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1 week ago

YouTube 101: How to change video streaming quality

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This is how to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos on your Android device

There are several reasons you may want to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos. You may want to downgrade the video quality because you want to cut down on the amount of data watching the video consumes. Or you may want to upgrade the video quality because you want to see more detail. Just remember that the video quality will be limited by the quality in which the video is uploaded in the first place.

After you've signed in to the video sharing service, let's talk about changing the streaming quality of YouTube videos. We'll be using the official YouTube app.

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1 week ago

How to set a sleep timer in Sonos

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If you've got anything at all from Sonos — be it the smaller Play 1 speaker, or the room-filling Play 5, or perhaps a Soundbar — you're going to want to use it as much as you can. For one, Sonos is excellent. It sounds great and is one of the easiest ways to stream music wirelessly through your home. But it's also not inexpensive, and so I'm making a point of using it whenever I can.

When I was a kid I'd fall asleep listening to the old-school CNN Headline News on AM radio. (And that says more than a few things about me.) CNN has changed more than a bit since then. But then again so have I. And I'm now making it a point to put on something relaxing as I'm passing out.

To that end, there's a sleep timer available in the Sonos app, but it's a wee bit buried. Here's where to find it.

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1 week ago

How to take and share pictures on the Galaxy S5

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The Galaxy S5 has a pretty great camera, and the power of Android lets you share your pictures quickly with little effort

Samsung improves on the camera quality with each successive iteration of its Galaxy S lineup, and the S5 is no exception. The 16MP camera has ultra-fast focusing, fantastic detail in daylight and more shooting modes than you can shake a stick at. Pair that up with Android's native ability to share images to pretty much any app or service imaginable, and the Galaxy S5 is a fantastic every-day camera you can have with you to share the moments that matter most with the people you want.

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1 week ago

How to refocus photos with the LG G3 camera

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There's no need for any extra apps, the G3 can do it out of the box

Refocusing photos – or blurring parts of it out to create a depth of field effect – is all the rage these days and if you've picked up a new LG G3 you'll be pleased to hear you can do it out of the box. No need to download additional apps, such as Google Camera, with the Magic Focus mode in the stock LG camera app you can take and refocus photos with ease.

Here's how it works.

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1 week ago

How to customize the lock screen on the LG G3

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LG lets you tweak the G3 lock screen to get it just how you want it

As far as lock screens go LG has long made some of the better OEM efforts. That trend continues with the new G3 and it doesn't end with what you see out of the box. There are a bunch of different options available to tailor your G3 lock screen experience from wallpapers to widgets via app shortcuts.

It's incredibly simple to change up what's on your lock screen. Everything is contained within one handy menu, and to get at it you'll need to head into Settings > Lock screen. Then the fun stuff can begin.

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1 week ago

Using the LG G3's gesture controls

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Gesture controls are becoming increasingly common in Android phones — being able to control certain features by moving or flipping your phone dates back to the early days of HTC Sense. However it's easy to overlook the LG G3's gesture controls if you're not aware of them, and there are a few useful time-savers included.

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1 week ago

How to use battery saver on the LG G3

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LG has some built in tools to help you string out your battery life a little further

All the major high end Android smartphones from this year have some way to try and extend your battery life when things get low, and the LG G3 is no exception. While it doesn't go as far as something like the ultra power saving mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5, battery saver on the G3 can certainly help you to get more life when you're running close to empty.

Let's take a look at what it does and how you use it.

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2 weeks ago

Top 5 tips and tricks for using Samsung S Voice

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Samsung went to the trouble to make its own voice-recognition app — here's how to use it

S Voice is the bundled voice command application that comes with the Galaxy S5 and other Samsung devices which allows you to take all sorts of actions without having to fiddle with your phone. These five tips will get you up and running with S Voice in no time.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube 101: How to sign in and upload videos from the YouTube app

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YouTube is a great place to 'broadcast yourself' — and it's super easy to get started!

YouTubeLots can happen when you're out and about, and you may not want to wait until you're around a computer to share it with the whole world.

YouTube has been part of Google since 2006. With that being the case, it would make sense that Google would make it as easy as possible to sign in and share videos with the official Android YouTube app, right? It really is pretty easy. We'll go through the process with you, and you'll be uploading videos in no time.

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2 weeks ago

How to filter restricted content in YouTube search results

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It's dangerous to go online alone. Take this.

YouTubeYouTube is the world's largest video site because it allows anyone to quickly and easily upload videos. YouTube is great for sharing family videos, reporting on things happening in different parts of the world, and so much more. While YouTube is great for most people, sometimes you'll want to avoid the more explicit content that is uploaded. Luckily, YouTube has allowed you to quickly and easily filter out restricted content on your Android device.

The following instructions will walk you through step-by-step on how to turn on and off the SafeSearch filter.

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