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Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinkerer in a lot of geeks. There’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.

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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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Apple has lost its mojo. Their obsessive attention to detail seems to have slipped away.

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A video doorbell is really nothing more than a regular doorbell with a built-in video camera. But is the price tag worth it in the end? Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a video doorbell, like the Ring or SkyBell HD.

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Bluetooth can be a little finicky on its best of days. There are several possible points of failure between your iOS device and whatever accessory you’re connecting to. Here’s how to troubleshoot them.

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The wired Xbox 360 controller is USB, so using it for PC gaming is easy–but things get a bit more complex if you have a wireless controller. Let’s take a look at how you can enjoy wireless gameplay on your PC while minimizing the headaches.

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The 2nd generation of Philips Hue smart light bulbs have been out for quite a while now, and 3rd-generation bulbs have just recently come out, 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, as well as the newer 3rd-generation bulbs.

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Now over four years old, the Raspberry Pi, a cheap credit-card sized computer, has taken the computing and DIY world by storm. Read on as we guide you through everything from buying to powering to running the tiny dynamo.

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Winter is coming. In some regions of the US, it’s already starting to get noticeably colder, which means it’s about that time to prepare for the freezing months ahead. Here are some things you should do to get your house ready.

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If you regularly use Apple Mail, Word, or some other application where you do a lot of writing, macOS Sierra comes with a few new options: auto-capitalization and auto-periods. You just have to manually enable them.

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Let’s be honest: Modern web browsers are all pretty solid. Even Microsoft Edge is much better than older versions of Internet Explorer. But we believe Google Chrome is still the best web browser for most people.

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Smarthome products aren’t cheap, and completely outfitting your house with these devices can be an expensive endeavor. However, here are some things you can keep in mind if you’re looking to save some cash when you go to upgrade to a smart thermostat, smart lights, and more.

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The Philips Hue lighting system is really awesome and easy to control entirely from your smartphone, but people love physical switches. The new Hue Dimmer Switch is the perfect way to add a wall switch into your Hue lighting system. Let’s take a look at how it works now.

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Breathing mindfully isn’t just a fad or buzzword, it can help you focus and sharpen your concentration. This in turn, allows you to better deal with anxiety, stressful events, and negative emotions like anger and impatience.

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The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets sit over your eyes, and glasses can get in the way. You can use some pairs of glasses with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but you may want to measure your glasses before you buy a headset.

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Space heaters are great for warming up rooms in your house, but they can also be dangerous if used improperly, which might have you wondering: Can you plug space heaters into smart outlets? And even if you can, should you?

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Mac gamers are real. If you work in one of the creative industries, there’s a good chance you have a beast of a Mac that’s more than capable of playing modern games—although not at maxed out settings. The real barrier is trying to play anything not in the Civilization series with a trackpad. To play other games, you’ll need to set up a controller. Got a DualShock 4 controller for your PlayStation? Good news: It’ll work on your Mac, too.

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Election season is upon us, and there’s no shortage of ways to watch the debates–traditional broadcast TV, online streaming options galore, and you can even see it in virtual reality.

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Laptops, tablets, and phones never seem to know exactly how many hours of power they have left. The estimate may jump from two hours to five hours before dropping back down to one hour. Even worse, the battery may suddenly die without warning.

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Belkin has an entire line of smarthome devices that go by the WeMo name, including a smart light switch that you can control from your smartphone, allowing you to turn on and off lights (or anything else connected to that switch) right from your smartphone.

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If you want to get a Wi-Fi video doorbell for your front door but aren’t sure which one to get, we’ve tested out the top two models to see which one might fit your needs better.

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Philips Hue lights are cool, but are you using them to they’re fullest potential? Sure, you can control them from your smartphone and turn them on from anywhere, but there are so many other useful tricks you can take advantage of. Here are a handful of clever uses for your Philips Hue setup.

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It’s pretty rare when devices allow you to change the color of their LED lights, but with the SkyBell HD video doorbell, you can. Here’s how to do it.

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By default, your Apple Watch will remind you to stand, notify you of your goal completions and achievements, and give you a weekly summary of your activity. Tired of seeing all these notifications? No worries. They’re easy to disable.

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If a slight bump to your desk is enough to wake up your sleeping PC, it’s likely your mouse doing the waking. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.

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