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Autoset smart miter saw fence helps DIY-ers make the right cut every time

Ever tried a spot of DIY and ended up wasting good wood by making the wrong cut? As Steve Jobs might have said, “there’s an app for that” -- or, in this case, a whole smart miter saw fence.The post Autoset smart miter saw fence helps DIY-ers make the right cut every time appeared first on Digital Trends.

The best computer desks for 2019

Looking for a new piece of furniture that will fit in your office, dorm, or gaming cave? Here are some of our favorite computer desks on the market, whether you're a serious gamer looking for an upgrade, or just moved into a new space.The post The best computer desks for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.

The best white noise machines you can buy

Some people are more sensitive to sound during sleep than others. Luckily, there are a number of white noise machines on the market to mask the noise. Here are our five of our current favorites.The post The best white noise machines you can buy appeared first on Digital Trends.

Brown thumb? Bloomengine takes the guesswork out of growing delicate plants

Bloomengine is a plant-growing chamber designed to take the guesswork out of growing delicate plants indoors. It features an LED light, automatic water, fan for ventilation, and even a camera to record progress.The post Brown thumb? Bloomengine takes the guesswork out of growing delicate plants appeared first on Digital Trends.

12 cool houseboats that will set your imagination adrift

From artificial lakes in eastern Germany to ports in Portland, Oregon, here are 12 houseboats that are as stunning as they are downright extravagant. They might just want to make you give up your landlubbing ways.The post 12 cool houseboats that will set your imagination adrift appeared first on Digital Trends.

California to require solar panels on most new homes

There's no question that solar power is entering the mainstream, but California is about to give it a giant boost.

Google Assistant can now buy movie tickets on your behalf

Google Assistant's latest trick is ordering movie tickets. It's a partnership with Fandango that enables the digital helper to assist

Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $70 on Samsung’s SmartThings Home Monitoring kit

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Sonos plans home theater event for June 6th

Sonos announced today that it will be hosting an event in June and its invite included the image below. While

Nest’s Temperature Sensor is now available for $39

Don't worry if you missed out on pre-ordering Nest's Temperature Sensor last month -- it's now available for purchase, and

CNBC: Facebook’s smart speaker could debut outside the US

According to rumors, Facebook decided that since it's mired in privacy controversies this year's F8 event might not be the

The best water fountain for cats and dogs

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Nest Hello review: A premium doorbell for the paranoid homeowner

Last September, Nest introduced several new offerings aimed at beefing up your home security. There was the Nest Secure alarm

The best food processor

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Amazon will install a full smart home security system for you

Amazon has been beefing up its home security business for quite some time now; earlier this year, it even purchased

Wirecutter’s best deals: Get Samsung’s Level On wireless headphones for $50

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Amazon fixed an exploit that allowed Alexa to listen all the time

Amazon's Alexa is good at listening, since it has to be ready when you say its wake word, like "Alexa,"

Amazon confirms the existence of a ‘Fire TV Cube’

The next-generation Fire TV might take on a cube-shaped form. AFTVNews has discovered a page on Amazon's website where you

Touch-sensitive wall might let you control home devices in the future

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh think we can do more with our walls. In a research

MIT researchers turn water into ‘calm’ software

Our lives are busy and full of distractions. Modern computing. with its constant notifications and enticing red bubbles next to

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EU approves Google’s Fitbit acquisition with some restrictions

Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus already has a video review and leaked renders show off new colors

We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.

Pete Lau discusses the future of OnePlus, smartwatch confirmed

OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.