Emoji are fun to use, but if you’re like most people, you tend to use a few of them a lot more often than others. Instead of switching to the Emoji keyboard every time, why not set up a text replacement shortcut so that you can just type the Emoji you want to use?

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Before you sell your Xbox One or pass it on to someone else, you should perform a factory reset. This wipes all your personal data. Whoever gets the Xbox One will have to go through the first-time setup process once again, signing in with their own Microsoft account.

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It’s been more than a year since we drew attention to the crapware regularly foisted upon unsuspecting users by pretty much every big freeware site, including the venerable SourceForge. Since then, a few sites–including SourceForge themselves–have started cleaning up their act.

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Usually, we just type in the address of a website we want to view, but would a web server actually “know” if we used the direct IP address instead? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a confused reader’s question.

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Warm weather is on its way, which means that air conditioning units are firing up. However, there are some days when the temperature actually drops to a pleasant level. Here’s how to make your Nest Thermostat automatically shut off whenever the outside temperature gets cooler.

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We all have those times when we have to remember something before we leave the house or return, but always seem to forget. With iOS, though, you set reminders that trigger whenever you get in or out of your car.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One allows you to remap the buttons on its controller. This feature was originally introduced with Microsoft’s high-end Xbox One Elite controller, but it now works with standard Xbox One controllers as well.

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Most optical disc drives require you to press a button on the front of the drive to open it. This button can be hard to find or get to on some machines. However, you can use a keyboard shortcut to open your optical drive.

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When Google brought notifications to Android’s lock screen, it was a game changer. Instant access to important and relevant data is one of the things that makes smartphones so prevalent and clutch in our lives. But when that data is personal, you don’t want it showing up on your lock screen for anyone to peer over and see. Fortunately, Google baked in a way to hide this sort of content.

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Notifications are handy when you want to know when a new email or message comes in. But the last time you want to be interrupted is in the middle of a winning streak in your favorite game.

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If you’ve been using Windows for very long at all, you’ve probably heard of Microsoft’s .NET, probably because an application asked you to install it, or you noticed it in your list of installed programs. Unless you’re a developer, you don’t need a lot of knowledge to make use of it. You just need it to work. But, since we geeks like knowing things, join us as we explore just what .NET is and why so many applications need it.

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If you have a newer Liftmaster or Chamberlain garage door opener, it’s likely that it has MyQ capabilities, which allow you to open and close your garage door from the MyQ app. Her’s how to add a MyQ shortcut to your phone’s home screen foreven quicker access.

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Your iPhone or iPad has a physical switch on its side, which can be used to mute the device so you’re not disturbed while you’re trying to work, sleep, or in a movie theater.

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The lock screen is an important feature in Android, and keeping it secure is important for all Android users. It’s actually gotten easier with Lollipop and above, as many of the customization features have either been removed or placed elsewhere.

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By default, iOS shows notifications in the order you received them. That can be handy, of course, but if you get a lot of notifications, you may find it easier to group notifications by the app they come from. You can also sort notifications manually so that the apps you care about always show their notifications first on your list. Here’s how to do that in iOS.

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All of us, at one point, have accidentally pressed the Caps Lock key or Num Lock key by accident. Then, you type a password and wonder why it doesn’t work. Wouldn’t it be nice to know at a glance the status of your Caps Lock and Num Lock keys?

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Kodi has an official remote app called Kore, but it’s rather basic. Yatse is a third-party Android app that takes Kodi to a whole new level, adding voice commands, PVR support, and a whole lot more. Here’s how to use it.

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Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10’s free upgrade offer will expire on July 29, 2016. After that, you’ll have to pay $119 to upgrade on any computer that hasn’t already made the leap. But with a few simple steps, you can “reserve” that free copy now, so you can upgrade after July 29 without paying.

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