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4 days ago

Basic accessibility settings in Android

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Hiding at the bottom of the Settings app is a nifty little tool

Android knows that we all have different needs

Class is in session, and this one is ADA-compliant!Android is for everybody, and that includes people who need help seeing/hearing or otherwise operating their device. To this end, there are system-wide accessibility settings baked right into Android, and you can control them through the Accessibility section to the Settings app. It's right at the bottom near "About phone" and developer settings.

Your own device may have much, much more — the LG G3, for example, has enough to fill a post all its own — but so long as you have Android, you should at least have these.

Open it up and let's explore it together.

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4 days ago

T-Mobile's 'personal' Uncarrier 7.0 event to be held at San Francisco store on September 10

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T-Mobile's scheduled their next Uncarrier event (this one being Uncarrier 7.0), and they're holding it on September 10th. The tagline for this event? "This time it's personal"… whatever that means. Unlike previous Uncarrier events, which have taken over convention spaces and theaters, this one is being held at the T-Mobile retail store at the corner of Market St and 3rd St in San Francisco. It's a little store. In fact, the sidewalk outside might be bigger than the store inside.

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4 days ago

The Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for HTC One M8

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Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for the HTC One M8

And here we have a look at the Puregear Hard Shell Case & Holster for the HTC One M8. It's a single-layer case made of a stiff plastic, but it's got a sort of matte soft-touch coating going on that feels pretty nice. (All the texture on the case helps with that as well.)

You'll get the phone situated in that main case without too much trouble. It's definitely a good, snug fit, so there are no worries about it falling out or anything. There are cutouts for the cameras, microphone and flash, as well as the volume rocker. The top and bottom of the phone are left exposed, so you can get to the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB port, as well as the power button and the IR port that sits beneath it.

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4 days ago

How to clear your browsing data in Chrome

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Chrome history

You can protect your privacy and cover your tracks by clearing your browsing data in Chrome for Android

 ChromeWe've all been here: A friend asks to borrow your phone (or just steals it), and you start to sweat, fully aware of what's lurking there in your browser history.

What if they see that you're secretly addicted to looking up random cat facts? What if they discover whatever other guilty pleasure you may have? Don't worry. With just a simple preventative measure, we can keep all those things secret. With Chrome on Android, we can clear our browsing data, or the browsing history.

Here's how:

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4 days ago

Join us at 4 p.m. EDT today for Android Central Podcast Episode 200!

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And just like that, we've reached Episode No. 200 of the Greatest Android Podcast in the World. How's about that. On tap today: We'll take a look ahead at next week, which is going to be a wee bit insane, what with the Samsung Unpacked event and the IFA conference in general, plus Motorola's event in Chicago for a new phone and the launch of the Moto 360, plus the Apple event in California. (And that's just the start of September Insanity — the CTIA Super Mobility Week is the week after.)

And as if that wasn't enough, we'll be announcing the winner of our HTC One M8 Phunk Studio Edition contest (the voting is pretty tight at the moment), and answering your questions live.

So join us at 4 p.m. EDT — that's 9 p.m. in London — at this link as it all goes down. If you can't make it to the live show, be sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss a single thing. And thanks for being a part of this milestone, and all the shows to come!

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4 days ago

HTC One E8 makes US debut on Sprint

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If the HTC One M8 is too rich for your blood on Sprint, its plastic-bodied sibling with half the storage is now available from the pin drop network. Meant for Asia and Eastern Europe, the HTC One E8 is now available in the USA, but just through Sprint. The E8 brings nearly the same specs and experience as the M8, though in a less expensive form.

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4 days ago

AT&T handing out $100 on new line activations

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AT&T has announced a new promotion, offering a $100 bill credit to customers when they activate a live with a smartphone on AT&T Next. The offer has been run before, and is extended to both new and current customers. The promotion runs through September 30, 2014.

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4 days ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for August 29, 2014

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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4 days ago

Optivent ORA-1 Android-powered headset takes to Kickstarter, isn't for the style-conscious

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Yet another Google Glass challenger has taken to Kickstarter; this time it's the Optivent ORA-1. The company, which is seeking to raise at least $100,000, stakes their claim to fame on running Android 4.2.2 (with a promised upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat and a "Flip-Vu" display that pivots up in front of the wearer's eyes or drops down out of the way (kind of not really).

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4 days ago

Waterproofing needs to be standard on every phone

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Galaxy S5

Having a waterproof phone just makes sense, and the tradeoffs just aren't as big as they used to be

I went camping over the weekend, and after four days in the "wilderness" (or as wild as I'll get involved with) I realized it's really awesome to be carrying a smartphone that's waterproof. And now that the compromises of having a waterproof phone don't amount to thick rubber housings, rugged styling or even flaps over ports in many cases, I'm wondering why nearly every phone released today isn't in some way resistant to liquids.

I chose to carry a Galaxy S5 in my pocket over the weekend, and not because of its software, camera or any other feature — I primarily chose to use it because it's the one waterproof phone that I have. I brought my Nexus 5 along (how often do I not have two phones on me?) as well, but it was tucked safely in a backpack for the times I needed it. The phone that got used was the one that would survive the inevitable spills, bumps and moist encounters a phone is often faced with when you're camping.

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