Tag Archive: Useful


Top 3 ways to make Bixby more useful on the Galaxy S9

We can’t fix all of Bixby’s problems, but we can at least make it a little more useful.

If you bought a Galaxy S9 or S9+ in the last month, you’ve probably already gotten settled into one of the best Android experiences around. You’ve probably already captured dozens of photos with the incredible cameras Samsung placed on its latest flagships. You’ve probably already trained your phone to recognize your face, iris, and fingerprints so you never have  [Read More…]

Amazon Key just got a little less creepy and a lot more useful for everyone

Now available to everyone. With 100% less creepiness.

Remember Amazon’s disturbing in-home delivery service that would give random strangers access to your home while you were gone? You might have automatically dismissed it as soon as you saw it last year and rightfully so. Well, that whole “Please, come into my home person I don’t know” part is completely optional, and the other benefits of the service Amazon just announced might actually appeal to you.

Amazon is  [Read More…]

You can now download Google’s super useful Contacts app

Google’s Contact app is now available on Lollipop and higher.

The contact application isn’t something most people worry too much about when they set up a new device. So long as the user can synchronize their contact information and make any necessary edits throughout time, what else is there to worry about? Well, good design is something users may appreciate, and today users will have one more option for contact management.

Google’s Contact application was  [Read More…]

Newton adds a useful Tidy Inbox feature to its email client

Email just got a whole lot better because it’s so much less noisy.

Newton, a simple and powerful email platform, has released another one of its so-called Superchargers to clean up its users’ messy inboxes.

Formerly called CloudMagic, Newton has transformed into one of the most elegant and powerful email platforms out there, and it’s available on practically every platform, including Android. With today’s update, the Tidy Inbox feature brings  [Read More…]

Google Home is even more useful with support for new services

You can now use Assistant to control iHome, Leviton, Emberlight, and Samsung Artik Cloud devices.

There are so many different smart home startups out there attempt to do their part to contribute to the ever-growing ecosystem of connected devices. And the Google Home, which is meant to be used exclusively inside your dwellings, now supports a few more standards to make it easier for you to control those third-party products.

Originally discovered  [Read More…]

New Home Control section in Google Assistant makes the Pixel way more useful

Google Assistant is starting to look more like an assistant.

If you have a Google Home or use the Nest or WeMo app on your Pixel, you probably already have a setting for Home Control in Google Assistant. With the latest Google app suite, everyone will see the same thing and know that Google Assistant can do more than tell you the weather or recite a poem.

The Home Control section is where you can  [Read More…]

Fitbit’s personal fitness and goal-setting features just got a lot more useful

At CES 2017, Fitbit has announced a load of new features coming to its app in the next few months that should make using its trackers a much more personal experience. On deck is an all-new social experience, along with new personal goal setting features and more.

Perhaps the biggest changes are in the revamped social experience, which will come in the form of a new Community section of the app. In the Community section, you’ll be able  [Read More…]

HTC’s new Boost+ app is one of the least useful things they’ve ever made

HTC. Stop. What are you doing?

HTC has made their Boost+ app available for everyone today. It’s also a pre-installed application on the HTC 10. And it’s something they never should have spent time to make, and that you should never use.

To be fair, there are a couple good things happening in the Boost+ app. You can lock apps away from prying eyes if you give the app access to track what apps you  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Gear VR Web browser has exactly 1 useful function

Why would you bother with a browser in VR? That’s a good question. And the answer is YouTube, and 360-degree video.

Much in the same way that so many of us rolled our eyes when web browsers were sideloaded on early Android Wear watches, news that Samsung was released a web browser to the Oculus Store for the Gear VR seemed a little off. You have to put your phone — which in this case has  [Read More…]

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor, and it might actually be useful

It has already been confirmed by Samsung that the Galaxy Note 4 will have an ultraviolet (UV) sensor, but there wasn’t much information available. Now, according to a report over on SamMobile, we have some idea as to what consumers can expect to see from the built-in functionality. The new component will integrate itself within Samsung’s S Health app, providing yet more personal data for the owner to take advantage of.

Is it gimmicky? Sure. It’s  [Read More…]