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The 6 tech trends business owners need to know about

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You know you can ask Alexa to play music while you’re busy prepping dinner. And you know you can scan your smartphone to pay for a …

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Here’s how to protect yourself against credit card skimming

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Twenty-three percent of American drivers suspect they’ve been a victim of credit card or debit card skimming at a gas pump in the past 12 months, …

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What happens when your smart home starts thinking for itself?

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With the creation of Alexa and Google Assistant routines, along with the tinkering of some IFTTT applets, today’s smart home can already do a good job of …

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13 steps to turn off digital distractions & improve your quality of life

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Sure, you’ve heard of Marie Kondo and her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. But the war on clutter has multiple fronts. For instance, what about …

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6 animal-like robots that could one day change the world

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Your first encounter with a robot animal was probably some toy advertised on Saturday morning cartoons. Trust us, the robot industry has come a long way …

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How to work smart in the age of artificial intelligence

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Tom Vander Ark has spent the last few years studying the future of work, trying to understand how technology is changing society and, therefore, our educational …

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The best portable battery chargers for your smartphone, tablet & laptop

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No matter how much effort manufacturers, processor makers and application developers put into making smartphones run as efficiently as possible, it’s often hard to get through …

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The tyranny of 10,000 steps: Why I threw away my Fitbit

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I used to live in New York City, where most people walk everywhere. Or at least do more walking than people who live in what I …

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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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Here’s how your car data could sell you out

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While cars can’t fly or do your taxes — yet — they can be pretty smart. Navigation and “infotainment” systems on newer vehicles can store your …

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Why you should stop force-closing your phone apps

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Smartphones and habits go hand-in-hand, more than many of us are willing to admit. The compulsive early-morning email check before you get out of bed; unlocking …

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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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5G is going to be great (& it’s going to cost you)

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This is the year when commercial 5G networks will start to be switched on for the first time. As with 4G almost a decade earlier, 5G …

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Create your own backyard paradise using these 7 devices

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As the weather warms, these technology gadgets and gear can help you make the most of your outdoor space. Your porch, garden and yard were all …

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Everything small business owners need to know about the dark web

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The dark web gained worldwide attention when Ross Ulbrict was convicted for the sale of illegal drugs and illicit goods on his dark web site, Silk Road, in …

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‘Robot-ready’ or not, the future is coming

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Look around. We’re already toe-deep into a world in which humans and machines collaborate. Chatbots are often our first interaction with a customer service department before …

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Waymo driverless cars now understand hand signals from police officers

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One of the toughest situations for autonomous cars to deal with is when something unexpected happens. This can include temporary lane closures, diversions, and situations where …

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5 ways virtual reality can help you pick your next vacation

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Virtual reality is about to change the way you vacation. No, we’re not suggesting you make believe you’re in Belize or the Bahamas as you slap …

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How do the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active & Apple Watch Series 4 compare?

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This week, Samsung announced its latest smartwatch, the fitness-focused Galaxy Watch Active. Its slim, stylish and lightweight design will please many consumers tired of bulky smartwatches – like …

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5 devices to keep you safe over spring break

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Spring break is a time to let loose and decompress for a few days before getting back to the grind. Traveling can sometimes bring a bit …

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The Google Assistant is now a real-time interpreter: Here’s how it works

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Google Assistant can now be used as a real-time interpreter, translating between 26 languages as two people speak to it. This means you can have a …

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This is the best internet connection you can buy today

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A new age of speedy wireless internet connectivity is upon us, thanks to not only the possibly over-hyped 5G (mass rollout of which is not really …

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Nest warns customers they’ll need stronger passwords

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A couple of high-profile incidents — including one where a Nest security camera was used to issue a fake missile warning — has forced Google-owned Nest to remind …

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Should you go solar to save on electricity?

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The cost of electricity is going up. The Energy Information Administration projects the average cost of electricity will be 13.45 cents per kilowatt hour in 2020, …

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This $9,000 ‘intelligent’ toilet has smart lighting, speakers & Amazon Alexa

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For all of the genuine advances in technology found at the Consumer Electronic Show, the Las Vegas event has a reputation for showcasing some fairly outlandish tech. This …

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A Tinder for your refrigerator? Yeah, it’s a thing

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For anyone sick of trying to find love through apps like Tinder and Bumble — especially with Valentine’s Day upon us —  Samsung has come to …

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How to hit ‘decline’ on spam calls once and for all

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It’s likely happened to you before. A number you’ve never seen pops up on your phone. You answer: It’s the IRS accusing you of tax fraud. …

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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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Google Assistant could soon start recognizing your face

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Google Assistant’s ability to recognize users based on their voice could soon expand to include face scanning. Such a system could work in a similar way …

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4 tips for keeping your data private

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Keeping your data private and protected is crucial. Here are a few quick and easy data privacy-related activities you can do to protect your identity and …

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8 steps for discovering your company’s top cybersecurity risks

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It seems like every day we hear news of a well-known company experiencing a data breach. Companies like Yahoo, Target, and Marriott have all dealt with …

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6 best VPNs to keep your laptop & mobile devices secure

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Most people probably aren’t familiar with a VPN, nor know what it actually does. Yes, a VPN allows you to stream Netflix from different countries. It’s also a …

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14 ways to create strong passwords to protect your credit

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Want an unexpected way to protect your credit? Create strong online passwords. The better your passwords are, the more likely you can keep your information safe. Click …

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7 best laptops for students (and anyone on a tight budget)

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Is it time to replace your old laptop that’s barely hanging on by a thread? Or does your student need a laptop for schoolwork? You may think …

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Streaming is getting pricier. Here’s how to offset the cost

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Recently, Netflix announced it was raising prices by up to 18%, the streaming service’s biggest increase ever. The price of all three Netflix plans is increasing …

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Top pet tech products & other goodies for your fur babies

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We all know you secretly prefer your border collie to your younger siblings and definitely to most of your extended family, so it’s no real surprise …

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Why you need to lock down your smart home in 2019

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Computers and smartphones aren’t the only gadgets in our lives in danger of getting hacked. Smart home security cameras, children’s toys and even our routers, the …

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How should driverless cars communicate with pedestrians?

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With Waymo’s commercial autonomous taxi service kicking off this month, you’d be forgiven for thinking the driverless car conundrum had already been solved; that robo-taxis are …

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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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15 smartphones to get excited about in 2019

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As 2018 draws to a close, the global smartphone market is expected to post an annual fall for the first time. Not since the days before …

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5 ways to make 2019 a greener year

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Trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you want to turn that leftover food into compost? Alexa has skills for these and other ecological tricks. Plus, there are …

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What is 5G and when can I start using it?

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Just as 4G followed 3G, 5G is about to land. 5G promises significantly faster speeds not just for smartphones, but also for infrastructure, VR and even …

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These smart-home predictions for 2030 are already coming true

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A future vision of drones, smart kitchens and augmented reality came true quicker than anyone expected. Back in 2015, the Near Future Laboratory, Mobile Life Center …

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Here’s why it’s time to get excited about augmented reality

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If you thought smartphones were a big deal, you haven’t seen anything yet. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently predicted that augmented reality will be as big for …

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Here’s how to trade stocks with voice commands

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By now, many of us are familiar with how Alexa, Amazon’s friendly voice assistant, can answer questions, provide news and weather information, and help out around …

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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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How Google Maps fooled me into thinking I had Springsteen tickets

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Google and Facebook often do spooky things, without our informed consent. Recently, Google seemed to possibly ruin a holiday surprise for me … but ended up …

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8 ways to add a little tech to your Hanukkah celebration

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There are still several nights of Hanukkah left to celebrate.with loved ones as you light nightly candles on the menorah. Consider adding some of these smartphone apps …

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How to tap Apple Music through your Amazon Echo products

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Apple Music is coming to Amazon devices for the first time. Announced on November 30, Apple’s move is surprising considering its walled-garden approach to tech. Beginning …