The Samsung Frame TV Blends Right Into My Decor, and It’s Currently on Sale for Up to $800 Off

With a small apartment, it can feel like my TV is taking over the whole space. That’s why I bought the Samsung Frame TV—it blends seamlessly into my decor, and it allows me to change up my artwork without having to actually buy new paintings (or go through the hassle of hanging up another frame). Right now during the Discover Samsung Summer Event, you can score the TV for up to a whopping $800 off. But you’ll have to hurry—the sale only lasts through May 21.

Unlike many TVs, the Frame mounts flat against the wall like an actual painting, so it can fit right into a gallery wall or be hung as a centerpiece over a mantle. No one will guess that it’s actually a television screen. Plus, you don’t have to deal with covering up pesky wires because the TV has only one clear cable. You can even purchase a bezel (in white, teak, brown, or beige) that goes around the edge to make it look like a real picture frame. I have mine mounted on the included stands rather than on the wall, and it still looks great.

I display artwork from the free, preloaded collection on my TV, which includes iconic works by Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, and more. You can also buy a subscription to Samsung’s Art Store for access to 2,000 pieces of art and choose from curations like First Day of Summer and Shape and Form. There’s currently a Louvre Collection, too. You can even upload your own photos to the screen via a USB flash drive. Since you can effortlessly switch your art, the Frame is perfect for people who are indecisive about decor.

 

Tech lovers don’t have to compromise on screen quality, either. The QLED 4K TV features quantum dot technology to enhance the colors on your television, and the matte anti-reflection display prevents glare so you can see your shows or artwork clearly at any time of the day. I definitely notice less glare on my Frame compared to other TVs. It also has a motion sensor that automatically turns off the artwork on your screen after a certain amount of time of no activity to conserve power.

If you’ve been eyeing the Samsung Frame, now is the time to take the plunge and buy it while it’s on sale for up to $800 off. Shop seven sizes from 32 to 85 inches starting at $600.

The 8 Best Home Security Systems of 2023

Home security systems give you safety and peace of mind, making them a worthy investment to protect your family and belongings.

“Home security systems provide consumers with a layer of safety and security for their home and deter would-be burglars. They also can monitor safety personnel if an event like fire, smoke, or elevated carbon levels is detected,” says Tim Eskew, Senior Manager of IoT Partnerships at Schlage. “Insurance carriers also provide discounts to homeowners when a home has a security system due to their theft deterrence and ability to monitor for other safety and security events before they become catastrophic.”

To find the best home security systems, we compared top-rated options while considering factors like components, installation, costs, and monitoring type. We also spoke with Eskew for his expert insight on home security systems, and finding the right one for you.

12 Facebook Settings and Notifications You Can Turn Off Immediately

 

Facebook gives us so much: Ways to connect with old friends, see what former classmates and colleagues are up to, donate to family-backed causes, and keep in touch with faraway family members. You can find endless recipe videos to watch (but never make), and even find yourself a used moped in mint condition.

But with each new feature rollout comes yet another notification, privacy concern, or straight-up inconvenience—and you don’t have to grin and bear it. From pesky ad notifications to cringe-worthy memories you’d prefer to keep in the past, here’s how to tailor your Facebook experience to be exactly how you want it.

“On This Day” Memories

Some memories belong in the past. You can control whether you see any On This Day or other Memory posts—and you can even go as far as to list a specific person and date you do not want to be reminded of (which is helpful for exes). In the left-hand sidebar of your profile page—in the same column that lists Friends, Groups, Messenger, and Marketplace—click on Memories (you can also go directly to facebook.com/memories). Choose Notifications in the left menu and select either “None” to turn off all notifications, or “Highlights” to only get notifications about certain memories, like celebration videos.

You can also get down to the nitty gritty and decide if there are certain people or certain days you would rather not remember via Facebook notification. To block Memories related to certain people or dates, in the left-hand bar under Notifications, select Hide People (and then select individuals via search and drop-down option) or Hide Dates (and then set your preferred date parameters). You make the rules!

Auto-Play Videos

While scrolling through your newsfeed, there are some videos you just do not want to see, but that play without warning anyway. To stop random videos from auto-playing in your Facebook News Feed, click the drop-down arrow button in the top right-hand corner, choose Settings and Privacy, then Setting again. Select Videos in the left sidebar (you may have to scroll down a bit), then click on the drop-down menu to the right of “Auto-Play Videos” and select “off.”

Off-Facebook Activity

Facebook launched the Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets you manage how the company sees and tracks your activity across the internet (yep, it’s been doing that). According to the Facebook help center: “Off-Facebook activity is a summary of activity that businesses and organizations share with us about your interactions, such as visiting their apps or websites. They use our Business Tools, like Facebook Login or Facebook Pixel, to share this information with us.” The good news is you can clear the history of apps and websites you use that have shared your data, and you can disconnect data tracking going forward.

Click the drop-down arrow button in the top right-hand corner, choose Settings and Privacy, then Settings again. Click Your Facebook Information in the left column, then Off-Facebook Activity. To clear your history, choose Clear History. To turn off your future Off-Facebook activity for all apps and websites, choose Future Off-Facebook Activity, and click Turn Off.

Location History

On the Facebook app, you have the option to turn on Location History to allow Facebook to know your precise whereabouts through the Location Services on your device. But if you’re not interested in having FB keep tabs and records of your various locations within the app, you can turn off Location History at any time. In the Facebook app, tap the Menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the bottom right corner; tap Settings, Privacy Shortcuts, and Manage your location settings, then switch the toggle icon off.

Location Sharing (Nearby Friends)

Nearby Friends is a feature that lets you and your friends share your locations with each other, and turning on Nearby Friends in your app will automatically turn on Location History, too. If you want Facebook to stop sharing your location with friends, head to the bottom-right menu icon, then tap Nearby Friends (or maybe See More if it’s not at the top). Hit your own name, hit settings, then switch the toggle icon to “off.” You can always change these back should you decide you want to start sharing your location again.

Ads You Don’t Want to See

If you’re either feeling targeted by your Facebook ads or simply don’t want to be shown content you’re not interested in, you’re not alone. The next time an ad you’d prefer not to see pops up in your Feed or webpage guardrail, click the ellipsis on the right and select “Hide Ad” to delete that one advertisement, or “Hide all ads from [brand]” to free yourself completely (at least on Facebook).

Facebook Live Notifications

With Facebook Live came more notifications. Whether or not you’re tagged in a video—and whether or not you plan on tuning in—Facebook lets you know when friends go live. Good news: You can disable Facebook live notifications with a few clicks. Under Settings go to Notifications, scroll down to Video and click to expand the drop-down, and choose “off.” You can also control notifications about tags, birthdays, people you may know, the marketplace, and more here.

Read Message Notifications

Leaving someone on “read” goes against basic social media etiquette. Ideally, you want to be able to open a message before you’re ready to respond but without leaving the person on “read.” You can easily mark individual messages as “unread,” giving yourself a bit more time to formulate the perfect response. When you hover over each conversation in FB Messenger, you’ll see a circle with three dots to the right. Click that and select Mark as Unread.

Group Activity Notifications

Getting notifications from a Facebook group you joined years ago, but just aren’t ready to leave yet? Turn those bad boys off. At the top right of the group page, next to the search icon, click on the three-dot icon, hit Manage Notifications, and pick your preferred settings: Receive alerts for “All posts,” “Highlights,” “Friends’ posts,” or “Off.”

News Feed Display

It’s not them, it’s you—or, yeah, maybe it actually is them. Either way, you may have some extremely active Facebook friends whose posts are clogging your timeline (and driving you bananas). Don’t want to go so far as to unfriend them, but need to quiet the noise? We hear you. You have a couple of options.

You can Unfollow them (different from Unfriending them or Blocking them)—basically, their posts and activity will stop populating your feed, but you’ll still be able to see their profiles and send messages. Do this by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner of an individual person or page’s post, and selecting “Unfollow [person’s name].” You can also head to the main top right drop-down menu, select Privacy and Settings, News Feed Preferences, Unfollow, and search for the person in question.

Face Recognition

The fact that Facebook can scan photos, identify faces, and suggest tags for photos is objectively cool. At first, it was actually pretty helpful—then it just got a little creepy. If you don’t love the thought of Facebook knowing exactly what you look like—and don’t need help recognizing your own or your friends’ faces in photos—you can quickly switch off this questionable feature. Go to Settings and Privacy, Settings, then choose Face Recognition in the left-hand menu. Where it asks “Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?” click Edit and select “no” from the drop-down menu.

Game and App Invitations

Do you have a Facebook friend from high school that you haven’t spoken to in years who keeps inviting you to play Candy Crush on Facebook? Not to worry, you can put a stop to that by blocking their app invites. All you have to do is go to “Settings,” select “Blocking,” and type the name(s) of your friend(s) who is sending unsolicited invites. This also works for events, apps in general, pages, and messages.

Once you’ve toggled through all the Facebook options, make sure you update your Instagram settings as well.

 

We Found the Best Tech Deals on Everything From Smart Home Devices to TVs, Starting at $17

Even though the two-day sale only has a few short hours left, the Amazon Prime Day deals haven’t gone away just yet, and that’s very much the case for the latest must-have tech, too.

This year for Prime Day, Amazon marked down tons of high-quality tech brands like Apple, Samsung, Roku, and more, and slashed prices on smart home products like WiFi-enabled  plugs, garage openers, and Amazon Alexa devices. Have you cashed in on the biggest tech deals of the summer yet? If not, now’s your chance before all of these popular devices snap back to their usual markup prices. Keep scrolling for 12 of the best tech deals right now, starting at $17.

If smaller and sleeker is more your jam, go for the Apple iPad Mini, now 24 percent off for Prime Day. Upgrade to Touch ID (AKA no more center button!), all-day long battery life, and an 8.3-inch digital touch screen with high-quality Liquid Retina display.

Still watching shows with an Apple TV from five years ago? Wait until you upgrade to the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) because you are going to love all the new features—like 64GB, 4K resolution, and an A12 bionic chip that boosts audio, video, and all graphics quality. It’s 40 percent off right now for Prime Day, so be sure to click “add to cart,” before the price hikes back up.

 

A whopping 57 percent off, this 40-inch Smart Roku TV is more affordable than ever. It’s easy to use, intuitive, and has many streaming apps built in already—like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more. Plus, you get access to 250+ free channels, from broadcast TV to live streaming channels.

If you’re looking for a slightly larger TCL TV, this 55-inch option is $50 off and includes live TV, video games, music, and more. It’s outfitted with 4K Ultra HD resolution for the best picture quality, has enhanced motion clarity, and a HighBrightness Direct LED backlight that makes brighter images that are easier to make out—even during dark scenes.

Can’t fall asleep, but don’t want to disturb someone else? Whether you’re sharing a bed with your spouse, siblings, or a roommate, these sleep headphones are situated inside of a wearable headband, and connect to your phone through bluetooth. Stream a sleepytime podcast, play some ambient noise, or whatever you have to do to get some shuteye. Oh, and did we mention no one else will be able to hear it? It’s only $16.

Smart plugs come in handy this day and age, but if your television, lights, and all other indoor devices are plugged into one, it’s time to take advantage of this $17 sale and grab one for your outdoor devices, too. Control outdoor bistro lights, the pool filter, or manual sprinklers from your phone with the help of the Outdoor Kasa.

Save $50 on the Ring Battery Doorbell Plus for Prime Day. The bundle comes with a Ring Battery Doorbell Plus and a Ring Chime Pro. The Battery Doorbell Plus has Head-to-Toe HD+ Video that includes motion detection, privacy zone features, and Color Night Vision that works in the dark. You can sign up for Package Alerts, connect it to Alexa-enabled devices, and even stream its live feed on Echo Show, Fire TV, or Fire Tablets when the doorbell detects a person or package.

For 30 percent off, the August Home Wi-Fi Smart Lock (4th Generation) secures your home with technology, rather than a standard lock and key. An upgrade to your existing deadbolt, it fits on the inside of the door, compatible with most single-cylinder deadbolts. It auto-locks and, through Wi-Fi, you can Auto-Unlock it, too, for hands-free unlocking. If you prefer it doesn’t auto-lock, you can set the timer to lock after a certain period of time. It also works with your favorite voice assistant, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.

Every year on Prime Day, Amazon Alexa devices see huge markdowns, so it’s always a good time to stock up on the latest generation. The Echo (4th Generation) is just $55 for a limited time, and it works with select streaming services like Amazon Music HD, Spotify, SiriusXM, voice-control sensors like lights, locks, and sensors, and can make hands-free phone calls to any of your friends and family that have an Echo device as well.

 

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