Computing

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Your wi-fi is bad. Not the internet itself. Your internet is fine. It's your wi-fi that leaves you weeping as it cuts off the minute you try to browse from the toilet, or walk down the stairs, or lean just one particular way on your bed. Some part of you has known, for a while, that you need to upgrade your router so that you can watch Netflix and porn in peace. But a lot has changed since the last time anyone in your home considered forking over cash for a wireless router.

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We're slowing getting closer to that long-standing goal of paperless offices (and home offices), but, unfortunately, we're not there yet — and if you've got a printer or two installed at home the costs can quickly rack up. Yet with a little time and some effort you can drive the costs down while still churning out page after page of Google Maps directions or FedEx shipping labels.

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If you're like me, you've got hundreds of gigabytes of digital media files, everything from movies, to music, to TV shows, stored across portable hard drives, old laptops, and various PCs. Wouldn't it be great if all of that media could live in one place and be able to be easily accessed by your other computers and smart devices? With the right apps and a network attached storage device, you can do just that.

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Virtual machines let you run one computer inside another, or at least one operating system inside another. You get the benefit of two OSes without the hassle of dual-booting or the standard setup process. It's also easier than you might think to get started. Here's how to set up your first virtual machine.

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If you're streaming or making YouTube videos, or if you're videoconferencing with your business partners, you should want the absolute best. Logitech says its newest Brio webcam is also the highest quality webcam you can buy — and it has the specs on paper to make us believe that.

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Hi Gizmodo, I just wanted to know why with Blu-ray discs, some of the are softer than the others. As in, when you slightly bend them they are more flexible. Some discs even feel flexible when you hold them in your hand. Just want to know why. The quality is the same, just curious. Please let me know. I don't know who else to ask.

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It's the start of the work year (January doesn't really count) and you promised yourself that you'd be more productive. But you quickly find yourself getting distracted by Facebook and cat videos on YouTube.

It's okay, we've all fallen into this trap. But it IS possible to change the way you tackle work, and it takes less than 30 minutes. It's time to introduce your brain to the Pomodoro Technique.