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Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Headphones

Finding the perfect headphones

Finding the perfect headphones has become as complicated as car shopping in terms of the countless models, brands, features, and designs to choose from. Earbuds or over-ear? Wired or wireless? Noise cancelling or volume limiting? The bottom line is that you need to choose a pair (or pairs) that work for your unique lifestyle and needs. Just like suburban parents need minivans to ferry around children and city dwellers need compact cars to make parallel parking easier, you’ve got to think…

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Smackdown! The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Best portable bluetooth speaker: Smackdown!

With the boom box era firmly behind us and the smartphone era in full swing, wireless speakers have become nearly ubiquitous. Even if you’re not constantly streaming music, having a wireless speaker makes it easier to listen to podcasts and other audio wherever you want without being tied to anything but your smartphone. Some models even let you take calls, working as a supped-up speakerphone. More recently, Bluetooth speakers have really come into their own in terms of style, sound…

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Simple steps to maximize your phone’s battery life

high tech guest room

  You might have heard through the grapevine that it’s bad for your phone battery if you leave it plugged in all night. But is it a fact or an urban legend? And if it is true, is it worth switching up your routine to maximize battery life when it’s just so convenient to stick to the plan and always know it will be ready and charged when you wake up? Reliable sources like the New York Times say that most…

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It’s Time to Get Better About Backing up your iPhone

iphone backup

Of course we all know we should back up our laptops, iPhones, and iPads, but it’s often a task that gets skipped over when time is tight… and all my stuff is up there floating around in that cloud somewhere, anyway, right? Right?  Um, no, not necessarily. A friend who works at Apple recently told me the most frustrating thing about the job is telling tearful customers their photos, phone numbers, and other personal data are gone while they express complete…

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Gear Security + Safety

Fires and Explosions? The Facts About Lithium Ion Batteries

Lithium Ion Batteries

Tech devices are supposed to make your life easier. Now you have to worry about them exploding in your pocket or setting your house on fire?! At the beginning of the month, Samsung announced it was recalling its Galaxy 7 Note model (which meant replacing 2.5 million smartphones), after at least 35 reports of spontaneous fires. Before that, earlier this year, hoverboards were all over the news, after causing a reported 60 fires that resulted in $2 million of property damage.…

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The Most Important Gadget In Your Home Is Getting A Makeover

new home wifi routers

Your home WiFi router has a thankless job— if all things are going well, you forget it exists, and if things go badly (read: your signal isn’t strong enough to watch the rest of the O.J.: Made In America series), you want to throw it against a wall. Even if you resist the urge to smash it, there’s little you can do except unplug it, count to ten, plug it back in and say a silent prayer to the bandwidth gods. Just…

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