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Amazon Fire TV vs. Fire TV Stick: Which One Should You Get?

Amazon isn't the biggest name in streaming devices, but has two worthwhile options. We break down the details to help you find out whether the compact Fire TV Stick or the more expensive Fire TV has the features you need.

Is the Amazon Tap Worth Buying?

Amazon expanded its speaker range this year with the Tap, a portable Bluetooth speaker that uses the Alexa voice assistant. Learn more about the Amazon Tap, how it compares to similar speakers, and whether you should consider buying it.

7 Things to Consider When Buying a WiFi Range Extender

If your home Wifi has deadspots and you can't reposition the router, a range extender to could make a huge difference. But whether you're paying $25 or $150, consider these factors to make sure you're getting a Wifi extender that works with your network, and is right for your needs.

We Tested JetBlue's 'Nap Pods' and They Were Only Sort of Weird

JetBlue recently installed four free MetroNaps EnergyPods, reclining chairs with retractable domes, at JFK International Airport. Are these "nap chairs" worth your time? We tried to sleep on the job to find out!

6 Quick Ways to Speed Up Your Internet Connection

It's more than just a nuisance: A slow connection delays work, leisure, and many parts of our lives now. Check your hardware and consider some downloads that could help speed up your internet.

What Kind of Road Bicycle is Right for You?

Finding the perfect road bike depends on whether you want to commute, exercise, tour, or all of the above. We look at frames, tires, and where to get the best deals on road bicycles.

Tune In and Drop Cable With a Digital Antenna

Going without cable and streaming doesn't have to mean going without TV. A digital antenna will pick up many channels, and is affordable and easy to install. Here are the basic features to look for, and how to get the most out of your antenna.

Microsoft Wants You to Upgrade to Windows 10 (Now)

Windows 10 is not a bad operating system, but longtime Windows users are often reticent to switch to the latest OS. Unfortunately, PC users' days of playing the waiting game are running out. Read on to see why you should be more concerned about Windows 10 compatibility.

High-End Routers: Is it Worth Spending More Upfront for Longterm Savings?

When it comes to routers, many consumers choose to rent a unit from their cable company. However, there may be some big benefits to buying a router outright, particularly if it's a higher-end model.

11 Things You Need to Know About the New Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book laptop last week, and while it seems similar to the 2-in-2 Surface Pro 4, they're actually very different devices. Here's what you need to know about the buzzworthy laptop.

Apple iPad Pro vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Which 2-in-1 Device Should You Get?

More and more people are being persuaded to replace laptops and tablets with a device that can be both. Microsoft and Apple are about to go head-to-head in this space with the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro. Which one is right for you?

HBO Now Arrives on Roku Devices

The most popular media streamer on the market now gives its users access to the HBO Now app. Find out how soon you can download the app and which models are supported.

Apple TV vs. Fire TV: Which Streaming Media Player Should You Buy?

Apple and Amazon have both just introduced updates to their popular streaming boxes. If you're not in either ecosystem yet, deciding between the two could come down to details like price and gaming ability.

Bring Your Own Boat: Selecting the Best Canoe for You

Canoeing is great for exercise and relaxation. Find the perfect model for your needs by considering materials, shape, size, and more.

Rumor Roundup: Will the iPhone 7 Be the Strongest One Ever?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, GTA VI, Tesla, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

A great coat of house paint is an investment that can protect your home for a decade. But proper planning, tools, and skills are necessary to ensure everything goes right. Here is our guide to painting your home exterior. (Hint: It's a lot of prep!)

A Guide to Bird Feeders and Seeds for Backyard Bird Watching

Spring brings beautiful and melodious birds to your backyard. But how can you feed them, while keeping away predators and other critters? We examine the options of bird feeders and feed.

8 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family-Size Tent

It's almost that time of year when we pry the kids away from their phones to spend some time in nature. If you want to camp out with the whole family, think of your weather conditions, space needs, and any special requirements before buying a tent to fit everyone.

Get These 8 Things to Help Prepare For Emergencies

With much of the country under snow (including some regions that barely see an inch), now is a good time to review what you need to prepare for unexpected extreme weather, car breakdowns, and other emergencies.

VIDEO: How Do You Prepare for an Emergency?

The Northeast seems to have survived its blizzard (or non-blizzard, depending on where you are) this week, but we're still wondering how prepared you all are for a weather-related emergency. In this video, our experts talk about how they prepare for emergencies.

Apple Quietly Cancels its Free Download of the Week Promo

Although Apple hasn't confirmed it, it looks like the brand has quietly ended its free Single of the Week promotion in iTunes after an 11-year run. To help satisfy your free music fix, we've spotlighted a few alternatives that offer free (and legal) MP3 downloads.

Hands-On Amazon: 7 Tips for Becoming a Top Merchant on Amazon

Amazon houses a rich ecosystem of marketplace sellers that have clawed their way up to top seller status. But cashing in on the marketplace model isn't a matter of merely posting products. You've got to work it, though the question remains: How? We talked to some experts to find out.

Best Black Friday Hardware Ads: Stocking Stuffer Discounts from Sears, More

High-tech gadgets aren't the only items to go on sale on Black Friday. As it turns out, Black Friday is also a great time to stock up on power tools and home appliances for the do-it-yourselfer. We've hand-picked the best deals from Ace Hardware, Sears, and Harbor Freight Tools for an early look at what we can expect later this month.

10 Ways a Smartwatch Could Make Your Life Better

Smartwatches are the hottest new gadget in the tech world — but they're still pricey, and most need a smartphone to function. Is it worth the investment? Read on to see a few of the top ways a smartwatch could improve your daily activities.

Rumor Roundup: Is the Apple Watch Delayed Because of Bad Batteries?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, Minecraft, HTC, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Rumor Roundup: U2 Pre-Loaded on New iPhones? Why Not?!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, U2, Chris Pratt, The Tick, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Permanent Discounts: Getting a Tattoo to Save Some Money

How far are you willing to go to get a discount? For many, there's no measure too extreme if it means getting a couple bucks off of a sandwich! Inside, you'll hear about six promotions that offer a discount or perk for getting a permanent tattoo!

Customer Service Reps Should Roleplay as Thor More Often

If you have ever wanted to know what it would be like if the ruler of Asgard had to deal with a book being mistakenly sent back to Amazon, then you need to read this immediately.

When Amazon's Comment Section Gets Hijacked: The Best Joke Reviews

As must happen to all things on the Internet, Amazon's customer reviews are on occasion hijacked by smartasses. And as you might imagine, certain products — like BIC's "For Her" pens or a book titled A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates — are prime candidates for their absurd humor. Join us as we revel in our favorite joke Amazon reviews!

Video Review: Is a Ziploc Bag as Good as a Waterproof Case for Your Gadget?

The beach. Water parks. The toilet. These are all places where your beloved iPhone can find itself taking a nasty, warranty-voiding bath. Several items on the market purport to keep your gadgets dry in these situations, but how well do they really work? And do you have to spend a lot to get acceptable water protection?

A Buyer's Guide to the Best Activewear and Workout Clothes

The best clothes for exercise can help keep you dry and irritation free, and thereby improve your performance. Here are our tips on which sweaty gym rags are actually worth a little more.

Are Smartwatches a Smart Buy? Reviews Show Common Problems

Apple didn't release a smartwatch last month as expected, but it's still rumored to be on the horizon. With the field already crowded, consumer site Fixya compiled smartwatch reviews and common complaints, and found that they might not be ready for most consumers yet.