Notifications have been a major part of Android since the beginning. They can be both a blessing and a curse, though. To help you fine-tune your experience, Android has a feature called “Notification Channels.” They make notifications a lot better. As smartphones and apps have evolved, so have notifications . In the early days, notification controls were pretty basic. You’d install an app and you could turn notifications on or off. As apps got more complex, so did the notifications. RELATED: How to Pause Notifications on Android Maybe you only want notifications for one specific thing from an app. Some apps have built-in granular notification controls, but not all of them do. And you’d also have to dig through that app’s settings, which might be organized in an unfamiliar way. Notification Channels aim to simplify this process and give more control to the users. What Are Notification Channels on Android? “Notification Channels” were introduced in 2017 with … [Read more...] about What Are Android Notification Channels?
Cwg channel 3
Microsoft releases new versions of Windows 10 roughly every six months. However, not everyone gets them all at once. Some PCs remain stuck on older versions of Windows 10 for a year or more. Here’s how to check whether your PC is up-to-date. Why Windows 10 Updates So Slowly For example, AdDuplex’s report for November 2020 found that only 8.8 percent of Windows PCs had the latest October 2020 Update at the time. 37.6 percent of PCs had the previous May 2020 Update. More than 50 percent of PCs were running versions of Windows 10 released in 2019 or earlier. Microsoft slowly rolls out updates to PCs, carefully measuring whether any problems occur with each update. For example, a specific hardware device in one particular laptop may have a hardware driver issue that needs to be fixed before it can work properly with a new version of Windows 10. Some PCs may be running security software that requires changes to function on newer versions of Windows 10—and so on. Due to … [Read more...] about How to Check If Your PC Has the Latest Version of Windows 10
Is there a topic you don’t understand and would like explained in the simplest way? You might want to use the acronym ELI5. Here’s what it means, and how to use it to get a helpful explanation. “Explain Like I’m 5” ELI5 stands for “explain like I’m 5.” When people use it online, they’re asking others to explain a complex or obscure topic in the simplest of terms. So, if taken literally, they would explain something in a way that a 5-year-old would understand. However, this acronym is rarely used literally. ELI5 means breaking down a topic into reader-friendly layman’s terms. Some popular ELI5 topics might include science, technology, law, and economics. Questions about astrophysics or global affairs might not have any easy answers readily available online. So, an answer in response to “ELI5” might be the best way for the average person to grasp a concept. The standard format is to just type the acronym followed by the question you want to ask: “ELI5: Why does a day last … [Read more...] about What Does “ELI5” Mean, and How Do You Use It?
If you’re a Google Home user, you probably love the idea of controlling as many things as possible in your house with just your voice. The thing is, if you’re also a Roku user, it can leave a huge disconnect in your “Hey Google, <do the thing with the TV>” experience. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. By using an Android app called Quick Remote on your phone, you can use Google Assistant to do rudimentary things on Roku. What to Expect from Quick Remote If you’re ever used another TV product you can control with your voice—like Android TV, for example—then you may have some notion of what to expect from Quick Remote. But I’ll tell you right now: keep those expectations in check. Quick Remote is a very simple voice control solution for Roku. You can’t tell it to do things like “Turn on the TV” like you can with Android TV, but you can use it to do basic things like pause the TV, launch specific apps, along with basic remote control commands like “move … [Read more...] about How to Control Your Roku with Google Home’s Voice Assistant
While you’re still waiting on your refrigerator or your microwave to be as smart as your phone, the car in your garage is already ahead of the curve. If you own a vehicle made after 1996, you can connect to it with a simple device called an OBD-II adapter and find out your fuel efficiency, diagnose check engine lights, and gather a ton of other useful data. Most cars manufactured since the 80s have an on-board diagnostics (or OBD) computer inside. These computers allow mechanics and regulators to troubleshoot any computer-controlled parts of the car. From January 1st, 1996 onward, all cars sold within the US were required to have an OBD-II compatible port. This allows anyone with an adapter to read information from the car. You may have seen this when a technician checks your emissions. For the most part, OBD-II tools were only used by professionals to do things like figure out why you check engine light is on, or to make sure your car is meeting emission standards. However, … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Car Smarter with an OBD-II Adapter
Most computer and video games created in the 20th century featured blocky, pixelated graphics. If you didn’t grow up with them (or never paid attention to the technical details), you might wonder why. We’ll explore the origins of pixel art and how graphics have exploded in complexity over time. The Short Answer: Resolution Was Limited by Cost and Available Technology The pixelated artwork in older video games—where the display resolution is low enough that the pixels are obvious and blocky—was largely the result of low-resolution television sets and the high cost of memory chips and digital logic at the time those games were created relative to today. While it was possible to create an HD-resolution digital still image by the late 1970s, the technology to animate it in real-time did not exist until much later. Such technology was far too expensive to put into a mass-produced entertainment product that consumers could afford until the mid-2000s. Game designers did what … [Read more...] about Why Were Old Video Games So Pixelated?