Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Mar 2017 6:06 pm
The PlayStation Now catalog will be expanded with PS4 titles sometime in 2017.
PlayStation Now is a great way to play hundreds of PS3 games by streaming them right to your PS4 or your PC. Today Sony says that soon the catalog will be extended to include PlayStation 4 titles.
We're excited to announce that PS Now's catalog is set to grow even further, as we'll be expanding to include a new...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Mar 2017 11:07 am
Update, March 2017: This post has been updated with new formatting. All the choices have remained the same.
ASUS Chromebox M004U
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Don't let the name fool you. The ASUS Chromebox M004U (generally known as the ASUS Chromebox though there are others from ASUS being sold) is dead simple to set up and use. Attach a monitor or...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Mar 2017 5:13 pm
Separating the wheat from the chaff.
On Tuesday (March 7, 2017 if you're reading from the future) Wikileaks released the Vault 7 CIA files. These dumped a ton of information along with some Tweets about how journalists were supposed to be afraid that the CIA has tapped into everyone's phone and that encrypted messaging has been hacked. This produced the expected results, where words were...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Mar 2017 9:00 am
Having the right mobile network settings makes a difference. Here's how to change them if you need to!
Updated March 2017: Up-to-date information and changes.
Unlocked phones and alternative carriers are more popular now than ever before. Most every company makes an unlocked model or two that you can buy directly from their website or a retailer like Amazon with the necessary parts and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Mar 2017 2:00 pm
Whether you want something simple or need a complicated whole-house system, there is a security camera that will work for you.
Home surveillance cameras are more popular than ever before. Whether you want cameras as part of a larger home security system, to use as a baby monitor or even to keep an eye on the pets while you're at work, there are plenty of options available at just about every...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Mar 2017 8:00 am
Google's phones are updated the same way phones from other companies are, with one big difference.
There is an extremely well-defined divide between phones from Google and phones from any other company when it comes to updates. While a few exceptions exist, you know that you can only expect a timely Android update if you're using a phone recently sold by Google. In short, unless your phone...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 7 Mar 2017 12:00 pm
Google Home is a control freak and that means it doesn't play well with Assistant on your phone.
Now that Google Assistant is coming to more phones than just the Google Pixel a lot more people are going to be able to have it on their phones. A lot of those people (maybe you're one of them!) will also have a Google Home, which also works by using Google Assistant. Getting the two of them to co-...
Verizon's update means the Big Four have all brought their Galaxy S7 into Nougat country.
The Nougat update for your Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge is available for downloading. If you haven't received a notification about its availability yet, you can manually check through the device settings and you should be good to go. For a refresher on what to expect with Nougat on the S7, we've...
Fixing the latest bugs and exploits in Android every month.
Google has detailed the latest Android Security Bulletin and released the fixes for Nexus and Pixel devices.
These are exploits and other security concerns that affect Android as a whole. Issues with the operating system, kernel patches, and driver updates may not affect any particular device, but these need to be fixed in the...
Why pay for something you don't need?
Traditional desktop computers are slowly but surely being phased out. The days when every household had a cheaply made (but hardly inexpensive) Compaq or HP computer and clunky monitor for the family room are long past, and outside of people with extreme needs only businesses are buying desktops. And not because our needs have drastically changed, but...
And shows that Play Services is almost an operating system on its own.
Yep. Google Assistant is going to be available for any phone with Android 6 or later. And it won't require a system update, which is one of the smartest moves Google has ever made.
Why? Because Samsung was never going to build it into the Galaxy S8 or any other phone it sells. Now the decision was taken out of Samsung's...
Data Saver mode is a new feature that lets you easily lock down certain apps' data consumption when you're away from Wi-Fi.
Update, March 2017: Updated with the latest information and changes.
While Android has long been able to restrict certain apps' access to background data on a cellular connection, Android Nougat adds a new feature that makes it easier to cut down on your data consumption...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 2 Mar 2017 11:00 am
See what changed from the first Nest to the current model.
Nest is a company that's been around a while and since the debut in 2011, there have been three generations of hardware. Because a thermostat is something we tend to keep once we buy one there are plenty of older generation units in use and for sale used. While the changes between them aren't as drastic as what we would see in a...
With three Yahoo! data breaches revealed in just six months, it's time for Verizon to just move on.
Yahoo, a company being snapped up by Verizon as soon as regulators give it the green light, has detailed yet another data breach and this time there are 32 million lucky winners. This is the third announcement of its kind we've heard from Yahoo in just six months, to wit: the September 2016...
One of the best Bluetooth speakers we've ever tested.
Party speakers live somewhere between a small portable Bluetooth speaker and a dedicated home audio system. And finding a good one that doesn't lay waste to your bank account is difficult. Or used to be difficult, because the Big Blue Party speaker from Brookstone is that speaker.
Right away you know this isn't something you compare to the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 28 Feb 2017 12:00 pm
Lessons learned will translate into two very different flagships each year from LG.
As I traveled across the web reading what everyone had to say about the LG G6 I noticed two very distinct things:
Just about everyone who has touched one is pretty impressed.
The majority of the comments on articles about it are filled with disappointment and loathing.
The first thing can make that second...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Feb 2017 10:07 am
Using an alternative to the big four wireless providers is a great idea for many of us, and here are some reasons why.
When we talk about phone companies most of us automatically think of the big four here in the U.S.: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But they're not the only choices when it comes to who you get your service from and the popularity of alternative carriers is on the rise...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Feb 2017 7:00 am
Now that payments are built into Assistant, your Google Home can not only keep your shopping list but order from it, too.
As of this writing, payments only work for Google Express. Google Express is an online market built from more than 40 nationwide retailers. You'll find companies like Target, Toys R Us, Costco, Walgreens and more. Shopping through Google Express is just like shopping most...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Feb 2017 5:56 pm
They get you with the fine print, then make the fine print hard to find.
I spent the better part of last week digging through websites, calling representatives and generally pulling my hair out trying to sort out all the details about cellular phone service from the Big Four. I came to a couple of conclusions, the clearest of which is that all four of them do whatever they can to hide the tiny...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Feb 2017 2:00 pm
A complete breakdown of Verizon's new Unlimited plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service.
In the United States, there are a lot of companies that can get you and your phone online, but most people use one of the four biggest: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Choosing between them can be difficult. Your first priority should be what service works best in the...