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It is frustrating to have older hardware just sitting around collecting dust or getting in the way, so if it can be repurposed and made useful once again, then it is a cause for joy. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post discusses the possibilities of repurposing an old USB 1.1 hub device for a curious reader.

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Our electronic devices can occasionally surprise us with unexpected and extremely irritating noises, so finding a solution is a priority. But what do you do when all the usual ‘suspects’ are not the cause of the problem? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some helpful advice for a desperate reader.

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If you’re not particularly impressed with the screensaver system on your Kobo Ebook reader you can customize it to your heart’s content. Read on as we show you how to make a small modification to your Kobo that opens upon the possibility of really big changes to the screensaver.

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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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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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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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When you first use your Apple TV, you’ll notice there are a lot of channel tiles on its main menu. If you want to change things up however, you can rearrange, add, and even remove them to better suit your tastes.

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But is the extra cost worth it?

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When it comes to backing up your files, you might find yourself debating which type of “drive” would best suit your needs. Which is better, a regular external hard-drive, an SSD, or a USB flash drive? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a curious reader make the right choice for a backup solution.

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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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Having a home packed with smart devices is great but managing them all in a smooth and unified fashion can be a nightmare: enter the home automation hub. Read on as we field test the Wink Hub and show you how to get your devices working together.

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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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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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An opportunity to upgrade your computer’s hardware is always a good thing, but could you use two types of DDR3 RAM on the same motherboard if you have limited resources? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question.

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Making movies on your smartphone has always been simple, but more often than not you can expect that the quality will suffer because of shaky images, out-of-focus lenses, and sound that’s better left to the deaf. Now all that can change with the help of some unique hardware and cleverly designed software that makes it easier than ever before to create studio-quality movies with nothing more than the iPhone in your pocket.

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Media center software and hardware has advanced exponentially in the last ten years but it can still be quite a pain to get a remote up and running with your unit. Today we’re looking at the Flirc IR dongle, an incredibly clever and effective way to link any remote to nearly any media center.

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Microsoft added a hidden “Battery Report” feature to Windows in Windows 8. Generate a report to see health information about your battery, how its capacity has decreased over time, and other interesting statistics.

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Batteries don’t last forever — they only have so many charge cycles. As you use your battery, it will degrade over time and you’ll get less and less battery life from it. Eventually, you’ll want to replace a device’s battery — or get a new device with a new battery.

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With the advent of the summer sun just starting to peek out, it’s time to whip out those running shoes and work up a sweat. This is our guide to all the the apps and gear we love to lose pounds with.

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Amazon likes to tout how their Fire TV is the fastest media streamer on the market. What they really should be touting, however, is how the Fire TV offers the most comprehensive parental protections and kid-friendly content around. Read on as we show you how to take advantage of both.

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After years of use in other countries around the world, chip-enabled credit cards are coming to the USA. Credit cards with only magnetic strips are being phased out ahead of an October 1, 2015 deadline.

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The Philips Hue system was one of the first unified smart bulb systems on the market and remains justifiably popular despite the cost. Read on as we show you how to incorporate cheaper third party smart LED bulbs into your Hue system for that great Hue ease-of-use at a lower price.

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Roku’s line of streaming boxes are still the most popular, beating out Google’s Chromecast and the Apple TV. Roku recently refreshed their hardware, but there are still four different options to choose from — not the single option you get with competing devices.

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You can capture video (or screenshots) from any device with an HDMI cable or composite video outputs with a basic device. You could live-stream gameplay on Twitch TV with such a device, too.

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