How to stop spam calls

Date: 11 Apr, 2021
Plus: First impressions of a new Sonos speaker, the best French press and more
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Rosette Rago

How to stop spam calls

Spam and scam calls are a nuisance. More than 4 million Do Not Call complaints were filed last year in the United States. Here’s how to reduce the amount of unwanted calls you get without having to ignore every unknown number. 

First impressions

The Sonos Roam Speaker

The soon-to-be-released Sonos Roam may be the most versatile speaker available.

In our early testing, we found that the Roam was able to seamlessly switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Small, portable speakers are not usually known for having high-quality sound, but the Roam adapts to your surroundings and whatever you’re listening to in order to provide a balanced sound. We found this speaker sounds as great on a bookshelf as it does in an echoey bathroom. The Roam is also voice activated and waterproof, and (like other Sonos devices) it can be used to start a multiroom speaker system.

But the Roam is not perfect. We plan to continue testing it, and in the meantime, you can read more of our first impressions. The Sonos Roam will be released on April 20, but it’s available now for preorder.

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More this week

The Best Online Tax Filing Software

Doing your taxes may never be considered fun, but the right tool can turn the worst annual chore into a manageable—and, dare we say, rewarding—activity. Here are our recommendations.

This Washing Machine Made Small Apartment Living Bearable

These days, no one wants to have to leave home to clean their clothes in an enclosed public space.

The 3 Mug Warmers We Love for Keeping Our Coffee and Tea Hot

If you’re prone to forgetting your cup right after pouring it, here’s our advice: Rather than reaching for the microwave and burning your tongue on too-hot coffee, consider the humble mug warmer.

The Best French Press

A French press is a great option if you want to make coffee at home—it’s quick and easy, and it doesn’t hog counter space. These are our picks for making a flavorful, full-bodied cup of coffee. 


These are some of the best deals we’ve seen this week (that are still around).

Simplifi by Quicken Budgeting App

$30 $40

Buy now from Simplifi
One-year subscription + 30 days free

A good budgeting app should offer a sophisticated platform for managing your money, without monopolizing your time or being confusing to use. Simplifi by Quicken lets you seamlessly sync your bank accounts, and it combines tools that encourage you to stay within your means. Simplifi isn’t free, but it’s less expensive than competitors with comparable features.

Simplehuman Under-Counter Pull-Out Can

$64 $80

Buy now from The Container Store

This trash can is the best option if you don’t have room for a larger, free-standing can or you prefer your bin to be tucked out of the way. The 30-liter can sits in a sturdy metal frame that doesn’t wobble, and it glides smoothly on its track. The track comes pre-assembled, and it takes only eight screws to mount it to the base of your cupboard. 

Puro PuroQuiets Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Kids

$75 $100

Buy now from Puro
Use promo code WIRECUTTER

Praised by our testers for their overall build and sound quality, these headphones offer long-lasting battery life as well as volume limiting, for a safer listening experience. The wireless design is also handy for avoiding tangles and preventing unwanted snags when you’re on the go. If your family travels frequently and you’re in need of a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones, this notable-competition option is a worthwhile investment.

Port Products Marine Layer Under Eye Recovery Gel

$27 $42

Buy now from Port Products
Use promo code WRCUTTER20

Almost anyone can benefit from using a soothing eye cream in the morning. The difficulty is finding a good one. This recovery gel uses a combination of red algae, kelp, and other microalgaes to help combat dark circles and puffiness under your eyes. It also provides a refreshing cooling sensation as it works. 

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