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What Is “Black Crush” on a Display?

Have you heard the term “black crush” while looking at TV or monitor reviews? The problem is getting more attention now that display manufacturers are trying to improve black reproduction, particularly on LED-lit LCD models. …

Why a Proper Smart Home Needs a Hub

If you’ve ever gone down the rabbit hole of smart home gadgets, you’ve probably run across devices that require a “hub.” You might think, “Why would I buy something that requires additional hardware?” I think you should serio…

What Is a Vivint Smart Home Security System?

With a series of sensors, monitors, and cameras all tied to a central hub, a Vivint security system leverages the connectivity inherent in the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and protect your home. Read on to find out if …

How to Screenshot on a Mac

Macs are packed with powerful screenshot tools. You can take a screenshot with a keyboard shortcut, pull up a convenient graphical tool, set a timer, and even annotate your screenshots. We’ll show you how to do it all….

How to Install Signal for Desktop on a Chromebook

Signal, the secure encrypted messenger app, doesn’t offer an app for Chromebooks. The Android version won’t run on Chromebooks, either—but, by using the Chrome OS Linux subsystem, you can easily install and use Signal. Here…

What Is a Smart Home Hub?

Getting started with smart home technology is daunting. There are many different paths you can go down. A common component of smart homes is the central “hub.” What exactly is a smart home hub, and do you need one?…

How to Password Protect Your Google Search History

It’s no secret that Google tracks your activity in its products, but you have some control over your information. This data can be automatically wiped clean, and it can be put behind a password to protect it from prying eyes….

How to Get Wi-Fi on the Road

Staying connected when traveling can be tricky if you’re not in a hotel, but it’s possible. Whether you’re on a cross-country road trip or going camping, or even if you just need some Wi-Fi on a long drive, there are ways to …

How to Check the UV Index

There’s nothing like a beautiful sunny day, but it can end in itchy pain if you’re not careful. Using sunscreen and knowing when the sun is harshest can help with that. The UV Index makes that easier to understand….

What Is Dolby Vision for Games?

Dolby Vision for games has officially landed on Xbox, bringing Dolby’s proprietary HDR approach to a new medium. Today we’ll explore what all the fuss is about and what you need to enjoy Dolby Vision for games in your living …

How to Make the Most of Hotel Wi-Fi

Data from Statista projects almost 550 million Wi-Fi hotspots by the year 2022. Unfortunately, while there may be a lot of them, many public Wi-Fi connections suck. And hotels can be among the worst. Here’s how to avoid the p…

What Is a “Lite Hash Rate” or “LHR” GPU?

Forget about software. In 2021, it’s cryptocurrencies that are eating the world. Thanks to miners looking to strike it rich in cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Dogecoin, prices are sky-high in the consumer market for graph…

How to Check the Pollen Count in Your Area

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the impact high pollen levels can have. Thankfully, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can monitor the pollen count in your are…

Slow VPN? Here’s How to Make It Faster

Virtual private networks are great tools, but they all have one problem: They slow down your connection. However, they shouldn’t bring it down to a crawl. If you’re suffering from agonizingly slow speeds while connected to yo…

What Is Apple Card Family, and How Do You Use It?

Apple Card Family is geared toward couples and families. You can now co-own an Apple Card with another adult, and you can give children or others access to it for spending. You can see and monitor everyone’s transactions in …

What’s New in Chrome 91, Available Now

Google has ramped up Chrome’s release schedule, with new Chrome versions coming out every four weeks. Chrome 91 stabilizes Linux on Chromebooks, improves Tab Search, powers up Copy & Paste, and improves Chrome OS in other…

What’s New in iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6

On May 24, 2021, Apple released iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 for the iPhone and iPad. These updates include the launch of Apple Card Family, podcast subscriptions, and more. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s new….
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