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How to replace your old, outdated 3-way light switches – CNET

Don’t put up with old three-way light switches like this. Swap them out for something new and improved. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Archaic light switches might as well be from the stone age. All they do is turn a light on and off. They can’t dim lighting gently or remember the brightness level you prefer. Outdated switches don’t play nicely with LED bulbs either. The solution? Swap them for modern switches. This guide will take you through the steps of replacing those aging three-way light switches with updated wall controls. This process…

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How I shot a rock concert on the iPhone X – CNET

Andrew Hoyle/CNET Normally my iPhone ($999.00 at Apple) wouldn’t be my first camera choice for taking photos at a concert. Rock gigs are dark, fast-paced, and the iPhone’s small image sensor doesn’t let in much light — typically a perfect storm of shoddy images. But considering how impressed I’ve been with the iPhone X’s camera so far, I decided to give it a shot. A combination of image noise and difficult lighting meant my shots won’t make the cover of Rolling Stone, but with some degree of trial and error,…

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Here’s the secret to giving a new phone as a gift – CNET

Whether you have a kid who is finally of the age you deem it appropriate he or she has a phone, or your spouse is overdue for an upgrade, the holidays make for a good occasion to get a new phone. But instead of activating the phone right away, potentially revealing your intentions, there’s a way to keep a phone under the tree without anyone knowing.  So, what’s the secret?  Ask to ‘future date’ the activation When you visit a retail store for your respective carrier, ask the representative to…

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How to use 1Password for two-step authentication codes – CNET

1Password is an app built to help you keep your online accounts secure. The first step of securing an account is using a strong password. The second is remembering that password. It’s easy to come up with one password we feel is strong and that we can remember, then use it across a litany of sites and services. But that’s not really safe, nor is it smart. If one account falls, they all fall. Now Playing: Watch this: Hackers claim to trick iPhone X Face ID with mask Another step…

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Build a cheap computer for your kids with Kano OS and a Raspberry Pi – CNET

Kano is a platform that’s designed to teach kids how to build a computer, what every part of a circuit board does, and finally how to code apps or games. The platform is available in predesigned kits made for kids. Now Playing: Watch this: Raspberry Pi projects Kano’s computer kits are attractive simply because each one includes the core of what you need to get started with the kid-friendly platform. The basic kit includes a Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad and all necessary cables. The Computer Kit Complete includes a 10.1-inch…

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How to set up a Windows 10 laptop for your kid – CNET

If you are buying a Windows laptop for your child as a holiday present or because it’s required for school, then you need to know how to set it up with Microsoft’s parental controls to cordon off certain corners of the Internet. You can even set up time limits and sign up to get a weekly report on your kid’s online activity. Let’s get started. Create an account for your kid Microsoft allows you to create separate accounts for children, which you, as the adult in the room, can then…

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How to make phone calls on your Mac – CNET

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET Thanks to Apple’s Continuity feature, you can start tasks on your iPhone and then pick them up on your Mac and vice versa, from handing off documents and long-form articles to sending and receiving emails, texts and phone calls. Making and receiving calls from your Mac can save you from having to get up to retrieve your phone and can be especially convenient if you have a headset with a microphone. Without a headset, you’ll need to rely on your Mac’s built-in microphone and speakers. Either…

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8 fun Christmas things to do with Alexa – CNET

These may look like standard holiday LEDs, but the Light Rhapsody strand pairs with your Amazon Echo so you can control it with voice commands. Light Rhapsody What does Alexa want for Christmas this year? My guess is Amazon’s digital assistant would like to become a “real girl,” but maybe that’s because I’ve read Pinocchio one too many times. Actually, this isn’t a rhetorical question: If you want to know what Alexa wants for Christmas, just ask her. And that’s just one of the fun things you can do in…

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5 fun things you can do with Google Home for Christmas – CNET

With Christmas right around the corner, your house is likely decorated from wall to wall and filled with all the Christmas smells. But with the help of your Google Home ($129.00 at Dell Home) speaker, you can help capture the spirit even better this year. Here are five fun things you can do with Google Home this Christmas season. Play Christmas tunes One of the most obvious things you can do with Google Home this Christmas is play your favorite Christmas tunes. With a Google Home speaker, you’re able to…

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