Five Best Android Phones: 2014 Edition

There's no shortage of great Android phones on the market if you're looking to switch, buy your first, or upgrade. Even so, there are certainly some phones that stand above others, either because they have great specs, include good software, get fast updates, or are just a joy to use. Here are five of them, based on… » 11/23/14 1:52pm 11/23/14 1:52pm

How to Upgrade to a New Android Phone and Take Everything with You

Congratulations: you just got a brand new Android phone! If you're lucky, you got a great deal and a huge upgrade. Even so, your old handset has been with you for years and it's set up how you like it—with all of your apps, contacts, and settings. Here's how to move all of that precious data to your new phone. » 11/12/14 2:53pm 11/12/14 2:53pm

How to Tap Your Network and See Everything That Happens On It

Your home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information—unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't… » 10/22/14 11:56am 10/22/14 11:56am

The Features That Matter on Your Next Router (and the Ones That Don't)

Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand a ton of technical terms, from "beamforming" to "MIMO" and "dual band". Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let's dive in and separate the useful from the rest. » 10/15/14 11:57am 10/15/14 11:57am

How Predictive Keyboards Work (and How You Can Train Yours Better)

Almost all of us have a predictive keyboard on our smartphone, which suggests upcoming words for super-fast typing. Even so, they're not perfect, and sometimes turn up hilarious results. Luckily, it's not hard to train your keyboard to understand you, once you know how it works. » 10/08/14 11:28am 10/08/14 11:28am

The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

We've walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we'll update periodically as prices and components change—we'll walk you through the hardware we'll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast's system for gamers and media… » 9/24/14 11:29am 9/24/14 11:29am

How to Make Your Own Bulk App Installer for OS X

The worst part about setting up a new Mac is finding and downloading all your software. It's time-consuming, boring, and usually feels like a waste of time. Thankfully, with just a little bit of setup, you can automate the whole process with Homebrew and Homebrew Cask so you never have to do it again. » 6/05/14 4:57pm 6/05/14 4:57pm

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How Spammers Spoof Your Email Address (and How to Protect Yourself)

Most of us know spam when we see it, but seeing a strange email from a friend—or worse, from ourselves—in our inbox is pretty disconcerting. If you've seen an email that looks like it's from a friend, it doesn't mean they've been hacked. Spammers spoof those addresses all the time, and it's not hard to do. Here's how… » 5/21/14 11:39am 5/21/14 11:39am