Jason Fitzpatrick

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

While Apple has made serious improvements to the HomeKit smarthome framework, there are still more than a few ghosts in the machine. Let’s look at how to banish the extremely frustrating “Address is not registered with iCloud” error to get your system back up and running.

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The Philips Hue lighting system is really awesome and easy to control entirely from your smartphone, but people love physical switches. The new Hue Dimmer Switch is the perfect way to add a wall switch into your Hue lighting system. Let’s take a look at how it works now.

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Election season is upon us, and there’s no shortage of ways to watch the debates–traditional broadcast TV, online streaming options galore, and you can even see it in virtual reality.

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A behind the scenes feature in iOS 10, SiriKit, makes it easy for you to control and use your favorite apps with Siri–if you know where to look. Let’s set this new voice control up and take it for a spin.

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Whether you’ve upgraded to the newest model or you’re the proud new owner of a family hand-me-down, the first thing on everyone’s mind is how to get everything from their old iPhone onto their new one. Here’s what you need to do.

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Once a major release of iOS comes out, the benefits of being the on the beta release channel diminish significantly–here’s how to get off the beta tester train and get back to regular old public releases.

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Podcasts and the Amazon Echo system are a match made in heaven: you get good sound quality, voice-based control, and a diverse stable of podcasts to listen to. Let’s look at how to tap into a huge podcast library and how, when necessary, to reach beyond it.

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Increasingly sophisticated phones and data-hungry applications make it easier than ever to blow through your cellphone plan’s data cap…and incur nasty overage charges. Read on as we show you how to manage your data use.

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Facebook has finally gotten with the times and rolled out device-to-device encrypted communication to all of the billion Facebook Messenger users. Here’s how to turn it on, which shortcomings to be aware of, and why you should start using it now.

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Playing around with new application launchers on Android is pretty fun, but it isn’t exactly clear how to switch back to the default Google launcher. Read on as we show you.

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What’s the point of having a house of the future if your family members, roommates, or guests can’t take advantage of all its features? Share the future-is-now vibe by allowing their iCloud account to control your smart lights, thermostat, and more.

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If you want access to all the features of your HomeKit powered smart home when you’re away from home sweet home, you can–as long as you have an Apple TV or iPad sitting in your house. Read on as we show you how.

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With Facebook’s temporary profile picture feature, you no longer have to remember to switch your profile picture back after a holiday or observance–they’ll do it automatically for you.

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Want to share your family photos after your death, but take your search history to the grave? All that and more is possible with Google’s Inactive Account Manager. Let’s take a look at how you can put your Google account on autopilot when you’re no longer at the wheel.

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Backing up your text messages from your Android phone to your Gmail account is so simple, there’s no reason to not back them up and make them search-friendly in the process. Read on to see how you can turn your Gmail account into an SMS vault.

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Want something a little more ephemeral than iMessage’s “Invisible Ink” allows for? Confide helps you send self destructing messages that are viewed once and then gone forever.

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The new iMessage for iOS 10 is jam packed with new features, including special effects for your messages. Let’s look at where to find the special effects and how to apply them.

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Not only was iMessage the most heavily updated app in the iOS 10 release, but it got more than just a facelift. Now, tucked away in iMessage, is a whole app ecosystem just waiting for you to tap into it.

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iOS 10 is one of the biggest upgrades Apple has made to their mobile operating system. If you’re overwhelmed by all the new and upgraded features in iOS 10 you’re certainly not alone–but have no fear, we’ve been playing with it for months, and we’re happy to highlight all the really great features you should be using right now.

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iOS 10 has ushered in a host of improvements, including one for the widget lovers: your favorite widgets are now accessible right from your device’s lock screen.

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In iOS 10, Apple made a small but fundamental change to the way touch ID users unlock their phone phone. If you’re tired of seeing “Press home to open” or “Press home to unlock” every time to you grab your phone, here’s how to switch it back to the way it was in iOS 9.

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If you’re annoyed by the screen real estate that the stock Apple apps take up on your iPhone or iPad, there’s something new in iOS 10 you’ll love: the ability to remove them.

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When you use your Chromecast for YouTube videos, there’s an annoying feature where suggested videos continuously queue up whether you want them or not. Here’s now to turn that feature off.

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With iOS 10’s new “Recognized Faces” feature, you never have to spend time looking for photos of friends and loved ones–all your photos are automatically cataloged and right at your fingertips.

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Over at YouTube, they love it when you watch more YouTube. If you’re sick of YouTube automatically queuing up more videos for you, however, it’s easy enough to turn the autoplay feature off and go back to watching your videos at your own pace.

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