How to easily set up your new Apple HomePod in your home

So, you’ve decided to jump the gun and get yourself one of those smart speakers that are all the rage right now?

To hell with privacy, let’s do it!

All right, if you are just now getting into this game, you will quickly learn that Apple, the tiach giant that usually usurps any industry it could get involved into, has just recently released its HomePod smart speaker that is putting emphasis on audio and music. With Siri on board and a slim list of other features, the HomePod is not as capable as other smart speakers like Google’s range of Home devices or Amazon’s Echo lineup, it’s …


Belkin halts sales of $40 iPhone X 'InvisiGlass Ultra' screen protector after consumers complain it cracks easily

Protecting the screen on your phone is important, especially if it’s the $1,000 iPhone X we speak about and when you consider that cracking it could cost you hundreds of dollars in replacement costs.
That is why a simple case and a screen protector go a long way.
One of the more popular options for a screen protector for the iPhone X is the Belkin ‘InvisiGlass Ultra’, a costly $40 screen protector that you can have installed with a special machine at Apple Stores. For this price, you expect to get an excellent product …

iPhone 8 doesn't scratch and bend easily, and isn't too hard to repair


Available to buy starting today (alongside the larger iPhone
8 Plus), Apple’s iPhone 8 looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but it’s upgraded in
many ways. Design-wise, the new iPhone ditches the all-metal unibody
construction of the iPhone 7 in favor of a metal + glass construction (Apple
says this is “the most durable glass ever in a smartphone”). Thanks
to this new design, the iPhone 8 has glass on the front and back, while its
main chassis is made out of aerospace-grade 7000 Series aluminum. 

 

But is the iPhone 8 as durable as the iPhone 7? Well,
reliable phone tester JerryRigEverything …

YouTube Live now allows users to stream more easily from iPhone and iPad

Google announced its YouTube Live service has been updated with new features and improvements meant to further enhance user experience. Since most of the new features announced today are already available on Android, iOS users have the most to gain.

With the latest update, content creators will be able to interact much easier with their fans during live streams, thanks to a new ultra low-latency option. The new feature makes it possible to stream video with just a couple of second of latency, thus allowing you to answer fan questions.

Furthermore, thanks to the Apple ReplayKit, …

Moto Z2 Force Edition is up on the torture table and that shatter-proof display sure scratches easily

This year, Moto made things simpler with its flagships — instead of launching heirs to both the elegant Moto Z and the durable Moto Z Force, it just went with a Moto Z2 Force Edition, which takes cues from both worlds. It’s slim and lacks a headphone jack, yet sports the shatter-proof display.

YouTuber JerryRigEverything is well-known for running a pre-planner, elaborate torture test on every hot device that comes out and, sure enough, the Moto Z2 Force Edition was destined for his chopping block. It got tested for scratch durability, bend durability, and resistance to flame (the last one …

Xiaomi Mi 6's official theme song can easily win the Eurovision contest

Although Xiaomi Mi 6 might be a China-exclusive affair, there will be plenty of Chinese retailers that will ship the flagship internationally. To highlight the fact that the Mi 6 is an international product, Xiaomi released the official English theme song of the flagship.

The song is called “Only One,” and it’s been composed and sung by Chinese artist Jiang Han. However, you won’t notice that while you’re listening to the song (it’s that good).

The lyrics of the song have been specially written to match the description of the new Xiaomi Mi 6, which looks …

LG G6 has a shiny glass back, but does it scratch easily?

The LG G6 is in many ways a reset for LG: it’s not modular, it does not feature a leather back, it’s… well, more mainstream. It is trendy: it has a sturdy metal frame and a glass back, and while it might not be of the same design pedigree as the curved-screen Samsung phones or some others, it still looks good.

But with a glass back you inevitable start to wonder: won’t this also scratch easily? After all, many people prefer using their phones without a case and nobody wants a scratched up phone in a month or two.

Others torture …

Simple iPhone Tips And Tricks To Free Up Storage Easily

Storage space on any mobile device is precious, and running low on memory can be quite annoying, especially on iPhone, where there is no option to further expand it through a microSD card.

Lack of storage space can feel quite limiting, more so when you wish to store more media or install apps.

Here are a few easy tips and tricks that will help free up precious storage on your iPhone with ease.

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Stop Storing Text Messages

Did you know that your text messages are stored by default on iOS 9? This invariably takes up plenty of precious memory. To resolve this unnecessary consumption of memory, do the following:

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages.

Step 2: You will espy the options where you can keep the text messages natively on your iPhone for 30 days, a year or forever.

Step 3: Click on the 30 days option. A prompt to delete all messages that are more than 30 days old will appear. Delete the same.

You now have sufficient space for new apps!

Clear Cache

Clearing your history and website data is another easy way to save space on your iPhone. Simply go to Settings > Safari browser and then the Clear History and Website Data option. Click on the same and you have saved some precious space on your handset by removing the cookies, browsing data and history!

This process basically deletes the temporary files and clears the cache as well.

Optimize Camera Roll

Optimizing your camera roll will help free up some space on your iPhone. Doing this makes the format of the stored photos on your iPhone smaller. The full-resolution pictures are stored in iCloud.

To do so, go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage. Remember, the Photos option appears only when the iCloud Photo Library is switched on.

Bonus Tip

Hold down the home and power button together (similar to what you do for reboot) for 10 seconds. The Apple logo will appear. This would clear the cache memory and RAM.

How To Manage Storage

To find out the amount of storage space you’re using, navigate to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.

The figure that is shown below Storage — not iCloud — is categorized as Used, Available and Manage Storage. Used is the amount of space you have used up locally. Available is the space remaining.

Click on the Manage Storage option. You will see a list of apps get populated, which are ranked from the biggest to the smallest. On this list, check for apps that are not useful and delete them. This will also free up storage space.

Easily Convert AVI/HD AVI Videos to Samsung Galaxy S4 on Mac

You got new Samsung Galaxy S4 android phone. You may want to play HD videos e.g. AVI on your Galaxy S4. While, you may find that Galaxy S4 can’t recognize all the AVI files due to the different video codecs contained by AVI. As far as I know you can play DivX .avi on Galaxy S4 easily, but not the XviD .avi movies.

Well, it is yet easy to get AVI onto Samsung Galaxy S4 as long as you change AVI to Galaxy S4 most compatible file format like H.264 MP4. Below is the full guide:

First of, download aPubsoft Video Converter Mac app. Overall, the program can be used as an all-in-one video conversion app for Galaxy phones and tablets. With it, you can easily transcode AVI to MP4 videos for Galaxy S4 on Mac OS X(Include Lion and Mountain Lion) with high quality and fast encoding speed. Besides AVI, it can also help you transfer almost all 1080p/720p videos including MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV, TiVo, MTS etc. for Galaxy S4, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1/7.0, Galaxy Note 2/3, Galaxy S3, Nexus 7 and other Android tablets, ensuring smooth and HD playback.

How to Convert AVI videos to Samsung Galaxy S4 video formats on Mac

Step 1: Add AVI Video Files

Install and run the Mac Galaxy S4 Video Converter, clic “Add Video” or “Add from folder” to import your source AVI videos. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.

Step 2: Select output format

Choose output profile for Galaxy S4. Here I recommend you “Android > Samsung Galaxy S II Video (*.mp4)” which is a format specially designed for Galaxy S2 but also works for the S4.

Tip: Quality-Settings

If you like, you can click on Settings you could easily set bitrate, frame rate, codec, channels, sample rate, etc to adjust parameters that affect video quality and file size for the video you prefer. Keep in mind that bit rate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.

Step 3. Start encoding AVI

Finally, go back to the main interface and click the “Convert” button to start converting AVI for playing on Galaxy S4.

Once the process completes, just click “Open” to find the Galaxy S4 playable MP4 videos after the conversion and transfer them to your Samsung S4 device with ease and verve.

If you have no idea about Samsung Galaxy S4 file transfer, refer to the guide “How to transfer media files to Samsung Galaxy S4” to get the tips.

Additional Tips:

If you are considering to get a powerful all-in-one tool to convert videos, Blu-ray movies and DVDs to your Samsung Galaxy S4 or other devices like iPad, Google Nexus 10/7, Kindle Fire HD, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 at the same saving time and effort, the all-in-one aPubsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac is the best option.

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aPubsoft Video Converter for Mac can convert between all popular video and audio formats, such as AVI, MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, DivX, XviD, MPEG-1/2, MVI, 3GP, MXF, VRO, NSV, FLV, MPV, VOB and HD video (TS, MTS, M2TS), MP3, AAC, True HD, DTS-HD, DTS, EAC3 and AC3 audio etc on Mac with fast conversion speed and high output quality. In addition, it can also extract audio from video file and convert video to MP3, AC3, and AAC… Which even makes it possible to view just about any format file on just about any multimedia device including the iPod Touch, iPhone/iPhone 4s/5c/5s, iPad/iPad Mini, Apple TV, PSP, PS3/PS4, Xbox360/Xbox 720, Zune, PMPs, Google phones like HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, HTC One, HTC Flyer, Acer A700, and mobile phones. Enabling you to clip, merge, crop, split videos, as well as add watermarks and soundtrack to them.

The Best Solution to Play PowerPoint presentations on HTC Droid DNA Easily

HTC put everything it is capable of into the latest surprise for the year, its DROID DNA behemoth announced as a Verizon exclusive. The phone’s main selling point is its large 5″ edge-to-edge screen with Full HD resolution, the first of its kind with 440ppi pixel density, which is a sight to behold. Every major hardware and software improvement the company has come up with lately are also thrown in there, like Beats Audio and dedicated speaker amplifiers, wide-angle front camera, the ImageChip ISP and latest Sense 4+, plus HTC has wrapped it all up in a very slim and elegant for this screen size chassis.

If you are fond of this device, you should find this useful when you are going to watch PowerPoint (*.ppt, *.pps, *.pptx, *.ppsx, etc.) on HTC Droid DNA. Free version of Android Office apps like ThinkFree Office, Document to Go and Kingsoft Office allows you to view PowerPoint but not with animation and transition. That’s exactly what PowerPoint to HTC Droid DNA Converter can deal with.

Step 1: Load PowerPoint files.

Run the program and click Add button to import PowerPoint source files. Save your time by converting several PowerPoint files to videos at one time, without number limit.

Step 2: Output sittings for HTC Droid DNA.

Choose a video format from the “Profile” drop-down list, like “HD Video” → “HD H.264 MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)”, to make full use of HTC Droid DNA’s HD screen display.

For advanced output video settings, just click Settings button on the right. In the pop up window, you may change the video codec, audio codec, quality, bit rate, frame rate, video size, etc. to better match your HTC Droid DNA.

Step 3: Convert PowerPoint to HTC Droid DNA.

When all the settings are ready, click “Start” button to start the PowerPoint to HTC Droid DNA video conversion. You will get the output videos for viewing on HTC Droid DNA in no time.

Convert PowerPoint to video in most formats. Top PowerPoint to Video Pro is a wonderful conversion program that assists in converting your PowerPoint presentation to quality video for uploading them to video-sharing websites like YouTube and playing on portable devices like iPhone, while retaining all the animations, slide transitions, sounds and video clips in the source PowerPoint.

Convert PowerPoint to video of 23 formats – Transfer your PowerPoint to the video format you prefer. Create a variety of video slideshows, regular ones including ASF, AVI, FLV, MPEG, MP4, TS, MOV, WMV, VOB, 3GP, and rare ones like RM, RA, MKV, MKA, Wii AVI, Wii MOV, NDS DPG, NDS DPG2, NDS DPG3 and NDS DPG4. Extract a sound from PowerPoint and turn it to a different audio format, e.g. *.aac, *.ac3, *.mp3.

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