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Light switches are fine, but for something like a closet or pantry, having the lights automatically turn on and off is really convenient. Here are several ways you can add automatic lights to your closets, pantries, and other areas where you only need a small amount of temporary light.

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Over the years, Windows has gotten much better about how it handles networked printers. But if you want to share a printer over the network, you may still need to do a little legwork to get it all up and running. Here’s how it all works.

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There’s always a lot of chatter about computer graphics cards, thanks to bigger and better models every few months. It’s not always clear who actually needs one, though. Let’s take a look at what they are, and whether or not they’re a good fit for your PC.

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They say you can never have too many tools, but everyone has to start somewhere. If you’re just getting into the DIY scene, are are some basic tools that everyone should have in their toolbox.

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Phones have gotten faster and faster, but their battery life hasn’t improved much. Modern iPhones still struggle to make it through a single day if you’re using them heavily, but there are ways to extend that battery life and keep your iPhone going.

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So you’ve upgraded the hard drive in your computer, and you’re left with this old, seemingly useless bare hard drive. Don’t throw it away! It takes surprisingly little effort to turn an old (or new) hard drive into an external drive perfect for stashing your extra files on. Let’s look at how you can blow the dust off those old drives and save money in the process.

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You probably got that Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to play games, but VR can also offer a seriously immersive video-watching experience. Here’s how to watch a movie on your headset, whether it’s a regular 2D movie, a 3D movie, or a full 360-degree VR production.

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Amazon, for all its conveniences, isn’t like walking into a traditional retail store. Amazon is a full marketplace that connects you not only to their own store, but to third-party sellers. This was driven home for me when I recently bought one of the top mini PCs on Amazon and found it came with a pirated Windows license.

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While Amazon offers a battery-powered version of the Echo in the form of the Echo Tap, it doesn’t have the always-listening capabilities that makes the original Echo and Echo Dot so great. However, you can run the Echo Dot on battery power and have it last for days–all you need is a USB battery pack.

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So you’ve purchased a monitor that offers a 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rate and plugged it in–great! But don’t stop there. Your monitor may not actually run at its advertised refresh rate until you change some settings and sort out your hardware.

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Energy-efficient light bulbs are a great way to save money on your energy bill, not to mention keep your bulbs lasting longer. But there are multiple kinds of light bulbs out there, and multiple kinds that are energy efficient. Here’s what you should know about the different types of light bulbs and which ones are worth buying.

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Microsoft regularly releases new firmware updates for its Xbox One controllers, and these updates fix various bugs. But, if you’re using an Xbox One controller with a PC, you won’t be automatically prompted to upgrade your controller’s firmware.

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Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here, and Nexus users will start getting the updates very soon. Here are the coolest features in the latest version of Android.

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If it’s dark out and someone comes to your door, you probably can’t see them unless your porch light is on. Furthermore, if a potential burglar approaches your front door, a motion light can help scare them away.

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Some people say they have “a smartphone with 64 GB of memory”, but they don’t. Those people might have smartphones with 64 GB of disk space, or storage, but that’s different than memory. It’s time to clear up this tech term misconception.

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update just broke millions of webcams. Microsoft supposedly has a fix coming in September, but there’s a registry hack you can use to fix the problem and get your webcam working properly today.

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RetroArch is the ultimate all-in-one emulator, compatible with every system you can imagine. From classic Nintendo consoles to arcade boxes and even the Playstation or Wii, RetroArch brings massive gaming collections under one roof.

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If you use your Amazon Echo to add things to your shopping list, but aren’t near your Echo, there are other ways to add items to the list besides just using your voice.

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The Apple TV is a capable little set-top streaming device with a lot of variety, but it’s not exactly frugal when it comes to your Internet connection.

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Steam’s In-Home Streaming is an awesome way to get the top-tier PC graphics you love, with the living room comfort of console gaming. If you’re experiencing less than stellar performance, though, here are a few tips to ensure your games run butter-smooth.

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While you can get professional systems installed that hook up your lights to your doorbell, you can use an existing Ring Doorbell and Philips Hue bulbs to have your lights blink whenever someone rings the doorbell. Here’s how to set it up.

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With USB 3.0 becoming more prevalent with each passing year now, you may have found yourself wondering why modern computers still have USB 2.0 ports built into them. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question.

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A lot of newer cars come with Bluetooth built-in–or at least as an option from the manufacturer. However, if you have an older car and really want Bluetooth access for your phone, here are several ways you can add it to your vehicle.

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Windows 10’s Task Manager displays your PC’s “Last BIOS time” on its Startup tab. Here’s what that number means–and how to decrease it so your PC boots faster.

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The Ring Doorbell is a Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell system with an integrated camera so that you can quickly see who’s at the door. But its internal battery means that you need to recharge it once or twice every year. Here’s how to recharge the Ring Doorbell whenever the battery gets low.

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