If you own an Echo or Ring security device, you may have discovered a rude surprise yesterday.
Amazon turned on its new Sidewalk endeavor, which uses your devices to borrow your wi-fi and create a giant public network. And you were automatically opted in (unless you happened to find out and opt-out ahead of time).
Now that sounds pretty bad, right? Just assuming you’re OK to share your Wi-Fi with total strangers can easily rub a person the wrong way. But before you drop everything to find out how to disable Sidewalk in your home, maybe consider leaving it on. It comes with some nice benefits that are worth at least thinking about. Hit our top story, we’ll walk you through what Amazon Sidewalk is, what it does, and the questions you should ask yourself before you turn it off.
If you own an Echo or Ring device and you didn’t know to opt-out, Amazon already turned on its new Sidewalk network feature for you. Look around, and you’ll find plenty of advice on how to opt out or turn it off as soon as possible. But should you? Like a lot of things, the answer is “it depends.” Read More »
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Shortly after shutting its retail store doors during the global pandemic, Microsoft confirmed it would permanently close almost all of its stores back in June 2020. However, now just shy of a year later, Microsoft is getting back into the physical retail store game and will reopen three of its original Experience Centers. Read More »
Google Assistant’s Duplex service, currently exclusive to Android phones, is coming to the Nest Hub. Duplex allows your Assistant to book restaurant reservations for you, saving you the trouble of calling in. Read More »
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This week OnePlus officially confirmed the new Nord N200 5G phone it plans to release in the United States. It will be a budget 5G smartphone with a big 90Hz display, all for under $250. After teasing the phone last month, here’s what we know so far. Read More »
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AT&T has teamed up with Google to offer up a special deal for customers who sign up for a new fiber internet plan or an eligible phone plan with a 5G-capable phone. These subscribers will get six months of Stadia Pro, Google’s gaming service. Read More »
LEGO just added another model to its Technic Ultimate series, and it’s a life-size Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 with working head and tail lights. LEGO created the model with more than 400,000 Technic pieces, 20 of which are completely custom-made. Read More »
You probably never noticed it, but the Nest Hub has a built-in browser. Better yet, the latest version of Cast OS (or Fuchsia OS on the first-gen Nest Hub) adds a keyboard to the Nest Hub’s browser, giving you the power to properly navigate webpages. Read More »
Sony’s WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds are regarded as an excellent entry in the crowded earbud market but look a little dated. Today, Sony announced a follow-up —the $279.99 WF-1000XM4 earbuds. The new earbuds update the design and features. But alas, they retain the terrible naming scheme. Read More »
Coming this fall, watchOS 8 brings a ton of new health and mindfulness features to the Apple Watch, plus improvements to the Photos app and Apple Wallet. But will the watchOS 8 update come to your Apple Watch later this year? Read More »
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We got our first glimpse of the upcoming iPadOS 15 update during Apple’s WWDC livestream, and it’s a real doozy. Not only does it bring iPhone-like widgets to the iPad homescreen, but it improves multitasking and makes Notes more accessible. But which iPads will support iPadOS when it rolls out this fall? Read More »
If you’re like us, you can’t wait for iOS 15 to come out this fall. The latest iPhone update packs a ton of new features, including a Focus mode, improvements to the Photos app, more Health tools, and FaceTime invites for Android users. But which iPhones will support iOS 15? Read More »
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