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12 hours ago

10 best ways to secure your smartphone

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You have lots of ways to secure your phone. Use some of them!

Lock your smartphone

We've said a million times, and we'll say it till we're blue in the face. Lock your smartphone. Lock your smartphone! We were also slightly dismayed (though not exactly surprised) to hear in our recent poll that a good third of our readers do not lock their phones. And we say unto you, there is absolutely no excuse not to, especially considering the vast array of options we have to do it now. Actually, you can wait a few minutes and pick from this list at the end. But right after. Not after a few rounds of Duet. Not after watching Netflix. Right then.

Now, you can lock (and unlock) your smartphone many, many ways, and they all have their benefits and their drawbacks, but somewhere, some mixture of method will work for you. So, let's get to it, shall we?

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1 day ago

How to set 'Do not track' in Chrome

Don't track me, bro

You can request for websites to not keep track of your activity when using Chrome

When you browse the Internet, the sites you visit pick up bits of information about you and your online habits. Some information, like websites you've visited, may be shared with third parties. Those third parties may use the information for advertising or gathering reporting statistics. You can request for that information to not be be tracked, and therefore not shared. However, as we discuss below, a website may or may not honor that request. Keep in mind that we're not trying to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt; we're just trying to let you know what your options are.

Chrome isn't the only browser that gives you the "Do not track" option. For example, Firefox has been doing it for a while, too.

We'll be talking about how to set "Do not track" when using Chrome on your Android device.

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2 days ago

Top five tips and tricks for Ninja Village

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Kairosoft is the Japanese developer responsible for Game Dev Story and many more simulation games. A lot of their games are really similar to each other, but each one still has a unique setting that gives it special appeal. For instance: ninjas!

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2 days ago

How to see what Google thinks you like

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Google Ad Settings and how to tailor them to you

Google brings us wonderful services and the Android ecosystem, but let us remember that its primary function is as a search engine. And secondarily it's to sell ads — and targeted ads, at that. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that, as ads keep on the lights at Google and keep the lights on for many, many sites around the world wide web. And targeted ads help keep the stuff you'd never, ever spend money on away from your eyeballs.

But how does Google know what you want to see? How do those ads target you, and what does Google think you like? And how can you change it if they're wrong, or if you think they're wrong to do it in the first place?

Let's dive into the wonderful, wonderful world of ad optimization.

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3 days ago

Basic accessibility settings in Android

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Hiding at the bottom of the Settings app is a nifty little tool

Android knows that we all have different needs

Class is in session, and this one is ADA-compliant!Android is for everybody, and that includes people who need help seeing/hearing or otherwise operating their device. To this end, there are system-wide accessibility settings baked right into Android, and you can control them through the Accessibility section to the Settings app. It's right at the bottom near "About phone" and developer settings.

Your own device may have much, much more — the LG G3, for example, has enough to fill a post all its own — but so long as you have Android, you should at least have these.

Open it up and let's explore it together.

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3 days ago

How to clear your browsing data in Chrome

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Chrome history

You can protect your privacy and cover your tracks by clearing your browsing data in Chrome for Android

 ChromeWe've all been here: A friend asks to borrow your phone (or just steals it), and you start to sweat, fully aware of what's lurking there in your browser history.

What if they see that you're secretly addicted to looking up random cat facts? What if they discover whatever other guilty pleasure you may have? Don't worry. With just a simple preventative measure, we can keep all those things secret. With Chrome on Android, we can clear our browsing data, or the browsing history.

Here's how:

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4 days ago

Google+: How to log out of a secondary account

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Part of the "One account, all of Google" thing we wrote about recently is that it brings all of your services and data together on your android device once you log in.

But sometimes, you don't need all of your accounts on all of your apps. Such as Google+. I have a professional account (well, professional-looking account, anyway), and all I do with it is apply for jobs. I don't need it in Google+, I only need it in Gmail, and so, I'm logging it out of Google+. Or maybe your business uses Google Apps, and so you've got a superfluous Google+ account with it, too.

Here's how you can silence that second account forever, without actually deleting it.

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6 days ago

Google+ and the mute button — meet your new best friend

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Enough is enough sometimes — here's how to mute threads on Google+

Google+ is a wonderful place of conversations. But unlike real conversations, when you get bored, you can't just walk away. That's what the mute button is there is for. It lets you get out of a conversation and the flood of notifications an active post can bring. You can also use the mute button on individual people, which we genuinely hope Google is working on bringing to real-world conversations. Muting is also a handy thing for posts that disgust/horrify/enrage or otherwise evoke an emotional response you don't need to see more than once.

So let's talk about shutting things up.

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6 days ago

How to auto-reject phone calls on the LG G3

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Whether you're trying to reject all phone calls or just selected numbers, on the LG G3 it's a simple process to achieve your desired results. We've already looked at how to reject an incoming call with a custom message to the caller, now let's take it a little further by telling the phone to auto-reject based on certain parameters.

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1 week ago

How to change apps on the LG G3 QuickCircle Case

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LG G3 QuickCircle Case

The LG G3 QuickCircle Case is a fun little accessory that both protects your phone and gives you a bit of extra functionality via that porthole in the front. And with a tap and a swipe, you can easily go from seeing what time it is to using a few apps with the case still closed.

By default, LG loads you up with a handful of app shortcuts. But you can pick and chose as you like.

Here, now, is how to change which apps appear on the LG G3 QuickCircle Case.

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