How to Try Out New Overwatch Heroes on the PTR Server

Blizzard’s team-based first-person shooter Overwatch has quickly become one of the most popular multiplayer games on the planet. There are a lot of reasons for this: fantastic character design, tight balancing, excellent gameplay variety. But one of the nicer perks of the game is that Blizzard periodically updates the game with new content for free, including brand new playable characters ... Read More »

Don’t Be Fooled: Cheap Third-Party Apple Watch Bands Are Terrible

So you spent a few hundred dollars on an Apple Watch, but spending another $50 on a new band just seems excessive. There are third-party versions designed to look and feel nearly the same as the real thing, but are a quarter of the cost. Unfortunately, “nearly the same” isn’t really all that accurate. I understand the allure. Genuine Apple Watch bands ... Read More »

How to Manually Remove Programs from the Windows Uninstall Program List

If there’s a program lingering on your Windows “Add or Remove Programs” list that doesn’t belong, there are two easy tricks you and use to purge it from the list and tidy things up. The “Add or Remove Programs” list shows all the installed software on your Windows computer. In a perfect world, only applications that are currently installed would ... Read More »

Why Is the Advanced Attributes Button Sometimes Replaced By an Archive Checkbox?

If you have ever checked the properties of files and folders, you may have noticed that the attributes section sometimes displays an advanced button, but at other times it displays an archive checkbox. Why does it switch back and forth like that? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question. Today’s Question & Answer session comes ... Read More »

How to Ensure Your Amazon Echo’s “Drop In” Feature Is Completely Disabled

Not everyone is excited about Amazon’s “Drop In” intercom-like feature. But Amazon enables it by default—even if you choose “Later” at the splash screen. So here’s how to turn it off entirely. Amazon’s recent Echo update builds on the new Echo calling/messaging platform they released earlier this year. It allows people from your contacts list (including other echos in your house) ... Read More »

Geek Trivia: One Of The Plot Lines Of Which Of These Animated Films Was Based On A Real Conspiracy?

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Answer: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? One of the central plot lines of the critically acclaimed 1988 animated/live-action hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a plot by Judge Doom, played by Christopher Lloyd, to buy out and destroy Toontown (so that he can build a giant freeway through its location) and dismantle the streetcar company in Los Angeles (so people will ... Read More »

How to Record a Phone Call on an iPhone

So you’ve decided you need to record a phone call. Maybe you’re performing a delicate sting operation…or maybe you just want to make sure you’re getting the best customer service possible. Whatever your reasons, things are a little difficult on an iPhone. Is Recording Calls Legal? Before you start recording phone calls, it’s important to know that—depending on where you live—recording ... Read More »

The Difference Between Silent, Do Not Disturb, and Theater Mode on your Apple Watch (and When to Use Each)

Since it was introduced, the Apple Watch has gained a number of different modes, but it’s not immediately clear when to use each. Let’s look at each mode, what it does and doesn’t do, and the best time to use it. There are now three modes available to Apple Watch users: Silent, Do Not Disturb, and, the newest, Theater—seen in the ... Read More »

How to Measure Distances in Google Maps for Running, Biking, and Hiking

By Craig Lloyd on June 29th, 2017 Getting directions in Google Maps lets you easily see how far away the destination is. However, if you want to know the distance between point A and point B on a hiking or running trail, here’s how to do that in Google Maps. Keep in mind that this only works on the web ... Read More »

How to Store and View Your Photo Collection In Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server isn’t just a great solution for organizing your movies and TV shows: it’s an all around personal media Swiss Army knife that includes solid support for storing and displaying your personal photos right alongside your other media. Why Use Plex for Your Photos? There’s no shortage of ways to store and display your family photos these days, ... Read More »