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Reader mail: My condo's shared Wi-Fi signal is weak. Any ideas?Mary Ellen writes: Is there a device that would pick up and strengthen a Wi-Fi signal? I have a condo in a building where Wi-Fi is provided but it is shared by another unit, and the router is not located in my unit. Although my smartphone can receive emails etc., my Roku is constantly buffering. Is there a device I could buy to pull the signal in stronger so I can stream movies and shows on my Roku? Read More

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Ben Patterson: Welcome to here's the thing, your source for practical tips, advice, and how-tos about the gadgets you use every day.

Give your fingertips a break.

Both iOS and Android devices will let you create your own, custom keyboard shortcuts for … well, just about anything. Once you’ve tweaked the right settings, you can ask “you there?” in a text message by simply tapping, say, “yt”. You could also conjure your street address, your official title, or a phone number in just a few keystrokes.Read More