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How to Share Your Location the Right Way (& With Anyone on Any Phone)

Sometimes it’s just so much easier to share your location with someone than trying to tell them to meet you or how close you are, etc. Thing is it’s not that apparent as to the best way to share your location. iPhones have their own way that doesn’t work with Android phones, you should use one that lets you easily revoke or even have the location access expire, and you want one that’s easy to get navigation directions from, etc. So, the way I would recommend to share your location is the way built into Google Maps itself that I …

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How to Make a DIY Smart Home Security System (No Monthly Fees!)

We no longer live in a time wherein order to have a security system at home, you have to call the likes of ADT, Brinks, or some other giant security conglomerate to come and install expensive cameras, alarms, etc. and then charge you a ridiculous monthly fee to “monitor” your home for you. Instead, there are a ton of smart home devices that can easily be used to create a smart home security system that will not only do the same thing for less money and no monthly fee, but also have a ton of other benefits that you can …

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Google Home at Work

If You Have a Google Home Device at Work, This Setting Should Really Be Turned Off

Every time I walk into my WeWork office, a notification pops up on my phone. It’s from the Google Home app and it tells me that a device on my Wi-Fi is casting Spotify. Funny thing is, I don’t have a Google Home device at my office. Essentially, the office I work in has a ton of different companies all under the same roof (it’s called WeWork, I love it, you can check it out here if you’re curious) and, as it turns out, some of those companies have Google Home speaker devices in their offices playing music. Now, since …

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Pixel 3a Complete Walkthrough: Pixel Camera for Half the Price!

In a surprising move, Google has released a cheaper version of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL–okay so it was leaked everywhere and not a surprise at all, but still, it is an interesting move. I already did a day in the life video where I put its camera up against some other phones and checked to see how long it would take to kill the battery during normal use. Feel free to check that out here. In this video, however, let’s do a more detailed dive about everything the Pixel 3a is and do a complete walkthrough. First, check …

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Best Mesh Wifi

The Best Mesh WiFi Systems For Every Scenario

I did a video not too long ago explaining what mesh wifi is and why you should totally get a mesh wifi system. But, now, I want to try and answer the next obvious question: which is which mesh wifi do you get? So I bought a bunch of them and tested them all and now I believe I have a good list of the ones I think are the best mesh wifi systems you can buy right now and which scenarios each one might be best suited for. TP-Link Deco M4 So, first up, the one I want to …

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Create Your Own Google Drive, Photos, Docs

How to Create Your Own Private “Google Drive/Photos/Docs”

So I personally love using Google apps like Google Drive, Google Photos, and Google Docs/Sheet/etc. They are super easy to use and have a ton of features I like, like auto-sorting in the photos, for example, that works really well, etc. But, what if you like these features but you don’t want to use Google for these things for whatever reason. Well, I stumbled upon a pretty interesting replacement that you can use to get similar functionality but have all the data secured in your own home or office on a local drive. Well, turns out I was using my …

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Mate 20 Stock

How to Make the Mate 20 Pro Look like Stock Android

You guys asked for it so here’s my updated video on how to make the Mate 20 Pro look like stock Android (and the Mate 20 for that matter). Now, first up, stock Android isn’t really a thing anymore like it used to be. What we are referring to now when we say “stock” is the look and feel from the latest Pixel device. Personally, I love that look (a lot better than EMUI) and so not a big deal, but just wanted to clarify that when I’m saying stock, I’m referring to the look the Pixels now have. So …

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Fossil Sport Complete Walkthrough: An Affordable, Lightweight WearOS Smartwatch

The new Fossil Sport is now the second smartwatch to feature Qualcomm’s newest Wear 3100 chipset specifically built for Google’s WearOS wearable operating system (replacing the now two-year-old 2100) but it’s the first one that’s actually affordable (the other being the Montblanc Summit 2 that is around $1000). Fossil was kind enough to send me one and so I figured I’d try and do a complete walkthrough on it for you guys. If you aren’t familiar, a complete walkthrough on my channel is where I try and go through every feature I can on a new device so you are …

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Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 XL Complete Walkthrough: Still The Best Camera Out?

Another year, another Pixel and since I managed to get my hands on a Pixel 3 XL, I figured I’d do a complete walkthrough for you guys on it. If you aren’t familiar, a complete walkthrough on my channel is where I try and go through every feature on a new device so you guys are more prepared with all the info you could need should you be in the market to buy one. Design With that said, there’s a lot to go through, so let’s start with the design. The design is definitely getting more refined every year with …

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Note9 vs iPhone X vs Pixel 2 Xl vs OnePlus 6

Camera Test: Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs OnePlus 6

Samsung recently released the new Galaxy Note9 and, as is the usual here on the channel, I figured I’d do one of my camera comparisons with it. In this video, we’ll compare the Galaxy Note9 against the iPhone X, the Pixel 2 XL, and the OnePlus 6 to see which has the best camera. For this test, I tried to take the same photo on each device in various situations to then we throw them up on the screen, zoom in, and see how each did. So let’s go for a night out with some friends and take some photos …

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P20 Pro Battery Test Featured

P20 Pro vs OnePlus 6 vs LG G7 vs S9 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone X Battery Test

I have a feeling which phone will win (it has the biggest battery, and the company is known for making phones that refuse to die), but let’s find out. Today, we’re doing a battery test with the OnePlus 6, LG G7, Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Google Pixel 2 XL, and the iPhone X to see which lasts the longest. Here’s the scenario. All phones screens are set to the same brightness by eye and not display percentage to account for the varying brightness each screen is capable of, they are all on the same 5Ghz WiFi network, …

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Google Assistant Duplex

Everything Important From Google I/O 2018 in an Easy-to-Read Bulleted List

Besides the, admittedly weird, but also super interesting machine learning produced music, and the revelation that beer foam cannot defy physics, there was a bunch of things announced at Google I/O that I think are worth mentioning to people even if they aren’t developers. From new Google Maps features to Android P UI changes, here are the most important things I found from watching the Google I/O 2018 Keynote (so you don’t have to). GBoard and Gmail Gboard now supports morse code to people with disabilities. Smart Compose is a new autocomplete for phrases instead of just words that will …

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Camera Comparison: S9 Plus vs Pixel 2XL vs iPhone X vs S8 Plus (Video)

Time for yet another Galaxy S9 experiment of sorts. In this video, let’s see how the Galaxy S9 Plus’ camera stacks up against the reigning champs of the iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL, and Note8. For this, I wandered all over NYC and managed to get the same shots on all four devices so we could line them all up and see how well they each did. Without further ado, here’s the camera comparison. Here are the photos for your own comparison below. Let me know in the comments which you preferred and why and follow me on social for …

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Google Home Calling

How to Make a Phone Call Using Google Home (& Use Your Actual Phone Number)

Google has finally started rolling out their new Google Home feature that allows you to call someone. As in, actually call their real cell phone, not just ring their Google Home app if they happen to have one installed. The feature only works in you are in the US or Canada at the moment and requires that you speak English (sorry, my French Canadian friends) and although all of the things you need to make it work aren’t immediately apparent, once you know, it’s pretty easy. Here’s everything you need to start making calls using the Google Home. Check You …

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Alexa Trigger Sexy Time Caps

How to Create Custom Commands for Google Home or Amazon Echo (Video)

Voice assistants are pretty convenient. You can ask them the weather when you get up in the morning, have them set timers, even put them into infinite loops for your own entertainment, but despite these things, they definitely have a limited number of commands you can issue. Now, short of developing an app using the voice assistant APIs, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to add your own custom actions and triggers to Google Home, Echo, etc. Thankfully though, IFTTT exists. IFTTT (If This Then That) is a popular program that allows you to create triggers and actions …

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