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10 Must-Read Tech Sites to Stay Updated

10 Must-Read Tech Sites to Stay Updated

Are you looking for the most credible voices in technology news? The rise of online publications and blogs has resulted in a flood of information regarding computers, mobile gadgets, software and operating systems. It can be difficult, however, to know which websites you can trust. Here are some of the most trusted websites; these will help you keep up with the constant flow of technological updates.

1. Arstechnica.com

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    First on the list is Ars Technica, simply because of the date of inception. This site has been around for nearly two decades, a very substantial amount of time. The publication, now owned by Conde Nast, is a go-to for both tech professionals and hobbyists. Ars Technica features a wide range of news and editorials, delving into business, legal ramifications, security, and other consumer interests.

    The dialogue isn’t a one-way street, either. Readers can interact with one another by checking out the Ars Technica forums, which allow for discussions on hardware modifications, operations systems, software and gaming. Ars Technica’s operations are funded primarily by online advertising and it has been a paid subscription service since 2001.

    Interestingly, the website generated much controversy in 2009 when they prevented users who had installed advertisement blocking software from viewing the site. While this stirred some negative reactions, the site continues to be a trusted resource today.

    2. Techcrunch.com

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      Second on the list is TechCrunch, thanks to the website’s more than 50,000 active contributors. If you want to get the scoop on technology startups, then TechCrunch is the news source for you. This publication highlights the business side of tech innovation, covering major acquisitions, funding sources, and product launches. You can browse news based on brand names, such as Google, Apple, or Twitter. You can also sift through news and reviews by tuning into different category channels like Enterprise, Startups, or Mobile.

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      One of the most compelling sections of Tech Crunch is Crunch Base, a vast database of technology companies and startups. Each Crunch Base profile includes financial details for each company, including funding received, headquarters locations, and the names of the founders.

      In 2011, the company was accused of ethical violations and the founder, Michael Arrington, left the company. Fortunately, the company was able to bounce back, and still provides great technological updates for consumers.

      3. Engadget.com

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        Engadget makes number three on our list, because it’s a great multilingual resource. Impressively, this resource has been helping people make informed tech purchasing decisions since 2004. It’s no surprise that the collection of blogs on Engadget have had such success, since it was created by a co-founder of Gizmodo, Peter Rojas.

        Interestingly, the editorial team involved in steering Engadget to fame has moved on to pursue several other successful endeavors. For example, former Engadget editor-in-chief, Joshua Topolsky, went on to create The Verge, followed by an editorial role at Bloomberg.

        4. Thenextweb.com

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          The Next Web makes the next spot on our list, because of their more than 6.5 million unique monthly visitors. This site is constantly looking at the newest gadgets, web app updates, and service features. Get the head start you need on the latest tech updates, and if you are looking to make a new gadget purchase, check out The Next Web first. They will let you know if something better is coming out shortly!

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          Unlike many other tech websites, The Next Web has been able to avoid controversy and continues to thrive drama-free today.

          5. Wired.com

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            We love this website because it came from a popular magazine! Coming in at number five on our list, this website split from Wired Magazine in 1990, when it was purchased by Conde Nast Publishing.

            This publication deals with the popular culture surrounding technology. If you’re looking for an engaging, yet casual read, this website is for you. Wired features entertainment, opinion, business, and security news regarding electronics of all kinds. Furthermore, if you’re interested in an old-school paper and ink experience, you can still buy a copy of Wired magazine on newsstands.

            6. Tomshardware.com

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              Tom’s Hardware makes the next spot on our list of trustworthy websites, because it’s been around since 1996. If you’re looking for a site that can help with projects, then check this one out. Tom’s Hardware features a unique “build your own” section, where you can learn how to build your own computer.

              Anyone who’s replaced a computer part or built a PC will tell you how difficult it is to track reviews, part upgrades, and the latest sales. Furthermore, seasoned hardware tinkerers are faced with a dizzying array of components to choose from.

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              Fortunately, Tom’s Hardware helps you cut through the noise and get sound advice on computer parts, from tower cases to motherboards. As stated above, this is the ultimate resource if you’re thinking about building a computer, particularly for gaming.

              7. Cnet.com

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                Next on the list is CNET, because we like their region-specific and language-specific editions. Early consumers loved CNET because of their enormous library of freeware and software reviews, available through the CNET download section.

                This publication has been around since 1994, and owned by The CBS Corporation since 2008. Reviews make up the majority of content on CNET, helping consumers choose the best hardware, software, and tech services.

                Remember Limewire? CNET has been accused of having a part in the controversial music sharing program, but a lawsuit from 2011 has yet to go anywhere.

                8. 9to5Mac.com

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                  Number eight on the list is 9 to 5 Mac, solely because it was founded only seven short years ago. The website is very impressive, however, and covers more than just Apple products. They provide information on thousands of accessories that are compatible with the Mac OS X and iOS platforms.

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                  This platform is considered one of the most reliable sources for Apple-relevant news, and it’s founding team has been in featured in Business Insider.

                  9. Gizmodo.com

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                    Coming in towards the end of our list because it was founded just a little over a decade ago, Gizmodo is a prime example of how powerful crowd sourced information and blogging can be. This publication is part of the Gawker Media network, a family of blogs that includes Lifehacker, Deadspin, and Jezebel.

                    These blogs are all powered by Kinja, which enables any user, including readers, to contribute to the discussion with their very own blog posts. This blurs the line between bloggers and readers, encouraging more people to contribute their voices to the news feed.

                    10. NewYorkTimes.com

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                      Lastly,we have Bits: The Business of Technology from the New York Times. This newspaper is a leading resource for various information; so it’s no surprise that this long-standing publication has created a blog dedicated to technology!

                      Bits gathers information from every corner of the Internet, and NY Times writers weigh in on new product launches, tech conventions, and upcoming gadget developments. With so many active contributors, and such an impressive host, it’s no wonder why Bits needed to make our list of the top tech websites.

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                      25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                      25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                      If you are using Windows regularly, using these Windows keyboard shortcuts will definitely increase your productivity. Compiled below is an exclusive list of shortcuts that will help you breeze through your daily work.

                      You might know some of them, but there are certainly some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have heard of before. Once you start using them, you will notice how easy navigating and operating on Windows has become.

                      Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                      These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.

                      1. Ctrl+Z : Undo

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                        Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.

                        Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.

                        2. Ctrl + A : Select All

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                          Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.

                          Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.

                          3. Ctrl + C : Copy

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                            You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.

                            This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.

                            4. Ctrl + V : Paste

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                              Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.

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                              If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.

                              5. Ctrl + X : Cut

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                                Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?

                                Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.

                                6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs

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                                  This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.

                                  Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!

                                  7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager

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                                    What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.

                                    You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.

                                    8. Alt + F4 : Close App

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                                      This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.

                                      However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.

                                      9. Ctrl + F : Find

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                                        You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.

                                        10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace

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                                          You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.

                                          Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.

                                          11. Ctrl + E : Select the Search Box

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                                            Whether you are in your file explorer or browser, pressing Ctrl+E will select your search/navigation bar, and you can directly start typing into it. This will make your life easier when you need quick search.

                                            12. Ctrl + N : Open a New Window

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                                              Pressing Ctrl+N together will open up a new file or a window depending on if you are working in your browser or offline. This Windows keyboard shortcut works well with most offline applications and online browsers made for Windows.

                                              13. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel : Zoom In/Out

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                                                Text too small? Want to see the details more clearly? Viewing an infographic that requires zooming in? This shortcut provides exactly that.

                                                If you are in a document, this command will make your files and folders appear larger, and if you are on your browser, it will simply zoom in on the page. Talk about attention to detail!

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                                                14. Win + L: Lock Screen

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                                                  Stepping away, but don’t want to shut down or put your system to sleep? Win + L is a great shortcut. It helps you lock down your screen, and unless you re-enter your password nobody can open it (assuming you have a password set for your system).

                                                  15. Win + D : Show Desktop

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                                                    This is actually a quick minimize option. No matter how many tabs/windows are open, this shortcut quickly minimizes all of them and shows you the desktop, allowing you to access files or an application in a couple of clicks.

                                                    16. Win + Tab (+ Shift) : Toggle Task View

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                                                      This shortcut is very similar to what Alt + Tab does, but it is a more advanced level Windows app navigator. When you press it, you will see tiles of all the open programs and most used programs.

                                                      You can scroll or jump between them by additionally pressing the shift key with the Win + Tab command.

                                                      17. Win + C : Opens Cortana

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                                                        Are you a fan of voice control or like using Cortana to get things done quickly? You can summon her by using the Win + C shortcut. She’ll then be available to grant your every request.

                                                        18. Win + Prt Sc : Save Screenshot

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                                                          While Prt Sc allows you to take a screenshot, pressing the Windows button at the same time allows you to automatically save the screenshot. There is a folder named “screenshot” in your pictures destination, where PNG files of the screenshot will get saved. No need to add another screenshot tool!

                                                          19. Win + I : Open Settings

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                                                            Need to quickly open the settings tab? Now, you don’t need to browse through 3-4 destinations to reach the settings tab. Just hit Win + I to open up the settings menu for Windows.

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                                                            20. Win + S : Search for Windows

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                                                              You will always have that file or application that you can’t find on your PC. For this, Windows introduced the search bar.

                                                              You can easily open it by pressing Win + S and typing in the file name you want to look up. Additionally, since Cortana is integrated with the search function, you can use it to ask additional questions as well.

                                                              21. Fn + F2 : Rename

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                                                                Depending on the hardware manufacturer, F2 keys perform various tasks, like volume up/down or turn Wifi off/on. However, using the Fn + F2, you can quickly use the Rename file option when a file/folder is selected. Say goodbye to the right click.

                                                                22. Fn + F5 : Refresh

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                                                                  Your PC stuck is stuck and the processor can’t keep up. Refresh is a good method to get things moving. Pressing Fn + F5 can refresh Windows, or if you are working on your browser, it can refresh that, too.

                                                                  23. Win + X : Hidden Menu

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                                                                    Did you know that windows had a hidden menu? Press Win + X and see it pop-up. It will give you access to all the essential areas of the system.

                                                                    24. Win + V : Navigate Through Notifications

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                                                                      If you have configured notifications and alerts on your systems, this shortcut will help you easily toggle through all of them. It’s extremely useful for people who are especially popular or busy.

                                                                      25. Win + Ctrl + B : Open App That Displayed a Notification

                                                                        You’re working, and a notification pops up that needs your attention. Use Win + Ctrl + B, and the explorer will switch to the application that sent you the notification. Swift.

                                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                                        You might be excited to start using all of these Windows keyboard shortcuts right away. While I advise you to try them all out, it entirely depends on how you engage with your system and what work you do. Any number of them can be generally useful. Start experimenting today.

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