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AirPods are tiny, but they pack a ton of innovation and can do several things that you may not be aware of. Thus to help you get the most out of them, I have listed the 35 best AirPods tips and tricks to elevate your experience. Some of these you may already know, while a few added in iOS 15 or later might be new. So take a look till the end.

Note: Most tips here apply to AirPods 1st gen, 2nd gen, and AirPods Pro unless mentioned otherwise.

Cool tips and tricks for AirPods

1. Conversation Boost

If you, your parents, grandparents, or friends have slight hearing problems, the newly introduced Conversation Boost feature can help them hear better during everyday conversations.

When you talk with someone and the AirPods Pro are in your ear, their beam-forming microphones will take the other person’s voice and isolate it for clarity when you are in a noisy environment. Thus, amplify it ensuring you hear clearly.

Source: Apple

To use Conversation Boost, bring the iPhone Control Center and long-press the volume slider. You can enable Conversation Boost and set the ambient noise, adjust the tone and the left-right balance.

2. Announce any app notification in your ears

Earlier, you could have notifications from the Messages app announced to you while wearing AirPods. With iOS 15 or later, only time-sensitive notifications like those from Calendar or Reminder are announced by default. But you can enable it for any app you like.

Here’s how to have any iPhone app announce notifications in your AirPods.

Open Settings and tap Notifications.

Tap Announce Notifications.

From the list of apps, tap the desired one. For example, Basecamp.

Toggle on Announce Notifications.

3. Announce reminders with Siri on AirPods

This is just an extension of the above feature. Suppose you create a location-based shopping list reminder with multiple entries. When you are in the grocery store, Siri will read your shopping list in your ears. Convenient? Right!

4. Find My for AirPods

Now, your AirPods Pro and AirPods Max can use the Find My network. This lets you locate them even if you left or lost them at a distant place that exceeds your iPhone Bluetooth’s range.

Tip: With the Separation Alert feature, your iPhone will notify you if you leave your AirPods behind. For instance, if you exit the restaurant leaving your AirPods on the coffee table.

5. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking

Currently, you can enjoy thousands of Apple Music songs in Dolby Atmos. We have a dedicated guide that shows you how to do that on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

Later this year (around September), Apple will introduce spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. This will give you an even immersive experience as the sound dynamically adjusts according to your head movement.

Basic AirPods tips and tricks

6. Pair AirPods with Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, Windows PC, and Android phone

Apple may like to keep its walls closed for various things like iMessage. But when it comes to AirPods, Apple Music, or Apple TV, they have a liberal approach.

You can easily pair your AirPods with almost any laptop, computer, or phone as long as it supports Bluetooth. We have a separate guide that shows you how to connect your AirPods to any Apple or non-Apple devices.

We even have a guide where you can learn how to connect AirPods to PS4 and Xbox One Controller!

7. Customize tap commands of each AirPod

Each AirPod (first and second generation) can perform a set of actions like call Siri, change tracks, or play/pause when you double-tap the top portion of the AirPod. If you use AirPods Pro, the same can be done by pressing its stick.

To assign customized actions to each AirPod, connect them to your iPhone or iPad and follow the steps below.

Open Settings and tap Bluetooth.

8. Use Siri on AirPods

Siri is the omnipotent voice assistant on all Apple devices, and AirPods are no exception. You can use Siri (obviously of the paired device – iPhone, iPad, Mac) via your AirPods. For this, double-tap and press and hold the AirPods Pro stick or say, ‘Hey Siri.’ Once you hear the Siri tone, give it a command.

9. Change volume using AirPods

Unlike AirPods Max, there is no easy way to increase or decrease volume using normal AirPods. But you can summon Siri and ask it to ‘set volume to 50%‘ or something similar.

10. Choose between left or right microphone

By default, the microphone (when on calls or Siri) is automatically switched between the two pods. However, you can set to use the microphone of any one side.

In iPhone Settings, tap Bluetooth.

Tap (i) next to AirPods name.

Note: Suppose you set left AirPods as the microphone. Even if it is out of the ear or in the charging case, it will be the assigned microphone. Thus, you might not be able to use the mic if you are using the right AirPod and the left is in the case.

11. Use AirPods as a remote mic using Live Listen

If you have an AirPods 2nd gen or the Pro version, the Live Listen feature turns your iPhone into a microphone, and the AirPods in your ear act as the speaker. This lets you hear the conversation clearly in a crowded place.

You may even use it as a sneaking device; just place the iPhone on a desk, and if you are within the Bluetooth range, you can hear the conversation going there via your AirPods. Head over to our article on how to use Live Listen for better understanding.

12. Share phone calls with another person

At one time, only one AirPod microphone is in action. But if you like, you can hand over one AirPod to someone near you while the other stays in your ear. This allows both to hear the other person talking. Pretty simple but worth reminding.

13. What your Apple AirPods lights say

You might have seen a tiny status light when you open the AirPods charging case. If your case supports wireless charging, this light is outside on the face of the case.

Source: Apple

Sometimes it may be white, sometimes green or amber/orange, and sometimes it may blink. Here’s what the different AirPods lights mean.

Green light when AirPods are in the case and the charging lid is open: means the AirPods are fully charged.

Green light when AirPods are not in the case and the charging lid is open: means the charging case is fully charged.

Amber light when AirPods are in the case and the charging lid is open: means the AirPods have less than one full charge.

Amber light when AirPods are not in the case and the charging lid is open: means the charging case has less than one full charge.

White flashing light: means pairing mode.

Amber flashing light: means you have to set up your AirPods again.

No light: means there is no battery left.

14. Share audio with two AirPods

AirPods Max

AirPods Pro

AirPods 1st and 2nd generation

Powerbeats

Solo Pro

Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats3 Wireless

Beats Solo3 Wireless

Beats Studio3 Wireless

BeatsX

Beats Flex

If you fulfill the above conditions, head over to this post and learn how to share audio using your iPhone.

15. Let Siri announce the caller’s name

When you get a phone call, Siri can tell you the caller’s name in your ear. This works with all Bluetooth devices, including AirPods. Here’s how.

Open iPhone Settings and tap Siri & Search (or Phone or FaceTime).

16. Announce messages via Siri

With AirPods 2nd gen, AirPod Pro, and some Beats headphones, Siri can read out messages without the need to unlock the iPhone.

After reading the message, Siri will listen, and you can dictate a reply. You do not need to say, ‘Hey Siri, reply.’ You can simply speak, and Siri will understand that you are replying to that message it read for you.

Inside iPhone Settings, tap Siri & Search (or Notifications).

Tap Announce Messages and enable it.

17. Automatic Ear Detection

This is a very useful AirPods ear tip. By default, Automatic Ear Detection is on. This means when you take the AirPods out of your ear, the music pauses. When you put it back in, it resumes. This handy feature also saves battery.

But if you are disturbed by the automatic pause of music and videos every time you take one pod out of the ear to hear someone talk, you may disable it.

Open iPhone Settings and tap Bluetooth.

Tap (i) next to the AirPods name.

Turn off Automatic Ear Detection.

18. Rename your AirPods

Open iPhone Settings and tap Bluetooth.

Tap (i) next to the AirPods name.

Tap Name.

19. Switch the audio output on iOS and macOS

Audio plays via the AirPods, but you can change it to some other device like HomePod or the device’s internal speaker. Here’s how to do that.

On macOS Big Sur: You can use the Control Center to change the output, just like iPhone.

20. Check AirPods battery status

The AirPods charging case can juice up the tiny pods multiple times. Here’s how you can check the battery status of the case and the AirPods using the iPhone, Mac, or Apple Watch.

21. Use one AirPod

I have been using the AirPods (1st and 2nd gen) for the last three years. And every time, I have noticed that both the pods do not discharge at the same rate. For example, sometimes, the left AirPod has a 34% charge while the right one has less than 10%.

If you, too, have noticed this, you can continue using one of the AirPods while putting the other in the charging case. You may use this trick of using one AirPod at a time to get more listening time out of the charging case.

22. How to find your misplaced AirPods

Find My makes it possible to locate your misplaced or lost AirPods. You can play a sound or get directions to the location it was last connected to your device. I recently wrote a dedicated post that shows you how to find lost AirPods. Take a look.

23. How to clean your AirPods

If you are like me, you may be taking extra steps to keep the AirPods and their case clean. But still, you might see dirt and wax accumulated in the AirPods grills and inside the lid. We have a dedicated post to help you keep your AirPods clean.

24. Check your AirPods firmware version

You can check the firmware version by following the steps below.

Connect your AirPods to the iPhone and go to Settings.

Tap General → About.

Scroll down, and tap your AirPods name.

Tip: You may even follow these steps to ensure your AirPods have the latest firmware.

25. Reset AirPods

If you face problems/difficulties using the AirPods, resetting it may help. This will disconnect them from the paired devices, and you will have to pair them again. You can learn how to reset your AirPods.

26. Get accessories for your AirPods

You might be using an excellent case for your iPhone, a screen protector, and some other helpful accessories. Similarly, you can customize your AirPods with ear hooks, a cover for the charging case, strap, etc. Here are some posts that might help you find the right accessory.

Advanced AirPods hacks

27. Use Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro

Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max let you enjoy a theater-like sound that elevates your video experience. It gives you a feeling that the sound is coming from various directions.

Here’s how to use it if you have iPhone 7 or later or a new iPad running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. The video content, too, must be from a supported app (and Dolby Atmos 5.1 or 7.1 audio supported)

Open iPhone Settings and tap Bluetooth.

Tap (i) next to AirPods Pro or Max.

Switch on Spatial Audio.

Tip: You can control and see the status of Spatial Audio from the Control Center. For this, touch and hold the Volume slider. You will see one of the following icons.

Source: Apple

28. Measure real-time headphone audio levels

Constant sounds above 80db can potentially harm your listening abilities. Thus, you must also keep your headphone level in control. iOS 14 with AirPods and some Beats headphones can now show you real-time headphone audio levels on your iPhone. If you often play media on high volume, take a minute to learn more about this safety feature and see how to use it.

29. Headphone Accommodations on AirPods Pro

If you have difficulty hearing low sounds, Headphone Accommodations in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 help you by amplifying soft sounds and specific frequencies, making them easier to hear. It works with the following headphones.

AirPods (2nd generation)

AirPods Pro

AirPods Max

Apple EarPods (with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug or Lightning Connector)

Powerbeats

Powerbeats Pro

Beats Solo Pro

Next, here is how to set up Headphone Accommodations:

Open iPhone Settings and tap Accessibility.

Tap Audio/Visual.

Tap Headphone Accommodations and turn it on from the next screen.

You can choose it to work with all calls (including FaceTime and third-party app calls) or Media (Siri, music, movies, podcasts, audiobooks, voicemail, and Live Listen).

Tap Custom Audio Setup to fine-tune it.

30. Enable noise cancellation on AirPods Pro

You can use the Control Center to turn on ANC effortlessly. For this, press and hold the volume slider and choose Noise Cancellation. You can use Transparency mode via the same steps.

Tip: One of the coolest things about AirPods Pro is that you can choose to enable noise cancellation even for one AirPod Pro. Open iPhone or iPad Settings → Accessibility → AirPods. Now, toggle on Noise Cancellation on One AirPod.

31. Control AirPods Pro noise cancellation and Transparency from Apple Watch

If you think that controlling noise cancellation or Transparency mode is quite simple from the iPhone, let me tell you that it’s equally straightforward from Apple Watch. When listening to audio through your smartwatch, simply wake the screen of your watch and hit the tiny AirPlay icon. After that, choose Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

32. Use AirPods Pro noise cancellation and Transparency Mode

Switching between Active noise cancellation and Transparency Mode is as straightforward as it can ever get. Simply press and hold either AirPod Pro stems to cycle between noise cancellation and Transparency. A tiny ding sound will confirm that you have successfully switched to ANC or TM.

33. Customize AirPods Pro Force Sensor

Depending on your convenience, you can fine-tune the duration of Force Sensor. For instance, you can choose to keep the default option when it seems to be in line with your taste. But if you want to get the better of it, you have the option to choose short or shorter.

Open iPhone Settings and tap Accessibility.

Tap AirPods Pro.

Under Press and Hold Duration, choose one of the options – Default, Short, or Shorter.

34. Customize AirPods Pro control press speed and duration

While most folks would find the default press speed of the AirPods Pro up to the task, it might not suit everyone’s convenience. If you feel the same, you can choose to fine-tune your earbuds’ press speed with ease.

Inside iPhone Settings, tap Accessibility.

Tap AirPods Pro.

Under Press Speed, choose among Default, Slow, or Slowest.

35. How to take out the AirPods Pro comfortably out of the case

While it’s easy to take out the AirPod from the case, some may find it inconvenient – especially those who hold the earbud wrongly. To take the earbuds out comfortably, push on the back of each bud, and it will pop out between your forefinger and thumb.

These are some of the tips and tricks that will help you use your AirPods to the fullest. Next, I would like to answer two related questions that several people ask.

FAQs

Q. Which devices are compatible with AirPods?

AirPods are compatible with almost any unrestricted Bluetooth device. This means you can pair it with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Windows PC, Android phone and tablet, Chromebook, and much more.

Q. Are AirPods waterproof?

AirPods 1st and 2nd generation are neither sweat/water-resistant nor waterproof. AirPods Pro are sweat and water-resistant but not waterproof. This makes AirPods Pro ideal for heavy, sweaty workout and water splashes, but they can not be used while swimming, showering, rain, etc. The charging case of any AirPods are neither water-resistant nor waterproof.

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Jupyter Notebook Tips And Tricks

Here is a list of useful Jupyter Notebook tips and tricks. The list is in no particular order.

1. Shell Commands

Do you exit your notebook to run a shell command?

You can run shell commands in your Jupyter Notebook by placing an exclamation mark before a command.

For example:

!pip install Tkinter 2. View a List of Shortcuts

Learning useful shortcut keys for working with Jupyter Notebooks can streamline your workflow over time.

The list of shortcuts is huge and there is no way to remember everything at once. This is where viewing a list of shortcuts comes in handy:

Open up a Jupyter Notebook.

Activate the command mode (press Esc).

Press the H key.

See the list of all the shortcuts.

3. Magic Commands

In Jupyter, there are a bunch of magic commands to make your life easier.

A magic command is a shortcut to solve common problems, such as listing all the files in the current directory.

A magic command is useful, as it can be embedded directly into Python code. A magic command has a % prefix.

Here are a bunch of useful magic commands:

# Print the current working directory %pwd # Show all the files in the current directory %ls # Change the working directory %ls [PATH_TO_DIR] # List all the variables %Who View all the magic commands

The list of useful magic commands is long. View the list of all the available magic commands with:

%lsmagic Help with magic commands

To get more info about a specific magic command, highlight it and press Shift + Tab:

4. Measure Cell Execution Time

Use %%time to get the elapsed time of running a cell of code.

5. Add Multiple Cursors

Save time when editing code by working with multiple cursors.

6. Set Alarm for Program Completion

Ring an alarm when your program has completed execution.

Windows

On Windows, you can produce a beeping alarm. For example, let’s set an alarm of 440HZ for one second (1000ms):

import winsound duration = 1000 freq = 440 winsound.Beep(freq, duration) Mac

Instead of a beeping alarm, you can use the built-in say command to make your Mac say something when your program completes:

import os os.system('say "Your program has now finished"') 7. Extensions to Jupyter Notebooks

Jupyter Notebook is a great tool, but a bare notebook lacks useful features. This is where the extensions kick in.

Run the following command in the command line to install the extensions:

pip install jupyter_contrib_nbextensions && jupyter contrib nbextension install

Then start a Jupyter Notebook and go to the “Nbextensions” tab:

8. View the Documentation of a Method

To view the documentation of a method, highlight the method and press Shift + Tab. To further expand the modal, press the + button on the top right to expand the modal:

9. Extend the Number of Columns and Rows Shown in pandas

A pandas table can only show a limited number of rows and columns. However, you can change that.

For instance, let’s set the max output rows and columns to 1000:

import pandas as pd 10. Hide Unnecessary Output

Use a semicolon at the end of a statement to suppress an annoying output. For example, when plotting with Matplotlib, you see a somewhat redundant output before the graph:

To get rid of this, use a semicolon after the plotting statement:

plt.scatter(x,y);

Looks better, doesn’t it?

Conclusion

That’s it for the list. I hope I was able to increase your productivity and save your time with these Jupyter notebook tips.

Thanks for reading. Happy coding!

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Personal Smart Assistant: Best Google Home Tips And Tricks

Back from the days of being the leading search engine in the era of Yahoo, to destroying all competition there ever was – Google as a software company has come a long way. But with the personalization of technology into our lives in the form of smartphones and into our homes in the form of IoT devices, the Mountain View company is just getting started.

With the implementation of Google Assistant into the core of Android OS, Google has made its smart assistant virtually accessible on all devices, and with the Google Home smart speaker, it changed the game altogether. Thanks to this singular technology, we have a smarter way of communicating with each and every smart device in the household – from the Smart TV to the Smart Lights.

Related: 100 Google Assistant commands should know about

Best Google Home tips and tricks

So you pulled out the Google Home smart speaker, plugged it in and set everything up, now what? You can start off by asking it ‘Hey Google, what time is it?’ or ask the Google Home to play some calm and soothing music.

However, there’s a lot more to what this Google Assistant powered speaker is capable of.

We’ve tested our Google Home for various features ourselves, and here’s a final cut list of the best Google Home tips you should know, and the best tricks that you should be trying out.

1. Google Home is for everyone (multi-user)

While the entire premises on which the Google Home is offered is the ‘personal smart assistant’ gig, it isn’t meant to be a device just for one user. While the default account that is linked with the Google Home is always the default one used to save reminders, make calls, and for other personalized actions, other users can make the most out of it as well.

One of the most impressive features of Google Home is the ability to distinguish between different voices and over time, learn the user habits too. You can start off by making Google Home remember you by saying ‘Hey Google, remember my name is Miranda’ and it will do so. Additionally, once you add the Google Home device to the Home app on the different iOS and Android devices, you can set up calendar events, commute details and more.

2. Google Home + Chromecast = Awesome

Google may have created the Chromecast dongle years before the Google Home, but it certainly is a match made in heaven. Once your HDTV is connected to the Chromecast, it automatically becomes an extension to the Google Home speaker, thus allowing you to completely operate it through voice commands.

Once you have your Chromecast setup and connected to the same account as the Google Home, the two devices become interconnected. You can then link services like Netflix and Google Photos to cast content to your HDTV by simply uttering a voice command such as ‘Hey Google, play Season 1 Episode 3 of Stranger Things on Netflix’.

Head over to the Google Home app and tap on the three-line menu

Scroll down to find More Settings tab and tap on it.

Find Videos and Photos option and open it to link your various Chromecast-supported apps and services.

3. Your personal travel agent

Thanks to the interconnected world we live in today, it takes just a few minutes to find airplane tickets, but what if you didn’t even need to pick up your phone to do it? Thanks to Google and its web of services that are seamlessly integrated into Google Home, you get the best features of Google Flights as well.

All you need to do is ask Google Home nicely and your smart assistant will get back to you with a list of fares instantaneously. For instance, you can say ‘Hey Google, find me a roundtrip flight from New York to Los Angeles that departs on August 20 and returns on August 30’ and you’ll get an accurate response right away. You can even ask Google Home to keep you updated on the fare changes through your Gmail account.

4. Never forget a thing

For the forgetful souls out there who seriously depend on notetaking apps to get through their day, Google Home is a godsend. Since all of Google’s apps and services are embedded in the Google Assistant, you get the notetaking ability of Google Keep with your smart assistant, which ensures that no reminder or to-do list goes unchecked.

Whether you’re making a to-do list for the spring cleaning weekend that’s coming up or sitting down to make your monthly grocery shopping list, Google Home is all you need. Ask Google Home to ‘Create a grocery list’ and then every time you remember something, just say ‘add milk to my grocery list’.

The best part is that Google Keep will sync all of your notes to the app across all platforms, so when you’re out shopping, you can view this list easily. Additionally, Google Home can also remember things that you say about it and remind you when you ask about it later. For instance, you could ask the device ‘Hey Google, remember that I’ve left my passport at work’ and the next time you can expect your smart assistant to remind you.

5. Helping in the kitchen

From asking Google Home to ‘set up a timer for 30 minutes’ while the chicken cooks in the oven to giving you a detailed description of ‘how to cook a T-bone steak’ to perfection, Google Home can do it all. Additionally, there are plenty of upcoming and some already available Google Home powered appliances that can essentially help you cook entire meals and manage the cooking time, temperature and other elements remotely.

6. Never lose your phone

While losing your phone outside of the house is inviting a world of trouble, there must’ve been plenty of instances when you’ve lost your phone in the house itself. Up until now, you needed the power of IFTTT and its modules to be able to use Google Home as a phone locator, but the smart speaker was recently updated to bring this functionality natively.

With Google’s Find My Phone service enabled by default, Google Home can make any of the devices rings to which it is already connected. If you can’t seem to find your phone anywhere, just say ‘Hey Google, find my phone’ and the smart assistant will make your phone ring and vibrate, even when the phone is in silent mode.

7. Entertainment for days

With all of the smart features that Google Home comes with, it could be easy to forget that the smart speaker is not built for all work and no play. Google has dedicated an entire Games & fun section to help you unwind and listen to a few funny and super corny dad jokes, sharpen your skills with some fast-paced trivia, and even play a game of Mad Libs.

You can start off by playing games such as Tic Tac Toe or I’m Feeling Lucky, or just crack some jokes with Harry Potter Jokes or science jokes with Physics Buddy. Take a quirky quiz to find out ‘Which Avenger Am I?’ and get hours’ worth of fun talking to an inanimate object that is probably smarter than you are!

8. Quick tasks with Scheduled Routines

Although Google has offered the ability to use shortcut phrases to launch certain actions since the get-go, they’re doubling up on the ability to automate multiple actions with a single command through Scheduled Routines. This specific feature allows you to add multiple actions and the ability to trigger them based on a trigger phrase or make it time-based.

→ How to use Scheduled Routines

9. News tailored to you

Since Google Home is meant to be your personal assistant, it makes complete sense that you get your daily briefings on the news from it as well. Talks to its inclusion of news services from across the world, you can not only get the latest headlines via audio from the Google Home but also choose the new outlets that you’d like to tune in to.

Head to the Google Home app and access More Settings option from the side tab.

Scroll down to find the News tab and open it.

Tap on the ‘+ Add news sources’ button to view available news outlets.

You will find news outlets divided based on categories – General, Business, Science, Health and more.

You can even choose regional specific news outlets by tapping on the Language tab at the top of the screen.

10. Doubling up as wireless speakers

Unlike the Amazon Echo devices that come with a headphone jack for you to enjoy wired music playback, Google Home is essentially a cable-cutter. But the fact that the Google Home app is available for both Android and iOS users makes it the perfect wireless speakers out there.

While not all services are supported, most music apps like Amazon Music give you the ability to ‘Cast’ the music directly on to the speakers. Additionally, the seamless integration of Google Chrome allows you to simply tap on the ‘Cast’ button in any Chrome browser tab and begin the music playback on your Google Home smart speaker.

11. Google Home is multilingual

Even if you live in a region where the universally spoken language is English, there’s a good chance that you have bilingual or even multilingual speakers around you. Since Google has adopted the best features from its web of services to create Google Home, the smart speaker has been trained to not only understand different languages but respond too.

Head to the Google Home app and access More Settings option from the side tab.

Scroll down to find your Google Home device name and tap on it.

Find the Assistant language tab and open it to change the default language of your Google Home.

12. Your personal Yellow Pages

The invention of the internet has made Yellow Pages quite redundant, by allowing you to find local businesses, restaurants, and even specific professionals such as plumbers and handymen at just the touch of a button. However, Google Home takes this one step further by allowing you to simply find anything and everything around with your voice.

From asking ‘Hey Google, find me a place to grab some Pizza nearby’ to asking for help with the broken sink by commanding Google Home to ‘look for a plumber nearby’, your personal assistant will not only acknowledge your request but suggest you nearby businesses and service providers that you can then call right away using your smart assistant itself.

13. Wake up to your favorite tunes

Now the fact that you can use the Google Home as an alarm clock, as a timer, and even as a reminder is widely known, but for most of us, the generic alarm clock tone is either too irritating or simply not enough to wake us from a sound sleep. This is why Google recently added the ability to use Google Home as an alarm clock with custom tones.

For instance, you can set a Radio Station, a News Outlet, or even a specific song to wake up to every day. All you need to do is utter the command ‘Hey Google, set an alarm for 8:30 AM that plays Radio City’ or ‘set an alarm that plays Photograph by Ed Sheeran at 9:30 AM every day’ and the smart speaker will remember this selection precisely.

Your favorite?

As Google plans to bring in Smart Displays that are integrated with the technology behind Google Home (against Amazon Alexa powered Echo Show), you’re going to find a flood of features coming your way. From the ability to see who is at the front door with Nest Cam, to find out how long your Washing Machine load is going to take, the possibilities for the future of smart homes in endless.

Related: Smart display vs smart speakers

If you’re an avid Google Home users who have discovered yet another useful feature while tinkering with the smart speaker, be sure to share it down below.

28 Ipad 2 Tips And Tricks

Take a free guided tour: Apple provides video tours for each of the preinstalled apps, so you can get a good look at how to use them.

Use the Side Switch: You can use that neat switch on the side either to enable and disable audio alerts (this doesn’t affect video/audio playback) or to lock the screen’s orientation in portrait or landscape mode. You can toggle which function is assigned to the side switch by opening Settings from the Home screen, selecting General, and choosing the function you want under the ‘Use Side Switch to’ heading.

Multitask in iOS: You probably already know that you can press the Home button twice to bring up a list of currently running or suspended apps. However, you can also swipe the multitasking bar left to right to quickly access audio/video playback controls, a shortcut to the iTunes app itself, and volume controls. Also, when you choose whether the Side Switch should mute alert sounds or lock the screen orientation (see the item above), the function you didn’t choose will appear in this shortcut bar.

Speed up your sentences: Double-tapping the spacebar while typing a message will type a period and then a space.

Don’t let AutoCorrect mess you up: If you don’t like the option AutoCorrect gives you, reject it by finishing the word as you prefer, and then tapping the suggestion. If you want to use AutoCorrect’s choice, just type a space or punctuation mark, or tap Return, the moment it pops up.

Prevent automatic sync once: Sometimes you don’t want to sync your iPad when you connect it to your computer. In this case, hold down Shift-Control (or Command-Option, on a Mac) in iTunes while plugging your iPad in, and iTunes will skip the automatic sync just once. Alternatively, you can safely interrupt a sync by dragging the unlock slider while the iPad is midsync.

Make your passcode more complicated: iOS defaults to a four-number passcode, but you can turn it off by going to Settings, General, Passcode Lock, Simple Passcode. Now you can use any full keyboard password to lock the iPad. The password also helps to encrypt your mail and attachments on the iPad, so you probably want to make it safer than a four-digit number.

Tweak AutoFill: You can choose to enable Safari’s AutoFill feature in Settings, Safari, AutoFill. From there, you can tell Safari to fill forms automatically either by using your specified contact information or by remembering the names and passwords you’ve entered while logging in to Websites in the past.

E-mail photos: The easiest way to e-mail photos from an iPad is to open the Photos app, select a photo, press the button in the upper-right corner (the rectangle with the arrow, not the trash button), and choose Email photo… to send.

Choose an app for e-mail attachments: You can open a file attached to an e-mail message by tapping the attachment in Mail, but if the default app isn’t the one you want to use, you can press and hold and wait for a menu that lets you select an app.

Use the iPad as a picture frame: Not for physical photographs, silly. You can press the Picture icon in the lower-right corner of the Lock screen to have the iPad display its available photos.

Forget Wi-Fi networks: So you accidentally connected to a network once, and your iPad remembers it for life–whether you like it or not. On your iPad, go to Settings, Wi-Fi, and find the network under the ‘Choose a Network’ heading. Tap the blue arrow next to the network you want to remove, and tap the button on the top that says Forget this Network.

Turn off in-app purchases: Go to Settings, General, Restrictions and tap Enable Restrictions to selectively enable restrictions that apply to your apps, content, Game Center, and more. If you’re worried about other people breaking your bank account on in-app purchases, just disable In-App Purchases under the ‘Allowed Content’ setting.

Switch up the fetching frequency: Your iPad automatically grabs new data, such as incoming e-mail. However, the iPad periodically activates apps that don’t support iOS’s Push feature so that they can go “Fetch” new data–which uses the tablet’s battery life. You can tweak your Push and Fetch settings in Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Fetch New Data.

Change your e-mail signature: Don’t be one of those people who leave the default ‘Sent from my iPad’ signature on all their messages. Change it in Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Signature to…well, anything but that.

Take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen: Press Home and the sleep/wake button simultaneously. The screenshot will automatically appear among your photos.

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Best Ear Hooks For Airpods Pro In 2023

AirPods Pro sports a super comfy ergonomic design. And with multiple sizes of silicone tips to boot, the earbuds fit perfectly in the ears. But guess what? The right wireless earphones are still missing a key feature called “ear hook” that could be a deal-breaker for fitness freaks. Whether you are a fitness lover or someone who likes to have an extra cushion ensuring earbuds do not fall out, this short roundup of the best AirPods Pro ear hooks is for you. These sports hooks are pretty soft, smooth, and pair securely with the earbuds. Moreover, the sports running hooks keep the earphones intact so that you can go through the rigorous workouts comfortably. Take a peek at them all if you want one right now!

ICARERSPACE is the sort of ear hooks that seem to gel along nicely with the earbuds. Well, I say it because the AirPods Pro sports ear hook is designed to fit spotlessly. Due mainly to the TPU material, it’s also quite durable.

The soft material ensures you feel comfortable while wearing the earbuds during the gym or running. Even though it seems a bit delicate, it can hold up pretty well against the test of time. Considering these notable specs, ICARERSPACE is a reasonable price.

Here’s another excellent pair of ear hooks compatible with all AirPods and AirPods Pro. They are made of durable TPU that keeps its shape and stays comfortable for extended periods. It’s soft, ergonomic, and breathable.

So, you can use them to secure your earbuds and prevent them from falling out when running, jogging, cycling, or doing other activities. They’re easy to attach and remove whenever you like. Further, the hole punch at the end of the ear hook is a useful feature for straps or clips to keep them together.

Yet another comfy ear hook in this roundup from ICARERSPACE. Unlike its sibling mentioned above, it’s a bit lighter and less sturdy. So, chances are you will have a fatigue-free wearing experience.

It’s also made of TPU material so you can expect the hook to offer the needed comfort to your ears. Being smooth and flexible, it’s quite easy to install and remove. Overall, ICARERSPACE is one of the finest ear hooks for AirPods Pro in the market right now.

In terms of design, Earhoox is different from all other rivals mentioned in this lineup. However, when it comes to user experience, it’s equally up to the task. Earhoox is made of stretchy silicone material. Therefore, it will not only keep your AirPods secure but also ensure you feel convenient while wearing them.

Not to mention, it might also not play spoilsport with the force sensor of the AirPods Pro. To offset the high price, the company offers multiple pairs, which is a good move.

In terms of design, Earhoox is different from all other rivals mentioned in this lineup. However, when it comes to user experience, it’s equally up to the task. Earhoox is made of stretchy silicone material. Therefore, it will not only keep your AirPods secure but also ensure you feel convenient while wearing them.

Not to mention, it might also not play spoilsport with the force sensor of the AirPods Pro. To offset the high price, the company offers multiple pairs, which is a good move.

Keep the AirPods Pro Intact with the Sports Ear Hooks

Now that you have some pretty comfy ear hooks at your disposal, get a nice one to prevent your AirPods from falling out during intense workouts. As they can be easily installed and removed, you can use them depending on your needs.

As we are talking about accessories, I would want to take your attention to the adorable cases and the pro-looking leather cases. Besides, also check out the noted alternatives if you wish to find out where the earbuds are placed against the competition.

So, which sports ear hook is going to pair with your earbuds? Let us know its name and the features you like most in the new earphones.

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Pokémon Masters Tips, Tricks, And Beginner’S Guide

How Pokémon Masters stats work

Stats in Pokémon Masters will feel similar to other games in the franchise, but the real-time combat system means a few things have changed. The main difference is the speed stat, which now effects how quickly the move gauge fills. Since this is a shared resource, it pools your three Pokémon’s speed stats together to determine the result, making full team speed buffs ideal. Below is a rundown of the core stats in Pokémon Masters.

Stats in Pokémon Masters:

HP — How much damage a Pokémon can take.

Attack — Improves damage dealt with physical moves (spiky border).

Defense — Reduces damage from physical moves.

Sp. Atk — Improves damage dealt with special moves (round border).

Sp. Def — Reduces damage from special moves.

Speed — Increases speed at which the move gauge fills up.

Don’t evolve your Pokémon at the minimum level

One of the most iconic parts of Pokémon is evolution, and Pokémon Masters introduces a new way of evolving Pokémon. You still need to reach a certain level requirement (30 and 45), but then you need to defeat a powerful enemy in one-on-one combat.

How to get coins in Pokémon Masters

Collecting and exchanging coins is the only way to get certain items in Pokémon Masters, but getting them takes time. Each battle rewards a few hundred coins, but most of the shop items cost tens of thousands of coins or more.

Currently, the best way to get coins is completing Coin Supertraining Courses when they are available. Supertraining courses cycle daily and you can only do each level three times, but don’t miss out on the opportunity. Coin Supertraining Courses are the only way to farm Pearls and Big Pearls, which sell for 1000 and 3000 coins.

Save up coins to increase your move gauge

Once you’ve collected a decent amount of coins following the tip above, you might be wondering what the best purchases are. Early on the evolution packages are great ways to progress through the story, but before long what you really need are the two additional move gauge slots.

Related: What is Pokémon Home and how does it work?

At 30,000 and 100,000 coins they are very expensive, but buying them is one of the biggest long-term goals in Pokémon Masters. Try to pick up at least the first extra move gauge slot as soon as possible, as it syncs well with Rosa and Snivy’s Time to Energize trainer skill.

How to reroll in Pokémon Masters

Play through until the end of Chapter 2.

Collect your mission rewards.

Link your Nintendo account by tapping the Poryphone in the bottom right, then Account.

To restart, navigate to where you linked your Nintendo Account before, then tap Delete Save Data below that. It will automatically unlink your Nintendo Account.

Don’t use auto battle mode

Our next Pokémon Masters tip also has to do with AI, but this time on your own team. Hidden in the menu at the top right of the screen is a toggle for auto-battling. In most gacha games, auto battling is a huge time saver when grinding out levels or items.

In Pokémon Masters, however, the auto-battling system doesn’t work very well. You’ll often find that it exclusively uses your highest cost move on a single Pokémon, ignoring trainer moves entirely. Only use auto-battle if your team is excessively overleveled.

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