About Tyler Lacoma
Tyler Lacoma has spent more than 10 years testing tech and studying the latest web tool to help keep readers current. He's here for you when you need a how-to guide, explainer, review, or list of the best solutions for your Android life.
AT&T transfer PINs let you keep your old phone number when switching. Here's how it works
If you're switching from AT&T to another carrier, you need a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to port your number. If you don't get this number transfer PIN at the right time, it could mess up your plans to switch carriers when purchasing a new phone or signing up for a different plan. We have everything you need to know right here.
Your Apple Watch includes lots of helpful functionality - if you know where to look. Here are the best tips for new Watch users
The Apple Watch can do a lot. It's one of the most comprehensive smartwatches available. It measures your vitals, tracks sunlight exposure, and sends messages with a flick of your hand. If you want a watch that matches with Android devices, the Watch is a powerful accessory for your life. We have ways to make it even better for beginners!
Passkeys are faster, stronger, and more protected than passwords. Here's why they're the future of personal login security
Are you tired of passwords? We're tired of passwords, even when they're made easier with a password manager app. Companies like Google are tired of passwords because they create too many potential vulnerabilities for user security. Everyone knows it's a problem. And now, a solution is on the rise. Welcome to the world of passkeys.
Spotify is still one of the biggest music streamers available. Here's how it all works
Are you tired of paying for Apple Music or running into bugs with services like Tidal? Spotify is an easy-to-use alternative. It is one of the world's most popular music streaming services, with almost 600 million users. It has a solid free tier, several affordable paid plans, and a variety of podcasts you can't find anywhere else. If you don't know much about this audio giant, we cover the important details below.
Apple's Savings account is intriguing and has great numbers: Here's what you need and how to set it up
Apple offered customers a savings account earlier this year. This option remains active and is an easy way to contribute to savings if you struggle to make savings deposits. Apple doesn't manage this account. It's a Goldman Sachs account that's tied to your Apple Card. There are no minimum balance requirements, and the annual account yield can vary. The yield started at 4.15%, which is one of the best savings account yields in the country.
Gmail's Help Me Write feature is an AI composer that could help your email strategy
Google is including more AI tools into its suite of consumer-facing products, including platforms people use daily, like Gmail. Complex AI models are behind this work, but the result is simple. Gmail helps you tweak important emails you write from your Android phone, computer, or other device.
It takes some prep, but you can record a call in FaceTime: Here's everything you should know
Some FaceTime calls are more important than others. They are so important that you may want to record them to save for the long term. There isn't an obvious way to do this, given that FaceTime has upfront features like leaving a personalized video as a message. There are ways to get a FaceTime recording of a conversation if you set it up correctly. Here are the ins and outs of recording on FaceTime, if it works on your Android phone, and other important facts you should know.
Missing a mouse or trackpad? Here's how to set up your Android phone as a mouse in minutes
Android users have been wondering if their compact phone could act as a wireless mouse in a pinch for over a decade. The moment our smartphones got slim enough to fit inside our pockets, people started wondering if they could take the spot of a Bluetooth mouse and save some room, as well as some cash, when on the go. It can also solve a crisis like a laptop trackpad suddenly shutting down.
Jealous of the Action Button? Here's how to get a customizable button on Android phones
Along with Apple's iPhone 15 announcement, we got a look at several new features. One that caught everyone's attention was the Action Button on the iPhone P15 Pro and Pro Max versions. It's a spare physical button that users can program with actions, like shortcuts to a camera, flashlight, memo, or mode.
Old passes cluttering up your Apple Wallet? Here's how to get rid of them permanently
Apple's Wallet is a one-stop iPhone destination for all kinds of payment and pass information. That can include quick payments at stores, transportation passes of all kinds, and tickets. But as time goes by, some passes and payments in the Apple Wallet can grow outdated. That leads to clutter and potentially some security hazards, so it makes sense to clear anything you don't need out of the Wallet.
Learn how to get the most out of the Venmo cash app with these tips and tricks
Venmo is a go-to payment app and digital wallet that takes the stress out of sending money to friends, family, and other contacts in a few quick taps. The app is easy to set up and a breeze to use when splitting cab fare, paying a friend back for food, or managing shared household bills. While you might be a Venmo pro, chances are there are some hidden features you didn't know existed, including handy functions and safety tools.
Can Alexa contact emergency numbers for you? Here's how it all works and how to set it up
Amazon Alexa, found commonly in Amazon Echos and a variety of other speakers (as well as apps on your Android phone), is a voice-command smorgasbord. The voice assistant comes with excellent compatibility for your smart home devices, easy links to popular music searches, and generally helpful information whether you're baking a cake or checking football scores.
If it's time to say goodbye to PayPal, here's everything you need to do to delete your account
PayPal has become synonymous in many circles with online payments, but that doesn't mean everyone should have an account. Sometimes, it's time to close the curtains on PayPal. You may have been hacked, you may be restructuring your online banking for better budgeting, or you may be switching to a different kind of online wallet that's more comfortable to manage on your Android phone. And some people are still upset about the 2022 snafu.
Changed an address or number? Update PayPal right away with these account changes
PayPal is one of the largest online banking and wallet systems in the world, with more than 430 million active users. With an account and deposited cash, you can pay for nearly anything on the web, which makes PayPal important for all kinds of users.
Apple's Focus modes allow for unprecedented control over distractions. Here's how to use one
Are you feeling a bit distracted these days? Is a new remote work situation or job creating problems with task management? Apple added a productivity feature to iOS and related platforms called Focus. Focus allows you to customize certain modes for work, studying, or other activities to avoid distractions. If you haven't tried it, we recommend incorporating it into your most productive times. Focus is more useful than the usual sleep modes or just leaving messages on read.
Read receipts giving you problems on iMessage? Here's how to shut them down.
iMessage remains Apple’s all-purpose message app. If you’re happily ensconced in the Apple world, you probably don’t use social media message apps like WhatApp or Messenger unless it’s the only way to contact friends or family — iMessage takes care of pretty much everything.
Firmware helps manage all our electronics. Here's how it works, why it's different from software, and more
Along with the standbys "hardware" and "software," the digital world has long used a third description called "firmware." While firmware has been around for several years, it's not always clear to the average user what it refers to or how it differs from previous definitions for software.
Google Earth Pro offers casual geo-information tools for everyone from students to environmental scientists
Google runs one of the most impressive 3D mapping tools available. It's a reliable go-to for planet zooming, location finding, and basic geo-analysis. But, unlike Google Maps, Google doesn't market it to general users much, so you may not have heard of it. Let's talk about Google Earth Pro, the advanced, publicly available software that lets even casual users play with GIS data or go on a swooping tour of the world.
Google's PaLM 2 LLM is fueling Bard, Google Assistant, and much more: Here's what's going on
You may have noticed that Google has invested deeply in AI tools for many years. Lately, it's brought more of those tools to the public, encouraging developers to rely on Google platforms for their complex AI creations. That often means chatbots and other uses of large language models (LLMs), which brings us to PaLM 2.
The Apple Watch makes it easy to set simple daily fitness goals for health improvement. Here's how it works
Apple's Activity app (a.k.a. the Fitness app) is deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem, capable of storing tons of helpful data for you, your trainer, and your doctor. The fitness app pairs especially well with an Apple Watch. The latest models have extensive sensors to keep track of your heart rate, steps counted, and the oxygen in your blood. Tracking your numbers can help you get your resting heart rate down, get your cardio heart rate up, and increase your calories burned, among other smartwatch-oriented goals.