Slow computers are the worst. Seriously, the worst. But most of the time, getting your computer from being as slow as dial-up to Chuck Norris fast is a fairly easy fix! Here’s a list of the 8 most common PC-slowing offenders and how you can fix them: 1. Startup Overload. The more programs you have […]

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Augmented Reality Is All The Rage

What’s realer than being real? Augmented reality! It seems like we’ve been talking about virtual reality for years, but what do you know about its hybrid cousin, AR? Augmented reality is a technology that analyzes video of the physical world and adds digital components in real-time. If you’ve used Snapchat (or Instagram) or played Pokémon […]

What’s Up With Amazon Drone Hives?

Have you been keeping up with the growing popularity of drones? We sure have. If you’ve noticed a little extra buzz about the subject in the last few weeks, it’s for good reason. Amazon recently published a patent application for huge drone hives. Yes, you read that right (but Amazon actually calls them “Multi-level Fulfillment […]

Classic Smart Home Applications

At Friendly PC, you may have noticed we’re big fans of upgrading. We’ve talked about hardware upgrades, software updates, and even ways to automate your life with IFTTT recipes. In this post, we’re going to talk about a few exciting ways you can upgrade your living space with smart home devices. If you’ve thought about […]

Windows 10 Tips & Tricks

We’re on the record as believing everyone should upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 users know that it offers a lot of performance and user-friendly benefits right out of the box. And, as every version of Windows before it, Windows 10 comes packed with ways to tweak and improve your experience. Today, we’re going to […]

What’s a VPN and Why Should You Use One?

At FriendlyPC, we take the security of your computer very seriously. We’ve written before about ways to secure your digital life (see: antivirus software, password management, phishing attacks, and tech support scams). Of course, these tips are key tools in the security fight, but there’s another critical weapon we haven’t discussed: the VPN.   So…What […]

The FriendlyPC Guide to WWDC 2017

It’s summer, so you know what that means: it’s time to talk about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)! Each year, Apple welcomes about 5,000 to the Bay Area (and many more online) for a four-day tech showcase. Last year, software (especially iOS 10 and Siri) stole the show. However, this year’s WWDC 2017 event […]

Healthy Computing Habits

If you’re a gamer, you’re probably no stranger to hours-long sessions at the keyboard. Office workers spend so much time in front of a computer, the mouse might seem like just another body part. We’ve become accustomed to extended screen time, but here’s the unfortunate truth: these computer habits are bad for our health. Since […]

Don’t Fall for Tech Support Scams

Protecting yourself online is very important, but it’s nearly a full-time job. We’ve talked before about anti-virus software and how to avoid phishing attempts. Today, we’d like to discuss a specific sort of phishing attempt that’s affected thousands of people: tech support scams. In tech support scams, some dubious individual or program will impersonate technical […]

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