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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

How to extend your Android Wear battery life

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All the wires

Use these tips to get the most out of that little block of polymer

If you picked up an Android Wear watch, or know someone who picked one up, or just listen to what people are saying on the Internet, you know that battery life is a big issue for many new watch owners. The need for frequent charging combined with a tiny proprietary charging cradle to keep track of isn't the best experience in the world. Never mind the fact that finding a second charger is a bit like pulling hens teeth, so you have to take it with you or be at the same spot every time you want to top things up.

We've been testing different things over the past couple of weeks, and now we can stretch things out a bit further, and in a pinch can go two full days without the watch meeting the charger. Everyone uses their watch in different ways, but using these tips will keep your watch on your wrist — and off the cord — longer.

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1 month ago

How to build your own Bluetooth streaming home audio system

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DIY Bluetooth audio streamer

Get superior audio quality without spending a ton of money

There are a lot of ways to stream music at home. Dedicated Bluetooth speakers, like the Supertooth Disco or Jawbone Jambox work well, but because they are designed for portability they don't sound all that great. At home, the Chromecast is cheap and easy if you already have a home A/V system to distribute the music, or you can splurge and pick up a Sonos for better sound and features like multi-room broadcasting. But, as we all know, a DIY junkie always has his or her eyes open for something better.

I've got an alternative that lets you not only stream music from your Android (or any portable device that supports Bluetooth 3.0 or higher with A2DP) or computer, but will sound as good as you want it to sound, determined on how much you want to spend on speakers. Realistically, you can spend $200 and have the very best audio possible while streaming over Bluetooth, or you can spend $100 and have something that sounds really good and the satisfaction that you did it yourself.

And it's really easy to set up once you figure out which parts to buy.

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1 month ago

How to change your location settings in Android

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Android location

Sometimes it's best to hide your location in Android

ACU- SecurityWhen you first set up your Android smartphone you'll be asked about location services, and whether you want the phone to use them. Google has its own services, and sometimes your carrier will have its own that you'll need to approve as well.

That's just part of the deal, though. There actually are a few other options for location services in Android. And they can all affect your security.

Let's take a quick look.

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1 month ago

Using the LG Health app on the LG G3

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LG Health

LG is helping you track your daily exertions on the G3, if you know where to look, that is

You'd be forgiven for not realizing, but on the LG G3 you can track your daily activities with the built in LG Health application. It's actually a pretty nice application to have around to track your daily steps, runs, or map your favorite routes.

You'll not find it in the app drawer, though, so the first thing we need to do is get to it.

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2 months ago

How to send and receive money with Google Wallet

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Google Wallet

No matter the amount, Google Wallet has you covered for person-to-person money transfers

ACU — Google WalletGoogle Wallet does plenty of things, including letting you make mobile payments at some of your favorite stores and hold all of your loyalty cards, but one of its huge values is as a person-to-person money transfer service.

It's one of the lesser-known features of Google Wallet, but it actually works really well for transferring money — from small to very large amounts — to a friend or family member with nothing more than the Google Wallet app and an email address. Whether you're asking a friend to send you a few bucks for that time you picked up the tab at a restaurant, or you need to send a few hundred dollars to your brother to buy some concert tickets, Google Wallet has you covered.

Read along and see how quick and easy it can be to manage money transfers in the Google Wallet app.

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2 months ago

YouTube 101: How to change video streaming quality

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YouTube video quality

This is how to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos on your Android device

There are several reasons you may want to change the streaming quality of YouTube videos. You may want to downgrade the video quality because you want to cut down on the amount of data watching the video consumes. Or you may want to upgrade the video quality because you want to see more detail. Just remember that the video quality will be limited by the quality in which the video is uploaded in the first place.

After you've signed in to the video sharing service, let's talk about changing the streaming quality of YouTube videos. We'll be using the official YouTube app.

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2 months ago

How to set a sleep timer in Sonos

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Sonos Play 1

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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2 months 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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