Archive for December, 2017


Google Play: Everything you need to know!

How to get the most out of the Google Play Store

Google Play is the cornerstone of Google’s ecosystem of content and has become a critical part of Android. It reaches almost all of Android and through Play Services is capable of fixing many of Android’s problems, especially in regards to updates and security. Google Play also is a content library and ecosystem that is accessible on more platforms than almost any other.

Born as the Android  [Read More…]

Things to do once you set up your new PlayStation 4

Did you just unwrap a new PS4? Here’s where to start.

So you got a brand spanking new PlayStation 4 for the holidays and you couldn’t be more excited. You have your gorgeous new console all set up and ready to go but the only problem is you don’t know where to start. That’s OK! The sheer volume of things you can do with your PlayStation 4 can be a little overwhelming. Let’s take a look at a  [Read More…]

How to download and manage apps from the Google Play Store

How do I download and manage apps and games through the Google Play Store?

Whether this is your first smartphone or just your first using Android, there’s a lot to love here, and it all starts with finding some apps to fill that new phone (or tablet) with. Google Play is the app store that Google runs, and it’s also an important piece of Android’s security as it scans apps before and after they’re downloaded and monitors  [Read More…]

Android Oreo stable build rolling out to the OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 owners are set to get an extra Christmas present in the form of Android Oreo. You’ll recall Oreo has been in beta while the kinks are ironed out but now the stable build of Android Oreo has been published. The OxygenOS 5.0 update weighs in at a solid 1.5GB and includes the December […]

These smart lights work with Amazon Alexa

Control your home’s lighting using Alexa and these smart bulbs.

Amazon offers an affordable way to start building out a voice-activated home automation system for your house or apartment with their Amazon Echo and Echo Dot powered by their A.I. assistant, Alexa. On its own, you can use Alexa to play music and find news, sports and other information. But things get really interesting when you start to connect Alexa up to smart devices, including connected LED  [Read More…]

Switching from iPhone to Android: Everything you need to know

So you’ve seen the light and are switching from iPhone to Android. Welcome! Here’s what you need to know!

Switching from iPhone to Android can be a bit daunting. If you’re unpacking a brand new Pixel 2 or Galaxy S8, or something else equally exciting, let us help you get set up quickly and easily!

If you’ve never used an Android phone before, there are a few things you should know before taking the leap (even though  [Read More…]

How to restore your apps and settings to a new Android phone

Got a new phone? Awesome! Here’s how you can restore your apps and settings from your previous device.

Google has always synced calendar events, contacts, Drive documents, Gmail settings and other account-related information across devices, and since Android 5.0 Lollipop the company started offering the ability to restore apps to a new device. With Marshmallow, the feature was expanded to include app data as well as system settings, with all the information stored in the cloud. Android  [Read More…]

Best accessories to buy for your new Amazon Fire tablet

Accessories are what make the Amazon Fire HD tablet a full experience and not just an inexpensive way to watch stuff.

So you’ve got a shiny new Amazon Fire HD tablet. Maybe it’s the 7-incher. Or the 8-incher. Or even the 10-inch Fire HD. Either way, congratulations! Someone you know is pretty smart, because while these aren’t the most powerful Android-based tablets you can find, they’re easily the best value for your money.

Yes, really. A couple reasons for  [Read More…]

How to enable Google Home ‘Guest mode’

Some parties are best handled by a single DJ, but it doesn’t hurt to let guests get in on the fun sometimes.

The Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max can be great party companions, filling the room with music or podcasts and taking occasional breaks to answer questions. But what if your guests want to play something from their own collection rather than talking to it directly? Well that’s what “Guest mode” is for. Once you  [Read More…]

Back up your stuff! How to make sure you never lose your important data again

This holiday season, make sure your phone — and those of your loved ones — is adequately backed up.

When your phone is your life, the potential of losing essential photos, documents, music and other important things can be devastating. On your computer or laptop, even more so. That’s why we’re starting out our 12 days of tech tips with an obvious one: back up your stuff.

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