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Warning: Setting your privacy to ‘Friends’ won’t fully protect your personal info and photos on Facebook

I write a lot about Facebook security, and I usually include this “bonus tip”: Set the privacy level for most everything on your Facebook account to “Friends”. While I still strongly recommend that you do that, it’s important to remember that simply setting everything to “Friends” won’t guarantee that your personal info will never be seen by a nefarious stranger. Yes, setting everything […]

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Why ‘bigger is better’ when shopping for a smart phone

When it comes to smart phones, many folks simply accept as fact that they have to choose between size and convenience. But is that actually true? I really don’t think so. While it’s true that larger phones are a bit more difficult to carry around and use when making a voice call, I believe that […]

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3 great ways to send someone an Amazon Gift Card

You’ve probably seen Amazon gift cards for sale at department stores, grocery stores and other local retailers. Chances are you have actually bought one of them to give away as a gift. And yes, they really do make great gifts! But what if you wish to give an Amazon gift card to someone that lives […]

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Air Fryer Frozen KFC Chicken Leftovers

Air Fryer Frozen KFC Chicken. Have you got leftover KFC Chicken Pieces that you want to reheat in the air fryer? Or did you freeze your leftover Kentucky Fried Chicken and now want to eat it. Or did you buy more KFC Chicken than you wanted and want to freeze it for later. Let me […]

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Q&A: What does the term ‘brick your phone’ mean?

Question from Betty C.:  I read an article suggesting that everyone needs to keep the software on their smart phones up to date. It also said to be careful not to ‘brick your phone’ while you’re updating it. Can you tell me what they mean by that? Thanks. Rick’s answer:  Betty, most modern electronic devices have […]

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Here’s why you should never waste your money on an expensive microwave

You can't beat a microwave oven for convenience, and it’s hard to imagine living without one. Yours will probably last about 10 years. But when it's time to replace it, you needn't spend much money on a new one. Most inexpensive microwaves are made by only a couple of manufacturers, so it doesn't make much difference which one you buy. They all operate on the same principle: a magnetron generates microwaves, exciting the water molecules in food. The molecules vibrate, making the food warm up. Modern microwaves can do all kinds of other tricks—from browning your food to turning off the power when the food is done. High-end microwaves can be different from cheaper ones—but they have features you may not need. What do I use my microwave for? You’re probably not cooking fancy dinners in your microwave unless you’re defrosting or reheating them. If it’s all about the kids popping popcorn and making ramen noodles, you don’t need anything upmarket. Pick a cheap one. What size microwave do I need? The right size microwave will differ depending on your space and what you usually cook. Here are some recommendations for every size. Compact If you’re mostly making snacks, you can get by with a 0.7 cu.-ft. compact model. For its diminutive size and ease of use, we recommend this compact 700-watt Black+Decker 0.7 cu.-ft. microwave oven, rated 4 out of 5 stars by over 200 owners. Is it the best microwave in the world? No, probably not. But it's more than good enough to get the job done, and at a very reasonable price. Pros: Cheap Cons: Too small for large plates or trays Get the Black+Decker 700W microwave oven for $54 at Target Countertop You can set up a countertop microwave wherever you have enough space to accommodate the footprint. We like the 1,000-watt 1.2 cu.-ft.. Toshiba EM131A5C-BS, which received over 450 positive reviews and 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The mute feature is a plus for those of us who can't stand the beeping. Pros: Most popular, cheapest type Cons: Takes up room on the counter Get the Toshiba countertop microwave for $116 at Amazon Over-the-Range (OTR) An OTR microwave warms your food like any other microwave and also vents the cooktop. Some models vent to the outside, and some just recirculate the air. Our recommendation is the Frigidaire FFMV16455TD, which averages 4.7 out of 5 stars on AJ Madison's site. This OTR features a generous 1.6 cu.-ft. of capacity and 1,000 watts of power. Pros: Frees up counter space Cons: More expensive than a countertop microwave and may be hard to reach for small people Buy the Frigidaire FFMV16455TD for $243 at AJ Madison Drawer The most current look for a new build or renovated kitchen, a drawer microwave sits flush with cabinetry. The Sharp KB-6524PS 24-inch microwave drawer oven is expensive, but it doesn't detract from the looks of the kitchen. It rocks a towel bar handle, sensor cook, and an auto-touch control panel. Pros: Hides the microwave under the counter Cons: Very pricey Buy the Sharp KB6524PSY for $779 at Amazon Which microwave features matter? Modern microwaves offer features your old microwave never dreamed of. But do you actually need them? Presets Newer microwaves offer buttons for all kinds of foods, but—surprise—pressing a button only controls the on and off interval of the magnetron. When you set a time, your microwave heats up your food at full power for the time you enter on the keypad. But when you press a button like Defrost, Popcorn, Potato (my personal fave), or any other button, most microwaves simply alternate between 0% and 100% power for a pre-determined period of time that can vary from model to model. Find a microwave that includes the presets you use most often. Wattage The higher the wattage, the faster your microwave cooks. Buy a microwave with 1,000 watts of power. Anything less can heat your food unevenly. Convection A convection microwave has a fan that moves air around the oven cavity, cooking food faster and baking more like a standard oven. Some can even grill and brown food. Sensor controls Sensor controls on your microwave adjust the cook time based on the amount of steam the food gives off. The oven stops when it senses that the cooking is done. Which brand is best? Don’t stress too much about the brand name on the outside. Make sure the microwave you buy has the size, wattage, and features you want, then spend what you can afford. When it comes to microwaves, don’t buy into bells and whistles unless you’re sure you’ll use them.

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This incredible Samsung soundbar is more than half off right now

Whether you have an older-model TV or the latest OLED, the built-in speakers typically leave a lot to be desired. The reason? It's getting to be rare that you don't have supplemental speakers to boost the sound, at least for your main TV. Old-school surround sound setups are falling quickly out of fashion because soundbars are here, and they're awesome. This Samsung soundbar has been making waves for its superior sound quality, and we scored an exclusive deal that knocks a whopping $1,000 off the price tag. Yes, this soundbar that costs $1,700 everywhere else is only $800 on Massdrop now through Tuesday, Feb. 19. That's insanity. The only catch, basically, is that Massdrop doesn't order from the manufacturer until the drop ends, which extends shipping times. Considering how much you'd be saving, there's no way it's not completely worth the wait if this sounds like a dream come true for your home. What you should know about this soundbar While we haven't yet reviewed the HW-N950 soundbar, we did read and watch a lot of other reviews to get a better sense of the quality and some of the possible issues you might run into. The overall consensus is that this thing is massive, but it sounds amazing. It's got nine front-facing drivers (speakers) along the front, four that project sound upward, and another two on each side, as well as a wide-range tweeter, which is responsible for high-frequency sounds. You also get two wireless speakers that sit behind your couch and a wireless subwoofer. Just note that wireless means you don't need to run cables from the speakers to your entertainment center. They just plug into wall outlets and connect to the soundbar wirelessly. Pros: Works with most TVs Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Object-based sound Can be wall-mounted 2 extra HDMI ports for Blu-ray players, consoles, and streaming devices Alexa and SmartThings connectivity Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity Supports 4K, HDR, and 3D Cons: No automatic equalizing, so you'll have to adjust things like bass and treble yourself—or get an audio-savvy friend to help. It's very large at about 4 feet long and may not be ideal for some setups. It weights 19.4 lbs., so if you want to mount it, take that into consideration. The subwoofer weighs 21.6 lbs, too, but you don't usually mount those so it's not as big a deal. Other soundbar options OK, I get it—$800 is a big chunk of change for an add-on for your TV. But soundbars in general can really change your viewing experience, whether you want a richer sound for movie nights or you just have a hard time. If you're shopping on a tighter budget, you're not out of luck in getting a decent soundbar. In fact, we've tested a bunch of great options that cost less than $300, and even some formidable models that cost less than $200. It all boils down to how important your home theater setup is to you, how much money you're willing to invest, and how much room you have. If you host movie nights or are really into gaming or have a discerning ear or just like having the biggest, best stuff, then I'd suggest checking out this exclusive Massdrop sale. Get the Samsung HW-N950 Harman Kardon Soundbar at Massdrop for $799.99 (Save $700) Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time. The product experts at Reviewed have all your shopping needs covered. Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Q&A: Should I leave the ‘Page File’ on the SSD or move it to the hard drive?

Question from Braden L.:  Hello Rick. I recently took your advice and added an SSD to my Gateway SX2851-41 desktop computer. I left the original hard drive installed as a data drive which begs the following question: Do you recommend leaving the Page File on the SSD or moving it to the hard drive? It seems […]

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How does an air fryer work?

Trying to trim the fat in your diet, but reluctant to give up your guilty pleasures? An air fryer may be the answer. Just imagine: A world where you can cook delicious, crispy french fries, fried chicken, and bacon at home, without needing a deep fryer or struggling to get good results in a frying pan. This compact appliance has the heft of one much larger, and it gets the job done without taking up much kitchen real estate. We've reviewed all the best selling air fryers and have our recommendations, but people still have lots of questions.

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Don’t trash your old TV—do this instead

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. With most of the best TVs under $500 offering 4K resolution, HDR support, and a slew of smart features, it’s a great time to upgrade your living room without breaking the bank. But adding a new TV to your home might raise questions about what to do with your old TV. Should you get rid of it, or try to repurpose it? How long should a TV last, anyway? At Reviewed, we spend a good deal of time talking about the best stuff to buy and what to do with your stuff once you get it, but we don’t often talk about what to do with that stuff once you’re ready to move on to something new. Here are some simple ways to get the most out of an old TV—none of which involve dropping it on the curb outside of your home.

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The 15 best skin care products for winter, according to dermatologists

In the winter, the environment is lower in water content—humidity, technically speaking—which causes the skin’s water levels to deplete as well. The result can be flaky, tight, itchy or generally uncomfortable skin. “Cold weather and low humidity put a strain on the outer skin layer, leading to tiny cracks, loss of hydration and inflammation,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of clinical and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai hospital and owner of Zeichner Dermatology in New York City. However, using the right products can help you save face (and body.) These dermatologist picks help to hydrate skin from the inside out, while also locking it all in to prevent future moisture loss, too. Kiss dry, itchy skin goodbye, because these are the best skin care products for face, body, and every skin type: 1. A hydrating facial moisturizer laced with SPF “With soy to even skin tone, glycerin to hydrate, and dimethicone to lock in moisture, this lightweight, non-comedogenic lotion with sunscreen protects skin from the inside out,” says Tsippora Shainhouse , a dermatologist based in Los Angeles. Great for those with dark spots or uneven tone, this lotion targets already-developed hyperpigmentation while helping to avoid its manifestation in the first place, too. Get Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 on Amazon for $13.47 2. A body oil that feels just as luxurious as it looks in the bottle “The key ingredient, hazelnut oil, is rich in Omega 9 fatty acids and Vitamin E,” says Joshua Zeichner, the head of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. What’s more, they’ll help you get a killer summer body in the midst of winter, as it helps to smooth skin for a tighter, firmer look with every single application adding up over time. Get Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil on Sephora for $64 3. A face oil spiked with good-for-your-skin squalane “Squalane is a non-comedogenic oil that hydrates skin. The safflower seed oil helps to strengthen the protective skin barrier to hold in moisture. The rose extract helps to brighten skin, even out skin tone and boost collagen formation,” explains Shainhouse. While some may describe this oil as thicker in texture than others, its that quality in particular that makes it so great for wintertime hydration. Get SES Rose And Squalane Facial Oil on Amazon for $36.99 4. A body wash that won't strip your skin of moisture “The one skin care product you cannot forget about in the winter is the right cleanser. Harsh soaps strip the skin out well, and can lead to cracks and dryness,” says Zeichner. Instead, he recommends regularly using a hydrating cleanser like Dove deep moisture body wash that has ingredients like hydrating oils and glycerin that actually moisturize while you cleanse. It’s free of skin-stripping ingredients like parabens and sulfates, leaving the microbiome of the skin protected through the dry, harsh winter. Get Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash on Amazon for $5.94 5. A dermatologist-quality serum you can find at the drugstore “Hyaluronic acid is like a sponge that binds 1000 times its weight in water to plump dry skin,” explains Zeichner. Because of this serum’s high concentration of hyaluronic acid, it gives the complexion a near-instant dose of moisture to help the minimize appearance of wrinkles and plump skin, while never leaving behind a sticky or tacky residue. Get L’Oreal Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum on Target for $23.99 6. An in-shower cleanser that works from head to toe “Fragrance, dye, soap, paraben-free, this cleanser doesn’t destroy the protective acid skin barrier, unlike many other washes,” says Shainhouse. It contains glycerin to hydrate skin and uses coconut-based surfactants to cleanse and lock in moisture, necessary during the frigid winter season. Get Eucerin Advanced Cleansing pH5 Buffer Body and Face Cleanser on Amazon for $10.42 7. A shelfie-ready mask that works as you sleep “This p.m. cream combines hydrating avocado oil with polyhydroxy acids to gently protect and brighten the skin,” explains Zeichner. Whether left on for 15 minutes in the evening or slept in overnight, the PHAs work to smooth dried out winter skin while avocado oil replenishes for a fresh face upon waking. Get Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask on Sephora for $45 8. A drugstore body lotion that feels like a splurge “With glycerin, shea butter, and macadamia seed oil, this light lotion hydrates and softens skin” and can be applied from head to toe, says Shainhouse. In particular, this formula is specially designed to treat skin that is dry and sensitive by helping skin retain moisture—which is especially effective during the frigid winter months. Kim Kardashian's dermatologist loves it, too. Get Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion Ultra Hydrating on Target for $9.79 9. A moisturizing lip balm that leaves lips hydrated and soft “This smooth, clear stick balm hydrates lips. It is glossy enough to be worn alone, and light enough to be layered under lipstick,” says Dr. Shainhouse, making it the ideal staple for winter. It works double duty, and it requires minimal work for maximum output. Get Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Quenched SPF 20 on Amazon for $5.44 10. A cult-favorite hand cream (that works wonders on feet, too) “This hand cream firms a protective layer over the skin, providing a protective barrier against cold dry weather and allowing the skin to heal itself,” says Zeichner of this longtime-beloved hand cream that’s earned legions of fans. Ingredients like glycerin help to not only lock in moisture, but keep it from escaping; and it’s available in regular or fragrance-free options in case you err on the side of ultra-sensitive. Get Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream on Target for $4.19 11. A gentle hydrator for the sensitive eye area or your entire face “This lightweight serum works for face, neck, as well as the delicate skin around the eyes,” says Shainhouse of this multitasking serum, which is great on its own or can provide a solid base underneath moisturizer or face oil. “It contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate, hydrolyzed rice protein to lighten and soften, ginseng to brighten and ceramides to repair the skin barrier.” Get No7 Restore And Renew Multi-Action Serum on Ulta for $34 12. An OTC eczema treatment that really works “This lotion combines skin protecting colloidal oatmeal with ultra rich emollient ingredients to soften and protect the skin barrier,” says Zeichner of this eczema inflammation-reducing wonder. Because it’s super gentle, you can apply from head to toe wherever eczema flares up—think behind the knees and elbows, on the neck, or even near the under-eye area provided you apply with the gentle pressure of your ring finger. Get Vaseline Clinical Care Eczema Calming Lotion on Target for $5.89 13. A soothing sheet mask for an instant glow “With hydrating honey and hyaluronic acid and soothing cucumber, green tea and chamomile, this sheet mask leaves skin dewy and palpably hydrated,” says Shainhouse. But be forewarned: The formula does have a sting to it at first, thanks to the infusion of vitamin C-heavy, skin-brightening turmeric. Get Trader Joe’s Rich Hydrating Face Sheet Mask on Amazon for $11.99 14. A healing ointment for pesky dry spots “This healing ointment forms a protective seal over the skin and is ideal to use in extra-dry areas or even cracks on the hands and feet,” says Zeichner. The key ingredient is petrolatum, proved to treat cracked skin, and this particular tube comes with a handy tip applicator and dispenser that allows for precise, targeted treatment every time. Get Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief Cica Ointment on Walgreens for $9.49 15. A seriously skin-softening foot cream “Urea and glycerin draw water into the top dry layers of skin, sweet almond oil softens skin, and dimethicone holds it all in and prevent moisture loss,” says Shainhouse of this favorite foot cream. Despite having socks and boots on all winter, you’ll wanna keep your feet moisturized throughout the season to have them sandal-ready come late spring and early summer. Get Excipial 20% Urea Intensive Healing Cream on Walmart for $16.36 Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.

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