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Whether working or playing (or both), everyone can enjoy a minute or two of internet-ing with friends.

I thought I would be taking advantage of a spell of warm weather and getting outside to spend some time with my favorite hobby — fiddling around with some woodworking tools — but instead, I’m stuck inside watching it rain on this dreary Saturday afternoon. Bleh. I need to get my mind clear and I have a chess set to get done  [Read More…]

The U.S. government’s beef with Huawei isn’t really about phones

One-liner quotes from intelligence agency officials aren’t telling the whole story about the U.S. government’s feud with Huawei.

In case you missed it this week, the heads of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and others recommended that we (meaning you and me and all consumers in the U.S.) stop using products from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. None of the speakers had any explicit reasons why we should heed their advice, but FBI head Christopher Wray offered this  [Read More…]

These Sleep Innovations 12-inch memory foam mattresses are heavily discounted today only

A better night’s sleep.

Amazon has Sleep Innovations’ 12-inch memory foam mattresses on sale for as little as $ 259 each today. This is a one-day deal and drops them to some of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen.

Each has 12 inches of memory foam with DuoComfort Design including a SureTemp memory foam top layer and Support-Plus foam bottom. You’ll be comfortable in any position that you sleep in, whether it be your back, side, or even stomach.  [Read More…]

Where to buy the new PlayStation Gold Wireless headset

Looking to get yourself one of the new PlayStation Gold headsets? Here are the places you can currently order it from.

Sony’s Gold Wireless headset is widely considered one of the best for its price, but it was due for a refresh. The new model offers better surround sound, a slimmer profile to better fit with PlayStation VR headsets, and custom audio profiles for some of the best games on your PlayStation 4. It’s shaping up to  [Read More…]

Verizon Prepaid gets affordable $30/month plan and 3G mobile hotspot

Travel Pass for Mexico and Canada is also coming.

Although they may not come with as many amenities as traditional post-paid wireless plans, going the prepaid route is a great way to still get reliable service while saving those precious dollars. Verizon Prepaid is one of your best prepaid options if you rely on Verizon’s network, and starting February 20, it’s getting a few upgrades.

First off, Verizon is introducing a new $ 30/month plan for customers  [Read More…]

Nokia 7+ gets revealed in first hands-on photo ahead of MWC 2018

This could be Nokia’s best Android phone yet.

During this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HMD Global will be one of the companies announcing new products for its Nokia line of Android phones. One of the devices we see is expected to be the Nokia 7+, and shortly ahead of its official unveiling, a new hands-on picture gives us a clear look at it.

The picture shows the front of the Nokia 7+, and as you  [Read More…]

Essential Phone now also available in Halo Gray with Alexa for $449

The absence of Alexa was definitely the problem.

On February 15, Essential launched the Essential Phone in three new colors – Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. Just one day later and seemingly out of nowhere, we have yet another color in the form of Halo Gray.

Halo Gray is most similar to Stellar Gray as they’re the only two versions of the Essential Phone with a matte finish on the back. This makes the Essential  [Read More…]

Eufy’s $20 mini smart plug is perfect for a smart home beginner or expert

This is the smart plug to buy.

Eufy, a sub-brand of Anker, makes some great home accessories, and the company’s smart outlets are no exception. Mini smart plugs are some of the most popular options because they don’t take up much space and you can stack two of them on top of each other without any issue. For a limited time, you can pick up Eufy’s mini smart plug for $ 19.99 at Amazon, which is $  [Read More…]

Amazon’s samples let you try before you buy and give you credit back

Free shipping is nice, but free food is better!

Did you know Amazon Prime members get access to entire pages of samples and sample boxes that Amazon will actually reward you for trying? Whether you want some Optimum Nutrition protein bars for $ 7.99 or an $ 11.99 variety of treats for your pupper because he’s such a good boy, Amazon’s collection of sample boxes is growing every day. The fun thing about these boxes is after you’ve paid  [Read More…]

Pixel owners get behind the scenes look at ‘Isle of Dogs’ in VR

Dogs and VR – what more could you want?

On March 23, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs film will hit theaters for all to see. The stop-motion animation takes place in a future Japan in which all dogs have been banned to an island due to canine flu, and it follows a young 12-year-old boy searching for his best friend. Isle of Dogs currently has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and nearly a month before it comes to theaters,  [Read More…]