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How does Firefox work? What is content-recognition software? How do pop-up blockers work? We’ll take a deeper look to get the answers to these questions and more.


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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.

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!

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.

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?

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?

Do I need to back up files that are already in cloud storage?

Businesses and individuals alike are increasingly turning to the cloud to store their data, but is it really as foolproof as it appears? Do you need backup?

What does 'freemium' mean?

There's a good chance you're already a freemium user. Actually, you might even be a freemium-loving freeloader. But what does "freemium" mean, anyway?

How many different Web browsers are there for Android tablets?

How many different Web browsers are available for Android tablets? We'll discuss the options currently available -- and why more are likely on the way.

10 Pinterest Tips for Newbies

It's a clever premise and a play on words: You "pin" your "interest" (or rather, interests) to a virtual bulletin board. But how does it work? Stick with us, newbie.

How Do I Update My Internet Browser?

You never really think much about updating your Web browser – that is, until the first time your favorite site crashes because your outdated version of Firefox can't handle it.

How do I know if an app is safe?

When it comes to smartphones and tablet PCs, apps are where it's at. But as addicting and fun as they are, applications are as vulnerable to safety concerns as any other piece of software.

How do advertisers show me custom ads?

Why is that pair of shoes you looked at on Amazon last week following you around the Web? How does the Internet know you considered buying them?

Is downloading free software safe?

The Interwebs are full of freebies, especially when it comes to software. But before you click on that tempting free download, you might want to think twice -- and do your homework first.

10 Blogger Features You'll Find Helpful

Now that you figured out the Blogger's basic features, it's time to dig a little deeper to find new and hidden features that will help you make your blog look and read better.

10 Tumblr Tips for Newbies

As blogging tools go, Tumblr is relatively easy for new users. In fact, with the right tips, you'll be blogging with the pros in virtually no time at all.

How Instagram Works

If you're wondering why everyone on the Internet thinks they're a photographer, you can probably thank Instagram. The filters, effects and social integration of the app make it very appealing, but is there more to its appeal?

How Pinterest Works

Pinterest may not make much sense to the casual online user, but if you're trying to redecorate your living room or plan a wedding, the site is almost indispensable. What is Pinterest and why has it gotten so popular so quickly?

How Tumblr Works

Tumblr is a popular platform for short-form microblogging, allowing users to share blog entries, photos, videos and music. How does Tumblr compare to other social media sites?

How Blogger Works

Blogger has been around forever, so it's easy to forget that it's one of the easiest blogging tools to use – and a slew of new features have made it even easier.

Will Photoshop Touch turn your iPad into a mobile graphic design center?

It seems like current tablet technology can do a lot, whether your surfing the Internet or playing video games. But could you edit photos on an iPad?

Did Google Maps cause an international border dispute?

Google Maps is widely recognized as a source of accurate map information. But what happens when Google's information conflicts with established borderlines between countries?

How Password Management Software Works

Your passwords are basically the digital equivalent of your house keys -- so you wouldn't want them in the wrong hands. How can you keep them safe?

How DIDO Works

DIDO is a software technology most people have never heard of, but the fields of aerospace, robotics and chemical engineering all make use of its incredible optimal control applications. What are some of the most amazing examples of DIDO in action?