How to Get the Word Count of Your PowerPoint Presentation

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Knowing the word count of your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes can give you a rough idea of how long it may take to present the slideshow and where you may need to cut back. Here’s how to find out.

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Best Games You Can Play in Chrome for Android Right Now

chrome-android-games-featured-image.jpg Gaming on Android isn’t all about installing apps and tolerating microtransactions. There are a multitude of completely free games you can play on Chrome for Android right now – no install needed! After going through a wide variety of options, we’ve narrowed down our selections to seven top picks across a variety of genres. Many games in this list are Pico-8 based – think of Pico-8 as a virtual console with specs similar to the Game Boy Color, with most of its full games being playable in a browser! Not all Pico-8 games are mobile-compatible, but the ones we’ve chosen for… Read more14383718.gif

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7 Ways to Speed up Ubuntu

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What’s the Best Way to Buy a Vintage Computer?

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As a hobby, vintage computing is on the rise. A generation that grew up with classic PCs is looking back and revisiting the glory days of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s with the authentic machines. But what’s the best way to get the hardware? We’ll show you the options.

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How to Manage Your Subscriptions on YouTube

This wikiHow teaches you how to manage the channels you’re subscribed to on YouTube. If you’re using a phone or tablet, you can manage your subscriptions on the Subscriptions tab at the bottom of the screen. When you’re using a web browser on a computer, your options are in the Subscriptions tab in the left panel. You can even subscribe and unsubscribe to channels using the YouTube Smart TV or game console app.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Using a Phone or Tablet

  1. Open the YouTube app. The process for managing your subscriptions is identical for the iPhone and Android YouTube apps.
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  2. Tap the tab. This looks like a stack of rectangles with a white triangle in the middle. You’ll find it at the bottom of the screen.
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  3. Tap . It’s the blue text in the upper-right area of the screen. This displays a list of all of your active subscriptions
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  4. Tap . It’s the blue text in the upper-right corner. This displays the options that allow you to manage your subscriptions.
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  5. Swipe left on a channel you want to unsubscribe to. This displays the red “Unsubscribe” button. Alternatively, you can tap and hold a channel name to display the “Unsubscribe” button.
  6. Tap . It’s the red button that appears to the right of a channel’s name when you swipe left on it or long-press it. This unsubscribes you from the channel.
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    • The channel will still appear greyed out in the list. If you unsubscribe to the wrong channel, tap Subscribe to resubscribe to it again.
  7. Tap the bell icon to adjust notifications for a subscription. This brings up a menu with some notification options.
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  8. Tap the notification frequency you want. You can select no notifications, notifications for highlighted videos, or notifications for every video.
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    • Select All to receive push notifications for every new video on the channel.
    • Select Personalized to see notifications from this channel based on your YouTube activity.
    • Select None to turn off notifications for the channel.
  9. Scroll up and tap when you’re finished. This saves all of the changes you’ve made to your subscriptions and returns you to the subscription list.[1]
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[Edit]Using YouTube.com on a Computer

  1. Go to https://www.youtube.com in a web browser. You can use any web browser on PC or Mac.
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  2. Sign in to your YouTube account. If you’re not already signed in, click the blue Sign In link at the top-right corner to do so now. Your subscriptions are associated with your YouTube account. If you are signed in, click your profile photo at the top-right corner to make sure you’re signed in to the account you want to manage.
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    • To switch accounts, click your profile photo, select Switch account, and then select your Google account, or click Add account and sign in with the email address and password associated with your Google account.
  3. Click the button. It’s on the left panel near the top. If you don’t see a left panel, click the three-line menu at the top-left corner to expand it.
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  4. Click . It’s the blue link in the upper-right area of the right panel. A list of your subscriptions will expand in alphabetical order.
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  5. Click the button next to a channel you want to unsubscribe to. This displays a confirmation pop-up.
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  6. Tap . It’s the blue text in the confirmation pop-up. This unsubscribes you to the channel.
    • The channel will still temporarily appear in your list of favorites. If you accidentally unsubscribe to the wrong channel, tap Subscribe to resubscribe to it.
  7. Click the bell icon to manage your notifications for the channel. Each channel on your list has its own bell icon.
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  8. Select a notification preference. The option you choose determines which new videos from the channel you’ll be notified for:
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    • Click All to receive push notifications for every new video on the channel.
    • Click Personalized to see notifications from this channel based on your YouTube activity.
    • Click None to turn off notifications for the channel.
  9. Enable notifications for YouTube in your browser. To ensure you’re seeing notifications for subscribed YouTube channels, follow these steps:
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    • Click your profile icon in the upper-right corner.
    • Click Settings next to the icon that resembles a gear.
    • Click Notifications in the left panel.
    • Click the toggle switch next to “Get Notifications in this browser” if it is not already enabled. This ensures that you will get browser notifications from YouTube.
    • Click the toggle switch next to “Subscriptions” if it is not already enabled. This ensures that you’re notified of activity from your subscribed channels.

[Edit]Using the YouTube TV App

  1. Open the YouTube app. Use the TV remote or game controller to navigate to the YouTube app. It has a white icon with a red screen with a triangle in the middle. Highlight this and and press the Ok, Enter, or Confirm button on your remote or game controller to launch YouTube.
    • On Playstation, the Confirm button is “X” and the Cancel/Back button is “O”. On Xbox and Nintendo Switch, the Confirm button is “A” and the Cancel/Back button is “B.”
  2. Sign in with your Google account if needed. If you are not already signed in to your account, select Sign In in the middle of the page. Use your remote or game controller to navigate the on-screen keyboard. Press the Ok or Done button on the controller to enter each letter. Enter the email address and password associated with your YouTube account. Press Done, Ok or similar when you are finished. Then select Sign In.
  3. Select the Subscriptions icon. It’s in the menu panel to the left. It has an icon that resembles a series of rectangles with a white triangle in the middle stack on top of each other. Highlight this icon and select it to display a list of your YouTube subscriptions.
  4. Scroll down and press right on a channel you want to unsubscribe to. Scroll down below where it says “A – Z” to display a complete list of YouTube channels you are subscribed to. Highlight a channel you want to unsubscribe to. Press right on the channel to go to the channel’s videos.
  5. Select . It’s in the upper-right corner. This unsubscribes you to the channel. This button changes from “SUBSCRIBED” to “SUBSCRIBE.” You can select this button again to resubscribe to the channel.
    • You cannot modify your notification settings on the YouTube TV app.

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How to Disable Control Center on the iPhone Lock Screen

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When your iPhone or iPad is locked, there may be times when you don’t want people to be able to use Control Center. Luckily, there’s an easy way to turn off Control Center on the lock screen. Here’s how.

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What We’re Playing: ‘Trackmania’ Makes You Enjoy Resetting

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If there’s been one game eating up my free time for the past week or so, it’s Trackmania 2020. This high-speed racer has arcadey thrills, enough tracks to last a lifetime, and one of the purest gameplay loops I’ve come across. So, let’s dive a bit deeper into why I find this game so addictive.

Trackmania has been around for a while, with the first game releasing in 2003. The series has seen numerous releases since then, each bringing something a bit different to the table. Trackmania 2020, however, aims to be a more traditional entry, acting as a remake of sorts for the fan-favorite Trackmania Nations. The 2020 release is not my first foray into the series—I played 2006’s Trackmania United a ton when I was younger, but it is the first time I’ve successfully been able to get back into it, mainly thanks to its recency.

But this release has shown to me that yes, I will spend many hours restarting the same track over and over again for the sake of shaving milliseconds off my best times to get a gold medal. So let’s talk a bit about why Trackmania makes that so enticing, instead of the tedious slog it would be in other games.

Pure Speed

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Trackmania doesn’t beat around the bush in terms of gameplay. As soon as you enter a track, you’re thrown into the deep end figuring out how to corner turns and manage speed. The controls are very simple; this is an arcade racer after all, so it doesn’t include stuff realistic racers have like gear changes or handbrakes. You have an accelerator, a brake/reverse button, and your steering—simple enough for anyone to grasp, but it still leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Spoiler: You’re not going to do well on your first few tracks. While the controls are intuitive, a lot of the track hazards aren’t. There are numerous terrain types and modifiers that massively affect how your car controls. The standard tarmac is as grippy as you would expect, allowing you to take wide turns at high speeds without your car losing traction.

But once you get to a dirt road, the game takes on physics more akin to rally racing, requiring you to swerve around corners and carefully accelerate to not slide off the road. And with stages filled to the brim with inclines, twists, and ramps, these challenges are only made more difficult.

Skidding on the ice in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

There are boost pads that increase your speed and “reactor boost up” pads that turn your car into a makeshift hovercraft. There are even some pads with negative effects, such as disabling your engines and steering for a period of time. All of these elements come together with the out-of-this-world stage designs to create some amazing tracks.

The actual driving physics is a happy balance between something like Forza Horizon and Mario Kart. Is it realistic? No, not really, but it’s realistic enough to be intuitive while still introducing arcadey elements to enhance the fun. This all makes Trackmania a game just about anyone can play while remaining rewarding to improve in. But of course, these mechanics would be nothing without the tracks themselves.

On the Grind

There are tons of developer-made tracks in Trackmania and hundreds created by the community (one of which gets highlighted by the developers every day). There are a lot of courses, and each developer-made course has a unique design with a hypothetically optimal route to take. It drives the community to come up with crazy shortcuts that range from simply cutting corners to launching yourself halfway across the map through some exploit in the stage design.

Track selection in 'Trackmania'Just a taste of the track selection available. Ubisoft

Each of these tracks has multiple medals available that represent various times. This introduces the core game mode of Trackmania—time attack (a.k.a., restarting tracks countless times to get a faster run). Not only does this make you better at each track, but you’ll usually come away having improved at the game’s mechanics as well.

I love games that enable me to dedicate time to mastering stages. Titles like Sonic Generations and Celeste are some of my favorite games because of this, and Trackmania taps into the same mentality. I will reset a stage hundreds of times to achieve a slightly better time, and I never feel better than when I finally get good enough to earn the gold medal.

But more importantly, Trackmania has a lot of smart design decisions to avoid this becoming tedious. You can immediately restart a stage or checkpoint from the push of a button—no menus to waste time—and you can enable a ghost of your best time to show where there’s room for improvement. And if you’re really stumped, you can always turn to the ghosts of other players or look up the fastest runs of each track online. Trackmania is a very communal game, and looking at other player’s runs to improve your own is expected, so you can easily find videos or replays to learn from.

The room for improvement is always there; there’s always a corner to take sharper, jump to land better, or straightaway to more advantage of. And if you get really good, then you can start challenging the “Author Medals”—times set by the designer of the track with near-perfect execution required.

Car racing along grassy hill in 'Trackmania'Ubisoft

I’ve already mentioned the mass amount of tracks on display, but one of Trackmania’s biggest selling points is that new maps are added all the time. There are daily tracks to play through, and seasonal campaigns that feature tons of courses you can master. So even if you don’t feel like sifting through the player-made content, you’re unlikely to run out of things to do.

If you want to get into the community-made stuff though, the game doesn’t do a great job at accomodating that. The menus are cluttered and difficult to navigate, and you’re more likely to just get frustrated sorting through the many amateur stages. I’d recommend checking out community hubs like the Trackmania subreddit and TrackmaniaExchange (a website that does a better job at organizing player-made content than the game itself) to find stages.

Start Your Engines

Trackmania is by no means a perfect game—the menus are a pain to navigate and accessing community content is more confusing than it should be. Regardless, the gameplay and stage-design are so incredibly solid that it keeps me and many others coming back over and over again. There is no random chance or unnecessary mechanics—it’s just pure racing fun.

I think the fanbase surrounding this series is the best representation of this. You’ll see some of the wildest stuff come of out this group, and while you may never attempt that crazy shortcut you see on Reddit, it’s cool to see and (somewhat) understand it nonetheless. (If you are interested in the community stuff, I’d  recommend the YouTuber “Wirtual” who covers the community’s greatest achievements.) One of the official trailers for Trackmania was even made by Alpha Testers from the community.

And there’s even more stuff I haven’t touched on here, like the online multiplayer and stage creation because frankly, I’m still working my way through the single-player stuff. But rest assured, if you enjoy duking it out with strangers online or stage editors in games, you’ll get a lot out of both of those modes.

If anything I’ve said here piques your interest, I definitely think Trackmania is worth a shot. While it’s only available on PC, it doesn’t require a crazy gaming rig (you can view the specific hardware requirements on Ubisoft’s site), and it’s also free to download, so there’s little risk in trying it out. The free version isn’t light on content, but the “Standard” ($10 a year) and “Club” ($30 a year) subscriptions offer some more features related to community content, stage selection, and track creation. There’s even an offer right now with Amazon Prime where you can get three months of “Club” membership for free if you link your account (but that’s only going until March 30th, so act fast).

I think if you get into the game those prices are reasonable, but if you’re not a fan of subscriptions in games in general, that’s unlikely to change your mind. In that case, I’d recommend checking out the older games in the series that still have dedicated communities like Trackmania Nations Forever (which is completely free) and Trackmania Stadium.

Pure Racing

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A high-speed racer that makes you enjoy resetting.

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How to Add a Read Later Feature in Google Chrome

how-to-add-read-later-list-chrome-featur Google Chrome offers one of the best browsing experiences on desktop and mobile devices alike. A big reason for this is that Google is constantly adding new features to it. Some of these come in the form of experimental hidden flags, but fortunately, you don’t have to be super tech-savvy to be able to take them for a spin yourself. For example, did you know you could enable a Read Later list in your browser, which can then be accessed across all your devices? In this article, we explain how you can create your own reading list in Chrome. … Read more14375812.gif

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How to Create a RAM Drive in Linux

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In case you are wondering, RAM Drives and tmpfs instances are not the same. This article will explain the difference and show you how to create a RAM drive in Linux using the command line. Setup a fast RAM drive in minutes!

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PSA: Update Your Apple iOS Devices Right Now to Patch an Active Vulnerability

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You know that age-old advice of waiting before you update a device, just in case? Ignore that. Update your iPad right now. Update your Apple Watch right now. Update your iPhone right now. Don’t even finish reading this article; go update your stuff, then come back. Apple just patched a big problem.

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