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Five Fun Friday Finds From Future Family & Friends

Five Fun Friday Finds From Future Family & Friends
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AV Technology's content director, Cindy Davis, has chosen five home technology articles from her siblings' publications, Tom's Guide and TechRadar, that she thinks you'll want to read.

You might be aware that AV Technology and Systems Contractor News brands are owned by the parent company Future plc based in the UK. But few are aware that Future holds nearly 200 brands (opens in new tab) in various categories such as women's lifestyle, music, technology, wealth and finance, and sports, to name a few.

I thought I'd check in with our siblings at Tom's Guide (opens in new tab) and TechRadar (opens in new tab) to share some home technology articles that might interest you.

The horrible alteration in the headline is a nod to my colleague, SCN's content director, Mark Pescatore.

On to the cool articles for your Friday reading:

Best Smartwatch 2022: Top Picks for Every Budget (opens in new tab)

Best Smartwatch 2022: Top Picks for Every Budget

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From Tom’s Guide, by Kate Kozuch 

Here are the best smartwatches available for iPhone and Android users

The best smartwatches do more than let you know if you're getting a call or text message on your wrist. They're everything in one: a fitness tracker for counting your steps, a digital wallet and in some cases, it can act as a phone, even if your smartphone is nowhere nearby.

Read the full article here. (opens in new tab)

The Best TV in 2022: Our Top Picks from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, Vizio and More (opens in new tab)

The Best TV in 2022: Our Top Picks from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, Vizio and More

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From Tom’s Guide, by Nick Pino  

We’ve found the best TVs for you, with the best budget options along with 4K and 8K TVs

The best TVs are always changing, but we're always updating our guide to keep up with the latest and greatest models. 

We want you to get the whole package when buying something new: great picture quality, rich sound, and all of the smart features available today, and it would be nice to save a buck or two while you're at it.

Here you'll find the results of our tests in a definitive list of the best TVs of 2022. Read the full article here. (opens in new tab)

The Best Bluetooth Speakers in 2022 — Tested and Rated (opens in new tab)

The Best Bluetooth Speakers in 2022 — Tested and Rated

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From Tom’s Guide, by Lee Dunkley 

These are the best Bluetooth speakers to suit your needs and budget based on our in-depth testing

Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge on something a bit more powerful, we’ve compiled a list of the best Bluetooth speakers to suit your needs and pocket. It's important to remember that certain added features will increase the cost, like built-in digital assistance (e.g., Alexa, Google Assistant), or AirPlay support, for example, but you can still find a durable design with strong specs for less with the help of this guide.

Read the full article here. (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Review (opens in new tab)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Review

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From TechRadar, by Lance Ulanoff, contributions from Tom Bedford 

A versatile, fun, and productivity-friendly phone/tablet hybrid

Is it possible that we've reached the age of refinement in the foldable phone story? With the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung apparently hasn’t tried to reinvent the genre or radically alter the foldable’s display and design. Instead, this latest Galaxy Z device brings a number of small-but-welcome design enhancements over the Z Fold 3, plus a new processor and upgraded camera array. 

Read the full review here. (opens in new tab)

Best VPN Routers of 2022: Top Routers for Virtual Private Networks (opens in new tab)

Best VPN Routers of 2022: Top Routers for Virtual Private Networks

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From TechRadar, by Matt Hanson 

The best VPN routers to make use of your virtual private network connection

There are many reasons why you'd want your router to handle your VPN connection. While it is possible to use software VPNs on individual devices, buy setting up the VPN with your router, you're ensuring that all of your network data goes through the VPN when it is enabled.

This means every device on your network can take advantage of the security and privacy benefits of the VPN you sign up with.

So, read on for our list of the best VPN routers, and at the end we have some expert advice on how to sign up for the best router VPN for your needs. 

Read the full article here. (opens in new tab)

Cindy Davis
Brand and content director of AV Technology

Cindy Davis is the brand and content director of AV Technology. Davis enjoys exploring the ethos of experiential spaces as well as diving deep into the complex topics that shape the AV/IT industry. In 2012, the TechDecisions brand of content sites she developed for EH Publishing was named one of “10 Great Business Media Websites” by B2B Media Business magazine. For more than 20 years, Davis has developed and delivered multiplatform content for AV/IT B2B and consumer electronics B2C publications, associations, and companies. From 2000 to 2008, Davis was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Electronic House. From 2009 to present, as the principal of CustomMedia.Co, Davis developed content plans and delivered content for associations such as IEEE Standards Association and AVIXA, content marketing for Future Plc, and numerous AV/IT companies. Davis was a critical member of the AVT editorial team when the title won the “Best Media Brand” laurel in the 2018 SIIA Jesse H. Neal Awards. A lifelong New Englander, Davis makes time for coastal hikes with her husband, Gary, and their Vizsla rescue, Dixie, sailing on one of Gloucester’s great schooners, and sampling local IPAs.