The Best Apps for Spending Less Time on Your Phone


Are you, maybe, perhaps, spending too much time staring at your phone? Those minutes spent scrolling through social media feeds and beating your latest high scores can really add up, and before you know it, you’re losing hours a week you could be spending more productively. These apps will help you strike a balance.

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How to Stop Selfies From Appearing in the iPhone’s Selfies Album

iPhone showing the Albums section in Photos app highligting the Selfies albumKhamosh Pathak

The Photos app on your iPhone automatically populates all photos from the front-facing camera in the Selfies album. But what if you don’t want a photo to appear there? Here are a couple of solutions.

Hide the Selfie from All Albums

The easiest way to hide a photo from the Selfies album is to move it to the Hidden album. The downside is the picture will be hidden from all albums, including the Recents album.

To hide a photo, open the image in the Photos app and then tap on the “Share” button that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.

Tap on Share button to open Share sheet in Photos app

Next, select “Hide” photo. The image will instantly disappear from the Selfies album.

Tap on Hide to hide the photo from all albums

To find the photo, go to the “Albums” tab, scroll down to the “Other Albums” section, and tap on “Hidden.”

Tap on Albums then tap on Hidden to show the hidden photos

Remove EXIF Data Using Shortcuts

Apple uses EXIF data (metadata that’s attached to every photo) to sort pictures into the Selfies album. If the EXIF data says the photo was taken using the iPhone’s front-facing camera, it will automatically end up in the Selfies album. How do you stop this? Simple: Remove the EXIF data.

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Amazon launches Amazon Music HD with lossless audio streaming


Amazon has a new, high-quality streaming tier of its music service called Amazon Music HD. It’s priced at $12.99 per moth for Prime members ($14.99 per month for everyone else) and you can add it to your existing Amazon Music subscription for an additional $5 per month, whether you’re an individual or family plan subscriber. What you get for the additional cost is access to over 50 million songs in what Amazon is calling HD (16-bit, 44.1kHz or around what you’d expect from a CD), and then “millions” in Ultra HD (24-bit, up to 192kHz), which the company says is the highest available quality for any music streaming.

The most popular music streaming offering for quality-seeking audiophiles to date has probably been Tidal, which launched to serve that specific need. Tidal hasn’t exactly been able to compete with industry-leading music streaming services like Apple and Spotify in terms of subscriber numbers, but its continued existence suggests there’s a demand out there for better quality music. Amazon might be well-positioned to capitalize, since they can offer this easily alongside their existing offering as a niche upsell without likely too much in the way of additional cost.

You can try out Amazon Music HD for free for 90 days at launch (ps there are both streaming and download options for the high quality music), which is a generous initial free sample period as far as these things go. That should be plenty of time to figure out if your ears care overmuch about the added fidelity you’ll get – but be warned, it might be so good you’ll never be able to go back to pedestrian, standard definition streaming quality.

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How to Edit Files and Images Using Quick Look on Mac

Quick Look window on Mac showing the crop featureKhamosh Pathak

Quick Look on Mac is an incredibly useful way to preview a file without completely opening it. In macOS Mojave and above, you can perform quick edits on files in the Quick Look popup without needing to open a third-party app.

How to Edit and Mark Up Images and PDFs

All of Preview’s editing and markup features are now available directly in the Quick Look menu. This means you can crop an image, rotate it, mark it up with text, and even add a signature, all without opening the image in Preview. The same goes for PDFs.

Start by opening the Finder app (file explorer) and locating the image or PDF. If it’s on your Desktop, click it to select it. After selecting the image or PDF, press the Space bar to open it in Quick Look.

An image open in the Quick Look window from Finder

The Quick Look window will open up above everything. You can press the “Esc” key to go back if you select the wrong item or you no longer want to edit it.

You’ll see two buttons next to the “Open with Preview” button. The first button is a quick shortcut to the “Rotate” feature. Click on it and the photo will rotate by 90 degrees (in the left direction) instantly. This is an incredibly quick way to fix a picture with the wrong orientation.

Next to it, you’ll see the “Markup” button. Click on it, and you’ll see a new toolbar appear at the top. If you’ve used the Preview app before, you’ll recognize the editing options.

Click on the Edit button to edit the image in Quick Look

From the left, you’ll find the Sketch, Draw, Shapes, Text, Highlight, Sign, Shape Style, Border Color, Fill Color, Text Style, Rotate Right, Rotate Left, and Crop buttons.

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How to Choose Your Next Laptop

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When you shop for a new laptop, it can be a fun, yet oddly stressful experience. If you choose the wrong one, you’re stuck with it for a while. And nobody likes a slow, unreliable laptop.

You don’t have to settle, though. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a laptop that’s right for you. You just have to know what to look for, so you can find the perfect laptop to satisfy your requirements.

What to Look for in a Laptop

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There’s a lot you have to keep in mind when you search for a new laptop. First, let’s look at the different aspects of a laptop. Think of this as a cheat sheet, and feel free to use it as a refresher later:

  • Operating system: Windows laptops are all-around machines, and they’re available in any price range. MacBooks run macOS and are premium machines for Apple fans and professionals. Chromebooks run Chrome OS and are more suited for entertainment or browser-based work.
  • Size and portability: Small laptops are, obviously, more portable than larger ones. But super slim and powerful laptops can be expensive. Try to find a balance between portability and power, and take a look at some 2-in-1 laptops or Surface tablets.
  • Internal specs: We suggest laptops with a minimum of 8 GB of RAM, an i5 CPU (or better), and an SSD (they’re faster) instead of a hard drive. If you want a Chromebook, get one with at least 4 GB of RAM. Chromebooks also work best with Intel CPUs, but an ARM processor is fine for lighter tasks (like web browsing).
  • Display quality: 4K and OLED monitors are nice, but they’re expensive, and 1080p displays look just fine. Either way, make sure your display is around 250 nits and has a 60 Hz refresh rate.
  • Ports and drives: We recommend that your laptop include at least one USB-C port. USB-A ports, SD card slots, HDMI ports, and DVD drives are all a matter of personal preference. In most cases, a USB-C hub eliminates the need for extra ports and drives.
  • Battery life: Avoid laptops with terrible battery life. We recommend you look for one that offers at least four hours.

Now it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty. First, you have to figure out which OS you want as that dictates which laptops you can buy, and the specs you should focus on.

Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS?

The Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS logos.Microsoft, Apple, Google

As you probably know, an operating system (OS) is the primary software that manages your computer. Each one has benefits and limitations, but not all operating systems will work best for you.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each operating system, and why you might prefer one over another:

  • Windows: Especially good for gamers or professionals, Windows also works well for everyday work, homework assignments, watching videos, or browsing the web. However, you’ll also need an excellent antivirus as Windows is vulnerable to malware.
  • macOS: This clean, hassle-free operating system is ideal for artists, programmers, and professionals. It’s an especially good choice if you already own an iPhone or iPad. Just keep in mind Macs aren’t great for gaming, and a new MacBook costs about $1,000. If you’re considering a MacBook, definitely check out Apple’s handy MacBook comparison page.
  • Chrome OS: A lightweight operating system that’s perfect for watching videos, browsing the web, or doing web-based schoolwork. However, it doesn’t work with most professional software. Compared to Windows, Chrome OS works extremely well on cheap (around $150 or less) computers, and it’s lightning-fast on laptops in the $450+ range.

Now that you know which OS you want, it’s time to think about physical form and portability.

(As a side note, some laptops have Linux operating systems. It’s a fantastic platform, but it’s best left in the hands of programmers and computer professionals.)

The Best Chromebook


Google Pixelbook (i5, 8 GB RAM, 128GB) (GA00122-US)

The Google Pixelbook is a super-slim, 2-in-1 laptop with a ton of horsepower. It’s Google’s flagship computer, and one of our favorite laptops.

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Apple iPhone 11 review: So good you (probably) don’t need the Pro

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMThe iPhone XS and XS Max were gorgeous devices, and the updated iPad Pro was a stunner through and through. But my favorite Apple product from 2018 was easily the iPhone XR.

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How to Use Chromecast Without Connecting to Wi-Fi

Chromecast-WiFi-Featured.jpgChromecast takes commands for streaming content over a Wi-Fi connection. While this is fine for personal use, it can be troublesome if guests want to cast something. You have to give everyone your Wi-Fi details; that is if you trust them at all! Fortunately, there is a way to use Chromecast without guests connecting to your Wi-Fi. Related: How to Use Chromecast to Create a Dashboard on Your TV The Limitations of Chromecast Unfortunately, there are some limitations you need to abide by when using Chromecast without the guest using your Wi-Fi. First, the Chromecast itself should connect to a router with an active Internet… Read more

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How to Destroy a Hard Drive

Do you have an inaccessible or otherwise worthless hard drive filled with sensitive data? Do you want to be sure that data never sees the light of day? Once you’ve wiped your hard drive, consider one of these options to further protect your data. This wikiHow shows you how to wipe data from your hard drive and destroy it to prevent any salvaging of data from it.


[Edit]Wiping the Data

  1. Back up your data. It’s easy to forget about all of those MP3s you ripped in the 90s and beloved family pictures when all you can focus on is destroying the cause of your shame and avoiding federal prison. You will, however, want to make sure to back up all of your important and legal data, however, since the whole point of the resulting exercise is that those things will be… you know… gone.
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  2. Erase all of the data on the hard drive with software. While the more exciting methods of destruction will do a pretty good job of rendering data irretrievable, they can’t be 100% guaranteed (especially if you have reason to believe the government is willing to spend several months and millions of dollars to find your dirty, dirty secrets). You can do this on your Windows or macOS without having to download or purchase any extra software. Wiping your data and blowing up your drive, however? Yeah, nobody’s getting that back.
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    • See How to Wipe a Computer to learn how to get started.
    • A complete wipe of your computer will probably do the trick. Only someone with very serious forensics equipment could recover your data after a wipe.
  3. Open the computer case and remove the hard drive. The hard drive can be located in different spots in each type of case, sometimes within a metal box. You can look up where the hard drive is located online if you’re struggling to find it.[1]
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  4. Remove the casing from the drive. To remove the casing, you’ll likely need to loosen a variety of screws, depending on your hard drive’s make and model. Possibly cutting some tape. Be warned that there are often screws hidden underneath labels, so you might have to go poking around.
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  5. Remove the magnets. You will need to remove the arm and magnet structure in order to reach the platter underneath (your real goal). There are screws involved. It’s pretty straightforward. Remove the magnets carefully because they are seriously very strong and you can really hurt yourself with them.[2]
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    • Seriously, you will struggle to get them off a fridge. You can break fingers with these things. And for the love of whatever you pray to, don’t eat them and don’t let your pets eat them (pets, in this case, includes kids).
  6. Remove and dispose of the platter(s). This is the thing that looks like it would make a nice mirror. You’ll probably need to unscrew the circular piece at the center which holds in down. This is the thing that stores (the majority at least) of your data, so you’ll need to destroy it. Sometimes there is more than one platter, so pay attention to that.
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[Edit]Destroying a Hard Drive Physically

  1. Incinerate the hard drive. Burning the hard drive guarantees that your data will be completely destroyed within minutes. It’s best not to start a fire for the sole purpose of destroying your hard drive. To safely burn the drive, contact a reputable data destruction service that performs safe, on-site incineration services.
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  2. Smash the drive with a hammer. Before doing this, insert the drive into a cloth bag so the pieces don’t go flying everywhere. Get a hammer (either one lying around your house or at a hardware store) and smash your drive with it until the drive’s broken into thousands of tiny pieces. Once done, divide the remnants up into multiple bags and dispose of each separately so they cannot be pieced back together.
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  3. Puncture the drive. If you have a sharp knife or any metal pins, you could push them through both sides of the drive itself in order to put holes in it and render it unusable.
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  • It’s impossible to guarantee that any method for permanently erasing your data is 100% effective. Proceed with caution when using any of these steps.
  • Make sure to use best safety practices when destroying your hard drive to prevent serious injury.

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How to View Recently Updated Windows Drivers

View-updated-drivers-featured-image-1.jpAutomatic updates to your computer can be convenient. Most of the time your computer’s software updates without much fanfare, but sometimes those installs can cause problems. At times, an update of a driver can cause your system to crash. A new driver can also create a glitch in the performance of a piece of hardware. What are drivers? Every computer has two components: the software and the hardware. Hardware is the physical components of your computer that you can hold in your hand. The motherboard, RAM, mouse, keyboard are examples of hardware. Software is the programs that help the hardware do its job. Examples… Read more

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All the Best Google Sheets Keyboard Shortcuts

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No one likes to do things the hard way, which is why we have keyboard shortcuts! We’re going to look at the shortcuts you can use in Google Sheets to save yourself some time.

By no means is this a complete list of all keyboard shortcuts available in Google Sheets. We’ve limited our list to those that are more generally useful. There are plenty more you can explore if you can’t find what you’re looking for in this guide.

To open a list of keyboard shortcuts in Google Sheets, press Ctrl + / (Windows and Chrome OS), Cmd + / (macOS) If you want to see the complete list, check out the Google Sheets support page.

General Program Actions

These keyboard shortcuts make it easier to perform common actions, like copying cells or selecting rows or columns:

  • Ctrl+C (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+C (macOS): Copy the selected cells to the Clipboard.
  • Ctrl+X (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+X (macOS): Cut the selected cells to the Clipboard.
  • Ctrl+V (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+V (macOS): Paste the contents of the Clipboard to the sheet.
  • Ctrl+Shift+V (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+V (macOS): Paste only the values of the Clipboard.
  • Ctrl+Space (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Space (macOS): Select the whole column.
  • Shift+Space (Windows/Chrome OS) or Shift+Space (macOS): Select the whole row.
  • Ctrl+A (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+A (macOS): Select all of the cells.
  • Ctrl+Z (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Z (macOS): Undo an action.
  • Ctrl+Y (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Y (macOS): Redo an action.
  • Ctrl+F (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+F (macOS): Find in the sheet.
  • Ctrl+H (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+H (macOS): Find and replace in the sheet.
  • Shift+F11 (Windows Only): Insert a new sheet.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+H (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Option+Shift+H (macOS): Open the spreadsheet’s revision history.

Format Cells

Google Sheets has heaps of shortcuts you can use to format cells. These are the shortcuts you use to do things like italicize or bold text, or format cell data to exponents:

  • Ctrl+B (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+B (macOS): Bold.
  • Ctrl+I (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+I (macOS): Italicize.
  • Ctrl+U (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+U (macOS): Underline.
  • Ctrl+Shift+E (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+E (macOS): Center align a cell.
  • Ctrl+Shift+L (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+L (macOS): Left align a cell
  • Ctrl+Shift+R (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+R (macOS): Right align a cell.
  • Ctrl+; (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+; (macOS): Insert the current date.
  • Alt+Shift+7 (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+7 (macOS): Apply an outer border to the selected cells.
  • Alt+Shift+6 (Windows/Chrome OS) or Option+Shift+6 (macOS): Remove a border from the selected cells.
  • Ctrl+Shift+1 (Windows/Chrome OS/macOS): Format as a decimal.
  • Ctrl+Shift+2 (Windows/Chrome OS/macOS): Format as time.
  • Ctrl+Shift+3 (Windows/Chrome OS/macOS): Format as a date.
  • Ctrl+Shift+4 (Windows/Chrome OS/macOS): Format as currency.
  • Ctrl+Shift+5 (Windows/Chrome OS/macOS): Format as a percentage.
  • Ctrl+Shift+6 (Windows/Chrome OS/macOS): Format as an exponent.
  • Ctrl+\ (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+\ (macOS): Clear all formatting from the selected cells.

Move Around a Spreadsheet

You can move around your spreadsheet quickly without touching your mouse! With these helpful shortcuts, you can zip between rows and columns:

  • Left/Right/Up/Down Arrow: Move one cell to the left, right, up, or down.
  • Ctrl+Left/Right Arrow (Windows/Chrome OS) or Ctrl+Option+Left/Right Arrow (macOS): Move to the first or last cell with data in a row.
  • Ctrl+Up/Down Arrow (Windows/Chrome OS) or Ctrl+Option+Up/Down Arrow (macOS): Move to the first or last cell with data in a column.
  • Home (Windows), Search+Left Arrow (Chrome OS), or Fn+Left Arrow (macOS): Move to the beginning of a row.
  • End (Windows), Search+Right Arrow (Chrome OS), or Fn+Right Arrow (macOS): Move to the end of a row.
  • Ctrl+Home (Windows), Ctrl+Search+Left Arrow (Chrome OS), or Cmd+Fn+Left Arrow (macOS): Move to the beginning of the sheet (A1).
  • Ctrl+End (Windows), Ctrl+Search+Right Arrow (Chrome OS), or Cmd+Fn+Right Arrow (macOS): Move to the end of the sheet.
  • Ctrl+Backspace (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Backspace (macOS): Scroll back to the active cell.
  • Alt+Down/Up Arrow (Windows/Chrome OS) or Option+Down/Up Arrow (macOS): If you have more than one sheet in the current file, use this shortcut to move to the next or previous sheet.
  • Alt+Shift+K (Windows/Chrome OS) or Option+Shift+K (macOS): Display a list of all sheets.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+M (Windows/Chrome OS) or Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+M (macOS): Move focus out of the spreadsheet.

Use Formulas

These shortcuts come in handy when you type formulas in your spreadsheet:

  • Ctrl+~: Show all formulas in the sheet.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Enter (Windows/Chrome OS) or Cmd+Shift+Enter (macOS): Insert an array formula (when you input a formula, type “=” first).
  • F1 (Windows) or Fn+F1 (macOS): Full or compact formula help (when you type a formula).
  • F9 (Windows) or Fn+F9 (macOS): Toggle formula result previews (when you type a formula).

Add or Change Rows and Columns on a PC

If you want to duplicate a cell’s data into a selected range, hide or delete columns or rows, follow the shortcuts below.

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