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Hagop is a tech-savvy guy, who's also into traveling, fitness, biking, food, and planes. He's heptalingual and has lived in 5 different countries, but has decided to settle in Paris for the time being.
Its new features untangle new possibilities, but sometimes get wrapped up in their own complexity
Robot vacuum makers have been hard at work engineering new innovative features these past few years, especially after Roborock released the S7 MaxV Ultra, one of the first fully autonomous robot vacuum and mop combos. Several brands have since been doubling down on catching up with flagships of their own, including Dreametech with the L10s Ultra, the brand’s first fully autonomous robot that autonomously self-washes after each cleaning cycle.
No longer will you be stuck with Amazon Music for your streaming needs
Smart speakers are an essential part of a connected home, as they let you control most of your IoT (Internet of Things) objects, as well as help you with daily tasks, such as setting reminders and telling you about the weather. They're also primarily designed as speakers, meaning you can play your favorite tunes on them, regardless of the source. These speakers can be connected to your phone using Bluetooth or used with an online streaming platform, such as Spotify.
Taking a screenshot on your Wear OS smartwatch is not as simple as it should be
Capturing a screenshot is a seamless task most of us are accustomed to, whether on our phone or computer. They convey information to others in a way that text doesn't. Taking a screenshot means you won't have to explain what's on your screen when you experience an issue. Most phones also allow you to record your screen in a video snippet, which is helpful in some cases, even though it may require some fiddling.
No more images sent as links
The Samsung Galaxy phones are some of the best Android phones on the market. Most of them offer great build quality and specs, and Samsung's user interface and experience, called One UI. The latter offers additional features that don't traditionally ship with stock Android models. These include Samsung's web browser, password manager, image gallery, and in-house payment solution.
Our selection to listen to the news, captivating stories, or to learn something new
There is a podcast for everyone nowadays, but which app should you use? While some podcasts are platform-exclusive, you usually have plenty of choice about where you want to listen to podcasts. But, like the variety of music players available for download, deciding which podcast app you need can be challenging.
Fast charging, cable-free with these great wireless options
Wireless chargers are the unsung heroes of modern-day tech. They’ve revolutionized how we power our devices, making it possible to place down your device to charge without fiddling with pesky plugs and ports. Smartphone companies have since caught on to this trend, with early pioneers like Palm Pre and Nokia Lumia 920 paving the way for other smartphones to follow. But nowadays, it’s rare to find a flagship phone without this feature.
The new Ring Indoor Cam shutters privacy concerns, but at a higher price than a lot of the competition
Ring is one of the leading makers of home security products. The brand, which is one of Amazon’s many subsidiaries, is popular for its smart video doorbells, as well as its Ring Alarm. As it offers a complete ecosystem dedicated to home security, it also manufactures an impressive number of security cameras, both for outdoor and indoor use.
Electric vehicles have several advantages, including zero emissions, lower operating costs, better performance, and the convenience of charging them at home. However, most come with a range of about 300 miles or less, which may not be enough to travel long distances. Still, it's possible to recharge your battery along the way, but doing so requires more planning than simply stopping to refuel.
Google Calendar tops our list of favorite calendar apps for Android because it offers excellent features to keep track of your schedule and stay organized. When you have everything sketched, sharing your calendar is a convenient way to inform your coworkers or family members about upcoming meetings, events, and appointments or show them when you're busy or free. Depending on why you want to share a Google calendar and who you're bringing in, you can make it public or restricted to selected people. You'll need at least an inexpensive Chromebook or a desktop browser to share a Google calendar and manage permissions accordingly, but the process is straightforward.
Keep your data safe in case something happens to your phone
Before you switch from your current Samsung Galaxy phone to one of Samsung's Galaxy flagships, it's important to back up your data. This makes your transition to the new device easier, as you won't spend time getting your contacts, messages, apps, and settings the way you like. Plus, you should always back up your Samsung phone before things go wrong, it suddenly stops working, or it's stolen.
It makes pairing Bluetooth devices to Android devices a breeze
Modern smartphones have a few connectivity options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G, and 5G. However, connecting a new device can be confusing, especially for people unfamiliar with the device pairing process. Imagine the frustration of setting up your new wireless earbuds and struggling to connect them. However, if they're compatible with Google Fast Pair, connecting them to your Android device or Chromebook is a seamless task that's completed in seconds.
These exceptional earbuds won't break the bank while still delivering quality
The best cheap true wireless earbuds might not be guaranteed to deliver the finest audio ever, but they’re the best for the price. After all, many of the the best wireless earbuds don't come cheap, often going for $200 or more. However, there are plenty of options out there that truly deliver where it counts and do so for $100 or less. Some of them even come with features you would only expect on premium models like active noise cancellation (ANC).
YouTube Music is one of the leading music streaming platforms and comes bundled with a YouTube Premium subscription, making it a smart buy if you use both services. Like Spotify, it works across platforms and devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and Chromebooks. In addition, the service provides a seasonal and yearly Recap of your top songs and artists.
Setting up a WhatsApp account on multiple phones only takes a few minutes
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, with plenty of options to stay connected with family and friends. In 2021, WhatsApp added support for linked devices, letting you use the app across multiple devices. But the downside was that you could only connect one phone to a single WhatsApp account.
Your private images shouldn't be widely accessible
Google pioneered the industry with its world-renowned search engine, making it easy to access almost any information in a few clicks. The Google search engine is available on virtually any device connected to the internet, including the company's Chromebooks. However, it's sometimes too easy to spread information and images, which can lead to issues if the content infringes copyright or violates someone's privacy.
Outfit your new Galaxy S22 Ultra with a worthy screen protector to keep it safe
In 2022, the Galaxy S22 Ultra launched as one of the absolute best Android phones. Fast-forward a year and a bit later, and that’s still the case. While the smartphone may have been out-shined by newer phones from Samsung and other manufacturers, it still offers one of the most impressive experiences possible in a smartphone. In fact, it excels so much in nearly every use case that it can still go toe-to-toe with the latest
Make it sound like you!
Waze is one of the most popular navigation apps, thanks to its powerful features and community of users. It's compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay. Plus, it works on virtually any smartphone, including budget Android devices and iOS, making it widely available to Apple and Google users.
It can be tricky, but these steps might just work for you
When Apple released its first iPhone, the device came without the App Store, as the company believed most third-party software should run through the built-in Safari browser. It didn't take long for developers to build third-party app stores, such as Installer.app and Cydia, which weren't under Apple's control. Things have evolved since then, with the official App Store being the go-to marketplace for iPhone users looking to install an application.
No need to search through your emails
Amazon is one of the most popular online shopping sites, making it your go-to option when you want to buy something. The more orders you place, the more likely you'll want to review your past purchases. There may be various reasons to check out your past orders, including buying something again, downloading an invoice, or returning an item.
Cheaper price doesn’t mean worse cleaning efficiency
When Roborock unveiled the S7 MaxV Ultra in 2022, it pioneered the fully autonomous robot mop and vacuum market, kicking off a wave of versatile cleaning bots that can automatically wash their own mops to shave off maintenance time. Several other brands have followed in its footsteps, including Dreametech with the L10s Ultra, and Ecovacs, with its Deebot T20 Omni and its innovative hot water cleaning technology.