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.

If you own an iPhone it’s practically a guarantee you’ve run into iCloud nagging you to upgrade your storage and, equally guaranteed, it’s on account of your overflowing photo collection. Read on as we show you how to get unlimited (nag free!) storage with Google Photos.

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The new 2015-edition Apple TV features a brand new remote with a new battery system and a new way to charge it. Read how to check the remote’s battery level and charge it back up.

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While you can restart your Apple TV or put it to sleep by diving into the system menu, there’s no need to do so; you can perform these two handy functions right from the remote control.

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Just because your SD card is spitting out file errors and gibberish file names doesn’t mean your photos are gone forever. Read on as we show you how to recover your images (and for free, at that)!

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Although automatic updates are enabled by default on the new Apple TV, it’s useful to know how to check your tvOS version number and manually update it. Read on as we show you how.

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Your Apple TV, by default, goes to sleep fairly quickly when not in use. That’s great for power saving but not so great if you like to keep it on. Let’s take a look at how to extend how long it stays awake or disable sleep mode altogether.

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Just like apps can misbehave on your phone and tablet, apps can misbehave on the Apple TV. Read on as we show you how to force quit an out of line application on your Apple TV.

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Let’s face it, gaming with a TV remote is mostly a novelty and frustrating for anything more complex than simple games. If you want to unlock the gaming potential of your shiny new Apple TV you need to pair a real game controller. Read on as we show you how.

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Broadband is the lifeblood of the modern household and it’s incredibly frustrating when your Internet connection is flaky. Read on as we walk you through our tried and true troubleshooting techniques so you can pin down exactly where your connectivity problems are coming from.

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The setup process for the Apple TV is pretty user friendly but that doesn’t mean a walk through and some helpful configuration tips aren’t in order. Whether you’re setting yours up right now or considering purchasing one, follow along to see how the process works.

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When you need to wake up without disturbing everyone around you a silent vibration-based alarm clock is just the ticket. Many smart watches and fitness trackers have just such a feature built in and you can easily take advantage of it with just a few settings tweaks.

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The sharing system in iOS is one of the more overlooked features and, within that feature, the ability to customize the options of the sharing system is even more overlooked. Read on as we show you how to tweak the sharing system to fit your needs.

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Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinker in a lot of geeks; there’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.

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There’s been a lot of interest in Apple’s HomeKit home automation system and an equal amount of sticker shock over the realization that it requires an investment in new hardware. Why exactly does HomeKit require new hardware? Read on as we investigate.

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There’s a very wide range of prices on the Apple Watch and a lot of that variation can be chalked up to variations in the band style. You don’t have to pay Apple a huge premium to get a different band, however, as you can swap it out at home with a myriad of styles. Read on as we show you how.

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Apple’s HomeKit smarthome platform is all over the news lately, but many people are unclear on the specifics like how to use it, what you can use with it, and so on. Read on as we dig into HomeKit to clear up some of the mystery surrounding it.

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Philips recently released a new Hue bridge with support for Apple’s new HomeKit bridge. Read on as we show you how to migrate your old Hue bulbs to your new system as well as how to take advantage of the HomeKit integration.

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Thanks to Apple’s new HomeKit home automation system and the versatility of Siri, the iOS digital assistant, you can now combine the two with HomeKit-enabled lights and control your home lighting with your voice. Read on as we demonstrate with Philips’ new HomeKit-enabled Hue system.

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Apple’s HomeKit home control and automation system is largely plug, play, and enjoy but sometimes stubborn devices need a nudge to play nice. Read on as we show you how to reset both devices and the general HomeKit configuration.

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Thanks to the proliferation of Apple Pay compatible terminals popping up at retailers all over, it’s easier than ever to pay for your purchases with Apple Pay. While most people understand they can use their iPhone you can also use your Apple Watch for true on-the-wrist inconvenience. Read on as we show you how to set it up.

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If your Windows 10 user account is currently a Microsoft account (by your choice or because you got, one way or another, roped into it) it’s easy to revert it back to a local account if you know where to look. Read on as we show you how.

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Once you get the hang of installing apps on your new Apple Watch it’s no big deal, but if you’ve just peeled the protective film off you’re probably left a bit puzzled as to how your new watch works. Let’s take a look at how to get apps from your iPhone to your watch.

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The user protections in Windows 10 are quite aggressive which, for the most part, is a good thing that protects people from malicious software. Every now and then, however, it’s a wee bit too aggressive and gets in the way of your actual work. Read on as we show you how to circumvent the “This app has been blocked for your protection” error in Windows 10.

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D-Link’s newest Wi-Fi adapter offers both an eye catching design and eye catching hardware specs, but does the power contained in this little Death Star shaped adapter merit the premium price? We put it through the paces so you don’t have to.

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With the release of Watch OS 2.0 you can now add custom complications from native Apple Watch apps to your watch face which opens up a whole new world of instant on-your-wrist information. Read on as we show you how to customize your Apple Watch’s complications.

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