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Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security for your online accounts. Many online services are offering two-factor authentication, including Apple. However, Apple’s two-factor authentication needs some explaining, since it exists in two slightly different forms.

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Windows 10 is designed to be an always-connected, always-up-to-date operating system. It’s the most data-hungry version of Windows yet, but you can restrain it from going all-out on your home network with a few tricks.

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iPhone battery life has increased significantly over the last few years, but it’s still possible to find yourself staring at a depleted battery by the end of the day. Extend the time between charges with  the right battery case.

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The Nest Thermostat lets you adjust your home’s temperature right from your smartphone, but if you don’t want other people to mess around with it, here’s how to lock your Nest Thermostat with a passcode.

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If you use a Windows or Linux PC as your primary computer, but have an iPad or iPhone as one of your devices, you can’t simply transfer photos over to it by plugging it in. Instead, it is best to use iCloud to accomplish this.

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In December 2015, Google added reminders to the Google Calendar app for Android and iOS users. Now Reminders have also been added to Google Calendar for the web–you may have seen them pop up in your calendar recently. But if you’d rather hide them (or switch back to Google Tasks), it’s very easy to do so.

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The dictation button on the iOS keyboard is in just about the worst place you can imagine. On the iPhone in particular, it’s hard to hit the spacebar without accidentally starting up dictation. If you don’t use dictation, you can remove the microphone button by disabling dictation entirely.

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Cheap Android phones are quickly becoming commonplace—for as low as $99, you can get a reliable, initially-impressive handset that you’re free to take to a bunch of different carriers. While these bargain-bin devices are definitely appealing, you have to ask yourself: is it really worth it?

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The Belkin WeMo Switch can turn just about any ordinary appliance into a smart appliance. Just plug it in, and control it from anywhere. Here’s how to set it up.

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When you got your new Sonos player, you probably found it easy to set up. It even offers to automatically scan your music folder. What you may not realize is that you can also add a variety of music streaming services.

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Changing icons in Nova Launcher is one of the easiest ways to truly make your device yours. Everything from setting up a full icon theme to make things clean and concise, to simply changing that one icon you just don’t like is incredibly easy in Nova. And best of all, this feature is available in both the free and paid versions of the launcher, so everyone can take advantage of it.

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Evernote is an awesome tool for collecting all the information you care about in one place. On the desktop, you can “clip” web pages to Evernote using the app’s browser extension, but what if you’re browsing on your phone? It’s actually even simpler.

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Gmail is one of the most popular email services on Earth, and the iPhone is the most popular phone. If you have all your email, contacts, and calendars stored in your Gmail account, you can easily add it to iOS and get the best of both worlds.

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If you’re anything like me, you do a lot of stuff with your Android phone. That usually means clutter on the home screens for most users—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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The Nest Learning Thermostat can save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills, but if you aren’t keeping up with maintaining your heating and cooling system, you’re probably not saving as much money as you could be. Luckily, your Nest Thermostat can help remind you to perform regular maintenance.

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If you want to know who’s calling without looking at your phone, you can customize your contacts with special ringtones and vibration alerts. Then it doesn’t matter if it is across the room or in your pocket, you’ll know who is phoning you.

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Apple’s Podcasts app automatically downloads new episodes of podcasts you subscribe to, storing them on your device. That’s convenient, but it can strain all those 16GB iPhones and iPads.

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So, you’ve opened the doors of advanced functionality on your Android phone by rooting it. That’s great! You can do stuff with your phone that other people can’t do with theirs. But what happens when things change and you want to unroot it? Fear not, we’ve got you covered.

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There are occasions when getting into Android’s bootloader or recovery systems is necessary—perhaps the OS is having issues and you need to factory reset, or maybe you want to root your phone. Fortunately, booting into the bootloader and recovery are both very simple. Here’s how to do it.

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You can sync notes on your iPhone or iPad to your iCloud account, but did you know you can also sync notes with Gmail? You can add your Gmail account to the Notes app and access any notes added to that account on any computer–Mac or Windows.

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F.lux is a handy little app that warms the light from your computer screen in the evening to help you sleep better. Philips’ Hue lights can also adjust their color temperature. This clever integration links the two, so your screen and your general room lighting change together.

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Bluetooth speakers are so 2014. While they’re great on an individual portable basis, they only have an effective range of around 30 feet. Worse still, usually you can only control one Bluetooth speaker from one device at a time, and audio quality isn’t great over Bluetooth. That however, is where Sonos shines.

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You’ve taken pictures of a paper document using your Android phone, and now you need to send it to someone. We’ll show you an easy way you can convert these images to a PDF file to make it easier to share this document.

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Windows 10 includes “Work Access” options, which you’ll find under Accounts in the Settings app. These are intended for people who need to connect to an employer or school’s infrastructure with their own devices. Work Access provides you access to the organization’s resources and gives the organization some control over your device.

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Apple’s own AirPrint printing is deeply integrated into iPhones and iPads. The “Print” options you see throughout the operating system will only print to AirPrint-enabled printers. You can still print to a Google Cloud Print-enabled printer, but it’ll take a little extra effort.

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