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Change these Safari 11 settings right now

Safari 11 blocks autoplay videos, stops ad trackers, and puts an end to sites asking if it's OK to send you push notifications.<p>Along with MacOS High Sierra comes Safari 11. The latest update to Apple's web browser addresses two of the bigger Internet annoyances: autoplay videos and ad trackers. …

MacOS High Sierra

Transfer VHS tapes to your computer

The best ways to digitally transfer and store all your old analog VHS home videos.<p>Still holding on to a boxful of VHS tapes in your basement? We'll show you how to transfer those memories onto your computer so you can store them in a a digital drawer.<p>Let the pros do it for you<p>Costco, Walgreens and …

Google Drive

This setting makes Chrome OS feel like more than a browser

Open as window, says me.<p>It can be difficult to multitask on a Chromebook when each time you launch an app, it opens as yet another tab in Chrome. Even when you aren't multitasking, this over-reliance on browser tabs can feel like a drag.<p>Thankfully, there is a way to make apps in Chrome OS open in …


Ikea’s poised to do for the smart home what it did for design

March 29th, 2017<p>Ikea can be criticized for using cheap materials and veneers, but you have to admire its commitment to tasteful furniture design that has — to a fault — raised the baseline aesthetic of the average dorm and living room. In this way it’s helped to democratize design, bringing a sense …

Home Automation

These $50 sensors are a useful, non-invasive way to keep your home safe

My upstairs neighbors have flooded their bathrooms <i>twice</i> since moving into my current apartment.<p>The first time it happened was when a bathtub overflowed three floors above me, damaging my ceiling and leaving a wide brown stain behind. The second time it happened, an entirely different neighbor …

Home Automation

4 more Google Pixel tips you might not know

Got a shiny new Pixel? Put its obscure features to good use and get the most out of your phone.

Google Pixel

Google Pixel: The best tips, tricks and hidden features

Got a Google Pixel phone? Here's everything -- and we mean everything -- you can do with it.<p>The Pixel (and its bigger counterpart the Pixel XL) has an incredibly capable camera, lightning-quick processor and stylish looks, making it one of our favorite phones.<p>The phone also runs Android the …

Android Nougat