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Jason Fitzpatrick

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

Your new smartwatch claims to be waterproof, your fitness tracker claims to be water resistant, and your smartphone’s manufacturer advertises their phone working in a glass of water, yet all three of those devices might not survive a trip into a swimming pool. Read on as we untangle the advertising jargon and explain what water resistance really means.

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Having a home packed with smart devices is great but managing them all in a smooth and unified fashion can be a nightmare: enter the home automation hub. Read on as we field test the Wink Hub and show you how to get your devices working together.

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While the crisp and clean recording that digital music allows for is great for perfect reproduction, there’s something to be said for the snaps, crackles, and pops of an old record in play. Read on as we show you how to mimic the sound of an old record with your digital music collection.

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Media center software and hardware has advanced exponentially in the last ten years but it can still be quite a pain to get a remote up and running with your unit. Today we’re looking at the Flirc IR dongle, an incredibly clever and effective way to link any remote to nearly any media center.

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You’ve seen some of our reviews about smart bulbs, you’ve heard chatter about smart home technology in the news, and you’re curious if it’s worth it. Read on as we review the GE Link Starter Kit and show you how to get started for a mere $25.

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Meme pictures, recognizable photos with sayings applied over top, pop up everywhere from Internet discussion boards to email forwards. What’s the font that stands out so boldly on them and how do you make them? Read on as we answer a reader’s serious question about a not-so-serious topic.

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Amazon likes to tout how their Fire TV is the fastest media streamer on the market. What they really should be touting, however, is how the Fire TV offers the most comprehensive parental protections and kid-friendly content around. Read on as we show you how to take advantage of both.

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The Philips Hue system was one of the first unified smart bulb systems on the market and remains justifiably popular despite the cost. Read on as we show you how to incorporate cheaper third party smart LED bulbs into your Hue system for that great Hue ease-of-use at a lower price.

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As smartphone cameras get better and better it’s only natural that people would want to enjoy some of the trappings of proper photography with them. Read on as we show a reader how to cheaply add a remote shutter release to their smartphone camera so they can trigger the camera without jarring it, disturbing the composition, and while they’re actually in the photo.

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Although it’s not a particularly well advertised feature, the Amazon Fire TV and the Amazon Fire TV Stick allow for sideloading of Android applications. With a little effort you can easily load apps on your Fire TV that aren’t available in the Amazon Appstore.

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The smart bulb market is growing exponentially with new models and even companies popping up left and right. Today, however, we’re taking a look at a starter kit from the company that put smart bulbs on the map. Read on as we test run the Philips Hue Lux and see if the trend starter is still a sure buy.

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As smartphones become increasingly indispensable fixtures in our lives it’s only natural to both want to take them where water is present and protect them from that water at the same time. Read on as we show you how to properly protect your phone from the hazards of a day at the beach.

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Image sharpening might just be the most underutilized digital photography trick this side of studying the histogram. Read on as we explain what image sharpening is, why we need it, what it does, and why you should be liberally applying it to your own images to banish fuzzy edges and make your images pop.

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The only thing standing between you and remote access smart bulbs is a little bit of money, a little configuration, and a little stroll through our review to see if it’s worth it. Read on as we put the Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulbs through the paces and highlight the good and bad that comes with adding networked light bulbs to your home.

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The computing landscape is full of vestigial bits and pieces from the history of computer development. Today we take a peek at the print screen button and answer one reader’s burning question: did it ever actually print the screen and, if so, can it print it once again?

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What’s more fun than the creative block-building in Minecraft? Building whenever and wherever you want with a portable Minecraft installation on a flash drive you can take with you. Read on as we detail how to configure a portable copy of Minecraft for build-anywhere fun.

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Smash together a huge high resolution screen, beefy hardware,  a massive battery, and a tiny video projector to boot and you’ve got Lenovo’s Tablet 2 Pro. Does the amalgam of hardware and features consumers desire actually deliver? Read on as we put this unique looking Android tablet through the paces.

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Some of your text messages in iPhone’s Message app are green. Some are blue. What does it mean and do the color designations even matter? Read on as we explain the curious case of the chromatic messages and why it does in fact matter.

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We recently showed you how to configure your iOS devices for app and media sharing; more than a few people wrote in asking how to do the same thing with Google Play purchases. Read on as we dig into how to share purchases across your Android devices.

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It’s a tale as old as mobile technology time: buy a new phone or gadget, buy a new 12v car charger for it, repeat again next year. We’re here to give you some simple advice. Stop it. The days of device specific car chargers are over. Read on as we outline why you should switch and what products we recommend.

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Smartphones and tablets almost universally ship with 3-4 foot charging cables. That’s all well and good for plugging your device in to charge overnight, but it’s an absolutely miserable length to plug in your device and use it. Stop living your life huddled by an outlet and start using a long cable with plenty of room for activities.

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Upgrading Minecraft to get to the newest features is always fun unless it breaks your old maps and creates huge and ugly artifacts across them. Read on as we show you how you can take an old Minecraft map and bring it into a new version of Minecraft without risking really ugly glitches in your terrain.

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Most of the time we review serious stuff here at How-To Geek: cutting-edge routers, streaming video solutions, and other distinctly unwhimsical hardware. Now and then we review something that’s fun for the sake of fun like the Romo, a quirky little robot that’s terribly difficult not to love.

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Minecraft 1.8 introduced a new feature map feature: the ability to permanently lock the map’s difficulty setting. While it’s a great way to encourage you to play without cheating it’s also frustrating if the difficulty is locked at a setting you don’t want. Read on as we show you how both permanently change the setting and unlock it.

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There’s a good chance you’ve been watching television and working at your computer for years in a way that fatigues your eyes, increases your chance of headaches, and overall decreases your enjoyment and comfort. Read on as we show you how to create a comfortable and high contrast viewing experience with bias lighting.

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