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How to Turn Your iPad Into a Drawing Tablet

The iPad is great for drawing when paired with a stylus like the Apple Pencil, but the best software for artists is usually found on the desktop. That’s where the iPad’s abilities as a graphics tablet come in, allowing you to…

Is It Safe to Sell My Old Modem or Router?

If you have an old router lying around that you no longer need, you might be tempted to sell it or give it away. Fortunately, your old router is unlikely to give away any revealing information about you, but it’s a good idea …

6 Tips for Taking Better Selfies

Selfies are a fun form of photographic expression. Modern smartphones have ditched the shabby front-facing potato cameras of yore in favor of 12 megapixel depth-sensing arrays with Night Mode and simulated studio lighting….

How to Use the “yes” Command on a Mac

The yes command was first included in the release of BSD 4.0 in 1993, and it still exists in modern UNIX-based operating systems, including macOS and Linux. Here’s what this simple—yet useful—command does….

What Is Full-Array Local Dimming?

If you’re buying a new TV, you might come across terms like “dimming zones” or “full-array local dimming” in marketing materials. Understanding what this means and how it relates to image quality can help you make a better bu…

What Is a Retina Display?

Apple loves to use the term “Retina display” in its marketing materials, but what exactly does this mean? And why are there so many different types of displays that carry this label? Let’s take a closer look at the phrase….

Can I Use iCloud Drive for Time Machine Backups?

Time Machine makes it easy to back up your irreplaceable Mac files to an external drive or networked computer, but what about backing up to iCloud? If you pay for additional cloud storage, you probably want to make use of it….

What Is a Super AMOLED Display?

You’ve probably seen the term “Super AMOLED” display being used in smartphone marketing material in recent years. These displays are more popular than ever, so what exactly does AMOLED stand for, and what makes them different…

What Is Thermal Throttling?

Computers produce heat under normal use, but they produce a lot more of it when under heavy load. This can lead to a decrease in performance, known as thermal throttling. So what exactly is “throttling” and how can you avoid …

Can You Play Games on an Apple Silicon M1 Mac?

The Mac has never been the strongest platform for gaming, but that doesn’t mean you can’t game on a Mac. Apple’s new ARM-based Apple Silicon chips have seen big performance gains in optimized apps, so what does this mean for …

What Is an Ultralight Mouse?

Ultralight mice are relatively new computer peripherals but are taking off in a big way. So what exactly qualifies as an ultralight mouse, why might you want one, and are there any drawbacks?
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