Noir Hits Politifact: “Everything They do is Skewed in Favor of Clinton”


During Tuesday’s live-broadcast of NRATV’s CN Live, host Colion Noir tore apart Politifact’s deceitful article, “NRA weakly claims that Clinton said gun confiscation is ‘worth considering’”, which attempted to shield Hillary Clinton’s true contempt for the Second Amendment.

“I don’t think I can trust Politifact anymore,” said Noir. “Everything that they are doing is skewed in favor of Hillary Clinton.”

Noir did not shy away from the fact that Hillary Clinton has said that Australia’s gun confiscation program is worth considering. He also exposed the ridiculous idea of a mandatory gun buyback program that Australia implemented and Clinton now supports: “Just because they’re paying me money to get my guns back if I’m forced to do it and if I don’t do it, I’m going to be with a crime that’s not a buyback program. That is a confiscation,” said Noir. America’s leading millennial gun rights advocate also pointed out that many of the so-called “common sense” gun control measures Hillary Clinton advocates for, have actually been precursors to countries like Australia confiscating firearms.

Check out Colion’s takedown of Clinton’s phony attempt at concealing her true plans of gun confiscation if she gets into the White House:

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MySQL Workbench 6.3.8 GA has been released

The MySQL developer tools team announces 6.3.8 as our GA release for MySQL Workbench 6.3.

For the full list of changes in this revision, visit

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This Is Huge: New Project Releases All Current (Non-Confidential) Congressional Research Service Reports

Going back nearly a decade, we’ve been talking about the ridiculousness of Congress refusing to publicly release reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS). As we’ve discussed many times, CRS is an in-house think tank for Congress that is both famously non-partisan and actually really good at what they do. CRS reports tend to be really useful and highly credible (which is part of the reason why Congress isn’t a fan of letting them out into the public). Of course, as works of the public domain, CRS reports are in the public domain, but the way it’s always worked is that the reports are released only to members of Congress. These include both general reports on topics that are released to every member of Congress, or specific research tasked by a member for the CRS to investigate and create a new report. The members who receive the reports are able to release them to the public, and some do, but the vast majority of CRS work remains hidden from public view. For the most part, both CRS and Congress have resisted any attempt to change this. Going back decades, they’ve put together a mostly ridiculous list of reasons opposing plans to more widely distribute CRS reports.

Some members of Congress keep introducing bills to make these public domain CRS reports actually available to the public. We’ve written about such attempts in 2011, 2012, 2015 and earlier this year. And each time they get shot down, often for completely ridiculous reasons, including the belief that making these reports public will somehow hurt CRS’s ability to continue to do good, non-partisan research.

At times, different organizations and groups have taken up the cause themselves. Back in 2009, Wikileaks hit the jackpot and released nearly 7,000 such CRS reports. Steve Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists has been posting CRS reports to a public archive for quite some time. There’s also Antoine McGrath’s and some other sites that all create archives of CRS reports that they’ve been able to collect from various sources.

But earlier this week, there was a new entrant: Unlike basically all of the other aggregators of CRS reports that collect released reports and aggregate them, it appears that EveryCRSReport basically has teamed up with members of Congress who have access to a massive stash of CRS reports loaded onto the Congressional intranet, all of which have been released via the site — and it appears that the site is automatically updated, suggesting that the still nameless Congressional partners have set up a way to continually feed in new reports. To avoid public pressure or harassment (one of the core reasons used by Congress and CRS to reject proposals to open up the content), the site removes the names and contact info of the CRS staffers who create the reports. The reports that are available are not just in unsearchable PDFs, but they’re fully HTML and fully searchable.

Here are a few reports that folks around here might find interesting: an analysis of ACTA and a recent deep dive into the net neutrality debate. Here’s an interesting one on promoting internet freedom globally. Since the peaceful transition of presidential administrations has suddenly become a hot topic (not for good reasons), here’s a CRS report on that from just last month. It’s also good to see that they have a recently updated list of cybersecurity reports and research for Congressional staffers to dig into (though it’s unclear how many actually do so).

And, yes, of course, there’s one on the "going dark" encryption debate, in which the CRS report rightly notes that backdoors are a bad idea, according to basically all experts:

In considering future legislation on or regulation of encrypted systems and communications, the issue of exceptional access has been raised: is it possible to create a system with sufficiently narrow and protected access points that these points can only be entered by authorized entities and not exploited by others? Experts have generally responded, no. For instance, one group of computer scientists and security experts contends that requiring exceptional access "will open doors through which criminals and malicious nation-states can attack the very individuals law enforcement seeks to defend." As was the case during the crypto wars of the 1990s, new technology (the Clipper Chip) was introduced that was intended to only allow access to certain communications under specified conditions. Researchers were soon able to expose vulnerabilities in the proposed system, thus halting the implementation of the Clipper Chip.

This is a really awesome resource — it’s a goldmine of useful information, and very thorough, careful research. I’ve only just started digging in.

The whole thing was put together by Demand Progress* and the Congressional Data Coalition, which is a project created by Demand Progress and R Street (which our think tank, the Copia Institute, is a member of). It will be interesting to see how (if?) Congress and the CRS react to this. Hopefully, they don’t freak out, and seek to shut down the various sources of this material. This really is a fantastic resource of carefully done, thorough research on a variety of topics, all technically in the public domain. Check it out.

Hopefully it will help both the rest of Congress and CRS to recognize that actually making publicly funded research public is not such a bad thing. The site itself was put together by Dan Schuman, who used to work for CRS, and he’s actually written up a fascinating blog post about why he did it and why the internal culture at CRS, against such public releases, is wrong, but endemic to the organization (he didn’t begin questioning it himself until after he left):

Over time, I came to realize that the policy concerning public access to CRS reports was counterproductive. Members of Congress could get the reports. Lobbyists and special interests could get the reports from Congress or from private vendors for a fee. Former congressional staff could ask their friends on the hill for a copy. But the general public, unless they knew a report existed, really did not have access.

And that’s too bad. CRS reports are written for intelligent people who are not necessarily policy experts. In a world that’s awash with 5 second YouTube ads, horse race political coverage, and the endless screaming and preening of political figures, these reports are a good way to start to understand an issue.

But he also notes that there are problems with CRS — some of which CRS blames on the fact that reports are being released to the public — including the fact that the reports have become "even-handed to a fault" to avoid pissing off Congress itself in talking down a bad idea. While some of this may also be attributed to worries about reports going public, this seems kind of silly. This is good and credible taxpayer funded research that’s in the public domain. If Congress can learn from it, so can the public:

CRS used to be a very different agency. It used to provide unvarnished advice for members of Congress on the crucial issues of the day. But over time, and especially during the 1990s, the mode of analysis changed to a description of issues, moving away from an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of various courses of action. I don’t mean to overstate this, and there are many examples still of prescient analysis, but there was a real change in the way CRS did its work, in large part because of existential concerns. In short, CRS was concerned about irritating its congressional masters by attacking a pet project or cherished belief. The old-timers still had great latitude, but the agency became sclerotic.

Part of this calcification included a fear of public access to the reports. At one time, CRS had published a newsletter about its latest research. And now, while its employees still testify before Congress, they were discouraged and then generally prohibited from sharing their work even with their academic peers. Agency staff grew more insulated and isolated.

But on top of that, recognizing that there are benefits to this research being public, hopefully means that CRS can get beyond just giving out "even handed to a fault" research, and can actually get back to making real recommendations. Over the years, we’ve discussed the ridiculous move by Newt Gingrich a couple decades ago to kill off the Office of Technology Assessment, which actually helped Congress understand complex technological issues in a non-partisan way. A functioning CRS could do the same thing and help put an end to stupid technology debates that often feature clueless arguments on all sides. CRS shouldn’t fear this role, nor should it fear its research being public. It’s a great resource and having it public is great for everyone.

* I’m on the board of Demand Progress, but had no idea about this particular project from them, and, in fact, heard about it from someone else entirely…

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Learn Three Magic Tricks You Can Easily Do With a Pen


Magic is mostly just how good you are with your hands. Here are three really easy magic tricks that you can pull with just a pen: making it disappear, making it appear out of nowhere, and making it look super small. Oscar Owen breaks down the techniques for each and they only involve super quick finger movements. The alternate angle reveals how easy it is.

Of course, it takes a lot more practice to make it look as fluid as Owen, but with a little bit of time and some finger exercises, you might even fool yourself into believing in magic.

[Oscar Owen via BoingBoing]

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3 pillars of the most successful tech products

If you’ve started a tech company to make a lot of money, chances are you’re bad at math — or simply delusional. Statistically speaking, your odds of a big-time payday are somewhere between zero and almost zero.

Ninety-two percent of startups fail within three years. Only 1 percent of the apps in the Apple App Store are financially successful. And even for the fortunate few companies that raise venture funding, 75 percent will fail to generate a return on investors’ capital.

Perhaps the hardest part about running a new business is knowing what to prioritize. There are hundreds of decisions to make, and keeping sight of what’s important and what’s not is a constant challenge. But when it comes to helping teams stay focused, I have found one model to be extremely useful: It’s called the GEM framework. The origin story of the framework is uncertain, but I’ve heard a similar model was first used during the early days of LinkedIn.

A company’s job is to find a sustainable way to deliver value to customers, employees and shareholders. To do this, the company must never lose sight of its GEM: growth, engagement and monetization.


Growth is all about how a company finds new users or customers. Fundamentally, it’s about getting the right message in front of people who need what you have. I call these messages “external triggers.” External triggers are delivered through various channels, including television commercials, salespeople, emails or word of mouth.

Some external triggers, like one satisfied customer telling another about your product, cost you nothing. Others, like running ads on Google or buying billboards along the highway, can cost big bucks.

It’s important to recognize that growth is a process and a practice, not an end state.

There’s nothing inherently better or worse about one external trigger versus another. What matters is whether the trigger fits your business. Viral growth is wonderful, but difficult to engineer and sustain. Meanwhile, buying media can produce a steady stream of customer interest, but can be expensive. The growth question to answer is: “Are we getting better at drawing the attention of people who need our product?” Quantifying the answer to that question means tracking the number of new users or customers over time, as well as the cost of earning their attention.

It’s important to recognize that growth is a process and a practice, not an end state. Companies satisfied with their growth strategy are at risk of losing customers to their competitors. The growth hackers I know manically look for new channels and relentlessly test how many potential customers can be found and for what cost.

Growth question: “Are we getting better at drawing the attention of people who need our product?”
Growth metric: Number of new users or customers, and the cost of finding them.


With some products and services, customer engagement is naturally infrequent — think of the way people buy real estate or book vacation travel. Other businesses require constant, habitual engagement to survive. Apps like Facebook, Slack, Salesforce and Snapchat need to become a habit, or else they go out of business. If the service isn’t used often, these products become less useful, and eventually customers never return.

Retaining customers means keeping them engaged, whether they’re checking in on an app or checking out of a purchase. Some businesses depend on repeat customer engagement more than others. But most critical for investors, founders and employees is to understand what brings people back.

To track engagement, companies should calculate the percentage of people using their product or service frequently enough to be classified as “retained.” For some products it’s once a year, for others it’s once an hour. The question “Are we getting better at engaging people who need our product?” is answered by calculating the growth in the percentage of retained customers.

Engagement question: “Are we getting better at engaging people who need our product?”
Engagement metric: Percentage of retained users or customers.


Finally, companies need to turn some of the value they create into cash or they go out of business. There are many ways to capture value. Companies can charge a subscription fee, sell a one-time purchase or create marketplaces where they take a share of the transaction between buyers and sellers.

When it comes to monetization, the most crucial question is: “Are we getting better at capturing the value we create?” The metric here is profits. But it’s essential not only to ask how the company is doing today, but also to understand how much untapped demand exists for the product. This is the only way to predict whether a company will be sustainable in the near term and to make bets on how big the company can get in the future.

This is where people get “lucky” with startups. While skill, diligence and process drive user growth and product engagement, predicting future markets is notoriously tough — so much so that being smart can actually be a disadvantage.

Without a big unseen market and a way to hold on to it, future profits are no sure thing.

Smart people tend to try to predict future markets by reading industry reports, designing models and running numbers. However, with access to similar information, people tend to come to similar conclusions. That’s why being right isn’t enough. Paradoxically, if you are right and everyone agrees with you, competitors will see the opportunity too, enter the market and eat away at your profits.

Therefore, when it comes to monetization over the long term, there’s only one way to achieve it: You’ve go to see a future market others don’t. Next, if you can spot the big untapped market on the horizon, you’ve got to, as Warren Buffett advises, protect it with “unbreachable ‘moats.’” There are only five ways to defend your market from competitors: economies of scale, network effects, regulatory protection, brand and habit.

Without a big unseen market and a way to hold on to it, future profits are no sure thing.

Monetization question: “Are we getting better at capturing the value we create?”
Monetization metric: Profit.

A necessary trinity

Growth, engagement and monetization are interlinked, and each is insufficient on its own.

The most highly engaging, habit-forming product will fail if it’s used only by a small number of people who pay too little for the service. The overwhelming majority of apps in the App Store are never found by a critical mass because the companies behind them have failed to find a way to profitably draw users’ attention.

Similarly, an amazing growth strategy using the latest viral hacks is pointless without a way to retain and profit from the growth. Viddy, the video-sharing service and Snapchat predecessor, shocked Silicon Valley in the spring of 2012 by acquiring nearly three million users in a month. But shortly after investors ploughed $30 million into the company, it became clear the app was a leaky bucket that could not retain its users.

Finally, huge market potential is useless without a way to profitably reach and engage customers. For example, music-streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are a daily habit for millions of people, but if song owners manage to extract all the value by imposing stricter copyright terms, they have the power to destroy the streaming services.

Of course, businesses have to worry about all sorts of other things (see Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas for a more detailed analysis). But thinking through the GEM framework is extremely effective for keeping teams on track.

As Tomasz Tunguz, a partner at Redpoint Ventures, told me, these three criteria “help make sure the team is allocating resources correctly.” When it comes to monitoring and regularly communicating what matters, the GEM framework is precious.

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The Proper Way to Finish Surfacing Wood Furniture

One of the appealing things about crafting a piece of furniture from wood is that it already has a pleasant color and texture. You might not want to hide it under a coat of paint, and a good stain can really bring out the natural texture. Here’s how to do it right.

In this video from This Old House, wood-finishing expert Bruce Johnson demonstrates how to treat a wood table and prime it for a perfect finish. The first thing you need to do is give the wood a light sanding along its grain; Johnson recommends you start with a 120 grit or so. (He also prefers to sand by hand, as belt sanders can be too aggressive.)

To avoid blotchy stains, he then applies an oil-based wood conditioner that will prevent the stain from pooling in unwanted ways. Once your wood is treated with the conditioner, you don’t have to be particularly neat when applying the stain itself and you can use a paintbrush, rag, or whatever works. What matters more, according to Johnson, is wiping it off. You need to wipe off the excess stain that the wood hasn’t absorbed.

Finally, he lets it dry for around eight hours before applying a polyurethane varnish (stirred, not shaken!). In this case, you do want to use a decent brush and not a cheap sponge so as to avoid air bubbles. One key thing to remember is that if you started with an oil-based conditioner, you should follow through with an oil-based varnish. (If you start with water-based, then stick with water-based.) Johnson finishes up with a light sanding after the table has dried and does another coat for a resilient finish. Watch the video for the full explanation.

How to Finish a Wood Table | YouTube

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Eight hours of air traffic in one image

A couple years back, a composite image showing seven hours of takeoffs at LAX airport went viral. The man behind that image, Mike Kelley, has spent the time since working on expanding his initial idea.

The result is Airportraits, a photo series that repeats the trick . From Tokyo’s Haneda to London’s Heathrow, Kelley sat, stood and occasionally danced while shooting hundreds and thousands of photos of aircraft taking off. He then stitched the images together to create a composite image (a single image comprised of elements from multiple photos) that represents his time at each location.

Kelley leaned on his experience as an architectural photographer to build the images. He often uses light painting, blending natural and artificial light to create composite images that cast buildings and interiors in an almost magical light.

Where the Airportraits differ from the original viral image is in composition. While the LAX image was impressive, there was no sense of place; it could’ve been any airport, anywhere. For the new series, Kelley shot from a range of vantage points — a Sydney shot from a beach, Tokyo from a boat out on the bay, Amsterdam over a meandering river and so on. There are also people, animals, cars and other elements that sell each image as a scene, or a story, more than before.

Perhaps my favorite from the series is the image atop this article, taken near Zurich, Switzerland. It depicts eight hours of takeoffs from a pair of runways. Speaking to Resource Magazine, Kelley explained what makes this image so special: "Due to a complicated noise abatement scheme, Zurich Airport actually uses runways oriented in different directions depending on how light or heavy the winds are. This made for a very interesting photo when combined with the idyllic Swiss countryside that surrounds the airport," he said.

You can view more of the series on Kelley’s site, read more about individual images at Resource Magazine or buy prints in various sizes from his store.

The Big Picture is a recurring feature highlighting beautiful images that tell big stories. We explore topics as large as our planet, or as small as a single life, as affected by or seen through the lens of technology.

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How to Stream Tonight’s Presidential Debate, No Cable Required

How to Stream Tonight's Presidential Debate, No Cable Required
Illustration by: Sam Woolley

The third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is tonight at 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific, 4am Moscow time. And if you want to watch it without a cable subscription, there are plenty of options.

The debate is being hosted by Chris Wallace of Fox News in Las Vegas—an appropriate location for the apocalypse, as any Stephen King fan knows. The six topics of the debate have already been announced and will include discussions on immigration, the economy, debt and entitlement spending, the Supreme Court, “foreign hot spots” (whatever that means), and “fitness to be president.”

Given the insanity of this election cycle, we fully expect the “fitness to be president” portion of the debate to just be a push-up contest. Tell me you wouldn’t watch that. I’d watch that. I’d watch the hell out of that.

Whether it’s on YouTube, Twitter, virtual reality, or just an old fashioned browser, you can pick your poison below.

The number of livestreams to choose from is an embarrassment of riches, which is quite a transformation from the days when cordcutters couldn’t even watch a presidential debate live. Like those strange and backward days of August of 2015. Remember that era? Look at that stage! It was so big! We were such dorks back then.


There are plenty of options for watching the debate on YouTube:

  • NBC News is livestreaming the debate on its YouTube channel.
  • PBS Newshour also has a livestream of the debate on YouTube.
  • And C-SPAN will have its own stream of the debate on YouTube.


Twitter is livestreaming Bloomberg TV’s coverage of the second debate at


AltspaceVR – Virtual Reality

Much like the first two debates, AltspaceVR has partnered with NBC News for a virtual reality presentation of the debate. If you own a Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift, you can go to AltspaceVR to watch the debate “with people from around the world” if that’s your kind of thing.


Most of the major news outlets will also have livestreams on their homepages. There’s Reuters, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, C-SPAN, and plenty of others.

If you have a cable subscription, but prefer to watch on devices like your tablet or phone, you also have that option. We at Gizmodo call these the “half-cord” options. All of these methods require a cable subscription to login to the major cable networks.

CNN Half-Cord

Fox News Half-Cord

Again, we fully expect there to be plenty of fireworks, since this election season has been nothing but fireworks.

Seriously, can you even remember the scandals of last month? Last week? Yesterday? Probably not. Because when every single moment of your life is filled with fireworks you stop ooh’ing and ahh’ing at the colors and light. At some point those explosions just become the incessant background noise of a pageant that you’d like to stop.

Here’s to you and yours, and don’t forget to turn off your devices now and then for a mental health break. We still have three more weeks of political explosions. And we all have to try our best to get through it with our minds intact.

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Set Up a Home Wireless Intercom With These Clever Gadgets

Wireless intercom systems are an important subset of the home security market

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. These systems, which take many forms, have become quite popular in recent years as technology has improved, and prices have dropped. In this article, you’ll learn about the different types of home intercom systems on the market and the security they provide.

Why Purchase a Wireless Intercom System?

Wireless intercom systems are an excellent way to communicate with others in your home or when someone is at the front door. They also provide peace of mind in the event of an emergency

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, when seconds count.

Unlike traditional intercom systems, wireless systems are easy to install and usually don’t require any additional costs. Because there are no wires to worry about, there are also fewer risks. They’re also simple to remove if you decide to move to another location.

Today’s intercom systems take many forms, from simple walkie-talkie based systems to those that allow you to talk to anyone in the world.

Easy Setup, Low Cost

The most basic wireless intercom systems can take the form of a base/intercom station and rechargeable hand-held radio combination. These systems offer maximum flexibility since you can add new portable radios at any time. The Samcom Digital Wireless 10-Channel Intercom ($64), for example, comes with one walkie-talkie, but you can add more to suit your needs.

Samcom Intercom

Two-way radios are also a popular choice both for daily use and during an emergency. Many of these radios, such as the Motorola MH230R ($50/CDN$ 64.57) also include weather channels with alert features.

There are also systems that include multiple intercom stations that you can arrange throughout your home. The 4-Room Wireless Intercom System ($217/CDN$ 391.06), like many others on the market, requires no connection to AC power. Instead, they operate on regular AA batteries.

Looking for more? The 9 Channel Home or Office Wireless Intercom System 4 Station ($175) and Chamberlain NLS2 Wireless Portable Intercom-Double Unit ($65/CDN$ 456.90) are also worth considering.

For Babies and Children

Baby monitors

8 Tech Products To Keep Your Baby Room (and Baby!) Safe and Secure

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also make great home intercom systems. They allow you to hear or see your child remotely and talk to them. As your child ages, these monitors become a useful two-way intercom.

There are many baby monitors on the market. Among these are the following.

The Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor and Night Mode ($100/£92/CDN$ 119.96) provides a secure private connection to your child with a range of up to 900 feet. Talkback, a night light, and built-in lullabies are just three of its features.

Samsung SafeView

The Samsung SafeVIEW Baby Monitoring System ($159) includes a 3.5-inch high-quality LCD. From afar, you can control pan, tilt, and zoom, or talk to your child using the built-in two-way microphone and speaker. Other features include night vision and quiet mode.

See and Hear

Most room-to-room intercom systems come without video. One of the few that does is also one of the most feature-rich systems currently on the market.

The Nucleus video intercom promises to connect “rooms, homes, and unlimited mobile devices.” Each Nucleus unit includes a 120-degree HD camera that lets you see the whole room and everyone in it. Better still, Nucleus features Amazon Alexa, which allows you to listen to music in stereo, get the news and weather, and control other smart devices.

Nucleus Intercom HD

You can connect an unlimited number of Nucleus devices to a single system. You can also use Nucleus to connect to others outside of your home when they use the free Nucleus Mobile Companion app.

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom with built-in Alexa Voice Service, 3 Pack

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom with built-in Alexa Voice Service, 3 Pack

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A single Nucleus unit costs $249, while two units are $398. A three unit pack is $597. When you buy directly from the Nucleus website, each additional unit is $200.

Video Doorbells and Phones

Home intercom systems that monitor your front door are extremely popular and are available at various price points. Each features video capabilities

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. Among those are the following.

The Seco-Larm Enforcer Wireless Video Door Phone ($185/CDN$ 200.90) establishes verbal and visual communication with a person at the door. It also provides an easy way to lock and unlock doors via a handset monitor.

Seco-Larm Enforcer

With the Enforcer, you can view and communicate with visitors

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up to 492 feet away. Whenever someone approaches, a sensor activates the camera and takes a photo, which can be viewed and stored on the handheld monitor. Built-in LED lights shine on the area in front of the camera so you can see guests during day and night.

The Ring Video Doorbell ($250/£159/CDN$ 244.56) allows you to see and speak with a visitor at your door from anywhere using your mobile device. Each Ring doorbell comes with an HD camera with night vision and intelligent motion detection.

Ring Video Doorbell

For added security, you can purchase Ring’s optional video recording feature, which captures every activity detected by the motion sensors, including doorbell button presses. Ring stores the HD video in a cloud. Ring comes in various styles to match your tastes and home decor.

Skybell Camera Alarm

The Skybell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell ($199/£149/CDN$ 304.51) serves as both an outdoor video camera and a doorbell. The device features 1080p high-definition video and works in concert with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, and Google’s Nest.

August Doorbell Cam

The August Doorbell Cam ($169/CDN$ 159.99) offers a one-way camera view of visitors, which ensures privacy. The device also allows you to lock and unlock an August Smart Lock from anywhere in the world. The August Doorbell Cam is available in various colors and styles.

Brinno Peephole

The Brinno Peephole Viewer ($69, CDN$ 107.45), the least expensive solution on our list, is all about seeing who’s at your door without letting your visitor know that you’re home.

With a push of a button, the LCD shows you who’s at your home without darkening the peephole. From there, you can decide whether to respond or not.

Wrap Up

Whether you’re a new parent looking for a way to communicate with your baby from another room or a senior concerned with who’s at the front door

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, wireless intercom systems have you covered. These systems come in various styles and price points to suit your needs. When looking to add security to your home, consider a wireless intercom system.

What type of wireless intercom do you use? Let us know below.

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Download Free & Fearsome Halloween Printables for All Ages

The internet hosts myriad awesome sites full of free stuff to print

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Here are some of the awesome things you can print for free. You can print anything on the web — from cheat sheets for your kitchen to details maps for any travel destination.
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. Why should Halloween be any different? If you know where to look, your printer is all you’ll need this October 31 for anything.

Remember, you’ll need a good printer if you’re going to use any of these, preferably with a color cartridge. If you don’t have one, seek out your local print shop. It’ll still be cheaper than buying readymade decorations.

Everyone and their neighbor is throwing a Halloween party. What will make people come to your party? An invitation card that shows just how much effort you’re willing to put into your party.

Halloween Printables -- Owl Invitations

The folks at The Balance gathered up links of fantastic printable invitations from different places on the web. Of the lot, Martha Stewart’s owl invitations are our favorite, but there’s a large collection here, so pick what suits your style.

Make sure you go to a good printer to get these done. The colors are more complex than what a budget home or small-office printer

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will be able to handle well.

Kelli, AKA the Freebie Finding Mom, lives up to her name with this collection of free printable decorations with a Halloween theme. It’s easier than using smart technology to spruce up your Halloween party.

Halloween Printables -- Party Decorations

They’re not all her own, but the links still work and you’ll get a variety of monsters and thematic artifacts. There’s a dracula, a scarecrow, a Halloween flag/banner, a spider’s web, a bat banner, a black cat, Frankenstein, a skeleton, little ghosts, or an assortment of wall decorations.

Download, print, and you’re ready to go. Perfect to fix your house up at the last minute.

For last-minute home decoration, nothing is easier than The Graphics Fairy’s spooky silhouettes. She has designs of a vulture, a raven, a rat, and a crow.

Halloween Printables -- Window Silhouettes

The designs are just outlines. Print them out, then put them on black cardpaper or stock paper. Cut along the design and you have your silhouette. Go stick it on your window. It’s a cheap and classic decoration trick for Halloween

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The Graphics Fairy recommends covering the inside of the window with rolls of white paper, so the silhouette really stands out against the light.

The internet is full of masks you can print out. But Mr. Printables has made perhaps the best masks for children this Halloween.

Halloween Printables -- Monster Masks

There are six masks you can print: a black cat, a green monster, a scary moth, a Jack O’Lantern, a skull, and a spider. You can download the final artistic version, or get the blank uncolored one to unleash your creative juices. Remember, coloring can be a surprising stress-buster

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Ideally use heavy stock paper to print the masks. You’ll also need a craft knife to cut the eye holes. And some glue and rubber bands to wear around the ears.

If you want masks for adults instead of munchkins, check out WonderHowTo’s collection. Or you can get some hideously scary Halloween makeup ideas

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from the web.

Here’s a cute one. You are going all out with your kid’s Halloween costume, but a few more accessories won’t hurt. These printable finger puppets are fantastic. And they will keep the child’s enthusiasm intact before donning the costume.

Halloween Printables -- Finger Puppets

Make And Takes’ single A4 sheet should ideally be printed on a thick paper, or printed and pasted on cardboard. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around the shapes. Punch or cut holes where shown, so that your child can stick their fingers through it. Finger puppets!

Unless you’re a skilled craftsman, you can’t just grab a carving knife and go nuts with that pumpkin. Carving a face is difficult work. Pumpkin Pile makes it easier than ever though.

Halloween Printables -- Pumpkin Pile

The site is filled with patterns for Jack o’Lantern faces. Browse through categories like traditional, classic Jacks, cartoons, movies, super heroes, sports, video games, words, celebrities, vehicles, animals, and symbols. Each pattern has a difficulty rating, so you know what you’re getting into.

Download it, print it out, and hold it to your hollowed-out pumpkin. Using a toothpick, poke a bunch of holes along the outline. Then get your knife and start carving. Don’t worry, Pumpkin Pile has full instructions.

It’s a slow process, but get through it and you’ll have the best-looking Jack o’Lantern in the neighborhood. Pumpkin Pile is great for free DIY Halloween projects

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In case you’ve bought a pumpkin but are feeling too lazy to carve it, here’s a simple alternative. Family Education has a bunch of printable masks that you can simply stick on the pumpkin.

Halloween Printables -- Jack o'Lantern Parts

You can choose from an array of black eyes, noses, and mouths. Print it on a piece of paper, cut it out, and use some tape to stick it. It’s not going to look awe-inspiring, but it’ll get the job done.

If you haven’t bought a pumpkin, the site has you covered there too. Just download their Jack o’Lantern printable and print it. It’s blank white with an outline, so you can even fill it with different colors if you want.

You want to stand out from the crowd? Spend a little time making Rob Ives’s pop-up pumpkin. Everyone is going to remember the person who made these incredible little things.

Halloween Printables -- Pop-Up Pumpkins

The pop-up pumpkin is all about paper art. You print out the downloadable PDF, and cut, fold, and glue as instructed. It’s not an easy project, but the end result is stunning.

Squash and flatten it, and put it into your Halloween invitation or under a glass. When someone picks it up, the Pop-Up Pumpkin will pop out into a 3D pumpkin! It’s not one of the amazing props you can make with a Raspberry Pi

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, but it’s flat out cool nonetheless.

If you plan on giving a few gifts this Halloween, wrap it in this cute ghoul-themed wrapping paper. It’s so well made and it looks so great! You could even use it to create little parcels of candy.

Halloween Printables -- Ghouls Wrapping Paper

The paper is available in two colors: black and white. The ghouls stand out more against the black one, but that obviously will use much more ink. If you’re printing at home, go with the white version. The black version is good for printing at a professional store.

Kristen Magee set to work making a set of hand-drawn labels with a Halloween theme, going with the white-black-orange colors. They look incredibly cool and will give a visual boost to just about anything.

Halloween Printables -- Labels and Stickers

You can print them on a regular paper and use tape to stick them, or print them out on sticker paper. Remember, if you’re using sticker paper, cut them before you peel them! If you peel first, you’ll have limited time to cut the sticker.

If you’re entertaining a bunch of kids (or senior citizens), nothing passes the time like playing Bingo. Heidi from OneCreativeMommy made a set of 30 unique Halloween-themed bingo cards that you can download for free.

Halloween Printables -- Bingo Cards

This is a perfect tool for teachers who want to bring a little festive cheer into their classroom. The PDF also comes with 24 singular images of the icons, which you can cut and mix. Pick from them and make a grand show.

What Should You Print and What You Shouldn’t?

In our opinion, while there’s plenty of other stuff you can print, it might be more advisable to buy it. For example, cupcake wrappers shouldn’t be printed at home on regular A4 sheets, you should be using special wrapper paper.

Which items do you think are better bought than printed for a cheap DIY hack?

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