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Fortnite Mobile: How to download Fortnite for iOS and Android

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If you're looking for a fun gaming fix on the go, why not Fortnite for mobile?
The Epic Games Battle Royale shooter has been available on both iOS and Android devices since 2018. It has transferred the popular game to a wide range of pocket-sized smartphones and tablets.
Getting Fortnite on the phone was a breeze. Fortnite Battle Royale's runaway success, with 100 players appearing as the last fighters on an island map, has already been very successful on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Fortunately, Fortnite's cartoon art style can also be easily scaled down to smartphone screens that have never been as competitive as online games - with a goal support option for Fortnite cellphone gamers who mourn the loss of detail at this smaller size.
So Fortnite Mobile is a real thing, and if you're reading this, it's because you want to jump right into the Epic Games mobile game. To that end, we've put together a step-by-step guide to starting your Fortnite mobil…

How to use an Echo Show with Ring's Doorbell to see who's at the door

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Source: Android CentralThe Ring Doorbell and Amazon's Echo Show are a match made in heaven. The Ring Doorbell offers a smart doorbell experience that'll let you know exactly who's at the door without having actually to answer it. You can then use that cross-functionality to manage visitors by viewing them through the Ring Doorbell's camera and communicating with them using the Show's microphone. Thanks to Amazon Alexa, you don't even have to use your hands.How to connect your Ring Doorbell with Amazon Echo ShowConnecting your Ring Doorbell with your Amazon Echo Show is easy. It'll just involve adding the Ring Alexa skill through the Amazon Alexa smartphone app. Here's how:Open the Amazon Alexa app.Tap the three lines in the upper left-hand corner of the app to open the side menu.Tap Skills & Games.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android CentralOn this screen, tap the search button in the upper right-hand corner.Type "Ring" and hit the search butt…

The best smart home security systems you can buy

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Many homeowners are moving to a more hands-on security setup because excellent products that are easy to set up are readily available. Just mount it, plug it in, and your home is good to go. We think the Ring Alarm Home Security System is the best you can buy because of its great features, amazing Amazon Alexa integration, and easy setup, but there are plenty of others that might fit your needs. Here are some smart home systems that can get you started.Best for Alexa: Ring Alarm Home Security (2nd Gen)This five-piece Ring Alarm security system comes with a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender. You can control it all from one central location — your phone. If you have an Alexa-enabled device, that's even better. You'll be able to do it solely through your voice and check your system through any Alexa device.The tight integration with Alexa is because Amazon owns the brand, but the Ring app for your phone also works well for those who aren…

The best kitchen products you can control by voice using Google Assistant

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While you might not initially think that you need voice control in the kitchen, it can be a game-changer. Your hands are probably dirty while you're in the kitchen cooking up a storm, or, you're busy multitasking as you prepare a meal. Imagine still being able to adjust songs on your playlist, pause a recipe video you're following to grab the ingredient you need or find out how many ounces are in a gram without having to tap the screen on your phone. There are plenty of products you can use in the kitchen that come with Google Assistant built-in. Here are some great ones to consider.Your guiding chefGoogle Nest Hub Smart DisplayStaff pickImagine having your own assistant in the kitchen. While this smart display can't stir sauce or chop veggies, it can playback cooking videos for you to follow along with, let you add items to a shopping list, play music, do measurement conversions, set timers, and more, and it's all controllable with your voice.$80 at Best Buy$79 at…

Kickstart your smart home with this one-day sale on Amazon devices

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You're probably well aware of Alexa even if you're yet to add a smart speaker to your home. Whether you're just getting started with smart home stuff or want to have access to Alexa's smarts in more rooms, this one-day sale on Amazon Echo devices at Woot is for you. Almost all of the devices are offered in new condition which means the only thing you're missing out on is paying full price. The Echo Show 8 on sale is offered open-box which means they have a shorter warranty, though they remain unused. Shipping is free if you use your Amazon Prime account, otherwise it's $6.

Possibly the best deal in the sale is on the latest Echo Dot. The 3rd-gen model goes for up to $50 at Amazon, but is down to only $24.99 today at Woot. With the Echo Dot you can control your smart home gear, as well as have measurements converted, find out the local weather, set timers, stream music, and more. If you're already all-in on Echo hardware, it's totally worth adding Alexa…

Start your mornings right with these bathroom gadgets

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When folks think about a "smart home," the first thing that may come to mind is entertainment, smart speakers, security cameras, and lighting. But there's one room of the home that could benefit from an intelligence upgrade: the bathroom. And these gadgets can not only help you get through early mornings more comfortably, but they might also help you save money and practice better hygiene, too.
Singin' and talkin' JBL Link 10 Smart Bluetooth Speaker Staff pick Who doesn't love singing in the shower? With this waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, you can not only play tunes to belt out as you wash up for the morning, but you can also shout reminders to Google Assistant to plan out your day. Whether it's calendar appointments, a to-do list, or items you need to pick up for groceries, you can multitask easily, scrubbing your body while easing your mind.
$180 at Best Buy Brush smarter, not harder Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush Minty fresh p…

Google collects face data now. Here's what it means and how to opt out

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Google's new Face Match technology isn't everywhere yet, but it's always looking. Find out what's happening with your face data and what you can do stop it.

Google's latest smart display brings with it a controversial new feature that's always watching. Face Match, introduced on the Google Nest Hub Max, uses the smart display's front-facing camera as a security feature and a way to participate in video calls. It also shows you your photos, texts, calendar details and so on when it recognizes your face.
This mode of facial recognition sounds simple enough at first. But the way companies like Google collect, store and process face data has become a top concern for privacy-minded consumers. Plenty of people want to know who has their personal information once it makes its way into the cloud.

Here's a look at how Google and other tech companies record, save, process and use facial recognition data collected by devices such as the Nest Hub Max, as well as s…