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2 weeks ago

Keep it simple with these watch faces for Android Wear

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Sometimes you just want some simplicity for your smartwatch.{.intro}

It's time again for another Android Wear watch face round up, and this time we've collected five fantastic and simple watch faces for you to check out. It's easy to get caught up in all of our technology, and feel overloaded from the amount of information constantly being thrown at us. These watch faces aim to keep things simple, and make it easy to get the information you need at a glance.

If you've been pining for some simplicity, come check these out!

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2 weeks ago

Samsung Smart Switch makes it easy to get your old stuff on your new phone

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Smart Switch is easy to use. Here's everything you need to know.

The worst part of getting a new phone is moving all your content from your old phone over. If you went to a store and bought a new Galaxy S7, there's a good chance someone there had a gadget that helps them do it for you, but nowadays a lot of us shop online to make buying a phone a little more hassle-free. If that sounds like you, Samsung Smart Switch is something you need to take a look at.

It's built into the Galaxy S7 settings (look under the Backup and Restore section) and it works if your old phone was running Android, iOS or BlackBerry. It's really simple to use and the app walks you through the whole thing no matter which phone you're coming from. All your photos, music, videos, call logs and messages get moved over in one quick and easy process. If you're coming from another Samsung Android phone, it can even move Galaxy Apps and their data over, just like using Samsung Kies from a computer to do the swap. Even if you breezed past the restore settings when you first setup your Galaxy S7, you can still fire up Smart Switch and have a go with it.

Here are a few tips to get you started

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2 weeks ago

Outlook snags Android Wear support in latest update

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If Outlook is your go-to email app, you can now look forward to managing your email from your wrist.

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2 weeks ago

The best UK transport apps for Android

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UK travel apps

Getting from A to B in the UK

There's more to getting around the UK than Google Maps. Sure, Google's built-in application comes preinstalled on just about every Android device you'll come across in the UK, and does a decent job of covering the basics, and helping you find your way around.

But there's a treasure trove of more specialized Android apps out there to help plan journeys, book tickets and generally make travelling around the UK a smarter and more hassle-free experience. Read on for a quick roundup of some of our favorites.

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3 weeks ago

HTC's new Boost+ app is one of the least useful things they've ever made

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HTC. Stop. What are you doing?

HTC has made their Boost+ app available for everyone today. It's also a pre-installed application on the HTC 10. And it's something they never should have spent time to make, and that you should never use.

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3 weeks ago

Google Drive for Mac and PC now offers granular choice of which folders to sync locally

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More robust selective syncing is now available for Google Drive on Mac and PC, allowing users to save space by choosing what folders they'd like to sync locally.

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3 weeks ago

AirPlay support comes to older HTC flagships courtesy of HTC Connect

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The HTC Connect app is set to bring one of the HTC 10's most interesting features to the flagship's older siblings: native AirPlay support.

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3 weeks ago

Podcasts may come to Google Play Music on April 18

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We've known for a while podcasts are on their way to Google Play Music, but we may now have a date to look forward to: April 18. Oddly, the date comes from an email that NPR sent out to members (via Android Police), which notes the network's podcasts will be available on Google Play Music when the service launches on April 18:

Google will launch podcasts on Android and other platforms next Monday, April 18, inside of Google Play Music, a streaming service similar to Apple Music. Please note: this information is embargoed and should not be shared or promoted externally until Monday. NPR has worked with Google to ensure that public radio is represented in the Google Play environment. Learn more about adding your station's podcasts to this new platform.

Google originally announced that podcasts were on their way to Google Play Music way back in October, but they have yet to officially arrive in the app. While support could very well arrive on April 18 as NPR says, it should be noted that podcaster Bill Simmons previously indicated podcasts would arrive sometime in February — which obviously turned out not to be true.

As always, nothing is official until Google says so.

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3 weeks ago

TD's new money management app chides you for buying those shoes

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TD Canada Trust has released a new money management app, MySpend, gleaned from its partnership with U.S.-based Moven.

Announced late last year, the idea behind MySpend is to allow users to easily track and eventually alter spending habits by separating debit and credit expenditures into categories.

By default, the app logs into your TD account through the same credentials as the core app (with the same security measures), giving it access to chequing and savings accounts, along with any credit products you may have. By going through previous months' spending habits, MySpend determines whether you're on track to spend more or less in this month.

It also groups spending into categories, and filters based on what it determines are "Want" and "Need" expenditures.

While the app doesn't get an detailed as, say, Mint, which has been available to Canadians for many years, it is a relatively easy way for TD customers to see their spending habits in a different format than usual. The app is also light on advice right now, but TD says it plans to iterate often on the app's core competencies.

The company says that MySpend is the only bank-released app of its kind in North America, and that by focusing on mobile users first it is reaching out to a younger crowd that deals less with branches and more with online-only banking.

The app, available today for Android and rolling out to iOS in the near future, ties into the core TD app, but operates on its own as well.

See TD MySpend at Google Play

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3 weeks ago

Instagram beefs up Explore tab with video channels

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Instagram is looking to make it easier to find videos you might like thanks to an overhauled Explore tab that now features video channels.

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3 weeks ago

You can get a $30 gift card for signing up and using Samsung Pay from April 15 to May 10

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Samsung is making yet another effort to get new customers for its Samsung Pay service. From Friday, April 15 to May 10, anyone in the U.S. who has already signed up for Samsung Pay and makes their first three purchases will receive a free $30 gift card.

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3 weeks ago

Yahoo Esports keeps you close to the competitive gaming action

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Yahoo has launched a brand new app for Android focusing on Esports. With Yahoo Esports, you can watch live matches, see replays, and check stats of your favorite teams for DOTA, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Counter Strike, and Street Fighter V.

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3 weeks ago

Google Maps now shows traffic alerts in India

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Google Maps now shows traffic alerts in India, following the introduction of live traffic information last June. The feature alerts you in real-time of any traffic congestions in your commute, giving you the ability to select a less congested route.

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3 weeks ago

Vine's new 'watch' button gives your fingers a rest from scrolling

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Vine is pushing out a new feature that should make binge-watching your favorite channels much easier.

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3 weeks ago

How to turn off annoying Galaxy Apps notifications on your Galaxy S7

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The notification shade is for useful information, not your crappy ads.

It's already confusing enough that Samsung offers its own Galaxy Apps store in addition to the default Google Play Store, and it just makes things worse when Galaxy Apps starts dropping useless notifications on you. If you've had a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge for a little while, you'll notice Galaxy Apps dropping ad-like notifications on you pointing you toward featured apps in the store ... not exactly what you want to see, especially turned on by default.

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