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5 hours ago

The Galaxy S6 edge: Here's what that crazy curved display can do

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The curved display on the Galaxy S6 edge can do quite a bit. But what you see is up to you.

As the name implies, the big selling point for the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (and that "edge" indeed is lowercase, boys and girls) is, in fact, the edge. Or, rather, the edges. Both of them, sloping down from the top of the phone into the thin metal band that is the side of the phone.

But is it merely form? Or is there actually some function to the edge?

The answer, of course, is both. Here's what all you can do with those curved parts of the Samsung Galaxy 6 edge.

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2 days ago

How to extend the battery life on your Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6

There's no way around it — the Galaxy S6 doesn't have a huge battery. We're going to help you make the most of it.

With a brilliant display, powerful processor and plenty of software features you may find yourself draining down the 2550 mAh battery on the Galaxy S6 a bit faster than other phones, but that doesn't mean the phone's battery life is completely out of your control.

With just a handful of tips — some specific to the GS6, others you can use on any phone — you'll be able to make the most of the sealed-in battery on the Galaxy S6, and we're going to tell you all about them.

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2 days ago

How to use Easy Mode on the HTC One M9

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If you love the idea of the HTC One M9 but can't handle everything the Sense 7 launcher throws at you, then Easy Mode might be the right choice for you.

Launchers are powerful things these days. They're your portal to all the apps and widgets and information your smartphone has at its disposal. But for some folks, the options can be a bit too much. And to that end we've seen manufacturers include a more simple launcher on their devices.

That's true on the HTC One M9, which sports an "Easy Mode" alongside the full Sense 7 launcher. And here's how to use it.

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2 days ago

The Galaxy S6 has extra camera modes you'll want to try

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera modes

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is good. Darn good. But you can make it better by downloading a few extra modes from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 camera is impressive in its own right. It shoots excellent pictures out of the box, with very little fuss. But it can do more. Much more.

Samsung actually pared back some of the features in the camera app this time around. That makes the initial experience easier — no more overwhelming feature lists — but it does mean you're lacking things that were built in before. Say, the ability to record an animated gif, for one. The good news is these features are pretty easy to get back. Here's how.

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4 days ago

How to change the home screen app grid size on the Galaxy S6

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A big reason for choosing a new launcher is to increase the density of the app grid — now the Galaxy S6 lets you do it, too.

Samsung added the ability to move from a standard 4x4 app grid to a larger 4x5 or even 5x5 within its stock launcher, and it's super easy to do as well. While you'll still have to go to another launcher if you want something more advanced, if you just need to get a little higher information density the stock launcher has you covered — let us show you how it's done.

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4 days ago

How to take better photos with the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9

A few simple tips and tricks to help you to take great shots on your M9

The HTC One M9 marks a change in course for the Taiwanese manufacturer, as it relocates its Ultrapixel camera around the front, and settles on a traditional high-megapixel shooter for the main camera. The M9's 20-megapixel shooter has been one of the main points of contention among HTC fans and critics since the phone's arrival. It's not a bad camera, but it does require a little tweaking in order to get the best results.

We'll take a look at some basic tips for getting the most out of your M9's camera after the break.

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4 days ago

How to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Every now and then you're going to need to block a call. Here's how to do it on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

More and more of us are getting rid of our landlines and turning to our smartphones as our only connection. But that means the spammers and scammers and robo-calls follow. (And just wait until election season.) So there are any number of reasons why you might want to not just reject a caller, but block that number outright. And it's pretty easy. Samsung refers to its call blocking as "rejection," so we'll be using that term interchangeably with "block."

And there are a few ways to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Let's rap.

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6 days ago

How to block app notifications from your Android Wear watch

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Always know when - and how - to block.

Smartwatches can keep us more connected than ever, bringing notifications to our wrists, but that blessing can turn into a curse.

An intrusive or overbearing app can make your Android Wear experience a pestilence, whether it means to or not, but thankfully, there is something you can do about it. It's called the Block app notification list — but we just call it the blacklist — and you can use it to screen apps from your watch and make sure that when your wrist buzzes at you, it's something important, and not just a reminder that you're regenerated all of your lives in your game of the week.

Here's how to banish an app from your watch.

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1 week ago

The first things to do when you get a new Android phone

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What's in the box?

A few tips to make the first hours easier ... and more fun.

Setting up a new Android can be fun. It can also be easy — just follow the setup application when you first start the phone. This will get you where you need to be with little or no fuss. The folks making our phones have really worked out ways to make setup easy and frustration-free.

Of course, you don't have to follow the manufacturer setup process and can do things in your own order. In the end, you'll have everything you want working the way you want. That's what Android is about — flexibility. If you're a power-user, or just want to jump in and start using your new gadget without wading through the set up process, we've assembled a guide to get you started. We might know a thing or two about setting up phones.

In either case, these tips and tricks are a great resource for everyone.

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1 week ago

How to use Easy Mode on the Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Easy Mode

If the Samsung Galaxy S6 is simply too much phone, you can scale things back (and make them bigger!) with Easy Mode.

Not everyone wants a zillion features on their phone. And even though Samsung has sort of streamlined TouchWiz in the Galaxy S6 (mostly by rearranging things or removing some options altogether), there's still a lot going on here. Maybe too much for you.

So if the default user experience is overwhelming, there are options. And one is the built-in Easy Mode. Here's how to use it:

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1 week ago

How to improve your HTC One M9's battery life

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HTC One M9 battery

A few simple tips and tricks to help your M9 last longer

Despite boasting a slightly higher-capacity battery than its predecessor, the HTC One M9 hasn't brought about a huge jump in battery life compared to the M8. There's still a lot of power-hungry hardware to run, and as such the M9 is good for about a day of use most of the time. Like most phones, more intensive use might have you reaching for your charging cable before the end of the day.

So how can you get more out of your M9's fixed battery, and solve any battery drain issues you might be experiencing? We've got a few tips for you after the break.

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1 week ago

How to turn off Briefing on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung has changed a lot of the software on the Galaxy S6, but it kept the "Briefing" screen — but you can turn it off.

Whether you know it as My Magazine or the newer name Briefing, this Flipboard-powered news reader is again turned on by default as the left-of-main home screen on your Galaxy S6. While it may be a decent replacement for opening a dedicated news reading app for some, chances are not everyone wants to have it loaded up and would prefer to have their own content there. We'll show you how to turn off Briefing and reclaim that home screen space.

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2 weeks ago

The ultimate guide to Android photography

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Android Photography

All you need to know about using the camera on your Android in one place.

For many people, the camera is one of the deciding factors when buying a new phone. Some phones have better cameras than others, but chances are the Android you have now (as well as the next one you buy) is capable of taking very nice pictures, once you learn a bit about how it works and ways to tweak the performance.

We have a full Android Photography hub filled with great articles about pictures and taking them with your Android, but we also wanted to group the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your camera in one place. You've found that place.

Have a look through this great set of tips — from beginner to expert — and get on the path to taking better pictures with your Android.

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2 weeks ago

How to get better battery life on the Moto X (2014)

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The Moto X's battery is on the smaller side, but it can still get the job done.

The Moto X will get you through the day if you handle it well, but after one too many close calls rushing for your charger when that warning tone plays its grating notes, you may be wondering how you can keep your phone alive just a little longer to get you through the day. Maybe after months of hard usage, your Moto X just isn't quite keeping a charge as long as it used to. While quick-charging can help get your Moto X energized enough to play for a few hours quickly, here's what you can do to keep that battery going.

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2 weeks ago

How to customize the on-screen navigation buttons on the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9 navigation buttons

If back, home and multitasking just aren't enough for you on the HTC One M9, the new Sense 7 gives you the option to add a fourth button.

The ability to add and rearrange the on-screen navigation buttons on an Android smartphone isn't exactly new — but it is new to Sense 7 on the HTC One M9. And it takes just a few taps to get the job done. Here's how it works:

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