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Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

With 5 Quick Clicks You Can See All the Data Facebook Has on You (I Was Truly Stunned by What I Found)

It takes just five short steps to download the entire archive. You probably want to do it immediately.<p><i>(Update: Facebook says it's changing how you can access and change your privacy settings. Details are here.)</i><p>Tough times for Facebook--and they're only getting worse. The FTC is investigating, the …

Social Media

How To Disable Facebook’s Data Collection Setting, Including Phone Call & Text Logs

On Mar. 25, Facebook acknowledged that as part of their data collection process for Android users, those who downloaded Messenger on their phones and …

Apps

Photo Basics: Understanding ISO and How to Use It for Shooting Better Photographs (VIDEO)

The camera primer below is the final episode in a series we’ve been featuring, designed to help photographers fully understand exposure settings and …

The Audiophiliac picks the best receivers and amplifiers

Audiophile

SimpliSafe upgrades the DIY home security experience

SimpliSafe, a Boston-based home security company, launched their first security products in 2009 and the devices were a hit. Thanks to their home-security-in-a-box solution the average homeowner could install door sensors, glass-break microphones, and motion detectors without having to run wires or …

Home Security

Amazon's Alexa is causing hell for people actually named Alexa — but there's a little-known solution

When Alexa —a PR professional living in London — got an Amazon Echo in her home, it didn't take long for the jokes to start.<p>"My husband thought it was hilarious when he was given one for Xmas in 2016 and could say 'Alexa, volume down' or 'Alexa, off' and joke that he was actually talking to me, not …

Smart Homes

Here’s how to set up a ‘Routine’ on your Amazon Alexa device

In September 2017, Amazon unveiled a new feature of Alexa, the virtual assistant that is available on Amazon’s line of Echo devices (and now lots of …

Smart Homes

From Nest to Hive to Homekit: Smart Home Devices Explained

A smart home should make your life feel easier – here's what you need to know before investing<p>Hive<p>If there’s one term that has been thrown around a …

Home Automation

Astell&Kern Acro L1000 Desktop Headphone Amplifier

Odds are if you're an audiophile, you've got high-res music on your computer. Make the most of it with the Astell&Kern Acro L1000 Desktop Headphone …

Audiophile

Photo Basics: Watch This Crash Course on Using Your Camera’s Manual Mode for Better Photos (VIDEO)

You’ve probably heard someone boast that, “You’re not a real photographer until you switch your camera’s mode dial from Auto to Manual.” While we …

Shutter Speed

How to Start a Smart Home

Smart ideas<p>In the last few years, the idea of a smart home has become less a lofty sci-fi idea and more an accessible reality. Speakers that control …

Home Automation

A Beginner’s Guide to a Home Automation System

Home automation is a rapidly growing market in today’s technology-savvy world. It’s an appealing blend of technology and convenience (and a plain old …

Smart Homes

14 Lightroom Tricks You NEED to Know

Photographer and filmmaker Evan 5ps gives you 14 Lightroom Tricks he USES EVERYDAY to speed up your workflow.

Photography

Quick Tips for Photographing the Full Moon or Supermoon

The great thing about photographing the moon is that you have many chances each month to photograph it in its various phases.<p>That means that if you …

Landscape Photography

The Philips Hue LightStrip might be your new favorite thing in the world

Everyone loves Philips Hue bulbs. What’s not to love? They’re class-leaders on every level. We recently told you about a sale on everyone’s favorite …

Home Automation

The 4 gadgets you need to create an amazing smart home setup for under $250

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>If you’ve waited until now to start your smart home, your patience has paid off.<p>Technology has gotten better, cheaper, and smaller …

Home Automation

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

"Why didn't she text me back yet? She doesn't like me anymore!"<p>"There's no way I'm trying out for the team. I suck at basketball"<p>"It's not fair that I have a curfew!"<p>Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness — …

Self-help

Insteon Smart Remote Control Dimmer with Alexa support $40 shipped (Reg. $50)

Amazon is offering the Insteon SwitchLinc Remote Control Dimmer with Alexa support for <b>$39.99 shipped</b>. That’s $10 off the regular price/ B&H’s current listing and only the second time we’ve seen it at this price this year. Rated 4.2/5 stars by Amazon shoppers.<p>Features of the Insteon Remote Control …

Melnor Smartphone-Controlled Watering System w/ Alexa for $121.50 shipped

Amazon has the Melnor RAINCLOUD Internet Controlled Smart 4 Valve Garden Watering Irrigation Timer for <b>$121.49 shipped</b>. That’s nearly 20% off the regular listing, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best we can find. Rated 4+ stars from nearly 100 Amazon customers.<p>Melnor RAINCLOUD 4 Valve …

Bluetooth is getting a big upgrade to make it better for smart homes

Yay, another smart home standard<p>There’s a long-running fight between wireless standards to be the one and only to connect all the smart devices in your home. And with an upgrade today, Bluetooth is making a good case for itself.<p>Bluetooth SIG, the group that oversees the Bluetooth standard, is today …

Home Automation

7 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop

Home Security

How to get started with an Alexa smart home

Amazon's virtual assistant makes it easy to assemble a voice-activated smart home. Here's how to put her to work.<p>If you're a regular reader here at CNET, then you've probably noticed an awful lot of stories about Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa -- particularly the many ways in which she can take …

Smart Homes

Smart Homes' Basic Setup: 5 Devices You Need, Prices And Risks Involved

Our homes and generally our lives, are growing more and more smart every day. Whether it be smartwatches, smartphones and smart speakers, they can …

Transforming a Boring Photo Into a Dramatic One With Photoshop

The mere mention of image manipulation may make some photographers cringe, but there’s no denying that some skill with Photoshop can enable you to …

Tutorials

New 2nd Gen Ring Video Doorbell Announced

Ring has announced their second generation Ring Video Doorbell and this new device gets a number of upgrades over the original.<p>The new Ring Video …

Home Security

Just how many products have Alexa built in?

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

Gennova Home Automation Solution Is Compatible With Siri, Amazon Echo And Others (video)

If you are having problems deciding which home automation assistant to choose, or would not like to be restricted by one specific platform from …

Automation

Ring ships Apple-compatible Video Doorbell 2, says HomeKit coming to other accessories

Ring on Monday launched the Video Doorbell 2, a Mac-, iPhone-, and iPad-compatible smarthome accessory that makes several key upgrades over its …