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How to buy refurbished gadgets

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Buying a refurbished tech product will save you money compared to buying it new. It also gives a device a second life instead of sending it off to be recycled. And especially during these times when demand is high for all kinds of tech, buying refurbished is sometimes the only way to get your hands on a product when retail channels are strained or just completely out of new merchandise.

Those are all good things — yet “refurbished” is still a loaded word for a lot of people. New means new, a product that nobody else has used. On the other hand, buying something refurbished can be a gamble, despite the fact that the product is probably more affordable.

If it has been refurbished, that likely means the product was either broken or roughed up enough to warrant a repair. It could also mean that whoever bought it simply decided they didn’t want it and returned it to the store. The definition of what makes for a refurbished product varies depending on the seller, though something that may ease some worry is that there are US laws that prevent once-used tech from being sold as new.

Still, buying refurbished brings up a lot of questions. Did the original manufacturer refurbish the product, or was it done by a third-party company? Was the product restored to a like-new state, or will it look visibly used when you receive it? Was it professionally cleaned and sanitized, and does it come with new accessories? Does it have a warranty, and who will be accountable if it breaks?

It’s easy to see why a lot of people might prefer to just pay more for something new. However, it’s possible to both save money and not get swindled when buying refurbished products. Below, we’ve laid out some tips that you can follow when buying refurbished tech as well as links to trustworthy retailers. None of this is fail-proof, but it will make the process a lot safer — and you can end up with some great devices at lower prices.

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What to look for when you want to buy refurbished

In general, if you purchase a refurbished product from its original manufacturer, it’s far less of a gamble than buying from a third-party retailer. The manufacturer is likely to have higher standards for refreshing and repackaging the product, and — crucially — should have access to authentic materials and components. But there are also many companies that exist solely to refurbish products, and they can do a good job, too. You’ll just need to be extra vigilant, ask the right questions, and make sure all of your questions get answered.

In other words, if you’re buying a refurbished product, it helps to have criteria. This will quickly become second nature once you start making a habit of looking at refurbished tech. Here are some questions to start with:

  • What condition is it in? Is it in like-new condition or somewhat used?
  • Does it come with all original accessories and documentation?
  • What kind of warranty does it have, and who is providing it?

The answers to those questions aren’t necessarily obvious. Sometimes, the product might be visibly damaged, come in a different box, or only have a six-month warranty. That’s all right, so long as you know in advance of buying it. In fact, you can often use this info to your advantage to save some money, as resellers may sometimes lower the cost if the product isn’t in perfect condition. You’ll just have to decide what you’re willing to settle for.

What is an open-box product?

Sometimes products will be listed as “open-box.” This term can mean something different depending on the retailer, but most use it to mean that the product was opened by a customer who bought it, then it was returned to the store in its original box with all of its accessories. In other words, it didn’t need to be refurbished because the assumption is that it either wasn’t used at all or was only used once and then repackaged. Generally, it’s safe to assume that an open-box product will in good condition, though it never hurts to ask for clarification or seek the info somewhere on the webpage.

 

 

Some people might feel iffy about buying refurbished earphones or other tech products you use in or on your ears.
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Is there anything that I shouldn’t buy refurbished?

Ultimately, that’s your call to make. Some staffers at The Verge make a sour face at the idea of using refurbished headphones, especially in-ear headphones. I think it’s natural to have that reaction, considering how intimately you would use a product like that. Many, but not all, companies thoroughly clean refurbished products before reselling them. Though, for some people, something that has been used that way is forever unclean.

In my opinion, the most important thing to make sure of when buying a refurbished product is that the warranty is good enough to support you if the device fails. And if the retailer says that your product will arrive in a clean, well-packaged state, make sure that what you receive is representative of their claims.

Where can I find refurbished tech products?

Refurbished products don’t usually get the spotlight from retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, or B&H Photo. You also won’t find them sitting on the homepage of Apple, Google, Nintendo, Sonos, or Olympus, to name a few. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find refurbs on these sites. Here are some places to try.

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Best Buy’s Outlet, as it’s called, is the retailer’s dedicated site for refurbished tech. Here’s Best Buy’s claim for its refurbs:

Refurbished products have been repaired and restored to like-new condition. All parts and accessories that would have been included with the original product are present, and our thorough inspection process ensures that the product is clean and in working condition.

Products purchased through the Outlet are subject to Best Buy’s standard return policy. In terms of warranty coverage, it says that refurbished products sold through its Outlet “often include a limited warranty through Best Buy.” Given that it doesn’t broadly give all refurbished products a warranty, it’s worth investigating a product before you buy it.

You can also browse for the product at Best Buy you’re actually looking for, then scroll down the page until you see the “Buying Options” tab. Click it to see some other, more affordable options for buying similar devices. Sometimes, what you’ll see are refurbs, but most of the time, they are simply open-box returns.

Best Buy page listing for the Google Pixelbook Go 

 

You might find refurbished or used options at Best Buy by clicking the “Buying Options” button.
 

Amazon Warehouse is the section of the retailer’s site dedicated to used, refurbished products — or “renewed,” as Amazon calls it. If you shop regularly for tech on Amazon, you stand to save some money here. Here is the fine print from Amazon on its renewed devices:

[Amazon Renewed products] have been professionally inspected and tested to work and look like new by Amazon-qualified and performance-managed suppliers. The inspection and testing process typically includes a full diagnostic test, replacement of any defective parts, and a thorough cleaning process carried out by the supplier, or by Amazon. The products have no visible cosmetic imperfections when held 12 inches away. The products may be packaged in a generic box and come with the accessories expected for a new product, with exceptions, if any, mentioned on the product detail page.

You can discover renewed products for lots of tech products here. You can also find Warehouse deals by looking into the “used” options on the product page of the device you’re interested in. If Amazon offers a refurbished or used option, it will be listed right at the top. In the “condition” section listed next to the price, it will include any disclaimers you should be aware of in relation to the product’s condition.

Amazon Warehouse listing for Devil May Cry 5 

 

Amazon Warehouse’s refurbished or used options are usually located at the top of the “used” offers
 

Amazon also owns a company called Woot that often hosts appealing deals on refurbished tech. That site is usually upfront about warranty information for each device, as well as the condition that it’s in. Woot applies a 90-day limited warranty to most of its products, though you can purchase a SquareTrade protection plan at checkout.

eBay is another good source for the refurbished tech of all kinds. Official reseller pages from brands like Nintendo (which, at the time this was written, wasn’t taking orders) exist, which you can trust for selling high-quality refurbished products. Best Buy, Dell, DJI, and other major retailers sell refurbished tech through eBay, and you can usually trust those, too. Otherwise, if you’re buying from a one-off seller you’ve never used before, check their ratings and reviews as a guide, and refer to the set of questions we mentioned above when you shop.

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Apple has one of the best refurbishment programs around. All of the products sold as refurbished will arrive in “like new” condition with at least 15 percent in savings compared to the cost of a brand-new device. Products will ship in a white box with all of the original accessories. In addition to having a one-year warranty, you can purchase AppleCare for your refurbished purchase. Just to give you an idea of the level of care Apple puts into its refurbs: it replaces the battery and the outer shell of all iOS devices.

 

 

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Google sells a few refurbished devices (when this was written, it was just selling the Pixelbook and a three-pack of Google Wifi mesh routers) through its Google Store. It says that these products are in like-new condition and have been cleaned and repaired. They come with a one-year warranty directly through Google.

 

 

Several Sonos products are cheaper when you buy them refurbished through the company.
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Sonos sells refurbished audio products on its site, each of which comes with a one-year warranty from the company and a 45-day money-back guarantee. Additionally, Sonos says each product has received internal and external cleaning and inspection and comes in a brand-new box with all original accessories and cables.

 

 

Nintendo’s Switch rarely sees a discount, though you can save money by purchasing one refurbished through its site.
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Nintendo usually sells refurbished Nintendo Switch consoles through a page that’s somewhat hidden. It’s currently sold out due to the demand spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic. In normal situations, you’d be able to save some money on a refurbished unit. Here’s what Nintendo says of its process for refurbishment:

The Nintendo Switch is now available as an Authentic Nintendo Refurbished set only from Nintendo, and it comes with our standard one year warranty. Although it may have minor cosmetic blemishes, it is guaranteed to be fully functional. We think you will find the standards for Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Products are VERY high.

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The Oculus Rift headset is available refurbished through Oculus at a discounted rate.
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Looking for a VR headset? Oculus has been selling refurbished Oculus Rift headsets for $299. It says that you can expect your purchase to have been “inspected, cleaned, and tested to function and look like new.” I should mention that I purchased one of these to play Half-Life: Alyx and my experience of buying refurbished was great.

Not sure if your favorite brand sells refurbished? Just search!

The chances are in your favor that your favorite brand sells refurbished tech. I was in the market for a desktop graphics card upgrade recently, and I found that both EVGA and Zotac had a steady flow of refurbished (sometimes referred to as B-stock) graphics cards. The odds were also in my favor when I was looking for refurbished lenses for my Olympus camera. Nikon offers its own refurbished products, too. Just search!

It’s possible that some brands don’t offer their own dedicated shop for refurbished goods. In that case, sites like Blackmarket, Decluttr, Daily Steals, and others offer refurbs — and usually with a good warranty. In fact, there are some sites that are dedicated to selling refurbished products. Though, you might have to do some extra snooping around to find what you’re looking for.

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How to watch Private YouTube Videos with or without Permission (Best Ways)

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Hey, Guys Want to watch Private YouTube videos? Then this article is for you. Here I am going to share tricks that will help you to watch private YouTube videos without accessing any permission.

Youtube is the most popular platform use to share personal and professional videos with the whole world. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day.

But Youtube provides the facility of Privacy Settings to its users. Uploaders have the choice to share it with everyone or keep it private.

Private videos are those videos that can only be seen by the Uploaders or the person that have permission. There are some age-restricted videos on YouTube that require signing your Google Account.

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Why can’t you watch private videos on youtube?

Here are some reasons you can’t watch private videos.

  • Some uploaders set their privacy settings as private. You can only watch private videos if someone shares the link with you.
  • You can’t search for the private video as private video can’t be seen in the search results, and it will not appear as a recommended video.
  • As well as, Subscribers will not be informed that private videos have been uploaded.

How To Watch Private Youtube Videos

With Permission

It’s very easy to watch private YouTube videos with the uploader’s permission.

  •  Contact the owner of the video and request him/her to send you the link, so you can watch the video.
  • Click on the link provided by the owner and enjoy watching.

Why you aren’t able to watch a private video if you are given the link too? Then, there might be a few reasons

  1. Check if you have any YouTube Account or not.
  2. The video might be open with the special link which is to be shared by the owner.
  3. You might have multiple accounts on YouTube.

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Watch private Youtube videos without permission

If you want to watch any private video without seeking permission from the owner, you just need to follow these few steps.

  • Visit a private YouTube video you want to watch.
  • Delete watch? from its URL.
  • The result will be https://www.youtube.com/v=nhSRe5UbCIY.
  • Press the Enter key.
  • The use of this method will help the private video be unlocked and you will be able to see it in the full window without signing in.

Note: This hack might not work for all the users.

Watch Private Youtube Videos without Sign in that is previously viewed on PC

When you previously viewed a video on your computer that was later marked as private.

  •  Use a utility named Video Cache View to get the video that was downloaded to your cache.
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  • Cоnvеrt thе vіdео іntо аn МР4 fоrmаt usіng а sоftwаrе nаmеd GРАС.
  • Usіng thе Vіdео Сасhе Vіеw utіlіtу, уоu саn рlау thе сасhеd vеrsіоn оf thе рrіvаtе vіdео.

Wrap Up

Hope you find this article helpful. Note that age-restricted videos may require sign-in as they contain malicious content. We do not encourage it.

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How to connect a PS4 or Xbox game controller to your iPhone or iPad

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How to connect a PS4 or Xbox game controller to your iPhone or iPad

iOS 14 came with a major update and thus you can connect PS4 or Xbox game controller to your iPhone or iPad. Now the games are not restricted to gaming consoles only. Apple Arcade draws 100 games that you can play on your iPhone ($699), iPad ($270), and Apple TV ($179). This is something huge but tapping on a glass screen is not always satisfying.  So, scroll down the article below to know how can you connect a PS4 or Xbox game controller to your iPhone or iPad.

Setting up things is not so difficult. Just a free setting changes and you will be done. BelowI have shared the procedure to connect PS4 and Xbox controller to Apple devices.

Read below!

How to connect a PS4 or Xbox game controller to your iPhone or iPad

Steps to Connect the PS4 controller

The handy PS4 controller gives a completely different experience to play games. Follow the steps below to connect it to the iPhone or iPad.

  1. Take your PS4 controller.
  2. Now Press and hold the PS Button and the Share button together for a few seconds.
  3. When the light on the controller flashes white, it shows it is now in pairing mode.
  4. Then Open Settings of your device and go to Bluetooth and turn it on.
  5. Find DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller in the list of devices.
  6. Tap on it to pair.
  7. That’s all! You are done!

To disconnect the controller, simply go to Bluetooth settings and unpair the Dualshock 4 wireless controller.

For an Apple TV, al the steps are the same, except step 4. Go to Settings then click on Remotes and Devices and then Bluetooth.

Steps to Connect the Xbox controller

Connecting the Xbox controller is the same as connecting the Playstation 4 controller. just a little difference in Step 2.

  1. Take your Xbox controller.
  2. Now Press and hold Xbox Button and Connect Button together for a few seconds until the controller comes in pairing mode.
  3. Now Go to iPhone/Ipad device Settings then head to Bluetooth and Turn it on.
  4. Find Xbox Wireless Controller in the list of devices, and pair it.

If you’re pairing with an Apple TV then go to Settings then Click on Remotes and Devices option and finally go to Bluetooth.

Steps to Connect the other game controller

If you have any other game controller other than pS4 and Xbox then also you can connect tat to your Apple device. Woah!

Follow the steps below to know the exact procedure.

  1. Grab your XYZ controller.
  2. Bring it into pairing mode by pressing some keys out. You can find it in the manual.
  3. Now go to your device, turn on Bluetooth, and find for controller name.
  4. Tap tp pair and you are done!

That’s all! This is all how you can connect your iPhone and iPad to various different controllers.

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Final Verdict

Playing games using a controller is fun-filled and when you have the option to feel that fun then why not to! In fact, share this with your friends and family and have more fun with them. I guess you now know well how to connect a PS4 or Xbox game controller to your iPhone or iPad. The steps are very simple and easy to follow.

I hope you would like the article. Share your feedback. Thanks for reading!

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How to stream HBO Max

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HBO Max has arrived. Combining the vast content empire of AT&T’s WarnerMedia — HBO, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, DC Entertainment, TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, The CW, Crunchyroll, and Adult Swim — into a single streaming service already gives HBO Max one of the broadest streaming catalogs around.

Additional licensed content, including the works of Studio Ghibli, titles from the Criterion Collection, shows from the BBC, and popular series like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, make it one of the most high-profile streaming services yet. And that’s in addition to original shows and movies that will be exclusive to HBO Max.

But HBO Max is also one of the most expensive streaming services around, costing $14.99 per month — vastly more than Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus.

Interested in trying it out? Here’s everything you need to know about getting started with HBO Max

How much does HBO Max cost?

HBO Max costs $14.99 a month, making it one of the most expensive streaming services around. That price is the same monthly cost as HBO Now, however — and HBO Max offers all the content that had been available on HBO Now, plus all that WarnerMedia stuff.

There’s also a free seven-day trial for anyone looking to give it a shot before they pay up, along with plans for a cheaper, ad-supported version of HBO Max set to launch sometime in 2021.

What’s the difference between HBO Max and HBO / Go / Now?

WarnerMedia’s streaming options have grown… complicated, to say the least, with the addition of HBO Max. Here’s how things break down across all the various services:

  • HBO: the premium, paid cable TV channel. Purchased through your TV provider as an add-on to your existing TV package, costs vary by subscriber.
  • HBO Go: the online streaming app and website that lets you access HBO content if you pay for the HBO channel. Included free with HBO (the cable TV channel).
  • HBO Now: the standalone streaming service that costs $14.99 per month that lets people who don’t pay for cable get access to HBO. Offers the same content that HBO Go does, although they’re different apps across all platforms. In theory, HBO Now should be obsolete with the introduction of HBO Max, although that’s not quite the case yet.
  • HBO Max: The new WarnerMedia service that combines the existing HBO Go / Now library — all of HBO — with additional content, including Warner Bros. blockbusters, popular TV shows like Friends, Cartoon Network shows, classic films, Studio Ghibli titles, and new, exclusive originals.

Will I get HBO Max for free if I already pay for HBO or HBO Now?

This is where things start to get a little tricky. Depending on where you get your current HBO or HBO Now subscription — or which AT&T cellphone plan you have — you might already be getting free HBO Max.

For existing HBO customers: If you subscribe to HBO through a cable or internet TV provider, there’s a very good chance that you’ll have access to HBO Max already. Major providers like AT&T TV, Cox, DirecTV, Hulu, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon Fios, and Comcast Xfinity are all supporting HBO Max — if you already have HBO through one of those providers, you should be able to log in using your usual credentials. A full list of supported providers is available here.

For existing HBO Now customers: If you pay for HBO Now through HBO Now directly or through Apple, Google Play, Samsung, Optimum, Verizon Fios, Consolidated Communications, or Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, then your account will be converted to an HBO Max account.

AT&T customers: Some of AT&T’s wireless, internet, and TV plans also include free HBO Max, including AT&T’s Unlimited Elite wireless plan and AT&T Fiber’s 1 Gig plan.

If you pay for HBO Now through another provider, though — like, say, Amazon — then you won’t have access to HBO Max, even if you log in on another, non-Amazon device. If that’s the case, you’ll have to wait until WarnerMedia works out a deal with your provider or switch your HBO Now subscription over to a different company (or just subscribe directly through WarnerMedia).

What can I watch on HBO Max?

HBO Max includes HBO’s entire content library, including shows like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Succession, and more. But that’s just the start: it’ll also include a huge amount of classic and modern Warner Bros. films, like the Harry Potter series, DC’s superhero movies (including the upcoming Zack Snyder cut of Justice League planned for 2021), and the entire Studio Ghibli catalog (except Grave of the Fireflies for some reason). Major popular TV series, like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will also be available.

But like all major streaming services, HBO Max will also have exclusive content that won’t be available anywhere else, including Love Life (out now), the forthcoming Adventure Time: Distant Lands (a spinoff from the popular animated series), and An American Pickle. HBO Max also has numerous original shows and movies in production for the future, including a Gossip Girl reboot, Dune: The Sisterhood, a Green Lantern series, Grease: Rydell High, Station Eleven, and more.

Where is HBO Max available?

Right now, HBO Max is only available in the United States at launch, but WarnerMedia is looking to expand the service internationally — including Latin America and Europe — in the future.

What devices can I watch HBO Max on?

HBO Max is available on Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Samsung smart TV platforms (from 2016 and onward — in fact, the “new” app is actually just an update to the existing HBO Now apps on those platforms). There’s also a desktop web player for streaming on Mac, Windows, and Chromebook devices.

Notably missing from that list: Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku, neither of which can access HBO Max. (Both platforms do offer HBO Now apps, but they haven’t been updated to HBO Max and can’t access the additional content).

Can I share an HBO Max account with friends and family?

HBO Max can be streamed on up to three different devices simultaneously, so you can share an account with friends and family members. The service also allows for multiple user profiles to be created, with options for parentally controlled “Kid” profiles on which parents can set content ratings limits.

Can you watch HBO Max shows offline?

HBO Max content can be downloaded locally, but there are a few limitations: users get a total of 30 downloads per account across all devices and user profiles. Unwatched downloads also expire after 30 days or after 48 hours once you’ve started watching it. Users will be able to renew expired downloads, although it’s not clear if there’s a limit as to how often you’ll be able to do so. Additionally, only five copies of a show or movie can be downloaded at once across your various devices.

HBO Max also offers two different download options: “highest quality,” a larger file that will take longer to download, and a “fastest download” option that offers a smaller file that will download faster.

How do I sign up?

HBO Max can be signed up for in a variety of ways: customers can go to HBO Max’s website and subscribe directly through WarnerMedia or purchase a subscription through a supported TV or internet service (see the full list here).

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