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The Plex Media Server experience is generally pretty smooth, unless you do a lot of streaming when you’re away from home or your server hardware is underpowered. Fortunately, it’s very simple to have Plex optimize your media for silky smooth playback.

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If the weather is really nice out and you decide to open up windows, it’s easy to forget to turn off the A/C so that you don’t waste energy. However, with a smart thermostat (like the Ecobee3) and SmartThings, you can automatically turn off your thermostat when you open a window.

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If you’ve ever run out of the house with your iPhone, but left your wallet or purse behind, you know how annoying it is to turn around and go back to get it. If you use Apple Pay, you don’t have to.

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Google announced on March 22, 2016 that the Chrome App Launcher–which provides quick access to all your offline Chrome apps–will be retired (except in Chrome OS). It’s being phased out over time and will be completely gone in July 2016. There will not be any official replacement for the Chrome App Launcher from Google, but don’t worry–Chrome apps are not going away. You will just need to access them in some other way.

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Windows 10’s “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” environment contains a few different components. The first time you run the bash.exe program, it will download and install an entire Ubuntu user space environment. You can access these files in File Explorer or other Windows programs, if you know where to look.

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Can you transfer your Windows license between PCs? It depends–the answer isn’t so cut and dried.

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Finding viruses or malware on your computer is never a pleasant experience, but why does antivirus software quarantine them instead of completely removing them from your computer? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question.

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Smart outlets are a cheap way to turn your ordinary appliances and fixtures into smart devices. With a smart outlet, you can turn your appliances on and off from your phone, or (in some cases) with your voice through devices like the Amazon Echo. But not every device will work with smart outlets.

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Microsoft Office allows you to add more functionality through add-ins. Many modern add-ins also work with Office for iPad, Office Online, and Office for Mac–not just traditional desktop versions of Office for Windows.

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Whether you got them by iMessage or SMS, sometimes you need to remove messages from your iOS device’s message history. Maybe you’re clearing out old clutter, or maybe you need to remove messages with more sensitive information. Whatever your reason, you can remove specific messages from conversations or delete entire conversations at once (and you can also set messages to automatically expire). Here’s how to get it done.

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Evernote is going to be limiting their free plans and increasing the prices of paid plans. If you’ve ever thought about switching to Microsoft’s OneNote instead, now is probably a good time. Thankfully, Microsoft has released an official tool for migrating your Evernote data into OneNote.

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When you install a new app–like, say, a video player–but don’t set the new app as the default for file types it supports, when you open a file that app can read–in this example, a video file–Windows will notify you that you have a “new app that can open this type of file”, and show a window to choose a new default app for that file type. This can get annoying after a while, but thankfully you can turn those notifications off.

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Windows 10’s new Ubuntu-based Bash shell doesn’t function like a normal program. To uninstall it or reset its state to get a fresh Linux environment, you’ll need to use a few special commands.

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Android’s “Do Not Disturb” seems like a simple, self-explanatory setting. But when Google dramatically overhauled Android’s phone silencing with Do Not Disturb in Lollipop, then re-designed it again in Marshmallow, things got a little confusing. But it’s all good—we’re here to make sense of it for you.

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Google is known for throwing Easter Eggs—hidden games, tricks, and other fun things—into its products. At one point or another, I’m sure you’ve seen some of these little things, whether it’s the Android version icons or one of the many hidden games in Chrome. Today, we’re going to talk about some of our favorites from Chrome, Android, and Google Search on the web.

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Imagine you go on your dream European vacation and all your things are stolen after your hotel room is burgled or your car is broken into. Clothes and toothbrushes are easy to replace, but your devices are a potential treasure trove for thieves to exploit.

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