Which smart bulbs should you use with Alexa? – CNET

Alexa, the voice-activated virtual assistant housed within the Amazon Echo smart speaker, knows a ton of cool tricks, but she’s especially good at controlling smart lights. Turning them on and off and dimming them up and down whenever you ask her to was one of the first smart-home skills she ever mastered, and by now, there are a lot of options that’ll do the job.

Alexa, the voice-activated virtual assistant housed within the Amazon Echo smart speaker, knows a ton of cool tricks, but she’s especially good at controlling smart lights. Turning them on and off and dimming them up and down whenever you ask her to was one of the first smart-home skills she ever mastered, and by now, there are a lot of options that’ll do the job.

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In depth: Do we really need expandable memory on our phones any more?

Everyone wants more storage on their phone, but the cost seems too high. Apple is constantly lambasted for not having expandable memory ports in its iPhones – but now that we have a 256GB iPhone, and access to reams of cloud storage, do we really need it?

Everyone wants more storage on their phone, but the cost seems too high. Apple is constantly lambasted for not having expandable memory ports in its iPhones – but now that we have a 256GB iPhone, and access to reams of cloud storage, do we really need it?

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Updated: 40 common Windows 10 problems and how to solve them

Introduction

Note: Our common Windows 10 problems feature has been fully updated. This article was first published in July 2015.

Windows 10 is now running on over 350 million PCs, tablets and smartphones, making it one of the most popular operating systems in the world.

Introduction

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Allo and Duo could be teaming up in the near future

Have you downloaded Duo and Allo yet? Google’s most recent apps are designed to take on FaceTime (for video calls) and iMessage (for all your messaging needs) respectively, but there’s been a hint that they’ll be working more closely together in the future.

Have you downloaded Duo and Allo yet? Google’s most recent apps are designed to take on FaceTime (for video calls) and iMessage (for all your messaging needs) respectively, but there’s been a hint that they’ll be working more closely together in the future.

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How to improve your password security with LastPass

Lock down your passwords

Security experts often offer words of wisdom, such as: “Use a different password for every site” or “Make sure you don’t use any dictionary words”. But then they’ll say contradictory things like: “a string of dictionary words is more secure than a random jumble of characters”.

Lock down your passwords

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Google’s rumored Wi-Fi router is cheap and has a trick up its sleeve

In the market for a new Wi-Fi router? You may want to wait a little longer.

Google is rumored to have one in the cooker for its October 4 Pixel phone launch, which may seem odd considering it already makes the OnHub router (pictured above).

In the market for a new Wi-Fi router? You may want to wait a little longer.

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New Google Wi-Fi router may share stage with Pixel phone Oct. 4 – CNET

Sure, people eagerly await the latest rumors about coming smartphones, but rumors about unsexy home routers? Forget about it.

Still, there may be a new home router sharing the stage October 4 with Google’s rumored new flagship phone, the Pixel.

Sure, people eagerly await the latest rumors about coming smartphones, but rumors about unsexy home routers? Forget about it.

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updated: 4K Chromecast Ultra release date, news and rumors

The world is ready for the 4K Chromecast Ultra.

Don’t get us wrong. We still love Google’s Chromecast, the minimalistic puck that plugs into the back of your TV and allows you to stream content from your phone or tablet.

The world is ready for the 4K Chromecast Ultra.

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Lifx White 900 BR30 Wi-Fi LED Smart Bulb review – CNET

Cloud-connected light bulbs are a terrific starting point for the smart home, but most of your options are A-shaped bulbs meant for use in lamps. That’s all well and good, but it isn’t terribly helpful if you’re living in a home filled with recessed lighting fixtures designed for BR30-shaped floodlights.

Cloud-connected light bulbs are a terrific starting point for the smart home, but most of your options are A-shaped bulbs meant for use in lamps. That’s all well and good, but it isn’t terribly helpful if you’re living in a home filled with recessed lighting fixtures designed for BR30-shaped floodlights.

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Review: Starry Station

Starry Station

Even for some of us that write technology reviews, configuring Wi-Fi ranges from annoying to some sort of sorcery that we dare not meddle with to somewhere in between. It’s for that reason that this editor has admittedly used internet service provider (ISP) supplied routers for years.

Starry Station

Even for some of us that write technology reviews, configuring Wi-Fi ranges from annoying to some sort of sorcery that we dare not meddle with to somewhere in between. It’s for that reason that this editor has admittedly used internet service provider (ISP) supplied routers for years.

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