While you’re still waiting on your refrigerator or your microwave to be as smart as your phone, the car in your garage is already ahead of the curve. If you own a vehicle made after 1996, you can connect to it with a simple device called an OBD-II adapter and find out your fuel efficiency, diagnose check engine lights, and gather a ton of other useful data. Most cars manufactured since the 80s have an on-board diagnostics (or OBD) computer inside. These computers allow mechanics and regulators to troubleshoot any computer-controlled parts of the car. From January 1st, 1996 onward, all cars sold within the US were required to have an OBD-II compatible port. This allows anyone with an adapter to read information from the car. You may have seen this when a technician checks your emissions. For the most part, OBD-II tools were only used by professionals to do things like figure out why you check engine light is on, or to make sure your car is meeting emission standards. However, … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Car Smarter with an OBD-II Adapter
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Thanks to shifts in movie release patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the movies nominated for 2021’s major awards, including the Oscars, are easily accessible for home viewing. Here’s how to stream the 2021 Academy Award nominees. Of the eight films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards (taking place April 25, 2021), only one, the historical drama Judas and the Black Messiah , is unavailable to stream (at the time of writing). Table of Contents The Father Mank Minari Nomadland Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Father Anthony Hopkins anchors this intense drama as the title character, a man suffering from dementia and overwhelmed by everyday life. Director Florian Zeller adapts his own stage play, which takes the unique approach of telling the story from Hopkins’ character’s perspective. As his well-meaning daughter (Olivia Colman) … [Read more...] about How to Watch the 2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominees
As a hobby, vintage computing is on the rise. A generation that grew up with classic PCs is looking back and revisiting the glory days of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s with the authentic machines. But what’s the best way to get the hardware? We’ll show you the options. The Catch: Many Vintage Computers Need Repair Before we begin, there are some “gotchas” you should know about buying vintage computers. Unless a machine has been shown to be in working condition, don’t buy it, because the older it is, the less likely it is to work as soon as you get it. That makes an “as-is” purchase risky for people who don’t have the technical background to repair or recondition a vintage PC. Almost no PCs were designed with three-decade longevity in mind. As a result, these sensitive electronic devices include components that degrade over time. Here are some frequent problems that pop up with vintage PCs: Plastics discolor or become brittle Rubber components or cables degrade and get … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Way to Buy a Vintage Computer?
Google TV devices, like the Chromecast with Google TV , are great at surfacing content to watch, but not all of that content is family-friendly. Thankfully, you can set up a specific profile for your kids, complete with parental controls. You can have multiple profiles for everyone in your home on Google TV devices. The Kids profiles have a bunch of extra controls, including bedtimes, viewing limits, app monitoring, and more. Creating a Kids profile will add them as a member to your Google Family . It’s not the same as creating a Kids profile from scratch, as you won’t be assigning them a Gmail address. Let’s get started. RELATED: What's the Difference between Google TV and Android TV? On the Google TV home screen, select your profile icon in the top-right corner. From the menu, select your account. Now, choose “Add a Kid” to proceed. Next, you’ll be greeted with a friendly introduction screen. Select “Get Started.” If you previously added … [Read more...] about How to Add a Kids Profile to Google TV
Have you ever seen something so uncomfortable, you didn’t have the words to describe it? “Thanks, I Hate It” might be the exact phrase you’re looking for. Here’s what it means. “Thanks, I Hate It” TIHI stands for “Thanks, I Hate It.” It’s an acronym of a popular slang phrase on the internet, particularly on Reddit and other internet message boards. It’s used to respond to a photo, post, or story that makes the viewer uncomfortable because of its unnatural or unattractive nature. Often, TIHI images are heavily photoshopped to have strange, unpleasant details that will trigger a response. They can also be tweets or comments posted online. TIHI can be used in both the titles of posts and in the comments under them. When used as a post title, it’s also used as a disclaimer warning that the photo may make you feel uncomfortable. In specific uses, TIHI is synonymous with another internet slang term, “cursed,” which refers to images or pieces of text that you may prefer not to … [Read more...] about What Does “TIHI” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
Like every awards show during the pandemic, the Oscars will look different from any previous year. Despite the changes, the ceremony on April 25, 2021, will still honor the year’s best in cinema. Here’s how you can stream the 2021 Academy Awards. Table of Contents ABC Hulu + Live TV YouTube TV Fubo TV AT&T TV ABC ABC will stream the Oscars live on April 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the ABC website , which is accessible with a TV provider login. See whether show producers Stacey Sher, Jesse Collins, and Steven Soderbergh can pull off the unique broadcast they’ve promised. Soderbergh, the filmmaker behind movies such as Ocean’s Eleven , Erin Brockovich , and Traffic , has said that he intends for the show to have the look and feel of a movie. RELATED: How to Watch the 2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Hulu + Live TV Subscribers to Hulu + Live TV ($64.99+ per month after a three-day free trial) can … [Read more...] about How to Watch the 2021 Oscars without Cable