Before it shut down, I was a die hard Simple (bank) user. The service really honed in my financial “style” (if that’s what you can call it) and helped me streamline my finances. When I found out it was shutting down, I panicked, looking for a replacement. I still haven’t really found one (for those wondering, I settled on YNAB for now).
But in that panic, I read about Chime several times. It came highly recommended by people who used it, and it was on my considerations list. Now, I’m really glad I didn’t choose to go with it. Recently, news broke that Chime—which isn’t actually a bank at all, but rather a frontend for backing banks (not unlike Simple, really)—is closing people’s accounts, locking many of them out of their funds. A lot is going here, but it’s a good reminder that we should all tread carefully with these fly-by-night services. Hit the top story for all the details.
Vilo announced a mesh Wi-Fi system with three routers for just $60. Sound too good to be true? Stay tuned for our full review next week.
Chime is one of the fastest-growing banking apps thanks to its easy sign-up process, clean interface, credit-building features, and two-day-early paycheck advances. But a new report from ProPublica reveals that thousands of Chime users are locked out of their accounts and unable to access their money for seemingly no reason. Read More »
If you need to upgrade your keyboard, why not go wireless? Although there can be benefits to have a wired keyboard, typically a wireless keyboard works better for most people. The biggest advantage to going wireless is that you won’t have to deal with any wires cluttering up your desk space. Read More »
Robert Wise’s 2001 Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is about to undergo a massive 4K remaster for the Paramount+ streaming service. Releasing within the next 6 to 8 months, the 4K remaster will allow fans to enjoy the first Star Trek film’s stunning visual effects in theatrical quality—if they don’t fall asleep halfway through, that is. Read More »
The original Harley-Davidson LiveWire cycle launched in 2019 and was lauded for its stellar style and performance. However, no one loved its super-high $29,799 price tag. Now, the LiveWire ONE relaunch is set to make a splash under the new spinoff brand, and it’s got a much lower price tag to boot. Read More »
Those who haven’t tried the Windows 11 Insider build are already arguing about the redesigned Taskbar. But when Windows 11 is officially released, its new Start menu may prove to be a bit more controversial—it’s such a divisive topic that enthusiasts have already found a way to bring back the Windows 10 Start menu. But is it worth the trouble? Read More »
Enjoy a fun game of cornhole in your backyard, while camping, or at the park with this simple PVC-framed cornhole game set. It includes two 3 x 2-foot cornhole boards, eight soft bean bags, and a carrying bag for taking your game on the go. The boards easily pop up into the angled game mode, and back down when you’re ready to store them. The polyester fabric has an anti-skid treatment that can resist wear and tear from the bags skidding on the surface.
Welcome back to our weekly review of Loki, the show that alas can’t manage much in the way of consistency. After a surprise reveal of several variant Lokis, we looked forward to an episode that picks up the pace. And unfortunately, we got the exact opposite—a filler episode. Read More »
Newegg just entered the world of build-to-order PCs, and its already one of the most compelling options available. For $99 plus the price of parts, Newegg will assemble and deliver a PC using components of your choice. You can choose from the full selection of parts on Newegg’s website, or skip the design process and order a premade configuration. Read More »
Petcube is back and ready to help you reward (or yell at) your pets, even when you’re not at home. Its new Bites 2 Lite treat slinger is half the price of the original Bites 2. Although the new Lite version cuts out a few features, it keeps the essentials and is much more affordable. Read More »
The Jet Bot AI+, Samsung’s latest robot vacuum, goes all out with impressive new tech, much of which is the same that’s used in self-driving cars. It’s designed to more efficiently navigate your home and the objects within it, whether it’s your TV stand, your socks, or your adorable new puppy. Read More »
Even if your phone has an Ingress Protection water-resistance certification, leaving it next to a pool may not be such a great idea. Water-resistant seals can wear down over time, creating vulnerabilities that are impossible to detect. But a new Android app that claims to test your phone’s water resistance without using any water may offer some peace of mind. Read More »
There was a time when $100 mesh Wi-Fi kits seemed laughably affordable. But now, a company called Vilo is selling a speedy mesh Wi-Fi kit with a 4,500 square foot range for just $60 (or $20 per unit). It ain’t no Wi-Fi 6 router, but the Vilo mesh Wi-Fi kit looks like an absolute steal for the price. Read More »
If you’re thinking of buying a new TV or smartphone, you might have seen the term “OLED” used to describe the type of display. So what exactly is OLED, what benefits does it have, and why should you choose it over other display technologies? Read More »
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is precious cargo. It’s sleek, thin, and light. While that’s great for when you’re using it on the couch, you’ll need protection when you’re out and about. Our recommendations have got you covered. Read More »
Android apps have historically been distributed as APKs (Android Packages). An APK contains a compiled version of an app, along with critical media resources such as icons and sounds. They also include a manifest file, providing app information to the Android system, and a set of certificates and signing keys that verify the publisher’s identity. Read More »