As you research new smarthome products to put in your home of the future, you’ll come across a lot of terms and categories that seem completely foreign. At the top of the list: “ZigBee” and “Z-Wave” products. What does this mean, and what’s the difference between the two?
The iPhone has been around for a long time, yet there’s still no easy way to add your custom ringtones to it. The process is convoluted and required (gulp) using iTunes. But if you’re determined, it is possible.
Back in Android 4.2, Google hid Developer Options. Since most “normal” users don’t need to access the feature, it leads to less confusion to keep it out of sight. If you need to enable a developer setting, like USB Debugging, you can access the Developer Options menu with a quick trip into the About Phone section of the Settings menu.
Setting up a simple home security camera is a great way to keep tabs on your house while you’re away. A dedicated system is great, but in a pinch, you can use an old, spare smartphone that you have lying around.
Altering or expanding the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network that you have set up in your own home is one thing, but what do you do when someone else performed the installation and did an exceptional job of “hiding” the router in a discreet, out-of-the-way location? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has some useful suggestions to help a frustrated reader find an elusive router.
Group texts are great because they allow you to collaborate and communicate with several people at once while on-the-go, which is useful if you don’t have mobile Internet access and can’t use a dedicated chat client like Slack or Hangouts.
That feeling you get when you close the wrong browser tab by accident is no fun. Fortunately, Safari for iOS, like most modern browsers, provides a way to recover from your little mishap. You just have to know where to look.
Controlling your lights, switches, and other smarthome products from your phone is really cool, but it can be inconvenient to open up an app just to turn something on or off. Here’s how to make things a bit quicker and easier and control your Belkin WeMo Switch right from the home screen on your Android device, or from the Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad.
You might have heard that there is a somewhat unknown Facebook inbox where potentially scads of filtered messages go to die. It turns out, there are actually two. Here’s how to make sure you’re getting all your messages.
Google introduced full-device encryption back in Android Gingerbread (2.3.x), but it has undergone some dramatic changes since then. On some higher-end handsets running Lollipop (5.x) and higher, it’s enabled out-of-the-box, while on some older or lower-end devices, you have to turn it on yourself.
Your iPhones and iPads automatically back up to Apple’s iCloud. But Apple is awfully stingy with iCloud storage, only offering 5GB for free. If you want to avoid the monthly fee but keep backing up to iCloud instead of to iTunes, we have a few tricks for you.
Android “N“ is the upcoming version of Google’s mobile operating system, but you don’t have to wait until the release date to get your hands on the latest and greatest features. If you have a compatible Nexus device, you can install the developer preview of Android N right now.
By default, iMessage on the iPhone and Mac show the sender when you’ve read a message. That can be handy sometimes, but not always. The good news is that the feature is easy to turn on and off.
It happens to the best of us: you leave the house, drive away, and realize you left the lights on. With Hue, you don’t need to worry about that anymore: you can set your lights to turn off automatically whenever you leave the house (and turn them on automatically when you return home).
If you own an iPhone or iPad, then you’ve probably noticed a 3D effect on some wallpapers, where it seems like your home screen icons are hovering over the top. You can actually do this with almost any image without special software.
Two-factor authentication provides an extra layer of security for your online accounts. Many online services are offering two-factor authentication, including Apple. However, Apple’s two-factor authentication needs some explaining, since it exists in two slightly different forms.
Windows 10 is designed to be an always-connected, always-up-to-date operating system. It’s the most data-hungry version of Windows yet, but you can restrain it from going all-out on your home network with a few tricks.
iPhone battery life has increased significantly over the last few years, but it’s still possible to find yourself staring at a depleted battery by the end of the day. Extend the time between charges with the right battery case.
The Nest Thermostat lets you adjust your home’s temperature right from your smartphone, but if you don’t want other people to mess around with it, here’s how to lock your Nest Thermostat with a passcode.
If you use a Windows or Linux PC as your primary computer, but have an iPad or iPhone as one of your devices, you can’t simply transfer photos over to it by plugging it in. Instead, it is best to use iCloud to accomplish this.
In December 2015, Google added reminders to the Google Calendar app for Android and iOS users. Now Reminders have also been added to Google Calendar for the web–you may have seen them pop up in your calendar recently. But if you’d rather hide them (or switch back to Google Tasks), it’s very easy to do so.
The dictation button on the iOS keyboard is in just about the worst place you can imagine. On the iPhone in particular, it’s hard to hit the spacebar without accidentally starting up dictation. If you don’t use dictation, you can remove the microphone button by disabling dictation entirely.
Cheap Android phones are quickly becoming commonplace—for as low as $99, you can get a reliable, initially-impressive handset that you’re free to take to a bunch of different carriers. While these bargain-bin devices are definitely appealing, you have to ask yourself: is it really worth it?
The Belkin WeMo Switch can turn just about any ordinary appliance into a smart appliance. Just plug it in, and control it from anywhere. Here’s how to set it up.
When you got your new Sonos player, you probably found it easy to set up. It even offers to automatically scan your music folder. What you may not realize is that you can also add a variety of music streaming services.