Smart light bulbs are here to stay with the likes of Philips Hue, LIFX, Koogeek, and more all vying for your dollars and attention. There’s more to them smart apps and the novelty of voice control. We’ve rounded up several things you should be using your smart bulbs for (but probably aren’t) to help you get the most from your bulbs.
Why worry about carrying around a wallet and a phone? If you have your phone on you 24/7—and we certainly do—you might as well combine the two. With the right case or accessory you can cut down on the clutter in your pocket.
Keen to use plenty of GIFs in your text conversations, social media interactions, or even your work? If you can’t find the the perfect one somewhere like Giphy, it’s pretty easy to make your own, providing you know how. We take a look at the best options out there for your smartphone.
New Year’s Eve is a holiday for staying up late to watch the current year slowly decay until it hatches into a brand new year full of opportunity. Or it’s an excuse for the adults to throw a party. Either way, it would be great if it didn’t ruin your kids’ sleep schedule. Fortunately, Netflix has your back.
Netflix has a yearly tradition of creating fake countdown videos you can play for small children so they get to participate in the festivities. The videos are 1-3 minutes long, featuring some of your kids’ favorite characters, including King Julian from the Madagascar franchise, Skylanders, and Trollhunters. Here’s the full list of shows available:
Madagascar (featuring King Julian)
True and the Rainbow Kingdom
Just put on one of these videos whenever it’s almost time for bed and let the kids tire themselves out counting down. It should be noted that these videos cater to a young age, so any child old enough to tell time probably won’t be fooled, but it’s a fun trick for the toddlers or preschoolers in your house. To find the videos, open up Netflix and search for “New Year’s Eve Countdown.”
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Google makes its living off of ads, so it makes sense the company doesn’t like what people think of ads on the internet (which is to say, we hate them). To combat annoying ads—and leave its own peacefully intact—Google is adding an ad blocker to Chrome today.
The built-in USB ports in cars are notoriously under powered (and for anybody with multiple gadgets and passengers, notoriously under abundant). Stop wasting time with your car’s built-in ports and start using these high power aftermarket chargers.
Facebook serves many useful functions. It helps you set up events, send messages to friends and family, and even organize groups. These are all side benefits, though. The main feature—the real thing Facebook wants to sell you—is the News Feed. Too bad it’s so broken that it’s almost useless.