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The Walmart Tech Gift Guide You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Life

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If you’re looking to buy great tech this holiday season for your loved ones, Walmart has a bunch of fantastic offers right now. We’ve picked out some of the highlights including a fantastic coffee maker from Keurig, a robot vacuum that will save you plenty of time in your daily routine, as well as some of the best headphones out there, and much more. Whatever kind of tech your loved one is crazy about, Walmart has you covered. We’re here to tell you all about what’s available.

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker — $79, was $99

This Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker is a great way of making every morning better. It offers the best of both worlds, making it possible to use either K-Cup pods or ground coffee to make a delicious cup of joe. Ideal for your loved one that is crazy about getting the perfect cup of coffee every time. That’s made easy here with plenty of choice for brew size, as well as other features like the ability to automatically pause mid-brew, as well as brew between an 8-, 10- or 12-ounce cup. It’s energy-efficient too with an auto-off feature that turns your brewer off one minute after the last single-cup brew and turns your heating plate off two hours after the last carafe brew too. Simple yet effective, it’s a dream come true for coffee fans.

Anker Eufy RoboVac G30 Verge — $149, was $350

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One of the best robot vacuums out there, this Anker Eufy RoboVac G30 Verge is going to save you or your loved one so much time. It’s a smart robot vacuum with plenty of power thanks to a 2,000Pa suction engine which means it can cope with pretty much any spill that could occur at home. With Wi-Fi, you can use the Eufy app to keep it out of areas you don’t want it to go as well as check its cleaning history over time. Boundary strips further help here so you won’t have to worry about your kids’ toys being disrupted, for instance. Everything about it is super convenient.

Hewlett Packard Hp 27m 27-inch Monitor — $175, was $199

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If you want to treat a computer addict this Christmas, buy them this Hewlett Packard Hp 27m 27-inch Monitor. It offers a lot of what you would see from the best monitors and is sure to prove useful for way longer than just the holiday season. It’s a full HD monitor that combines some fantastic visuals with some other high-quality features. It offers virtually no bezel so it looks super smart on your desk while it delivers clear and vivid images every time. Whether you’re looking for a monitor for gaming or office work, it’s a great choice. A 5ms response time and Low Blue Light mode prove extra beneficial, with the latter protecting your eyes over extended periods of use.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II — $199, was $299

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II continue to be fantastic headphones for anyone that loves to hear their music crystal clear and at high quality. Thanks to superior noise cancellation features, they’re a fantastic choice if the person you’re buying for can’t bear noise while they try to work or simply relax. Long battery life of up to 20 hours means they won’t have to worry about recharging too often either. Other features include volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance plus Google Assistant support for hands-free use.

Hisense 58-inch Class 4K TV — $380, was $425

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From one of the best TV brands, Hisense, you can buy a huge 58-inch 4K TV. It’s fantastic to use thanks to its 4K resolution but it offers so much more than that. There’s Dolby Vision support along with a smart game mode that means input lag is significantly improved while you play. Alongside that is Motion Rate image processing technology so it can keep up with fast-moving action. If the person you’re buying for loves action movies, sports, or gaming, this is a particularly great purchase to make.

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The USPS’ dog attack rankings is the 2020 scorecard we never knew we needed

The United States Postal Office released a chart ranking individual cities and states in dog attacks for the year 2020. This is not the first time the USPS released such a chart – as such, they have numbers of dog attacks available for both the top 25 cities and the top 10 states. While it’s certainly not a ranking a state should be proud of, it’s interesting to see which states have the most (reported) dog attacks on postal workers this past year – and which states have had the most dog attacks reported since the ranking system began to be tabulated.

The reason this listing is made public by the USPS is to make citizens of the United States aware of the dangers of dog interaction with postal workers. A dog doesn’t need to be a BAD dog to have a violent encounter with a postal worker – they could be a GREAT dog defending their family from what they perceive as a threat.

As the USPS suggested in their dog promotion: Dog bites are entirely preventable, and “one bite is too many.” To avoid negative interactions, the USPS recommends that, when a letter carrier comes to deliver the mail, dogs should be inside the house or behind a fence, “away from the door or in another room,” and/or on a leash.

For the year 2020, the number 1 city for reported dog attacks on USPS employees was Houston, Texas. Houston had a total of 73 attacks in the year 2020. The next entry on the list was Chicago with 59 attacks, followed by Los Angeles with 54. Cleveland had 46, Denver had 44, Baltimore had 43.

Number 7 on the list for 2020 was Columbus, OH, with 37 attacks. San Antonio, TX had 36, San Diego, CA had 35, tied with Detroit for 10th place. The rest of the list was pretty close, with between 13 and 34 attacks in the year 2020.

The ranking went as follows: Louisville, St. Louis, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, Toledo, Miami, Long Beach, and Albuquerque. Next was Shawnee Mission (KS), Charlotte (NC), Dayton, Canton, New Orleans, Omaha, Fort Worth, Wichita, Memphis, Richmond, Flint, Tulsa, San Francisco, Rockford, Syracuse, Arlington, Jamaica (NY), Rochester (NY), Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. The last 5 entries were tied for 25th place with 13 bites.

The top 10 dog bite states for the year 2020 started with California, with 782 attacks. Texas was second with 402 attacks in 2020, then Ohio with 369. The rest of the list went as follows: NY (295), PA (291), IL (290), MI (253), FL (198), NJ (179), and VA (169). About half the states on the top list had attack rates go down, somewhat, from 2019 to 2020. California went up – as did IL, MI, NJ, and VA.

ALSO NOTE: One of the most important tips the USPS has for families with kids, is the following. “Pet owners should remind their children not to take mail directly from a letter carrier as the dog may view the carrier as a threat.”

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Google Chrome Update Needed to Avoid Nasty Security Flaw

Google released an update to its Chrome browser for Windows and Mac users, and the internet giant strongly recommends that users apply the update as soon as possible. The update contains 14 security fixes — including a zero-day security flaw — that if left unchecked would leave the system vulnerable to attacks. Google categorized these fixes as critical, high, and medium importance.

Windows and Mac users who also surf the internet with the Chrome browser will want to make sure that they’re on version 91.0.4472.101. To make sure that you’re on the latest build of Chrome, launch your browser and then click on the three dots stacked vertically at the top right. Navigate to Settings, and then click About Chrome. From there, you’ll be able to view the Chrome version number, and you can update the browser if it wasn’t automatically updated in the background.

If you don’t immediately update your browser, Google should be pushing out the update to users in the coming days or weeks, the company stated on its blog.

One of the security vulnerabilities that was listed — CVE-2021-30551 — is related to a flaw in Windows 10 that Microsoft had recently patched with its newest OS update.

“Chrome in-the-wild vulnerability CVE-2021-30551 patched today was also from the same actor and targeting,” Google Director of Software Engineering Shane Huntley wrote in a Twitter post, referencing that attackers who exploited that vulnerability also took advantage of the vulnerability from CVE-2021-33742. In its release note of the latest Chrome update, Google described the CVE-2021-30551 vulnerability as a “type confusion in V8,” which was reported by Clement Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Sergei Glazunov of Google Project Zero.

The vulnerability was initially discovered on June 4, Google stated, noting that the company “is aware that an exploit for CVE-2021-30551 exists in the wild.” Chrome relies on the JavaScript-based V8 rendering engine for its browser, and the rendering is also common for competing browsers based on the Chromium project, including Microsoft’s Edge.

Even if you’re not on Google Chrome, you’ll want to ensure that you’re running the latest release from the browser of your choice. Most browsers that use Chromium for rendering will also list the Chromium version number, and users should diligently check to see if a patch is available for their browser of choice. If you’re using Microsoft Edge, for example, you’ll want to launch your browser, and navigate to the About page. There, you’ll find the browser version number along with an option to update to the latest version if you’re not on the most current release. Similar procedures can be followed for Opera, Brave, and others that are based on Chromium.

According to Bleeping Computer, this is the sixth zero-day exploit for Chrome in 2021.

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Amazon Luna game streaming lands on Fire TV, no invite needed

Stadia definitely took a PR hit when Google announced the shutdown of its in-house, first-party Stadia Games and Experiences studio (SGE). Its rivals seem to be taking the opportunity to remind people that Stadia isn’t the only game in town, no pun intended. As if to prove its commitment to gaming, both for its own Amazon Game Studios as well as its nascent game streaming service, Amazon is announcing the arrival of Amazon Luna to all Fire TV owners, even those who haven’t received an invite.

Launched last September, Amazon Luna has been in Early Access for a few months now and had one important requirement before you could even get in. Aside from regional restrictions (US only), one also needed to get an invitation first. In order to expand its testers, however, Amazon needed a way to get more people into the program without opening the floodgates just yet.

Fortunately, Amazon does have its own Fire TV platform that could serve that exact purpose. Starting today, owners of select Fire TV devices can simply download the Amazon Luna app and get going. No invitations are needed but they do have to select at least the Luna+ channel to have access to any game as Luna works on a “channel” basis, unlike NVIDIA GeForce NOW or Google Stadia.

Previously, you also needed an invite to even purchase a Luna Controller but that requirement is gone as well. Anyone can now buy the specially designed and branded game controller or just hook up any Bluetooth gamepad to the Fire TV.

Fire TV owners get a free 7-day trial for Luna+, after which the channel will cost $5.99 a month. Ubisoft+, the only other channel available, is a separate subscription at $14.99 per month. The invitation requirement is still in place at the moment for other supported platforms such as Android and iOS web browsers.

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