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1 month ago

Understanding 'potential threat alerts' on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 potential threats

Samsung is making it a little easier to see which apps can send text messages

Some Samsung Galaxy S5 owners may have noticed a new security warning popping up when installing certain apps. Entitled "potential threat alerts," the message tells you (in somewhat opaque terms) that the app has "authorization to access Messages," while offering up a link to further control this setting. The security option on some Galaxy S5 models, particularly those sold in Europe, and it's actually a lot simpler than it first seems.

So what's going on with this new feature, and do you have anything to worry about when an app triggers this warning? Let's take a closer look.

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1 month ago

How to: Use Gmail to send and receive email from your other accounts

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Gmail multiple accounts

There are a few hoops to jump through, but when it's all said and done you'll able able to manage multiple email accounts in Gmail

GmailAs much as we wish we could all use just a single email address for everything, it isn't always possible or advisable for one reason or another. It's not uncommon to have email addresses from Outlook, Yahoo, your ISP and others in addition to Gmail — to say nothing of having a work email account. Luckily Gmail is capable of handling email from your other accounts, provided you're willing to go through the setup process and get everything tweaked just right. You don't have to install a bevy of email apps on your phone or manage anything on your own server, either, which makes this even simpler.

If you're tired of going to different services to check for email and want it all in one place instead, this is the guide you'll want to read. Read along and see how to aggregate all of your email activity into just Gmail.

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1 month ago

Google+: All about circles

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'Round and 'round we go — Circles are the key to it all

Welcome back to class We've already covered covered what Google+ is, but once you decide to take the plunge, sorting out your connections on the site can seem a bit daunting with the number of choices you have. It's not a one-and-done process like it is with twitter. Now, don't get me wrong, it's incredibly simple and quick. It's easier to build and organize circles in Google+ than it is lists in twitter or Facebook. But having all those controls and knowing how to use them are two separate things.

So, shall we? Let's take a look at what Circles are in Google+, and how you can use them.

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1 month ago

How to insert and replace the SD card on the LG G3

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LG G3 SD card

Expand your storage by up to another 128GB in seconds by putting in an SD card

AC University, the basicsIn most regions the LG G3 comes with a hearty 32GB of internal storage, leaving nearly 25GB for you to use as you wish. As is often the case, one size never fits everyone — and if you need more than 32GB in your mobile device, you'll have to resort to using an external SD card to expand it. The LG G3's MicroSD card slot supports up to 128GB cards, giving you more room than you'd likely ever be able to fill.

If you've decided to expand the storage capabilities of your LG G3, it's super easy to get that SD card in your phone and get to using it. Here's your simple guide for inserting or replacing the SD card in your LG G3.

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1 month ago

Google Play Books 101: Managing your library

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Manage Google Play Books

Google Play Books makes it easy to save books to your device, as well as remove and delete them

Android Central University — Google Play As the name suggests, Google Play Books lets you purchase and read books on your Android device. In the sense that it turns your device into an eReader, you might say it's similar to a Kindle or a Nook.

Google's actually made it pretty easy to manage your library. You can buy and save new books to your device. Play Books also provides a way to remove books from your device, which is particularly useful if you want to free up some storage space, and you can still read books with an Internet connection if you do this. If you don't like a book, you can completely delete it from your library instead.

Those are the basics. Join us after the break as we go into more detail.

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1 month ago

Security 101: Passwords

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Android password security

With so much of our lives online, secure p@$$w0rdz are a must

Android Central University — SecurityShow of virtual hands — how many of us use the same password for everything and everywhere? I hope everyone said no, but I'm sure not everyone did. It's high time we talk about passwords, and why a smart and secure routine is in your best interests.

While for many of us this is common sense, and for the more advanced users it's nothing new, a lot of us can use a little guidance here. There are so many options (both good and bad) and if you've ever had someone get and use one of your passwords, you know how important all of this can be.

Don't wait until that happens. Take control of your online security today, starting with your passwords.

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2 months ago

What is Google+ and why should I use it?

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Part social network, part beta system

Google+ is something of a black sheep in the world of social media. Even as a young network of three years that has grown faster than many of the current leaders, Google+ has been disparaged and shunned by much of the public for the moves Google has made with it. Google+ has long required users to use their real name as their screen name, a move which was made even more unpopular when Google announced that YouTube comments would take place through Google+. That requirement is now gone, much to the delight of SamsungKnight1134.

Recently, the departure of the public face of Google+, Vic Gundotra, led many to call the network dead. These naysayers claim Google+ doesn't work, it doesn't make sense, and that it's a ghost town. I'm here to tell you that they're wrong. It is alive, it absolutely works, and you should almost definitely use it. How do I know?

Because I wouldn't be writing here without it.

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2 months ago

How to change your default search engine in Chrome

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Chrome Mobile

Chrome may be made by Google, but you can choose to search with another provider if you wish

ACU The BasicsChrome, the built in browser on almost all Android devices, is Google's home-built browser for the mobile web. Google started packaging Chrome with Android so that users could have a more unified experience switching back and forth between their mobile and desktop browsers. One of the biggest features of the browser is that you can search directly from the address bar, much like you can on its desktop counterpart. Chrome makes it extremely easy to customize almost every aspect of how the mobile browser works, just like your full browser on your computer.

One of the easiest customizations to the browser is the ability to change the search provider that the application uses by default.

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2 months ago

Top 8 LG G3 camera tips and tricks

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LG G3 Camera

The G3 has a pretty great camera, but here are a few tips to make the most of it

The LG G3 has received plenty of credit for its fantastic camera. From general image quality to laser focusing and UHD video, this phone can do just about anything you want it to in the imaging department. When you first launch the camera not every feature will be immediately apparent to you, though — we're here to help with that.

Read along and see the top eight tips and tricks for making the most of your LG G3's camera.

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2 months ago

How to use Safety Assistance features on the Galaxy S5

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Safety Assistance on the Galaxy S5

Every Galaxy S5 owner should know how to use these settings

The Galaxy S5 is a fantastic phone for most modern "smartphone" tasks, but it's also an incredibly powerful tool in those not-so-good times when you need it to do some specific things in an emergency. Samsung has included a set of features on the GS5 called "Safety Assistance," and this group of tools will help you out big time in those rare emergency cases when time and quality really matter.

Diving into the settings to at least familiarize yourself with the Safety Assistance features on the Galaxy S5 is a great idea for anyone, but could end up being extremely useful one day. There's just a few settings to check and you'll be ready to go — read along and see how to manage the Safety Assistance features on the Galaxy S5.

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2 months ago

Smart Notice on the LG G3 - what is it and should you use it?

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LG G3

LG is trying to help you through your days with Smart Notice, but is it worth your time?

What's the best way to describe the LG G3's Smart Notice widget? Think Google Now, but much scaled down, and you're on the right sort of track. It's main purpose in life is to deliver you information before you need it.

But does it live up to that, and is it worth keeping LGs widget permanently on your homescreen?

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2 months ago

Using the S Health app on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 S Health app

Samsung has covered a lot of health and fitness bases on the Galaxy S5

Health and fitness has a big focus in the Samsung Galaxy S5, something we learned from the very moment it was introduced on stage. Samsung is making it easy to get involved in tracking your activity with the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone and the first-party S Health application.

S Health is a nice and easy way to pay more attention to your activity levels without the need for any wristbands or paying for any apps. Here's what it can do for you.

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2 months ago

How to remove notification tray brightness and volume controls on the LG G3

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LG G3

Notification tray space is at a premium, reclaim some of it by getting rid of those control sliders for volume and screen brightness

Notification tray space is at a premium on the LG G3, especially when – on some models, at least – there are slider controls for brightness and volume pre-activated in there. With these on, even that giant 5.5-inch QHD display has only about half the total space left available for, well, notifications.

Fortunately, if you don't want them, you can make them go away. Unfortunately on some of the U.S. carrier variants things are a little different to the unlocked, international model. Let's take a look at what's what.

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2 months ago

How to keep your kids (or anyone else) from buying on your Google Play account

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Google Play purchases

Passwords, passwords, passwords

Have we mentioned lately the importance of using a password? Whether it's on your device itself, or any of your accounts, you've got to keep things behind a password. And that goes for making purchases from Google Play as well.

Android Central University — SecurityA more recent bone of contention has been with keeping kids from racking up big bills on their parents' credit cards by haphazardly downloading anything and everything. That it's so easy to download apps and music and books is a good thing — but it also means it's easy to little ones to do so, ignorant of the cost — or the consequences.

But it's also pretty easy to protect your Google account so that there's a check in place before anyone else spends your money.

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2 months ago

How to set a reminder on Android Wear

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Android Wear reminders

Google Now has supported reminders on Android and on the web for some time, but with the advent of Android Wear, making sure you don't forget important stuff is easier than ever. And there are a few different ways to go about setting a notification on Android Wear — including on the LG G Watch, Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear Live — which we'll dig into after the break.

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