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Google likes to tweak their YouTube interface, especially on mobile devices. However, their Android TV interface always seems to lag behind, even next to other set-top boxes. With that being said, it looks like Google has pushed a YouTube update on Android TV that further tweaks the latest, non-Material Design aesthetic and brings some features […]
Come comment on this article: Android TV’s YouTube app gets a small redesign, includes video quality control
Android P is still pretty far out from being official and loaded on our smartphones, but we’re already hearing quite a bit about how much control it will give wireless carriers over how the software displays signal strength. An earlier rumor suggested that carriers could hide signal strength entirely in the next version […]
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Amazon has just announced that you can now use voice commands to control third-party apps on its Fire TV and Fire Stick devices. Previously, you could only use voice commands on Amazon Video but now you can use Alexa to control the Hulu app and more. It isn’t just Hulu that you can control with […]
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If you own a Roomba, odds are pretty good that you enjoy a connected lifestyle and like to take advantage of technology and tools that make it easier for you to focus on the things you want to do instead of the things you need to do. For a long time, one of the chores […]
Come comment on this article: Get finer control over iRobot Roomba thanks to IFTTT support
You no longer have to be picky about which voice assistant you use to steer Ecobee's smart thermostats. Google Assistant now offers control over Ecobee3 and Ecobee4 models, letting you tweak the temperature from your phone or an Assistant-equipped s…
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The latest Insider preview build for Windows 10 is rolling out, and it's bringing that eye-tracking support Microsoft recently mentioned. Users with a compatible eye tracking device (which right now means certain hardware from Tobii) can control thei…
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Another day, another Alexa skill, right? Well the latest set is pretty useful if you feel like talking to your TV actually responding when you yell at it. With Sony's 2017 4K models with HDR and Android TV you can turn them on and off, adjust volume,…
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Everyone’s favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with nothing more than your voice.
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Garmin has kicked off its Connect IQ Developer Summit, and one of the more noteworthy announcements to come out of the conference is about the company’s new partnership with Samsung SmartThings automation.
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Why use a joystick when you can just use gestures? That’s the question Ultigesture is asking now that it’s debuted its new toy racing cars that promise to be “intuitively controlled by gestures from the wristband-wearing driver.”
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Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand is launching smartphone and smartwatch apps that can do everything from remotely lock and unlock a car’s doors, to help set up service appointments.
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Move over Touch ID! Tapdo is a wearable fingerprint sensor that lets you map a variety of shortcuts for your different smart devices to various parts of your hand. Here’s how it works.
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Who says you need to flip a switch to operate it? Certainly not Yoswit, a new smart-home product that lets you control your lights with only a Bluetooth connection. You shouldn’t need to get up to adjust your lighting, do you?
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The Lief Patch heart rate variability monitor signals impending stress. Included smartphone app exercises teach people how to control stress response. The exercises teach deep breathing, relaxation, and conscious control of your heart rate.
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A European research project lets scientists in Russia wear an exoskeleton to control a connected robot in Germany. It could one day allow earthbound scientists to control a robot on the ISS.
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Alexa now (officially) works with Logitech's Harmony Hub, meaning it's a lot easier to get voice control over your home entertainment and automation devices. After you enable the Alexa skill on an Amazon Echo, Dot or other supported device, you'll be…
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You frequently read about the sale of a car or a house, but it is not too often you hear about the transfer of a million dollar telescope. That’s exactly what happened last week when DARPA turned over the Space Surveillance Telescope to the Air Force.
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There’s both form and function built into these new flash tattoos from the MIT Media Lab. DuoSkin temporary tattoos usher in a new generation of wearables that behave almost like a second skin.
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Amazon's virtual assistant was already hard at work helping with tasks via its Echo speakers and Fire TV, but now Alexa is getting more control of your television. The online retailer announced today that Alexa can handle more requests on its streami…
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A team at the University of Washington have added an active sonar control system to a smartphone and a smartwatch, which turns any surface, or even the air surrounding the gadget, into a gesture control area.
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We discuss Scott Kelly’s return to Earth after 340 days in space, supersonic planes that don’t make sonic booms, and monkeys that can drive wheelchairs with nothing but a thought.
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Your smartwatch just got smarter. Android Wear 1.4 Marshmallow introduces big new features, including support for phone calls on select devices, support for third-party messaging app dictation, and a bevy of new gestures.
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Birth control for men still tends to be divided between condoms (which aren't always fun or reliable) and more drastic surgical procedures like vasectomies (which are frequently permanent). Not exactly ideal, is it? However, inventor Clemens Bimek…
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Alarm.com on Monday announced plans for smart home voice control for lighting and smart thermostats through Amazon Echo and Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa.
Users will be able to control lighting and other comfort factors in their homes using simple voice commands such as “Alexa, turn on the living room lights.” Additionally, users will be able to create custom controls and Alarm.com plans to expand voice control through Alexa’s Skills Kit.
“Alarm.com integrates devices across the home into a single solution, which we are making easier to use every day through intuitive apps and new user experiences that go beyond the traditional app.”
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You already know that carpooling will save you a ton of dough each year, but you have to give up so much control. Not anymore. With the new Scoop app, you can request a one-way ride anytime without commitments.
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I am positive everyone reading this has a messy, or at least somewhat messy contact list. Contacts from Facebook, Twitter, or multiple phone numbers scattered all over, but no way of combining them. With FullContact that problem is no more.
* Import and sync contact information with up to 5 Gmail and iCloud accounts so you can stay focused on relationships from anywhere.
* Add social profiles to your contacts to get the complete picture on everyone you know.
* Swipe or tap a contact to initiate a text, call, or email, and enter notes, tags, and updates anywhere you go to make a connection.
* Make a change on your device, and see it reflected on all your other address books. Your connections are always in sync.
Combining Google contacts, phone contacts, and all social media contacts into one makes your life a lot easier when searching for someone. Now you only have to search for one name and get a complete overview of literally all their contact information. Another great feature is you can automatically add profile pictures and see recent tweets. You will always know exactly who you are talking to.
One simple feature that will make your life even easier is tags. Although you may have all of “Jim’s” contact info in one place, you still might be confused if there are multiple Jims. Just add tags like “work” or “friend” to always stay on top of who is who.
Other features are the ability to merge duplicate contacts, call, email, or view social profiles with just a tap, and ability to sync across multiple devices.
Come comment on this article: Get control of your contacts with FullContact
Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines.
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Google Project Jacquard and Project Soli will bring user interfaces to your clothes and to your fingertips, with the introduction of tiny motion-sensing radar sensors and touch-sensitive fabrics.
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The Aria gesture controller allows you to control your smartwatch without touching it; the idea being that when your other hand is free, you can still utilize your device. The device is compatible with the Pebble Time and Android Wear.
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