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Kindle Oasis Review

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Would you pay $290 for an eReader? Amazon bets that bookworms neck-deep in Amazon’s eBook market will buy the Kindle Oasis. But unless you’re rich, there are a lot of reasons why you might want to rethink that purchase. You could find yourself in a bone-dry Oasis. Initial Impression The Oasis comes with a minimal number of peripherals. Inside the box, you get documentation, a battery-pack folio cover, a microUSB cable, and the AmazonKindle Oasis itself. At its current price point, someone might imagine that Amazonwould bundle gold plating or perhaps a…read more

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Apple makes Siri smarter

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Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2016.AP/Tony Avelar  SAN FRANCISCO  — Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors’ recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services. The tech giant kicked off its annual software conference by announcing new software features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well, while unveiling a…read more

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Protect Your Smart TV

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Hackers usually target smartphones and computers, and manufacturers have been vigilant in releasing security patches to prevent unsolicited breaches. With the advent of the Internet of Things and Smart Home technology however, more and more entry points are opening up to malicious invaders on the Web. One of these is the Smart TV. According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), about 46 percent of U.S. households are using Smart TV sets, and that figure is expected to increase beyond 50 percent by the end of the year. The CTA predicts that about…read more

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Gear Fit 2: Tips & Tricks

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You’ve set up your Gear Fit 2, now what? Start within going through these settings to get the most our of your brand new smartwatch, fitness tracker combo. From changing watch faces or installing new ones from the store, to controlling Spotify from your wrist, there’s plenty of functionality hidden in the Gear Fit 2. Watch faces There are a couple different ways to go about changing the watch face on the Gear Fit 2. On the device itself, tap and hold on the current watch face. A few seconds…read more

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Apps for Parents (and Grandparents)

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Being a parent  or a grandparent is a whirlwind. Between shuttling kids from one place to another to preparing meals and washing clothes, life can quickly feel overwhelming. Whether your children or grandchildren are newborns or teens, any little help is often appreciated. Thankfully, as the saying goes, “there’s an app for that.” And we don’t mean an app to keep the kids occupied, but rather one to keep you going strong. Here are 7 (free) apps for parents or grandparents that make life a little easier for the modern…read more

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Save on iPhone Data Costs

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Exceeding the limit on your iPad or iPhone’s cellular data plan can cause you to rack up significant costs at the end of the month. If you are constantly getting dinged with iPhone data usage overage costs on your bill, there are a few things you can try. The first is to look at the below four settings on your devices to make sure you are only using data for important things. Since your iOS device can use cellular data to perform various tasks such as cloud backups and automatic downloads, you’ll want…read more

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Protect Yourself Against Online Hackers

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How do you keep your passwords safe and protect yourself from online hackers.                                                                                                                (Photo: WLTX) Columbia, SC (WLTX) –  These days it seems no one is immune from an online attack. On Tuesday, the NFL’s…read more

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Modular phones are here

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Call me old fashioned, but I like my phones in one piece. But that’s not the future according to LG. Or Motorola. Or Google’s Ara team. These companies see consumers swapping widgets and gizmos on and off their phone like it’s some sort futuristic communication device. That’s crazy. I don’t like it. Get off my lawn. Lenovo just introduced the Moto Z with Moto Mods. Want a bigger speaker? Snap the gigantic JBL speaker onto the back of the phone. There’s also a projector and battery backpacks and Motorola is…read more

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Optimizing your Wi-Fi network

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CNET editor Dong Ngo answers questions about how to optimize a home Wi-Fi network. Editors’ note:This post is part of an ongoing series. For the other parts, check out the related stories, below. Getting a Wi-Fi signal to every corner of your home can be a challenging task, especially if you have a large house or one with lots of thick walls. But there are things you can do to improve your Wi-Fi coverage. Let’s start with the ways that probably won’t cost you anything, other than a little bit…read more

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Home networking explained

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Wi-Fi, access point, router, 802.11ac. Networking can be a pain! But it doesn’t have to be if you know what you’re doing. Then it’s actually fun! This is where you start. Editor’s note: This story was originally published on December 9, 2014, and has been updated with additional information. Feel free to skip the overly technical parts. Do you know that Wi-Fi and Internet are two different things? That’s true, Wi-Fi is just a wireless method for devices in a local network to connect to one another using a router and…read more

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