John Schoppe

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How to build a robust and reliable home Wi-Fi network

A great home Wi-Fi connection is something that was nice to have ten years ago but wasn’t something most people put a lot of effort into (and certainly not money). The iPhone was only a year old, the iPad wasn’t even out, and we certainly weren’t cutting the cord for streaming services. In 2008, I …

You don't have to delete Facebook, but you could definitely be using it better

Your Facebook account is spraying your personal info onto the internet like a hose. Here's how to stop it.<p>Right now is a pretty complicated time to be one of Facebook’s roughly 2 billion active users. The company has taken a lot of heat for its role in the 2016 election and the dawn of the “fake …

Social Media

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

If you've been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you've probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time.<p>Unless you …

Operating Systems

<b>7 Cryptocurrency Investors You Need To Follow</b> | Inc.com

If you're looking for advice about cryptocurrencies, the most important voices to follow come from those who have put their money where their mouth is. Investors who have poured large sums into bitcoin, ethereum and other blockchain-backed currencies aren't just telling other people what to do. …

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Where some of the weirdest cryptocurrencies of the early 2010s are now

In 2014, as bitcoin rose in value to be worth several hundred dollars, many developers launched their own alternative cryptocurrencies, and ones that came with interesting backstories often grabbed media attention. Some of these coins were for the porn industry, others were for hip hop lovers, and …

Bitcoin is surging towards a serious mining problem — and no one knows what will happen when it gets there

Business Insider UK spoke with University of Cambridge Research Fellow Garrick Hileman about cryptocurrency mining and the potential problems that it could bring in the future.<p>He explains that the amount of Bitcoin rewarded for mining is halved every four years which means that it will be less …

Rian Johnson Confirms His ‘Star Wars’ Films Won’t Be ‘Knights Of The Old Republic’

Rian Johnson single-handedly just earned a bunch of nerd cred while simultaneously disappointing nerds everywhere with just one interview. That’s an impressive feat. The <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> director confirmed to Mashable that his upcoming trilogy of <i>Star Wars</i> films will <b>not</b> be based on the …

Star Wars

Kids struggling in math? Try this “magic” method from Japan

It's an Asian-style mathematics similar to Common Core that's actually fun to do.<p>Confession time: I’m terrible at math. I don’t just mean like …

Samsung's mining rig lets you collect cryptocurrency using 40 old Galaxy smartphones

Making Old Hardware Useful<p>Consumer behavior when it comes to smartphones — particularly flagship devices like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy …

How to use the Finder’s powerful bulk renaming tools

Renaming a single file in the Finder isn’t too bad. You can click on its name and type in a new one. But what if you want to rename a whole bunch of files at once? Maybe you want to add the same text to the beginning of every file, or add a number to the end of a folder full of MP3 recording to …

Dad Shares Clever Hack For Helping Babies Learn To Walk

Gerry Bell got creative with his little one.<p>Parents are experts when it comes to life hacks. Over the past year, several useful parenting hacks have gone viral, including this baby bottle storage method, this Diaper Genie cost-saving measure, this car safety tactic, this trick for diaper bag …

How Are New Bitcoins Created? A Brief Guide to Bitcoin Mining

Bitcoin is often compared with gold, and one of the chief factors of similarity it the way they’re both obtained. Similarly to gold, new Bitcoins are …

How to Build an Ethereum Mining Rig

DIY computer building for the masses.<p><i>Update: It is no longer worth it to build an Ethereum mining rig</i><p>Two years ago this month, a 21-year old Russian-Canadian programmer named Vitalik Buterin released the genesis block for ethereum, a decentralized computing platform based on blockchain technology. …

Give Kids Stocks Instead of Toys

Kids have too much stuff, says any parent who has waited for a child to scurry off to school so she could ninja-sneak all the lonely, untouched toys …

Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin

While Bitcoin is currently trading at close to its all-time high, its dominance in terms of proportion of total cryptocurrency market cap is rapidly decreasing — ground largely given up to Ethereum.<p>This shift is probably being driven by a few factors. Despite its recent appreciation in value, as a …

Ecobee adds geofencing to its smart thermostat app that can strip it of its intelligence

The Alexa-enabled Ecobee 4 is coming, but the developers over at Ecobee have been busy working on their app. Ecobee released an update to it, adding …

Home Automation

Early Mass Effect: Andromeda Art Shows Some Very Different Characters

Former BioWare UI designer Eric Bellefeuille posted a large gallery of his work this week, and it offers a fascinating look at some early versions of</i> …

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Equipment Guide: Here's how the confusing multiplayer item works

<i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i>'s multiplayer has a lot of moving parts that aren't always clearly explained. For example, you've probably seen the little …

'Mass Effect Andromeda' Drive Core Choice: The consequences on Elaaden

Your main goal as the Pathfinder in <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> is to colonize as many planets in the new galaxy as you can. Of course, this is not a …

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Final Mission: How to complete "Meridian: The Way Home"

<i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i>'s main campaign may look small on paper — it's only got three main missions to complete. But each one contains numerous …

How to Set Up Your Own Completely Free VPN In the Cloud

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a great way to add security to your browsing while also preventing snoopers (including your internet service …

Information Systems

Is Mass Effect: Andromeda’s New Dialogue System Better?

<i>This article was originally published on April 6.</i><p><b>Spoiler warning:</b> <i>We discuss some minor plot points that occur during the first half of the game. Read</i> …

Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Misses Potential

By now, anyone who is a diehard fan of the series has probably already purchased Mass Effect: Andromeda. Despite it being the lowest scoring in the …

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' "Earn Your Badge": New patch 1.05 task appears bugged for players

<i>Mass Effect: Andromeda's</i>1.05 patch was the game's first major, post-release update. It introduced better facial animations for human and Asari …

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Multiplayer Is Messed Up And The Patch Made It Worse

Yesterday, <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> launched a new patch meant to fix at least a portion of what ails the game. The chief adjustment was one made to human and asari eyes in the game, one which caused them to look less like doll-eyed serial killers and more like at least normal video game characters.<p>It …

What's Next for Mass Effect: Andromeda and Its Inevitable DLCs?

What’s Next for Mass Effect: Andromeda and Its Inevitable DLCs?<p>/ April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM / Gaming, Gaming Opinions<p>Rightfully or wrongfully, <i>Mass</i> …

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Mass Effect: Andromeda guide: Dissension in the Ranks allies and relationships missions walkthrough

Even the kett aren’t immune to partisan politics<p>After you finish “Know Your Enemy,” you’ll get an email about kett ships firing on each other as they crashed to Elaaden. The end of this mission will give you a chance to exploit the eponymous dissension in the ranks of the kett for your benefit — …

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Mass Effect: Andromeda guide: How to get the N7 armor (and why you might not care)

Get that classic look for Ryder<p>Do you miss Commander Shepard? Do you just want to recreate that vintage (it was 600 years ago, after all) look? Well, good news: <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> has you covered. Here’s how to get the classic N7 armor for Ryder.<p><b>Where to get the N7 armor</b><p>There are two ways to get …

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Mass Effect: Andromeda guide: How to build the strongest team for the final battle

Every end game-effecting mission and decision<p>A lot of the decisions you make in <i>Mass Effect: Andromeda</i> feel important, and some of them are. But not every one has long term effects — at least in this installment of the franchise. Some of the binary decisions — like at the end of “The First Murderer” …

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