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Google Assistant can now be used to control Nest Secure alarm systems

Security is really important in this day and age, and that’s true both in our online lives and in our homes. To make home security a breeze, Nest has become a hub for everything from security cameras to video doorbells. Last year, it also launched the Nest Secure alarm system, and now that’s …

Google Assistant

What Putin May Really Have on Trump

At the end of January, on orders from Congress, the U.S. Treasury will publish a list of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “close associates”—from …

FCC Commissioner Clyburn guts anti-net neutrality order in extended dissent

FCC Commissioner Clyburn’s passionate dissent at last month’s meeting left no room for guesswork on her position on the Commission’s plan to eliminate net neutrality. But it wasn’t all she had to say. Yesterday, released alongside the final text of the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, is an …

Telecoms

The 9 biggest iPhone X annoyances and how to fix them

New iPhone, new problems. Here are solutions to some of the worst ones.<p>So, how are you liking that new iPhone X ($1,188.00 at Amazon.com)? If you're anything like me, you're digging the big screen and fancy camera -- and not digging certain other things.<p>Indeed, after a couple weeks with Apple's …

IPhone 8

Apple’s iCloud Fully Explained

iCloud has been around for years now and it’s become essential to how many people store photos and documents, send emails, and sync and backup their …

Operating Systems

How to replace your old, outdated 3-way light switches

Here's how to swap outdated three-way light switches for something much better.<p>Archaic light switches might as well be from the stone age. All they do is turn a light on and off. They can't dim lighting gently or remember the brightness level you prefer. Outdated switches don't play nicely with LED …

Arduino

How to turn your iPad into the best digital photo frame

You can easily spend between $100 and $200 on a Wi-Fi digital photo frame, but these often have clunky interfaces for syncing photos and the displays can be quite poor. A better solution may be repurposing an old iPad or putting your current iPad in photo frame mode for special occasions.<p>Apple used …

This creepy floating eyeball might be the smart home cam you want

The Moon is a levitating eyeball-shaped security cam that's the smart home device of either your dreams or your nightmares.<p>If you think smart home tech is creepy, the Moon will be a great device to prove your point. It's a floating eyeball-shaped security cam that can rotate to follow your …

Smart Homes

How to navigate the Home button-less iPhone X using gestures [Video]

The iPhone X ushers in a major change to the way we interact with our devices due to the lack of a Home button. In order to accommodate an almost bezel-free display, Apple eschewed the Home button and replaced its functionality with several new Screen Edge Gestures.<p>The presence of these new …

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

The cloud wars explained: Amazon is dominating, but Microsoft and Google are striking back

Amazon's cloud service is its most profitable unit. Microsoft has pegged its future to its cloud computing businesses, leading to a very enthusiastic response from Wall Street. Google, too, is betting big on cloud computing as something that could be bigger than its advertising business.<p>What …

Customers

McIntosh MA9000 Integrated Amp

Some people like new audio equipment. Some like vintage. The McIntosh MA9000 Integrated Amp looks vintage, but ensures it'll stay relevant way after …

Audiophile

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

America, a user’s guide: The Constitution of the United States

A classic work of political compromise between different regions and competing interests, it remains our foundation<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>Especially in times of intense political division — such as right now — it can often seem that Americans don’t agree about anything, including our national identity and</i> …

United States

Netbeans vs. Eclipse: Comparing Two Java IDEs

Why would you use an IDE over a text editor when creating an application? While text editors like Sublime allow you to write and edit code easily, …

Netbeans

LastPass will store two-factor codes alongside your passwords

Keeping track of a list of secure passwords across your myriad accounts and services is a nightmare, but it's necessary for the future we live in. LastPass, the password management app, wants to make it a little more convenient on mobile. With the latest update to its authenticator application, …

The world’s best mesh Wi-Fi system now boosts any router you already have

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about mesh Wi-Fi systems even if you don’t already own one. These next-generation wireless internet solutions use a …

IBM aims to undercut AWS and Azure with new ‘Flex’ cloud storage service

LAS VEGAS — IBM unveiled a raft of new products and services at its InterConnect conference here today, aimed at making it easier for large …

Amazon Web Services

The Edge Will Eat The Cloud

Today, cloud computing is eating enterprise data centers, as more and more workloads are born in the cloud, and some are transforming and moving to …

Top 20 Most Popular Programming Languages in 2017

The software engineering craft has been steadily growing in popularity for the past couple of decades. The innovations in technological startups and …

Your WD networked drive is vulnerable to remote attacks

If you have one of Western Digital's My Cloud nstorage drives, you might be particularly vulnerable to internet attacks. <i>Exploitee.rs</i> has discovered a number of unpatched security flaws in most My Cloud models that let remote intruders bypass the login, insert their own commands and upload files …

5 Wireless Home Audio Systems to Fill Your Home with Beautiful Music

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The secret sauce to creating dynamic, advanced websites is this PHP and MySQL training

If you’re going to build for the web, you need to know PHP and MySQL. In tandem, these vital web development tools can produce function-rich, beautifully customized websites and databases, and you’ll learn all you need in this Complete PHP & MySQL Web Development Bundle. Pick up this package of …

GoPro Karma Review: This is the drone for GoPro diehards

M<p>eet the Karma, GoPro’s eagerly awaited quadcopter. The Karma is capable, packable, and easy to fly. And because it uses GoPro’s best cameras, the picture quality is superb.<p>In the end, GoPro is a camera company that made a drone. The Karma drone is first and foremost an accessory for GoPro cameras …

Drones

RMAF 2016: Saturday, Part 2, with Herb

German loudspeaker manufacturer BMS “Sells fewer raw drivers to more DIY guys and more raw drivers to fewer pro-sound guys…”—or so says Jack Arnott …

Suffering and Celebration in Glorious SACD Sound

Not having listened to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6, aka the "Pathétique," in quite some time, I had forgotten how heart-tugging beautiful it is. …

How to Set a Priority Reminder on Your iPhone

Open the Reminders app on your iPhone.<p>Create a reminder or tap the “i” next to an existing reminder.<p>In the Details menu, you’ll see Priority and None, !, !!, !!!.<p>Tap the three exclamation points to set a reminder a very high priority or the single exclamation point for lower priority reminders.<p>Tap …

Apps

How to turn an old Wi-Fi router into an access point

Instead of getting rid of that old and busted Wi-Fi router, you can use it instead to extend the Wi-Fi coverage of your home. Here's how.<p>A network needs only one router to function. That said, when you replace your old Wi-Fi router with a better faster one, you can spend time trying to convince …

Wi-Fi

How to transfer your Evernote notes to Apple Notes

If you ask me, there's no compelling reason for most iPhone and Mac users to pay for Evernote when Apple Notes offers a lot of the same features and costs nothing. (Apple Notes does use your iCloud account storage, but it'll take up a negligible amount of space.)<p>So, how do you make the switch if …

Productivity

Plume Pods will revolutionize your home WiFi network

It's pretty safe to assume that almost every home with an internet connection also has a WiFi router (or two). While connecting our laptops, …