How to Set Your Apple TV to Automatically Install Your iPhone’s Apps

If there’s an Apple TV compatible version of your favorite iPhone or iPad app, but it never makes it to your Apple TV, that doesn’t do you a lot of good. Fortunately, with a simple tweak, you can ensure you’re getting the best apps on both your phone and your TV. Now that Apple TV and the underlying tvOS have ... Read More »

What Determines If a PC Is Able to Be a Web Server or Not?

If you are thinking about setting up a web server, do you need a computer specifically built with that purpose in mind or can you use a more common type of computer? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a ... Read More »

How to Create and Use Symbolic Links (aka Symlinks) on a Mac

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Symbolic links, also known as symlinks, are special files that point to files or directories in other locations on your system. You can think of them like advanced aliases and here’s how to use them in MacOS. Symbolic links are similar to aliases, except they work in every application on your Mac—including in the Terminal. They’re particularly useful when apps ... Read More »

Why Is a Network Tunnel Called a “Tunnel”?

The terminology one encounters when getting into the computing world may seem odd or leave you puzzled at times, wondering how and why these terms are in use. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a confused reader’s questions. Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a ... Read More »

How to Stop People From Swiping Through Your Smartphone Photos

If you want to show somebody photos on your phone but don’t want them wantonly scrolling through the rest of your camera roll, there are a few clever tricks you can employ to ensure that they see what you want them to see…and nothing else. Smartphones have become our take-everywhere, do-everything, all-in-one pocket computers that we manage (and record!) our ... Read More »

What’s the Difference Between the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio?

There’s more than one Xbox One. You can already buy the Xbox One S, a redesigned Xbox One with a few upgrades. Microsoft is also working on a major upgrade scheduled for late 2017 called “Project Scorpio”. All Xbox One models will play the same Xbox One games. However, newer models may play those same games with better graphics or other ... Read More »

Why Don’t My Friends See My Emoji Correctly?

Emoji are a graphical shorthand for emotional states, jokes, and nuances of language, so it’s particularly problematic when your friend sees a different emoji than the one you sent. Here’s why your messages might not be coming through like you intended. How Emoji Work: A Code for Every Smile We, the end users, only see the graphic fruit of the emoji ... Read More »

How to Automatically Install Apps on Your Apple Watch

If there’s a great Apple Watch companion app for one of your favorite iPhone apps but it isn’t installed on your Apple Watch, that doesn’t do you much good. With a quick settings change, however, you can configure your Apple Watch to automatically install all companion apps for apps that are on your phone. By default, the Apple Watch doesn’t automatically ... Read More »

Do USB Keyboards Only Send Signals or Do They Receive Them Too?

Most of us never give much thought to our keyboards as long as they work well, but if you stop to think about it for a moment, do they only send signals to our computers or is there an active back-and-forth process at work? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer ... Read More »

How to Stop Amazon’s Email, Text, or Smartphone App Notifications

Amazon can notify you about purchases, shipments, and delivery delays by email, text message, or push notifications from the Amazon app. It’s even possible to enable all three types of notifications, and you’ll be bombarded with duplicate notifications whenever you order something. But while these can be useful, you probably don’t want all three of them at once. Maybe you’ve ... Read More »