The Best Skins for Kodi (and How to Customize Them)

Ever wish Kodi looked…different? Maybe you’re not a big fan of how the home page is laid out, or you wish the typography and color choices were more (or less!) subtle. However you wish Kodi looked, there’s probably a skin that’s right for you, and many of them can be customized to your liking. Best of all, installing them isn’t hard at all.

What Is Mixed Reality on Windows 10, and When Will I Be Able to Buy it?

Microsoft is building an ecosystem of “Mixed Reality” headsets from various PC manufacturers. They’ll be much less expensive than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and will require much less powerful PCs. Mixed Reality features are here today in the Creators Update, but the headsets themselves will be available for purchase sometime in the 2017 holiday season.

How to Use the iPhone 7 Plus‘ Portrait Mode

The iPhone 7 Plus’ new dual camera setup is great, but there’s one feature that stands out more than any other: Portrait mode. Using both cameras, the iPhone 7 Plus is able to work out where things are in relation to each other and, without Photoshop, make a smartphone photo look like it was taken with a DSLR. Let’s look at how it works and how to use it.

How to Maximize Battery Life on Your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

Whatever you do, don’t leave your iPhone or iPod sitting in a hot car—heat kills batteries faster than any other factor, and your device that used to keep a charge for hours will eventually barely hold a charge, and you’ll have to pay Apple to get it replaced. The same thing holds true for any really hot environment: try and store your device in a cool place.

Why Some Scenes In Your Favorite Action Movies Look Jerky

If you’ve watched recent action movies, you may have noticed a slightly disorienting jerkiness to the video. No, it’s not because of shaky cam and excessive jump cuts. Many modern (and some older) movies have an effect called “strobing” that makes action scenes look less fluid than the others. Today, we’re going to explain why this happens.

How to Check Open TCP/IP Ports in Windows

Whenever an application wants to make itself accessible over the network, it claims a TCP/IP port, which means that port can’t be used by anything else. So how do you check open ports to see what application is already using it?

How to Rip Blu-Ray Discs With MakeMKV and Handbrake

To this day, there are very few ways to watch your Blu-Ray collection on your computer without shelling out cash for the privilege, even if you already own a Blu-Ray drive and bought your movies. Instead, it’s simpler to rip your Blu-Rays to your computer and play them in whatever app you want. Here’s the best way to do it, and how to keep your file sizes small enough to store your entire collection.

Do I Need New HDMI Cables and Gear for My New 4K TV?

If you’ve purchased a new TV recently, the salesperson might have pitched you on the idea that you need the newest whiz-bang HDMI cables or auxiliary components to get the most out of that screen. But do you actually need all that new stuff to take advantage of new features? Possibly—so let’s look at when new cables or gear are called for.