How to Mount a Google Home Mini Around the Home or Office

A Google Home Mini is designed to sit atop a flat surface such as a table or shelf.  However, sometimes, that might not be where you want your device to be located.  Let’s look at some ideas on how to place a Google Home Mini in some unconventional places around your home or office. Google has one main competitor for this device and that’s the Amazon Echo Dot.  Many of the products we have found for the Google Home Mini are ironically made by the same companies that make mounts for the Echo Dot.  Turns out the size and design … Read more

Choosing the Best Place to Put a Google WiFi Puck

Google WiFi can be a life changing WiFi experience. The question is where to best place each unit. Sure, you could just place them on a bunch of tables, but that might not be the best location. This is a mesh system.  A mesh system consists of a series of devices that work together as one.  We’ll call each device a puck which seems to be a term used all over the internet for a Google WiFi device.  Think if a group of pucks kind of like the Borg Collective from Star Trek in that they work together to appear … Read more

How to Fix the Dreaded Charging Slowly Warning on Android

Owners of the most current Android phones may come across the Charging Slowly Warning after plugging in their phone.  It’s frustrating because when that warning splashes across your phone, it’s not merely charging at normal speed, it’s charging at sloth-like speed.  So slow that it might not charge at all.  Today, we discuss what causes this condition and how to fix it. So when you encounter a charging slowly warning similar to what is shown in the photo that accompanies this article, it means something isn’t working right.  First, try to do what the charging slowly warning message suggests.  Remove … Read more

How to Use a Smartphone as a Dash Cam

Those purchasing a dedicated dash cam for their car should consider using their smartphone instead.  The hardware quality and app capability combined with the raw computing power of most smartphones make it a good choice.  So, let’s look at how (and why) to use your smartphone as a dash cam in the car. Why Use Your Smartphone as a Dash Cam? The camera quality on your smartphone is many times better than that found on a dedicated dash cam.  Looking at the recently introduced top of the line Garmin Dash Cam 65W, it sports a 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p … Read more

Alternative Mounts for the Arlo Solar Panel

The Arlo Pro HD Home Security Camera is a terrific device for monitoring your home.  What makes it terrific?  It’s battery operated.  What makes it less than terrific?  It’s battery operated.  Combined with the Arlo Solar Panel, the camera retains its terrific-ness. The issue with any battery operated camera is the batteries don’t last forever.  While the Arlo line of cameras have batteries that last longer than most, they will need to be recharged after several months of use.  When the batteries start to run low, the cameras need to be removed from their mount and then charged either by … Read more

Seneo Wireless Charger is a Vast Improvement Over the Others

Now that Apple has rolled out wireless charging, the majority of new higher end phone purchases will include this feature.  It’s a great feature which we discussed previously.  Wireless chargers come in a wide variety of reliability.  Today, we found one that works every time.  It’s called the Seneo Wireless Charger. The technology is known as Qi wireless charging.  We wrote a detailed article on this technology a few years back when it first came out.  Back then, only a few Samsung phones supported the technology.  Today, many phone manufacturers including Samsung, Apple and LG support Qi. Typical Wireless Charger … Read more