Plex Plays Nice With Amazon Alexa

[ad_1] Happen to use the media streaming app Plex and also have an Amazon Echo device? Then this is good news for you: the two now play nice together. Plex just announced support for the Amazon Alexa voice assistant and the platforms it supports. The integration lets you control your movie, music, and TV show Read More

Ford Teases the Future of Transportation With Super Bowl Spot

[ad_1] If you’re among the 100-million-plus people who plan to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, you’ll also see ads that go for about US$10 million per minute, created to convince viewers buy everything from soft drinks to computer chips. Per usual, a large portion of these spots will plug the latest cars and trucks. Read More

Using an Old Version of Google Chrome? Expect Some Gmail Changes

[ad_1] If you haven’t yet updated to the latest version of Google’s Chrome browser, you might want to do that as soon as possible. On February 8 2017, Google will start showing a banner at the top of Gmail for users who are still on Google Chrome Version 53 and below encouraging them to upgrade. Read More

Intuit TurboTax Self-Employed 2017 (Tax Year 2016)

[ad_1] TurboTax Deluxe is our top pick for DIY tax filers thanks to its excellent user experience, voluminous, targeted help resources, and thorough coverage of the tax topics supported. TurboTax’s top-tier Self-Employed service is expensive, but it’s the best. Plain-spoken help resources, thorough exploration of tax forms and schedules, and an unparalleled user experience make Read More

TaxAct Online Premium 2017 (Tax Year 2016)

[ad_1] TaxACT Plus is second only to TurboTax Deluxe this year, and it’s a top bargain for taxpayers who don’t need Schedules C and F. It scores well for thoroughness, guidance, navigation, and usability. TaxAct Online Premium provides affordable, reliable personal tax preparation tools that support all major tax scenarios. This, combined with its excellent Read More

TaxSlayer Premium 2017 (Tax Year 2016)

[ad_1] TaxSlayer Premium offers the same personal tax preparation tools as its competitors, and it’s capable of producing a complex return. It has some very good guidance features, but its context-sensitive help within the question-and-answer screens is lacking, and its user interface still needs modernizing. TaxSlayer Premium is an affordable service for preparing your taxes, Read More

B&N Recalls Nook 7 Power Adapters, Offers US$5 Gift Card

[ad_1] Last year, Barnes & Noble (B&N) decided to go after Amazon Fire tablets by launching a US$50 Nook 7 on Black Friday, November 25 2017. However, the B&N Nook 7 hasn’t exactly had an easy time of it. By December 2017, B&N is being accused of shipping the tablet with spyware. Then by January Read More

Jackson Hewitt Online Premium 2017 (Tax Year 2016)

[ad_1] Jackson Hewitt Deluxe Edition does a decent job of supporting the tax topics that most taxpayers need, and does so while offering a pleasing user experience, but its navigation and help systems need work. Jackson Hewitt Premium provides personal tax preparation tools with admirable options for one-on-one support, but its built-in help and user Read More

H&R Block Premium 2017 (Tax Year 2016)

[ad_1] H&R Block Deluxe is good at analyzing tax topics important to homeowners with W-2 income, dividend and investment income, and itemized deductions. But its onsite support and overall user experience can’t match that of TurboTax. H&R Block Premium is a highly capable tax preparation service with strong help content and a well-designed interface. [ad_2] Read More

PCMag Startup Toolkit: February 2017

[ad_1] Hello again, fair start-up founders and daring entrepreneurs. We’re a full month into 2017 and, as always, PCMag has compiled a list of newly tested tech that can make an impact on your business. Whether you’re in the market for a better cloud storage and file sharing platform, a more portable (but still powerful) Read More

MWC 2017: What to Expect

[ad_1] Editor’s Note: This story was updated on February 1 2017 with more details. The biggest mobile industry trade show of the year, Mobile World Congress (MWC), runs from February 27 to March 2 this year. It’ll be full of new smartphones as usual, but that’s only the beginning: tablets and networks have played big Read More

The Best iPhone 7 Wireless Headphones; Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

[ad_1] The iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus$9 dongle to connect your headphones to your iPhone. Wired headphones that use Apple’s Lightning port exist, but they aren’t very common. We’ve reviewed one pair so far, the ridiculously expensive (but also awesome) Audeze iSine 20inexpensive sub-$50 pairs, to high-end noise-canceling options. Wireless headphones are now much higher quality Read More

LG UltraFine 5K Display Unusable Near Routers; LG

[ad_1] Editor’s Note: This story was updated at on Feb. 3 with comment from LG: “We have been made aware that the LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K display (model 27MD5K) may experience performance issues caused by signal interference when a Wi-Fi access point is positioned behind the display within a distance 2 feet (0.6 meter). Changing Read More

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Exemption for Small ISPs

[ad_1] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may not require some Internet service providers (ISP) to comply with parts of the commission’s Net Neutrality order, known for being onerous with small cable operators and municipal broadband providers. This new point comes from the newly appointed FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai. The rules, implemented in 2015, require ISPs Read More

Amazon, Expedia Back Suit Over Trump Immigration Ban

[ad_1] Amazon and Expedia, this week, endorsed Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit opposing President Trump’s immigration executive order. The complaint said the mandate violates the US Constitution and Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. It “asks the court to declare major sections of the Executive Order illegal and unconstitutional and to enjoin the Trump Administration Read More

Report: 300B Passwords at Risk by 2020

[ad_1] Not all passwords are created equal, according to a new report from research firm Cybersecurity Venturesas it estimates that, by 2020, hackers will have their choice of 300 billion passwords to target. That total includes an estimated 100 billion user account passwords for things like social media and email, as well 200 billion passwords Read More

Dream House Built Using YouTube Videos

[ad_1] When life gives you lemons, watch YouTube tutorials and learn how to build a house. That’s what Cara Brookins did: after escaping an abusive marriage, she and her four kids needed a safe haven, so they constructed one themselves. Equipped with a bank loan and video-sharing site YouTube, the single mother and her young Read More

The Best Cloud Storage and File-Sharing Services of 2017

[ad_1] Since the advent of the Internet, the technology industry has been steadily moving away from local storage to remote, server-based storage and processing—what is known as the cloud. Look at music and movies: We used to play them from local media, but now they’re streamed from servers. You can reap the same advantages of Read More

The Best Sony Mirrorless Lenses of 2017; Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA

[ad_1] Sony’s mirrorless cameras have gained traction in the marketplace in recent years, getting better and better as photographic tools. The company makes models with both APS-C and full-frame image sensors at various price points. But a mirrorless camera is only as good as its lens selection. APS-C and Full-Frame Thankfully, Sony’s E-mount system has Read More

Withings Steel HR; IFA 2016

[ad_1] Fitness trackers have a tendency to look sporty, with their breathable bands, hard plastic shells, and thick bodies crammed with sensors. If you want a tracker with a more classic look that still has the benefits of modern technology, the $179.95 Withings Steel HR has a lot to offer, as long as you aren’t Read More

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