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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: Top-notch sound, stand-out style

A signature Surface style and top-notch sound are the keys to Microsoft's latest cans. Here's our review.

Apple stops selling rival audio gear ahead of rumored launches

Apple has been removing third-party audio gear from its stores, suggesting that the launch of its own branded alternatives could be just around the corner.

Apple stops selling rival audio gear ahead of rumored launches

Apple has been removing third-party audio gear from its stores, suggesting that the launch of its own branded alternatives could be just around the corner.

Apple stops selling rival audio gear ahead of rumored launches

Apple has been removing third-party audio gear from its stores, suggesting that the launch of its own branded alternatives could be just around the corner.

Google Nest Audio review: The smart speaker for anyone

Get cozy and nestle up with Google’s latest smart speaker.

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: The best gets even better

The WH-1000XM3 was one of the best. Will the new version keep it up? Here's our review of Sony's WH-1000XM4

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: Bold beans battle the AirPods

Samsung braved uncharted territory with the Galaxy Buds Live, at a time when everyone is following Apple's lead.

OnePlus Buds review: No longer serving the Android community at large

These are another pair of buds joining the ranks of uncanny valley AirPods.

Huawei FreeBuds 3i review: Great features on a budget

This affordable pair of true-wireless headphones is worth your attention.

JLab GO Air review: Go anywhere with the GO Air

JLab proves time and time again that affordable headsets are more than just cheap.

Panasonic RZ-S500W review: Aiming for a noise-canceling crown

Panasonic continues to prove its audio prowess. If you want to tune the world out, the Panasonic RZ-S500W are for

‘High definition vinyl’ could be spinning on your turntable by next year

An Austrian start-up called Rebeat Innovations hopes to update the LP manufacturing process for the 21st century to produce "HD Vinyl" records that have better quality, consistent sound, and longer playing times.The post ‘High definition vinyl’ could be spinning on your turntable by next year appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Consumer Cellular Buyer’s Guide (November 2020)

Most consumers are familiar with the big-name wireless carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Not nearly as many, though, are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).Companies such as Metro, Boost Mobile, and Cricket Wireless license the towers and coverage from tier-one providers but offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.Let’s take a look at one in particular: Consumer Cellular — a customer friendly MVNO which caters to the senior citizen demographic.AboutFounded in 1995, this Oregon-based carrier prides itself on customer satisfaction especially within the 50+ demographic offering low-cost flexible plans with additional savings/perks for AARP members.In the category of non-contract value wireless providers, Consumer Cellular is consistently ranked well by J.D. Power for customer service having earned that distinction six times in a row.Consumer Cellular leverages AT&T and T-Mobile network technology to cover a purported 99% of its three million US customers.Rate PlansConsumer Cellular has streamlined its plans and offerings into more obvious and customer friendly choices. Not only that, but they’ve become less expensive in the process.Subscribers select how many lines of service they’ll want and then choose from the amount of data needed each month. Plans range from $25 (500MB) up to $60 (unlimited data) for single line accounts.Flexible Monthly Plans (Unlimited Talk & Text)$25/mo. – 500MB$30/mo. – 3GB$40/mo. – 10GB$50/mo. – 15GB$60/mo. – Unlimited DataThere are options for customers which offer just talk; $15 includes 250 minutes, $20 includes unlimited talk. Buyers can also purchase text and data plans with a limit of 250 minutes but it only saves $5 per month.Multiple LinesConsumer Cellular offers the ability to have up to three lines on an account. Adding a second or third line brings the cost down few bucks per line each month but the data is shared across the full account.AARP DiscountConsumer Cellular has a great deal for AARP members, giving them a 5% discount off of monthly fees and usage charges, a 30% discount off select accessories, plus an extended 45-day money back, risk-free guarantee.What’s more, new subscribers can sign-up for AARP membership during checkout after selecting service and devices.Handset selectionConsumer Cellular offers a wide array of phones, from the most basic of devices all the way up to current flagships. Interestingly enough, and considering its target demographic, there’s a decent selection at the upper end.Where can I buy an unlocked phone?A financing option called EasyPay allows customers the peace of mind in spreading device payments out over time. Rather than charging them hundreds of dollars at time of service, its subscribers can pay $25 per month with the phone bill.Bring your own deviceDo you already have a phone or possibly looking to buy an unlocked device for use on Consumer Cellular? If the equipment in question meets certain criteria (GSM unlocked, previously used on AT&T or T-Mobile), you can get a free SIM card.

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light review: Rise and shine

The Philips SmartSleep Light helps you wake up more naturally and feel more refreshed – but does it work?

This portable touchscreen monitor is just $249 today

The great thing about using laptops and Chromebooks as opposed to a desktop is obviously the portability. Having something you can pick up and take with you really changes how work can be done. But there’s also a downside to that, too.If you’ve ever worked on a desktop setup with multiple screens, you surely appreciate how nice that is. Extending the screen to a second display for reading, monitoring, or tasks is something you can get very comfortable with. Wouldn’t be nice if you could take a display with you and use it only when needed?The Desklab Portable Touchscreen Monitor, on sale for just $248.95 right now, is a lightweight, flexible way of bringing a secondary screen to any computer, even your laptop.This versatile, ultra-portable 1080p screen can transform your laptop into a fully functional touch panel that optimizes your ability to design, make music, manage data, chat, and more.With USB-C, HDMI, and 3.5mm auxiliary ports, you can connect to your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet, or even your favorite gaming system in an instant. It’s your screen, your charger, your speakers, and it’s fully customizable to be whatever else you need.1080p Resolution: Enjoy your favorite content in stunning clarityTouchscreen: Easily navigate your apps with just a few swipesVersatile: Equipped with USB-C, HDMI, & 3.5mm auxiliary portsPlug & Play: No set up requiredPortable & Lightweight: Free up space and carry it with you anywhereUniversal Compatibility: Connect any laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet & gaming consoleBuy Yours Today!Pick up your Desklab Portable Touchscreen Monitor for just $248.95 and increase your work from home productivity. Or, use it to extend your laptop screen for the next time you’re at a coffee shop. Purchase a 4K version for just $318.95 and you’ll have a great screen for gaming and streaming video!

Are VPNs able to protect your Android device from cyberattacks?

When you see movies or television shows about hackers, they are often shown as being these super geniuses. Entertainment portrays hackers as being able to get access to any device, circumnavigate any safeties, and steal information with impunity.You would be forgiven for thinking there is nothing that you can do to protect yourself against hackers if you do not have a computer science degree. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. There are several things that you can do to protect your Android device from cyber-attacks. A little of common sense and a bit of readily available technology will go a long way.View post on imgur.comWhat Is a VPN?A VPN is one of the most powerful tools you have for protecting your Android device from hackers. When you surf the web or engage in transactions using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, your private information and browsing habits are exposed to the world.A Clark School study at the University of Maryland showed that hackers attack every 39 seconds. The FBI reported that the number of complaints about cyberattacks since the pandemic started is about 4,000 a day, which is 400% more than what they were seeing before the pandemic. If you feel concerned about protecting yourself from hackers, a secure VPN service that guarantees no-logging policy should be high on your list for security and privacy.Having a VPN on your Android device is especially important because it is likely that you use your Android device to read emails online, check your bank account, or even schedule visits with your doctor. You might take advantage of free Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or restaurant. Oftentimes, these Wi-Fi networks do not require a password. This means that anything you transmit while connected to the network is vulnerable to eavesdropping by people on the same network.When you install a VPN on your Android device, you protect your online activity. A VPN keeps your browsing private and anonymous.How Does a VPN Protect Your Android Device?When you use a VPN on your Android device, you are creating a tunnel between yourself and a secondary location. The server you are connecting to could be on the other side of the globe. It gives the appearance that you are connecting to your favorite website or app from somewhere else. But this is just part of the protection a VPN offers.A VPN will use encryption so that the data sent over a Wi-Fi network is scrambled. Scrambled data cannot be read. Even if someone could monitor the data you are sending, without being able to decrypt it, the information would be garbled and incoherent.If you use your mobile data and avoid connecting to open Wi-Fi networks, you are still at risk of having your information monitored by your ISP. Your ISP can record your entire browsing history. However, if you use a VPN on your Android device, your search history is hidden.You might think that you are not looking at anything online that you would want to hide from your ISP. However, it is amazing how seemingly innocuous information gathered from a person’s browsing history can build a profile about them that can target them for marketing, stealing their identity, or doing other harmful things.It’s also good to remember that search engines monitor your search history. They do that by associating the information with your IP address. If you are using a VPN, they will associate your search history with an IP address that does not belong to you.View post on imgur.comWhat Things Will a VPN Hide?Your VPN hides your location and your IP address. If a person has access to your correct IP address, they will know where you are and what you have been searching. You can think of your IP address in the same way you think about your physical address. It leads to your device. However, since a VPN is using an IP address that doesn’t belong to you, you are able to maintain privacy on your Android device and search the web anonymously.A VPN hides your browsing history. Your web browser can track everything you do online. There are several websites that also keep your browsing history. Why is this so important to remember?Let’s say that you have a medical condition that you are researching online. You want to get information about hospitals and treatment options. If you don’t use a VPN, you may be targeted with emails and ads that pop up at the wrong time, drawing further attention to a medical condition you want to keep private.Another example is if you use your Android device to search plane ticket prices. You check for a price and then check back a few days later. Did you know that travel sites monitor how many times you visit them? If they can tell that you are looking for the same ticket repeatedly, they might not display the cheapest rates.And don’t forget that your ISP might gather your browsing history to sell it. Even if your browser claims to be private, they might have a different definition of private than you do.View post on imgur.comUsing a VPN to Protect against Identity TheftA VPN protects your data, so it protects you from identity theft. It allows you to use your Android device to send private data to your doctor, your bank, your school, or any other individual or entity without cyber criminals being able to access it.To be sure, no one can 100 percent prevent identity theft. However, using a VPN on your Android device can make it harder for cyber criminals to steal the information that they want to steal from you. They can help keep your Android device safe.Not all VPNs are created equal. Sadly, some VPNs have been the source of data breaches that have led to people being victimized by cyber criminals. Before choosing a VPN for your Android device, investigate their logging policies. Learn how they handle your privacy and about the VPN protocols they use.It’s also good to know where the servers you are connecting to are located. Certain servers are in countries where your privacy rights are protected. Other servers are in countries where privacy rights are not a priority.The Internet is a powerful tool. It can allow you to access information and services with the touch of a screen or button. By using a VPN on your Android device, you can feel safer online.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.