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Buying a new phone every year is actually kind of crazy

The phone that was great last August is probably still great this August — so is saving a bunch of money.

2019 has shown off some really cool phones. 5G is now officially a thing, screens are now fingerprint sensors, and paint jobs look a lot like magic. The temptation to pick one of them up is pretty strong, especially when we grab our current phone and see how it no longer has that new car smell.  [Read More…]

The Note 10’s frame is actually made out of aluminum, not stainless steel

Samsung hasn’t confirmed the reason for the change in material.

What you need to know Samsung’s early marketing material for the Note 10 mentioned a stainless steel frame for the phone. Today, the company updated its marketing to say it’s actually “polished metal.” In other words, the Note 10’s frame is aluminum.

During its Unpacked event in New York this past Wednesday, Samsung introduced us to the Galaxy Note 10 and did everything in its power to  [Read More…]

NVIDIA is actually working on two new Shield TV devices

The new smaller NVIDIA Shield device is codenamed “sif”.

What you need to know NVIDIA has two new Shield TV devices in the works, named “mdarcy” and “sif”. Code shows that “sif” will not have support for a TV Tuner or USB, but will include SD card support. The code was discovered in the recently released Android 9 Pie update for the current NVIDIA Shield TV.

There has been a lot of news about the NVIDIA Shield  [Read More…]

Robot vacuums that actually suck up pet hair

When you live in a home with pets, it’s not uncommon to find tumbleweeds of fur collecting in different areas of the house. Cats and dogs never seem to stop shedding, which makes cleaning up a bit of a hassle. The best way to keep your home clean is with a reliable robot vacuum like the iRobot Roomba i7+ that takes care of the furry mess every day. We’ve done our research and gathered a list of the  [Read More…]

Do smart lights actually save you money?

Best answer: LED bulbs, including smart lights, are much more energy-efficient than older incandescent bulbs, but the higher upfront cost of smart bulbs means you won’t break even for a while.

Works without a hub: LIFX Color A19 ($ 45 at Amazon) Variety of accessories: Philips Hue Ambiance ($ 44 at Amazon) Upfront costs

Smart home brands love to tout their bulbs as being energy-efficient, saving you money in the long term. While you can certainly cut  [Read More…]

Huawei says its mobile OS won’t actually launch in June

The Huawei-made OS has been ready since January 2018.

What you need to know The new OS that is replacing Android is known as HongMeng internally and is expected to launch next month. Android apps are expected to work with it and will be available through Huawei’s AppGallery. Huawei doesn’t expect the U.S. ban to affect them because of its self-reliance in both hardware and software.

Updated 12:02 PM ET: Following this report, Huawei reached out to  [Read More…]

New leak shows us how the new Moto RAZR will actually work

We’ve seen months of speculation that Moto will soon enter the mix of foldable phones. Better yet, it’s rumored it will revive the RAZR moniker and as the in-house “Moto guy” I’m understandably excited about the latest video leak.

This new video hit popular Chinese social site, Weibo, earlier this morning and seems to show a promo render of the RAZR in all its glory. You can see the full folding phone that has an obvious influence by the classic  [Read More…]

Oculus Quest made me actually care about VR

I never cared about VR, but the Oculus Quest made me a believer.

I’ve always been wary of virtual reality headsets. I’m that person who gets motion sickness easily — an obvious obstacle for VR since the dawn of time — but I’ve also had issues with accessibility. I’ve been jumping from apartment to apartment for the past decade, so not only is space an issue but so is portability. I already have to pack and lug  [Read More…]

Rebuttal: Hole punch displays are actually good

You can live with a tiny black dot on your phone. Trust me.

I have a lot of love for Russell. He’s a great guy, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for. I do, however, disagree with his recent Hole punch displays are worse than notch displays editorial.

Hole punches are the latest trend when it comes to smartphone displays in our never-ending quest to eliminate bezels,  [Read More…]

Can a smart thermostat actually save you money?

Best answer: If you use a Wi-Fi smart thermostat to intelligently control the temperature in your home, you could save in the ballpark of 10%-25% on your energy bill compared to a standard thermostat.

Best Buy: Nest Thermostat E ($ 169)

Is the value on par with the convenience?

The novelty value of being able to control home temperature with your phone is high, but in terms of real dollars and cents, Wi-Fi smart thermostats are  [Read More…]