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Ecobee launches Apple Watch app for controlling its smart thermostat

Ecobee, the HomeKit accessory manufacturer, released its new Apple Watch app after teasing a potential Watch support last March. Now Ecobee iOS users can control their smart accessories from their Apple Watch.

Most notably with the new app, Ecobee customers can control their Ecobee smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, according to 9to5Google.

Users can adjust temperatures, see the current indoor temperature, set the temperature to Away or Home mode to save energy and more. Additionally, users can alter fan settings... Read More »

Topics: Home Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

CES 2019: 10 new ways to use your Google Assistant

Google Assistant was big news at CES 2019, with Google announcing its digital assistant would be of more help everywhere in 2019, from your home to your car and of course on your phone.

At the annual electronics show, the search giant also unveiled Assistant partnerships with Samsung, Lenovo and McAfee and announced that Assistant would be available on one billion devices by the end of this month.

Here are 10 ways to take advantage of the digital-assistant improvements and... Read More »

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'Finding Rover' app can help reunite owners with lost cats, dogs, and other pets

Nothing quite compares to the worry and panic when a pet goes missing. People sometimes consider pets family members or kids.

Animal shelters have started using the Finding Rover app (iOS, Android) to help reunite lost furry friends with their humans.

By using facial recognition, Finding Rover can try to identify the pet even if the collar with contact information is missing.

SEE: Snapchat rolls out Cat Lenses to prove once again that cats own the internet

After... Read More »

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Uber-style 'Plowz and Mowz' app can send someone to plow your driveway this winter

The older people get, odds are they aren't hoping for snow. A wintery storm used to be a sure-fire way to get out of school. Now it means scraping ice off your car, leaving the faucet dripping, and perhaps worst of all-- plowing your driveway and walkways.

The creators behind Lawncare Unlimited developed Plowz and Mowz (iOS, Android) to help you with just that.

On top of year-round yard maintenance, the Plowz and Mowz team can come... Read More »

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Siri Shortcuts updates in iOS 12.1 include weather, alarms, timers, and more

The new iOS 12 Siri Shortcut feature is a useful tool that lets users create routines and workflows with voice commands. The new iOS 12.1 update takes Siri to the next level with the ability to set timers, alarms, photo automation, and get the latest weather.

Now "Get Current Weather" and "Get Weather Forecast," are available for use in Siri Shortcuts so can make sure you know if it's raining as part of your morning routine.

"Create... Read More »

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Ring app update brings new features and better security

Over the coming months, Ring is adding features to its app and services that let you finetune alerts and stay on top of suspicious neighborhood activities. Ring helps customers monitor their home with Ring doorbells and cameras. The Ring app (iOS, Android, Windows) connects your Ring devices so you can see, hear, and talk to anyone on your property from your smartphone.

The app pairs with Ring devices including its the camera and doorbell, letting you... Read More »

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The 2 big app announcements at the 2018 #MadebyGoogle event

Google's 2018 product event revealed the company's newest products and OS update. New devices include the Google Pixel 3, the Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub. But there were also some important software and app announcements bundled in.

These were the two biggest ones:

1. New "Top Shot" feature in camera app

Google spent a lot of the Pixel 3 announcement talking about the phone's upgraded camera features, which were almost all based on software and artificial intelligence.

The most significant one is the... Read More »

Topics: Home Software , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Photo Editors

Google Assistant app gets design makeover to streamline your day

Google Assistant (iOS, Android) gives its users the ability to get through their daily tasks more efficiently, especially with its hands-free voice commands. Google is now rolling out a new update for the app over the next few weeks making Google Assistant more visual. In its blog, the company said that making touch and voice work together will enhance the Assistant experience.

"The new design combines the best of text and talk on your phone, giving you... Read More »

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Apps for Your 4th of July Vacation Survival Kit

While summer officially begins in late June, the first big shindig of the season for Americans is July 4th. On this day in 1776, we adopted the Declaration of Independence, which gave Britain a stern talking-to about the recognition of personal liberty and what happens when a king acts like a jerk about it: Open warfare. We commemorate the ensuing bombs bursting in air with colorful fireworks in the night sky, which you may travel a... Read More »

Topics: Photo Sharing & Publishing , Digital Photo Software , Home Software , Transportation , Weather Software , Travel , Android Software , iOS Software , Android

8 Father's Day apps for dads

Call us sentimental, but we think Father's Day gifts should be meaningful. So before you pick up one more striped tie or boring bottle of cologne, check out these eight fun, free (or low-cost) apps to keep your pappy happy and create lasting memories. For some gadgets to go with those apps, check out CNET's Father's Day Tech Gift Guide.

Best Father's Day apps

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