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How the Gravis PC GamePad Transformed PC Gaming in the ’90s

Gravis In 1992, when Nintendo’s Super NES and Sega Genesis ruled home video gaming, Gravis brought console-style controls to the PC with its PC GamePad. It sold well and opened the door to new styles of gameplay on PCs. Here’s what made it so memorable. Why a PC GamePad Was Remarkable Despite the Nintendo mania that’s raged in the U.S. since at least 1988 (thanks to the blockbuster success of the NES), it was several years before for the first…

Computer

Disinfecting a Laptop: Do It without Ruining It!

Last month we talked about caring for your Apple products, so as to keep them from becoming viral hotbeds. This month we want to make sure to cover the procedure for those of us who use hardware from other companies, especially including Toshiba, HP, Asus, and Lenovo, as they have authorized us here at ComputerCare to help customers with their devices. Doubtless after weeks of working from home, too, our laptops are all a bit dirtier than they used to…

Computer

Keep Your Phone Clean and Your Health Protected

If the last few months of COVID-19 developments have taught us anything, it’s that hygiene is way more important than we thought (and we already thought it was important!). In the interest of keeping ourselves and others safe now and in the future, we felt it was a good time to review how we should all be cleaning our devices. We’ve talked about this before, but this time we wanted to focus on Apple products specifically, since we are an…

New survey exposes MOT myth

Almost half of drivers believe an MOT is a guarantee their car will be safe to drive for the next 12 months. A valid MOT certificate only confirms that a car has met the minimum standard of roadworthiness at the moment the test was completed. But 47 per cent assume that if it has passed an MOT, they don’t need to worry about getting anything checked for another year. And the study of 2,000 drivers also found that 42 per…

Gadgets

Mouse Left-Click Button Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

Third of november/Shutterstock.com Even something as simple as a mouse button can fail. If your mouse’s left-click button is sticking, isn’t consistently responding, or is accidentally double-clicking, this often indicates a hardware problem with the mouse. It could be a software issue, however. It’s Probably a Hardware Problem; Here’s How to Check In our experience, most mouse left-click (or right-click) issues point to hardware failure. If the mouse’s left-click button doesn’t work, only sometimes responds, accidentally “unclicks” as you drag,…

Computer

When Rebooting Isn’t Enough: Issues to Take to the Experts

Admit it: your heart sinks a little bit every time you see it—the legendary blue screen of death. After all, it involves the word ‘death,’ which is never reassuring. The most pressing question in the moment, however, is not what funeral arrangements are called for, but what you should do with your device. Rebooting always seems like a good call, but when faced with the specter of technological mortality, can that possibly be enough? Luckily, we are here to help…

Software

How to Keep Your Mac and Apps Up To Date

Keeping your Mac up-to-date may seem like a chore, but it’s an essential part of protecting yourself online. Apple and app developers patch security holes when they’re found—and they add helpful new features to macOS and your applications, too. Beyond the usual security patches and app updates, Apple offers shiny new versions of macOS to Mac users every year—for free. We’ll explain how it all works. You can automate much of this process so that updates take care of themselves…

Gadgets

Here’s When a Dark Theme Can Save Battery Power

Dark themes are becoming more and more popular. On some devices, they can even save battery power. It all depends on what type of display your device have—only devices with OLED displays can reap the power-saving benefits. Devices With OLED Displays Only You’ve probably heard of OLED displays, especially if you’ve been on the market for a new TV in the last year or so. OLED screens differ from LCD and LED displays typically found in electronics in that OLEDs don’t…

Gadgets

How to Disable Motion Smoothing on a Vizio TV

Vizio New Vizio TVs use motion smoothing to make the content you watch appear smoother. This looks good for some content, like sports, but can ruin the feel of movies and TV shows. What Is Motion Smoothing Anyway? Motion smoothing works by increasing the framerate of content you watch on the TV. It does this by artificially adding extra frames in between each real frame, to sync up the content to the refresh rate of the display, which can sometimes double…

Smartphones

Weekly poll: vivo NEX Dual Display, hot or not?

A poll from a month ago showed that people are interested in the extra functionality provided by a second screen. The vivo NEX Dual Display is the latest and, perhaps, most exciting addition to that genre. So, did vivo nail it or not? The eponymous feature comes from the pair of Super AMOLED panels – one 6.39” on the front and one 5.49” on the back. Both have 1080p resolution, but different aspect ratios (19.5:9 and 16:9, respectively). So, what can you do…

Software

Chrome Remote Desktop: The easy way to access a remote computer

Once upon a time, in a world not so far away, accessing a computer remotely required all sorts of costly, complicated software and technical know-how. These days, it’s a different story. Google’s free Chrome Remote Desktop service makes it dead-simple to get on any computer — Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS — from practically any other desktop or mobile device. You can access all of the remote system’s contents and even click around as if you were sitting right in front…

Smartphones

Opinion: Bezel-less is not the way forward

How do you imagine the phones in three years? Foldable? Bezel-less? With invisible cameras? Powered by new long-lasting batteries? I could get behind a few of those ideas, sure. But bezel-less – that can’t be the way forward. While I agree that the sooner we get rid of those awful notches the better, the bezel-less dream should be put to rest, too. I know this is the unpopular opinion, but just bear with me for a while. I was once…