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Brian Burgess

Brian Burgess
Brian Burgess resides in Minnesota. A technology enthusiast his entire life, he worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. In addition to contributing to Gizmag, he’s the Editor in Chief at groovyPost.com and has written for other notable tech sites Byte, InformationWeek, and How-To Geek. Away from the keyboard, you're likely to find him listening to heavy metal, playing guitar, or watching Star Trek.
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  • How to install Google apps on Kindle Fire HD or HDX

    If you want Google apps on your Kindle fire, but are worried about voiding the warranty, you can sideload apps. And the cool thing about this technique is it doesn't require that you root the device first. Here's how to get most Google apps on your K...

  • Tips for making the most of Google Chromecast

    Google's Chromecast currently doesn't have a whole lot of options other than its four officially supported apps: YouTube, Netflix, Google Music and Google Video. Here's how to get a little more out of Chromecast, from mirroring your desktop to playin...

  • How to upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

    The Windows 8.1 update that is free to current users of Windows 8 is now available via the Windows Store. Here's a look at getting your system ready for it and the step by step instructions for the download and installation of of the upgraded OS.

  • How to stream content from Android devices to a HDTV, sans Chromecast

    There's plenty of excitement out there about Google's US Chromecast that allows you to stream digital content to your HDTV. But you might already be able to stream digital content from your Android device to your TV if you have a set-top box, Smar...

  • How to jailbreak an Apple TV 2

    Apple TV has a limited number of channel apps and unless you're invested in the Apple ecosystem, its AirPlay features are marginal at best. But you can get more channels (a lot more), and additional functionality on your Apple TV 2 with a simple jail...

Cortana, Action Center, revamped Start menu and more feature in this month's build of Wind...

Microsoft is continuing development of its latest desktop and mobile operating system, Windows 10, and revealed some more details at a media briefing last week. Here's a look at some notable new features and design changes in the latest build of the desktop OS.  Read More

Google's Chromecast has evolved and we have more tips and tricks for getting the most out ...

Google's Chromecast streaming device has been around for more than a year now and its user base continues to grow. We already showed you some cool ways to get the most out of your Chromecast using the Chrome browser on a computer when the device was first released and, although those tips still work, we thought it worth taking a look at the dongle 18 months on to show you even more things it is capable of using your smartphone or tablet.  Read More

Here are some important tips that will keep your smartphone secure, no matter which OS it ...

Your smartphone is more than a communication and entertainment device in your pocket. It's a powerful computer with tons of your personal and private data stored within, just like your home or work computer. Here are some essential tips that will help keep your smartphone and the data on it protected.  Read More

Here's a hands on look at Amazon's new Fire TV Stick

Amazon entered the battle for the living room when it launched its Fire TV set-top box earlier this year. More recently it expanded its attack with the launch of the Fire TV Stick that competes with the Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. Here's our hands-on look at how it performs and how it stacks up against the competitors.  Read More

Google's is taking another run at the living room with its new Nexus Player set-top box

Google's attempts to stake its claim in the living room have been a little hit and miss. Google TV didn't exactly get things rolling the way Google would have hoped, and the Nexus Q slated for a 2012 release never eventuated. But it had better luck with the well-received (and cheap) Chromecast and now it's following up with the Nexus Player, which is the first device to run on Google's Android TV smart TV platform. So is the Nexus player a hit or a miss? Here's a look at what it offers – and what needs to be improved.  Read More

Here's a look at notable new features in the latest build of Windows 10

As Microsoft continues development of its new desktop operating system, it recently released a new build of Windows 10 for members of the Windows Insider program. We previously showed you how to become a Windows 10 Technical Preview tester and looked at some of its features. Now we move on and take a look at the new features in the latest build of Windows 10.  Read More

The Amazon Fire Game Controller brings greater games possibilities to the Fire TV

The ability to run quality mobile games that scale up for the big screen help separate the Fire TV from other streaming set-top-boxes currently on the market. While there are some casual games you can play with the included remote, the optional Amazon Fire Game Controller is designed for more sophisticated games like first-person shooters and racing games. Here's our look at the device and whether it's likely to be a good fit for you.  Read More

Amazon's Fire TV now supports streaming of content from more Android devices Previously, the only devices able to stream content to the Fire TV were Amazon's own Kindle Fire HDX tablet or Fire smartphone. An update has now thrown open the streaming capabilities to any Android tablets or smartphones running Jellybean 4.2 or higher.  Read More

Test drive Windows 10 Technical Preview the easy way in VirtualBox

Microsoft's Windows 10 Technical Preview has been available for a few weeks now, and if you want to get a feel for what's coming but don't have an extra PC to install it on, installing it on a virtual machine is a hassle free way to give the new features a test drive. We'll walk you through the necessary steps.  Read More

Here's how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview and explore some new built-in features

Microsoft recently released the first iteration of its new operating system to the public in the form of Windows 10 Technical Preview. Here's a look at how to install it as well as check out the current new features you can expect when the final version is released.  Read More

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