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Why an IR Blaster Is Still Useful on Phones in 2020

klss/Shutterstock There’s a chance (albeit, an ever-decreasing one) that your phone comes with an IR blaster. These allow your phone to communicate with everyday devices in your home, like TVs and DVRs, using invisible bursts of electromagnetic radiation. If you’re perennially losing your remote control, phones with IR blasters are extremely handy. But how do they work, and where can you get one? When Infrared Was King Readers of a certain age might remember using infrared to share files and…


Apple Hosted Its Worldwide Developers Conference Virtually This Year!

In a move that was unprecedented until the advent of COVID-19, but now is becoming a new standard, Apple moved its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) online for 2020. This is a cool move, since it allows the event to become even more accessible to even more people. And as always, Apple had some exciting news to share about its upcoming developments. Let’s take a quick look, so you can get excited about future Apple products, and then bring them…


How to Work Around a Broken Keyboard Key on a Windows 10 PC

If the keyboard on your Windows 10 computer has a broken or missing key (and it’s one you don’t use often), you might be able to work around it until you get a new keyboard. Here are a few ideas you can try in a pinch. Method 1: Remap the Key with Software Using Microsoft’s free PowerToys utility for Windows 10, you can assign the function of a broken key to another you don’t use often, like the Scroll or…


Why Am I Connected to Wi-Fi But Not the Internet?

It’s happened to all of us at some point. Your Wi-Fi signal is strong, but there’s no internet connectivity. That’s because Wi-Fi and the internet are two different things, and understanding the difference can help you troubleshoot future network problems. How Is Wi-Fi Different from the Internet? Wi-Fi is a registered trade name for a group of technologies that allow a device, such as a computer, smartphone, or game console, to wirelessly connect to a local area network (LAN) using…


Decoding CPU Reviews: A Beginner’s Guide to Processor Terms

yishii/Shutterstock CPU reviews are complicated. Before you even get to the performance benchmarks, you have to navigate a maze of terms, like silicon, die, package, IHS, and sTIM. That’s a lot of jargon with little explanation. We’ll define the key parts of a CPU that PC enthusiasts discuss the most. Please note this isn’t intended to be a deep dive, but, rather, an introduction to common terminology for budding CPU geeks. Start with the Silicon More than 10 years ago,…


Is There Any Hope If My Computer Won’t Boot?

It’s always a major shock these days if you press your computer’s power button and…nothing happens. Since one of the most common at-home solutions to computer problems is to restart the computer, if you can’t even get it on in the first place, there seems to be little hope of recovery! However, it’s not always a totally lost cause, and even when the computer won’t turn on, a reputable computer repair service like ours can usually still intervene to save…


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 $100 a year. Inside the US and Canada, however, broadcast rights make things complicated, meaning you’ll need to somehow get…


How to Easily Recycle the Old Electronics You Can’t Sell

Damrong Rattanapong/Shutterstock.com We’re big believers in selling your used gadgets. Your old gear is probably useful to someone, and it’s a shame for it to gather dust. But not everything can be sold, or it just might not be worth your time. Rather than creating more trash or spending hours searching for a buyer for a $2 used gizmo, we recommend recycling your old electronics. It’s faster and easier than you might think. Wipe Your Old Tech Before You Recycle…


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 or with other tasks, such as looking up information, playing music, and even telling you how the traffic is right…

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Battery selection for IoT design

When making an IoT project the battery choice is something really important. Batteries stands for autonomy, sizing, price and usage conditions. There is no universal solution to power your device, the right battery really depends on your requirements. To find the right powering solution you need to consider a certain number of parameters. We will try in this post to list most of them. This post is not exhaustive: I’m not a battery expert. This post is based on my…


USB-RF vs. Bluetooth for Mice and Keyboards: Which Is Better?

Josh Hendrickson When you buy a wireless mouse or keyboard, you can choose either Bluetooth or wireless peripherals that communicate through a USB dongle over radio frequencies (RF.) USB-RF has less latency, in our experience, but Bluetooth has its advantages. Which Is Faster? Latency is critical with any keyboard or mouse. You want your input to be reflected onscreen as quickly as possible—especially if you play games dependent on twitch reflexes, like first-person shooters. According to Razer, USB-RF offers lower…


Use Your UPS to Gracefully Shut Down Your PC During Power Outages

If you live in an area that has a lot of blackouts, brownouts, and spikes in your electricity, it’s important to have a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply)  to protect your investment. Here’s how your APC UPS can shut down your PC gracefully. A UPS isn’t just for IT infrastructures and should be part of your desktop PC and home network protection strategy—especially if you have a home media server. In a power outage, it provides emergency power via battery, allows…