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Verizon’s new Smart Family app gives parents control over their kids’ phones

Verizon has just announced an overhaul of its old FamilyBase service. The new Smart Family app comes with a new interface and novel features.

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Verizon revamps its parental control tools with ‘Verizon Smart Family’

Pricing starts at $ 4.99/month.

There are a number of parental control platforms for monitoring your family’s device usage, and the latest company to throw its hat in the ring is Verizon. The carrier’s offered a suite of controls through its FamilyBase service, but it’s now being completely overhauled as Verizon Smart Family.

Using the Smart Family mobile app, you can view real-time location tracking for your family, enable screen-on time limits for specific days/times, and turn  [Read More…]

Own an Amazon Echo in India? You can now use Alexa to text or call your family

Alexa-to-Alexa messaging and calling goes live in India, along with the ‘Drop-In’ feature that turns your Echo into an intercom.

Amazon is rolling out key features to Echo owners in India. You can now use Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging to talk to contacts that also own an Echo device. You’ll first need to give Alexa access to your contacts, and it’ll go through the list and suggest people that have an Echo device linked with their phone  [Read More…]

Google brings its parental control Family Link service to Canada

The service is also available in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.

After debuting almost a year ago for families in the U.S., Google is bringing its Family Link service to Canada. Given that nearly half of grade four students in Canada have access to a smartphone during the day, Family Link’s debut is coming at a good time.

The idea is pretty simple: kids want to use the internet in some form, be it on  [Read More…]

How to share Amazon Prime with friends and family

Willing to share some of that free quick shipping and streaming video with your crew? It’s probably easier than you think.

Your Amazon Prime account is set up with a feature called Amazon Household that allows you to share a large handful your benefits with friends and family. Add another adult to your digital household and enjoy easy features including parental controls for the kids, unlimited storage for photos, and a family library to share books, apps,  [Read More…]

Spotify Free vs. Spotify Premium vs. Spotify Premium for Family

Nothing in life is free, and this is especially true of music.

Spotify’s free tier tries to cut most of these strings while you’re on a computer, allowing you to play your music in the order you want with fewer ads. That said, those strings are still dangling, and they tangle and strangle free users on mobile devices.

Spotify Premium can be worth every penny on Android, but how many pennies you shell out depends on which  [Read More…]

Chronicle, a cybersecurity firm, is the latest to join the Alphabet family

Chronicle is joining the Alphabet family alongside the likes of Google, Nest, and Waymo.

Google, Nest, and Waymo are some of the biggest names that live under the Alphabet conglomerate that was launched back in 2015, and on January 24, Chronicle became the latest to join it. Chronicle is a cybersecurity firm that first got started in the X moonshot factory nearly two years ago, but it’s now ready to launch as its own independent company.

Chronicle  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XA2 family and Xperia L2 now available for pre-order

Sony unveiled its latest family of Xperia devices and now the XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 are available for pre-order in the U.S at BestBuy. As far as specs go, the Xperia XA2 has a 5.2-inch display with Full HD resolution and a Qualcomm 630 with 3GB of RAM. It has a 3300mAh battery and […]

Google Photos is the best gift you can give your family this year

The holidays are a time for taking lots of photos. Make sure you know how to keep them all safe!

Whether you’re out with your friends or spending time with your family unwrapping presents, there’s a good chance you’ll be taking a lot of photos this holiday season. But there’s also the chance that someone has a bit too much eggnog, breaks their phone, and — poof — there go your fun new memories. That’s why this year  [Read More…]

Why you (and your family) should be using 2FA and a password manager

Keep you and your loved ones safe and secure.

So much of what we do every day, day in and day out, is either done online or has a record kept online. Things like your email or a shopping website are obvious, but your bank, mortgage holder, health insurance provider and more are also online companies even if that’s not how we interact with them. There is a pretty complete fingerprint of your life stored where plenty of  [Read More…]