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Forget spaghetti for brains and the same old boring costumes, these techy Halloween props and costumes will take fright night to a whole new level.

Digital Dudz

Digital Dudz are digital costumes without the hassle! Digital t-shirts are the way to go for the people who aren’t a fan of dressing up but don’t want to be the bore in the corner of the Halloween party.

 

LED Slap Bracelet

360 degree ultra-high visibility in dusk and night time activities. That means greater safety for you or your children from negligent and distracted drviers.

 

Remote Controlled LED Pumpkin Lights

Who needs candles!?  Heck you don’t even need to go outside with this little helpful gadgets.

 

Grabbing Monster Candy Bowl

Scare your Tick-or-Theaters this year with this clever gag.  Fill up your motion activated bowl with goodies and get all the laughs…and maybe a few screams.

 

DIY Ghost Drone

If you already own a drone this one is easy.  Grab yourself a cheap ghost prop and rig it to the top.  You won’t be able to fly like Maverick from Top Gun, but it’s still fun to freak out the neighbors.  If you don’t own a drone this one is going to cost you…sorry!

Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner.  That means DIY projects are in full effect! So check out these smart upgrades to some simple but important things in your home.  They might be a bit more expensive than the “old reliable” versions but it’s smart functions and convenience should out way the price tag.

Nest Protect

The second-generation Nest Protect has arrived and it’s noticeably sleeker and smarter than its predecessor. With a slimmer profile, a new in-app “silence” button that allows you to turn off smoke and CO alarms remotely and integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat , Nest Cam and IFTTT, this detector is the best connected one we’ve seen if you’re willing to ditch the old white puck.

August Smart Lock

Smart locks are a fickle category. Because they’re securing your front door, you want something durable and reliable that will actually make your life easier. But some models are hard to install, others have confusing apps or hit-or-miss performance. The next-gen August Smart Lock has none of that nonsense. It looks good, it’s reliable, the app is easy to use and this version works with Nest, Logitech Harmony remote, and Siri.

BeOn Light Bulbs

BeOn’s bulbs feature an intriguing mix of security-minded features not found with other smart bulbs. They’ll replay your typical lighting patterns when you’re away from home, turn on automatically when someone rings the doorbell and continue to work when the power goes out. A modular, upgradeable design could bring even more features down the line.

Amazon Echo Dot

The second-gen, mini-sized Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker is just as smart as the first at nearly half the cost, and it’s better at hearing you, too.  It’s a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks, and it’s also the only Echo product you can connect to an existing audio setup.

Ecobee3 Thermostat

Smart, really smart – intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling based on your home’s unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you’re comfortable at all times.  Knows you have a life – senses whether anyone’s home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you’re at home and saving you energy (money) when you’re not.

Spring is finally here, and while we’re cleaning our houses and throwing out things we don’t need, it’s important not to neglect cleaning our digital lives as well.
Files can build up quickly and effect the performance of a computer. Here are some tips to keep your Windows-powered personal computer clean.

1. Antivirus Scan
This is something that should be happening on a regular basis, but in case it’s not, users should run an antivirus scan on their computer to make sure that it is free of malware. Not only can malware invade your privacy, steal your data and ruin your digital life, but it can also significantly slow down a computer.

2. Run Disk Cleaner
Running a Disk Cleaner can be very helpful in removing old, unnecessary files and speeding up your computer. A Disk Cleaner removes old temporary files used by programs that are not needed. You’ll be surprised by how many of these files there are on your computer after only a few months of use.

3. Uninstall Old Programs
Head over to the Control Panel and then to Programs. There should be a long list of all the programs that have been installed or that came pre-installed on the computer. Now, it’s important to be a little careful here, as you don’t want to remove something that you need or that is important for the computer to run. If, however, you see a program that you haven’t touched in six months, perhaps it’s time to get rid of it and free up space on your hard drive.

4. Put Things In Folders
Cleaning a computer isn’t always just about removing files, it can also be about organizing them. While not essential to how your computer runs, organizing files into folders can greatly help you in being more productive. It makes it easier to find things when necessary, plus it just looks prettier than a long list of unorganized files.

5. Clear History and Cookies
Cookies contain information that websites have gathered about you and stored on your computer as small text files. Most of these files are completely harmless, but others store private details like where you went, what you did, and any personal information you gave. Each browser and mobile device stores history and cookie differently, so we found a helpful website with instructions for a variety of mobile and desktop search engines.