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How do I listen to music and play games at the same time on Android?

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How to listen to music and play games

OK, this is an easy one, but a question I was asked this week that you might just have wondered yourself. You’ll kick yourself though, the answer is so simple.

Ready? Start playing your music or podcast app of choice, then open up the game you want to play. Once it starts to load, your audio will cut out, but all you need to do is pull down the notification bar and hit play to start it again.

Yeah, seriously. That’s it. I did say it was simple.

If you have a question you want answered, get in touch.

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Every smart home device that works with Apple HomePod

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With the launch of Apple’s smart home assistant/speaker combo now official, there’s one really important question to keep in mind: what can it do, and which services does it work with?

Well, luckily for you, we’ve put together this list to point you in the right direction.

It’s worth noting that some of the devices/services in the list below have been announced, but not yet implemented – and other products haven’t yet gone on sale, but when they do, they’ll work with Apple HomeKit and the HomePod.

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Airmate 艾美特

  • Smart Stand Fan

Apismoon

  • Smart Wall Outlet with Meter (Announced)

August

  • August Smart Lock
  • August Doorbell Cam (Announced)

Bryant

  • Bryant Housewise Thermostat

Carrier

  • Carrier Côr Thermostat

Chamberlain

  • MyQ Home Bridge

ConnectSense

  • ConnectSense Temperature & Humidity Sensor (Announced)
  • ConnectSense Water Sensor (Announced)
  • ConnectSense Smart Outlet

Continental

  • Continental therM Hub

De’Longhi

  • Multi Dynamic Heater

D-Link

  • D-Link Omna 180 CAM HD

Ecobee

  • ecobee ecobee3 thermostat
  • ecobee ecobee3 lite
  • ecobee4 Smart Wi‑Fi Thermostat with Room Sensor

Elgato

  • Elgato Eve Light Switch
  • Elgato Eve Energy
  • Elgato Eve Degree
  • Elgato Eve Door & Window
  • Elgato Eve Motion
  • Elgato Eve Room
  • Elgato Eve Weather
  • Elgato Eve Thermo

Enno Panno

  • Enno Panno S All-In-One Controller (Total Home Lighting + HVAC Management)

Eton

  • Eton Blackout Buddy Connect Charge (Coming Soon)

Fibaro

  • Fibaro Single Switch
  • Fibaro Wall Plug
  • Fibaro CO Sensor
  • Fibaro Door/Window Sensor
  • Fibaro Flood Sensor
  • Fibaro Motion Sensor

Fleda

  • FLEDA Smart lightbulb socket

Friday

  • Friday Lock

GE

  • C by GE C-Sleep bulb with C-Reach (Announced)
  • C by GE C-Life bulb with C-Reach (Announced)

Haier (海尔 挂式智能空调)

  • D-air Hanging Smart AC

Heatmeister

  • Heatmiser neoHub (2nd generation)

Honeywell

  • Honeywell Lyric Round™ Wi‑Fi Thermostat – Second Generation
  • Honeywell Lyric™ T5 Wi‑Fi Thermostat
  • Honeywell Lyric™ T6 Smart Thermostat
  • Honeywell Lyric™ T6 Pro Wi‑Fi Thermostat
  • Honeywell Lyric™ Controller

Hunter

  • Hunter Douglas PowerView® Motorised Shades with PowerView® Hub (Announced)
  • Hunter Apache – 54″ Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter Signal – 54″ Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter Symphony – 54″ Ceiling Fan
  • Hunter Douglas PowerView® Hub (Announced)

iDevices

  • iDevices Socket
  • iDevices Wall Switch
  • iDevices Switch
  • iDevices Outdoor Switch
  • iDevices Wall Outlet
  • iDevices Thermostat

iHome Control

  • iHome Control Smart Plug iSP5
  • iHome Control Smart Plug iSP6
  • iHome Control Smart Plug iSP8
  • iHome Smart Sensor

iLuv

  • iLuv Rainbow8

Incipio

  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter with Dimming
  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Wall Switch (Coming Soon)
  • Incipio CommandKit Smart Outlet with Metering
  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Outlet with Metering – China and Australia version (Coming Soon)
  • Incipio CommandKit Wireless Smart Power Strip

Insignia

  • Insignia Smart Plug with Power Meter (Coming Soon)
  • Insignia Smart In-Wall Switch (Coming Soon)

Kaiterra

  • Kaiterra Laser Egg 2 Smart Air Quality Monitor
  • Kaiterra Laser Egg 2+ Smart Air Quality Monitor

Keenetic

  • Keenetic Smart Outlet (Coming Soon)

Kidde

  • Kidde RemoteLync Monitor with RemoteLync bridge (Coming Soon)
  • Kidde RemoteLync Camera with RemoteLync bridge (Announced)
  • Kidde RemoteLync (Announced)

Koogeek

  • Koogeek Lightbulb LB1
  • Koogeek Light Strip LS1
  • Koogeek Socket
  • Koogeek Dimmer CN (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Dimmer Switch (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Light Switch (1-Gang)
  • Koogeek Light Switch (2-Gang)
  • Koogeek Switch CN (1-Gang) (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Switch CN (2-Gang) (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek P1 Smart Plug
  • Koogeek Smart Outlet O1EU
  • Koogeek Smart Outlet O1CN
  • Koogeek Smart Outlet O1US
  • Koogeek Smart Plug P1EU
  • Koogeek Smart Plug P2 (Coming Soon)
  • Koogeek Lock (Coming Soon)

Kwikset

  • Kwikset Premis

Leviton

  • Leviton Decora Smart 15A Switch
  • Leviton Decora Smart 600 Watt Dimmer
  • Leviton Decora Smart 1000 Watt Dimmer

Lifx

  • LIFX A19 LED Light
  • LIFX BR30 LED Light
  • LIFX + A19 with Night Vision
  • LIFX + BR30 with Night Vision
  • LIFX + 100mm Downlight
  • LIFX Beam (Announced)
  • LIFX Mini (Announced)
  • LIFX Mini Day & Dusk (Announced)
  • LIFX Mini White (Announced)
  • LIFX Tile (Announced)
  • LIFX Z

Liftmaster

  • MyQ Home Bridge

LightWave

  • LightWave Link Plus (Announced)
  • LightwaveRF Link 2 (Coming Soon)

Logitech

  • Logitech Circle 2
  • Logitech POP Smart Button

Lutron

  • RadioRA 2 by Lutron Connect Bridge
  • Caséta by Lutron Smart Bridge
  • Lutron Caséta Wireless In-Wall Light Dimmer with Caséta Wireless bridge
  • HomeWorks QS by Lutron Connect Bridge
  • Serena Motorised Shades by Lutron with Caséta Wireless bridge

Lux

  • Lux Products KONO Smart (Coming Soon)

Myson

  • Myson Touch 2 Hub

Nanoleaf

  • Nanoleaf Aurora
  • Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm (Coming Soon)
  • Nanoleaf Smarter Hub

Netatmo

  • Netatmo’s Smart Thermostat
  • Smart Radiator Valves
  • Presence outdoor security camera
  • Healthy Home Coach
  • Legrand Celiane with Netatmo (Coming Soon)

Nice

  • Nice IT4WIFI

NousLogic

  • NousLogic Watchman Garage Door Controller (Announced)

Nu-Heat

  • Nu-Heat neoHub+

OneLink

  • Onelink by First Alert Environment Monitor
  • Onelink by First Alert Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Hardwired
  • Onelink by First Alert Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm – Battery powered

Opro9

  • iU9 Smart Lightbulb Socket (Coming Soon)
  • Opro9 iU9 Smart Power Outlet

OPSO

  • OPSO Smart Outlet
  • OPSO Smart Lock (Announced)

Parce

  • Parce Plus (Announced)

Philips Hue

  • Philips Hue Bridge – Enabling Philips Hue Bulbs, Light Fittings, Switches and Sensors

Powertech

  • Powertech Wi‑Fi Smart Plug (Coming Soon)

PureGear

  • PureSwitch

Schlage

  • Sense Smart Deadbolt

Sensi

  • Sensi Wi‑Fi Thermostat
  • Sensi Touch Wi‑Fi Thermostat

Solflex

  • Solfex neoHub

Sylvania

  • SYLVANIA SMART+ A19 Soft White

Tado

  • tado° Smart Thermostat – Starter Kit (v3)
  • tado° Smart Radiator Thermostat – Starter Kit
  • tado° Bridge

UCOMEN

  • UCOMEN Smart Outlet_EU (Coming Soon)

Velux

  • VELUX windows with VELUX ACTIVE (Announced)
  • VELUX ACTIVE (Announced)

VOCOlinc

  • VOCOlinc PM2 Smart Power Strip (Coming Soon)
  • VOCOlinc PM2E Smart Wi‑Fi Power Strip (Coming Soon)

Weiser

  • Weiser Premis

Wemo

  • Wemo Bridge (Announced)

Yale

  • Yale Assure Lock Home (Coming Soon)

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How to connect a PS4 controller to your Samsung smart TV

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If you’ve got a smart TV that has the ability to play games, there’s a good chance that sooner or later you’re going to get fed up with trying to play via the TV remote. Here’s how to connect a PS4 via Bluetooth instead.

Instructions

  • Switch on your PS4 controller until the light flashes. If it’s currently paired to your PS4, it’ll turn on.
  • Once it’s on, hold down the PS button and the ‘Share’ button until the light starts flashing more rapidly in short bursts.
  • Using your TV remote, navigate to your ‘Settings’ menu. The location and name of this will vary according to your TV manufacturer and OS.


In this example, I’m using a Tizen-based Samsung smart TV, which means navigating to Menu > System > Device Manager > Bluetooth Gamepad Settings.

Connect PS4 controller to Samsung TV

Once there, or in your equivalent menu, it should be as simple as adding a new device before the pairing stops on the control pad. If it does, just put it back in pairing mode again.

 

 

 

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How to fix the ‘This device was reset’ Android security problem

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OK, if you’ve made it here, there’s a good chance you’ve got a perfectly functioning Android phone in your life that’s absolutely no use whatsoever until you get past the “This device was reset. To continue, sign in with a Google Account that was previously synced” security feature.

That’s right, it’s a security feature (introduced as far back as Android 5.0 but still catching people out daily). This week, I was unfortunate enough to fall foul of this particular issue – all caused by a healthy approach to password security.

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That’s because the feature is an anti-theft lockdown that’s supposed to make it useless, but it’s only triggered if you’ve recently changed your Google password before resetting a device. It’s a series of events that the average person can’t really be expected to guess at (though perhaps should have known better).

What that means is even if you use the original account and password, you still can’t get access to your phone.

And the good news, sort of, is that to fix it you just need to wait for 24 hours to elapse and then enter the original details.

If you want to pass your phone along to someone else in future, you’ll need to add the new account details, remove your own and then reset the device. Then the only existing account will be the next owner’s.

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