Category Archives: Gear / How To and Advice

Thinking of Sending That Quick ‘Love You’ Text? Just Do It

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As my son prepared to leave home for coding boot camp five years ago, I worried his communication style wouldn’t match my need for updates. I didn’t want to badger Justin (not his real name) but needed to know he was OK living over a thousand miles away. Before he left, I requested a weekly […]

The Best Assistive Technology for Dyslexics

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“I always recommend two different tools for kids: speech to text and word prediction,” says Martin. “Luckily, the technology has come a long way and is no longer expensive. Built-in dictation tools on devices like phones, iPads, and Google Docs work incredibly well.” The problem is that kids may not want to use speech to […]

How to Choose the Best Game Subscription Service (2021): Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, Stadia

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Gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony, Microsoft, Nvidia, and others allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download. But […]

Best Gear and Tips to Keep Your Home Warm in the Winter (2021)

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Your home has the airtight integrity of a submarine with a screen door. All that expensive heating you pay for during fall and winter mingles with the cold air continuously spilling in through windows, doors, floors, and electrical sockets. Buildings—even new ones—are a lot draftier than one would expect, and the volume of cold winter […]

How to Install Windows 11: Enable TPM and Secure Boot

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The newest version of Windows is finally here, but there’s a confusing new requirement if you want to upgrade from Windows 10: Your computer will need to have a security feature enabled called TPM. You’ve probably never heard of it until now, but your machine may have it already—it just might be off by default. […]

What Is Imax Enhanced, and Should You Care?

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The new Imax Enhanced format reclaims a huge chunk of that screen real estate. There’s still a little bit of black bar space—TVs usually have an aspect ratio of 1.77:1, which is slightly taller—but you’re getting about a 26 percent larger picture than traditional ultra widescreen movies. Sometimes, when streaming services try to fix the […]

How to Watch RE:WIRED 2021

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You might feel more optimistic about the future today than you did last year. But that’s not exactly a high bar to clear: The slog of the past 18 months has shown us that we’ve still got a few kinks to work out in this whole society thing. That’s why we bring you RE:WIRED. Navigating […]

How to Build a PC: Hardware Suggestions, Instructions, and More

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If you’ve been beating yourself up about doing nothing productive during our never-ending pandemic, stop. Sometimes nothing is exactly what you need. Other times, it’s nice to make something with your own hands. That’s what this guide is about: how to build a PC from scratch. It can be daunting for a lot of reasons—it’s […]

How to Install Android 12—and Get These 12 Awesome Features

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It’s update time for Google’s mobile operating system. The latest version is Android 12 and it’s packed with all sorts of improvements, some big and some small.  Google’s Android runs on more than 3 billion devices across the globe. You will find it on the top smartphones from Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, OnePlus, and, naturally, […]

How to Make Movie Dialog More Clear (and Explosions Quiet)

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This feature is going to change the audio in ways the creators didn’t intend, and you might not want to leave it on all the time. It’s a handy feature when you’re putting on some random Marvel movie on a Tuesday night, but remember to turn it off if you’re planning to have people over […]