Tag Archive: Home


How to turn off ‘add icons to home screen’ in Android Oreo

Oreo introduces a new way to disable app icons from being automatically added to the home screen.

Android gives you a lot of options to restore apps and settings when you’re switching from an older phone, but if you’re looking to set up your phone as new, you’ll have to go to the Play Store and download apps individually. And that means turning off the option to add app icons to your home screen as you download  [Read More…]

Google looking into Home and Chromecast devices that kill Wi-Fi networks

If your Wi-Fi derps while using Google Home or Chromecast, you’re not alone.

Google’s been trying its hand at connected home gadgets for a few years now, and now that it has devices like the Chromecast, Google Home, and soon Smart Displays, it’s clear now more than ever that this is a market it wants to dominate. Before that happens, however, Google needs to issue a fix to a bug that’s recently caused Wi-Fi networks to go dark when  [Read More…]

4 Best Smart Plugs for Alexa, Google Home in 2018

Make your home smarter in 2018 with the right smart plugs that work with both Google Home and Alexa.

Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years as the technology transitions from early adopters to finding a mainstream market. Both are functional, but at this point, there’s no clear leader, so maybe you’re interested in testing both out.

While you’re doing that, you should be sure to buy  [Read More…]

The Lenovo Smart Display is the first Google Home I might actually buy

The Lenovo Smart Display is a Google Home with a built-in screen – and that makes it the very first Google Home I might consider buying. While you still control it primarily with your voice, the touchscreen lends much more versatility to the notion of a home assistant: you can check on the Nest Camera monitoring your baby room, start a Duo call with your Pixel-toting friends, or stream the latest video from your favorite YouTuber (ahem). Yes, those  [Read More…]

Google sold about 6 million Home speakers during the holidays

More than one Google Home was sold every second.

This past holiday season, there’s a good chance you either bought or received a smart speaker of some sort. Amazon’s been dominating this space since the first Echo Dot came out in 2016, but with the launch of the Google Home Mini in late 2017, Google finally had its own ultra-cheap speaker to get inside as many people’s homes as possible.

Google recently shared a post on its  [Read More…]

LG intros the ThinQ smart speaker, a Google Home Max competitor

In 2018 LG will also be joining the smart speaker frenzy with a new product which has just unveiled today via a press released. The speaker is called ThinQ and boasts a familiar cylindrical shape. It will be showcased at CES 2018, alongside other speaker products including a portable Bluetooth speaker and a speaker bar. […]

New ThinQ Speaker brings LG into the smart home game using Google Assistant

This was basically an inevitability.

LG is continuing its tradition of pre-announcing things ahead of big trade shows, and has just dropped details on some of its home audio lineup for CES 2018. There are some new portable speakers and sound bars, but the most interesting part of the announcement is the new “ThinQ Speaker.” The ThinQ Speaker brings Google Assistant in yet another package, joining the ranks of several other companies that announced similar devices earlier this year.

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How to change the theme of your PlayStation 4 home screen

You’re right! That default blue background is boring! You’ve probably been hoping that you could change that drab background to something more exciting. Looking at exactly the same thing every time you fire up your PlayStation 4 can become quite tedious. There is a reason why computer operating systems have had the option to change your wallpaper for a long time.

Thank goodness, there is a better way. You can change the theme on your PS4 and the  [Read More…]

Basic Wi-Fi security: How to easily improve your home internet safety

Wireless routers seem scary, but they don’t have to be. Here are the basic security things you can fix yourself.

Attention, well-meaning family members: Nerds are not your holiday tech support. Sure, we twitch (more than) a little bit when we use operating systems that haven’t been updated in months, and firmware that’s just waiting for a patch. But we’re not home for that. No, we’re here for a little too much booze and to cast side eye  [Read More…]

Google Home Max has a slight latency issue with its aux port

Thankfully, most users won’t ever notice this.

Google recently launched the Home Max as its flagship smart speaker, and although it’s not perfect, it’s still a lot of fun for audio lovers that are heavily invested in Google’s walled-garden. The speaker isn’t without its flaws, but there’s a new one that was recently discovered that could prove to be a pain in the butt for a small group of people.

First reported by Variety, the Google Home  [Read More…]