Tag Archive: Controls


Google Assistant smart displays gain improved smart home controls

Your smart display can now be used to fully control a few more smart home devices.

What you need to know A new update is now rolling out to Google’s Nest Hub and other Google Assistant smart displays. The update enables the smart home displays to properly control smart home devices such as smart locks, vacuums, and blinds. It also adds live light status for smart lights and a few other new features.

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Control’s Foundation DLC shows Remedy’s still in top form

Should you trust the Board? It’s all about perspective.

Control was easily my Game of the Year in 2019, so there was no doubt in my mind that I would be getting its expansions, a decision unusual for me because I almost never buy DLC. The Foundation, the game’s first story-based DLC, continues Control’s penchant for weird horror with its own signature brand of humor while we delve deeper into the Oldest House. It doesn’t break the  [Read More…]

Facing backlash, Ring gives users additional privacy controls

In light of recent privacy scandals, the security company Ring has made a concerted effort over the past few months to empower its users to take greater control over their data and video feeds. Features such as two-factor authentication are now officially required to set up a new account, and the company is phasing in additional user controls like the ability to control what information is shared with third-parties (coming this spring) and opt-out of personalized advertising. We’ll  [Read More…]

Ring makes two-factor authentication mandatory, adds new privacy controls

Changes are rolling out today and Ring will email customers once they are active.

What you need to know Ring will soon require all customers to use two-factor authentication when logging in. It will also allow customers to opt-out of sharing information with third-party service providers for advertising. The Amazon-owned home security camera company experienced a data breach in 2019, which lead to many customer’s cameras becoming compromised.

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How to set parental controls on Google Play

Google Play has millions of apps, movies, and books available — and not all of it is family-friendly.

The Google Play Store is a vast marketplace filled with tons of great kid-friendly content, but there’s also some things on here that are decidedly not kid-friendly. If you just got your kid an Android phone that they’ll be managing rather than being under your Family Link profile, you can still set parental controls on Google Play to keep  [Read More…]

Adding parental controls via a Kid’s Profile on Disney+ is fairly simple

Disney has some of the most beloved characters and movies of all time. From the likes of Mikey Mouse and Donald Duck to Woody and Buzz, kids of all ages have enjoyed watching Disney for decades. However, that doesn’t mean that everything on Disney+ will be wholesome and appropriate for young children. Which is why Disney+ can set up a Kid’s Profile to help filter shows that are safe for children. Setting this up can be done in  [Read More…]

Google Home app gets a UI refresh and new Cast controls with version 2.15

New Cast media controls now allow you to transfer streams to other devices.

What you need to know The Google Home app is getting some UI changes with the new 2.15 version of the app. The add devices button has been relocated, there is now an account switcher, and the Discover feed cards have a new design. Cast media controls have also received a massive UI refresh, but it is currently rolling out server-side and may not  [Read More…]

Not everything on Disney+ is kid safe, so will there be parental controls?

Best answer: Yes, you can set up profiles on your account as a “kid” profile to filter content within the predetermined rating group (G, TV-Y, TV-Y7/Y7-FV, TV-G). At this time, it’s unclear if further content filtering will be available.

Magic is waiting: Disney+ (From $ 7/mo at Disney+) Safety first

Disney movies and their characters hold a special place in the lives of so many people. While some of us may only be a kid at heart,  [Read More…]

Instagram improves controls for sharing data with third-party apps

Take control of your privacy.

What you need to know Instagram plans to update its app to give users more control over third-party data sharing Users will have the option to remove third-party services they don’t want connected to their account. Will also update the authorization screen shown when an app requests data.

Instagram has announced plans to update its app to give users more control over data that they share with third-party apps. In a recent  [Read More…]

Digital Wellbeing and parental controls are now required on all Androids

More apps can be annoying, but standardizing phone usage management across the ecosystem is a good move.

What you need to know Digital Wellbeing and specific parental controls will now be required on all Google-certified Android phones. Manufacturers can keep their own similar solutions so long as they meet certain requirements. Implementation of these features is required from this point forward, including OTAs to Android 9 and 10.

Google is making a big step toward standardizing its  [Read More…]