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Google’s Android operating system for smartwatches has seen multiple revamps in its less than a decade-long existence. First introduced in 2014, the software appeared as Android Wear on devices like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. In 2023, Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 with new features like LTE connectivity, Android Pay, and a more modern design. It wanted users to “make the most of every moment.” Soon after, Android Wear was renamed Wear OS and tech companies, as well as fashion brands, started gravitating towards the platform.
Fast forward to 2023, and Wear OS is yet to cut the mustard. It’s not even a blip in the overall smartwatch landscape. But now, with Samsung and Fitbit on board, can Google finally give us wearable software worthy of taking on the almighty Apple Watch? Let’s examine whether Google’s latest tie-ups can pull Wear OS out of its misery or if it’s too late for the company’s wearable alliance.
Neither Google nor Samsung or Fitbit have been able to crack the smartwatch code.
With these numbers, it’s only natural that developers would be more inclined to make apps and services for Apple. But that’s not the only reason. While they do make noteworthy devices, their efforts so far have failed to take down the Apple Watch, and there are many explanations as to why this is the case.
Pitfalls of Google, Samsung, and Fitbit
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However, all three platforms and brands combined supply far fewer apps compared to the Apple Watch. While Samsung and Wear OS watches are better off than Fitbit, whose app selection is anemic, they are still not on a level playing field with Apple.
What’s also lacking with Samsung, Wear OS, and Fitbit wearables is the uncanny seamlessness of the Apple Watch. Aside from apps, its productivity features outnumber those of all three platforms.
The Apple Watch’s hardware is also far superior. The Series 6 runs on Apple’s new S6 SoC based on the A13 Bionic chip used on iPhone 11. That’s like an Android watch with a chip based on the Snapdragon 888. Of course, the latter doesn’t exist.
There’s no guarantee that Google’s alliance with Samsung or Fitbit could ever result in the much-needed hardware boost for Wear OS smartwatches that are sluggish and slower in comparison.Wear OS: The update conundrum
Other Wear OS problems also hang in the balance right now. The most annoying thing about the software is the lack of timely updates. Even with Samsung’s collaboration, Google will most likely be the one to issue future Wear OS updates. However, unlike Android proper, it has never followed a regular schedule for Wear OS updates. The situation is reminiscent of LG’s awful update center that promised timely software updates but failed spectacularly in doing so.
The same is the case with hardware updates for Wear OS watches. Qualcomm processors that power Wear OS devices have unacceptably long gaps between new SoCs. As you might recall, the Snapdragon 4100 series for Wear OS smartwatches launched in 2023 after a break of two years, and since then, only one smartwatch has launched with the silicon.
It’s not all bad news
While Wear OS may not become an overnight sensation thanks to Google’s latest efforts, It has a lot going for it now more than ever.
For starters, Google has committed to bringing more and better apps to the ecosystem. Fitbit and Samsung are part of this endeavor, but Google is also revamping its own services like Google Maps and Google Assistant to offer an improved experience on smartwatches.
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With the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 set to expire at the end of the day on May 11, take a few minutes today to order the handful of free at-home COVID-19 tests the US government is holding for you. Don’t procrastinate: guaranteed insurance coverage for tests ends with the emergency, so they might not be free starting on May 12.
For now, every residential address in the US, Puerto Rico and other US territories, as well as those linked to overseas military and diplomatic personnel, can request four free rapid antigen tests from the federal COVID tests website. Although coverage may change when the public health emergency ends, the US Department of Health and Human Services says the government will continue to distribute tests via that website through the end of May.
And if you still have tests you ordered at any point since the program launched in January 2023, don’t throw them out—use the Food and Drug Administration’s searchable at-home test database to see if their expiration dates have been extended. Studies have shown that repeat COVID-19 infections increase the risk of hospitalization and death, so it’s worth hanging onto as many usable tests as you can. It’ll help you avoid spreading it among your family, friends, and community.What’s changing with insurance coverage for COVID tests
The end of the public health emergency also means private insurance is no longer required to cover COVID tests without cost-sharing. The Biden administration has encouraged health insurers to continue, but after May 11, you may have to pay for any tests you order or pick up. To understand exactly what to expect, you’ll need to check with your plan to see how it will handle COVID tests.
If you’re insured by a state Medicaid program, though, you’re in luck. These are required to cover COVID tests without cost-sharing until September 30, 2024, the HHS says. After that, coverage may vary by state.
Medicare coverage, meanwhile, is a mixed bag. Anyone with traditional Medicare can continue getting PCR and antigen tests with no cost-sharing when the lab tests are ordered by a doctor and some other health care providers. If you’re enrolled in Medicare Advantage, cost-sharing may change when the health emergency ends, so the HHS recommends you check with your plan after May 11.
Despite the end of the health emergency, the government may continue to distribute free tests from the national stockpile through states and communities. If you’re looking for a free COVID tests, you can check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s no-cost COVID-19 testing locator.How to order free at-home COVID tests
Placing your order for tests is easy: Go to the special USPS website, enter your name, provide your shipping address (even if it’s a residential P.O. box), and hit Check Out Now under the order summary that confirms the delivery is entirely free. You can also provide an email address if you want to get shipment notifications, but you don’t have to.
Those living in multi-family, co-living, or other shared living spaces can place more than one order as long as the USPS knows the address houses multiple unrelated families, but may be unable to if the government doesn’t know several families live there. If that happens, you can file a service request or call the USPS help desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to try to get it fixed.
If you need help placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the weekend, for assistance in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages. There’s also a teletype (TTY) or text telephone number at 1-888-720-7489 and the aforementioned USPS help desk.
People with disabilities can call the disability information and access line at 1-888-677-1199 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, or email [email protected].
If you provide an email address when you order, you will get shipping notifications and can track the package on the USPS website. You can’t pick the tests up anywhere, even your local post office—they will always come to the address you provided, the agency says.When to take a rapid antigen test
When you receive your tests, the package will display an expiration date, but the FDA has extended most of these beyond what may appear on the label. As mentioned above, you can use the agency’s database to check your tests’ actual expiration dates.
As long as your tests haven’t expired, the government recommends you take them if you begin having COVID symptoms like a fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell; at least five days after you are in close contact with someone who has since tested positive for COVID; or before you gather with a group, especially if that group includes people at risk of severe disease or who aren’t up to date on their vaccinations (keep in mind that you may not know who’s at risk, either).
It’s also worth noting that you should let your tests come to room temperature before using them—especially if they were delivered in freezing or blistering hot temperatures. Although the tests are built to survive a range of conditions, they might not work as well if they’re cold, the government says. Generally, rapid antigen tests are meant to be used in an environment that’s somewhere between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 30 degrees Celsius), but your tests should come with specific instructions about this. The government recommends letting the unopened package sit indoors for at least two hours before opening and using any of the tests inside.How to take a rapid antigen test
Each test kit comes with directions for how to use it, and they all involve swabbing the inside of your nose. You should get results within 30 minutes and you won’t have to leave your home. If you don’t follow the instructions, the result could be wrong. For visual learners, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a how-to video, and it also has one for people who use American Sign Language.How to interpret COVID test results
Your test will also tell you how to interpret the results, and what to do afterward, but if you test positive you very likely have COVID. You should follow the CDC’s latest guidance, which suggests you isolate for at least five days, even from people in your home. You may also want to talk to your doctor, and definitely should if you have a weakened immune system, other health conditions like cancer and diabetes, or increased risk due to a factor like smoking or obesity, the government says.
[Related: The Postal Service helps keep millions of Americans alive and well]
If the results come out negative, the test didn’t find COVID in your body, and you might have a lower risk of spreading the disease. It’s worth noting that these at-home antigen tests generally aren’t as accurate as PCR tests, for example, which are processed by laboratories. So if you think you got a false negative, the government suggests testing again within a few days, leaving at least 24 hours between tests.
Again, for visual learners, the CDC has a video about how to interpret results, including individual ones in ASL for understanding positive and negative results.
This story has been updated. It was originally published on March 19, 2023.
Over the years, we’ve seen Internet Service Providers (ISPs) roll out a special service for their customers. If you use an ISP-provided router, it will act as a hotspot that other customers can use for free. People who aren’t customers can buy internet time and use your router like a regular hotspot.
Usually, in return, you have to allow other users of the ISP to use your router as a hotspot, too. But can people slow down your internet speed while using it; or worse, use it for malicious purposes?Can People Snoop On Your Wi-Fi?
With strangers connecting to your router, can you be sure that they won’t pry on your traffic? While it’s true that people are connecting to your router via the hotspot, that doesn’t mean they’re using your personal network.
Advanced routers have the ability to broadcast more than one network. When your router is in hotspot mode, it’s broadcasting two networks at the same time; your personal network, and a hotspot network. When you scan for Wi-Fi signals, you should see two SSIDs; your personal one, and a generic hotspot name.
Despite being two separate entries, these are both coming from your router. It’s just that it has separated your private network away from the hotspot traffic. As such, when people use the hotspot on your router, they’re not using the same network as your private one. They won’t be able to access the computers and devices on your personal network, so there’s no need to worry.Can People Use Up Your Bandwidth?
Even if the other users are using a different network than you, it’s true that all the connections go through the same road from your home to the ISP. Not only does this mean that other users share your bandwidth, but perhaps those users use up any data caps you have.
First of all, your data cap is fine! The ISP can separate the traffic you generate from the traffic generated by others. As such, even if someone uses the hotspot to download files, it won’t count toward your data cap.
Your bandwidth, however, is a different story. The connection between your router and your ISP doesn’t magically double its bandwidth just because your router has two networks!
ISPs acknowledge this, and they claim that your private traffic will have priority over that of the hotspot traffic. Essentially, if someone is downloading a file using the hotspot and you begin watching a Netflix movie, the ISP will give priority to your movie and reduce the hotspot user’s download speed.
As such, you should technically not feel any difference while you use your private network. If you’re uncertain, however, you should turn the feature off so you can have the bandwidth to yourself.What About Illegal Downloading?
People connecting to the hotspot require an account to use it. This is either the account tied to the ISP for free usage or an account created so the user can load internet time onto it. As such, all traffic from that account is tied to that person’s personal data.
As such, if someone uses your hotspot for illegal reasons, their traffic won’t be tied to you. It will instead lead the investigation to the account the user made to use the hotspot in the first place.Hotspot or Not-Spot?
Leaving this feature on is a case of personal preference. People connecting to your router as a hotspot shouldn’t be able to see your traffic, neither will they drain your data caps or use up your bandwidth. From a technical standpoint, there’s little danger in letting others use your router as a hotspot.
As such, if you like the ISP’s hotspot plan and want to be a part of it, leave it on. However, if you don’t use the hotspots and suspect that the bandwidth prioritization perhaps isn’t as good as it could be, you can turn the hotspot feature off and revert it back to a regular router.
What about you — would you keep this feature on or turn it off? Let us know below.
Simon Batt is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for cybersecurity.
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Google’s algorithms rely on more than 200 signals for ranking, but is BBB rating one of them?
Google has denied it on at least three separate occasions. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they completely ignore it either.
Let’s examine the evidence.The Claim: BBB Rating Isn’t a Ranking Factor
We’ll start by taking a look at precisely what a BBB rating is and what it measures.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a nonprofit, non-government organization that examines companies’ trustworthiness. The idea is to uphold certain standards across the board and allow customers to feel confident in their dealings with different businesses.
Companies are ranked on a simple A+ (highest) to F (lowest) letter-grade scale representing BBB’s degree of confidence in the business and how it interacts with its customers.
This rank is based on a score that measures factors such as:
The type of business and whether it might be operating in violation of the law.
How long the company has been in operation.
Advertising issues (e.g., inaccurate claims).
The transparency of the company’s business practices.
Any failures to honor commitments to BBB, including mediation settlements and arbitration awards.
Complaint history, which covers the number and nature of any issues raised against the company as well as how long they take to resolve them.
Licensing and government actions taken against the company.
Enterprises looking to get BBB accreditation must meet several initial eligibility requirements and pay an annual fee directly to the bureau.The Evidence for BBB Rating as a Ranking Factor
Search Quality Raters Guidelines (QRGs), given to Google contractors who run manual evaluations of search engine results pages (SERPs), ensure that the algorithms are doing what they need to be.
In July 2023, Google made substantial changes to their QRGs and placed a larger focus on user safety regarding sites they prioritized in ranking.
On August 1, 2023, Google rolled out a broad core algorithm update that impacted many sites.
Beyond that, BBB, alongside other third-party review sites, are frequently mentioned in the QRGs as an indicator of trustworthy sites.
“For businesses, there are many sources of reputation information and reviews. Here are some examples: Yelp, Better Business Bureau, Amazon, and Google Shopping.”
It adds, “please consider very low ratings on the BBB site to be evidence for a negative reputation,” which serves to highlight the importance of BBB rating for Google.The Evidence Against BBB Rating as a Ranking Factor
In 2023, a Twitter user asked about the SEO benefits of adding Accreditation Badges (Trust Seals) to their site. When another user said that he doubted it, Google’s Gary Illyes responded, “I can confirm your doubt.”
Then, in 2023, Google’s John Mueller was asked the following in a video hangout:
“In the past, you explained that Googlebot or Google is not researching author backgrounds expertise, etc. Can you say the same thing for site reputation and Better Business Bureaus scores? For example, some believe that BBB ratings and reviews are used algorithmically with the latest core updates. That doesn’t make sense since the BBB is only for the US, Mexico, and Canada. I can’t imagine that Google would use a single source like that algorithmically when its algorithms are mainly global in nature.”
“I would venture to guess that you are correct that we wouldn’t use something like the BBB score for something like this. As far as I know, that’s certainly the case.”
He went on to add:
“There are various kinds of issues with regards to some of these sources of information about a business, about a website, and we need to make sure that we’re really reflecting what we think is actually relevant for users. Rather than blindly relying on some third parties’ ratings.“
See that discussion at 15:30 in the aforementioned video.
In 2023, Google’s Danny Sullivan was crystal clear in his response to another Twitter claim that Google uses BBB ratings to determine whether a site should rank.
“No, we don’t use BBB ratings as a ranking factor,” he tweeted.BBB Rating as a Google Ranking Signal: Our Verdict
While the importance of trustworthiness for Google rankings is well established, there is no evidence that their algorithms consider BBB ratings a ranking factor.
In fact, it wouldn’t really make all that much sense for them to do so given that BBB is only for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada and also requires that businesses pay for accreditation.
That doesn’t mean you should completely disregard BBB ratings.
Their prominence in the QRGs suggests that while BBB ratings may not be a direct ranking signal, Google respects them as a reliable measure of a company’s trustworthiness, so much so that they have factored them into their algorithmic quality control.
Featured image: Paulo Bobita/SearchEngineJournal
When you’re traveling, you rely on your trusty smartphone to navigate, translate, and stay in touch with friends. But on the road, you may face challenges like insecure or nonexistent Wi-Fi and a scarcity of places to charge your device. Before you head out the door, take a few steps to prepare your phone. These tips will make your indispensable travel companion even more resilient and useful.Protect your device
You want your cell phone to last the duration of the trip. That means protecting the physical device—and the personal information you keep inside it.
To keep your hardware intact, invest in a sturdy case. No matter what make and model you own, you can find all kinds of reasonably-priced options online or in your local tech store. Look for a case that promises decent protection against drops and shocks, and check the manufacturer’s claims by reading online reviews before purchasing.
Even an intact phone won’t do you much good if it runs out of juice. If you’re about to leave civilization for the great outdoors, or simply worry about finding a good place to charge up, opt for a case that packs extra battery power. Alternatively, pick up an external portable charging pack. As with cases, you have a lot of options, including the Anker PowerCore 10000 ($26 on Amazon) and the Mophie Powerstation XXL ($100 on Amazon), which can also charge your laptop. When you’re browsing power packs, remember that in general, the more expensive choices provide more charging power.
Physical damage and dead batteries aren’t the only travel problems you should consider. If you lose your phone or a thief steals it, you also want to make sure your personal information stays safe. You should protect your lock screen no matter where you happen to be, but this security precaution becomes particularly important when you’re away from home. It’s all that stands between a stranger and your personal contacts, social media accounts, and apps. Some of these apps contain financial information or access to your credit card, and many will log you in without asking for a password.
Here’s how to protect your lock screen and keep your data safe from unwelcome visitors. On Android, open up Settings and tap Security & location; on iOS, access a similar set of options in Settings under Touch ID & Passcode. Activate an unlocking mechanism like the fingerprint sensor or a lengthy (six digits or more) PIN code. Avoid a swipe pattern, which is easy for onlookers to crack by watching you unlock your phone. While you should also make sure no one spies on you as you enter a PIN, the six-digit code is harder for snoops to guess.Avoid shady Wi-Fi
Going away from home means relying on public Wi-Fi. By its very nature—anyone can access it—this network will be less secure than the one you rely on at home. Not all public Wi-Fi will compromise your security, but as a general rule, you should approach the networks with caution. Connecting to them puts you at the mercy of whoever set up the Wi-Fi and whatever safeguards they employed.
To begin with, assume anything you do on public Wi-Fi can be spied on. So keep important online tasks, such as banking and shopping, to a minimum. When viewing a website on your phone’s browser, make sure you can see the green padlock symbol in the address bar, and a HTTPS label in front of the address, before entering anything sensitive.
We’ve written in depth about staying safe on public Wi-Fi before, so read through that guide for some pointers. We’ll discuss just one of those tips here: installing a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. When you absolutely have to rely on Wi-Fi—for example, to back up those vacation photos—a VPN is a great way to add some extra security. VPN apps create an encrypted, personal connection to the web, making it much harder for anyone else to peek at what you’re doing.
Plenty of developers sell VPNs, so when you start shopping for a good one, check recent VPN round-ups to get up to speed on the best options. If you’re eager to get started right away, we’ve collected a few of our favorites. The browser developer Opera offers a free, simple, and effective VPN (for Android and iOS), and you can also pay (prices start at about $23 a year) for faster speeds and extra tracking protection. We also like NordVPN (for Android and iOS), which offers a free trial and then requires payments starting at $12 per month; TunnelBear VPN (for Android and iOS), which has a free version for limited use and charges $4 a month for more data; and IPVanish (for Android and iOS), which lets you start with a free trial and then begins charging $2 a week.Save your data
When you jaunt around outside your home network, you might come home with an oversize data bill. To avoid this, you need to make minimizing your data use a top priority while you’re on the move, especially if you’re hopping between countries on a regular basis.
Luckily, you have lots of ways to reduce your data use. Check inside your favorite apps to see if they offer a data-saving mode. For example, Snapchat has Travel Mode: Enable it by tapping the ghost or bitmoji icon on the top left of the camera screen, then the cog icon on the top right, then either Manage Preferences (Android) or Manage (iOS).
Many web browsers give you data-saving options as well. In Chrome for Android, tap the menu button (the three dots on the top right), then Settings, then Data Saver. When you enable this mode, Chrome will compress pages via Google’s servers before showing them to you. However, the feature isn’t yet available on iOS, and it doesn’t include secure sites (those whose addresses start with HTTPS). Firefox for Android has a similar setting: Tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) at the bottom of the screen, then Settings, then Advanced. Under Data saver, you can prevent videos from autoplaying and images and fonts from automatically loading.
Beyond apps, Android and iOS provide their own data management tools. To access them on Android, head into Settings, then Network & Internet and Data usage; on iOS, open Settings and go to Cellular Data. On these pages, you can see how much data you’re using and even set it to turn off when you’re out of your local network (although if you take this step, you’ll have to rely on Wi-Fi for web access). In addition, Android has a Data Saver option that limits how much data background apps can use.
Depending on your carrier and contract, and the country you’re visiting, you might save money by buying a local or international SIM card. When you’re on the move, simply swap out your regular SIM for your travel version. To figure out the best approach, look up these cards on comparison sites and travel forums. If your carrier offers a roaming deal, you may opt to avoid SIM cards, so you should always put in the research before purchasing anything.Stay offline
If you want to stay entertained without wasting data, apps like Spotify and Netflix let you download music and movies to your phone. Inside Spotify, toggle the Download switch on any playlist or album to save it. However, Spotify only lets premium users access this option. On Netflix, tap the download icons next to individual episodes or films. Because of its licensing deals, Netflix won’t allow you to download some content, but you can still find enough to entertain yourself when you’re away from home.
Many other apps—including Apple Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, Google Play Movies & TV, and Amazon Prime Video—also have offline options.
Outside of individual apps, keep an eye on the usage menus mentioned earlier to avoid draining too much data. And if you’re determined to maximize security and minimize cost, you can always activate your phone’s airplane mode, which disables both Wi-Fi and cellular network access, along with Bluetooth. As long as this stays on, your phone can’t send or receive any information.
The File System on a drive determines how the Operating System stores and retrieves files. Depending on what file system a drive uses, it will have certain limitations. These limitations include maximum file size or maybe even partition size limit.
“File too large for destination file system” means that the drive in which you are trying to store the file has a file system that does not support large files. To fix this, you will need to change the file system to one that supports a larger file size.
If you do not want to change the file system, there are several workarounds that we have discussed further below in the article.How to Fix the “File too large for destination file system” Error?
Now that you know the reason behind the error message, let’s get into some of the methods to fix it. Since the error message is due to limitations in the file system, let’s first start by changing the drive’s file system.Change File System
You can find two types of file systems in Windows, FAT (File Allocation Table) and NTFS (New Technology File System). However, other files systems, such as exFAT, FAT32, or FAT16, are derived from the FAT file system.
FAT file system only supports files size up to 4GB. This means you cannot store files with a size of more than 4GB in a drive with a FAT file system. You need to change the FAT file system to NTFS to fix this.
The NTFS file system is modern compared to the older FAT file system and also has higher file size and partition limit. This limit is 266TB for Windows 10 version lower than 1709 and 8PB for later versions. Therefore, let us change the current file system to NTFS.Change the File System by Formatting
The first method of changing the file system is by formatting the entire drive. Therefore, make sure that you back up the necessary files and folders.
Press the Windows + E key to open File explorer.
Go to This PC.Change File System Without Formatting
Formatting a drive removes all data inside the USB drive. Therefore the solution mentioned above may not be helpful if you have the necessary files on the storage device. Nevertheless, you can change the file system using the command prompt without losing any data.
Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
Note: You can only change other file systems, FAT or exFAT, to NTFS and not the other way around.Compress and Split Files
When compressing a file, the algorithm uses various compression techniques to decrease the actual file size. Once you extract the compressed file, the original file size will be returned back to its previous value.
So what you can do is compress the file, and then transfer the file. If the size of the compressed file is still larger than the file system’s file size limit, you can try to split the files while compressing it.
This will create several compressed parts of the actual file. Each component’s file size will be smaller, and you can easily transfer your files. To get the original file back, you need to extract the compressed file.
Here, locate and select the file that you want to compress.
Once the compression process completes, copy all the compressed files to the destination drive.
Select the Destination path and press OK. WinRAR will automatically extract all the compressed files into one single file.
If you want to cut the compression process, you can simply use Windows command to a file. How splitting a file works is you write a custom script that takes a particular file and splits it into several parts depending on the byte size.
The process of splitting a file is rather long and can get complicated as you need to write custom codes. If you want to split files, you can follow our detailed article that will guide you through the process of splitting files.
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