All Posts by Ara Wagoner

Two methods for using two or more accounts on a Chromebook
Sometimes one just isn't enough

Two methods for using two or more accounts on a Chromebook

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The little slogan for a Google Account is 'One Account, All of Google', but sometimes one account isn't enough to get you by. Some of us need personal accounts, joint accounts, professional accounts, work-controlled accounts... really, it's enough to make your head spin. And while Chrome OS using your Google Account login is blissfully simple, it leaves many users confused as to...

You can ask for opinions, but polls are easy to read and use
Let's put it to a vote!

You can ask for opinions, but polls are easy to read and use

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Polls are a nice, easy ways to gauge opinions. Politicians are always using polls to assess voter — and donor — opinions. Google Opinion Rewards pays us for answering their short polls. Here at Android Central, our weekly polls are one of the many ways we try to see what you, our readers, think about Android and the burning questions of the day. But what about when you want to get...

Get rid of that stock wallpaper and make your phone yours!
Make your wallpapers more personal

Get rid of that stock wallpaper and make your phone yours!

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You can tell a lot about a person by the wallpaper on their phone... Be it a battery-efficient black wallpaper or one of the millions of pictures of your kids that has consumed every byte of free-space on your phone, a wallpaper says a lot about its user. Even if they're still using the bland, boring wallpaper that came with it. It says: my phone isn't here to look pretty, it's...

Nothing has quite replaced the power button... yet.
Sometimes the old ways are best

Nothing has quite replaced the power button... yet.

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We're coming up with more and more ways to wake our phone up. Double-tapping the screen, using the home button, using the gyroscope or the IR sensors... with every phone it seems like there's a new way to take some strain off our power buttons. Manufacturers keep coming up with ways to make our phones more responsive and shorten the time between us picking up their phones and getting...

How Google's social platform and chat platform combine
Let's give them something to talk about

How Google's social platform and chat platform combine

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Instant messengers and video chatting go hand in hand with social networks. Facebook has Facebook Messenger, Twitter has direct messaging, and Google+ has Hangouts. However, Hangouts is a bit more than just the private messenger behind Google+ and Gmail, as Hangouts also powers one of the better live video broadcasting platforms on the net right now. Hangouts is an app with many...

How to tame a somewhat unpredictable home stream
Muting and blocking and notifications, oh my!

How to tame a somewhat unpredictable home stream

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The Google+ homepage — called the stream — can be somewhat unpredictable at times. That label at the top may say All Circles, but posts from your communities and from complete strangers — in the form of Extended Circles or Hot and Recommended posts — wind up here, too. It can be wild, it can be unruly, or — even worse — boring if you don't have your stream set up right. But with a few...