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If you're paying for premium software, chances are there's a free alternative out there you could use instead, with features just as good as the ones you've become accustomed to. Whether you fancy a change from your usual application-of-choice, or you're just on a tight budget, these are the free software apps you need to know about.

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Without the aid of specialised tools, everything you do online (and plenty of things you don't realised you're doing) is being tracked. Desktop browsers have the benefit of extensions and add-ons that block pages from tracking you, but mobile browsers tend to be a little less advanced. That's what makes Focus, Firefox's privacy-forward iOS browser, so refreshing.

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It's not unusual for running programs to write data to your hard drive. Say, saving a configuration file or committing to a database. A few megabytes never hurt anybody. But tens of gigabytes an hour? Up until recently, the Spotify client was wreaking this sort of data-based havoc, though a patch has supposedly solved the problem.

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Counterfeiting coins doesn't sound as exciting as pumping out ersatz $100 notes, but it is definitely a thing, especially in the UK where one in every 30 pound coins isn't the real McCoy. To battle this, over the next year the government will phase out the old coin for a shiny new one that incorporates "a high security feature ... to protect it from counterfeiting in the future".

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Whether you're gaming, watching movies, or streaming Spotify, there are likely to be times when your laptop's default sound setup doesn't quite hit the highs and lows you're looking for. If you don't want to settle for subpar audio any longer, there are ways to improve it, and we've outlined some of the best below.

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Microsoft Word is a beloved application used by typists all over the world. The program is packed with with all kinds of features, many of which you might never come across when you're typing up a report, short story, essay, or whatever else you might be working on. To help you uncover some of the lesser-known tricks the software is capable of, we present a bunch of our current favourites. Here are 18 tricks that will turn you into a master of Microsoft Word.

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If you're looking to create digital copies of your old video tapes, vinyl, and cassettes, it can be difficult to know where to start with so many different approaches and hardware setups out there. In most cases, the process is pretty straightforward, even for the less-technically minded. Here's what to need to know about creating digital versions of your favourite movies and music.

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Video: Filmmakers have been stop-motion animation for aeons, but holy crap man, people have gotten really, really good at it. This video by Vugar Efendi tracks the evolution of stop motion in film starting with The Enchanted Drawing in 1900, which was really just a drawing of a face changing facial expressions, all the way up to the gloriously beautiful Kubo and the Two Strings, which was released this winter.