The “OK Google” and “Hey Google” commands can be handy for hands-free tasks, but you might not want to use them. If you’d like to stop your Android device from listening for these Google Assistant hot words, it’s easy to do. If you have Google Nest/Home speakers in your house, it can be annoying to have your Android phone or tablet wake up for the command every time you talk to a speaker, or maybe you just don’t want your handset recording your voice every time it thinks it hears the command. Thankfully, it’s very easy to turn off “OK Google” and “Hey Google” detection on an Android device. RELATED: Is My Smart Speaker Always Listening to Me? First, open the Google Assistant app. You can simply tap the home screen icon, say “OK, Google,” or swipe in from the bottom-left or -right corner. Now, tap the Snapshot icon in the bottom-left corner. The UI may look slightly different depending on your device. Next, tap your profile icon to open the Assistant’s … [Read more...] about How to Turn off “OK Google” on Your Android Phone or Tablet
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In a world stuffed full of articles and stories, it can be hard to find the stuff that really interests you . As the name implies, Google Discover is one solution to this problem, and you probably already have it. A Brief History of Google Discover Google Discover’s origins go back to 2012 when it was called “Google Now.” The idea of “Google Now” was to give you information throughout the day without your input. In other words, Google would do the Google Searches for you. Google Now could show you boarding passes, upcoming sporting events, calendar events, tracking numbers, and much more. Slowly, Google stripped down the product and moved many of these features to Google Assistant’s “ Snapshot .” Eventually, it was trimmed down to mostly articles from around the web, and it became referred to simply as the “ Google Feed .” In 2018, Google officially announced a new name and look for it, and that’s the Google Discover we have today. RELATED: What Is the … [Read more...] about What Is Google Discover, and How Do I View It on My Phone?
Many smarthome apps don’t make it quick and easy to control a device, but with Wink Shortcuts, you can create a single button that can perform a number of tasks all at once. RELATED: How to Set Up the Wink Hub (and Start Adding Devices) Without having a shortcut, you’d normally have to open up the Wink app, access the menu that lists all of your devices, select the specific category, and then you can finally control the device you need. That’s not really all that convenient, which is why Wink Shortcuts are great to have for devices that you frequently access. You can use these shortcuts from within the Wink app, or put them on your home screen (Android) or notification center (iPhone). Here’s how to set them up. Start by opening up the Wink app and tapping on the menu button in the top-left corner of the screen. Tap on the “Shortcuts” tab at the bottom. You can see that I already have a couple of shortcuts ready to go, but we’re going to create a new one, … [Read more...] about How to Set Up Wink Shortcuts for Quick Smarthome Control on Your Phone
Signal is the privacy-focused smartphone messaging app everyone seems to be using . You can also use Signal on a Windows PC, Mac—or Linux computer. It’s easy to install and register it to your Signal account. Privacy by Design Signal is published by the Signal Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC . These two not-for-profit organizations—based in Mountain View, California—were founded by Matthew Rosenfeld (aka ‘Moxie Marlinspike’) and Brian Acton . Together they continue the work started at Open Whisper Systems , one of Rosenfeld’s earlier start-ups. The Signal application is free and open source. Anyone can review the source code. The source code for the Signal Messenging Protocol (SMP) was reviewed by a joint team from the German CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security , the Swiss ETH Zurich University , Cisco , and the Canadian University of Waterloo . They declared the code clean, the motives pure, and the encryption rock-solid. Signal is … [Read more...] about How to Install Signal Desktop on Linux
Signal , the secure messaging application , ties itself to your phone number. For extra protection against thieves stealing your phone number , you can enable Registration Lock, preventing anyone from registering another account with your phone number. What Is Registration Lock? Your Signal account is tied to your phone number, which means you don’t even need a password to log in. Your Signal account can only be linked to one phone number, so you can only have Signal active on one iPhone or Android smartphone at a time. To sign up again on a new device, you’ll need access to your number (usually via your SIM) so that you can receive a code to prove who you are. But what happens if someone steals your phone or your SIM, or gets access to the Google Voice or similar account you used to sign up? Registration Lock prevents your account from being re-registered on another device without the PIN you used to sign up for Signal being provided. With Registration Lock … [Read more...] about How to Turn on Registration Lock in Signal