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How to share your Wi-Fi on Windows 11 16/11/2022

With the holidays approaching this is an easy way to share Wi-Fi with your family and friends without messing with your router settings. You’ll still need a sign by your door with the network name and password though…

How to share your Wi-Fi on Windows 11 It only takes a few clicks.

Award-winning video editing app LumaFusion comes to Android and Chrome OS | Engadget 09/11/2022

LumaFusion really is a huge step forward for video apps on the android platform. RVC CIS instructors use and love it and now there’s finally something other than Adobe’s Premiere Rush I can say will edit videos like a pro on Android. It’s worth every penny

Award-winning video editing app LumaFusion comes to Android and Chrome OS | Engadget LumaTouch is rolling out an early access version of its popular video editing app to the Google Play Store and the Samsung Galaxy Store..

Google's Pixel 6a falls to a new all-time low of $299 | Engadget 25/10/2022

We here at RVC CIS are big Pixel fans. I think we’ve had every generation from the Pixel XL till the 7 represented amongst us. The 6a is a great phone for Android users that want timely security updates and a solid camera. It’s a steal at $300

Google's Pixel 6a falls to a new all-time low of $299 | Engadget Though the Pixel 6a may not be top of mind now that the Pixel 7 is out, it only came out in July and is still a darn good budget phone..

How to identify a font, any font, anywhere you find it 12/10/2022

I LOVE WhatFont and use it all the time. The Chrome and Safari extension identifies fonts and sizes and colors for you and for design people is a must

How to identify a font, any font, anywhere you find it See a great font in a logo, on a sign, on the web, in a book? Finding its name is easier than you might think.

Google Pixel and Nexus: a visual history of every model to date 12/10/2022

I’ve had entirely too many of these (Nexus One, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Pixel XL, Pixel 2XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 6). So, so many of them never made it out of the return period because of hardware issues but the OG Pixel was good…

Google Pixel and Nexus: a visual history of every model to date Google was software-only for years; now, it makes the Pixel.

The Pixel Watch is official: $349, good looks, and a four-year-old SoC 07/10/2022

I was genuinely curious what internals the Pixel watch would have and boy oh boy what a disappointment. That chip was meh in a Galaxy watch years ago and has little place in 2022. And that crazy big bezel around the display! Big misses

The Pixel Watch is official: $349, good looks, and a four-year-old SoC Google prices itself way above Apple and Samsung, with slower hardware.

Major Audacity update makes it a much better audio production tool | Engadget 05/10/2022

Audacity always makes the list of RVC CIS’s top software. It’s what I used exclusively to do podcasts for classes before switching to videos and still helps clean up my audio before publishing. Hopefully the UI is finally as good as the rest of the app

Major Audacity update makes it a much better audio production tool | Engadget Audacity is best known as an app to do quick audio edits and record audio, but the latest update makes it much more viable as a full on production tool..

DuckDuckGo opens up its free email privacy service to everyone | Engadget 05/10/2022

DuckDuckGo is really positioning itself as the premiere cross platform privacy solution provider for those who hate thinking about privacy. This is another good and easy step to take to better secure your digital footprint

DuckDuckGo opens up its free email privacy service to everyone | Engadget Email Protection, which is now in open beta, strips trackers out of messages..

The Best Note-Taking Apps for Back to School 01/10/2022

Every student I’ve talked to who uses an iPad to take notes on LOVES it. Indexable and searchable notes are an amazing academic tool. Most students can stick to One Note / Apple Notes / Google Keep - but it’s nice to know you have options

The Best Note-Taking Apps for Back to School Make sense of your jotting and scribbling with these versatile apps.

Google Killing Stadia, Issuing Refunds for Hardware and Games 01/10/2022

This is a real shame. Stadia had the makings of something different than just the platform wars for gamers. Hooking a low powered device to your TV and getting AAA titles streamed to you just didn’t have the draw I guess…

Google Killing Stadia, Issuing Refunds for Hardware and Games The company will refund all hardware and games purchased through the cloud-gaming service by January 2023.

watchOS 9 is now available | Engadget 15/09/2022

I’m really into these updates from Apple - iOS 16 and watchOS 9 are really solid. WatchOS gets better and better for workout tracking and it actually gets my sedentary ass moving

watchOS 9 is now available | Engadget WatchOS has arrived..

Google's Pixel 6a falls to a new low price of $399 at Amazon | Engadget 23/08/2022

I say this as a tech snob - almost no one notices the display’s refresh rate. Pixels are the best Androids for most people and at $400 the 6a is a great option. Don’t forget that the Pixel 6 is on sale everywhere for only $100 more and has a better camera

Google's Pixel 6a falls to a new low price of $399 at Amazon | Engadget Google's Pixel 6a may be brand new, but it's already at a record low price of $399 at Amazon..

Here are the best iPad deals right now 17/08/2022

After living almost exclusively with an iPad / keyboard combo these last 3 weeks I can say that most students will do just fine with that as their primary school PC. A base iPad, a keyboard folio and viola! Super convenient back to school package

Here are the best iPad deals right now We’re keeping tabs on the biggest iPad discounts around.

How to get the Android 13 update on your Pixel right away 16/08/2022

I’ve been refreshing on my updates to try to get Android 13 but so far no luck. It always takes a while with Pixel phones… But if you’re willing to jump through a couple hoops, here you go!

How to get the Android 13 update on your Pixel right away For the impatient ones.

Google's Pixel 6 Pro drops to a record low of $649 | Engadget 16/08/2022

If you’re on Android and need a solid phone, the Pixel series is a good choice. Sure there are quibbles with performance and cameras but with the discounts listed they’re an easy recommend. And just in time to get the next Android update as well

Google's Pixel 6 Pro drops to a record low of $649 | Engadget Amazon knocks $250 off the Google Pixel 6 Pro, bringing it down to $649..

Apple's 256GB iPad drops to a new low of $399 | Engadget 10/08/2022

Most students can get away with the base iPad for all their note taking / report writing / couch surfing / content creating. I’ve tried living with a Chromebook all summer and it’s just not as capable or fast. Add the Smart Cover (magnets!) and viola! PC!

Apple's 256GB iPad drops to a new low of $399 | Engadget Most models of Apple's iPad are on sale at Amazon right now, so you can pick one up for as low as $299..

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offer improved audio and ANC for $230 | Engadget 10/08/2022

Of all the earbuds I have, Samsung’s have the best combination of fit and sound. Sony’s sound better but are silly large / uncomfortable. Apple’s base AirPods fit better but don’t sound as full. For Android users these might be the earbud sweet spot

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro offer improved audio and ANC for $230 | Engadget Samsung's new, smaller noise-cancelling earbuds have more features to make them an even better sidekick for the company's phones..

Samsung's more refined Galaxy Z Fold 4 goes on sale August 26th starting at $1,800 | Engadget 10/08/2022

Foldables are interesting as a concept and Samsung is really the only one producing them, but $1800 for a beta product is beyond recommendation. That’s 4 Pixel 4as! They do the best preorder deals though…

Samsung's more refined Galaxy Z Fold 4 goes on sale August 26th starting at $1,800 | Engadget While Samsung isn't changing a ton with the new Galaxy Z Fold 4, new improvements include upgrades cameras, a faster Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, a revamped Task Bar and a slightly sleeker and more one-hand friendly design..

6 common reasons people don't use a password manager—and why they're wrong 02/08/2022

Passwords - simplest and most effective line of defense for most people when it comes to basic internet safety. Just use the built in password managers baked into your browsers! Then enable 2 factor authentication and enjoy better safety and less hassle

6 common reasons people don't use a password manager—and why they're wrong These arguments are understandable, but they still crumble fast after you learn how easy and flexible password managers can be.

The M1 MacBook Air is down to its lowest price ever at Best Buy 01/08/2022

With school right around the corner and many of you looking to upgrade your laptop situation I really suggest an M1 MacBook Air. I’ve used newer / bigger M1s and really this is still a huge upgrade for many. Gaming still not so much so beware

The M1 MacBook Air is down to its lowest price ever at Best Buy Both the 256GB and 512GB models are heavily discounted.

How to clean up the iPhone apps you don’t use 20/07/2022

If you’re on iOS this is a good time to free space on your device to upgrade to the new OSs. Some features are pretty sweet and it’s worth it for Photos updates alone. Wait a week if your on older devices to make sure they’re ready for prime time

How to clean up the iPhone apps you don’t use Probably the easiest cleaning you’ll do this week

Today I learned Amazon will recycle small electronics for free 18/07/2022

Yes, there are legitimate questions about what happens to the items after you send them in (not necessarily privacy questions, but are they actually recycled) but it’s better than just leaving items to rot in your house…

Today I learned Amazon will recycle small electronics for free You can send in your old devices for free.

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