Juke the nuke: How to make sure emergency broadcasts & AMBER alerts on your iOS/Android phone are enabled

Residents of Hawaii were up for a rough awakening last Saturday morning when their phones blasted off the one warning you’ll never want to hear – the emergency alert that an intercontinental ballistic missile is incoming to the beautiful pacific archipelago. Luckily for humankind, the chilling warning turned out to have been mistakenly triggered by a state employee that chose the wrong option from a drop-down menu and sent the state of Hawaii in grave panic for more than 40 minutes. 

A human mistake scared the state of Hawaii that World War III had kicked off, and hopefully we wouldn’t …


Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week


Next week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a company named Vuzix will introduce a new pair of AR smartglasses that will feature Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Throughout last year, Alexa was added to non-Amazon devices including the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and a Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z series. Just the other day, Amazon said that it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will help developers add the personal assistant to fitness trackers, smartwatches and other devices.

Mining the same vein is Vuzik. The company’s smartglasses …

Android devices quickly and securely sync with Bluetooth enabled accessories using 'Fast Pair'

On Tuesday, Google announced a new way to pair a Bluetooth enabled device with an Android powered smartphone running Android 6.0 or higher, and carrying Google Play services 11.7 and up. Called ‘Fast Pair’, the feature is rolling out to Android devices powered by the Marshmallow build of Android and higher. Currently, ‘Fast Pair’ will work with ear buds like  the Google Pixel Buds, or Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear. The feature will soon work with the upcoming Plantronics Voyager 8200 series wireless headsets.

‘Fast Pair’ uses  Bluetooth Low Energy for advertising and discovery, and …