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Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Daniel Martin is a technology expert, freelance writer, and researcher with more than a decade of experience. After earning a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University at Buffalo, post-graduate studies led to an advanced certificate focusing on the history of data organization and dissemination. He is an experienced tech and information literacy teacher. Dan is a stay at home dad, avid video and TTRPG gamer, and grower of fruit trees at his homestead in Upstate New York

How to measure your PC’s power use, and why it matters

Prepping for an upgrade or fretting over your power bill? Our guide will tell you how to measure your PC or laptop's power use, and why it matters.
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What is Pluto TV: channels, where to get it, and more

Pluto TV offers free entertainment from both on-demand and live internet TV services, but does it compare to premium alternatives? This breakdown tells all.
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The best mobile plans and smartphones for seniors

If you're a grandparent who wants to stay in touch with loved ones, picking the right phone can be tough. Here are the best cell phones and plans for seniors.
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How to change the language on Disney+

Disney+ offers content in 16 languages, including English, Spanish, Cantonese, Icelandic, and Dutch. But how do you change between languages? We explain here.
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The best free VPN for 2022

Getting the protection of a VPN doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many free options that will keep your data safe while helping your budget.
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How to reset your Kindle Fire

Need to know how to reset a Kindle Fire? Our detailed guide will show you what you need to do in order to save your content and properly wipe your device.
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Google Meet vs. Zoom

When it comes to free videoconferencing, Google Meet and Zoom are two of the most popular options. Learn more about how they differ and which is best for you.

The best scanners

Looking for the best scanner for your home, office, photography projects, or other tasks? If you want a great scanner, we've got the picks you should consider.

What is SATA? Here’s everything you need to know about it

There are a number of standards in PCs, but SATA is one of the most common and enduring. It also remains one of the most important storage connection adaptors.
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The best Samsung Galaxy S20 screen protectors

Bought a new Samsung Galaxy S20? Wave bye-bye to scratched screens and protect your phone with our pick of the very best Samsung Galaxy S20 screen protectors.
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How to use Zoom

Zoom is useful as a videoconferencing app, whether you're working remotely or catching up with friends. Here, we show you how to host a meeting or join one.
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Best dictation software

Why wear out your wrists for every DM and email when you can dictate without lifting a finger? These programs will make dictation a breeze and save time.
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MP3 vs. MP4: What’s the difference and which one is better?

Everyone knows of MP3 -- the longtime standard for digital music. But what about MP4? Should you stop using MP3 files? We have the answers right here.
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How to update your Kindle and Kindle Fire HD devices

The Kindle and Fire HD get updates like every other tablet out there. Here's how you can keep them up to date and fix them if something goes wrong.
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Best typing programs

Looking to increase your words per minute and leave your colleagues in the dust? Check out some of the best typing programs to improve your form and efficiency.
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Best LastPass alternatives for 2021

With LastPass limiting free account services, you might be in the market for a new password manager. Thankfully, we've got you covered with these alternatives.
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The best headsets for Zoom

With working at home more prevalent than ever before, it's important to have a reliable headset to stay on point. Learn more about the best headsets for Zoom.
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Best curved gaming monitors

Want to purchase a curved monitor without breaking the bank? Our guide covers specifications and pricing to meet your needs.

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Assistant vs. Alexa

Voice assistants Cortana, Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are improving all the time and are more powerful today than ever before. But which is superior?

How to change your MAC address

Your MAC address uniquely identifies the physical devices on Wi-Fi or LAN. Learn how to change it as needed by spoofing your address for privacy and security.
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How to secure your Wi-Fi network

It's more important than ever to keep your work and home networks safe from prying eyes. We'll show you how to secure your Wi-Fi network so you can rest easy.
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How to use Loom for screen and video recording

Loom is a great tool for recording you and your screen, whether you're working from home, game streaming, or just want to store a video message for posterity.
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The most common Loom problems, and how to fix them

While Loom is a great video-editing program, you can occasionally run into errors. Learn how to fix them, and get back to creating and editing videos with ease.
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Slack vs. Discord

Want to know the differences between Slack vs. Discord? We've pitted these two industry giants against each other to see which is the best tool for you.
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How to check if a website is down

Unable to access your favorite website, no matter which browser or device you're using? It's probably not your fault. Learn how to check if a website is down.
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Common Skype problems and how to fix them

With videoconferencing and distributed teams more popular than ever before, fixing errors is crucial. Learn more about common Skype issues and their solutions.
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How to update Google Chrome

Having trouble with Google Chrome? Learn how to update Chrome quickly and easily on your PC, iOS, or Android device, and get back to surfing the internet!
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Common Amazon Prime Video problems and how to fix them

Having issues accessing your favorite Amazon Prime content? We'll have your PC, iPhone, Android device, or smart TV up and running Amazon Prime in short order.
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How to block channels on YouTube

Whether you're looking to restrict comments on your video or you're done feeding the trolls, blocking a YouTube channel is quick and easy to accomplish.

How to change your profile picture on YouTube

Want to give your YouTube channel a brand-new look? The easiest way to do so is by changing your profile picture, which can be done with a few simple steps.
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How to change your Spotify username

Spotify is a very popular way to find and share audio content, but they don't make changing your username very straightforward. We'll show you how to alter it.
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How to schedule a Zoom meeting

Need to schedule a Zoom meeting but have no idea where to start? We'll take you through the process from start to finish and get you chatting in no time at all.

How to set up a VPN on your PS4

Want the advantages of a VPN on more than your computer or smartphone? Learn how to set up a VPN on a PS4 to access exclusive content and improve performance.
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How to share a Google Calendar

Whether you're making a work schedule or arranging a family reunion, keeping everyone informed can be hard. Learn how to share your Google Calendar with ease.