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5 privacy settings you should change in Windows 10

Taking back the operating system, one privacy setting at a time...<p>With its Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is attempting to be more transparent with its privacy settings. It may have simplified some of the language of its policies, but there is still work to be done.<p>Here are five …

Apps

Brilliant gadget lets you control any garage door opener you already have from your phone

Everyone is on a mission right now to make everything in and around their homes “smart.” Connected devices offer all sorts of benefits over “dumb” …

Home Automation

How to Install Your Own Driving Lights

Driving lights provide an extra boost of illumination when your high beams are on, and you can install them yourself.<p>Driving lights make nighttime driving safer by enhancing forward and peripheral vision, and they add value to your vehicle. Adding an extra set of more powerful lights to the front …

Arduino

Video: Touring the Control4 Smart Home RV

Control4, the company behind the award-winning home automation platform favored by many electronics integrators, has taken the smart home on the …

Amazon Alexa

Forget a Smart Home. It’s Time for a Smart Salon.

For years, we’ve romanticized the idea of living in a smart home, fully equipped to do anything and everything. Although a fully automated smart home …

7 Best Indoor Air Quality Monitors Can Help You Breathe Easier This Allergy Season

According to Environmental Protection Agency, 96 percent of homes are victim to at least one type of indoor air quality (IAQ) issue. The offending …

Smart Homes

Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

Rogue code aims to create permanent DoSA new form of attack code has come to town and it uses techniques similar to Mirai to permanently scramble …

San Francisco

Launch-ready TVS Akula 310 spotted for the 1st time; likely to be named Apache RTR 300

Akula 310 will be powered by a 310cc engine mated to a six-speed gearbox that also powers BMW G 310 R.<p>TVS Motor Company's flagship motorcycle Akula …

SureFlap has an app-controlled pet door in the pipeline

Finally coming to the pet tech space this summer: an app-controlled cat door that will tell you when your pet has left the building. RIP privacy for pets!<p>UK firm SureFlap, which already makes a range of microchipped-enabled pet products such as feeders and pet doors which only open for the …

Pets

How to set up a projector

A projector isn't quite as plug-and-play as a TV. Here's how to get yours set up for the big movie, TV show or video game. And we do mean big.<p>Home theater projectors can put truly massive images in your home for cheaper than any big-screen TV. But getting them set up takes a bit more work.<p>Once …

Gear & Gadgets

Arris' new gateway aims to improve Comcast services

Featuring RDK-B and fast broadband speed, the new SurfBoard SVG2482AC Voice Gateway promises to take the Comcast experience to a new level.<p>If you can't wait for Comcast's next-gen Advanced Gateway, Arris has something that you can get now, the SurfBoard SVG2482AC Voice Gateway, a combo box that …

Wi-Fi

I've fallen in love with this crazy minimalist turntable

Move over Bang & Olufsen: The Wheel, by Dutch company Miniot, is turntable design at its simplest and most lovely.<p>Some people marry the Eiffel Tower, some even their motorbike, but has anyone ever given thought to wedding the humble turntable?<p>Forget levitating turntables and forget Bluetooth lint …

Audiophile

Soundwall's Nova art speaker boasts magic touch and backlights

The latest version of Soundwall comes with a couple of extra features that make it even more interactive. You can think of a Soundwall either as an aluminum artwork that plays music or a flat-planel speaker disguised as a painting. Its new iteration called "Nova," however, kicks things up a notch …

7 dramatic home library ideas

Yes, please<p>When you can’t visit grand libraries with stunning architecture whenever you want, the next best thing might be a spectacular display of books right at home. Indeed, for bibliophiles with a design bent, building a home library might mean ditching generic bookshelves for clever built-in …

Architecture

Asus Tinker Board is a DIY mini PC that takes aim at Raspberry Pi

For makers, educators and IoT designers, this little board promises a lot more performance than its competitor.<p>Raspberry Pi has made a name for itself among makers, developers and students for its tiny $35 Raspberry Pi 3 computer. Asus thinks it can do better, though.<p>The Taiwanese tech company …

Raspberry Pi

'Pharma bro' Shkreli fires back at pharma industry ad blitz

The former CEO launches a website slamming industry misdeeds, amid a trade group's ad campaign that aims to distance the industry from him.<p>Martin Shkreli, the bad boy of the pharmaceuticals industry, is tired of being its whipping boy. He's fighting back.<p>Shkreli, the former CEO who rocketed to …

U.S. Congress

DuckDuckGo celebrates 10 billion anonymous searches

The privacy-focused search engine says it’s growing faster than ever<p>The ongoing impact of the Snowden revelations and Donald Trump’s ascendance to the US presidency is pushing more and more web users to privacy-focused services. Worldwide downloads of secure messaging app Signal grew 70 percent in …

DuckDuckGo

We listen to an audio system that costs as much as a Ferrari

The Audiophiliac takes the FM Acoustics Inspiration System XS-IIIB out for a spin.<p>My high-end audio career started in earnest when I worked as a salesman in a brick-and-mortar store in the 1980s, and continued later as an audio reviewer. Lucky me -- I've heard most of the world's very best audio, …

Audiophile

How a mom and her kids built a home from YouTube tutorials

After leaving a difficult marriage, Cara Brookins, a mother of four, constructed her family a house -- and a new life.<p>Just a few years ago, Cara Brookins and her four kids felt trapped -- powerless to stop the domestic abuse happening around them, prisoners inside their own walls.<p>You see, for a …

Domestic Violence

Windows 10 free upgrades are still unofficially available - ExtremeTech

By on January 10, 2017 at 10:15 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Officially, Windows 10’s free …

Filmic Pro app makes it easy to color correct iPhone 7 video

If "the best camera is the one that's with you," then you always have a pretty damn good camera if you own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. To give you more options than Apple provides, Filmic has just released a beta version of its Pro app that lets you shoot 4K video in a "log" or flat profile, a feature …

Videography

Qube Affordable Wireless Smart LED LightStrip (video)

San Francisco-based Qube has created a new smart LED light strip to expand their range of wirelessly connected illumination products, and has already …

How to Rip 4K Blu-ray to H.265 MP4 Utilizing NVIDIA GPU Acceleration?

People have higher and higher requirement on video resolution that's why 4K Blu-ray is taking the place of normal HD Blu-ray. Everyone will want to …

Televisions

AXIS Makes it Easy to Motorize Existing Shades

AXIS says the company’s Gear is “the first shading solution designed specifically to motorize existing window shades.” In addition to being one of …

Security Electronics Systems And Circuits — Part 1

SECURITY SYSTEM BASICS<p>Any system that provides its owner/user with a reasonable degree of protection against one or more real or imagined dangers, …

14 ways you can control your home with your voice using Amazon's Echo and Alexa

But then what? Adding to your shopping list? Setting timers? Asking about the weather? Great, but it's pretty similar to Siri in what it can do, and using your voice to buy things from Amazon isn't super exciting.<p>Alexa can do so much more than that, especially for your home. With the help from …

Smart Homes

Copy Blu-ray onto Inter HTPC/NUC for Kodi playback

Date May 11, 2016 Author Catherine Category Blu-ray Tips<p>Almost everyone owns or knows about PC (Personal Computer), and some are familiar with or …

10 of the best Windows 10 apps for 2016

After a few bumpy updates and a lot of spit and polish, Windows 10 has shaped up to be a pretty solid OS: fast, stable and delightful to use.<p>We’ve rounded up 10 great new and updated apps for 2016 that you can use to do things like enjoy your media collection, take notes, work on your photos and …

Our Top 10 Favorite Echo Dot Accessories From Amazon

We love our Echo Dot and plan on buying a few more, not just for the music and information ( I always ask Alexa about the weather before going out …