The future is coming, and it’s going to be smart. Smart home assistants are becoming more and more useful around the house helping to keep lists, set timers, and answer questions. They are connected to everything from lights to locks to televisions, and now they are connected to your contacts.Google Home has hands-free calling, allowing users to call most numbers in the United States and Canada for free, but how do you set up this wonderful feature, you ask. Here is a detailed guide on how to set up hands-free calling on the Google Home.SetupBefore you can set up hands-free calling, you need a Google Home. Once you have set up your Google Home you can immediately start calling businesses without any further setup needed. Calling your personal contacts, however, requires a little more effort. Sync your contactsWhether you have an Android or iOS device, the first step is to turn on your Personal Results in the Google Home app.If you do not have the Google Home app, download it … [Read more...] about How to set up hands-free calling on the Google Home
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Let’s go saucer huntingThere’s big buzz around the latest retro gaming console, which is expected to come from a resurgent Atari, which slid into bankruptcy in 2013. Atari CEO Fred Chesnais, who owns the company, confirmed to Venture Beat last month that new hardware was on the way, and now we’re getting our first look at what has become known as the “Ataribox.” And it might turn out to be more than just a classic game machine.Chesnais told Venture Beat that the classic gaming icon is profitable once again thanks to mobile games and licensing, like the little bit in the new Blade Runner 2049 movie out later this year. In a post, Chesnais said the Ataribox will include both classic and “current” gaming content – which we hope means “new games,” of course. The photos of the box indicate it will have Ethernet, USB and HDMI connectivity, so we can finally get our Asteroids on in full HD.There’s no firm date on when the … [Read more...] about Pew pew pew! Atari CEO says business is good, ‘Ataribox’ is on the way
There’s never a bad time to clear out extra stuff and Roadie‘s on-the-way delivery network can help. Through the end of February, first-time Roadie users can get free donation pickup and delivery to a local Goodwill donation center.According to Roadie, more than one billion cubic feet of excess capacity is available in passenger vehicles on the road in the U.S. at any time. Roadie launched in the southeast in 2015 as a gig economy sharing service connecting people who have thing to move or delivery drivers who are already planning to go in the destination direction.Now expanded to all 50 states, Roadie periodically partners with national charities. Through February 28, 2017, Roadie will pick up or deliver Goodwill donations or purchases to or from the organization’s local centers. The offer is good for new Roadie users in the form of a discount up to $62 off the normal Roadie delivery fee, which means in many cases the delivery will be totally free.Roadie matches … [Read more...] about Free local Goodwill donation pickup and delivery with Roadie on-the-way service
In the two months since Diablo III’s release, the dialogue surrounding the game has transformed more than once. Before it was out, the story surrounding Diablo was about its prolonged development and its controversial economy. For a brief moment, as reviews trickled out, the story shifted to being about the series’ triumphant return to quality. Since then though, the narrative born or Diablo III has been one of turmoil. From the lingering bugs keeping people from playing the game to its disappointing end-game content, Diablo III has been haunted. Just look at its problems in Korea!Blizzard is promising a better future for the game. On Thursday morning, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime released a statement via the Diablo III forums on Battle.net to address the game’s players and their concerns.First up is an explanation as to why Blizzard was unprepared for the strain on Diablo’s servers when the game released in May. “We’ve never gone from 0 to more than 6 … [Read more...] about Blizzard CEO promises Diablo III fixes on the way but offers few specifics
Don’t just covet what you see on television. Take out your credit card and buy it.A new show on A&E is betting big on branded content by making literally everything on it something of an advertisement. That is to say, each and every item you see on the new show The Way Home can be purchased from series co-producer Wayfair. Heralded as television’s very first “fully-shoppable” series, the show will feature interior designer Evette Rios and lifestyle expert Megan Colarossi, who will spend the duration of the program chatting about how to “save time and money during home renovations, with segments focusing on do-it-yourself tips, renovations, design, and home makeovers,” AdWeek reports.It didn’t take long for the show to go from an idea to on the air — as Nancy Go, Wayfair’s vice president of brand marketing, noted: “This show is launching nine months … [Read more...] about See something you like? Everything on A&E’s ‘The Way Home’ can be bought
You can breathe a sigh of relief, Brazil, because Whatsapp service has been restored.A judge had ordered a 48-hour ban of the popular messaging app in the country, after months of lobbying by telecom firms to ban the “unregulated” and “illegal” service. But Judge Xavier de Souza said the service should be restored immediately, as it was “not reasonable that millions of users be affected by the inertia of the company,” according to the BBC. Updated on 12-17-2015 by Julian Chokkattu: Added news of Whatsapp service being restored. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his social media site that Whatsapp service is back online. “WhatsApp is now back online in Brazil,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Your voices have been heard and the block has been lifted. Thank you to our community for helping resolve this.”WhatsApp is insanely popular in Brazil because of the free calls and texts offered on Wi-Fi or cellular. … [Read more...] about WhatsApp service has been restored in Brazil, but more Internet trouble is still on the way
Microsoft filed a trademark for “Windows 365,” at the end of January, as discovered by Neowin on the USPTO website. The name sounds quite similar to Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription service for its popular suite of office apps. This could mean that, rather than charge a large, one time fee for Windows, Microsoft might be offering Windows 10 to new users for a yearly subscription.Microsoft has already announced that Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone users, which leaves people purchasing and building new computers out. However, Microsoft announced that it would be a free upgrade for only a year after its launch, which means users might need to sign up for a subscription after that year. Or, users upgrading outside of the first year might need to pay something.It’s important to note that at Microsoft’s recent Windows 10 event OS chief Terry Myerson stated, “With Windows 10, we think of Windows as a … [Read more...] about Microsoft trademarks ‘Windows 365’ – is a subscription model on the way?
Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper smartphone in order to fend off the threat from Android, according to a report in Bloomberg.Opinion over this news is divided."It makes sense for Apple because its iPhones are premier products, but the bulk of the market purchases basic phones and feature phones," Harry Wang, a director at Parks Associates, told MacNewsWorld."With a lower price, Apple can reach the price-conscious consumer, thus getting a higher penetration rate in the smartphone market," Tina Teng, a senior analyst at IHS iSuppli, told MacNewsWorld.On the other hand, "Apple may be working on a smaller iPhone, but a cheaper one is unlikely," Chris Hazelton, a research director at the 451 Group, pointed out."It's in Apple's best interest to stay focused on the high end of the market, as the mobile market has more than a few companies that are, or were, a few steps from the grave because they dabbled in the low end to gain market share," Hazelton told MacNewsWorld.Apple did not … [Read more...] about Rumor: iPhone Has a Wee One on the Way
Microsoft will release the beta of its long-talked-about Longhorn Server in August, at about the same time as it releases the beta for the Longhorn desktop OS, Senior Vice President Bob Muglia said in an online chat last week.Muglia also suggested that the company may be working on a home version of the 64-bit server system, although one analyst wasn't convinced that it would be any different from what's already been announced."I wouldn't assume that this is some special server version for the home," Gordon Haff, senior analyst, Illuminata, told TechNewsWorld. "The 'Longhorn' term is often used fairly generically. Presumably there will be a desktop version of Longhorm and presumably there will a desktop version that's specifically targeted for home desktop use.""Longhorn" will also be the next generation of the Window's XP operating system, but one analyst said there's little reason for a home user to need a Longhorn server OS."Any properly configured PC can run the server version of … [Read more...] about Longhorn Server for Home Use May Be on the Way
As home video viewing patterns continue to evolve, one common prediction is that packaged media is on its last legs. Streaming services have been gaining market share at a steady pace.In fact, streaming media sales eclipsed sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs for the first time in the last quarter of 2016 -- with discs accounting for US$5.4 billion in annual U.S. sales compared to the $6.2 billion haul for SVOD (streaming video on demand) providers such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.However, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of packaged media has been greatly exaggerated.Sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs still accounted for $18 billion in 2016, according to Futuresource Consulting. Yes, that was down from $21.6 billion worldwide in 2015, and sales are forecast to drop to $9.1 billion by 2020 -- but that is still a lot of potential revenue for the content providers.That $9.1 billion needs to be put into context too. It means packaged media will continue to sell, albeit at a reduced … [Read more...] about Is Packaged Entertainment Media Really on the Way Out?