Gear & Gadgets

This 150-inch projector makes ‘cinema-quality’ images—and it’s cheaper than you think

The price of 4K TVs has plummeted in recent years, but you might want to look at home laser projectors before springing for one.<p>The Xiaomi Mi Laser …

Set-Top Boxes

OnePlus 5 camera shootout vs. Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel

OnePlus crammed some impressive camera technology into its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 5. But when it comes to photography prowess, the competition among phones has never been more fierce. All of the top players pay close attention to their cameras and each year, the bar gets set even higher …

Phones

How to buy a used car

<b>Over eight million used cars were sold in 2016, which suggests buying one can't be all that difficult – can it?</b><p>The thing to know about a used car is …

Money

Raspbian GNU/Linux: New release includes installable x86 image

Raspbian GNU/Linux 2017-06-21 is available now, for both Raspberry Pi and x86 platforms.<p>A new release of Raspbian GNU/Linux came out last week. Along …

Raspberry Pi

Circuit starter guide: Everything you need to prototype, text, and build circuits with a Raspberry Pi computer - The MagPi Magazine

We’re into digital making here at The MagPi and this almost always involves build a circuit: first as using prototyping board (or breadboard) and …

Arduino

Now you can quantify your cat’s comings and goings too

Cat owners rejoice! Now you can quantify the comings and goings of your furry friend — thanks to an app-controlled pet door that can send push notifications when Tibbles enters and leaves your abode.<p>Other app-enabled features include the ability to remotely lock or unlock the pet door, set curfews, …

Home Automation

The best parts of iOS 11 on iPhone

I OS 11 public data is now available for iPhone and iPad. I've been using it for a few days on the iPhone seven plus and and iPad pro. If you're going to use it keep it mind it's in beta and I would definitely use it on a second device and not a primary unless you back up. That being said, what can …

Apple

Review: Nest Cam IQ is one of the best security cameras around, but it ain’t cheap

Connected security cameras are becoming more and more common these days, with the highest priority being remote access to your video feed via your smartphone. There are a number of good security cameras on the market, and Nest has always been one of the top players. The Alphabet-owned company’s …

Home Automation

9 smart home gadgets that can help increase your property value

A recent survey of 100,000 first-time millennial homebuyers found that 28 percent of respondents valued smart home technology as their biggest priority when purchasing a property.<p>Another survey conducted by Wakefield Research found that the same was true for rentals -- 86 percent of millennials …

Home Automation

10 hot Apple Watch bands that cost under $20 each

All things considered, the Apple Watch is a tremendous value. It offers so many features and so much valuable functionality, and yet the Apple Watch …

Smartwatches

Nest’s new home camera is an interesting toy

The Cam IQ’s intelligence doesn’t justify its cost<p>I’ve never understood the fascination with connected home cameras, such as Canary, the Nest Cam, and others. They’ve always been a gimmick in my experience: not reliable enough for a proper security system, not practical enough to be a baby monitor. …

Smart Homes

Panasonic's Nanoe X clothes hanger deodorizes garments overnight

Why it matters to you<p>Not everyone has time to run by the dry cleaners. The Nanoe X coat hanger makes sure your clothes don't smell between …

Consumer Tech

Amazon's Echo intercom feature is part of a strategy to get you to buy more Echo devices

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>As Amazon starts to ship its new Echo Show smart speaker, the company is turning the devices and others in the Echo line into in-home intercoms, according to Business Insider.<p>It's …

Smart Homes

Nest Cam IQ review

Nest's 4K camera has the specs, but few will want to pay<p><b>The Good</b> The $299/£299 Nest Cam IQ has an 8-mexapixel, 4K image sensor and improved 12x digital zoom for access to new live streaming security features. A hardware upgrade improves the audio quality of Nest's two-way talk function.<p><b>The Bad</b> You …

Home Automation

Wemo Mini Smart Plug review: Compact, smart, and inexpensive

Belkin’s Wemo Mini Smart Plug fits into its growing family of smart-home hardware, and you manage it and other devices through the company’s Wemo …

Home Automation

What’s going on with those Android Wear 2.0 notification issues?

It’s being described as “one of the worst jokes in recent times.” “I’m absolutely fuming!!!” says one commenter. “This is a bad dream,” states another.<p>Nothing strikes the nerve quite like Android Wear notification issues.<p>Since early April, frustrated smartwatch owners running Android Wear 2.0 have …

Android Wear

Samsung Galaxy S8 update seeks to remedy an annoying flaw

<b>Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface has often been described as the weakest area of its market-leading smartphones, drawing criticism for the amount of</b> …

Samsung

Researchers demonstrate attack for pwning entire wind-farms

University of Tulsa security researchers Jason Staggs and his colleagues will present Adventures in Attacking Wind Farm Control Networks at this …

Raspberry Pi

Screwing In This Lightbulb Turns Your Entire Desk Into a Touchscreen Smartphone

What if all those apps you rely on at work weren’t trapped on your smartphone’s tiny screen? They may not be for much longer. Researchers at Carnegie …

Carnegie Mellon University

Pornhub now supports interactive toys, proving porn paves the way

Pornhub, an adult content site, has announced compatibility with interactive sex toys like the Kiiroo Onyx – essentially an articulated sex jar – and the Fleshlight Launch – also essentially an articulated sex jar. Certain pre-coded videos played on Pornhub will send signals to these wireless …

Consumer Tech

Review: Mujjo’s full-grain leather cases for the Galaxy S8 are some of the best you can get

The Galaxy S8 is a gorgeous piece of hardware, but with lots of glass comes plenty of ways the phone can be damaged. While I’ll happily use something like the Pixel XL or Blackberry Keyone without a case, the Galaxy S8 basically requires one.<p>Many would argue, though, that wrapping such a beautiful …

Samsung

Under-screen fingerprint sensor unveiled

<b>Qualcomm has announced a fingerprint ID sensor designed to be fitted underneath smartphone and tablet screens.</b><p>It said the component could also work with wet fingers or underwater and could be used to measure heart rates.<p>The development paves the way for Android device-makers to be able to achieve …

OLEDs

LG's 77-inch Wallpaper TV is selling for the low, low price of $20k

LG's W-series "Picture-on-Wall" TVs wowed us at CES, but we knew the massive 65-inch and 77-inch hyperthin screens would cost a mint. Especially since last year's top-of-the-line G-series started at $5,000. Wonder no longer, screen aficionados: The larger 77-inch-wide W-series will retail for …

Tablets

iPhone launch day bag is the ultimate obscure Apple collector’s item

It’s cool to own an original, first-gen iPhone. But if you really want to show that you were among the Apple faithful — a true believer who queued up for Cupertino’s inaugural handset back on June 29, 2007 — you’re going to want an extra accessory: the custom paper bag it came in.<p>More than just an …

Apple Watch

iPhone Anniversary Edition gives analysts pre-party jitters

For the iPhone’s 10th birthday, Apple Inc. is giving itself a big new challenge.<p>Maintaining its usual secrecy about product plans, Apple is widely expected later this year to announce three iPhones instead of the usual two—updated versions of the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as a …

Apple

Kodi users warned to stop streaming from this popular set-top box immediately

A set-top box used to run the Kodi streaming software has been recalled by the European Union over fears it could shock users.<p>Not through any …

Set-Top Boxes

New $20,000 77-inch LG OLED TV hangs like a picture on the wall

The latest OLED TV from LG Electronics takes TV envy to an entirely new dimension.<p>Priced just under $20,000 -- at $19,999 -- the 77-inch Signature display is a "wallpaper" TV that hyperrealistically hugs the wall, hence its described "picture-on-wall" design. At less than one-fifth of an inch …

OLEDs

D-Link HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8200LH)

<b>Pros</b><p>Wide field of view. Sharp image quality. Works with other smart home devices. Motion and sound detection. Local event recording.<p><b>Cons</b><p>No two-way …

Smart Homes

Which of Amazon's new Prime-only phones should you buy?

OK, that's kind of a loaded question, but it's a discussion worth having: The reseller now offers 10 models priced between $50 and $200. Plus: Get Portal 2 for just 2 bucks!<p><i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog?</i> …

Phones

myChevrolet iPhone app adds basic ’Energy Awareness’ range estimate map for Bolt EV, Apple Watch support, more

The myChevrolet app for iPhone gets a big update today that brings a handful of new features to drivers with supported vehicles, including a new ‘Energy Awareness’ feature for Bolt EV owners and support for Apple Watch.<p>For Chevy Bolt EV drivers, a new ‘Energy Awareness’ feature gives you a visual …

Smartwatches