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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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1 year ago

Setting up and using the fingerprint scanner on the Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact

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If you didn't know it going into your purchase, it's really easy to miss the fact that the Sony Xperia Z5 has a fingerprint scanner.

It doesn't seem to come up during phone set up and it's not obvious where it is on the phone. There's also only a very teeny tiny fingerprint logo on the box that indicates its presence. So, easy to miss.

If you've just got or are about to get a Sony Xperia Z5 or Xperia Z5 Compact here's what you need to know.

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1 year ago

How to use the Sony Xperia Z5 to stream on Twitch

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If you're into both mobile gaming and sharing your play sessions with the world on Twitch then you're in luck.

With the Xperia Z5 Sony has made it possible to stream your favorite mobile games directly to Twitch without the need for any third party applications or hardware. While YouTube Gaming allows streaming through its Android app, for Twitch this isn't yet a thing. Fortunately, the feature is built right into the phone.

Here's what you need to do.

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1 year ago

Inside Marshmallow: The System UI Tuner

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There is a neat hidden menu on your new Android Marshmallow phone or tablet that gives you a bit of control over your status bar and its pull-down menus — the System UI Tuner.

Once enabled, you can change the way your status bar and pull-down settings look and feel, giving your Android a more custom feel that would have previously required some rooting and flashing.

Let's have a look at how to enable it, and what you can do with it.

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1 year ago

Inside Marshmallow: What is Doze, how do I use it and what does it do?

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Android Marshmallow has changes deep in the operating system that can allow your phone (or tablet) to get better battery life. We see this mentioned with every operating system update from every company that makes smart devices, but this time they mean it.

Enter Doze. If the name reminds you of a pleasant nap while nothing pressing is going on, you've figured out what it is. It's a set of changes and rules that will put your phone to sleep when it's idle, which means you're not using as much of that precious juice from your battery. It sounds simple (and it is) but there are a few things to know.

You won't have to do anything to use the new Doze feature. There are no switches or settings you need to toggle, and once you've updated to Marshmallow it just works. That is, when it's supposed to work.

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1 year ago

How to keep Pandora from hijacking Android Auto

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Pandora has become one of my favorite music apps to use with Android Auto. Except for when it decides to hijack things and start playing atop other apps.

Here's how to keep that from happening.

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1 year ago

Inside Marshmallow: USB connection options

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You have an extra step when you want to transfer files to and from a computer using a USB cable in Android Marshmallow.

When you plug your Marshmallow-powered phone into a computer — Windows, Mac or Linux makes no difference — you'll have to tell the operating system what you want to do.

By default, your phone (or tablet) will be in USB charging only mode. This means no data is going back and forth between your phone and your computer's USB port, and only the 5 volt power is active. That's good for charging the battery, but means you can't see the phone in any type of file or folder browsing software, and the Android File Transfer app for Mac computers will pop out an error. Every time.

What you'll need to do is go into your notifications, and tap the USB connection entry. You'll get a dialog that allows you to change things.

  • Charging only is the default, and is used when all you want to do is top off your battery.
  • Transfer files (MTP) lets you copy files back and forth between your phone and computer using the Media Transfer Protocol. This is likely the option you'll want if you need to copy some files.
  • Transfer files (PTP) lets you copy files (usually only photos or video) using the Picture Transfer Protocol. This modes makes your computer think you have a digital camera attached, so programs that were designed to connect to a camera can grab photos and video directly from your phone and import them automatically.
  • MIDI is the option you'll use if you want to connect a MIDI device — something like a MIDI keyboard — to your phone or tablet and use a synthesizer app to create music.

These look like good options all around. The inclusion of MIDI support will make a lot of people happy, and MTP and PTP are options we've been using for a while. The issue is that you can't set any of them as the default, and you need to choose each and every time.

Choosing the correct option is not a difficult step, but in previous versions you could set a connection type as a default. This feels like a step backwards, and any of the reasons we have seen or can think of don't seem very sound. Here's hoping Google gives us a default setting option back in a future update.

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1 year ago

How to get better battery life on the Moto X Pure Edition

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If you want your Moto X Pure Edition to last longer, you're going to have to give a few things up.

The Moto X line of phones has never had stellar battery life, but for most users these phones will last the day with no problem. This is especially true of the Moto X Pure Edition and its 3,000mAh battery. You're trading battery life for features with this phone, and that means it's not hard to stretch your battery beyond your initial experience if you know where to look.

Here's a few quick tips on getting more battery out of the Moto X Pure Edition.

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1 year ago

A beginner's guide to the Moto X Pure Edition

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The Moto X line of phones has always been neat, but the new Pure Edition is something everyone can enjoy.

There are so many great Android phones to choose from this year, and for the most part you'll find each great offering appeals to specific kinds of users. For Motorola, it's all about context and helping the user out in every part of you day to day life. The Moto X Pure Edition is the latest and by far the most functional example of this vision, but in order to dig in and truly appreciate what is happening with this phone you're going to need to know a few things.

Here's everything you need for choosing a Moto X Pure Edition, whether you're an Android expert or this is the first time you've considered something with that little M on the back.

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1 year ago

Swapping out straps on the Samsung Gear S2 is quick and easy

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Samsung's new Gear S2 smartwatch is now available, and while it doesn't support a standardized watch band connection it is designed for easy swapping if you do have a properly-designed replacement. Whether you just want to switch between the two sets of bands — large and small — included in the box or have a different style to use, it's a simple process.

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1 year ago

How to use the Galaxy Note 5's 'One-handed operation' modes

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Note 5's one-handed operation mode

Having trouble managing that screen? Shrink it down on-demand when you need it.

The Galaxy Note 5 is slimmer and easier to use with one hand than any previous Note, but 5.7-inches of screen is still a lot to manage. Samsung has two tricks up its sleeve to help you reach everything on your Note 5's screen, and they're even easier to use than previous iterations of the software tweak. They fall under the "One-handed operation" heading, and we're going to show you how to use them.

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