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How to take your best portrait photos on your iPhone

We've put together our best tips for shooting incredible portraits on your phone.<p>Shooting lovely pictures of your family and friends is one of the best uses for your phone's camera. Though I regularly shoot weddings as a professional photographer using expensive DSLRs and lights, I also love using …


CNET's favorite products of 2017

We reviewed hundreds of products this year. Here are our 50 favorites.<p>From OLED TVs to Amazon Echos to iPads, 2017 was all more about evolution than revolution on the consumer tech front. Last year's products with a bit more speed and polish was the order of the day. Of course, there were pockets …


CNET's top-rated products of 2017

We review tons of gadgets at CNET. These are the best of the best.

Gear & Gadgets

Philips' smokeless grill brings your barbecue indoors

Apartment life can be tough. I've always wanted to grill a fat juicy steak at home, but I don't have a garden and don't want to risk filling up my place with charcoal smoke. But Philips is about to make my grilling dreams come true.<p>The Philips Avance Collection Indoor Grill may not look like much, …


Things you should do right now to make your holidays easier

Plan on ways to entertain the troops<p>Start up some party games<p>Get everyone into a treasure hunt<p>Plan on making Alexa do some of the work<p>Stop the stink ahead of time<p>Make a #2 spray<p>Essential oils to choose from<p>Get a toilet air purifier<p>Put a security camera by your door<p>Make plans so your don't worry …


Top 5 questions for Apple in 2018

Apple's 2017 was pretty impressive, but it needs to come up with some solutions to make 2018 even better.

Rights & Freedoms

Elusive Tesla semi truck spotted taking a cruise

A visitor to Tesla's design facility in California captured rare footage of Elon Musk's latest toy for truckers in the wild.<p>Tesla Motors unveiled its electric semi truck last month -- and that's the only limited, after-dark glimpse most people have had of the big rig, save for Elon Musk's early …

Elon Musk

This $3,700 LG induction stove will speed up your cooking

The LG LSE4617ST is great if you need your food in a hurry, but it'll cost you.


Microsoft paints politically beautiful world for the holidays

Commentary: Redmond's ad for Christmas is warm, cuddly and celebrates, of all things, Microsoft Paint. It also has a serious political message.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Let's reach for the symbolism in Microsoft's new ad for the …


PUBG for Xbox: Here's the official gamepad controls

These are some of the most complicated console controls ever.<p>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds isn't an easy game, and I'm not just talking about the 99 other players looking to gun you down on its deadly island. On Windows PCs, you have to memorize loads of different keys to crouch, lean around a …

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

'Ready Player One' new trailer jumps into the OASIS

In the future, a virtual-reality treasure hunt for billions of dollars rewards players who really understand the 1980s. Totally tubular!<p>The new trailer for "Ready Player One" dropped on Sunday, and the hunt is on. The film, based on Ernest Cline's 2011 novel, stars Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts.<p>In a …


Selling iPhone X. T-Mobile and Verizon salespeople speak out

Commentary: After visiting several different carrier stores, I had emails from all over the US, offering deep salesperson feelings<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It's been a pulsating few weeks.<p>I've wandered around various carrier stores …


Stranger Things star: Show 'probably' won't return till 2019

Stuff those Eggos back in the freezer. You may have to get through all of 2018 without a return trip to Hawkins, Indiana.<p>"Stranger Things" had a nice little Halloween tie-in with season 2, which came out on Oct. 27, just days before the spooky holiday.<p>But if star David Harbour is right, fans of the …


'Stranger Things' gets hilarious Bad Lip Reading treatment

Steve and his hair grab all the best lines when the Netflix hit turns into a whole new show.<p>The videos from Bad Lip Reading are so bad, they're good. (Don't miss President Trump's inauguration, "The Force Awakens" and Yoda wailing about seagulls.)<p>In the newest video, posted Saturday, Netflix hit …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Men use 'password' as their password far more than women

Commentary: A new study shows that password habits don't appear to have become more secure, despite recent hacks.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>We try.<p>But it's so hard keeping up with password management.<p>There are so many shopping sites …


PUBG for Xbox: Here's the official gamepad controls

These are some of the most complicated console controls ever.<p>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds isn't an easy game, and I'm not just talking about the 99 other players looking to gun you down on its deadly island. On Windows PCs, you have to memorize loads of different keypresses to, say, crouch, lean …

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Black Friday deals are back at Amazon and Best Buy

With just two weeks until Christmas, some of the season's best deals are returning -- and some new deals are delivering the lowest prices ever.<p>Breaking news: Christmas Eve is just two weeks from today. And while some of you are in the home stretch of your holiday shopping, I'll bet that there's a …


Google doodle celebrates microbiologist Robert Koch

German microbiologist helped prove link between germs and infectious diseases.<p>Robert Koch understood the key to solving big problems often lay in small cells.<p>The German physician and microbiologist dedicated his life to studying germs and how they cause infectious diseases. Thanks to his role in …


FCC chairman jokes he's a Verizon puppet

Commentary: Video emerges of the FCC chairman making light of his position at an industry event.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>The best comedy requires exquisite timing.<p>I can imagine, therefore, that the emergence of a video showing …

Ajit Pai

Acer Chromebook 15 is a big laptop that's also a big bargain

The affordable Chromebook is one of the biggest models you can buy.


'Star Wars: Last Jedi' gets early raves: 'I'm still shaking'

Rian Johnson's "Jedi" wins early praise for its action and appearance. But the film's got depth, many say, with one viewer noting an "emotional payoff decades in the making."<p>Those lucky enough to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" before its official opening next week shared impressions on social media …

Star Wars

Andy Rubin back at Essential after report of improper conduct

The Android creator ends his brief leave, says a report. The absence followed an earlier report that he'd had an inappropriate relationship while at Google.<p>Android creator and Essential Products CEO Andy Rubin has reportedly returned to Essential after a short leave of absence. The leave followed a …

Andy Rubin

Uber settles lawsuit over rape victim's medical records

The suit was filed after reports that Uber executives had allegedly obtained the medical records of a woman raped by a company driver in India.<p>Uber has settled a lawsuit involving a woman raped by one of its drivers in India and allegations that the company had obtained and mishandled her medical …


This beach's rope swing is so Instagram-famous

Instagram photos don't always reflect reality. Eric Mack visited a beautiful beach where one simple homemade attraction gets most of the attention online.<p>This small stretch of Indian Ocean beach boasts fine white sand, great surfing and snorkeling amidst a coral reef and large sea turtles that …

Sri Lanka

Digital audio converter blew my mind, will blow your budget

The Audiophiliac has a close encounter with the insane Chord Dave Ultimate Reference DAC.<p>I love high-end audio gear, but I have to admit it doesn't always look as good as it sounds. Too much of high-end design is tired and bland, but no audiophile would say that about Chord Electronics, witness its …


How to watch the Geminids; the best meteor shower of the year

Shooting star fans will want to head outside in December, as the best chance for meteor-spotting also brings a special guest this year.<p>For sky watchers, 2017 goes out with a bang and bright lights, even if most of them fade fast as they sizzle above us. I'm referring to the arrival of the annual …


The Audiophiliac picks the best headphones of 2017

Klipsch Heritage HP-3<p>Beats EP<p>JH Audio Lola<p>Final Audio Design E3000<p>Audeze LCDi4<p>Focal Clear<p>Meze 99 Neo<p>Hifiman Susvara<p>Koss KPH30i<p>MrSpeakers Aeon Flow<p>1More Quad Driver<p>Audeze iSine 10<p>Audeze LCD MX4<p>Periodic Audio Mg<p>ZMF Eikon<p>AKG K872<p>Noble Sage<p>Audeze LCD2 Classic


Would you spend $1,495 on a watch made of old Mustang parts?

Ford Mustang

2019 Volvo XC40 is a damn good compact luxury SUV


Best high-tech ski gear: 2017 edition

GoPro Hero5 Black<p>GoPro Hero5 Session<p>Abom antifog goggles<p>Giro Range MIPS<p>Helly Hansen Elevation Shell<p>Seirus Inferno heated gloves<p>Smith Vantage helmet<p>BearTek Bluetooth snow gloves<p>POC Fornix Communication (with Beats audio)<p>Smith Optics I/OX Turbo Fan (OTG goggle)<p>GoPro Hero Session<p>YI 4K Action …

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