Tag Archive: Don’t


Can I use a Galaxy Watch even if I don’t have a Galaxy phone?

Best answer: If you have an Android phone, even one not made by Samsung, your Galaxy Watch will work great with it.

Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Watch ($ 350)

If you have a modern Android phone, you can use a Galaxy Watch

In the past, Samsung locked its wearables to the Samsung experience. You needed to have a Samsung phone, and a fairly new one at that, to use its watches and fitness bands. The biggest reason  [Read More…]

Own an Alexa device? Don’t miss out on these $10 smart home accessories

Buy now, think later.

Update: Both of the $ 10 deals are still available. These are amongst some of the best smart home discounts of the year. Make sure you get your order in before the offer expires.

Right now, you can grab TP-Link’s Wi-Fi smart plug mini or LIFX’s mini white smart bulb for just $ 10 at Amazon when you use coupon code SMART10 during checkout. This pricing is impulse buy territory, seriously. At  [Read More…]

The Pixel 3 XL may be the first phone from Google I don’t want

“Stock” Android is what I want, but not like this.

People who know me also know that I’m a fan of Android the way Google builds it on its own phones. Anyone can build Android and is free to add or take away whatever parts they like, but the small additions that Google adds make Android something unique and awesome.

But later this year, I may not want to use a phone from Google.

It’s not the  [Read More…]

PSA: Don’t update to Android Pie if you have a Samsung Gear wearable

Even after numerous developer previews, Pie still doesn’t support Gear accessories.

As of this past Monday, Android 9 Pie officially began rolling out to the Pixel/Pixel XL, Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL, and the Essential Phone. We’ve been having a blast with Google’s latest flavor of Android, but according to numerous reports from users, the new software isn’t so hot if you’re using a Samsung Gear product.

Take a quick visit to the r/Android subreddit, and you’ll find  [Read More…]

Roku gives its users even more free shows — even if you don’t have a device

And you don’t even need a Roku box or stick to watch it.

The new “Featured Free” section on Roku’s home pages will roll out to users starting today.

Roku today announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2018. From the company’s letter to shareholders:

Roku delivered particularly strong Q2 2018 financial results. Robust active account growth expanded the reach and scale of our TV streaming platform, while at the same time Roku captured a  [Read More…]

Don’t miss the first discount on Anker’s newest completely wireless headphones

They’re called Liberty because they’re free from wires.

If you use the coupon code SDCLBT66 during checkout, you can pick up Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Lite completely wireless Bluetooth headphones for just $ 64.99. These normally sell for $ 80 and have never had a direct price drop since they were released back in mid-July. Anker’s Liberty+ headphones are on sale for $ 119.99 and those offer up to 48 hours of playback time total before you need to recharge.

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Don’t have Portrait Mode on your Android? Use these apps instead

Portrait pictures with a blurred background (or bokeh) are all the rage right now. Once considered a feature of DSLR cameras, today a large number of smartphones has a dedicated portrait mode to help you create these such photos.

The majority of these phones feature a dual-camera setup where the primary lens is used to capture the subject while the secondary one (telephoto or wide lens) creates depth to differentiate between subject and background.

However, handsets like the Pixel 2  [Read More…]

You don’t need the latest and greatest tech to build a smart home

Even the oldest smart home tech is still pretty new anyway.

Smart homes are en vogue these days, and they come in all sorts of varying degrees. You can start off with just a couple of smart light bulbs, then gradually work your way up to a smart thermostat, locks, door bells, and beyond.

Smart lights are a great gateway into smart home tech, but there’s plenty more to experiment with.

I recently moved into a new  [Read More…]

Don’t let today end without checking out these Prime Day discounts on kids’ toys and baby essentials

You have just a few hours left.

Prime Day 2018 is slowly coming to a close and, luckily for the hopeful shoppers out there, there are still tons of deals in stock and new offers being uncovered by the Thrifter deal team. If you’ve been keeping up during the event, you’ve already witnessed the onslaught of discounts which arrived in waves over the past 24 hours. With so much going on at once, it’s easy for great  [Read More…]

Don’t buy a USB-C adapter that lets you use headphones and charge at the same time

A 2-in-1 adapter could let you listen while you charge if only your phone was built that way.

When the Pixel 2 was first introduced there was an uproar about removing the headphone jack. Much of it was centered around a very real dilemma — you can’t listen to music through wired headphones and charge your phone at the same time.

Those fears were slightly abated when we saw an adapter from Moshi in the Google Store  [Read More…]