How-To

12 Spoiler-Free Stardew Valley Tips and Tricks to Get You Started

One of the big things that makes Stardew Valley such a magical gaming experience is discovering everything for yourself, but that doesn’t mean that aren’t some spoiler-free tips and tricks to help you get started. For the unfamiliar, Stardew Valley is an incredibly popular indie role playing game in which you inherit your grandfather’s farm (and all the subsequent adventures that ... Read More »

The Best Ways to Control All Your Smarthome Devices from One Place

The more smarthome products you pile onto your house, the more complicated it gets to integrate all of them together and seamlessly control them. If you’re in this situation, here are the best ways you can control all of your smarthome devices. The Problem Smarthome is still a very new and sometimes confusing area of technology, and there’s no single ... Read More »

How to Make Sure a File Is Safe Before Downloading It

If you’re concerned a file might be malicious, you don’t need to download it and rely on your antivirus. You can scan the file for malware with over 60 antivirus engines before you download it—all with one single tool. This is no substitute for basic online security practices that can keep you safe from phishing and other threats, but it’s a way ... Read More »

How to Manually and Automatically Shut Down and Restart Your Synology NAS

There’s more than one way to shutdown and restart your Synology NAS, including physical interaction with the NAS, software, and scheduled events. Let’s look at all three methods now. Typically your Synology NAS functions more like a piece of network hardware (like your router) and less like a computer, so more often than not—just like your router—you’ll leave it to ... Read More »

How to Get the Most Out of Your Ring Doorbell

The Ring Doorbell works like any other doorbell, but has a video camera built in that can alert you to motion and button presses. While it’s a pretty basic device for the most part, there are definitely some features and tricks that you might not have known about. Ring also makes several other products, like standalone cameras called the Stick ... Read More »

How Much Free Space Should You Leave on Your iPhone?

It’s all too easy to fill your iPhone’s storage to the brim with apps, photos, and video, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. How full is too full? We put our iOS devices through the paces to get to the bottom of things. Recently, we tackled the topic of how much free space your should leave on ... Read More »

Is It Worth Upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 3?

It only seems like yesterday when Apple first announced the Apple Watch, but we’re now on the third generation (officially named Apple Watch Series 3). The big question, though, is whether or not you should upgrade your current Apple Watch to the latest and greatest. What’s New with the Apple Watch Series 3? The biggest new features with Series 3 is ... Read More »

How to Get Premium Hard Drives for Cheap by “Shucking” External Drives

Every now and then, you come across something that sounds way too good to be true, but against the odds, it actually works. Buying cheap external hard drives, cracking them open, and getting more expensive hard drives for your effort is one of those things. What Is Shucking (and Why Bother)? The original meaning of “shucking” is to remove the shuck, ... Read More »

Three Ways Chromebooks Are Better Than PCs or Macs

Look, I’m not trying to start a war here, but hear me out: Chromebooks are awesome. In fact, I prefer mine to my Windows PC for nearly every use. Why? Because I think it’s a better system. Let’s talk about why. Chromebooks Start Up (and Update) Instantly When it comes down to it, no one likes to wait. And I’d ... Read More »

Four Simple Timers That Remind You to Take Breaks from Your Computer

Whether you work at your computer or just enjoy the occasional long gaming session, it’s important to take breaks regularly. Getting up to take a walk, grab a coffee, or do some stretches helps reduce eye strain, prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI), and is otherwise just plain good for you. And one study from the University of Illionoise at Urbana-Champaign ... Read More »