Plex Media Center is awesome, and voice control is awesome…so what could be better than combining the two? Thanks to a new Alexa skill, you can now issue simple voice commands to your Amazon Echo and control media playback on your Plex Media Server.
If you want to watch live TV on your Apple TV—cable or antenna—it’s relatively easy to set up and get going.
If you’re running more than one Plex Media Center client in your house, then it can sometimes be hard to identify which one is which. Let’s take a look at the not-so-obvious setting you need to tweak to give each of your Plex clients a unique name.
Amazon’s $50 Fire Tablet may be one of the best deals in tech—especially when it occasionally goes on sale for $35. It may feel limited, but with a few tweaks—no rooting necessary—you can turn it (and its larger, slightly more expensive brethren) into an almost-stock Android tablet perfect for reading, watching, and even light gaming.
Many people might feel a bit wary installing a smart thermostat in their home, considering how often modern technology screws up. But don’t worry, manufacturers have thought of that: here’s what happens if your smart thermostat ever stops working.
If you’ve done even some casual searching for digital comics online, you’ve certainly come across plenty of files with the .CBR and .CBZ file extensions. Let’s take a look at these ubiquitous comic formats, why they’re so popular, and how you can read them.
Insteon is one of the most popular–and arguably most powerful–lines of smarthome products out there. If you’re just getting started with Insteon, here’s how to set up your hub and your first device.
If you have any Insteon smarthome products, you’d probably like a way to control them with your voice. You can use the Amazon Echo with Insteon devices, though it can be a little convoluted.
There are some terrible people out there, and services like Twitter can bring out the worst in them. Often, the only option for dealing with a troll is to block them. Here’s how to do that.
Snapchat, with it’s disappearing photos, is an easy app for people to abuse. A one-second Snap can be pretty traumatic and impossible to prove happened; unless you’re quick enough to screenshot it, it’s gone as soon as you look at it. If someone is harassing you on Snapchat, here’s how to block them.
If you’re looking for a frictionless way to to get your movies and TV shows from your PC to your HDTV, Plex Media Center + Chromecast is the most elegant and hassle-free way to get the job done.
When you first set up a new Chromecast, you have the option to give it a name. This is how the Chromecast identifies itself on the network and to casting devices, which is how you know which unit you’re casting to. But if your Chromecast started life as “Living Room Chromecast” and you moved it to another room, it only makes sense to change its name. It’s a quick and easy process—here’s how to do it.
Google changed the device-to-TV scene with Chromecast, but as with all technology, it can have problems. At some point, you may need to reboot or factory reset your Chromecast. While these options are slightly hidden to prevent an accidental reset, it’s a straightforward and simple process.
The Nest Cam can record in full 1080p high definition, but if your internet connection can’t handle that kind of streaming—or if you simply don’t need something that crystal clear—here’s how to change the video quality of your Nest Cam.
There’s a new trend in the world of instant messaging: letting other people see when you’ve read their message. I can see how this is helpful, but it’s also sometimes annoying—what if you read a message but can’t respond immediately? For many people, they feel like it makes them look rude, regardless of circumstance.
If your home’s Wi-Fi network has dead spots, or doesn’t reach across your entire house, then you might have recently considered getting a mesh Wi-Fi system. They’ve skyrocketed in popularity, but what exactly is mesh Wi-Fi and how is it different than a traditional Wi-Fi extender?
Sling TV has been a huge catalyst in allowing users to let go of traditional cable companies and move forward with an all-streaming-all-the-time model. If you’re one of the millions who have made the switch—or are one of the millions who are considering making said switch—then you’ll want to make the most of your new streaming service.
Let’s be real. As soon as you send a text message, your recipient has probably read it. So why does everyone care so much about whether an app tells them that you’ve read their messsage?
Cropping photos is one of the most basic, but important, photo editing skills. A crooked horizon or something distracting on the edge can ruin a great image.
The Wallet app on the iPhone lets you store all of your loyalty cards, boarding passes, movie tickets, and more right on your device. Unfortunately, it only officially supports a handful of stores and brands. Thankfully, there’s a way to add anything with a barcode to these apps, whether it’s officially supported or not.
Steam trading cards are basically free money. Assuming you own a few games on Steam, you’re probably generating Steam trading cards without even realizing it—and you can sell them on the community market for Steam Wallet credit, which you can use to purchase games.
Instagram has never made it a priority to help users upload images from their computers, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. We’ve got a clever and completely safe workaround that will have you uploading content from your computer in no time.
The Nest Cam is an easy-to-use security camera that plugs into any outlet and connects directly to your Wi-Fi so that you can keep tabs on your home, no matter where you are. Here’s how to set it up.
If you use iMessage, you’ve probably been roped into a group chat or two. It can often become confusing, so what can you do if you have a number of them going at once and can’t tell them apart?
U2F is an emerging standard for physical authentication tokens. Current U2F keys are all small USB devices. To log in, you won’t need to enter an authentication code provided from an app or SMS—just insert the USB security key and press a button. Here’s how they work.