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The Tech & Gadgets to Help You Stay Cool this Summer

As summer heat waves roll across the country, did you know that our modern air-conditioning was invented on July 17, 1902? On that date, Willis Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system, launching an industry that would fundamentally improve the way we live, work and play. To honor that invention’s anniversary, Consumer Technology Expert Katie Linendoll partnered with Carrier to showcase some of her hot gadgets to help keep us cool this season.


Toyota picks Hawaii for its first app-controlled, car-sharing effort

Toyota is launching its first car-sharing effort in Honolulu. Similar to Zipcar, the new service offers customers 50 vehicles at 25 stations. An app helps you manage rentals and operate the car, and rates start at $10 an... More>>

MacBook 12-inch vs. MacBook Pro 13

Apple may have new MacBook designs in the works, but some of its existing offerings are still well worth considering. In this comparison, we pit the MacBook 12-inch vs. MacBook Pro 13 to see which gives you the best bang... More>>

Shopping for plans on Sprint? We break down the carrier’s options

Sprint recently introduced two new data plans to its roster -- Unlimited Basic and Unlimited Plus. Here, we break down your options to help you decide which one is best for you and your family. More>>

Dell XPS 13 vs. MacBook Pro 13

Dell has completely revamped the XPS 13 for 2018, giving it a fresh new design and boosted internals. How does it stack up against the classic MacBook Pro? When you consider the Dell XPS 13 vs. MacBook Pro 13, here's how... More>>

Worried about extra data charges? Here’s how to check your usage on an iPhone

It's common to get a little nervous about nearing data limits. Keep your peace of mind by checking how much data your iPhone is using. Our guide on how to check data usage on an iPhone helps you stay in control. More>>

Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps are free for a limited time

Everyone likes apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals offered in the... More>>

Pop-up cams could be the next must-have feature for phone privacy nuts

Phones with pop-up cameras, such as the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X, may be exposing nefarious plans to record our activities using the selfie camera. Certain apps are opening the camera at unusual times, prompting... More>>

Apple is leaving non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros to die — and that sucks

Apple surprised the world by launching the 2018 update of its MacBook Pro. While these new six-core laptops are powerful, we were disappointed to learn that the entry-level models were completely out of luck. More>>

New MacBook Pros are the most powerful laptops Apple has ever made

Apple's new MacBook Pros are the most powerful laptops the company has ever released. With support for up to 4TB of storage and 32GB of RAM, each system comes with an Intel eighth-generation CPU, ranging for Core i5, to i9. More>>

The new Xperia XA2 Plus packs a huge display and high-resolution sound quality

With a huge display, incredible high-resolution sound, and a powerful camera, Sony is hoping the Xperia XA2 Plus will impress. Here's everything you need to know about the Xperia XA2 Plus. More>>

Google Chrome now consumes more memory due to a new Spectre fix

Version 67 of Google’s Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS now includes a new security feature called Site Isolation. It protects web surfers against Spectre-based attacks on the internet, but for a price. More>>

Bring magic to your desktop with a $699 external GPU for MacBook Pros, iMacs

Blackmagic Design teamed up with Apple to create an external graphics card enclosure with a built-in AMD Radeon Pro 580. Called the Blackmagic eGPU, it connects to Mac devices via a Thunderbolt 3 port (40GBps). It’s... More>>

AR/VR headset creator Magic Leap partners with AT&T on upcoming release

Magic Leap may not be a household name yet, but that may be set to change. The secretive company is partnering with AT&T in a deal that will bring its innovative AR/VR headset to as many people as possible. More>>

Sirin Labs’ crypto-phone could change the way we pay with our mobiles

If blockchain technology, tokens, hot and cold wallets, and all the other cryptocurrency buzzwords have put you off learning about and using this fascinating technology, Sirin Labs is making the phone for you. It’s called... More>>

How to get the best Android P features on any Android phone

If you're eager to try out Android P's new features -- including the apt-titled Lockdown mode -- but don't have a phone that can install the beta, there is a workaround. Here's what you need to know. More>>

Common LG G7 ThinQ problems, and how to fix them

If you’ve picked up LG’s flagship and it’s not behaving itself, then you might find a solution here. We’ve rounded up the most common LG G7 ThinQ problems and tracked down workarounds and possible fixes. More>>

Tired of the same Snapchat lenses? Lens Explorer simplifies finding new lenses

Lens Studio resulted in hundreds of thousands of new Snapchat lenses -- but how do you access them? With the new Snapchat Lens Explorer, finding a new lens is as simple as a few taps or a swipe up from inside a Story. More>>

Oculus Go vs. Lenovo Mirage Solo

Pitting the Oculus Go vs. Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream is our latest quest to find the best mid-tier, standalone virtual reality headset. They're both lookers with lots of great content, but how do they compare? More>>

How to use BlackBerry Locker

BlackBerry Locker is a useful feature on the BlackBerry Key2, KeyOne, and Motion Android phones. It's a secure section of the phones that can't be accessed without your fingerprint to keep private photos and files away... More>>

Apple USB Restricted mode can be bypassed with a simple $39 accessory

USB Restricted mode seeks to stop third parties from being able to extract data from a seized iPhone by locking down the Lightning port - but a $39 accessory can effectively halt Apple's security. More>>

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

Despite a bad start, Apple Maps is incredibly similar to Google Maps these days, but which is better? We explore some of the key differences between the two mapping services, including offline maps, Flyover mode, and more. More>>

Need validation in your life? This gleeful clapping robot will provide it

Ever wish that your every move could be gleefully applauded like you're the main character in a sitcom? A new robot called Big Clapper promises to fill that very role in your life. More>>

IOS 11 camera guide

Apple's latest mobile operating system update adds several new features, but our favorites are the iOS 11 camera effects. Animate your Live Photos even more by using the new Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure effects. More>>

Surface Go vs. iPad

When you pit the new Surface Go. vs iPad, which comes out ahead? Both are low-cost, high-quality, portable tablets that are designed to appeal to students and those looking for quick touchscreen computing. But which is best? More>>

Surface Go vs. Surface Pro

THe Surface Go vs. Surface Pro, which is better? While the higher price tag of one might make you think it's an easy choice, a deeper dive into what each offers makes it a closer race than you might think. More>>

The best alternatives to Microsoft Office

Looking for a competent word processor that isn't Microsoft Word? Thankfully, the best alternatives to Microsoft Office offer robust features, expansive compatibility, and an all-too-familiar aesthetic. Here are our... More>>

Harvard’s latest robot can walk on water. Your move, Jesus

Researchers at Harvard University have built an insect-inspired robot that is able to walk on (and under) water as well as it can on land. Here is how it pulls off its miraculous locomotion. More>>

What is Ethereum?

The financial and tech sectors are excited about Ethereum, but what exactly makes it different from your average cryptocurrency? While it often gets lumped in with the rest, there is a lot more to it. Here's everything you... More>>

School shooters leave clues. Could AI spot the next one before it’s too late?

To prevent future school shootings, experts are turning to artificial intelligence to help pinpoint signs of possible violence in children. More>>

Get the best of both worlds: Enter to win a Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 laptop

Can't decide between a laptop and a tablet? The Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 gives you the best of both worlds, and we've teamed up with Dell to give one lucky reader a chance to win one. Read on to find out how to enter... More>>

Virgin Galactic wants to launch space tourism flights from Italian spaceport

Virgin Galactic wants to build a spaceport in Italy. It'll act as a launch site for suborbital space tourism flights that it wants to begin soon, though initial flights will likely launch from its spaceport in New Mexico. More>>

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot doesn’t need sight to navigate stairs

Capable of navigating without using cameras to guide it, the Cheetah 3's innovative navigation algorithms could make the robot suitable for reconnaissance and search and rescue missions. More>>

From translating hearing aids to sign-language gloves, amazing assistive tech

From signing robot arms to mind-reading hearing aids, here are eight amazing pieces of cutting-edge assistive technology aimed at helping people in the Deaf and hard of hearing community. More>>

How to take perfect Portrait Mode selfies with an iPhone X

The iPhone X is the only iPhone with TrueDepth technology on its front-facing camera, allowing users to capture professional-looking Portrait Mode selfies with a number of different lighting filters. More>>

Japan rocket team releases crash-tastic video of latest launch effort

Japanese rocket firm Interstellar Technologies has been inspired by the likes of SpaceX and Blue Origin, but its efforts have so far proved disappointing. A new video from the team highlights the challenges in spectacular... More>>

EU’s controversial meme-banning copyright law passes first hurdle

Memes are in danger in Europe after a parliamentary committee passed a vote to protect copyright ownership, making open sharing of content on the internet much more difficult. The legislation still needs to be approved by... More>>

How to use Google Lens to identify objects using your smartphone

Google Lens, once a Pixel-exclusive feature, is now available on many Android phones. It uses artificial intelligence to identify common objects and landmarks. Here's the easiest way to use Google Lens on your Android... More>>

People are reading your email. Here’s how to make them stop

The contents of your email are no private, at least not to third party applications that connect to Gmail. That should be enough to worry most people. Here's how to know exactly who is reading your email and how to turn... More>>

Qualcomm’s newest smartwatch chips are made just for kids

Qualcomm is launching itself head-first into the future with the release of a series of smartwatch chips meant exclusively for children's smartwatches, aimed at educating and protecting the next generation. More>>

The best wallpapers

Tired of the same old desktop wallpapers and backgrounds and want to spice things up a bit? In this guide to the best wallpapers, we'll look at some beautiful static images, animated options, and even some interactive... More>>

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device. More>>

Some Android apps could be secretly recording your phone’s screen

Worries that phones listen to our private conversations are common, but now a study revealed that some apps may be secretly recording parts of our phone screens and sending the data to analytics companies. More>>

Your body heat can help attackers steal your password in new attack

Hackers can use a FLIR infrared camera to steal your password. By examining heat traces left behind on the keys, hackers can infer your password. Unsurprisingly, those with acrylic nails are virtually immune to this type... More>>

Apple is completely rebuilding Apple Maps — and it will start in iOS 12

Apple Maps hasn't really been a huge success, but it looks like Apple is finally working to fix that. According to a new report, the company is set to completely overhaul Apple Maps. More>>

The 12 best messaging apps for Android and iOS

These days, most people tend to favor digital messages over phone calls. We have the best messaging apps that allow you to share photos and documents, send text messages, and more with end-to-end encryption. More>>

IPhone X problems, and how to fix them

Every smartphone has problems, and Apple's $1,000 iPhone X is no different. Here's a collection of iPhone X problems we found people complaining about, and potential solutions to fix them. More>>

The 20 best tech toys for kids will make you wish you were 10 again

Looking for the perfect toy or gadget for your child? Thankfully, we've rounded up some of our personal favorite tech toys, including microscopes, computer kits, and a spherical droid from a galaxy far, far away. More>>

CIMON the ‘flying brain’ is heading to the space station

CIMON is the world's first flying, autonomous astronaut assistant featuring A.I., and it's heading to the International Space Station. The "flying brain" has a myriad of talents and is reportedly a lot friendlier than HAL... More>>

The best mind-mapping software

If you're tired of constantly getting lost in a thicket of ideas, half-concepts, and free-floating words that emerge from your brainstorming sessions, then you should try the best mind-mapping software. From simple charts... More>>

Internet connectivity is a human right, and Rightmesh has a plan to fulfill it

Rightmesh believes internet connectivity is a human right, and it plans to help spread internet access using mesh networks built from users' existing smartphones, and other devices. The platform has completed an initial... More>>

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera tips that will make you a better photographer

The Galaxy S8 has remarkable rear and selfie cameras, but they take a while to get the hang of. Here are a few Samsung Galaxy S8 camera tips that'll help elevate your snaps to the next level. More>>

Did a drone help this notorious French gangster escape from prison?

A gang that helped one of France's most notorious gangsters escape from prison over the weekend may have used a hobby drone for reconnaissance missions in the months leading up to the jailbreak. More>>

Chrome OS keeps improving, but it still doesn’t work for me

Chrome OS has made some important strides, adding in Android app support and improving tablet functionality, it's still a limited OS. Is it enough for you? Consider its limitations carefully before making the leap. More>>

The best email clients

If you're on the lookout for the best email client, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll show you some of the best email clients on multiple platforms, whether you want lots of control and customization, or... More>>

Xiaomi is confident it can succeed where Huawei has struggled

Chinese technology brand Xiaomi says it hopes to launch new devices in the United States in 2019, despite rival brands including Huawei meeting considerable resistance when trying to do the same. Xiaomi lists key... More>>

Huawei’s got a free way of turning your phone into a monster gaming machine

A software update is coming to Huawei and Honor smartphones that will give the graphics processing unit a serious boost, and effectively turn them into high-performance mobile gaming machines. More>>

Your Galaxy phone probably won’t send your images to a random contact

Some Galaxy phones are sending users' entire galleries to random contacts -- but there is probably absolutely no reason to worry unless you're in a specific list of people, and there'= is an easy way to fix it. More>>

Here’s everything you need to know about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

SpaceX is lining up exciting projects for the Falcon Heavy rocket delivery system, so we put together this explainer to get you up to speed. Here's everything you need to know about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, just how... More>>

These are the largest Bitcoin mining farms in the world

The world is in the middle of a second gold rush -- but it's not gold they're mining today. It's Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, ones and zeroes that are being turned into pure profit. Around the globe, they're making... More>>

HTC U12 Plus tips and tricks

Digital buttons aside, the HTC U12 Plus is an exciting phone. It features high-end specs, a gorgeous display, and an impressive camera to boot. Whether you're new to HTC or just upgrading, check out our favorite HTC U12... More>>

A huge meteorite just splashed into the ocean, and scientists want to find it

A two-ton rock from the depths of space just plunged into the Pacific Ocean, and researchers want to find it. Fortunately, an oceanic research vessel is nearby, and it’s ready to deploy its high-tech array to aid in the... More>>

HTC to cut a quarter of jobs after huge plunge in 2018 sales

Veteran smartphone manufacturer HTC is set to cut almost a quarter of its workforce after sales of the Taiwanese company's smartphones continued to decline, with results in March and April lower than the previous year. More>>

Acer Spin 5 vs. Lenovo Yoga 730

Acer's Spin 5 and Lenovo's Yoga 730 are two solidly built convertible 2-in-1s with excellent performance. We take a look at the details to see which of these midrange options are most worth your money. More>>

Automate tasks in Android to put your digital life on autopilot

Using Automate, a free app on the Play Store, we'll show you how to start automating tasks on your Android starting with automatically backing up your Snapseed photos into Google Drive. More>>

How to use a blue light filter on your PC

Filtering blue light from your monitor is a great way to make long days of work easier on your eyes, especially when it gets later in the day. You can use MacOS and Windows' own ones, or one of a number of third-party... More>>

The best ridesharing apps

Don't feel like driving from place to place during the warm, summer weather? Lucky for you, we've rounded up the best ridesharing apps for both Android and iOS, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a hassle-free ride. More>>

A look into Bitcoin’s troubled year

Bitcoin has had a rough year in general and a particularly rough summer as the coin's value has fallen thanks to a number of important factors. More>>

Japanese space probe to begin exploring asteroid Ryugu

After more than three years and hundreds of millions of miles, the Japanese space probe Hayabusa 2 has arrived at its destination. Scientists plan to drop several landers onto the tiny asteroid, and even blast a hole in it. More>>

Getting lost (and found) with a Land Rover phone built for the woods

No-one wants to get lost in the wilderness, but with a regular smartphone by your side for navigation and safety, you’re leaving things to chance. Not so with the Land Rover Explore, a highly capable outdoor phone with... More>>

5 Things Apple fixed with iOS 12

Apple’s mobile operating system keeps getting better and better. Looking beyond the exciting new features, we’ve identified five things that were bugging us that Apple has fixed in iOS 12. More>>

What is Bitcoin?

What is Bitcoin? If you asked one of the recent investors who jumped on the bandwagon at the end of 2017, they might be unlikely to tell you. Here's a breakdown of what it is and why it's important. More>>

The best selfie apps for iOS and Android

Selfies might be a phenomenon second only to karaoke, but they're not the easiest thing to perfect. Thankfully, these apps will make beautifying your self-portraits easier than capturing them. More>>

HP slashes prices up to 52 percent for its Fourth of July sale

Laptop sales galore this summer season with the HP 4th of July sale. HP is slashing prices up to 52 percent on some of their best Envy laptops, monitors, 2-in-1's, and desktop PCs from now through July 4. More>>

Data breach reveals some police departments aren’t prepared for active shooters

A data breach affecting a facility training law enforcement on how to handle active shooters revealed the officer's personal information as well as how unprepared some local agencies are at handling active shooter situations. More>>

What’s the difference between 4G and LTE?

Wireless standards are confusing -- it doesn't matter if you're talking about 4G, LTE, WiMax, or others. Here, we break down the differences between 4G and LTE so you can make sense of how they play out in real-world... More>>

Microsoft’s foldable Andromeda PC could transform into five distinct modes

Thanks to its 360-degree hinge and two screens, there may be up to five different ways you can use Microsoft's dual-screen Andromeda PC when it is rumored to launch later this year: Closed, flat, convex, concave, and full... More>>

Try before you travel — Kayak launches virtual reality exploration tool

Not so sure exactly what destination to head to next? Kayak VR is a new Google Daydream app designed to help travelers scope out a new destination ahead of time and pre-plan trips. The app includes travel tips and an audio... More>>

Watch this robot tiptoe over stepping stones with human-like grace and agility

Walking across irregularly sized and spaced stepping stones is something even a small kid can manage. It turns out that it's pretty difficult for robots, though -- until now at least. More>>

How to factory reset a Galaxy S8

If your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus isn't running well, or you're preparing to hand it off to someone else, there's a way to reset it to factory defaults. The process can be a little daunting, but we boil it down. More>>

Exactis may have kept your data stored unsecured on a publicly accessed server

Marketing firm Exactis kept a database of around 340 million individual records on a publicly accessible server. The data measured 2TB and contained the personal info of 230 million adults and 110 million businesses. More>>

Buy a professionally refurbished iPhone 6 and save $100

Apple deals are hard to come by, and if you don't want to pay $1,000 for an iPhone X, then opting for an older model is a great way to score an iPhone on the cheap. You can save even more by buying a refurbished one for... More>>

Here are some common Huawei P20 Pro problems and how to fix them

If you’ve been having any issues with your phone, we may be able to help. We gathered together the most common Huawei P20 Pro problems right here along with suggested solutions. More>>

Samsung may bend the rules with its folding phone

Samsung is apparently about to start production of its first folding OLED screens, which are destined for use on large smartphones next year. However, don't imagine this will result only in a clamshell-like device, as... More>>

If you blinked, you may have missed this year’s biggest phone innovation

The cool pop-up camera on the Oppo Find X may have caught your attention recently, but a far more exciting and useful piece of new tech arrived on the Lamborghini special edition version, and if you blinked, you may have... More>>

BBC ‘Sounds’ app features its 18 national radio stations and lots of podcasts

Radio fans can now check out "Sounds," a new app from the BBC featuring all of its audio output that includes live radio shows, catch-up services, and lots of podcasts across a wide range of genres. More>>

The Instagram Lite app is so small, your Android phone won’t notice it’s there

Instagram has launched a Lite version of its app inside the Google Play Store. The mini-sized app takes all the main features we love about Insta, and then squeezes them down into a tiny app, so it's suitable for all... More>>

Niantic wants to make its augmented reality apps more realistic

Niantic's new Real World Platform leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to create more realistic augmented reality apps. It will tackle problems plaguing AR today, such as creating better depth maps. More>>

These fake Android apps steal your money when you aren’t looking

The McAfee Mobile Research team discovered a new campaign where at least 15 apps on Google Play were "re-packaged" to secretly sign up for premium paid services in the background and charge directly to your mobile carrier. More>>

How to downgrade your iPhone or iPad from iOS 12 to iOS 11.4

Apple's iOS 12 may be the latest and greatest version of the mobile operating system, but perhaps it's not right for you right now. If that is the case, thankfully there are some ways to go back to iOS 11.4. More>>

YouTube delights multitaskers by offering picture-in-picture to lots more users

YouTube has offered a picture-in-picture mode for a while, but you had to be a paid-up member of its Red service to use it. The good news is that it's now offering the feature to non-subscribers, but with some limitations. More>>

Honor’s newest phone costs so little, it may as well be given away

How little is too little to pay for a decent, usable smartphone? The new Honor 7S comes in at a price that's so low, you'd expect it not to be worth your time; but Honor has squeezed a desirable 18:9 aspect ratio and... More>>

Xiaomi has made the cutest, most beautiful special edition phone you’ll see

Xiaomi has announced its second special edition smartphone based on the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. The phone comes in a stunning presentation box, and features unique artwork on the device itself, along with a selection of... More>>

Amazon ramps up gig economy with Delivery Service Partners fleet program

Massive sales volume increases and a need for delivery alternatives has spurred Amazon to create its delivery Services Partners program, helping fleet owners start, set up, and manage independent businesses of up to 40... More>>

Everything we know about Project Santa Cruz and the Oculus Rift 2

Oculus' Project Santa Cruz looks to offer PC-quality VR without the need for a PC. From revamped Oculus Touch controls to its sleek design, here's everything we know about the next-gen headset so far. More>>

Microsoft pulls its ‘Sets’ feature in the latest Windows Insider build

The latest build for Windows Insiders is out and with it sees the removal of Sets. Originally slated to be a part of the next feature update, Sets intended to group your favorite apps together for a more productive workflow. More>>

Razer Blade vs. Microsoft Surface Book 2

Razer's all-new Blade notebook looks great and packs in some serious gaming performance thanks to high-end components. Microsoft's Surface Book 2 also includes a gaming-level GPU, but can it compete in terms of sheer... More>>

The best free first-person shooters

We all know about Halo and Call of Duty by now, but what about quality titles that won't cost you upward of $60? Check out our picks for the best free first-person shooter games from Paladins to Hawken. More>>

Scientists may soon be able to treat autism with CRISPR gene editing

Researchers have demonstrated how CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology can be used to edit out some of the genetic traits commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder. Here's how. More>>

Now you have less of an excuse to not tip your Uber driver with in-app tipping

After years of complaints and competing ridesharing services already allowing riders to tip drivers, Uber finally allowed tipping last June. Since then, drivers have made $50 million in tips. More>>

Facebook changes its cryptocurrency rules by easing its ad blocking policy

Facebook changed its mind about banning cryptocurrency-related ads from the social network. Facebook now allows ads that promote cryptocurrency and related content, but only from pre-approved advertisers. More>>

Blackberry Key2 tips and tricks

From the physical keyboard to its custom suite of software, the Blackberry Key2 is a productivity powerhouse. Whether you're new to Blackberry or just want to master your new phone, check out our favorite BlackBerry Key2... More>>

No mo’ FOMO — Here’s how to delete your Snapchat account

With nearly 200 million daily users, Snapchat is one of the most popular social media platforms. But if you need a break from the dancing hotdogs and face swaps, we'll show you how to delete your Snapchat account. More>>

Pepper the robot is now working at a bank in New York City

Pepper the robot has been given a variety of customer-facing roles in its three-year existence, admittedly with varying degrees of success. Now HSBC is hiring it to perform tasks at its flagship branch in Manhattan, New... More>>

Lessons to be learned: A brief history of self-driving car crashes

Self-driving won't mean the end to road traffic accidents. Crashes can happen for reasons of both human and technical error. Here are the most significant incidents to have occurred so far. More>>

Razer Blade 15 vs. MacBook Pro

Razer's latest crop of laptops is better than ever before, so what better test than to see how they fare against Apple's best? This head to head pits the Razer Blade 15 vs. MacBook Pro to see which takes the top spot. More>>

The best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending the world. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop for not too much. These are the best laptops under $300. More>>

5 Reasons to install iOS 12

If you’re on the fence about whether to install iOS 12 or not, allow us to persuade you that the update is worthwhile. Here are five of our favorite features from Apple’s mobile platform. More>>

Apple iOS 12 hands-on review

This year, Apple is pushing for its users to be more productive both while on and off their devices with iOS 12. We took the new OS for a spin to see what it brings, and whether it changes our smartphone habits for the... More>>

New Google Maps update is rolling out with location-based recommendations

Google showed off a new version of Maps at Google I/O 2018, and now that redesign is rolling out. The new version of Maps brings with it a number of great features, including personalized recommendations based on your... More>>

Android P gestures vs. iOS 12 gestures: What are the differences?

Both Android P and iOS 12 betas are now available, giving us a look at the new gesture controls in both new operating systems. But what are the major similarities and difference in gestures? Let's take a look. More>>

A cheaper MacBook Air could still arrive in late 2018

The venerable MacBook Air might be getting a new entry-level model that will sell for less than its current base price. It's just a rumor, but it's definitely within the realm of possibility. Here's why. More>>

Google’s Tilt Brush gets new brushes, ‘Beginner Mode,’ sound effects, and more

Google has updated the highly popular Tilt Brush app with a slew of new features, including a set of new brushes that should help make creating realistic landscapes a whole lot easier. More>>

Upcoming dual-lens smartphones could have more 3D for less cash with Lucid

LucidCam uses two lenses to capture 3D video, and that tech is heading to smartphones. Lucid is now integrating its software into mobile devices, which the company says will bring more 3D features to more devices. More>>

Oculus TV arrives, letting you watch a big screen TV without taking up any space

Oculus TV is now available on the Oculus Go standalone VR headset, letting you watch Netflix, Hulu, MLB Live games and a whole lot more on a virtual big screen TV inside of the headset. More>>

Google Classroom to stop students peeking online for test answers

New updates for Google Classroom include an option for teachers to prevent cheating during online tests by locking students onto the quiz webpage, and a tool that allows for the easy creation of virtual reality tours. More>>

Techy sports we will all be watching in the (not-too-distant) future

Science fiction has kind of gotten our hopes up about the future of sport. Here are our picks for the high tech future sport we totally think are going to be everywhere in a few years. More>>

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker for keeping up with your fitness goals, however, then one of these cheap Fitbit alternatives might be just what you need. More>>

Happy 20th birthday, Windows 98! Here’s why we loved you

We're still feeling some of Windows 98's legacy as we celebrate its 20th birthday. A customizable Start menu, roots of cord-cutting support, and support for plug-and-play USB are among the celebrated features of this OS. More>>

The best Google Pixel 2 cases

Looking for a case to keep your Pixel 2 fully protected, and maybe add a little extra utility to your phone? We've got a list of the best Google Pixel 2 cases and covers you can buy right here. More>>

Which Samsung Galaxy outlasts the rest on battery life? Not the one you expect

Does Samsung's latest, plus-sized flagship sport more battery life than its predecessors? To find out, we pitted a variety of phones in the Galaxy lineup against one another in a test of sheer endurance. More>>

5 Changes Apple needs to make in the next iPhone

Apple’s latest flagship iPhone is always one of the best smartphones on the market, but there’s always room for improvement and there are a few things we’d like to see in the next iteration. Here’s our list. More>>

The best news apps on iPhone and Android

Are the days of traditional newspapers and broadcast news dwindling? With apps this good, maybe. Catch up on the latest headlines on any platform with the best news apps on iOS and Android. More>>

HMD Global is releasing the $159 Nokia 3.1 in the U.S. in early July

It looks like we're getting a bit of Nokia love in the U.S. HMD Global has announced that the midrange Nokia 3.1 will get released in the U.S. The phone features a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage,... More>>

Apple quietly dumps Modern Buckle Watch band

If you're looking to accessorize your Apple Watch, your roster of options just shrank. The iEmpire has quietly removed the Modern Buckle Apple Watch band, marking the first time that the company has completely eliminated a... More>>

Leaked Snapdragon 1000 details suggest it could go head-to-head with Intel

Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 1000 may be powerful and efficient enough to offer real competition to Intel and AMD in the laptop space, with new details suggesting it will be smaller and more efficient too. More>>

T-Mobile FamilyMode lets parents control kids’ screen time on any device

T-Mobile's latest initiative helps parents control screen time beyond just smartphones and tablets. With the FamilyMode app and device, parents can monitor and filter content on any electronic as long as it's under the... More>>

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