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A Shattered Collection of My Best Memories: An Immediate Solution Thanks to Stellar Photo Recovery

Who doesn’t love creating new memories and saving them as photos on a smartphone, PC, or any other digital media? While many of us share some on social media, we keep the most precious and private ones to ourselves. Sadly, my hard drive of photos became corrupted, which held images…

Hotspot Shield: 2020 Review
  While we recommend that everyone use a virtual private network (VPN) as a basic level of privacy protection, there is a problem inherent in all VPNs. Because a VPN requires you to connect to a server that’s some distance from your immediate location, and then it encrypts your... Read more
When it comes to the world of virtual private networks (VPNs), one thing has been true up till now. Cheap or free VPNs provided only basic services, while more robust VPNs cost a whole lot of money. FastestVPN is disrupting this model by offering a full-featured VPN package that... Read more
Learning a second language can help you with everything from getting a better job to having a great vacation experience. But most of us don’t have time to sit in stuffy classrooms for hours a week using old methods to try to grasp the language basics. It’s much more... Read more
Microsoft announces when it will kill Wunderlist
Microsoft’s Wunderlist to-do app has been living on borrowed time for a while now. It was back in 2017 when the software giant announced it would be phasing out the app, which strangely enough, Microsoft had only purchased in 2015. The plan then was to phase out Wunderlist as... Read more
Google launches Android Ambient Mode
Android’s latest Google Assistant powered feature, Ambient Mode, will begin rolling out next week. Google first announced Ambient Mode back in September, telling the world that the feature would turn Android devices into smart devices whenever they’re plugged in and charging. Basically, whenever an Android phone or tablet is... Read more
Disclosure: Our team is always looking for things we think our readers will value. We have received compensation for publishing this article. Since its development in the late 1940’s, artificial intelligence (AI) has been used for everything from game playing to helping to improve healthcare. Broadly speaking, AI involves... Read more
Instagram unveils Reels, a TikTok clone
Is TikTok the best app in the world right now? There is an increasing amount of evidence that a lot of people at Facebook and Instagram HQ seem to think so. In fact, the Instagram team loves the Chinese Vine clone so much that the Facebook-owned app has just... Read more
What is Windows 10X?
Foldable screens and new dual screen devices have increasingly become the trend. Manufacturers now want to show themselves as forward thinking hardware developers. Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X operating system has long been rumored to be the software giant’s first foray into the dual screen world we all look likely... Read more
Report: Your phone number reveals more personal info than your name
According to a recent New York Times article, your phone number has loads of personal information attached to it.  Quite often, websites and apps ask us for our phone number when logging in or creating an account. However, by using searching for your phone number on WhitePages.com, a hacker... Read more
A dark mode is coming to Google Chrome on desktop
Every app these days seems to have a new dark mode or one in development. This is due in part to the appearance a slick black background can give but also due to recent research from Google that shows darker colors use up less battery power on devices with... Read more
Google now allows you to play podcasts within search results
The podcasting world has always been a bit of the Wild West. You’d discover a series through word of mouth or maybe by way of an article listing recommendations. Then it’s on you to use a podcasting app or go to the website to download the episode and listen.... Read more
LEAK: Windows 10 removes live tiles in new Start menu
A new leak shows that Windows 10’s new look will not feature live tiles. For those who do not know, live tiles are the moving tiles on your Start menu. The leak is accurate, but it might be a proposed concept for Windows Lite rather than the full version... Read more
New Google Chrome Global Media Controls will give you better control over audio and video playing in open tabs
Google uses its Chrome Canary build to give developers and more advanced web users an early look at experimental features it is working on for Chrome. The build can be unstable, but it offers a unique insight into the future features we’re likely to see added to Google’s main... Read more
Android apps collect your data through hidden channels
After you tell an app that it does not have permission to collect any of your data, you expect that to be the end of the story. However, a recent article from CNN says that these apps continue to collect your information even after you told them to stop. According... Read more
Google Maps will tell you if your bus or train is crowded or late
You’re rushing out the door for your commute. You get to the train station. The train doesn’t come when it’s supposed to. And when it finally does come, it’s jam-packed. Now you’re going to be late and your day is off to a terrible start. Today, Google is trying... Read more
Over $1m paid to ransomware hackers by two US towns
More than one US town has been badly hit by hackers recently – and it’s had expensive consequences. It’s understood that ransomware attacks have seen two towns in the United States of America forced to pay out $1.1m to the culprits. BBC News joins scores of media outlets in... Read more
Success as messaging app Slack joins the stock market
One of the latest tech start-ups to join the stock market has recorded a surge of shares. The messaging app Slack saw shares rise by 49% last week. The team organiser initially set a guide price of $26 a share. However, it rose by 60% at the start of... Read more
Chrome is tracking you to an absurd degree
Cookies make the web a little easier. If you’ve previously visited a site, it can make the return visit a little smoother. But some of those cookies can be more invasive than we’d like. According to a recent Washington Post article, just one week of desktop surfing generated more... Read more