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How to Fix “Please Wait While Windows Configures Microsoft Office” Message

Stuck with an error message that says Windows is configuring Microsoft Office? Here’s the fix. Picture the scene: you’re coming down to the wire on a book report, or a work presentation, or an important spreadsheet — but when you go to open up the appropriate Microsoft Office program, you’re met with an error message that just won’t leave. Show More Summary

5 Reasons You Should Use iWork Instead of Microsoft Office

iWork has long been considered the inferior option to Microsoft Office (CA/UK). Word, Excel, and PowerPoint form the industry standard office suite, and that’s just what everyone expects to use. But it’s time to give iWork another chance. Show More Summary

Spotify Delivers a Daily Mix of Your Favorite Music

Spotify is employing a new weapon in its fight to keep you using the streaming music service. Buoyed by the success of Discover Weekly, Spotify is launching Daily Mix, a constantly evolving mix of new and old earworms. If you like Daily Mix, and you want to work on things like Daily Mix (or anything we do at Spotify), hit me up. Show More Summary

Bluetooth 5: What’s New and What’s Good?

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced a new version of the wireless standard. Bluetooth 5 comes with a host of improvements, some that benefit users and some that benefit advertisers — and we’re going to explore them in this post. Show More Summary

From Writing to Game Design: 5 Complete Creative Classes on Udemy

Here’s a sure recipe for getting out of bed in the morning: become a creative. Just the urge to create something new will put your brain on overdrive and make you attack the beeping clock. Of course, turning into a creative has other non-career benefits too. Show More Summary

Using Social Login? Take These Steps to Secure Your Accounts

Over the summer Pokemon Go became one of the most successful mobile games of all time. You may have seen some of the alarming stories that the game required full Google account access, potentially allowing them to see and modify everything in your account. Show More Summary

Canada’s Netflix Rival Shomi Is Shutting Down

Shomi, Canada’s answer to Netflix, is shutting down. In the end, the juggernaut that is Netflix proved too popular to beat, so Shomi will be closing its doors on November 30, 2016. Shomi was Canadian cable giants Rogers and Shaw Communications’ effort to gain a foothold in the marketplace. Show More Summary

How to Use Calming Music at Home to Improve Your Family Life

You probably have first-hand experience in how music can shift your mood and improve your performance. But there’s growing evidence that music can be used to make massive improvements to your family life, too. For hundreds of years, music has been used as a natural remedy for illnesses and to improve psychological states. Show More Summary

How to Simplify Home Organization With the Right Tools

Organizing a home isn’t always the most exciting thing in the world. On the contrary — following through with home organization projects can be downright intimidating. But daunting as it may be, there is evidence that home organization is a form of self-improvement, and provides benefits well beyond a clean living space. Show More Summary

Amazon API Gateway Updates Aim to Simplify API Development

AWS API Gateway is a managed service that allows users to develop, host and monitor API backends on AWS infrastructure. In a move that aims to simplify API development while tightening integration with other AWS services, Amazon API Gateway has announced several updates.

Announcing the uTorrent Altruistic Mode

We’re in the process of rolling out a new feature of uTorrent, Altruistic Mode. This is a feature for users who want to make sure that they upload more than they download and are okay with the tradeoff that their download might never complete. Because this feature has some subtle and confusing behaviors, in the...

Úll 2016

Úll: Úll is a conference for people who build and love great products. We focus on great product stories, presented through an Apple-shaped lens. We treat the conference itself as a product: with a deep emphasis on the attendee experience. Úll 2016 will explore that very Apple-y of ideas: thinking different. November 1-2 in Killarney, Ireland. Show More Summary

An Epic, Gem-Dropping Interview With Fool’s Gold Founder Nick Catchdubs

Speaking to Nick Barat is like speaking to the yourself you wish you were. The Fool’s Gold founder and modern renaissance man better known as Nick Catchdubs is almost impossibly awake and relaxed considering he’s just hours away from the label’s DAY OFF festival show in L.A. I’m developing a stress contact high just thinking about the massive undertaking...

Bike lane on 54th betw 9th and 10th

As you may know I ride a bike in NYC, in Manhattan, on city streets. Until a few years ago I didn't imagine anyone could do it, but the city has really embraced bike riding and there are bike lanes that go pretty much where ever you want to go. Show More Summary

With nearly 2 million concurrent viewers and over 3 million live watch hours, first presidential debate breaks political record

Last night's debate marked the largest political live stream of all time and was one of the biggest live streams in YouTube history. This record-breaking political stream garnered nearly 2 million live concurrent viewers and 3 million...Show More Summary

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