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How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can — with a few upgrades. Read More >>

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How to Build the Ultimate Movie and Music Server

If you’re like me, you’ve got hundreds of gigabytes of digital media files, everything from movies, to music, to TV shows, stored across portable hard drives, old laptops, and various PCs. Wouldn’t it be great if all of that media could live in one place and be able to be easily accessed by your other computers and smart devices? With the right apps and a network attached storage device, you can do just that. Read More >>

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10 Tricks That’ll Make You an Outlook Master

Outlook on desktop was starting to look outdated, but the colossus of email clients has found new life on mobile and web—and there’s more to the software than you might think. Whether you use the desktop client every day or have been dabbling in the new apps for iOS and Android, here are our favourite tricks for getting more from Outlook. Read More >>

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Get Smarter Wallpaper on Android with TapDeck

We’ve all got wallpaper of one kind or another on our smartphones, but some people take the pursuit of visual backdrop perfection more seriously than others. If you want to ensure a steady stream of beautiful-looking images that you can customise—complete with context—then give TapDeck a try. Read More >>

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Hide the Menu Bar in OS X El Capitan for a True Full-Screen Experience

If you’re busy exploring everything that OS X El Capitan has to offer, one of the smaller new features that you might not have come across yet is the ability to automatically hide the menu bar from view—if you want a truly full-screen experience for your regular apps, it’s easy to toggle it on and off. Read More >>

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Use “Hey Siri” Any Time From Any iPhone

If you don’t feel like pressing the Home button, you can call up Apple’s digital assistant app with a “hey Siri” voice command in iOS 9—as long as your iPhone is charging or you’re using an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Those limitations are designed to prevent battery drain, but you can actually access the shortcut anytime, anywhere on any iPhone just by keeping Siri active. Read More >>

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Power Through YouTube Videos by Speeding Them Up

You might put your podcasts on a faster speed to get through them more quickly, and you can do the same on any YouTube video—the feature is built right into the platform. Get through tutorials, video podcasts, long talks, and other content in double-quick time so you can move on to something more interesting. Read More >>

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Install Infinity for Faster Access to Your Web Apps in Chrome

There are plenty of extensions out there for customising Chrome’s New Tab page and Infinity is one of the latest ones to catch our attention. It creates a simple row of icons for speedy access to your favourite apps and sites, and you get convenient links to search and weather reports thrown into the mix, too. Here’s how to set it up. Read More >>

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16 Hidden Chrome Settings Worth Tweaking

The chrome://flags page is a strange and wonderful trove of hidden settings for Google’s browser. It lets you peek under the hood of the application and tinker around with some experimental options not yet ready for prime time. Here are 16 of the most useful flag settings you might want to tweak. Read More >>

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How to Use Gmail and Inbox Together

Google developed two very good email clients for the web, Android, and iOS, but you don’t have to choose between them. It’s possible to use the two apps together, taking advantage of the best features from both to power through your overflowing inbox. Here are some tips on how to do it without getting in a complete tangle. Read More >>

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Cortana Can Be Your Own Personal Translator in Windows 10

One of Cortana’s capabilities that you might not noticed yet is the quick translation feature. Microsoft’s engineers recently upgraded this part of Cortana’s functionality, so you can now get multilingual help with words, phrases and sentences. The US English and Chinese editions of Windows 10 are the first to get the new features. Read More >>

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How to Use the Chrome App Launcher on Windows or Mac

A fan of the simple ‘start menu’ on show in Chrome OS? You can use it on Windows and Mac computers as well—and it offers more features than you might think. As well as launching your online apps, you can perform quick calculations and run web searches from this pop-up box as well. Read More >>

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Set Up Multiple Netflix User Accounts for All of Your Moods

Netflix lets you set up a maximum of five different logins on your account, and this typically lets you grant access to someone else in the family or means you can keep the kids’ viewing history (and recommendations) separate from your own. However, even if you’re the only person who uses your Netflix account, these extra user logins can still come in handy. Read More >>

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This Chrome Extension Blocks Spoilers Before They Ruin Your Day

You can’t move on the modern-day internet without bumping into a spoiler or two. Whether it’s Game of ThronesThe Force Awakens, or the ending to Citizen Kane, it’s all too easy to trip up over a plot point that you’d rather not know about. If you’re desperately trying to stay in the dark about an upcoming movie or series, there are tools that can help. Read More >>

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Android 6 vs. iOS 9: The Showdown

It wasn’t too long ago that we put the major mobile operating systems head to head, but with big updates from both Google and Apple in the meantime, we think it’s worth another look at where they both stand. Is there a clear winner? Or are they barely distinguishable any more? Read More >>