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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.
Perhaps you have drafts of old messages you didn’t have time to finish, or maybe you use draft messages as templates so you don’t have to type things over and over again. However you use drafts, here’s a quicker way to access them in the iOS Mail app instead of browsing around for your Drafts folder.
Okay, speedy thumb tappers, you know how this works: you’re typing a super important text message at breakneck speed, when all of a sudden the keyboard detects your Flash-like tapping quickness as a swipe. Doh! Now instead of saying “Yeah, I’d love to go to the movies this weekend!” you just dropped a “Travis lobectomy govt movies this written!” on your unsuspecting fling.
No one wants to type on an ugly keyboard. While there are keyboards out there that go a bit overboard on themes, Google Keyboard likes to keep it simple. Always clean, always minimal. What you may not realize, however, is that it does have a few themes tucked inside its Settings menu.
There are all kinds of apps out there touting the ability to help people suffering from anxiety, depression, and any number of other disorders. Some are free, some are not. Some offer a total self-help approach, while others are geared more as an adjunct to traditional therapy. Join us as we take a look at whether these apps can really be of any help and how to weed out the many choices.
When it comes to video playback, the cross-platform application VLC is a veritable Swiss Army knife. It’s been popular on Windows, Mac, and Linux for a long time, but now you can get that same great plays-anything-under-the-sun power on your Apple TV.
While the Amazon Echo is known for providing news and traffic info, or playing music and reading your audiobooks to you, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Using an add-on Skill, you can use the voice-controlled device to help you tune your guitar without any extra tools.
Calling people with Siri is a great little shortcut, but it isn’t always natural to say “Call Jane Smith” instead of “Call Mom”. Luckily, you can teach Siri who people are–your parents, your doctor, or anyone else–for even more convenient voice calling.
Nova Launcher is an unofficial fan favorite for Android power users, and with good reason—it’s chock-full of nifty customization features to help users make Android look how they want. But it’s also full of useful time-saving features that can make your life easier. Here are five of our favorites.
Besides the media itself, the most important element of a media server software is how up to date it is–you can’t watch videos if the server doesn’t know they’re there. Plex Media Server offers three ways to keep your media collection up to date so you always know what’s available.
The WeMo Switch is a cheap and easy-to-use smart outlet that can turn anything with an on/off switch into a smart appliance, allowing you to control it from your smartphone. Plus, it comes with a small handful of automation features, including the ability to set a timer so that it shuts off automatically after a certain amount of time has elapsed.
Emoji are fun to use, but if you’re like most people, you tend to use a few of them a lot more often than others. Instead of switching to the Emoji keyboard every time, why not set up a text replacement shortcut so that you can just type the Emoji you want to use?
Warm weather is on its way, which means that air conditioning units are firing up. However, there are some days when the temperature actually drops to a pleasant level. Here’s how to make your Nest Thermostat automatically shut off whenever the outside temperature gets cooler.