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If This Then That is a series of programs and quick hacks that help your mobile devices better understand not just simple commands one at a time, but broad strokes of linear patterns that can be programmed in depending on how you use a particular piece of technology in the real world.

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If you woke up today to find a new icon planted on the home screen of your iPhone, you might be wondering, what’s this new Apple Music app about, and what can I really do with it?

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The term is popping up more frequently in news articles, appearing in product manuals, and highlighted as a feature in tons of mobile applications, but what exactly is geofencing? Read on as we explain what it is, why it’s appearing in more productions and applications, and how you can benefit from using it.

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By this point, the act of plugging your phone in for a charge at night is about as mundane as brushing your teeth or showering… but what would you do if nothing came out the other side of the outlet?

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Digital photos are great, but sometimes you just want a printed photo you can hang somewhere or just hold in your hand. Print photos straight from your iPhone’s camera roll, whether you have your own photo printer or not.

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If you haven’t already heard of it, Samsung’s Knox is a security environment supported by some of Samsung’s highest-tier smartphones, including the Note 3, Note 4, and Galaxy S5 and S6. The service is only available on devices that have a special encryption chip installed in the factory, and as long as that’s onboard, you can keep the most important details of your daily worklife protected and under wraps.

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You may have misplaced a Wi-Fi password, but your laptop probably remembers it if you’ve connected in the past. If not, you can always grab the password from your router itself or reset the Wi-Fi passphrase and set a new one.

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You might have noticed when you send an email from your iPhone or iPad, your messages are appended with a “Sent from” signature. You’re not stuck with this however; here is how to change it to something else, or nothing at all.

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Smartphones have only been mainstream for less than a decade, but myths have still built up over time. Some of these myths have been around for years and just won’t go away.

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If you listen to music on your phone or tablet as you fall asleep, you might appreciate being able to set a sleep timer so it doesn’t play all night and wear your battery down.

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Your Android device came with a default image set as the wallpaper on the Home screen. However, if you want a different image as your wallpaper, this is easily changed. There are several images included in the Android system or you can use one of your own images.

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Apple keeps adding more and more apps to your iPhone or iPad with every release. Most recently, they added an “Apple Watch” app that exists only to advertise the Apple Watch. Stocks, Tips, Compass, Newsstand, and other apps are used by few people and just add clutter.

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It seems like everyone is tracking our location now. Not surprisingly, Facebook Messenger can also transmit a significant amount of information on your location activity. If you use Messenger, here’s how to make sure it’s not reporting your location to others.

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VPNs on an iPhone or iPad still have a big problem. You can’t easily enable an “Always-on VPN” mode that forces your applications to connect only through a VPN. With iOS 8, Apple added this feature — although it’s hidden and hard to access.

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You can sign a PDF document from your phone, tablet, or any other computer and email it off to someone. But some organizations still don’t accept documents via email — you may need to fax documents instead.

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Not all charging is equal. If your smartphone (or tablet) is low on battery and you only have a limited amount of time to charge it, here’s how you can get the most juice possible.

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You don’t need the ability to turn your lights on and off, adjust the thermostat, or unlock the door from your wristwatch but it’s the 21st century and with a little help from a home automation hub and a smartwatch you can live like the future is now. Read on as we show you how to control your home with your Pebble.

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If you’ve ever tried to split the tab after a meal with friends at a restaurant, you know just how frustrating it can be to try and pay each other back when the establishment imposes a two-card-per-table limit.

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We live in a busy world, one where the luxury of using both your hands to beat the last boss may not always be immediately available. Today we’re showcasing some great games that you can play while you’re busy holding a baby or just trying to stand in the subway without falling over.

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The whole world has gone crazy with Furious 7 as it raked in over 1.4 billion dollars since its premiere in movie theatre last month. Furious 7 has everything you need to become a fixture in your DVD library for everlasting remembrance. Not only that, you can also rip the DVD to your hard drive for better protection or transfer it to mobile devices for watching with abandon, of course, though, with the aid of a third party DVD ripping software.

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If there’s something everything seems to agree on, it’s that Google’s Android is more “open” and Apple’s iOS is a more “closed” operating system. Here’s what that actually means to you.

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Run out of space and your iPhone will inform you your storage is almost full. You won’t be able to install new apps, take photos, sync media files, install operating system updates, or do anything else that requires space until you make some.

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While the crisp and clean recording that digital music allows for is great for perfect reproduction, there’s something to be said for the snaps, crackles, and pops of an old record in play. Read on as we show you how to mimic the sound of an old record with your digital music collection.

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Making movies on your smartphone has always been simple, but more often than not you can expect that the quality will suffer because of shaky images, out-of-focus lenses, and sound that’s better left to the deaf. Now all that can change with the help of some unique hardware and cleverly designed software that makes it easier than ever before to create studio-quality movies with nothing more than the iPhone in your pocket.

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With all the things smartphones and tablets can do nowadays and their larger capacities, we tend to put all kinds of files onto them. Being able to compress files before transferring them on and off your device would make things easier.

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