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2 months ago

How to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Every now and then you're going to need to block a call. Here's how to do it on the Samsung Galaxy S6.

More and more of us are getting rid of our landlines and turning to our smartphones as our only connection. But that means the spammers and scammers and robo-calls follow. (And just wait until election season.) So there are any number of reasons why you might want to not just reject a caller, but block that number outright. And it's pretty easy. Samsung refers to its call blocking as "rejection," so we'll be using that term interchangeably with "block."

And there are a few ways to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S6. Let's rap.

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2 months ago

How to block app notifications from your Android Wear watch

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Always know when - and how - to block.

Smartwatches can keep us more connected than ever, bringing notifications to our wrists, but that blessing can turn into a curse.

An intrusive or overbearing app can make your Android Wear experience a pestilence, whether it means to or not, but thankfully, there is something you can do about it. It's called the Block app notification list — but we just call it the blacklist — and you can use it to screen apps from your watch and make sure that when your wrist buzzes at you, it's something important, and not just a reminder that you're regenerated all of your lives in your game of the week.

Here's how to banish an app from your watch.

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2 months ago

The first things to do when you get a new Android phone

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What's in the box?

A few tips to make the first hours easier ... and more fun.

Setting up a new Android can be fun. It can also be easy — just follow the setup application when you first start the phone. This will get you where you need to be with little or no fuss. The folks making our phones have really worked out ways to make setup easy and frustration-free.

Of course, you don't have to follow the manufacturer setup process and can do things in your own order. In the end, you'll have everything you want working the way you want. That's what Android is about — flexibility. If you're a power-user, or just want to jump in and start using your new gadget without wading through the set up process, we've assembled a guide to get you started. We might know a thing or two about setting up phones.

In either case, these tips and tricks are a great resource for everyone.

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2 months ago

How to use Easy Mode on the Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Easy Mode

If the Samsung Galaxy S6 is simply too much phone, you can scale things back (and make them bigger!) with Easy Mode.

Not everyone wants a zillion features on their phone. And even though Samsung has sort of streamlined TouchWiz in the Galaxy S6 (mostly by rearranging things or removing some options altogether), there's still a lot going on here. Maybe too much for you.

So if the default user experience is overwhelming, there are options. And one is the built-in Easy Mode. Here's how to use it:

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2 months ago

How to improve your HTC One M9's battery life

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HTC One M9 battery

A few simple tips and tricks to help your M9 last longer

Despite boasting a slightly higher-capacity battery than its predecessor, the HTC One M9 hasn't brought about a huge jump in battery life compared to the M8. There's still a lot of power-hungry hardware to run, and as such the M9 is good for about a day of use most of the time. Like most phones, more intensive use might have you reaching for your charging cable before the end of the day.

So how can you get more out of your M9's fixed battery, and solve any battery drain issues you might be experiencing? We've got a few tips for you after the break.

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2 months ago

How to turn off Briefing on the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung has changed a lot of the software on the Galaxy S6, but it kept the "Briefing" screen — but you can turn it off.

Whether you know it as My Magazine or the newer name Briefing, this Flipboard-powered news reader is again turned on by default as the left-of-main home screen on your Galaxy S6. While it may be a decent replacement for opening a dedicated news reading app for some, chances are not everyone wants to have it loaded up and would prefer to have their own content there. We'll show you how to turn off Briefing and reclaim that home screen space.

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2 months ago

The ultimate guide to Android photography

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Android Photography

All you need to know about using the camera on your Android in one place.

For many people, the camera is one of the deciding factors when buying a new phone. Some phones have better cameras than others, but chances are the Android you have now (as well as the next one you buy) is capable of taking very nice pictures, once you learn a bit about how it works and ways to tweak the performance.

We have a full Android Photography hub filled with great articles about pictures and taking them with your Android, but we also wanted to group the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your camera in one place. You've found that place.

Have a look through this great set of tips — from beginner to expert — and get on the path to taking better pictures with your Android.

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2 months ago

How to get better battery life on the Moto X (2014)

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The Moto X's battery is on the smaller side, but it can still get the job done.

The Moto X will get you through the day if you handle it well, but after one too many close calls rushing for your charger when that warning tone plays its grating notes, you may be wondering how you can keep your phone alive just a little longer to get you through the day. Maybe after months of hard usage, your Moto X just isn't quite keeping a charge as long as it used to. While quick-charging can help get your Moto X energized enough to play for a few hours quickly, here's what you can do to keep that battery going.

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3 months ago

How to customize the on-screen navigation buttons on the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9 navigation buttons

If back, home and multitasking just aren't enough for you on the HTC One M9, the new Sense 7 gives you the option to add a fourth button.

The ability to add and rearrange the on-screen navigation buttons on an Android smartphone isn't exactly new — but it is new to Sense 7 on the HTC One M9. And it takes just a few taps to get the job done. Here's how it works:

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3 months ago

Where's the Flashlight app on the HTC One M9?

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One of the most-used applications on any smartphone isn't where it used to be. But, yes, the flashlight lives.

If you've noticed something missing from the app drawer on the new HTC One M9 thus far, you're not alone. And it's one of those apps that you might well not see is missing until you absolutely need it. So where's the M9 flashlight?

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3 months ago

How to set up the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

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Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 has a pretty extensive setup process, but it accomplishes a lot the first time you turn your phone on.

While it sure would be nice for every phone to have the same exact setup process when you first turn it on, that just isn't the case. Even within manufacturers, new versions of software usually bring a new setup process, and while they may be familiar they aren't always the same. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge guide you through the process pretty smoothly and get a lot done in just a few steps — let us walk you through it.

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3 months ago

How to set up the HTC One M9

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HTC One M9 setup

New to smartphones? Just want a sneak peek at what to expect? Here's how to set up your new HTC One M9.

If you're a smartphone veteran, setting up a new phone is like putting on pair of shoes. Or socks. Or anything you do over and over. But if you're new to smartphones, or new to HTC smartphones, or just want a detailed look at what you'll be agreeing to when you turn on the HTC One M9 for the first time, this post is for you.

Here's a quick walkthrough of the basic setup process for the M9. It'll vary a little as carrier get their hands on things, but this will give you the broad strokes.

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3 months ago

BoomSound settings on the HTC One M9

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HTC BoomSound is more than just a switch — it's worth getting to grips with the various sound modes on the HTC One M9.

BoomSound, HTC's audio enhancement setup, is no longer the straight on-off toggle. On the HTC One M9, BoomSound comes enhanced with Dolby Audio processing tricks, and with it a handful of different sound modes to get to grips with, whether you're listening using headphones or the device's thunderous front-facing speakers.

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3 months ago

Moto X (2014) camera tips and tricks

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Moto X camera

The Moto X's camera is more than adequate if you know your way around it.

Motorola's original Moto X didn't have the greatest camera in the world. The 2014 model is a marked improvement, but still not as big or powerful as newer models like the Samsung Galaxy S6. It's a 13-megapixel shooter, and it's got a camera app that brings with it some of our favorite camera features and not a whole lot else. And we're going to show you how to make the most of that camera when you just have to get a shot — or a selfie — right now.

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3 months ago

How to pin (and unpin) apps in the Sense Home Widget

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HTC One M9 Sense 7 app pinning

The Sense Home Widget on the HTC One M9 is trying its hardest. It's taking a look at where you are, when you're there and what apps you're using and then surfacing them to the home screen in its predictive, adaptive widget. And it does OK. But sometimes you might want to make sure an app stays put, say, while you're at home versus on the road. And for that there's "pinning."

And this is how you pin an app to the home screen in Sense 7.

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