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VPNs are very useful, whether you’re traveling the world or just using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop in your hometown. But you don’t necessarily have to pay for a VPN service — you could host your own VPN server at home.

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The Apple Watch is, in its own right, a little tiny computer with data backup and security needs. Read on as we show you how to ensure your Apple Watch is backed up, wiped, and restored just like you’d do with your smartphone.

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Photos you take on your Android smartphone don’t have to stay digital. You can get physical copies of those photos printed out quickly and easily — using your own printer, at a local store, or sent to you in the mail.

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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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Each of us has a preferred layout and setup when we are working with Microsoft Word, but what if something you like and rely on has disappeared? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps a frustrated reader get their Microsoft Word layout back to just the way they like it.

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Have you ever wanted to try virtual reality out for yourself but can’t afford any of that cool Oculus Rift gear? That’s okay, neither can we, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to approximate a (cheap) VR experience with Google Cardboard.

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Modern wireless routers often promise “beamforming” technology for improving your Wi-Fi reception and reducing interference. But what exactly is beamforming, how does it work, and is it really helpful?

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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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It’s not necessary that you have a local development environment in order to have a good web site. You could edit files directly on the server or have your editor set up to automatically transfer changes to the server once you change and save them. However, there are lots of benefits of running a local server.

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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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Much is changing in Windows 10. Chief among these is a driven move from the old Control Panel that we all know so well, to the new-look, touch-friendly Settings. Today, we want to discuss what is changing from Windows 8.1 to 10.

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Automatically logging into your Windows PC opens a security hole. When you enable automatic logins, your Windows account password is stored on your PC where any program with administrator access can access it.

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If you are experimenting with and learning about pinging a website, you may be surprised by the results based on “what” you ping. Today’s SuperUser Q&A post helps clear things up for a confused and frustrated reader.

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When Microsoft began detailing new features of its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, one of those features it talked about is DirectX 12. Gamers will immediately know what this is but they may not perhaps realize just how important an update it will be.

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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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Two years ago Pebble injected the idea of the smartwatch into the public consciousness; now they’re back with a totally updated model. Does the new Pebble have what it takes to compete in the smartwatch market it helped build?

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Cortana is the latest digital personal assistant to make its way into a market already dominated by Apple and Google. Cortana officially arrives for the desktop in Windows 10. That’s largely a good thing, though it’s still important to know how to reduce Cortana’s presence.

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Many modern wireless routers are already dual-band, and now router companies are launching “tri-band” routers. These are marketed as “AC3200″-class routers, and promise faster Wi-Fi speeds for all your devices.

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Don’t like Windows 10? As long as you’ve upgraded within the last month, you can uninstall Windows 10 and downgrade your PC back to its original Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system. You can always upgrade to Windows 10 again later.

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Some flights offer Wi-FI, and some flights don’t. Some airplanes include dedicated power outlets for every seat, while others only offer them in certain seats. But you can check before you get on the plane — or even before you book tickets.

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Windows 10 has built-in real-time antivirus, just as Windows 8 did. It automatically runs in the background, ensuring all Windows users have a baseline level of antivirus protection. Windows 10 won’t complain at you to install an antivirus, as Windows 7 did.

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There isn’t one of us who hasn’t sent an email we wish we could take back (if even just to proofread it one more time). Now with Gmail you can; read on as we show you how to enable the extremely useful Undo button.

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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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Each network card on your computer has a built-in unique MAC (Media Access Control) address that can be used to identify your computer. This is usually fine, but it is possible to change it natively in OS X.

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