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How to Add Any Device to Your HomeKit Smarthome with the iHome iSP5

What do you do if you want to add a device to your HomeKit smart home, but the device doesn’t support HomeKit? You set up a middleman with the iHome iSP5, an inexpensive HomeKit-enabled smart outlet. HomeKit is Apple’s smarthome platform, and if you want to control all your appliances …

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How to Set Up the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

If you want a quick and easy way to monitor your home while you’re away, here’s how to set up the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit. What Is SmartThings? SmartThings is a smarthome product line from Samsung that aims to be a user-friendly way for homeowners and renters alike to keep …

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Why Has Windows 10 “Erased” All My Settings Every Time I Sign In?

I have seen this before. Windows loads an empty profile instead of the existing one, something previously seen with Windows 7, and now Windows 10 as well, but the operating system has not changed that much in this aspect. One thing that can work is removing the affected profile from …

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How to Make Your Amazon Echo Read Your Kindle Books Out Loud

Ever wish you could read your books while doing other stuff at the same time? Sure, you could listen to Audiobooks with Audible, but your Amazon Echo can also read your Kindle ebooks to you out loud. Here’s how. Even if you already use Audible on a regular basis, it’s likely …

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The Easiest Ways to Create Animated GIFs on Any Platform

Animated GIFs are everyone’s new favorite way of expressing themselves. They’ve become the moving equivalent of the emoticon, so it can be helpful to know how to create your own. The GIF and its animated cousin have been around for almost 30 years. GIFs, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format, are no longer …

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Geek Trivia: The Country With The Most World Heritage Sites Is?

Answer: Italy The United Nations, through their Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) program, maintains a list of “World Heritage” sites around the world. Until 2004, there were six criteria for cultural sites and four criteria for natural sites, such as “represents a masterpiece of human creative genius and cultural …

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How to Get Android N Features on Your Phone Now with N-Ify

Android N will bring a lot of new, innovative, and useful tools to Android, but if you don’t have a modern Nexus device, then it’s hard to say how long you’ll be waiting to get your hands on some of these new goodies. Fortunately, if you’re running a rooted device …

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Geek Trivia: The Bird With The Largest Egg To Body Size Ratio Is The?

Answer: Kiwi If you want to see a real champion egg layer, you need to look at the relatively tiny kiwi bird. Despite having a stature roughly on par with the domestic chicken, kiwis lay eggs that are about six times larger than a chicken egg. The kiwi egg is …

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What Is “Compatibility Mode” in Microsoft Office?

When you open a document created in an older version of Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint in a modern version of Office, you may see “Compatibility Mode” appear after the name of the document in the titlebar. This changes the way the document appears and prevents you from using some …

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Learn These Handy Shortcuts to Get Around the Windows Control Panel

Ever since Vista, Windows’ Control Panel has been a little difficult to navigate. Windows 10’s new Settings app is better, but not as feature filled. Here’s an easier way to get to the page you want: Use these shortcuts and the Windows Run menu. Why These Shortcuts Save You Time …

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