What to Do When Your Computer or Phone Can’t Connect to a Public Wi-Fi Network

By Cameron Summerson on June 18th, 2017 Most public networks use what’s called a Captive Portal—it’s the authorization page where you accept the place’s terms and click “Connect” to access their free Wi-Fi. The problem is, many modern browsers have issues redirecting to these captive portals because of new security protocols. Without getting overly-technical, this issue happens because of the ... Read More »

How to Make Chrome More Touch-Friendly on the Microsoft Surface

To the surprise of many, Windows has remained dominant as personal computers shift more and more to tablets and touch screen interfaces. And to the consternation of Microsoft, Google’s Chrome browser remains the dominant software on desktops (including laptops and Windows-powered tablets), despite some touch screen tools that are a bit lacking versus Chrome on Android phones and tablets. If ... Read More »

How to Locate Your Lost Apple Watch

Whether your Apple Watch is missing because you took it off somewhere in your house, or because it mysteriously went missing from your gym locker, there are several features baked in that will help you locate it (as well as mark it lost and even wipe it). What You Need to Find Your Apple Watch In order to find your ... Read More »

How to Fix Z-Wave Connection Issues with the Wink Hub

Overall, the Wink hub works extremely well…but sometimes the devices you have connected to it can act a little wonky. Here are some things you can do in order to fix any connection issues with all of those Z-Wave sensors and devices connected to the hub. Refresh the Z-Wave Connection Map The great thing about Z-Wave is that it uses ... Read More »

How to Save Money on Apps and Games for Your iPhone or iPad

iPhone apps aren’t very expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a few bucks. Here’s how to track App Store sales so you can get the apps you want for a discount. There are a few different tools you can use, but we like AppShopper. It lets you create a wish list of apps and games you want, then ... Read More »

Should You Buy a Battery-Powered Wi-Fi Cam?

Most Wi-Fi cams require that you plug them into an outlet to keep them powered on, but advancements in batteries and energy savings over the last couple of years have led to the popularity of battery-powered Wi-Fi cams. The big question is: are they worth it? There are several battery-powered options available on the market. We’ve personally tested out Netgear’s Arlo Pro ... Read More »

How to Pair Your Amazon Echo to Bluetooth Speakers for Bigger Sound

Although both the full size Echo and the Echo Dot have respectable sound for their given sizes, compared to much bigger tabletop Bluetooth speakers (or a full home theater system with Bluetooth support), they’re pretty anemic. Let’s look at how you can link them to bigger and more robust speakers. What You Need for Bluetooth Pairing This is not a tutorial ... Read More »

How to Burn Any Video File to a Playable DVD

Streaming may be the most convenient way to watch most movies, but it doesn’t hurt to have a physical copy of your movies or home videos as a fall back. If you want to make a backup copy of your movie collection, or just burn a playable DVD of your own videos, it’s pretty easy—and free. Here’s how to burn videos to a playable ... Read More »

How to Record Your Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iPhone Screen

Screenshots are great, but sometimes you need to create a video recording to really get your point across. You can record your computer’s desktop, your smartphone’s screen, or your tablet’s display. This process gives you a video file, which you can do whatever you like with. Upload it to YouTube or email it to a friend. Put together a video ... Read More »

How to Use Dolby Atmos Surround Sound on Windows 10

Windows 10’s Creators Update added support for Dolby Atmos positional sound. This includes two things: Support for Dolby Atmos hardware and virtual Dolby Atmos sound that works in any pair of headphones. The Dolby Atmos for headphones feature is a bit weird. It appears in the standard Windows control panel as an option, but it requires a free trial or ... Read More »