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.
Facebook doesn’t think it has enough information about you. Crazy, since even without listening to everything you say, they still know a heck of a lot about you. However, a feature Facebook has recently started pushing called Protect is disguised as a way to keep your data safe, but it’s really one more way for the company to spy on you.
Facebook’s Protect feature is being featured in the Settings section of its iOS app and the Mobile Data section of its Android app. When you follow this link, it directs you to an app listing called Onavo VPN, which is a company that Facebook has owned since 2013. A VPN, for those who haven’t heard of them, is a tool that encrypts all your internet traffic and routes it through a single server, so no one can snoop on what you’re doing. No one, that is, except the people running the VPN.
VPNs can be helpful, but Facebook is taking advantage of that trust by spying on everything users of its Onavo service do. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has used this data to see how many people are using its competitors services, for example. If Facebook can see how many people are using Snapchat or WhatsApp instead of its own services, then it can change its products to win back customers. It’s a shady move, at best.
You can read more about the technical details of how this all works at How-To Geek’s write up here. They can also help you find a VPN that you can trust, if you want to really protect all of your internet traffic. Even if you don’t want to go down that road, at least don’t install Facebook’s version. It may protect your data from other people, but you’re still giving information about everything you do online to Facebook and that sounds just as bad.
I like dark phone backgrounds. It’s a habit I got into when I got my first OLED display, but frankly they just look nicer. Which is why it’s annoying when I pull down the notification shade and get blasted with an all-white screen. On the new Pixel 2’s, however, this isn’t an issue.
If you just need to know the correct time, look at your phone or get a cheap digital Casio watch. A mechanical watch will never have the same accuracy. What it does have though, is craftsmanship, beauty, and style. A nice watch is more than just a way of telling the time. It’s a functional piece of jewelry that can say a lot about you. Are you the adventurous sort? Then maybe you wear a dive watch. Spent a lot of time at black tie events? A dress watch is what you need.
The Nintendo Switch is set to be one of the hottest gaming items this holiday season. You know, if you can find it. Once you get your hands on the console, there are a few accessories that you might want to get the most out of it.