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Tips For Optimizing Your Smart Home
You’ve figured out the basics of setting up your smart home, now it’s time to raise your game. I’ve spent years installing, configuring, and tweaking dozens of smart home products in virtually every product category. Along the way I’ve figured out a
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Best Smart Light Bulbs
Smart light bulbs – LED-based bulbs that can be controlled by a hub or smartphone app – are no longer a new idea. What is new is how far this technology has come since its advent just a few years ago. Also new: Products from companies such as Nanolea
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Best Smart Speakers
You don’t need to live in a smart home to benefit from smart speakers. Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and other digital assistants can help you in dozens of ways, and you don’t have to lift a finger to summon them – just speak their names. If you’ve
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Best Smart Thermostats
The best smart thermostat will have an outsize impact not only how comfortable you are in your home, but also on your household budget. Heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly half of the average home’s utility bills, according to the US De
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Best Smart Security Camera Systems
Whether you rent or own, you want the best security camera system for keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. That used to entail signing on with a professional – and pricey – security service like ADT. But a boom in consumer-level smart-home
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Best Smart Smoke Detector For The Home
The concept is simple: A smoke alarm that tells you there’s a fire nearby is a great, but a smoke alarm that tells you there’s a fire no matter where you are is even better. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are one of the most useful ca
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11 Ways To Make Your Old PC Run Faster
There’s a reason that unboxing videos and the phrase ‘new car smell’ are firmly ensconced in the public group mind. New stuff is exciting. New stuff is (theoretically) better. New stuff is just plain cool. But new stuff also costs an arm and a leg –
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Acer Predator Triton 500
Price: £2,499 (inc VAT) from I’ve tested a lot of gaming laptops over the years, but the newly refreshed Acer Predator Triton 500 is the best one I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing on. For many years, you could only coax enthusia
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11 Classic Games That Deserve A Final Fantasy VII-style Remake
Forget remasters. Gone are the days where developers could stretch new textures over old games and call it a day. These days it’s all about remakes, raiding the late ‘90s and early ‘00s for games that need more than just a new coat of paint. Resident
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Why Microsoft Needs An Xbox Gaming Laptop
A recent Xbox event introduced the first batch of next-gen games coming to the Xbox Series X console launching this year. But what I want is something that straddles those two worlds and solidifies Microsoft’s position as a driving force in gaming –
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Windows 10’s May 2020 Update breaks pooled Storage Spaces
If you’re a fan of Windows 10’s Storage Spaces, Microsoft offered you a piece of advice: don’t update to the Windows 10 May 2020 Update yet. Storage Spaces is a feature that was introduced years ago, dating back to Windows 8.1. The nifty storage tech
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Microsoft Is Getting Rid One Skype
If you see a version of Skype quietly disappear from Windows, don’t be surprised: Microsoft is finally taking action to clear Windows of some of its redundant software. Microsoft is consolidating its Skype for Windows 10 and its Skype for Desktop int
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Microsoft Kills Mixer Streaming Service
Microsoft has thrown in the towel in its fight against Twitch, saying that it will wind down its Mixer livestreaming service and redirect users to Facebook Gaming instead. The death knell will sound on July 22, when the redirect to Facebook Gaming wi
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Why Apple’s Move From Intel To ARM Means We Should Stop Buying Macs
Apple’s news that it will be dropping Intel’s x86 CPUs for its own ARM chips can mean only one thing to anyone who doesn’t want to be left behind: don’t buy a Mac. You may think this is another Internet-baiting hot take that will argue that x86 is b
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Complete Smart Home Guide For Beginners
One way to build out a smart home is to buy lots of components – sensors, smart bulbs, security cameras, speakers and whatnot – and connect them all to a hub that helps them communicate with each other and with you, via your smartphone. But let’s be
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Microsoft Unveils New Range Of Surface Devices
Microsoft is launching a new generation of Surface devices that aims to offer something for everyone. The devices include the new Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 (reviewed on page 17 ) and Surface Dock 2. To help you stay focused, Microsoft will soon sh
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Why The New Microsoft Surface Devices Don’t Have A Webcam Shutter
Microsoft’s Surface cameras may now be among the best around, one of many premium touches in Microsoft’s new Surface line-up. So why don’t they have a physical privacy mechanism? Documented cases of hackers listening in on baby monitors has prompted
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Review: Surface Go 2
Price: £719 (inc VAT) from The Surface Go 2 is a tablet that doesn’t fit easily into traditional niches. As the entry-level product in Microsoft’s Surface line, it’s still somewhat expensive, but it offers a beautiful screen and one
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Microsoft Says The Surface Book 3 Will Be 50 Per Cent Faster
Microsoft launched the Surface Book 3, refreshing the powerful detachable 2-in-1 with 10th-gen Intel Core chips and the choice of either an Nvidia GTX or Nvidia Quadro RTX GPU to enable real-time ray tracing. With the new Surface Book 3, Microsoft e
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Suddenly, Microsoft’s Surface Cameras Are A Compelling Feature
Virtually everyone now realizes that a good webcam matters. As Microsoft rolls out the spring refresh of its Surface hardware – including the Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 and associated peripherals – you might not be aware of one particular selling p
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Essential Gear That Makes Working From Home Much Easier
Laptops work great on the road or in the office, but now that so many of us have been suddenly thrust into working from home, you may be realizing that your tiny notebook isn’t optimal for being pounded on for eight hours straight. Yes, it can get th
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How To Use An Android Phone As A Webcam
If you’re sick of peeling the tape off your laptop’s camera every time you need to call into a virtual meeting, look no further than the Android phone lying on your desk. That’s right, you can use your Android phone as a makeshift webcam for Zoom or
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Microsoft Officially Delays Surface Neo, Dual-screen PCs
Microsoft has officially confirmed that it’s delaying its dual-screen Windows experiences, including the Surface Neo, until “the right moment” arrives. That announcement was part of a recent blog post in which Panos Panay, the new chief product offic
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How To Use An Old IPhone As A Webcam
Just because you’re working from home now doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to meetings. And just because you don’t have a spare webcam around doesn’t mean you need to peel back the tape that’s covering your laptop’s camera – as long as
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How To Use A Digital Camera, Camcorder Or GoPro As A Webcam
Webcams are hard to come by at the moment. These sudden necessities have sold out across major retailers, with remaining stock going for inflated prices through third-party and eBay sellers. All is not lost, however – you might still be able to cobbl
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How To Make A Funny Zoom Background To Entertain Your Friends
It’s as easy to make a custom Zoom background that’s silly to mess around with your friends and co-workers, as it is to make a serious Zoom background for business meetings. We’ll show you how. Normally, a webcam shows just what it sees: you, your k
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Windows 10X May Be The New Windows 10 S
With dual-screen Windows devices seemingly off the table for 2020, Microsoft’s Windows 10X has to find a home. Will it become a replacement for Windows 10 S on low-cost single-screen devices instead? According to ZDNet, the delays associated with th
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Microsoft Adds A News Bar App In Latest Windows Insider Update
Microsoft is launching a redesigned Microsoft News app, now dubbed the Microsoft News Bar, in conjunction with a new Windows 10 Insider build that tidies up your PC’s storage. Windows 10 Insider build 19603 is part of the Fast Ring, a sort of reposi
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Chrome OS’s New Tablet Mode Is A Lot More Like Android (and The IPad)
Many updates have passed since Chrome OS introduced a proper tablet mode for convertibles with version 70, and while Google has certainly refined the system, it’s done little to fix its core navigation issues. The main problem: it’s confusing. But th
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Tips To Work From Home
When you’re working from home for the first time, you quickly realize that it requires more thought than plunking your laptop on the coffee table. Nailing down the tech is a large part of it. But we realize, too, that there’s a ‘softer’ side: what ho
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