Tag Archive: Turn

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…]

Bug causes Galaxy S8 and Note 8 screen to turn on randomly while charging

This doesn’t seem to be widespread, but it’s definitely annoying.

When you charge your phone, you typically just plug it in or place it on a wireless charging pad and forget about it. It’s a process that you don’t really think about on a daily basis, but when something goes wrong with it, it can prove to be awfully irritating.

For some users of the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8, the display on their phones is randomly  [Read More…]

Best apps to turn your Huawei MediaPad tablet into a laptop replacement

Can I turn my tablet into a laptop? For the most part, yes.

The idea of replacing your laptop with a tablet has always been a fever dream, but with a Bluetooth keyboard and the right apps, it could actually be possible for the right kind of person. Here are a few great apps for the Huawei MediaPad that could help you leave your laptop behind.

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Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with LOFT

Remember the Vaux? The accessory which was introduced by the Ninety7 startup back in March, could turn the Echo Dot into an Alexa-powered portable speaker. Now, Ninety7 aims to bestow the same portable capabilities to the Google Home. Say hello to LOFT – basically a Google Home bottom which attaches to the speaker using magnets […]

Turn your home into a smart home with the $150 SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a deal on creating the smartest home possible!

Right now you can get the SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for $ 150, which comes with a hub. Or you can get the SmartThings Smart Home Hub by itself for just $ 50. The hub normally sells between $ 80-100 and rarely drops past that. This sale for $ 50 is its lowest price since last year’s Black Friday deals.

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A Wallflower smart plug means you’ll never forget to turn off the stove

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know they turned off the stove and everyone else.

For the latter group (at least for those with electric stoves), there’s a new product that aims to give some peace of mind. Wallflower turns your dumb range into a semi-smart (more on that in a second) stove that provides some insurance should things be left cooking.

It takes about 2 minutes to make your dumb stove smart.

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What to Do When Your PlayStation VR Won’t Turn On

There are few things more stressful than when technology fails, but relax: we’ve got you covered

If you’re a gamer, chances are you’re familiar with all sorts of technological terrors. Red ring of death. “The servers are busy at this time.” The exciting, seemingly random combination of letters, numbers, and dashes. But if there’s one thing that brings heart to the fear of every gamer, it’s pressing the power button on your console or accessory, and nothing  [Read More…]

Turn any watch into a smartwatch with this $39 buckle

Don’t want to pay $ 250+ on a smartwatch? You shouldn’t, especially when you have a perfectly good “dumb” watch sitting on your wrist. With the help of this Kickstarter project, you will be able to get the smartwatch experience on your normal watch. Well, sort of. Just add this intelligent buckle and you’ll be good […]

How to turn off screen overlay on Samsung Galaxy S8

It’s an odd warning message, but it’s fixable.

There’s an interesting issue that crops up now and then on Samsung Galaxy phones pertaining to “screen overlay” settings preventing you from using some apps. It’s an issue most people aren’t used to seeing all that often, and to be fair the settings for screen overlay are deep and not explained very well.

The issue has been mitigated some in the last year, it seems, but the settings remain in the  [Read More…]

How to turn off Galaxy Apps notifications on the Galaxy S8

No, I don’t want to hear about your promotions.

Having the Galaxy Apps store installed on you Galaxy S8 or S8+ alongside the Play Store isn’t ideal, but it’s the only way to update some of your phone’s core services. What isn’t necessary at all are its notifications, which can be useful sometimes but are often just promotional pushes you may not care about.

You can turn off the notifications for the app entirely, though, and it  [Read More…]