Tag Archive: Controls


Spotify voice controls are coming to all Google Assistant-powered devices

Music enthusiasts who love using Spotify will be happy to know that the app’s voice commands will soon work with any device that supports the Google Assistant. Google’s virtual assistant can be activated on (almost) any smartphone/tablet/etc which runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. So far, voice commands for Spotify were only available on the […]

Google Home might soon get cloud device casting, reminder controls

Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference is set to kick start tomorrow and naturally we expect to hear some news about the Google Home. While we wait for Google to provide us the scoop, the folks at the xda-developers performed an APK teardown on one of the most recent updates to the Google Home app (2.3) […]

Samsung’s Marshmallow apps put parental controls on your Galaxy phone

Have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone around the house and you can’t think of any new good spots of where to hiding it from your kid? Samsung comes to the rescue with a parental control app which allows parents to simply limit their children’s onscreen time. Surely you can always prevent a child from accessing a […]

Google Family Link finally brings broad parental controls to Android phones

Parents will soon have new tools to manage their child’s phone access.

Google is making a huge step toward letting families manage Google accounts and phones of children in the house, moving well beyond Google Play Family Library. Family Link is Google’s new system for parents to create Google accounts for minors (under 13 years old, officially) who technically can’t have their own accounts, and when attached to an Android phone the parents get all sorts of great tools  [Read More…]

Replay: The growing struggle of playback controls via Bluetooth

Music is the most important function of my phone. No, I am not kidding.

It is what I use at work, home, in bed, in the shower and everywhere in between to keep me sane and happy. Music makes me better, and since music is such a large part of my Android experience, there’s been a slow decline that I’ve been painfully aware of over the last few years, and especially the last few months.

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Google+ helps Communities fight spam with new ‘content controls’ setting

Communities on Google+ will now be able to take a stronger stand against spam thanks to a new content controls setting. Rolling out to existing Communities now, the new setting will allow for more aggressive content filtering to keep spam to a minimum.

From Google Product Manager Frank Rodriguez:

Now we can be more aggressive in identifying inappropriate posts in a Community. When this setting is on, Google+’s content filter is more likely to flag posts that are questionable, so  [Read More…]

Hands-on with Neato BotVac Connected, a robot vacuum your phone controls

Most robot vacuums kinda suck. But Neato manages to make one that’s better than most — but still has its own room for improvement.

Robot vacuums are, with few exceptions, expensive toys that occasionally clean things about as well as asking a 7-year-old to run a regular vacuum. Many of them have obstacle-avoidance issues that cause them to crash into everything, and you basically have to pre-clean your floors of most things that aren’t dust bunnies to  [Read More…]

Havit Bluetooth Touch Headphones: Great sound and touch controls for $45 (Review)

Most everyone has owned a few pairs of headphones in their lifetime. Wireless over the ear headphones are becoming more popular as wireless technology advances while prices drop. In the recent past, a variety of Bluetooth headphones has spawned with a wide range in quality and price. Over the past couple weeks I’ve had the opportunity to spend some serious time with the Havit Bluetooth Touch Headphones and want to share my experience with you.

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Pushbullet adds Direct Share support and new permission controls for Marshmallow users

Pushbullet, the popular files transfer app, has updated its Android client with support for several new Marshmallow features. The app now utilizes the new runtime permissions, meaning you can selectively grant or deny access to various requests from it.

Additionally, Pushbullet has added Direct Share support, and reduced the size of the APK by 25 percent.

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YouTube gets snazzy new transparent player controls on the web

Google has flipped the switch on a pretty great change to YouTube on the web that brings transparent player controls to all. The new controls — which you can check out in the embedded video above — appear transparently over the bottom portion of the video, allowing you to keep an eye on all of the action as you adjust volume, resolution, and more.

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