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Android Wear is a useful tool to have—notifications on your wrist are a brilliant thing. But it can also be incredibly distracting, especially if the notification isn’t “important.” Maybe you want something on your phone, but it has no place on your wrist. Here’s how to stop specific apps from pushing notifications to your watch.
Notifications are one of the worst things about smartphones. It’s one thing to get notifications for things you want, like text messages, but it’s a completely different story if your phone is beeping because someone has invited you to play a game on Facebook.
Installing Philips Hue bulbs is a great way to boost your lighting game, but since they heavily rely on an internet connection, you might be wary of going all in and blanketing your house with smart lights. The good news is that there isn’t a whole lot to worry about—here’s what happens whenever your Philips Hue lights go offline.
When you configure a proxy server for a Wi-Fi network, your iPhone or iPad will use it when accessing that network. This is sometimes required to access the Internet on a business or school network, for example. Your network traffic will be sent through the proxy you configure.
Android Wear is a useful and worthy counterpart to your mobile phone, putting notifications and Google Now right on your wrist. The thing is, sometimes you want to capture something that’s on the screen to show someone, or even document a bug. Taking screenshots on Wear isn’t as straightforward as it could be, however.
There are plenty of good reasons to delete the occasional Facebook message. Perhaps you’re planning a surprise birthday party for your partner or sharing an important password. We’re not here to judge the reasons why, just to show you how. So, here’s how to delete a message in Facebook Messenger.
If you only want a small section of your Nest Cam’s field of view to be subject to motion alerts, you create “activity zones.” That way, you’ll only receive notifications when motion has been detected only in a certain area—like your driveway, for instance.
We’ve talked a lot about how to manage mobile data on Android, but what if your home internet has a data cap too? That can be an issue, especially if your phone starts chewing through your cap with background tasks. The good news is there’s an easy way to get Android to treat specific WI-Fi networks as if they were cellular networks.
Depending on where you have your Nest Cam set up, you might receive more notifications than you really need. However, you can customize your Nest Cam notifications so that you only the receive the ones that you truly care about at times when you need them.
If you’re out and about shopping at your local Walmart or Target store, you’ve probably noticed a lot of products adorned with emoji, like the seemingly ubiquitous smiling pile of poo. Have you ever wondered if you can just make your own emoji merchandise?
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.
If you have Nest Aware set up on your Nest Cam, it can record video around the clock. However, this can quickly use up your bandwidth and data, so if you don’t need it recording at all hours, here’s how to automatically turn the Nest Cam on and off based on your location (using Home/Away Assist) or on a strict schedule.
So you’ve got your Samsung Galaxy device and the company’s accompanying virtual reality headset, Gear VR. That’s awesome! Gear VR provides a great, inexpensive taste of what virtual reality has to offer. Let’s show you how to get that thing all set up and running so you can strap it your face and travel to far away lands. Get hype.