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When you mute iOS, incoming phone calls and texts vibrate instead of playing whatever ringtone you set up. Alarms, on the other hand, will always play the ringtone whether your phone is muted or not. If you’d like to be able have an alarm vibrate your device instead of making a sound, you can do that by creating a silent ringtone.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the best Android phone available right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. There are things that can easily be added to improve not only the look of TouchWiz, but also the functionality. Good Lock, an app from Samsung, does just that, giving users a way to easily tweak the notification tray, quick settings panel, and recents menu–not to mention get a more stock Android-like appearance.

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While SmartThings has its own lineup of sensors and devices, you can connect them with all sorts of third-party devices, giving you unified control from a single app.

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If you’ve ever wanted to listen to podcasts on your Sonos speakers, then there are actually several ways to stream them, be it from the Internet, your computer, or from a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

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Every tech-savvy geek knows how annoying it is to help their less savvy friends, relatives, or kids work their gadgets. Fortunately, Samsung built-in a way to simplify some of the Galaxy S7’s primary apps with “Easy Mode.” Here’s how to enable it.

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Smartphones are convenient, but sometimes it’s more trouble than it’s worth to pick up your phone when you’re already sitting at a computer. It would be nice to do whatever it is you want to do from the comfort of your PC—especially if you work at a desk. Thankfully, there’s a simple (and brilliant) way to completely mirror your Android device’s screen over USB with a Chrome app called Vysor.

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There are a plethora of remote desktop solutions on the market, and it can be tricky to pick the right one for your needs. Don’t worry though, we’ve done the legwork for you, cataloging and comparing the most popular remote desktop solutions so you can easily pick the right one.

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It’s all too easy to lose your phone around the house, especially if you’re prone to losing things in general. However, your Amazon Echo can help you find it using a neat third-party service.

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When your phone’s internal storage starts to get full, it can be frustrating. Things slow down, apps won’t install, and in some cases, you can’t even download anything. Fortunately, Samsung has a built-in way to help users see detailed information about what is taking up space, and also provides a simple way of deleting unwanted items.

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Set up your Xbox One’s TV integration and you can do more than just watch TV on your Xbox: you can also stream that live TV from your Xbox to a Windows 10 PC, Windows phone, iPhone, iPad, or Android device over your home network.

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The Amazon Echo can do a lot of neat stuff, but its built-in features are just the tip of the iceberg. With third-party “Skills”, you can add further capabilities to the Echo, like adding events to your Google Calendar and even ordering pizza.

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If you have an iPhone 6 or newer, you can change the speed and resolution at which your phone captures recorded video and slow motion video. If you prefer to use less storage and really only look at your videos on your phone, a lower resolution can help you save space. If you want higher resolution captures and smoother video, bumping up the settings costs some storage space, but might be worth it for you.

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If you’re anything like me, you basically schedule your life around your favorite sports teams (Go Bulls!). While I generally try to remember what nights my team is playing, sometimes that’s just not possible—especially in a league like the NBA where there are 82 regular season games. Fortunately, there’s a super simple way to add your favorite teams’ schedules to Google Calendar, so you never miss a game.

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TeamViewer is a great free program, whether you want to access your computer from afar or help out friends and relatives with their computer. But its default settings are remarkably insecure, instead favoring ease of use. Here’s how to lock down TeamViewer so you can make use of its features without opening yourself up to attack.

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Insteon is one of the most popular–and arguably most powerful–lines of smarthome products out there. If you’re just getting started with Insteon, here’s how to set up your hub and your first device.

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Google Keyboard continues to get to more advanced customization features, with the most recent version bringing the option to change the keyboard’s height (among other tweaks). If you’ve ever thought “man, I could type so much faster if this keyboard were just a bit bigger” or “I’d love to see a little more of the screen, this keyboard is just too tall!” this is a tip for you.

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If you use the LibreOffice suite of programs, you’ll be happy to learn about Open365. Just as LibreOffice is the free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office, Open365 is the free counterpart to the cloud-based Office 365.

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What do you do if you want to add a device to your HomeKit smart home, but the device doesn’t support HomeKit? You set up a middleman with the iHome iSP5, an inexpensive HomeKit-enabled smart outlet.

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If you want a quick and easy way to monitor your home while you’re away, here’s how to set up the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit.

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You probably know about the mute switch on the side of your iPhone, and you may even know about the Do Not Disturb feature. These features may seem to do more or less the same thing–keep notifications from bugging you–but they have a few distinct differences.

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Picture this: You’re sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop, just casually surfing the web on your phone. Being the savvy user you are, you’re connected to the public Wi-Fi to save data. Suddenly, the public Wi-Fi stops working. But you don’t have to fret, because the “Smart Network Switch” feature on Samsung phones automatically switches to a mobile connection when Wi-Fi is too weak.

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iOS makes smart use of the Home button. You can double-click to switch apps, and even triple-click to do all sorts of things. The speed at which you need to click the Home button to register a double- or triple-click is fine for many people, but if you find yourself struggling to click the button fast enough, you can slow things down a bit.

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Back in Android 5.x Lollipop, Google released a new feature called “Ambient Display”—a tweak that shows notification information on the phone or tablet’s display when you pick it up or get a notification, without actually having to turn the display on.

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Animated GIFs are everyone’s new favorite way of expressing themselves. They’ve become the moving equivalent of the emoticon, so it can be helpful to know how to create your own.

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Android N will bring a lot of new, innovative, and useful tools to Android, but if you don’t have a modern Nexus device, then it’s hard to say how long you’ll be waiting to get your hands on some of these new goodies. Fortunately, if you’re running a rooted device with the Xposed framework installed, getting many of N’s new features is only a quick download away.

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