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3 months ago

How to add, buy and read a book from Google Play Books

Google Play Books can make any Android device a great eReader, but how do you use it?

Android Central University — Google Play BooksSure, Kindles and Nooks have (relatively) long been forces to reckon with in the digital book arena, but Google Play Books allows you to enjoy your favorite page turners on so many more Android devices.

But how to get started? How do you buy and add books to your library? How do you even go about reading the darn books on the device? It's not anything too crazy, we promise. Read on to find out the answers to these and other burning questions you may have.

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3 months ago

How to use your songs as alarm tones on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 custom alarm tones

Wake up to your favorite song every morning in a few simple steps

Waking up in a morning is a chore at the best of times, but waking up to some of your favorite music can make it, well, a little easier. On the Samsung Galaxy S5 you're able to add such songs to the stock alarm clock app with ease. You only need to know where to look.

So head on past the break and we'll show you how.

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3 months ago

How to add the World Cup 2014 schedule to Google Calendar

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World Cup 2014 Calendar

Keep up with all of the action from Brazil and never miss a match

World Cup 2014 is only a week away, and if you're interested in keeping up and watching as many games as possible this year, one of the best ways will be to add the full schedule to your Google Calendar. For big events such as the World Cup, Google creates shareable calendars that are updated and maintained for you, letting you simply follow along and not worry about keeping up with the gritty details of every single match.

It just takes a trip to the Google Calendar website and few easy steps, and you'll be following along with all of the action from Brazil. Read along and see how it all comes together.

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3 months ago

How to add loyalty cards to Google Wallet

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Google Wallet loyalty cards

Google Wallet can do some pretty cool things, like store your loyalty cards — and we're here to go through the process with you

ACU — Google WalletImagine you're at the store — one of those stores that gives you some kind of financial incentive to carry around a loyalty card. But, in your frantic rush out the door, you forgot that little piece of plastic. Sure, maybe you could enter your phone number to get the same rewards or discount, or you could just pull out your phone. For many of us, the latter may be the cooler and/or more convenient option.

Since Sept. 2013, Google Wallet has allowed you to do just that. You can store loyalty card information in the app.

You may be wondering, "How do I get started?" Good news: it's really not all that complicated. And we're here to walk you through it. You'll be able to leave those plastic loyalty cards at home in no time.

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3 months ago

How to start and stop Dropbox photos syncing to your Samsung Galaxy S5

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One of the nice features in the Samsung Galaxy S5 gallery app is Dropbox photo syncing. If Dropbox is your chosen destination for photo storage in the cloud there's every chance you'll love this. It's also a feature bound in frustration for some, since it seems to be able to enable itself automatically once you're signed into Dropbox on your phone – or at least that's how it went down for us.

Thankfully turning it on and off is a simple process so long as you know where to look. As is turning it back on again if you decide you do want it. Head on past the break to see how.

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3 months ago

Six tips for creating awesome video highlights in Sense 6

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Six tips for creating awesome video highlights in Sense 6

The video highlights feature in Sense 6 lets you quickly and easily create quick 30 second montages that you can then share on social media or directly with friends and family. Sense will choose photos, videos, and Zoes that are stored on your device and mash them up. From there you can add a theme complete with music, and you're done. However, software isn't perfect and video highlights are no exception. Here are some tips on creating even better video highlights in Sense 6!

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3 months ago

Using Extreme Power Saving Mode on the HTC One M8

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Using Extreme Power Saving Mode on the HTC One M8

What Extreme Power Saving Mode is and how it can help you make the most of your HTC One M8's battery life

The HTC One M8 may have more than average battery life for a smartphone of its size, but that doesn't mean we won't run into situations where we can't get to a charger and we're running low on battery life. For that, there's Extreme Power Saving Mode. This feature can help you conserve as much battery life as possible, hopefully until you can get to a charger again.

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3 months ago

The LG G3's rear power and volume buttons

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LG G3

LG's latest flagship handset continues its tradition of back-mounted keys

LG broke the mold last year with the G2, switching from the tried-and-true side-mounted power and volume keys and putting its buttons on the back. And it worked pretty well, allowing the company to slim down its bezels while keeping the main keys relatively accessible. (Though that said, we were less enamored with the inferior design that featured on the Verizon G2.)

Back buttons quickly became a signature LG feature, arriving on devices like the G Flex and G2 Mini, and they're back on the company's 2014 flagship, the LG G3.

Check out our video after the break.

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3 months ago

How to take a screenshot on the LG G3

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G3 screenshot

Taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is as simple as pressing buttons or swiping the screen

As with most Android phones, taking a screenshot on the LG G3 is simple enough, if you know the trick. There are a couple of ways to save the image on your screen for posterity, and they're both really easy, as for the most part LG's using the standard Android button configuration. Only thing is, the main physical keys are on the back of the phone, so you'll need to go about pressing them in a slightly different way.

And there's also a secondary way to grab a screenshot and annotate it, using the built-in QMemo+ application. Let's get stuck in after the break.

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3 months ago

How to install Android apps from the Google Play website

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Installing Android apps to your phone or tablet from any computer with a web browser

Google is one of the biggest web service companies around. Their cloud-based apps and services can do some pretty wild and wonderful things, and we're about to look at one of them -- installing apps to your Android device remotely through the Google Play website.

All the complicated issues, like making sure apps are compatible and available for you, or keeping track of which device(s) you're currently using are done by Google behind-the-scenes, leaving us with just a few clicks needed to make some serious magic happen. All you need is an Android device registered with Google Play, and a computer with a modern web browser.

There's a complete video walkthrough of the process after the break, but we'll spend a few minutes and talk about it as well. This is the way I install almost all my apps, because I only have to find them once and can install them to any device I may have in service. It goes a little something like this.

Visit our Google Play mini-site for everything there is to know about Google Play

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4 months ago

This tip will change the way you use the Secret app forever

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Secret

Kill the notifications. Just kill 'em all.

Secret — as in the app that lets anyone post anything anonymously (as if the Internet wasn't full enough of that already) — will long spur debate of whether it's the greatest thing to hit our phones since the last greatest thing, or whether it's just more crap. (I might have tipped my cards there a bit.)

One thing that's not really disputed, however, is that its Android notifications are next to worthless, nor are they properly implemented. There's absolutely no reason to have a half-dozen notifications telling you somebody said something. It's a waste of space.

Complicating matters is that while Secret isn't the world's worst-looking app, it's also not exactly designed in the standard manner. So the settings are a little bit hidden. We'll help you turn off those blasted notifications for good, though.

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4 months ago

What to do if you lose your phone

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Lost phone

Android Central University — Security

Your Android smartphone is the most personal computer you own. No other device is with you virtually every second of every day, and so over the course of a standard two-year contract you'll be presented with plenty of opportunities to misplace it.

Fortunately, over the past few years Android has grown has grown into mature, stable mobile OS with an abundance of security features designed to help you out in just such an eventuality. But the solution isn't entirely technological, and there are a few common sense tips you should follow as well.

Let's walk through some top precautions to take to better protect your Android phone from loss, along with some tips in the event that you've already lost your phone.

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4 months ago

Five tips for avoiding viruses and malware on your Android

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Keeping infected apps off your Android requires common sense more than anything

Android Central University — SecurityIt's not exactly a secret that Android's pretty open, and that it's possible for bad people to do bad things with apps. That's possible with any computer system, of course. And like any other computer system, Android has checks and balances that help keep you safe. Most of them are done without you having to lift a finger. There are gates that have to be opened for malware to get through, and chances are the bad guys are hoping you'll hand them the key in the first place.

There are basic steps you can take to help make sure that doesn't happen.

We'll walk you through five easy ways for keeping virus- and malware-laden apps off of your Android.

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4 months ago

How to use S Note on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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The S Note app will come pre-installed on your Samsung Galaxy S5 and is a quick and convenient way to take both typed and handwritten notes on the go. You can even sync them with Evernote if you choose so they're available everywhere.

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4 months ago

How to change languages on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 supports a handful of languages right out of the box. You can apply them not only as your system language, but as the keyboard language as well. So if whatever language came pre-selected on your Galaxy S5 isn't your native language, you can easily change it within settings.

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