Tag Archive: Using


Using Google Chromecast Audio as a whole-house audio alternative to Sonos

Great-sounding music is made easy with a Chromecast Audio. And you’ll save a fistful of dollars, too.

If you’re thinking about setting up a whole-house (or even just a single-room) streaming audio solution, Sonos systems are pretty much what you’ll find recommended by folks on the internet. They are easy to set up and the Sonos service offers a decent choice of streaming content providers. But the price tag — you’ll be spending hundreds per room for  [Read More…]

How to improve Bixby voice using Samsung Feedback

Bixby improves as you interact.

Bixby Voice is the built in pocket assistant for Galaxy S8 users and it can easily answer your questions and help you access the apps you want with just a few words. However, if Bixby voice doesn’t understand what you are saying, then you definitely aren’t going to get the results that you’ve been hoping for. There is an easy way to help fine tune what Bixby hears while you’re speaking to  [Read More…]

How to find your phone using Android Device Manager

I don’t know about you, but I have the tendency to misplace my smartphone all the freaking time. I probably have a short memory and if you’re like me, you’re probably very familiar with that wave of cold sweat which hits you as you realize you don’t know where your phone is. Fortunately, there’s a […]

Google is using deep learning and data analysis to curate the Play Store

Machine learning plays a big part in how apps are monitored in the Play Store.

Google has released some details from the Security and Privacy team about how Google Play is being curated, and machine learning plays a big part.

Google has two basic goals for applications in the Play Store: safety and exposure. The Security and Privacy team wants to weed out apps with malware, but they’re also concerned about applications that ask for broad permissions that might  [Read More…]

Disable system apps on the Samsung Galaxy S8 without root using these apps

Up until very recently the only way to disable system apps that come bundled as bloatware with Android devices was using a method that required root access. This is especially relevant on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that come with some apps that are less than desirable. Rooting Samsung devices is still possible and a […]

Instagram taking new steps to reduce offensive and spammy comments using machine learning

Everything helps in the fight against spam.

In the seemingly never-ending fight against spam and generally low-quality comments on the internet, Instagram is taking new approaches in cleaning up comments on photos and videos. Instagram says it’s the next step in its commitment to “foster kind, inclusive communities,” but really it’s just the right thing to do for our collective sanity online.

The first change is straight-up blocking offensive comments  [Read More…]

You can order a OnePlus 5 right now using this code, no invite required

Supply is extremely limited, so you have to act fast.

OnePlus isn’t completely opening up sales of the OnePlus 5 until June 27, but if you were watching the launch event (or are reading this article) you’ll know that OnePlus has decided to open up an early order page where fans can be the first to get their OnePlus 5 before the official launch date. Outside of those who go to a pop-up shop in the next few days,  [Read More…]

Using Cardboard Camera to capture and enjoy VR photos for Daydream

Cardboard Camera brings your photos to life when you view them with Daydream!

Cardboard Camera lets you take a panorama photo of the world around you, and then renders it into a format that can be viewed in VR. This means that you can strap on your Daydream View, and relive those awesome moments, complete with audio and depth.

Here’s how to get the best photos with this app!

Read more at VRHeads.com

Using Alexa Scenes to control your home like magic

How do I use Alexa Scenes?

Most connected home gadgets have a way to do things automatically or based on specific conditions. That’s the whole appeal after all: being able to automate parts of your life. That might be changing the color temperature in your living room when it’s time to watch a movie or maybe just making sure the cable box is set to a specific channel when you turn on your television. Either way, Amazon  [Read More…]

Using a heatsink can help with Daydream overheating

A heatsink can help with overheating problems.

Nobody wants to deal with problems when they are in the middle of an awesome VR game, but unfortunately from time to time they do occur. One of the most common issues for VR headsets that run off of a phone, is overheating. Your phone ends up working too hard and heating up too much, and when it hits a certain point, it will turn itself off, booting you out  [Read More…]