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Friday, February 22, 2019 3:35 pm

It's a good day to take home the HomePod. Right now Amazon's Woot service is selling certified refurbished models of Apple's smart speaker for a mere $234.99, down $114 from the normal price of $349. It's one of the best prices I've seen it listed for date. The HomePod's high price has always been one of the biggest strikes against it, and a deal like this makes it far easier to appreciate everything it offers. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you won't even have to pay shipping.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 9:25 am
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.
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Friday, February 22, 2019 8:53 am
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
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Friday, February 22, 2019 8:06 am
Humble's microcontroller ebook bundle shows you how to build wildly inventive projects with the popular Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
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Friday, February 22, 2019 5:00 am

Oftentimes, new technologies can seem like solutions in search of problems. And while Apple isn't above those kinds of moves, it also often finds itself ahead of the curve, pushing technologies with a lot of potential before the world at large is ready for them.

Apple Pay has, since its introduction, tended toward the latter. It's a system that offers real tangible advantages over the status quo; the ability to pay with your iPhone or your Apple Watch offers not only more convenience than paying with a physical card but also bestows much needed security on every transaction. It's become more and more popular, but there are still lots of places where you can't yet use it.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 4:00 am

Samsung just took the wraps off its latest Galaxy S10 phones, along with an intriguing new folding phone/tablet called the Galaxy Fold. They were all the internet could talk about on Wednesday, and with good reason: there's some legitimately cool stuff there. But none of them present the existential threat to Apple. In fact, they probably won't have a measurable impact on iPhone or iPad sales at all.

The greatest threat to continued sales of Apple products is Apple, not the threat of a superior product from Samsung.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 3:00 am
This camera/floodlight combo will save you a few bucks, but you'll give up a lot.
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Friday, February 22, 2019 3:00 am

Samsung announced its new Galaxy Buds true wireless earphones earlier this week, and they're obviously designed for Samsung's own Galaxy phones. (As a neat trick, you can even use the upcoming Galaxy S10 to charge the Galaxy Buds.) In design and price, though, Samsung is clearly attempting to make these little guys an attractive alternative to Apple's AirPods--perhaps even for iPhone users.

So are they? We managed to get our hands on a pair of Galaxy Buds ahead of the March 7 release date, and I formed a few impressions of how well they work with an iPhone XS Max. In some cases, yes, they actually come out ahead. In others, they're a reminder that the AirPods are a far greater value than we often give them credit for.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:27 pm
Channels DVR gets a lot of little things right, but the price is wrong.
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Thursday, February 21, 2019 11:49 am

Given the chance, most of us would jump at the opportunity to bring down our power bills. But, there's a prevailing assumption that doing so involves dealing with steep upfront costs before the savings actually come in. Arcadia Power presents a different solution, however, and it's willing to give new users $20 off their first utility bill for trying out the platform.

At its core, Arcadia Power is a free platform that connects homeowners and renters to clean, low-cost energy solutions. Users who sign up become part of a community of more than 150,000 members, driving the platform's purchasing power and allowing Arcadia Power to negotiate for lower monthly payments for green energy.

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