Getting Your TV to Sound Great

Half the experience of watching a movie or playing a video game is the sound. Are you getting the full experience? One thing is abundantly clear when comparing today’s TVs with those from only 1o years ago: TVs have gotten a lot thinner, and that leaves less room for speakers. To produce deep bass sounds you need a large driver, which won’t fit inside a … Continue reading Getting Your TV to Sound Great

Enjoy 4K Video with PlayStation and Xbox

With the proliferation of 4K resolution TVs, Sony and Microsoft have introduced 4K—and the amazing picture it produces—to their gaming consoles. Both the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S can stream content in 4K, which is 4 times more detailed than the exiting standard: 1080p. It requires a 4K TV (which are dropping drastically in price) to display, but the image is much clearer … Continue reading Enjoy 4K Video with PlayStation and Xbox

Smart Laundry

The proliferation of Wi-Fi and smart devices has finally reached laundry with most manufacturers supporting the technology, albeit to different degrees. Currently G.E., Samsung, and LG offer smart laundry models controlled by apps on your smartphone. All you need to enjoy connected laundry is a smartphone, an Internet connection, and a Wi-Fi router. Be sure to check that the model you are interested in has … Continue reading Smart Laundry

4 Wireless Earbud Headphones That Aren’t Apple AirPods

Apple has certainly made a splash this month with its wireless AirPod earbuds, but they aren’t the first manufacturer to cut the cord. Several companies have been offering Bluetooth earbuds, from high-end audio to entry-level. Beats By Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 Inspired by Lebron James, the Powerbeats 2 are IPX4-rated sweat and water-resistant and with 6 hours of battery life will make it through your … Continue reading 4 Wireless Earbud Headphones That Aren’t Apple AirPods

How Fast Is Your Internet, Really?

Internet service providers (ISPs) advertise some blazingly fast speeds, but are you getting anywhere near that at your home? You may have run a speed test in the past, but certain variables might be masking (and slowing) your true speed. When you run a speed test you want to have as direct a connection as you can to the test servers. If you are receiving … Continue reading How Fast Is Your Internet, Really?

Refrigerator Quick-Tips

Keep the Proper Temperature The ideal temperature for a refrigerator is 35–38°F. Higher than 40°F is unsafe and will allow bacteria to multiply and food to spoil. Use a refrigerator thermometer to keep track of the temperature. As with ovens, a stand alone thermometer will give a more accurate reading than the built-in digital thermometer. Position the thermometer in the warmest part of your refrigerator: … Continue reading Refrigerator Quick-Tips

Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide

Why Choose a Portable Air Conditioner Portable air conditioners are designed to cool a single room and are simple and easy to install. Their compact design and wheels make it easy to move the unit from one room to another as needed. Installation is not permanent. Portable air conditioners are a good option for rooms with no existing air conditioning or rooms that only need … Continue reading Portable Air Conditioner Buying Guide

How Fans Cool You Down

How does a fan cool you down if it doesn’t actually make the air cooler? A fan actually makes the room warmer (but not enough to notice). Because the electric motor of the fan isn’t 100% efficient, it generates heat. The blades of the fan themselves even generate heat via friction as they rub against the air. Thankfully these effects are tiny and unnoticeable. Fans … Continue reading How Fans Cool You Down

Improve Your Laptop Battery Life

Batteries are designed to last a certain number of charge cycles. (A charge cycle would be taking the battery from 100% to 0%, and taking the battery from 100% to 50% would count as 0.5 charge cycles.) As you use up charge cycles—and they are measured in the hundreds—your battery capacity decreases. Here are some tips to reduce the drain on your battery to keep … Continue reading Improve Your Laptop Battery Life

9 Ways to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

Unlike the 1990s, today’s cell phones do much more than make and receive phone calls. Now the equivalent of micro-tablets, we have all the more reasons to use them throughout the day and that drains the battery. Here are some tips to help your phone battery last the whole day, plus a couple of tips to help it perform at a high level long-term. Dim … Continue reading 9 Ways to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer