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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.

  1. Switch on your PS4 controller until the light flashes. If it’s currently paired to your PS4, it’ll turn on.
  2. Once it’s on, hold down the PS button and the ‘Share’ button until the light starts flashing more rapidly in short bursts.
  3. 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, we’re 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 restore the old @ Twitter replies on Windows and Mac

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Twitter always come under a lot of pressure from users for changes to its UI. This week, the humble @ reply was changed to streamline conversations and encourage more replies.

The changes, however, aren’t welcomed by many Twitter users:

And it’s not just working out what’s a reply and what’s not, it’s also damaging to brands.

https://twitter.com/lauraolin/status/847612421359325184

How to get back the old Twitter UI

Thankfully, changing back to the old way of viewing tweets isn’t difficult, you just need to download Tweeten for Mac or Windows. If you’d rather not install the desktop software, you can use the Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser plugins instead.

To enable the old style @ replies, or put back the ‘favorite’ rather than ‘like’ button, you need to right-click anywhere within the app. On the Windows version tested, navigating to the ‘Settings’ in the lower-left corner of the app doesn’t bring up the correct options, which is a little confusing. However, right clicking and hitting Settings will bring up the correct panel.

You can see the difference between the new and old style replies shown within Tweeten below.

The candid update note delivered to existing Tweeten users was also appreciated.

 – Tweeten [ Windows | Mac | Chrome | Edge]

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How to share your real-time location with Google Maps

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Real-time location features were once a part of Latitude, which Google put out to pasture some years back, but have since been absent from its mapping platform, allowing for apps like Glympse to fill the void. Now Google’s bringing the feature back to maps.

Rather than having to go into Google+, add a contact and offer to share your location, now all you need to do is open Google Maps (on Android or iOS), open the navigation menu and click ‘Share Location’.

Then you can choose to either share with a specific Google contact or get a link to send via a third-party service like WhatsApp; you also get to choose the duration of how long they can see your location, or whether it should be permanent.

There’s a new ‘Share Trip’ option coming too, to give people a more accurate picture of your time of arrival than currently.

The option hasn’t appeared for us yet, but Google says it’s rolling out worldwide “soon”.

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Monzo outage is perfect example of why you should choose services based on how they deal with problems

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Monzo is a bit of a darling of the fintech scene at the moment, but it’s by no means alone in trying to ‘redefine’ banking for a digital, mobile-first experience.

What that means is that there are many different companies all offering similar and comparable services, that are all suitable for slightly different users, depending on the features you need. However, an outage at the weekend served as a useful reminder that choosing a company or services based on how well it communicates and deals with its problems should come near the top of your list of considerations.

Due to a failure in an upstream provider, a handful of UK fintech upstarts left customers stranded without the ability to make payments in shops. Or, most users would have been stranded if Monzo, Revolut, Loot and other affected services hadn’t been quick to inform users of the problems as they occurred.

Monzo particularly, however, did a great job of keeping its users up to date via in-app notifications, its Twitter feed and a dedicated status page on its site. Multiple updates kept users informed of the problem and an estimated fix time, while of course reminding people to carry another card with them while the problem was ongoing.

Of course, there were always going to be a few unlucky people caught out by the problem – if you were at the till trying to pay as it occurred, there wouldn’t have been an explanation in place, for example – but transparency and reliable communication is highly-valued by users, particularly when it comes to any sort of financial services.

So while I don’t have a Monzo (or any other fintech challenger) account, when the need arises, I know where I’ll be looking first, and it almost certainly won’t be one found on a high-street.

 

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