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March 8, 2023

Last year, the European Union passed a law that compels Apple to switch the iPhone’s connector cable from its proprietary Lightning technology to the now-standard USB-C. Many people around the tech world are rejoicing that mobile devices will have a more uniform charging cable. But not everybody is happy about it. I count myself among the people not happy about the upcoming change. In our top story, I explain my reasons for wanting to stick with Lightning over USB-C for my iPhones.

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TODAY'S TOP STORY Leave My Lightning Cable Alone

I remember the day I brought home my first lightning cable. I had just upgraded my iPhone 4S to a 5S, and the new connector came in the box. I wasn’t thrilled that I had to incorporate a new cable type into my life. But now that Lightning is on the way out, I must protest … “Hey! I’m using that!” Read More »

Stay Warm and Cozy All Winter Long with the Fara Electric Heater

Winter is here, but you needn't succumb to the cold. Banish frigid air from your home (and beyond) with Fara, a compact electric heater with a hot design and even hotter output. With a small footprint and mighty performance, Fara can be used almost anywhere. Get yours today for just $79 ($20 off)–or add smart capabilities for an extra $41–and keep winter's cold grip at bay all season long.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Review: You’ll Need a Screen Protector

My relationship with the Pixel series of phones can best be described as love/hate. I adore the Pixel-exclusive features. And the Pixel 7 Pro is once again among the best smartphone cameras you can buy. But I always find a near “deal breaker.” This time it’s the easy-to-scratch screen. Read More »

The Best LEGO ‘Star Wars’ Sets of 2023

If you’re dreaming of bringing Star Wars off the screen and into your world, you might think you have to go to a galaxy far, far away. However, there’s a way to do it right from the comfort of your home. All you need to do is pick a Star Wars LEGO set, and we can help you find the best ones. Read More »

How to Find the Right Kindle for Your Reading Needs

Physical books will always hold a special place in many of our hearts, but no one can deny the convenience of reading eBooks on a Kindle. You can carry an entire library in one tiny tablet and take advantage of tons of great features. However, it can be hard to decide which Kindle model is right for you. Luckily, we’re here to break down your options. Read More »

DuckDuckGo Unveils a Level-Headed AI Search Feature

For better or worse, Google Search and Bing are going all-in on AI chatbots. And DuckDuckGo, the most popular privacy-focused search engine, doesn’t want to miss the hype train. DuckDuckGo is now beta testing a “DuckAssist” AI that provides instant, summarized answers for your search queries. Read More »

STUFF WE LIKE This Portable Battery Can Wirelessly Charge Your Phone
This Portable Battery Can Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

Everybody loves portable batteries, but nobody likes to hunt for a charging cable. That’s why Anker’s 621 Magnetic Battery features a built-in wireless charger. Just set it against your phone (or Qi-compatible earbuds) and let it rip!

And for you iPhone users, this battery is MagSafe-compatible. It will stick to the back of your iPhone just like any other MagSafe accessory. Pretty cool!

Today’s Quordle Answers

Wordle was just too easy, wasn’t it? You probably left that behind and moved on to Quordle, the true “hard mode” of the word-guessing game format. But now you’re stuck and so close to failing. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with a hint—and if you really need it, today’s Quordle Answers. Read More »

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Why You Can’t Buy a Convertible EV Yet

There are countless great options if you’re looking to buy a new EV. Buyers can choose from electric cars, trucks, SUVs, and even high-end electric supercars are on the way. However, you won’t find a convertible EV, and here’s why. Read More »

Today’s Wordle Answer

Are you a huge fan of Wordle and absolutely stuck today? Let me guess; you’re hanging out on guess four or five and feeling the pressure. We get it entirely: nothing feels worse than losing your streak. If you’re not ready to outright cheat, we have you covered with hints and today’s Wordle answer. Read More »

Upway’s Online Store Buys and Sells Used Ebikes in the US

Electric bikes are exploding in popularity, with models available in all shapes, sizes, and price points. As a result, a French startup company named Upway started selling pre-owned and refurbished ebikes in Europe, and now its online store is expanding to the United States. Read More »

Keychron’s Latest Keyboard Takes on Our Favorite Shape

Chopping a keyboard in half may seem like an odd idea. But we love split keyboards, as they’re incredibly ergonomic and can free up some space on your desk. Now, Keychron is launching its first fully-split mechanical keyboard, the Keychron Q11. Read More »

Spectrum Could Enforce Data Caps on Internet Customers

Due to a longstanding FCC agreement, Spectrum doesn’t enforce data caps on its home internet plans. But this agreement expires on May 18th—afterward, Spectrum is allowed to implement data caps. Unfortunately, we’re not sure what Spectrum plans to do with this newfound freedom. Read More »


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Sonos Reveals the Era 300 Flagship Spatial Audio Speaker

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