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Nest Hello review: Google's smart facial-recognition video doorbell
Posted on Thursday September 20, 2018

Excellent smart device comes with optional 24/7 video recording with facial recognition – and works as a doorbell too

Google’s new Nest Hello is a video doorbell that aims to be smarter than the rest with constant recording, face and object recognition.

The Hello is a direct replacement for a wired doorbell, working with an existing chime and requiring constant power, making it one of the high-end options for smart doorbells.

The Nest app runs you through full installation instructions that you can’t skip, even if you’ve had an electrician install the doorbell for you. Tedious.

The hyperlapse effect of scrolling through a full day’s video is really beautiful, watching the sun streak across the sky

I received far too many notifications for people passing by without a Nest Aware subscription, meaning I had to turn them off

Shadows of people walking are identified as people, setting off the alert even if the person isn’t actually in your motion zone

The Hello is weather-proof, but the backplate doesn’t fit all that tightly to the wall, so water can get in behind it if it’s exposed to torrential rain or similar

You’ll need a strong wifi signal for the doorbell and an uncapped broadband connection for the Nest Aware video recording

You can silence the chime for 30 minutes to three hours, but can’t schedule it to be quiet overnight or similar – you can toggle it on or off in the app manually though

Pros: HDR video, good night vision, good and fast app, great as basic doorbell, attractive, smart add-on features, with Nest Aware it is excellent as home-security camera, recognises guests via facial recognition

Cons: stringent wiring/power requirements, additional subscription almost a necessity, mount sits proud of the wall, privacy concerns of having a camera on your door particularly with facial recognition

Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: deal with doorsteppers from your sofa

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Nest Learning Thermostat third-gen: the simple, effective heating gadget

Amazon Echo Show review: smart speaker with a screen has great potential

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Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom
Posted on Friday September 14, 2018

Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself. Belief in the idea of ‘free will’ has become dangerous

Should scholars serve the truth, even at the cost of social harmony? Should you expose a fiction even if that fiction sustains the social order? In writing my latest book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, I had to struggle with this dilemma with regard to liberalism.

On the one hand, I believe that the liberal story is flawed, that it does not tell the truth about humanity, and that in order to survive and flourish in the 21st century we need to go beyond it. On the other hand, at present the liberal story is still fundamental to the functioning of the global order. What’s more, liberalism is now attacked by religious and nationalist fanatics who believe in nostalgic fantasies that are far more dangerous and harmful.

The main challenge liberalism faces today comes not from fascism or communism but from the laboratories

If governments succeed in hacking the human animal, the easiest people to manipulate will be those who believe in free will

Related: Yuval Noah Harari extract: ‘Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. We’re a post-truth species’

If we understood that our desires are not the outcome of free choice, we would hopefully be less preoccupied with them

Related: Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?

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Why you should read this article slowly
Posted on Friday September 14, 2018

Amid fears of shrinking attention spans, it’s time to stop skimming our screens and try slow reading – it is rich in rewards

Are we doomed to read distractedly in the digital age? Technology seems to deter slow, immersive reading. Scrolling down a web page with your thumb feels innately less attentive than turning over the pages of a book. Reading on a screen, particularly a phone screen, tires your eyes and makes it harder for you to keep your place. So online writing tends to be more skimmable and list-like than print. At the top of a web article, we are now often told how long it will detain us, forewarned that the words below are a “15-minute read”. The online reader’s put-down is TL;DR. Too long; didn’t read.

The cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf argued recently that this “new norm” of skim reading is producing “an invisible, game-changing transformation” in how readers process words. The neuronal circuit that underpins the brain’s capacity to read now favours the rapid ingestion of information, rather than skills fostered by deeper reading, like critical analysis and empathy.

The Kindle has not killed off the printed book any more than the car killed off the bicycle

The slow reader is like a swimmer who stops counting laps and just enjoys how their body feels and moves in water

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Amazon launches Fire HD 8 tablet with new Echo-like dock
Posted on Thursday September 06, 2018

Company updates popular £80 tablet, improving camera and giving it new Alexa smart assistant capabilities

Amazon is updating its popular £80 media tablet with an improved camera and new Alexa capabilities that turn it into an Echo device with a screen.

The new Fire HD 8 looks almost identical on the outside to the previous version, with a robust plastic body available in a collection of colours. Inside is a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB of storage, an 8in 720p screen and stereo speakers, an improved front-facing camera, and 10 hours of battery life.

2017 Amazon Fire HD 8 review: easily the best tablet you can buy for £80

Amazon Fire HD 10 review: affordable tablet that’s great for Netflix addicts

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Google Home Max review: bigger and smarter sound
Posted on Thursday August 30, 2018

Big new Google Assistant smart speaker finally launches in the UK with best-in-class voice control aiming to be the life and soul of the party

Google’s big, premium Apple HomePod rival the Home Max is finally being released in the UK today, bringing Google Assistant to the high-end smart speaker market.

Announced in October 2017 and on sale in the US since November, the Home Max joins Google’s smaller Home and smallest Home Mini smart speakers as the big one. Google Assistant sorts voice commands, controls and questions exactly the same as Google’s smaller smart speaker offerings, but the way it sounds couldn’t be more different.

The dots in the middle switch orientation when you turn the speaker between vertical or horizontal

You can charge your phone from the USB-C port (but not quickly)

Volume controlled via the buttons on your phone in the Google Home app adjust the volume by between 4 and 6%, which is strange

Assistant will tell you if you’ve placed the Home Max upside down – it will still work though

There’s a good level of granularity in the volume control, meaning you can easily get the volume just right

Pros: Google Assistant is great, multi orientation, loud and punchy, can always hear you, Bluetooth and analogue in, native Spotify and multiple other music services, adaptive sound, granular volume control via percentage, good touch controls

Cons: variable volume in playlists, not much good for a non-Google user, smart speaker privacy concerns, better for some music genres than others, expensive

Google Home review: the smart speaker that answers almost any question

Google Home Mini review: a brilliant little voice assistant speaker

Apple HomePod review: Siri lets down best sounding smart speaker

Sonos Play:5 review: one of the best wireless speakers money can buy

Amazon Echo second-generation review: smaller, cheaper and better

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: the do-everything phone
Posted on Wednesday August 22, 2018

The phablet’s massive, beautiful screen, excellent performance and new Bluetooth stylus will have Note fans salivating

The king of the big, powerful phones is back for another generation, but is the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 still the phablet to beat?

The Note series pioneered the big-screen smartphone in 2011 and over the last seven years it has been made larger and more feature-packed with each new version. Where the Galaxy S9 series is Samsung’s top-end phone for normal people, the Note 9 is the powerhouse for those that need the answer to the question “can I do that on my phone” always to be yes.

Screen: 6.4in quad HD+ AMOLED (516ppi)

Processor: octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 or octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM: 6 or 8GB of RAM

Storage: 128 or 512GB + microSD card

Operating system: Samsung Experience 9 (Android 8.1)

Camera: dual 12MP rear cameras with OIS and dual aperture, 8MP front-facing camera

Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Iris sensor

Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9 mm

Weight: 205g

The Bixby button is still there and Bixby still isn’t great – it technically hasn’t even launched in the UK yet so we just get the US version

Both the phone and S Pen are water resistant to IP68 standards

To register a fingerprint you swipe down on the sensor once, but you must do so in the orientation you hold the device normally otherwise the results aren’t good

Intelligent scan, which combines face and iris recognition, works very well, but you still have to use your fingerprint for most apps

The screen is just about big enough to be a viable replacement for a 7in tablet, but you had better have big pockets

The stereo speakers are surprisingly loud and good

Wireless charging remains great

Pros: good battery, impressive screen, water resistant, brilliant camera, Bluetooth S Pen, microSD card slot, wireless charging, lasting performance, DeX without the dock, headphone jack

Cons: only Android 8.1, expensive, very big for hands and pockets, fingerprint scanner should be lower down the back, Bixby still not good enough

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: the best big-screen smartphone by miles

Google Pixel 2 XL review: the best big-screened Android experience yet

Huawei P20 Pro review – the three-camera iPhone killer

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: say hello to two-day battery life

OnePlus 6 review: top-end smartphone for half cost of iPhone X

Honor 10 review: premium phone that punches above its price

iPhone X review: Apple finally knocks it out of the park

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Nokia 8110 4G review: a nostalgia trip too far
Posted on Thursday August 16, 2018

The original was made famous by The Matrix, and some might want to drop this reboot out of the nearest window too

The new Nokia 8110 4G is the latest nostalgia trip from HMD Global, but is it more than just a remake of that “banana phone” from the Matrix?

HMD had a hit on its hands with the new Nokia 3310 from last year, which was a surprisingly charming dumbphone that cost slightly more than other basic Nokias because of the name.

Pros: 5-day+ battery life, headphone jack, dual-sim support, 4G, 4GB storage, microSD card slot, removable battery

Cons: expensive, tedious T9, not many apps, no WhatsApp, Spotify or Instagram

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Apple's six defining products - in pictures
Posted on Thursday August 02, 2018

As Apple becomes the first company to break $1tn market cap barrier its progress from garage-based startup to the all-conquering global company it is today can be charted in six products. Here are the computers, music players, smartphones and tablets that made Apple

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Cracking news: improved smartphone glass twice as likely to survive drops
Posted on Thursday July 19, 2018

New version of Gorilla Glass used in iPhone and Samsung devices could help make smashed screens a thing of the past

Glass-maker Corning has unveiled a new version of its Gorilla Glass used in the majority of smartphone displays, which it says is twice as likely to survive being dropped.

As phones get bigger, and come with glass on the back as well as the front, the potential for smashed devices has increased. While cases have helped, even heavily protected phone screens still end up shattered from impact and then stress from being bent, squeezed or bumped in a pocket or bag.

As I go through a series of drop tests at the @corninggorilla even I do wonder if higher performance from the glass drives bad behavior. In other words I drop it and it does not break so I am not as careful as I used to be.

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Hoverboards: why they haven't got off to a McFlying start
Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

The gadgets inspired by Back to the Future Part II’s floating skateboards have failed to deliver

We could start by saying “they” didn’t promise us hoverboards. People want hoverboards because they saw one in the disappointing sequel Back to the Future Part II . But that doesn’t mean people haven’t tried to make them. Like other colourful retrofuturist fantasies, hoverboards were a lustmotif that spoke to a whole generation in the way that flying cars and jetpacks did to baby boomers.

Problem No 1: how would this thing hover? We have four choices: some type of thrust, a cushion of air, maglev or magic.

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Sonos Beam review: a great, compact, jack-of-all-trades upgrade for your TV
Posted on Wednesday June 27, 2018

The new, cheaper, more compact Sonos soundbar has full-range, room-filling sound, wifi and smart speaker functionality with built-in Alexa

The Beam is the new, more compact and cheaper soundbar from multi-room audio specialists Sonos, which promises to be a great one-box upgrade for your TV sound, with Alexa and smart speaker functionality built in.

On the surface the Beam appears to be a relatively simple product. It’s an all-in-one soundbar that connects to your TV via HDMI or optical cable and is controlled by the volume buttons on your TV’s remote.

Pros: compact and attractive, great, room-filling sound whether TV or music, easy set up, Alexa, easy to add to with more speakers

Cons: relatively expensive, no room-shaking bass, takes up a port on your TV, no HDMI pass-through, no support for Dolby Atmos

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Seven cooling gadgets to beat the heat
Posted on Tuesday June 26, 2018

Fans are great, but when it gets really hot all they do is push warm air around. These seven gadgets aim to cool you down without air conditioning

The British summer is a cruel mistress. It’s either dank, grey and raining, or so hot you practically melt on the way to work. An umbrella takes care of the former, but it’s difficult to stay cool in the heat.

When a fan just doesn’t cut it, or simply isn’t practical, here are some of the best gadgets to keep the sweat at bay during work, rest and play.

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Ray guns: will they ever be more than cool toys?
Posted on Tuesday June 26, 2018

Humans have dreamed of weaponised lasers since HG Wells first mooted them. Should we be careful what we wish for?

You can thank HG Wells for the idea of a ray gun. Weaponised lasers, microwave beams, particle beams and so on ... Wells’s Martian death rays in 1897’s War of the Worlds sparked the concept.

Twenty years later one Albert Einstein offered a proof of concept in 1917, and then Charles Townes finally made one (OK, a laser) in 1951. Star Trek injected further vim to the fantasy of handheld zappers with its phasers, followed by the blasters of Star Wars – enough appetite to stimulate real military research – remember Ronald “Ray gun” and his Star Wars programme?

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Teleportation: will it ever be a possibility?
Posted on Tuesday June 12, 2018

Instant travel seems further away than when Captain Kirk first reanimated, but scientists are fighting to make it happen

Star Trek has a lot to answer for. Not content to tease us with unreasonable expectations of phasers and warp drive, it also thrust into the popular imagination the idea of teleportation, in which we step into a giant scanner of some sort and instantaneously find ourselves somewhere else, mind, body and soul intact (and hopefully, unlike Jeff Goldblum, untainted).

Theoretically, there are really only two ways this can(’t) be done – physical deconstruction at x and reconstitution at y, or the translation of one’s person into data to be transmitted, then reconverted into matter, like some organic fax machine.

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Marshall Major III Bluetooth review: rocking wireless headphones
Posted on Thursday June 07, 2018

The much-loved British brand has improved its wireless on-ear range, perfect for metal and hip-hop heads alike

The Marshall Major III Bluetooth headphones are the latest in the much-loved British audio brand’s wireless headphone range, and while the changes are minor over the last pair they are still a winning combination of look, sound and battery life.

Pros: great sound, long battery life, great controls, fold up for travel, sturdy, great look, good connectivity

Cons: on-ear design may not be comfortable for everyone, no NFC for one-touch pairing

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Hushed tones: six of the best noise-cancelling headphones
Posted on Sunday June 03, 2018

From Bose to Beats, we assess the cans capable of shutting out the world as well as making your music sing

Bose is one of the pioneers of noise-cancelling technology and is often lauded as the best in the business. The QC35 II are the second edition of the company’s wireless noise-cancelling cans and set the standard by which everyone else is measured.

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How much screen time is too much for kids? It's complicated
Posted on Thursday May 31, 2018

Parents have been advised to limit media consumption, but research suggests it’s the nature of it that matters

For many parents in the digital age, battles over screen time and devices have become a depressing part of family life, and knowing how much is too much has become a moving target.

Whether it’s three-year-olds throwing tantrums when the iPad is taken away, seven-year-olds watching YouTube all night, nine-year-olds demanding their own phones, 11-year-olds nagging to play 18-rated video games that “all their friends” are, or 14-year-olds who are never off Instagram, every stage of childhood and adolescence is now accompanied by its own delightful new parenting challenges.

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Google launches video doorbell with facial recognition in UK
Posted on Wednesday May 30, 2018

Nest Hello promises to recognise friends and family at the door, but could provoke privacy concerns

Google’s facial recognition video doorbell, the Nest Hello, is launching in the UK to challenge Amazon’s Ring.

Initially released in the US in March, Nest Hello is the first of Google’s new home security product lineup to make it to the UK, ahead of its Nest Secure alarm system.

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How to make travel more bearable? Bring on the robot suitcase
Posted on Wednesday May 30, 2018

The inventors of the Vespa have created Gita - a robot on wheels that will follow you around and carry your stuff. What other products do we need?

In 1946, the Italian car manufacturer Piaggio made travelling by two wheels a cool pursuit by inventing the Vespa. Now its US offshoot, Piaggio Fast Forward, has embraced convenience, and invented a small blue robot on wheels that will follow you around and carry your stuff. Gita (the Italian word for “outing”) can hold 20kg (a case of wine, some hand luggage, a bounty of snacks or a five-year-old). It won’t be available until 2019, however, and only if it’s a staycation, because it’s unclear if this two-foot-high two-wheeler will be allowed on planes. But it’s a start … So what other inventions might make holidaying more bearable?

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Holograms: are they still the preserve of science fiction?
Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2018

A projected Princess Leia in Star Wars suggested a 3D future, but we’ll have to wait a while before we are playing holochess

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” before flickering out. But R2D2’s 3D projection gave millions of young eyes, including mine, their first taste of holograms, and planted unrealistic expectations of a future playing dejarik, the gruesome game of holographic chess played on board the Millennium Falcon.

The concept of the hologram was already familiar, invented in the 1940s by physicist Dennis Gabor, but since the force reawakened the idea almost 40 years later, things haven’t really moved on. Why aren’t real, moving, Leia-style holograms now part of our day-to-day lives?

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Forza Horizon 4 review: Seasons and social hooks make the best arcade racer even better
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

“I see a festival that never ends, where you can be whatever you want to be. It’s not your dream holiday anymore. It’s your dream life.” Those lofty words are your introduction to Forza Horizon 4, and then you’re barreling down the road at 180 miles per hour, soundtrack thumping in your ears.

It’s an appropriate intro for a series that’s become as much about a lifestyle as anything else. If Forza Motorsport represents love for car racing—tuning the vehicle, nailing a tight sequence of turns, pushing your driving to its limits—Forza Horizon’s about a love of cars period. In an era where the automobile feels increasingly endangered (or even for many irrelevant) it’s Forza Horizon 4 that clings to the fantasy of driving a sports car down a sun-dappled road.

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Amazon's awesome Sabrent hub sale will add up to 10 USB ports to your PC or Mac for cheap
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

Deal alert: This lightweight Core i5-powered Lenovo Ideapad laptop is just $550 at Staples—$200 off
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Why Fitbit’s biggest advantage over Apple Watch Series 4 is sleep tracking, not fitness
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

Fitbit's multi-day battery life isn't just about lasting longer, it's about tracking valuable data while most Apple Watches are sitting on their chargers.

How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 review: An ice-cold, whisper-silent beast of a graphics card
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

The hulking Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 shows how Nvidia’s graphics card partners can still stand out from the crowd in an era when Nvidia’s making it harder than ever to shine.

Last generation, all customized GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards plateaued at virtually the same level of performance. Custom cards were notably better than Nvidia’s own GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, though, because Founders Edition cards were restrained by reference clock speeds and a subpar single-fan, blower-style cooler.

This generation, it’s looking like power limits will impose a new ceiling on GeForce RTX 2080 performance—but now, Nvidia’s vastly improved RTX Founders Edition cards pack a dual-fan cooler, a gorgeous design, and an 80MHz out-of-the-box overclock. Nvidia’s competing against its own partners something fierce.

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IronWolf Pro 14TB Hard Drive review: Seagate's best gets more capacity and speed
Posted on Tuesday September 25, 2018

14TB, the amount of data that can be held by Seagate’s latest flagship $600 IronWolf Pro, is a whole lot of digital stuff. Way more than most users need, unless of course, said user is capturing raw 4K or 8K video. In that case, the more the merrier.

Seagate’s BarraCuda Pro and non-pro IronWolf are the only other drives in the consumer space that can fit that much (WD has a 14TB enterprise drive), but guess what? The IronWolf Pro is a bit faster. A bit more expensive, of course, but top banana is top banana no matter how you slice it. 

Design and features

The IronWolf 14TB is a helium-filled (drag and vortex reduction) 3.5-inch hard drive rotating at 7,200rpm with 256MB of onboard cache. It runs off the SATA (6Gbps) interface, and employs PMR (Parallel Magnetic Recording) to create its superior areal density (more stuff in the same amount of space.)

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What to do after a data breach: 5 steps to minimize risk
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

It happened again. Another major web service lost control of its database, and now you’re scrambling to stay ahead of the bad guys. As much as we hate them, data breaches are here to stay. The good news is they don’t have to elicit full-blown panic no matter how sensitive the pilfered data might be. There are usually some very simple steps you can take to minimize your exposure to the potential threat.

Here’s how.

Update 9/24/2018: Credit freezes are now free in the US (as is temporarily lifting them); we've updated Step 4 of our guide to reflect the new law.

Step 1: Determine the damage

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The first thing to figure out is what the hackers took. If they got your username and password, for example, there’s little point in alerting your credit card company.

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Google's new search features tap AI to make your Android phone and PC even smarter
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Microsoft’s not the only company using AI to improve the quality of its services. Google, in marking the 20th anniversary of Google search, announced its own plans to tap artificial intelligence, including enticing you to interact more with its rebranded, deeper Discover activity feed and other services.

Ben Gomes, the vice president in charge of Search and the Google Assistant, outlined several changes the company is making to enhance Google’s search algorithm.  Interestingly, the majority of the changes seem slated to appear within Google’s mobile app. Most also seem to involve getting you to interact more with Google’s services, so the search algorithm can learn more about you—and make smarter guesses about what you’ll engage with more, for instance. Gomes wrote that a full 15 percent of everyday queries are completely unknown to the Google search algorithm.

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Get a Lifetime of Microsoft Excel Training For Just $19
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

When it comes to spreadsheet software, few programs match the functionality—and popularity—of Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. On the surface, they’re simple spreadsheet programs, but they can be incredibly powerful tools when used correctly. Many professions require at least a rudimentary understanding of how Excel and Sheets work, so learning them can be advantageous during your job hunt.

If you want to learn the inner workings of these tools, you can refer to this $19 Excel & Google Sheets Mastery Bundle, which features tips and tricks spreadsheet practitioners should know how to use.

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The best free Microsoft Office alternatives
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Microsoft Office is the king of office productivity suites, but it doesn’t inspire warm, fuzzy feelings in all users. Parsing the ever-expanding list of features—many of which you’ll never use—can feel like stepping into a cockpit without a pilot’s license. The ribbon interface, introduced a decade ago, has many fans, but others pine for the static menus of the early aughts. And then there’s Office’s hefty price tag.

Fortunately, alternatives abound, ranging from web apps to freemium and open source desktop installations, many of which are compatible with Microsoft Office docs. We compared six of the most popular free office suites to see how well they replicate the most commonly used features of Microsoft Office.

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Microsoft half-heartedly announces the availability of Office 2019
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

In years past, the release of a new Microsoft Office suite would be a momentous event. But with Microsoft shifting toward a subscription service model, even Microsoft seems lukewarm about Monday’s general release of Office 2019.

Right now, Office 2019 is being made available to commercial users, with consumer versions arriving in the “coming weeks,” Microsoft said Monday. Microsoft’s positioning is made clear in an accompanying FAQ: Office 2019 is described as a “one-time purchase,” versus the ongoing subscription model that is Office 365. There’s one big system requirement, though: Windows 10.

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Here's a way to help protect your browser from Google Chrome's latest privacy snafu
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Google’s Chrome 69 hides a disturbing twist: if you log into Gmail or another Google service, Chrome seems to automatically log you into the browser as well. Theoretically, that means that you will automatically begin sharing data with Google, like it or not.

The confusion comes from a new way in which Google shows your “logged in” status. Previously, if you were signed in to Chrome, an icon would appear in the upper right-hand corner, indicating that you were signed in and sharing data. The same icon now appears if you’re logged into a Google service like Google.com or Gmail, but not necessarily to Chrome. 

What does all this mean? Most people associate signing in to your Google account with signing into the Chrome browser, but that’s not always the case. 

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The Arlo video baby monitor, the best way to monitor your little one, is $30 off today
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Upgrade to a luscious 1440p Dell HDR display for just $220 at Staples
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Roku adds low-cost Premiere 4K players to its line up
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Roku is expanding its streaming video player lineup with a 4K player that is half the price of its current 4K offering. The Roku Premiere will launch ahead of the year-end shopping season when 4K TVs are likely to be big sellers.

New Microsoft Search, Ideas tap AI to add smart features to Microsoft's Office 365
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Smarter searches don’t necessarily need to live in a search engine. This week, Microsoft will debut two tools that will live in Office: Microsoft Search and Ideas, designed to assist workers trying to dig out the document that they need, now.

Microsoft hosts its Microsoft Ignite conference this week, and the company promises literally dozens of announcements—most pertaining to its Azure cloud and related services. But Microsoft also plans a few key developments at the user level, including final rollouts of features the company has announced previously, such as the ability to blur backgrounds within Microsoft Teams video chats and transcribe meetings.

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Microsoft plans to make you pay more to rotate the Surface Hub 2, just to drive you crazy
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

Microsoft is refining its plans for its next-gen Surface Hub 2 collaborative display, separating the product into two distinct “experiences” that will require users to install an upgraded hardware module to enable. But here’s something that may rile some businesses: certain basic features like rotating the display will be reserved for the new, upgraded Surface Hub 2X model due in 2020.

The two new models—the basic Surface Hub 2S, and the upgraded Surface Hub 2X —  will share the same common hardware, according to Microsoft. To upgrade to the 2X experience, administrators won’t buy a separate device. Instead, they’ll be asked to buy a dedicated swappable “processor cartridge” that also contains the operating system for the second 2X experience. But there’s a catch: The 2X experience will support dynamic screen rotation, multi-user authentication, and other features that will not be permitted within the 2S.

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Ecovacs Deebot 901 review: an affordable floor-mapping robot vacuum
Posted on Monday September 24, 2018

This competent cleaner boasts laser navigation and Google Home and Amazon Alexa integration at a fraction of premium-model prices.

 


 

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