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The Plex Media Server experience is generally pretty smooth, unless you do a lot of streaming when you’re away from home or your server hardware is underpowered. Fortunately, it’s very simple to have Plex optimize your media for silky smooth playback.

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If you’ve ever run out of the house with your iPhone, but left your wallet or purse behind, you know how annoying it is to turn around and go back to get it. If you use Apple Pay, you don’t have to.

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Microsoft Office allows you to add more functionality through add-ins. Many modern add-ins also work with Office for iPad, Office Online, and Office for Mac–not just traditional desktop versions of Office for Windows.

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Whether you got them by iMessage or SMS, sometimes you need to remove messages from your iOS device’s message history. Maybe you’re clearing out old clutter, or maybe you need to remove messages with more sensitive information. Whatever your reason, you can remove specific messages from conversations or delete entire conversations at once (and you can also set messages to automatically expire). Here’s how to get it done.

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Google is known for throwing Easter Eggs—hidden games, tricks, and other fun things—into its products. At one point or another, I’m sure you’ve seen some of these little things, whether it’s the Android version icons or one of the many hidden games in Chrome. Today, we’re going to talk about some of our favorites from Chrome, Android, and Google Search on the web.

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Imagine you go on your dream European vacation and all your things are stolen after your hotel room is burgled or your car is broken into. Clothes and toothbrushes are easy to replace, but your devices are a potential treasure trove for thieves to exploit.

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Locking your iPhone’s SIM card adds yet another layer of security, meaning that even if someone can get into your phone, they still can’t use it to call, text, or access your data plan.

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You probably know that your iPhone (and iPad) can track your location, which can be super helpful for things like marking where a photo was taken or letting friends and family know where you are. But you may not know that, by default, iOS keeps track of locations you visit frequently so that it can make better local suggestions and give you a more personalized Today view in your Notification Center.

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Now is arguably the best time in the history of the platform for Android users—the OS is getting better, updates are getting (slightly) quicker, and there are several excellent handsetS to choose from. If you’re not into the whole “manufacturer skin” that most are offering these days, however, it can be slightly less exciting to buy a non-Nexus phone. But giving your phone a “stock Android” look and feel isn’t as hard as you think.

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Emoji are great and everybody is using them nowadays, having become an integral part of how people express themselves in text messages, but one might notice that some emoji don’t represent how everyone looks.

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If you’re sick of having to find and fumble with the light switch every time you enter a dark room, you can use SmartThings to automate that process and have the lights turn on automatically when you enter.

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Siri is actually pretty useful for all kinds of things, from searching for things to identifying songs. You can also use her to create, delete, and change alarms in your clock app. Here’s how it works.

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Android Wear has been around for a couple of years now, and it’s honestly one of those things that you don’t know how much you’ll use it until you actually have it. There are some really good, useful tools available for Wear that will make your life simpler, but we want to highlight a handful of apps that will also help you live a bit healthier.

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Android has come a long way in terms of battery life over the last few years, and the built-in tools for monitoring battery usage have gotten significantly more useful. Still, sometimes the stock options just aren’t enough. Thankfully, there are ways to easily gauge your battery usage, remaining time, and even hunt down apps that are stealing your precious juice.

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Recording audio from a Bluetooth microphone isn’t something that iOS can do out of the box, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entirely possible. With a little help from a third-party app, you can use a wireless headset and record your voice through that if you need to.

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You’ve invested a lot of energy gathering and curating so many great movies and TV shows in your Plex Media Server, wouldn’t it be great if you could share all that content with your friends? With a few small tweaks, you can–we’ll show you how.

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Your smartphone already does an amazing variety of stuff. It’s your camera, navigation guide, compass, it can even serve as an impromptu level so all your pictures hang straight. You may not know that it can also function as a barometer or altimeter, too.

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Just like on your desktop computer, browsers on your mobile devices save your browsing history to make it easier to get back to sites you’ve been to before. That also means that anyone who has access to your device can also sift through your browsing history, so it’s probably in your best interest to clear it once in a while.

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As of Mac OS X Yosemite, you can mark up email attachments, including PDF files and image files, in Apple Mail on the Mac, making Mail a powerful productivity app. Now, that feature is also available in the iOS 9 Mail app.

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Two-factor authentication is an excellent way to make sure your account is secure, but having to input a code every single time you need to log in can be a real pain. Thanks to Google’s new code-less “Prompt” authentication, however, getting access to your Google account can be a lot simpler—you just need access to your phone.

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If you’re tired of having to open up the SmartThings app to arm and disarm your setup every time you leave or come home, here’s how to do it all automatically without even touching your phone.

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There are a few things you can do to make sure your Android phone stays as safe as possible should it stray from your hands—a good lock screen password is a solid start. What you may not realize is that there’s a way to take that security a step further by enabling SIM Lock.

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Sony’s official PlayStation app, available for both Android phones and iPhones, allows you to remotely control your PS4. Use it as a playback remote or a keyboard for quickly typing without relying on the PS4’s controller and on-TV keyboard.

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Amazon already makes it really easy to order stuff with its 1-Click ordering system, but the company’s relatively new Dash buttons make ordering stuff even easier. Here’s how to set one up quickly and easily.

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Siri can make use of the Shazam engine to identify songs it hears, which is pretty useful–especially if you’re using Siri hands-free.. Unfortunately, you can’t just ask Siri to show you a list of a songs you’ve identified. For that, you have to dive into the iTunes app or, for a more complete list, the Shazam app. Here’s how it all works.

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