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Friday, June 24, 2016

Robot Vacuums Aren't as Convenient as They Seem (or Why I Returned My Roomba)

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Evergreen Browser

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How to Sign Documents and Mark Up Attachments in iOS Mail

As of Mac OS X Yosemite, you can mark up email attachments, including PDF files and image files, in Apple Mail on the Mac, making Mail a powerful productivity app. Now, that feature is also available in the iOS 9 Mail app.

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How to Set Up Google's New Code-Less Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is an excellent way to make sure your account is secure, but having to input a code every single time you need to log in can be a real pain. Thanks to Google's new code-less "Prompt" authentication, however, getting access to your Google account can be a lot simpler—you just need access to your phone.

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Robot Vacuums Aren’t as Convenient as They Seem (or Why I Returned My Roomba)

Robot vacuums sound great. They do the vacuuming for you, saving time and hassle. And they’ve come down in price, too–you can get a decent Roomba for a little over $300. But while plenty of people seem happy with their Roombas, but I decided to return mine. Vacuuming still isn’t fun, but a solid cordless vacuum is more useful to me than a gimmicky robot.

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Why Do Some Emails Have Nonsensical Strings of Characters as Headers?

Most of the time, our email arrives without problems or quirks, but why do some arrive with nonsensical strings of characters as headers? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a puzzled reader’s question.

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How to Arm and Disarm SmartThings Automatically

If you’re tired of having to open up the SmartThings app to arm and disarm your setup every time you leave or come home, here’s how to do it all automatically without even touching your phone.

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How to Save Big Money on PC Games

Thanks to the frequent sales, PC games just cost less than console games. If you’re patient and know the tricks, you can save quite a bit of money. Almost every game seems to regularly go on sale.

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How to Share iWork Documents from iCloud

Being able to share documents so as to collaborate is an invaluable, understated ability in today’s office applications. Apple’s iWork office suite is no different, which includes the ability to share not only from OS X but iCloud as well.

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How to Set Up SIM Card Lock for a More Secure Android Phone

There are a few things you can do to make sure your Android phone stays as safe as possible should it stray from your hands—a good lock screen password is a solid start. What you may not realize is that there's a way to take that security a step further by enabling SIM Lock.

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How to Reverse a Numbered or Bulleted List in Microsoft Word

You've created a really long list of items in Word, and now discover you need to reverse the order. Do you manually move each item? Luckily, no. We'll show you a trick for reversing a list in Word that works on numbered and bulleted lists.

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How to See Previous Logon Information on the Windows Sign In Screen

By default, most versions of Windows record an event every time a user tries to log on, whether that log on is successful or not. You can view this information by diving into the Event Viewer, but there’s also a way to add information about previous logons right on the sign in screen where you can’t miss it. To make it work, you’re going to have to dive into the Windows Registry or, if you have a Pro or Enterprise version of Windows, the Group Policy Editor. But don’t worry. The changes are pretty simple and we’ll walk you through them.

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How to Control Your PlayStation 4 with Your Smartphone

Sony’s official PlayStation app, available for both Android phones and iPhones, allows you to remotely control your PS4. Use it as a playback remote or a keyboard for quickly typing without relying on the PS4’s controller and on-TV keyboard.

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How to Disable “Facebook Live” Notifications

Facebook recently introduced “Facebook Live”, a live video streaming function that allows Facebook users to broadcast events in real time to their friends and followers. It seems innocuous enough, but by default, it sends notifications to all of someone’s friends whenever they start a stream–which means you end up with a bunch of notifications you don’t want.

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