Author: Tracy

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Tracy comes with a background in computer science and engineering. She has a vast knowledge of consumer electronics, an avid RC/drone hobbyist and has been benchmarking both electronics and applications since 16 years of age. She has authored 3 personal blogs since 1999 and written for ProAudio magazine. The best way to win her heart, is a box of german truffles.

It’s always fascinating when a tech company decides to do away with something that has been around for years. In this case, Microsoft Publisher has been around since 1991, and it has been used all this time to create various print and digital materials like brochures, flyers, greeting cards, newsletters, and much more. However, this is coming to an end. All things come to an end eventually and this just happens to be time for Publisher to make its exit from the world. It seems that there aren’t a lot of fans out there still making use of the software…

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Ring is joining the list of companies that have been upping the price of its subscriptions. This means that current and new customers will be facing a 20% increase in price for the service next month. Making for a noticeable increase. In 2022, the basic plan of around $33/year eventually became $39.99 (covers streaming of a single camera). Now, just two years later, the company is already doing it again. Increasing the cost of that same account to $49.99 (or $4.99/month). Showing that the company is either hurting to make a profit from its subscriptions or is simply looking to…

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Bambu Lab has grown in popularity due to its user-friendly and stable printer solutions. Becoming a preference for many hardened enthusiasts. But no company is void of mistakes or rounds of bad luck. With that, the company recently announced a recall of its A1 Printer. Sending emails out to owners letting them know about their options. The company is asking users to power down their models and unplug them due to an issue with the heat bed that may affect certain users. Apparently, some users are experiencing troubles with the power cable coming loose, leading to potential shorts or complete…

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It sounds like France isn’t a huge fan of big companies like Amazon that spy on every little thing their employees do as an attempt to increase efficiency. Something that the US might be able to learn from since this kind of thing run rampant here. Amazon makes use of a enhanced scanning system that is meant to track packages as they move through its warehouse locations. So the company can efficiently keep an eye on how things are moving and where any product is at any given time during its ordering process before shipping it off. Which, in itself,…

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Bose is having a big sale on refurbished products via its website, with some products seeing as much as 50% off their retail tags. A great opportunity to buy products like speakers, headphones, and earbuds for a limited time. Limited as in it only lasts through tomorrow (25th). The sale features a number of the company’s popular products. With headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 45 ($189) and even the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Series ($249). You can even find the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II ($149). But when it comes to soundbar speakers, there is even more to pick from. Including…

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eBay seems to be feeling the pain as other platforms like Facebook, OfferUp, Reverb, Mercari, and more, continue to attract users. These platforms aren’t as all-inclusive as eBay can be but they offer another means of something similar, and in some cases, may not even charge any fees (like Facebook Marketplace) for simply selling something. Many other sites are taking the Facebook approach with a bit of an eBay/Craigslist hybrid solution. Which can come in handy when it comes to keeping things affordable. In addition to some of these alternatives, many big cities have local auction/liquidation companies that have taken…

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HP has been making waves when it comes to its printers both at home and in office by locking people out of their printers if they decide to use off-brand ink or toner. This is either due to users buying into newer models or accepting firmware updates that secretly add this new security feature without a warning. It has actually been happening for a number of years now and has even trigger lawsuits as users feel as if their printers are being held hostage of worse. By worse, some models have experienced complete meltdown as users find their printer bricked…

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T-Mobile has been offering its customers various discounts and perks as part of a program called T-Mobile Tuesdays. It has been a popular feature that customers have been able to take advantage of using the T-Mobile Tuesdays app. However, the company is about to make some changes to how it works. Thankfully, the program itself isn’t going anywhere. So customers can continue to save money on services, food, and tickets to their favorite concerts as they pop up every week. It just won’t happen within the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, which will be deprecated soon. The company made the announcements within…

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There have been a lot of deprecations lately as the world moves on to better and brighter technologies and security. But with such changes, comes a little sacrifice here or there as some users find that they are forced to move forward and onward. Steam is the next to do such by dropping support for certain earlier versions of Windows OS. This was expected since most everyone has let go of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 versions of the OS. They are no longer supported by Microsoft for feature/security updates and most other companies have moved on as well in…

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Nintendo has been planning to pull online access away from its 3DS and Wii U products since it announced it was going to do so earlier this year. This means that these mobile consoles will no longer have access to downloading or buying new games, and will not be able to play your current games online either. Originally, it was thought that Nintendo was going to wait until April 2024 to pull the plug, giving users plenty of notice by mentioning this. However, users have been reporting that the cord had already been cut, just before Christmas. Leading to several…

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