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How to Turn an Old Android Device Into a Cool, Useful Gadget | Mobile Tech

By Jack M. Germain

Apr 2, 2020 12:37 PM PT

What do you do with your old Android phones or tablets? That question usually prompts three tired answers. You might trade them in for a new purchase. Or you could resell them on eBay. Probably, though, you will just stuff them in a drawer as emergency backups.

Better options exist, however, that would let you continue to get value from your aging devices. For example, you could download Google maps to create a dedicated in-car GPS navigator, or you could turn them into webcams.

Numerous variations on the webcam theme address almost any modern day surveillance, video or audio application. For instance, you easily could turn your unused Android phone into a weathercam, baby monitor, petcam or nannycam. Streaming images over your home network is a fun project to set up and takes little in the way of extra cost

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Turn notifications on or off – Computer

You can set up Chrome to get notifications, like meeting reminders, from websites, apps, and extensions.

If you get pop-ups or ads, learn how to block or allow pop-ups.

How notifications work

By default, Chrome alerts you whenever a website, app, or extension wants to send you notifications. You can change this setting at any time.

If you’re browsing in Incognito mode, you won’t get notifications.

Allow or block notifications from all sites

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More and thenSettings.
  3. Under “Privacy and security,” click Site settings.
  4. Click Notifications.
  5. Choose to block or allow notifications:
    • Allow or Block all: Turn on or off Sites can ask to send notifications.
    • Block a site: Next to “Block,” click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
    • Allow a site: Next to “Allow,” click Add. Enter the site and click Add.
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Turn your phone into a motion blaster with this PewDiePie-backed gadget

Ever wanted to get away from using keyboards, mice, and gamepads? Feeling nostalgic for the arcade cabinets of the ’90s and their cheap-but-amazing light guns? Well there’s a new peripheral that may interest you.

The Arkade Blaster allows you to turn your phone into a motion-tracking gun to use with “hundreds of top PC games”, including Rainbow Six Siege, Fortnite, PUBG, Overwatch, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone. It’s compatible with Steam Link, Nvidia GeForce Now, and with a bunch of mobile games, too. The device works through a combination of a dedicated slot for your phone (iOS or Android) and a built-in, “high-precision gyroscope”. Lights on the sides of the blaster allow you to track health and ammo, while buttons allow you to livestream to YouTube or Twitch.

YouTuber PewDiePie “has been here since the beginning”, according to Arkade. He’s been “advising on our 3D printed stereotypes, commenting

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