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New laptop buying guide. Plus, some 4K monitors...

If you're on the hunt for a new laptop, these sites have you covered. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/laptop-buying-guide/https://www.theverge.com/21250695/best-laptopshttps://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-laptops/----------------------------Google Maps now has an optional COVID-19 overlay. 
Activating the map layer will show the 7 day average number of cases in a given area per 100,000 people, which could come in handy if you need to travel to a new place.  https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/23/21452661/google-maps-overlay-covid-transmission-risk-trends-----------------------------Tesla aims for a $25,000 car after improvements in battery tech. 
Ars Technica goes into the details here -  https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/09/how-tesla-plans-to-make-batteries-cheap-enough-for-a-25000-car/
https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/09/heres-what-tesla-will-put-in-its-new-batteries/
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iOS 14, a little earlier than expected. Plus, some paper shredders...

Usually, we get major releases of iOS on the same day as the new iPhone, but this time we're getting the software well in advance of the hardware. https://www.engadget.com/apple-ios14-release-date-181145074.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkbHkuY29tL2kvZW50cnkvNGkrMXZoQ3dtUlJMZm1CN3lwVG5NaCtaS1N2c3o2UmdmMGxmUjBXV2Iwdz1fMTc0OTJmY2ZiZjI6MWE1ZTU3Zjo1ZDNlMWM5OA&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAACFZ4FkKKXCRS_lEufawm3e56y223G7Zy_cSqmGDA4qQpcbx2KEcYnCqmE3oB-MrcEewjAGss6Fbdl2aPRcwrvY-q6Cfpp5GEn8Rq3yrBaV7bUcqk1ZLUqclfwIZZb-D4ckTV-T1y0EOdNSYb8AMjR6VV1jQ5_SmlsaS8exUt8HI-------------------------- Make your life easier with these keyboard shortcuts.
Seriously, if you get into the habit of using them, they will make navigating the internet and your computer much more efficient. 
https://www.howtogeek.com/686985/30-essential-windows-key-keyboard-shortcuts-for-windows-10/

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https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-paper…

Apple and Google work on exposure notification systems. Plus, some air conditioners...

Apple and Google make it easier for state governments to provide contact tracing and exposure notifications. https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/1/21410281/apple-google-coronavirus-exposure-notification-contact-tracing-app-systemcovid-19-exposure-ios-13-7-built-in-------------------------------- Elon Musk demoed his Neuralink last Friday. Here's a nice recap.https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/28/tech/elon-musk-neuralink/index.html--------------------------------- Test your ability to spot a deepfake. https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/fake-out-challenge-can-you-spot-a-deepfake-video/news-story/e74b98617b74757779af8ac7eccf440a?utm_source=DesignTAXI&utm_medium=DesignTAXI&utm_term=DesignTAXI&utm_content=DesignTAXI&utm_campaign=DesignTAXI ----------------------------------
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Apple vs Epic - Get caught up on the battle between tech giants. Plus, Polaroid's snazzy new printer...

Apple vs Epic - An interesting battle involving some of the biggest tech companies that raises some complicated questions. Get caught up here:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-19/epic-games-fortnite-battle-with-apple-and-google-can-be-traced-to-nintendo-taxhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/business/dealbook/fortnite-apple-google-epic.htmlhttps://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/08/microsoft-backs-epic-against-apple-in-legal-fight-over-unreal-engine-on-ios/-----------------------
Print your own stickers with any image you want with Polaroid's snazzy new mobile printer.https://mashable.com/article/polaroid-mobile-printer-ios-android/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashab---------------------------

The best standing desks here:https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-standing-desk/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=RSS%20FeedHaving used an adjustable standing desk for a while now, I think having the o…

The Return of the Flip Phone. Plus, Some Cyber Security Tips...

Bendable, foldable screens have been around for a little while now, and the technology has improved to the point where we are starting to see them put to good use. The best application I have seen is in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip - https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-z-flip-review-3-months-later-even-im-surprised-by-how-much-i-still-love-this-phone/. I love the idea of having a foldable smartphone similar to the old flip phones from pre-iPhone days, and you can buy this phone now, for quite a hefty price, if you need to live right on the edge of technology, but I think I'll wait until the technology is perfected...Or when Apple gets around to designing their version..Microsoft takes a different approach to foldable phones with their brand new Surface Duo. It's too big for my tastes but still a beautiful device. https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/12/21364633/microsoft-surface-duo-release-date-pricing-features-specs--------------------------------




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New Computer Buying Guide. Plus, some iPhone tips...

New Computer Buying Guide  Here's a good guide for what to look for when shopping for a new PC. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/cheap-desktop-pcs/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=RSS%20Feed
And, here's a great one on portable hard drives. If your computer storage is filling up and you need somewhere to store all of your photos and music, consider getting one of these. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-portable-ssd/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=RSS%20Feed
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Keep on top of things with Apple Reminders. Plus, portable ice makers...

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Apple has an app installed on the iPhone by default called Reminders. It does what you'd expect in that it reminds you when you have something you need to get done. It's basically just a to-do list, but when you get into the habit of using it on a daily basis for anything you mean to do, whether it's the day of or sometime in the next year, it can seriously increase your productivity. Check out these sites as an introduction:https://www.howtogeek.comhttps://www.macrumors.com----------------------------------Improve the sound of your TV If you've been relying on the terrible built-in speakers in your TV, and you're intimidated by the hassle of installing a full surround-sound system, then buy a simple sound bar. I promise you, you will be glad you did. They're affordable, extremely easy to set up, and you will notice an immediate improvement in the sound quality and volume or your movies and TV shows. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best…