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1 year ago

How to set up and use the Productivity Tab on the BlackBerry Priv

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One of the things BlackBerry is loved for is its productivity credentials. One of the nifty features brought to Android with the BlackBerry Priv is the Productivity Tab, an at a glance view of some of the most important information in your day. You can get to your calendar, favorite contacts, messages and tasks list wherever you are on the phone.

Accessing it is easy once you're set up. A simple swipe in over either the left or right hand edges of the phone bring up the view you can see in the image up top. The best thing is you can customize the appearance and position so it's always there where you want it, looking how you want it.

Here's what you need to know.

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1 year ago

How to change the recent apps view on the BlackBerry Priv

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One of the few visual changes BlackBerry made to the user interface on the Priv over how Google does things was to the recent apps view. Some will like it, some will not. If you're a long time Android user you may well hanker for the traditional Rolodex view that's been with us since Lollipop debuted.

Fortunately, while BlackBerry changed things a little, it also left it very easy to undo and go back to something more as Google intended. Here's how.

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1 year ago

How to search Google using just the BlackBerry Priv keyboard

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The BlackBerry Priv has a pretty awesome hardware keyboard and its probably something you're going to use a lot. One neat trick is that you can just start typing and immediately search Google. We're using Google as an example here, but the same steps can also be applied to the on board BlackBerry Device Search.

Here's what you need to do.

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1 year ago

What are popup widgets on the BlackBerry Priv and how do you use them?

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Widgets on Android are great, but they can also be incredibly messy across your different home screens. The BlackBerry Priv has a fantastic way to keep using and interacting with them, but also hiding them in plain sight.

It's called popup widgets and it allows you to view any app widgets with just a swipe over the app icon. Keep information handy and visual clutter to a minimum.

Here's what you need to know.

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1 year ago

How to change the swipe shortcuts on the BlackBerry Priv

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On a regular Android phone, swiping up from the home button gives you access to Google Now. On the BlackBerry Priv it can do much more than that. Swiping up will give you three options instead of one, and two of them can be customized. Google Now is locked in place, you can't change that, but the left and right slots can be changed to almost anything you want.

Here's what you need to know.

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1 year ago

How to take a screenshot on the BlackBerry Priv

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We know that plenty of people who picked up a new BlackBerry Priv will also be new to Android. That's why we're here — to help you get to know everything about your Priv, and how to get the most out of it. Right now, we'll talk about something basic — taking a screenshot.

Taking a screenshot on most Android phones works the same way, and the Priv is no exception. A simple button combination is all it takes to grab everything you can see, and package it up as an image file.

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1 year ago

Setting up adoptable storage on the HTC One A9

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This tiny card is going to do big things for this phone.

We've been exploring all the goodies in Android Marshmallow with the Nexus line, but there's one tantalizing aspect of Marshmallow that couldn't be explored until the HTC One A9 came along: adoptable storage. Unlike the Nexus devices, the A9 has a microSD card slot, and while traditionally a microSD could take some of the burden off your internal storage, there were a lot of caveats. Even though there may be dozens of free gigabytes on your card, you'd be out of room on your internal storage and out of luck.

No. More.

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1 year ago

A look at the LG V10 Second Screen settings

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Having a second screen at the top of your new LG V10 isn't very helpful if you don't know how to set it up to your liking. It's there, waiting for you to add handy shortcuts to apps and contacts, or grab your notifications, or even just display the time or a friendly saying if that's how you want to use it. All you need to do is tweak the settings a little bit.

Let's dive in and see how it's done.

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1 year ago

How to take advantage of the new App Permissions in Marshmallow

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Marshmallow brought a number of new shifts for Android users, but one of the biggest applause lines was given to the overhaul of app permissions. Before Marshmallow, you had only one way to deny an app a permission it asked for: don't install it. In Marshmallow, you can install an app and allow or deny permissions on a per-app basis. This means that if you don't think this game deserves access to your contacts list, you can deny it access to the contacts list.

And changing an app's approved permissions is really easy, but there is a small hurdle you may have to overcome.

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1 year ago

A beginner's guide to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 5, all in one place.

If you're looking for top-of-the-line phones, the Galaxy Note 5 is bound to be in the conversation. With a great new design, high-end internals, wonderful screen and powerful camera, the Note 5 has a ton to offer. Many haven't been able to resist, and have already made the upgrade to a Note 5 — but others may still be on the fence.

No matter which camp you're in, we've rounded up all of our coverage that's required reading if you're getting into a Note 5. Let's get started.

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1 year ago

How cool are HyperLapses on the HTC One A9? This cool

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Hyperlapses aren't exactly a new phenomenon. Instagram's been doing this for a while on its iPhone-exclusive app, and Microsoft finally opened up its Hyperlapse app for all Android users this summer.

However, with the HTC One A9, it is the first time that HyperLapse has been pre-packaged in a smartphone's stock camera app. HTC has not only made its TimeLapse function, well, functional, it has made it cool.

How cool? This cool.

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1 year ago

Enabling Android Pay loyalty card location notifications

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Loyalty cards are great for earning rewards, but only if you actually remember to use them.

Using Android Pay, not only do you get to keep all of your loyalty and rewards cards together, you also can be notified when you can use the card. Simply by turning this feature on, Android Pay will let you know when and where your loyalty card can be used in the vicinity of your location. By then paying using your phone, you will earn rewards without being inconvenienced.

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1 year ago

How to set up the HTC One A9

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HTC's latest addition to its long-running One line is the HTC One A9 a mid-range phone with a small footprint and a small (but not as small as we thought) pricetag. It's got the best camera HTC has done in a while, a snappy fingerprint scanner, and a tiny battery that'll charge like a bullet. Both the feel in the hand and the feel of the software are snappy.

Given its unique offerings and uniquely changing price point, the A9 might turn more than a few heads. And if you're getting ready to add one to your life, here's what it takes to get your life onto the phone!

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1 year ago

How to add your credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards to Android Pay

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Now that Android Pay has gone live in the US, it is time to add all of your favorite credit, debit, gift, and loyalty cards to your virtual wallet.

Google has made it incredibly easy for every user to quickly and easily add their favorite cards to their phone. While every company may not be compatible with Android Pay, if your bank, or company that belongs to your gift or loyalty card is a part of the ecosystem, you will be able to add everything in your physical wallet to your virtual wallet in a matter of minutes.

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1 year ago

Five camera tips and tricks for the Sony Xperia Z5

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Sony isn't known for making enormous changes to its hardware or software between device launches, instead opting to iterate gradually.

The Japanese manufacturer finally made a few changes to its camera hardware for the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact but the software will still be somewhat familiar to anyone who's owned a previous model.

But, whether you're new or not, here are a few tips to get you rolling in the right direction with the Xperia Z5 camera.

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