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Did you know you can do this with Google Maps?

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Google Maps is a mainstay on many of our smartphones, an app that’s tapped daily by iOS and Android users alike. But we probably use just …

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8 gadgets to help you beat the winter blues

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While the winter blues can affect anyone, this winter may feel particularly long as people spend more time indoors. Still, staying active and productive can be …

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12 Apple Store gifts for under $50

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While Apple may be synonymous with luxury in the tech world, there are things you can pick up at its store that fall under $50 — …

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The best holiday tech gifts under $50

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Buying gifts can be a tricky task Gift-giving is one part of the holiday season that can be both enjoyable — but also sometimes a bit …

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We played with that new phone sanitizer. Here’s what we think

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COVID-19 has made the word “sanitize” nearly an everyday word. We’re washing our hands, cleaning our homes and also cleaning our devices. Aside from gliding rubbing …

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How to use Amazon Alexa to maintain your pool (hint: don’t throw it in)

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Alexa can already help people maintain their home, from dropping in with people around the house, to automating smart home routines. For example, one for the night time, by …

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Take your beach vacation to the next level with this tech

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A day at the beach can help us unplug, and after the past few months it’s something everyone can use. Taking a day off doesn’t mean …

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Here’s how Google Maps can help you avoid COVID-19

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Google has updated its maps app to now show guidelines at the top when Covid-19 may impact how someone is traveling. Directions will now include, where possible, details …

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How to clean your smartphone during the coronavirus pandemic

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The novel coronavirus has been a crash course for many people on washing their hands — properly. But the devices we carry in our hands may …

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Can these drones tell if you have coronavirus?

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Drone company Draganfly, is working with a team in Australia to remotely monitor and detect if people have the novel coronavirus, the company said in a …

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5 DIY Halloween projects for your smart home

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Sure you can drop hundreds of dollars on plug and play Halloween decorations. October 31st has turned into a big consumer spending day, with spending to …

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5 ways you’re killing your Uber & Lyft passenger ratings

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You have a fairly decent rating on a ride-sharing service, and have for quite a while, until something happens — and you get dinged, falling below …

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Study seeks to measure just how lonely people really are

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How lonely are people today? That’s what Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight hopes to discover, and if isolation and digital media are part of the problem …

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Here’s how to make Alexa stop listening to your conversations

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Alexa is designed to listen, and respond. But now comes news that Amazon workers are listening to recordings made when Alexa is on — and hearing personal details …

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Robots are delivering food to these college students

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Starship Technology’s autonomous robots on wheels now serve up snacks to students at Northern Arizona University, delivering orders placed through its app. The self-driving coolers carry …

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Turns out pets are big gift getters on Valentine’s Day

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As Valentine’s Day approaches each year, our thoughts turn to that special someone who warms our hearts, and makes us smile when we come home from …

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Will self-driving cars cause traffic jams? Researchers think so

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Self-driving cars, meant to ease the commuting conundrums in cities, may create a new problem of their own: traffic jams while trying not to pay for …

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Majority of consumers worry about internet hacking

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Hacking concerns are high among consumers, particularly those who own connected devices. Worry that their computers could be hacked, and their broadband connections too is high, …

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1-in-10 American adults will own a smartwatch in in 2019

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Wearable use is growing in the U.S., fed by devices like the Apple Watch which is attracting newer interest from the health benefits they tout. So …

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The best holiday tech gifts under $50

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You don’t need to break your budget to treat friends and family during the holiday season, even with high-tech gifts. Technology may have a luxe feel, …

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Tech gifts that kids will love this holiday season

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Children bring out the best of us during the holidays, pushing us to find gifts that delight them and tap into their curiosity. We played with …

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Give your parents the gift of tech this holiday season

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Parents work double time to make the holidays magical for their children. As such, presents for them often take second place. That’s why it’s a great …

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7 great tech gifts for your favorite travelers

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We all have that friend or family member who is constantly on the road or catching red-eyed flights. Maybe you yourself are that globetrotter. Either way, …

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9 great holiday tech gift ideas for grandparents

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Whether the grandparents in your life are travelers, gamers or fitness enthusiasts, these nine gadgets can make great holiday gifts for them. Image Credit: DepositPhotos.com. 1. …

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How to toaster-bake your entire Thanksgiving meal

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When my building’s gas was shut off last year, I thought I’d lack a stove and an oven for just a week or so. Cooking Thanksgiving …

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7 smart tools for creating the perfect Thanksgiving dinner

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Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be an arduous process. Gadgets like smart ovens and refrigerators can help, but what about small-scale devices? These seven smart tools can help make cooking for …

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Can Facebook’s new Portal video caller eavesdrop on you?

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Facebook recently admitted that its video call function could be used for targeted advertising. That’s no coincidence, according to Recode. “Portal voice calling is built on the Messenger infrastructure, …

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How technology can improve your word skills

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Whether you play Words With Friends or are looking for ways to improve your or your student’s spelling abilities, there are apps that work wonders for …

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Create your own smart haunted house this Halloween

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Halloween is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to break out the decorations and horror flick marathons. While spiderwebs, pumpkins and costumes are great ways …

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5 ways to jazz up your winter indoor workout

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Working out outside becomes less enjoyable when the temperature drops and daylight hours shorten. That doesn’t give you the excuse, however, to skip a chance to …

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6 best tech gifts for your coworkers

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Do you have a fantastic boss or a super coworker who deserves something nice? These six smart devices can make great gifts for your workmates without …

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Is AppleCare smartphone insurance worth buying?

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You can cover a lost or stolen iPhone with a new insurance policy — but it will cost you. Apple has quietly launched a new product …

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All in the wrist: This tech bracelet can measure your blood count

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Researchers at Rutgers University built a bracelet that can send crucial data directly to your doctor. The wearable consists of a circuit board that wraps around the wrist …

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7 ways your phone can turn you into a great bartender

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Having someone mix a cocktail for you is part of any bar’s allure. Relaxing at home with an aperitif can be nice as well. There are …

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Let Google Assistant or Alexa make your next dinner reservation

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Smart speaker systems can be useful not only for finding restaurants, but for making reservations, too. Some apps cater to users who have dietary restrictions, while …

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Walmart taps VR to help train employees

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Walmart’s favorite way to use virtual reality does not involve shooting at space aliens, or flying like an eagle over buildings. Instead, the company is using …

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How the iPhone XS and Apple updates will jazz up your smart home

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Apple’s launch of its newest iPhones, the XS, XS Max and XR, plus upcoming OS updates, are set to bring some more excitement to the way …

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Want to track your iPhone use? This app makes it possible

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By 8:30 a.m. last Monday, I had already used my iPhone X nearly 60 times — or once a minute since I started working — according …

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5 smart devices for making the best cheeseburger ever

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Summer may be over, but that’s OK — the perfect cheeseburger knows no season. Sure, anyone can cook some ground beef on a grill, but these cooking-inspired gadgets …

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The 5 best gadgets to up your coffee game

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For those of us who run on caffeine, a cup of coffee is an essential part of nearly every morning. The process of making coffee, usually …

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Kitchen gadgets that make back-to-school meals a breeze

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While children may feel sad about summer ending, parents usually feel stressed about back-to-school, and that includes meals. Dinner time can be chaos with parents returning …

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Digital health devices are coming to your home

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Tech tools can give you more control than ever over your sleep, skin care and home remedies. New devices are working their way into the kitchen, the …

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Saturday Night Live writers pen new Alexa Skill

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Amazon’s Alexa has a new tool designed to keep burglars away — perhaps with a few laughs. Away Mode is an Alexa Skill that’s designed to …

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What ‘smart dust’ may mean for your home and health

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Chips are meant to be thin and small — but rarely can they be sprayed from an aerosol can. Yet that’s exactly the size of new …

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7 best VR education apps

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Visit Mars, swim with sea otters, and trek to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp. Parents and teachers eager to weave fun into learning might consider using virtual …