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Microsoft: Edge good, Chrome bad for battery life

Microsoft Edge is the best performing, Google Chrome the worst performing web browser when it comes to battery life performance according to Microsoft.

If you are using a laptop or tablet for some of your computer-related activities you are probably aware that browsers may have a big impact on battery life.

qBittorrent’s Advanced Saving Management explained

Today's update to qBittorrent 3.3.5 introduced a feature called Torrent Management Mode to the Bittorrent client to improve torrent organization.

The program offers two options when it comes to the saving of torrents which it calls Simple Saving Management and Advanced Saving Management.

Simply Saving Management or manual mode associates the file path with the torrent in qBittorrent and that is it.

Fix Namespace is already defined errors

The error message Namespace is already defined may be displayed when you open the Group Policy editor on Windows 10, or try to edit an affected policy.

As an example, the following error message was displayed twice when I opened the Group Policy Editor on a Windows 10 machine:

Namespace 'Microsoft.Policies.Sensors.WindowsLocationProvider' is already defined as the target namespace for another file in the store.

File C:\WINDOWS\PolicyDefinitions\Microsoft-Windows-Geolocation-WLPAdm.admx, line 5, column 110

Enhanced Anti-Spoofing for Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system supports a whole array of biometric login and authentication options.

Instead of having to log in typing a username and password, Windows 10 users can use their fingerprint, face, or other biometric information to sign in.

Microsoft calls these biometric sign in options Windows Hello, and they are only available if the device's hardware supports them.

Driver Radar Pro: kernel mode driver security

Driver Radar Pro is a free application for Microsoft Windows devices that notifies you about programs that try to load kernel drivers.

Windows' kernel mode is used by core operating system components and trusted programs to provide them with the necessary privileges that only this mode offers.

Kernel mode is not restricted however, and any program can request kernel mode access, and the feature is sometimes exploited by sophisticated malware, for instance rootkits.

Repair Tasks resolves the task image is corrupt issues

Repair Tasks is a free program for the Windows operating system to resolve "the task image is corrupt" issues of the Windows Task Scheduler.

The Task Scheduler is one of the core components of the Windows operating system. Microsoft and third-party software use tasks to run programs or commands on schedule.

Task corruption is a major issue and it may not be visible right away to the user. The Task Manager throws error messages but the operating system does not.

The most common error message is "the task image is corrupt or has been tampered with".

Google Data Saver for Firefox

Google DataSaver Proxy is a Firefox add-on that brings Google's popular data compression technology to the Mozilla browser.

Google launched a data compression proxy for Chrome on Android in 2013, and has since then brought the technology as a browser extension to desktop versions of the Google Chrome web browser as well.

Like Opera Turbo, Google DataSaver moves data through Google-owned servers where the data is compressed before sent to the user device.

Turn off Windows 10 Features

Microsoft operating systems ship with features, several of them enabled by default, that many Windows users may not need when it comes to running the computer.

These features are enabled for compatibility purposes, and while that is a good thing, may use memory, cpu cycles, or even expose the device to attacks or security issues.

The following guide lists installed features on Microsoft's operating system Windows 10, and their purpose.

The guide explains what each feature is designed for, and whether it makes sense to disable the feature on your machine.

FastStone Photo Resizer review

FastStone Photo Resizer is a free program for Microsoft Windows that enables you to convert, rename, and manipulate images in batch mode.

Smartphone photos seem to get larger both in size and resolution each year. My trusted Xiaomi Mi 4c for instance creates photos that use up to 7 Megabyte of storage.

While those look great when you view them locally, it may be quite problematic to share them with others, or even upload them to the cloud for safekeeping.

Firefox 49: Simplify Page improves printing

A new feature has been added to Firefox 49 by Mozilla which improves the native printing process by utilizing the browser's reader mode.

If you want to print web pages in Firefox currently, you either end up with elements on the printout that you don't require, or use extensions or bookmarklets to remove unneeded elements from the page before sending the job to the printer.


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