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Amazon Alexa: What kind of data does Amazon get from me?

Amazon wants your data to build a shopping and advertisement profile, not sell it to the highest bidder.

Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant is a pretty great thing. You can ask about the mundane details of life to know when your next dentist appointment is (provided you linked a calendar in the app) or have Alexa remind you to do things at a certain time or even build out a detailed to-do list if you’re busy enough to  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Samsung went from best to boring

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a perfectly fine device that does little to excite me. So is it me, or the phone?

I’ve been using a Galaxy S9+ for a couple of weeks or so now, and it’s a real challenge to concisely sum up my overall thoughts on this thing. It’s a great phone, probably one of the best Android handsets of the year. And yet its dogged similarity to last year’s model leaves me feeling  [Read More…]

Grab a LED projector for only $35.99 (37% off) from TomTop (Promoted)

Online retailer TomTop is shaving 37% off its 1080p HD LED Projector Beamer Theater. So now customers can get it for only $ 35.99.

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Lock your door from your phone with the $100 August 2nd-gen smart lock

The door should be the smartest part of your home.

The 2nd gen August Smart Lock is down to $ 99.99 on Amazon. This is a match of Best Buy’s daily deal, bringing it back down to the lowest price we’ve seen on the popular smart lock.

The third generation August Smart Lock is more than $ 200 right now, and even when it goes on sale doesn’t drop below $ 180. You’re still getting plenty of  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Manual focus

When everything is automatic, sometimes you have to spend extra time doing it yourself.

I learned to drive in an old Volkswagen Golf with a manual transmission. Instead of racing around the city of Toronto like the racecar driver I imagined myself to be, I spent the afternoon in an empty parking lot trying to figure out how to smoothly change gears. As the late summer sun set in the west, I gingerly drove the car up  [Read More…]

Grab a Samsung Galaxy S9 for $595 from Boost Mobile right now

Great deal for prepaid customers.

Using the coupon code LUCKY, you can score a sweet discount on Samsung’s Galaxy S9 from Boost Mobile. You will need to be a customer to take advantage of this deal, and the device is locked to the carrier. Right now, Boost has single line plans starting at $ 35 a month or family plans starting at $ 25 a line, and porting your existing line over is pretty simple.

Not sure  [Read More…]

How to stop your PlayStation 4 from starting up in safe mode

Time to get back to your normal PlayStation 4 menu

Sometimes choosing options that could change your console entirely can be anxiety-inducing, especially when PlayStation’s Safe Mode has, not one, but two options for initialization. You also may have come across the problem where your PlayStation won’t stop launching in safe mode. Take a deep breath, we’ve got some advice to get you out of Safe Mode and back to your games and streams!

What is safe  [Read More…]

Answer your doorbell from anywhere with Ring’s $199 Video Doorbell Pro

Ding dong, who’s there?!

Ring’s popular Video Doorbell Prp is back down to just $ 199 at both Amazon and B&H for a limited time. This doorbell normally sells for around $ 250.

Keep in mind, to use the Video Doorbell Pro properly you will need to have an existing hardwired doorbell in the place you want to install this one. Installation is super simple and only takes a few minutes once you get started. Ring includes  [Read More…]

Google Camera’s Portrait Mode technology from the Pixel 2 goes open source

The Pixel 2 is arguably the best camera experience on Android with Google achieving with software what others require hardware to do. One of these features is the Pixel 2‘s Portrait Mode which identifies a subject and then blurs the surrounding background to provide focus on that subject. Google is using semantic image segmentation to […]

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How to stream 3D movies from your PC to your Gear VR

VR is great for immersing yourself in a virtual cinema, even if you’re watching 3D videos.

Your Gear VR can take you into a virtual space for gaming, but it’s also a great way to view videos. It supports more than just flat videos. You can view 3D, 180°, or 360° videos inside the device. And while you can watch content that is stored directly on your Gear VR, sometimes you need to view video files from  [Read More…]