Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews is a senior writer for MakeUseOf and the owner and editor of ProductivityBytes.com. To read more posts from Kayla, you can follow her on Twitter @KaylaEMatthews.

Why did Apple’s AirPower fail?

ARTICLE – In 2017, Apple made a rather astonishing and equally exciting announcement during the iPhoneX/8 launch event. It would be bringing an innovative Qi-enabled wireless charger to market called AirPower. Wireless chargers were nothing new at the time — they’re certainly rampant now — but the AirPower stood out because it could simultaneously charge …

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5 ways 5G technology will change our gadget usage

ARTICLE – Gadget lovers everywhere frequently notice the news coverage about the upcoming 5G network and think about the possibilities. You may have heard about the broad promises associated with it, such as rapid speeds and virtually no latency. But, how could those advantages affect how we use our technology? 1. Plenty of Opportunities to …

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7 Gamification apps for every situation

ARTICLE – Gamification apps allow you to combine routine life situations with role-playing games (RPGs) that will keep you engaged while you work to accomplish your goals. If you struggle with self-discipline and motivation, then gamification apps are for you. These apps give you the opportunity to earn points, badges and other incentives by challenging …

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6 Awesome travel apps to use for your Spring Break trip

ARTICLE – The information age has opened new avenues when it comes to travel. You can choose to stay in someone’s home in a foreign country to fully immerse yourself in the culture, or book an inclusive resort vacation, with a few keystrokes from your smartphone or laptop. There are so many travel apps out …

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The most popular kinds of drones we’ll see in 2019

ARTICLE – Consumers arguably became most familiar with drones by getting introduced to the ones that took photos from the sky. Those kinds are still popular, and many drone enthusiasts own them. But, like any other segment, the drone industry evolves to meet needs. Here are five kinds of drones most likely to gain prominence …

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The coolest advancements that happened in 3D printing in 2018

ARTICLE – As an innovation, 3D printing continues to amaze and impress technology enthusiasts with the extent of its possibilities. Here are five accomplishments that highlight how quickly 3D printing has improved and evolved. 1. We Can Make Lithium-Ion Batteries in Almost Any Shape Lithium-ion batteries power many electronic gadgets, ranging from mobile phones to …

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6 Gadgets you should have in your car for winter emergencies

ARTICLE – Winter is just around the corner, and most people can’t completely avoid driving in the treacherous conditions that typically characterize the season. In addition to being extra cautious behind the wheel, it’s wise to invest in these six winter-ready gadgets. 1. The Trac-Grabber There’s nothing quite like the heart-sinking sound of car wheels spinning …

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Xbox’s new game streaming service: what you should know

NEWS – People are already accustomed to streaming TV shows and movies, and Xbox is bringing that capability to games, too. There’s no word yet on pricing for Xbox’s game-streaming option — known as Project xCloud — but the brand plans to launch public trials of the service next year. Open to Third-Party Developers In …

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The Samsung Galaxy S10: what we think we know

ARTICLE – Rumors abound when people get word of new smartphones, and that consistent truth prevails about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10. Let’s take a look at some of the most likely features of this highly anticipated phone. It may debut in January 2019 at CES Tech analysts say Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will be available …

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5 Windows PC problems that you can fix yourself

ARTICLE – Although some PC problems require a technician to repair them, there are many issues that you can fix at home all by yourself. Regardless of whether you’re dealing with an older computer or a cutting-edge gaming PC, many solutions to common problems are similar. Consider the following five. 1. Computer Is Slow Is …

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6 Smart gadgets that make moving or remodeling easier

ARTICLE – Moving to a new place or remodeling your home are two substantial life milestones. They’re usually things you anticipate happily, although some aspects could be stressful. This list of six gadgets could help you take moving and remodeling in stride. 1. The Roomba 600 Series Vacuuming Robot A new home is likely virtually free …

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5 Smart tech gadgets for apartment renters

Depending on the terms of your rental agreement and the flexibility — or lack thereof — displayed by your landlord, it may not be possible to install smart home items in your abode if they require making permanent alterations. Fortunately, there are still plenty of high-tech items that cater to your apartment-based lifestyle. 1. Belkin …

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This biometric safe will make you feel like James Bond

Remember the touch pads and retinal scanners featured in James Bond films and other thrilling movies? Now you can purchase a gadget that fits into your favorite on-screen storylines. The Barska AX11224 Biometric Home Safe doesn’t require keys you might misplace, nor does it use lock combinations. Instead, this product stores up to 30 fingerprints …

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