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If you hate seeing good electronic parts go to waste, then you likely look for ways to incorporate them into other devices or have them serve as accessories of some kind. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post offers some helpful advice to a curious reader.
The 2nd generation of Philips Hue smart light bulbs have been out for quite a while now, but you can still buy 1st-generation Hue products at some stores. Here’s what you need to know about the 1st- and 2nd-generation Philips Hue hubs and bulbs, and the big differences between the two.
Everyone who uses a phone case wants something they actually like. So a customized phone case with the image of your choice sounds like a no brainer, right? That’s exactly what Google is doing with “Live Cases,” a new $35 product for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P that allows users to completely customize the look of their phone case with a photo or map. It’s…okay.
Sony encourages you to use “Rest Mode” on your PlayStation 4 instead of completely powering it off. Rest Mode is a bit like sleep mode on your PC–it goes into a low-power mode instead of turning off entirely, so you can get to your games faster when you wake it up. The only downside to using Rest Mode is that it uses more energy than turning your PS4 off–but how much more, and how much does it cost?
Our laptops allow us to be more mobile than ever before, but still always in search of convenient outlets to charge them. If you are in the middle of charging a laptop and need to move to a different outlet while it is still running, will it damage it? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.
The Xbox One has integrated TV features and support for streaming media apps like Netflix and Hulu, but that isn’t where it ends. You can play video and music files you’ve ripped or downloaded by plugging in a USB drive or streaming them over your local network.
If you’re running your own router alongside the modem/router combo your ISP gave you, there’s a good chance you’re inadvertently giving yourself a huge headache and a host of difficult-to-pin-down network problems. Let’s look at why these issues arise, how to detect them, and how to fix them.
Parental controls allow you to restrict child accounts on an Xbox One. You can restrict access to games, media, and apps by age rating, filter the web, and control online privacy and chat features. This works similarly to the parental controls in Windows 10.
While setting up your Xbox One, you’ll be asked whether you want to use “Instant On” mode or “Energy Saving” mode. You can also change this option at any time. We’ll show you how to calculate exactly how much Instant On mode costs in your area, so you can make an informed decision.
I have one question: why do you have so many apps installed on your Android TV? You know, like that all those things you installed “just to try out,” then never used again? Yeah, that stuff. It’s about time you cleaned up that little set-top box of yours, that way you can make room for new stuff that you’ll only use once. It’s a vicious circle.