Tag Archive: System


Google’s new Local Guides points system makes leaving reviews worth your time

Whether you’re a traveler or a homebody, the Google-led app rewards handsomely for leaving recommendations.

Google Local Guides were introduced in 2014 to help foster a giant community of local reviewers who just know where all the best stuff is. When you sign up to be a Local Guide, every contribution helps you rack up points towards unlocking other elements of the service inside Google Maps. Over the next few days, Google  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Connect Home smart mesh Wi-Fi system will be available July 2, starting at $169 each

Another smart home mesh Wi-Fi solution for you to consider.

Samsung’s new mesh Wi-Fi solution, the Connect Home, was announced back with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ but was understandably overshadowed by the flagship phones. Now a couple months removed from the hype, the Connect Home is finally getting a price and launch date. Best Buy is the exclusive launch partner for the system, and pre-orders will open up on June 4 for a launch on July 2 —  [Read More…]

Portal Home Wi-Fi System review: Life in the fast lane is great if you’re ready for it

Portal offers DFS “fast lane” technology, whether we’re ready for it or not.

Portal promises something different when it comes to Wi-Fi. It advertises this difference as being able to bring “fast lanes” to the devices you connect to your router so the connection is, well, faster. It can do this by using wireless channels normally reserved for radar systems in the unlicensed 5Ghz spectrum. Don’t worry if that sounds complicated, we’ll explain it further down the  [Read More…]

Ubiquiti Networks expands retail availability of its AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi system

Ubiquiti Networks’ AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi system is an internet solution for a wholly modern day problem: spotty residential Wi-Fi coverage. You’ve probably heard the term “mesh networking” before, touted as the next-generation of wireless networks. But what does a mesh network do exactly? Basically, it uses multiple antennas to deliver a stronger, more consistent […]

Netflix’s new ratings system gets a thumbs-up

Netflix has a new ratings system, and it’s all about simplicity.

Netflix has rolled out its new ratings system and recommendation engine, replacing the five star-based option for the simpler, more participation-friendly “thumbs-up, thumbs-down.”

Netflix has had star ratings for much of our history, but we’ve learned through over a year of testing that while we’ve used stars to help you personalize your suggestions, many of our members are confused about what they do.

That’s because  [Read More…]

Powerstick Hawkeye review: An alarm system for your USB devices

The Hawkeye by PowerStick.com is a personal alarm system and reminder tool that connects to your USB-enabled device, allowing the user to monitor his USB cable, and whichever device is connected to it. Design and Setup The Hawkeye is incredibly easy to set up. It looks like any other USB dongle, but there is a […]

The eero Home Wi-fi System is impressively easy

Before there was Google Wi-fi, there was eero.

We’ve looked at several home Wi-Fi products here at Mobile nations. They are an important part of using your phone or any internet-connected device, so they’re pretty relevant for all of us. And with consumer mesh networking hardware becoming a thing, it’s also some really cool new tech. Even Google is on board and Google Wifi is one of their best products to date.

Mesh networks are perfect for  [Read More…]

Google’s new reCAPTCHA system is so great, you can’t even see it

Google has a new, invisible-to-humans way of identifying bots on websites.

We’ve all seen the progression of different CAPTCHA systems for identifying that yes, you are indeed a human visiting a website. Google’s reCAPTCHA has been the most innovative in the past few years, getting all the way to a point where you just check a box and move on. Now, the reCAPTCHA system is ready to disappear from sight entirely while still doing its job of preventing bots  [Read More…]

Project Fi referral system offers you (and them) $20 for signing up

Pick up a nice little bill credit for referring friends to join Project Fi.

Google likes to give you little tips about your account when you open up the Project Fi app, and now you’re going to start seeing a reminder to “refer a friend.” It’s really simple: just tap “refer a friend” in the app, and you’ll see a unique code. When someone signs up using that code, both you and the person you referred get $ 20  [Read More…]

Amplifi HD Home Wi-Fi system review: Your next Wi-Fi router

Ubiquiti Networks’ Amplifi HD promises complete coverage and fast network speeds for your whole house. And it delivers.

Mesh networking isn’t exactly a new thing. But an affordable way to get started, and a setup routine that doesn’t need a network engineer to make everything work is new. Even Google is taking part of a recent consumer push for fast and easy mesh networking in your house with Google Wifi. Everyone needs fast internet for things  [Read More…]