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At long last, you can print a 3D print Mars rover replica — Strictly Robots

At long last, you can print a 3D print Mars rover replica — Strictly Robots

The European Space Agency designed a mini, 3D-printed replica of the ExoMars rover, which anyone with a 3D printer can make.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 6:59 pm

This August smart lock kit is on sale for $185 — its lowest price ever

This August smart lock kit is on sale for $185 — its lowest price ever

Save $104: This kit, which includes the August Smart Lock Pro, Connect WiFi Bridge, and Smart Keypad, is on sale for $185.98 at Amazon as of Dec. 3. 


Few things are more stressful than wondering if you remembered to lock the door while you're out on a grocery run. That's why a smart lock is one of the most helpful smart home devices you can own. And for more complete security, you can buy this special bundle on sale from a trustworthy brand.

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best home security cameras to bring you peace of mind

The August Smart Lock Pro with Connect WiFi Bridge and bonus Smart Keypad is on sale for just $185.98 at Amazon. At $104 off the regular price, this is the best price we've seen on this kit.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 6:58 pm

Google Maps will let Android users submit Street View photos from their phones

Google Maps will let Android users submit Street View photos from their phones

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 4:49 pm

Nearly every Garmin smart watch is on sale on Amazon

Nearly every Garmin smart watch is on sale on Amazon

These are the best deals on Garmin watches this week: 


If you have got a head start on your New Years resolutions and have been dedicating more time to working out, make sure you keep track of your progress. No, we're not talking about stepping on the scale every day. Health is about so much more than that. We're talking about fitness trackers — specifically from Garmin

From monitoring your heart-rate and cardio to providing you with preloaded workout plans, Garmin smartwatches are the workout buddy you'll always want around. Get a boost of motivation right from your wrist — and at a discounted price. Amazon has a ton of Garmin watch options (and car navigation systems) on sale. Check out a few of our top picks below.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 4:20 pm

This compact deep fryer is only $15 at Best Buy

This compact deep fryer is only $15 at Best Buy

Save $15: Get the Bella 0.9-liter deep fryer for $14.99 at Best Buy as of Dec. 3 — a 50% savings.


Newsflash: You don't have to try to be "healthier" by using an air fryer. If you like the oily, crispy deliciousness of fried food, get a deep fryer.

Bella's 0.9-liter deep fryer is on sale for just $14.99 at Best Buy as of Dec. 3 — that's half off its original price of $29.99.

This little deep fryer can hold up to 0.55 pounds or 1.1 cups of food, while only needing 0.9 liters of oil. It's pretty compact to store easily in your kitchen, but it has a powerful 840 watt motor. The fryer has an adjustable thermostat to accommodate foods that require different temperatures. No matter the temperature, the exterior of the machine will feel cool to the touch so you don't burn yourself. Read more...

More about Mashable Shopping, Air Fryer, Deep Fryer, Tech, and Food

Posted on 3 December 2020 | 3:08 pm

Google Authenticator for iOS gets its most important update yet

Google Authenticator for iOS gets its most important update yet

Google Authenticator is perhaps the most important app on my iPhone, as I can't log into my important accounts without it. And yet, until now, it had a glaring omission — it was impossible to transfer your accounts to a new iPhone. 

With the latest version of the app for iOS 3.1.0, this has finally been remedied, although the implementation still isn't perfect. You can now transfer the accounts to a new device, but you're limited to 10 accounts at a time. Also, after the transfer, the app immediately asks you to delete the accounts on your current device, which you shouldn't do until you've checked whether something has gone wrong with the transfer (or if you like to keep authenticator codes on a secondary phone, as backup).  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 2:59 pm

Lime teams up with Citymapper to make finding e-bikes easier

Lime teams up with Citymapper to make finding e-bikes easier

Finding a Lime bike in your city just got a little easier. 

Lime and Citymapper have partnered up to allow riders to locate Lime e-bikes and scooters within the Citymapper app. 

The integration will roll out across December in 21 cities including London, Manchester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Austin, Washington DC, St Louis, Sydney, Paris, Lisbon, Brussels, Madrid, Stockholm, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Vienna, and Berlin.

Citymapper users will be able to find Lime's vehicles within the app, but if you want to book them, you'll have to switch over to the Lime app to rent one, then switch back to Citymapper or a navigation app to find the best bike-friendly route to your destination. It's not the most convenient process, but personally, I have a sneaking suspicion Citymapper's navigational accuracy might have something over the Lime app's location services.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 11:54 am

This robot toy is basically an IRL Transformer — and it's on sale

This robot toy is basically an IRL Transformer — and it's on sale

TL;DR: Learn the basics of robotics with the Robosen T9 Programmable Robot, on sale for $339.99 as of Dec. 3.


Robots are getting cooler by the day. There's a robot powered by alcohol that can carry objects twice its weight, a robotic dog that helps healthcare workers talk to coronavirus patients, and one that can help you complete your house chores. And this one makes a great gift.

The Robosen T9 Programmable Robot is on sale for an additional 15% off with the coupon code DEC15 just in time for the holidays. The Robosen T9 features 3,000 state-of-the-art components and 22 programmable servo motors, and it can perform lots of cool stunts — including transforming  between robot and vehicle. (Yes, like a Transformer.) Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 10:00 am

These wireless earbuds make a great stocking stuffer — and they're less than $35

These wireless earbuds make a great stocking stuffer — and they're less than $35

TL;DR: Grab the HyperSonic DX Noise-Canceling Earbuds for $33.99 with the promo code DEC15, a 42% savings as of Dec. 3. 


Want to upgrade to noise-canceling headphones? They don't have to break the bank. 

Take the HyperSonic DX Noise-Canceling Earbuds, for example, which are on sale for over 40% off. This pair is designed with noise-isolating technology, which blocks out ambient sound. (This isn't the same as active noise cancellation, but should give you a fairly similar effect at a lower price.)

These earbuds were also created with comfort in mind. They have pillow-soft ear tips designed to stay in place, so you don't have to worry about losing them. The battery life is also solid: You can enjoy up to 20 hours of non-stop playtime when you factor in the charging case.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 10:00 am

Soothe sore muscles with a foldable percussive massager on sale

Soothe sore muscles with a foldable percussive massager on sale

TL;DR: Get the relief you need with a REATHLETE fold percussive massager for $212.49, a $137 savings as of Dec. 3. 


Will your muscles feel better faster if the percussion massager you bought was on sale? Probably not, but it certainly can't hurt.

For a limited time, you can take an extra 15% off this REATHLETE Fold Percussive Massager. All you have to do is enter the code DEC15 at checkout to snag it at its Cyber Monday price of $213 (down from $350).

This foldable percussive massager is designed to help your tired, tight muscles get relief. It features four pulse speeds that to help with warming up sleepy muscles or helping to soothe strained ones. It also comes with five interchangeable heads for precise targeting, and folds up for easy storage and transport. Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 10:00 am

Apple gives older iPhones the gift of FaceTime HD

Apple gives older iPhones the gift of FaceTime HD

In October, Apple launched FaceTime HD on its iPhone 12 line of products, meaning users could make video calls in 1080p resolution (though only when connected to Wi-Fi or a 5G network). 

This was a welcome feature, though it was slightly odd that earlier iPhones — especially those that have 12-megapixel front cameras — were not given the feature. 

Now, MacMagazine has found out that iPhone 8 and up have received FaceTime HD as well. The feature was introduced in iOS 14.2, though Apple's official release notes do not mention it. However, if you go to specs page of, say iPhone 11, you'll see that it has "FaceTime HD video calling over Wi-Fi" listed as a feature. The feature is also listed for iPhone 8 and up on Apple's iPhone "Compare iPhone models" page.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 9:51 am

Save over 50% on Norton's powerful protection designed for gamers

Save over 50% on Norton's powerful protection designed for gamers

SAVE £18: A one-year subscription to Norton 360 for Gamers is on sale for £16.99 on Amazon, saving you 51% on list price.


Cybersecurity has always been important, but this importance hasn't always been recognised by everyday users. This is changing though, because more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of the online world.

Fortunately, there are plenty of online security services to consider, including things like VPNs and password managers. Now there is something that has been designed specifically for gamers, and it's on sale.

SEE ALSO: Unlock the web with CyberGhost VPN's shocking Black Friday deal Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 5:05 am

Get a free cloud security license with this secure VPN subscription

Get a free cloud security license with this secure VPN subscription

SAVE 82%: A three-year subscription to Private Internet Access is on sale for £1.81 per month as of Dec. 3, and includes a free Boxcryptor cloud security license.


We know you're probably feeling pretty devastated about missing out on the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday VPN deals, but there's no need to despair. You can still pick up some of the best deals as leading providers extend their offers into the holiday shopping season.

Private Internet Access offered one of the best Black Friday deals, and you can still secure this popular service for less than £2 a month. A three-year subscription to Private Internet Access is on sale for £1.81 per month as of Dec. 3, saving you 82% on list price. Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 5:00 am

This cheap VPN provides access to American Netflix from anywhere in the world

This cheap VPN provides access to American Netflix from anywhere in the world

SAVE 79%: A one-year subscription to ZenMate VPN is on sale for £1.99 per month as of Dec. 3, and includes an extra six months of coverage for free.


We're not going to tell you that ZenMate VPN is the best service for unlocking Netflix, because there are plenty of better options for this job, like ExpressVPN. The best VPNs for unlocking Netflix do tend to be the most expensive, so what are your options if you're looking for something cheap?

ZenMate VPN is only able to unblock the American Netflix library, whereas ExpressVPN can access a dozen libraries from all over the world. The American catalog contains thousands of shows and movies though, so you should be able to find plenty of options to watch. Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 4:55 am

VW’s electric ID.4 feels way more personalized than a Tesla

VW’s electric ID.4 feels way more personalized than a Tesla

Tesla lets you name your car (I went with the very original "Tessie" during a Model 3 loan last year), but Volkswagen's upcoming electric compact SUV, the ID.4, lets you customize the entire feel of the car. 

The ID.4 was revealed in September as VW's first electric SUV available in the U.S. Its sold-out 1st Edition version will start rolling out in the first part of 2021. It includes a 12-inch touchscreen (instead of 10-inch in the standard, cheaper version coming out later next year), a panoramic roof, and the option of electric white accents throughout the interior. It's $43,995, but the simpler version will start at $39,995.  Read more...

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Posted on 3 December 2020 | 2:00 am

Twitter just made securing your account way more convenient

Twitter just made securing your account way more convenient

Let's be real: Some forms of online security are a pain in the ass. That doesn't, however, mean they aren't necessary.

On Wednesday, Twitter announced a change that will make properly securing accounts, and using those secured Twitter accounts on mobile devices, significantly more convenient. Going forward, people who have chosen to lock down their Twitter accounts with security keys will be able to use those keys to log in via Android or iOS. 

This update is an important one, because it means people worried about hackers targeting their Twitter accounts — think high follower-counts valuable for promoting cryptocurrency scams — can now use the most rigorous form of account protection while still easily accessing Twitter on their phones. Previously, the only way to use a security key for login verification was on twitter.com. Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 10:49 pm

TikTok is reportedly testing longer videos

TikTok is reportedly testing longer videos

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 5:28 pm

Huawei Gentle Monster II: Your glasses can be a headset, too

Huawei Gentle Monster II: Your glasses can be a headset, too

You have to hand it to Huawei: The company never stopped experimenting. 

Huawei's in a tough spot. Once the world's biggest smartphone maker, the company is struggling to produce smartphones due to a U.Strade ban that's been going on for more than a year. It's consequently pretty hard to write a meaningful review of new Huawei Android phones, as they come without Google services. 

But the company still makes a bunch of other, non-Android gadgets, and some of them are pretty interesting. Case in point: the Gentle Monster. Read more...

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The Good
Inconspicuous • Cool • Smart controls
The Bad
Expensive • Mediocre sound quality
The Bottom Line
Huawe's Gentle Monster Eyewar II glasses are a decent choice for someone who needs a Bluetooth headset but doesn't like wearing a headset.
⚡ Mashable Score 3.5
😎 Cool Factor 4.5
📘Learning Curve 3.5
💪Performance 4.0
💵Bang for the Buck 3.0
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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 5:17 pm

These iRobot vacuums and mops are still on sale from Cyber Weekend

These iRobot vacuums and mops are still on sale from Cyber Weekend

Select iRobot robotic vacuums and mops are on sale on Amazon for up to 43% off as of Dec. 2:


Need a new vacuum, but missed out on this year's Cyber Weekend sales? Don't worry about it— Consumer Reports' 2020 Best Time to Buy Things list says the whole month of December is one of the few times of the year where we see deep discounts on vacuums across most major retailers. (The other times being August, ahead of Labor Day; November, ahead of Black Friday; and March through April — that's when stores run spring cleaning deals and typically discount older models to make way for new ones, according to The Spruce.) Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 5:15 pm

The Beats Solo3 headphones are still at their Black Friday price

The Beats Solo3 headphones are still at their Black Friday price

Save $81: The Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones is on sale on Amazon for $119 as of Dec. 2. 


The majority of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have ended (or sold out) but a few have stuck around to help with gift shopping. Amazon's sale price on the Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones is one such deal.

At $81 off, you'll be saving a pretty penny while treating yourself or someone else to a handy and sleek gadget this holiday season. 

SEE ALSO: This Amazon Echo bundle comes with two free smart lightbulbs

This Beats model features the Apple W1 chip and Class 1 wireless Bluetooth for a seamless connection that is available for both iOS and Android devices. It also features a powerful battery that can last for up to 40 hours. Plus, when you're short on time, Fast Fuel gives you three hours of playback with just five minutes of charging.  Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 4:10 pm

This Amazon Echo bundle comes with two free smart lightbulbs

This Amazon Echo bundle comes with two free smart lightbulbs

SAVE $59.99: Get your smart home started with the all-new Echo and two Philips Hue smart lightbulbs for only $69.99 as of Dec. 2.


Just because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over doesn't mean that low prices are. Amazon has tons of products that are still on sale for their shopping holiday prices, so even if you missed the sales, you can still score some sick deals. 

This Amazon Echo bundle is a steal at only $69.99, the same price it has been since Black Friday. You'll get the latest generation Echo device at $30 off, plus pick up two free Philips hue smart lightbulbs to really get your smart home going, for a total savings of $59.99.  Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 3:46 pm

Get this fancy SteelSeries gaming headset at Amazon and save $90

Get this fancy SteelSeries gaming headset at Amazon and save $90

SAVE $90: One of the best gaming headsets around — the SteelSeries Arctis Pro — is $90 off at Amazon for a limited time. 


Whether you mostly play your games online or prefer going solo, a gaming headset is something you're going to want to have at your disposal. Sure, they allow you to talk to your friends online while you play, but at their base, gaming headsets generally allow for a more immersive audio experience with whatever you're playing. As long as it's a good headset, that is.

And the SteelSeries Arctis Pro wireless headset is certainly a good headset — excellent, even. Usually it would run you $329.99 to pick one up, but right now you can snag one for $90 off at Amazon.  Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 3:33 pm

Living algae facades cover buildings, sucking in CO2 and sun to produce renewable energy

Living algae facades cover buildings, sucking in CO2 and sun to produce renewable energy

The world's first bio-reactive facade, where glass panels cultivate microalgae to produce renewable energy, was unveiled on a residential building in Hamburg, Germany in 2013. 

Since then, the technology has significantly improved, making the facade system an integral part of a building project that automatically provides heat and warm water.

Mashable and Arup are working together to showcase innovations from around the world that help make construction more sustainable. Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 3:04 pm

Get a free $50 Amazon gift card when you buy Microsoft 365's family plan

Get a free $50 Amazon gift card when you buy Microsoft 365's family plan

Free $50 gift card: As of Dec. 2, you can buy a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Family for $99.99 and get a free $50 Amazon gift card.


If you've got multiple people in your family who go to school or work, you should consider getting the family plan of Microsoft 365. It includes the Microsoft programs you use on a regular basis and it can be shared between up to six people.

The best part is: If you buy a 12-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Family for $99.99, you'll get a $50 Amazon gift card that you can use whenever you want.

SEE ALSO: EyeBuyDirect has extended its Cyber Monday sale Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 3:01 pm

Get a one-year VPN subscription for less than $25

Get a one-year VPN subscription for less than $25

TL;DR: Secure your internet connection with a one year subscription to IPVanish VPN, on sale for $24.65 as of Dec. 2.


If you're concerned about your privacy online, you may want to invest in a virtual private network (VPN) to beef up your security and kick hackers to the curb. For a limited time, you can score a year of IPVanish on sale for less than $25.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on the App Store and 4.1 on Google Play, IPVanish delivers a more secure environment for your everyday internet activity. Once you connect through the VPN, all of your browsing, streaming, messaging, and file-sharing will pass through an encrypted tunnel.  Read more...

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Posted on 2 December 2020 | 10:00 am

How to unblock and watch American Netflix in the UK

How to unblock and watch American Netflix in the UK

Everyone loves settling down for a marathon streaming session, but sometimes it can feel like there’s nothing left to watch after one of these binges. If you've reached this point of shameful frustration, you should consider investing in a VPN

VPNs are seriously useful security tools that provide protection for your identity and data, but that's not all. They can also be used to watch content that is not normally available in your location. This means that you can watch all the extra films and shows on American Netflix that are not usually accessible outside of the U.S. This is especially useful at the moment, because everyone is hunting for more entertainment options. Read more...

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Best gifts for gamers in the UK: What to get for the gamer in your life in 2020

Best gifts for gamers in the UK: What to get for the gamer in your life in 2020

Shopping for a gamer seems like it should be easy, but getting them the right gift can be way more complicated than you think. The good news is that there is loads much to choose from, but there is almost too much choice.

It’s even worse when you consider all the different kinds of gamers out there, from those who pledge allegiance to the PC master race, to Nintendo purists and everything in between. It isn’t easy finding just the right gift to add to their setup, but if you nail it, you won’t find anyone more grateful than a gamer.

SEE ALSO: 50 unique gifts for under £50: Gift ideas for absolutely everyone Read more...

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Watch all your favourite shows with the best VPNs for Kodi

Watch all your favourite shows with the best VPNs for Kodi

If you’re a movie buff or enjoy nothing more than binge-watching box sets, chances are you've heard of Kodi. Kodi is a free, open-source software media player app formerly known as XBMB that acts as a hub for all your music, movies, and TV content, which can be shared across all of your devices.

Benefits include being able to turn your gadgets into a part of a digital streaming hub, accessing all sorts of file formats and searching for content in one place, watching geo-blocked content, and adding lots of customisable features via add ons such as iPlayer, which are needed for streaming content. Of course, there are drawbacks too, but most of these can be circumnavigated with a VPN, which encrypts data leaving a device and makes it impossible for others to see what you’re downloading. Read more...

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BEST FOR GEO-BLOCKED STREAMING SERVICES

PureVPN

Users can stream channels such as Netflix or Amazon Prime and 'take full advantage of Kodi and all its features and services.'

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EASIEST TO USE

CyberGhost

CyberGhost makes navigating Kodi easier, and if you're worried that it might be slow, you can try it with its 30-day money back guarantee.

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BEST ALL-AROUND PICK

IPVanish

Said to be one of the fastest VPNs for streaming, IPVanish delivers low latency with fast download and upload speeds at a great price.

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Nord VPN

NordVPN gets high ratings for security features and easy to use interface.

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BEST VALUE

Private Internet Access (PIA)

PIA offers a lot of the same features as more expensive VPNs, but for a lower price. There are a few drawbacks, though.

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VyprVPN

VyprVPN is all about speed and anti-throttling tech, making it ideal for HD entertainment.

Posted on 20 March 2019 | 2:04 pm

All the VPNs that work (well) in China

All the VPNs that work (well) in China

You've probably heard and read quite a bit about China's internet censorship, but what does it actually mean for the average internet user in the country? What is understood is that the Chinese government block access to foreign websites and slows down cross-border internet traffic. The government censors content for mainly political reasons, but also to maintain its control over the population. 

This system of censorship is named the 'Great Firewall' and is the largest system of its type in the world. If you’re travelling to the vast country, then your internet privileges will be severly restricted. Fortunately it's not an experience most people will be familar, but it has become the norm for Chinese citizens. Read more...

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BEST FOR SPEED

PureVPN

PureVPN operates from Hong Kong and 12 of its over 2000 servers are based in China itself, meaning reported speeds are good.

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NordVPN

NordVPN has some neat security features, including shared IP addresses, making it the best bet if security is your primary concern.

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BEST FREE OPTION

TunnelBear

For those looking to save money on their travels, there’s TunnelBear

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PandaPow

Hong Kong-based PandaPow pack a punchs with decent speeds and security.

Posted on 13 February 2019 | 2:57 pm

9 of the best gaming routers to supercharge your game

9 of the best gaming routers to supercharge your game

If you spend a lot of time playing the hottest games online, you're bound to run into some network connectivity issues now and then. You could experience the frustrating lag that comes with a slow or weak wireless connection, or you could be booted from your favorite game just as you're winning, causing a stain on your otherwise impeccable win record and leaving you red in the face. 

If you already have high-speed internet, chances are you've experienced one or both of these situations in the past, frustrating as they may be. The truth is, unless you're typically playing with a wired LAN connection, they're almost inevitable. Online game sessions will drop. You will experience lag. It can be maddening, that’s for sure. Read more...

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BEST CONSISTENT HIGH SPEEDS

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

Power and performance packed in a sleek package.

$299.99 from Amazon
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Netgear NightHawk Pro Gaming XR700

A powerful, but expensive, tri-band router.

$579.99 from Amazon
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BEST WITH WI-FI 6

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

It offers one of the fastest, lag-free speeds out there and Wi-Fi 6 technology, but with a hefty price tag.

$449.99 from Amazon
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Linksys WRT32X

Great wireless performance for less.

$299.99 from Amazon
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MOST DEPENDABLE MID-RANGE

D-Link DIR-885L/R

This well-rounded router is dependable and affordable.

$219 from Amazon
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BEST WEB INTERFACE

ASUS Blue Cave AC2600

An affordable and stylish router.

$127 from Amazon
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BEST FOR ALEXA-ENABLED WIRELESS CAPABILITIES

TP-Link Archer C5400X

With solid speeds, great range, Alexa capabilities and built-in malware protection, this router is a great option.

$249.99 from Amazon
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BEST FOR FEATURES AND DESIGN

ASUS RT-AX88U

A great Wi-Fi 6 router that’s full-featured.

$299.99 from Amazon
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BEST SECURITY

TP-Link AC4000

With strong parental controls and anti-malware tools, this is a great router for families.

$189.99 from Amazon

Posted on 3 November 2018 | 11:00 am