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  • How to Check If Signal Is Down
    by Chris Hoffman on January 15, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Is Signal down? At the start of 2021, the encrypted chat app has seen a wave of new users who want to keep their conversations private. Here’s how to check whether Signal is down for everyone else.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • What's the Deal with Sea Shanties? (And 5 Worth Checking Out)
    by Shea Simmons on January 15, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Regardless of whether you’re on social media, you’ve likely seen sea shanties popping up in the news. But why? Like most viral trends these days, you can thank TikTok. Here’s the scoop.Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

  • Moen's Smart Sump Pump Monitor Might Save You from a Flooded Basement
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 15, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    All it takes is a good rain to flood your basement or crawlspace. To prevent that from happening, many homes have sump pumps that flush water away from the home. It’s a set it and forget it device, but forgetting it can be a mistake. If a sump pump fails, you’ll get flooded. Flo by Moen’s Sump Pump Monitor hopes to save you from expensive water damage.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Strap a Theater Screen to Your Face with TCL's Wearable Display
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 15, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Augmented Reality (AR) was all the rage for a hot minute, but it didn’t take off outside enterprise uses, like Hololens. Sometimes for a product to reach consumers, simpler is better. TCL’s latest wearable won’t change the world around you; instead, it’ll give you access to a giant screen without the need for a giant space. The TCL Wearable Display effectively gives you a 140 inch TV you can fit in your backpack.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Cowin's $80 Sound Bar Can Split in Half for Surround Sound
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 15, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Sound bars are a great way to improve your TV’s tinny speakers without taking up a lot of room. But they don’t truly surround sound thanks to grouping speakers so close together. Cowin’s new wireless sound bar might give you the best of both world. You can place it under your TV like a traditional sound bar, or split it in half to create two speakers.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to Get an Always-on-Top Calculator in PC Games on Windows 10
    by Joe Fedewa on January 15, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Windows has had a calculator app since the beginning, and it’s always been handy. In Windows 10, you can pin the calculator on top of whatever you’re doing. That could be a detailed strategy game or an intense Exel session.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Avita's Admiror II Laptop Has Three Webcams and a Ring Light Because Why Not
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

    If you want to make a go at livestreaming, you’ll need a few things like a decent computer, a good webcam, and lighting so we can see your face. Nexstgo’s latest CES-borne laptop, the Avita Admiror II, will pack all of that into one thanks to its triple-webcam setup and embedded light ring. Just don’t forget a decent microphone.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to Create a Poll In Microsoft Outlook
    by Rob Woodgate on January 15, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Need to quickly get feedback or answers to a question? Microsoft has added a quick poll feature, powered by Microsoft Forms, to both the Outlook client and Outlook Online. Here’s how it works.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • LG's New 4k CineBeam Projector Automatically Adjusts for Dark and Bright Rooms
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 15, 2021 at 9:30 am

    With many theaters still closed and more content going straight to streaming services, it’s tempting to buy a huge TV to emulate a theater. But sometimes a projector is the better way to go. And as LG’s latest 4K CineBeam proves, projectors have come a long way. On top of 4K HDR support, it can automatically adjust to match the brightness of your room.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to Turn off 5G on iPhone (to Save Battery Life)
    by Benj Edwards on January 15, 2021 at 9:30 am

    The new 5G wireless standard holds great promise in speeding up your iPhone’s wireless data transfer rates, but it also can take a heavy toll on your battery, quickly draining battery life while enabled. Here’s how to turn it off when you don’t need it.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • How to “Lap” on Your Apple Watch When You Run or Cycle
    by Harry Guinness on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Running and multi-sport watches normally have a “lap” button for splitting your workouts into segments, whether that’s laps of a track, 20-minute intervals on a bike, or the rounds of a bodyweight circuit. Here’s how to use the same feature on an Apple Watch—and why you should.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • The Best Online Banks and Budgeting Tools to Replace Simple
    by Suzanne Humphries on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

    If you bank with Simple, you’re likely still reeling over the news that it’s shutting down. You’re also probably searching frantically for a good alternative to the online banking service before it does. We’ve done the research and found several options for both online banking services and budgeting tools, so hopefully you can find something that’s a good fit.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • What Are Presentational and Container Components in React?
    by James Walker on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

    React has a component-based architecture that encourages you to split your codebase into reusable units of functionality. Not all components are created equal though. Let’s look at the differences between two common types, Presentational and Container (also known as “Stateful”) components.Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

  • 25 Years of Making Connections With USB (After Three Attempts)
    by Benj Edwards on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Version 1.0 of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard was released in January 1996. 25 years and three attempts later, we’ve gone from USB 1.0’s 12 Mbit/s speeds to USB4’s 40 Gbit/s speeds. Here’s how USB conquered the world.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Here's When to See the Wolf Moon This Month
    by Shea Simmons on January 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Thanks to the Christmas Star that popped up in the sky, 2020 ended with quite a bang. But 2021 has its own share of upcoming astronomical events, and the Wolf Moon is the first.Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

  • How to Use Adobe Flash in 2021 and Beyond
    by Tim Brookes on January 15, 2021 at 6:40 am

    Adobe Flash is officially dead, and that means you should stop using it. But what if you have to use it? How can you run .SWF files or play online games from the good old days? Here’s what you need to know about running old Flash content.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • The Brydge Surface Laptop Dock is Functional Art for Your Desk
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 14, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    If you have a laptop, one of the best accessories you can get is a docking station. With a dock, your laptop quickly becomes a full-fledged desktop, allowing you to connect a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and more without little effort. Brydge is no stranger to laptop docks, but the new $229.99 Brydge Surface Laptop Dock isn’t just functional; it’s beautiful.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • First screenshot and video of Windows 10X for single-screen devices leaked
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 14, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    A first screenshot of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10X edition of the company's Windows 10 operating system has been posted today on Twitter. The screenshot shows the operating system's taskbar and Start on Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post First screenshot and video of Windows 10X for single-screen devices leaked appeared first on gHacks Technology News.

  • Acer's New Gaming Laptop Line Has Something for Everyone
    by Michael Crider on January 14, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Acer always comes to CES with a ton of new product announcements, and this year’s digital-only show is no exception. The company is showing off no less than five new notebooks, all of which can handle gaming to one degree or another. They range from the sleek Predator Triton 300 SE to an update for the humble Aspire 5.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Galaxy S21, Buds Pro, and More: Everything Samsung Announced at Unpacked 2021
    by Michael Crider on January 14, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Like clockwork, Samsung releases a new version of the Galaxy S flagship smartphone in the first quarter of every year. And the company didn’t let a turbulent 2020 disrupt the streak: it’s just announced the Galaxy S21 series, hosting a new Unpacked event opposite a digital-only CES 2021. Let’s take a look at the new design.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to See Which Apps Can Access Your Location on Android
    by Joe Fedewa on January 14, 2021 at 11:23 am

    It’s no secret that smartphone apps have the ability to access a lot of permissions—if you let them. It’s important to make sure apps aren’t abusing permissions to protect your privacy. Android makes it easy to see which apps can access your location.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Lutron's Outdoor Smart Plug Will Take a Lickin' and Keep on Tickin'
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 14, 2021 at 11:23 am

    When you think of smart homes, you might think of bulbs for your living room, speakers that you talk to, and thermostats to keep you comfy. But that’s inside stuff, what about taking your smart home outside? For that, you can turn to outdoor plugs. Lutron’s new Caséta Outdoor Smart Plug promises to stand up to nearly anything you throw at it. But it had better for $79.95.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Philips Hue's New Wall Switch Module Fixes the Biggest Problem With Smart Bulbs
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 14, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Today Signify announced several new Philips Hue smart home products, including a new outdoor light bar and an upgraded dimmer switch. But the most exciting new product solves one of the biggest annoyances with smart bulbs—the light switch. The new Philips Hue wall switch module upgrades your existing dumb lights switch to a smart light switch. And thus prevents anyone from turning your smart bulbs into dumb bulbs again.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Razer's Project Brooklyn Is a Gaming Chair Right Off a 'Star Trek' Set
    by Michael Crider on January 14, 2021 at 10:24 am

    The outlandish designs of gaming peripherals lend themselves towards sci-fi imaginings: I’ve personally seen Razer’s Tartarus and Orbweaver keypads in Arrow and Ender’s Game. But the company’s latest concept device looks like it dropped right off the bridge of a warp-capable starship. Meet Project Brooklyn, Razer’s concept for the future of PC gaming chairs and “battlestations.”Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to Sort and Filter Data in Excel
    by Bryan Clark on January 14, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Sorting and filtering data offers a way to cut through the noise and find (and sort) just the data you want to see. Microsoft Excel has no shortage of options to filter down huge datasets into just what’s needed.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • How to Use HTTPie to Interact With APIs from Your Terminal
    by James Walker on January 14, 2021 at 10:00 am

    HTTPie is an HTTP client for your terminal. Designed as a modern alternative to curl, HTTPie simplifies interaction with APIs by offering a straightforward syntax and automatically formatted output.Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

  • How Well You Sleep May Be More Important Than How Much
    by Shea Simmons on January 14, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Mental health is complex and can be linked to everything from sleep to diet to exercise. Among all these things, however, quality sleep may be the best way to improve it.Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

  • How to Launch Shortcuts from an Apple Watch Face
    by Khamosh Pathak on January 14, 2021 at 9:30 am

    iPhone shortcuts help you automate tasks, no matter how simple or complicated they are. But did you know that you can actually run some of your shortcuts directly on your Apple Watch and right from your watch face?Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • How to Close All Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone and iPad
    by Benj Edwards on January 14, 2021 at 9:00 am

    If you have dozens of tabs open in Safari on iPhone or iPad and need to clear them out quickly, it can be tedious to “X” them out one at a time. Luckily, there are two ways to close all your Safari tabs at once, and they also work in Private Browsing mode. Here’s how.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • 8 Healthier Soda Alternatives That Don't Taste Fake
    by Jessica Booth on January 14, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Soda might taste great, but there’s really nothing about it that’s good for you. These healthier soda alternatives will help satiate your craving and may even replace your old favorite.Read This Article on LifeSavvy ›

  • The 5 Best Alternatives to WhatsApp
    by Khamosh Pathak on January 14, 2021 at 8:30 am

    WhatsApp has become ubiquitous with mobile messaging, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re suffering from WhatsApp fatigue or you don’t like the privacy issues with this Facebook-owned app, here are the best WhatsApp alternatives you should look into.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • What Is Cyclomatic Complexity? Measuring Code Quality
    by Anthony Heddings on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Cyclomatic Complexity is a code metric that you can view in many IDEs like Visual Studio. While it’s not an exact science, it allows you to get a general idea of the complexity of functions, classes, and namespaces, which can be useful when looking for code to refactor.Read This Article on CloudSavvy IT ›

  • The Best Ergonomic Keyboards for Improved Typing and Comfort
    by Eric Schoon on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 am

    If you work at a computer all-day, RSI (repetitive strain injury) and other related injuries are a major concern. Taking breaks helps, but if you want to take further steps to avoid these issues, then an ergonomic keyboard can save your wrists from more permanent damage.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to Snap Windows to Custom Screen Regions on Windows 10
    by Joe Fedewa on January 14, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Windows 10’s Snap Assist feature is nice, but it lacks customization. Microsoft’s PowerToys app makes it possible to split the screen however you want. This is great for ultra-wide monitors and anyone who wants a better tiling window manager.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Signal vs. Telegram: Which Is the Best Chat App?
    by Chris Hoffman on January 14, 2021 at 6:40 am

    At the start of 2021, Signal and Telegram are on top of the app store charts. Both chat apps promise more privacy than WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and SMS. But there are some big differences between the two. Here’s what you should know—and which you should use.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Google's New "Guest Mode" for Smart Displays Completely Misses the Point
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 13, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    If you have a Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, or any of the Nest smart speakers, the devices are likely full of your personal details. Nest Hubs helpfully show calendar appointments, recent searches, and more. But what if you don’t want houseguests to see all that juicy info? Google’s new guest mode, rolling out right now promises to take care of that. But it doesn’t.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Belkin Unveils Wireless Earbuds with Apple's 'Find My' Technology
    by Andrew Heinzman on January 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Belkin is expanding its line of SOUNDFORM audio devices with the new SOUNDFORM Freedom true wireless earbuds, which incorporate Apple’s Find My technology for easy retrieval when lost or stolen. While Belkin hasn’t announced a price for the earbuds, the company says that we can expect a launch in March or April of this year.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Some of Your Amazon Ring Cameras Now Have End-to-End Encryption
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 13, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    What a difference a year can make. Early last year, Ring’s reputation took some hefty dings due to its handling of security and privacy issues. Ever since the company has taken steps to address those problems by adding a new privacy dashboard and mandatory two-factor authentication. But if you have compatible cameras, Ring will now offer end-to-end encryption (E2E), meaning only you can see your videos.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • You May Have Already Won with DoNotPay's Latest Robot Service
    by Josh Hendrickson on January 13, 2021 at 11:59 am

    In the U.S. only the government can run lotteries. To get around that legality, companies that run sweepstakes offer the option to enter for free, no purchase necessary. But most of the time, that involves an arduous task like mailing in a self-addressed stamped envelope. Once again, DoNotPay is here to help by doing all the legwork for you.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • Charge Your iPhone 12 in Midair with Belkin's New BOOST CHARGE PRO MagSafe Stand
    by Andrew Heinzman on January 13, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Why use a boring wireless charger when you can enjoy the magic of a MagSafe charger? Belkin’s new BOOST CHARGE PRO 2-in-1 charging stand uses MagSafe to power your iPhone 12 as it floats in midair. It also has a wireless charging base for your AirPods or AirPods Pro. The BOOST CHARGE PRO launches in March or April of 2021 for $100.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • What Is Google Assistant, and What Can It Do?
    by Joe Fedewa on January 13, 2021 at 11:23 am

    In a world filled with virtual assistants, Google Assistant is one name you probably recognize. The market is full of Google Assistant-enabled devices, but what exactly is it, what does it do, and should you use it?Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • HyperX Shows Off Its First In-House 60% Gaming Mechanical Keyboard
    by Michael Crider on January 13, 2021 at 10:24 am

    HyperX, Kingston’s gaming hardware division, has been finding success with its selection of Cloud wireless headsets. It’s also been dipping a toe into the niche of compact gaming keyboards, with multiple variants of the Ducky One Mini Two. At CES, it’s rolling out its first fully home-grown design, plus expanding availability for other gaming hardware.Read This Article on Review Geek ›

  • How to Create a Word Cloud in Microsoft PowerPoint
    by Marshall Gunnell on January 13, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Adding a word cloud to your slideshow helps communicate what’s really important about the presentation by making certain keywords stand out. There’s no built-in tool in Microsoft PowerPoint for creating a word cloud, but it can still be done. Here’s how.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • How to Delete a Watch Face on Apple Watch
    by Tim Brookes on January 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

    If you have an Apple Watch, then you might want to shake things up by changing your watch face once in a while. One problem with this is that you are often left with a long list of faces that you’ll never use. Fortunately, you can just as easily remove them.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • How to Enable an Extension in Chrome’s Incognito Mode
    by Benj Edwards on January 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

    By default, Google Chrome does not run extensions in Incognito mode because they could potentially compromise your privacy. But, if you’d like to give an extension permission to work in private browsing mode, it’s easy to do. Here’s how.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • How to See What Data Facebook Has on You
    by Joe Fedewa on January 13, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Facebook knows a lot about you. Some of this information was handed over when you signed up, but there’s some stuff you might not know about. We’ll show you how to see and download it.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Best of CES 2021: The Top Products Coming This Year
    by Justin Duino on January 13, 2021 at 6:40 am

    CES looked a bit different this year after going all-digital, but that didn’t stop companies from unveiling new products. After careful deliberation, the How-To Geek and Review Geek teams have awarded the following 11 products with How-To Geek’s Best of CES 2021 awards.Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

  • Microsoft Windows Security Updates January 2021 overview
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Today is the first patch day of the year 2021. Microsoft released security updates and non-security updates for the company's Windows operating system and other company products such as Microsoft Office. In Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Microsoft Windows Security Updates January 2021 overview appeared first on gHacks Technology News.

  • Display custom Battery Icons on Windows devices
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 11, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Battery Icons is a freeware for Microsoft Windows devices that displays a battery level indicator in the system tray area when executed. It is designed to replace the default battery indicator of Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Display custom Battery Icons on Windows devices appeared first on gHacks Technology News.

  • Windows 10's taskbar is getting another feature that you may not need
    by Martin Brinkmann on January 7, 2021 at 7:14 am

    It is 2021, and Microsoft released a first new build of the upcoming version of Windows 10 to the Insider channel. Build 21286 introduces a new feature that Microsoft calls "news and Thank you for being a Ghacks reader. The post Windows 10's taskbar is getting another feature that you may not need appeared first on gHacks Technology News.