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Apple demonstrates how the iPad Pro was made for iOS 11

Apple's iPad sales were surprisingly good last quarter, but a lot of critics (including us) thought there was still no way the iPad Pro could replace a proper PC. The release of iOS 11 next month will change some minds, however. A new series of Apple videos shows how to use the new features, …

These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve …

How to make your Android phone and iPad play nice

How can I use my Android phone with my iPad?<p>If you're a "daywalker" and use both Android and iOS, you probably wish your Android phone and iPad could …

Even Apple can't make the Internet of Things tolerable

<i>The Internet of Shit is a column about all the shitty things we try to connect to the internet, and what can be done about it. It’s from the anonymous creator of the</i> <i>Internet of Shit</i> <i>Twitter account.</i><p>If you want to start an absolutely <i>thrilling</i> dinner table conversation with friends, try asking them …

Home Automation

40 most useful Alexa skills

Alexa has a ton of functionality out of the box, but the real magic happens when you dig into the world of third-party skills.<p>Out of the box, Alexa can do an impressive number of things. It can stream Amazon Music or Spotify, control your Philips Hue smart bulbs or anything connected to a …

How to upload photos into iCloud Photo Library from iPhone, iPad, Mac, and iCloud․com

iCloud Photo Library is a great feature built into Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems, but it can feel a bit foreign depending on how you have been managing your photos and videos up until now. Follow along for how to set up this feature across your various Apple devices as well as upload …

Mobile Photography

Home improvements: the 11 best IFTTT applets for your smart home

1) Turn your thermostat into a security cam<p>2) Get an auto-locking front door<p>3) Find your phone… with your light switch<p>4) Purple Rain: Hue lights …

Get your house in order: the 11 best Apple HomeKit gadgets

1) Nanoleaf Aurora (£180)<p>2) Elgato Eve Thermo (£60)<p>3) Philips Hue White and Colour (£150)<p>4) Tado Smart Thermostat Starter Kit V3 (£199, or £3.99 …

Apple could make the iPad a true laptop replacement if it just had these 2 simple features

Apple made a lot of things clear this week: It will strive to do better at making computers geared towards professionals, but it will keep those pro desktops separate from its touchscreen devices like iPhones and iPads.<p>In other words, don't expect Apple to release a touchscreen Mac anytime …

Apple Pencil

Tiny house with private ‘bedroom’ offers minimalist chic

Bright and clean<p>Built by Canadian company Minimaliste Houses, this sleek tiny house on wheels in Québec is perfect for, well, minimalists. Named “Sakura” and first seen on Tiny House Swoon, the design is on the larger side of tiny homes and comes with a rooftop terrace.<p>Inside, everything is …

Make room, Siri: Alexa can control iDevices gadgets now, too

Designed with Apple HomeKit in mind, iDevices' Siri-compatible smart switches and thermostats now work with Amazon's Alexa, too.<p>iDevices has a history of making iOS-friendly gadgets for your home, and its connected switches, sockets and thermostats -- all designed for use with Apple HomeKit's …

5 Smart Home Tech Products to Make Your Life Easier Photos

This week marks the 16th annual Architectural Digest Design Show (ADDS). The four-day event—which is the ultimate destination for those in the luxury and design market—allows architects, designers, and the general public a first-hand look at the most exciting products of the year. Over 400 brands, …

Store your beer and charge your phone with Sobro — a high-tech coffee table

Imagine that you’re watching an NCAA game and you need a beer to help you cope with your busted bracket — and you don’t even have to leave the …

Furniture

Capcom bundles up its Disney Afternoon NES classics for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Coming in April<p>Next month, Capcom goes barreling down your 90’s-kid memory lane with The <i>Disney Afternoon Collection</i> on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It's a six-game anthology of the 8-bit adaptations of four beloved Disney cartoons.<p><i>Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers</i> and its sequel, <i>Darkwing Duck,</i> …

The Week In Games: Reload That Teddy Bear

It turns out the future has been delayed, so let’s play with some psychopathic stuffed animals instead.<p>[<b>Correction</b>: <i>Bridge Crew</i> was indeed delayed, …

Gaming

So Your Bedroom's Not Much Bigger Than Your Bed: Here's How to Make it Work

It's a common problem—especially when shopping for NYC apartments—that the apartment that fits your budget comes with a bedroom barely big enough to …

I've been doing Windows screenshots wrong this whole time

Windows key + Print Screen was all I needed<p><i>This is a new series called "Paul's doing it wrong and everyone is smarter than Paul and if he'd only just listened..." where I explain something dumb I've done in my life and people at work can't stop giving me shit about it.</i><p>Let me just explain to you how …

Software

How to add more file-sharing options using “send to” in Windows 10

E-mail isn’t the only way to share files with friends. Tweak the Windows 10 ‘Send to’ feature to add more programs.<p><b>Q:</b> Last year, following your …

Programs to Install when you Set-up Windows 10

Computers are part of the most popular gadgets bought for loved ones around the festive season. That being said, understanding the best programs to …

Software