Tag Archive: Digital


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…]

How to use Digital Wellbeing Focus Mode on Android 10

Digital Wellbeing offers a great set of tools to curb phone addiction, and Google is rolling out a new feature in Android 10 called Focus mode. You’ll be able to select the apps that usually cause a distraction, and enabling Focus mode effectively pauses them for the entire duration the mode is active. That means you won’t get any notifications, and won’t be able to use those specific apps.

How to enable Focus mode in Android 10

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Borderlands 3 will come to additional digital PC storefronts in April 2020

Best answer: We don’t know for sure, but there’s a strong possibility that Borderlands 3 will come to Steam after its 6-month exclusivity period on the Epic Games Store.

Vast alien treasures: Borderlands 3 ($ 60 at Amazon)

Why is it an Epic Games Store exclusive?

There are a lot of reasons that could have contributed to Gearbox and 2K opting to release Borderlands 3 on the Epic Games Store as a timed exclusive, but the  [Read More…]

Western Digital unveils new WD_Black Game Drives for consoles and PC

Optimized storage for the avid gamers out there.

The successors to Western Digital’s WD_Black SN750 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD have finally been unveiled, and they’re portable enough to bring along anywhere. In capacities ranging from 500GB to 12TB, these five new WD_Black hard disk drive and solid-state drive solutions are designed to optimize your gaming console’s storage capacity while built with a rugged exterior to keep them protected in just about any scenario. One model even features  [Read More…]

Digital Wellbeing gets ‘Focus mode’ in latest update to keep you on task

Available now with the latest Digital Wellbeing beta update.

What you need to know The latest Digital Wellbeing beta update now includes Focus mode. When enabled, it locks you out from using specified apps. You can add a Quick Settings toggle for easy access to it.

Google’s Digital Wellbeing suite of tools can be genuinely helpful for monitoring your phone usage to develop a healthier relationship with it, and as part of the 1.0.263 beta update that’s  [Read More…]

PlayStation 4 hits 100 million consoles shipped, digital share growing

PlayStation 4 reached this massive milestone even faster than the PlayStation 2

What you need to know Sony just held their Q1 (first financial quarter) results for 2019 During the presentation, it was revealed that 100 million PlayStation 4 units have been shipped. This is a major sales milestone for the console to reach. Additionally, Sony revealed that the digital share for full game downloads is now 53%

Sony just held its financial  [Read More…]

Reviewing Visible, the digital carrier that uses Verizon’s network

Visible in an interesting wireless service provider in that it only offers one rate plan. For $ 40 per month, customers get unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data. The price also includes fees and taxes; it’s a flat $ 40 a month.

Visible doesn’t have its own network infrastructure as it utilizes Verizon’s cell towers. In theory, this means a nationwide footprint with really fast 4G LTE speeds. A chief difference, up until recently, was that its data speeds is  [Read More…]

FamilyLabs gives kids an extra layer of digital protection

Coolpad has been busy at work developing FamilyLabs, a way for parents to track the location of their kids, limit what apps and sites they’re using, and keep their screen time under control. We’ve been playing with early builds for the last few weeks, and so far it’s shaping up to be a helpful tool in the modern parent’s arsenal.

Setup is pretty straightforward. Parents start off with their own account, authenticated over SMS. They can add one  [Read More…]

I need Digital Wellbeing on my TV more than I need it on my phone

Of all the places I need to curb my tech usage, TV is top of the list by far.

I’ve gone through a lot of phones, Chromebooks, headphones, and a verifiable flood of phone cases in the last four years, but my NVIDIA Shield TV is my constant entertainment companion. I’ve banged out hundreds of articles while listening to old episodes of this show or that — I like quoting along to shows as I work, it  [Read More…]

Does a digital personal assistant have ethical responsibilities?

Should Google or Amazon ever inform the authorities when in doubt, or should privacy be paramount?

A friend of mine finally joined the ranks and purchased a Google Home. Largely because they were on sale, but also because she’s seen my wife and I use ours on occasion and her curiosity finally got the best of her. In any case, she now has a little robotic AI on her coffee table that can tell her the weather  [Read More…]