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How to Fix the Mysterious iPhone Wifi Bug (and Avoid It Altogether)

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An unusual bug is currently breaking iPhones’ wifi connections. Luckily, it’s easy enough to avoid—and to fix if your phone becomes afflicted—but dang, is it weird. In short, for some reason, if your iPhone connects to a wifi network named “%p%s%s%s%s%n,” the device’s wifi will cease to function. So don’t do that.

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How to Check the Battery Health on All Your Apple Devices

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If you’re like me, you relentlessly charge your devices even if doing so might be hurting the battery over the long-term. “This is the way,” I think to myself as I look over at the AirPods Pro charging case that I’ve left plugged in for the last three weeks.

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How to Find Your Local and External IP Address

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Your device’s IP address is a critical piece of information that you probably don’t think about very much. You’ll occasionally need it for a network-related setup (if you’re trying to punch a hole in your network to access the contents of your NAS box, run a web server, or connect to your home-grown VPN, to name a few…

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How to Preemptively Block Ad-Tracking on Your Android

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Later this year, Google will begin blocking advertisers and developers from accessing a device’s advertising ID if users opt-out of personalized ads, mirroring the controversial changes (controversial to advertisers, anyway) that Apple introduced in iOS 14.5. While you’re waiting, though, you can opt-out of…

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How to Watch Apple's WWDC 2021 Keynote Presentation, and What to Expect

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Next week, Apple will again hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event. Like last year, WWDC 2021 is online-only due to the ongoing pandemic, but you can still expect the tech super-giant to make some big announcements, including our first good looks at iOS 15, macOS 12, and—if the rumors are to be…

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How to Use Every New Feature in iOS 14.6

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Apple’s iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 launched this week, adding several new features to iPhones and iPad devices including new voice controls, expanded tracking functions for AirTags, Family Sharing options for Apple card payments, and, of course, tons of bug fixes.

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How to Stop Apple Music CarPlay From Crashing Until There's a Real Fix

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Over the last few days, we’ve seen lots of reports across Reddit and social media that Apple Music on CarPlay has been crashing unexpectedly. While we don’t know the specific cause, and there’s no confirmed fix yet, there are a few workarounds you can try while you wait.

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How to Declutter Your Home: A Start-to-Finish Guide

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It’s hard to argue that most of us have a little too much stuff lying around, but getting rid of your stuff can be difficult. Maybe you’ve formed a personal attachment to certain items or you truly believe you’ll have a practical use for it someday. Most of the time, though, “personal value” means “guilt” and…

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How to Finally Go Paperless at Home, Because It's Past Time

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Going paperless doesn’t need to be limited to office work. Between online bill pay and services like Apple Pay, Google Pay, Zelle, CashApp, and Venmo, you can get rid of nearly all your finance-related clutter. But why stop there? Going paperless can apply to virtually every area of your life, so here are a few ways…

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How to Clean Your Earbuds, Because They're Even Grosser Than You Think

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Fungus and yeast infection-causing germs can build upon the earbuds as you jam them inside your ear canals, not to mention wax that visibly sticks to their surfaces. After sending an earbud swab out for analysis, Inside Edition even found pneumonia-causing bacteria such as staph aureus on regularly used earbuds, and o…

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