36 articles published since December 21, 2021
About Michael Bizzaco
Michael Bizzaco has been writing about and working with consumer tech for well over a decade. With a background in home theater sales, installation and repair, Michael's hands-on reviews, how-to guides, product roundups, and op-eds have been featured by notable publications including Android Police, How-To Geek, Digital Trends, SPY.com, and TechRadar Pro.
Not comfortable with your security cam beaming footage to the cloud? Try one of these
When it comes to smart home security, keeping an eye on your property and valuable possessions has never been easier. But when it’s time to upload your camera’s footage to the cloud, exactly how much peace of mind are you giving up? Many of the top brands in smart security promise tough end-to-end encryption, but all it takes is one skilled hacker to topple the building blocks of your privacy. Fortunately, there are several home security cameras with local storage, allowing you to keep your recordings and personal data private.
With just a little finessing, you’ll have your SmartTag 2 battery replaced in no time
The Samsung SmartTag 2 offers a new generation of GPS tracking for the valuables we tend to lose the most. On top of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra wide-band (UWB) support for real-time location tracking with pinpoint accuracy, the SmartTag 2 is powered by a CR2032 battery. Those are the small circular cells we always mistake as loose change when we come across them in our junk drawers.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are expected, but what about the perfectly-precise UWB protocol?
The Samsung SmartTag 2 is one of the best ways to keep tabs on the go-to items in your life that have a nasty habit of disappearing. We're talking about car keys, wallets, laptop sleeves, and other things we take for granted until they vanish into thin air.
Keep 2023's most striking new clamshell out of harm's way
The Moto Razr+ (2023) is a renaissance for Moto and a perfect synergy of nostalgia and zeitgeist. It's able to simultaneously take us back to the earliest days of cell phone technology while also capturing some of the newest hotness, in this case, the foldable craze that's seizing the smartphone market. It's not just a gimmick, though: the Razr+ has already established itself as one of the best foldable smartphones available and makes a case for itself as one of the best Android phones, period.
Travel light and keep track of one less item with a nice wallet case
Powerful hardware, tons of screen space, and a consistently lauded software experience make the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra one of the best Android-powered smartphones on the market. Of course, it's wrapped in glass (albeit strong glass) and definitely not cheap, so it's worth protecting with a dependable case. There's a wide variety of great S23 Ultra cases in general, including some that are especially rugged, but the ones with added functionality like built-in storage can be incredibly useful.
Can Google's newest flagship smartphone take your temperature?
The Google Pixel 8 is the tech giant's latest foray into modern mobile tech. It boasts a revamped processor, an improved camera system, and some impressive AI capabilities, among other new features. But one head-turning new capability that you'll find on the flagship Google Pixel 8 Pro is actually not available on the lesser of the two models. We're talking, of course, about the temperature sensor.
Find the best speakers to bring that Chrome-powered computer alive
Whichever Chromebook model you're using, there's one unfortunate trait shared by all of these laptops, and that's unexceptional sound. We’re not pointing fingers at certain brands or peripheral designs because it's tough to rise above the bare minimum when it comes to laptop sound. Then there's the Chromebox, which has no speakers whatsoever.
No card slot? No problem
The Google Pixel 8 Pro and regular Pixel 8 are two incredible smartphones that are both packed with amazing features and a good amount of internal storage. The latter is what you’ll need for things like apps, pictures, and downloaded music, and even though Google gives you a minimum of 128GB on the lowest-priced Pixel 8 devices, those bytes can be eaten up quickly.
Get one of the best soundbars to bring your TV's audio to life
If you’re tired of the tinny audio your TV speakers are stuck with, but don’t want the hassle of running speaker wire for a full surround-system, the perfect Goldilocks solution to your audible problems is a soundbar. More than just a boost in the volume department, a good soundbar will enhance every level of your audio experience, adding more highs, lows, and middle frequencies to whatever you’re listening to.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ is continuing proof that Samsung shows no signs of stopping. Not only is it one of the best Galaxy tablets to ever hit the market, but it’s also built to last in more ways than one. Behind the scenes, a rock-solid Exynos chipset delivers fast performance for all your streaming content and in-app needs, and a powerful battery that pushes up to 20 hours of use on a single charge.
Why ask for the time when you could just see it on these smart speakers?
Smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and we're not complaining. From Google to Amazon (and let's not forget the many third-party offerings), you can use a smart speaker to control and automate your smart home devices, listen to music, make phone calls, and so much more. But aside from asking Google Assistant or Alexa what time it is, not many of these devices have integrated LED clocks.
There’s a whole world of streaming devices out there
If you’re tired of your "non-smart" TV not having access to apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+, you may have heard that a Roku streaming device is one of the best solutions to the problem. Aside from their low cost, Roku products are simple to install and easy to use, but they’re not the end-all-be-all of streaming peripherals either. In fact, there are many different kinds of streaming devices you can purchase to add movie and TV showing-streaming to your non-smart TV.
Never worry about lukewarm coffee again with one of these incredible smart mugs
There’s nothing like starting your day with a fresh cup of hot coffee — and nothing worse than going to take a sip of said beverage and realizing it’s lukewarm. There's always the microwave, but wouldn't it be great if there were some kind of desktop companion that could instantly reheat our Pike’s Place? Enter the smart mug.
Stream and cast to your heart's content with these amazing Google TVs
When it comes to smart TVs, there are plenty of different brands to choose from, but only a few web-connected platforms to stream your Netflix. While titans like Samsung and LG use their own operating systems for running apps, Google TV takes care of streaming, menus, and other UI elements for brands like Sony, TCL, and Hisense. And Google TV is one of the best smart platforms on the market, and a major upgrade on the older Android TV software.
Protect your home's newest Pixel device
The Google Pixel Tablet may not collect the same attention as the Samsung Galaxy Tab lineup or even the iPad, but if you’re looking for a great Android-powered alternative for browsing the web, watching Netflix, taking Zoom calls, and other common touchscreen tasks, the Pixel Tablet has got you covered.
Two of the biggest names in Android have Pro earbuds, and we're comparing them here
In the world of wireless earbuds, there are many brands vying to be the undisputed champion of premium, noise canceling sound. Samsung and Google each have incredible options, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and Google’s Pixel Buds Pro.
Your shiny new superphone needs the ultimate in protection and practicality
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the best Android-powered smartphones on the market for 2023. It’s got a lightning-fast processor, an intuitive user interface, a great camera, and plenty of other impressive features, but guess what it’s not great at? Getting dropped on concrete from pretty much any height.
Complete your smart home makeover with these Google Assistant-compatible devices
Controlling your smart home equipment with a virtual assistant and voice commands really makes you feel like you're living in a home of the future. Digital companions like Google Assistant are the web-connected tools you'll need to customize and automate everything from lighting and security to TVs and Bluetooth speakers.
Sonos’ second-gen Move is built for power and performance, but how does it fare against the company’s most portable audio device?
When it comes to wireless audio, Sonos is one of the best audio companies you can buy speakers from. Over the years, the brand’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth peripherals have only gotten louder and stronger, and once battery power was introduced to the original Sonos Move, we could start taking our favorite Sonos gear camping, too. But now there’s a new Sonos Move in town, billed as the Sonos Move 2, and it’s supposed to rock even harder and last even longer than its predecessor. Does this mean there’s no place in the world for Sonos’ smaller battery-powered speaker, the Sonos Roam? Absolutely not.
There's a lot of competition out there to host your weekend binges and movie nights
When it’s time to kick your kicks off at the end of a long workday, sinking into your couch and watching TV is about as tried and true of a decompressing activity as they come. But when you’re sick of cable and broadcast news, there’s always Netflix, Hulu, and a host of other streaming platforms you can unwind with. Of course, these services require a smart TV to use, and if your living room set is a few decades old, you’ll need to invest in a streaming device to get access to the above services and more.