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Friday, December 14, 2018 11:42 am

Listen up, Apple Music subscribers--HomePod isn't the only smart speaker that can handle your tunes anymore. Apple has teamed up with Amazon to allow streaming on Echo devices, so all of your songs, albums, and playlists are good to go. Here's how to set it all up:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Navigate to Settings.
  4. Tap Music under Alexa Preferences.
  5. Tap the plus symbol next to Link New Service.
  6. Select Apple Music.
  7. Enter your username and password and two-factor authentication code.
  8. Tap Enable to Use on the Alexa Skill page.
  9. Tap Allow on the Apple authentication page.
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Setting up Apple Music on your Echo device takes just a few taps.

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Friday, December 14, 2018 11:17 am
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.
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Friday, December 14, 2018 10:58 am
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Friday, December 14, 2018 8:20 am

We all know the age-old annoyance of losing our keys, phones, and other small-but-necessary objects. Tile is here to help with that, providing handy little Bluetooth-equipped "tiles" to help track down your missing stuff. And today, you can choose from two different bundles, each with a second-gen Echo Dot that's essentially free.

A bundle with two Tile Mate, two Tile Slim, and an Echo Dot is $60 on Amazon, down from a list price of $110, and a bundle with four Tile Mate + Tile Pro (two each in black and white) and an Echo Dot is $100, down from a list price of $140.

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Friday, December 14, 2018 5:00 am
Family Tree DNA is the oldest consumer genetic geneaology company, and its age can show for the wrong reasons. But there are still some great features to consider. Read our review to learn more.
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Friday, December 14, 2018 4:00 am

Apple's well known for its centralized approach, not just in terms of hardware and software, but also in geography. The company has previously pushed hard to locate as many of its non-retail employees as possible in its hometown of Cupertino, in large part because of its belief that its employees work better on physically proximate teams. Look no further than its enormous new home base, Apple Park, which opened there earlier this year.

But this week, the company announced that it would be expanding its footprint in several U.S. cities outside the Bay Area, most notably in Austin, Texas, where it already has its largest non-Cupertino presence, but also in a few other key locations. In particular, Apple projects that in the next three years it will exceed 1000 employees in three cities: Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City.

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Friday, December 14, 2018 3:00 am
These recent, notable DVD and Blu-ray releases offer up cheery and chilling entertainment alike.
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Friday, December 14, 2018 3:00 am
Having a tight budget doesn't mean you can't have pretty good video surveillance at home.
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Friday, December 14, 2018 3:00 am

Bluetooth earbuds are the Goldilocks of the mobile audio world: not too fussy, not too expensive--juuuust right.

As Bluetooth earbuds don't need to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet, you'll never have to worry about getting tangled up in the cord running between their earpieces while you're typing, working out at the gym, or grooving to music while making dinner.

Where corded earphones can only connect to one device at a time, Bluetooth devices can seamlessly switch between one audio source or another or even listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. Additionally, as the death knell sounds for audio jacks in mobile hardware, investing in a set of Bluetooth cans ensures you'll be living a dongle-free, future-proof life for years to come.

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Friday, December 14, 2018 3:00 am

It's possible to find surprisingly decent Bluetooth earphones for well under $100. Aukey's EP-B40 Latitude Wireless Earphones are proof positive of this. However, for every pair of great, inexpensive earbuds you'll run across, you're sure to discover 50 pairs that aren't worth their asking price.

Audio-Technica's ATH-CKS550XBT Solid Bass Wireless In-Ear Headphones fall into this latter category. At $79, they come with far too many quirks and compromises to recommend.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of wireless earphones. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

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