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    ODROID ODROID-XU4 Single Board Computer 82
    Asus ASUS SBC Tinker board 59.99
    LoveRPi Raspberry Pi 3 Model B 39.99
    CanaKit CanaKit Raspberry Pi Zero W 39.99
    Arduino.org Arduino Industrial 101 37


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    5 Best DAW for Beginners in 2017

    A DAW, also known as a Digital Audio Workstation, is a software application for recording, editing, and producing music and audio in general. It’s the tool of the trade of music producers, sound engineers, and independent artists who record and publish their own music without the help of a professional studio.

    Best DAW for Beginners

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    Ableton Ableton Live 9 499
    Avid Avid Pro Tools 10 400
    Propellerhead Reason 9.5 399
    Image-Line Image Line FL Studio 12 Producer Edition 199


    Modern DAWs are complex, extendable with third-party plugins, and immensely powerful. Considering the colossal number of features even simpler DAWs have, it’s no wonder that beginners find them daunting and difficult to learn. There are, however, DAWs that are much more suitable for complete beginners than other DAWs.

    The DAWs featured on this list are beginner-friendly not because they are overly simplistic but because they have huge communities behind them, who have produced a wealth of instructional material. Being able to just go to YouTube and watch someone else demonstrate how to use a particular feature is much less daunting than reading boring manuals or figuring things out by trial and error.

    Ableton Live (Windows, macOS)

    Used by: Bassnectar, Mogwai, Daft Punk, Skrillex, The Glitch Mob, Paul van Dyk, and many others.

    Ableton Live started in 2001, and it has since changed how music is produced both in the studio and live on stage. Whereas many traditional DAWs barely fit on a single screen, displaying a plethora of instruments and panels at the same time, Ableton Live is compact and clutter-free. The DAW is designed to be this way because it’s, among other things, intended for live performance. Surprising pop-up windows are the last thing you want when playing live in front of an audience.

    Ableton Live comes with two main user interface arrangements: the classic Arrangement View and the unique Session View. The Session View is where ideas can freely flourish and develop into concrete bits and pieces of future songs. You can organize and trigger sets of MIDI and audio clips, group them into scenes, and trigger the scenes as single units. When you’re ready to give your ideas their final form, you can switch to the Arrangement View and further manipulate the arrangement and effects of the recorded tracks from the Session View.

    All versions of Ableton Live support VST plugins, powerful built-in MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments, automatic plug-in delay compensation, MIDI remote control instant mapping, MIDI output to hardware synths, multicore and multiprocessor audio processing, and more.

    FL Studio (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS)

    Used by: Avicii, Seven Lions, Basshunter, Mike Oldfield, Sarom Soundz, Camo & Krooked, and many others.

    FL Studio is perhaps the most popular DAW among complete beginners, and for a good reason. Its graphical user interface is based on a pattern-based music sequencer. FL Studio’s style of music production encourages small ideas to develop into complete songs and audio tracks naturally, over time. As soon as you install and launch your copy of FL Studio, you can start laying down basic beats and what might eventually evolve and morph into something larger and perhaps even completely different.

    Considering that FL Studio is bungled with a massive number of effect plugins, synthesizers, instruments, and other tools that you can use to turn your ideas into reality, it will likely take some time before you even get to third-party VST plugins, which FL Studio supports without a hitch.

    Professional DAWs such as FL Studio are not cheap. When you buy a new guitar or a drum kit, you can, at least, console yourself with the fact that the instrument will likely be with you for the rest of your life. Knowing that there’s going to be a new version of your DAW of choice every year, costing you hundreds of dollars, can be disheartening. Well, this doesn’t apply to FL Studio. Buying FL Studio not only gets you the latest version but all future FL Studio updates free, according to the official website, and Image Line, the company behind FL studio, has been living up to this promise for 18 years and counting.

    Ardour (Windows, macOS, Linux)

    Used by: Jannis Pohlmann, Anelixis, Johanna Herdtfelder & Band, and others.

    There are two main things that separate Ardour for other DAWs on this list: it works on Linux, and it doesn’t cost a single dollar (unless you want to support the developers). Yes, not only is Ardour one of a few truly multi-platform, full-featured DAWs on the market, but it’s also open source and supported entirely by the generosity of its users. The main person behind Ardour is Paul Davis, a British software developer best known for his work on the JACK Audio Connection Kit, which is a professional sound server daemon that provides real-time, low-latency connections for both audio and MIDI data between applications that implement its API.

    Although Ardour doesn’t come with the price of commercial DAWs, it does come with most features included in DAWs that cost several times as much as Ardour. You can either record new audio or import existing audio or MIDI files from your hard drive, cut, move, stretch, and trim the audio tracks until you’re satisfied with the composition before you apply various effects and audio adjustments. But that’s not where the fun ends. Ardour also comes with built-in soundtrack features that make it easy to synchronize imported video with any of the available Ardour timecode sources. And when you outgrow the plugins included with Ardour, you can extend Ardour’s functionality with any third-party VST plugin you want.

    Reason (Windows, macOS)

    Used by: S1, Key Wane, ZETA, Tobtok, Kill the Noise, Timbaland, Toro-Y-Moi, and many others.

    Reason is a polarizing DAW because its user interface emulates a rack of hardware synthesizers, samplers, signal processors, sequencers, and mixers. Users can populate this virtual rack with any devices they want and freely interconnect them in an arbitrary manner. The same virtual rack can natively accommodate third-party VST plugins, which Propellerhead, the company behind Reason, sells on the official website.

    This approach to audio production is intuitive, visual, and 100 percent fun. Some of the more noteworthy devices included with Reason are Subtractor, a polyphonic synthesizer device based on subtractive synthesis, NN-19, Reason’s original sampler, Dr. Octo REX Loop Player, a loop player that plays back samples created by the ReCycle music loop editor, and, for example, the RV7000 advanced reverb effect.

    If you’ve tried several traditional DAWs only to find that none of them really aligns with your approach to audio production, Reason might be just what you need. Just don’t be surprised when you get so used to it that any other DAWs will feel clunky and alien.

    Avid Pro Tools (Windows, macOS)

    Used by: Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Max Martin, Rick Rubin, and many others.

    If you’d, one day, like to work as a professional audio engineer, you better start familiarizing yourself with Avid Pro Tools right away. Developed by Avid Technology, an American technology and multimedia company, for Windows and macOS, Avid Pro Tools is a professional software-based non-linear editing system that started in 1984 under the brand name Sound Designer. Since then, it was used by Ricky Martin to record, edit, and mix his first top single, Livin’ la Vida Loca, and create the audio for the video games DJ Hero and Guitar Hero, among many other things.

    The latest version of Avid Pro Tools supports cloud collaboration, loop-based music creation, and comes packed with over 60 virtual instruments, effects, and sound processing plugins. Thanks to the recently-introduced subscription model, Avid Pro Tools is now also more affordable than ever, even though it’s still pretty expensive. You can either get it for $24.92 per month with a one-year agreement, or for $29.99 without the agreement. The cloud-collaboration feature is a paid extra, and it starts at $4.99 per month.

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    5 Best Desktop Bitcoin and Ethereum Wallets for PC in 2017

    With Bitcoin recently surging way past the $3,000 mark, and Ethereum being well on its way to becoming the go-to platform for smart contracts, the demand for reliable, trustworthy Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets for PC is high. We’ve researched many popular and emerging cryptocurrency wallets to come up with this list of top 5 best Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets for PC in 2017, basing our results on usability, security, performance, features, design, and other things.

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    Exodus (Bitcoin and Ethereum)

    Exodus has a lot to offer to cryptocurrency newbies and experts alike. If you’ve just recently acquired your first cryptographic assets, you’ll appreciate how well-designed and polished Exodus is. The beautiful user interface elegantly visualizes your digital assets, displaying the total value of your portfolio as well as the value of individual digital currencies.

    If you’re someone with a fair share of cryptocurrency experience under their belt, you’ll appreciate the seamless integration of ShapeShift, a revolutionary digital asset exchange that lets users instantly swap between assets without emails, passwords, lengthy signup processes, or user accounts. With ShapeShift and Exodus, you can instantly exchange Bitcoins for Ethereum and vice versa without ever leaving your trusty PC wallet.

    Electrum (Bitcoin)

    First released in 2011, Electrum is a popular Bitcoin wallet designed to suit the needs of a wide range of users. Electrum implements many features that can help you keep your Bitcoins safe and protected against hardware failure, fraud, and hacking.

    Using third-party plugins, you can use various hardware wallets, such as Ledger, Trezor, and Keepkey, as well as multisig services, such as Electrum, and Trustedcoin, directly with Electrum. Because Electrum servers are fully decentralized, you’ll never experience any downtime that might prevent you from investing at the best possible moment, and the support for cold storage allows you to sign transactions from a computer that is always offline, ensuring that nobody besides you can access your private Bitcoin keys.

    Jaxx Wallet (Bitcoin and Ethereum)

    Jaxx Wallet is currently available on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Linux, and as a Chrome extension. The developers of this sleek wallet also plan to release Jaxx as a hardware wallet (called Ice Cube). Unlike many other wallets on this list, Jaxx isn’t open source in the traditional sense of the word, but the developers have made it possible to view all important parts of the code for review on the official website.

    One goal of Jaxx is to support as many digital currencies as possible, and the wallet is already on its way to become the most comprehensive multi-chain wallet in existence. Even though Bitcoin enjoys, by far, the most media attention, it’s important to keep in mind that the cryptocurrency ecosystem is still very young and in a constant state of flux. Who knows which cryptocurrencies will be valued at thousands of dollars ten or twenty years from now. Perhaps, they have yet to be created.

    Coinbase (Bitcoin and Ethereum)

    Coinbase is a digital asset exchange that operates in 32 countries, serving millions of users every month. Coinbase also operates an online wallet with support for Bitcoin and Ethereum. The reason why we include Coinbase on this list of desktop wallets is simple: Coinbase is a fantastic way for complete cryptocurrency beginners to acquire their first digital assets and securely store them. Really the only three things you need are a web browser, a Coinbase user account, and a credit card.

    The downside to using an online-based cryptocurrency wallet is that you don’t have access to your private keys. These keys are what proofs that you’re a rightful owner of certain digital assets. Many less reputable exchanges have used the private keys stored on their servers to steal money from users. Even though Coinbase is a trustworthy exchange that wouldn’t steal your digital coins, hackers looking for security vulnerabilities in Coinbase’s systems certainly would.

    Bitcoin Core (Bitcoin)

    Bitcoin Core is the official wallet of Bitcoin, and the one we recommend you download if you have a reason to store the entire blockchain on your computer. Right now, the total size of all block headers and transactions is around 130 GB, and it’s growing larger and larger with every passing month. Bitcoin Core is available on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It’s generally recommended to not run it on a computer that you use for other purposes besides cryptocurrencies because it can be quite resource-heavy.

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    How to fix Windows 10 PC with applications that won’t load or stuck [Troubleshooting Guide]

    You’ve been using the new Windows 10 OS and it runs fine and smooth. Then out of nowhere, your PC is running slow and the apps and browsers are not responding.

    This issue is common not only on Windows OS but to other operating system as well. It could be that your PC’s specs are below the minimum requirements for this OS, low memory due to multiple apps running at once, contracted malware from malicious websites, failing hardware parts and some others that could heavily impact your PC’s performance. To learn more about the issue and the causes, we recommend to continue reading the post because I will tackle this topic and provide some workarounds how to avoid it in the future and help fix it.

    Before we go further though, visit our Windows 10 PC troubleshooting page if you experience some issues with your PC. We addressed some of the common problems and you might find similar problem and follow the troubleshooting. You can also directly contact us by filling up our Windows 10 PC questionnaire and provide us an important detail about what happened to your PC and we will get back you as soon as possible.

    Before we jump into our troubleshooting, if you found this page because you were trying to find a solution to a different problem, then visit our Windows 10 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common Windows 10 problems and errors. Try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions and troubleshooting methods we suggested. If they don’t work for your or if you need further assistance, fill up our PC issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

    How to troubleshoot your Win 10 with slow or stuck up applications

    When a problem like this occurs, it’s more likely just a problem with the apps that have issues but to some extent, it might also be a problem with the system itself. Getting stuck or loading slow won’t tell us more about the problem that’s why we need to troubleshoot…

    First Solution: Close irrelevant tab on the browser

    If it happens that you are running multiple tabs at once, it is best that you close irrelevant tab that’s running in the background and leave only the important.

    Imagine you’re surfing the web and you enjoy downloading videos, music and apps but you’re unaware of add-ons installed at the same time. The add-ons could be a malware prevention software or pop-up blockers and if your browser has too many of this programs then it could cause a major issue especially the performance.

    To prevent your browser from running slowly or stuck up, remove those add-ons or disable the browser extension. Here’s how:

    1. Chrome browser – Right-click extension icon > Manage extension > Uncheck or click ‘trash’ icon to remove it permanently.
    2. Internet Explorer – Click ‘gear’ or tool icon > Manage add-ons > show all add-ons > Locate the culprit and click ‘disable’.
    3. Firefox – Click ‘menu’ icon on the top right corner of the screen > Add-ons > click ‘zigzaw’ or add-on icon > locate the culprit app, then click disable or remove.
    4. Safari Browser – Click Safari on the top left of the screen > Manage Extension > Disable or remove the culprit app.

    If the simple checking and unchecking procedure won’t work, proceed on the next one.

    Second Solution: Multiple apps running in the background

    Multitasking is effective and efficient especially for those who want to finish the job quickly and efficiently. But, bear in mind that your computer has limits it’s limits too and instead of finishing quickly it would rather take more time. The important key for your machine to efficiently perform every task is to know it’s specs and process limits. You have to make sure that the apps that are running are not too heavy because it could allocate your PC’s RAM (random access memory) and processing power, it could slow down the performance. We recommend to run the programs individually or by two’s.

    Third Solution: Multiple programs runs at the startup

    If you have several apps or programs installed in your PC, some of it will automatically run the same time the system startup especially programs that has auto update. To avoid any confusion of what really trigger the slow startup or long loading screen, try to check your startup apps and disable the culprits. If you don’t know how to disable it, follow these steps:

    1. Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE keys on the keyboard
    2. Click ‘Task Manager
    3. Click ‘Startup’ tab
    4. Select the apps you don’t want to run on startup, then click ‘Disable’ to confirm.

    Fourth Solution: Hard drive is almost full or hard drive is failing

    There are two scenarios in terms of hard drive, almost full or failing parts. If the hard drive is almost full, you can obviously see the slow performance of your PC because it has several important functions to handle like storing files, used for temporary files, updates, downloads and others. Insufficient hard drive space can make it crawl and it takes longer time to finish processing. The best way to avoid this is to practice making backup to other storage device or to use the cloud storage because in doing so, it can free up large space of your drive.

    However, if your hard drive has enough space and still the performance is slow or stuck up sometimes then it could be hard drive issue. Most hard drive has moving parts, it could fail anytime even if it’s new. If that happens then you can’t recover your files. The latest hard drive available right now is the SSD (Solid State Drive), it has no moving parts like a flash drive but still no guarantee if how long the drive lasts. Always make a backup to all important files and separate them to another storage device. Here’s how to check if you have enough space:

    1. Click ‘Start’ on the task bar.
    2. Click ‘This PC
    3. Right-click either Local Drive C: or Local Drive D:
    4. Click ‘Properties’
    5. Look at the percentage graph if you have enough free space.

    Fifth Solution: Change daily virus scan schedule

    If you have an anti-virus, you must change its background scan schedule because it could be setup daily or every day. Make sure to setup it up every seven days to avoid slow performance or stuck up. Only schedule a deep scan if you no important things to do to your PC because during the scanning the program will use huge amount of processing power and it will end in few hours. In regular virus schedule, make sure to select the ‘full’ option to make sure that all parts of the system will be scan.

    Sixth Solution: Disable effects

    In case your PC is older and running Windows 10, we recommend to use minimal effects for better performance. Having all the effects enabled can ruin your PC’s performance and used up most of the memory space. There are effects that are not noticeable every time you use your PC and it’s useless, better disable all effects and enable a few. Here’s how to disable the effects:

    1. Press Windows key + X on the keyboard
    2. Click System
    3. Inside System menu, click Advanced system settings
    4. Click Advanced tab
    5. Under Performance section, click Settings.
    6. There are three default settings that you can easily choose from, ‘Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer’, ‘Adjust for best appearance’, ‘Adjust for best performance’. Another thing that you can do is you can manually choose and uncheck any of the irrelevant effects. Leave only the one’s that suit your needs.
    7. Once done, click Apply.
    8. Click Ok
    9. Go back to Desktop, press Windows key + D.

    Seventh Solution: Windows Update

    For some drivers that are not updated it can as well cause an issue and slows down the PC’s performance. This procedure is also a remedy for apps that won’t open, long loading time or frozen up. It is best that you have enable the windows update to automatic to let the system search for the latest updates. Here’s how:

    1. Click the search icon on the taskbar
    2. Type windows update
    3. Click Windows update
    4. Click Advanced options
    5. Under Choose how updates are installed, make sure that it’s set to automatic. If not, then click to it and select automatic.

    For the apps that won’t launch or frozen, it could be a new update is needed. To fix this, follow the steps below:

    1. Click Search on the taskbar
    2. Type Store to open Windows store app
    3. Click Microsoft Account icon in the top right corner
    4. Click Download and updates
    5. Click Check for updates, then update all apps

    In case the Windows Store won’t launch and you are unable to update your apps, then follow these steps:

    1. Press Windows key + X on the keyboard
    2. Click Command Prompt (Admin)
    3. Type wsreset.exe
    4. Then close the Command Prompt window and relaunch Windows Store.

    Eighth Solution: Change the owner ownership system drive.

    There are apps that won’t launch because of the ownership issues, but it can be fix easily and set it to full control. By your choice, you always have the option to set the ownership of every folders or hard drive partitions on your PC. We recommend to change the ownership of your System Drive C. To change the ownership, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start menu on the taskbar
    2. Click This PC
    3. Right-click Local Disk C:, then click properties
    4. Click Security tab
    5. Click Advanced
    6. Locate Owner, then click Change to open Select User or Group window.
    7. Click Advanced
    8. Click Find Now button to display the list of user and groups
    9. Click Administrators group, then click OK.
    10. Once done, click OK to confirm changes.
    11. Under Advanced Security Settings the owner should be changed to Administrators and Administrators group and already added to the permission’s list.
    12. Put a check on Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
    13. Click Apply to confirm changes
    14. Click OK and wait for the process to finish.

    Ninth Solution: Create new local account

    In case the apps that you want to use won’t open, then we recommend to create a new account and transfer all files. For some reasons, the system no longer launch some apps under the current account and it happened to anyone. The only solution is to create a new account and should be able to launch the apps again. You have to try this procedure before you fresh install Windows 10 or reset the PC. To create a new account, follow these steps:

    1. Open Settings menu
    2. Go to Accounts
    3. Click Family and other users
    4. Click Add someone else to this PC
    5. Click I don’t have this person’s sign-in
    6. Click Add a user without Microsoft account. Fill out the information.
    7. Create a new username and password for the new user
    8. Go to Settings > Accounts > Your Account.
    9. Click Sign in with local account instead
    10. Enter the current password
    11. Click Next
    12. Enter the username and password of the local account
    13. Click Sign out and finish

    To move your files from the old account, you have to switch to your new local account.

    1. Enter the username and password of your new local account
    2. Go to Settings
    3. Click Accounts
    4. Click Your Account
    5. Click Sign in with a Microsoft instead
    6. Enter username and password and click Sign in
    7. Then launch the apps in this new account and see it fix the issue. If so, then use this account and delete the old one.

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    How to fix Windows 10 PC with Google chrome error message “Your connection is not private”

    Have you ever experience surfing to the internet or you are testing your new PC and find yourself an error message “Your connection is not private?” and you don’t know how to fix it, then we have recommended procedures to help you.

    This error message occurs to all browsers but it’s commonly experienced in Google chrome. There are several cases that this error message occurs but, since we are not sure how it was started, then we will give some general troubleshooting procedures. Not to worry, the procedures here are mostly the same with certain issue, all you need you have to do is to proceed to the next procedure if the other won’t help.

    For those who are experiencing other issues visit our Windows 10 troubleshooting page to find the most related issue and follow our recommended procedures to help fix the problem. You can also fill up our Windows 10 questionnaire to contact us and give us some important details about the issue and we will research it for you.

    Before we jump into our troubleshooting, if you found this page because you were trying to find a solution to a different problem, then visit our Windows 10 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common Windows 10 problems and errors. Try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions and troubleshooting methods we suggested. If they don’t work for your or if you need further assistance, fill up our PC issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

    Troubleshooting “Your connection is not private” error message

    If you have this message in your computer, don’t worry as it’s a minor issue but please don’t disregard it as your privacy maybe at risk. Here are the things you can do to fix it…

    Step 1: Restart Your Router

    To fix this kind of error message to simply restart your router to refresh the connection. A lot of users shared their experiences about the issue, some has gone calling their respective ISP (Internet Service Provider) but still no help. So, the best thing that you can do is to find the Power button of the router and try to restart it then try launching your browser and see if it fix the issue.

    Step 2: Set the date and time correctly

    One common cause of the issue is date and time are not set correctly. If so, then you are unable to surf through the internet or web pages will display error message like “Your connection is not private” or others. To connect successfully, configure it properly or change the time zone if you are travelling to other countries.

    Step 3: Clear your browser’s data and cache

    In some rare cases, too many temporary data and cache files can cause an issue and won’t display the website. If you haven’t cleared the data or cache files of your browser for a long time, we recommend to make it habit to clear it in regular bases, just in case. To clear data and cache in Google chrome, follow these steps:

    1. Open Google chrome browser
    2. Click More icon (Three dashed icon)
    3. Click More tools
    4. Click Browsing Data
    5. In the “Clear browsing data” box, check all the options you wanted to be deleted. We recommend checking “Cookies and other site data” and Cached images and files.
    6. Click the drop down arrow and select “beginning of time” to remove all.
    7. Click Clear browsing data.

    On other browsers, follow these steps:

    Windows Internet Explorer

    1. On your computer open Internet Explorer
    2. Click Settings icon (gear icon)
    3. Click Internet options
    4. Under Browsing history, put a check on Delete browsing history on exit.

    [NOTE: You can click settings and change the recommended disk space used for storing temporary files like data, cache, passwords and others then click OK to confirm.]

    1. Click Apply
    2. Click OK

    Mozilla Firefox

    1. On your computer open Mozilla Firefox
    2. Click Menu (Three horizontal lines) to open menu
    3. Click History
    4. Click Clear recent history to open Clear all history box
    5. On Clear all history box, put a check on Browsing & Download History, Form & Search History, Cookies, Cache and Active Logins
    6. Click the drop down arrow on Time range to clear, select Everything.
    7. Click Clear Now
    8. Then wait for it to finish

    Once you’re done clearing, go back to desktop and try to use your browser again and see if you are able to and resolve the issue. If not, then proceed to the next procedure.

    Step 4: Disable all your extensions

    One of the culprit could be a broken plugins and extensions, it could interfere your browser and not letting it go to a website. The best thing that you can do is to disable them all and individually enabled each to see which is causing the issue then remove it. Here’s how to disable them:

    Google Chrome

    1. On the desktop, open Google chrome
    2. Click menu (three dashed icon) at the top right of the browser.
    3. Click Tools
    4. Click Extensions
    5. Uncheck “Enabled” to disable an extension, or click “Remove” to delete it.
    6. Type chrome://plugins/ in Google chrome’s address bar to view all plugins.
    7. Click Disable to disable a plugin

    Mozilla Firefox

    1. On your desktop, open Mozilla Firefox
    2. Click Menu (three dashed icon) on the top right of the browser.
    3. Click Add-ons
    4. Click Extensions, then click Disable to disable an extension or click Remove to delete it completely.
    5. Click Plugins
    6. Click the drop down arrow, then click Never Activate to disable a plugin.
    7. Once done, close tab.

    After disabling the extensions and plugins, open your browser again and try to connect.

    Step 5: Turn Off your PC’s Firewall

    In some cases, firewall can sometimes play a big part for this kind of issue. It is not recommended to turn off the Firewall of your PC but at least we have to try any possible options, then you can turn it back on later after. Here’s how:

    1. On the desktop, click on search
    2. Type firewall
    3. Click Windows Firewall
    4. Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off
    5. Click turn off Windows Firewall
    6. Go back to desktop

    In case if the issue still persists, turn your windows firewall back on and proceed to the next.

    Step 6: Change DNS settings

    Default or wrong DNS (Domain name servers) can also cause this kind of issue. The DNS maintains a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Most ISP (Internet Service Provider) have their own DNS which the default but, sometimes this DNS are slow. Adding the Google’s DNS manually could resolve the issue and it’s much better than your ISP’s default. Here’s how to change it manually:

    1. Go to search, then type control panel
    2. Click Control panel
    3. Click Network & Sharing settings
    4. Right-click your current adapter
    5. Click Properties
    6. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
    7. Click Properties
    8. Choose Use the following DNS server addresses

    Enter 8.8.8.8 for Preferred DNS server and 8.8.4.4 for Alternative DNS server

    1. Click OK
    2. Then restart your PC

    Open your browser again, then see if the issue is resolve. If not, then proceed to the next.

    Step 7: Reinstall your Browser

    In case all the recommended procedure above didn’t resolve the issue then the last procedure that you can do is to reinstall your browser. Almost all browser related problem are resolved after the re-installation, by doing this, you are also able to get the most updated version of the browser.

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    We are always willing to help our readers fix the problems with their computer and so if you are currently experiencing an issue or two, do not hesitate to contact us and tell us about your experience. The solutions we provide will be based on the information you feed us. Make sure you include all necessary details and please fill up each field in our computer issues questionnaire accurately so we can give you more accurate solutions.

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    How to fix your Windows 10 PC with “application.exe stopped working” error message [Troubleshooting Guide]

    There are common error messages that Windows user experienced, errors like “application.exe has stopped working” and “explorer.exe stopped working”. These issues has been going on in years, and there is no apparent reason how these issues started because it’s not the same with previous OS and it keeps on changing every now and then.

    We’ve received reports that several Windows users are affected with these and making the apps crashed all the time. And because of that, we have compiled some of useful troubleshooting procedure in hope to provide assistance and might help resolve the issue.

    If you experienced an issue with your Windows 10 PC, visit out PC troubleshooting page and look for similar issue that your PC is experiencing and follow the given procedures. We’ve addressed some of the common Windows 10 issue and it should help you fix it. You can also contact us by filling up our PC questionnaire and provide us an important detail about the issue to make us help you.

    Before we jump into our troubleshooting, if you found this page because you were trying to find a solution to a different problem, then visit our Windows 10 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common Windows 10 problems and errors. Try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions and troubleshooting methods we suggested. If they don’t work for your or if you need further assistance, fill up our PC issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

    How to troubleshoot your computer with this error message

    This error message is often a minor problem and it can be fixed without reformatting your phone, so continue reading below to know what you have to do about it.

    Step 1: Restart the application that crashed

    If you see an error message saying that the application crashed for no reason, the first thing that you should do is to close the error dialog box and restart the application. There are several reasons for an to crashed and it really depends on the users. The crashed occurs if there an unexpected file corruption, lack of memory space or just a temporary system error.

    Make sure that after closing the error dialog box, you are able to close all the related system processes in the Task Manager. If you do kill the process and the application still not working, then restart your PC to refresh the system and re-launch. If ever you don’t know how to kill the process, then follow these steps:

    1. Press CTRL + Alt + Delete on the keyboard.
    2. Click Task Manager
    3. Locate the app, then click End Task.
    4. Once done, close the taskbar and re-launch application.

    Step 2: Change compatibility settings

    The Windows OS are always capable of running an application if it’s not working in the current OS (operating system), especially the older software. If so, then you are lucky enough to try this feature first hand and set it to the appropriate compatibility software, like for example the application is running fine using Windows 7 OS, then you can easily change the compatibility to Windows 7 and might resolve the crashing issue. Here’s how to do it:

    1. First, locate the program that’s faulty or crashing. If it’s on the desktop, then you easily right-click the icon.
    2. After locating the apps and right-clicking it, click open file location
    3. Locate the extension “.exe” of the app, then right-click it.
    4. Click Properties
    5. Click Compatibility tab
    6. Under the Compatibility tab, click Run this program in compatibility for:
    7. Select any of the preferred Windows version
    8. Click OK
    9. Click Apply
    10. Click OK to confirm

    Alternatively, you can try the system to choose what’s best option to use.

    1. Under Compatibility tab
    2. Click Run compatibility troubleshooter. Wait until it’s finished detecting some issues.
    3. Click Try recommended settings
    4. Click Test the program. If the program run smoothly, then click Next and click Yes, save these settings for this program.
    5. Click Close the troubleshooter

    Step 3: Always run the program as administrator

    Aside from the compatibility mode, there is another way to run crashing application. If ever the application still not working after choosing the preferred windows versions then you can run it with Administrative permission. Here’s how to run the application with administrative permission:

    1. Locate the application that has an issue. If it’s on the desktop, then right-click the application icon.
    2. Click Properties
    3. Click Compatibility tab
    4. Put a check on “Run this program as an administrator”
    5. Click OK

    Alternatively, you can do this:

    1. Right-click application icon
    2. Click “Run as administrator”
    3. Click Yes

    After changing the application to run as administrator, re-launch it and see if the issue is resolve.

    Step 4: Scan the system for virus

    Another possible culprit is the virus or malware infection. If you PC contracted a virus from or in certain websites, it could bring a huge problem if left not repaired. The virus are capable of corrupting installation files or even the system files and cause an issue such as frequent application crashes, won’t launch and even damage the system. It is recommended to regularly clean the system by scanning using third-party antivirus or Windows defender. It is possible that real-time protection are unable to detect the virus and can still penetrate the system. So, manually scanning the system is still a must for better protection. However, we recommend using the Windows defender than the third-party anti-malware. Here’s how:

    1. On the search box, type Windows defender
    2. Click Windows defender
    3. Click Full for thorough system scan
    4. Click Scan now
    5. Wait for it to finish. It will take several minutes

    Once done, restart your PC manually if it won’t automatically restart.

    Once you’re back to the desktop, your PC is now clean and should remove any malware and fix it. You can also try using the third-party antivirus and see if it will the issue as well.

    Step 5: Remove all temporary files

    Deleting the temporary files is also the best way to avoid or fix this error message. The temporary files are important, however, they become useless if they stacking up and could create serious problem. The system can still run without them and regularly removing them is best advised. There are a lot of third-party applications that can help you remove them but, we highly advice to use the system tools provided. Here’s how:

    1. From the desktop, click Start menu.
    2. Click This PC
    3. Right-click the system partition (Local Drive C:)
    4. Click Properties
    5. Click Disk Cleanup
    6. Check all the choices you want to be clean up.
    7. Once done, click OK to confirm selection
    8. Wait for the process to finish.

    Once you’re done, try to launch the application that has issue again and see it resolve the issue.

    Step 6: Change Application Permission

    Due to the frequent updates, the application permissions are reset and that could cause for the application to crash or won’t launch. The first time you run some applications it is originally blocked by the system and you need to change its permission. To change it, you need to go to system settings and create an exemption to the application. Here’s how to do it:

    1. From the desktop, click Start menu
    2. Click This PC
    3. Click System properties
    4. Click Advanced system settings
    5. Click Advanced
    6. Under Performance, click Settings
    7. Click Data Execution Prevention
    8. Click Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select:
    9. Click Add to locate the ‘application.exe’ and add it on the list
    10. Set an exception and confirm the changes.

    That should do it, it should fix the issue and run the application smoothly.

    Step 7: Check your graphics drivers

    For most part, a graphics card or driver might be the culprit of the error message. Out-of-date drivers are mostly the cause of all the issue especially if you are using the old version. You can either update it through device manager or going to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest version. But the convenient way to it is through device manager and let the system search and install the latest driver version. Here’s how to check the drivers:

    1. Press Windows key + X to open setting menu list
    2. Click Device Manager
    3. Click the drop-down arrow on Display adapters
    4. Right-click the name of the current graphics card
    5. Click Update driver software to let the system search for it automatically.
    6. Wait for the system to finish the process.

    Troubleshooting explorer.exe stopped working error message …

    The error explorer.exe commonly occurs when the you are shutting the PC and a blue screen will appear with error codes like “0x00007FFF64B0CCC0”. This code is something to do with the memory or the system aren’t reading the memory at all and cause an issue. No worries, we have recommended troubleshooting procedure that should fix this error.

    Step 1: Update your Windows 10

    The best thing that you can do for this issue is to simply update your Windows 10 as possible because you might be using an older version. Frequent software updates causes an issue sometimes and other software are no longer compatible with each other.

    Step 2: Configure the size of the Virtual Memory

    Aside from RAM (random access memory) you can change the virtual memory in case RAM is fully allocated. If so, then it can cause lag, crashed application or even blue screen, so the you can extend the size of the virtual memory in case if it will ever happen. Here’s how to change the virtual memory:

    1. On the desktop, click Start menu
    2. Click File explorer
    3. Right-click This PC
    4. Click Properties
    5. Click Advanced System settings
    6. Click Advanced tab
    7. Click Settings under Performance
    8. Click Advanced
    9. Click Change
    10. Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drive box
    11. Click Custom size
    12. Enter the Maximum size in MB. Good practice is to keep the virtual memory x1.5 larger than your RAM memory.
    13. Click Set
    14. Click OK to confirm

    That should do it. Hopefully we were able to help you and resolve the issue.

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    5 Best Rugged Laptops in 2017

    Not everyone enjoys the luxury of working from trendy coffee shops or air-conditioned office buildings. If a Leatherman multitool is part of your everyday carry and your calloused hands could be used as improvised sandpaper, then you might benefit from a laptop designed to survive the same harsh and unforgiving conditions as you deal with on a daily basis.

    Best Rugged Laptops

    Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme

    The 14-inch Latitude Rugged Extreme from Dell is totally dust-proof and protected against low-pressure water jets from all directions. The laptop can operate in extreme heat conditions, survive shocks and vibrations, and it even passed the MIL-STD-810G series of tests designed by the U.S military to test its equipment limits in various conditions.

    The 14-inch display has 1366 x 768 pixels and features the latest Direct-View screen technology for reduced internal reflectivity and display glare, making the display readable even under direct sunlight. The display is touch-enabled, featuring a resistive touch layer that registers inputs even with gloves on.

    Dell has equipped the Latitude Rugged Extreme with the Intel Core i7 6600U processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, and the AMD Radeon R7 M360 graphics card. But no amount of processing power can compensate for a lack of connectivity options. Fortunately, the laptop has three USB 3.0 ports as well as a single USB 2.0 port, two RS232 serial ports, two RJ45 Gigabit LAN jacks, several audio and video ports, and a docking connector. Safely sealed against dust and water by a plastic door are a memory card reader and a PC Card slot.

    To satisfy the high security requirements of enterprise customers, the 14-inch Latitude Rugged Extreme comes with the Atmel FIPS 140-2 Certified Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which provides strong hardware-based public key (RSA) security. Also supported are Dell’s native security and data-protection tools and services.

    Dell N4951 Latitude 14 Rugged

    As the name suggests, the Dell N4951 Latitude 14 Rugged is a less durable version of the above-recommended Latitude Rugged Extreme. Being less rugged, the Dell N4951 is less bulky, more portable, and features less extensive connectivity options. As such, it’s perfect for someone who needs to work outside, in demanding conditions, but doesn’t expect the laptop to be thrown around nor left there for an extended time.

    That’s not to say the laptop is made of sugar, as the Dutch would say. Its sealed housing is made from impact-resistant polymers and magnesium alloy, and it is IP52-rated, making it dust protected and capable of withstanding vertically dripping water when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15 degrees from its normal position.

    Dell offers the laptop either with the resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels or with the Full HD resolution. Both displays are very bright and have fantastic viewing angles. We would recommend the Full HD display for users of mapping applications and any other software that greatly benefits from extra screen real-estate.

    Inside the Dell N4951 is the Intel Core i5-6300U processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive, and the Intel HD Graphics 520 integrated graphics card. Besides standard connectivity options such as USB, serial, and PCMCIA, the laptop also features a dedicated GPS module alongside 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity.

    Panasonic Laptop Rugged CF-31 Toughbook

    Even though the Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook is clearly a product of the Windows XP era, the laptop has a lot to offer even today. To start with, it’s incredibly affordable—for a rugged laptop. At around $800, the CF-31 is several times cheaper than most modern durable laptops. It’s also several times slower, but that may not be an issue for you, depending on which software you want to run on it. Its Intel Core i5-2540M processor may be several generations behind the cutting-edge, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t run the vast majority of professional software applications with ease. What’s more, the laptop comes with 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive, so it’s future-proof in this regard.

    Really the only thing holding it back is the outdated 13.1-inch display with a 4:3 display ratio and laughable 1024 x 768 pixels. While the display is extremely bright, non-reflective, and touch-enabled, the small resolution could make some modern applications very difficult to use. The good news is that this is something you can easily verify yourself on any high-resolution display simply by lowering the resolution and examining whether the user interface of your application has adjusted properly.

    All ports and slots are hidden under hinged doors that protect them from water and dust. There are five of these doors in total, hiding an optical drive, a PC Card Type II slot, an ExpressCard/54 slot, an SDHC card slot, a Smart Card slot, an HDMI port, a SIM card slot, an RJ45 LAN port, an optional RJ11 modem port, four USB 2.0 ports, and a power jack. The 1 TB hard drive is hidden under its own door and further protected by a security lock.

    Overall, if you want an IP65-rated rugged laptop with a super-bright display, plenty of connectivity options, and a decent processor, the Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook is a great choice—especially if you don’t want to spend much and don’t mind the few limitations, such as the low resolution.

    ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02

    The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 looks like an ordinary laptop, but don’t let the inviting design deceive you. ASUS has reinforced all edges using nano-molding technology, wrapping all four corners with tough rubber. The laptop passed a 3.9 feet drop-test and the keyboard passed a 66 cubic centimeters spill-resistance-test. We wouldn’t count on the laptop surviving vigorous, daily abuse, but we don’t doubt that it can survive the wear and tear caused by regular, daily use.

    Apart from the design, the other thing that sets it apart from other rugged notebooks on this list is the operating system. The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 comes with Chrome OS, an operating system designed by Google that is based on the Linux kernel and uses the Google Chrome web browser as its principal user interface. Chrome OS is flies even on less powerful hardware, so the Intel Celeron N3060 processor feels much speedier than it really is.

    The 11.6-inch display has 1366 x 768 pixels and features an anti-glare coating. Thanks to the 180-degree hinge, you can fully open the C202SA-YS02, which is ideal for group study or discussion sessions. The laptop can last up to 10 hours on a single charge at the default display brightness level.

    Getac B300 Fully Rugged Laptop

    The Getac B300 is a powerful, rugged latop with an Intel i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and all the durability of a Soviet-era tank. The bottom of the laptop is made of a magnesium alloy plates held securely in place by eighteen screws. There’s a small door that lets you access the two SO-DIMM slots, which are, by default, populated by 2 GB modules. Other doors around the sides of the laptop hide the stacked PC Card Type II and ExpressCard 34/54 slots, two USB 3.0 ports, the hard disk, separate microphone and headphone jacks, an HDMI port, a spring-loaded SD card slot, an optional SIM card slot, RJ-45 gigabit LAN jack, two 9-pin DB9 serial ports, and a 25-pin video port, among other less important ports, toggles, and cutouts.

    The Getac B300 has a 13-inch display with 1024 x 768 pixels and up to 1400 nits backlight. The astonishing brightness is possible thanks to the QuadraClear technology, which reduces reflective light and enhances transmitting light, according to Getac. When placed next to a regular laptop, which usually only goes up to 400 nits, the difference is immediately noticeable. Of course, such bright backlight impacts the battery life. Fortunately, the Getac B300 has a 96-watt-hour battery, which can keep it up and running on the maximum brightness setting for up to 4.5 hours. With less eye-melting brightness, the laptop runs for up to 15 hours before it needs to be charged.

    To make this already fantastic, rugged laptop even better, Getac has added a TPM 2.0 module and a sensitive fingerprint reader. For physical security, you can use the Kensington slot on the back side of the unit to protect the laptop against theft.

    Best Rugged Laptops

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    5 Best Laptops For Home Use in 2017

    Are you in search of a good at-home laptop you can easily pull out for writing a little something or maybe just some general email/web surfing? Even just for general office or at home use, getting a good laptop is important, not only to lessen your chances of being hacked or getting a blue screen, but for optimal efficiency as well. Luckily we have a list of great laptops for everyday general use.

    Best Laptop For Home Use

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    Apple MacBook Pro 1449
    Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) 1279.5
    Dell Dell XPS 13 Laptop 1148
    Asus ASUS ZenBook 13.3-inch Ultra-Slim Laptop 699
    Samsung Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro 499.99


    Dell XPS 13

    The Dell XPS 13 laptop is one of the sleekest laptop options on the market right now. Not only is it designed extremely thin so you can take it anywhere without any bulk, but it also has InfinityEdge display. This display basically makes your screen borderless, taking away the familiar but unnecessary edge, and in turn offering an even more immersive experience.

    As for the specs of the Dell XPS 13, the CPU is a 3.1GHz intel core i5-7200U, and it comes with 8GB of ram, and a 256GB SSD drive. That’s fantastic for an at home or office laptop, and will allow you to surf the web and create documents with no issues. The neat thing about this little machine is it’s minimalistic approach. If you’re looking for all the necessities with no extra clutter to get in the way, the Dell XPS 13 is a great option for you.

    Asus ZenBook

    This laptop is awesome for just general home use, but the Asus ZenBook also comes equipped for playing some lower end games as well, so you’re not just limited to web surfing or email. Another great aspect is that the ZenBook is very lightweight so taking it from place to place isn’t  that big of a deal.

    As for the components, the Asus ZenBook comes equipped with a intel core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB of ram, 256GB SSD drive, and finally but not least the intel HD chip 620 GPU. These are great components, considering that this is a general home use laptop and not a beefy 50lb gaming laptop. The ZenBook also comes with a battery that will last for an astounding 10 hours of continuous use.

    Samsung Chromebook Pro

    The Samsung Chromebook Pro is a 2-in-1 laptop/oversized tablet which comes with a stylus, so when in “tablet mode,” you won’t have to try to use your fingers. While that doesn’t really seem like a big deal, it keeps your screen clean longer, and it allows you to be more precise when it comes to typing or drawing. The display is a crisp and beautifully colorful one, so if you’re watching a video or a movie you should expect nothing less than amazing.

    The Samsung Chromebook specs are an intel core m3 CPU, 4GB ram, and a 32GB emmc hard drive. Now, 30GB may not seem like a lot, but with the Chromebook most of everything is online and not really saved in the actual hard drive of the computer. This makes for plenty of room, but there’s always the option of an external hard drive you can get if the need arises.

    MacBook Pro

    The MacBook Pro has great performance, beautiful display, alongside a very fast SSD drive, and a pair of powerful speakers. While the price is definitely on the higher end of things, if you’ve had an Apple device before, then you know what great of a product you’re getting. It also happens to be that the customer service, especially at their brick-and-mortar Apple stores, is top notch.

    The MacBook Pro components are an intel core i5 7267U CPU, 8GB of ram, NVMe SSD 512 GB hard drive, and an intel IrIs Plus 650 GPU. As you can see, they aren’t messing around with this bad boy. The MacBook Pro also comes equipped with a battery so powerful it will run for 8 hours of continuous use without a plug.

    Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

    The Microsoft Surface Pro is another awesome 2-in-1 laptop with tablet mode capability, except instead of bending the screen all the way back like the Chromebook, you can just detach the keyboard, and boom, instant tablet. The Microsoft Surface Pro also comes with Pixelsense, which is one of the best LCD panels for exceptionally sharp and beautiful display.

    The Microsoft Surface Pro comes equipped with the Intel core i7660U CPU, 16GB of ram, 1TB SSD drive, and finally, last but not least, the intel Iris plus 640 GPU. The 1TB of drive space should give you a great amount of space for any music, documents, and any other stuff you may want to download or keep on your laptop. The I7 should make surfing the web quick and easy, as the i7 is a very new and good processor. As for the ram, 16 GB is a lot for general at-home use laptops. Although recommended, not even some gaming computers offer 16GB of ram. If you’re a chronic multitasker, this will give you the ability to use multiple applications at once.

    Our Take

    All these laptops are great for at-home use, but depending on what you find most important in a laptop, some might be more fitting for you than others. If you’re not much of a gamer, or you’re just looking for something simple to pull out in a punch, then having a laptop dedicated to just that can be really helpful. These laptops are very lightweight and last a long time on battery, so taking them somewhere without an outlet shouldn’t be a problem at all, and probably quite a relief since you won’t have to think about it. Out of each of these laptops listed here, which one would you pick, and why? Let us know in the comments section.

    Best Laptop For Home Use

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    Apple MacBook Pro 1449
    Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) 1279.5
    Dell Dell XPS 13 Laptop 1148
    Asus ASUS ZenBook 13.3-inch Ultra-Slim Laptop 699
    Samsung Samsung XE510C24-K01US Chromebook Pro 499.99


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    HP Spectre x360 vs Surface Pro 4 Comparison of Best 2 in 1 Convertible Laptops for Programming

    Convertible laptops have become popular among programmers because they make it possible to approach a problem from multiple angles with a single machine. The tablet mode is perfect for coming up with a high-level system design, the tent mode comes in handy when reviewing the code with colleagues, and the laptop mode is indispensable for the actual programming.

    HP Spectre x360 vs Surface Pro 4

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    Spectre x360 HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD TouchScreen Laptop 1549.95
    Apple MacBook Pro 1449
    Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro 4 621


    In this comparison, we pit the HP Spectre x360 against the Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft. While the two convertibles offer different takes on the 2-in-1 form-factor, they are both equally appealing to developers looking for a versatile laptop for programming.

    Build Quality and Display

    For the sake of this comparison, we are going to focus only on the 13.3-inch HP Spectre x360. There’s also a 15.6-inch version, which weighs 4.43 pounds. When you consider that the Surface Pro 4 weighs just 1.73 pounds, it’s easy to see that the HP is in a different category. That said, the 2.86 pounds heavy 13.3-inch version of the HP Spectre x360 is light enough to compete with the Surface Pro 4, especially because it comes with a non-detachable keyboard. To enjoy a comfortable typing experience with the Surface Pro 4, you need to purchase the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover for $130. The cover adds 0.68 pounds of weight, making the total weight of the laptop 2.41 pounds.

    Instead of a keyboard, Microsoft has decided to include the Surface Pen, an active stylus for natural writing and drawing, with the Surface Pro 4. HP also offers a similar pen, the HP Active Stylus, but it will set you back $60. The Surface Pen performs much better than the HP Active Stylus, being more sensitive and precise. You can actually draw with it just like with a professional graphics tablet, whereas the pen from HP can only be recommended for web browsing and basic note-taking.

    The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 2736 x 1824 and a 3:2 aspect ratio. The HP Spectre x360 has a 13.3-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Being wider, the HP is better suited for multimedia consumption, while the Surface Pro 4 provides more vertical screen real-estate for documents, text editors, and web pages. The much higher resolution also makes the display a lot crisper, but that’s not to say that the HP Spectre x360 looks pixelated—1920 x 1080 pixels is more than plenty for a 13.3-inch display.

    As you can see, each of the two laptops provides a different set of features, making it impossible to pick a clear winner. Developers should keep in mind that the Surface Pro 4 won’t be of much use to them without either an external keyboard or the rather expensive Type Cover. The more productivity-oriented 3:2 aspect ratio, however, is perfect for having your favorite IDE displayed at full-screen.

    Inputs and Outputs

    When it comes to connectivity, the HP Spectre x360 blows the Surface Pro 4 out of the water. The HP comes with two USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support and one standard USB 3 port. Thunderbolt 3 provides data transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps, four lanes of PCI Express Gen 3 and eight lanes of DisplayPort 1.2, the ability to connect to any dock, device or display, including billions of USB devices. Because of the enormous versatility of Thunderbolt 3, people often refer to it as “the one port to connect them all.”

    The Surface Pro 4 only has a single full-size USB 3.0 port. Yes, there’s also an audio jack, a Mini DisplayPort, and a microSD card reader, but a single USB port is very limiting no matter how you look at it. You plug your USB mouse and you’re out of available USB ports.

    Performance and Battery Life

    Both laptops can be specced with an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, and both feature an integrated graphics card. The Surface Pro 4 is available with up to 1 TB of SSD storage space, while the HP Spectre x360 only comes with up to 512 GB.

    Given how similar the specifications of the two laptops are, you can expect them to perform roughly the same. Our only recommendation is to select a version with an Intel Core i7 processor, especially if you often work on larger code bases or niche applications. The moment you run a virtual machine to test your software in a different environment is when you realize the benefit of having an i7 instead of an i5.

    The battery inside the Surface Pro 4 is rated at 5087 mAh, which is a 9 percent decrease from the 5547 mAh battery in the Surface Pro 3. Despite this, Microsoft has actually managed to increase the battery life of the latest Surface Pro through software updates and various driver optimizations.

    The HP Spectre x360 has a 4912 mAh battery, but the battery life is abysmal. If you limit your usage, you can get a full day of use out of the Surface Pro 4, but going over 6 hours with the Spectre x360 isn’t an easy task.

    Price

    At $1,250 for a model with an Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM, the HP Spectre x360 is half the price of a similarly specced Surface Pro 4. To enjoy the performance of an Intel Core i7 with the Surface Pro 4, you better be ready to pay $2,600 for the laptop itself plus $130 for the Type Cover detachable keyboard. It’s only when you go with an Intel Core i5, 256 GB SSD, and 8 GB RAM when the price of the Surface Pro 4 becomes similar to the price of the Spectre x360.

    Verdict

    For developers who want a 2-in-1 laptop for nothing but coding, the Surface Pro 4 is a hard sell. The laptop makes more sense if you like to mix things up and use a single device for multiple purposes, such as multimedia consumption, note-taking, project planning, and so on. Still, all those tasks are easy to accomplish on the HP Spectre x360, which gives you much better performance for a lot less money, and you’ll even have enough money left for a portable laptop charger to compensate for the weak battery.

    HP Spectre x360 vs Surface Pro 4

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    Spectre x360 HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 15.6" 4K Ultra HD TouchScreen Laptop 1549.95
    Apple MacBook Pro 1449
    Microsoft Microsoft Surface Pro 4 621


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    How To Turn Your Laptop Into A Retro Gaming Console

    There’s a saying that goes “All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. While I don’t know who specifically said this first I do know that working all the time can cause stress which is why we need to relax once in awhile. One of the bests way to relax is to play your favorite console games from your childhood. It’s the nostalgic feeling that brings back good memories which can become a good stress reliever. It’s no wonder that Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition became an instant hit worldwide when it was released last year.

    Today we will be helping you transform your laptop into a retro gaming console so that you can play any of your favorite old school games conveniently. This is actually an easy method which can be done by everyone. Before proceeding you will have to check your laptop specifications and make sure that it meets the necessary hardware and software requirements. On the minimum you can use a laptop with an Intel Celeron processor with 2 GB of RAM. The more powerful the laptop is the better it is as a retro gaming machine. On the software side it is recommended that the laptop is running on Windows 10.

    To transform your laptop into a retro gaming console all you have to do is to install emulators. This is a software that emulates the way a gaming device works. So if you install a NES emulator in your laptop you will be able to play NES games.

    Installing the emulator is only half of the requirement. The next step is to have a copy of the game file. Since we don’t support piracy the best way to get a copy of the game file is to have the actual game itself. You can also use Google to search for a copy of the game.

    Once you have the emulator installed and you also have a copy of your favorite game you can now proceed with playing your favorite game. You can use the keyboard of your laptop as the controls for the game although you can also get a Bluetooth controller which can provide a better gaming experience.

    Some of the best emulators for each console and their system requirements are as follows.

    Nes Emulator: Nestopia

    • Processor: Pentium MMX or comparable AMD
    • Ram: 64MB
    • Video: Direct3D 9.0 compatible graphic card.
    • OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
    • Software Installed: DirectX 9.0c or superior.

    Super Nintendo Emulator: Snes9X

    • Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7.
    • DirectX 6.1b or later.
    • 300MHz processor BARE MINIMUM
    • 16MB RAM BARE MINIMUM.
    • DirectSound compatible sound card.

    Nintendo 64 Emulator: Project64

    • 650 MHz Intel Pentium III / AMD Athlon XP CPU
    • 128MB RAM
    • DirectX 8.1 GPU (at least ATI Radeon 8500 / Nvidia GeForce 4200)
    • 15MB disk space for emulator, additional 4-64MB per game

    Playstation 1 Emulator: ePSXe

    • Pentium 200 MHz
    • 256 MB RAM
    • 3D graphics card supporting OpenGL or DirectX.
    • Windows: 95,98, NT ,XP, 2000, Vista, or GNU/Linux
    • CD-ROM or DVD roms and of course your original PS games.

    If you have a laptop with you right now then try installing an emulator then check out some of the games that you can play with it.

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    5 Best Mini Fanless PC Stick Running Windows 10

    Let’s face it: most televisions don’t provide with much entertainment unless you own an internet-enabled multimedia steaming box. But even with it, many people still end up with laptops on their laps, just to browse the web or chat with friends. Wouldn’t it then make sense to purchase a single device that could serve both as a steaming box and as a full-fledged PC running Windows 10? The mini fanless PC sticks described in this article can do just that and more.

    Mini Fanless PC Stick

    MINIX NEO Z83-4

    If you’re looking for a capable Windows 10 mini PC that you can just take out of the box, plug into a monitor, and start using, the MINIX NEO Z83-4 is the one to get. Even though this palm-sized computer cost less than $200, it comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. Considering that a single Windows 10 Home license costs $119, we think that it’s safe to say that this is a fantastic deal.

    The tiny, round case hides Intel’s Cherry Trail Quad-Core processor, 32GB of Samsung eMMC, and 4GB of DDR3L memory. Performance-wise, these specifications put the MINIX NEO Z83-4 on par with most Chromebooks and budget Windows laptops. You can play 4K content at 30 frames per second, play Minecraft, browse the web, run a home web server, or use the device as an inexpensive computer for kids or casual users.

    Even when pushed to its limits, the MINIX NEO Z83-4 never draws more than 10 W. When you compare it to a 200 W desktop computer, you find out that the NEO Z83-4 costs approximately $100 less per year to run. That means that after just 2 years of use, it will have virtually paid for itself.

    Intel Compute Stick CS325

    The Intel Compute Stick CS325 is an impossibly small fanless PC stick with hardware specifications identical to a high-end ultrabook, such as the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA. Intel has somehow managed to squeeze in their excellent m3-6Y30 processor, which is a mid-range CPU with very low power consumption of just 4.5 W. It’s suitable for all office tasks, multimedia consumption, web browsing, and very light gaming. The processor has received the same score as the i3-5010U, which is quite an accomplishment given that the i3 consumes three times as much power as the m3.

    Besides excellent power characteristics and capable performance, the Intel Compute Stick CS325 offers reliable connectivity via an integrated Intel 802.11ac wireless card and Bluetooth 4.2. There’s one conveniently located USB 3.0 port on the stick itself and two extra ones on the included power adapter. Most customers choose to pair the Compute Stick with a wireless keyboard like the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus, turning this inexpensive Intel-based computer into a full-fledged home media center.

    Azulle A-1063-AAP-1 Access Plus

    Admittedly, we get a huge kick out of ridiculously small computers that consume less power than a LED light bulb. Built on the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 SoC, the Azulle A-1063-AAP-1 Access Plus is about as power-efficient as you can get. Yet, it offers the same computing power as high-end tablets, including smooth HD video playback, responsive web browsing, and convenient access to Netflix.

    According to the manufacturer, the Azulle A-1063-AAP-1 Access Plus is the only computer stick in the world with an Ethernet port. When compared to Wi-Fi, Ethernet connection delivers faster speeds, better reliability, and unmatched security. The Azulle Access Plus is available either with 2 GB or 4 GB of memory. We recommend the 4 GB version, as 2 GB just don’t cut it anymore in 2017.

    Azulle Quantum Access Mini PC Stick

    The Azulle Quantum Access Mini PC Stick is our favorite way how to turn a dumb TV into a smart entertainment hub. This computer stick comes preloaded with the latest version of Windows 10, so you can just plug it into an HDMI port and kick back on the couch. The new Intel Atom Z3735F processor makes even more extensive multitasking possible, and the top-of-the-line Intel HD graphics card is fully optimized for high-definition multimedia consumption and light gaming.

    You can even get the Azulle Quantum Access Mini PC Stick in a discounted bundle with a keyboard or with a keyboard and web camera. Because there are only around 15 GB of usable storage space on the stick, you should also get a good micro SD card.

    ASUS VivoStick TS10-B017D

    With most PC sticks, you need to plug in a keyboard and mouse to control the operating system. This could easily mean extra $100, depending on which brand and model you decide to go with. The ASUS VivoStick TS10-B017D with the Intel Atom Z8350 processor is different, though. It comes preloaded with the ASUS VivoRemote app for intuitive control from mobile devices. The app features remote virtual keyboard and mouse, hotkeys for media playback control, a shortcut to the Windows Start menu, local media support and voice control functionality, and more. You can run the app on all Android devices version 2.3.3 and up, and also on your iPhone or iPad.

    The stick itself is very affordable, yet decently powerful. Thanks to hardware decoders for HEVC and h.265, you can enjoy all your favorite shows on Netflix or play local 4K video without any hiccups.

    Mini Fanless PC Stick

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    3 Best AMD Processor for Gaming in 2017

    AMD processors have always been an excellent choice for budget-minded gamers who don’t mind exchanging some of the bells and whistles that come with Intel CPUs in favor of raw performance combined with unprecedented value.

    Best AMD Processor for Gaming

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    AMD AMD FX-8350 132
    AMD AMD FX-8320 109.99
    AMD AMD FX-6300 89.99


    Why Choose AMD for Gaming?

    As you know, a powerful processor is just one part of a larger equation that determines how much time you spend below 60 FPS. Only rarely is processor the biggest bottleneck, which is why it makes sense to only spend as much money as it takes to max out your graphics card. Modern AMD processors are particularly great in this regard, allowing you to achieve high framerates and fantastic responsiveness and still have enough money left in your bank account to make the most out of the next Steam sale event.

    All processors on this list fit into the AM3+ socket type and feature AMD’s Piledriver microarchitecture, the second-generation successor to Bulldozer. Piledriver brings significant performance increases across the board while retaining similar power characteristics.

    Entry-Level: AMD FX-6300

    AMD has made it very easy for us to select our entry-level favorite. For less than $100 with a fan included, the FX-6300 is the budget deal of the year. According to data from CPU Benchmark, this six-core processor offers the best value across all price categories, refuting all claims that PC gaming is a costly endeavor.

    The FX-6300 runs on 3.5 GHz, and its max turbo core speed is 3.8 GHz. Unlike with Intel CPUs, there’s no need to pay extra just so you can indulge in some overclocking. While your results may vary, there are many people out there who have successfully reached almost 5 GHz with the FX-6300—that’s a lot of computing power for something so affordable. And perhaps best of all, the processor’s TDP is just 95 W.

    Mid-Range: AMD FX-8320

    With its 8 cores, a boost speed of 4.0 GHz, and price of just $125, the FX-8320 has every right to look at other mid-range processors with a self-assured smirk on its face. Performance-wise this processor is almost on par with the i5-4460 from Intel, which is one of the most popular mid-range Haswell CPUs.

    But unlike the blue marble, the red beast is fully unlocked for overclocking and noticeably less expensive. Just keep in mind that you’ll need a capable after-market cooler to prevent it from going full-toaster. Most people who tried overclocking the FX-8320 very able to increase the base clock speed to 4.0 GHz on the stock voltage settings.

    High-End: AMD FX-8350

    If you’re familiar with the current AMD CPU lineup, you might be wondering where’s the FX-9590, AMD’s most powerful desktop processor. The reason for its omission in favor of the FX-8350 is simple: it’s about as power-hungry as the average smartphone factory in China. At 220 W, the FX-9590 simply doesn’t make sense for most people. Compared to your typical Intel CPU with TDP of around 85 W, the FX-9590 would increase your annual home energy cost by approximately $33. That means you would have to pay extra $100 over the course of 3 years for a marginally better performance.

    The much more level-headed FX-8350, which is our high-end favorite, runs on just 125 W. Despite its humbler power requirements, the actual gaming performance of this processor is still excellent. And if you ever need more, clock speeds of over 5.0 GHz are just one beefy cooler away.

    Zen Is Coming…

    In March of this year, AMD is set to introduce their new Zen architecture, along with first Ryzen CPUs. Everyone’s paying close attention to AMD, because, after a very long time, it finally seems like AMD could be a serious threat to Intel’s current CPU dominance.

    If current rumors are to be taken seriously, the top-range Ryzen CPU should have 8 cores and 16 threads. Its performance is expected to match Skylake processors, but for a better price. “Zen is not a destination; it’s a starting point. AMD is back, but we’re also back to stay. We’re going to continue to push high-performance compute going forward in our next generation—we’re totally committed to high performance compute,” said the chief architect for Zen, Mike Clark.

    Should you then hold on and wait for Zen to hit the market? That depends on how much money you’re willing to spend on a new processor. Ryzen CPUs will likely cost more than current Piledriver CPUs, and chances are that they won’t be able to compete with the excellent value of the FX-6300 and even the FX-8320.

    Best AMD Processor for Gaming

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    AMD AMD FX-8350 132
    AMD AMD FX-8320 109.99
    AMD AMD FX-6300 89.99


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    5 Best Curved Monitor for Gaming in 2017

    It’s not too long ago when flat screen monitors were all the rage. In 2017, curved monitors have become the next big thing. According to monitor manufacturers and most of those who’ve used a curved monitor, the wide, curved display surface produces a much more immersive viewing experience, especially when playing video games or watching movies.

    Best Curved Monitor For Gaming

    You may be wondering why most newly released monitors are still flat when the technology behind curved monitors has been around for a while now. Firstly, curved monitors are more expensive to produce. The average price of curved monitors is going down steadily, but it likely won’t ever catch up with the average price of flat monitors. But what’s more important, curved monitors require a very precise viewing angle. Look at a curved monitor slightly from a side, and the viewing experience deteriorates rapidly. This isn’t much of a problem for users of personal computers, but it’s a problem when it comes to living room TVs, monitors in stores and public places, and so on.

    If you’re set on a curved monitor but aren’t sure which one to get, we have five suggestions for you. All the monitors on this list come from large, reputable manufacturers, and their stellar user ratings are a testament to their quality.

    Acer Predator X34

    The Acer Predator X34 has gaming in its DNA. This 34-inch ultra-wide curved monitor with 3440 x 1440 pixels has been designed by gamers for gamers. Its futuristic stand that looks like an alien sentry holds a nearly bezel-less screen, allowing for a wide range of adjustments. Integrated into the bottom bezel is a strip of customizable RGB LEDs that provide ambient backlight to increase immersion and reduce eye strain. If you wanted to, you could place two X34 monitors side by side to game at 10K.

    The Acer Predator X34 supports Nvidia G-Sync to eliminate screen tearing and the need for software solutions such as V-Sync, which often cause the framerate to drop or make aiming feel unresponsive. With a press of a button, the monitor can be overclocked up to 100 Hz for smoother action, and it’s also just as easy to increase the brightness of dark areas or activate a crosshair.

    The X34 reproduces 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, satisfying the needs of professional graphics artists and content creators alike. The monitor can be connected either via DisplayPort or HDMI 1.4. The back-panel houses five USB 3.0 ports, four of which can be used to connect peripherals and storage devices.

    Asus ROG Swift PG348Q

    The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q shares so many similarities with the Acer Predator X34 that the differences between them boil down to design and brand preferences, at least for the most part. The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q is a 34-incher with 3440 x 1440 pixels and wide viewing angles and color gamut thanks to the IPS display technology.

    It supports Nvidia G-Sync and up to 100 Hz refresh rates for a fluid, shutter-free gaming experience. The monitor includes several useful features intended to make long gaming sessions easier on the eyes. Among them is the Asus Ultra-Low Blue Light filter, which reduces the amount of harmful blue light based on your activity, as well as the Asus Flicker-Free technology, which reduces flicker to give you a comfortable gaming experience.

    The screen stands on an ergonomic stand with swivel, tilt, and height adjustment capabilities. The stand has a built-in LED lighting projection system, which adds ambiance to your gaming. The near absence of bezels around the edges of the display makes it ideal for multi-monitor setups for even greater immersion.

    Both the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q and the Acer Predator X34 use display panels manufactured by the same company, so the image quality is the also the same. The Asus seems slightly better built, but it could be argued that build quality isn’t terribly important when it comes to computer monitors.

    Dell UltraSharp U3415W

    Unlike the previous two monitors on this list, the Dell UltraSharp U3415W has a more office-appropriate design and features. It’s still a 34-inch display with 3440 x 1440 pixels, but the gaming features that you get with the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q and the Acer Predator X34 have been replaced by an environmentally-conscious design that relies on eco-conscious materials and enhanced power management.

    The Dell UltraSharp U3415W features a dual-speaker setup with 18 watts of total power. The speakers aren’t intended for serious music listening, but they’re fine for casual multimedia consumption and general office use. The monitor features fantastic connectivity options, including MHL, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, a dedicated audio line, and several USB ports.

    The Dell UltraSharp U3415W has minimal bezels for excellent immersion and seamless extendibility with a second monitor. Dell sells it for around $749, and we think that it’s a wonderful deal for the money regardless of whether you want to use it for gaming or for office work.

    BenQ XR3501

    The BenQ XR3501 is an affordable curved gaming monitor with some compromises but even more great features. Being a 35-inch monitor, the biggest compromise that BenQ had to make when designing this monitor is the relatively low resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels. Depending on how close to the monitor you sit, you may be able to see individual pixels even when not looking for them, which can be distracting and possibly immersion-breaking. This problem isn’t all that noticeable when gaming because of all the fast action, but switch to a web browser or a word processor and the individual pixels really jump out.

    The lower resolution is to a large extent redeemed by the support for up to 144 Hz refresh rates, which ensures crisp, fluid motion. Together with the large field of view, the XR3501 can really make games come to life. Like more expensive gaming monitors, the BenQ XR3501 is packed with useful gaming features, such as its twenty levels of color vibrance, the built-in Black eQualizer color engine technology to brighten dark scenes without over-exposing the bright areas, or BenQ’s new Low Blue Light technology, which effectively reduces eye fatigue by eliminating harmful blue light.

    The monitor even supports a picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture display modes. With them, you can display images from two different input sources on a single monitor. For around $600, the BenQ XR3501 is a great choice for gamers on a budget or those who’d like to put together a multi-monitor setup without spending thousands of dollars.

    Acer XR341CK

    Acer’s competitively-priced, curved, the gaming-ready XR341CK monitor has a 34-inch screen with 3440 x 1440 pixels and low response time of 4 ms. The monitor can go up to 75 Hz, and its LED backlighting ensures even colors and brightness from corner to corner. Designed with both entertainment and productivity in mind, the Acer XR341CK covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and it features Acer’s 6-axis color adjustment the highest standard of color accuracy. The color accuracy of the monitor doesn’t deteriorate even when viewed from very sharp angles.

    Being the multimedia powerhouse that the XR341CK is, it comes with two built-in 7 W DTS Sound speakers and EyeProtect’s Flicker-less and Blue-light filtering technology. Together with AMD Freesync for a smooth, tear-free experience, the Acer XR341CK is a great monitor for anyone who enjoys an intense gaming session or a TV show binge after work or school.

    What gives the Acer XR341CK an edge over many other gaming monitors is the support for two sources displayed side-by-side in one screen. You can connect your PC or laptop either via HDMI or DisplayPort, and you’ll also get five high-speed USB 3.0 ports for your accessories and peripherals.

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