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Nextdoor allows businesses to reach out about pandemic relief efforts

Facebook isn't the only site that added ways for people to help out their community during the pandemic. Nextdoor is doing the same thing, with several new updates that'll let you and fellow community members lend a hand to local businesses that might be in need. Starting today, local merchants can update their Business Profile pages with different methods of assistance. They can add a gift card… → Read More

Online grocery deliveries are facing an unprecedented stress test

In the past few weeks, cities and states across the country have instructed people to stay home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Going out for essentials like food is allowed, but that can be a risky proposition. Not only can grocery stores get crowded, social distancing protocol often means long lines just to get inside. The obvious alternative to all this is to shop online, but… → Read More

Fitness pros on how to give your lockdown workouts a tech upgrade

THE GEAR EXPERTS USE Cassey Ho runs Blogilates, a YouTube fitness channel with over 4.8 million subscribers (plus 1.6 million followers on Instagram). One of the key bits of tech she uses is a Tabata app to time her workouts. "Timers are like personal trainers," she said. "They tell you when to stop and go and you just have to listen! Without one, I'd probably take too many breaks." The app she… → Read More

Health experts explain how we should be cleaning our gadgets

"Phones, laptops and other electronics travel with us everywhere, from bathrooms to buses to kitchens and restaurants," said Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds, an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She authored a study about hygienic preventions to prevent viral spread. "Like our hands, they pick up germs along the way. Frequently touched surfaces are… → Read More

Vudu's 'Lists' feature helps you organize your video collection

Vudu has just introduced a new lists feature that will finally let users organize their selection of movies and TV shows. Instead of just sorting them through release date or alphabetical order, you can now sift through your collection via customized categories and lists. Think of it as a mix playlist, but for your favorite Vudu flicks. To create a list, simply look for "Lists" under the "My… → Read More

VSCO's new tool is built for moody video montages

VSCO Cam is an app known for its extensive photo editing capabilities, which has made it a favorite among serious mobile photographers. Over the years however,... → Read More

Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus fears

Google has cancelled I/O, its annual developer conference, citing coronavirus concerns. The tech giant has sent out an email to all attendees informing them of... → Read More

The gadgets that refuse to die

I have a drawer in my bedroom that's filled with defunct tech. It consists of old PDAs, bricked smartwatches and wearables that no longer work. Like many of you... → Read More

Could you live with this budget Android for four years?

Five years ago, Sharad Mittal had a dilemma. He and his wife had just watched Noah, a movie starring Russell Crowe with a heavy environmental message underneath... → Read More

Facebook withdraws from GDC due to coronavirus concerns

Mobile World Congress 2020 isn't the only trade show affected by COVID-19, otherwise known as the new coronavirus disease. Facebook has just announced that it w... → Read More

If you bought Flywheel's home bike, you can trade it in for a free Peloton

One of Peloton's biggest competitors, Flywheel Sports, announced today that it is shutting down its online classes. The company sent an email informing its user... → Read More

The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid works as promised, but only for small batches

Instant Pot's air fryer accessory delivers on its promise, but only in small batches. → Read More

Samsung revealed the Galaxy Z Flip in an Oscars ad

After weeks of leaks of Samsung's upcoming foldable phone, it looks like the company has decided to scoop itself. Just a couple of days before the Galaxy Unpack... → Read More

Amazon has 150 million Prime members now

Amazon's latest earnings release is one for the books, with one major win. It now has 150 million Prime members around the world, which is a huge step up from t... → Read More

How to watch the Super Bowl in 2020

Super Bowl LIV will occur this Sunday, and it'll be a match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. NFL's biggest event of the year is a tel... → Read More

Can Byte recreate the magic of Vine?

When Twitter shuttered Vine in 2018, it was the end of not just another video service but also the death of a wonderfully quirky part of the internet. Vine's si... → Read More

I am my own spy: A personal surveillance story

One of the first webcams I purchased was a Dropcam several years ago. We'd had a couple of package thefts, and I wanted to see if I could catch the perpetrator... → Read More

How to buy a smart display in 2020

Smart displays are some the newest forms of consumer electronics of the past couple of years. Essentially smart speakers with a screen, the first to debut was A... → Read More

Vote for the Best of CES 2020 People's Choice Awards!

We've announced our Best of CES finalists so now it's time for you to cast your vote for your favorite gadget at CES 2020! Just head over here (or below) to pic... → Read More

Cuzen uses magnets to brew you a fresh matcha in seconds

Brewing matcha the traditional way can be a bit of a pain. Not only must you get the water temperature just right, you also have to spend some time whisking the... → Read More