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2 weeks ago

The first things to do when you get your Moto G 2015

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Moto G 2015

The first things to do when you get your Moto G 2015

For more than a few of us, the Moto G 2015 will be our first Android smartphone. It might even be the first smartphone experience for some of us. That's cool, and welcome to the fold.

A first experience with an Android phone isn't likely to be confusing, but there are a few tricks to make the initial experience a little smoother.

If you're an old pro, you still might know someone who could use a few tips. Treat them right, and tell them to come visit us!

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2 weeks ago

LG G4 'earphone splitter' simultaneously uses Bluetooth and wired headphones

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Here's a fun little feature on the LG G4 I didn't know about until today. You can (nearly) simultaneously listen to music on a Bluetooth device while also having something plugged in via the 3.5mm jack. The "earphone splitter" feature showed itself when I was testing some Bluetooth headphones and then plugged in a wired set. You get the option to use it or not. And while it's probably not something you're going to use very often, it's pretty handy if you need to.

There was a very short delay between the music on the wired headphones and the music through the Bluetooth headphones — far less than a second, but still noticeable.

Regardless, that's cool.

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3 weeks ago

Moto G 2015 accessibility options

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Android phones have come a long way in the accessibility department, and the Moto G 2015 is no exception. Using the features and tools Google has provided for Android Lollipop, the Moto G 2015 has plenty of options for those with trouble seeing or hearing, and even those of us with motion control issues.

Being there is fine, but knowing how to use them is the important part. that's where we can help. Have a gander at the Moto G 2015 accessibility options.

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3 weeks ago

On-body detection explained

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On-body Detection

Smart Locks were introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop to make your experience with your devices as enjoyable as possible.

Every once in awhile we get little surprises when new Google Play Services updates roll out to our phones and tablets, and one of these surprises was a new Smart Lock: On-body detection. This new Smart Lock is designed to keep your device unlocked — allowing the bypassing of your lock screen security — when it has been unlocked by the user and kept on the person.

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3 weeks ago

How to remove the network name from the Moto G status bar

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Here's a quick one for peeps who don't want or need more status bar clutter on their new Moto G. By default, the name of the network you're currently attached to will be perched in the upper left, taking room many feel is best left for notifications. If you want to get rid of it, it's super easy on the single-SIM model.

  • Open the settings on your Moto G, and at the top section — Wireless & networks — tap the " ... More" label.
  • Find the menu entry for "Cellular networks" and tap it.
  • The second line item is labeled "Show mobile network." Uncheck that box and it's gone. If you want it back, make sure the box is checked.

For most of us, being able to pull down the notification shade with a two-finger gesture and see which network we're on under the appropriate icon is good enough. Most doesn't mean everyone, though. If you're frequently in an area where you're roaming on a partner network, you might want the info right out in front so you can see it before you do something that might cost you some cash.

In either case, it's easy to toggle when and if you need it.

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3 weeks ago

Swapping shells on your Moto G 2015? Here's something to beware of

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An ill-fitted shell could compromise your Moto G's water resistance.

If you're one of the many people picking up a Moto G 2015, chances are you'll want to switch up your phone's aesthetics with a replacement shell at some point. There are ten colors available, and Moto Maker lets you pick a color when you buy your phone. But if you're swapping shells from time to time, you'll want to make sure everything's securely in place.

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4 weeks ago

Trusted Face in Lollipop, explained

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Trusted Face Nexus 6

The way your phone analyzes your face to unlock has changed since KitKat, and it's been for the better.

Through the last several years, face unlock has received several small updates but because of the way it worked and its unreliability to unlock your phone, many users chose not to bother with it. When Android 5.0 Lollipop was released, Face unlock was rebranded to Trusted face and was added to the list of Smart Locks. Trusted face is finally at a stage where it is good enough to enable on your device so that you too can unlock your phone or tablet just by looking at your device.

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4 weeks ago

Customize your Moto G with Moto Maker

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Moto G

Take one of the best mid-range Android phones ever in the Moto G, add in one of the most-loved options from Motorola with Moto Maker for the Moto X, and combine the two together to make a lot of people happy.

Some designers of popular products may scoff, but the ability to easily customize the looks of your new phone has proven to be a popular idea. We, as well as most people who have used it, consider Moto Maker a success. Bringing it to the Moto G — Motorola's mid-ranger, but their best selling line of smartphones ever — is a pretty big deal.

It's up to you how you want your new phone to look. And that's the way we like it.

There are a couple of caveats, of course. You don't have the "natural" options like wood or leather, and the color palette is a little smaller than we've seen for the Moto X line. Having said that, there are a handful of choices and you can create a phone that's subdued and simple, or screaming with color. It's up to you how you want your new phone to look. And that's the way we like it.

I created my Lime colored beauty recently, and wanted to walk you through the process. Of course, you can always play with it yourself, too at Motorola's website.

All in all, it's quick and easy to "design" your own Moto G. If you went through the process and created one of your own, be sure to share the design in the forums!

Build your own Moto G with Moto Maker

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4 weeks ago

How to sync your Android to Windows 10

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Windows 10 not on Android

It's 2015, and you can actually get through life without ever physically connecting your phone to a computer. (We've done it. It's great. You should try it sometime.) But for some folks it's still the way to go. They just have to plug in every now and then. Others of us? We're all cloud, baby.

So this one's for you syncers out there. Following are the ways we'd recommend moving your files from Android to Windows 10. And back again. Heck, move 'em back and forth all day long. Doesn't matter to us. Sync, move, whatever floats your boat. Point is, it's as easy as ever in Windows 10. (And in some ways it's even better.)

Let's take a look.

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1 month ago

How to use Tasker to shuffle your playlists on Sonos by voice

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If there are two things we love in the modern home, it's Tasker and Sonos. Tasker is an absurdly powerful Android app that can fire off actions when certain triggers are met. Sonos is a polished lineup of connected home speakers that talk to each other seamlessly and plug into every streaming music service out there.

Without an IFTTT channel, it can be a little hard dealing with your Sonos using anything but the official apps, but with a bit of elbow grease you can get Tasker to play nice with your beloved sound system. Here we'll break down how to get a fresh, random playlist started with the bare minimum of fiddling with your phone.

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1 month ago

How to add a custom description to pictures in Google Photos

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Google Photos is steadily adding subtle new features to its service through updates to its apps and website, and one of the lesser-known new features is the ability to add a custom description to an individual photo. It just takes a few taps or clicks to get it done, and when you come back to a photo months or years later it could help you remember just what was going on.

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1 month ago

Top 10 Chromebook tips and tricks

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ASUS Chromebook lid

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 ten 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 month ago

How to edit your pictures in Google Photos on Android and the web

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How to edit your pictures in Google Photos on Android and the web

Google Photos has turned into a wonderful repository for every photo you take, and also works as a nice stand-in gallery replacement app on many phones. A gallery app isn't just about holding photos though, it's also about editing pictures before sharing them out anywhere you want.

Astute Google Photos users will recognize its editing powers aren't as strong as those found in Google+ previously or in many favorite editing apps, but that doesn't mean there isn't value to be had from making quick edits in Photos. Let us show you how.

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1 month ago

How to use Trusted Devices in Android Lollipop

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There are times that we want our phone to be locked and times when we want to bypass our phone's security measures

With the introduction of the Smart Lock options in Android Lollipop, we have been given the choice of four easy to use security tools to help keep our devices both secured from intruders but also easy to unlock when a security check has been made. The easiest Smart Lock to setup and use is Trusted devices. This Smart Lock allows your Lollipop equipped phone or tablet to bypass your lock screen security just by being connected to a Bluetooth device or by tapping it against something that has NFC.

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1 month ago

This is how Project Fi billing works

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This is how Project Fi billing works

Project Fi is an interesting new carrier choice with some great features, like access to two mobile networks and Wifi calling, but perhaps its greatest draw is the way it bills you for service. It's not unlike many prepaid carriers in that it charges you up front for service that you use in the month, but the way Fi refunds you for unused data, doesn't charge extra for overages, and gives you a clear and concise bill is intriguing.

We've used Project Fi for over a month now, and finally have two full bills to look at and see just how easy the billing process is. This is how it goes down when its time to pay Google for phone service.

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