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If you have smart lights like Philips Hue, you can turn them off automatically when you leave to save power. However, if you also have a Nest thermostat, it’s handier (and more effective) to turn off your lights whenever your thermostat enters Away mode.

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PC gaming is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, but most people still use their machines as utilitarian web and email access points rather than a platform for video games. But even if your computer has all the graphical power of a sedated hamster, there are plenty of great options for gaming.

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Many smarthome apps don’t make it quick and easy to control a device, but with Wink Shortcuts, you can create a single button that can perform a number of tasks all at once.

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Tile is a fantastic little gadget that can help you find your lost keys or wallet. However, it can also locate and ring your phone, even if you never buy a single physical Tile. Here’s how to find your lost phone using the Tile app on the web.

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Like other modern web browsers, Apple’s Safari has a few features that send your data over the Internet. For example, Safari sends all your searches to Apple with the default settings. We don’t recommend you disable all these features, as they do useful things. But we’ll explain what the various options do so you can make informed decisions.

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There are times when you want to take your music with you, but you may not want to bring along your phone—like when going for a jog. The good news is that you can transfer music to an Android Wear watch and leave the phone at home.

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A new feature was introduced in watchOS 3.2 called Theater Mode, denoted by a button with two little theater masks. But what exactly does it do?

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Tile is a handy tracker that you can use to find your keys, wallet, or anything else you might lose often. If you misplace your stuff while you’re away from home, Tile can send you a notification as soon as it locates your stuff. You’ll need to ask for it, though. Here’s how.

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Whether you want to share photos with one friend or dozens of friends, set up a collaborative album where everyone can dump vacation photos, or even share your album with the whole world, iCloud Photo Sharing makes it easy to share your photos right from your iPhone or iPad.

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Why would you want to spend extra money on color-changing smart lights instead of regular, cheap LED bulbs? So you can use them to throw a killer party, that’s why. Here’s how to use your Philips Hue lights to turn your boring living room into club-style lighting.

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Google often thinks you want to know what traffic is like nearby, so it sends you a notification. While sometimes helpful, this can also be annoying—especially if you’re not going anywhere. Here’s how to completely disable traffic notifications on Android.

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There are many reasons you may want to remove a post from your Instagram account. Maybe it’s an old photo that doesn’t fit in with all the great photos you’ve been posting recently. Maybe a friend has asked you to remove it because they’re striking an unflattering pose, or maybe it just didn’t get enough likes. Whatever the reason, here’s how to do it.

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Listen: I know you love your Google Chrome. You’ve got your massive collection of extensions, your favorite pinned tabs, and there’s even that colorful theme you added sometime in 2013. You’re comfy in Chrome. I get it.

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Before you head out the door, it would be handy to know whether you need a coat, or if you can skip it. To give you a quick indicator, you can set one of your Hue light bulbs to change colors when it’s too hot or too cold outside. Here’s how to set it up.

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Google Assistant, originally a Pixel-exclusive feature, has now made its way to pretty much all Android devices. As a result, it’s harder to actually get to Now, since the default action has been hijacked by Assistant.

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Facebook, as a social network, is a bit crazy. You’re interacting with hundreds of people at the same time; your main connection being that you’ve probably met them at least once. Unless you have your page locked down, everyone from your “psychic” aunt to your high school buddies are free to weigh in on everything you say.

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AirDrop is a very useful way to transfer local files between iOS devices, but if you have it improperly configured, it’s a bit of a privacy risk. Let’s configure it properly so you don’t end up with strange photos from strange people—even if you don’t use AirDrop, it’s easy to misconfigure it, so follow along anyway to ensure you’ve got the optimum settings.

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If you lose your phone, you can call it or locate it with GPS. If you lose other important things like your keys or wallet, however, you’re usually out of luck. The Tile keychain and card gadget trackers aim to solve that by letting you call your valuables from your phone.

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If you’ve noticed that your phone’s screen is turning on without you touching the phone—or whenever you pick it up—it’s thanks to a (somewhat) new feature in Android called “Ambient Display”. Here’s what it is, and how to turn it off.

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Twitter is great, but sometimes, in the heat of the moment, you can tweet something you shouldn’t have—perhaps an overly defensive reply to a follower or off-the-cuff comment you didn’t put enough thought into.

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Browsers want to be helpful, so they always offer to save your passwords when you sign into websites. If you use a separate password manager like LastPass or 1Password—or if you just want to store your passwords in your own brain—you can make your browser stop asking you to save passwords.

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When it comes to digital distribution for PC games, Steam is the undisputed champion, serving up approximately 2.4 billion total game sales as of March 2017. But just because it currently has a lead in the market doesn’t mean you need to curtail your choices for digital game purchases. Here are 10 alternatives to Steam for PC gamers, some of which offer Steam compatibility, and which often beat it on price as well.

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The DVD industry is declining, which can be seen from the dramatic decrease of Netflix DVD subscribers. However, most people are really concerned about their possession of movies and music they purchase. For them, only if they get a physical disc filled with wanted media, they own it verily. In the meantime, they also desire for a digital copy for flexible playback or other good reasons. Instead of re-buying their digital counterparts, some people would rather rip copies off DVDs directly.

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Thanks to a new feature in iOS 10.3, you can now see (and remove) every device connected to your Apple account right from your iPhone.

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The Digital Touch feature on your Apple Watch allows you to send sketches, taps, or even your heartbeat to another friend who also has an Apple Watch or an iPhone. Here’s how to use it.

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