There are some truly innovative and even life-changing smart gadgets out there. Wi-Fi cameras make home security far more accessible than ever before. Smart locks are a thing of beauty—if you lock your keys in the house or need to let someone in when you’re not home, they’re a godsend. Smart bulbs simplify life in a meaningful way.
But that doesn’t mean all smart devices are great. Or life changing. Or even meaningful. In fact, some of them make life more difficult for no real reason. Today’s top story takes a look at where the smart home came from, where it’s going, and why some devices fall flat on their face.
There are malware-filled Windows 11 “installers” floating around on the web. Here’s how to make sure you don’t fall victim if you want to check out Microsoft’s latest OS.
The Surface Duo 2 leaked, showing some nice upgrades over its predecessor.
Framework’s new modular laptop got some high praise from iFixit for repairability and upgradeability.
Modern life is time consuming and stressful. Technology has improved productivity, but some studies claim that the average American spends 44% more time working than a medieval serf. So while tech has come a long way since the scythe, working folks aren’t exactly reaping the benefits. Read More »
Need to chill out for a moment? Sometimes, it’s nice to sit back, tune out, and watch people restore or reimagine old furniture. It sounds weird, but it isn’t too different than watching Bob Ross. You get to see an ugly chair or table return to glory, all while watching passionate restorers explain their process along the way. Read More »
Professional photographers prize full-frame cameras for their excellent low-light performance and large field of view, though such cameras usually cost $2,000 or more. Now, a new leak suggests that Canon is developing an $800 full-frame RF mount camera. It would be the most affordable full-frame camera ever to hit store shelves and a wonderful product for amateur photographers. Read More »
What if, one day, we didn’t have to plug in our electric cars to recharge their batteries? What if, instead, we could charge them simply by driving them? Well, the technology for this is here, and Indiana is slated to be the first to test it stateside. Read More »
Those who want early access to Windows 11 may try to find the new OS’ installer through a quick Google search. Yeah, you shouldn’t do that! Antivirus company Kaspersky reports that it’s saved “several hundred” customers from fake Windows 11 installers, which are really just malware. If you need the Windows 11 preview today, you must download it through official channels—and it’s very easy to do so! Read More »
Hit the pool in style with this set of three adorable swim tube rafts. The watermelon ring, kiwi ring, and lemon ring each measure 32.5 inches, and are perfect for both kids and adults. They’re made of high-quality Phthalate-free materials, and are 0.25mm thicker than many other tubes, making them more durable for intense pool play sessions (though they ship with repair patches, as well). The tubes are lightweight and can easily fold up if you’re wanting to throw them in the car or bag for a vacation.
Apple is the only company to truly harness a secure face unlock feature on mobile devices, but when it comes to laptop and desktop computers, Windows Hello is king. So, what’s the holdup? When will Face ID finally come to the Mac? According to experts, we may need to wait until 2023. Read More »
Since Framework designed its modular laptop to be repairable and upgradable, it (hopefully) comes as no surprise that, in iFixit’s recent teardown video, the laptop was awarded a perfect 10 out of 10 score. This makes it a solid choice for anyone wanting a laptop they can repair themselves. Read More »
Why doesn’t the Nintendo Switch work with Bluetooth earbuds? It’s a question that has haunted gamers everywhere, and while you could buy a $25 dongle to fix the problem, LG just introduced a better option. Its new TONE Free FP9 earbuds’ charging case doubles as a Bluetooth dongle, and it can conveniently add Bluetooth capabilities to any non-Bluetooth device. Read More »
Newly leaked images of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Duo 2, expected to release this September or October, show that the phone may fix its predecessor’s biggest flaws. And we’re not just talking about the camera—this looks like the Surface Duo that Microsoft should’ve shipped last year. Read More »
The Fall 2021 school year is about to start, and good (and more importantly, useful) tech can help the student in your life stress less. Whether they need help focusing or relaxing, we have some great gift recommendations. Read More »
With Alexa Routines, you can schedule your lights to turn on and off, change brightness, and change colors. You can even create schedules for your lights to run on specific days and times. Today, we’ll show you how. Read More »