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Hands on with Samsung's big Good Lock 2020 update

Hands on with Samsung's big Good Lock 2020 update

Samsung launched Good Lock back when the Galaxy S7 was the latest and greatest, and since then, it's become a staple of the Samsung experience. Initially allowing users to test new features from
Firewalla review: A powerful all-in-one solution to monitor and protect your home network

Firewalla review: A powerful all-in-one solution to monitor and protect your home network

Security and privacy are at the heart of our concerns with technology now. With every breach, hack, and vulnerability, we discover how frail this digital footprint we've created is. To protect
Apple has a problem with user reviews: It (still) doesn’t care

Apple has a problem with user reviews: It (still) doesn’t care

Apple has a reputation for listening too little to user concerns. Two separate incidents in the past week demonstrate the need for executive-level change.
Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker

Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker

As a swimmer and a techie, every time a new activity tracker is announced, my first reaction is to skim its official page trying to find if it supports my favorite sport. What follows is an extensive
Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker I have ever tried

Form AR goggles review: The coolest and most accurate swimming tracker I have ever tried

As a swimmer and a techie, every time a new activity tracker is announced, my first reaction is to skim its official page trying to find if it supports my favorite sport. What follows is an extensive
Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review: Cheap and decent activity tracking, but not for swimmers

Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review: Cheap and decent activity tracking, but not for swimmers

In the world of activity trackers, nothing comes close to the Mi Band's value. Cheaper than any Garmin or Fitbit tracker, even the most basic vivofit4 and Inspire, but still packing enough
AirDroid launches new screen mirroring app for remote tech support

AirDroid launches new screen mirroring app for remote tech support

A year ago, AirDroid released AirMirror, an app that allows you to control other mobile devices right from your phone. It's great for helping out parents and friends in tech distress but it comes with
Scrypted is like Tasker for home automation, integrates with Google Home, Alexa, and HomeKit

Scrypted is like Tasker for home automation, integrates with Google Home, Alexa, and HomeKit

There are a plethora of different home automation platforms like SmartThings, HomeKit, Wink, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and many more. Some of them play together nicely, but once you're mixing and
Autosync for Google Drive can replace the outgoing Photos sync functionality

Autosync for Google Drive can replace the outgoing Photos sync functionality

Google recently announced that the link between Drive and Photos is going away in July, saying that many users find it confusing. Thus, the company leaves us without a simple solution to see our
Popular email client Spark comes to Android, hoping to comfort forsaken Inbox users

Popular email client Spark comes to Android, hoping to comfort forsaken Inbox users

By killing Inbox, Google is leaving many users without a comparable fallback solution, even though it's arguing Gmail has the same features as the defunct client. Readdle is using this as an
Cielo Breez Eco and Plus smarten up your air conditioner at a fair price

Cielo Breez Eco and Plus smarten up your air conditioner at a fair price

If you like smart home gadgets and live somewhere with a ducted thermostat installation, you're lucky. Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, and more great companies are vying for a spot on your wall and in your
Cielo Breez Eco and Plus make your air conditioner smarter at a realistic price

Cielo Breez Eco and Plus make your air conditioner smarter at a realistic price

If you like smart home gadgets and live somewhere with a ducted thermostat installation, you're lucky. Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, and more great companies are vying for a spot on your wall and in your
Hands-on: Elegant bucket list app 'Soon' launches on Android

Hands-on: Elegant bucket list app 'Soon' launches on Android

In a world that bombards us with things to do, it can be tough to stay on top of everything we think is worth checking out. Movies we want to see, music to listen to, books to read, restaurants to
ExaGear app review: A Windows emulator with questionable utility

ExaGear app review: A Windows emulator with questionable utility

Wine, the popular cross-platform Windows compatibility layer, has been officially available for Android since early 2018. However, it only translates API calls; there's no built-in emulator to convert
Insta360 One X review: A luxury 360-degree action camera worth the splurge

Insta360 One X review: A luxury 360-degree action camera worth the splurge

Depending on the tech circle you're in, 360 cameras may either be the most superfluous fad or the coolest thing. I used to be in the former camp and my LG 360 Cam collected dust in a drawer for years,
Insta360 One X review: A luxury 360-degree action camera worth the splurge

Insta360 One X review: A luxury 360-degree action camera worth the splurge

Depending on the tech circle you're in, 360 cameras may either be the most superfluous fad or the coolest thing. I used to be in the former camp and my LG 360 Cam collected dust in a drawer for years,
Galaxy Note 9 Samsung DeX Review: Limited freedom

Galaxy Note 9 Samsung DeX Review: Limited freedom

By now, Samsung DeX is almost two years old. For a very niche feature that comes from a company that has a tendency to abandon niche features, that’s quite that’s quite an achievement. But Samsung is
Galaxy Note 9 Samsung DeX Review: Limited freedom

Galaxy Note 9 Samsung DeX Review: Limited freedom

By now, Samsung DeX is almost two years old. For a very niche feature that comes from a company that has a tendency to abandon niche features, that’s quite that’s quite an achievement. But Samsung is
Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon)

Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner (Update: Discount coupon)

Update 1: 2018/10/09 2:03am PDT Discount coupon If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you're making an expansion to your house and it's impossible to get a ducted system in
Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner

Sensibo Sky review: A pricey but near-perfect smart controller for your air conditioner

If you live in a house with no central climate control, or if you're making an expansion to your house and it's impossible to get a ducted system in place, a ductless setup may be your only hope.