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December 3 · Issue #45 · View online
The Digital Life
As another year comes to and end, we’re closing it out with some great reading for you! (always curated with care 🙂) It seems like we didn’t curate as much in November with the lengthened holiday specials and other news items taking precedence. However, we found some interesting tidbits.
First, check out how Amazon is planning to share your wi-fi with strangers by default and read a little about Apple’s new and AMAZING Macbook chip. Then, how about three ideas to improve your security to close this year out? If you’re still shopping, we included two of the best tech shopping guides we ran across. Finally, learn about some crazy new technology and some crazy old technology. (Or rather, it was crazy before it was invented - read on to see why!)
Best wishes for a safe and happy December!

Newsworthy notes
Amazon Sidewalk will be enabled by default on Echo devices
Apple's new MacBook and Mac Mini could change PCs as we know them
Three ideas to improve your security
Do an annual password check
Check your smart device privacy and security
Sign up online with a burner number
Still shopping? We've got you covered
Introducing Engadget’s 2020 holiday gift guide
Google's Shopping Gift Guide will show you what everyone's buying
Best TV streaming service for cord cutters: Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and more compared
Crazy new technology
New device puts music in your head — no headphones required
Crazy old technology - light the candles on the tree?
Ed Johnson's Lights
Ed Johnson's Lights
Yep, prior to 1882, if you had a Christmas tree and someone told you to light it, you’d strike a match and proceed to the candles. 😮 Hopefully, you didn’t have a dog, cat, kid, or inebriated family around! 🙂
From Today in Science History: The long-standing tradition of using candles on a Christmas tree was both sentimentally popular but also dangerous as many house fires resulted. Thus, the use of a string of light bulbs to illuminate a Christmas tree had an important side benefit of increasing safety.
Yet the idea was captivating, not because of safety, but because of the novelty of electric light when Thomas Edison’s business associate, Edward H. Johnson, in 1882 decorated a Christmas tree in his own home with small electric light bulbs. When Johnson first used them on 22 Dec 1882, it was just three years after Edison had invented a practical way to manufacture them.
Johnson’s glowing Christmas tree was visible through his home’s windows, and caused a stream of people to pass by his house, intrigued by this new use of electricity. It was described in an article by William Augustus Croffut, a Michigan newspaper reporter. Read more
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
It’s nearly here, the end of a historic year. Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season. Be safe, be socially distant, and remember to be thankful for all of the technology keeping us together!
Oh, and good luck with the Christmas lights!🙂🎄🎄
A classic......
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