How to hide the Facebook ticker, for realNeed to know what your Facebook friends are doing the moment they do it? If so, the Facebook ticker is a wonderful thing; otherwise, it’s one of the most annoying things on Facebook.

The good news, though, is that you can—finally!—hide it completely. Want to know how? Read on.

Also this week: the scoop on Google’s “personalized” ads, and how to tweak or disable them; 12 keyboard shortcuts every Mac user should know; and why I’m still renting DVDs and Blu-rays.

How to completely hide the Facebook ticker (finally!)
Some people love it, most seem to hate it, but there was no real way to completely hide the Facebook ticker—well, until now, anyway. Here’s how to do it. Read more…

12 Mac keyboard shortcuts you need to know12 Mac keyboard shortcuts you need to know
Switch applications, take a “quick look” at a file, get help, and more, all without touching your Mac’s mouse or trackpad. Read more…

How to say “thanks, but no thanks” to personalized Google ads
There’s an easy way to tell Google and other online ad networks to stop “personalizing” the ads you see in Gmail, search results, and on the web at large. Read more…

iPhone tip: How to see more (or less) of the messages in your email inbox
Want to get a better idea of what’s waiting for you in your iPhone’s email inbox? Just boost the size of your email message preview in the settings menu. Read more…

How to zoom the display on your PC or MacHow to zoom the display on your PC or Mac
Squinting at your computer screen? You can zoom the entire display on your PC or Mac, a handy trick for anyone with iffy eyesight. Here’s how. Read more…

How to fine-tune the “personalized” online ads that Google shows you
Want to see more online ads that you’d actually click? If you’re game, you can help Google’s ad system get a better idea of who you are, and what you like. Read more…

How to “unfriend” a Facebook friend without really unfriending them
Want to keep a marginal Facebook pal at arm’s length without actually hitting the unfriend button? Read on for a couple of ways to do it. Read more…

5 reasons why DVDs and Blu-ray still matter
Streaming is all the rage when it comes to home video, but that doesn’t mean DVDs and Blu-rays are dead—or at least, not to me it doesn’t. Read more…

10 essential Facebook tips and tricks
Don’t like getting tagged in photos? Had it with the ticker? Looking to declutter your news feed? Read on for 10 tips to make life on Facebook easier. Read more…

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