Two-factor authentication is an excellent way to make sure your account is secure, but having to input a code every single time you need to log in can be a real pain. Thanks to Google’s new code-less “Prompt” authentication, however, getting access to your Google account can be a lot simpler—you just need access to your phone.
If you’re tired of having to open up the SmartThings app to arm and disarm your setup every time you leave or come home, here’s how to do it all automatically without even touching your phone.
There are a few things you can do to make sure your Android phone stays as safe as possible should it stray from your hands—a good lock screen password is a solid start. What you may not realize is that there’s a way to take that security a step further by enabling SIM Lock.
Sony’s official PlayStation app, available for both Android phones and iPhones, allows you to remotely control your PS4. Use it as a playback remote or a keyboard for quickly typing without relying on the PS4’s controller and on-TV keyboard.
Amazon already makes it really easy to order stuff with its 1-Click ordering system, but the company’s relatively new Dash buttons make ordering stuff even easier. Here’s how to set one up quickly and easily.
Siri can make use of the Shazam engine to identify songs it hears, which is pretty useful–especially if you’re using Siri hands-free.. Unfortunately, you can’t just ask Siri to show you a list of a songs you’ve identified. For that, you have to dive into the iTunes app or, for a more complete list, the Shazam app. Here’s how it all works.
If you have a handful of smarthome accessories that you want to control all at once, you can instantly make changes to a handful of things in your house using “Routines” in the SmartThings app with just the press of a button.
You’re having a night out. With dinner down the hatch, you’re walking down the street with your sweetheart to the next destination. You reach into your pocket to pull out your phone, when that feeling hits the pit of your stomach: your phone is missing. Did you leave it at the restaurant? Or maybe at home? Did someone steal it? Your mind races. You have no idea.
The iPhone and iPad have a cool accessibility feature that actually lets you control the device with a tilt of your head. This is obviously useful if you have limited use of your hand and arms, but it’s also great for people who get their hands wet or dirty and don’t want to touch their valuable electronics.
There’s an emergency and you have to use someone else’s locked iPhone to call for help. Or, you need to call for help using your own iPhone, but it’s out of your reach or you’re not able to dial a number. The iPhone comes equipped to help out in both these circumstances by providing a dialing keypad for emergency use, and the ability to make an emergency call with Siri (assuming she’s turned on and ready to use hands-free).
While the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s curved side panels may seem like a pointless feature to some, it’s actually a super useful and versatile tool to have. It makes more sense on the Edge phones than a standard “flat” display, since it basically stays out of the way until you need it. The ability to customize this area is just the icing on the cake, and Samsung has included some really useful tweaks here.
If you’re looking for a frictionless way to to get your movies and TV shows from your PC to your HDTV, Plex Media Center + Chromecast is the most elegant and hassle-free way to get the job done.
Microsoft’s Xbox SmartGlass app allows you to launch games, browse TV listings, and control apps on your Xbox One. You can even use it to stream live TV from your Xbox One to your phone. It’s available for Android phones, iPhones, Windows 10 and 8, and even Windows phones.
You’re sitting at your PC and you receive a text message, so you pick up your phone, unlock it, read the message, and type one back using the tiny touch screen keyboard. Why not use your PC instead? If you’re already sitting at your computer, you can easily take advantage of your computer’s keyboard to send and receive text messages.
If you have a sensor or device connected to your SmartThings setup, but you no longer want it, it’s actually really easy to disconnect from your system.
Your iPhone keeps a history of recent calls you’ve made and received. For the most part, this list is pretty handy. If you favor privacy, though, it’s easy enough to delete individual calls from your iPhone’s call history or even clear the whole recent calls list at once. Here’s how to do it.
Android allows apps you to subscribe to apps and services, including Google’s own Google Play Music, through Google Play. If you subscribe to an app, Google will automatically bill your saved payment method until you cancel the subscription.
If you’ve ever tried to do anything advanced on your Android phone, you’ve likely heard (or read) the term “USB Debugging.” This is a commonly-used option that’s tucked away neatly under Android’s Developer Options menu, but it’s still something that many users enable without giving it a second thought–and without knowing what it really does.
A smart thermostat is a great accessory to have in your house, not only to be able to adjust your home’s temperature from your phone, but to also save money on your utility costs. Here’s how to install and set up the Ecobee3 smart thermostat in your own home.
You probably have had experience when you’re trying to spell an odd word that isn’t in the dictionary, and your iPhone keeps autocorrecting it to how it thinks it should be spelled. It might be time to teach it what you’re trying to say.
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are some of the best Android phones available right now—maybe even the best Android phones of all time. But TouchWiz has a bad rep for being ugly and “bulky” (especially with Android elitists). If this is the only thing holding you back from giving one of these otherwise excellent phones a shot, we’ve got you covered. It’s actually pretty easy to get a near-stock experience on most Samsung phones—you’ll just need to download and tweak a few things.
Apple officially unveiled iOS 10 and macOS Sierra during its WWDC keynote yesterday, but you don’t have to wait until the fall to get the new wallpapers.
In Android 5.x and below, accessing your list of running apps was simple—you’d jump into Settings > Apps > Running. Easy! In Android 6.0, however, Google moved this setting. It’s still not super difficult to find, but it’s a little trickier. But as always, we’ve got your back. Here’s how to find it once your device is on Marshmallow (or later).
Whole-house audio solutions are expensive, and often difficult to set up. Today we’re going to take you from a no-house audio system to a whole-house audio system in matter of minutes with the Google Chromecast Audio.
We’re fond of any app that will allow you to save a webpage to read later, and there are many ways to do it. If you use an Apple device, however, you don’t need anything other than Safari.