If you’re on board with your Apple Watch nudging you to move a little more or get up from your desk now and then, but you’re not a big fan of it nagging you to breathe, it’s easy enough to silence the reminders.
If you’re going to put an internet-connected thermostat in your house, you should do whatever you can to keep it secure. Here’s how to enable two-factor authentication on your Nest account to help thwart attackers.
With the new (or new to you) Google Assistant, you can control smart home devices like the Nest thermostat, Hue lights, and more with just your voice—right from your phone. Here’s how to set them up.
You’re sitting on your couch, browsing the web on your laptop. Some music would be nice, but you don’t really want to put down your laptop, pick up the remote, and browse your music collection with your TV remote.
You don’t need a gaming mouse to play PC games—just about any mouse with two buttons and a wheel will play anything you want it to. But that’s no reason to deny yourself the wonderful variety of gaming mouse designs on the market. A gaming mouse won’t make you a pro, but it can give you a slight competitive advantage and make some games much more comfy and convenient to play.
It’s all too easy to lose your phone around the house, especially if you’re prone to losing things in general. However, your Amazon Echo can help you find it using some neat third-party services.
Walmart has billed itself as the low-price leader, and they are usually hard to beat…but they don’t always have the lowest prices. Using the Walmart app is a great way to “catch” them when they don’t.
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.
Modern technology has made photography a lot more accessible. In the early days, photographers had to painstakingly focus their lens by hand before they took a photo. If they missed focus, the image (and the expensive film they were using) would go to waste. Now, almost all cameras, from your smartphone to a high-end DSLR, use autofocus to make it easier to get sharp shots.
Android allows you to configure proxy settings for each Wi-Fi network. This is sometimes required to access the Internet on a business or school network, for example. Your browser traffic will be sent through the proxy you configure.
You can play the new Nintendo Switch on the TV or on the go…which means your kids can get twice as addicted to it. Here’s how to set time limits, bedtime reminders, and content restrictions on the Switch.
Bluetooth headphones are the future. The iPhone 7 dumped the headphone jack and, with USB-C becoming more popular, other manufacturers are likely to follow suit. And sure, the main advantage is that they get wires out of your way—but there’s another, often unrealized, benefit in a feature called “Multipoint”.
If you’ve ever noticed that your phone’s battery goes from 60% to 50% in a matter of minutes, only to remain on 50% for what seems like ages, it probably means the battery needs to be calibrated.
If you use Netflix long enough, you just might get the feeling that you’ve seen every category they have to offer, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. By tapping into Netflix’s unpublished “secret” category system, you can browse Netflix in a whole new way and find some pretty cool content in the process.
Google Home is usually pretty good at recognizing when you’re talking to it, but sometimes it fails. By default, Google Home will show colorful lights whenever you activate it, but if you want it to make a sound too, you can do so.
Back in ancient days, when you wanted a movie, you got off the couch and went to the video store. Sure, you had to leave your house and talk to a person (things no one has to do against their will in 2017,) but you didn’t need to wonder where to look for what. Every store had basically every movie.
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.
If you set up a timer on the Amazon Echo and walk out of the room, you may not hear the timer go off. The good news is that you can receive a push notification on your phone when the timer’s up, no matter where you are.
How much bandwidth and data are the devices on your network using? Bandwidth hogs can slow down your entire network, and per-device data usage is important if your Internet service provider imposes a bandwidth cap.
Most Linux distributions include the bash shell by default, but you could also switch to another shell environment. Zsh is a particularly popular alternative, and there are other shells, like ash, dash, fish, and tcsh. But what’s the difference, and why are there so many?
Want to put your computer’s screen on your TV? You could hook it up with an HDMI cable, but then your computer’s placement depends upon the length of the cable. With Google’s Chromecast, however, you can mirror any browser tab or your entire desktop–wirelessly–in just a few clicks.
You’ve been emailed a document, and you have to sign it and send it back. You could print out the document, sign it, and then scan it back in and email it. But there’s a better, faster way.
QR (Quick Response) codes are found in many places, such as advertisements, billboards, business windows, and on products. But you don’t necessarily need a separate app to scan them—if you use Google Chrome on your iPhone, it has a QR code scanner built-in.
By default, WhatsApp saves any images you get sent to your iPhone’s Camera Roll. While this might seem like a good idea, if your friends are the kind of people who share… questionable… photos and GIFs, you may not want them automatically getting mixed in with your family photos.
On Facebook, the News Feed is king. The algorithms behind it control which posts you see from your friends and your frenemies. Every little action you do on Facebook is tracked and it’s all factored in to determine which posts show up first.