Tag Archive: Digital


Get Google’s Digital Wellbeing in your app drawer with Pixel Shortcuts

No, this won’t magically let you get Digital Wellbeing on a non-Pie phone.

Without a doubt, one of our most beloved features of Android Pie is Google’s new Digital Wellbeing platform. The data and tools it provides really do help to make a difference in the way you use your phone, but as well as it works, its current implementation is a bit wonky.

After signing up for the beta on your Pie-powered phone and downloading Digital  [Read More…]

How to use Android Pie’s Digital Wellbeing tools

Make the most out of your phone addiction.

One of the major pieces of the Android Pie — then Android P — presentation at Google I/O this past May aligned with what many other companies are trying to do: make it easier to disconnect. They’re doing this by providing usage metrics, and incentive through various “wind down” or Do Not Disturb features, that both inform the user and help them check their phone only when necessary.

On  [Read More…]

Interview: Google’s EK Chung on Android 9 Pie design, simplicity and digital wellbeing

With version 9, Android takes a big step forward in user-focused design.

At first glance, Android 9 Pie looks very similar to Oreo — particularly to the casual observer. While it’s true that Google didn’t redefine the phone interface paradigm or introduce one huge category-defining feature with Pie, this release marks a considerable change in the overall experience of using Android. The change comes from a countless number of thoughtful design and user experience decisions to focus  [Read More…]

What is Digital Wellbeing in Android Pie and how to sign up for it

Earlier today, Google surprised everyone and released the final version of Android 9.0 Pie. While there are plenty of changes under the hood, there are a few extra features included too.

One such feature is Digital Wellbeing, which was introduced at Google I/O 2018. The company hopes this new feature will allow users to put down their devices and focus on life.

In another surprising move, Google is actually rolling Digital Wellbeing as a beta feature. This means that it  [Read More…]

How to get Android 9 Pie’s Digital Wellbeing feature on your Pixel right now

The feature isn’t quite finished yet, but Pixel owners can get in on it first.

Android 9 Pie‘s public launch is fresh and filled with tons of new features. But the biggest headline addition coming out of Google I/O earlier this year, Digital Wellbeing, isn’t available right away. Google still has some more work to do before it releases the feature to all Pixel owners, but in a continued spirit of open testing is offering it up  [Read More…]

Rock out with a variety of concert films in digital HD for $1 each at Amazon

No Ticketmaster fees!

For a limited time, Amazon is offering select concert films in Digital HD and SD for just $ 0.99 each featuring top musicians and bands such as Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons, and Rush. Many of these films are regularly sold for up to $ 15 when not on sale. If you have No-Rush Shipping Credits saved up, now would be a perfect time to use them.

Watching live concerts is one of my favorite  [Read More…]

Confusion in a land with no digital manners

We shouldn’t be shocked when adults with no communication skills behave as such.

We’ve started summer vacation here in the U.S., which means every couple of days right around 6:45am my phone rings. It’s the young woman who lives about a mile and a half away, looking to talk to my middle daughter about the things they are going to do together today. This call always starts and ends the same way — with my frustration at  [Read More…]

T-Mobile FamilyMode offers digital parenting tools for $10/month

FamilyMode lets you pause internet access, set content restrictions, and more.

Similar to AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, T-Mobile’s now getting in the business of offering its own suite of digital parenting tools to help give moms and dads a competitive edge for parenting in the modern world.

T-Mobile’s new service is called T-Mobile FamilyMode, and access to the mobile app costs $ 10/month. With FamilyMode, parents can create internet limits so kids can only use their mobile data  [Read More…]

Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative: Everything you need to know

Here’s how Google is helping you take back control of your digital life.

At Google I/O 2018, Google announced Digital Wellbeing. It’s a brand new approach to OS and app development that’ll equip users with tools to help them find a better balance between their digital and real worlds.

Is it a new app? Is it Android P’s killer feature? Will it make you feel better and solve world peace all at the same time? We answer  [Read More…]

Google’s ‘digital wellbeing’ initiative feels incomplete and insincere

This is a great idea that runs completely counterintuitively to every other goal the company has.

We should all strive to use our phone a bit less. Or at least be mindful of the fact that phones have become both an integral and dominating force of our lives. Google, with its billion-plus Android users around the world, realizes that it has a significant role to play in this phenomenon. And it wants to use that force for  [Read More…]