How to Set Up and Get Started with Your Synology NAS

Synology offers a very user friendly Network Attached Storage (NAS) device experience, but that doesn’t mean unboxing it and starting it up is exactly a one-click affair. Let’s get things up and running so we can move onto all the fun projects a compact NAS with server-like functionality can facilitate. What Is a Synology NAS? Synology is a company, founded in 2000, ... Read More »

How to Get the Most Out of Your Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is one of the most-loved smart thermostats on the market, but are you getting the most out of all its great features? Here are some things you might be missing out on. Set Your Own Schedule You can control your Nest Thermostat manually, and it’ll learn your habits over time so that you won’t need to interface with ... Read More »

Geek Trivia: The Color Your Eyes See In The Absence Of Visible Light Is Called?

Answer: Eigengrau When you close your eyes in a perfectly dark place, be it a lightproof photo development room, a deep cavern, or just beneath a snug fitting sleep mask, you won’t, counter-intuitively, see inky pitch black darkness. Instead, you’ll perceive a very faint gray color known as “eigengrau”. Why do you see any color at all and why the odd ... Read More »

How to Set Apple Maps to Default to Walking Directions

The default mode of transportation in Apple Maps is set to driving, but with a simple tweak, you can adjust your Apple Maps experience to default to the mode you use most. Although driving might be the most common mode of transportation in the U.S., you may live in an area where you spend the majority of your time walking. ... Read More »

How to Add Emergency Contacts to Your Abode Home Security System

If you pay for professional monitoring with your Abode home security system, you can set up emergency contacts that are notified whenever an intrusion is detected, adding in a bit more peace of mind. How Emergency Contacts Work When an alarm goes off in your house, you are notified first and foremost—your emergency contacts are only notified if you don’t ... Read More »

Do You Need Amazon Prime to Use the Amazon Echo?

Amazon’s popular Echo speaker system (and the personal assistant Alexa that comes with it) seem completely enmeshed with Amazon ecosystem, but does that mean you need a Prime account to take advantage of the Echo? Echo Tricks for Everyone: Alexa Inquiries, Sports, Traffic, Podcasts, and More You can absolutely use a all of the Echo products, including but not limited to, ... Read More »

Why Do CPU Cores All Have the Same Speed Instead of Different Ones?

If you have ever done much comparison shopping for a new CPU, you may have noticed that cores all seem to have the speed rather than a combination of different ones. Why is that? 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 ... Read More »

How to Get an Alert When an Amazon Prime Day Deal Goes Live

Amazon’s Prime Day may be about as made up of a holiday as Festivus, but you can sometimes score a few good deals. Rather than refreshing the page every few minutes, though, you can have Amazon notify you when a sale goes live. Here’s how to get those alerts sent straight to your phone. Amazon’s deals are only valid during a set period ... Read More »

Why Does My iPhone Display “Security Recommendation” for a Wi-Fi Network?

When you connect to a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, you may see the words “Security Recommendation” appear beneath its name. This is a warning that you’re connected to either an unsecured network or one encrypted with weak WEP security. Unsecured Networks and Weak Security    If you tap the name of the Wi-Fi network displaying “Security Recommendation” once you’re ... Read More »

Geek Trivia: This 1990s Television Show Ushered In The Era Of Sophisticated Title Sequences?

Answer: The Sopranos Today, we take gorgeous title sequences for granted. We sit down to enjoy high quality programming like Game of Thrones, Westworld, or American Gods, for example. Not only are the shows themselves a fantastic visual feast, but the feast does not start with the first moments of footage from the shows, but even before that with an artfully composed title ... Read More »