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Home Recording 101: Breaking Down Basics, Synths, Software and Gear

Once upon a time, electronic music was generally the realm of those with access to thousands of dollars of musical equipment, or bedroom producers working in niche and largely unrecognized genres. But over the years, the advent of home computing has brought these worlds together, with the ability to easily emulate a studio's worth of equipment on a laptop or PC. Furthermore, electronic music has...

Use Gmail Filters and Labels to Effortlessly Organize Your E-mail

digg Everyone has their own coping methods and inbox philosophies for e-mail management. Whether you're subscribing to a super-involved "Getting Things Done" method or a minimalist "Inbox Zero" system, a few minutes spent building a smart filter and label routine will let you focus on what's really important. The point here is to make the messages hitting your inbox as relevant and important as...

Fed Up With Facebook? Delete it, and Here's How

Share Back in February, CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrated Facebook's 6th birthday and 400 millionth member by penning an open letter to his users to thank them for making both milestones possible. "Whether in times of tragedy or joy, people want to share and help one another," Zuckerberg wrote. "This human need is what inspires us to continue to innovate and build things that allow people to...

10 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Share Since 2005, there have been at least 358.4 million personal records lost to security breaches, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. This includes everything from home addresses to credit card numbers and Social Security information. But, as frightening as the prospect of your sensitive data being compromised is, simply removing all traces of yourself from the Web is not a...

MoSoSo 101: Checking in With Foursquare, Yelp and Location-Based Apps

The social media fast lane is heating up with real-time location updates. Apps now tap into your cell phone's GPS to track where you and your friends are, and, more importantly, what's happening nearby. Now that the world can finally say "tweet" with a straight face, there's a new term to learn: MoSoSo, or mobile social software. Read on to find out what it is, how it works and how to setup...

The Ultimate Guide to Productivity: Git 'Er Done With Helpful Hacks and Hints

Share Our mission here at Switched entails more than simply bringing you the latest tech and social networking news. We don't even stop at just helping you to become a smarter, better consumer of technology. We want to make sure that you use the power we bestow to enhance your life, not just watch videos of dancing fools and women covered in mud. So, as a spring cleaning gift for you, here...

Five Things to Consider When Buying a Computer

Share Buying a new computer is always a daunting task. There are tons of variables to consider, including whether or not you're ready to join (or ditch) the cult of Mac. Laptop or desktop? How much RAM? And what processor will you need to power your new rig? As usual, Switched is here to help you navigate the labyrinth of options, and lead you on your path to the best PC for your needs. ...

Ethics 101: 5 Online Pitfalls That Destroy Students

Kids have always loved to mix it up with a little school-time tomfoolery, whether it's streaking at a football game or leaving a flaming bag of poop on a teacher's doorstep. But in the digital age, the mischief has moved online. What may seem like harmless virtual-reality hijinks can have devastating real-world consequences. Switched consulted sociologist Carrie James of Harvard's GoodPlay...

Twitter 101: Tips and Tricks

Share You've probably heard a lot about Twitter, the white-hot microblog-cum-social-network that's growing even faster than Facebook. Still, you're probably either wondering what Twitter actually is, or, if you've already signed up, how it actually works. Good news -- we've been spending a lot of time on Twitter lately, so we've compiled a list of questions and answers on how to get started,...

Facebook 101: 25 Tips and Tricks

Share Chances are, if you're not on Facebook already, then you're likely to be getting on it pretty soon. Whether it's your kids or your next door neighbor (or those old friends you just reunited with at your high school reunion), folks around you have been hounding you to sign up, set up a profile, and start "social-networking" with all your friends, and their friends, and so on. Truth is,...