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It’s a little thing, but having your TV turn on automatically when you turn on your Android TV box is nice. The thing is, not all Android TVs support this, which is just one of the many things that makes the NVIDIA SHIELD console the best Android TV box out there.

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If you find that your old hard drive is bursting at the seams and you want to upgrade to a larger one, it’s really easy to do so without losing any of your data.

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The Raspberry Pi is a capable little microcomputer, but sometimes it needs a little nudge to muster enough power for what you need. Let’s dust off an old Pi and overclock it to better handle newer and more demanding applications.

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When you mail a letter, all you have to do is slap a stamp on it and stick it in the mailbox. But shipping a package is a whole different beast. The good news, though, is that you still don’t need to leave the comfort of your home if you don’t want to. Here’s how to skip the post office entirely and mail any package without stepping foot outside.

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At this point, Google Chrome is prolific. You likely use it on your desktop computer and laptop, as well as any mobile devices you may have. Keeping things in sync between all of your devices is easy-peasy, thanks to Google’s handy sync settings.

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Windows 10’s built-in Game DVR feature helps you record your gameplay, capture screenshots, and share them online. But it can interfere with your game’s performance, too. Background recording requires some of your GPU power, and some gamers will want all the GPU power they can get.

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Thanks to the power of Alexa and its open API, you’re able to control a vast number of devices using just your voice. If you have an Eero Wi-Fi system, you can even control your home network with the Amazon Echo.

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Can’t get your Mac to start up? The problem could be software, in which case your best bet may be to reinstall macOS. If that fails, though, the problem could be hardware-related.

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Landscapes are one of the classic art subjects. Since the days of the Roman Empire, artists have been painting them. Taking landscape photographs is just a natural extension of this ancient tradition. Let’s look at how to do it properly.

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Password managers like LastPass are the most secure way to generate and store passwords for all your favorite sites. And, if you want to make them a little easier to use, you can log into your LastPass vault instantaneously using just your fingerprint.

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When you buy an Amazon hardware product, like an Echo, Fire TV, or Fire tablet, it arrives already linked to your Amazon account in order to reduce any friction with the setup process. But if you want to give one of these devices as a gift to someone else, here’s how to unregister your Amazon account from the device.

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Your mouse is slowing you down. The less you use it, the faster you’ll be able to do just about everything.

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If you bought your PC from a vendor, you’ve likely seen the manufacturer information in the “System” window. But did you know you can change it—or even add it if you build your own PCs?

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Rest Mode is one of the handiest features of the PlayStation 4. Instead of powering down completely, your console just goes into a low-power sleep mode (like your laptop does when it hibernates). This means that it’s quicker to start up, can charge the controller, and best of all, can download updates and games from the PlayStation 4.

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The Hue Dimmer Switch is a great way to add physical controls to your Hue lighting system but it’s a bit rudimentary. Thanks to a handy little app, however, you can teach the Hue Dimmer Switch a bunch of new tricks—like setting any scene with the click of a button.

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Android Auto recently made its way to phones, eliminating the need for a $1000+ head unit to get its road-friendly features. And while you can set Auto to automatically launch when a specific Bluetooth device (like your car) is connected, what about those who may not have a Bluetooth-enabled car stereo? NFC is the answer.

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A Linux live USB drive is normally a blank slate each time you boot it. You can boot it up, install programs, save files, and change settings. But, as soon as you reboot, all your changes are wiped away and you’re back to a fresh system. This can be useful, but if you want a system that picks up where you left off, you can create a live USB with persistent storage.

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When you get a shiny new monitor for your computer, you will likely take a quick peek at the settings, but sometimes you may see some references or terminology that does not make sense. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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A bootable USB drive is the best way to install or try Linux. But most Linux distributions—like Ubuntu—only offer an ISO disc image file for download. You’ll need a third-party tool to turn that ISO file into a bootable USB drive.

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When it comes to hard drives, everyone seems to have a horror story about one brand or another that failed them. But are some brands really more reliable than others?

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Plex Media Center is best known for super easy playback of local media files, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into the power of streaming video. The Channel system makes it easy to add content from a variety of sources ranging from well known TV stations to specialty content.

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If you have guests over and want them to have access to the Google Home’s speaker functionality, you can enable Guest Mode, which allows them to connect without being on your Wi-Fi network.

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Have you ever wished you could download Wikipedia in its entirety, and have a copy of it on your personal computer or Android tablet? There’s actually an easy way to do this, though you will need some extra disk space and a little time.

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For more than a year now, Gmail has allowed you to undo the sending of an email. However, this feature was only available when you use Gmail in a browser, not in the Gmail mobile apps. Now, an “Undo” button is finally available in Gmail for iOS.

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If you’re looking for a robust little Plex client for your HDTV, RasPlex offers a polished experience with snappy playback that’s always on, stable, and easy to control.

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