Google Keyboard continues to get to more advanced customization features, with the most recent version bringing the option to change the keyboard’s height (among other tweaks). If you’ve ever thought “man, I could type so much faster if this keyboard were just a bit bigger” or “I’d love to see a little more of the screen, this keyboard is just too tall!” this is a tip for you.
If you use the LibreOffice suite of programs, you’ll be happy to learn about Open365. Just as LibreOffice is the free, open source alternative to Microsoft Office, Open365 is the free counterpart to the cloud-based Office 365.
What do you do if you want to add a device to your HomeKit smart home, but the device doesn’t support HomeKit? You set up a middleman with the iHome iSP5, an inexpensive HomeKit-enabled smart outlet.
If you want a quick and easy way to monitor your home while you’re away, here’s how to set up the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit.
You probably know about the mute switch on the side of your iPhone, and you may even know about the Do Not Disturb feature. These features may seem to do more or less the same thing–keep notifications from bugging you–but they have a few distinct differences.
Picture this: You’re sitting in a restaurant or coffee shop, just casually surfing the web on your phone. Being the savvy user you are, you’re connected to the public Wi-Fi to save data. Suddenly, the public Wi-Fi stops working. But you don’t have to fret, because the “Smart Network Switch” feature on Samsung phones automatically switches to a mobile connection when Wi-Fi is too weak.
iOS makes smart use of the Home button. You can double-click to switch apps, and even triple-click to do all sorts of things. The speed at which you need to click the Home button to register a double- or triple-click is fine for many people, but if you find yourself struggling to click the button fast enough, you can slow things down a bit.
Back in Android 5.x Lollipop, Google released a new feature called “Ambient Display”—a tweak that shows notification information on the phone or tablet’s display when you pick it up or get a notification, without actually having to turn the display on.
Windows 10’s next big update, dubbed the “Anniversary Update”, comes out this summer. Here’s what’s been announced so far, along with a few goodies we’ve discovered in the first, second, third, and fourth Insider Preview builds.
Animated GIFs are everyone’s new favorite way of expressing themselves. They’ve become the moving equivalent of the emoticon, so it can be helpful to know how to create your own.
Android N will bring a lot of new, innovative, and useful tools to Android, but if you don’t have a modern Nexus device, then it’s hard to say how long you’ll be waiting to get your hands on some of these new goodies. Fortunately, if you’re running a rooted device with the Xposed framework installed, getting many of N’s new features is only a quick download away.
Google Keyboard has a ton of customization options, but every tweak requires a trip to its Settings menu. While there’s an easy way to access this menu from the keyboard itself, there’s also another way: through the app’s icon in the app drawer. Unfortunately, this isn’t enabled by default—but with one last trip into the Settings menu, a simple switch will make it possible.
If you have multiple people in your house, and want them all to have access to the Nest Thermostat from their phones, here’s how to share access to the device with other users.
If you use your iPhone’s speakerphone for the majority of your calls, then you might be a little tired of having to always tap the speaker button. Luckily, you can set it so that calls go to speaker every time.
Samsung has finally won me over.
If you like the idea of smart outlets, but wish you had one with more than just one receptacle on it, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet is worth looking into. Here’s how to set it up and instantly get double the fun.
It’s dinner time. You’re just sitting down when you get a call. On the other line, a robotic voice says: “We have important information regarding your credit accounts. Please hold to speak to a representative.”
Everyone who uses a phone case wants something they actually like. So a customized phone case with the image of your choice sounds like a no brainer, right? That’s exactly what Google is doing with “Live Cases,” a new $35 product for the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P that allows users to completely customize the look of their phone case with a photo or map. It’s…okay.
If your Amazon Echo can’t hear you from the other room, or if you just want to control it when you’re away from home altogether, you can do so with a handy third-party app.
Nexus OTA updates are a bit of an enigma—they come straight from Google, but they also depend on carrier approval before they can be sent to devices on certain networks. Getting the latest OTA update meant either waiting a few weeks, or manually flashing a full factory image, which can be a bit janky. Now, however, the process is more streamlined, so you can flash the latest update with one command, no waiting necessary.
Ever wonder why some photos look correct in some programs, but appear sideways or upside down in others? That’s because there are two different ways a photo can be rotated, and not every program is on the same page.
With the warmer weather finally arriving, many households are switching their thermostats from heating to cooling. Here’s how to do it on the Nest Thermostat.
Siri makes for a handy assistant, capable of all sorts of useful things. But if you’ve ever been in a meeting or theater and had Siri get triggered by accident, you know she can also be a bit of a nuisance. By default, Siri speaks aloud even when you have your phone muted. Here’s how to change that.
Tactile feedback from a touch screen keyboard is crucial, in my opinion, but I don’t like sounds when I tap keys. You may not be like me—maybe sounds are your thing, but vibration is annoying. Or maybe you dislike both (you rebel!). The good news is that you not only enable or disable both of these features in Google Keyboard, but you can also adjust each of them. Here’s how.
If you enjoy reading, you likely also enjoy audiobooks, since they allow you to “read” a book while you do other things. Here’s how to listen to audiobooks on the Amazon Echo using just your voice.