• New York TimesTech Tip: Switching Your Browser Loyalty

    Q. How do I change the browser that opens when I click my desktop shortcut bookmark icons? I want them to open in Google Chrome.A. The steps vary based on your operating system. To select Google Chrome as your default on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer, go to the Start menu and choose Control Panel. Select Programs, Default Read more...

  • The VergeHTC is launching an all-in-one Vive headset just for China

    HTC is partnering with Qualcomm for a self-contained Vive virtual reality headset exclusive to the Chinese market. The headset, called the Vive Standalone, is billed as a “premium” device and will run apps from HTC’s Viveport platform. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 chip and is based on Qualcomm’s all-in-one reference design, which includes inside-out positional tracking that would put Read more...

  • CNETHP's desktops get a down-low makeover with new CPUs, webcams – CNET

    HP is quietly updating its Pavilion All-in-One desktop series with new 24- and 27-inch models that include newer CPUs, a thinner design and a pop-up webcam that can be pushed out of sight for privacy.The new HP Pavilion All-in-One desktops are part of HP’s back-to-school push. According to the company’s blog post announcement, these models feature a more modern look Read more...

  • MashableMessy desktops are your worst nightmare or your shameful reality

    There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who tidy their computer desktops, and those who don’t If your desktop is littered with digital rubble, take heart, you’re far from alone. These photos of people’s messy desktops are proof.  As for the rest of you, you’d better avert your eyes now.  Twitter user @AidaSaidSo shared a screenshot of Read more...

  • EngadgetHP hopes its new all-in-one PCs are style icons

    Both models mark the return of HP’s privacy cameras, which tuck away when you aren’t using them. If you’re worried about your kids getting into sketchy video chats (or just want to make life difficult for spies), you just have to tuck the cam out of the way. Logically, there’s an optional infrared camera to sign you in using Windows Read more...

  • New York TimesTech Tip: Finding the Date on a Map Image

    Q. Is there any way to tell the age of a photo used in Google Maps Street View?A. One way to see when Google’s photo-snapping staff captured an image is to look at it in the desktop version of Google Maps. After you enter an address, click in your browser to the results. Select the Street View option (if one Read more...

  • ArsTechnicaGoogle denies claims of a desktop Google.com revamp

    Google’s homepage has been a stark white page for basically ever, with little more than a search box and a few buttons to get users to a search results page as fast as possible. Yesterday, a report from The Guardian claimed this would be changing, and Google would be adding a “news feed” to “Google.com.” The Google app on mobile devices has long had a Read more...

  • MacWorldMac mini: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s affordable desktop computer

    The Mac mini is Apple’s entry-level desktop Mac. It’s slower than Apple’s other desktop computers—the iMac and the Mac Pro—but it remains fast enough for general-purpose use. Apple targets first-time Mac users with the Mac mini, but longtime Mac users like the price and use the Mac mini as a server or an entertainment Mac connected to a TV.The Mac Read more...

  • New York TimesTech Tip: Controlling Notifications in Windows 10

    Q. How do I get apps to give me notifications when I’m using Windows 10 on a desktop computer?A. As with mobile operating systems, Microsoft’s Windows 10 can display app alerts on your screen, even when you do not have those programs open. You may not want to hear from every app on your computer that can send notifications, but Read more...

  • WIREDReview: HP Envy 34 Curved All-in-One (2017)

    Very few computers make a statement just by sitting on top of your desk. HP’s latest update of the Envy 34 all-in-one is one of them. A major revamp of the previous generation of the Envy 34, this latest iteration rearranges the components by detaching the CPU from the back of the screen and putting it instead in a sturdy Read more...