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Black Friday deals: Best sales on TVs, speakers, and streaming video devices

It's a jungle out thereThere’s a lot to love about Black Friday and the opportunity it provides to score some sweet deals. But there’s also a lot to be leery of. That seems particularly true of home-theater deals, which can present a minefield of sub-par models from the big brands, outdated tech, and trumped-up “bargains” that aren’t actually that … [Read more...]

Roku Ultra (2017) review: Stuck in the middle

If you need a streaming box with hardwired ethernet support, the Roku Ultra is the cheapest one available. … [Read more...]

Best DVR for cord cutters

TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you. … [Read more...]

Streaming TV quality sucks compared to broadcast. Here’s how the industry intends to make it better

Streaming TV quality vs. broadcast and cable: How the industry's tackling frame rate, latency, and surround sound … [Read more...]

Sideclick review: This gadget fixes the biggest problem with Roku and Fire TV remotes

For $30, Sideclick consolidates TV power and volume controls into a single remote. … [Read more...]

Display expert: The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s color accuracy is ‘visually indistinguishable from perfect’

Update, April 12, 2016, 12:37 p.m. Pacific: A previous version of this article claimed Soneira's analysis didn't cover True Tone or Night Shift. It did, and we regret the error. The corrected article appears below. Just in case you don’t believe your eyes, a third-party display expert has given top marks to Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Although … [Read more...]

Mac and Windows users threatened by rampant .om domain ‘typosquatting’

Mac and Windows users could end up in some bad Internet neighborhoods by not typing the “c” in “.com” websites. As reported by Threatpost, Security vendor Endgame recently discovered widespread “typosquatting” with the “.om” domain name, in which bad actors attempt to dupe people who mistype common URLs. In this case, more than 300 malicious URLs … [Read more...]

Mastercard’s working on selfie-based security for online payments

Mastercard is working on a new app that provides extra security when buying things online. But instead of just demanding a password, the app will offer to verify your identify with a selfie. The app is coming this summer for phones, tablets, and PCs, and will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, … [Read more...]

Seagate slapped with a class action lawsuit over hard drive failure rates

Seagate is facing a class action lawsuit over its 3TB consumer hard drives, which by some accounts have suffered unusually high failure rates. The lawsuit, filed on February 1 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, primarily cites reliability data from Backblaze, a cloud backup provider that builds its own storage pods from consumer … [Read more...]

Apple Music’s Sonos support starts now (in beta)

Apple is making good on a promise to bring Apple Music support to the popular Sonos multi-room audio system by year's end, at least in beta form.Sonos manufactures powered speakers, small amplifiers, and audio modules that form a proprietary mesh network, so that each node can play different music or the same song in tight synchronization … [Read more...]

Facebook’s killing photo sync and pushing users to dedicated Moments app

Facebook is shutting down photo sync in its mobile apps, and is asking users to try the standalone Moments app instead. Photo sync arrived on Facebook a few years ago, letting users automatically upload photos from their phones’ camera rolls. Those photos were stored privately by default, and users could then choose which ones to share on the … [Read more...]

Pebble Time Round review: A smartwatch that doesn’t seem like one

One universal truth about consumer electronics is that they never have enough battery life. Instead, gadget makers opt for thinner and lighter designs, and battery is the first thing to go in pursuit that extra curb appeal.Smartwatches might be the rare case where this isn’t a misguided strategy. Short of some quantum leap in battery chemistry, … [Read more...]

Chronological chaos: Twitter experiments with out-of-order timelines

Twitter is testing an alternative to reverse-chronological order, apparently shuffling tweets by algorithm instead. As Motherboard reports, some users have been publicly wondering why their timelines are out of order. In a statement, Twitter confirmed that those users are part of an experiment. “We’re continuing to explore ways to surface the best … [Read more...]

Apple’s rumored original programming push included bid for Top Gear stars

Apple is reportedly looking to create its own movies or TV shows as it tries to make a mark on the streaming video landscape.Citing unnamed industry sources, Variety reports that Apple has held “preliminary discussions” with Hollywood executives about producing original content. Apple also may have placed an “unprecedented bid” on former Top Gear … [Read more...]

August smart lock turns the Apple Watch into a set of house keys

An Apple Watch can already control your connected light bulbs and thermostat, and now it can let you through the front door as well. Smart door lock maker August has just added Apple Watch support to its iOS app. Users can view door unlock status through the Watch’s Glances menu, and receive notifications when someone opens the door. The app also … [Read more...]

T-Mobile’s new iPhone promo solves the “buy now or wait” dilemma

If you're debating whether to buy an iPhone 6 now or wait for the inevitable hardware refresh this fall, T-Mobile is trying to make that decision a lot easier. The carrier is extending the $15 per month promotional pricing for its Jump On Demand program, which lets users upgrade to a new phone up to three times per year. T-Mobile customers who buy … [Read more...]

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