A burning hard drive | Mobile-PC-Medics.comIf you are getting ready to get rid of your old PC, external hard drive or USB drive, you will want to make sure that the data on those pieces of hardware is completely removed. Windows 8 features a simple function that allows you to wipe your hard drive, while older operating systems require a few more steps. You can also take the more drastic step of completely destroying the device or hard drive that your information is on, though this is usually unnecessary.

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Netflix | Mobile-PC-Medics.comKnown for its massive lists of recommendations and choices that can take hours to sort through, Netflix would like to see the number of choices shrink markedly, to just a handful of targeted selections. Netflix is in the process of greatly enhancing the algorithms behind their recommendations, which should pare down the number of titles it offers to users to around three or four.

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Twitter | Mobile-PC-Medics.comBecause of the high volume of tweets that can flood your feed, Twitter has now introduced a feature that allows you to “Mute” your followers if you no longer want to see what they are posting. While this is similar to the “Block” function that already existed, muting someone on Twitter can be done so without sending them a message.

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Beats Headphones | Mobile-PC-Medics.comApple is close to acquiring headphone maker Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, with the deal to be completed as soon as next week. It would mark the most expensive purchase in the history of Apple, and also a stark shift in philosophy from the late Steve Jobs, who did not believe in acquisitions of this stature.

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Microsoft Surface | Mobile-PC-Medics.comWith Microsoft apparently gearing up to release a small version of its Surface, there are several improvements that should be made to make the experience even better for customers. Among the improvements that can be made to the Surface Mini include the option to upgrade to LTE service, a thinner design and a digital pen.

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Twitter logo | Mobile-PC-Medics.comEveryone knows that there are bots on Twitter, but now there is work being done to identify potentially harmful ones. Researchers at Indiana University in Bloomington have developed an app called Bot or Not, which will help people discover the bots that deliver misinformation or even malware.

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Dell founder Michael Dell | MobilePCMedics.comPC manufacturer Dell was bought by founder Michael Dell, with help from investment firm Silver Lake, in a move that will take the company off the public market. Dell has struggled to keep up with HP and Lenovo in recent year, and Michael Dell felt that the best thing for the company would be to bring it under his control, so he would not have to run his company on the whims of the stock market. Microsoft also loaned $2 billion to Michael Dell in his team, with the goal of keeping one of the flagship manufacturers of devices that run Windows a viable company.

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HP Slatebook | MobilePCMedics.comHP appears to be ready to put a second Android-powered laptop on the market, as a video of the 14-inch, touchscreen display Slatebook 14 recently surfaced online. While it currently has several deficiencies compared to Windows and Mac operating systems, the simplicity of its function could be attractive to a segment of the laptop market.

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Bloatware | MobilePCMedics.comPC manufacturers have long used software known as “bloatware” to keep the costs of computers down for consumers, but this additional software can drastically affect the speed and efficiency of your desktop or laptop. There are several ways to remove bloatware from your computer, including programs that find bloatware on your computer for you, uninstalling the software yourself, and reinstalling Windows to your PC to give yourself a clean slate.

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HP has the largest market share of desktop PC sales in Western Europe | MobilePCMedics.comSales of desktop PCs in Western Europe saw a surge in the first quarter of 2014, due in large part to the end of Microsoft support for computers still using XP. HP, Lenovo and Acer hold the top three spots in terms of market share, though Acer’s share dropped. Worldwide, Lenovo, HP and Dell are the three most popular brands of PCs.

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Shopping for a Computer | MobilePCMedics.comWith Microsoft ending support for XP early next week, many XP users may be looking for a new PC, and PC World has a few helpful hints for those in the market for a new computer. One of the most important things is to make sure your laptop gives you easy access for computer repair, as many laptops have begun to sacrifice repairability in favor of appearance. They suggest keeping an open mind to touchscreens, which have become more affordable in the last year, and make the case for choosing a PC with Windows 8.1, as recent upgrades to it will make it easier for XP users to convert to the new operating system.

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Windows XP | MobilePCMedics.comDespite being introduced all the way back in 2001, Microsoft XP is still the second-most used operating system in the world, with XP accounting for nearly 28 percent of worldwide computer users. While XP continues to be very popular, Microsoft will soon be ending its support of the operating system within the week. XP users may have to rely on computer repair companies even more now that Microsoft will not be offering a support system for it.

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