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After years of waiting, dozens of different developer kits, and more beta tests than we can shake a stick at, the era of truly immersive virtual reality headsets is finally upon us. Both HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift are primed and prepped to hit shelves for everyone to buy for themselves…but with HD screens and gigabytes of extra data for things like movement and spacial positioning, what do these systems really need to get up and running completely?

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Manufacturers have been pushing “Ultra HD” 4k TVs for a couple years now. There are plenty of models available now, and they’re cheaper than ever, too. But should you buy one?

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If you have ever looked at the contacts side of an SD card, you may have wondered why the contacts are not uniform in size or placement. Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s questions.

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While many of us are familiar with the concept of improperly unplugging a portable hard drive causing potential data loss, is it also possible that your computer could be damaged as well? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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New 4K monitors are dropping in price, and they are available almost everywhere. They can be found now for a few hundred bucks, and we’ve seen some great sale prices. But are they worth the money, and should you upgrade?

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You can add up to 2 GB of music to your Apple Watch so you can listen to music on your watch using a Bluetooth speaker or headphones even when it’s out of range of your iPhone. However, if you want to remove the music, that’s easily done.

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When we first reviewed the Chromecast back in 2013 we showed you how to set it up, but the Chromecast now comes in a sleeker, more powerful, and better designed package so we’re back with updated instructions.

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With Windows 10, Microsoft seems to have disabled System Restore by default — at least on some PCs. System Restore has been around since Windows ME, creating snapshots of system files you can restore if a problem occurs.

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BitLocker disk encryption normally requires a TPM on Windows. Microsoft’s EFS encryption can never use a TPM. The new “device encryption” feature on Windows 10 and 8.1 also requires a modern TPM, which is why it’s only enabled on new hardware. But what is a TPM?

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Got a shiny new Apple Watch for Christmas? You’re probably wondering how to set it up and what to do with it. It’s a very useful smartwatch that can do many things. Read on to find out how to set up your Apple Watch, tweak its settings, and learn the many ways you can use it.

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Your Apple Watch taps you on your wrist to alert you when you get a notification. This is called haptic feedback. If you have trouble feeling the taps, you can increase the intensity of the haptic alerts.

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Drones are awesome fun. They can bring out the inner kid in even the most jaded individual, but they can also land people in a lot of trouble. Here are some things every new drone owner should know before taking to the skies.

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Each network-connected device — laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, and everything else — has an IP address on the network and a unique MAC address. There are many reasons you might need to find this information, so here’s how to find it on all the laptops, smartphones, and tablets you might have lying around.

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Christmas is already here! This year, Digiarty decided to hop on the holiday bandwagon again and offer a time-limited deal which enables you to make a purchase of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and WinX DVD Copy Pro individually for only $9.95. Each of them will save you big bucks and give you the privileges of Lifetime Free Upgrades and tech support.

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The Apple Watch includes the ability to change its orientation to accommodate right-handed as well as left-handed wearers. Here is how to change the orientation on your Apple Watch.

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You probably secure your iPhone with Touch ID or a passcode. If you have an Apple Watch, you can secure that against unauthorized access as well. Additionally, you need to have a passcode enabled on your watch to be able to use Apple Pay.

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The Apple Watch is one of the more feature-complete smartwatches on the market these days and with the inclusion of Siri, can perform tasks many other smartwatches cannot. That said, if you want to turn off the “Hey Siri” function, here is how.

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Your Apple Watch battery provides sufficient power to last for most of a typical day under normal usage. Apple estimates most people will get an average of 18 hours of battery life from one full charge, depending on use.

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Handoff is the feature on Apple Watch and iPhone that allows you to start a task on one device and finish it on another. For example, you might check email on your watch and then switch to your phone to compose a reply.

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The paperless office isn’t yet here for many of us, and printers are still a fact of life. If your printer isn’t working quite right on a Windows PC, here are some simple troubleshooting tips that can fix it.

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Printers come in all shapes and sizes, but they have similar problems. Troubleshooting a printer on a Mac is similar to troubleshooting it on a Windows PC, but the options you’ll need to check are in different places on Mac OS X than they are on Windows.

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Google’s Chromecast offers a way to play games on your TV, too. You won’t find the same ecosystem of games you will for the Apple TV or Amazon’s Fire TV, but you will find some fun party games people can gather around the TV and play, using their smartphones as controllers.

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If an app on your Apple Watch stops responding, or you just want to fully quit an app, there is a way to force the app to quit rather than rebooting the entire watch. The procedure is pretty simple.

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Amazon’s Fire Tablet offers both parental controls for quickly locking down a device as well as fine-grained “child profiles”. These child (or teen) profiles use the Kindle FreeTime feature, which is perhaps the most sophisticated parental-control solution for a tablet operating system

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There’s a whole lot the Amazon Echo can do, including waking you up with handy alarms and reminding you to do things (like take dinner out of the oven) with easy-to-set timers. Read along as we show you how to create and manage both.

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