Sphero's Force Band, a gesture-based wearable remote that made you feel like an actual Jedi while you controlled its wildly popular BB-8 toy, is now further increasing your "mastery" of The Force with the addition of IFTTT support letting you control other things in your home, including your smartphone, using simple arm motions.
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Out of the box, Android doesn't give you much flexibility when it comes to setting the default search in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A clever app called Custom Search Bar Widget lets you set up alternative searches for sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Google Maps, and more. It also completely transforms the look of the search bar.
Street View has always been a useful Google tool, letting you spy on holiday destinations, historical landmarks, and your own driveway from the comfort of a web-connected computer. What it lacks is a way to take a seamless ride through a Street View-powered world, but now there's a site that can stitch together images directly from your route.
SoundCloud has been around since 2007, growing from a simple streaming player to take on podcasting, music discovery, and basically anything else that involves audio. Whether you make use of the site as a listener, creator, or both, here are 10 tricks for taking your SoundCloud experience to the next level.
Facebook has had an ongoing problem developing on Android for a while now. Facebook's central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out. A recent independent test by Tech World Zone found that the problems have persisted and that life could be a lot better without the Facebook app.
Google Calendar comes packed with a ton of features to make scheduling your life easier and more intuitive, but the app goes way beyond booking company meeting rooms and making sure the kids are picked up on time. Here are a few great ways to use Google Calendar that are a little out of the ordinary, but are well worth your time.
Google provides a lot of helpful, free services, but they often come at the cost of privacy. You might love Gmail, but you have to suffer through targeted ads; you may enjoy using Google Maps, but you have to give up your location privacy. Signing up for Google's suite of apps almost always involves some degree of data collection, but you should at least try to limit the amount of spying the company performs on you. Here's how you can keep using Google's apps without constantly getting spied on.
Getting in touch with several people at once is thankfully much easier than it used to be. Gone are the days of calling everyone in your book club or painstakingly typing out individual SMS messages for everyone coming to dinner. Here are five apps particularly suited to keeping group conversations going without any hassles.
Android Nougat is bringing loads of new features to Android phones, making now a great time to develop Android apps. If you’re new to the field, the Complete Android N Developer Course will show you how to build apps for Android’s latest platform with help from one of the industry’s best.
It's the beginning of the end for terrestrial free-to-air TV, guys — you may as well pull your antenna down off your roof right now. Following the launch of the FreeViewPlus hybrid internet catch-up and live TV a couple of years ago, you can now watch all 16 major digital TV channels, in real time, on your phone. If you want to.
Whether you're gaming, watching movies, or streaming Spotify, there are likely to be times when your laptop's default sound setup doesn't quite hit the highs and lows you're looking for. If you don't want to settle for subpar audio any longer, there are ways to improve it, and we've outlined some of the best below.
Most kids' toys are designed to survive years of abuse during playtime. But the toys they make themselves? Like a dinosaur made from Play-Doh? The odds of it surviving longer than 10 minutes are slim, unless it gets preserved forever inside Hasbro's new app that turns even abstract Play-Doh creations into animated characters.
Let's bow our heads for six seconds of silence: Vine is closing down. The video looping service doesn't fit in with Twitter's plans for the future, which means you're going to have to go elsewhere for your micro-movie-making exploits. In the announcement of its closure, Vine said it plans on "keeping the website online," but failed to mention for exactly how long. This means your precious Vines could disappear at any moment. So with that in mind, here are three ways to save your existing Vines somewhere else before it's too late.
Uber is getting its first proper update in five years. The completely redesigned app will let Uber passengers quickly choose their destination — including shortcuts for regular trips, your calendar appointments, and to meet up with any friends that also use the app. It'll also show you how much you'll pay upfront, and give you a reasonably accurate guess at when you'll get to where you want.
If you want to make an app for both iOS and Android, you effectively have to build it twice — unless you’re using Xamarin. Pick up the Xamarin Cross Platform Development Bundle, and you’ll discover how this time-saving platform lets you build apps for both iOS and Android at the same time.
One of the less noticeable changes ushered in with iOS 10 was the introduction of extensions for Apple Maps. Just like the Photos extensions, it lets apps get their hooks deeper into Apple Maps and appear as options that look like integrated parts of the app. Here are the best ones you can use so far.