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Technology Columnist at TIME

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Patrick Austin

The Best Ways to Boost Your Home Wifi

A great wireless networking setup is the cornerstone of a home or apartment, because no one wants to be chained to a desktop if they don’t have to be. Wifi is also one of the most frustrating things to set up and troubleshoot. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other wifi issues, h…

Ten Tricks For Faster, Better Home Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of the most important developments in the evolution of the internet — no one wants to be...

Sycamore Drive-In: A Taste Of Nostalgia

Sycamore Drive-In: A Taste Of Nostalgia  The Newtown Bee

The Top 10 Ways to Deal with a Slow Internet Connection

What’s more annoying than having a great wifi or Ethernet connection, but slow internet speeds? Nothing. Nothing is more annoying than that. When it happens to you—and it will, especially if you jump onto wifi access points at your favorite local businesses—you’re going to wish you could do anything…

Sycamore drive-in outlasts food fads of past 69 years

The years fall away when you walk into the Sycamore. The Bethel drive-in restaurant has...

The best telepresence robot | Engadget

By Patrick Austin This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology.

Find the Best Budget Laptop for Under $700

Shopping for a budget laptop is easier than ever. For just a few hundred dollars, these laptops pack enough power and battery life to get you through your daily duties.

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Best Printers for Back-to-School Families

The best printers for back-to-school families can handle printing, scanning, and copying without costing a small fortune. Consumer Reports recommends a few models from its Ratings.

Using a Remote Desktop Can Save Your Vacation

Forgetting to transfer a photo or file from your home PC is frustrating. Consumer Reports explains how a remote desktop app can save the day by letting you control the device from many miles away.

What to Watch on Your Google Cardboard -

What to Watch on Your Google Cardboard

Why Are Fitness Tracker Bands So Fragile?

Scores of consumers report that fitness tracker bands discoloring, splitting, and disintegrating. CR looks at why it’s so hard to design a durable strap.

Best Touchscreen Laptops to Buy Right Now

When a tablet alone won’t do the job, it’s time to review the best touchscreen laptops on the market. Consumer Reports shares four standout models from its Ratings.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Your Smartphone

If you spend a lot of time texting or emailing, keyboard shortcuts could come in handy. Learn the benefits of using a text-replacement app on a smartphone.

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First Look: iPad Pro 9.7

Toshiba Laptop Battery Packs Recalled

Some Toshiba laptop battery packs in 39 models have been recalled. The battery packs, manufactured by Panasonic, can overheat, posing a burn and fire hazard.

Update Your Amazon Kindle. Like, Now.

On March 22, some older Amazon Kindle e-readers will become unusable, unless you update the software. Consumer Reports tells you what to do.

Should You Still Be Buying Toshiba Laptops?

Is it safe to buy Toshiba laptops and tablets now that the company has reportedly reached a deal to sell a controlling stake in its consumer electronics unit?

Best Video Games for Kids

If you’re looking for a present for a younger crowd, Consumer Reports presents some of the best video games for kids.

Best Streaming Devices for Gaming

If you’re looking for holiday gifts for gaming fans, these three streaming devices for gaming could be the perfect stocking stuffers.

Best Photo Printers for the Holidays

Looking for a printer that can do your photo shoot justice? Consumer Reports covers three all-in-one printers that can get you great prints at affordable prices. They’re among the best printers for photographers.

If Your Kid Wants an iPhone, Get Her an iPod Touch Instead

Should tweens have smartphones? Instead of buying an expensive new iPhone or Android device for a kid, Consumer Reports suggests getting a Wi-Fi only alternative.