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September 16, 2015

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A field guide to Windows processes

 

What are all those Windows processes running in the background? Windows is pretty efficient at assigning RAM, which is why you can run many apps at once or open 20 tabs in your browser without choking PC performance (usually). But if you are seeing some sluggishness, or if you want to know what svchost.exe is doing, or if you want to kill resource hogs, you can take action in the Task Manager. Check out our guide to managing Windows processes. Read more »

 

Julie Wildhaber

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iOS 9

 

New iPhones start shipping in nine days, but in the meantime, you can update to iOS 9, a surprisingly lightweight mobile OS with better multitasking and less battery drain. Read our review for the highlights.

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Get ready for El Capitan

 

Here’s your El Capitan checklist. Mac OS updates usually go off without a hitch, but it’s always a good idea to check your hardware, update your software, and back up your files.

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Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have always been a great way to create and share docs, but now they have dozens of templates to help you make better-looking resumes, reports, presentations, and more.

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