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If you’re away from home and your furnace or A/C breaks down, bad things can happen. If you have a Nest Thermostat, you can get notified whenever this happens, so that you can fix the problem before it becomes…well, an even bigger problem.

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I have one question: why do you have so many apps installed on your Android TV? You know, like that all those things you installed “just to try out,” then never used again? Yeah, that stuff. It’s about time you cleaned up that little set-top box of yours, that way you can make room for new stuff that you’ll only use once. It’s a vicious circle.

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The iPhone includes several useful tools for displaying how much battery you have left, as well as which items are consuming the most of your battery. But none of these tools actually tell you anything about your battery’s long-term health.

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Microsoft Office files are still very common, but if you’re more of a Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides user, you can still edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files in Google Drive–if you know how.

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In audio/video parlance, “scrubbing” is the act of fast-forwarding or reversing through the audio track or video to a particular location.  Most of the time, the default speed is fine, but if you’re looking for a particular location (especially in a long video), it helps to slow down the scrubbing speed. You can do that easily in Apple apps like Safari and Music, and also in some third-party apps. Here’s how.

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Not all scanners are created equal. Even if you buy a top of the line model, it might not be the right tool for the job, and you’ll waste time, get inferior results, and curse the day you bought the wrong model.

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When looking up information about a website, there are different amounts of data you can find based on the type of search you do. You may also find yourself wondering if the same type of search goes by more than one name as well. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a confused reader’s question.

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While the Amazon Echo is known for providing news and traffic info, or playing music and reading your audiobooks to you, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Using an add-on Skill, you can use the voice-controlled device to help you tune your guitar without any extra tools.

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Do you have contacts on your iPhone that you want to keep private? Or, maybe you have a bunch of contacts that you want to keep, but don’t want appearing in your address book. iOS actually has a built-in way to do just that.

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If you delete a lot of emails when sifting through your Outlook inbox, you might have turned on the option to automatically empty the deleted items folder when exiting Outlook. That’s handy, but you most likely have to confirm the deletion of the emails every time.

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Calling people with Siri is a great little shortcut, but it isn’t always natural to say “Call Jane Smith” instead of “Call Mom”. Luckily, you can teach Siri who people are–your parents, your doctor, or anyone else–for even more convenient voice calling.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One allows you to easily capture a screenshot or record the last thirty seconds of gameplay as a video. You can also use the Game DVR app for more fine-grained recording options. All video clips are saved in 720p resolution at 30 frames per second.

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Nova Launcher is an unofficial fan favorite for Android power users, and with good reason—it’s chock-full of nifty customization features to help users make Android look how they want. But it’s also full of useful time-saving features that can make your life easier. Here are five of our favorites.

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Besides the media itself, the most important element of a media server software is how up to date it is–you can’t watch videos if the server doesn’t know they’re there. Plex Media Server offers three ways to keep your media collection up to date so you always know what’s available.

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The WeMo Switch is a cheap and easy-to-use smart outlet that can turn anything with an on/off switch into a smart appliance, allowing you to control it from your smartphone. Plus, it comes with a small handful of automation features, including the ability to set a timer so that it shuts off automatically after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

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Sonos is great because you can set up and control speakers from any room in your dwelling. If you like to wake up to or fall asleep to music, then they’re especially well suited to have in your bedroom.

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When you click Send on an email, it is typically sent immediately. But what if you want to send it at a later time? Outlook allows you delay the sending of a single message or all email messages.

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