You can now play solitaire and tic-tac-toe by doing a Google search

Google solitaire

Be prepared to waste time playing solitaire and tic-tac-toe right from Google.

Want to waste some time playing solitaire or tic-tac-toe without installing an app? You now can just by doing a Google search.

Googling “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” will bring up an option to play the games right from within Google!

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This works on desktop browsers and from the Google mobile app.

Google tic-tac-toe

Playing tic-tac-toe on Google.

What other games would you like to see be playable in Google? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

WeMo devices now work with the Nest thermostat

WeMo works with Nest

The WeMo line of connected switches and plugs now works with Google’s Nest thermostat.

Belkin announced Tuesday that its line of WeMo connected light switches and wall plugs now works with Google’s Nest thermostat.

WeMo users can control basic functions of the Nest thermostat via the latest version of the WeMo app (1.15) for both Android and iOS devices. This eliminates the need to switch between two apps in order to check or adjust the temperature of your home (you can also switch between heat and A/C, see the inside humidity and shut-off your furnace).

RELATED: A look at Belkin’s WeMo Switch (and who should be using it)

Rules can also be created now to turn off lights or devices connected to WeMo switches and plugs when the Nest is in “away” mode or to have lights or devices turn on when the Nest knows you’re home.

WeMo products that work with Nest include the WeMo Switch, WeMo Insight Switch, WeMo Light Switch and WeMo Maker.

For those interested in “smart home” technology this news has been a long time coming. Having all your connected devices able to talk to each other makes for a seamless connected home experience that requires a lot less effort and energy to run.

How to introduce your WeMo to your Nest

To get WeMo devices talking with Nest you must have the latest version of the WeMo app (1.15) installed and your WeMo devices and Nest must be setup on your home network and working.

From the WeMo app click the “more” (or gear) button and then press the “connect to Nest” button. Follow the steps to finish setting up the WeMo-Nest introduction.

Once your Nest is synced you’ll be able to see it and control it from within the WeMo app.

Are you excited that WeMo and Nest now work together? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

YouTube Kids app now available in Canada

YouTube Kids

Limit the content your kids watch on YouTube and the amount of time they can watch videos with the YouTube Kids app.

My kids love wasting time watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. They do it before school, after school, on weekends and evenings and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re waking up in the middle of night to sneak a few more videos in (damn you Stampy!).

If your kids are like mine (and I see their friends doing the same thing so I know it’s not just my kids) you know how hard it can be to pull them away from YouTube.

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To help battle this endless video rabbit hole kids can go down, Google released YouTube Kids earlier this year. As with most new and cool things it was only available in the U.S. That all changed last week and the app is now available in Canada (with the exception of Quebec).

YouTube Kids is a chunkier-looking app than the regular YouTube app and features bright colours and voice search functions that make it easier for children to use. It only allows family-friendly content to be streamed so you know your kids will never see or hear something they shouldn’t.

Parental controls allow you to set a passcode for the app as well as limit the amount of time your kids can use it (greatest feature ever!). Other controls include the ability to turn off background sounds and music as well as tighten the type of content available.

The app is now available for iOS and Android devices as well as on the Chromecast, Apple TV and via most video game consoles and smart TVs.

Do your kids watch YouTube videos? Will you use the YouTube Kids app? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Adding a Custom Domain Name in WordPress.com

You’ll notice my site is now bamcat.com — a domain name I’ve owned for many years. It looks much better than bamcat.wordpress.com and is also easier for people to find me. It’s also better for SEO and in general looks more professional. Telling WordPress.com this is the URL I want to be associated with my blog cost me $14 CDN (a fee I’ll have to pay annually), but only took a few minutes to setup. Here’s how to do it if you’re interested in having your own custom domain with your WordPress.com blog.

1. From your WordPress.com Blog Admin section click Store on the left-side side.

WordPress.com Store Menu Item

2. Under the slider for Store you’ll be presented with a few options. Select Domains.

WordPress.com Domains Menu

3. In Domains you can add the domain you want to use. If you need to purchase the domain, WordPress.com will take you through the steps of purchasing and using it (they charge $20 CDN per year if you don’t have your own domain already registered). If you already have a domain name you own, enter it into the field under Add a Domain and select Add domain to blog.

WordPress.com Add a Domain

4. When you enter a domain name you already own you’ll be prompted with a message that the domain is unavailable. If you own it you’ll need to check off that you own it and you want to map it to your blog.

WordPress.com Already Own Domain

5. After telling WordPress.com you do indeed own the domain name and want to use it, you’ll need to pay the annual fee. You can use a credit card or pay with PayPal.

WordPress.com Pay for Domain

6. Once you pay to use the domain name it will appear in your Domains list. Now you need to tell WordPress.com it’s your Primary Domain Name so your URLs looks like this https://bamcat.com/2013/08/30/replacing-notes-on-the-iphone/ instead of like this https://bamcat.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/replacing-notes-on-the-iphone/. You can’t make it your Primary Domain Name until you setup your DNS records. Select Edit DNS from beside your domain name to get the WordPress.com nameservers you need.

WordPress.com Edit DNS

WordPress.com Set Nameservers

7. For this next step you need to login to your domain registrar, such as GoDaddy or Netfirms, and tell them to point your domain to the WordPress.com nameservers you were given in Step 6. In the screenshot below I’m using GoDaddy.

WordPress.com - Add Namersevers to GoDaddy

Change Nameservers GoDaddy

8. Once you add the WordPress.com nameservers to your domain in your registrar you can now return to the Domains section and make your custom domain the Primary Domain (NOTE: It could take up to 24 hours for the changes on your registrar to take affect so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t instantly work).

9. Once you select Update Primary Domain your custom domain will become your main domain and you’re done!

WordPress.com Primary Domain

If you have a lot of posts under http://name.wordpress.com those links will still work and be redirected to http://customdomainname.com. If you’ve already submitted a sitemap to Google or Bing (more on how to do that in an upcoming post) it’s a good idea to tell them you made this change and to re-index your site with the new domain name.

In my example above I mapped the custom domain for my wife’s parenting blog famtasyland.com. It works! Check it out.

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