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Adafruit tutorial turns your Raspberry Pi into an ad-blocking WiFi access point

Ads can be a buzzkill, especially when they're so pervasive they become distractions. Luckily, Adafruit has a new tutorial that turns your Raspbery Pi into a WiFi access point that doubles as a mighty ad-blocking machine for any device -- be it an iPad or an Xbox -- that connects to it. All you …

11 ways to trick Android into using less data

With expensive tiered data plans, it's easy to hit your limit. Follow this guide to cut back on data usage (and avoid overage charges).<p>Apps are moving to the cloud. Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify are big. And just about every one of us is addicted to social networking.<p>There's just one …

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What is Google Schemer?

Schemer is an underrated, underexposed Google app that helps you plan and discover plans based on your location. It'll integrate with your contact list and display what's essentially a social to-do list, or "schemes," that might be interesting or fun to do.<p>__<p>___<p>For example, if there's a particular …

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LG ships retro TV with rotary dials

Do you miss walking over the TV to change the channel? We know LG does. It just launched a 32-inch LCD set, the 32LN630R, that resembles a '70s tube TV down to the working channel and volume dials. Not that the company is foregoing modern luxuries, mind you -- its 1080p, IPS-based display supports …

Philips grows Hue smartphone-controlled lighting lineup with $80 LivingColors Bloom, $90 LightStrips

There's no shortage of home automation solutions on the market, but none can touch the cool factor of Philips' Hue. The Android and iOS-controlled lighting solution consists of a base station that controls up to 50 different lights, including the company's existing LED Connected Bulb, and two new …

The lows and highs of small Android tablets

commentary Google's new Nexus 7 makes a strong case for itself as the best Android tablet in its size class, but the budget device has become the new populist app platform.<p>At the Google press breakfast where the company unveiled the new Nexus 7 -- Google's first product franchise with "the new" …

IRL: TYLT's Energi charging backpack and the Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>This week, Darren Murph, the man of many bags, is at it once again, trying out a charging backpack we got to …

Amped Wireless' ACA1 802.11ac WiFi adapter launches July 22nd for $89.99 (video)

"It's not me, it's you," scolds the distant WiFi hotspot as your connection drops for the ninth time in an hour. As much as you may dream of buying a 20 meter Ethernet cable, Amped Wireless is determined to curtail that flirtation with its latest piece of 802.11ac hardware, the ACA1. The USB …

Study finds the iPhone is the most complained about, Samsung Galaxy S4 is the least

Following its banner launch last September, the iPhone generated the highest amount of customer criticism according to analysis by We Are Social, a …

Samsung intros HomeSync Lite: a personal cloud, hosted from your PC

Alongside the new PCs that Samsung announced today, the company has also introduced HomeSync Lite, a software solution that allows users to use their computers -- rather than an external device -- for personal cloud storage. As Samsung sees it, the key benefit exists with the ability to backup and …

Engadget Giveaway: win one of two ChromeBook Pixels, courtesy of Gogo!

The ChromeBook Pixel is a stunningly beautiful piece of machinery. With costs ranging from $1,300 to $1,500, however, it means you're shelling out even more than most standard ultrabooks and laptops. It also comes with 12 free Gogo passes and a full terabyte of Google Drive storage to sweeten the …