Tag Archive: Home


You can now pair your Google Home to other Bluetooth speakers

Your $ 49 Home Mini just got a lot more powerful.

When Google released the Home Mini, it received a lot of criticism for not including a 3.5mm headphone jack so you could connect it to another, more powerful speaker. This is one big advantage the Echo Dot has over the Home Mini, but that conversation is now changing with the ability to stream audio from Google Homes to Bluetooth speakers.

Prior to this update, users have  [Read More…]

The best way to improve your Google Home experience is to stop talking to it like a computer

Talking to computers just doesn’t feel natural.

In case you haven’t heard, voice control interfaces are the future. Whether it’s Google Assistant on your phone, an Amazon Echo in your kitchen, a microphone-filled remote for your TV or whatever, more and more of technology nowadays expects you to talk to it. And in the cases of some of these tools, talking is the only way to interact with the system. The problem is, it doesn’t always feel natural to  [Read More…]

How to customize the Galaxy S9 navigation bar and home button

Samsung offers several customization options to change up the color and orientation of the nav bar on the Galaxy S9.

With the switch to the Infinity Display design language last year, Samsung got rid of the home button and capacitive navigation keys, instead option for on-screen keys. Doing so has opened up a lot of customization options for the navigation bar itself, including changing the color, the orientation of the back and recents keys, and hiding the  [Read More…]

Nokia 7 Plus launching May 2 and comes with free Google Home Mini

This is a really great offer.

There was a load of phones trying to wow us at MWC 2018 this year, but one that stood above the rest was the Nokia 7 Plus. AC‘s Andrew Martonik best described the Nokia 7 Plus as a “Pixel 2 for the frugal set” during his hands-on with it, and now it’s been confirmed that the phone will launch on May 2.

The Nokia 7 Plus carries a price tag of  [Read More…]

Google brings to peer-to-peer payments to Assistant on Android, soon Google Home

No more bugging friends, or having friends bug you, for that drink money.

Google has announced that it is bringing a popular feature of Google Wallet, peer-to-peer payments, to Assistant on Android and iOS this week.

Peer-to-peer payments were sequestered to the Wallet app for many years before recently being subsumed into the Google Pay app itself under the brand Pay Send. Now users can ask Assistant to do all the hard work, as long as the  [Read More…]

Smart doorbells are way less invasive than smart cameras in the home

They can’t help once intruders are inside, but they can still see them entering, along with delivery drivers and friends.

The Nest Hello is officially up for grabs, and as someone who never managed to get their hands on any of the Ring Doorbells, I totally want one. I already have a Nest Cam IQ sitting on a bookshelf in my living room, and I love the way Nest products can interact with Google Assistant.

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How to use gestures to become an Android home screen expert

Gestures have been an iconic piece of the mobile computing experience since the beginning — even without an icon.

Slide-to-unlock. Pinch-to-zoom. Double-tap-to-wake. Gestures that work well are invaluable to a user’s experience, and Android phone manufacturers are bringing these gestures to the home screen in deceptively simple and astonishingly successful ways.

Case in point: the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Google Pixel 2 — two of the most popular flagships on the Android market — eschew the  [Read More…]

Education starts at home: nine educational apps for young children (age 3-to-6)

The fact that your child craves to use your Android phone doesn’t necessary have to be a bad thing. Install some educational games, so that he/she can learn something from the experience.

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Finally convert your entire home to LED bulbs with Amazon’s Philips sale

Save money on the purchase and in the long run.

In the smart home era, most people associate Philips with its incredibly popular Hue bulbs, but the company still makes some of the best regular bulbs on the market. Philips bulbs are some of the best you can buy, and right now there are a bunch of varieties on sale at Amazon. This 4-pack of non-dimmable 1500 Lumen LED bulbs is down to $ 15.95 from a  [Read More…]

Add an Alexa voice assistant to your home with a sale on Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot this week only

Just don’t ask her to laugh.

Right now the Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker is down to $ 84.99. That’s a drop from $ 100 and only the second deal we’ve seen this year. You can get this discount on a few color variations, including Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone.

The Echo Dot is also on sale for $ 39.99 from a street price of $ 50. Again, after Amazon went ham during the Black Friday  [Read More…]