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In late 2014 Microsoft released the Band. It came out of left field. Rumors had been rolling around about Microsoft possibly doing a wearable, but details were non-existent. When it came out people were… well, confused. And rightly so. What is this thing? Is it a fitness tracker? Is it a smartwatch? Is it any good? The answer to all three questions is yes.

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Consumer router security is pretty bad. Attackers are taking advantage of lackadaisical manufacturers and attacking large amounts of routers. Here’s how to check if your router’s been compromised.

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You have a brand new high-capacity flash drive that can store more than the hard drive of your first three computers combined, but when you go to copy a large file it denies you. What gives? Read on as we show you how to solve your flash drive frustrations.

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Windows 10 includes the ability to stream your Xbox One games to the Xbox app on your PC. It’s a pretty cool feature that we’ll talk more about today.

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Networked, or IP, security cameras are readily available and, with each new generation of products, increasingly sophisticated. Digging through the available options can be overwhelming though; read on as we walk you through the process with a handy security camera shopping checklist.

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The premium router market is increasingly saturated with high-priced and powerful routers. Even in such a market the D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router stands out both in size and styling as well as performance. Read on as we take a closer look at this flame red and feature packed model.

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If you tend to focus more on aspect ratios like 16:9 and 4:3 when thinking of screen resolution sizes, then you may find yourself wondering what it going on with the popular laptop screen resolution 1366×768. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clear things up for a confused reader.

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The Apple Watch is packed with features that aren’t immediately visible at first glance. The music app on the watch immediately (and intuitively) controls the music app on your iPhone but it can also stand alone as its own Bluetooth-enabled iPod-like device. Read on as we show you how to link it to Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

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We’ve all done it: you misplace something important and you spend a lot of time (with a lot of stress) backtracking to locate it again. With Bluetooth tracking devices you can make the hunt a lot easier, less stressful, and even avoid losing the thing in the first place. Read on as we highlight the pros and cons of Bluetooth trackers.

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Upon unpacking your new wireless router, you’re puzzled about why there are two networks, a 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Is the 5Ghz network more powerful? Does it make any difference?

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Windows 10 is the biggest and most aggressive Windows rollout to date. Before you take the plunge you need to image your hard drive so, should you wish to return to the familiarity of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you can do so with the click of a button.

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The suffix lettering for Intel processors can seem like some kind of secret code at times, but what do they actually mean or stand for? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clear things up for a confused reader.

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How much bandwidth and data are the devices on your network using? Bandwidth hogs can slow down your entire network, and per-device data usage is important if your Internet service provider imposes a bandwidth cap.

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Portable devices like iPads, MP3 players, and the like are all capable of outputting sound at a level high enough to damage your hearing. While adults (should) know better and turn the volume down, kids often don’t. Read on as we show you how to protect your kids’ hearing with volume limiting headphones.

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know you were doing wrong: getting a good night’s sleep.

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Whether you want access to video services not available in your country, better prices on software, increased anonymity, or just think the Internet looks finer when viewed through a secure tunnel to another country, a VPN connection at the router level can solve all those problems and then some.

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If you are new to the world of USB 3.0, then you may have plenty of questions about the cables you can and/or should use with USB 3.0 enabled devices. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a curious reader learn the “ins and outs” of USB 3.0.

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By now, pretty much anyone with an Internet connection has heard about the Nest digital thermostat system. But did you know it has a ton of cool features that link up with almost every device in your home?

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Valve’s Steam Machines aim to bring your Steam game library right into your living room (but at a rather steep premium). Today we’ll show you how to bring your Steam library (plus all your other computer games) to your living room for a fraction of the price with a Raspberry Pi.

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Macs only enable TRIM for the Apple-provided solid-state drives they come with. If you upgrade your Mac with an aftermarket SSD, your Mac won’t use TRIM with it. This reduces the drive’s performance.

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Nintendo’s New 3DS XL promises 3.5 to 7 hours of battery life, which is quite a large range. These tips will help you get as much battery life as possible out of your 3DS, whether you’re gaming or it’s just sitting in your pocket.

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Whether you’ll be away from home while travelling or just during the workday, you may want to keep an eye on it. Solutions like Nest’s Nest Cam (formerly Dropcam) try to make this easy, but there’s more than one way to do this.

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VPNs are very useful, whether you’re traveling the world or just using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop in your hometown. But you don’t necessarily have to pay for a VPN service — you could host your own VPN server at home.

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Have you ever wanted to try virtual reality out for yourself but can’t afford any of that cool Oculus Rift gear? That’s okay, neither can we, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to approximate a (cheap) VR experience with Google Cardboard.

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Modern wireless routers often promise “beamforming” technology for improving your Wi-Fi reception and reducing interference. But what exactly is beamforming, how does it work, and is it really helpful?

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