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Smart thermostats are not only convenient, but they also come with a handful of settings that can potentially save you money. The Nest Thermostat is one of the most popular options, and it comes with a whole handful of settings that you should take advantage of if you’re looking to dial down your utility bill.

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If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and monitor that both support NVIDIA G-Sync, you can use it to eliminate screen tearing and make the games you play look better.

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iOS 10 is one of the biggest upgrades Apple has made to their mobile operating system. If you’re overwhelmed by all the new and upgraded features in iOS 10 you’re certainly not alone–but have no fear, we’ve been playing with it for months, and we’re happy to highlight all the really great features you should be using right now.

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Windows 10 includes bunch of personalization settings that let you change your desktop background, windows colors, lock screen background, and more. Here is what you need to know to get your computer looking exactly how you want it.

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Whether you’re on vacation or just spending a fun afternoon at the park, a GoPro can turn any activity into an interesting story with the right tools and know-how. Here’s how to get the most out of your GoPro camera.

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In iOS 10, Apple made a small but fundamental change to the way touch ID users unlock their phone phone. If you’re tired of seeing “Press home to open” or “Press home to unlock” every time to you grab your phone, here’s how to switch it back to the way it was in iOS 9.

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If you’re annoyed by the screen real estate that the stock Apple apps take up on your iPhone or iPad, there’s something new in iOS 10 you’ll love: the ability to remove them.

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The latest version of NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience software brings a new in-game “Share” overlay that replaces the old “ShadowPlay” feature. Install GeForce Experience 3.0, sign in, and you’ll see icons appear at the bottom right corner of your screen every time you launch a game. If you don’t want to see those icons, here’s how to get rid of them.

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These days, more and more people turn to their phones for GPS and music in their car. And why wouldn’t they? Google Maps is way better than whatever lame system is built into your vehicle. Enter Android Auto: the best of what your phone offers, but built in to the head unit of your dash.

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Steam offers multiple library folders, and you can choose where you want to install games when you download them. There’s no obvious way to move a game to another drive after the fact, though–but it is possible, without re-downloading the entire thing.

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Windows 10 has a lot of built-in advertising. This isn’t just about the free upgrade offer: Even if you purchase a new PC that comes with a Windows 10 license or spend $200 for a copy of Windows 10 Professional, you’ll see ads in your operating system. You can, however, disable a lot of it.

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With Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, Microsoft no longer lets you disable the lock screen using a group policy setting or registry hack. But there are still workarounds–for now.

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You can tweak a lot of settings from macOS’ System Preferences, but if you really want to dig deep and customize your system, the Terminal has a lot of hidden little tricks. Here are ten of our favorites in macOS.

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So you’ve built yourself a powerful gaming PC, and even gotten a case with a side panel window so you can see all your glorious work. The only problem? It looks a little…drab. Maybe the colors don’t match, maybe it’s too dark, or maybe your build is just a little messy. Here are some tips to take your custom PC from boring to badass–without spending a fortune.

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Windows 10 is supposed to automatically update itself. But it might take weeks or longer for a big update like the Anniversary Update to reach your PC. Here’s why that happens–and how to skip the wait.

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Fall is on its way, which can mean only one thing: football is back! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could watch whatever NFL game you want without being subject to the whims of your local cable company, though?

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Windows 10 and 8 include a volume display that appears at the top left corner of the screen whenever you adjust the volume using a shortcut key. Microsoft offers no built-in way to disable it, but there is a way to hide it.

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You may already know about smart outlets, or outlets with integrated USB ports. But you might be surprised at how many “normal” outlets you can actually buy for your house. They’re all built for different situations, and you want to make sure that your house is equipped with the right outlet for the job. Here are the different kinds of electrical outlets you can buy.

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Windows 10 is controversial partly because it “phones home” so much. That’s true, but so does every other operating system–and practically every single program you use. Saying a program “phones home” doesn’t have meaning anymore. It’s why a program phones home that’s important.

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When it comes to saving money on your electricity and other utility costs, getting something like a smart thermostat or smart outlet to monitor and optimize energy usage can be helpful. But there are a ton of things you can do that require little to no money or effort, too. Here are eight really easy tasks to do around the house that will instantly save you money on your bills.

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Windows 10 finally brought back the Start menu, and it’s more customizable than ever. Here’s a quick rundown of all the different ways that you can make the Start menu your own.

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VLC’s developers have been working on Chromecast support for some time, and it’s finally here. In the latest bleeding edge Windows versions of VLC, you can stream video and audio files from VLC media player on your PC to your Chromecast.

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In all generations of Android devices—up to an including Marshmallow—operating system updates have essentially worked the same way: the update is downloaded, the phone reboots, and the update is applied. During this time, the phone is rendered useless, at least until the update has been fully installed. With Nougat’s new “Seamless Updates,” this model is a thing of the past.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update brings an interesting new feature: Any PC can now function as a wireless receiver for Miracast, allowing you to view the display from another Windows PC, an Android smartphone or tablet, or a Windows phone.

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If you’ve ever missed an alarm because your phone unexpectedly rebooted in the middle of the night and wouldn’t start up until the correct PIN, pattern, or password was entered, Andorid Nougat’s new Direct Boot is the answer.

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