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 Wednesday 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

How to Use Your Smartphone to Get Better Pictures with a Real Camera

Most people just use the camera in their smartphone out of sheer convenience, but some of us prefer the superior image quality of a standalone camera. Can’t decide between the two? There is a middle ground: with a few apps, tips, and techniques, your smartphone can connect to your camera to shoot and share a whole lot… » 10/21/13 8:30pm 10/21/13 8:30pm

10 Health Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

Everything makes you fat! Gluten-free food is the key to eternal youth! You need to poop ten times a day or you’ll die! You’ll find tons of equally ridiculous health claims around the internet, and you’ll actually believe some of them. Today we’re taking a look at 10 common myths and uncovering the truth. » 10/14/13 2:52pm 10/14/13 2:52pm

The Psychology of a Fanboy: Why You Keep Buying the Same Stuff

None of us want to admit it, but chances are we're all fanboys of something. Whether it's a particular brand of software, gadget, or anything else, we often rally behind companies and ideologies without even realizing it. Here's why we become fanboys and how to prevent it from happening to you. » 9/12/13 4:35pm 9/12/13 4:35pm