How to Use The GearBrain, a Smart Compatibility Find

Here is a helpful guide on how to use The GearBrain, our new smart compatibility find engine for smart devices. It helps you find smart devices and is the only dedicated find engine for products that work with your smart devices. See how easy it is to use and find vital product documentation like user manuals and warranties.

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Amazon Echo and Alexa: The complete beginner's …

If you've just received your first Amazon Echo speaker or smart display, perhaps as a gift this holiday season, it can be tricky to get your head around exactly what the voice assistant is capable of.. The lack of a conventional user interface can make this tough, as it's difficult to know what to ask Alexa, and what you can tell your new voice assistant to do.

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How to reconnect Amazon Echo and Alexa to your Wi …

Tap on the menu icon in the top-left corner. Tap on Settings. Tap on Device Settings. Now scroll down until you find the Echo device you want to reconnect. Even if the device is offline, the Alexa app will still show its Wi-Fi settings and the name of the network it is trying to connect to in your space. Tap on the word Change to the right of

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How to play Scrabble online with friends for free

Single-player Scrabble. If you would rather play Scrabble on your own against a computer — perhaps as a way to practice before playing against friends — then there is Classic Words Solo. This is free, has a 4.7-star rating, and is available for iOS and Android. It isn't an official Scrabble game, but works in almost exactly the same way

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7 ways to protect your digital assets after you’re gone

Some sites, like Facebook, have clear steps you can take to protect your account Getty Images/iStock. Use online tools that are available. Sean Weissbart, partner at New York-based law firm Blank Rome, LLP, says everyone should take advantage of the online tools and permissions that social media companies, especially, grant users outright. But be aware that if you name someone on these sites

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How to print a Facebook post with comments, photos …

Here are the steps then — from your Facebook account — to save and then print an entire post, comments and all. Start by opening up your Facebook account, and then going to the post you're looking to print. Next, you want to click on the three dots to the right corner of the post. The first option should be "Save post" and you'll click on this.

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How to light your Zoom video call like a

We're all living a Zoom life now, and if not, we're using one of several video options like Houseparty and Skype to connect with co-workers, cousins and even our neighbors right across the road. Some people are also conducting job interviews virtually, or even closing real estate deals. These online chats are helping many of us feel connected, less isolated and calmer during these uncertain days.

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The 2021 guide to charging your electric car at home

Electric car sales are on the up, manufacturers are introducing new models every few months, and there is a growing range of home chargers to fill the batteries each night.But, while plugging in and charging is often a very simple process, there is a lot to get your head around.

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7 Best Mobile Hotspots For Cars

Here's is GearBran's picks for the 7 best mobile hotspots for you to get connected on the road. These are our editor's picks for you to use to help connect to the Internet from a wireless connection while in your car and or moving about town. These mobile hotspots are available through local carries as well as major retailers.

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HDMI explained and how to buy the right cables for …

These can be bought for around $10, with this 6ft AmazonBasics cable currently priced at $7.99. Alternatively, this 6.6ft braided High Speed HDMI cable is $11.99, and this two-pack of 6ft High Speed cables is reduced to $10.99. If you own a new game console and a television that supports HDMI 2.1, you will want to buy Ultra High Speed cables

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How to get started with the newly updated Amazon …

In late-July, Amazon began rolling out a useful update to the Alexa smartphone app, putting the assistant's own features and skills front-and-center, and helping to personalize the experience for each user.. For new users, the Alexa app now helps you discover some of the assistant's key functions. Previously, dipping a toe into the Alexa app quickly resulted in being swept away by a …

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7 steps to thwart phishing attacks from getting your

Rule 4: Look for generic greetings. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) notes that often, phishing emails that claim to be from a place where you do business, will start an email with a generic greeting like, "Dear Sir" or "Hi Dear," even though you've been banking with them for eight years.. While this isn't always the case, if an email doesn't use your real name — and it isn't spelled

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Learn How Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbells Work in

Smart doorbells work with most doorbell systems installed in homes today, though there are exceptions. (More about that later.) August Home's $199 Doorbell Cam connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi but uses Bluetooth LE to enable remote unlocking of August's $199 and $229 Bluetooth-equipped Smart Locks. It comes with 980p, 120-degree camera.

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How to listen to Dolby Atmos audio on Apple Music

How to enable Dolby Atmos audio in Apple Music. First, you need to have an Apple Music subscription. Otherwise, the following menu options will not appear in the Settings app of your iPhone or Mac. Once subscribed, open the Settings app and tap on Music. On this page you will see a larger Audio section than before, thanks to the new options for

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Working from home

For the foreseeable future, our offices just got teleported to our homes. While we can figure out how to turn a hallway into a fully functional small home office, and kit that area with ergonomic chairs and other devices to help us work more comfortably — they do nothing to help us focus when faced with the sound made by other people (and pets) occupying the same space.

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How to enable Alexa's proactive severe weather alerts

Since Alexa already knows where you live — you added that information when first setting up the assistant — all you have to do is say: "Alexa, tell me about severe weather alerts." Now the feature is switched on, Alexa will automatically announce when extreme weather is incoming. To switch off the weather alert function, say: "Alexa, cancel

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How to factory reset an August smart lock when …

August smart locks can be reset remotelyAugust. How to reset the August smart lock of your new home. If you are the buyer of a property that has an August smart door lock, but which hasn't been reset by the previous owner, this section is for you.. Firstly, you should try and speak directly to the seller and have them reset the lock when moving out of the property.

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How to change Google Nest Home Hub Wi-Fi network …

To get started, you'll want to make sure your smartphone and Google/Nest device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Next, open the Google Home smartphone app, then tap on the device where you want to change the Wi-Fi settings. Now tap on the Settings icon (which looks like a machine part) in the top-right corner, then tap Wi-Fi -> Forget

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How to hide old Facebook posts with new Manage …

Before Manage Activity was launched, you could search the activity log by year and category, then view and delete each individual action. But with Manage Activity enabled, you can filter this view of your Facebook life. Tap on Manage Activity at the top of the page, then Your Posts. You can now click on Filter at the top of the screen and pick

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How to stream video from iPhone to TV with Apple …

Pick the one you want to mirror to, enter the passcode if one appears on your television, then your iPhone's screen will appear on the TV. To stop mirroring, open Control Center again, tap the Screen Mirroring icon, then tap Stop Mirroring. Or, if you are mirroring to an Apple TV, just press the Menu button on the remote.

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How to stream Spotify Connect from smartphones to …

How to set up Spotify Connect. The best thing about services like Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay and Google Chrome is how they require zero setup. So long as your phone (or computer) is on the same Wi-Fi network as a compatible speaker, you're good to go.

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7 house paint apps that virtually test colors in your home

Behr — Color Smart app. While you can't upload your own image to the Behr Color Smart app, you can test colors in a gallery of pre-picked images. The Behr app works on both iOS and Android phones, and you can match colors from photos in your photos, or pick one of Behr's 2500 colors in its catalog. Behr is The Home Depot's brand of paint, so

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How to make free phone calls with Alexa and your …

Open the Alexa app. Tap on the Communicate icon in the lower-left. Tap on your profile icon in the top-right corner. Search for the contact you want to allow drop-ins from. Scroll to Permissions and tap the Allow Drop In toggle switch. Once enabled, that contact can instantly drop in on you via your Echo smart speaker.

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Smartwatch buying guide 2021: Which device should …

Fitbit. Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatchFitbit. Although best known for its exercise trackers, Fitbit also makes a smartwatch called the Versa. The latest Versa 3 runs the company's own Fitbit OS software, works with iPhones and Android, has a 1.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, and promises up to six days of battery life.

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[Updated] How to switch back to Facebook Classic …

Step 1: If you're in the new design, head over to the upper right where your profile image appears in a circle. You'll want to click on this. Step 2: A menu will pop open, and if you look down you'll see the option to "Switch to Classic Facebook." (You'll also see, above that, the option to flip into Dark Mode, if you want, or switch out of that.)

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Amazon Echo: How to install a second Alexa speaker at …

How to add a second Amazon Echo to your home network. Adding a second Echo is very similar to adding the first. Just open the Alexa smartphone app (or visit alexa.amazon.com and log in), then tap the menu icon in the top-left corner, and tap on Add Device. The next screen will ask what sort of device you are adding, such as a smart light, a

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Alexa updated for the car with new Auto Mode app …

Alexa can already act as a useful copilot, thanks to the Echo Auto car accessory and the assistant's integration with cars by Audi, BMW, Ford and others.. But now Amazon is taking things a step further, with a pair of new features designed to make Alexa more useful in the car.

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How to transfer iCloud photos and videos to Google …

The tool shows how much space is required for your transferGearBrain. You then need to select a destination for your photos and videos. Despite the drop-down box Google Photos is the only option; we suspect this means more options will be added in the future.

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How to factory reset a Rachio controller when moving

When moving to a new house, it is likely that some smart devices fitted to the garden and the exterior of the property will be left behind. We're talking about security cameras fixed to walls, bespoke lighting installed above the terrace, and water irrigation systems tailored for the …

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How to factory reset your Philips Hue smart home …

How to factory reset Philips Hue. If you still want to reset the entire system, follow these instructions: Remove the Ethernet cable from your Hue Bridge. Turn over your Hue Bridge. Locate the reset button, which is recessed beneath a small hole. Press a pin, paperclip or similar into this hole and hold the button down for five seconds.

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Add Apple CarPlay to your old car with these five head

The AVH-W4500NEX is a flagship double-DIN head unit from Pioneer. It features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, meaning there is no need to plug in with a USB cable, so your phone can stay in your pocket, in the glovebox, or rest on a wireless charger if your vehicle has one. You can opt to plug in your phone, if you so wish.

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How to stream Netflix to Google Home displays: 4 …

Those with a Netflix account and a Google Home display, like the Nest Hub Max, can stream shows from the site onto these screens. Even more — you'll be able to launch the network, play or even stop movies and shows just by speaking to Google Assistant, the company's digital A.I.. The launch starts today, according to Variety, and expands the way people can access Netflix on devices beyond

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How to change photo frame settings on a Google …

First, the Google Home app: Assuming you already have albums of photos you want to use in your Google Photos library, follow these instructions: Open the Google Home app. Tap on your Google/Nest display. Tap on the Edit Photo Frame button. Changing photo frame settings on a Google/Nest display GearBrain.

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Review: See How Easy it is to Install Z-Wave Devices …

GearBrain reviews the installation process of Z-Wave and other connected devices onto Vivint Smart Home Security and Automation system. See how easy it is to connect either your existing or new connected devices to Vivint's SkyControl panel.

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How to enable new Ring end-to-end encryption …

Which Ring devices work with end-to-end encryption (E2EE) The new encryption feature doesn't work with all Ring devices. More specifically, it isn't available on battery-powered video doorbells and security cameras.

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Review: Lenovo Smart Frame is a photo screen for your …

We first saw the Lenovo Smart Frame back at CES 2020, a large photo screen designed to highlight family photos, and like the Meural Canvas II, acts as a digital art gallery for your wall. The images rotate about twice a minute — and you can change that duration — making it a nice way to have a rotating gallery on your wall.

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Review: August Home Smart Keypad For August

Used From: $156.31 in Stock. At GearBrain, we are big believers of having a backup plan for unlocking your smart lock. August Smart Lock has two ways of locking your smart lock, using your existing door lock key as well as using August Home app (Bluetooth). By adding an August Keypad to your August Smart Lock adds a third way to lock and unlock

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How to view iCloud saved passwords on your iPhone …

Thankfully, it is remarkably quick and easy to find any password saved to your iCloud account. All you have to do is ask Siri, by saying: "Hey Siri, show my passwords." Viewing passwords saved on an iPhone Apple. Your iPhone or iPad will then perform a biometric security check with Face ID or Touch ID, before showing a searchable, alphabetical

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Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip review: Smarter TV

Overall Rating: 7. 10. The Gradient Lighstrip is the latest member of the new Play family of Philips Hue smart lighting products. It is designed to fit to the back of your television, then emit lighting to match what is on the screen. The company's Play light bars also do this, but where they stand in front of the TV and project towards the

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How to sync your Apple Watch to podcast …

One of the great benefits of the Apple Watch is its use as a fitness device.Not only does the wearable track your workouts, it can play music and podcasts during your workout. But podcasts are a timely bit of content. Music playlists certainly can be updated, but it's annoying to say the least to start listening to a podcast during a run — and find you're hearing something from the day prior.

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How to connect the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug to Amazon …

After connecting and setting up your Kasa Smart Wi-Fi plug, open up your Alexa app and follow these steps: • From the Home page, click on "Devices" at the bottom of the screen. • Click on the "+" button at the top right. • Click on "Add Device," from the pop up menu. The app will ask you, "What type of device are you setting up?"

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The benefits of installing multiple Amazon Echo …

Open the Alexa smartphone app. Tap on the Devices icon in the lower-right corner. Select one of the Echo speakers you want to use in the stereo pair. Tap on the Stereo Pair / Subwoofer option, then tap Continue on the next screen. On the next screen you'll be asked to confirm which two Echo speakers you want to pair together.

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The Wyze Cam can now be turned into makeshift

Windows 10: Right-click on the folder and select Extract all. Mac OS: Drag and drop the folder on the root directory of your microSD card. For both Mac and Windows, rename the file to demo.bin. Unplug your Wyze Cam from power and insert your microSD card. Press and hold the Setup button, then plug in your USB cable.

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Google Assistant Voice Match: Features and security

To set up or edit Voice Match, follow these instructions: Open the Google Home smartphone app. Tap on your profile picture or initials in the top-right corner. Tap on Assistant Settings. Tap on Assistant. Scroll down and tap on Voice Match. Here you can set up Voice Match for the first time, or teach your voice again (if you think the Assistant

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Amazon Fire HD 10 review: This tablet is also a smart …

Overall Rating: 8.25. 10. The Fire 10 HD is one of the standby devices from Amazon, a tablet with Alexa inside that can handle a bevy of commands. Whether you're pulling up the weather via Alexa, watching news, sending an email or adding something to your Amazon shopping list, the Fire HD 10 can handle these without a hitch.

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How to enable Zoom’s new end-to-end encryption to …

Sign in to the Zoom web portal. In the navigation panel, click Settings. Click the Meeting tab. Under Security, verify that 'allow use of end-to-end encryption' is enabled. If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, click Turn On to verify the change. Note: If the option is grayed out, it has

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