Tag Archive: Mean


What does Google offering RCS mean for me?

Google’s plans for direct RCS support is long overdue. It’s also good for everyone involved — including you.

Google does a lot of things well. Services and products like Search, Android, or Chrome are examples of how Google has taken an idea from a meeting room and put it into everyone’s hands and things were made better because of them. Remember Yahoo! or Ask Jeeves?

Messaging has been the thorn in Google’s side for years.

Messaging is  [Read More…]

What does the Amazon Echo Show 5 mean for Google and Nest?

The Echo Show 5 brings a smaller screen at a ridiculously good price — and that could spell real trouble for the Nest Hub and Lenovo Smart Clock — or even Amazon’s own Echo Spot.

Google has done wonders for the smart home space. It might not have been first — Amazon will forever hold that crown — but it more than made up for lost time with Google Assistant and the Google Home and/or Nest line of products. (OK, just so long  [Read More…]

What does 8K resolution support mean for the PlayStation 5?

Best answer: 8K resolution means that games will be more detailed than ever, but in most cases you may not be able to tell the difference between 8K and 4K while you’re playing a game.

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What is 8K resolution?

8K resolution is 7680 x 4320 pixels, which is four times the resolution of 4K at 3840 x 2160 pixels. 4K itself is  [Read More…]

What all the color rings mean on your Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo could be considered the best smart speakers on the market. The Echo functions as a smart home assistant, Bluetooth speaker, trivia machine, intercom system and many more, and it all begins with that iconic light ring. But it would be remiss if it wasn’t said that not everyone is familiar with the different colors that appear on the light ring from time to time. That said, here is a quick and easy guide to what  [Read More…]

Amazon may own Ring, but does that mean the Amazon Cloud Cam works with it?

Best answer: Amazon and Ring products can work together through Alexa, but you can’t directly integrate your Amazon Cloud Cam into your Ring system nor have them talk directly to each other. Amazon Cloud Cam is its own separate security system.

Amazon: Amazon Cloud Cam ($ 120)

Two systems, one master

Amazon bought Ring near the beginning of 2018, and while it’s taken Amazon a while to build and begin executing its plans for the platform,  [Read More…]

What does “weather-resistant” mean to the Ring Stick Up Cam?

Best answer: The new version of the Ring Stick Up Cam is “splashproof” — IPX5 water-resistant — so it should be able to stand up to thunderstorms, but it is not completely waterproof.

Amazon: Ring Stick Up Cam ($ 180)

What “weather-resistant” means for the Ring Stick Up Cam?

IP Code is an international standard developed to help both manufacturers and users better know what kind of protection a device can provide against different kinds of  [Read More…]

In-display fingerprint sensors and cold weather could mean problems

It’s all about that false positive acceptance rate.

It’s the time of year in the northern hemisphere where things can go from warm and delightful to chilly and brisk and that means it’s time to hear more about how fingerprint sensors on smartphones are having troubles. It might feel inconvenient, but there is a reason your fingerprint sensor might seem to work a little poorly in cold weather, and this is especially true of in-display fingerprint sensors.  [Read More…]

Google’s changes to EU licensing could mean more expensive Androids

Appeal or not, Google’s making changes.

Google just announced it has filed an appeal with the European Commission (EC) following a $ 5 billion fine from July related to its licensing terms for Android and Google apps. The crux of the EC’s decision earlier this year was its opinion that Google was taking advantage of its position as a dominant operating system to be unfriendly to companies making Android devices. The EC took particular umbrage with Google’s  [Read More…]

The new Audible Originals mean members get 3 free books per month

More freebies = more fun.

Both first-time and existing Audible Members have a new benefit to look forward to. Thanks to the new Audible Originals, members will now get their monthly audiobook and two featured Audible Originals for free every month.

These new titles include books produced specifically for audio, specially for Audible. The program is similar to the Amazon Prime First Reads program. There’ll be six featured titles to choose from spanning different genres and subject  [Read More…]

What does an “Always Listening” smart speaker really mean?

Your home assistant isn’t spying on you unless you tell it to.

Voice-activated home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant are some of the most exciting “new” tech to appear in a very long time. It’s not what they can do, but how they do it that makes them so very different than anything that came before them. Saying “Hey Google do that thing” is reminiscent of 1980’s sci-fi where people talked to their home and  [Read More…]