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One of the most annoying issues I have faced lately with my laptop is that it gets overheated. The most common reason why it happens is that nowadays, laptops are equipped with fast processors and hard drives. When they work in a small space, they end up reaching a high temperature.

I found out about this issue when my laptop automatically went to sleep after getting overheated. Since then, I started looking for a handy utility that can help me manage my laptop’s temperature and find out if its overheating. If you dont manage the temperature of your laptop, you may end up with a dead hard drive from which you cannot recover any data at all. It can even cause a greater damage to your processor as well which may not be the most cheapest thing to repair.

To make things easier, I started looking for apps that can help me manage my laptop’s temperature and ended up using BatteryCare.

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Amazons Weekly Deals, out of the blue, had a Windows Phone for sale at £90. Conditioned through years of crapware, instantly I assumed something was wrong. I’d never seen Windows Phones go on sale for this low but at this low a price, I didn’t wish to miss out on this opportunity to test out the hardware. After researching the phone for around five minutes I decided it was worth a shot.

That’s when the ZTE Tania came into my life. Is it worth showing up in yours? Let’s find out!

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Virtualization used to be the domain of system administrator, hardcore geeks and specialized industries, but nowadays it is a far more common practice. While software that could be used to run virtual copies of an operating system used to costs hundreds, there are now plenty of tools available that let you do the job free of charge.

There are plenty of reasons why you might want to create a virtual machine, but for the average user there are three that dominate: a desire to try out another operating system without the need to configure a multi-boot system, a need to run an older version of Windows for the sake of compatibility with older software, or the need to create a sandboxed environment in which to try out software without putting the main operating system at risk

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Adding a second monitor to your computer is one of the best things you can do to help increase productivity, make games more enjoyable and make it easier to work with multiple programs at the same time. While Windows gives you some control over the displays you have connected, MultiMonitorTool gives you more options and could help make your dual display setup even more productive.

Available free of charge, this simple utility does not even need to be installed – just unzip and run. It is important to note from the offset that this is a tool that is designed to work with a desktop that has been extended across two monitor; if you are set up in desktop duplication mode, there is no point in using MultiMonitorTool.

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Hard drive partitioning is far from being the most glamorous side of computing, but it is one that is almost more important than ever now that hard drives are larger than ever. It makes a great deal of sense to split up a large hard drive into two or more partitions, and this is something that Paragon Partition Manager 12 Free could help you with.

You might well wonder why a separate partition tool would be needed when Windows itself includes tools for managing your disks, but there is a strong argument for using a dedicated partition tool. There are various comparatively expensive programs that can be used to manage your hard drive, but this is a free tool that has all of the basics covered.

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However well specced your computer may be, you will undoubtedly find that it gradually slows down over time or starts to perform erratically. It is likely that this comes as a result of running out of system resources and it can be very helpful to keep an eye on just want is using up your memory and processor time.

Windows includes the Task Manager which can be used to check which programs and processes are running as well as seeing how much memory they are using up. Kiwi Application Monitor is a more advanced alternative that provides you with a far greater level of detail and additional options.

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October 2011. Nokia was ready to showcase its first effort in Windows Phone with the Lumia 800, only ten months after announcing the switch from Symbian to Microsoft’s operating system as its main smartphone platform. Touted as the “first real Windows Phone”, the Lumia 800 was received with big fanfare from the Nokia fans, and a few shrugs from the Android and iOS crowd, as well as Samsung and HTC who had already released several Windows Phone devices.

Now, eight months after the announcement, the Lumia 800 has been out-spec’ed by the Lumia 900, and out-bargained by the Lumia 710 and Lumia 610, yet it still holds a good place in the Windows Phone ecosystem, with frequent updates and many operator contracts worldwide. Here is my personal review of it, focusing on the specific Lumia experience compared to other Windows Phone devices, outlining the reasons of its success as well as the shortcomings that I’ve noticed over a couple of months of regular use.

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There is a growing misconception among the masses that Windows phones are too expensive. Thanks to Microsoft’s stringent hardware requirements and Nokia’s poor pricing strategy, the noise kept growing.

Sure, the Lumia 800 and HTC Titan are awesome but not everyone will be able to afford these overtly priced flagship phones. This is one reason why Android phones are selling like hot cakes and why Windows still trails behind.

Isn’t there any Windows equivalent to the bargain basements Android devices? That’s exactly what we are going to find out today.

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Is this the end of the ultraportable as we know it? Not so, I say! In addition to the fresh arrival of the buffed up ‘ultrabook’, the netbook category has been bolstered by an arrival from Dell-owned purveyor of gaming systems, Alienware.

The group, renowned for its reputation in building high-powered gaming systems, surprised us in 2010 with the m11x, which could probably be the world’s first ‘Gaming Netbook’. Those two words I thought I’d never see together, and now with the m11x in it’s third revision, I thought I’d see if it lives up to its promising nickname.

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It has been well over a year since the very first crop of Windows Phone 7 devices were let loose upon the smartphone world; featuring models from HTC, Samsung and Dell, amongst others. Whilst these devices made a good first impression, I could not help but feel that they were lacking in any distinctions that would truly do the platform justice. Instead, they seemed to give the image of being Android devices in disguise.

Thankfully, a new brigade of handsets has come charging over the hill to set the record straight, with the HTC Titan being undoubtedly the most head-turning of these. I dare say head-turning would be an understatement, as the Titan is certainly not a device to be taken lightly.

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