Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, TechHive

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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WaterGenius promises a free tool to help California fight the drought

This online resource recommends ways you can reduce your household water consumption, calculates how much money you'll save by following its guidance.

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Your house is filled with vampires that suck $100s from your wallet annually

Blame all those devices operating on standby mode even while they’re supposedly “off.” We’ll show you how to put a stake in their hearts.

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Small movies are opening in theaters and online at the same time, but blockbusters aren’t (and they won't)

The Internet is bringing bigger audiences to independent films, but it doesn’t work that way for tent-poles and franchises.

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BodyBrew claims to make healthier coffee

The secret is cold brewing, according to the inventor, but we’ll have to wait until late this summer to find out.

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How to protect your wireless router from malware

Your PC and your phone aren't the only devices that can catch an infection. The router that connects them to the Internet may also be vulnerable.

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How to connect your laptop to your HDTV without HDMI

It's easy to connect a laptop to an HDTV--unless your laptop doesn't have the right port.

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Satechi Smart TV Box review: Android-based set-top box does a lot, but doesn't make it easy

It can handle nearly anything your phone can do, but the learning curve is long.

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How to calibrate your TV to get the best picture possible

With just a few simple adjustments, you can tweak your new TV to produce a more accurate picture. We'll show you how.

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Roku Streaming Stick vs. Chromecast: Which dongle should dangle from your TV?

Roku has more channels and a remote, but Chromecast is cheaper. We pit the two devices against each other in five categories.

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Review: Simple.TV 2 knows some great DVR tricks but also has flaws

This network DVR costs less to run than a TiVo Roamio OTA, but we had a few issues with its lack of Wi-Fi and its excessive fan noise.

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Dolby's Atmos technology will bring another layer of surround sound to your home

Ready for speakers in the ceiling? Dolby Atmos will soon make the jump from high-end movie theaters to the home theater, and then to your headphones too.

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MediaBeam review: This ultra-cheap streaming stick isn't worth the money

Just pay another $5 and get a Chromecast and spare yourself the hassles of this buggy mess.

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Troubleshoot a dead Internet connection

Can’t get an Internet connection? Follow these steps to find the problem.

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Beyond Netflix and Hulu: 4 worthwhile movie streaming services

Netflix and Hulu Plus aren't the only games in town for movie buffs. We've found a few other film-streaming sites that use curation to stand out from the crowd.

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5 classic films to stream for free on YouTube

From John Wayne to Alfred Hitchcock, the public domain films on YouTube are free to watch and free from guilt.