834 articles published since January 23, 2019
About Hagop Kavafian
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.
Flawless vacuuming coupled with excellent navigation and obstacle detection
During their early days, robot vacuum cleaners had fairly limited navigational and mapping capabilities, resulting in them happily bumping into your furniture and walls to find their way around your house. Things have greatly improved since then, with almost all modern models featuring LiDAR technology, allowing them to map their surroundings and navigate effectively and precisely.
A few clicks to avoid writing new messages from scratch
Gmail is one of the most popular email services, thanks to the many features it offers and its simplicity. It comes pre-installed on most Android devices and works seamlessly on iPhones, iPads, and all computers through a web browser. Chromebook laptops also come with it pre-installed as part of ChromeOS, making it even more intuitive to use.
Using a cable is so old-fashioned
The Galaxy S22, along with the S22+ and S22 Ultra, may be more than a year old now, but they remain some of the most powerful Android flagships on the market.
Use shortcuts and even the built-in clipboard
Chromebooks are popular thanks to their affordability and ease of use. There are plenty of options to choose from, regardless of your budget, including some cheap Chromebooks. In addition, ChromeOS is a particularly light operating system, making it easy to install on an old PC or Mac, allowing you to revive an outdated computer into a snappy machine that lets you browse the internet using the built-in Chrome web browser.
Connect it to Wi-Fi and customize its settings in a few steps
The Ring Chime Pro is one of the best accessories for Ring Doorbells, combining several devices into one. It serves as a chime for your doorbell, allowing you to hear an audio prompt when someone is at your door or when motion is sensed. It also doubles as a Wi-Fi range extender and a nightlight.
These chargers can take your Galaxy S22 Ultra from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes
Like all of the best Samsung phones available today, the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the S22+ come with a charging cable, but no charger. That's not such a bad thing: the in-box charger certainly would have been a 25W charger instead of something compatible with the top charging speed of 45W available on the S22+ and S22 Ultra.
Checking and updating your number on WhatsApp is a breeze
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps and aims to become a social media platform. The service is convenient. It allows users to text friends and relatives across the world at no cost, share images and videos, and voice and video call them, making WhatsApp chats more practical than SMS. WhatsApp is designed to work without creating an account, as it's linked to the user's phone number. The process is as simple as receiving a verification code on the number provided during the sign-up process to confirm it without further verification.
Because smartphones are hella expensive
Phones have become an integral part of who we are. They're our means of communication, contain important memories and precious files, and can be our secondary productivity tools. It's unimaginable to go anywhere without one, just like your keys or your wallet. But just like keys and wallets, your phone is susceptible to being lost. And because of their smaller form factor, losing track of your Samsung phone is easier than a more sizable Samsung tablet.
Keep your browsing habits a secret
Whether you forgot to use Incognito mode or fancy clearing out old data, deleting your Google Search history is a straightforward process. Google saves all your activity in Search to your Google account, giving you access to everything you searched.
Outfit your new Galaxy S22 Ultra with a worthy screen protector to keep it safe
In 2022, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra launched as one of the absolute best Android phones. Fast-forward over a year 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 phones on the market.
Your loved ones won't have to worry about where you are anymore
If your friends plan to meet up with you at a new hole-in-the-wall restaurant, they'll appreciate getting help with directions. But some spots can be tucked away at an obscure location, making them hard to find. Or maybe you're parked away from the building and can't find a suitable landmark for reference. While maps can help with navigation, sharing your real-time location is more accurate.
Watch it on the big screen
Chromecasts are among our favorite streaming devices on the market. They are a convenient way to make any TV smarter and allow you to easily cast your favorite shows and movies on the big screen. The latest Chromecast dongles with Google TV support are even more practical since you can search for content and interact with it using nothing but the Chromecast. However, you might want to cast something from your Android phone on your TV and watch it on a big screen with others, whether it's a web page, photos, or content stored locally on your device.
Sometimes you just need to see the light and start over
Philips Hue products are among the best smart bulbs on the market, thanks to their reliability and ease of use. However, like any smart home product, they can run into issues, and resetting them might do the trick. In addition, you might want to reset them to pair them with another hub, as this is the process you'll follow to reconnect them. There isn't a real pairing mode with Hue lights, and your best bet is to remove them from the hub they're connected to.
For those times when you don't want to say "Hey Google"
Smart home devices make our lives easier, but controlling several ecosystems can become difficult as the gadgets pile up. Setting up your smart home ecosystem can feel daunting as you try to make sense of all the devices and standards in your smart home setup. Each smart device has an app to control it, but using multiple apps to control various smart appliances in your home makes little sense.
Things shouldn't be so hard when driving
Android Auto offers an intuitive and familiar interface to make almost any car smarter without spending a fortune. It's even compatible with most Android devices, including our favorite budget phones. It saves you the trouble of buying extra hardware to enjoy a modern and connected in-car experience.
It’s in your best interest to protect sensitive media
Pictures and videos are a great way to safeguard memories and cherishable moments and to share ideas and things you see with others. Sometimes, you may want to make some images and videos harder to see. There are various ways to do that, regardless of whether you use a budget Android phone or a premium iPhone Pro, allowing your private files to be safeguarded from prying eyes. You can use different methods, and most of them don't require you to download additional apps or software.
Keep your floors sparkling clean with minimal effort
Over the past decade, robot vacuum cleaners have gone from conceptual to essential. These clever devices make it simple to keep your floors clean, with scheduled programs that run with minimal human interaction. The marketplace is now filled with a variety of models that work similarly to the original Roomba robot vacuum but boast specs and features that make them easy to integrate into the modern smart home with app and smart speaker control.
Your Galaxy S22+ has a nice large screen that needs protecting against nice large cracks
The Galaxy S22+ might be a year and a half old, but with frequent discounts and several years of software support remaining, it's still one of the best Samsung phones to consider. The design is arguably better than the new S23+ thanks to the lovely integrated camera bump, and the flat display with uniform bezels is hard to say no to. A phone this lovely deserves to be protected so that it can stay looking this good for as long as possible.
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.