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Modem vs router: What’s the difference?

Getty Images/Javier Zayas Photography Unless you want to be off the grid, in modern homes and work, you need an internet connection. To make the connection work, you need two different devices: A modem and a router. Also: How to convert your home’s old TV cable into powerful Ethernet lines ...

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Did Twitter just break itself?

Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images Twitter hasn’t gone to pieces, but since Elon Musk bought the social network and laid off numerous employees, the site’s been failing far more often. Today, March 6, 2023, at approximately noon Eastern time, Twitter began suffering from problems. Also: Why is Twitter turning ...

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Surfshark VPN review | ZDNET

pros and cons Pros Unlimited connections Lower price than most WireGuard Cons Empty block on plain interface Upsells on most icons No phone support Let’s get to the bottom line: as VPN services go, you could do a lot worse that Surfshark. It’s less expensive than most other VPN services, ...

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Testing RFID blocking cards: Do they work? Do you need one?

The Flipper Zero reading the Apple Pay NFC signal from my Apple Watch Ultra. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET RFID is everywhere, even packed into your credit and debit cards, allowing the information to be read in a “contactless” fashion. Concerns that cards could be read covertly have generated a massive industry of ...

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The 5 best smart thermostats of 2023

Tech Specs: Voice assistant: Yes | Touch screen: Yes | C-wire: Yes | Energy Star®-certified: Yes | Voice control: Yes  If you have a bigger budget, the Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium is our pick for the best splurge. With geofencing technology, it can identify hot and cold spots in your home, changing ...

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