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CNET Holiday gift guide 2021: Best gifts under $300

Are you fortunate enough to be able to splurge on some gifts this holiday season? Good news: We've got a bunch of CNET-approved gift ideas in our gift guide [], all of which are available for $300 or less -- and have been fully reviewed or anecdotally tested...Read more


Jim Rossman: These kitchen gifts can make you a better chef

Pretty much everyone cooks, at least at some level, and these items all make cooking meals easier. All of them are great gifts and will help the recipient become a better chef.

You’ll notice that there are two thermometers in the guide. Knowing the accurate temperature of your food during the cook is crucial.

Most of the other tools here ...Read more


Gadgets: Great audio from the comfort of home

The AKG ARA dual pattern USB desktop microphone shows how easy studio-quality audio can be produced from the comfort of home. It wasn't long ago that setting up a microphone needed extra software and complicated instructions. Well, that's long in the past with the ARA.

AKG has been engineering top-quality studio microphones since 1947, and ...Read more

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‘Fantasian,’ ‘Marvel Future Revolution’ among 2021 Apple App Store winners

Apple spotlighted the best developers on its platforms with the 2021 App Store Awards, and gaming was a huge part of it with the likes of “Toca Life World” taking the honor of iPhone App of the Year and “Among Us!” earning a Trend of the Year honor. Video games are such a big deal that the medium has its own awards category.

“In ...Read more


Review: ‘Pokemon Brilliant Diamond,’ ‘Shining Pearl’ are remakes done right

Every “Pokemon” fan has a favorite generation, and that’s often based on the iteration they played as a kid. A distinct nostalgia colors the memory of the games, so that the first experience in the world of pocket monsters is the one that’s held in the highest regard.

I’ve never been in that situation because I jumped on the “...Read more

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A parent’s holiday guide to current video game consoles

EDITORS: This story was originally published in 2020, but has been updated to be more relevant for 2021.


This holiday season, video games are undoubtedly going to be on a lot of wish lists making their way to Santa Claus. Gaming has been particularly popular since the start of the pandemic, likely thanks in large part to our worldwide ...Read more

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'I need my girlfriend off TikTok': How hackers game abuse-reporting systems

One hundred and forty-seven dollar signs fill the opening lines of the computer program. Rendered in an icy blue against a matte black background, each "$" has been carefully placed so that, all together, they spell out a name: "H4xton."

It's a signature of sorts, and not a subtle one. Actual code doesn't show up until a third of the way down ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Why a game freezes on Chrome and Edge, but not Firefox

Q: I'm having trouble with an online Bridge card game that runs in the browser of my Windows 10 Pro PC. I used Google Chrome for a long time without problems, but now Bridge freezes at the point in the game where I "bid." The same thing happens with the Microsoft Edge browser. For some reason, the Bridge program works when I use the Mozilla ...Read more


Sound Advice: Cable or satellite box can provide picture-in-picture functionality

Q. I'm looking for a TV or monitor with good old picture-in-picture, and I am having no luck. It will replace my current 37-inch Vizio and I want to buy something in the 45-55 inch range. I don't use the tuner and just need something with an HDMI input and an RGB input (for my computer.)

—J.J., Los Gatos, California

A. Picture-in-picture ...Read more


Stellantis, Foxconn to develop chips as carmaker seeks software revenue

The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks said Tuesday it will partner with iPhone contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group to design purpose-built semiconductors to support Stellantis NV and other customers as the transatlantic automaker expects to earn $22.5 billion (20 billion euro) in revenue from software-enabled product offerings ...Read more


Qualcomm dives into handheld gaming, powering new device in partnership with Razer

What new bells and whistles might be coming to top-tier Android smartphones next year?

Qualcomm, whose mobile processors power some 2 billion handsets worldwide, gave a few hints this week at its annual Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii.

The San Diego company introduced technologies that deliver faster 5G and Wi-Fi, crisper photos, always-on cameras...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Your gift-giving guide to finding value among this year’s cellphone, charger and earbud choices

With holiday gift-giving top of mind, I’ll be devoting this space for the next several weeks to different technology themes. Let’s lead off with one shopping season’s hottest gifts — new cellphones and accessories.

It doesn’t matter if you use an iPhone or Android phone, there are good handsets to be had in all price ranges. And ...Read more

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11 defining moments in Jack Dorsey’s rise and fall at Twitter

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey changed the world, 140 characters at a time. The social media platform helped people in all corners of the globe communicate in a public forum.

With Dorsey stepping down from his role, here’s a look at how he got there.

1999: Dorsey quits New York University and moves to California to start an online ...Read more


8 holiday gift ideas that will make gamers of all types happy

One of the daunting challenges when buying gifts for gamers are the scores of options and the equal number of uncertainties. Dozens of games have been released in the past year and it’s tough to know which ones are good or if a player has one already.

Moving beyond releases, gift-givers can turn to peripherals that have become popular over ...Read more


'Shin Megami Tensei V' makes every decision count: review

In a word, it is unforgiving. And I like this about "Shin Megami Tensei V." Too many JRPGs hold your hand early on, letting you grow comfortable in the face of an oncoming world event. Atlus’ latest title, however, does next to none of that.

If you’ve been searching for an ultra-challenging yet still-satisfying JRPG to help you wrap up ...Read more


CNET: Holiday gift guide 2021: Best tech gifts for $100 or less

If you're looking for the best holiday gifts under $100 without resorting to a scarf, coffee mug or gift card, you'll find a meaningful and thoughtful gift among our picks, including tech gear for gamers, tech that blends seamlessly with home decor and even some items that may just help soothe your aching muscles. You can treat this as your ...Read more


Gadgets: Xplora X5 Play smartwatch offers impressive safety features for kids

Xplora's X5 Play is a perfect way to introduce children to the world of smartwatches without breaking the bank. The wearable doesn't have direct internet access, but it is packed with features, including critical safety components.

It runs off Android OS with a Qualcomm chipset, is waterproof with IP68 water-resistant rating, and has an 800 ...Read more

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Scientists find 200,000-year-old remains of one of modern humanity's 'most recent ancestors'

Our relatives were found, just in time for the holidays.

The 200,000-year-old remains of a close kin to modern humans have been discovered in a cave in Siberia, Russia, according to a new study published last Thursday in the Nature, Ecology & Evolution journal.

The Denisovans — “a sister population to the Neanderthals” — were ...Read more

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Square changes name to Block in nod to new businesses

Square Inc. is changing its corporate name to Block Inc., signaling a push beyond the company’s main sales and payments products into businesses like music, cash transfers and the blockchain.

The company, co-founded and run by cryptocurrency enthusiast Jack Dorsey, will continue to call its seller product Square, and the new corporate ...Read more

Sound Advice: New Blu-ray player not foolish investment

Q. I need a new Blu-ray player and am looking at a Panasonic 4K model, either the UB820 or the UB9000. However, I have heard that all movie DVD media will be discontinued. What have you been hearing?

—J.G., East Hampstead, New Hampshire

A. I have not heard anything like that and consider it fake news (I hate that term but it fits here!) and ...Read more