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Everything you need to know about cloud storage systems

Everything you need to know about cloud storage systems

You’ve probably heard about something called ‘cloud storage’. But what is it? And why is it such a big deal these days? Today, we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about cloud storage systems. What is cloud storage? Cloud storage systems hold your files in a remote server called a ‘cloud’. This cloud can be accessed by any device with an internet connection, like your

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SSD price war could be on the horizon

SSD price war could be on the horizon

At the Speed Up My PC Free blog, we talk a lot about the benefits of using an SSD. What is an SSD, you might ask? It’s basically a hard drive with no moving parts. Ever since they hit the market about three to four years ago, SSDs have been a mainstay in the rigs of PC gaming enthusiasts around the world, and once you use an SSD in your computer, it’s tough to go back to a traditional hard dri

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Steam for Linux may be coming soon

Steam for Linux may be coming soon

Good news for PC gamers who like to run alternative operating systems: in a recent picture from Valve’s headquarters, a Linux-based computer is seen running Steam, that company’s popular online game distribution system. While a Linux-based Steam client has been rumored for years – and promptly denied by Valve – it finally looks like we’ll see the popular program hit Linux systems late

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Faster computers coming in the near future: quantum computing makes a breakthrough

Faster computers coming in the near future: quantum computing makes a breakthrough

Quantum computing has been on the computer technology horizon for years, but a recent breakthrough could have quantum technology in our PCs and laptops sooner than we ever thought possible. A team of computer experts from the United States, South Africa, and Australia recently made a massive leap in the field of quantum computing. They claim to have developed quantum technology so powerful that

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Video game can treat adolescent depression

Video game can treat adolescent depression

After reading that headline, you might be thinking “Yes! I knew it all along! PC games can make people happier!” However, this story is about how one PC game, called SPARX, has been used to successfully treat depression in teenagers. The 3D fantasy game covers a range of topics including dealing with emotions, finding hope in life, and recognizing unproductive thoughts. These are common the

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Can updating the operating system help speed up your PC?

Can updating the operating system help speed up your PC?

Many people are aware of the unfortunate fact that their computer isn’t as fast as it used to be. However, PCs naturally slow down over time, so you don’t have to feel bad about yourself. Over time, the registry and other important arteries of the computer simply get clogged with data. For most people, there isn’t really a way to prevent this from happening. The good news is that most PC

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How Often Should You Speed Up Your PC?

How Often Should You Speed Up Your PC?

Many people are unhappy with the speed of their computer. Unfortunately, most computers decline in speed over the years. While PC slowdowns are inescapable, it’s important to remember that any PC can be sped up in a few simple steps. However, even people who know about computer maintenance programs may not be working on a fast PC because they have no idea how often they should scan their comp

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Can I protect myself from viruses by speeding up my PC?

Can I protect myself from viruses by speeding up my PC?

As you may have heard, 2012 has been a rough year for PC security. Virus technology continues to advance around the world, and this has created networks of hundreds of thousands of infected computers. If you want to protect your PC, then you may have turned to free, ineffective online antivirus software. However, the people who design viruses know that most users will opt for free antivirus pro

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The One Secret Way to Make Your PC Faster

The One Secret Way to Make Your PC Faster

If you’re not a PC expert, then you may not know all the secret ways to make your PC go faster. Today, we’re going to teach you one secret way to improve the performance of your computer and (hopefully) make it run as fast as it did on the day you bought it. So what’s the big secret? Well, your computer has something called a registry that contains vital information about each and every p

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North America’s First 4GB GTX 680 Introduced

North America’s First 4GB GTX 680 Introduced

The GTX680 has been all the rage in the graphics card market over the last few weeks. As one of the most powerful cards on the market today, the GTX 680 is capable of some amazing things. However, for users who want to squeeze even more performance out of their video card, hardware manufacturers Palit and Gainward have released 4GB models of the 680. Featuring three massive fans and 4GB of onbo

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