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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.

Windows 10 is the biggest and most aggressive Windows rollout to date. Before you take the plunge you need to image your hard drive so, should you wish to return to the familiarity of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can do so with the click of a button.

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Portable devices like iPads, MP3 players, and the like are all capable of outputting sound at a level high enough to damage your hearing. While adults (should) know better and turn the volume down, kids often don’t. Read on as we show you how to protect your kids’ hearing with volume limiting headphones.

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Autocorrect is a really handy tool for those moments when you whiff the spelling of a complex word or transpose the letters in a simple one, but autocorrect errors can be extremely frustrating and the system isn’t without shortcomings. Read on as we show you how to whip your iPhone’s autocorrect system into shape (and teach it a new trick or two at the same time).

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Whether you want access to video services not available in your country, better prices on software, increased anonymity, or just think the Internet looks finer when viewed through a secure tunnel to another country, a VPN connection at the router level can solve all those problems and then some.

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Valve’s Steam Machines aim to bring your Steam game library right into your living room (but at a rather steep premium). Today we’ll show you how to bring your Steam library (plus all your other computer games) to your living room for a fraction of the price with a Raspberry Pi.

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One of the principle appeals of a smartwatch is easy wrist-based notifications but things can get a little out of control. Read on as we show you how to tweak your Apple Watch notifications to your liking.

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are veritable Swiss Army Knives when it comes to privacy enhancement, censorship avoidance, anonymous file sharing, and more. But not all VPNs are created equal and there’s no sense paying for features you don’t need (or paying at all if a full-fledged VPN service is overkill for your needs). Read on as we explore the ins and outs of picking a perfect VPN service.

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Wouldn’t it be great if the mere movement of your smartphone from one location to another could trigger events like thermostat adjustments, notifications, or other automated responses? ? With a little GPS magic and some IFTTT recipes it can. Read on as we show you how.

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The Apple Watch is, in its own right, a little tiny computer with data backup and security needs. Read on as we show you how to ensure your Apple Watch is backed up, wiped, and restored just like you’d do with your smartphone.

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The term is popping up more frequently in news articles, appearing in product manuals, and highlighted as a feature in tons of mobile applications, but what exactly is geofencing? Read on as we explain what it is, why it’s appearing in more productions and applications, and how you can benefit from using it.

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Two years ago Pebble injected the idea of the smartwatch into the public consciousness; now they’re back with a totally updated model. Does the new Pebble have what it takes to compete in the smartwatch market it helped build?

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There isn’t one of us who hasn’t sent an email we wish we could take back (if even just to proofread it one more time). Now with Gmail you can; read on as we show you how to enable the extremely useful Undo button.

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LED lights are brighter, longer lasting, and radically more efficient than traditional bulbs but there’s one thing they aren’t: cheaper. Fortunately rebates abound and you can pass the cost of your LED lighting upgrade onto someone else. Read on as we show you how.

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Adding wireless headphones to your HDTV set is a great way to watch TV as just the volume you want without disturbing everyone else in the process. Read on as we show you how to outfit your HDTV set with wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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First smartphone screens replaced wallet pictures as the way to show off your photos and now you can put your photos right on your wrist. Read on as we show you how to sync your favorite photos to your Apple Watch.

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We’ve all been there: the characters on screen are talking and it’s way too quiet so you crank up the volume only to be blasted by a loud explosion two seconds later. Why is the dialogue so quiet and what can you do to fix it? Read on as we show you how to tame wild swings in TV audio output.

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Sunrise-simulating alarm clocks are a great way to wake yourself up but commercial sunrise simulators are ridiculously expensive. Read on as we show you how to turn a smart bulb starter kit into a sunrise simulator (and enjoy the benefits of smart bulbs all day long at the same time).

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If you’re a fan of Google’s Picasa picture management program and the iPhone, you’ve likely already discovered the unfortunate state of affairs: with the default settings Picasa can’t import pictures from iOS devices. Read on as we show you how to tweak your workflow and get things importing smoothly.

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After years of being able to manage your photos by mounting your iOS device just like a flash drive, suddenly you can no longer delete pictures from your device like you used to. Read on as we show you how to tame your iPhone can get back to managing your files the way you want.

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If you’re not particularly impressed with the screensaver system on your Kobo Ebook reader you can customize it to your heart’s content. Read on as we show you how to make a small modification to your Kobo that opens upon the possibility of really big changes to the screensaver.

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The terms water-resistant and waterproof get bandied around quite a bit in the gadget market but that doesn’t mean you chuck your gadgets into the nearest pool with impudence. Water-resistance is most definitely not waterproof by any measure.

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You don’t need the ability to turn your lights on and off, adjust the thermostat, or unlock the door from your wristwatch but it’s the 21st century and with a little help from a home automation hub and a smartwatch you can live like the future is now. Read on as we show you how to control your home with your Pebble.

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You wouldn’t buy a used car without checking how many miles were on it, and you shouldn’t buy a used DSLR without knowing how many clicks are on the shutter. Read on as we explain why the shutter count of a DSLR camera matters and how to check it.

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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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