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How to Save Money on iCloud Storage

The situation with iCloud storage would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous, and we’ve already made our feelings clear on whether Apple should offer more storage for free. But if you really must pay, why not save some money? Even though Apple’s pricing of iCloud storage has improved, that doesn’t excuse the fact that it should be offering more of it for free, and there’s a school of thought that it should give away enough to fully back up any iPhone or iPad they sell. That’s problematic in many...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Buy Discounted Gift Cards Apple


Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S5e Gives Premium Android Tablets Some Life Support

Samsung High-end Android tablets are thin on the ground these days. Though Apple is all-in on the iPad Pro, Google has abandoned its Nexus and Pixel slate designs, and NVIDIA gives the SHIELD no love. Samsung is picking up the slack. That said, even the Galaxy Tab S5e is less bodacious than some of Samsung’s earlier Android-powered tablets. At $400 for the Wi-Fi model it’s not competing with either the iPad Pro or the high-end Surface line, instead making its consumption-focused design much...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Samsung, Nvidia, Dex, GB of RAM, Samsung High


The Best Wi-Fi Cams with Facial Recognition

Nest If you just need a simple Wi-Fi cam that can capture video, then there are plenty of options available. However, if you want one that has facial recognition, the list gets much shorter. The good news is that there are still some great options to choose from. Face Detection vs. Facial Recognition Before we go over some options, it’s important to know the difference between face detection and facial recognition, because you’ll see both of these terms used in the description of Wi-Fi c...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Facial Recognition, Hdr, Face Detection vs Facial Recognition Before


What To Do When Your Chromebook Reaches the End of Its Life

Chromebooks are great for anyone who uses them: they turn on in an instant, have great battery life, and updating them is a breeze. But, the day will come when your Chromebook stops getting updates from Google. What do you do then? Google is upfront with its update policy: you can see the exact month and year a Chromebook or Chromebox will stop receiving updates. Most Chromebooks still have a long life ahead of them, but Google has started cutting off some of the oldest models already. I...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Crafts, Chromebook, Chromebooks


Do You Miss Touch ID? I Certainly Don’t

With the launch of the iPhone XS and XR last year, Apple has gone all-in on Face ID. And while there may be some users who miss the fingerprint sensor, I’m not one of them. The latest batch of new iPhones that came out in September 2018 was the first not to include Touch ID at all. After owning my first Touch ID-less iPhone for several months now, I can’t say that I’m upset by this move from Apple. Face ID Is So Much More Convenient Touch ID is already pretty convenient—way more convenient t...
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How to Fix an Echo or Google Home That Won’t Connect to WiFi

Congratulations, you have a new Google Home or Amazon Echo device! But for some reason, even though you’re confident you have the password correct, it won’t connect to Wi-Fi. The good news is, there are easy solutions to try. Whether you have a new Google Home or new Amazon Echo device, setup should be easy. As long as you have the correct accounts created, the apps walk you through all the steps in a straightforward manner. But occasionally you might get hung up on connecting to Wi-Fi, even wh...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Crafts, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home


Google Glass Isn’t Dead; It’s the Future of Industry

Hattanas/Shutterstock Google Glass lived a short, sad life. And when you look back, it feels like a bit of a dream. But the dream isn’t over yet, because Glass has found itself an industrial career. Why Glass Failed as a Consumer Device Joe Seer/Shutterstock There was a lot of hype around Google Glass when it was announced in 2012. It was featured in TIME magazine, endorsed by celebrities, and touted as the future of smart devices. But the smart eyewear was ridiculed by the media, ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Google Glass, Boeing, Glass Enterprise, Hattanas Shutterstock Google Glass, Glass Glass Enterprise


The Best Video Doorbell with Facial Recognition

Nest A lot of video doorbells can differentiate between a person and another random object, but what if you want to know exactly who rang your doorbell? There’s really only one video doorbell on the market that can do facial recognition, but it’s a great option. Face Detection vs. Facial Recognition Before we get into that, though, it’s important to know the difference between face detection and facial recognition, because you’ll see both of these terms used in the description of video d...
Tags: Google, Crafts, John, Google Home Mini, Google Home Hub, Face Detection vs Facial Recognition Before


Deal Alert: Grab a New Apple Watch Series 3 for $50 Off

If you’re in the market for a great deal on a last-generation Apple Watch, you’re in luck if you don’t mind a silver aluminum model with a white sport band. You can get a Series 3 brand new for just $229. This is a decent $50 discount from the usual price of $279, and even though it’s the previous generation, it still does the job really well for those who really don’t see the need to have the latest and greatest—the Series 4 is definitely an upgrade, but most casual users probably don’t really...
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How to Use Google Docs Offline

Google Docs is great, but because it typically requires an internet connection to use, getting things done when you’re offline can be challenging. If you’re using Google Chrome, an official extension named Google Docs Offline changes that. RELATED: 10 Tips and Tricks for Google Docs Note: Using Google Docs offline requires Google’s official Chrome extension, so you can only use it in Google Chrome. It works for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, but not Forms. How to Use Google Docs Offline First, you...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Google Docs


How to View iCloud Photos Online

The best way to sit and thumb through your iCloud Photo Library is with an iPad. If you want to edit those images, Photos on a Mac is advisable. But when those aren’t around, here’s how to view photos online. Many people don’t realize that they can access every photo and video they have stored in iCloud Photo Library from any desktop computer, so long as it has access to iCloud.com. It’s a feature that Apple hasn’t done a good job of sharing with people, which is a shame because it can be super...
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Get Your Dark Mode Fix with Google’s New Chrome Theme(s)

Did you know Chrome has themes? Most people probably realized this at once point but since forgot. Google wants to remind us that themes in Chrome are a thing with a bunch of new internally-designed looks for your favorite browser. While there are 14 new themes, the most notable look here is the Just Black theme, which effectively brings Dark Mode to Chrome. Of course, an official dark mode is still (probably?) in the works, this should at least curb those cravings for an all-black-all-the-time...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Black White


The Best Cat Grooming Products to Eliminate Shedding and Hair Balls

When your cat sheds all over the house, it’s more than just an annoyance. It’s also a good sign that your cat is working on a pretty gnarly hairball. Luckily, this problem can be solved with a good grooming product. Cat’s, like people, need their hair to be brushed and combed. Ungroomed hair can turn into painful tangles, mats, and messy furniture. Not to mention, hair is indigestible, and it just so happens that cats (and some people, I guess—please don’t Google it) end up eating their hair ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Hertzko


Amazon Acquires Eero for Stronger Smarthome Connections

Amazon is buying the mesh Wifi company Eero, in a bid to strengthen its smarthome offerings. As more smart devices rely on Wi-Fi, Amazon needs a powerful network connection offering, and Eero is the solution. If nothing else, CES 2019 showed that Wi-Fi smart devices are coming in full force. Unfortunately, current Wi-Fi standards are less powerful and traverse less distance on their own than ZigBee or Z-Wave mesh standards, and this is a problem for Amazon’s smart home ambitions. Most of Amazon...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Crafts, Wi Fi, Eero, Amazon Acquires Eero, Wi Fi Amazon, Dave Limp SVP, Amazon Devices and Services


How to Create an Apple ID for a Child and Add it to Your Family

Hand-me-down hardware is a rite of passage for even the most hardened of technology fans, so there may be times where a child receives an old iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Here’s how to create them their own Apple ID and add it to your family. Apple IDs are vital for helping Apple and apps differentiate between users, and an Apple ID is necessary for making App Store purchases and signing up for iCloud. Both of those things are pretty integral to using an iOS device, so even if you’re handing an...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, App Store, Don


Rumor Roundup: Apple’s 2019 Hardware Plans

Rumors come and go, but recently a whole slew of things about what Apple will be doing in 2019 hit the scene. While these may or may not be absolutely spot-on, they’re worth at least considering either way. Now, before we get into the details, it’s worth emphasizing that these are rumors. That means they can change at any point or, to be completely honest, they may be wrong altogether. But they all seem highly probable, so we’re pretty confident sharing them. Rumor #1: 2019 iPhones Will Keep t...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, AirPods


Deal Alert: Grab the HP Chromebook x360 for Just $450

Have you been fighting the urge to grab a new, modern laptop? Maybe one of those touch screen 2-in-1 devices? Well, now might be the time to go for an HP x360. We’ve spent a lot of time raving about the Chromebook, and why wouldn’t we? Chromebooks are great alternatives to Windows or Apple laptops. They’re powerful, affordable, and reliable. The HP x360 is no exception. It’s a 14″ 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage, and an Intel i3 Processor. That’s more power ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Intel, Netflix, Chromebooks, Bestbuy


Android’s Real Security Problem is the Manufacturers

Cameron Summerson If you’re running a Google Pixel handset, your phone is safe from a security hole that could let a PNG file completely wreck the system. If you’re using nearly any other Android handset, then your phone is vulnerable. This is a problem. Google recently released the February security update for Pixel devices, which closes a hole that would allow malicious PNG files to “execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process.” In simpler terms, the code can run at...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Mms, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung LG, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S9, Cameron Summerson


Geek Trivia: Apple’s Original Logo Featured Which Famous Inventor?

Apple’s Original Logo Featured Which Famous Inventor? Alexander Graham Bell Sir Isaac Newton Thomas Edison Nikola TeslaThink you know the answer?
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Valentine Food Ideas

These Valentine Dinner Food ideas are a fun way to get kids excited and to celebrate the holiday! Valentine Food Ideas Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls. Serve your loved ones these sprinkled cinnamon rolls in the shape of a heart as an afternoon pick-me-up. These are a wonderful treat to make and share. Treat your family to a special breakfast with this colorful Red Velvet Waffle recipe ! Who doesn’t love red velvet. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Strawberry Nutella Pop Tarts. These homemade ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Pinterest, Valentine's Day, Valentine, Don, Lou, Valentine Food Ideas


Deal Alert: Get $100 Off the 128GB iPad (6th Gen) Right Now

There’s nothing better than a new iPad. And now might be your only chance to grab a new iPad for $100 off before Valentine’s Day. Right now, Amazon is selling the 128GB iPad 6th Gen for just $330—that’s the same price the 32GB model usually goes for, making this a killer buy. This iPad is part of Apple’s newest iteration of tablets, and it’s one of the best tablets for professionals, mobile game players, musicians, and visual artists. Oh, and it makes a great Valentine’s Day gift. The iPad has ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Crafts, Apple Pencil


Are Apps Really Recording Your iPhone’s Screen?

Hadrian/Shutterstock.com TechCrunch claims many iPhone apps “secretly record your screen.” Is that true? Well, yes, kind of—but their recording abilities are limited. Apple is now cracking down on these apps and requiring more transparency, too. An App Can Only Record Your Activity In the App First, let’s make this clear: iPhone and iPad apps can’t record everything you do on your phone’s screen. An app can only record what happens within the app itself. In other words, even if an app is...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Expedia, Hadrian Shutterstock, Air Canada Hollister


Want Better Smarthome Voice Control? Use Groups

Breadmaker/Shutterstock If your Google Home or Amazon Echo has trouble controlling multiple lights or devices in a room, you probably haven’t set up groups correctly. Giving each item a unique name and then grouping those items makes your Voice Assistant work better. Naming Devices Quickly Becomes Complicated A smart bulb is one of the most natural things to add to a growing smarthome. You need light bulbs, and these are incredibly easy to install, requiring no wiring on your part. But y...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Smarthome Voice Control


How to Check the Status of AppleCare on your Apple Devices

No matter whether your Apple device is in its initial AppleCare warranty period or covered by AppleCare+, checking its current coverage can be the first step in getting a repair. Here’s how to check what’s covered, and what isn’t. As many people have learned over the years, having Apple devices repaired outside of AppleCare can be a costly endeavor, especially given the current state of notebook repairability. Nothing is cheap when it’s all bonded or soldered to a logic board, so you’ll probabl...
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Google Created Faster Encryption for Low-End Android Phones and IoT Devices

Google Low-resource Android phones and IoT devices don’t have the processing power to use modern encryption services, which makes them vulnerable to hacking. That’s why Google is introducing Adiantum, a super-fast encryption standard for low-resource Android devices. Popular Android phones, like the Google Pixel or anything from the Samsung Galaxy line, are built around the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). With the AES, all of the information on your phone is encrypted and only verified ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Iot, Samsung Galaxy, AES, Google Google, Google Security Team, Adiantum, Advanced Encryption Standard This, Meet Adiantum Obviously Google


PSA: Watch out for This New Google Translate Phishing Attack

Akamai You know, the thing with scammers is that they’re always going to find new ways to scam. It’s what they do. And this new Google Translate phishing attempt is simple, yet brilliant. It’s one you’ll have to watch out for. Most phishing attempts do at least a somewhat good job of creating replica pages for whatever site they’re trying to jack your data from—like an Apple or Google login page, for example. But there’s generally one big red flag that’s fairly easy to spot: a shoddy URL. I...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Facebook, Url, Google Translate, Akamai


Update Now to Fix Group FaceTime on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Radu Bercan/Shutterstock.com Apple just released iOS 12.1.4 and a macOS 10.14.3 patch. These updates fix the huge group FaceTime flaw that could let anyone call your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and hear audio or see video—even if you don’t accept the call. The good news is you don’t have to worry about this flaw right now. Apple says it’s permanently disabled group FaceTime on iOS 12.1.3 and macOS 10.14.2, as well as older versions of the software. The bad news was you couldn’t use group FaceTime...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Mac, Facetime, Radu Bercan Shutterstock


Motorola’s New G7 Line Starts at $200, with a Massive 5000mAh Upgrade Available

Motorola Motorola’s G series of phones has long been a favorite among bargain hunters looking for flexible Android handsets on the cheap. Today the company updated the series for 2019 with the G7, G7 Play, and G7 Power. Motorola The G7, sans adjective, is the most expensive of the line, though it’s still more than reasonable at $300. Three bills gets you a relatively large 6.2-inch 1080p LCD screen over a mid-range Snapdragon 632 processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. The rear c...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Motorola, Europe, Mexico, US, Brazil, G7 Power, Motorola Motorola, G7 Power Motorola


How to Set Up Groups with Google Assistant

Google Assistant voice commands for your smarthome work best if your devices are in groups (Google calls these groups “rooms”). Skipping this step during setup makes using your devices harder. Here’s how to create rooms and add devices to them. Rooms Make Voice Commands Easier With your smarthome devices associated with rooms, Google will let you accomplish more in fewer words. Rather than tell it “turn off living room light 1, turn off living room light 2, turn off living room light 3” and s...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Living Room, Philips Hue, Google Home


RIP “Do Not Track,” the Privacy Standard Everyone Ignored

Dragana Gordic/Shutterstock.com “Do Not Track” had a lofty goal: A simple checkbox in every web browser that would tell websites not to track you. It achieved that goal, but here’s the problem: Websites didn’t care. As we pointed out back in 2012, the “Do Not Track” option doesn’t stop you from being tracked. It just sends a special piece of information whenever you connect to a website, asking that website not to track you. The vast, vast majority of websites ignored this. That never reall...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Microsoft, Gizmodo, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox, Dragana Gordic Shutterstock



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