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2 months ago

How to use Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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How to use Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Private Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a convenient way to hide files you don't want seen by others, without the need for any third-party apps. When you're in Private Mode, all your photos, videos, and other files will be viewable. Exit Private Mode and hand your phone to somebody else. You can rest assured they can't see any of your hidden files, unless they know your code or unlock pattern.

Here's how to set up Private Mode on the Galaxy S5 and get started with it:

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2 months ago

How to set up your Galaxy S5 for better one-handed use

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How to set up your Galaxy S5 for better one handed use

If you're finding the Galaxy S5 to be a little too big for comfortable one-handed operation, there is something you can do about it. TouchWiz comes with a handy feature that makes one-handed use more comfortable and less awkward. Here's how to enable and start using it:

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2 months ago

How to take and edit slow-motion video on the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 slow-motion video

The following is a proven scientific fact: Kids playing in slow motion are cuter than kids at full speed. (And a lot easier to catch.) And taking slow-motion video on the HTC One M8 is a simple and fun way to add a bit of depth and differentiation to videos you take with your M8 — as well as what ends up in the M8's excellent Video Highlights feature.

So. How do you take a slow-motion video on the HTC One M8? Here's how.

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2 months ago

We have a OnePlus One, you have questions - ask us in the forums!

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OnePlus One

The ever-hyped and just-announced OnePlus One is finally making its way into the wild, and we finally have our hands on the device to spend some quality time with it. We've given our initial impressions after just receiving it, but there's no way we can cover every question you have with just one post. To hopefully answer even more of your questions, we've opened up a thread in the forums where you can ask all of your burning questions so we can get more information on this thing out there.

Big or small, we want to hear all of your questions about the OnePlus One — hopefully we can clear up the air about some of the device's mysteries. Hop into the forums at the link below and get to asking!

I have a OnePlus One - ask me about it!

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2 months ago

How to make your Android phone child-friendly with Kid Mode

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How to make your Android phone child friendly with Kid Mode

Before you hand your Android phone to your kids, download and enable Kid Mode first!

Kid Mode is a great app made by Zoodles that not only adds some great parental controls to almost any newer Android phone, it also lets them draw, learn, and be creative — under a watchful eye of course. All this can happen without them being able to access or mess with any of your personal stuff. When they're done, just disable Kid Mode and go back to using your phone like you normally would. Here's how:

The first thing you'll need to do is download Kid Mode to your compatible Android phone. (If you've got an HTC device, it'll probably be there already; HTC bought Zoodles some time ago.) If you see an install button, you should be good to go.

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3 months ago

How to remove BlinkFeed from your home screen in Sense 6.0

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BlinkFeed

BlinkFeed has become quite the hit for HTC and its Sense user interface, giving you an easy way to snack on information from your social networks, or news, or even upcoming events in your calendar. Just swipe over from the main home screen, and there it is. But if you don't want it there, it's easy to remove.

There are, however, a couple of ways to do it.

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3 months ago

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

How to set favorite contacts on the Galaxy S5

If you have a lot of contacts, weeding through them to find a specific person or searching can be daunting. That's why most smartphones let you have a list of your favorite contacts. The Galaxy S5 is no exception. Here's how to add a contact to your favorites:

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3 months ago

How to use and customize Quick Settings on the new HTC One M8

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How to use and customize Quick Settings on the new HTC One M8

Put common settings at your fingertips with Quick Settings in Sense 6

The Quick Settings panel in Sense 6 gives you access to a lot of the common system toggles and settings most folks use on a regular basis. From turning wifi and Bluetooth on and off to enabling Extreme Power Saving Mode, here's how to set up and use Quick Settings on your HTC One M8:

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3 months ago

How to make your Galaxy S5 look more like stock Android

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Looking for a more Googley GS5 experience? Here are eight ways to get started ...

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hot new Android phone of the moment, with waterproof credentials, a new soft-touch plastic rear and a highly capable 16-megapixel camera. But one major sticking point for Android purists is Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. Though it's been pared back, flattened and de-bloated in its latest revision, TouchWiz remains a polarizing UI. And some of us just prefer the simpler look of vanilla Android.

Fortunately, thanks to Google rolling out many of its own Android apps freely on the Play Store, it's easier than ever for GS5 owners to switch to a setup closer to stock Android. Head past the break to find out how.

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3 months ago

Using the Motion Launch gestures on the HTC One M8

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By popular request from a few folks in the office, here's a quick look at how the Motion Launch gestures work on the HTC One M8. You'll see some helpful pop-ups for this when you first use the phone. If you want to turn the gestures off, go to Settings>Display and gestures>Motion Launch gestures.

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