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The Safe Way to Recycle Technology (and get a little something in return)

At Assist by AOL, we're all about helping people get the most out of their electronic devices. But when you get to that point where you've used your device for quite some time and you've started eyeing the newest gadgets on the market, we strongly support donating your old device-after we help


Free Your PC from Bloatware

Opening a pristine box to find a shiny new device conjures up that feeling of excitement children get opening a colorfully wrapped gift box with a new toy inside. However, it can be somewhat disheartening to find your new tablet, PC or smartphone already jam-packed with applications slowing it


What is a Firewall? How to Choose one for Your PC

Even a novice baseball fan knows that you don't pitch a hardball in a softball game. Unfortunately, the rules of network and personal computer security aren't quite so well known. Exhibit A: Hardware vs. software firewalls. When properly configured, both security solutions shield users from


Help! How do I Remove All These Toolbars?

Take a good look at your computer screen. How many toolbars are on the top? If the answer is more than three, it's time to take control and delete some of them. What is a toolbar? A toolbar is a row of small icons at the top of the screen that activate the various functions of the software. All


Fun Twists for Everyday PC Peripherals

Whether you have a new computer or an old one that you want to spruce up, ever-evolving technologies mean that there is always a new way to make your computer peripherals more interesting or useful. You don't have to be a techie to make great use of some fun and functional peripheral devices for


Simple and Cheap Ways to Automate Your Dorm Room

During his freshman year at Berkeley, Derek Low caused a stir with students and faculty when he unveiled BRAD: The Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormitory. Low built his dorm room to not only turn on the lights automatically for him in the morning (and off at night), but he equipped the room with


Top 10 Browser Hacks for Faster Browsing

Are you looking to supercharge your Web browsing experience? Are you ready to get under the hood and get your hands dirty? Here are the top hacks for making Firefox perform at blazing speeds.