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How to Forward Ports on Your Router

Although modern routers handle most functions automatically, some applications will require you to manually forward a port to that application or device. Fortunately, it’s really simple to do if you know where to look. What Is Port Forwarding? There are plenty of projects we’ve covered that use your computer as a server for other devices. When you’re inside of your network, ...

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How to Take a Good Portrait Photo

Portraits are one of the most powerful kinds of photographs. A great portrait can last for decades, memorializing a person’s entire life, or just a single instant. The difference between a snapshot and a good portrait is more narrow than you’d think. It just requires a little bit of thought. What Makes a Good Portrait Portraits are about one thing: ...

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What’s the Latest Version of iOS for iPhones and iPads?

Apple’s iPhones run the iOS operating system, while iPads run iPadOS—based on iOS. You can find the installed software version and upgrade to the latest iOS right from your Settings app if Apple still supports your device. The Latest Major Version is iOS 13 The latest major version of Apple’s iOS operating system is iOS 13, which Apple first released ...

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The Cheapest Ways to Stream NHL Hockey (Without Cable)

If you’re like me, you watch hockey, and…basically no other sports. You also, like me, would like to skip the cable subscription. So what’s the cheapest way to watch NHL hockey online so you can cut the cord? It depends. If you live outside the US or Canada, you can pretty much buy an NHL.tv account and watch everything for around ...

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The Sigfox Micro Base Station test

sigfox micro-basestation characteristics The Sigfox Micro-Basestation is an indoor / outdoor basestation made to extend the Sigfox public network. You can’t use it to create a private network actually. Even with the added cellular connectivity you can install it outdoor with the casing shown on the right. The antenna is integrated and you have no option to add an external ...

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How to Control Your Smarthome Devices with Google Home

To provide your Google Home with even more capabilities, you can connect a few different smarthome devices and control them using nothing but your voice. Here’s how to set it up. RELATED: How to Set Up Google Home Voice assistant devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are fine by themselves. They can be extremely helpful in the kitchen ...

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Why Video Doorbells Are the Best Smarthome Gadget

Video doorbells are the most important smarthome device you can buy. Smart light bulbs may be flashy, but—when properly integrated—a video doorbell will become something you can’t live without. They’re incredibly reasonable, too, costing just $99 to $199. If you could only have one smarthome device, you should make it a video doorbell—assuming you can install one. And if you ...

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Why Do New Electronics Have a Weird Smell?

Elnur/Shutterstock So, you’ve cracked open that new phone or laptop, only to be greeted by a familiar, plastic smell. Where does this strange “new electronics smell” come from, and why does it disappear over time? It’s Like a New Car Smell Everybody knows the smell of a new car. It’s a crisp, clean, and somewhat mysterious scent. It’s often the ...

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How to Find Your Android Device’s Serial Number

Your device’s serial number is a unique code that the manufacturer gives the phone. No two serial numbers are the same. Should you need to find your phone’s, there are a few places you can look. A serial number is usually a combination of letter and numbers. There’s no set length— the manufacturer determines that. The serial number will usually ...

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How to Keep Your Laptop On With the Lid Closed on Windows 10

Windows 10 normally puts your laptop into low-power sleep mode when you close the lid. This can be a problem when hooking your laptop up to an external monitor. Use the Control Panel—not Windows 10’s Settings app—to change this behavior. If you do this, be careful! Closing your laptop’s lid and throwing it in your bag while it’s still on ...

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