How to Back Up Google Photos to Your Computer

backup-google-photos-computer-featured.jGoogle Photos is one of the easiest ways to back up your digital snaps and keep them safe. Thanks to Google’s new Backup and Sync application for computers, you can now back up Google photos to your Windows PC or Mac automatically. The desktop app for files and photos replaces the previous Drive app for Windows and Mac and syncs to Photos and Drive. This change was brought about because of the growing concerns by users over the confusing connection between Google Drive and Google Photos, so Google made changes to simplify the experience. New photos and videos from Drive won’t show automatically in Photos,… Read more

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How to Play Games on a Mac in 2019

Sony's DualShock 4 wireless controller with a MacBookPeter Kotoff/

Think owning a Mac means you can’t play games? Think again. The Mac gaming ecosystem is robust. From brand new releases to retro classics and even Windows-only titles; there’s plenty of fun to be had on a Mac.

Why You Should (Probably) Skip the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is full of games. These include big-budget $60 releases like Civilization VI, short indie experiences like Oxenfree, and the kind of casual games you’d find on the iPhone like Donut County. To browse the catalog, open up the Mac App Store app then click on the “Play” tab from the sidebar.

Unfortunately, the Mac App Store isn’t always the best place to buy your games from. It’s often more expensive than other storefronts, and it suffers from too few new releases and a lack of reviews on many items due to relatively low patronage.

Civilization VI on the Mac App Store

Multiplayer games, in particular, have always had issues on the Mac App Store. id Software opted to cut multiplayer entirely from their 2011 shooter RAGE when it was released, and the game has since disappeared from the platform. Gearbox Software’s Borderlands was released on the Mac App Store with rewritten multiplayer support to accommodate Apple’s own Game Center APIs. The game has also disappeared from the service.

Contrast that with Steam, which enjoys far more players on Windows, Linux, and Mac with full support for cross-play. Apple ditched the standalone Game Center app in 2016, but the service lives on as an optional feature that developers can implement. It’s unclear whether Apple still requires multiplayer games to use its own APIs, but most multiplayer games skip the App Store entirely.

With the arrival of Apple’s anticipated porting of iOS apps to the macOS platform sometime in 2019, we could see a lot more iOS experiences arriving on the Mac App Store. That will make it much easier for developers to port their games to the Mac, but you’ll probably be better off playing these games on an iPhone or iPad instead.

Apple’s upcoming subscription gaming service Apple Arcade will also be Mac-compatible. The service launches in fall 2019 on the App Store and promises an ad-free experience, and cross-play between Mac, iOS, and Apple TV. When it launches, Apple Arcade will be another attempt at a “Netflix for games” service, with the main twist being a focus entirely on Apple devices.

Get Games from Steam, GOG, and Other Stores

If you want the latest big-budget releases, particularly multiplayer games, then you’ll need to turn to a third-party storefront like Steam. Valve’s distribution service has been the king of digital game downloads for well over a decade, and it enjoys more users than any other gaming service.

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Don’t forget the computer that landed Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon


From the first steps to the leap forward, Mashable is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a series that examines its significance — and why we haven’t been back.

The Soviets launched the first satellite into space. And the first man. Also the first woman. So when NASA astronauts rapidly approached the moon 50 years ago, a lot was riding on a computer with less than 80 kilobytes of memory. 

By today’s standards, it’s a dinosaur. The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) weighed 70 pounds. Programs were literally woven into the hardware by hand — it was called “core rope memory.” Read more…

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How to Use Firefox’s ScreenshotGo for Android

screenshotgo-featured-image.jpgA screenshot is a digital image of what is visible on a computer monitor, television, or other visual output device. You sometimes hear them referred to as a screen capture or a screengrab. People use screenshots for all kinds of reasons, but it can be challenging to find the screenshot later on. Mozilla has developed a solution to that problem. ScreenshotGo is a screenshot-management tool that allows you to take, organize, search, and share text from screenshots on your phone. Even though Mozilla developed it, it is not related to their browser, so you don’t have to have the browser on your phone to use… Read more

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How to Play Blu-Ray discs on Windows 10

play-blu-rays-windows-10-featured.jpgIf you have a Windows PC, you won’t be able to play Blu-rays without help. Windows removed Media Center and pulled support for the software in Windows 10, making it more difficult to play the discs on your computer. Instead, you’d have to pay $15 to spin your favorite flicks by buying the Windows DVD player app from the Windows Store. Is there a way to play Blu-ray discs on Windows 10? The short answer is yes, but you’ll have to do a little work first. We’re going to show how to use a third-party media player and a program that can convert the files on… Read more

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How to Build a DIY Wireless Printer with a Raspberry Pi

Raspberry-Pi-Wireless-Printing-Featured. If you have an old-school printer or simply a printer without wireless connectivity, you don’t need to upgrade. You can create a DIY wireless printer if you have a spare Raspberry Pi. Here’s everything you need to do to set up a Raspberry Pi wireless print server. Preparing Your Raspberry Pi Setting up a DIY wireless printer requires a Raspberry Pi with a suitable Linux distro. One of the best Raspberry Pi Linux distros is Raspbian, the flavor of Linux officially supported by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The instructions for this guide will be suitable for… Read more

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What Is Slack, and Why Do People Love It?

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Slack is a workplace chat app that’s so popular, the company that owns it was valued at more than $20 billion. You’ve probably seen it mentioned in the news. If you haven’t used it yet, here’s what you need to know.

What is Slack?

Slack is a workplace communication tool, “a single place for messaging, tools and files.” This means Slack is an instant messaging system with lots of add-ins for other workplace tools. The add-ins aren’t necessary to use Slack, though, because the main functionality is all about talking to other people. There are two methods of chat in Slack: channels (group chat), and direct message or DM (person-to-person chat). Let’s take a quick look at the user interface.

The Slack interface with the instance name, list of channels and DMs, and the chat windowSlack

There are four main things to pay attention to in Slack:

  1. The name of the Slack instance.
  2. The list of channels you’re a member of.
  3. The list of people you’ve direct messaged.
  4. The chat window.

When a customer wants to start using Slack, they choose a name for their Slack instance. This then becomes part of the unique URL. So, if Wile E. Coyote wants to create a Slack instance for ACME Slingshots, his Slack instance would be Wile E. can then invite anyone he wants to be a member of his Slack instance.

Channels in Slack can be public, meaning any member can see and join that channel, or private, meaning only members of that channel can see it or invite others to join. DMs are always private, although they can include up to 8 people.

The chat window is where all the actual communication happens. You can read any reply to messages, use emoji reactions, add gifs, see RSS feeds, set reminders, get add-in notifications, and various other bells and whistles. But more than anything, this is where you talk to people.

What’s So Great About Slack?

When Slack came along, there were no real competitors in the market. That’s not to say there weren’t other chat apps, but Slack combined an intuitive UI with both group and person-to-person messaging. It also allows companies to have a measure of control over who can use it through the invitation system. Other tools could do the same, but without the same usability (Campfire, now BaseCamp, was an obvious one). None of the traditional vendors (Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Sun, and so on) had anything comparable to Slack.

This lack of corporate size was also a benefit. Slack was small enough to be responsive and quick when it came to adding new features, like emoji reactions (great for users) and 2-factor authentication (great for admins). For some users, the fact that Slack wasn’t owned by a big traditional vendor was benefit enough, but that doesn’t explain why Slack is so popular.

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Big List of Streaming Sites to Satisfy Your Streaming Needs

Untitled-1.png Trying to count online streaming video services is like eating cookies. Two or three are reasonable, five is getting to be too many, and once you hit 100 you realize you probably haven’t been in control for quite a while now. It’s hard to keep track of all the platforms, especially since their content libraries and prices keep changing. Even focusing only on the on-demand movie/TV streaming services, as I do here, there are more choices than you probably realized. General on-demand movies/TV Netflix This is the rocket ship that made… Read more

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The 9 Best Hacks to Make Your Internet Feel Faster


Your time is precious, and you spend a lot of it inside a web browser—so shaving off seconds and minutes that you don’t need to waste can give you back a chunk of time in your day. These are the best ways to speed up your web browsing no matter what your browser or platform of choice.

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