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Sometimes, all you need out of your Philips Hue lights is for them to just turn on and off when you want them to, but if you’re hosting a party or just want to entertain your kids, animating your lights is a great way to kick things up a notch.

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Clearing your history from time to time shouldn’t be misconstrued as sneaky. It’s actually just a good practice to undertake. Over the course of time, you’re going to visit hundreds or even thousands of websites on your computer or smartphone. Not all these websites will necessarily be ones you’ll visit repeatedly. Some you may visit by accident or out of curiosity.

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For users of Windows Pro or Enterprise editions (and the Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and 7), the Local Group Policy Editor offers quick access to a number of powerful features you can use to control your PC. If you want to apply policy settings to specific users instead of the whole computer, though, you have to do a little extra setup before you get started.

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Microsoft is no stranger to controversy in the world of privacy, so it’s not too surprising that its flagship Xbox One console comes with such an extensive range of customizable privacy features. Users can configure dozens of settings, from how visible their gaming content is on Xbox Live down to whether a profile can connect to Live at all.

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Not every app deserves a spot in your app drawer. Maybe there are some built-in apps you don’t use, or a few you don’t want others to see. Here’s how to hide apps from your app drawer with Nova Launcher.

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Microsoft’s DirectX 12 and Apple’s Metal are next-generation graphics platforms. They provide lower-level access to graphics hardware, allowing game programmers to squeeze more performance out of the hardware. Vulkan is the cross-platform answer to Microsoft and Apple’s technologies.

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For the most part, all of us are used to having a unique public IP address, but what do you do when that is actually not the case? What exactly is going on? With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a confused reader solve an IP address mystery.

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Philips Hue lights are great when they’re working properly, but sometimes it’s not all sunshine and roses. Here are some common issues that you might be coming across and how to fix them.

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OS X’s Preview is the little image viewer that keeps on giving. Preview is so feature-rich that there’s usually little reason to install another image viewer. It can even resize a large batch of images at once.

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Like most social networks, LinkedIn loves to send you emails. While they can be a handy way to keep up with important things, for the most part these emails are just a way to get you to check in with the site more often. And if you leave the settings at their default, you’ll get a lot emails from them. Here’s how to stop them.

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If you use your iPhone at night in a dark room, even the new Night Shift feature in iOS 9.3 can’t stop your screen from seemingly burning your eyes. Luckily, there is a way to reduce the brightness of the screen lower than iOS actually allows.

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There comes a time in every mobile user’s life when he or she needs to factory reset their device. Maybe you need to sell it, or maybe it’s just being wonky and you want to start from scratch. Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to do.

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You can do a lot of things with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, and now, thanks to new smart home integration, you can control your Nest Learning Thermostat.

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If you send and receive a lot of messages, the Messages app can take up a lot of space on your iPhone or iPad. Not only does it store your message history, it keeps photo attachments you’ve received. All this data then takes up iCloud space as part of your backups, too.

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Whether you want to turn off your Philips Hue lights after a certain amount of time has passed, or turn them on after 30 minutes, here’s how to set a timer for your Philips Hue lights to have them automatically turn on or off after a specified amount of time.

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Taking notes can make the difference between remembering that brilliant idea you came up with in the shower, and letting it go down the drain. Apple’s Notes app has come a long way from it’s fake-pad-of-paper days, stuffed with features to assure your best brainstorms are always within reach.

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Microsoft Word and Outlook have long featured the ability to view “readability” statistics for what you’re writing, so you know how simple or complex you’re writing is. This can help ensure your writing is readable enough for your intended audience.

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