All Articles by Phil Nickinson

Which Ring Doorbell is right for you?

What's the difference between the four options of Ring Video Doorbell? We used three and can help you pick the right one for your home.

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Acer Swift 3 isn't flashy but it gets the job done — and the price is right

Acer's Swift 3 PC looks decent and gets the job done but misses out on the power and finishing touches of a high-end device.

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Chuwi HiBox mini PC review: Dual-boot Windows and Android done (very) poorly

There's nothing like a good dual-booting system ... but Chuwi's HiBox Mini PC is, unfortunately, not a good dual-booting system.

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Modern Dad's favorite Father's Day tech!

You don't have to think about it too hard. Any Dad (any person) would love to have any of these great tech-oriented gift ideas.

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Why now's the time to finally take the VPN plunge

A good VPN isn't as complicated as it used to be, but it's still a pretty big step for a 'regular' user to take.

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Netatmo Weather Station is long on looks — and longer on data

It was time to update my home weather station from something functional but ugly to something decidedly more modern. Netatmo fits that bill nicely. It even has a Windows phone app.

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With Cortana's Invoke speaker finally on the way, Amazon is dangerously close to lapping the field

Alexa has gained the ability to make voice calls, and Echo Show will bolster the living room. So will there be any room left for a smart speaker from Microsoft? Maybe. In the meantime, we look at Amazon's latest.

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Steel HR on sale just in time for Mother's Day!

The Steel HR fitness smartwatch is 20 percent off all month — just in time for Mother's Day. Now consider this: If it's good enough for one's wife, it's good enough for one's mother.

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Win a Nintendo Classic and Bluetooth controller from Modern Dad!

It's contest time, again, boys and girls! Up for grabs is one of the hottest gaming gadgets of the past year: the Nintendo Classic.

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Steel HR brings brains, brawn and battery to fitness smartwatches

More than a fitness tracker but not-quite-a-smartwatch, the Steel HR fits a sweet spot for me during my daily sweat sessions.

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Aukey WatchTower review: Affordable connected security done (mostly) right

Aukey is a longtime seller of, well, all things electronic. Turns out that means IP cameras and an integrated security system — at a price that doesn't break the bank.

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HTC confirms setting up a Vive subsidiary, but for alliances, not sale

HTC has confirmed to our sister site VRHeads that it's created HTC Vive Tech. But not for the reason that many were guessing.

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You can now search for all the things in Windows Central Android app!

Our Android apps just got a whole lot better — and we're not done yet!

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First look at HTC Vive consumer version!

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the HTC Vive that you'll be able to disappear into in short order. Welcome to our first look at the commercial version.

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CES 2016 Windows Podcast Spectacular!

There's no other way to put it: Windows was all over the place at this year's CES show in Las Vegas. And we've got a podcast wrapping it all up.

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Qualcomm announces Quick Charge 3.0 — from 0 to 80 percent in 35 minutes

Qualcomm has announced the third version of its Quick Charge Standard — appropriately named Quick Charge 3.0 — which it says will allow compatible phones to go from dead to 80 percent charged in just 35 minutes.

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Windows Central Android app updated for login bugfix

A quick heads up for those of you out there who use the Android app for Windows Central. We've pushed out a fix for a nasty login bug that was, well, keeping you from being able to log in.

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Adobe gets its docs ducks in a row with Document Cloud

Acrobat DC apps for Android and iOS (and with easy syncing for Windows access)

Adobe may have invented the portable document format — that'd the venerable PDF, boys and girls — but for whatever reason its "Acrobat" suite never really had much to do with consumers, and even for biz types it often was easier just to print, sign, scan and send. That ends today with the announcement of Document Cloud, which brings forth Google Drive-like syncing capabilities and the mobile document power we've seen from Samsung.

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Lenovo's Pocket Projector is an affordable way to pump videos to your wall (or ceiling)

Whether it's in the kids' play room or the boss' boardroom, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is a quick, easy and affordable way to up-size videos for group viewing.

It used to be the only folks who carried around those little pocket projectors were those who got paid to do it — road warriors who have to be able to give presentations whenever, wherever. And they were either big and clunky, or smallish and expensive. Lenovo's got the best of both worlds in its Pocket Projector, making its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Microsoft announces new SDKs for Windows, Android and iOS, teams up with IFTTT and others

Microsoft today announced a wealth of new functionality for its Office 365 suite that will enable developers to add a number of new features to Android and iOS applications.

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