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3 months ago

How to use Dual Window on the LG G3

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The LG G3 is packed with useful features, and with Dual Window you can interact with not one, but two apps at the same time. LG isn't the first phone maker to implement such a feature, but with the 5.5-inches of screen real estate to play with it can be extremely useful.

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3 months ago

How to upload your own file to Google Play Books

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Google Play Books upload hero

Google Play Books gives power to the people to upload their own books

One feature I'm discovering on Google Play Books that I really enjoy is that I get to upload my own files, which I can then read within the Google Play Books app. Just keep in mind that the files should be of the PDF and/or EPUB varieties. The files you upload should also be DRM-free. DRMs are things that allow sellers to control what you do with their product to some extent. You can get DRM-free files from different sources, like Project Gutenberg.

Google Play Books actually makes a pretty decent eReader. One thing I think makes it pretty solid is it syncs notes, highlights, the place you leave off and more across all the devices on which you use Play Books. The syncing takes place with your Google account.

Let's talk about how to get these files uploaded. In this case, I just saw The Giver and I'd really like to check out the book and see how the book and the movie compare to each other. Join me on my journey as I upload a PDF.

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3 months ago

Android 101: How to 'forget' a Wifi network

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Wifi is a godsend. It gives fast, cheap data to these little devices in our pockets, and hooking in is a breeze. All you usually need is a name and a password. There are times, however, that you might want to tell your phone to "forget" a Wifi network. Maybe you don't want it to connect automatically, which for me is the case once I've landed on a plane, or gotten within sight of a Starbucks, even if I'm not going inside.

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3 months ago

Tasker 101: the basics

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A nice task/profile for a long nap...

You have Tasker; we'll show you how to use it

We've covered what Tasker is and what it can do for you, but as most anyone who uses Tasker will tell you, the hardest part of Tasker is getting started. The learning curve is a bit steep, but we're here to help you get the basics down and get you building your own Tasks and basic profiles.

So, grab the app and let's get started.

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3 months ago

Google and the cloud: all your things in one place

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One Account, All of Google

One Account. All of Google.

I love that phrase. "The cloud." It's something we all see, some of us everyday, and yet we don't quite grasp the full meaning of those words. And that meaning is important. It's a very large part of Google's strategy and it is tantamount to understanding several of the 'grievances' that many users seem to have with Google and its services.

But above all, it's about Google's cloud and what it does for you, your data, and Android.

Let's take a look at what it really means.

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3 months ago

How to change screen brightness on Android Wear

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Android Wear brightness settings

Making your Android Wear screen as bright (or dim) as you like is easy

Much has been written about how bright (or dim) the screens on both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are. It seems like most people wish they were brighter while outside on a sunny summer day, and most people also think things are pretty blindingly bright in the dark. Both are true, and I'm in both camps. Things get even more fun when you add the fact that the two currently available Android Wear devices don't have any method to control brightness automagically.

Luckily, screen brightness is dead simple to change.

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3 months ago

How to set auto reply messages for rejected phone calls on the LG G3

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We've all been there. Your phone rings in the middle of a meeting or other engagement and you can't answer, but you don't just want to reject. You want to be polite about it. So you can send a message with your call rejection to let the person at the other end know you're not just ignoring them. On the LG G3 this is a simple enough process to do, and you're even able to set up your own personalized messages on top of the stock responses.

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3 months ago

How to factory reset your Android Wear watch

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How to reset Android Wear

There are a few reasons why you might want to factory reset your Android Wear smartwatch. You'll need to do so if you want to pair it to a new phone, or if you're selling it... or maybe you're having problems with it and want to start again from fresh software. Whatever the case — and whether you're using the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 or something else —it's simple to restore your Android Wear watch's software to its out-of-box state.

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3 months ago

Top 10 Chromebook tips and tricks

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If you love Chromebooks like we do you'll want to see these tips and tricks to make the most of them

Millions of people are using Chromebooks, but despite their simple and "for everyone" nature not every powerful feature is easy to access. Every Chromebook (or Chromebox) is a powerful tool that's just waiting to be used to its full potential, and once you know a few tricks you'll feel like you're getting even more value out of your inexpensive computer.

We're rounded up the top eight tips and tricks for you to try on your own Chromebook so you can start making the most of your machine. Read along and learn a thing or two about the computer you're using.

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3 months ago

How and why you should subscribe to YouTube channels

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YouTube Subscription

Always have the best videos at your disposal

YouTubeYouTube allows you to watch a wide variety of content with the simple action of tapping on the application and doing a quick search. While scrolling through the millions of videos for something to watch, it is possible to stumble across a channel filled with videos that interest you

Fortunately, YouTube allows you to easily subscribe to these channels — say, for instance, the Android Central channel — so that you can find every new video released without having to go back and search for the video maker again.

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3 months ago

How to turn on and off location in the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera app

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Something important to many of us when we're taking photos on our smartphones is that the location information of that photo isn't recorded. On the flip side to this there's a bunch of people who absolutely want location information attached to their photos. Fortunately on the Samsung Galaxy S5 enabling and disabling the location tags for your photos is a breeze.

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3 months ago

Google+: All about Communities

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Communities exist for devices big and small, and gather together fandoms all

It's always nice to belong

 Google+When you're joining Google+, chances are there aren't a whole lot of people you already know on here. Certainly not enough to fill your Google+ home page at any decent pace. That's perfectly okay. We have communities to both help you make some new friends on your new network and to expose you to more content than you otherwise would be by just following individual people.

Communities are where I honestly spend most of my time on Google+. They can be fun or informative - or both. It's wonderful to share your passions and expand your knowledge. Most if not all of the friends I made on Google+ found me through the communities we both followed.

And here's everything you need to know about them. (Communities, not my friends.)

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3 months ago

How to use Multi Window on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Multi Window Feature

Multitask with a pro by using two apps at once with the help of Multi Window

Samsung's Multi Window feature was originally developed for the big screen on the Galaxy Note lineup of phones, but the Galaxy S series of devices have taken on the feature as well since their screen sizes have creeped larger. With a 5.1-inch display there's plenty of room to worth with two apps at the same time if needed on the Galaxy S5, and Multi Window helps you do just that.

Though not every app is supported for use with Multi Window, it's certainly worth giving a shot if you think you can get more done with two apps on your screen at the same time. Read along and see the ins and outs of using Multi Window on the Galaxy S5.

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3 months ago

The LG G3 shortcut buttons: Desperately seeking options

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This was going to start out as a post telling you how to change the LG G3 button shortcuts to work with other apps and features when the phone's sleeping. Only you can't actually do that. The phone is locked to launching the camera by holding volume-down button, or Quick Memo if you hold volume-up.

Thing is, that's all you can do. There are no other options. And that's disappointing.

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3 months 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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