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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
  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

Here's a look at some tips and tricks every iOS 8 user should know

Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8 last month. While most of the changes are subtle, there are some interesting hidden features that can come in handy. Here's a look at some tips, tricks, and features that will help you out.  Read More

Here's how a few tips on how to keep your data in the cloud private and secure

Whether you like it or not, a lot of your data is probably being stored in the cloud, and that's a trend that's not going to stop. While it is convenient to have your data available from virtually everywhere, it's also prone to security vulnerabilities. Here are some tips on how to keep your cloud-based data private and secure.  Read More

Here's how to back up your photos from any mobile device to one location

A lot of us have mobile devices on multiple platforms. Maybe an iPod, an Android tablet, and/or a Windows Phone. Or perhaps you have a BlackBerry or Kindle Fire to throw into the mix. Whatever your combination of devices, it can be cumbersome accessing each platform's respective storage service to manage photos and videos you take. An easier solution is to use one service to consolidate all of your photos and videos in one spot. Both OneDrive and Dropbox have apps for each of the major mobile platforms and will back up photos and videos automatically – no matter which device you're using.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the 8-in Toshiba Encore 2 tablet

When Microsoft made its announcement of a new Surface earlier this year, most were expecting a 7-inch Surface Mini. But instead, we got a larger Surface Pro 3. Other manufacturers are making their own mini tablets that run full versions of Windows 8.1, and one of them is the 8-in Toshiba Encore 2 with a price tag starting at US$199.  Read More

Gizmag takes a look at some tips, tricks and tweaks to get the most out of the HTC One (M8...

The Android version of the HTC One (M8) may be five months old, but it's still easily one of the best phones of 2014. Maybe you've been enjoying the basics, but are wondering what else this baby can do? Here's a look at some of the features you can set up to make the most of your new HTC One (M8).  Read More

Here's technology tasks we often forget but really should do

With so many tech devices in our lives these days, it's important to stay on top of maintenance that needs to be done periodically on your Windows computer and other devices to keep things running smoothly. Here's a look at some tasks that are often put on the back burner, but should really be carried out regularly.  Read More

Here's a hands-on look at what you can expect from Windows Phone 8.1 update 1

On the heels of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has released the latest update to its mobile OS. Currently available to download for users as part of the free-to-join Preview for Developers program, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes some minor but important enhancements. Here's a look at what to expect.  Read More

Here's a look at sharing a hard drive across your network using your Wi-Fi router

Have you ever wondered what that USB port on your Wi-Fi router is for? Most modern routers have at least one or maybe two, and today we'll take a look at how Windows users can set it up with a hard or flash drive to share content across a local network.  Read More

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