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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 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...

  • 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...

Here's how to perform a PC Refresh on Windows 8.1

Just like with previous versions, once you've had your Windows 8 computer for a while, chances are it will become unstable or not be as sprightly as it once was. That's when a little clean up might be on order to return it to its former glory. Here's how to use the PC Refresh feature to reclaim the speed and stability the computer once had and not lose your personal files. This article will also show you how to make PC Refresh (and Reset) work if you receive a common error message.  Read More

Here's how to stream videos from Android devices to Amazon's Fire TV

Amazon's Fire TV allows you to stream digital media to it from a Kindle Fire HDX. That's all well and good if you have a Fire HDX tablet which runs Fire OS, Amazon's forked version of Android. But if you own a typical Android smartphone or tablet, you need to rely on other methods to stream your content to the Fire TV. AllCast is a popular app for streaming your digital content from Android to a wide variety of set-top boxes, game consoles, and it supports the Fire TV.  Read More

Here's how to make your iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android phone a Wi-Fi hotspot

If you find yourself in a situation where your smartphone is your only connection to the web, turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot will come in handy. Here's a look at how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and connect your tablet or laptop to it.  Read More

Here's some tricks and tips every Chromebook owner needs to know

The Google Chromebook is gaining in popularity and market share, due in large part to their affordability and simplicity. This makes them perfect for students and people that don't need a complex operating system to do light work online, such as email, browsing the Web, and the occasional bit of word processing. Although Chromebooks are generally easy to set up and use, we've got a few tips that can help you get the most out of your new Chromebook.  Read More

Here's how to use Taskbar features in Windows 8.1 update to get the most from the desktop ...

Microsoft took a gamble when it launched Windows 8 and making the Modern interface so prominent. Users reacted, and Microsoft has made three major revisions to Windows 8. Each update has made it easier to use with traditional computers that aren't touch-enabled, while still adding more functionality to 2-in-1 devices. Here's some Taskbar tips for getting the most from both environments on a traditional PC running Windows 8.1.  Read More

Here's how to connect to a remote computer on Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft recently launched the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone 8.1. It's free and allows you to connect your phone to a remote PC over a local network or from the internet. Although it's a pre-release version and doesn't include certain functionality that you would expect from a remote desktop app from your computer, it's still handy for a lot of situations. Here's a look at how to set up your computer to receive remote connections, and how to use your phone for remote desktop.  Read More

Videostream for Chromecast makes it easy to send your local videos to the big screen

Google opened up the Chromecast SDK to developers earlier this year, and some new and exciting apps are starting to pop up. One of them is Videostream for Google Chromecast. The developers describe it simply as "What you bought your Chromecast for." It allows you to stream your local videos from your computer, NAS, and other network locations to the big screen. The big draw here is that it supports virtually any video or audio file type you have.  Read More

Here are some tips on getting the most battery life from your Windows Phone 8.1

If your smartphone is powered on all of the time, with all features running at full steam, you'll probably find that you run out of juice before the end of the day. Though batteries are getting more powerful, so are the features and apps that run them down, and Windows Phone is no exception. Here's a look at common ways to get more from your battery, and some methods that are specific to Windows Phone 8.1.  Read More

Here's some tips to get you started with Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft is continuing to improve its Windows Phone mobile OS, and Windows Phone 8.1 brings a slew of new features and settings. This is a major update that really makes it feel like a more complete smartphone platform. Here's a list of some helpful tips to get you started using some of the main new features.  Read More

Here's a look at some of the new features in Windows Phone 8.1

Just like Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update, its mobile OS is continuing to move forward with Windows Phone 8.1. This is a major upgrade which is free to all current Windows Phone 8 users, and set to be released sometime this summer (Northern Hemisphere). Availability will vary by device and carrier. Here's a look at some of its new features and what you can expect.  Read More

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