Tag Archive: Makes


You still can’t buy a OnePlus 8 Pro, and that makes it hard to recommend

The best phone is the one you can actually buy and have right now.

We published our OnePlus 8 Pro review well over a month ago, on April 29. And since then, it’s been incredibly hard to buy one. The OnePlus 8 Pro has been out of stock on its own website for weeks, and the Amazon listing has fluctuated between coming soon, vague ship dates, and now no availability at all. And this lack of consistent  [Read More…]

Splitting your screen makes your Chromebook even that more useful

I find that people are often surprised at just how flexible Chromebooks are as work or entertainment devices. Many of the same features that more established or expensive computers like Windows PCs and MacBooks have can also be found on Chromebooks, such as screen casting, virtual desktops, and split-screen multitasking. I’ll show you just how easy it is to enable split screens on your Chromebook so that even a modest-sized device like my little ASUS C214 Flip can  [Read More…]

Google makes it easier to share albums with Photos

Google earlier brought this direct sharing first to Photos for individual images in late 2019.

What you need to know Google introduced direct sharing for pictures Photos last year, now it’s making it available for Albums. Google Photos users will be able to share albums directly to other Google user accounts. Google says the feature is rolling out this week.

Last year, Google introduced a new direct sharing feature for Google Photos. With direct sharing, users could  [Read More…]

Are you Aware that Nest’s subscription service makes the Hello even better?

Best answer: Of course! You can still access live footage from your Nest Hello product, and you’ll still be able to use the Nest app whenever you get a notification, just to see who’s at the door or if your product detects movement. You just won’t get some useful features.

Who’s there?: Nest Hello ($ 230 at Best Buy) Oversee it all: Nest Aware (From $ 60/year at Google) Is Nest Aware important?

While you can get  [Read More…]

Mint Mobile makes mobile data easier than Straight Talk

Simple data savings Mint Mobile

From $ 15 per month at Mint Mobile

Pros Large T-Mobile network Compatible with most phones Simple plans Hotspot on each plan Cons Max of 12GB of data Only one network

One of Mint Mobile’s greatest accomplishments has been making choosing the right phone plan simple. With three data sizes and three duration amounts, it’s easy to find out which package works for you. You save money by buying more months  [Read More…]

DiRT 5 makes its big debut, coming to both PS5 and Google Stadia

Codemaster’s next off-road racer will hit PS5 alongside Xbox Series X with a Stadia debut to follow in 2021.

What you need to know DiRT 5 was revealed during Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase for the first time. Due to launch in October, it will be available on PS5 as well as PS4, Xbox One and Steam. Google Stadia debut set for early 2021.

Codemasters has revealed its first next-gen racer, with DiRT 5 bringing us a  [Read More…]

Who makes the better video doorbell, Ring or Eufy?

Eufy Video Doorbell

Video value

$ 136 at Amazon

Pros Cheaper than Ring Video Doorbell 3 Subscription not required Doorbell chime included Local storage options Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Cons Wired version only No real IFTTT support Issues with the quality of motion capture and AI features

The Eufy Video Doorbell is our top pick for several reasons, including the fact that it’s a one-time purchase. You don’t need to subscribe to  [Read More…]

Google’s new braille keyboard makes typing more accessible on Android

Android is about to get a lot more helpful for the visually impaired.

What you need to know Google has created a new braille keyboard directly integrated into Android. The aim is to make typing on Android easier for people with limited vision and mitigate if not remove entirely the need for external hardware. The keyboard is available now for Android users running Lollipop and above.

Google is making typing on Android more accessible to sight-impaired users  [Read More…]

Synology makes VPN Plus free, rolls out prizes for World Backup Day

Synology is providing free perpetual licenses to its VPN Plus service until September 30.

What you need to know Synology is making VPN Plus licenses free until September 30 to facilitate small businesses working from home. VPN Plus lets Synology routers create a VPN server that can be used on phones and other devices. The company is celebrating World Backup Day by giving away $ 7,000 worth of NAS enclosures and storage devices.

Synology is offering free  [Read More…]

Fitbit shows its generosity, makes Premium membership free for 3 months

The subscription usually costs $ 10 per month.

What you need to know Fitbit wants to help users stay fit in the era of social distancing and closed gyms. So it’s making its Premium subscription free for new users for the next three months. You can find the app on both iOS and Android.

In our review of Fitbit Premium, we praised the service’s detailed health insights, as well as its flurry of advanced features for tracking  [Read More…]