How to Properly Set Up PlayStation VR

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The PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset plugs into PS4 and creates a bona fide virtual reality experience. But like all VR headsets, it needs lots of cables. We’ll show you how to plug everything in and set up your room to get the most out of your PSVR.

The PlayStation VR lets gamers take on new challenges in new worlds, but the first challenge is getting the thing set up. It’s more cumbersome than challenging, but don’t worry! We’re here to lend a hand.

First, Some Requirements

PSVR headset.

Sony recommends a play space of 10 ft. x 10 ft. An area of 6 ft. x 6 ft. might suffice, but results aren’t guaranteed. You might be able to trick your PSVR into working in a smaller space by angling the PlayStation Camera slightly downward—more on that later.

While not required for most games, PlayStation Move controllers are highly recommended. They are an additional expense, but one you’re unlikely to regret.

Now, get all of those boxes opened and cables unwrapped. It’s time to get started.

How to Set Up the PSVR

Rear of PSVR Processor Unit.

First, unplug the HDMI cable from the back of the PS4 and connect it to the port labeled “HDMI TV” on the back of the PSVR Processor Unit (the box that came with the PSVR headset). This sends the signal to your TV.

HDMI cable inserted into the HDMI TV port on the Processor Unit.

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How to Change Your Apple ID Email Address

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If you get a new email address or no longer have access to an old one, updating your Apple ID is important for protecting your account. Here’s how to update your Apple ID.

Changing the email address you use as your Apple ID isn’t difficult under the right circumstances. If your Apple ID is a third-party email address, such as gmail.com or outlook.com, you can choose another third-party address when changing your Apple ID. But if your Apple ID is an Apple email address, like icloud.com, you’re unlikely to be able to change your Apple ID at all.  We’ll cover that scenario in more detail below.

Changing Your Apple ID

To get started, head to appleid.apple.com and sign in.

Log in at appleid.apple.com.

Next, click “Edit” in the “Account” section of the page.

Click "Edit" in the "Account" section.

Under your Apple ID, click “Change Apple ID.”

Click "Change Apple ID"

Type the email address you want to use as your new Apple ID, and then click “Continue.”

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How to Use Siri to Control Your Apple TV From Your iPhone

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Smart homes are best when controlled using just your voice. Siri can already control your lights, plugs, and more. You can use it to control your Apple TV, too. Here’s how to survive the next time you lose the remote.

Apple knows that when you’re watching TV, you’ve probably got your iPhone nearby. That makes it the perfect remote control, but nowadays nobody wants to push buttons. Voice control is where it’s at, and with Siri, you can choose what to watch and then control it, too. Barking orders at your TV might make you look like a crazy person, but it’s surprisingly fun.

What you’ll need

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There are some prerequisites to consider if you want to make this work. You’ll need to have an iPhone—or iPad, or iPod touch—running the latest version of iOS with Siri enabled. You’ll also need an Apple TV with the latest version of tvOS installed as well.

Now all of your devices are updated, you need them to all be on the same network. That’s a given in most homes but if you’re having problems that’s one gotcha that’s easy to run afoul of.

Finally, your Apple TV has to be set up via the Home app. It also needs to be assigned to a room—Fear not, we’ve covered how to set up rooms before.

How to Use Siri to Play Content

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Asking Siri to play content is easy, but you need to make sure you have the phrasing down.

The key is to tell Siri what you want to watch and then where you want to watch it. That might sound obvious, but it’s easy to get muddled. And remember to use the room that you set your Apple TV up in, too.

All commands should begin with “Hey Siri” or by pressing the Siri button on your iPhone.

Some examples of a correctly formatted command are:

  • “Hey Siri, play the latest episode of Chernobyl on the living room Apple TV.”
  • “Hey Siri, play Toy Story on the den Apple TV.”
  • “Hey Siri, play Jumanji on the office Apple TV.”

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How to Cut Out the Noise With Twitter Lists

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Twitter is a fast-paced network that never stops, which can be overwhelming. It’s challenging to keep tabs on important topics. That’s where lists can come in handy—they make it easier to organize your feed.

Why You Should Use Twitter Lists

When Twitter was new, it was possible to follow everyone you found interesting and read all of their tweets. This became untenable as Twitter grew, and we were soon treated to a deluge of messages that were easy to miss.

With Twitter lists, you can partition individual accounts off from others and transform that deluge into a small trickle, centered around one theme. You can also easily add accounts to Twitter lists instead of following them. This means tweets sent by accounts on that list only appear there, keeping them out of your main timeline.

Possible uses for Twitter lists include:

  • Sports: Do you follow a ton of football accounts that pollute your feed? Create a new Twitter list and add them to it. This way, you’ll never miss the latest sports news, but it won’t crowd your feed.
  • Events: Add everyone attending an event to a Twitter list, keeping all their tweets in one place.
  • Directories: Add all your coworkers to a special Twitter list. If you make the list public, people can keep up with the latest goings-on at your company.
  • Competitors: Want to keep tabs on the competition without following them? There’s a Twitter list for that.
  • Celebrities: There’s nothing wrong with keeping up on the latest celeb gossip if that’s your guilty pleasure. And with Twitter lists, it doesn’t have to get in the way of more important things.

Twitter lets you create up to 1,000 different lists, and each one can have up to 5,000 accounts. Here’s how to get rolling.

How to Create a Twitter List

The process for creating new Twitter lists on the web and in the Twitter app is almost identical. We’ll outline any differences as we go.

Visit twitter.com and click your profile image at the top-right corner of the page. Click “Lists” in the drop-down menu. If you’re on mobile, your profile icon is on the left, and the “Lists” button is below it.

Click your profile image on Twitter, and then click "Lists."

Click the “Create New List” button on the right side of the page. On mobile, the button is at the bottom of the screen.

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How to Force macOS to Use the aptX or AAC Codecs for Bluetooth Headphones

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The Bluetooth codec your headphones use significantly impacts sound quality. Unfortunately, macOS sometimes uses the subpar SBC codec instead of the superior aptX or AAC codecs. Here’s how to force macOS to use one of those instead.

What is a Bluetooth Codec?

The word “codec” is short for “coder-decoder,” which is precisely what a codec does. In this case, the codec is used to compress the audio file on one end (code) and decompress it on the other (decode). This allows the file to be transmitted quickly. Some codecs are better than others at compressing audio without reducing its quality, which is why choosing the right one is essential.

SBC is the codec that macOS sometimes defaults to, whereas aptX and AAC offer better sound quality. All three codecs compress the audio before sending it to your headphones, but aptX and AAC do so without a dramatic impact on the overall audio quality. SBC was designed to be efficient and ensure compatibility rather than to offer the best possible sound quality. Latency is also a consideration with SBC, and audio lag is noticeable when watching video content. Neither aptX or AAC exhibit this behavior.

If you want to learn more about how aptX and AAC work, we have a good primer on the subject.

In short, aptX promises “CD-like” sound quality, which is something SBC cannot offer. Likewise, AAC’s improved compression algorithms allow for better sound quality, despite its lower maximum bitrate of 250Kbps when compared to the 328Kbps of SBC. The aptX codec, however, bests both at 352 Kbps.

Unfortunately, not all Bluetooth headphones support aptX or AAC, although most of the more recent models do. If you do force your Mac to use either codec, but your headphones don’t support them, don’t worry—it will automatically switch to SBC instead.

RELATED: What’s the Difference Between Bluetooth A2DP and aptX?

How to Check Which Codec is In Use

To see which codec is in use, connect your Bluetooth headphones to your Mac and play some audio. Hold down the Option key and click the “Bluetooth” icon in the menu bar.

Hold the Option key and click the "Bluetooth" icon

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