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3 hours ago

How to use Dual Window on the LG G3

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The LG G3 is packed with useful features, and with Dual Window you can interact with not one, but two apps at the same time. LG isn't the first phone maker to implement such a feature, but with the 5.5-inches of screen real estate to play with it can be extremely useful.

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1 day ago

How to upload your own file to Google Play Books

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Google Play Books gives power to the people to upload their own books

One feature I'm discovering on Google Play Books that I really enjoy is that I get to upload my own files, which I can then read within the Google Play Books app. Just keep in mind that the files should be of the PDF and/or EPUB varieties. The files you upload should also be DRM-free. DRMs are things that allow sellers to control what you do with their product to some extent. You can get DRM-free files from different sources, like Project Gutenberg.

Google Play Books actually makes a pretty decent eReader. One thing I think makes it pretty solid is it syncs notes, highlights, the place you leave off and more across all the devices on which you use Play Books. The syncing takes place with your Google account.

Let's talk about how to get these files uploaded. In this case, I just saw The Giver and I'd really like to check out the book and see how the book and the movie compare to each other. Join me on my journey as I upload a PDF.

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1 day ago

Android 101: How to 'forget' a Wifi network

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Wifi is a godsend. It gives fast, cheap data to these little devices in our pockets, and hooking in is a breeze. All you usually need is a name and a password. There are times, however, that you might want to tell your phone to "forget" a Wifi network. Maybe you don't want it to connect automatically, which for me is the case once I've landed on a plane, or gotten within sight of a Starbucks, even if I'm not going inside.

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2 days ago

Tasker 101: the basics

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A nice task/profile for a long nap...

You have Tasker; we'll show you how to use it

We've covered what Tasker is and what it can do for you, but as most anyone who uses Tasker will tell you, the hardest part of Tasker is getting started. The learning curve is a bit steep, but we're here to help you get the basics down and get you building your own Tasks and basic profiles.

So, grab the app and let's get started.

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3 days ago

Google and the cloud: all your things in one place

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One Account, All of Google

One Account. All of Google.

I love that phrase. "The cloud." It's something we all see, some of us everyday, and yet we don't quite grasp the full meaning of those words. And that meaning is important. It's a very large part of Google's strategy and it is tantamount to understanding several of the 'grievances' that many users seem to have with Google and its services.

But above all, it's about Google's cloud and what it does for you, your data, and Android.

Let's take a look at what it really means.

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3 days ago

How to change screen brightness on Android Wear

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Android Wear brightness settings

Making your Android Wear screen as bright (or dim) as you like is easy

Much has been written about how bright (or dim) the screens on both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are. It seems like most people wish they were brighter while outside on a sunny summer day, and most people also think things are pretty blindingly bright in the dark. Both are true, and I'm in both camps. Things get even more fun when you add the fact that the two currently available Android Wear devices don't have any method to control brightness automagically.

Luckily, screen brightness is dead simple to change.

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5 days ago

How to set auto reply messages for rejected phone calls on the LG G3

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We've all been there. Your phone rings in the middle of a meeting or other engagement and you can't answer, but you don't just want to reject. You want to be polite about it. So you can send a message with your call rejection to let the person at the other end know you're not just ignoring them. On the LG G3 this is a simple enough process to do, and you're even able to set up your own personalized messages on top of the stock responses.

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6 days ago

How to factory reset your Android Wear watch

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How to reset Android Wear

There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Android Wear smartwatch. You'll need to do so if you want to pair it to a new phone, or if you're selling it... or maybe you're having problems with it and want to start again from fresh software. Whatever the case — and whether you're using the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 or something else —it's simple to restore your Android Wear watch's software to its out-of-box state.

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1 week ago

Top 10 Chromebook tips and tricks

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If you love Chromebooks like we do you'll want to see these tips and tricks to make the most of them

Millions of people are using Chromebooks, but despite their simple and "for everyone" nature not every powerful feature is easy to access. Every Chromebook (or Chromebox) is a powerful tool that's just waiting to be used to its full potential, and once you know a few tricks you'll feel like you're getting even more value out of your inexpensive computer.

We're rounded up the top eight tips and tricks for you to try on your own Chromebook so you can start making the most of your machine. Read along and learn a thing or two about the computer you're using.

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1 week ago

How and why you should subscribe to YouTube channels

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YouTube Subscription

Always have the best videos at your disposal

YouTubeYouTube allows you to watch a wide variety of content with the simple action of tapping on the application and doing a quick search. While scrolling through the millions of videos for something to watch, it is possible to stumble across a channel filled with videos that interest you

Fortunately, YouTube allows you to easily subscribe to these channels — say, for instance, the Android Central channel — so that you can find every new video released without having to go back and search for the video maker again.

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