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Ben Patterson
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Big sound from a budget Yamaha sound bar, and it's on sale #Deals #hometheater #justonespeaker
Delivering "wide-open sound that is great for movies and surprisingly good with music" (so says CNET), the YAS-106 sound bar by Yamaha makes for one of the easiest ways to upgrade the sound in your living room. Just three feet wide and on sale for $180 (the best price I've seen for this particula
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Sick of typing your Google password? Try this #Google #TechTips #nomorepasswords

How many times have you had to dig up your Google password to sign in to your account? Too many times, I'm guessing, particularly if you've got lots of Google apps on your iPhone or Android device. Luckily, there's a much easier way to sign in to your Google account than plugging in your password
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Say goodbye to that "low battery" warning from your Mac's wireless keyboard #mac #deals #byebyebatteries
No matter how often I replace the AA batteries in the Magic Keyboard for my iMac, it always seems to be running out of juice. In fact, I'm getting a "low battery" warning on it right now. If you've had enough of changing keyboard batteries, check this out: a solar wireless keyboard from Logitech
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Here's a cheap and easy fix for your HDTV's shabby sound #hdtv #hometheater #sweetsound #Deals
Wondering why your favorite TV shows and movies sound so shrill and tinny? The blame lies with your HDTV's built-in speakers, which (despite what the salesperson said) are probably pretty shabby. Luckily, there's an easy way to upgrade the sound in your living room—and no, it doesn't involve jugg
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Give the gift of streaming video with this ultra-cheap, palm-sized stocking stuffer #deals #giftideas #roku #netflix
Have a loved one who's still leery about streaming TV shows from Netflix and Amazon? Nudge them in the right direction this holiday season with this cheap, itty-bitty set-top box. The $29 Roku Express sits right next to your HDTV and comes with just two ports: one for an HDMI cable that plugs int
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No DVD drive on your MacBook? Here's a $28 solution #macbook #TechTips #stillneedadiscdrive
You won't find CD or DVD drives on MacBooks anymore, but every once in awhile you'll wish you had one. Take, for example, when my doctor handed me a CD-ROM crammed with X-rays of my broken finger, and the only way I could view the files was on my wife's work PC. That's why it's a good idea to hav
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This nifty Bluetooth speaker is the size of a cup of coffee, and it's only about a buck pricier than a Starbucks venti mocha #Bluetooth #BargainHunt #onthegotunes
If you've been circling the idea of a portable Bluetooth speaker but haven't quite pulled the trigger, here's a cheap way to get your feet wet. About the size of a coffee cup, this stylish Bluetooth speaker by TaoTronics wirelessly streams music from your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It also b
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Want to preview a Mac file? You don't have to wait for an app to launch—just do this instead #mactips #timesavers
Nope, you don't have to go to the trouble of launching a program like, say, Photos or Preview just to take a peek at an image file, nor must you open Microsoft Word (ugh) to flip through a Word file. Instead, you can take a quick look at just about any file on your Mac by tapping a single key—and
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Want to cut the cord? Here's an easy way to get free over-the-air HDTV stations #HDTV #cutthecord #saybyetocableTV
After years of hemming and hawing, I mustered up the courage to cut the cord last year, and I'm happy I did—not just because of the freedom from my cable carrier, but also for the $100 a month my family gets to save. I'm still paying about $55 a month for broadband cable Internet access, mind you
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Attention laptop users! This'll make working from home more fun #deals #gottahave #giftideas #macbook
Working from home with your MacBook or Windows laptop? It'll feel like a whole new machine when you plug in a mouse, keyboard and external computer monitor, like this eye-popping 21.5-inch model by HP Pavilion. On sale for $99, the HP Pavilion 22cwa boasts an anti-glare screen, full-HD resolution
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If you're holding a remote in each hand just to watch TV, you've got to try one of these, and they're on sale today #giftideas #hdtv #clearouttheclutter
For years, I've been using a universal TV remote to take charge of my HDTV, my Blu-ray player, my Apple TV and my gaming consoles. Frankly, I'd be lost without my Harmony remote, and for today only, one of the newer models is on sale today for just $80, or 86 percent off its usual $250 sticker price
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Greetings! I'm the founding editor of here's the thing, your source for practical, no-nonsense advice about gadgets and technology. I've been covering the latest and greatest in gadgets and technology for more than a dozen years. Previously, I was the Gadget Hound on Yahoo! News, and my articles have appeared in TIME, PC Magazine, Wired, Men's Fitness, Computer Shopper, Mobile Magazine, Mac|Life, and more.
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  • New York University
    English, MA, 1991 - 1993
  • University of California, Davis
    English, BA, 1987 - 1991
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