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5 months ago

The LG G3 has a menu button; here's where to find it

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LG G3 menu button

LG swapped out the menu button on this year's phone but still left access should you need it

Like Samsung and the Galaxy S5 before it, LG has swapped out the permanent menu button for the more "normal" recent apps switcher on the G3. In 2014 there really shouldn't be any actual need for a menu button in applications, but like Samsung, LG has left the menu button lurking on the G3 should you ever need it. There's just no mention of where it actually is.

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6 months ago

How to use Guest Mode on the LG G3

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Guest mode on LG G3

Guest Mode lets you give other people limited access to your LG G3

We've all been there — you want to show someone something on your phone, but without handing over the keys to all your personal data. There are third-party apps that can help out, but the LG G3 comes with a built-in feature that makes it easy to give other people limited access to your device.

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6 months ago

How to customize the LG G3's on-screen buttons

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Add, re-style, rearrange or hide your buttons on the LG G3!

Like the G2 before it, the LG G3 sports on-screen buttons so changing your key setup is just a matter of software. And the Korean manufacturer has a whole menu area dedicated to customizing the phone's on-screen keys. Head past the break to find out how you can add up to five keys to your button panel, and change the way they look.

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6 months ago

How to get rid of the LG G3's extra 'G' home screen

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LG G3 Smart Bulletin

Want to disable the LG G3's Smart Bulletin feature? It's just a settings menu away!

Among the LG G3's many new features is Smart Bulletin, an extra home screen page located to the left of all your other home screens. You'll see it represented by a "G" in the scrolling bar of home screens.

By default it's split between the LG Health application and Smart Tips, which gives you hints about features of the phone you might not be using. If's a useful option to have, but fortunately if you find Smart Bulletin isn't for you, it's easy enough to turn off.

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6 months ago

How to add, buy and read a book from Google Play Books

Google Play Books can make any Android device a great eReader, but how do you use it?

Android Central University — Google Play BooksSure, Kindles and Nooks have (relatively) long been forces to reckon with in the digital book arena, but Google Play Books allows you to enjoy your favorite page turners on so many more Android devices.

But how to get started? How do you buy and add books to your library? How do you even go about reading the darn books on the device? It's not anything too crazy, we promise. Read on to find out the answers to these and other burning questions you may have.

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6 months ago

How to use your songs as alarm tones on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 custom alarm tones

Wake up to your favorite song every morning in a few simple steps

Waking up in a morning is a chore at the best of times, but waking up to some of your favorite music can make it, well, a little easier. On the Samsung Galaxy S5 you're able to add such songs to the stock alarm clock app with ease. You only need to know where to look.

So head on past the break and we'll show you how.

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6 months ago

How to add the World Cup 2014 schedule to Google Calendar

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World Cup 2014 Calendar

Keep up with all of the action from Brazil and never miss a match

World Cup 2014 is only a week away, and if you're interested in keeping up and watching as many games as possible this year, one of the best ways will be to add the full schedule to your Google Calendar. For big events such as the World Cup, Google creates shareable calendars that are updated and maintained for you, letting you simply follow along and not worry about keeping up with the gritty details of every single match.

It just takes a trip to the Google Calendar website and few easy steps, and you'll be following along with all of the action from Brazil. Read along and see how it all comes together.

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6 months ago

How to add loyalty cards to Google Wallet

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Google Wallet loyalty cards

Google Wallet can do some pretty cool things, like store your loyalty cards — and we're here to go through the process with you

ACU — Google WalletImagine you're at the store — one of those stores that gives you some kind of financial incentive to carry around a loyalty card. But, in your frantic rush out the door, you forgot that little piece of plastic. Sure, maybe you could enter your phone number to get the same rewards or discount, or you could just pull out your phone. For many of us, the latter may be the cooler and/or more convenient option.

Since Sept. 2013, Google Wallet has allowed you to do just that. You can store loyalty card information in the app.

You may be wondering, "How do I get started?" Good news: it's really not all that complicated. And we're here to walk you through it. You'll be able to leave those plastic loyalty cards at home in no time.

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6 months ago

How to start and stop Dropbox photos syncing to your Samsung Galaxy S5

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One of the nice features in the Samsung Galaxy S5 gallery app is Dropbox photo syncing. If Dropbox is your chosen destination for photo storage in the cloud there's every chance you'll love this. It's also a feature bound in frustration for some, since it seems to be able to enable itself automatically once you're signed into Dropbox on your phone – or at least that's how it went down for us.

Thankfully turning it on and off is a simple process so long as you know where to look. As is turning it back on again if you decide you do want it. Head on past the break to see how.

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6 months ago

Six tips for creating awesome video highlights in Sense 6

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Six tips for creating awesome video highlights in Sense 6

The video highlights feature in Sense 6 lets you quickly and easily create quick 30 second montages that you can then share on social media or directly with friends and family. Sense will choose photos, videos, and Zoes that are stored on your device and mash them up. From there you can add a theme complete with music, and you're done. However, software isn't perfect and video highlights are no exception. Here are some tips on creating even better video highlights in Sense 6!

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6 months ago

Using Extreme Power Saving Mode on the HTC One M8

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Using Extreme Power Saving Mode on the HTC One M8

What Extreme Power Saving Mode is and how it can help you make the most of your HTC One M8's battery life

The HTC One M8 may have more than average battery life for a smartphone of its size, but that doesn't mean we won't run into situations where we can't get to a charger and we're running low on battery life. For that, there's Extreme Power Saving Mode. This feature can help you conserve as much battery life as possible, hopefully until you can get to a charger again.

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6 months ago

The LG G3's rear power and volume buttons

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LG G3

LG's latest flagship handset continues its tradition of back-mounted keys

LG broke the mold last year with the G2, switching from the tried-and-true side-mounted power and volume keys and putting its buttons on the back. And it worked pretty well, allowing the company to slim down its bezels while keeping the main keys relatively accessible. (Though that said, we were less enamored with the inferior design that featured on the Verizon G2.)

Back buttons quickly became a signature LG feature, arriving on devices like the G Flex and G2 Mini, and they're back on the company's 2014 flagship, the LG G3.

Check out our video after the break.

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6 months ago

How to take a screenshot on the LG G3

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Taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is as simple as pressing buttons or swiping the screen

As with most Android phones, taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is simple enough, if you know the trick. There are a couple of ways to save the image on your screen for posterity, and they're both really easy, as for the most part LG's using the standard Android button configuration. Only thing is, the main physical keys are on the back of the phone, so you'll need to go about pressing them in a slightly different way.

And there's also a secondary way to grab a screenshot and annotate it, using the built-in QMemo+ application. Let's get stuck in after the break.

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6 months ago

How to install Android apps from the Google Play website

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Installing Android apps to your phone or tablet from any computer with a web browser

Google is one of the biggest web service companies around. Their cloud-based apps and services can do some pretty wild and wonderful things, and we're about to look at one of them -- installing apps to your Android device remotely through the Google Play website.

All the complicated issues, like making sure apps are compatible and available for you, or keeping track of which device(s) you're currently using are done by Google behind-the-scenes, leaving us with just a few clicks needed to make some serious magic happen. All you need is an Android device registered with Google Play, and a computer with a modern web browser.

There's a complete video walkthrough of the process after the break, but we'll spend a few minutes and talk about it as well. This is the way I install almost all my apps, because I only have to find them once and can install them to any device I may have in service. It goes a little something like this.

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6 months ago

This tip will change the way you use the Secret app forever

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Secret

Kill the notifications. Just kill 'em all.

Secret — as in the app that lets anyone post anything anonymously (as if the Internet wasn't full enough of that already) — will long spur debate of whether it's the greatest thing to hit our phones since the last greatest thing, or whether it's just more crap. (I might have tipped my cards there a bit.)

One thing that's not really disputed, however, is that its Android notifications are next to worthless, nor are they properly implemented. There's absolutely no reason to have a half-dozen notifications telling you somebody said something. It's a waste of space.

Complicating matters is that while Secret isn't the world's worst-looking app, it's also not exactly designed in the standard manner. So the settings are a little bit hidden. We'll help you turn off those blasted notifications for good, though.

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