If you’ve spent any amount of time exploring the set-top box software scene, you’ve likely heard of Kodi. Formerly called XBMC, Kodi can extend your Fire TV’s functionality with more channels and content. The thing is, it can be a bit more difficult to install than on other platforms. Here’s how to do it.
After years of being on people’s wish lists, Netflix has finally started rolling its most oft-desired feature: the ability to download movies and shows for offline viewing. This option is available in the Netflix apps for iOS, Android, and Windows 10.
Google Assistant, originally a Pixel-exclusive feature, has now made its way to pretty much all Android devices. As a result, it’s harder to actually get to Now, since the default action has been hijacked by Assistant.
If you’ve noticed that your phone’s screen is turning on without you touching the phone—or whenever you pick it up—it’s thanks to a (somewhat) new feature in Android called “Ambient Display”. Here’s what it is, and how to turn it off.
Android Wear watches aren’t necessarily like your phone: they’re more of an auxiliary device than a standalone unit, so most of the time you don’t install a bunch of stuff directly onto the watch itself (though with Android Wear 2.0, this is possible). But you can store music on it for freedom from the phone, so sometimes you just need to know how much storage is left on the watch so you don’t run out. Here’s how to check it.
How important are the specs under your smartphone’s hood, really? That may seem like a silly question, but honestly: are specs what define phone’s worth?
Google Drive is great—you can access your files from anywhere, on pretty much any device, and sync them between your computers. But there’s also another great feature: sharing. If you have a file that someone needs, it’s as easy as a few clicks (or taps) to shoot them a download link.
You know what’s exciting? New games, game updates, and system updates. You know what stinks? Waiting for them to download. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait—with a couple of simple tweaks, you can easily make sure your PlayStation 4 or Pro always has the latest goods.
If you’re rocking Android on your wrist, there’s a chance you’ve learned to rely on its convenience pretty heavily. And if you’re in that position, then you probably also know how annoying it can be if your watch runs out of juice in the middle of the day.
Want to see what this VR thing is about, but don’t want to plop down a bunch of cash? Google Cardboard is an insanely cheap way to try it out. And, despite being a Google product, it works on iOS as well as Android. Google is fair, y’all.
Android Wear has the ability to store music on the watch for on-the-go listening away from your phone. But you don’t have to use its tiny little speakers (if your watch even has speakers)—you can actually pair a Bluetooth headset with your watch and leave the phone at home.
With the recent software update to version 4.50, Sony added something to the PlayStation 4 and Pro that has long been requested: the option to set custom wallpapers. Here’s how to make it happen.
Dropbox is an excellent tool for making sure you have access to all your important files on whatever device you’re using. Finding out how much storage space is currently used up in your Dropbox folder can be slightly annoying, but we’re here to help.
People have long wanted to transfer images to their PlayStation consoles, but with the recent update that (finally) allows custom wallpapers, there has never been a better time to know how to do this. The unfortunate thing here is that there’s no straightforward way to simply transfer images to the PlayStation, so a workaround in necessary.
If you have a compatible phone, Google’s Daydream is arguably the best cheap way to access VR. It’s also the most intuitive solution that doesn’t require shelling out hundreds of dollars, thanks to the convenience of a compatible controller.
Sometimes, the automatic ambient lighting adjustments in Chrome OS just stop working without giving you an explanation. That explanation is actually pretty simple, though, as is the solution to the problem.
If you’re hungry for a taste of this new-fangled virtual reality, Google Cardboard is by far the cheapest (and easiest) way to get in on the action. Sure, it’s not as high quality as something like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or even the mobile-focused Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream, but it’s still a nice experience for the little investment involved.
Sometimes, you want the world to watch you play games. Sometimes you want to just play alone. And those times, it seems like no sooner than you get into the main screen of your favorite game, boom: here come the invites, messages, and all the other stuff you don’t want to deal with. You just want to game in peace!
There comes a time in every person’s life when they just need to play a game without disturbing someone else. But who wants to mute the game, losing potentially crucial details? Many modern games rely almost as heavily on audio as video at this point, so muting really isn’t an option. The good news is that there’s a way to send all audio to the PlayStation’s DualShock controller with headphones attached.
Mobile virtual reality is the new hotness out right now—phones that users can strap into headsets and get a real, genuine VR experience are a great way to see what VR’s all about without the huge price tag. And when it comes down to it, Google nailed it with Daydream View.
If you’re in the market for a streaming set-top box and are also an Android user, you’ve undoubtedly considered Android TV. The thing is, this is a really confusing landscape: there are a lot of “fake” Android TV boxes floating around out there, and only a handful of official boxes actually worth considering.
When it comes to PC gaming, NVIDIA arguably rules the roost. And in recent years, the company has gone to great lengths to take its gaming presence to the next level with services like GameStream and GeForce Now. The thing is, these services can be kind of confusing for new users, especially when you’re trying to figure out which one best fits your needs.
Android Wear is a useful tool for checking notifications and getting quick info without having to actually take out your phone. But it’s kind of useless if your watch’s battery is dead. Here’s how to figure out what’s causing your battery drain.
Android TV is an excellent product for anyone who wants to expand their current living room setup—it makes easy work of streaming most content, has a slew of games (that are actually worth playing), and is relatively inexpensive. But what happens when an app you want on your TV isn’t available for your device?
Webapps have come a long way. Thanks to features like notifications, they can even replace traditional desktop apps for many people. But if you’d rather not be bombarded by notifications, though, here’s how to manage Chrome’s notifications (and block them from certain apps).