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Wallpaper of the Week: Sunrise in Masai Mara, Kenya

This week's wallpaper is a beautiful image of the sun coming up over Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa. The sun rises through a bank of clouds that vary from gray to shades of orange. Dark silhouettes of trees in the foreground frame trees that fade into the misty background. Bare trunked trees lead to branches and trees at the top of the trees, they look like they've been flattened. It makes for an interesting silouette. Icons do fine on most areas of this background.

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The Easiest Way Yet to Download YouTube Videos

YouTube Video DownloaderOver the years we've featured lots of different ways of downloading YouTube videos to your computer. Most of these solutions work really well but they either involve downloading software or visiting specialised websites. 

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Ten Windows Tips Worth Remembering

Windows tipsThere are hundreds of tips at Gizmo’s and it is hard to remember all of them. So it pays to revisit some of the previous offerings from time to time. Here are ten Windows tips from the earlier years of Gizmo’s Tech Tips that I think are worth a reminder.

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Jazz up Your Windows Desktop with this Excellent Free Program

Want to add a new look and some very handy new features to your Windows desktop? Try the free open-source software called Rainmeter and have access to a big selection of useful system gadgets.

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Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows

Microsoft’s new and more aggressive monitoring of Windows systems has caused considerable discussion. Whether you believe all the telemetry is a privacy concern or not, you might be interested in an easy way to block the extensive information gathering. The developers at the well-known anti-spyware company Spybot have now provided a free utility called Spybot Anti-Beacon that makes configuring many privacy settings very convenient.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows

So, you just got a new device – a PC, a tablet, a smartphone, what have you- and you want to connect it to your wireless network at home. That means you have to know the password for the router. Unless you wrote it down somewhere, that probably means retrieving the password from a device that is already connected.

(Some routers have a WiFi Protected Setup button for automatic connection but this article is for those who do not have that feature on their router.)

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