Alexa and the Amazon Echo make for a great voice-driven personal-assistant and hardware platform combo but even the sensitive microphones in the Echo have their limitations. Extend the reach of your Echo with the companion Voice Remote for whole-house functionality.
The Philips Hue lighting system is really awesome and easy to control entirely from your smartphone but people love physical switches. The new Hue Dimmer Switch is the perfect way to add a wall switch into your Hue lighting system. Let’s take a look at how it works now.
If you feel like Alexa just doesn’t understand you as clearly as she should it might be time for a little one-on-one voice training. Read on as we show you how to train Alexa to recognize your speaking voice and get a better user experience in the process.
Between the recent sales and the upcoming holiday there are a lot of people who either just got an Echo, plan on buying one, or will get one as a gift. Let’s take a look at how to set it up and some useful things you can task your Echo with.
Apple TV has even more sophisticated content and purchase restrictions than its predecessors: it’s dead simple to restrict mature content, apps, and purchases. Let’s take a look at how to set and manage the restrictions.
Tired of your Apple Watch nagging you to stand up? You’re not alone. Read on as we show you how to tell the little smart-watch-wonder to get off your back. Conversely, if you’re into getting bossed around by your watch, we’ll show you how to turn it back on.
For certain router configurations, shared networks (such as those found in hotels and dorms), and other situations it’s important to identify your Apple TV’s IP and/or MAC address. Read on as we show you how.
Your Apple TV can automatically turn your television on, switch to the right HDMI input, and even control the volume. Read on as we show you how to teach your Apple TV to control your TV.
It’s that shop-til-you-drop time of year again and retailers have already spent most of November with teaser sales and ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Read on as we show you how to score the best deals and avoid getting ripped off.
We get a lot of questions here at How-To Geek about energy consumption and whether or not you should put your devices to sleep or unplug them. We’re here to tell you definitely: no, no you shouldn’t. Unconvinced? Read on.
If you want access to all the features of your HomeKit powered smart home when you’re away from home sweet home, you’ll need to enable remote access via your Apple TV. Read on as we show you how (and highlight some of the setup quirks).
If you own an iPhone it’s practically a guarantee you’ve run into iCloud nagging you to upgrade your storage and, equally guaranteed, it’s on account of your overflowing photo collection. Read on as we show you how to get unlimited (nag free!) storage with Google Photos.
While you can restart your Apple TV or put it to sleep by diving into the system menu, there’s no need to do so; you can perform these two handy functions right from the remote control.
Although automatic updates are enabled by default on the new Apple TV, it’s useful to know how to check your tvOS version number and manually update it. Read on as we show you how.
Your Apple TV, by default, goes to sleep fairly quickly when not in use. That’s great for power saving but not so great if you like to keep it on. Let’s take a look at how to extend how long it stays awake or disable sleep mode altogether.
Let’s face it, gaming with a TV remote is mostly a novelty and frustrating for anything more complex than simple games. If you want to unlock the gaming potential of your shiny new Apple TV you need to pair a real game controller. Read on as we show you how.
Broadband is the lifeblood of the modern household and it’s incredibly frustrating when your Internet connection is flaky. Read on as we walk you through our tried and true troubleshooting techniques so you can pin down exactly where your connectivity problems are coming from.
The setup process for the Apple TV is pretty user friendly but that doesn’t mean a walk through and some helpful configuration tips aren’t in order. Whether you’re setting yours up right now or considering purchasing one, follow along to see how the process works.
When you need to wake up without disturbing everyone around you a silent vibration-based alarm clock is just the ticket. Many smart watches and fitness trackers have just such a feature built in and you can easily take advantage of it with just a few settings tweaks.
The sharing system in iOS is one of the more overlooked features and, within that feature, the ability to customize the options of the sharing system is even more overlooked. Read on as we show you how to tweak the sharing system to fit your needs.
Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinker in a lot of geeks; there’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.