Happy Tuesday! How are y’all liking this early morning newsletter? We’re all really excited about it. It just makes sense across the board—we can get more content into one newsletter, it’s ready first thing in the morning, and it just makes life better. Well, mostly anyway. As always, though, my inbox is open if you have thoughts to share.
The FCC wants to help you get faster home internet. Well, that’s the goal, anyway. You see, for years, the FCC has asked ISPs for their current speeds. And, you’re not going to believe this, but ISPs seem to have been lying this whole time. I know I’m shocked. But now the FCC wants to monitor real world bandwidth to see if you’re really getting what you should be—all you have to do is run a speed test.
How fast is your internet? If you aren’t sure, you can always perform a speed test through Ookla. But what if checking your speeds could lead to improvements down the road? That’s what the FCC is (almost) promising, as it asks people to voluntarily check speeds with the FCC app on iOS and Android. Read More »
Do you live for tech news? Do you check Google News or Feedly 25 times a day so you always know what’s happening? Are you an experienced writer who can clearly communicate why a thing is cool or a piece of news is important? We have a job for you. Read More »
Working from your car is rarely, if ever, ideal. But sometimes, it’s your only option. Car desks give you a great solid surface to put your laptop or your lunch on, so you can stop fumbling around and balancing things dangerously. Whether you’re in between meetings and need to use up every minute of your workday or you enjoy eating lunch on your break in your car, a car desk is a great investment. Read More »
Do you like to watch your Google play purchased movies and tv shows on your Roku, Samsung, LG, or Vizio smart tv? If so, you’re going to have to adjust which app you use—the Google Play Movies & TV smart tv apps will shut down on June 15. You’ll need to move to YouTube. Read More »
Back in February, Google announced that the revamped video editor for its Photos app would arrive on Android devices after months of being iOS-exclusive. Now, Google Photos users on Android finally have access to the powerful new video editor through a server-side rollout. Read More »
It’s easy for kids and grandkids to get bored in the car, so help them stay entertained (and you calm and sane) during long drives with this kids travel tray. It features a dry erase board for drawing on that doubles as a tray to put snacks and toys on. It’s also got a see-through pocket tablet stand for easy and hands-free movie viewing and plenty of pockets to securely store toys, books, markers, drinks, snacks, and anything else. Plus, it’s easy to clean and makes it easy to keep your child’s belongings organized and not making a mess in your car.
Most smart thermostats draw power from a Common wire or rewiring your HVAC with adapters. Even with adapters, those thermostats often only work in a 4-wire modern HVAC system. But Crestron’s new $599 smart thermostat works with just two wires; no common wire or battery needed. Read More »
Developer Neil Sardesai has done it again. The iOS engineer, who found a way to play Pong in the macOS Dock, is now playing Flappy Bird in a macOS notification window. The game isn’t available for others to download, though experienced developers should have no trouble recreating it. Read More »
If you’re guilty of texting while walking, Android’s new Heads Up feature might help you avoid accidental collision. The new Digital Wellbeing service, once enabled, will prompt distracted “twalkers“—those who text while walking—to look up and pay attention. Read More »