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How much energy do your smartphone, laptop, and tablet chargers really use? Should you unplug them when you aren’t using them to save power and money? We measured exactly how much power a variety of common chargers use, and how much keeping them plugged in will cost your each year.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow contains a highly experimental and hidden multi-window mode. Perhaps this will be stable in the next version of Android — it would definitely make Google’s Pixel C, Nexus 9, and Nexus 6 phones more useful. For now, you can enable it if you’re willing to do some tweaking.

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While many people actively choose to encrypt their data, others may be surprised to find out that their current drive is doing so automatically without input from them. Why is that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s question.

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We love Apple’s Continuity features, including the ability to receive calls and text message from your iPhone on your Mac or iPad. If you want to automatically forward text messages to your Mac or iPad however, you first need to set it up.

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I got my Apple Watch gold plated… for Science! Can you really get a gold Apple Watch on the cheap instead of paying the crazy $17,000 that Apple is charging? Would it look terrible? Would it even still work? I had to find out.

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Thanks to the endless gifts that Moore’s Law continues to bestow upon us, cramming many of your favorite retro gaming systems into a phone that’s not much bigger than half a pack of playing cards has never been easier than it is today. Many of the most popular consoles from our past like NES, Sega Genesis, and Playstation One can all be enjoyed from wherever you are in the world thanks to mobile emulators, but getting started with emulation on Android is easier said than done.

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Apple’s HomeKit smarthome platform is all over the news lately, but many people are unclear on the specifics like how to use it, what you can use with it, and so on. Read on as we dig into HomeKit to clear up some of the mystery surrounding it.

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No two people sound exactly alike. Different people have different accents and ways of pronouncing words, and computer voice recognition systems like Siri, Cortana, and Google’s voice search aren’t as good as actual human beings at understanding every voice. Train your voice assistant and it’ll be better at understanding you.

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Apple’s Game Center is included on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It’s a social gaming service for games on Apple’s platforms. With Game Center, you might see friend invites, game invites, and other notifications — but you can disable all that and never see a Game Center notification again.

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Philips recently released a new Hue bridge with support for Apple’s new HomeKit bridge. Read on as we show you how to migrate your old Hue bulbs to your new system as well as how to take advantage of the HomeKit integration.

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Whether our computer hardware is brand new or a bit older, it never hurts to exercise a bit of caution in order to avoid damaging it. With that in mind, can magnets damage or wipe a hard-drive? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a worried reader’s question.

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It seems to happen more and more often. A retail store is breached and loses its customers credit card numbers. Use Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, or another smartphone payment solution and you’d be immune to these breaches.

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Thanks to Apple’s new HomeKit home automation system and the versatility of Siri, the iOS digital assistant, you can now combine the two with HomeKit-enabled lights and control your home lighting with your voice. Read on as we demonstrate with Philips’ new HomeKit-enabled Hue system.

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Apple’s HomeKit home control and automation system is largely plug, play, and enjoy but sometimes stubborn devices need a nudge to play nice. Read on as we show you how to reset both devices and the general HomeKit configuration.

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Thanks to the proliferation of Apple Pay compatible terminals popping up at retailers all over, it’s easier than ever to pay for your purchases with Apple Pay. While most people understand they can use their iPhone you can also use your Apple Watch for true on-the-wrist inconvenience. Read on as we show you how to set it up.

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PCs don’t have to be power hogs, but they often are. High-powered desktops with gaming-focused dedicated graphics hardware are the most thirsty for energy, but older PCs are typically less energy-efficient than modern ones.

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No one likes to think about a hard-drive going bad much less experiencing trouble with one, but how do hard-drive diagnostic tools actually know if sectors are bad or not? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a curious reader’s questions.

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AirDroid for Android replaces your USB cable for connecting to your PC. Transfer files back and forth, send text messages, play music, view your photos, and manage applications using a web browser or a desktop client.

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Apple wants to keep your iPhone and iPad up-to-date. But you may want to go back to an older operating system. This is especially true if you’re trying out a beta version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad.

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Once you get the hang of installing apps on your new Apple Watch it’s no big deal, but if you’ve just peeled the protective film off you’re probably left a bit puzzled as to how your new watch works. Let’s take a look at how to get apps from your iPhone to your watch.

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D-Link’s newest Wi-Fi adapter offers both an eye catching design and eye catching hardware specs, but does the power contained in this little Death Star shaped adapter merit the premium price? We put it through the paces so you don’t have to.

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Not all Ethernet cable is created equally. What’s the difference, and how do you know which you should use? Let’s look at the technical and physical differences in Ethernet cable categories to help us decide.

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When you have a rather new laptop, the last thing you want to experience is a problem with the battery. But what do you do if it happens? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post offers up some advice for a frustrated reader.

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With the release of Watch OS 2.0 you can now add custom complications from native Apple Watch apps to your watch face which opens up a whole new world of instant on-your-wrist information. Read on as we show you how to customize your Apple Watch’s complications.

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As the world’s largest retailer, Amazon has a lot of options to wade through and this expands to managing your account. One effective thing you can do with your account is improve your shopping experience with better recommendations.

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