What Is “Upscaling” on a TV, and How Does It Work?

Proxima Studio/Shutterstock As 4K replaces HD in our homes, manufacturers are unveiling some interesting marketing jargon, like “Ultra HD upscaling” (UHD). But upscaling isn’t some unique feature—it just allows 4K…

Why Video Doorbells Are the Best Smarthome Gadget

Video doorbells are the most important smarthome device you can buy. Smart light bulbs may be flashy, but—when properly integrated—a video doorbell will become something you can’t live without. They’re…

Why Do New Electronics Have a Weird Smell?

Elnur/Shutterstock So, you’ve cracked open that new phone or laptop, only to be greeted by a familiar, plastic smell. Where does this strange “new electronics smell” come from, and why…

Why Can’t You Use a TV as a Monitor?

Gaurav Paswan / Shutterstock Televisions and computer monitors are similar and use mostly the same technology to drive the panels. You can usually use a TV with your computer, but…

How to Use a PS3 Controller With Your Windows PC

Sony Controller support is limited on Windows PCs. While the latest generation of console controllers will work out of the box with Windows, even last-generation gamepads like the PlayStation 3’s…