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Try This Tool to Visualize Nearby WiFi

Sometimes, you and your neighbors will have intersecting and overlapping WiFi networks in the surrounding area. Normally, these impacting factors are quite hidden from sight, but the tool "inSSIDer" allows you to see the details. With the software, you can assess channel, channel width, signal strength, WiFi generation, maximum data rate, and security. You can download a Windows version or a Mac OS version for your computer, and use what you learn to improve your speed!

Hit RESCAN to Find Missing TV Channels.

A tip from "droplets" in the chatroom. Local channels have been moving and changing frequencies for over-the-air television. If you are missing a channel on your TV, hit "rescan" to find it again! Chances are, the channel didn't disappear into thin air, just scooted over elsewhere! If you have a neat tech tip you want to share, hop into our chatroom at irc.twit.tv while watching The Tech Guy!

Improve Your WiFi Placement With This Article & Video

While working from home, we'll all need better WiFi if we want to move our laptops around from desk to couch and back. For improving your WiFi reception, try moving the router higher up to a shelf/wall so that people (bags of water) do not impede the signals while they're sitting or walking around. Also, try a mesh router to extend the WiFi out with a fast backchannel. While ethernet is often the best option to connect, there are indeed ways to plan your device/router placements in a more optimal way. Check out this article by Leo's friend Jim Salter:

Choose the Right MacBook for College, With Your Major as a Factor

If you're going to college soon and need a new MacBook, choose carefully between the Pro and the Air. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice if your student workload will involve some intensive operations like video-editing, gaming, rendering, etc. But for the majority of majors, the new 2020 MacBook Air will get the job done at a more affordable price. Plus, on the recent models, the keyboards have been fixed!

Lower Your Youtube Viewing Resolution

In these tough times, everyone is using the internet to watch videos online since there is often nothing better to do. However, if you do not need to watch a video in the highest resolution available, try to tolerate a slightly lower clarity in order to save some bandwidth for others. Videos like podcast discussions, news shows, and vlogs can arguably be viewed just fine in 480p or 720p. 

How to Disable the HEIC Image Format on an iPhone

Apple's iPhone photos are currently in the HEIC (high-efficiency image coding) format, an unusual file type that not every app/software support at the moment. If you do not want to use this standard, such as when editing images, you can change the format in Camera settings. Just open "Settings", find "Camera", and then tap "formats". Finally, select "most compatible". This will also allow your videos to come out as H.264 instead of HEVC.