Tag Archive: Blocks


Make the Google Assistant more accessible with Action Blocks

Whether you want to set up some simple automations for an elderly family member, help out a friend with cognitive disabilities, or you just want to make an “easy button” for your mom to turn on her smart lights, Google’s Action Blocks are here to the rescue. We’ll show you how to enable the app and quickly create Action Blocks that can serve as useful shortcuts for Google Assistant tasks.

Products used in this guide Easy automator: Google  [Read More…]

Google’s new useful Action Blocks app highlights new accessibility emphasis

Google continues to build out Android’s accessibility features.

What you need to know Google has improved Android’s accessibility apps in respect of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The pre-existing Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier apps get useful and meaningful updates. The company has also rolled out a new Action Blocks app for reducing day-to-day cognitive load on impaired users.

Google is improving support for Android users with extended accessibility needs this week to acknowledge Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To  [Read More…]

Four years later, the BLOCKS modular smartwatch is officially canceled

The original Kickstarter campaign raised $ 1.6 million back in 2015.

What you need to know BLOCKS modular smartwatch was discontinued on August 15 after a successful Kickstarter campaign that started back in 2015. The unique smartwatch was canceled due to many hardships, such as losing its manufacturing and software partners. The company is in the process of distributing its remaining assets.

After nearly four years, the ambitious modular smartwatch BLOCKS is calling it quits. The team  [Read More…]

H&R Block’s discounted tax software includes a bonus on your refund

Yay taxes!

Amazon has H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe + State 2018 on sale for $ 22.49, which is the best price we’ve seen for it on Amazon. The price did drop to $ 23 last week in a deal that only lasted a few days before rising again to $ 35. This deal is only available on the PC download with the Mac version not seeing the same discount. Compared to other retailers, like Newegg, that  [Read More…]

President Trump preemptively blocks Broadcom’s Qualcomm takeover, citing national security concerns

This one is finally settled.

The seemingly never-ending saga of Broadcom‘s attempted takeover of Qualcomm has all-but-ended, as President Trump today issued an order that the deal will not be allowed to go through under the assertion that it would be a threat to U.S. national security. Broadcom is primarily a Singapore-based company, but operates globally. Qualcomm and Broadcom have been dancing around the details of a potential merger or takeover for several months, but in recent weeks had  [Read More…]

Blocks modular smartwatch is finally available to purchase, but will anyone bite?

The Blocks modular smartwatch launched on Kickstarter in 2015 and is now available to purchase.

Back in 2015, smartwatches were in their golden age. The Apple Watch had just launched, Android Wear was still appealing and Pebble still existed. At the same time, a little company called Blocks launched a Kickstarter campaign for its modular smartwatch, with a promised ship date of May 2016.

May 2016 came and went, and the shipping date kept being pushed back.  [Read More…]

Chinese government blocks WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

WhatsApp falls to the Great Firewall.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most Google services are blocked in China, and WhatsApp is now joining that list. As reported by The New York Times, the Chinese government is cracking down on the Facebook-owned messaging service, with users all over the country facing disruptions.

It remains to be seen if the ban on WhatsApp is temporary. The government blocked WhatsApp’s photo, video, and document transfer options back in July, but  [Read More…]

Oculus Rift update blocks third-party app that ported its VR games to HTC Vive [Update]

Oculus released a software update to its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset this week that blocks the use of Revive, a third-party app that allowed for the porting of exclusive Rift VR titles to the rival HTC Vive headset.

The third-party app was launched in April. After its release, one of Revive’s developers “CrossVR”, posted on Reddit that the software update for the Rift that was released on Friday now includes a new check to see  [Read More…]

EU blocks Three’s £10 billion takeover bid for Telefonica’s O2

The EU has blocked the CK Hutchison — owner of Three UK — bid to take over Telefonica’s O2 operations in the UK due to concerns that the merger would limit customer choice and increase prices. As reported by the BBC, the deal was to be worth around £10.3 billion, reducing the number of major operators to just three — EE, Three and Vodafone.

CK Hutchison has stated the company is considering a legal challenge to  [Read More…]

BLOCKS modular smartwatch teams with AT&T for cellular connectivity in the US

BLOCKS, the company behind an upcoming modular smartwatch which is currently near the end of its Kickstarter, has announced that it will collaborate with AT&T for cellular connectivity in the US. The smartwatch will also have a number of new modules, including a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint reader, and customizable and removable covers.

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