Google Wifi has some very useful tools for managing your home network. Among these tools is the ability to create labels with specific device groups—like “kids” or even “computers”—for easy pausing and unpausing of multiple devices at once. RELATED: How to Enable a Guest Network on the Google WiFi System Using this feature couldn’t be simpler. Go ahead and fire up the Wifi app to get started. Scroll over to the far right tab, which is where you’ll find Shortcuts and Settings. Tap on “Family Wi-Fi,” then tap the little label icon in the bottom right. A walkthrough screen will show up, explaining how this feature works. Tap “Next” at the bottom, then give your group a name. I’m using “Kids” in this example, which is probably the best use for this feature. After you enter the name, tap “Next,” then select the devices you’d like to add to this group. This is where it can get a little confusing—if the devices don’t properly report themselves to Wifi, it may be a … [Read more...] about How to Create and Use Family Labels on Google Wifi
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As a hobby, vintage computing is on the rise. A generation that grew up with classic PCs is looking back and revisiting the glory days of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s with the authentic machines. But what’s the best way to get the hardware? We’ll show you the options. The Catch: Many Vintage Computers Need Repair Before we begin, there are some “gotchas” you should know about buying vintage computers. Unless a machine has been shown to be in working condition, don’t buy it, because the older it is, the less likely it is to work as soon as you get it. That makes an “as-is” purchase risky for people who don’t have the technical background to repair or recondition a vintage PC. Almost no PCs were designed with three-decade longevity in mind. As a result, these sensitive electronic devices include components that degrade over time. Here are some frequent problems that pop up with vintage PCs: Plastics discolor or become brittle Rubber components or cables degrade and get … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Way to Buy a Vintage Computer?
Google Assistant has so many features that it can be a little overwhelming to understand all that it can do. “Snapshot” is a feature that you may have never heard of, but it might be something you’ll want to start using. Table of Contents What Is Google Assistant Snapshot? What Does Google Assistant Snapshot Do? How to Use Google Assistant Snapshot What Is Google Assistant Snapshot? Snapshot is not just for Android The history of the Snapshot feature goes all the way back to before Google Assistant’s existence. A product called “Google Now” was the company’s “assistant,” and it was all about providing information to you without your input. The idea was that you’d open up Google Now and see cards with information that might be useful to you throughout the day. Your boarding pass would appear when you arrived at the airport, sports scores would appear when your favorite team was playing, upcoming calendar events would be listed, etc. Google … [Read more...] about What Is the Google Assistant “Snapshot” Feature?
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
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