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 »

Why Are My PC Speakers and Headphones Making Weird Noises?

If you’re using a desktop PC, you might have heard odd noises coming from your speakers or headphones at times. It may sound like a buzzing or whining when doing basic tasks, sometimes escalating with more intense use like games or streaming movies. To solve the problem, you’ll need to figure out what’s causing it. Where Speaker Noise Can Come From There ... Read More »

[PRO] How to Block Access to Nginx Except for a Specific IP Address

While setting up a new website, I wanted to work on articles and tweaking things before actually launching to the public, so I needed a simple way to keep everybody else out until it was all ready to go. So I used the nginx access control feature to accomplish it. It would have been more secure to setup nginx HTTP Auth ... Read More »

Can You Game on a Mac?

Macs have a lot of advantages. Maybe you like the simplicity of macOS, the sexy industrial design, or work in a creative field where they’re pretty much a requirement. But if you’re also a gamer, you may be wondering: can they handle the games you want to play as well as Windows? Can You Play Games on a Mac? Macs are ... Read More »

How to Maximize Your Linux Laptop’s Battery Life

Laptop manufacturers spend a lot of time tuning their device drivers for Windows battery life. Linux usually doesn’t get the same attention. Linux may perform just as well as Windows on the same hardware, but it won’t necessarily have as much battery life. Linux’s battery usage has improved dramatically over the years. The Linux kernel has gotten better, and Linux distributions automatically ... Read More »

How to Stop Your Apple Watch from Nagging You to Breathe

If you’re on board with your Apple Watch nudging you to move a little more or get up from your desk now and then, but you’re not a big fan of it nagging you to breathe, it’s easy enough to silence the reminders. One of the big selling points of the Apple Watch is that it puts notifications and reminders ... Read More »

Is It Possible to Clear the History in the Windows Command Prompt?

If you use the Windows command prompt often throughout your work day, you may want or need to periodically clear the command history. Is it possible to do so while the command prompt is still open? 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 ... Read More »

Will Using a Network Switch Slow My Internet Down?

You pay good money for your speedy broadband connection, and it would be a shame if a poor hardware choice was hampering your network. Are network switches to blame for your slow connection? We get a not-insignificant number of reader inquiries about network hardware, especially concerns over whether or not a network switch is to blame for home network problems—primarily ... Read More »