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So, you’ve opened the doors of advanced functionality on your Android phone by rooting it. That’s great! You can do stuff with your phone that other people can’t do with theirs. But what happens when things change and you want to unroot it? Fear not, we’ve got you covered.

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There are occasions when getting into Android’s bootloader or recovery systems is necessary—perhaps the OS is having issues and you need to factory reset, or maybe you want to root your phone. Fortunately, booting into the bootloader and recovery are both very simple. Here’s how to do it.

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You can sync notes on your iPhone or iPad to your iCloud account, but did you know you can also sync notes with Gmail? You can add your Gmail account to the Notes app and access any notes added to that account on any computer–Mac or Windows.

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 can now stream games to Windows PCs and Macs with a feature called Remote Play. That means you can play your games right on your PC or laptop, without hogging the TV when your spouse or roommates want to use it.

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So you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network from way back when, but you can’t remember what the password is. Whether you’ve changed the default password or not, it’s simple to find it. You can look up any Wi-Fi network password if you’ve previously connected to that network from your computer or phone.

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F.lux is a handy little app that warms the light from your computer screen in the evening to help you sleep better. Philips’ Hue lights can also adjust their color temperature. This clever integration links the two, so your screen and your general room lighting change together.

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Bluetooth speakers are so 2014. While they’re great on an individual portable basis, they only have an effective range of around 30 feet. Worse still, usually you can only control one Bluetooth speaker from one device at a time, and audio quality isn’t great over Bluetooth. That however, is where Sonos shines.

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There are so many deals that pop up every single day that it can be really difficult keep up with all of them. But there’s an easy way to track only the products you’re interested in, and receive alerts in your email when a certain deal goes live.

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If you happen to be researching specific computer hardware like SSDs, for instance, you might expect the smaller ones to be faster than the larger ones. But is that actually the case or is the opposite true? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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Apple’s own AirPrint printing is deeply integrated into iPhones and iPads. The “Print” options you see throughout the operating system will only print to AirPrint-enabled printers. You can still print to a Google Cloud Print-enabled printer, but it’ll take a little extra effort.

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It wasn’t so long ago that Philips introduced its Hue smart lighting system, and since then, the company has expanded its lineup to include quite an arrangement of light bulbs and light fixtures to choose from.

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Amazon recently expanded their stable of Echo products to include the Echo Dot, the tiny sibling of the bigger Echo speaker. Let’s take a look at the similarities, differences, and when and where you would want to use each product.

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Microsoft is no stranger to controversy in the world of privacy, so it’s not too surprising that its flagship Xbox One console comes with such an extensive range of customizable privacy features. Users can configure dozens of settings, from how visible their gaming content is on Xbox Live down to whether a profile can connect to Live at all.

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Microsoft’s DirectX 12 and Apple’s Metal are next-generation graphics platforms. They provide lower-level access to graphics hardware, allowing game programmers to squeeze more performance out of the hardware. Vulkan is the cross-platform answer to Microsoft and Apple’s technologies.

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There comes a time in every mobile user’s life when he or she needs to factory reset their device. Maybe you need to sell it, or maybe it’s just being wonky and you want to start from scratch. Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to do.

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With AirPlay, you can mirror your iPhone or iPad’s screen on your Mac or your Apple TV. But what if you have a Windows PC? We’ll show you a free tool that makes this easy.

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Microsoft killed off the much-loved Windows Media Center years ago, which is bad enough for home theater PC enthusiasts. But it gets worse: you’ve also got a now-useless MCE remote gathering dust somewhere…or do you?

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 has a social media-style dashboard. Your friends can view your PlayStation activity along with your real name, and your account may be discoverable to your Facebook friends if you’ve linked your PlayStation 4 with Facebook.

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 offers button remapping for its DualShock 4 controllers. If you don’t like a game’s control scheme, you’re free to switch the buttons around and make it more comfortable. The game doesn’t even need to offer its own button-remapping.

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When preparing to run some new cable for your computer, it pays to know what the limitations are so that you do not experience any problems afterwards. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post provides some helpful knowledge to a confused reader.

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Whenever you save a new file in Windows 10, the Save As window defaults to whichever of your user folders–Documents, Music, Pictures, and so on–is appropriate to the file type. If you’d rather not save files on the C: drive, though, Windows lets you create those folders on another hard drive to act as your default save location.

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With pre-orders for the HTC Vive flooding in, and the release of the Oculus Rift just a week away, the long awaited debut of in-home virtual reality is finally here.

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Just like you can pair a Bluetooth controller to your Apple TV to make gaming easier, you can pair a Bluetooth keyboard to make entering text easier. Here are a few great Bluetooth keyboards and show you how to pair them with your Apple TV.

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Whether you’ve got kids in the house and want to keep them off certain streaming programs or roommates who have a bad habit of overwriting your progress in Fallout 4, creating a passkey for your Xbox One profile is a must for protecting your downloaded games, video app profiles, and game saves.

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Do you have a pile of remotes on your coffee table for each of the items in your home theater? Tired of universal remotes that don’t have enough buttons? Here’s how to solve all your remote control woes with a single Logitech Harmony remote.

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