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Apple’s AirPods can now activate Google Assistant thanks to this app

Apple’s AirPods are among the most popular truly wireless headphones in the world right now. As Bluetooth devices, they’re compatible with Android and iPhones alike, but if you use them Apple’s smartphones, you’ll also benefit from integration with the Siri digital assistant.<p>For all the Android …

Peel’s ultra-thin Pixel XL and Galaxy S8 cases are perfect for adding grip and avoiding scratches [Video]

Cases aren’t for everyone. While protecting your investment is important, many just don’t want to lose the thin profile their phone has out of the box. With recent phone designs, though, scratches are incredibly easy. That’s where Peel cases come in. These ultra-thin cases protect from scratches …

Phones

Elgato launching Eve Degree, a miniature HomeKit temperature & humidity sensor w/ display

Elgato is expanding its lineup of HomeKit sensors with its new, Bluetooth-connected Eve Degree temperature and humidity monitor. Eve Degree is a miniature, wall-mountable sensor with a built-in display for showing the current room temperature right on the device.<p>Elgato Eve Degree works with HomeKit …

Home Automation

Google staff have created an iPhone-only app to watch YouTube videos with your friends

Google’s famous ’20 percent time’ – where employees could spend the equivalent of one day a week working on a side project of their own choosing – has led to some pretty impressive results, including Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s ad network Adsense.<p>The latest creation to emerge from the …

Apps

Wii U emulator cracks native 4K streaming, and it’s stunning

Mario, Zelda and Xenoblade have never looked better<p>The newest version of Cemu, a popular, “highly experimental” Wii U emulator for Windows PC, includes a feature that many users have been hoping for. Available now to Patreon backers, version 1.7.0 supports customizable graphics, with graphics packs …

10 apps to send text and SMS from your PC (and other ways too!)

SMS and texting have come a long way in recent years. It wasn’t long ago that you had to pick up your phone in order to send a text or SMS to your friends. Now you have the option to do so from your PC. There isn’t a large selection of apps that can do this, but the ones available are actually …

Apps

Popular video transcoder HandBrake updated to version 1.0 after 13 years in beta

HandBrake has a record of sorts to announce today: After more than 13 years in development the popular video transcoding software is now ready to …

Upcoming Sylvania Bluetooth Multicolor bulb will offer Apple HomeKit-support without a hub

The new Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19 bulb announced today will be one of the first Bluetooth light bulb products we’ve seen that will communicate with Apple’s HomeKit platform without the need for a separate Wi-Fi hub. That means you’ll simply screw in the lightbulb and connect it via Bluetooth to …

Home Automation

Apple's 'best Mac App' of 2015 is now available on Windows

A great alternative to Photoshop<p>Microsoft has been making a big push for creatives to pick a Surface device over the past year, and that's being reinforced even further with a new photo editing app. Affinity Photo is debuting on Windows today, a year after being first introduced on the Mac. …

Power 2 brings iPhone battery status complication and Time Travel predictions to Apple Watch [Video]

Power 2 is a brand new Apple Watch app that adds a handy iPhone battery life complication to the watch face. The app’s battery complication allows you to monitor the status of the paired iPhone’s battery without pulling it out of your pocket or purse.<p>While the original Power was based on glances, …

Smartwatches

Valet Charger power pack lets you leave your Apple Watch cable at home

If you’re traveling with your Apple Watch and desperately want to eliminate a cable from your bag, Belkin’s new Valet Charger power pack could do the trick.<p>With its built-in round magnetic charging module, this 6,700mAh battery pack lets you jettison the single-use cable that comes with every Apple …

Aftermarket head-up display competition heats up with Carrobot

Chinese company Ileja Tech creates crowdfunding campaign to launch its Carrobot head-up display infotainment system in the US.<p>With its first automotive head-up display (HUD) already on sale in China, Ileja Tech seeks funding through an Indiegogo campaign to offer a second generation of its device …

This is the upcoming Samsung Chromebook Pro, apparently coming soon for $499

Well, this one certainly came out of nowhere. Thanks to the eagle-eyed team at <i>ChromeUnboxed</i>, we’ve just got our first early look at a new Chromebook, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, before its official announcement.<p>The Samsung Chromebook Pro, also known as the long-rumored “Kevin,” has leaked out …

Mobile Technology

WhatsCall is a new Viber competitor that works without a data connection

Cheetah Mobile probably could have come up with a more imaginative name, though.<p>Cheetah Mobile has launched a free voice-calling app aimed at …

Apps

The Amazon Echo won't connect to BT broadband — and customers are outraged

The cylinder-shaped device, which costs £149, has been slammed by BT broadband customers who are struggling to connect it to the internet.<p>More than 140 Amazon Echo reviews have been left by UK customers on Amazon's website but dozens of them are negative.<p>Several unhappy customers have complained …

Amazon Echo

How-To: Gradually wake the Apple Watch Series 2 with the Digital Crown [Video]

If you’re an Apple Watch Series 2 owner, you’ll find a new feature in watchOS 3 that allows you to gradually wake the screen using the Digital Crown. This is a handy feature for those moments when you wish to view the display in a subtle manner without fully turning on the screen. Watch our video …

Smartwatches

Kanex GoPower Watch: Portable Power For Apple Watch

Apple Watch owners learn pretty quickly that battery life is not the device’s strong suit. Most people get a full day on a charge, some can squeak in close to two days, but that’s it. Battery anxiety is a fact of life for many of those who wear this smartwatch. Traveling for more than a day means …

Gear & Gadgets

Make money from your awesome ‘Shot on iPhone 7’ photos with Adobe Stock Contributor [Video]

While companies like Apple shoot most of their own photography and/or create their own renders, most companies rely a great deal on so-called ‘stock photography’ – photos shot on spec by photographers in the hope of licensing them to companies later.<p>Selling stock photography can be extremely hard …

Tutorials

AirPods Safety Strap looks like a joke, but it's the help Apple needs

Whether it's a total hoax, Photoshop joke or an earnest attempt at addressing a need, the AirPod Safety Strap is simply awesome for a number of …

Microsoft 'golden key' blunder lets you install any OS on Windows hardware

An error made by Microsoft in the way it set up the testing and debugging of Windows 10 means that users can bypass hardware protections designed to …

Voice Bridge puts your landline inside your cell phone

Are people still using landlines?<p>Before I start telling you about this new gadget, let’s have a moment of silence for the landline phone number.<p>Okay great, thanks for participating. Now for a gadget. Invoxia, the company behind the Triby, wants you to not only remember the landline, but use one, …

Clean up iTunes by hiding Apple Music

If you use iTunes but not Apple Music, you can simplify iTunes 12.4's interface by hiding all of the Apple Music-related buttons.<p>Not every iTunes user is an Apple Music subscriber.<p>If you purchase music through iTunes instead of subscribing to a streaming music service or subscribe to Spotify or a …

How-To: Drive a 4K display at 60 Hz with the 2016 MacBook

The 2016 MacBook is capable of driving a 4K display at 60 Hz via a single USB-C cable. Such a feat is achievable via an easy-to-apply IOKit patch.<p>One of the great things about the new Intel hardware inside of the 2016 MacBook is that it’s capable of supporting 4K resolution at 60 Hz. The jump in …

Intel HD Graphics

Satechi launches inexpensive, Mac-matching docking station w/4K HDMI GigE and 4xUSB 3 hub

Popular peripheral maker Satechi is launching a new compact hub for Macs called Aluminum Mini Docking Station. The new hub expands one USB 3 port into four USB 3 ports plus adds access other networking and audio/video ports. Like a lot of other Satechi hardware, Aluminum Mini Docking Station is …

Gear & Gadgets

Updated plugin allows users to browse and insert Drive files from Microsoft Outlook

Last July, Google created a plugin that allowed Office users to open documents stored in Google Drive and automatically sync back edits. Today, while these are features that have long been part of Gmail on the web and Android, an update to the Drive plugin for Outlook will allow users to insert …

Software

This Chrome extension solves one of Netflix's most annoying features

This is fine for the casual Netflix user, but if you binge-watch shows like I do, it pops up every three to four episodes. Which is annoying as all hell.<p>But this deeply first-world problem has a solution. Flix Assist is a Chrome extension that automatically clicks the Continue Watching button …

Google

Google Makes $150 Photo Software Suite Free

Today is a great day for those of us who edit photos on a PC or Mac. Google has announced that the entire Nik Collection of image processing tools is now free to download and use.<p>Formerly available at a cost of $150, the suite of seven professional-grade plugins is now available for download …

Tutorials

How to control your home media with 3D Touch and Launch Center Pro

While some apps haven’t quite figured out best use cases for 3D Touch yet, a handful of apps have gotten it right. One of those apps is Launch Center Pro, which lets you choose what apps you get access to through 3D Touch actions.<p>I’ve chosen to take advantage of this by using Launch Center Pro to …

Apps

DeskConnect file transfer app updated with share extension, 3D Touch support, and more

DeskConnect is a file transfer app from the makers of Workflow. It allows you to easily share files between your iPhone, iPad and Mac. DeskConnect isn’t an app that will replace a service like Dropbox or even iCloud, because it was designed solely with file transfers in mind.<p>We reviewed the initial …

Apps

MacTrast Deals: Password Boss Premium Version: Lifetime Subscription

Remembering all of the various passwords you use for all of your online accounts is more than a human brain can handle. Why not put an electronic …