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A crash course on how to make a meme and win over the internet

From Bad Luck Brian to Overly Attached Girlfriend, there's no shortage of memes in the world. But, there's always room for one more. Here's a quick rundown of memes and a guide on how to make your own.

10:45 AM 10/20/18


Gannon Burgett
Digital Trends

The best treadmills of 2018

The exercise of running can burn up to 900 calories per hour, melting away fat and strengthening your muscles at the same time.  Compared to running outdoors, you're safer staying indoors on a cushioned track.

10:15 AM 10/20/18


Gia Liu
Digital Trends

Which Amazon Fire TV is Right For Cord Cutting? We Take a Look

With the release of three new Fire TV Insignia Smart TVs from Best Buy, smart TVs have been the focus of Amazon’s devices designed for content streaming. However, if you aren’t in the market for a completely new TV, Amazon’s other Fire TV devices can give you everything you need. The question is which one […]

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9:21 AM 10/20/18


Jess Barnes
Cord Cutters News

Amazon Adds Hands Free Control of Netflix & Other Apps on The Fire TV Cube

One of the biggest selling points for the Fire TV Cube is hands free control. With the Fire TV Cube, there is a built-in Echo that allows you to control your Fire TV without the need to touch your remote. Now Amazon has added voice control support for 3rd party apps like Netflix. This was […]

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8:13 AM 10/20/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

PlayStation Vue Now Lets You Use Amazon Pay Instead of PSN Wallet

One of the more annoying parts of PlayStation Vue was the need to use the PSN Wallet to pay for PlayStation Vue. (Who doesn’t hate the two separate emails first saying funds have been added to your PSN Wallet and the second saying you have paid for PlayStation Vue.)  Now Sony has added the ability […]

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7:14 AM 10/20/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best movies on Netflix right now (October 2018)

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.

7:15 PM 10/19/18


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

The best TVs of 2018

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2018.

7:08 PM 10/19/18


Caleb Denison
Digital Trends

The best noise-canceling headphones of 2018

Drowning out the sound of babies, jet engines, and the outside world isn't as hard as it seems. Here are the best noise-canceling headphones, whether you're concerned with style, comfort, or sound.

7:06 PM 10/19/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra: Everything you need to know

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.

6:31 PM 10/19/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

The best shows on Netflix right now (October 2018)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

6:15 PM 10/19/18


Will Nicol
Digital Trends

YouTube TV is Giving Away One Week Credits Due to This Weeks Outage

Today YouTube TV announced a free week of service for subscribers impacted by this week’s Outage. Here is the email they sent out: Hi there, We’re sorry about the unexpected YouTube TV interruption on Tuesday. We love our TV as much as you do, and our goal is to make sure that you can access […]

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6:02 PM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The best iPhone deals for October 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for September 2018.

5:37 PM 10/19/18


Lucas Coll
Digital Trends

Demystify home audio with our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide

Today's A/V receivers are packed with lots of advanced technology and just plain cool features. From understanding watt ratings to Wi-Fi, we explain how to buy one that will last you for years in our ultimate A/V receiver buying guide.

5:25 PM 10/19/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

Between the Streams podcast

This week on Between the Streams, we'll be discussing the latest take on the Halloween saga, aptly titled Halloween, as well as some major TV cancellations, Marvel and DC news, an intriguing new movie from Jonah Hill about the '90s, and much more.

5:22 PM 10/19/18


Ryan Waniata
Digital Trends

Protect yourself from germs with a discounted GermGuardian air purifier

Cold and flu season has arrived, and with it, all those nasty germs. If you're looking to protect yourself from airborne illnesses, this deeply discounted air purifier can help reduce germs, mold spores, and viruses lurking in the air.

4:53 PM 10/19/18


Jacob Kienlen
Digital Trends

This 3D-printed house made of earth and rice husks costs less than an iPhone

Italian 3D-printing company WASP has just demonstrated the 3D printing of a hut structure using a combination of 3D-printed concrete and a mud-based material. All for around $1,000.

4:36 PM 10/19/18


Luke Dormehl
Digital Trends

Angee’s security service switches from sales to subscriptions

Angee, a successful startup that raised nearly half a million dollars for its home security hub, has pivoted its business model to offer its home security platform as a subscription rather than a smart home product.

4:15 PM 10/19/18


Clayton Moore
Digital Trends

Lynxsonic’s 4:33 headphones offer premium features at a not-so-premium price

If you're looking for a set of wireless headphones that has a similar feature set to Bose's QuietComfort 35 but with a lower price, the Lynxsonic 4:33 is an intriguing new contender on Kickstarter.

3:03 PM 10/19/18


Kris Wouk
Digital Trends

A Fitbit for your cat shit: Automatic litter box tracks your kitty’s health

It may look like a sci-fi teleportation chamber, but Footloose is a high-tech litter box that promises to be the most cutting-edge way for your kitty to take a dump. Here's how it works.

2:05 PM 10/19/18


Luke Dormehl
Digital Trends

Amazon Has Marvel Movies For Rent Starting at $1.99 Each

Looking for a movie to watch this weekend? Right now Amazon has 8 movies to rent starting at $1.99 each. (Except for Ant-man and The Wasp that is $2.99. This also includes the Disney Pixar movie The Incredibles. The best part is you can rent them now and watch them anytime in the next 30 days. […]

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2:04 PM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

How to sell your old Google Pixel or Pixel 2 for the most money

So, it's time for a expensive new smartphone, and you'd like to partially fund the purchase by selling your old Google Pixel. Find all the information you need to get as much money as possible for your Pixel or Pixel 2 here in our guide.

1:45 PM 10/19/18


Rose Behar
Digital Trends

Bolster your HD music catalog with the best high-res audio sites

Music connoisseurs relish HD audio, but scouring the web for all the best streaming and downloading sites can be a pain. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Check out our list, and let the high-resolution good times roll.

1:11 PM 10/19/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

SiriusXM, Amazon team up for two Echo Dot deals with freebies

Amazon and SiriusXM partnered on two joint promotions. New SiriusXM subscribers can receive a free Amazon Echo Dot. People who already own an Echo device can sign up for new SiriusXM subscription with the first three months free.

1:09 PM 10/19/18


Bruce Brown
Digital Trends

‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’ — here’s everything we know so far

The third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, John Wick 3: Parabellum, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.

12:29 PM 10/19/18


Rick Marshall
Digital Trends

The best headphones of 2018

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.

12:26 PM 10/19/18


Parker Hall
Digital Trends

YouTube Is Making It Easier for Advertisers to Target Cord Cutters

Yesterday, YouTube announced that they will allow advertisers to target cord cutters through YouTube (and likely YouTube TV) who are watching on their TV. “Consumers are cutting the cord, and this is a tremendous opportunity for advertisers to reach their audiences in the living room with digital video. With the launch of TV Screens device […]

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11:04 AM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Sprint Subscribers Can Now Get a Special Deal on Hulu’s Live TV Streaming Service

Are you a Sprint customer? Right now you can get a 30-day free trial of Hulu’s live TV streaming service for free. The deal does not stop there and if you decided to pay you can get Hulu’s live TV streaming services for $34.99 a month for the first 6 months. ($39.99 a month after […]

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10:10 AM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

The New Live TV Streaming Service Vidgo Will Launch Next Week

Today Vidgo officially launched their iOS app and confirmed to Cord Cutters News that they will launch in beta next week. Vidgo will start with several Spanish language packages starting at $19.99 with 30 Spanish channels from the US, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spain according to Vidgo’s website. Later on, Vidgo will launch an English language package […]

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9:11 AM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Funimation Is Leaving VRV & Crunchyroll

Yesterday it was announced that Funimation will be leaving VRV. Soon you will no longer be able to access Funimation content through VRV. Funimation also announced plans to end their content deals with Crunchyroll. Now if you want to watch their shows and movies you will need to subscribe the Funimation streaming services. “As you […]

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8:40 AM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

You Can Now Get FREE SiriusXM with Your Echo

Do you own an Echo device? Right now, you can get a three-month trial of SiriusXM for free. Want to buy SiriusXM right now? You can get a free Echo Dot if you sign up for SiriusXM All Access or SiriusXM Premier. With the SiriusXM All Access package, you get access to 150+ channels, streaming, […]

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8:11 AM 10/19/18


Luke Bouma
Cord Cutters News

Apple TV to PlayStation Vue: You complete me

Apple TV just got a lot more interesting for cord-cutters now that its TV app supports PlayStation Vue.

The TV app, which aggregates video from different providers into a unified TV guide, previously didn’t integrate with any live TV streaming bundles. If you wanted to watch cable channel programming through that guide, you had to download and log into individual apps from networks like NBC and FX. Those apps don’t support DVR the way PlayStation Vue does, they don’t always offer live TV feeds, and in some cases require repeat logins because they don’t support Apple’s single sign-on feature. The whole thing was a hassle that made the TV app easy to ignore.

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5:00 AM 10/18/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ 2018 review: Good deal, bad deal

Going into this review of the 2018 Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, I had a hypothesis: These new budget 4K HDR streamers would be fine for people whose routers are close to their televisions, but most buyers should opt for the Roku Streaming Stick+, which is slightly pricier but offers better Wi-Fi connectivity.

Testing the hypothesis proved me wrong. For $50, the Roku Premiere+ is a fine value for streaming 4K HDR video from services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. And in practice, you might not notice or care that it's a single-band (2.4GHz only) Wi-Fi client that's restricted to using the aging 802.11n wireless standard. Spending $10 more on the Streaming Stick+ is only necessary if there are lots of people at home competing for your network's bandwidth, or if your neighbors' Wi-Fi networks are causing interference on yours (I'll get deeper into this a bit later).

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5:00 AM 10/17/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

The NBA season starts tonight and with it a bucket of new storylines to for hoopheads to follow. Can Lebron deliver the Lakers to their first playoff berth in five years? Will the Celtics or the Sixers be the new Beasts of the East? And can anyone stop the Warriors from a three-peat?

Despite sports media’s love for speculation, the answers can only be found by watching the games. And that can be tough to do if you’re a cord cutter. As with baseball, televised basketball has become a primarily cable-only affair. This season, the bulk of nationally televised games will be aired on the league’s own cable and satellite network, NBA TV, with the rest split among ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and ABC. If you’re a “big game” hunter, there are a few ways to catch these broadcasts without a cable-TV subscription.

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6:30 PM 10/16/18


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

Google's lost year in TV

Amid all the announcements Google made at a press event earlier this week, the company could barely spare a thought for TV.

Yes, Google did announce a new Chromecast—via a blog post, rather than actual stage time—but it’s just a minor upgrade over the second-generation model, with a 15-percent speed boost, 60-frames-per-second support for 1080p videos, and a more rounded design that you won’t even notice behind the TV. And while Xiaomi announced a new Android TV box at the same time as Google’s event, that device didn’t get any stage time either, probably because it’s two-year-old hardware in a slightly updated package.

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6:00 AM 10/11/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch

While most TV watchers should be perfectly happy with a regular remote control, there's a certain nerdy pleasure in bringing a full-sized keyboard and trackpad into the living room. This combo is better for typing out search terms and passwords, of course, but it also helps with browsing the web on the big screen, it makes home-theater PCs considerably more usable, and it lets you use extensive shortcuts with media-center software such as Kodi.

The $70 Logitech K600 keyboard is aimed specifically at these kinds of uses, with thumb-friendly TV navigation buttons, a built-in trackpad, and preset key mappings for various smart TV platforms. But for all its clever couch-friendly ideas, it's also missing some features that would make living-room use even easier. And no matter how useful it might be, using a keyboard from the couch will always feel a little bit silly.

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5:00 AM 10/05/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

Best DVR for cord cutters

Here’s the hard truth for cord-cutters right now: The ideal over-the-air DVR doesn’t exist.

While some products are better than others, all of them—from Tablo to TiVo to HDHomeRun with Plex—have at least one critical weakness. If you want to record broadcast TV channels from an antenna, you must decide which of those weaknesses you’ll tolerate.

The good news is that the lowly antenna is experiencing a rebirth, and we’re likely to see even more over-the-air DVR products. But if you want to start recording broadcast channels now, here’s a rundown of where the current products stand.

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1:08 PM 10/04/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

The NFL wants to conquer the screens that dominate 21st-century culture: computers, tablets, and mobile phones. After years of fumbling its digital presentation, the league is finally embracing live streaming as part of a “tri-cast” distribution model of broadcast, cable, and internet.

Thanks to these developments, there are now more ways than ever to get your gridiron on when the season gets underway on Thursday, September 6, with a matchup between the Super Bowl LII Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons. Here’s our guide to all your options.

Over the air

Unlike the NBA, NHL, or MLB, the NFL plays a simple 16-game schedule with each team playing one game per week. That lends itself to fairly predictable TV programming. The league splits the Sunday afternoon telecasts by conference: AFC games air on CBS  and Fox runs the NFC games. During the first 16 weeks of the season, each network airs eight doubleheaders but not necessarily on alternate weeks. Early games start at 1 p.m. ET; late games start at 4:05 p.m. ET for the network carrying the singleheader and 4:25 p.m. ET for the one airing the doubleheader. NBC retains the popular Sunday Night Football broadcast, which kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET. All you’ll need is an over-the-air digital TV antenna and reasonable proximity to a broadcast tower. You’ll find our top antenna picks here.

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8:36 AM 10/01/18


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

What's with all the new streaming TV services?

Even if you’re the most well-informed cord-cutter, you’ve probably never heard of Omniverse One World Television.

This Kansas City-based company appears to be behind a wave of little-known streaming TV services, including SkyStream, VivaLive TV, TikiLive TV, NKT.TV, ExchangeVue, Flixon TV, and Milo TV. These services all cost between $30 and $35 per month, they all stream similar lineups of live cable channels—among them ESPN, HGTV, FX, and CNN—onto a variety of devices, and in some cases, their sign-up sites are nearly identical.

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5:00 AM 09/27/18


Jared Newman
TechHive

How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

Major League Baseball has placed more hurdles in front of cord cutters than any of the four professional sports leagues. It has made baseball broadcasts the exclusive province of cable/satellite networks, even for your local teams. Add to that the league’s draconian blackout policies, and the prospect of watching the Grand Old Game without a pricey TV subscription seems as reachable as a Clayton Kershaw slider.

It doesn’t get much easier come October. This year’s postseason games will air nationally across five networks: Fox, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), ESPN, TBS, and Major League Baseball Network (MLBN); all but the first are cable/satellite channels you can’t tune into with a TV antenna. Fortunately, with some combination of over-the-air and over-the-top options, you can still watch virtually every at-bat from the Wild Card round to the World Series. Here’s how.

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6:30 AM 09/25/18


Michael Ansaldo
TechHive

AirTV DVR doesn't quite pick up Sling TV's slack

The last month has been interesting for cord-cutters who want to combine free over-the-air broadcasts with live streaming cable channels.

First, SiliconDust launched a $35-per-month bundle of channels that integrate with its HDHomeRun tuner box and DVR service. And now, AirTV has added DVR support to its own $120 networked tuner box, which streams over-the-air channels into the existing Sling TV app on devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Because Sling TV has not aggressively pursued live local broadcasts in its Sling Orange or Sling Blue streaming packages (both $25 per month), using an antenna fills in the gaps while keeping costs down.

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5:00 AM 09/20/18


Jared Newman
TechHive