Todd Heimbecker

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France Just Won the World Cup. Here’s How Much Their Players Get

For winning Sunday's final, FIFA will give France $38 million from its prize fund<p>France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 …

Disability

How to Shoot Defocused Firework Photos

I’m photographer David Johnson, and in this tutorial I’ll be sharing how I shoot long-exposure photos of defocused fireworks.<p>Gear List<p>Canon EOS 5D …

Landscape Photography

How to set up the Continued Conversation feature for Google Home

Are you tired of saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” over and over in order to give your Google Home device commands? You’re not alone. Much of the …

Smart Homes

How to Control Contrast So You Always Get Amazing Landscape Photographs

Contrast, sometimes there’s too much, sometimes there’s too little. Contrast in a landscape can make or break the image. But getting the perfect …

Landscape Photography

Google launches a podcast app for Android

Podcasts are ridiculously popular, and Google is finally giving a serious effort in launching support for the medium.<p>The official Google Podcasts app …

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Google Podcasts app is real and you can get it today

Google's official podcast app rolls out today -- with typical Google SEO genius or irony, depending upon your outlook, it's simply called Google Podcasts. It boasts some interesting features such as progress across devices synced by Google Assistant and recommendation personalization.<p>Android (at …

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Here are the cities that will be hosting the 2026 World Cup

North America on Wednesday won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup.<p>The soccer tournament will be hosted by the US, Canada, and Mexico, with the US scheduled to host 60 of the 80 matches. FIFA plans to expand the number of teams to 48 from 32 for that tournament.<p>Canada and Mexico have already …

8 Podcasts To Fall Asleep To Because Switching Off & Relaxing Is A Lot Harder Than It Looks

Whether you love them or hate them, podcasts are everywhere and if you have an interest, I'm almost positive there is a podcast for that. Something …

America's Got Talent: These Insanely Acrobatic Cats Will Surely Make Your Day

The news has been a real bummer lately so if you're looking for a little pick-me-up, the highly-skilled Savitsky cats from <i>America's Got Talent</i> might …

The best memes from the Royal Wedding

You know what a Royal Wedding means? Royal memes.<p>Prince Harry and Megan Markle wed on Saturday, drawing attention from across the globe. And when all …

Hands-on: Google News keeps you updated on stories you care about w/ Google’s new Material theme [Video]

Ahead of I/O we caught wind that there was a revamp of Google News incoming, and on stage at the event, the company officially revealed one of the biggest redesigns of the service we’ve seen in its 15-year history. Not only does it deliver a ton of new functionality, but it’s also an excellent …

Impartial? Las Vegas news anchors go nuts on live TV after Golden Knights score OT goal

If you think your local station is biased, put them in this scenario<p>The Vegas Golden Knights have been one of the best stories so far of these 2018 …

Amazon patented a way to tell Alexa to ignore “Alexa”

If you’re watching the Super Bowl next to an Amazon Echo this evening, worry not: Alexa won’t accidentally wake up when a 90-second commercial all about her plays during the game. That’s because Amazon used “acoustic fingerprinting technology” to help Alexa discern between the ad and a command from …

Smart Homes

Amazon has a clever trick to make sure your Echo doesn’t activate during its Alexa Super Bowl ad

Amazon’s Super Bowl ad will air this Sunday in millions of homes across the country. But no matter how many times Jeff Bezos bewilderedly mutters “Alexa’s lost her voice?,” no Alexa devices should turn on during the commercial, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>That’s because Amazon has taken steps to ensure …

Alexa Will Lose Her Voice in Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad Starring CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon’s Alexa loses its voice in the company’s new Super Bowl ad — but a replacement seems to be on the way.<p>Whether Alexa got sick (the flu is …

Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice

This winter I bought three Google Home Minis—two for me, and one for my lovely parents.<p>At home, my pair works like a deeply discounted Sonos setup. I …

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Everything Your Google Home Can Do Is Now Listed on One Incredibly Useful Website

If you picked up a Google Home over the holidays you may be wondering what it’s good for besides checking the weather and playing music. Google’s …

Google

57 Things To Ask Your Google Home

Image: Google<p>Google Home is an artificially intelligent digital assistant that responds to your voice commands in a variety of ways. Nine months …

Smart Homes

Google posts latest batch of Android Excellence apps and games

• Google updated the Android Excellence list with a new set of apps and games.<br>• Android Excellence apps are standouts noted for design, usability, and Android optimization.<br>• Some apps are hugely popular, while others are quite obscure.<p>Everyone has at least one indispensable app on their phone. You know …

How to Enable Google Home Guest Mode to Cast Without Wi-Fi

Google Home Mini adds more fun to any party. Not only can you ask it to play any song online but you can also cast your choice of music on …

Google Home

Why do cats purr?

When a cat purrs, you might think it is as simple as a human smiling or a dog wagging its tail joyfully, but it’s more complicated than that.<p>Cats …

Pets

Amazon Echo now streams Spotify and SiriusXM to multiple rooms

Amazon brought multiroom audio support to its Echo speakers a few months ago, but let's face it: unless you're a big fan of Amazon Music Unlimited, it hasn't been very useful for on-demand streaming. That changes today. As promised, Amazon has added multiroom support for Spotify (oh, and SiriusXM) …

Google Assistant can now walk you through finding a local repair service

Google Assistant has added a number of useful features in recent weeks. The latest is now the ability to find and contact various local services from Android, iOS, or Google Home.<p>Assistant is rolling out the ability to not only contact an electrician, house cleaner, plumber, or other repair …

Google Home can now take on two voice commands at once

The battle between Google Home and Amazon Echo to become the smart speaker that ultimately makes it into your home is a close one, but today Google …

You can now say multiple commands at once to a Google Home

Now that Google has added multi-user support, the ability to set reminders, and other key functionality to the Google Home, there's not much to …

Google Assistant adds setting to manage calendars, default accounts on Google Home

For the past few teardowns of the Google app, we’ve spotted a Calendar setting among Google Assistant’s list of services. This control is now beginning to rollout and allows users to manage Google Calendar, but only on Google Home speakers.<p>This new option is available by heading to Google Assistant …

Amazon Echo Vs. Google Home Black Friday: Which Is Best?

The Black Friday madness is back again for another fortnight of frenzied shopping.<p>Two products that consumers will be looking to get their hands on in the run up to the holiday season – Amazon Echo and Google Home – are both discounted this year. But which has the best discount and which device is …

Google Home app gets updated with a new design and features

Google is pushing out a new update to the Google Home app. It’s making things smarter, easier to navigate and giving you more control over the devices around you. The update moves the navigation buttons to the bottom of the app to make controlling the app a little more intuitive.<p>The app will also …

Apps

Your Google Home can now act as an intercom system

One of the coolest features announced at Google’s October 4 event was the ability to broadcast with your Google Home. With this feature, you should be able to use a Google Home or Assistant on your phone to broadcast a message to the other Google Homes in your household. This could be helpful, for …

Why You Should Seriously Consider the New Firefox Quantum Browser

Mozilla's new browser is fast.<p>Firefox is getting a massive speed boost, and it could persuade Google Chrome and Safari users to switch over.<p>Mozilla …

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