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  • I need to format an SD card to FAT32, and was wondering if I can do that with my Chromebook. It has an option to “format device” but it doesn’t allow you to choose the file system. Anyone know what file system it uses as the default?

    1 day 23 hours ago

  • LOL, I’ve done this before and it took me a little while to figure it out too. When you get to the system settings, you have to use two fingers to scroll down and double tap to select. Just treat the screen like a Macbook’s touchpad and you will be back to normal shortly.  

    1 week 2 days ago

  • Blu-ray movies are 1080p, so it may actually be higher quality than some HD streaming video, which can also be 720p. 

    1 week 2 days ago

  • I used to use FreeFileSync a few years ago and liked it, so I recently installed it on a Windows laptop. Unfortunately, they decided to add conduit malware as part of the package, which is a browser hijack. How can I get rid of it? I’m on a Windows 7 machines using the Firefox browser.

    1 week 5 days ago

  • I’d like to use a VPN to protect my privacy, but I don’t really want to spend much money on this. What do I need to look at when choosing a VPN, aside from cost?

    2 weeks 1 day ago

  • From a post by CosmicPeter on Tom’s Hardware:  

    2 weeks 3 days ago

  • Apple’s recent quarterly results show that iPad sales are down almost 20% from the previous quarter. That’s a pretty big drop in sales. What’s going on? Is the tablet market saturated, or is the iPad just not as desirable as it used to be?

    4 weeks 17 hours ago

  • I’m working on a paper with a couple of people in other states. In the “old days” we used to email documents back and forth, but luckily we are past the need to do that. Since it is a mix of Windows and Mac users and we can all use Google Docs, I thought that might be the way to go, but I’ve never used Docs for group mark-ups and editing.

    4 weeks 5 days ago

  • Now if only they would make it like that for Amazon Prime Video. I've never understood why Amazon makes it so their video service that is supposed to compete with Netflix can't be used with normal Android tablets and smartphones.

    4 weeks 5 days ago

  • What is the difference between the new Model B+ version of the Raspberry Pi and the original? Anything significant?

    5 weeks 3 days ago

  • This is a growing trend that is good for a number of reasons; PR, environmental stewardship, and energy savings to name a few. Many of the biggest tech companies have demonstrated a commitment to greener data centers, including Google, Facebook. and Apple.

    5 weeks 5 days ago

  • There hasn’t been any official announcement, but at least two generally reliable sources have said that Microsoft will announce Windows 9 sometime this year. Wzor, a Russian blogger with proven sources inside the company, and Mary Jo Foley from Cnet have both made similar statements.

    5 weeks 5 days ago

  • The scientists that discovered graphene were awarded the 2010 Nobel prize in physics for their work. Graphene is supposed to be a “game changer” that will revolutionize our lives. I know that it is too soon to see the impact of the discovery now, but what significant changes will graphene likely bring to computing and technology?

    6 weeks 8 hours ago

  • We were looking at changes in our website’s traffic over the past few months and have a disagreement. One member of our staff claims that a forum is probably harming the search ranking, while I personally think that long loading times are having an impact. How much can a slow website impact search engine ranking, particularly Google?

    6 weeks 3 days ago

  • If I’m reading the question correctly, you are looking to use a reader to read the magnetic stips on customer loyalty cards that you will create and provide to your customers. There is not a widely known company that provides these services in the way Square does for credit cards, but there are a few options.

    6 weeks 3 days ago

  • its been awhile since I was in college, but one of the eethical constraints when studying human subjects was that they give informed consent. Obviously, the people being used in this research did not,  and it is hard not to feel resentment when a company manipulates you emotional reactions just to see how you will react.

    7 weeks 3 days ago

  • Try and put the spending of the American taxpayer to use.    Another choice is    

    7 weeks 3 days ago

  • As much or more of the music I listen to is on indie labels as it is on “major” labels. Apparently Google is threatening to pull all of their music off YouTube unless the indies agree to sign onto an upcoming streaming service (I’m unclear on whether this means Play Music or something else).

    8 weeks 12 min ago

  • Another company called knoxlabs is offering a kit for $19 without an NFC tag and $24 with one. They do say that you should be prepared to wait 4-7 weeks for it. 

    8 weeks 17 min ago

  • I’ve wondered about this as well and so, it turns out, has Marc Urselli. He is a sound engineer and took the time to actually compare different streaming audio service. He didn’t compare them all, but he did throw Rdio, MOG (no longer around), Beats, Google Play Music, and Spotify into the mix.

    8 weeks 4 hours ago

  • Not that I have anything in particular to hide, but since the Snowden revelations about how widespread government surveillance and overreach has become, I would like to scrub my PC’s history on a regular basis - clear caches, erase trace files, delete logs, etc. What’s the easiest way to take care of this with Windows 7?

    8 weeks 3 days ago

  • I think Petr Mitrichev has to be a top contender. He has done consistently well at TopCoder competitions, winning a number of annual algorithm tournaments (where he has the highest score of all time), as well as dozens of individual matches. He also won Google Code Jam in 2006 and the Facebook Hacker Cup in 2011 and 2013.

    8 weeks 3 days ago

  • I haven’t been able to find much information on pricing, but if I had to guess, I would take the closest comparable product and double the price. So, my guess is $300-400 but that is just a number I pulled out of…..thin air.  

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • Install Pocket from the Chrome store. It will let you save complete web pages and view them offline. I think it will also sync across devices, but to be honest I only use it on my Chromebook. I’d put it in the “must have extension” category. It does mean that you have to plan ahead for offline viewing, though.

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • I recently bought a new Chromebook. I like it pretty well for the most part, but some little things will take some getting used to, such as the lack of a dedicated delete key. I’ve played around using some of the standard keyboard shortcuts from Windows, and a lot of them work.

    9 weeks 5 days ago

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