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Smart homes are becoming more popular. Here's how to make sure yours is working

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Question: Is there a way for me to reboot my Wi-Fi network when I'm on vacation so I can reconnect to all of my smart home devices? Answer: The popularity of smart home devices has put a whole new emphasis on having a solid Internet connection at home. Web cams, motion sensing lights and your perimeter monitoring devices can't alert you if they lose their connection to your network. You've probably seen how rebooting your computer can solve lots of simple issues. The same holds true for your router and Internet modem because they're essentially small computer systems.


10 Spanish learning apps that kids will love

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The benefits of teaching a child a foreign language are truly increíble! Studies show that children who are exposed to a second language have increased cognitive ability, greater social flexibility, improved listening skills, higher memory retention, and improved problem-solving skills. There is no doubt that raising a child to be bilingual is muy bien and will have lasting benefits. Pair one of the best tablets for kids with any of our 10 favorite apps and websites to help your niños y niñas learn español. StudyCat teaches Spanish through games.


The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday

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Save on things that make your life a little easier. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. When it comes to finding a good deal, we mean serious business. Here at Reviewed, we spend hours extensively testing the most popular products on the market, so we can determine the best of the best.


This affordable smart robot vacuum is at an incredible low price right now

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Want cleaner floors but hate vacuuming? A robot vacuum can help. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Let's face it, nobody actually likes vacuuming unless of course you're Monica Geller from Friends.


The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday

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Save big on some of the best products we've ever tested. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Wednesday might be the roughest day of the week. It's the day I need a little extra motivation and nothing gets me more fired up than finding a good deal.


How Alexa can help keep you healthy this flu season

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Smart speakers are becoming more and more common inside of homes, offering a convenient way to get the weather, manage your calendar, and answer any questions you may have. But this year, your Amazon Echo can also help you prepare for the upcoming flu season. Conceptualized and developed by Seattle Children's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital, the Flu Doctor skill provides a convenient way to educate yourself (and your family) about the flu vaccine. "We know that search is increasingly going to be voice-enabled and we know increasingly more and more of us are incorporating smart speakers into our lives," Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, general pediatrician and Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children's Hospital, tells Reviewed. "The benefit of Flu Doctor is to learn more about the flu in your home, in a way that maybe you hadn't before using Alexa."


The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday

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Save on the things that will make the school year easier. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. There are few things in life that get me excited in the middle of the workweek--and one of those things is a good deal. The kind of deal that's so good on a product you've been eyeing for a while that it makes you want to shout about it from the rooftop.


McDonald's acquires Apprente, plans to speed up drive-thru lines with voice-based ordering technology

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McDonald's is partnering with Dynamic Yield, a leader in personalized tech, to customize drive-thru experiences. McDonald's hopes that an investment in technology is the special sauce that will transform drive-thru ordering. The fast-food giant announced Tuesday that it has an agreement to acquire Apprente, a Silicon Valley-based start-up specializing in conversational voice-based ordering technology. McDonald's said the technology understands different accents and is "expected to allow for faster, simpler and more accurate order taking at the Drive Thru" and could also be incorporated into kiosks and mobile ordering. "Building our technology infrastructure and digital capabilities are fundamental to our Velocity Growth Plan and enable us to meet rising expectations from our customers, while making it simpler and even more enjoyable for crew members to serve guests," Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's president and CEO, said in a news release.


Video appears to show Tesla driver 'literally asleep at the wheel'

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The Tesla self-driving car has prompted debate online after the man was seen on the I-5 highway near Santa Clarita, California sleeping while driving. A Tesla driver was filmed asleep at the wheel as the semi-autonomous vehicle cruised on its own down a highway in Massachusetts over the weekend. At least, that's what video captured Sunday appears to show. Twitter user Dakota Randall posted a 28-second clip of the incident which occurred along the Massachusetts Turnpike. Teslas are sick, I guess?" The post has since received over 422,000 views, 600 Retweets and almost 2,000 likes. The video appears to show a driver using Tesla's advanced driver assistance system called Autopilot. Teslas are sick, I guess? Randall told local media that he blew his car's horn in an attempt to wake the driver, but it didn't work. "At no point did I feel like I was in danger until after the fact, when I thought'Wow, I was just driving next to somebody who was completely asleep on the Mass Pike of all places, like one of the most dangerous roads I can imagine," Randall told WHDH in Newton, Massachusetts. "But yeah, the car stayed the same speed in the same way on the highway, and yeah, it didn't change at all.


Pew survey: Americans trust police more than tech giants to use facial recognition

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Drive-thru places want to use plate recognition to give customers more features, create loyalty programs and even link your order to your credit card. In the matter of public opinion, tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Amazon aren't trustworthy when it comes to facial recognition software. On the other hand, most Americans believe that government agencies and law enforcement officials use the identification tools responsibly, a study finds. The Pew Research Center released a report Thursday which sought to examine attitudes amongst U.S. adults towards facial recognition. The survey, which was representative of the entire U.S. population, suggests that even as artificial intelligence-powered cameras are criticized by lawmakers, banned by cities and raising questions about fairness and accuracy, more than half of Americans believe law enforcement agencies will put the tech to good use (56%).