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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.
Top Articles by Brian Burgess
  • 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...

The Roku 3 has been revamped for 2015 with voice search and new features

When it comes to the streaming set-top box market, Roku's devices are the most platform agnostic, supporting virtually all of the major streaming services (with the exception of iTunes) and boasting more streaming channels than its competitors. The company has launched an updated version of its popular Roku 3 set-top box for 2015, which introduces voice search via the remote along with some other new features. Here's a look at our experience with the updated model.  Read More

Here's what's new in the latest Windows 10 for phones build 10051

Last week, Microsoft released the latest update of Windows 10 for phones, build 10051, which brings in new features and UI enhancements. Unlike the first Windows 10 for phone preview, which only worked with low-end budget Lumia's, this new build works with all Lumia handsets, except for the Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon. Here's a look at some new features coming to the final version when it's released later this year.  Read More

Amazon's Fire TV recently gained more features. Here's what's new and how to make the most...

When we first reviewed Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, both had plenty of features that make them viable contenders in the streaming device market. Last month, Amazon launched significant updates that bring new features to both Fire TV devices. So let's take a look.  Read More

Here's what you can expect in Microsoft's new Windows 10 web browser

Microsoft promised a new streamlined web browser in Windows 10 that will effectively replace Internet Explorer. It's codenamed Project Spartan, and the first version is now available in the latest build of the Windows 10 technical preview. Here's a look at what to expect.  Read More

Windows released the latest build to Windows 10, and here's a look at what's new

This latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview released last week to members of the Windows Insiders program doesn't offer many notable new features compared to the previous release, build 9926. But it does introduce a handful of UI changes, and some new features, like improved virtual desktops, Start menu tweaks, and Cortana for desktop finally comes to the UK, China, Spain, and more. Here's a look at where Microsoft is with its future OS.  Read More

Here's how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 via Windows Update

If you have a spare Windows 7 PC sitting around, why not put it to use to see what's in store for the future of Windows? Using Windows Update to upgrade to Windows 10 is much easier than doing a clean install and allows you to keep your settings, personal files, and most apps. It is worth noting that you can do this with Windows 8.1 too – just don't do it on your primary machine as Windows 10 is still in the technical preview, or beta stage, and it will be buggy. Here's a look at the steps involved.  Read More

Various streaming video options mean it is now viable to cut the cable TV cord  (Photo: Sh...

Have you wanted to get rid of your cable or satellite company and cut the cord for good, but aren't sure where to begin? Here's a look at some of the devices and streaming services that let you watch your favorite movies and programs when you want, and where you want.  Read More

Microsoft has killed several annoying Windows 8 features in Windows 10, here's a look at a...

Windows 8 was a nightmare for many consumers from day one, and largely still is. Microsoft took a risk by releasing Windows 8 hoping to lead the touch-based device market into the future. However, it was met with resistance from most users, even after the release of three major updates for the OS. Here's a look at the annoyances of Windows 8 that are gone and won't be missed in Windows 10.  Read More

Here are the important first steps to follow when you're setting up your new Windows PC

When you get a shiny new Ultrabook, desktop, or convertible Windows computer, you'll be tempted to dive right in and get to work or play. However, there are some important steps you need to take to ensure it's clean of crapware, is secure, and filled with your favorite apps so it's ready to use.  Read More

Here's a look at what's new in the first Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

Microsoft released the first technical preview of Windows 10 for phones last week for members of the Windows Insiders program. While the beta isn't available to all Windows Phone models, we were able to install it on a Lumia 635 and here's a look at what's new and some of what you can expect.  Read More

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