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If you’re away from home and your HVAC system breaks down suddenly, you probably want to get it fixed as soon as possible. Here’s how to receive instant alerts from your Ecobee3 thermostat whenever there’s a possible problem with your heating and cooling.

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If you’re out and about and there’s no free Wi-Fi available, you can use your iPhone’s internet connection on another device, like a laptop or tablet. This feature is called “Personal Hotspot” on the iPhone (also known as “tethering”), and you can use it over Wi-Fi or USB.

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Apple’s Photos app is a pretty solid offering, but if you take a lot of photos with your iPhone, you know it can be a hassle scrolling through them all to find photos you took at a certain location or on a certain date. Among all the other useful things Siri can help you with, she can also help make finding photos a whole lot easier.

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Trying new things is always fun, especially when it comes to tech. Getting hands and eyes on new features before they become mainstays is even more exciting. Not only that, but it also helps software builders gauge interest for new features before they make them permanent. Samsung gets this, so on the international versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, it included a new feature called “Galaxy Labs.”

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So you’ve installed the iOS 10 beta and, well, you don’t love it. No problem, because you can roll right back to iOS 9.

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Everyone likes their devices to charge quickly, right? That’s why aptly-named quick charging technology is so popular—almost every chip maker has its own version of it at this point. Still, there are occasions when fast charging may not be the best solution.

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iOS’ built-in calculator is a basic, simple-to-use calculator that’s very handy for doing some quick calculations, such as calculating the tip on your restaurant bill. It’s also useful for longer, more complicated calculations. However, there is one button missing.

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Smartphones can be confusing—especially to those who may be less than enthusiastic about tech. And while manufacturers like Samsung and LG have stock options to simplify home screens and the app drawer, many others don’t have a built-in way to do this. Fortunately, there are plenty of launcher replacements in Google Play that can make navigating through an Android phone much simpler than it is out of the box. Out of all the ones I tested, however, two really stand above the rest: Necta Launcher and Wiser.

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Changing the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad is a simple way to breathe new life into your mobile device. Here’s how to change the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad and make it feel like a new device again.

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It’s been a long day and you’ve got some time to kill, so you grab your Samsung Galaxy S7 and fire up your favorite game. You’re all set to crush the level that you’ve been stuck on for the last seven weeks—it’s so close you can taste it. Then your bff decides to send a text that interrupts your game, which throws you off your mark. You lose again.

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Solid Internet connections aren’t available everywhere. If you want to watch streaming movies and TV shows on an airplane, on the subway, or somewhere out in the wilderness away from cellular towers, you can download them ahead of time.

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Sometimes you need to get stuff from your computer to your phone—pictures, files, links, text, etc. And most of the time, that’s way more of a pain than it should be. If you’re tired of uploading files to Dropbox or Drive, emailing links to yourself, or—worst of all—plugging your phone into your computer just to get your stuff from point A to B, stop. There’s an easier way. In fact, we’ve got three easier ways. Let’s get to it.

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Bookmarks are so last decade. If you find an article online that you want to save for later, stick it in Pocket–a free web service that saves articles and syncs them to all your devices, without ads or unnecessary formatting. You can even read them offline.

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When it comes to smart thermostats, there’s a handful to choose from, but the big three that stand out are the Nest, Ecobee3, and Honeywell Lyric. We’ve tried out all three to see which one has the upper edge, and where their features differ.

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You crack open the box for your new Galaxy S7, S6, or Note 5 and start setting that bad boy up. About three taps in, you realize something: this thing is making noise every time you touch it. If that drives you as crazy as it does me, we have good news: it’s easy to disable not only the touch sounds, but also the lock screen and charging sounds.

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The pretty-darn-stable public beta release of iOS 10 is available now. If you want to take advantage of it, we’re here to show you how to update your iPhone, iPad, or other eligible iOS device and try it out.

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To say Pokémon GO is wildly popular would be a vast understatement. To say the app’s use of your Google Account is wildly insecure would also be a vast understatement. You should revoke its access to your account now. (But don’t worry, there’s a way to keep playing.)

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The Domain Name System (DNS) translates the human-friendly domain names you type in–like “howtogeek.com”–into numerical IP addresses. The trouble is, your internet provider may not have the fastest or most reliable DNS servers available. You can easily configure your Wi-Fi connections in iOS to use better DNS servers, like those run by Google or OpenDNS. Here’s how to get it done.

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You can make text larger and more readable on your iPhone or iPad, but you can also increase the size of the app icons, text labels, and user interface elements on your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, or 6S Plus so it’s easier to use.

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When you tap certain items in Android, your phone will vibrate just a bit, giving you a little feedback. Sometimes, this is nice—getting that response is a nice acknowledgment that the thing you want to do is about to be done. But maybe you don’t like that, which is okay. I support your decision even if I don’t agree with it. The good news is that it’s easy to disable touch feedback on pretty much all Android devices.

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At some point or another, you might lose your phone. It’s always good to know what to do when that happens, but there’s another side to that story: what if you’re the person who finds a lost phone? You’d be surprised at how many people don’t know what to do when they find someone else’s phone—and really, there isn’t a single “right” answer. But there are a few things to keep in mind to make it easier for that person to get their phone back.

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When you set up an iOS device running iOS 9, you are prompted for a six-digit passcode. However, you may not know that you can use a stronger alphanumeric password–one that uses letters and numbers–on your iOS devices. We’ll show you how.

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Do Not Disturb mode on Android can be handy if you’re in a meeting, at a movie, or anywhere else where your phone needs to not be a distraction for a little while, but the real value is found in Do Not Disturb’s automatic rules. Basically, you can tell Android when not to bother you—like at night while you’re sleeping, for example—as well as who can bother you if they must. It’s pretty brilliant and only takes a few minutes to get set up.

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The Plex Media Server experience is generally pretty smooth, unless you do a lot of streaming when you’re away from home or your server hardware is underpowered. Fortunately, it’s very simple to have Plex optimize your media for silky smooth playback.

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If you’ve ever run out of the house with your iPhone, but left your wallet or purse behind, you know how annoying it is to turn around and go back to get it. If you use Apple Pay, you don’t have to.

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