Smarthome products aren’t cheap, and completely outfitting your house with these devices can be an expensive endeavor. However, here are some things you can keep in mind if you’re looking to save some cash when you go to upgrade to a smart thermostat, smart lights, and more.
While Apple has made serious improvements to the HomeKit smarthome framework, there are still more than a few ghosts in the machine. Let’s look at how to banish the extremely frustrating “Address is not registered with iCloud” error to get your system back up and running.
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.
Ever wish you could send YouTube and other web videos from your phone or laptop to your TV? It’s a trick you’ve probably seen Chromecast and Apple TV users pull, but don’t feel left out: you can get it working in Kodi too.
Breathing mindfully isn’t just a fad or buzzword, it can help you focus and sharpen your concentration. This in turn, allows you to better deal with anxiety, stressful events, and negative emotions like anger and impatience.
Modern smartphones and cloud photo services want to automatically upload every single photo you take to the cloud. This ensures all those photos you take are safely backed up somewhere, but it isn’t ideal for every single photo. Unfortunately, companies like Apple and Google haven’t gotten that message. Here’s how to control which photos get uploaded, and to where.
Over time, your Mac has inevitably amassed a lot of files in the Desktop and Documents folders. If you have more than one Mac, you can now share them easily over iCloud, and you can also access these files anywhere, on any device.
A behind the scenes feature in iOS 10, SiriKit, makes it easy for you to control and use your favorite apps with Siri–if you know where to look. Let’s set this new voice control up and take it for a spin.
iOS’ autocomplete skills are a wonderful convenience until they become overstuffed with old entries. Is an old, outdated phone number or email address showing up in the list? Removing them from your contacts won’t remove them from the autocomplete list–you have to do that separately.
Belkin has an entire line of smarthome devices that go by the WeMo name, including a smart light switch that you can control from your smartphone, allowing you to turn on and off lights (or anything else connected to that switch) right from your smartphone.
It may not be the riot-gathering game it was at launch, but Pokémon Go continues to receive substantive updates from developer Niantic. Most recently, it introduced a catch bonus, which finally gives purpose to most of those medals you’ve been earning.
The interactions you have with your phone’s keyboard are easily some of the most intimate relationships that you will have with your mobile device. It is the mouth through which all your texts, emails, and other messages are spoken, and frankly…typing on a small keyboard is a pain. So choosing the right one can make things all the easier.
Unlimited cellular data is tough to come by. Keep an eye on how much data you’re using to avoid paying overage fees or having your data speed throttled down to a trickle for the rest of your billing cycle.
Whether you’ve upgraded to the newest model or you’re the proud new owner of a family hand-me-down, the first thing on everyone’s mind is how to get everything from their old iPhone onto their new one. Here’s what you need to do.
With each new version, Apple Maps becomes better, to such a point where it’s hard to even miss Google Maps. One new and much-welcomed addition to Apple Maps is the option to add stops along your route.
People love customization, and if there’s one thing Android is really good at, that’s it. And Google’s Messenger is no exception. Every conversation has a specific color, but you can change the color of any conversation through its menu.
I need to listen to music while I work. It’s either that, or listen to the sound of my own breathing, which is enough to drive me into a state of existential despair. But the hardest part of listening to music every day is deciding what to put on. I just want to press play and go so I have something to fill the silence.
The Philips Hue app can do a handful of cool stuff with your Hue lights, including the ability to schedule your lights to turn on and off at specific times throughout the day. Here’s how to set it up so that you never have to flip a switch ever again.
Data is data…except when it’s not. T-Mobile makes things a little confusing by giving you a certain amount of data, then offering unlimited music and video streaming that doesn’t count against the allowance–but only for certain services.
Android’s launcher is one of the most important parts of the user interface. It’s the first thing you see once the device is unlocked, and it’s the primary way you interact with the home screen. It’s where your widgets live, where the app drawer is found, and where you customize the look of your phone.
Who needs Alexa when you have Siri? tvOS 10 allows you to control your various smarthome devices from the Apple TV using just your voice. Here’s how to take advantage of such a feature and control your home without even busting out your smartphone.
Most of us are familiar with Siri as an American female voice. What you may not realize is that you can actually change Siri to have a different accent, gender, and language.
If you aren’t using Android’s “Wi-Fi Assistant”, you should. It automatically secures unsafe public wireless networks by using a Google VPN, so attackers can’t access your data.
By default, your Apple Watch will remind you to stand, notify you of your goal completions and achievements, and give you a weekly summary of your activity. Tired of seeing all these notifications? No worries. They’re easy to disable.
Apple Maps has gotten decidedly better since its infamous unveiling a few years ago. Here’s a feature you may not have noticed: you can view a map with public transit routes or with satellite images.