Collen Kriel

Collen Kriel is a beat writer for SiliconANGLE covering consumer technology with a focus on mobile. He has a passion for words, the Internet, the Web and all things tech. He endures a minor fascination with people who define themselves by the brand of smartphone they own. Prior to writing for SiliconANGLE he worked as an account executive in the IT industry, directly for, or in association with companies like Mimecast, IBM, VMware and Micros. He is an avid traveller currently making his way around South East Asia

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SmartBeings beats Amazon to market with WooHoo, a smart home hub with touchscreen

SmartBeings Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup, has launched a Kickstarter Inc. campaign for WooHoo, an interactive smart home hub that uses artificial intelligence to simplify the smart home. The $89 WooHoo combines a touchscreen display, facial and voice recognition and 360-degree rotation HD camera into a smart home hub. Amazon.com Inc. is also reportedly working on […]

How to troubleshoot Windows error codes with Microsoft’s new tool

Microsoft Corp. has introduced a new tool called “Fix Windows Update errors” on its support page that will help users fix update-related errors. The Fix Windows Update errors tool will be able to assist with common error codes, like 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422 and 0x80070020. If you have ever been […]

Facebook Mentions app for public figures gets new live broadcasting features

Since announcing the availability of Facebook Live for all users in December last year, Facebook Inc. has been pushing its live streaming services hard in 2016. In the last two weeks alone, Facebook has launched support for live 360-degree videos, Live streaming from Oculus VR to News Feed and audio-only broadcasts through Live Audio. Today the […]

Instagram Stories gets some festive cheer with holiday stickers, adds ‘hands-free’ recording option

Facebook Inc.-owned Instagram introduced Stories in August, a feature very similar to Snapchat’s My Story feature. Now Instagram Stories is becoming more of a Snapchat clone with the introduction of customizable stickers based on a person’s location, as well as holiday-specific stickers. Instagram Stories allows users to post photos and videos throughout the day, which […]

Facebook launches Live Audio for podcast and radio enthusiasts

After initially introducing Facebook Live video using celebrities and high-profile users last year, Facebook Inc. started rolling out its livestreaming feature to all users in December. Facebook Live eventually was opened up to all iOS and Android users by the end of February. Since the rollout of Facebook Live to all users, the livestreaming tool […]

Apple AirPods now available: how to pair them with Apple, Android, Windows devices

To coincide with the removal of the iPhone 7’s headphone jack in September, Apple Inc. launched its wireless earbuds called AirPods. After an extended delay, the Apple AirPods were finally available for preorder last week and officially went on sale Monday. However, actually getting your hands on AirPods is going to be tricky considering they […]

How to get started with Facebook Messenger’s new Group Video Chat

Facebook Inc. introduced one-on-one video calls for its messaging app in April 2015, following up a year later with group video calls. Now, with 245 million people making video calls in its app every month, Facebook Messenger Monday launched Group Video Chat. The new group video call feature in Facebook Messenger will allow up to […]

Analytics on the go with IBM Watson Analytics for iPad

IBM Corp. has released the Watson Analytics Mobile App for iPad, allowing users to tap into various business insights on the go. The Watson Analytics app can be used alongside a free personal or paid enterprise Watson account. For the past two years, IBM has offered the web-based version of Watson Analytics that provides customers with […]

AOL’s Alto email app now integrates with Slack and Alexa: How to get started

AOL Inc. announced Thursday that its Alto email app for the web, Android and iOS is now integrated with Slack and Amazon Echo. The Alto email app attempts to simply inbox management by showing you the most important emails first. Emails are categorized based on popular criteria, such as messages from contacts, emails with file […]

How to use Slack’s new video call feature

Slack Technologies Inc. introduced voice calls for its enterprise messaging app in March. Now the company has announced that users will be able to make one-on-one and group video calls in the app, a feature it promised when it launched voice calls. To make group video calls with up to 15 attendees you will need […]