Happy Thursday! I love hearing stories about dogs (or other pets!) saving their owners’ lives. This morning, I read about an amazing dog in Ottawa that saved her owner, who had a seizure during a walk. The dog literally stopped traffic to get someone to help! Dogs are amazing, y’all. Pretty sure my cats would just let me die, but for some reason, I love them anyway?
Have you considered upgrading your mic setup for an improved video chat experience? Sure, your camera is important, but if you’re using its built-in mic or the one on your headphones, you could be making everyone else on calls suffer from crumby audio. But there’s a catch: should you go USB or XLR when you upgrade? That’s a tough call, but we aim to answer it with today’s top story. It really comes down to convenience, but if the best audio possible is what you’re after, it’s hard to beat XLR. Hit the link for the full skinny.
Dyson’s new vacuum will show you dust on the floor with lasers. Lasers!
The five-year-old Fairphone 2 got a major Android OS update. That’s honestly pretty impressive for a phone of that age!
If you’ve been looking into purchasing a microphone for your computer, you’ll notice most mics specify themselves as either “USB” or “XLR” microphones. While this might seem like a minor difference in a sea of specs, it’s one of the most important things to know about a mic before purchasing it. Read More »
If you want automated smart home that doesn’t require the cloud, look no further than Hubitat. The smart home company’s routines are far more robust than nearly any other option. And now, the company is adding optional subscriptions for remote access and cloud backup. The keyword is optional! Read More »
Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or a well-rounded LEGO fan (or both), you’ll have to add the three new official Star Wars LEGO sets to your collection. There’s a Darth Vader helmet, a Scout Trooper helmet, and an Imperial Probe droid, and each of them are iconic parts of the wondrous Star Wars galaxy. Read More »
Disney+ just announced when its first price increase will go into effect: March 26. We knew the $1 hike was coming, as Disney made it known just after introducing all of the exciting new Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar series coming to the streaming service in the following months. Read More »
Cheap Android phones rarely make it past their third birthday, but the 2015 Fairphone 2 is still chugging along more than half a decade after its launch. The repairable, modular handset just got Android 9 update certification from Google, bringing new security updates and features to users who still believe in the Fairphone philosophy. Read More »
Looking to upgrade the rugs in your bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen? This non-slip chenille mat set works anywhere and offers a stylish splash of color for your home. The super plush and thick mats are comfortable and soft, and can easily soak up water in case of a spill. With 13 gorgeous neutral color options to choose from, the mats can effortlessly blend in with your current decor, and they’re machine-washable (and tumble dry) for easy cleaning as needed.
When OnePlus announced it’s the new OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, it focused squarely on flagship pricing territory. But the company also quietly launched a third more affordable phone, the OnePlus 9R. Alas, it’s only bound for India for now, but it makes some smart cuts to reduce the price. Read More »
You never realize how dirty your floors are until you buy a good vacuum. But with its new Dust Detect system, the new Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum takes the phrase “eye-opening” to a new level. It shines a bright green laser on your floor as you clean, revealing all the hidden dust particles that your other vacuum missed. Read More »
The history of boats mirrors cars when it comes to engines. In the early days of motor-powered travel, electric was a common choice, only to be replaced by internal combustion engines. X Shore’s $329,000 Eelex 8000 wants to return to those quieter days, and now the boat is ready for a U.S. release. Read More »
If you want an affordable camera that works indoors and outdoors, look no further than the Wyze Cam v3. Until recently, the biggest issue with the latest Wyze Cam was finding stock and subscription requirements. But now, you can score a Wyze Cam v3 direct from Amazon with Prime shipping. Read More »
The idea is simple: If you sign in to a Wi-Fi network on your Android phone, your Chromebook will automatically know the password as well. This works in the other direction, too. The devices share Wi-Fi credentials as long as you’re using both with the same Google account. Read More »
The sun produces solar radiation, and we call that “sunlight.” Likewise, Wi-Fi uses radio waves, which are a form of radiation. Despite what some snake oil salesmen may tell you, you don’t need an EMF shield, “router guard,” or “Wi-Fi radiation shield.” Read More »