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Simple fixes can help when you’re AC is on the fritz. Tyler Lizenby/CNET It’s 90 degrees outside and you need a break from the heat. The thermostat is set to 65, but your home feels like 80. And then you realize something’s wrong with the air conditioner. No need to panic. Luckily, whether you have
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Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe and China. This is the first time Samsung has announced a public commitment for renewable energy. Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started
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The Ring Alarm bundle, for $199. Ring Jamie Siminoff’s mission to make neighborhoods safer is taking another small step forward. The founder and leader of Ring, an Amazon-owned company that makes video doorbells and security cameras, said the company’s new Ring Alarm security system is available for presale starting Wednesday. The $199 system will begin
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This is a very dirty AC filter. Alina Bradford/CNET Your central air conditioning filter is an important tool for reducing your home’s allergens and keeping it a little more dust-free. Many HVAC filters actually say on the packaging that a once-a-month schedule is a good idea to keep dust and allergens to a minimum. You
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All you need for a clean ceiling fan. Alina Bradford/CNET After washing windows, cleaning ceiling fans is my most hated chore. I usually end up with dust all over me and only slightly cleaner fan blades. Until recently, that is. To clean your ceiling fan and remain dust-free, try creating a DIY cleaning tool using
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Chris Monroe/CNET We liked the Tapplock. It seemed smart. Then, we saw YouTube star JerryRigEverything defeat the $100 fingerprint lock with a freaking suction cup. So did 1.4 million viewers on YouTube. It hit the top of Reddit, too. And then, today, security firm PenTestPartners showed that the company’s digital security was laughably, hilariously bad. Like, walk
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Another WWDC has come and gone, and even though Tim Cook and company showed off the future of Apple software, the company’s Mac hardware has been left untouched. The Mac faithful, those devoted members of the community that kept the company afloat in the dark days, cling to every shred of hope that Apple throws
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Last week’s announcement that Apple intends to make it easy for developers to create Mac variants of iPhone apps became something of a matter of semantics. Would it ever merge the two operating systems? Are the apps being ported to macOS? They’re certainly not being emulated. But Apple’s move signals a larger trend in consumer
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With the first several Amazon Alexa speakers, the most you could hope to personalize or customize their appearance was by disguising it with a case or wrapping them with a vinyl skin. The newer generation of Alexa speakers, however, are dominated by touchscreen displays. With the Echo Show ($149.99 at Amazon.com) and Echo Spot ($129.99
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The Google Home, Google Home Max and Google Home Mini. Chris Monroe/CNET The Google Home is getting a little better at multitasking. Google’s smart speaker will soon perform three queries at once. So you’ll be able to say, “OK Google, dim the lights and play Marvin Gaye and turn the volume down,” and create instant
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