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    You can always leave your Mixer followers with some entertainment by auto-playing a video on demand (VOD) when you're not online. Essentially, instead of leaving an offline message on your Mixer channel when you're not streaming, you can now entertain your followers or the world at large. You can add your most recent VOD to your channel page to play whenever someone lands on it and you're offline. Here's how. How to add an auto-play VOD to Mixer After you finish a stream, Mixer will automatically create a VOD of your last broadcast. These build up and will be kept on your channel for 90days, but now you can keep your most recent one on your channel to auto-play every time someone lands on your page. Login to Mixer. Click on manage channel. Turn on the autoplay my most recent VOD when I'm offline option. Click save. VODs won't display if your channel is set to host someone when you're offline, and the auto-host will override it. The VOD will only begin playing when someone...

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    Make sure your Xbox One is truly yours with these sign-in security options. Games consoles are more feature-packed than ever, with systems like the Xbox One boasting offerings rivaling PCs and phones. And like the aforementioned systems, payments and personal information are handled onboard, meaning you'll want to acknowledge your console's security. For Xbox One owners, Microsoft offers several methods for signing into your console that offer a balance of security and convenience. While some users may opt for ease of use in the name of accessibility, others may prefer to fully lock down their console. Instant sign-in Starting with the less secure options is "Instant sign-in," which as the name suggests, logs the user once the console is turned on. After configuring the primary account for the console, this profile will be immediately signed into Xbox Live without prompt for any identification. This is the quickest solution for signing into your console, though simultaneously...

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    Your family can have their Kodi their way. It's as easy as setting up some new Kodi profiles. Your kids want to watch something on your Kodi system, but you're not so keen on filling up your add-ons list with child-friendly channels. That's fine, because just as you can with popular services like Netflix, you can create profiles for your kids to keep their stuff separate. The process for creating Kodi profiles is not immediately obvious because it's not exactly user-facing. But it's also not very difficult, as long as you know where to look. For this guide, we're using Kodi 17 with the stock skin. If you're on a different build, things might be slightly different. Select the settings cog on your home screen. Click on the box labelled profile settings. Select add profile. Give your profile a name and hit OK. Each profile set up on your Kodi system can now have its own individual settings and add-ons. You can set up the new profiles to transfer everything from the main pr...

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    Microsoft is pushing party chat to its mobile Xbox apps. Here's how to get up and running on iPhone and iPad. To date, Xbox party chat has only been available on the console and the Windows 10 Xbox app on PC. That's soon going to change, and the feature is now available to Xbox gamers to beta test on iOS. That requires being accepted into a test program, so for many it'll be something to wait on. Nevertheless, here's how you get your party (chat) started. Related: How to set up Xbox party chat on Android How to use Xbox party chat on iOS Just follow these steps: Tap on the three people icon along the top bar. Tap start a party. Hit invite to party. Select the friends you want to add. Each invited member will receive a notification on their console or PC but also on their phone, as well, when signed in to the Xbox app. Once you're in a party, there are things you can do within the app, such as: Make a party invite-only — Make it so you have to invite new members yourse...

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    If you need a new phone and you don't want anything but a Windows phone, there are still easy ways to get one. The future for Microsoft-powered smartphones is bleak. But nevertheless, the platform is still supported and will be for some time. The harder part is buying a new phone, since no one is making them anymore, and stocks aren't exactly high. But if you know where to look you'll still be able to find one. Microsoft Microsoft is more keen on selling Android phones these days, it seems, but it's still a great place to get a Windows phone while they're around. The latest hot deal is the Alcatel Idol 4S for $100, which is frankly absurd value. It's a great phone, especially for that price. You can't buy a new Lumia there anymore, but along with the Idol 4S, the HP Elite x3 bundle is still available with the desk dock, though it costs $800. See at Microsoft Amazon If you can buy something there's always a strong chance you'll find it on Amazon. Fancy picking up an old Lumi...

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    Here's what you need to know about Windows 10's Automatic Maintenance feature, the steps to manage its settings, and how to disable it (if necessary). On Windows 10, Automatic Maintenance is a feature that helps to keep your computer healthy and optimized by combining and running all maintenance tasks without impacting performance or energy efficiency. Usually, the automated system optimization happens once a day when you're not actively using your device. However, it's possible to change the time and other settings to prevent missing a maintenance schedule because your computer was powered off, you were actively using it, or it's not behaving as expected. In this Windows 10 guide, we explain in more detail how Automatic Maintenance works. We outline the steps to manage its settings to optimize your device at any time of your choosing, and we'll also show you how to disable the feature if necessary. About Automatic Maintenance on Windows 10 How to control Automatic Maintenance ...

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    You can connect your PSVR to your PC with the help of some third-party software. Sony's entry into the VR world has been a hit — their head-mounted display is as comfortable as they get, and the library of quality games continues to grow. For some of you, however, PlayStation VR (PSVR) games might not be enough. Thanks to some clever programming by the developers at Odd Sheep Games, you can actually connect your PSVR to your PC. Trinus PSVR is a piece of software that handles all the communication between your PC and PSVR that would normally never happen. Why would you want to connect your PSVR to anything other than a PS4? If you have a library of Steam games on your PC, whether VR or not, you can play them with Trinus PSVR. If you'd like to watch movies or TV in VR, you can also do so through the PSVR head-mounted display. If this is something you've always wanted to do, we're here to show you how to get it all set up. See PlayStation VR at Amazon What you need before you ...

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    Anthem is the next big franchise from renowned developer, BioWare. Here's everything we know so far, ahead of its slated release this fall. Back at E3 2017, Electronic Arts revealed its next major franchise, "Anthem." Showcased alongside the Xbox One X, the game shows potential and is shaping up to be one of the publisher's most promising new franchises in some time. However, after its initial E3 debut, we're now left with more questions than answers. With little information outside of a seven-minute demo, details surrounding the game still remain somewhat vague. We've brought together everything we know so far about Anthem and what to expect ahead of its planned launch this fall. See at Amazon Story: Venturing beyond the walls Coming from BioWare, the renowned developer of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, Anthem marks a new and ambitious direction for the studio. In the game's world, hostile monsters rule the wilderness, and humanity has taken refuge inside a walled city known a...

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    Once you know where to look, updating your Xbox One controller with the latest firmware is pretty simple. While infrequent, Microsoft has been known to release firmware updates for its Xbox One controllers in the past. Deploying fixes, adding refinements or establishing new features, these updates aim to push to most out of your existing Xbox One controller. And for new buyers of Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter, Microsoft's external solution for 3.5 mm headsets, a controller firmware update may be required too. Despite not being mandatory to use your Xbox One controller, it's highly recommended that these updates are installed. These are the steps to quickly update your Xbox One controller and get straight back into gaming. How to update an Xbox One controller wirelessly For a majority of recent Xbox One controllers, the easiest way to apply a firmware update is over the wireless connection. However, due to hardware limitations, this functionality is only offered to controllers...

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    You can automatically shift between light and dark themes using the "Scheduled Themes" feature on Xbox One. Here's how. In late 2017, Microsoft debuted a "light theme" for its Xbox One console, giving users the option to shift the OS color scheme away from its formerly darker tone. Reworking the entire Xbox One OS, the light theme favors whites and lighter colors, which makes for improved visibility in brighter environments. Alternatively, the dark theme still utilizes blacks and dark grays, which can be easier on the eyes once the sun sets. Microsoft has followed this up with a complementary feature, known as "Scheduled Themes." When enabled, the Xbox One can automatically shift between the two themes at certain times of the day. Here's how to enable Scheduled Themes on Xbox One and calibrate the feature to your liking. (Note: Scheduled Themes is currently limited to people running the latest Xbox Insider Program build available to the Alpha preview ring, but the feature will pr...

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    Here's how to enable "Do Not Disturb" status on Xbox One and ignore your friends with ease. The Xbox One packs a large portfolio of social features, with Xbox Live bridging the gap between Microsoft's gaming platforms. And while a core aspect of the console experience, sometimes constantly popping notifications get between you and your games."Do Not Disturb" is a feature which aims to help with exactly that, eliminating distracting notifications while on the console. Comparable to similar features on smartphones, you'll remain connected to the internet, though incoming notifications will be suppressed. System-level notifications such as Achievements will break through this barrier, but this significantly cuts the clutter that comes with Xbox Live. (Note: Do Not Disturb is currently limited to people running the latest Xbox Insider Program build available to the Alpha preview ring, but the feature will presumably see a wider release soon.) How to enable Do Not Disturb on Xbox On...

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    Let HDHomeRun help you out where Microsoft can't (or won't). In 2015, Microsoft announced plans to introduce an OTA DVR to the Xbox One, allowing you to save broadcast TV shows to a USB hard drive connected to your console. That never happened, and it was canceled\ with no indication it will ever be resurrected. Fortunately, if you're using your Xbox One as your main home entertainment device, it's still possible to have DVR functionality, albeit not stored directly on the console or an attached drive. SiliconDust comes to the rescue with its HDHomeRun products, which are affordable and ridiculously easy to use. Here's what you need to know. Which HDHomeRun box you should get? SiliconDust makes a few different models of HDHomeRun, and which one you should get will depend on your circumstances. If you're a "cord shaver," wanting to keep cable, you can get the HDHomeRun Prime which accepts a CableCARD. If you're using OTA TV instead of the Xbox One TV tuner you'll want the HDH...

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    Where can you sell your old Surface PC to get some cash for a new one? Microsoft is always looking to improve their Surface line, the latest being the Microsoft Surface Book 2. With each new Surface, many people are wondering how they can offload their old device in order to make room (and funds) for a new one. I have some good news! Surface devices are built exceptionally well and hold onto their value for quite some time. See at Microsoft Store Here are the best places you can sell your old Surface before the new one arrives. Selling your old Microsoft Surface There are a number of great spots where you can sell your old Surface device to make room and money for a new one. Craigslist Craigslist is a great way to sell your Surface locally. All you need to do is check a few boxes to specify what you're selling, fill in a few fields detailing your Surface, and upload a picture (optional but recommended). You set the price so you can be happy with what you're getting,...

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    If you're new to OneDrive, we'll walk you through the steps to get started with the cloud storage service on your Windows 10 PC. OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft that allows you to store all your important files securely in one place and then access them virtually anywhere. It works just like a traditional hard drive, but it's on the internet, and you get access to additional features. For example, thanks to its cross-device and cross-platform design, you can create a file on your computer, and pick up where you left off on your laptop, tablet, or phone without having to save a copy on a USB drive or email the file to yourself. Also, OneDrive makes it easy to share content with other people, and collaborate in real-time using its Office 365 integration. Windows 10 users get even more benefits. When your PC is connected using a Microsoft account, you're not only able to store files in the cloud, but you can sync and roam Windows settings across all your devices, a...

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    Got a Harman Kardon Invoke speaker but not sure where its settings are located? Fear not, we have you covered. You've got a new Invoke and set it all up, and now you want to customize it. It might not be immediately obvious how to gain access to the Settings pane for the Invoke. Here's where to find it! Microsoft hides the settings for Cortana devices within the Cortana UI. See Harman Kardon Invoke at Amazon How to access Harman Kardon Invoke settings Follow these steps: Open Cortana and select the Devices button. Select the Settings tab You can now customize the Harman Kardon Invoke's few configurable options, including its name, whether or not Cortana plays a sound when you say "Hey Cortana," and set up your preferred music streaming service. You can also use this location to send feedback to Microsoft about your Harman Kardon Invoke, and even remove all the devices you have associated with your account. This is handy if you ever sell any of your Cortana-enabled devices....