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How to: Build a HomeKit or Alexa-powered smart home on a $200 budget

Whether you’re hearing about it in the context of more basic smartphone control, home security or voice assistants, a lot of perks come from being a smart home owner. But often times smart home tech can be expensive, especially to someone just looking to get started. So below you’ll find our top …

Home Automation

How to spot fake reviews on Amazon

Amazon is the place to get just about anything, from a Unicorn Mask to a cardboard cutout of Buddy the Elf. But behind every amazing product is a …

Headphones

Why You Should Be Using a Foam Roller — and Which One to Buy

Right up there with kettlebells and battle ropes, foam rollers are ubiquitous at gyms but nevertheless require a bit of explanation if you want to …

Here's How to Pick a Perfect Melon Every Time

There's no feeling quite as good as cracking open a perfect melon. There's also no feeling quite as bad as cracking open a bad melon. One is like …

There’s Nothing Special About This Pocket Knife, and That’s a Good Thing

In pocket knives, as with any product, there can exist a dangerous tendency to go overboard on features and stray toward unnecessary luxury. Yes, an …

5 Android settings you should change to level up your smartphone game

Android has loads of settings available to let you customize your smartphone and give you control over security and privacy.<p>A lot of important Android settings are enabled by default, including the popular Find My Device feature. However, there a few Androud settings that need to be turned on (or …

Download this: Google's Grasshopper aims to make coding as easy as a game

Ever wanted to learn to code, but didn't know where to start? Google's new app wants to help.<p>This week the company launched Grasshopper, an app that …

This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet.<p>Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed …

UC Berkeley

Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess

How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage<p>A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.<p>It’s a problem. In …

Chatbots

How To: 3 Tips to Help You Drive Safer with Waze

Because it sources a majority of its vital data from actual drivers on the road, Waze is easily one of the best navigation apps to use if you …

How To: Properly Calibrate the Battery on Any Android Phone

After Apple's recent fiasco, it's now common knowledge that smartphone batteries degrade over time. But aside from causing terrible battery life, a …

What’s A Blockchain? Explaining The Technology Behind Bitcoin

The tech industry is loaded with buzzwords. This app disrupts <i>this</i>, this program gamifies <i>that</i>. So when you hear about the “blockchain” you might assume that it’s similar jargon. Another hot term which no one really understands. But though the latter part of that sentence might be true, the word …

JPEG vs. PNG: When and why to use one format over the other

In the world of digital imaging, there are two image formats that prevail above all else: JPEG (or JPG) and PNG.<p>At first glance, a single image shown …

Tutorials

Judge stops sale of Ring Protect home security systems

You'll have to wait a while if you had your eye on the newest home security system from Ring.<p>On Thursday night, a Delaware judge blocked the sale of Ring products as part of a lawsuit involving Ring and rival security company ADT, the website Law360 reports.<p>In the lawsuit, ADT Holdings vs. Mike …

Watchdog app reveals list of absurd teen texting codes

Is this what the kids are doing these days?<p>Teen/parent watchdog app Bark.us released a list of abbreviations and acronyms it has gathered that are popular among teens. No surprise, most of them are about naughty things like sex and drugs. It’s not exactly new — I’ve seen similar versions of the …

Ford made a trucker hat that might save drivers' lives

Truck driving is an exhausting job that requires constant attention to the road. Falling asleep during long stretches is an occasional -- and sometimes lethal -- concern. That's why Ford helped develop the SafeCap, a hat that senses head movements associated with sleepiness and wakes the driver up …

Automotive Industry

iPhone X heist puts $370,000 hurt on a single Apple Store

Well, that's one way to skip the iPhone lines.<p>Three "husky" men in hoodies driving a white Dodge van broke into a UPS truck Wednesday while it was parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store.<p>It was delivering 313 of Apple's new iPhone X devices, according to a police report. The theft happened …

Apple Store

Galaxy S9: The Specs For Samsung’s First 2018 Flagship Might Have Just Been Leaked

With the iPhone X closing in on the market, the Galaxy S9 is starting to look like Samsung’s best bet to counter Apple’s latest and greatest …

I went to buy a Pixel 2. Verizon tried to sell me a Galaxy S8

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>You might watch a launch event and decide you <i>must</i> have that new phone.<p>You might read a review -- they're very good on CNET, you know -- and hope you'll be influenced.<p>Many people, though, walk into stores …

Someone just transformed the iPad into a touchscreen MacBook Pro

When I first discovered a Medium post that explains how developers were able to add a button to an iOS device, I thought that’d be a neat solution …

The best indoor HD antennas for streaming free channels

Ditching cable doesn’t mean you have to ditch your favorite TV stations. With set-top boxes such as the Roku or Apple TV, you can get a ton of …

Gmail: Boost your productivity with these tips and tricks

We covered the basics of Gmail for Android in our beginner's guide, and now it's time to take a look at features that extend the functionality of the …

What phone should I buy if I’m on a budget?

Wirecutter Editor in Chief Jacqui Cheng offers budget recommendations for phones, computers and more on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>In the era of $1000 smartphones, it may seem like the newest, best stuff is only available to big spenders. But with a little research, it’s possible to find …

Android Phones

The best Chrome extensions to boost your productivity right now

Thanks to the emergence of Web-based tools and services, most of us work primarily in the browser these days, and that means it’s our main productivity center.<p>Google Chrome is far and away the most popular browser around and it supports a huge number of extensions, which are essentially plugins …

LG V30 review: groundbreaking phone with a deal-breaking flaw

LG keeps flirting with greatness, but refuses to commit<p>The LG V30 is a phone with soul.<p>And funk and punk. And rap and rock. And jazz and blues. This is the best-sounding smartphone that’s ever been made, and it also has LG’s finest industrial design to date. The V30 is distinctive, modern, and …

Smartphone Addiction, Social Media And Our Mental Health

'Technology is a tool for helping humans and for destroying them. This is a paradox of our times which we are compelled to face.'-Frank Herbert.The …

The QB who refuses to go away: Alex Smith having a career year in last run with Chiefs

Before the 2005 NFL Draft, Scot McCloughan called Urban Meyer, then the head coach at Utah. McCloughan ran personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, who held the first overall pick. He wanted to know about Alex Smith, Meyer’s quarterback, and Meyer told him a story.<p>During offseason team workouts, …

Every iPhone User Should Be Using a VPN & Here’s Why

These days, most of the human footprint is digital — from our purchases and transactions, to our communication and personal information, to our …

How dangerous is cyberbullying?

Just last month, Texas passed a law aimed at curbing the epidemic of cyberbullying in the state’s schools. All states have various laws that can be applied in certain bullying situations, but parents are finding with the new onslaught of cyberbullying there are loopholes that often prevent victims …