7 ways to prep your smart home before you go on vacation
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7 ways to prep your smart home before you go on vacation

You no doubt know the basics of home maintenance when you’re headed out for a vacation: Arm the security system, leave a light on so it looks like people are home, arrange for pet and plant care, and turn the thermostat down. But there’s an easier way to do it all automatically. Today’s smart home Read more

How to get goal explosions in Rocket League
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How to get goal explosions in Rocket League

Scoring a goal in Rocket League already feels great, especially with seconds left to go. But there are ways to make it even more awesome – and the best way is a customization choice called goal explosions. These add alternative goal graphics that explode inside the goal when you score. There are many goal explosions, Read more

How to make a beacon in Minecraft
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How to make a beacon in Minecraft

Minecraft beacons are a high-end crafting goal that helps you show off, find your way, and get some valuable bonuses. When constructed, the beacon shoots, well, a beacon into the sky — a tower of light players can see from a fair distance away. You can use this beacon to mark your favorite village, the Read more

How to appear offline on Discord
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How to appear offline on Discord

One of the reasons Discord remains a popular platform is because it’s so easy to communicate with the groups and servers you want, moving between communities and choosing text or voice chatting depending on what you’re in the mood for. But sometimes you’re not in the mood for anything, and would rather just appear offline Read more

What are HEPA filters, and can you clean them?
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What are HEPA filters, and can you clean them?

HEPA filters have become an increasingly common option in smart homes for those who really, really want to make sure they’re removing every bit of allergen or potential infectious particle. Often found in air purifiers, a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter is designed to remove at least 99.97% of particles 0.3 micron in size or Read more

How long do I run my air purifier?
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How long do I run my air purifier?

In previous guides, we’ve discussed how today’s smart air purifiers work and what specs to look at when getting the right size for your room or house — like CADR, or Clean Air Delivery Rate. But air purifiers can only cycle through a room’s air when they are turned on … which leads us to Read more

How is an air purifier’s recommended room size calculated?
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How is an air purifier’s recommended room size calculated?

We love talking about the more advanced features of smart air purifiers, like the ability to automatically test your air quality and make adjustments, but there’s one basic spec that’s especially important when you’re buying one: Capacity. Capacity is typically measured in square feet, but sometimes models only use the CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) Read more

The 6 best smart boxing equipment and punch trackers
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The 6 best smart boxing equipment and punch trackers

They have several names, including smart punching bags, smart home boxing, punch trackers, and more — but they’re all about the same workout: You keep hitting, and it keeps track, helping you to hone punches and improve your results. It’s solid exercise for your core, improves cardio, and can develop plenty of muscle groups … Read more

How to reduce high pitch noise of Shark vacuums
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How to reduce high pitch noise of Shark vacuums

It’s not exactly unusual for a vacuum cleaner to make some noise, but that also makes it easy to tell when the noise takes a troubling shift. Shark vac users may sometimes notice a sudden shift in pitch coming from their vacuum, creating a high squealing noise where none existed before. As with any appliance, Read more

How to play Sirius XM on your Amazon Echo
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How to play Sirius XM on your Amazon Echo

SiriusXM rose in popularity as a reliable satellite radio service that you could get anywhere, and that hasn’t changed. It’s still an easy way to play hits from all kinds of genres or listen to a wide variety of radio shows — and SiriusXM works on devices far beyond your car. That includes Amazon’s Echo Read more