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The Best Boxer Briefs for Men

We considered dozens of pairs of boxer briefs from 14 brands and gathered a diverse panel of testers to wear six selected pairs. The Saxx 24 Seven …

Clothing

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $70 on Samsung's SmartThings Home Monitoring kit

<i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>Wirecutter</i><i>. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list of deals</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control<p><b>Street price: $50;</b> …

Shopping

The best and worst laptop brands 2018

Whether you're purchasing a $1,500 gaming laptop or a $200 Chromebook, the brand matters. That's why we rate the top 10 laptop brands each year, based on their support, design, innovation, value/selection and, most of all, product quality.<p>For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the …

Computer Hardware

NYT: AT&T, Verizon and GSMA are being investigated over eSIM

Everyone's favorite word "collusion" has arisen once again, as the <i>New York Times</i> cites multiple sources reporting that the Department of Justice is investigating AT&T, Verizon and the GSM Association (GSMA). According to the sources, the DoJ is looking for evidence that these parties worked …

How to recycle your used and unwanted gadgets

You're probably used to sorting your garbage into bins: green for paper or blue for plastic and glass. But when it comes to electronics, we're still used to selling those off or tossing them into the trash heap. Unfortunately, our gadget addiction has real consequences for the planet, making it …

Sustainability

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

The WyzeCam gets a smarter sequel that still costs only $20

That the $20 WyzeCam worked as well as it did is still kind of a surprise. It's no wonder then that the Amazon alums who created it have been working on a sequel: the WyzeCam v2. It'll still cost $20 when it starts shipping at the end of February, but don't let yourself be fooled by its …

Google reveals its most-searched ‘How To’ tips

It's easy to forget how difficult DIY repairs were just a couple of decades ago, considering how easy the internet makes it to fix very specific product problems. (My biggest personal victory was fixing a 50-inch LG plasma display that borked a week after the warranty expired, following some …

Kodi boxes 'threaten to undermine' the UK's anti-piracy efforts

Media centre software Kodi is once again taking flak for its role in facilitating digital piracy today. An announcement from the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has praised "innovative" services like Netflix and Spotify for keeping Brits on the straight and narrow, but notes that the scale …

Lithium-ion creator helped develop a better battery technology

At 94 years old, John B. Goodenough isn't done changing the landscape of battery technology. The University of Texas at Austin professor who's widely credited for the invention of lithium-ion batteries has developed a better alternative. Goodenough, Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria …

Logitech's ZeroTouch is now the best, most expensive Android Auto car mount you can buy

Logitech's in-car phone mount originally launched as the ZeroTouch now has a second version dubbed the "SmartCar" mount and is being stocked by the …

Android Auto

The truth about Trump's secret server and Russia

It's hard not to follow the hacks and cracks of the election, even if you don't want to -- every day there's a new accusation or hysterical revelation. So you no doubt saw "Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?" postulating that Donald Trump's connections to Russia were confirmed with the …

How to master computer science, minus the student loans

These days, you don't need to spend a fortune on college tuition to gain valuable professional skills. The Complete Computer Science Bundle gives students a full programming education without having to spend the next ten years of your life in debt. Right now, Engadget readers can get this 8-course …

HDHomeRun's DVR app is ready for the Xbox One

Earlier this year Microsoft confirmed that development of a DVR feature for the Xbox One is "on hold," so what's next for fans of its OneBox dream? SiliconDust's answer is an app that lets you watch TV streamed directly to the game system from a DVR (which could be a PC, Android TV box or NAS -- …

Enough About The Free Windows Upgrades Already, These Alternate Operating Systems Are Always Free

Frankly, I’m burned out on all of the Windows news as of late, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about some interesting alternate operating systems that are free ALL of the time…<p>If you’re open to the idea of experimenting with Linux, Ubuntu is an easy recommendation. Ubuntu is one of …

Linux

HDHomeRun tuners connect directly to Samsung TVs

While we wait for the FCC and cable companies to work out a plan for the future of TV, Silicon Dust has a way for you to experience cable with as few boxes as possible. This week the company detailed the ability of Samsung's 2016 TVs to access streams from its network cable TV tuners -- no external …

The best USB battery packs

<i>By Mark Smirniotis</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.</i><p>We brought in almost 50 pounds of batteries and tested them in a specialist lab in Vancouver, British Columbia, to find the best USB battery pack for any …

Congressman calls for probe of longstanding mobile security flaw

It's no secret that Signaling System 7 -- a set of crucial protocols that define how phone calls, messages and data are routed through networks -- is flawed. Thanks to a recent report by 60 Minutes, though, at least one member of Congress was spooked enough to try and do something about it. …

Acer Chromebase is an all-in-one video conference system

We first met Acer's Chromebase at CES 2016, but that one wasn't loaded with Google's enterprise software like this version is. The company's new Chromebase for meetings is a dedicated video conference system that tracks schedules and supports 25-person Hangouts sessions, even with people with no …

Acer's 14-inch Chromebook tries premium on a budget

Acer's Chrome OS strategy is all about saturation. The company has been an ardent supporter of Google's browser-based OS, and it offers laptops, convertibles and all-in-ones in a wide range of sizes. One thing it's been missing, though, is a 14-inch model. That changes today.<p>The Acer Chromebook 14 …

Building a brand-new Internet

We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017.<p>The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. We are faced by more and …

The best HDTV indoor antenna

<i>By Grant Clauser</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After spending more than 20 hours attaching many antennas to multiple TVs in two different testing locations (one suburban and one urban), watching way too much …

Google gives My Maps for Android a much-needed revamp

Google's My Maps for Android hasn't received a lot of affection lately, but the company is making up for that in style. It quietly released a big upgrade to the custom mapping app that, on top of a "new look and feel," throws in features that arguably should have been there ages ago. You can see …

The best beard trimmer

<i>By Seamus Bellamy</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Sweethome</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After 46 hours of research and a week of testing tools with a pair of professional barbers, plus an additional two months spent testing five new devices …

Google staffer makes his own smart bathroom mirror

Smart mirrors are everywhere in tech companies' visions of future homes, but they never seem to show up in real homes -- at best, you might find them in fitting rooms. That just wasn't good enough for Google's Max Braun, though. He recently built his own smart bathroom mirror, and it even matches …

Ubuntu's first tablet doubles as a desktop, goes on sale in Q2

Remember that time Spanish device maker BQ started promoting a new, Ubuntu-powered tablet before Canonical was ready to start talking about it? Well, the Ubuntu developer finally decided to get chatty. As expected, the device is a Ubuntu-fied version of BQ's existing Aquaris M10 tablet, with just …

You can stop Microsoft bugging you about Windows 10 upgrades

One of the great things about the days of the doorstop salesperson is that you could slam the door in their face if you weren't in a buying mood. It's not a hint that Microsoft was willing to take, constantly harassing Windows 7 and 8 users to make the upgrade to Windows 10. Thankfully, the firm …

The best resources for learning to code in 2016

If learning how to code isn't on your list of new year's resolutions, you should reconsider -- The demand for tech skills is higher than ever, and you can master them from the comfort of your couch thanks to the wealth of information available online. However, with so many eLearning services …

This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere)

It's happened. Someone built a quadcopter big enough to carry human cargo. The future is officially here, and it's kinda scary. Scary in the cool way, though. The same company that brought us the regular-sized Ghost drone has just announced the "184" Personal Flying Vehicle (PFV). It's about the …