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Friday, November 03, 2017

How to Automate Your Nest When You Aren't At Home With Automatic Pro

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, November 03, 2017

The Nest can turn itself off while you're grinding away or at work, so it just warms or cools your home when you're at home. In the event that it doesn't think about when you return home effectively, however, you could hold up hours in an awkward house. In the event that you have an Automatic Pro, your car can advise Nest to begin warming up when you leave for work. 

Automatic Pro is a really marvelous smart car system that uses your car's OBD-II port to speak with your telephone and a cluster of different administrations like Nest. The Nest reconciliation for Automatic Pro enables you to "pre-condition" your home when your car departs a particular range like work. 

Preconditioning is somewhat not quite the same as Nest's typical Home/Away Assist, and it's remarkable to Automatic. Rather than turning on your heater or air conditioner right away, preconditioning will just warmth or cool your home sufficiently long to be comfortable when you return home. In this way, for instance, if your drive home is 60 minutes, yet it will just take twenty minutes to warm your home, your Nest will just turn the the heater on when you’re twenty minutes away from the house.

To associate your Automatic Pro to Nest, head to the Nest application on Automatic’s site here and click Connect To Nest.

Next, sign into both your Automatic and Nest accounts. 

Once you're signed in, you'll see a control board with a list of sample rules that you can modify. Each one is disabled by default. You can either make your own particular rule or alter the current ones. For this guide, we’re going to create a new rule. Click on Create a New Rule at the bottom of the page.

At the top, give your rule a name like “Precondition my home when I leave work.”

The left-hand board has a few conditions to decide when this rule will activate. For our situation, we need it to activate at whatever point your car is turned on close work. You can limit this rule by time of day later, so it won't activate when you leave for lunch, for instance. 

Under Automatic Event, select Ignition On. Next, enter your address in the Of Address box. You can limit or augment the geofence around your place of work with the "Or within" dropdown box. For instance, if your work address is in a single building, you can set the within distance to a couple blocks. If your work address is a campus, you can just set it to activate once your car turns on within one mile of your work address.

In the middle panel, you can easily set the days and times this rule should activate. Just check the box for every day of the week that you work. You can also set a time frame that Automatic will monitor. For instance, if you drive your car to lunch almost every day, you may want to set this rule to only activate between 4:00PM and 8:00PM when you usually head home, rather than all day.

In the last panel, you can select which actions you want your Nest to do whenever the rule is activated. Under Nest Structure, select which thermostat you want to turn on or off.

The Nest Event drop down is where the real magic happens. The “Set to Home” and “Set to Away” options work just like they do in the Nest app. “Precondition for ETA,” however, works a little differently. This will calculate how far your work address is from home and turn your heater or air conditioner on in time for you to get home. Choose this from the dropdown. You’ll see a new Home Address box appear. Enter your home address here.

Once you’ve entered all this info, scroll down and click Save.

Automatic’s Nest app gives you a lot more fine-grained control over when your Nest thermostat is turned on and off over the basic Nest app. Set it up once, and you’ll always have a comfy home waiting for you when you get home from work.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Add Multiple Google Accounts to Google Home

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Have you ever thought of using multiple accounts on Google Home? Do you know that you can now use multiple Google Accounts on Google Home? Yes, you can!

Google Home is basically intended to be a shared device that everyone in the house will be able to use. At this time, Google has finally made it possible for Google Home to recognize different people and give personalized info to everyone using their Google accounts. Here’s how to simply set it up.

The Google Home’s multi-user feature is aimed to work with as smallest ruckus as possible. So it basically uses voice training to learn what your voice sounds like. Then it can give you custom information when you say things like “tell me about myself” or “what’s on my shopping list?” You will be able to add up to six people to one Google Home, so everyone in your family will be able to share a single device.

To set it up, just launch the Google Home app and tap the devices icon at the top-right corner of the screen.

Then scroll down to find your Google Home in the list of devices. Then tap on the blue banner that says “Multi-user is now available.” Then Google will start the process of learning how to recognize your voice. Also ensure you’re in the same room as your Google Home and that it’s pretty quiet so Google can easily catch and record your voice.

Google will then ask you to say “Ok, Google” and “Hey, Google” many times to learn your voice patterns. Of course you can also always retrain Google, if you notice that it’s not detecting your voice accurately as well in the future.

Once Google Home is done updating, you’ll be able to see a sample list of commands you can use which will be customized based on who’s speaking. For instance, you can say “Ok Google, what’s my name?” and Google will tell you who it thinks you are. This is a good command you should always try out when adding new users to ensure Google is identifying everyone accurately in the house correctly. Tap Continue to move on.

Once you’re done with that, Google will then give the option to invite others to do the same thing. So tap on the blue Invite button and send a link to your family members or roommates with any communication app of your choice. They’ll be simply asked to install the Google Home app on their phones and walk through the same steps you just did.

Superlatively, it means that no one but you will be able to get information from your account unless they can mimic your voice which will be slightly possible. Even though, I did verify while testing it that Google Home will recognize a recording of your voice in order to activate commands. It still worth knowing about, even if most of you won’t in all likelihood be that suspicious about your family trying to access information on your account.

Well, since Google doesn’t allow Google Home to access some of your private information that Google Assistant can access on other devices, like reading your email, reading reminders, or creating calendar events you don’t have to worry about it. Nevertheless, this is just the beginning towards a more comprehensive Google Home experience for the family as a whole.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Delete Conversations in the Alexa App

Oyetoke Tobi - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Have you ever thought of deleting your conversations? Do you know that you can easily delete your conversations with the Alexa?

If you ever want to prevent your conversations list in the Alexa app from getting out of your control or cluttered, here’s how to delete some conversations that you’re no more active in.

With the addition of the new calling and messaging features in Alexa, there’s now a new Conversations screen in the Alexa app which is very akin to your phone’s native text messaging app. You can just delete certain conversations in order to clean it up a bit, just like how you do with your stock messaging app.

To do this, launch the Alexa app on your phone and tap on the small speech bubble at the bottom.

Then all your conversations will be listed in a list. Now look for the conversation that you want to delete or you aren’t active in anymore.

To delete the conversation, swipe on the conversation to the left and then tap on “Remove”.

With that, the conversation will be deleted immediately. So you can repeat this process for any other conversations that you want to delete.

However, have this in mind that you won’t be able to recover any deleted conversations, so make absolutely sure that you want to delete a certain conversation, since you won’t be able to get it back.

Monday, May 08, 2017

How to Use Google Home to Remember Things

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, May 08, 2017

Do you have the Google Home device? Do you know that the Google Home can help to remember things like where you put your stuff or your Wi-Fi passcode? Yes, you can now make Google Home to remind things you tend to forget. 

With the new "remember", Google Home can help you remember important things, like where you put your passport or what your Wi-Fi password is.  The new “remember” command lets you make verbal notes about specific things that you’re likely to forget. 

This works best for something that isn’t likely to change very often, like where you usually keep your social security card or your apartment’s gate code. However, you also probably shouldn’t use it for private info like credit card numbers, since anyone in the house (including guests) can access it if they that you have it activated.

To activate this, you don’t need to tweak any settings or enable a third-party service. Provided that your Google Home is connected to the internet—and it would be pretty useless otherwise—it should be updated and ready to go.

Here’s how use it to remember all the things that you tend to forget most time.

First of all, you’ll need to give Google Home something to remember. You can start by saying “Ok Google, remember that I put my passport in a lock box” or "Ok Google, remember that my Wi-Fi passcode is yourpasscode", for instance.


When you want to recall that information, you can ask for it by saying “Ok Google, where is my passport?” or "Ok Google, what is my Wi-Fi passcode"?

Google will then read back everything you said before with the remember command. Google seems to be suing the algorithm that searches for keywords to pull up the relevant piece of information. For the above example, you can ask “where’s my passport?” or “where’s my lockbox?” and Google will bring out the same result (even though the second command isn’t really answering the right question.)

And this can sometimes leads to a conflict if you use the same keywords in multiple places. For example, I added a remember command that says “Remember that my lockbox is in my closet.” I then asked “where is my lockbox?” and Google told me that my passport is in my lockbox which is wrong. However, this doesn’t cause a problem most times, but it’s probably best if you make each remember command as unique as possible.

In case you want to remove something you asked Google to remember, you can tell Google to forget it. For instance, “Ok Google, forget that my passport is in my lock box” or "Ok Google, forget my Wi-Fi passcode."


In this case, you need to be careful and pretty specific because if you say, “Ok Google, forget where my passport is,” Google won’t be able to help you with that because you aren't specific.

That's all. Hope you like our article, you can drop your thought about this in the comment section below. 

How to Control the Screen Brightness and Volume on Macbook Pro Touchbar

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, May 08, 2017

Do you have the Macbook Pro with a touchbar? Do you know that with the touchbar, you can adjust the volume and screen brightness at the same with just one gesture? If you have the Macbook Pro touchbar, and you don't know then you are really missing.

Initially, people which includes me thought the new MacBook Pro touch bar was worse than a traditional keyboard for adjusting volume or brightness. Since with keys, you can turn the volume up or down with a quick tap. From my own perspective the touch bar, I noticed that you needed to tap the volume button, then adjust the slider that appears and that is a tap, followed by a tap-and-move motion.

Well most people were wrong because there’s a hidden gesture that let you adjust both volume or brightness in one quick gesture, though it’s a bit pretty hard to stumble upon if you don’t know it’s there. All you have to do is to just tap and hold either function(brightness slider/volume slider) in the Control Strip , then move your hand to the left or right side. The level will adjust, without you ever lifting your finger.

This is a little weird at first, because your finger isn’t on the dial you are adjusting. But once you get used to this, you’ll find that it saves you a lot of time.

One of the questions that may popped up in users mind is "Is this faster than adjusting the volume or brightness with dedicated brightness keys? "

Well, some may thinks so, while others may disagree. With this gesture, you can quickly get to exactly the level you want in one motion, as opposed to pressing a button multiple times in order to get to the level. However, the tactile feel of adjusting settings was also pretty close to a perfect system. So if you aren't fond of the flexibility of the touch bar, this feature isn’t going to make you fond of it. And if you do like the touch bar, this hidden gesture makes it even better.

This feature only works for volume or brightness, which is the two buttons labelled “Sliders” by Apple you see when customizing the buttons on your touch bar.

Looking at it, this really makes sense, since most of the other buttons provide toggle binaries: things you can turn on and off, things you can open or close. Keyboard brightness is the only other thing I think could work as a dial and isn't designed as a Control Strip button. And that can only be adjusted in the Expanded Control Strip, which works more like the normal keyboard buttons.

How to Import Chrome/Firefox Bookmarks into Microsoft Edge

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, May 08, 2017


Do you have the backed up bookmark files from your previous browser? Do you know that you can easily import firefox/chrome bookmarks into your new edge browser?

With the new Microsoft Edge browser you can easily import your backed up FireFox/Chrome bookmarks. If you haven’t started using Microsoft Edge, there’s a lot you’re missing and going to love if you tried it. 

It has a lot of the better features of Internet Explorer and also other advanced features on most popular browser while removing those that were almost universally hated. But as with many browser, the first step to test driving it is importing your bookmarks. In Microsoft Edge, it’s a pretty simple procedure, even  though it’d be much more customizable if it were to allow HTML files.

Here's how to import chrome/firefox bookmarks on edge

To import bookmarks in Edge browser, complete the given below instructions.

Method 1: Import bookmarks from another browser

Method 2: Import bookmarks from an HTML file

Method 1: Import bookmarks into Edge from another browser

Open the Edge browser.

Click the ellipsis "..." menu icon at the top-right side of the screen to open the main menu.

Then select the Settings option at the bottom.



Click the "View favorites settings" button below Favorites.



Then click on the checkbox(es) next to the respective browser(s) you want to import it's bookmarks.



Then click on Import.



Method 2: Import bookmarks into Edge from an HTML file

Since Edge doesn’t include an option to import bookmarks from HTML files, then you'll need to use a browser that supports it. If you have bookmarks saved in an HTML file, you'll first need to import bookmarks saved in the HTML file into Firefox(or any other browser that supports HTML file), and then import all bookmarks saved in Firefox browser into Edge browser.

Open Firefox and if don’t have Firefox installed, download, install and open Firefox on your Windows 10 PC.

Press the Alt key to view menus, click Bookmarks menu, and then click on Show all bookmarks to open Bookmarks library. Alternatively, you can quickly open Bookmarks library by using the shortcuts key combination Ctrl + Shift + B.



Then click on Import and Backup on the toolbar. 



Then select Import bookmarks from HTML. 



Now navigate to the HTML file containing your bookmarks, and then click Open button to import all bookmarks into your Firefox browser.

Next, launch the Edge browser, click on the menu button at the top-right corner and select Settings. 

Then click on the "View favorites settings" button below Favorites.

Select Firefox browser from the list and then click Import button. That’s it!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

How to Enable Youtube Dark Mode

Oyetoke Tobi - Saturday, May 06, 2017

Do you prefer a Youtube dark mode style? Did you know that Youtube now has a new hidden Material Design look and feel that has a sleek dark mode style?

With the new Youtube material design look and feel, you can now activate the dark mode style on Youtube. In case you're not a fan of your screen blasting your eyes with white light, you might like dark modes (which is the preferred app style of many, including developers, binge watchers, night owls, goths and game geeks). YouTube has the latest style of these dark modes, and even though Google hasn't rolled it out to everyone yet, you can enable it immediately without no hitch.

YouTube seems to have seen the demand for this new feature, and taken steps to make it simple for users to activate it.

So here's how to activate YouTube's Dark Mode:

Head over to https://www.youtube.com/new.

Then click on the "Try It Now" button in order to switch to the Material design look.


Then click on your Profile icon at the top right corner.

Select Dark Theme.


Lastly, click on the Dark Theme toggle button.



Ta da! That's all, you've got YouTube's Dark Mode activated! You can now pop some popcorn and enjoy youtube videos in dark mode!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

How to Create A Simple Program For Hiding Folders

Oyetoke Tobi - Thursday, May 04, 2017

Want to hide your folders with a program created by yourself? Or have you ever thought of creating a software program that hides folders? If you have, then you are in the right place to learn how to hide folders in c#.

C# makes it easier for you to create a program that simply hide and unhide folders.

We created a Directory info “ch” object which is used to get the properties of a folder and then get the folder directory. After that, we instantiate the directoryinfo object and assign it to the folder directory. Then we just change the File Attributes of the directory to either Hidden to hide it or Normal to unhide it.

Open Visual Studio, click on New Project -> Windows Form Application and give it any name you want. You can enter "HideFolder" as the name.

Next add buttons, labels, textbox and folderBrowserDialog to your blank form and design it as shown in the below screenshot.

Then rename the controls as listed below. You can change the properties of controls by clicking on the controls and change the Text and Name from the Properties dialog box located at the bottom right corner.

Text         Name
Browse -   btnBrowse
Hide    -     btnHide
UnHide -   btnUnhide
Open-       btnOpen
textbox1-  txtFilePath

Now double click on  Browse button and copy the below code in:

if (folderBrowserDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK){
txtFilePath.Text = folderBrowserDialog1.SelectedPath;
}

Double click on  Hide button and copy the below code:

try{
ch = new DirectoryInfo(txtFilePath.Text);
ch.Attributes = FileAttributes.Hidden;
MessageBox.Show("Hidden");
}
catch { }

Double click on Open button and copy the below code:

try{
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(txtFilePath.Text);
}
catch { }

Double click on Unhide button and copy the below code;

try{
ch = new DirectoryInfo(txtFilePath.Text);
ch.Attributes = FileAttributes.Normal;
MessageBox.Show("Visible");
}
catch { }

Then update your Form1.cs with the code given below:

Form1.cs

using System;

using System.IO;

using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace HideFolder

{

public partial class Form1 : Form

{

DirectoryInfo ch;

public Form1()
{

InitializeComponent();

}

private void btnBrowse_Click(object sender, EventArgs e){

if (folderBrowserDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK){

txtFilePath.Text = folderBrowserDialog1.SelectedPath;

}

}

private void btnOpen_Click(object sender, EventArgs e){

try{

System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(txtFilePath.Text);

}

catch { }

}

private void btnHide_Click(object sender, EventArgs e){

try{

ch = new DirectoryInfo(txtFilePath.Text);

ch.Attributes = FileAttributes.Hidden;

MessageBox.Show("Hidden");

}
catch { }

}

private void btnUnhide_Click(object sender, EventArgs e){

try{

ch = new DirectoryInfo(txtFilePath.Text);

ch.Attributes = FileAttributes.Normal;

MessageBox.Show("Visible");

}
catch { }
}

}

}

Now Run your project using F5. Then click on the "Browse a folder" to select the folder you want to hide. Then the folder path will be shown in the textbox. Click on Hide button, the folder will be Hidden and you will get a message

Monday, April 17, 2017

How to Install Extensions on Microsoft Edge

Oyetoke Tobi - Monday, April 17, 2017

Microsoft Edge had finally supports extensions thanks to Windows 10’s Anniversary Update last year. While Microsoft Edge has supported extensions for some months now, the numbers of extensions created are increasing but still relatively limited in comparison to the competition. Nevertheless, there are several useful and handy extensions currently available. If you are geek Edge user, here’s how to install extensions on Microsoft Edge.

Edge extensions are available in the Windows Store.

To install extensions in Microsoft Edge, launch the Edge browser.

Then click the menu button at the top-right corner of the window, and select “Extensions.”

In case you can’t see an Extensions option there, that means you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10’s Anniversary Update. Read this article on how to upgrade to Windows 10’s Anniversary Update.

Once you clicked on “Extensions”, the Extension panel will appear, which will list all your installed extensions. Then click the “Get Extensions From the Store” link and the Windows Store will open, taking you to a special page that lists all the available Edge extensions.

So to download an extension, just click on the extension. Then click the “Free” button on the extension’s page in order to download it.

Then from there, Windows Store will download the extension to your computer and automatically install it in Edge. Also, they’ll be automatically downloaded and installed via the Windows Store when any updates are available.

Once you are through with that, head back to the Microsoft Edge. You’ll see a pop-up box asking if you want to enable the extension and the permissions it needs. So click on “Turn it On” to enable the extension.

That’s all. So from there, you can set up the extensions.

Friday, April 14, 2017

How to Use the Gesture Typing Feature on the PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller

Oyetoke Tobi - Friday, April 14, 2017

Are you tired of using the traditional and boring way of using the PlayStation 4 Dualshock Controller? Do you know that you can use Gesture typing to input text and control your PlayStation 4 Dualshock controller?

Typing manually with the Dualshock controller can be a huge pain sometime. However, if you’re not fond of using the Dualshock buttons to navigate through the keyboard on the PS4, there is actually a very simple and faster approach to do this. 

With the Gesture typing feature, you don’t have to worry about using the Dualshock buttons. All you need to do is just to move the controller around to navigate and input text. This is actually possible with the built-in sensors in the Dualshock 4 controllers.

With enough practice and time, this can be the best way of inputting text and navigating. Furthermore, enabling the gesture typing is just as easy as clicking a button.

So here’s how to use the Gesture Typing on the PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller.

Turn on your PlayStation 4 if it is turned off. Then simply click the R3 button on the Dualshock controller. For those who may not know the R3 button, the R3 button is the right joystick. So press the button.

The moment you press the R3 button, instructions will show up on the screen which guides you through the steps and how to use gesture typing. It’s pretty easy; all you have to do now is to just follow along with what you see on the screen. What the entire guide is trying to explain is to just move the controller up and down, then back and forth to input text and navigate. Very simple, isn’t it?

Once you are done with that, you can now start using it according to what you learnt in the guide. In case you don’t like it (not everyone will like it, trust me!), disabling it is as easy as pressing a button. Just press any button on the D-Pad and navigate the keyboard like you would normally. That’s all; simply doing this will disable gesture typing.

And in case you ever want it back, as usual, press the R3 button again. 

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