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July 21, 2022

Every few months, Review Geek finds a new way to complain about smart TVs. And while I’m biased, I think that these complaints are justified. Smart TVs violate your privacy with aggressive tracking software, they shove advertisements down your throat, and their smart features crap out after just a few months.

But can you still buy a “dumb” TV that doesn’t connect to the internet or run awful software? Check our top story to learn more—you’ll be pleasantly surprised; I promise that much.

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TODAY'S TOP STORY Can You Still Buy a “Dumb” TV?


Buying a new TV is a trap. You’re forced to pick between thousands of different smart TVs, and they all have the same problems—they spy on you, shove ads down your throat, and run slower than a snail in a pile of boogers. But there’s one way to escape this trap; buy a “dumb” TV. Read More »

 
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The best-known HomeKit brand just debuted a fancy new motion sensor. For just $40, the second-gen Eve Motion adds an integrated light sensor, Thread support, and a more compact design. And better yet, it’s cheaper than the previous model. Read More »

 
Google Begins Publicly Testing Its Next-Gen AR Glasses


Earlier this year at Google’s annual developer conference, the company gave viewers a short teaser of its upcoming augmented reality glasses. The company hopes its AR tech can open up the world to new experiences, and now, it’ll start publicly field-testing its next-gen wearables later this summer. Read More »

 
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Samsung Could Cancel a Fan-Favorite Smartphone


If you want the Galaxy S22 experience, you’ll have to pay full price. Rumors indicate that the upcoming Galaxy S22 FE, a mid-range phone with flagship specs, is canceled. Samsung has reportedly reallocated its supply of Galaxy S22 FE chips for the popular Galaxy S22 Ultra. Read More »

 
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Add USB-C Charging to Your AirPods with This 3D-Printed Kit


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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Which Smart TV Should You Buy: Vizio, Samsung, or LG WebOS


Buying a TV used to be simple. You would decide on a budget, look at how much space you had, and pick a TV based on screen size, definition, and reputation of the manufacturer. Then smart TVs arrived and made everything complicated. Read More »

 
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We’re getting an early look at the future this year. Qualcomm usually shows off its next-gen smartphone SoC in December, but it now confirms that the 2022 Snapdragon Summit launch event begins on November 15th. Read More »

 
Netflix’s Cheaper Ad Tier Just Got a Little Worse


Earlier this year, Netflix confirmed that a cheaper ad-supported plan is coming in 2023. And while at first it didn’t sound too bad and could be great for those on a budget, we’re slowly getting more details, and it’s not looking good. Read More »

 
VIZIO M-Series Soundbar and Subwoofer Review: The Best Option Under $200


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