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HTG Explains: What is Beamforming on a Wireless Router?

July 4, 2015 - 2:22 am in Gadgets

Modern wireless routers often promise “beamforming” technology for improving your Wi-Fi reception and reducing interference. But what exactly is beamforming, how does it work, and is it really helpful? In summary, beamforming is a useful feature, though…

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Fove eye-tracking VR headset makes virtual reality more like reality

May 31, 2015 - 8:33 am in Gadgets

The dirty secret with modern-day virtual reality headsets are that they don’t really offer virtual reality. Headsets like the Oculus Rift are the first…

Microsoft Hyperlapse turns all your videos into smooth, stabilized masterpieces

May 22, 2015 - 3:16 pm in Gadgets

Your action camera can probably record hours of footage, but you might want to trim things down before you share it with your friends or YouTube subscribers.…

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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Battery?

May 21, 2015 - 3:12 pm in Gadgets

Batteries don’t last forever — they only have so many charge cycles. As you use your battery, it will degrade over time and you’ll get less and less battery life from it. Eventually, you’ll want to replace a device’s battery — or get a new device…

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Ikea’s wireless charging furniture is coming in late spring

April 26, 2015 - 2:12 pm in Gadgets

A few years ago, wireless charging was a very expensive niche feature. Even the most basic charging pads would run you $50 to $60, but things are much different now. You can get a cheap, Chinese-made Qi pad for $10, and Swedish furniture giant Ikea is getting…

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How to Prepare a Computer, Tablet, or Phone Before Selling It

January 6, 2015 - 2:31 pm in Gadgets

So it’s the end of the road for your PC, tablet, or smartphone. Before letting go, be sure to follow this quick check list to prepare your device for its new owner. If you don’t follow these steps, you may lose important personal data, run into issues…

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Ask HTG: Can I Save a Sluggish and Error Prone SD Card?

October 21, 2014 - 2:58 pm in Gadgets

If your SD card is slow to mount when you plug it into your computer, throwing up errors, or otherwise misbehaving, you can often whip it back into shape with a little careful management. Let’s take a look at how we can help a fellow reader squeeze a little…

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Intel’s tiny Edison dev board is now on sale for $54

September 27, 2014 - 11:41 pm in Gadgets

Intel’s diminutive Edison development board is finally up for sale, and you can snag one from them for just $50. It might not be as tiny as Intel initially wanted it to be, but it’s still small enough to cram into just about whatever connected creation…

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Not quite Devil’s Night: Cheetos is using Street View to digitally TP houses

September 26, 2014 - 11:39 pm in Gadgets

Google Maps is one of those services that works as a quick glance app or a huge service to plot out entire vacations and daily plans in. Whether you’re using it for something serious or just wandering around in the Street View service, Maps is a lot of fun…

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DARPA uses a jetpack to get all soldiers running 4-minute miles

September 20, 2014 - 9:16 pm in Gadgets

Call them the Rocket Marines, but the jet-propelled men and women are now a reality, at least in the DARPA-funded labs at Arizona State University. It was achieved through the simple means of turning a jetpack on its side, at least mostly, and settling for…