Tag Archive: Don’t


Why some gadgets don’t normally work on hotel Wi-Fi

Best answer: Many hotels have annoying restrictions in place preventing you from easily using certain gadgets and devices on their Wi-Fi networks. Thankfully, an inexpensive travel router circumvents that.

Amazon: TP-Link N300 Nano Travel Router ($ 30)

Hotels are stingy

Ever been to a hotel and tried to use all your gadgets, only to find out that none of them will work? You’re not alone, and it’s not your fault.

Ever since hotels had  [Read More…]

I refuse to pay for another set of headphones that don’t charge over USB-C

Micro-USB may be cheaper and still easy to find cables for, but that’s no excuse not to upgrade in 2019.

I spend an ungodly amount of time searching for products to buy online — I am not complaining about that, it’s a rare thing to get paid for being an obsessive shopper — and of the things I spend my off-hours hunting for, none have burned my patience and time like the hunt for Bluetooth headphones. No,  [Read More…]

Which smart bulbs don’t require a hub?

Best answer: There are plenty of options from brands like C by GE and Eufy, but LIFX makes the best smart bulbs that don’t need a hub. They’re pricey, but they work well and play nicely with other smart home gadgets.

Amazon: LIFX A19 ($ 46)

No hubs needed

Philips Hue may be the most recognizable brand in the smart home space, but to many users’ frustration, you need a hub to use its bulbs. This  [Read More…]

Moto G7 series proves you don’t need to buy an expensive phone

If you sought out a budget phone in 2018, you probably came across the Moto G6. Motorola barely plays in the expensive phone segment anymore, but when it comes to budget devices, the company owns almost the entire pot.

The Moto G7 series is about as conservative an update to the company’s lineup as we’ve seen in years, but there’s a swagger to Motorola’s actions — it’s expanding the suite to four phones, each catered to a very  [Read More…]

Don’t lose your UltraViolet movies — transfer them to Movies Anywhere!

Transfer your UltraViolet movies to Vudu before it shuts down so you can access them on Movies Anywhere.

Movies Anywhere is Disney’s attempt to merge all of those digital movie services where you purchase content into one place. You don’t have to watch all of your movies in Movies Anywhere. Instead, the service brings the movies to you. If you’ve bought digital movies on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Xfinity, Microsoft, FandangoNOW, or Google Play, you can now watch  [Read More…]

The best smart light switches that don’t require a neutral wire

Best answer: There are a lot of homes wired before the National Electric Code required every light switch junction box to have a neutral wire. If you live in one, you’ll be faced with this issue should you decide to install smart switches in your wall. The good news is that there are smart switches you can use that don’t need a neutral wire. The bad news is that they all require the purchase of a secondary  [Read More…]

These smart thermostats don’t require a C wire

The C wire (“common” wire) is the wire that provides continuous power to your thermostat. Older thermostats didn’t really need it because they were simple on/off affairs, but smart thermostats, what with their displays and constant connection to Wi-Fi, need continuous power. That being said, if you don’t already have a C wire in your system, you can get around having to install one with these smart thermostats.

Simple and straightforward Nest Thermostat E

This stripped-down version of  [Read More…]

Eufy’s $200 RoboVac 15C keeps your floors clean so you don’t have to

Smart robots. This is how it starts.

Not a fan of manual labor? Let the Eufy RoboVac 15C clean your floors for you. Right now it’s just $ 199.99 at Amazon. This is a brand new vacuum from Eufy and isn’t more than a couple months old. It has been selling for around $ 280 since the end of November, and we’ve only seen it go lower than today’s deal once before during a brief one-day sale.

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Don’t let Verizon and AT&T’s bad 5G demos temper your 5G excitement

5G demos aren’t compelling yet, despite the serious promise the technology has.

5G is coming. We’ve heard that phrase for years now; but it’s no longer a concept, it’s reality. Carriers around the world are committing to consumer-ready 5G network launches in 2019 (in some cases, early 2019), with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones that you can actually go buy and use on the network. But that’s still months away, and that makes a difference — because demos  [Read More…]

Don’t miss out on the lowest microSD prices of the year!

Never run out of space again.

Samsung’s Evo Select microSD cards are extremely popular and for good reason. They are some of the fastest and most reliable microSD cards out there. Well, thanks to Black Friday they are also dropping down to some of the lowest prices we have ever seen. That’s really saying something considering these cards were already significantly dropping in price over the last few months. Every capacity is on sale right now.

The  [Read More…]