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VPNs on an iPhone or iPad still have a big problem. You can’t easily enable an “Always-on VPN” mode that forces your applications to connect only through a VPN. With iOS 8, Apple added this feature — although it’s hidden and hard to access.

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Don’t download software from SourceForge if you can help it. Many open-source projects now host their installers elsewhere, and the versions on SourceForge may include junkware. If you absolutely have to download something from SourceForge, be extra careful.

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Free antivirus applications aren’t what they used to be. Free antivirus companies are now bundling adware, spyware, toolbars, and other junk to make a quick buck.

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SSDs are fast, reliable, and have no mechanical parts – which can break and cause drive failure – making them a logical choice as your primary system drive. If you’re thinking of buying a high-capacity SSD to archive data, however, you may want to reconsider.

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Macs include a built-in way to remotely access your Mac’s files and its screen from anywhere in the world. The “Back to My Mac” feature is free but only works between Macs.

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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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How do you store your photos? If you’re just dumping them on an external drive, that’s not a backup. You need to have multiple copies of your photos (or any other data) in at least two different places or you could easily lose them all.

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You can sign a PDF document from your phone, tablet, or any other computer and email it off to someone. But some organizations still don’t accept documents via email — you may need to fax documents instead.

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Windows 7 and Windows 8 users might have noticed a new Windows icon in their system trays that when clicked, will open a dialog that introduces Windows 10 and determines if you’re eligible for a free upgrade. Here is how to remove that icon and dialog permanently.

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Sure, the smart home of the future might make you toast before you wake up, order your groceries automatically, and walk the dog without you having to put on your shoes… but did you know it might even be able to save you money too?

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Not all charging is equal. If your smartphone (or tablet) is low on battery and you only have a limited amount of time to charge it, here’s how you can get the most juice possible.

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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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Thanks to the Internet, activities like “going outside” or “being a productive member of the community” are becoming increasingly optional parts of daily life. When your inner hermit feels like putting on his vampire cape, simple tricks like ordering a pizza or calling in some Chinese are old news, and only make up a small part of a much broader network of delivery services which will keep you fed, bathed, and entertained from the comfort of your sweatpants.

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But is the extra cost worth it?

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If you’ve ever tried to split the tab after a meal with friends at a restaurant, you know just how frustrating it can be to try and pay each other back when the establishment imposes a two-card-per-table limit.

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If you use OS X, you probably have perused its security preferences on several occasions. These preferences are fairly straightforward, but there are some notable features about them that merit further exploration.

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So you’ve saved up for months but still can’t decide which kind of gaming rig is best for you? Do you need something that can stay with you wherever you go, or just want to get the most punch possible regardless of cost or portability?

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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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As digital technology continues to seep into every aspect of our analog lives, it seems it was only a matter of time before it started to replace our plain old visual experiences with something a little more tantalizing.

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We live in a busy world, one where the luxury of using both your hands to beat the last boss may not always be immediately available. Today we’re showcasing some great games that you can play while you’re busy holding a baby or just trying to stand in the subway without falling over.

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Your Internet service provider probably wants to sell you a faster Internet connection. Pay more money every month and you’ll get faster Internet speeds — sounds simple. But do you even need those speeds, and when would you notice them?

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Want to turn any old computer into a Chromebook? Google doesn’t provide official builds of Chrome OS for any old computer, but there are ways you can install the open-source Chromium OS software or a similar operating system.

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If there’s something everything seems to agree on, it’s that Google’s Android is more “open” and Apple’s iOS is a more “closed” operating system. Here’s what that actually means to you.

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Run out of space and your iPhone will inform you your storage is almost full. You won’t be able to install new apps, take photos, sync media files, install operating system updates, or do anything else that requires space until you make some.

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Wi-Fi is obviously more convenient than wired Ethernet cables. But Ethernet still offers advantages — faster speeds, lower latency, and no wireless interference problems.

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