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Windows 8.1 update may default to desktop on startup

An expected update to Windows 8.1 could reportedly boot directly to the traditional Windows desktop, bypassing the tiled "Metro" start screen.

By Jan. 30, 2014


Vimeo speeds its online videos, goes HTML5 by default

The online video site has overhauled its video player for shorter waits for video, better sharing, and more accessibility and Web standards support.

By Jan. 7, 2014


Yahoo enables default HTTPS encryption for Yahoo Mail

Web portal now using 2,048-bit encryption keys to protect e-mail users' communication.

By Jan. 7, 2014


How to stop Gmail from displaying images by default

Google has changed the way Gmail displays images in email messages, but you can reverse course if you know where to look in settings.

By Dec. 13, 2013


Gmail now shows you all images by default

Changes in how Gmail handles image attachment security means that the service once again shows you all attached images by default.

By Dec. 12, 2013


Manage default SMS app on Android 4.4 KitKat

Not a fan of Hangouts as your primary texting app? You have a couple options to change the default app.

By Nov. 22, 2013


Understanding default permissions in OS X

Creating new files and folders gives them a default permissions set that can allow access to them from other account, which may be concerning at first glance.

By Aug. 22, 2013


Android signs up for official default setting for texting

A single messaging app for Android might be closer than you think, as Google unveils new settings in KitKat to officially set a default text-messaging app.

By Oct. 15, 2013


Gmail change lets Google+ contacts email you by default

Google is changing the relationship between Gmail and Google+ by allowing people to email you directly without knowing your email address.

By Jan. 10, 2014


Firefox to deactivate most plug-ins by default

The Aurora test version of Firefox won't load browser plug-ins, such as Silverlight and QuickTime, unless the user grants permission. Flash is the exception.

By Sep. 25, 2013