Smart TVs were supposed to save us from streaming sticks and set-top boxes. But because of slow hardware and unpredictable update schedules, the all-in-one smart TV solution is often more frustrating than it is useful. Here’s why your smart TV, which may have Roku or Amazon Fire TV software built-in, still needs a streaming stick.
Oculus Quests are some of the best wireless VR headsets you can buy. But they can’t run high-end games like those found in the Steam Store. You can connect to a PC with a cable, but that’s inconvenient. Wirelessly streaming VR games required jumping through hoops with using developer mode and SideQuest. But with the $20 Virtual Desktop app, that’s not the case anymore.
Sure, Chromecast with Google TV can already play YouTube Music and Apple Music, but what if you don’t subscribe to either? Well if you’re a fan of Amazon Music, we have good news—it’s on Chromecast with Google TV now. You don’t even need a Unlimited account to get started, Prime subscriptions will do.
The only thing that could make Nerf guns more wonderful than they already are would be if they had higher capacities and could reload faster. Oh wait—they do that now! The newly-announced Nerf Hyper line reloads faster, shoots harder, and stores more rounds than ever before. So, basically, you’ll probably be undefeated in your next Nerf battle.
Forget the mall, Target is opening mini Apple Stores inside its retail locations. These dedicated kiosks are twice the size of Target’s current “Apple section” and are run by staff with special training from Apple. Target plans to open mini Apple Stores at 17 locations before the end of February, with more to come throughout 2021.
CBS All Access will become Paramount+ and gain more content while keeping all of its originals shows. What we didn’t know was pricing—until now. And while the ad-supported tier will be cheaper, it’ll lose access to live TV, so maybe you should jump on the 50% off one year deal for the current plan while you still can.
If you’ve been hanging out on the corners of the internet that are obsessed with all things mechanical keyboard, you may have noticed some odd-looking designs: little rectangular boards with square keys in perfectly straight rows and columns. These are ortholinear keyboards, an interesting fad among the enthusiast crowd. What’s the deal? Let me explain for you.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad series of laptops is associated with utilitarian design and focused capability. It’s strange, then, to see a machine like the X1 Nano: a super-light, super-sleek laptop that has more in common with the MacBook Air than any Windows-powered notebook. That contradiction means that it has a limited appeal, but not that it’s a bad machine.
The Wyze Cam v3 is an excellent indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi camera for an incredibly low price. There are just two problems. It’s frequently out of stock, and you have to subscribe to Wyze Cam Plus to buy it. Until now! Micro Center has the camera in stock in its stores and its website, and you don’t need a subscription to purchase.
Portable battery packs can be a lifesaver but also annoying to haul. You need to remember the cords and keep everything connected up. Even wireless battery packs call for laying everything down. Anker’s latest $39.99 Wireless Power Bank solves all that by sticking to your iPhone’s back through MagSafe. Pre-order it today, and it will arrive in March.
A recent update for i7 and s9 Roomba vacuums is causing them to act ‘drunk,’ according to various user complaints. The manufacturer, iRobot, confirmed to The Verge that a previous software update caused the issue, and that a new one is being worked on to prevent issues in the future. However, the update won’t be rolling out anytime soon.
T-Mobile’s popular Magenta Unlimited 55 family plan now includes Netflix for free, and will soon accept four lines instead of the usual two lines. The service provider is also offering an optional Unlimited 55 MAX upgrade that grants you unlimited high-speed data and 4K streaming without any annoying slow-downs or video compression.
Fresh off a new inexpensive doorbell, Ring has a new high-end smart home option for you—the $249.99 Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. A new square image will let you see who’s at the door, from head to toe, and potentially your packages on the ground. And 3D Motion Sensors will tell you just how close people are to your home.
As part of an effort to keep younger users safer online, YouTube just announced a supervised account option for parents of tweens and teens. The account option is available to parents who are ready for their kids to explore what’s on YouTube with a little peace of mind they won’t be exposed to inappropriate content.
NASA’s perseverance rover touched down on the surface of Mars last week, giving us the first audio recording of the mysterious red planet. But who cares about the sound of Mars when there’s a mystery to solve? Hours after the Mars rover landed, internet detectives discovered and decoded a secret message hidden in the device’s oddly-patterned parachute.
Last January, Arcade1Up announced a host of new Legacy cabinets that feature new stylings, faux coin slots, and a larger batch of games on each machine. Now the company is ready to unveil and take pre-orders for a Mortal Kombat machine. Like the other Legacy cabinets, it looks more like an arcade machine than previous entries and includes 12 games.
A few minutes with a Galaxy Z Flip or Galaxy Z Fold can turn anyone into an advocate for foldable phones. And now, thanks to Samsung’s new “Buy and Try” program, you have 100 days to decide whether you’re a foldable fan. The extended 100-day return policy only applies to Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G and Galaxy Z Flip 5G devices purchased on the Samsung website before April 1st, 2021.
The current United States Postal Service mail truck fleet is ancient. Older than some of the people driving the vehicles. It’s long past due for an upgrade with some basics like air conditioning and a clock, and thankfully USPS just announced OshKosh Defense will make the next mail truck. And among its many upgrades is the option for a fully electric vehicle.
Inclement weather can appear without notice, so property owners (or anyone, really) will benefit from a weather station. You can get a great wall-mounted weather station with barometers, anemometers for the wind, rain gauges, and more without breaking the bank. That way, you’ll know a lot more than just the temperature.
One of the best improvements to Android over the years is the way it delivers updates. Google started separating features from Android so it could update them individually without a total OS update. To prove that point, Google is sending out new updates to improve password security, add scheduling for text messages, and improve accessibility for blind and low-vision users.