Gadgets

The deadbolt installed on your front door right now likely serves its purpose. It locks, it unlocks — and it does what it can to keep out any unwanted guests. That’s probably enough. Smart locks won’t necessarily make your home any safer, but they will allow for more control — so that you can lock
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One of the strong suits of any smart speaker is its ability to stream a wide range of music from multiple services. Google Home ($129.00 at Dell Home) speakers are no exception. In fact, they’re especially great at playing your favorite tunes even when you can’t remember a song by name. Here are nine tips
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The way you control Apple’s smart speaker, the HomePod, is pretty cool. You just talk to it. But Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, can’t make the speaker do much beyond the basics and can only summon music from Apple-owned cloud services. That sets it behind the other products in the voice-activated speaker race—most notably those from
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Despite what some would have you think, the Apple HomePod ($349.00 at Apple) can do a quite a bit. Answer trivia questions, play news reports, play music, play podcasts and — yes — it can even tell jokes.  That said, there are some things the HomePod can’t do that it should be able to.  Now
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Simple as it may be, streaming music is one of Alexa’s key features, largely because it does it so well. Alexa removes a lot of the friction that used to exist when trying to play music throughout your home. You no longer have pull out a phone, connect the phone to the speaker, look up
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It’s safe to say most people have a love-hate relationship with their microwave. It makes reheating leftovers a breeze (and faster than preheating an oven), there are meals specifically made to be cooked in the microwave and it has many uses outside cooking. The hate generally comes from the convoluted or ambiguous controls, the way
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Amazon Prime is best known for two things: free two-day shipping and Netflix-style video streaming. Those are decidedly worthwhile perks, especially considering the relatively low $99 annual subscription charge, but a Prime membership affords more than just shipping and streaming. A lot more. Here’s a look at every single benefit included with Prime — along
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Intel has announced that the fix is out for its latest chips affected by Spectre, the memory-leakage flaw affecting practically all computing hardware. The patch is for the Skylake generation (late 2015) and newer, though most users will still have to wait for the code to be implemented by whoever manufactured their computer (specifically, their
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In 2016, Sansaire raised nearly $257,000 via Kickstarter for the Sansaire Delta, its newest immersion circulator. Chris Monroe/CNET Sansaire, a startup that created connected cooking tools for sous vide cooking, announced Wednesday it would shut down operations and end production of its newest, crowdfunded device, the Sansaire Delta. “In short, our relationship with the new
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