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1 year 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 year ago

How to take and share pictures on the Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera

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 year 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 year ago

How to customize the lock screen on the LG G3

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LG G3 lockscreen

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 year 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 year ago

How to use battery saver on the LG G3

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LG G3 battery saver

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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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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YouTube sign in, upload

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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1 year 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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1 year ago

How to change the LG G3's app-switching layout

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LG G3 recent apps

Here's a quick, useful tip for anyone who's just picked up a shiny new LG G3 — it's actually possible to change the way recent applications are displayed in the task-switching menu. Most Android phones give you a single layout for your recent apps, but the G3's task-switcher has three different views to choose from, and it's easy to miss this option if you don't know how to find it.

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1 year ago

How to hook Dropbox into the LG G3 music and gallery apps

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Dropbox and the LG G3

Get your stuff from Dropbox onto your LG G3 with ease

If you use Dropbox as one of your main sources of storage for music and photos then you'll be pleased to know that you can access it pretty easily in some of the stock apps on the LG G3. The stock Gallery and Music applications can hook into your Dropbox account and pull in your content with a few easy steps.

Sadly, anyone using the AT&T specific variant of the G3 doesn't seem to be able to do this. Sorry, folks.

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1 year ago

How to reclaim storage space on the LG G3 with smart cleaning

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Over time the free storage space on your LG G3 will begin to dwindle, that's a given. But it's not all down to what you're installing onto the phone yourself, it'll store a bunch of temporary files that over time can build up and build up. Fortunately LG has built in a simple method of seeing what's taking up space that doesn't need to be and for you to reclaim it with smart cleaning.

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1 year ago

How to use the Heart Rate Monitor on the Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Monitor

One of the big hardware advancements that Samsung included in the Galaxy S5 is its built-in Heart Rate Monitor, letting you keep up on your health with no additional accessories required. Even better, Samsung integrated its heart rate sensing technology into the same housing that holds the camera's LED flash, keeping the device slim at the same time.

Whether you're just curious about your heart rate from time-to-time, or you're considering getting more involved with your fitness and want to get solid readings while you're working out, the Galaxy S5's integrated Heart Rate Monitor is a great place to start. Read along with us and learn a bit about how it works.

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1 year ago

Using IFTTT with Google Glass

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We've talked about using IFTTT with WeMo for home automation, and with Fitbit as a way to get more out of the available data. We also offered an introduction to IFTTT for those not as familiar with the service — and today we are taking a look at how we can use IFTTT to get a bit more functionality from Google Glass.

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1 year ago

How to adjust vibration strength on the LG G3

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We've all been there, missing calls, texts, emails while our smartphone is in our pockets because we didn't feel the vibrate go off. Or perhaps you're tired of it shaking your desk to pieces every time it goes off. Fortunately, if you're the proud owner of a new LG G3, there's something you can do about it pretty easily.

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