Computer Software

Software refers to the programs your computer uses to perform the actions you want it to. Learn all about computer software, from Web browsers to the latest operating systems, with our explanations, reviews, videos and prices.

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How to Download MP3s From YouTube

Want to take a music video from YouTube and make it an audio file you can hear on the go? There's an app (or several apps) for that.

What Version of Windows Do I Have?

What operating system are you running these days? Windows 7? Windows 8? Windows 10? We'll show you how to quickly find out.

How to Factory Reset Windows 10

Is your computer achingly inept these days? Doing a factory reset of Windows 10 might get it humming smoothly again if you can set aside a few hours.

How Python Works

Python is a programming language even novices can learn easily because it uses a syntax similar to English. And it has a wide variety of applications.

How to Take a Screenshot in Windows

You want to share what's on your screen with someone on email or through social media. But how do you do it? Microsoft Windows has several easy ways.

How to Use Windows Device Manager

Device Manager is a central hub that lets you configure every component of your Windows operating system on your computer. Here's how to use it.

How to Uninstall Programs in Windows

Uninstalling programs from Microsoft Windows is pretty easy once you know which version you're using.

Antipodes Map Locates the Opposite of Any Spot on Earth

Ever wonder where you'd end up if you dug straight down through the earth? Wonder no more — there's a map for that!

Google Goes Incognito With Vanishing Gmail

Google Confidential Mode allows users to set a detonation date that makes sent emails disappear.

Fans Bristle at Death of MS Paint, Microsoft Reacts

While Microsoft will stop providing support for Paint, and won't bundle it in the new Windows OS, a 3-D version will exist and the classic app will remain available for download.

Microsoft's New Operating System Won't Let Users Change Default Browser

It has a few other default settings that some users may take issue with, too.

10 Weird Ways Tinder Is Changing the World

Dating apps are becoming the new normal when it comes to meeting romantic partners. But how are they really affecting human psychology and even things like politics?

Spotify Would Really Like to Make You a Mixtape, Please

The new Discover Weekly playlist feature may know you better than do your friends, relatives... and even better than you know yourself.

Coloring Is Relaxing. Coloring in 3-D Could Be Even Better

Apps that augment the coloring book experience may revolutionize how we put crayon to paper.

How Google Deep Dream Works

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Google's Deep Dream certainly conjures up plenty of animal imagery. But is this really AI, and why does it all look so trippy?

How Abandonware Works

Even beloved games aren't supported forever. What happens to the titles that are no longer getting official love from their creators? Can fans still find and play them?

5 Factors That Affect Cloud-based Data Upload and Retrieval

The cloud removes the need to be tethered to a single device when storing and working with data, but it's not without its pitfalls. Here are five things that could slow down your ability to get at your files -- or cut you off completely.

How Data Centers Work

You want your e-mail, streaming video and social media content, and you want it now. And tomorrow, you'll want more. How do data centers handle the ever-increasing demands of our perpetually plugged-in world?

10 Ways to Make the Cloud Work for You

It's vast. It's handy. And it's about time you took advantage of it, perhaps even more than you already do during your daily computing adventures.

10 Things to Do Before You Wipe Your Computer

You may think you got rid of your personal data before you donated your old computer, but how can you be sure without smashing your hard drive? We'll show you how.

How Remote File Access Works

A service that lets you access your files anywhere, anytime and with any device you like, as long as you're connected to the Internet, sounds good right? After all, this is why we invented the Internet: to get, share and collaborate on information.

How does HIPAA compliance affect data sharing?

You may like to think you're the only one with access to your personal medical records, but you're not. Within the guidelines of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, how do healthcare entities protect your data?

How much data do I have?

Are you constantly surprised by overage charges from your smartphone or tablet data provider? Here are some easy ways to check on your overage and put a limit in place.

How does JavaScript work and how can I build simple calculators with it?

As programming languages go, JavaScript is average difficulty. Learn what Javascript is and how to build calculators with it.

Are we living in a computer simulation?

If you've ever played city-building simulations, you may have felt a kinship with the people on the screen in front of you. How do we know we aren't living at the whim of someone playing a game?