Tag Archive: Ready


Ready to ditch Sonos? There are the best alternatives

Now more than ever before, speakers are more than just a singular tool for listening to your favorite music. Modern speakers often have built-in ways to play songs from your preferred streaming service, talk to digital assistants, and connect to other speakers in your home for multi-room audio. Sonos has become one of the most popular brands in the current speaker world, offering a multi-room system that’s proven to be among the best out there. However, if you’re  [Read More…]

I, for one, am ready for our wireless charging future

Your phone is just sitting there when it could be charging

This holiday season I received the gift of wireless-ness. I bought three Anker wireless charging stands and I’m going to buy three more Anker charging pads. I already have a bedside light with a wireless charging pad built in.

I have four (soon seven) wireless chargers in my house. I have two next to the couch, one on each side of the bed, and I’ll soon  [Read More…]

Get ready for the worst kind of 2010s throwback: long, horrible phone names

Of all the trends from the early 2010s we could resurrect, why did have to be these abominable phone names?!

My very first Android phone was a Samsung Captivate Glide. I called it Soarin. I had to; calling it the Captivate Glide just felt ridiculous. The Samsung Captivate Glide was the QWERTY Keyboard variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Glide was the follow-up to the Samsung Captivate, the AT&T-tailored version of the original Galaxy S,  [Read More…]

Google’s AirDrop alternative — Nearby Share — is almost ready for launch

The new name reveals some important details about the new service’s scope and purpose.

What you need to know Google has renamed Fast Share to Nearby Share, a name that better fits the upcoming service’s purpose and scope. Nearby Share is similar to Apple’s AirDrop in that it provides a simple way for users to share information between nearby devices. There’s no launch date for the service, and it’s not yet known how Google plans to deliver  [Read More…]

Is Alexa finally ready to become our car copilot?

We’ve got Android Auto and CarPlay, but why not a real Alexa Auto?

For several years now I’ve longed for the heads up displays (HUDs) and infotainment systems that I’d see in my rental cars or from my friends’ rides that have built-in Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and I’ve vowed that my next vehicle will have something like that. However, what I really want is the option to have either of those two great platforms and/or  [Read More…]

New Philips Hue outdoor fixtures are low-power and Bluetooth ready

Voice control is also coming to Hue Play this spring.

What you need to know Philips Hue has new outdoor fixtures, including path lighting and up-and-down lights. Low-voltage versions of the new lights and some older fixtures are now available. Philips Hue Play will get a voice control update this spring for all your preferred voice assistants.

Signify, the maker of the Philips Hue family of smart connected light bulbs, has announced new outdoor fixtures as well  [Read More…]

Disney+ is late to the party but more than ready to take on Netflix

Disney+

Coming for the crown

$ 70/year at Disney+

Pros Exclusive streaming of most Disney content Affordable pricing and bundles More family-friendly account structuring Cons Less adult content (for now) Available on fewer platforms

Disney+ is taking hold of its own streaming destiny and offering an unparalleled selection of content from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and beyond. It’s still working through its learning curve, but even at launch it’s quite the tantalizing temptation.

Netflix

The original  [Read More…]

Ready to finally learn QuickBooks? Start with this $29 bundle

Tax season might be months away but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about your finances. Keeping track of, and managing, your money isn’t necessarily easy but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult.

Plenty of people turn to professionals for income taxes and managing their money. And what tools do those pros use? More often than not, businesses, startups, freelancers, and corporations are using QuickBooks.

We get it – you’ve heard of Quickbooks for years but you’ve  [Read More…]

Motorola One Zoom review: Ready for its closeup

The Motorola One Zoom is a strange phone debuting at an odd time from a company doing peculiar things. Word has it that it was never meant to arrive in North America — Motorola has a very particular release cadence, buoyed by the G series in the low-end and the Z series at the mid to high-end — but a particular warm response in Europe prompted the company to reconsider.

I’m glad the company did, too, because as  [Read More…]

Waymo’s self-driving taxis are ready to pick up passengers in Arizona

Unlike your typical taxi, Waymo’s cabs are a truly personal experience because there’s no one else inside.

What you need to know Fully driverless taxis from Waymo are now driving in Phoenix, Arizona. Only a special group of 400 participants has access to these, for now. These driverless minivans could be coming to other cities in the near future, such as Los Angeles.

Waymo has been publicly testing its self-driving cars since the company spun off from  [Read More…]