1 year ago

LG's Mini View shrinks things down for better one-handed use


Sometimes a big phone is just too big — LG's Mini View scales it down

So you bought a giant phone. In the case of the LG G Pro 2, you've bought yourself a 5.9-inch phone. That's a whole lot of phone. And at times it might be too much, leaving you longing for simpler days, when you were able to use your phone with one hand. 

(We'll save for another time the idea that perhaps you should have bought a smaller device.)

LG's got your covered with the G Pro 2. With a simple swipe across the on-screen buttons you can enable Mini View, which shrinks things down to a more manageable size.

And that's just the beginning, really. Mini View has some flexibility to it.

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1 year ago

How to use Knock Code on the LG G Pro 2


Knock Code will come to other LG phones via software updates this year

With Knock On — wherein you tap the display twice to turn on your phone — has been one of our favorite new features of the past few months. LG introduced it with the LG G2 in 2013, and it returned with the LG G Flex toward the end of the year. And now, in 2014, LG's taking things a step further.

Introducing Knock Code. It's available now on the LG G Pro 2 and will come to other current LG phones later this year via a software update.

As the name implies, you'll no longer be limited to only unlocking your phone — now you'll be able knock (OK, tap, really) as a security function. 

Let's take a closer look.

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1 year ago

The Room Two Walkthrough: Chapters 1 and 2


Need a hand getting through the beginning of The Room Two? We've got step-by-step instructions for you.

The Room Two was launched last week on Android, and though some of you may have already started chewing on this devilishly difficult and gorgeous puzzle game, there may be many that are simply stumped at a particular point. We're going to walk you through the solutions for the first two chapters to get you on your way. Keep in mind that these are some significant spoilers. Don't read ahead unless you're well and truly stuck! You can also make use of the in-game hints in the top-left. That said, also be sure to take the time to read the notes left around each level and soak up some of the excellent story.

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1 year ago

An Android device and a DSLR can be really good friends


With just a USB OTG connector your Android device can be a great addition to your camera gear

Cameras generally scare me, but I do like exploring as many avenues as possible in pursuit of a good workflow. I recently picked up a new Canon 600D camera, and like all good nerds immediately started to look about for cool stuff I can do with it. Since I'd picked up a Canon, one of the first Android apps I looked at was the pretty excellent DSLR Controller by Chainfire. And, in hooking it up, I came across something that took me a little by surprise.

With no additional apps or tinkering, the Moto X I'm currently using asked me what app I wanted to use with the USB device. Two of the options were for photo import. This might be common knowledge to some of you guys out there, but it surprised me, so I figure I can't be alone.

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1 year ago

How to: Tell Google Now who your mom (or dad) is


Add relationships to your contacts with simple voice actions to make hands-free calling and texting simpler.

Google Now is getting smarter and more useful by the day, and Google's latest development is in voice actions with relationships rather than people's names. Starting today, you can now use Google Now to call people with close relationships to you via voice command. For example, you can now simply say "Call Mom" or "Send a text to my wife" rather than using their full names. If you have yet to assign a relationship status to a contact, you'll get a simple on-screen prompt to assign contacts to the relationship.

If you're interested in setting up this capability on your own phone, it's an extremely simple process:

  • Open Google Now and tap the microphone button at the top (or use the "OK Google" hotword on the Nexus 5).
  • Simply say "Call my ..." appended by the person you wish to call (mom, brother, wife, grandfather, etc.).
  • If you have yet to assign a relationship to that name, you'll be prompted again to speak the person's name.
  • Tap to confirm the name, or pick from your contacts manually.
  • If there are multiple numbers associated with the contact, select your preferred number for voice dialing.

And that's it! From that point forward, you can use relationship names rather than people's names for voice actions. While we're sure there are more, we've found these actions to work with: mom/dad, girlfriend/boyfriend, sister/brother, cousin, grandmother/grandfather. Give it a try with calls and texts — it may save you some time the next time you need to make a hands-free communication.

Source: Google

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1 year ago

How to get your iCloud contacts onto your Android device


Moving your contacts from your old iPhone need not be a chore with this handy guide

If you're just joining the Android world from a past life on iPhone, there are a number of things you might want to transfer to your new device. One of these is your contacts. Whereas on Android your contacts are backed up to your Google account automatically, Apple has iCloud to carry out the same purpose. Luckily, there's a pretty straight forward method to move your address book over.

There are apps in the iOS App Store that will sync your contacts to your Google account for you, but the method we're going to look at here involves just a computer and a web browser.

  1. Point your browser at iCloud.com.
  2. Login with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click on contacts
  4. In the bottom left, click on the settings cog (pictured right)
  5. Hit "Export vCard..." and note where the file saves.
  6. Head over to Google.com/contacts and log in with your Google credentials.
  7. Click "More" and select "Import"
  8. Select the vCard file you exported from iCloud saved on your computer
  9. Let Google do the rest!

From here, providing you have your Google account set to sync contacts on your phone (Settings>Accounts>Your Google Account) your phone will populate the People app with your previously iPhone residing address book.

As I mentioned above there are iOS apps that will do it for you, likewise similarly on Android. Motorola Migrate, for example, will move all your personal affects over from your iPhone if you've picked up a new Moto X or Moto G. But it's really straight forward, and the added bonus to doing it this way with your computer is that you retain a hard backup of your contacts list for yourself.

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1 year ago

Flappy Bird: 5 tips, hints, cheats and tricks to tap your way up the leaderboards


Flappy Bird strategy guide: top 5 ways to score higher and stay saner at Flappy Bird, the game everyone loves to hate ... or hates to love!

Flappy Bird is the hottest game on the Play Store — at least for the moment — and topmost on every gamer's mind is how to get a higher score than their friends without smashing their phone to pieces in the process. Flapp Bird is a fantastically terrible game, its design is derivative, its mechanics maddening, and its popularity no doubt the result of incredible rage-of-mouth marketing. Yet despite all of that (or maybe because of it), we can't. Stop. Playing. So how can you get better at Flappy Bird faster? For some games it's simply a matter of finding the right tips, hints, and cheats. Flappy Bird, however, is so simple, that there are few to no ways to hack the system. But that doesn't mean you can't hack yourself...

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1 year ago

How to watch the Super Bowl live on your Android device in the US, Canada and UK


Unfortunate restrictions may throw a wrench in your Sunday viewing plans

Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us, and although most people who have an interest in the event (and even those who don't) will be attending some sort of party for the viewing, some may unfortunately not have the option to watch on TV. If you're out and about , at work or traveling this Sunday, you'll have to resort to your phone or tablet to keep up with the action, preferably live.

The most ironic part about watching the Super Bowl on mobile this year is that the U.S. is the worst off for live streaming of the game in terms of options. Things are even worse if Android is your mobile device of choice, where you only have a single app that will bring you the game. Canada doesn't fare much better, and best of all the U.K. looks to have the most robust options for watching the big game live.

If you'll be out of the house for the Super Bowl this year, be sure to hang with us after the break and see the best ways to watch live from your Android device.

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1 year ago

How to turn on and off autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy S4


Need help toggling auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard? We've got you covered.

The auto-correct options on the stock keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy S4 might not be your cup of tea; maybe you'd rather have the extra screen real estate, or maybe you can't trust the corrections. Or maybe you've somehow lost auto-correct on your keyboard and desperately need it back to keep spelling with any amount of lucidity. Whatever the reason, we won't judge you. Here's how to get rid of auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

  1. Tap on any text field, such as a search box, e-mail body, or a browser address bar to summon the keyboard.
  2. Tap the gear in the bottom left of the keyboard, beside the Sym button.
  3. Tap Predictive text to turn it off and on. You can also toggle automatic capitalization, spacing, and punctuation as desired.

Voilà. You are now typing freely without any interruption from those damned dirty robots or have enabled your spelling savior, whatever the case may be. Remember, there are fantastic third-party keyboards out there to check out too, like SwiftKey and Swype

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1 year ago

How to record your screen in Android 4.4 KitKat


We've previously walked through the basics of screen recording in Android 4.4 KitKat. For those of us familiar with command-line tools, it's just a matter of plugging in and issuing a single command, really. You don't need root access.

But if you need a little extra help, the Google's Joe Fernandez and the Android Developers account have put together a great walkthrough video, showing each step and offering up some great tips.

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1 year ago

How to upgrade the SSD in your Acer C720 Chromebook


Whether you're planning to run Linux or just need more space to work with, an SSD upgrade is easy and cost-effective.

Chromebooks are all about working in the cloud, and we admit there's not a whole lot you can do on one without an active internet connection. But sometimes you want to have a local copy of those cloud backed-up files. Or maybe you want to carry around 20GB worth of movies and music to watch offline when streaming isn't an option. And let's not forget how simple it can be to load up your favorite copy of Linux onto your Chromebook if you want to break out of just using Chrome OS.

Whatever the reason, you may find the paltry offering of a 16GB SSD on the Acer C720 Chromebook to be lacking for some use cases out there. You can pick up a C720P model with 32GB of internal storage — and a touchscreen — for $50 more than the regular C720, but what if you already have one or need more than 32GB? Well, it turns out it's extremely simple to replace the SSD in the Acer C720, and we're going to show you how to do it.

Hit the break for the entire step-by-step process.

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1 year ago

Issues with texts after moving to Android from iPhone? Here's an easy fix!


Here's how to rectify one of the most annoying things about moving over from an iPhone

If you've joined the world of Android from using an iPhone – welcome, by the way! – you might be finding yourself in a position of epic frustration when it comes to getting your text messages. The problem materializes when iMessage tries to intercept your messages from your still iPhone using friends, and unless you've told all of them to send a regular text instead, you might be missing out for a couple of weeks. Fortunately, there's a couple of things you can do, as outlined by our good pals over at iMoreLet's take a look.

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1 year ago

How to take a screenshot with the Samsung Galaxy S4


Whether you want to share what you see on your phone to a friend, or just need to save something for future reference, a simple screenshot is the quickest way to get that done. All it takes is a basic key press combination:

  1. Open the screen you’d like to capture. 
  2. Press and hold the power button on the right side and the home button at the same time. Wait for the border around the screen to flash white. 

The image will then be saved to your device. You can quickly access it by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the image in the notification tray. You can also delete, edit, or share the screenshots thanks to helpful shortcuts there.

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1 year ago

You can now 'star' contacts through Gmail


From emails to contacts the star makes it easy to find the most important things

For years we have used Google's starring system to keep track of important emails, and now you're able to star your contacts as well. Keeping track of huge contact lists can be a bit of a difficult task — finding the people you want to communicate with may not always be quick and easy, but Google has changed that.

Now you will be able to star contacts so that they will show up in a starred list instead of just the general contacts list. If you'll recall, you've been able to "favorite" (star) contacts through the People app for some time now — this will now sync throughout your account. The process of starring a contact is really quick and easy, and can be done right from your Android device:

  1. Launch the Gmail App.
  2. Open an email from the contact you wish to star.
  3. Tap on their avatar in the top left corner.
  4. A window will pop up with contact information and you will see a star on the right side under the photo.
  5. Tap the star (so that it is filled in) and that is it.

That's all there is to the process -- pretty simple really. Starring a contact will not only easily allow you to find them in a sea of contacts in your list, but will also show them in your dialer and on the web so you can call with ease. Whether you have a large or small contact list, this helpful tip will ensure that your most important contacts are easy to reach.

Source: Google+

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1 year ago

5 quick tips for better holiday photos from your Android


Get the most out of the camera in your pocket

For many of us, taking pictures is something we do all year. But during the holidays, there are often so many moments to capture that almost everyone with a camera — including the one on your Android — will want to be snapping a few pictures and making memories they can share and keep forever. The real photobugs in the crowd will have their fancy gear out, and a few will have a good camera with them, but everyone with an Android has a capable camera, too.

With a few tips, you can get pictures you'll love from every Android phone. Maybe they won't make the cover of National Geographic or Time, but pictures you can share on Facebook or with friends and family are really what most of us are asking for. Forget all the talk about which Android phone has the better camera, grab the Android you have and follow past the break for some tips to get the most out of your holiday pictures with it.

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