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5 months ago

How to use the Heart Rate Monitor on the Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Heart Rate Monitor

One of the big hardware advancements that Samsung included in the Galaxy S5 is its built-in Heart Rate Monitor, letting you keep up on your health with no additional accessories required. Even better, Samsung integrated its heart rate sensing technology into the same housing that holds the camera's LED flash, keeping the device slim at the same time.

Whether you're just curious about your heart rate from time-to-time, or you're considering getting more involved with your fitness and want to get solid readings while you're working out, the Galaxy S5's integrated Heart Rate Monitor is a great place to start. Read along with us and learn a bit about how it works.

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5 months ago

Using IFTTT with Google Glass

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We've talked about using IFTTT with WeMo for home automation, and with Fitbit as a way to get more out of the available data. We also offered an introduction to IFTTT for those not as familiar with the service — and today we are taking a look at how we can use IFTTT to get a bit more functionality from Google Glass.

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5 months ago

How to adjust vibration strength on the LG G3

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We've all been there, missing calls, texts, emails while our smartphone is in our pockets because we didn't feel the vibrate go off. Or perhaps you're tired of it shaking your desk to pieces every time it goes off. Fortunately, if you're the proud owner of a new LG G3, there's something you can do about it pretty easily.

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5 months ago

How to mirror your Android screen with Chromecast

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Chromecast Screen Mirroring

Some of the most popular devices out there today can get in on this great new Chromecast feature — we'll show you how

Now that Google has finally flipped the switch to enable full-on screen mirroring of your Android device to the Chromecast, everyone is eager to get up and running to project their phone or tablet to the big screen. Whether or not you'll be able to cast its screen to Chromecast and how you accomplish it can be a bit different depending on your device, but we're here to clear things up.

For Nexus and Google Play edition devices running Android KitKat and later, the ability to do screen mirroring to Chromecast is baked right into the operating system and an update to Google Play Services 5.0. For devices running a modified version of of Android, you'll need to be using the updated Chromecast app. In either case, Chromecast screen mirroring is currently in "beta" state and restricted to a small number of popular devices.

If you do happen to have a supported device, you'll be happy to know that the process of getting your Android screen mirrored to your Chromecast is extremely simple. Read along for the details.

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5 months ago

How to block and mute users on Twitter

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Twitter

You may want to limit contact with some Twitter accounts. This is how to do it.

We know that there might be situations in which you would want to limit contact with certain people or groups on Twitter. Whatever the reason, there are ways to go about doing so. First, you can mute users. This will prevent their tweets from showing up in your timeline. If you want to prevent somebody from sending you messages or from following you, then blocking is the way to go.

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5 months ago

How to enable Easy Mode on the Galaxy S5

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Galaxy S5 Easy Mode

Whether it's for a new user or just to have something simpler, Easy Mode is quick to enable and configure

We all carry around a literal pocket computer with us every day, and the Galaxy S5 takes that notion to the extreme with its laundry list of great features and capabilities. We know not everyone needs access to all of that at once, though, and luckily there's a simple way to scale down the experience with Samsung's "Easy Mode" on the GS5.

Whether its because the phone will be used by a less-experienced user or you just want to simplify things for a short period of time, Easy Mode will give your phone an easier-to-handle homescreen experience, basic settings and easy access to just the things you need with fewer frills. Best of all it's easy to switch between Easy Mode and your standard homescreen experience without losing any data or settings. If you (or someone you know) may have a use for Easy Mode, be sure to read along and get all the details on how to use this feature on your Galaxy S5.

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5 months ago

How to use quiet mode on the LG G3

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LG G3 quiet mode

The LG G3 has its own do not disturb feature, here's what you need to know

Android L might be bringing – finally – a fully fledged do not disturb mode baked in to the operating system, but with the LG G3 you're already getting something along those lines with quiet mode. Activated either manually or at set times of the day, quiet mode has various configurable features to help give you the best experience.

Read on to see what it can do for you.

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5 months ago

How to change the strap on your Android Wear watch

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A new strap changes both the look and feel of your new Android watch

So you have Android strapped to your wrist with your new LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live. Pretty cool, isn't it? We know both devices are far from perfect, and Android Wear is still in its infancy, but chances are you'll be sporting your new watch daily and putting it to good use — that's why we bought the things, right?

If this sounds like you, you probably want to change out the strap that came bundled with your new watch. There's nothing inherently wrong with the straps on either watch, but there are so many options out there that can make your new watch more comfortable to wear and even make it look better while doing it. The good news is that it's easy to do, and uses standard 22mm straps. All you need is a well-lit place to work, your new strap, and some sort of tool to push in the springbars.

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5 months ago

Using one-handed operation mode on the LG G3

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LG makes it easier to use certain parts of the G3 with just one hand

Despite doing an incredible job once again packing a large display into a form factor that wouldn't usually befit it, the LG G3 is a large phone. 5.5-inches isn't small no matter how large your hands are and to help make one-handed use a little easier LG has included a set of options for using the phone in this way. It isn't as extreme as Samsung's efforts on the Galaxy S5 in this area, but LG has covered off three of the main areas.

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5 months ago

How to turn on the LG G Watch

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LG G Watch power button

With no obvious power button, switching the G Watch back on can be a little tricky

The LG G Watch is designed to be an always-on device, whether it's on your wrist or resting on its charging cradle. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you might need to switch it off completely. Maybe you're traveling somewhere without Internet connectivity, or you're using a different watch and want to save the device's power. Switching the G Watch off is easy enough, but turning it back on again is a bit of a head-scratcher. With no buttons on the front or side of the smartwatch, it's not exactly obvious how you're supposed to return it to life.

Fortunately we've got everything you need to know down below.

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5 months ago

How to change the watch face on your Android Wear watch

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Aviator watch face

Android WearOne of the first things many of us will want to do when we get an Android Wear device is customize it a little bit. There will be plenty of apps come along for the new breed of smartwatch, and possibly we'll see replacement user interfaces just like we do on our smartphones, but I'm talking about something more basic — changing the default watch face.

Changing your watch face is easy to do, and really changes the look of the device on your wrist. You change them much the same way you would change the wallpaper on your Android phone or tablet, with just a few swipes and taps to make it all happen. Have a peek and see how it's done.

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5 months ago

Using Android Device Manager

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Android Device Manager

Whether it's under the couch or in the hands of the bad guy, Android Device Manager will help you find or erase your missing phone

Android Central University — SecurityWhile we hope you'll never need to use it, Android has a great native tool to help locate and remote wipe a lost or stolen phone. It's called Android Device Manager, and all you need is a Google account to set it up on your phone, and you can use any other online device to track it down or wipe it. The important thing, though, is that you need to have it set up and ready before anything bad happens.

That's where we come in. We'll help you get it set up and have a look at what you can do with it. In just a few easy steps you'll know all there is to know about Android Device Manager.

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5 months ago

How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

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Chromebook Screenshot

Whether you're giving someone a tutorial or just need to send off a quick picture, Chrome OS makes taking screenshots simple.

Android Central UniversityThere are plenty of reasons why you'd need to take a screenshot on any operating system, and Chrome OS is no different. Luckily Google has included comprehensive support for the function in Chrome OS, and with just a few easy keystrokes you can take and manage screenshots on your Chromebook.

Your Chromebook offers full-screen and limited selection screenshots, as well as quick and easy access to the files including the ability to copy screenshots directly to your clipboard. Read along and learn a few quick tips on how to take and manage screenshots on your Chromebook.

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5 months ago

How to save a map for use offline in Google Maps

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Offline Maps

Sometimes, you have to go off the grid

Android Central University — Google MapsGoogle has reintroduced offline maps in a recent update of the Google Maps application, and as Google often does, they leave a little mystery about how you can use them and how to download one.

That's where we come in. We'll show you how to download and "install" a map for offline use and tell you how you can use them so you're not searching support docs when the time comes. It's really easy, and you already have everything you need installed!

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5 months ago

'My Apps': What is it, and what can you do with it?

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Google Play Store

Take control of the installed apps on your devices

Android Central UniversityGoogle Play has made some serious usability improvements since it launched to replace the now-ancient-sounding Android Market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still have a few tricks up its sleeves. One of the best features of the Play Store is its ability to keep track of every app you have installed, or did have installed in the past. And with the crazy number of apps available, we wouldn't blame you if you had trouble keeping track of them. The "My Apps" section of the Play Store app is the powerful portal to these app listings, and we're going to show you how to take advantage of its capabilities.

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