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Smart Home & Home Automation Protocols Guide: Creating Your IoT Paradise

Smart home popularity has risen substantially over the past few years, and even the past few months. CES 2017 set the scene for another small explosion of these devices as Apple, Google, and Amazon all expanded their smart home ecosytems – albeit at different rates – with Amazon’s Alexa assistant boasting the most growth. Thrust into the...

Only a Few Rough Edges Hinder the Pixel from Luring the Apple Mainstream

I have owned a number of iPhones including the 5S, 6S, 7, 7+ and the SE. I also currently have a Google Pixel and have had every major flagship from HTC, LG, and Samsung over the course of the last year as well as the always excellent OnePlus 3. I like this market, I like where is...

Create an On-Demand Train Schedule/Delay Notifier with Tasker

Recently, we've shown you how to create profiles to save your parking spot or to start navigation while avoiding tolls/highways/ferries. Continuing our trend on commute-related Tasker scripts, we will create a script aimed at people who frequently use public transportation. This Tasker project will create a schedule of train departures and delays to give you...

Upgrade Not Needed: How the 6P Holds up as the Last Nexus Phone

The Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the best Android devices I've used, and certainly the best I've owned. It looks and feels like a premium device, has a rich and pixel-dense screen AMOLED display, great speakers, a fast fingerprint sensor, an excellent camera and an awesome custom ROM scene. You probably know all of this, as the...

Android Nougat’s Freeform Window Mode: What It Is and How Developers Can Utilize It

When Android 7.0 Nougat was first announced early in 2016, it brought with it a much-requested feature to the Android platform — multi-window support. Most people are aware of the split-screen multi-window support enabled by default on all Android Nougat phones and tablets. Android TV devices with Android Nougat come with support for picture-in-picture multi-window support. However, there...

Dissecting Performance: A Look at What Makes the OnePlus 3 & 3T Excellent Real-World Performers

To Android enthusiasts, speed matters -- we recognize we use our phones for hours upon hours every day, often in quick and short bursts, and we want the best out of our time and often-expensive flagships. Surprisingly enough, it’s some of the least expensive flagships that perform the best in the real world -- we are talking...

Automatically Avoid Tolls in Google Maps with Tasker

I love getting around on my bicycle. Thanks to Google Maps, finding the destination and arriving there on time has never been an issue for me. There are a few caveats though if you are a cyclist: I’m a roadie. Me and bike paths are not friends. I stick to roads, I don’t feel comfortable...

How to Save your Parking Spot with Tasker

If you are enrolled in and regularly make use of Google Now, you might have seen the ‘where I parked my car’ card. This additional card is displayed whenever Google thinks you have stopped driving and left your vehicle. I don’t drive on a regular basis, rather I cycle everywhere and I find it very flattering...

New Phones with Old Android Versions: Why Security Patches & Feature Updates Lessen the Downsides

They say two things are inevitable, death and taxes; for us Android enthusiasts there is a third thing, and that’s reading debates and complaints about OS updates... or lack thereof. With billions of devices spanning the entire price spectrum, from hundreds of manufacturers in dozens of countries, it would come as no surprise that keeping...

Most of the Google Hangouts API is Being Killed on April 25th

The Google Hangouts API has been available for a while, and it's enabled various services to popup around Google's messaging platform. We've seen apps that let you draw on your face, letting you play a game of ping pong during a conference call, and more. However, these services and more will be shut down on...

Google Releases Separate ADB and Fastboot Binary Downloads

It's about time. After years of bundling ADB and Fastboot binaries with the Android SDK, Google is finally allowing users to download the binaries without having to download the entirety of Android Studio. Previously, users would have to download several hundred megabytes worth of data if they simply wanted access to ADB and Fastboot. Now, you...

ASUS Announces ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom at CES 2017

Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, Nevada. January 4th, 2017 at 11:30PM PST: At their Zennovation press event at CES 2017, ASUS unveiled two new smartphones -- the ZenFone AR and the ZenFone 3 Zoom. ASUS ZenFone AR The ZenFone AR (see: feature image) was the highlight of Zennovation this year as it is the world's first smartphone that...