Gamer Geek News

Tech

The latest articles about Tech from Mashable, the media and tech company

Twitter to trolls: Say goodbye to your toxic lists

It's about time, Twitter!

A full decade after launching lists, Twitter's handy feature for following groups of people, the company is finally addressing the tool's dark side: harassment. The service will now allow users to flag lists as abusive, Twitter announced Monday, making it the first time the company has had a reporting function specifically for lists. 

With the update, which is available on iOS now and will be on Android and Twitter's website "soon,"  users are able to report a list the same way they might report an individual tweet. From the list page, the "..." menu will have a "Report" option, which then allows you to flag the list to Twitter. Read more...

More about Tech, Twitter, Harassment, Trolls, and Tech

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 1:56 am

Snapchat says, unlike Facebook, it will fact-check political ads

We now know Snapchat’s position in the great online political advertising fact-checking debate.

Snapchat will indeed fact-check political ads in an effort to curb misinformation on the platform, the company's CEO Evan Spiegel told CNBC on Monday morning.

According to the company, Snapchat has clear guidelines in place for political advertising, which cover politicians, elections, issues, and advocacy groups. Snapchat’s policies ban political advertising that intends to mislead, deceive, or violate the company’s terms of service.

“We subject all advertising to review, including political advertising,” said Spiegel to CNBC. “I think what we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising.”  Read more...

More about Facebook, Politics, Snapchat, Election, and Political Ads

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:01 pm

Tesla Model 3 updated to be faster

According to Tesla’s numbers, the update makes the Model 3 faster than many other sports cars. Read more...

More about Tech, Mashable Video, Tesla, Elon Musk, and Model 3

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:50 pm

Ford unveils first all-electric Mustang Mach-E

The SUV-like car comes with a massive 89 kWh battery, features fast charging, and will be available in 2020. Read more...

More about Tech, Mashable Video, Car, Mustang, and Mach E

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:49 pm

This interactive digital installation creates new worlds out of characters — Future Blink

Created by teamLab, the "What a Loving and Beautiful World" exhibit was created to showcase the relationships between humans, words, and nature. Read more...

More about Tech, Art, Mashable Video, Nature, and Future Blink

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:49 pm

Juno abruptly shut down and refers riders to Lyft

The clock is ticking to take your final Juno ride.

The New York-only ride-sharing service announced Monday that by 6 p.m. that same day it would cease operations. Juno started in NYC in 2016 and was bought for $200 million by Israeli transportation company Gett in 2017.

This morning Juno users saw this message on the app: 

Goodbye, Juno.

Goodbye, Juno.

Image: screengrab / mashable 

On the company's website, it said the service was shutting down "due to the changing market situation." 

In a news release, Gett said it had formed a "strategic partnership" with ride-hailing app Lyft. Gett, which claims to serve 15,000 companies, said the company plans to pivot to connecting corporate clients with Lyft. Read more...

More about Lyft, Ride Hailing Apps, Juno, Gett, and Tech

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:47 pm

If you wait until Black Friday, you may miss out on these deals

TL;DR: Smartwatches and fitness trackers from brands like Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are on sale at Walmart and Amazon ahead of Black Friday.


In case you haven't noticed, this year's Black Friday sale-a-thon falls unusually late in November. (Nov. 29, to be exact.) That may seem like nothing more than a fun bit of trivia, but it's actually pretty important if you care about saving money. Since retailers have some extra time to build up hype for their holiday sales, early-bird shopping has almost never been better.

Case in point: Amazon and Walmart are both currently offering tons of discounts on dozens of smartwatches and fitness trackers made by brands like Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin — discounts so good, it's possible that some models may sell out before Black Friday finally gets here. Read more...

More about Apple, Fitness Trackers, Smartwatches, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:22 pm

Sony Immersive Wearable Speaker review: Fun to use, hard to recommend

Sony Immersive Wearable Speaker
$300
View Product
The Good
Comfortable to wear for long periods of time • Excellent audio boost • Vibration is immersive but can be turned off
The Bad
Lack of Bluetooth limits its uses • Hard to recommend at $300 • Doesn't really solve any problems
The Bottom Line
Sony's Immersive Wearable Speaker is fun to mess around with, but not a must-buy.
⚡ Mashable Score 3.0
😎 Cool Factor 4.0
📘Ease of Use 4.5
💪Performance 4.0
💵Bang for the Buck 2.0

When Sony first showed me its newest product, the not-so-elegantly dubbed Immersive Wearable Speaker, I couldn't quite figure out why it existed. After testing it out at home for a couple of days, I still don't know the answer to that question. Read more...

More about Sony, Audio, Wearable Tech, Portable Speakers, and Tech

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:00 pm

Feeling SAD? Verilux happy lights are on sale and can help with winter blues.

TL;DR: Amazon has a few of the best-selling Verilux happy lights on sale, along with other brands such as Circadian Optics and TaoTronics.


With the winter quickly approaching, an extra burst of "sunshine" wouldn't hurt anyone. Happy lights are just the way to get that boost. These LED lamps are able to adjust your sleep/wake patterns, increase your energy and focus, and help cure you of the tiresome winter blues. 

Luckily, it seems to be happy light sale season on Amazon with multiple top-rated lamps on sale at discounted prices. Here are a few Verilux ones we gathered up for you to grab: Read more...

Verilux HappyLight VT22 — save $8

More about Light Therapy, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Mashable Shopping, Consumer Tech, and Tech

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:16 pm

Best pre-Black Friday 4K TV deals this week: Vizio, Samsung, TCL

We've been so caught up with Disney+ that we've completely forgotten about Netflix, the gift that keeps on giving (as in giving us new originals every month).

The lineup is particularly loaded this November, bringing new seasons to shows like Queer Eye and The End of the F***ing World as well as a slew of original holiday content. But possibly the best part is the trio of new Netflix films: The King with Timothee Chalamet, Earthquake Bird with Alicia Vikander, and The Irishman with Robert DeNiro — all of which we may see as Oscar nominees in 2020.

And because Netflix shoots and delivers all originals in 4K, you'll want a 4K TV to be immersed in this new content the way Netflix intended you to experience it.  Read more...

More about Samsung, Netflix, 4k Tv, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:15 pm

Need a MacBook before Black Friday? Check out these deals on laptops and tablets this week

If you’re anything like us, you’re having a tough time waiting until Black Friday to throw some cash at a nice gift for yourself. Treat yo self all day, every day, we say — that’s true self-care

For our impatient friends, we went and searched for the best pre-Black-Friday laptop and tablet deals on the web, including discounts on refurbished MacBooks, new MacBooks, iPad Pros, and also a bunch of non-Apple stuff (don’t worry Android people, we didn’t forget about you, and never would).

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops for video editing right now

Take a look at our highlights for this week, and visit us again on Friday for more deals that’ll be happening over the weekend. Read more...

More about Apple, Tablets, Laptops, Dell, and Mashable Shopping

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:11 pm

Watch a swarm of robots build a timber tower from scratch

Students at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have developed a system of robots that communicate to jointly construct complex timber structures. 

Their paper, entitled Distributed Robotic Assembly System for In-Situ Timber Construction, envisions such robotic systems as a low-cost, faster alternative to current construction methods. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Construction, Robotic, Architecture And Buildings, and Timber

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:23 pm

Tempur-Pedic memory foam pillows and mattress toppers on sale

TL;DR: Tempur-Pedic memory foam pillows and mattress toppers are on sale at Amazon, saving you up to 36% on a supportive, cloud-like sleep setup.


Black Friday puts a huge focus on big purchases like TVs or new home appliances, but mattresses are one thing you shouldn't buy on Black Friday.

For whatever reason, mattresses see their biggest sales over three-day holiday weekends (like Labor Day) or during the white sales, which take place in January. New Year's sales might get you a decent discount on a mattress, but if you were thinking you'd score a new bed for cheap in the next fews weeks, you'll need to rethink. Read more...

More about Sleep, Pillows, Mattress, Black Friday, and Mashable Shopping

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:12 pm

Renewed MacBooks are on sale on Amazon (including a rose gold one)

Refurbished tech tends to get a bad rap — most people assume that because it’s technically not a new device, that means that it’s broken in some way. In fact, that’s not the case at all. “Refurbished” or “renewed” just means that the item was bought, opened, and returned for some reason — and that reason doesn’t necessarily have to be some sort of defect. In a lot of cases, buying a renewed device can mean that you’re getting almost brand-new quality for way below the usual asking price. 

SEE ALSO: 10 of the best laptops for Windows 10

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we’re happy to announce that Amazon is offering of a bunch of renewed MacBooks right now; some of them for up to $500 off. Here are a few of the highlights, and if you want to see the full list of discounts, go hereRead more...

More about Apple, Laptops, Macbooks, Refurbished, and Mashable Shopping

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:06 pm

Shop these blenders on Black Friday if you catch them on sale

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON BLENDERS:


Today's lesson in Cooking as a Grown-Ass adult: Blenders are used for more than frozen margs in summer and collecting dust in winter.

Hot soup without a stove, coffee without a coffee maker, and whipped cream without a hand mixer are just a few of the tasks these multitasking appliances can tackle. Similar to the way the mystical Instant Pot replaces a sauté pan or slow cooker, blenders can expand your meal possibilites tenfold without the clutter of multiple machines. Read more...

More about Tech, Food, Kitchen, Mashable Shopping, and Blenders
76202667 07a1 4107 a8c5 9ae6d005ca8f
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OVERALL

Vitamix Professional Series 750

This classic Vitamix annihilates fruits and nuts and has presets to make just about anything.

$599.95 from Amazon
4a5350d2 ee86 4275 a969 57f529bc442e
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR MIXING DOUGH

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

Expand to pizza or cookie dough with this food processing bowl — just ignore the noise.

$139.99 from Amazon
99ce044f 8e59 42b2 ac8d cb75dc85f7df
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Calphalon Auto-Speed Blender

Novices and experts alike will appreciate the auto-adjusting speeds, screen, and long warranty.

$109.99 from Amazon
Ef3aeef9 1825 4302 b185 2bf5f3435245
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST PERSONAL BLENDER

NutriBullet Balance

Track fitness goals and nutrition facts with the Bluetooth smart scale and Balance app.

$109.99 from Walmart
2a10eec7 feae 4d6a b353 160dbbed6dc2
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SMART BLENDER

Vitamix A3500

Walk-away convenience and the touchscreen are life-changing, but iPads can be bought for cheaper.

$619.95 from Amazon
67a30592 c770 4123 9c68 fef2fc28c56a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST HAND BLENDER

Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender

Dressing, soup, merengue, and whipped cream can achieve the perfect texture with 15 trigger speeds and an ergonomic handle.

$84.99 from Amazon
C5f45d68 37c8 4ab4 bfbe 30b3f2f12c69
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR WORKOUTS

Oster Blend-N-Go

A pre-gym smoothie always feels rushed, but this blending pitcher doubles as a sport bottle.

$24.99 from Amazon
8a15f16a 381c 4af2 bbd5 db4a80d00eed
IMAGE: Amazon

BUDGET PICK

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher (58163)

This classic blender is great for newbies and triples as a personal blender and food processor — but you get what you pay for.

$59.99 from Amazon
3bb02432 d5e1 4b0e 9851 79b5a2e4169a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR TRAVELING

PopBabies Personal Blender

USB charging makes this great for going off the grid or for work.

$31.44 from Amazon
681baadd 78e7 43ed b3b9 22c6c1511d85
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR SWITCHING UP RECIPES

NutriBullet

Though it only has one speed, you'll get two different blade options included with the set.

$59.99 from Amazon
4f0ce0c2 ef62 452c aafc 008025497cb2
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR EXTRACTING NUTRIENTS

Nutri Ninja with FreshVac Technology

Get the most nutrients and best flavors from your produce with this blender's FreshVac pump.

$129.99 from Amazon
8541b016 2ba3 4e46 afc4 fe63c15a9cc5
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Magic Bullet

A cheap, reliable blender that isn't too feature-heavy.

$39.99 from Amazon
3d2ba477 acff 458d ad4e 477136d8a55d
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR TAKING IN THE CAR

Homgeek Personal Mini Blender

With two slim sports bottles, this compact blender is a solid choice.

$23.99 from Amazon
F40dcaea ac00 4daf b543 10e4e4856e50
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR CAMPING

Cozibot Travel Blender

Just because you're far from an outlet doesn't mean you need to skip your smoothie.

$35.98 from Amazon

Posted on 22 June 2019 | 8:00 am

Best gaming laptops for less than $1,000: AKA what to shop for this Black Friday

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON GAMING LAPTOPS:


My first gaming laptop cost $1,500 more than 10 years ago, and that was considered affordable. It wasn't a top-of-the-line model, but it wasn't a slouch either, sporting one of the better mid-tier graphics cards and a reliable processor/RAM combination.   Read more...

More about Gaming, Laptop, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Gaming
Bf3b33c7 5e4e 4208 aad8 41e8b4af811a
IMAGE: Amazon

OUR TOP PICK

Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo balances price and power to deliver a well-rounded gaming laptop that can handle most of what the average gamer can throw at it.

$999.99 from Amazon
1c36022b edd4 4e51 86c1 5184f609cceb
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR A BUDGET

Asus TUF Gaming FX504

The Asus TUF Gaming FX504 offers reliable performance without breaking the bank for gamers on a budget.

$799 from Amazon
Cdde6f8e 9c65 4d28 a4e0 f2ab86d34155
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST POWER FOR THE PRICE

Dell G5 Gaming Laptop

With plenty of graphical power for an affordable price, the Dell G5 gaming laptop is proof that price doesn't have to lock out performance.

$999.99 from Amazon
B9d3b7a7 0884 4c95 a8a8 d5b91a7efe2b
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR NEW GAMERS

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming Edition 5577

If you're new to the gaming scene and looking for a good place to start, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is a great pick.

$759.99 from Amazon
919fa0d0 a9ad 4ee9 a7e6 6a16c1a6ff2a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST MULTI-PURPOSE LAPTOP

Acer Aspire 7

With the Acer Aspire 7, you'll be ready for anything life or gaming has to throw at you.

$949.99 from Amazon
Cab12d8b 63b5 4e26 b67b cd693816f469
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST NAME BRAND LAPTOP

OMEN by HP 15.6" Gaming Laptop

HP integrates its trusted brand design with plenty of power in the Omen 15.6" gaming laptop.

$979.99 from Amazon

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 10:00 am

Best 4K TVs to look out for during Black Friday sales

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS:


TVs with 4K displays are becoming the norm, with more streaming content available, game consoles running games in 4K, and 4K Blu-rays available for collectors. 

With all the ways to get 4K content today, you'll need a TV that's up to the task. And there's no shortage of choice. But how do you know which one is the best for you? (And if you're shopping for a deal this Black Friday, how do you know which one you should actually get?) Read more...

More about Tech, Home, 4k Tv, Oled, and Mashable Shopping
C935e1a1 b38d 435c aecb 2297edf52da7
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OVERALL CHOICE

Sony A9F

OLEDs offer some of the best pictures available, and the Sony A9F might be the best of them all.

$3,498 from Amazon
684a0115 7b0a 4f2d a63a d98bce689e27
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SAMSUNG TV

Samsung Q9F

For fans of a truly colorful look, the Samsung Q9F will deliver that and then some.

$3,800 from Amazon
B54765c1 2faf 44c1 adf2 1a309320dcf9
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST LG TV

LG E8

For anyone who wants to go to the source, the LG E8 is the best OLED available from the primary maker of OLED.

$2,497 from Amazon
Cac143c2 1a4c 4420 9b9c 7bd269db525a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST LED TV

Sony X900F

You don't need OLED for near-OLED quality, and the Sony X900F proves that.

$1,100 from Amazon
D63caa9f f0e2 4770 8510 6c86be643d13
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST HIGH-END "STARTER" TV

Samsung Q6F

If you're nervous about diving into the deep end of TVs, the Samsung Q6F is easily the best place to start.

$897.99 from Amazon
Ecb3254c c252 40a3 adb8 0792567c90c3
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BALANCE OF POWER AND PRICE

Samsung NU8000

Eight series TVs are where performance TVs start, and the Samsung NU8000 best embodies that quality.

$999.99 from Amazon
C8ec0a82 1254 4d4d 85b1 67b6c7242396
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BUDGET 4K TV

TCL R6

For the more budget-minded shoppers, TCL offers just that with quality performance in the R6 line.

$999.99 from Amazon

Posted on 9 January 2019 | 10:00 am

7 of the best antivirus software for Android smartphones and tablets

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS FOR ANDROID THIS WEEK:


We hate to kick off this in such a negative fashion, but we feel obligated to alert all you Android users that your smart phones are vulnerable. While Android’s customization is great, the fact that they have an open platform makes them easier to hack and attack. And this can result in anything from lost photos and contacts to stolen credit card numbers and malware that bricks your phone, rendering it unusable and unrepairable. Fortunately, you can protect your Android by downloading an antivirus app. (Exhale deep sigh of relief now.) Read more...

More about Android, Software, Smartphones, Antivirus, and Mashable Shopping
0b374879 1e7b 45dd a54c 3902fb8a349b
IMAGE:

BEST OVERALL

Bitdefender Mobile Security

Amazing protection with minimal effect on performance.

Cdb6e1c5 3dc9 4bb9 aee8 35c3962f4c8f
IMAGE:

BEST FOR EASE OF USE

Norton Mobile Security

A43b2d8f 604d 4388 b704 0dbcae6fffa7
IMAGE:

BEST FEATURES

Avast Mobile Security

A popular app that provides unparalleled protection.

A4998e4c f597 4987 a80b 2bf0777a3112
IMAGE:

BEST ANTI-PHISHING FEATURES

Kaspersky Mobile Antivirus

Dab47748 7204 4997 96d7 4c503e00fe09
IMAGE:

BEST FOR PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION

McAfee Mobile Security

85177c71 cf73 4b11 99ee 2a8dcf503eac
IMAGE:

BEST FREE APP

Sophos Antivirus and Security

An easy and affordable way to ensure security.

D516e358 6aba 43bb 80bc 5ddbf4d18b32
IMAGE:

BEST MINIMALIST INTERFACE

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Posted on 12 November 2018 | 4:32 pm

Best antivirus software for Windows 10

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS 10 THIS WEEK:


Like it or not, your Windows 10 is highly vulnerable to all kinds of pernicious attacks — and hackers are just getting more and more creative with creeping into your personal computer. Denial of service, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and password attacks are just a few of the threats you’ll have to contend with.  Read more...

More about Tech, Software, Cybersecurity, Computers, and Antivirus
F9cba111 d189 4bb0 8e2a b7ad6ce4e275
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OVERALL PROTECTION

Norton Security Deluxe

Considered the gold standard in antivirus software, this option tops award-winning and best-seller lists.

$49.99 from Amazon
6e2fd1b5 c795 4fc5 8543 3252745505ae
IMAGE:

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Webroot Internet Security Complete with Antivirus Protection

Get your typical antivirus and malware prevention for Windows 10, plus a password manager, encrypted account information, and cloud storage.

5429f3f5 60b1 44f7 a9e7 468f3f956d87
IMAGE:

BEST FOR PARENTS

Bitdefender Total Security

Of all the products listed, Bitdefender specializes in software to protect and monitor your children’s usage.

Ea9ae678 2fa9 4271 991e 92c823555eed
IMAGE:

BEST FOR VALUE

McAfee Total Protection (5 devices)

For its near rock-bottom pricing, McAfee Total Protection provides a solid array of antivirus offerings — though with somewhat moderate reviews.

C648e3b5 4f5b 4d04 b199 a952c6567f3b
IMAGE:

BEST FOR FEATURES

Kaspersky Total Security 2018

The secure connection features allows you to encrypt your data, and receive wifi alerts when you’re at risk.

B3367a22 0426 4aaa b330 e005e5137ae0
IMAGE:

BEST FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES AND USERS

AVG Ultimate 2019

Boasting everything and the kitchen sink, AVG Ultimate not only has antivirus software with a host of performance enhancing features, but is one of few options with unlimited users.

E98642ee b287 4f49 9acc 1b06f1e19958
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR BONUS FEATURE OF CYBER SECURITY TRAINING

PC Pitstop PC Matic (download)

Their ad and popup-blocking tools help keep you from clicking on malicious ads that could steal your sensitive information.

$49.99 from Amazon

Posted on 7 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Best gaming PCs to shop during Black Friday 2019

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON GAMING PCS:


The popularity of gaming PCs has exploded in recent years. Sure, there are plenty of people who won’t abandoned their beloved consoles. But a large number of gaming enthusiasts have been shifting their attention. And with good reason. 

For starters, the games are cheaper and the breadth available is truly astounding. After all, console exclusives are (mostly) a thing of the past. You can use your PC to play the latest strategy and simulation games as well as the top offerings in eSports and first person shooters. Additionally, thanks to the PC’s open platform, you also have access to a wide array of wildly inventive independent games. No matter your penchant and preferences, you’re always guaranteed to find something that matches your mood, skill and desires. Read more...

More about Tech, Gaming, Computers, Pcs, and Mashable Shopping
D4e3d1ac 4b13 4d54 9b6c 1ab418441496
IMAGE: Best Buy

BEST QUIET PERFORMANCE

Corsair One Pro

If you’re tight on space but crave the HD and 4K power of a larger machine, consider the Corsair.

$2,300 from Best Buy
E47a4e05 4c5b 43c8 b04b e23e67e44ae6
IMAGE: iBuyPower

BEST DESIGN

iBuyPower Snowblind

$2,399 from iBuyPower
E5de2b87 cf16 43c9 a07d d3ebd4bb4dbb
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST VALUE

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme

Runs great right out of the gate but can also be upgraded at a future date.

$779 from Amazon
Fee8ba36 3cd6 4fb5 be4f b97cbfda9fcd
IMAGE: Lenovo

BEST PORTABILITY

Lenovo Legion C530 Cube

$819.99 from Lenovo
Abb71c45 6231 4359 87cd e2b63c5a0099
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST FOR THE NEW GAMER

Acer Aspire Gaming Desktop GX-281

Great brand with even greater support.

$820.33 from Walmart
Ffecf369 6729 4012 a913 993d70c4a0ea
IMAGE: Dell

BEST BUDGET PICK

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680

$649.99 from Dell
7a411144 ee4e 4efd 9ded a44989393242
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST GRAPHICS

CyberPowerPC Gamer Panzer

$3,177 from Amazon
4fbcb883 688c 4c2e b5f1 6c9b04f92d24
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST UPGRADABILITY

Alienware Aurora R7

If you're in the market for a gaming PC with impressive accessibility and function, the Alienware Aurora R7 is a solid choice. Its tool-less design allows for upgrades to ensure a future-proof system.

$0 from Amazon
679e0914 5d41 451f aaf2 69d3a4174197
IMAGE: Best Buy

BEST PERSONALIZATION

OMEN Obelisk by HP

The OMEN Obelisk by HP provides a smooth gaming experience, customizable features, and an impressive amount of storage.

$1,280 from Best Buy
Df62c33b 823d 490d 8755 33d64b63b3f6
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST STYLISH BUDGET-FRIENDLY PC

SkyTech Blaze II

Coming through with a light-up LED design and an impressive amount of RAM, the SkyTech Blaze II is a solid pre-built option.

$833.48 from Amazon

Posted on 6 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Best fitness trackers for monitoring heart rate: Shop these during Black Friday

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY FITNESS TRACKER DEALS:


Wellness is a buzzy word lately. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in all things health, wellness, and spirituality. Juice bars are popping up, boutique studios are becoming more accessible, and essential oils are chilling us out. Self-care is becoming more of the norm too, but amidst all this hype, it can be challenging to find the right routine that promotes good exercise, sleep, vitals, and mindset.  Read more...

More about Apple Watch, Fitness Trackers, Smart Watch, Heart Rate Monitor, and Mashable Shopping
Aa2e063c a1fd 4f19 941c ed7f96d1051a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OVERALL

Apple Watch Series 4

Take heart monitoring to the next level with the Apple Watch Series 4's amazing EKG feature and FDA-cleared precision.

$384.99 from Amazon
A908e513 64c0 4b15 80bc d9de74b079a3
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

Polar A370 Fitness Tracker

Smartphone compatibility and a variety of wellness features makes Polar’s A370 Fitness Tracker our top choice for health management.

$114.99 from Amazon
8884f3fc 3fe8 4173 bd90 b4c57beea156
IMAGE: Amazon

EASIEST TO USE

Fitbit Charge 3 Fitness Activity Tracker

The new Charge 3 provides no-fuss wellness features to take your daily sleep, workouts, and vitals to the next level.

$148.99 from Amazon
Cc725f3a 093a 4eab b9ee c7556aaad368
IMAGE: Best Buy

BEST FOR ATHLETES

Garmin Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch

With sport-specific settings, advanced training feedback, and a connected app, Garmin’s Forerunner 735XT Smartwatch is the perfect fitness companion for athletes.

$349.99 from Best Buy
8fca10ee 6ddc 4d7a b32a b96385008d65
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR TECH ENTHUSIASTS

Nokia Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Add some tech to your exercise regimen with the Nokia’s Steel HR Hybrid with Alexa integration and three different heart monitor modes.

$199.95 from Amazon
B6b3238b 648b 4516 9c50 78bb5f9e5829
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR WATER SPORTS

Garmin vívoactive 3

$319.99 from Amazon
0131606c 87fc 43c4 a5f2 6d055ba320ad
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR STYLE

Motiv Ring

$199.99 from Amazon
7b23969d f154 4a48 9d12 75336213a850
IMAGE: Amazon

BUDGET PICK

Microtella Fitness Tracker

Microtella’s Fitness Tracker is affordable, monitors your heart rate, and comes with 14 different fitness settings for personalized workout stats.

$42.99 from Amazon
30eeecbe 34d8 4547 9d3e 7ddbacbbffa3
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Samsung Galaxy Fit

The perfect midpoint between the Fitbit and Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Fit is great for tracking your high-intensity activities and for managing your daily life.

$99 from Amazon
7496eb74 b3cb 4991 a63e ec094c4c6cc6
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST ON-SCREEN WORKOUTS

Fitbit Versa

The Fitbit Versa is best for those who need some extra guidance in the gym, and thanks to its comprehensive array of on-screen workouts, you'll get exactly that.

$199.95 from Amazon
Ab906582 71fc 472d b83e 98a65f51f86c
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BATTERY LIFE

Wahoo TICKR

Won't take up precious real estate on your wrists and will provide personalized heart rate training, as well as an unbeatable 12-month battery life.

$49.99 from Amazon

Posted on 27 October 2018 | 9:00 am

7 of the best antivirus software options

BEST ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE DEALS THIS WEEK:


Antivirus software is an essential part of any PC owner's arsenal. Staying safe from viruses, malware, ransomware, and phishing threats is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what a good antivirus software package can protect you from. Many manufacturers now take a holistic approach to keeping your data safe, tackling more than just the odd suspicious file that might end up on your system.  Read more...

More about Tech, Software, Cybersecurity, Antivirus, and Mashable Shopping
6f4bcdbf 44df 4e31 bcdc ab3b69fdb1a4
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST VALUE

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus has a great reputation for detecting viruses, malware, and pretty much all other nasties you might need to spot. It's inexpensive too.

829fa851 fb62 42d8 bb82 95d97df9fb67
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR FAMILIARITY

Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic

A familiar name, Symantec Norton AntiVirus Basic will make the majority of its users feel safe and protected, even if the options are a double edged sword.

676f665c 56e2 4d25 a02d 9e53088843be
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR MULTIPLE PCS

McAfee AntiVirus Plus

McAfee AntiVirus Plus isn't perfect at eliminating all threats, but it's a bargain for those with multiple systems to protect.

Bda9d186 ca58 4384 9fbf d14d70d7ce21
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR AGING SYSTEMS

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus

If your PC is rapidly ageing, Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus is an ideal solution that won't slow it down any further. Even if it is a somewhat unknown quantity at times.

3c311674 2b43 4a8e 94dc 5062b42a0287
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR ADVANCED USERS

Avast Pro Antivirus 2019

Avast Pro Antivirus 2017 is a great antivirus tool that doubles as a security suite, but many of its best features are available in the free version.

Df4dfb4d e707 4a08 beba a5cd01680eb0
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR REMOTE MANAGEMENT

Sophos Home Premium

If you're the tech support for all the family, Sophos Home Premium is a convenient way of controlling their security, wherever you are. Its features are too advanced for some, though.

9f9f6624 32e2 4c78 9685 dfe5a1b3f063
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR GAMERS

Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security

If you need to be able to pause your security protection, such as when gaming, this is a great option.

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 6:25 pm

Shop these gaming laptops if you spot a good Black Friday deal

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON GAMING LAPTOPS:


It's time to level up.

If you didn't already know, PC gamers take great pride in the way they play. These are the folks who delight in the fact that PC gaming is just so much better than playing on a console, and if this Reddit thread is any indication — this way of thinking isn't going away any time soon. Read more...

More about Laptops, Pc Gaming, Gaming Laptops, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
96990651 cd7d 4e2f bd60 6833fe7580cf
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST CHOICE OVERALL

MSI GP63 Leopard

A dependable graphics card, excellent speeds, and a lightweight build make this the complete package.

$1,699 from Walmart
5e669efa 40cd 47d7 adaa 7229d1e1b8ac
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST FOR VR AND VIDEO QUALITY

MSI GT75 Titan 4K-071

While it carries a hefty price tag, the MSI GT75 Titan is everything you could want out of a gaming laptop, down to VR and 4K.

$4,499 from Walmart
7ae65501 f0c0 47ee bbf9 f876cff28619
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR GAMERS ON A BUDGET

Dell Gaming Laptop G5587

While you may not have $2000 to drop on some higher performance gaming laptop, you can still get reliable gaming performance with the Dell Gaming Laptop G5587.

$1,100 from Amazon
Ceb014a1 7113 4c7c ad8f 15f2947cd982
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR POWER IN A SLIM DESIGN

ASUS ROG Zephyrus M

ASUS offers the best of both worlds with a slim and light gaming laptop that doesn't skimp on the power under the hood.

$2,199 from Amazon
11b6480f eb21 4b64 a9c2 433e0931f891
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR NEW GAMERS

Acer Nitro 5

If you're new to PC gaming, the Acer Nitro 5 delivers a reliable laptop at a reasonable price.

$719 from Amazon
609f0dca 4fd4 436a b613 78ffb94cfc07
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR TRADITIONAL/HARDCORE GAMERS

Acer Predator Triton 700

Hardcore gamers expect power out of their platform of choice, and Acer delivers on that power with the Predator Triton 700 laptop.

$2,700 from Amazon
8016ded7 e809 4d81 a993 394d4ea9d436
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR BUDGET VR

Alienware 15

Alienware is one of the most recognized names in PC gaming, and the Alienware 15 lives up to that namesake, even delivering a reliable VR laptop.

$1,888 from Amazon
Dc468a58 e419 4ff4 a01b 7835959d720e
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR PERFORMANCE

MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051

This is one of the thinnest laptops built for intense gaming on-the-go.

$1,799 from Amazon
62276c0d e353 4201 898f 3697352b8894
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR SLEEK DESIGN

Razer Blade 15

Think of this as the Apple MacBook Pro of gaming laptops.

$2,200 from Amazon

Posted on 20 August 2018 | 6:58 pm

Best cheap laptops: If these go on sale during Black Friday, don't wait

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON CHEAP LAPTOPS THIS WEEK:


So you're in the market to buy a new laptop? We have some advice: Don't let big tech companies with multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns fool you into thinking you have to pay upwards of $1,000 to get a quality notebook.

You can actually get a brand new one for less than half that price. And we aren't talking about poorly made, subpar notebooks that run slower than your smartphone after the latest iOS update. We're talking about cheap laptops that are high-tech and responsive, helping you do the things that matter most, like writing, browsing the internet, storing files, and even gaming. (And if you're in the market for a Black Friday deal, it's helpful to know which devices are the best so when the sales start you'll know which one to buy.) Read more...

More about Microsoft, Lenovo, Laptops, Mashable Shopping, and 2 In 1 Laptops
A0a2f621 d131 4af9 a2c8 7598e935b57f
IMAGE: Dell

BEST COMPACT LAPTOP

Dell Inspiron 11 3000

The Inspiron 11 3000 by Dell is a small, compact laptop created for personal use — and it certainly succeeds in that respect.

$179.99 from Dell
Edc55306 7065 48dc 938a e61953ba212b
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST CHEAP LAPTOP FOR TRAVEL

HP Stream 11

This HP laptop is engineered without a fan, so it should be quiet and comfortable to use on your lap while you enjoy 10 hours of battery life.

$209.35 from Amazon
600661b2 3f2f 4719 a0d7 012c154ba408
IMAGE: Best Buy

BEST-DESIGNED CHEAP LAPTOP

Lenovo IdeaPad 130s

The Ideapad 130s is a stylish modern take on the laptop computer, combining high-performance processing power with a sleek exterior.

$209.99 from Best Buy
1aa3c94d 400c 497a 882a 27654ec99e6a
IMAGE: Samsung

BEST ONLINE-ONLY LAPTOP

Samsung Chromebook 3

The Chromebook 3 may not necessarily feel like the most premium laptop in the world, but it is a pretty handsome notebook that will get the job done.

$229.99 from Samsung
61d64fad 5838 4cc6 a740 2fdb4afd30d5
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST CHEAP 2-IN-1 LAPTOP

Lenovo Flex 11

Because it has a 360-degree hinge, you can position the Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook to fit most any task.

$277.99 from Amazon
F6de3bfd 1a92 4b2b be87 399bcce6fb76
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR SECURITY

Acer Swift 1

The designers of the Acer Swift 1 created a simple but pleasing-to-look-at laptop with some pretty impressive specs.

$229.99 from Amazon
2b4f2f47 0e0f 4e5f a3c6 75922a8b4195
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST CHEAP LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP

Acer Aspire E 15

The Aspire E Series laptops by Acer have many appealing features for everyday use. This one has a thin, lightweight design so you can take Windows 10 with you on-the-go.

$375.29 from Amazon
56ffa522 c912 46a3 9685 d16992805f60
IMAGE: Best Buy

BEST CHEAP TOUCHSCREEN LAPTOP

Asus Transformer Mini

The Asus Transformer Mini is ultra-thin and has wide display viewing angles so you can have a comfortable experience no matter where you find yourself.

$379.99 from Best Buy
24464423 d9db 41f4 8580 e2c1a9284348
IMAGE: Dell

BEST CHEAP LAPTOP FOR STUDENTS

Dell Latitude 2-in-1

The Dell Latitude works in laptop, tablet, or tent mode, and is designed for use with a variety of Microsoft learning apps.

$369 from Dell
A16ce386 5ef1 4bfb 9cd9 ce8469ccea81
IMAGE: HP

BEST CHEAP HYBRID LAPTOP

HP Pavilion x360

The HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop is one of the best utility notebooks under $500. It's powerful, lightweight, and durable.

$379.99 from HP
Edf831ac b2e9 4ecf a375 2431a640365e
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST CHROMEBOOK

Asus Chromebook Flip

A budget laptop that doesn't skimp on performance.

$494.75 from Walmart
40880198 fda4 4300 bb54 532f572e76c3
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST CHEAP LAPTOP FOR KIDS

Dell Inspiron 14

The Dell Inspiron 14 is meant for those who don't need all the extra bells and whistles — just a nice, affordable 2-in-1 laptop that will always get the job done.

$349 from Amazon
57a259aa a94b 411b 8b53 57489fd82113
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT CHEAP LAPTOP

Asus Vivobook

A great, affordable laptop that's well-suited for students, travelers, and those just who just need a computer for personal use.

$379 from Amazon

Posted on 16 August 2018 | 7:55 pm

Best GPS devices to look out for during Black Friday

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON GPS DEVICES:


While today's smartphones are loaded with Google Maps or Apple Maps, they are merely quick solutions for traveling short distances. Believe it or not, getting a dedicated GPS device for your car or truck is still the best way to get to your destination safely and with ease. 

Companies like Garmin and TomTom specialize in safe car travel and update their maps and traffic reports whenever changes occur on the road. GPS devices also offer the peace of mind that you'll never get lost, even when you're in a new location — including remote areas. They can also help you find the nearest restaurants, shopping mall, rest area, and other locations that might be considered off-the-beaten-path.  Read more...

More about Travel, Gps, Tomtom, Garmin, and Mashable Shopping
F7be3578 f34a 4686 8425 839b41ff575a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR DAILY COMMUTERS

Garmin DriveSmart 51 NA LMT-S

This is a very reliable GPS device.

$199.99 from Amazon
3dc5b888 4503 4d1e b153 66094d9fdd62
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST IN-DASH SETUP

Pioneer AVIC-8201NEX

This is an all-in-one GPS and entertainment device for your car.

$764.99 from Amazon
70d05e27 d8ed 464b 8a42 33abc1c9738b
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BUDGET OPTION

JRCX Navigation System

There's nothing fancy about this GPS, but it gets the job done getting from point A to point B without getting you lost.

$56.99 from Amazon
A1114d0a 16e1 47c4 bdb2 d468a3728160
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BUDGET HEADS UP DISPLAY

ITEQ 4.8-inch GPS Car HUD

This offers everything you need in a car GPS, but projects all the information on your windshield.

$52.99 from Amazon
D549b773 b163 406b 9663 ae86b3ca8f7a
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST VOICE-ACTIVATED NAVIGATION

Garmin Speak

Looking for the best Garmin and Amazon have to offer? Look right here.

$99.99 from Amazon
4c8fc20e 79d9 4bc4 8403 2dafa5a77d46
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR EXPANDABLE STORAGE

TomTom VIA 1505M

This GPS is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot.

$134.90 from Amazon
2b4b2694 e65a 46af 9711 b1cd62101ca9
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR RVS

Garmin dēzl 770LMTHD

This is built for professional drivers and commercial use, along with RV families.

$519.99 from Amazon
2b98ca69 123e 4d61 b098 b28c0240d3d6
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR WORLD TRAVELERS

TomTom Go 520

World maps are ready for download whenever you need them.

$180 from Amazon
B6279a2d 6b02 4347 9969 99396f8f59e9
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST RATED

Garmin Nuvi 57LMT

Includes free lifetime map updates of all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico.

$239.99 from Amazon
1f636c12 dfaf 407e b90d 44544d4d8fb2
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SMARTPHONE COMPANION

TomTom GO 620

This GPS device can sync directly to your iOS or Android smartphone.

$249.99 from Amazon
63c74465 9c4d 4285 b557 5edda7d90fbe
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST GPS WITH DASH CAM

Garmin DriveAssist 51 NA LMT-S

Includes a built-in dash cam that continuously records footage.

$299.99 from Amazon
65f034d9 b593 4017 8dd8 ffa5ce1b11fb
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

JRCX Model X Navigation System

Think of this GPS as a budget all-in-one entertainment center with music playback features.

$62.99 from Amazon
74a29477 d657 482e bc3e fd0748923ada
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BUILT-IN DASH CAM

Garmin Drive 50 USA LM

It's a best selling GPS device on Amazon for a reason.

$149.99 from Amazon
Bf205b8b 6b3f 4d40 8ca5 92ef2dce432f
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR LONG ROADTRIPS

Jimwey Navigation System

A 7-inch screen makes this GPS device ideal for long, tiring drives.

$63.99 from Amazon
Ba2e2ab1 361f 4794 9359 3f335525b86e
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR MOTORCYCLES

TomTom Rider 550

Its compact size and specialty features makes this one a favorite of motorcyclists.

$374.61 from Amazon

Posted on 6 August 2018 | 7:05 pm

The best Bluetooth speakers to shop during Black Friday

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS:


Bluetooth speakers allow us to experience music no matter where we go. Whether it's listening to classical pieces from Mozart or the newest BTS song 10 times in a row, you shouldn't have to enjoy your favorites through your phone's speaker and a cupholder. But with so many great Bluetooth speakers to choose from, how do you know which ones are the best?  Read more...

More about Sony, Speakers, Bluetooth Speakers, Ultimate Ears, and Mashable Shopping
D2105bcc dc34 4909 9044 5f99d43c2f0f
IMAGE: Amazon

MOST RELIABLE SPEAKER

Sony XB10

If you need a speaker that's affordable and consistent, the XB10 is the one to look at.

$58 from Amazon
E772b126 2365 459c 8a9a cdc458222ec8
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST AFFORDABLE SPEAKER

Sony SRS-XB30

This ultra portable speaker packs plenty of punch for the price.

$148 from Amazon
73d01ce3 3031 4f19 9eba b2054e7981a8
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SPEAKER FOR PARTIES

Sony GTKXB90

If you're looking to get the party going, the Sony GTKXB90 is the speaker to get people going.

$448 from Amazon
2709dd70 6da7 42a3 8f28 fc048a555da4
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST PORTABLE SPEAKER

JBL Clip 2

Just clip the JBL Clip 2 to your belt and enjoy your music with one of the easiest portable speakers to carry around.

$45 from Amazon
0fd5427d 809b 43d9 b206 fbfab580b350
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR SIMPLICITY

JBL Flip 4

JBL leans into pure audio performance and removes the physical extras with the JBL Flip 4.

$110.95 from Amazon
6f2873e3 7371 43df 9e88 85d0195951f1
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OVERALL CHOICE

JBL Boombox

A strong, powerful speaker that's water resistant and surprisingly easy to transport.

$398.98 from Amazon
349141f2 df23 4ba7 8556 76e2fa0ca632
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SPEAKER FOR THE ELEMENTS

UE WONDERBOOM

UE delivers a small, portable speaker that's ideal for dealing with anything nature can throw your way.

$86.49 from Amazon
554577ea 7e9e 4a11 973e 04cb0c85ecc5
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST BALANCED SPEAKER

UE BOOM 2

Great balance between power and build, plus daisy chaining makes it super flexible.

$108.99 from Amazon
1637d9cc d0b3 4252 8e50 99dad895aae5
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SMALL SPEAKER

Bose SoundLink Micro

The Bose SoundLink Micro offers plenty of power in a small package, with a price tag to match.

$109 from Amazon
9e6e9597 9812 476a a264 9e2c5cf74cef
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR 360-DEGREE AUDIO

Bose SoundLink Revolve

Whether it's at home or at the beach, the Bose SoundLink Revolve will deliver deep audio wherever you need it.

$199 from Amazon
076b5166 288b 403f a402 abe985f176a7
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SPEAKER FOR THE HOME

Bose SoundTouch 20

From whole home compatibility to rich sound, this option from Bose is great for filling a room.

$349 from Amazon

Posted on 24 July 2018 | 6:06 pm

Think your Mac doesn't need antivirus software? Actually, it does.

BEST DEALS ON ANTIVIRUS FOR MAC THIS WEEK:


There's a common misconception that Macs don't need antivirus software. Unfortunately, that's far from accurate these days. 

Macs are generally more secure than PCs, thanks to a more secure operating system where certain aspects of its software are more locked down and harder to infiltrate by rogue software. Also, fewer people own Macs meaning fewer targets for criminals. However, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to get a virus on your Mac, or receive a suspicious piece of malware either.  Read more...

More about Apple, Mac, Computers, Antivirus, and Mashable Shopping
2ddd4341 516b 4946 b05c f6703be1bc64
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST HANDS-OFF ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

Norton Security for Mac

Norton runs in the background, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity or threats to your system, without any need for interaction from you.

6dacfcc8 41a3 4e57 b970 a1f3d2b90da5
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR SECURITY SOFTWARE

McAfee Total Protection

McAfee offers extra tools like digital document shredding and anti-spam protection that help it rise above the rest.

1b1907d7 7342 4c96 abd3 cecc5268c534
IMAGE: Mashable

FASTEST ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

Bitdefender Total Security 2019 for Mac

A little cheaper than its competitors, it's a strong opening gambit for a company that's more well known among tech savvy folks than the average consumer.

A3bfb632 fb9c 4f55 ab4a 66fdb4b733d4
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR OLDER COMPUTERS

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus for Mac

Webroot Antivirus for Mac stores all its anti-malware protection information on the cloud, meaning it's speedy and has a small footprint on your Mac.

926259b0 8320 4273 816d 2b4566de639f
IMAGE: Mashable

BEST FOR MAC-ONLY SOFTWARE

Intego Mac Internet Security

Intego does a fantastic job of detecting anything thrown at it, albeit a little slower than with some antivirus protection.

Posted on 1 June 2018 | 3:21 pm

The best noise-canceling headphones to watch for during Black Friday sales

BEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES:


Listening to music is so much more than a distraction when you're alone in public. It can have a profound effect on your state of mind, and it's the reason we're willing to spend iPad-level cash on headphones instead of opting for a pair in the checkout line. Listening to music (or podcasts, or audiobooks) can be an integral part of getting through that daily commute or a restless transatlantic flight. Read more...

More about Sony, Headphones, Bose, Noise Cancelling, and Mashable Shopping
7015f4d0 3b9b 4681 907b c208417cbe09
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST OVERALL

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The QC 35s are the archetype for ANC headphones and have serious customization features.

$349 from Amazon
2fa1b6f4 82cf 4c1d 8b99 0d74514ed144
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST SMART FEATURES

Sony WH1000XM3

Sony's most intuitive headphones are Alexa-enabled and have a great high altitude feature.

$349 from Amazon
88ebd949 7b6c 4ca1 9ce4 f00cbb2de95b
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST LOOKING

B&O Beoplay H9i

These luxe headphones were carefully crafted with rich looks outside and rich sound inside.

$500 from Amazon
A249bbc6 fc5e 4033 8051 63a6ff469c06
IMAGE: Amazon

MOST CUSTOMIZABLE NOISE CANCELLATION

Bowers & Wilkins PX

These are classy AF and offer some of the best-in-class ANC, particularly in outdoor settings.

$399.99 from Amazon
94c71c99 1700 453b 973b 2f008c5e1c53
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR IPHONE USERS

Beats Studio 3

The only Beats with noise cancellation do an impressive job and have an impressive color selection.

$349.95 from Amazon
B35d9e3d cc7e 469c be27 257f14e9ce94
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST MID-RANGE OPTION

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

These Bose alternatives will surprise you with functional smart features and energetic sound.

$199 from Amazon
9c9fb9fb a373 4b24 89d2 d51dd6015aac
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST NOISE-CANCELING EARBUDS

Bose QuietComfort 20

Noise-canceling earbuds are few and far between, but you'll be wowed by the oomph of these inconspicuous buds.

$249 from Amazon
21280830 8e81 4e45 afa6 4fcf20d0e140
IMAGE: Amazon

BUDGET PICK

TaoTronics TT-BH060 (2019 model)

Decent noise cancellation and extensive battery life at this price makes these a great buy for casual listeners.

$69.99 from Amazon

Posted on 9 May 2018 | 9:19 pm

7 of the best VPNs for Mac users looking for privacy

There are a number of reasons why you might want to start using a virtual private network or VPN. VPNs offer many benefits, like getting around geographic restrictions for streaming content. 

They can also help protect your privacy and make browsing more secure (though it's always a good idea to vet your VPN provider's claims carefully — some do a better a job than others).

SEE ALSO: Do you need a VPN? Quite possibly. Here's why.

But choosing the right VPN for you can be a daunting task. With so many options, you'll want to think carefully about which features are most important to you and how much you're willing to pay. Read more...

More about Apple, Privacy, Security, Mac, and Apps And Software
2d6e7576 49c7 42b1 a7e4 833d9afa8127
IMAGE: Nord VPN

BEST FOR THE PRIVACY-CONSCIOUS

Nord VPN

The privacy-conscious will surely enjoy Nord VPN's kill switch that'll allow them to stop applications from running should their connection drop.

$3.99 from Nord VPN
156165fb 5245 452f a4ad 24090bba71e9
IMAGE: Opera

BEST FOR BROWSERS

Opera

Mac users will rejoice at the Opera's simple setup and how easy it is to control your connection through your URL bar.

$0 from Opera
E7a3faac dd84 42fa a7d7 e6114a83260c
IMAGE: Private Internet Access

BEST FOR STREAMERS

PIA

PIA's VPN offers a hassle-free way for streamers to control their activity through a dropdown menu and get around any geographical restrictions while binging.

$6.95 from Private Internet Access
4ce0bd19 916b 4a60 8d53 d83c01dc3048
IMAGE: Pure VPN

BEST FOR CUSTOMIZATION

Pure VPN

$10.95 from Pure VPN
533a60c0 d947 4f64 b35f 3ed89bf59bd4
IMAGE: TorGuard

BEST FOR TORRENT SITES

TorGuard

$9.99 from TorGuard
B675cadb 0fb1 4e51 bff7 6a1710ee4e9d
IMAGE: TunnelBear

BEST FOR THE TECH NOVICE

TunnelBear

$0 from TunnelBear
10d88d1f a0a6 4b6e 81c2 f1c0e85fbaf4
IMAGE: VPN Unlimited - best for macs

BEST FOR ADVANCED VPN USERS

VPN Unlimited

$9.99 from VPN Unlimited - best for macs

Posted on 18 February 2018 | 4:00 pm

Best robot vacuums to shop for during Black Friday 2019

CBEST PRE-BLACK FRIDAY DEALS ON ROBOT VACUUMS:


The obsession with robot vacuums is obviously the fact that they make your life 100 times easier, but there's a hard part to the process: picking one.

"Roomba" and "robot vacuum" are essentially interchangeable terms at this point, but the robot vacuum market ain't what it was in 2005. Though we totally back nearly ever Roomba model, there's a whole new world of brands that you should be considering. Read more...

More about Home, Roomba, Vacuums, Robot Vacuums, and Mashable Shopping
85c7ee7f 9646 4899 9e81 62cc680ad40d
IMAGE: Amazon

BUDGET OPTION

ILIFE V3s

Hardwood floors will get two hours of powerful suction, but don't expect much for mopping or carpets.

$159.99 from Amazon
27ad77bc dd06 4961 968b 2aae95a8c6b4
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR TIGHT SPACES

Eufy RoboVac 11s

Quiet, low-clearance cleaning and suction on all floor types make this ideal for apartment dwellers.

$269.99 from Amazon
6e686efe 475f 48dc 9089 426d65b9e422
IMAGE: Walmart

MOST AFFORDABLE CONNECTED VACUUM

Shark ION RV750

Shark makes an impressive transition from upright to robot with this affordable WiFi-connected vac.

$222.99 from Walmart
9b768049 2982 45b9 827f 1caac4c34994
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR ALLERGIES

ECOVACS Deebot N79S

This internet favorite offers powerful suction, great battery life, and a HEPA filter for cheap.

$299.99 from Amazon
3a356b6c 9912 4a16 9703 bec324d4a0c8
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST MID-RANGE ROOMBA

Roomba 960

This is not your basic Roomba — a camera for navigation and Aeroforce lifting cleaning make it the bot to beat.

$699.99 from Walmart
78cd50f9 e1e9 4d12 95e1 b3fc8cf32965
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR PET HAIR

Neato BotVac

Shedding overload? This ultra-connected vacuum deep cleans and keeps track of what it does — for a price.

$829.99 from Amazon
758345e7 d62a 46cc 9c24 2b5d74af45b5
IMAGE: Walmart

BEST IF YOU CAN SPLURGE

iRobot Roomba i7

It remembers floor plans, is totally self-sufficient, and can even empty its own dust bin without your help.

$1,099 from Walmart
0d86259c f63c 4432 848f 5e7701dec861
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR LARGE SPACES

Roborock S5 robot vacuum and mop

Get a vacuum and a mop in one and leave the cleaning to your robot friend.

$599.99 from Amazon
3ab129af 4107 46f2 9616 93fe0fd0fefb
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR CLEANING UNDER FURNITURE

Eufy Boost IQ 11S

At less than 3 inches tall, this super slim robot vacuum beats out bulkier models and can easily slip under furniture.

$229.99 from Amazon
8401b207 025b 4c85 ad47 cb020ecbe7ec
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR HOMES WITH CHILDREN

Eufy Boost 1Q Robo Vac 30C

Equipped with a larger dustbin than other models, this vacuum will easily suck up any mess your child may have left behind.

$299.99 from Amazon
127516da 9c1b 4eed 93b8 fbc367b2660b
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST FOR CAT OWNERS

iRobot Roomba 980

$868 from Amazon
3e3a92a9 9f78 4a73 abd0 0b58db74d2a6
IMAGE: Amazon

BEST AFFORDABLE ROBOT

Eufy Robovac 11

Provides a solid clean without breaking the bank.

$179.99 from Amazon
Cf88f713 e9e6 42f6 8d1f 01f3a05835b4
IMAGE: Best Buy

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

ECOVACS DEEBOT 900/901

Offers a lot of the bells and whistles found in more expensive models.

$499.99 from Best Buy

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 10:00 am