If you own more than one HomePod, you can create a stereo pair that syncs with your Apple TV. This is more than just two HomePods playing the same music: You can split the left and right channels for a more immersive listening experience. Unfortunately, this only works with the original HomePod —the larger, more expensive model. You can’t do it with the HomePod mini or any other AirPlay speakers. First, Specify Your Apple TV’s Location The Apple TV (fourth generation and above) is a HomeKit hub, but it may not show up in your Home app until you specify which room you’ve placed it in. To do this, turn on the Apple TV and head to Settings > Airplay and HomeKit > Room. You should now see your Apple TV in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Next, Set up HomePods in the Home App If you haven’t yet set up any HomePods, you should do that first and foremost. This involves unpacking the speakers, plugging them in, and moving your iPhone close enough to … [Read more...] about How to Use Two HomePods as a Stereo Pair With the Apple TV
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CES looked a bit different this year after going all-digital, but that didn’t stop companies from unveiling new products. After careful deliberation, the How-To Geek and Review Geek teams have awarded the following 11 products with How-To Geek’s Best of CES 2021 awards. Before jumping into the awards, Review Geek has been hard at work covering all of the CES 2021 announcements that you need to know about. Head on over there if you’ve missed anything from the internationally renowned trade show. Best in Show: Kensington StudioDock In order to stand out from everything announced at CES 2021 and win Best in Show, a product needs to make an entrance. The Kensington StudioDock did just that, causing most of the team to say, “I want that.” Using the StudioDock in conjunction with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can turn your iPad Pro or Air into an iPadOS iMac. Use the two built-in wireless chargers and the optional Apple Watch charger (which is coming soon) and … [Read more...] about Best of CES 2021: The Top Products Coming This Year
Thirty years ago—on January 15, 1991 —an American college student named Tim Sweeney released ZZT , a low-key adventure game with a revolutionary element: It shipped with a free, built-in game editor. ZZT’s success spawned Epic Games, Unreal Engine, and most recently, Fortnite . Here’s why ZZT was special. What’s a “ZZT,” Anyway? Tim Sweeney’s passion for programming began on his Apple II when he was a kid. After getting his first IBM PC in 1989 during his freshman year of college, he dove head-first into programming the new machine. While creating an MS-DOS text editor using Turbo Pascal in 1990, he decided to make the project more fun by adding game-like elements. That evolved into ZZT , which was released as shareware in 1991. The genius of ZZT in the early 1990s was that it wasn’t just a cute ASCII-based adventure. With every copy of ZZT downloaded, players also got an in-game world editor for free. That’s because ZZT’s text editor roots meant … [Read more...] about Before Fortnite, There Was ZZT: Meet Epic’s First Game
Yes, you can play games remotely on your Xbox Series X or S console using a smartphone. Streaming works over a local network or the internet, and it’s the perfect option when someone else wants to use the TV. Here’s how to set it up. Set Up Remote Play on Your Xbox Series X or S To play games remotely, you first have to enable remote features on your console. To do this, you have to use the Xbox’s power-sipping “Instant-On” feature, which drastically speeds up the console’s start times. To get started, turn on your Xbox and hit the Xbox button to open the guide. Select the “Profile & System” tab, and then select “Settings.” Navigate to Devices & Connections > Remote Features, and make sure the “Enable Remote Features” checkbox is selected. Under “Power Mode,” enable “Instant-On” if you haven’t already done so. Next, select “Test Remote Play” and wait for the Xbox to perform some self-checks to determine how well game streaming will work over the connection. … [Read more...] about How to Stream from Xbox Series X|S to iPhone or Android
Microsoft released Windows CE in November 1996 as a new version of Windows. Designed to run pocket-sized computers, CE brought the user-friendly Windows 95 interface to mobile computing for the first time. Its architecture also formed the basis of Microsoft’s later mobile computing and smartphone products. Here’s why it was needed. A Compact, Portable Version of Windows Windows CE was necessary because full desktop versions of Windows, then tied mostly to the Intel x86 CPU architecture, weren’t practical to run on the pocket-sized devices of the time. As a result, Windows CE represented an entirely different platform from its desktop OS cousins. It couldn’t run programs designed for Windows 95 or Windows NT. Windows CE’s design emphasized low power usage, compatibility with flash memory storage, and relatively low memory requirements. It also retained a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) similar to Windows 95 , complete with the Start menu, and even a built-in … [Read more...] about What Was Windows CE, and Why Did People Use It?