Posts From Karthik Iyer

Karthik Iyer
Karthik Iyer

Karthik covers PC hardware for XDA Computing. When not at work, you will find him yelling at his monitors while playing video games.

How to create a Discord bot and add it to your server

Discord has evolved a lot over the years and it now stands as a reliable platform for not only gamers but for anyone looking to connect with their peers over messages, video chat, and more. Many even use it as an alternative to WhatsApp and other popular messaging applications, especially thanks to its great emphasis...

Is the Amazon Echo Sub worth buying over other speakers in 2022?

Amazon has a vast array of smart speakers and other home devices. There are many ways to get Amazon's virtual assistant into your home, and the list of these Alexa-enabled devices continues to keep growing. If you haven't been paying attention to Amazon's ever-evolving lineup of Echo devices, then the Echo Sub may have flown...

Is the Amazon Echo Dot waterproof? Does it have an IP rating?

Amazon's Echo lineup has significantly grown over the past few years. The company's Echo family is bigger than ever now and many of them have earned a respectable spot in our collection of the best smart speakers in 2022. The Echo Dot is perhaps one of the most popular Echo devices out there and it...

How to pair an Echo Sub with an Amazon Echo speaker: A step-by-step guide

Amazon's $130 Echo Sub isn't a standalone smart speaker like many other Echo devices out there. It's a 100W subwoofer that's meant to provide bass for an existing audio setup. You can connect the Echo Sub to either a single or up to two Echo speakers and create a group to play the same audio...

How to create your own Alexa routines: A step-by-step guide

Smart speakers can make your lives easier by smartly automating some simple, everyday tasks. Amazon's Echo devices, in particular, are well known for this as they work in tandem with a ton of smart home products and allow you to get things done with your voice. While it's relatively simple to call Alexa to trigger...

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs Xiaomi Mi 11X: Which value flagship should you buy?

Xiaomi launched the Mi 11X and the Mi 11X Pro last year in India to conquer the country's premium phone market. The Mi 11X, in particular, was an exciting phone because it had the power to dent the long-standing dominance of many devices in the sub-premium flagship segment with its ₹30,000 (~$390) price tag. But...

How to send a fax from Gmail: A step-by-step guide

A fax machine in 2022 sounds out of place. But in reality, a good chunk of people still use them to send faxes to one another. You're likely to see a fax machine in old organizations such as government-established departments that are hellbent on sticking with their traditional ways of working. But the truth is,...

Samsung Galaxy S22 Camera Walkthrough: Different camera modes, Expert RAW, and more

Samsung's Galaxy S series phones are fitted with some of the best camera systems you can find on the market. While the Galaxy S22 Ultra takes the crown for having the best -- and the most versatile -- camera system out of the three phones in the series this year, I think the vanilla Galaxy...

10 easy tweaks to make your Samsung Galaxy S22 experience better

The Samsung Galaxy S22 may not look a lot different from its predecessor, but there's a lot to sink your teeth into. From an updated software experience to improved optics and internal hardware, there are plenty of things to go through. The real question, however, is where should you begin? The Galaxy S22 offers a...

OnePlus 10R Review: Barely latching on to the OnePlus spirit

The OnePlus 10R is a very easy phone to forget. In its flesh, it's simply a rebranded Oppo phone with a weak set of cameras, a dissatisfying build quality, and an inconsistent software experience. But on the positive, the MediaTek chip delivers sustained performance, but the real showstopper is its blazing-fast charging speeds which is...

OnePlus 10 Pro Camera Walkthrough: All the camera modes, 10-bit color, & more

The OnePlus 10 Pro offers some big improvements in the camera department compared to its predecessors. As we mentioned in our OnePlus 10 Pro camera review, the camera system on this phone can hold its own against the top dogs. It may not outperform some big names like the Pixel 6 Pro or the Vivo...

How to remove bloatware from the Samsung Galaxy S22 without root access

Having to deal with bloatware is never a pleasant experience. The sad part is that even the best Android phones come with pre-installed apps that you didn't ask for. They're often shipped by the OEMs as a result of their monetization partnerships with other brands and companies. The Samsung Galaxy S22 also comes with a...