Why Do Scanners Use PDF as the Default File Format?

Nearly all software has a particular format that it automatically defaults to when creating a new document or file, but occasionally the chosen format does not seem to intuitively make sense. With that in mind, 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 ... Read More »

How to Copy Everything from Your Old iPhone to Your New One

Whether you’ve upgraded to the newest model or you’re the proud new owner of a family hand-me-down, the first thing on everyone’s mind is how to get everything from their old iPhone onto their new one. Here’s what you need to do. iCloud Backup? Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That iCloud has been around since 2011, and it’s extremely handy ... Read More »

Seven Clever Uses for Philips Hue Lights

Philips Hue lights are cool, but are you using them to they’re fullest potential? Sure, you can control them from your smartphone and turn them on from anywhere, but there are so many other useful tricks you can take advantage of. Here are a handful of clever uses for your Philips Hue setup. Cycle Through Colors to Keep Kids on Task ... Read More »

Press Play and Go: Spotify’s Daily Mixes Are the Best Auto-Playlists Yet

I need to listen to music while I work. It’s either that, or listen to the sound of my own breathing, which is enough to drive me into a state of existential despair. But the hardest part of listening to music every day is deciding what to put on. I just want to press play and go so I have something ... Read More »

Geek Trivia: Which Of These Popular Candy Mixes Was Created By Accident?

Answer: Licorice Allsorts If you’re European–especially British or Scandinavian–or have relatives who hail from the continent, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with “licorice allsorts”. It’s a mixture of candies that traditionally contains licorice, licorice wrapped in coconut, aniseed jellies (typically dotted with sugar sprinkles), and variations of layered flavorings and licorice. What might come as a surprise to many ... Read More »

How to Control Your Sharthome Devices with Siri on the Apple TV

Who needs Alexa when you have Siri? tvOS 10 allows you to control your various smarthome devices from the Apple TV using just your voice. Here’s how to take advantage of such a feature and control your home without even busting out your smartphone. Before you can use Siri on the Apple TV to control your smarthome devices, you first need to ... Read More »

How to Change the LED Color of the SkyBell HD Doorbell

It’s pretty rare when devices allow you to change the color of their LED lights, but with the SkyBell HD video doorbell, you can. Here’s how to do it. By default, the SkyBell HD’s LED color is green, which is actually a practical color to use in this case (green means go, so go ahead and ring on the doorbell…right?). ... Read More »

Geek Trivia: Loofahs Are Made From The Dried Out Bodies Of?

Answer: Gourds If you’ve ever used a loofah in the shower and thought it looked rather distinctly like a plant, you were spot on. The thick and fibrous sponge-like product that people have been using to scrub and exfoliate their bodies for centuries is most certainly plant derived. From the genus Luffa, but commonly spelled as loofah in terms of product ... Read More »

How to Add Pie Controls to Your Android Phone, No Root Required

If you’ve never used pie controls on your Android device before, you’re missing out. Pie controls are a unique way of quickly accessing your navigation keys and other shortcuts that don’t take up any space on your screen — you simply swipe in from the side to bring them up. These controls have long been a staple of some custom ROMs and ... Read More »

How to Change Your Browser’s User Agent Without Installing Any Extensions

If you ever wanted to make your web traffic seem like it was coming from a different browser–say, to trick a site that claims it’s incompatible with yours–you can. All popular browsers offer built-in user agent switchers, so you can change your user agent without installing any extensions. Websites identify browsers by their “user agents“. Change a browser’s user agent and ... Read More »