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Gia Liu

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How to set up an Amazon Alexa voice profile

Echo devices now come with the ability to set up unique voice profiles so Alexa knows it's you and can personalize services. Here's how to set them up easily.

The best Instant Pot recipes you need to try

Do you own an Instant Pot and want some fresh, new meals? We've rounded up the best Instant Pot recipes, so you'll be fixing it and forgetting it in no time.
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What is Amazon Pantry? Everything you need to know

Amazon Pantry allows you to buy groceries and household items online. Learn all about the online grocery service, including availability, info, and pricing.
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How to set up Voice Match on your Google Home device

Thanks to a feature called Voice Match, Google and Next devices can respond with personalized information based on the users' voices. Here's how to set it up.

The best mini fridges on the market

A mini fridge can be a cool addition to your favorite space. After researching and testing, these are our picks for the best mini fridge models you can buy.

The best apartment-finder apps for Android and iOS

Whether you're relocating across the country or searching for new digs in your current city, an apartment-finder app can help you to find the perfect place.

The best French door refrigerators

Have your eye on a French door fridge as a new addition to your kitchen? Here are some of the best models.
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The best kitchen scales

A kitchen scale is a handy tool for all chefs to have around, especially for calorie counting and precise measurements. These are the best options available.

The best wine coolers for 2019

Looking to store your reds and whites at the optimal temperature for quick serving? The wine fridge, or wine chiller, is one of those neat gadgets aimed at very precise kinds of atmospheric preservation. Here are some of the best wine fridges on the market -- they're guaranteed to keep your vino chilled.

The best electric shavers

Electric razors are often overlooked in favor of the $8 razors from the grocery store because it's difficult to drop $60 to $500 on a machine that does the job of a simple safety razor. But with the best electric shavers on the market, you'll soon see the benefits of high-tech features and additional functions.
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The best stand mixers of 2019

Making dough is hard work, but the right stand mixer can make free up some time. You don't have to spend $500 on a good stand mixer, we've rounded up quality mixers at every price range (starting at around $100). Check out some of the best stand mixers of 2019, from the likes of KitchenAid and Sunbeam.

The best Star Wars home decor we could find in the Galaxy

Do you wish your house looked a bit more like a Star Wars convention? Star Wars home decor used to be relegated to a few pillows, but now almost anything you can put indoors can be Wookiee-fied. Here are the best Star Wars gadgets, appliances, and decorations available right now.

The best baby monitors for 2019

We've come a long way since the first baby monitors. Today's devices can deliver 24/7 video, connect to your phone, and track your child's sleep habits. Looking for a reliable device to monitor your precious little one? Here are some of the best baby monitors you can buy in 2019.
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The best juicers for 2019

If you need more fruits and veggies in your diet and you're bored of chomping on kale salads, you probably need a juicer in your life. Whether you're in the market for a centrifugal or masticating model, here are the best juicers out there right now, ranging from $60 to more than a thousand bucks.
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How Alexa or Google Home can help you pull off a memorable Valentine’s Day

If you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home device, you can sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet this Valentine's Day with these romantic, mood-setting tips. Whether you're going out to dinner, cooking dinner, or sending gifts, Alexa and Google Assistant have you covered.
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How to clean a dishwasher in a few easy steps

Believe it or not, it's important to clean a dishwasher from time to time. With all the dirty dishes that go into it, your dishwasher can start to collect food particles. Luckily, cleaning the dishwasher is an easy process. Here's how to do it well, in just a few easy-to-follow steps.
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Ring Alarm vs. Nest Secure: Which one is right for you?

Thanks to advances in technology, it has become really easy nowadays to secure your home and protect it from thieves, intruders, and unwanted guests. When it comes to home security systems, there are few products favored more than the Nest Secure and Ring Alarm. Which one should you get?
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Kitchen fires, viral turkeys, family knife fights, and more Thanksgiving fails

Thanksgiving is usually spent with loved ones and yummy food. But sometimes things go awry. We've all heard stories of turkey deep frying going way wrong, but there are other ways things can go very, very, wrong. Here are some of the biggest Thanksgiving fails.
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Smoke it, BBQ it, or try sous vide! 6 alternatives to roasting turkey

Tie on your apron – here are the best ways to cook a turkey without opening an oven. Don't have an oven, or you want to get creative this year? These alternative cooking methods can produce a delicious Thanksgiving turkey without the need for an oven. Think about cooking the turkey in a slow cooker or grill, or consider sous viding or deep frying.
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Paint your wall using light with new Philips light bar, Hue Signe lamps

If you've never gotten around to repainting the living room, even though that task has been on your to-do list for years, you may want to try a different approach that doesn't require any paintbrushes or color swatches. Two new Philips Hue lights can project colors directly onto your walls. 
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Google may release a digital display smart speaker in time for the holidays

When it comes time to do your holiday shopping later this year, you might end up throwing a brand new Google speaker into your shopping cart. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Google is planning to release a new smart speaker that comes equipped with a digital display, just in time for the holidays.
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Ashland, Oregon teen builds tiny home and brings it to college

Most people head off to college with filled suitcases, a favorite stuffed animal, big dreams, and maybe a mini fridge. But that wasn't enough for one 19-year-old from Ashland, Oregon. Brayden Preskenis built a tiny house and brought it with him when he started college at Whitman College. 
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Don’t put plastic containers in microwave or dishwasher, new research says

Do you regularly heat up leftovers in plastic food-storage containers? Do you put plastic reusable water bottles in the dishwasher when they need a deep clean? A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights food safety mistakes that many people may be making.
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Guests are accusing Airbnb of deleting negative reviews

Airbnb is a $31-billion home-share company that allows travelers and adventurers to book a stranger's dwelling instead of a hotel room when they're in a new city. Now, the company is facing scrutiny as guests are accusing the company of removing negative reviews and boosting subpar hosts.
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CoolingStyle air conditioner promises to keep you cool outdoors and indoors

Who wants to spend time outside when they're sweating profusely and constantly swatting bugs away? When it's too hot to spend a long time outdoors, the best you can hope for is a breeze to cool you down. CoolingStyle aims to change that with its new portable air conditioner for outdoor use. 
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Plated vs. Blue Apron: Which is better?

It can be a bit overwhelming to decide which meal kit delivery system to choose, so we're making it a bit easier for you by comparing two of the most popular on the market: Blue Apron and Plated. Here's a breakdown of the two meal kits.
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The best wall ovens of 2018

Wall ovens are usually a lot more ergonomic than a range oven because when they are placed at eye level, you don't have to bend and stoop in order to retrieve hot dishes. We've done the research for you and rounded up the best wall ovens in all three different options: electric, gas, and convection.
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The best gas grills of 2018

Summer is coming, and you know what that means: barbecue season! We've done the research and rounded up a list of the best gas grills for those weekend gatherings in the back yard. We've got the best options for every price point, so you'll be grilling in no time!
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The best panini press for getting those perfect sear marks

Whether you're making sandwiches for lunch or hosting a summer barbecue party, a panini press can be a must-have addition to your kitchen. We've rounded up our favorites, so you can make an informed decision on which to buy.
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SideChef and AmazonFresh partner to deliver your grocery list

Beginning in August, SideChef users who have Amazon Prime subscriptions and are subscribed to AmazonFresh can get same-day or next-day grocery delivery services. The delivered ingredients are customized to help home chefs cook more than 5,000 recipes from SideChef's collection.
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LG has a solution for smelly concertgoers at the Bonnaroo festival

If you're attending the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, you might be surprised to see LG Electronics at the big event. The home appliance and electronics company is holding the "LaundRoo Lounge and Vintage Clothing Swap, Powered by LG."

You have to get an invite for Walmart’s personal shopping service, Jetblack

When thinking of an online retailer that offers millions of products and speedy delivery, the first company that probably springs to mind is Amazon. But another global retailer is aiming to change that. Walmart has announced a concierge personal shopping service, but right now, it's invite-only.
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You can ask Alexa what’s inside this giant Amazon box

The highly anticipated movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters in some countries on June 7, with the global rollout just a couple weeks later on June 22. And it appears Amazon is getting in on a triple-branded stunt to help promote the upcoming film. What's inside the box?
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The Philips Hue app will sync your lighting to your music, games, and video

Signify today announced Philips Hue Sync, a free app that lets you synchronize your Philips Hue smart lighting system with games, videos, and music played on your Windows 10 or macOS Sierra computer. With the element of synchronized lights, you can enjoy a new level of immersion in home entertainment.