Work From Home

How To Protect Your Security on Video Calls

You’ve probably been on a lot of video conference calls, connecting with work colleagues and hanging out with friends and family. But have you thought about the security of those video apps and services you’re using?The calls are usually encrypted to prevent outsiders from eavesdropping, but it’s important to remember

How To Change Your Zoom Background

You’ve probably attended so many Zoom meetings by now that it no longer seems strange that you didn’t always meet virtually. In your home office, you've likely arranged your background to make sure it sends the right message. But does it? Is it too personal? Too bare? Too busy?

Choosing the Right Video Conferencing Service: How Gig Makes a Difference

Whether it’s your weekly family catch-up or an important work meeting, video conferencing software now plays an important role in many people’s lives. But if you’re getting connection issues on Zoom or poor video quality with Microsoft Teams, then your connection might not be good enough to support your

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Working From Home? A Gigabit Connection Is One of the Best Things You Can Get

Working from home brings with it a whole heap of new challenges. You have to find a way to work productively, avoid distractions and keep your household running. It’s a lot—and one way to make it all easier is with a gigabit fiber-optic broadband connection.Whatever else you have going

Podcast listening from home

The 15 Best Podcasts to Listen to While You Work From Home

Working at home, unable to spend time in traditional offices, we are missing out on the camaraderie, and the conversations, that used to pepper our everyday routines.But thanks to podcasts, we can still listen in and almost feel like we’re right in the room and part of the conversation.

Technology

The Best Smart Home Gifts and Tech Gadgets for Everyone on Your List in 2021

Who doesn’t love the gift of tech? From kitchen gadgets that make meals more delicious to new smart home devices that bring the family together, a gift that incorporates the latest and greatest tech brings a smile to anyone’s face.Best tech gifts for working from home The remote office

Is Your Router Ready for the Holidays?

This year, when you’re planning for the holidays, put food, drink, decor and Wi-Fi on your checklist. Chances are everybody is showing up with their devices and they’ll want to use your internet connection. Not only that, there's bound to be gaming and streaming time in the name of

What Is YouTube TV and How Does It Work?

Once you’ve made the decision to stream, you’ll have a lot of new entertainment options to choose from, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. For those looking to enjoy all the benefits of cable TV without the hassle of the installation or being locked into a contract agreement, a

#1 Fiber Game Changer: It Uses Light to Send Data

Internet that’s as fast as light? Absolutely. You just have to turn to fiber optic cables. Instead of using an electrical current like traditional copper telephone wires, fiber cables literally carry data using beams of light shot out by lasers. Let's discuss.  How does light carry data? Have you ever watched a movie where someone uses a mirror

6 Signs Your Wi-Fi Router Needs an Upgrade

When your Wi-Fi seems slow or glitchy, your first step may be to reboot your router or rethink its location in your home to make sure it’s close enough to your connected device. Replacing it is probably not at the top of your list. However, a router plays an

Smart Home

Smart home wine storage

Creating a Smart Home Wine Cellar

Collecting wine is almost—almost—as fun as drinking it. But if you’re going to get the most from the bottles you put away for a few months or even years, you need to store them correctly. Most of us don't have the setup for a regular wine cellar, but you

Tool box

Smart Tools for Your Next DIY Project Around the House

If working from home has motivated you to redecorate or remodel, you may be thinking about doing it yourself. About three out of five homeowners have tackled a home improvement project since March 2020, according to a NerdWallet survey. Adding a kitchen island or building a home office is

Smart thermostat

How Your Smart Home Devices Can Help You Go Green

The smart devices that automatically control your home's temperature, lighting, sprinklers and more are also a very smart way to conserve energy and create an eco-friendly home.The gas and electricity our homes use each day produce greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat in the environment, contributing to climate change.

Alexa smart kitchen microwave

Alexa-Compatible Devices for Your Smart Kitchen

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant can do a lot to help out in the kitchen. Some of the best features baked in are:Set multiple timers, so you know when to check the oven or take your pasta off the heat.Find out how many grams of flour are in a cup,

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Creating a Smart Bedroom for Kids

Smart home technology can do a lot to make parenting easier. Smart baby monitors can tell you when your infant is moving around, smart speakers can play soothing music while they drift off and smart lights can enforce a bedtime routine (or scare away monsters under the bed).Your child may be

Entertainment

Top 6 Family Holiday Movies To Stream

Have yourself a merry little holiday season by curling up to a cozy holiday movie binge or two. We’ve picked six classics, full of joy to the world that can stay on your must-see list forever.“Home Alone” (1990)“Home Alone” holds up more than 30 years after its initial release.

How To Get That PS5 or Xbox Series X/S Right Now

Although they were released over a year ago, the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are almost impossible to buy. You can’t just walk into a store and grab one off the shelves—as soon as they come back into stock, they’re sold out right away. If

The 5 Best Releases Your Favorite Gamers Want for Holidays 2021

Many of the biggest console and computer games of the year are released around the holidays—and 2021 is on track with tradition. If you’re looking to pick up a great game for yourself, or as a gift for someone lucky, let’s look at five of the best new games

10 of the Best Home Improvement Shows To Stream Today

Spending more time at home has motivated many of us to fix the shortcomings of our dwellings. It could be as simple as updating that paint color in your home office. Or maybe it’s finally time to ditch the tired carpeting and refinish your wood floors.If you’ve got a

Cast of In the Heights

Why “In the Heights” is the Best Stage-to-Screen Adaptation in Years

Now that HBO Max is once again streaming the film version of “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Broadway musical, we can all be dancing in the streets. Masterfully balancing modern-day realism with golden-age charm, this joyful screen adaptation fully captures the spirit of the original stage production—and might