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Best ways to repurpose your old Android or iPhone

Sure, you could trade in your old phone, give it to a relative or friend, or recycle it. Or, you could give it new life by turning it into something new that you'll actually want to use

After all, smartphones are small, powerful computers with storage space and a camera. Instead of spending cash on a new device you've been eyeing, you might be able to DIY it yourself. Your smartphone is capable of being a handy substitute... Read More »

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Google reenables Android TV casting from Google Home for most users

Many Android TV users again have the ability to cast from Google Home.

In response to a privacy bug, Google last month temporarily pulled the ability for Google Assistant to cast content to Android TV devices. This meant users couldn't do things like ask their Google Home speakers to play a YouTube video or set a Google Photo album as a screensaver on their smart TV.

SEE: NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

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T-Mobile launching home LTE internet service to disrupt broadband

Aiming to disrupt what it calls "one of the most uncompetitive industries in existence," T-Mobile began an invitation-only home internet pilot on Thursday. A limited group of customers in rural and underserved communities will get high-speed fixed wireless service.

According to a release, 50,000 homes will be connected this year. T-Mobile plans to cover more than half of the US by 2024 with the capacity for 9.5 million households to cut the cord, according to the release.

SEE: T-Mobile now supports iPhone eSIM activation with new iOS app

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Smart home devices might be exporting your personal data to China, new report says

Today, you can operate almost everything in your house from your phone. But, like most technology, nothing is perfect. While smart lightbulbs themselves aren't dangerous, the apps and platforms that control them might be.

Last month, Dark Cubed, an American cybersecurity company, released its State of IoT Security report and detailed potential security threats in smart home devices. Dark Cubed said it purchased several in-home smart devices that can be found at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy or... Read More »

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Ecobee launches Apple Watch app for controlling its smart thermostat

Ecobee, the HomeKit accessory manufacturer, released its new Apple Watch app after teasing a potential Watch support last March. Now Ecobee iOS users can control their smart accessories from their Apple Watch.

Most notably with the new app, Ecobee customers can control their Ecobee smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, according to 9to5Google.

Users can adjust temperatures, see the current indoor temperature, set the temperature to Away or Home mode to save energy and more. Additionally, users can alter fan settings... Read More »

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CES 2019: 10 new ways to use your Google Assistant

Google Assistant was big news at CES 2019, with Google announcing its digital assistant would be of more help everywhere in 2019, from your home to your car and of course on your phone.

At the annual electronics show, the search giant also unveiled Assistant partnerships with Samsung, Lenovo and McAfee and announced that Assistant would be available on one billion devices by the end of this month.

Here are 10 ways to take advantage of the digital-assistant improvements and... Read More »

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'Finding Rover' app can help reunite owners with lost cats, dogs, and other pets

Nothing quite compares to the worry and panic when a pet goes missing. People sometimes consider pets family members or kids.

Animal shelters have started using the Finding Rover app (iOS, Android) to help reunite lost furry friends with their humans.

By using facial recognition, Finding Rover can try to identify the pet even if the collar with contact information is missing.

SEE: Snapchat rolls out Cat Lenses to prove once again that cats own the internet

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Uber-style 'Plowz and Mowz' app can send someone to plow your driveway this winter

The older people get, odds are they aren't hoping for snow. A wintery storm used to be a sure-fire way to get out of school. Now it means scraping ice off your car, leaving the faucet dripping, and perhaps worst of all-- plowing your driveway and walkways.

The creators behind Lawncare Unlimited developed Plowz and Mowz (iOS, Android) to help you with just that.

On top of year-round yard maintenance, the Plowz and Mowz team can come... Read More »

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Siri Shortcuts updates in iOS 12.1 include weather, alarms, timers, and more

The new iOS 12 Siri Shortcut feature is a useful tool that lets users create routines and workflows with voice commands. The new iOS 12.1 update takes Siri to the next level with the ability to set timers, alarms, photo automation, and get the latest weather.

Now "Get Current Weather" and "Get Weather Forecast," are available for use in Siri Shortcuts so can make sure you know if it's raining as part of your morning routine.

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Ring app update brings new features and better security

Over the coming months, Ring is adding features to its app and services that let you finetune alerts and stay on top of suspicious neighborhood activities. Ring helps customers monitor their home with Ring doorbells and cameras. The Ring app (iOS, Android, Windows) connects your Ring devices so you can see, hear, and talk to anyone on your property from your smartphone.

The app pairs with Ring devices including its the camera and doorbell, letting you... Read More »

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