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Delving into the general accessibility settings in Android
For those who need it and those who might someday

Delving into the general accessibility settings in Android

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Android knows that we all have different needs 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...

Logging out of an account in Google+’s Android app
Because sometimes you just need to get away

Logging out of an account in Google+’s Android app

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Part of the "One account, all of Google" thing we wrote about recently is that it brings all of your services and data together on your android device once you log in. But sometimes, you don't need all of your accounts on all of your apps. Such as Google+. I have a professional account (well, professional-looking account, anyway), and all I do with it is apply for jobs. I don't need it...

A few more things to help Tasker newbies (or old Tasker fogg
When you turn the gear just right…

A few more things to help Tasker newbies (or old Tasker fogg

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Another day, another task We've covered Tasker and the very basics of how to use it, and now, it's time for you to start playing a little bit on your own. Think of Tasker as a toy as much as a tool and you can really let loose and have fun in it. Voice controls, plugins and a little ingenuity can turn your phone into your butler, your study buddy, and your best friend. Now, today I'm...

Why and how you might want to tailor your G+ notifications
Mr. Jingles is your friend!

Why and how you might want to tailor your G+ notifications

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Too many notifications can quickly overwhelm your brain We've been over why you should use Google+, and now that we've covered Circles and Communities, it's time to go over something that's almost more important than either of them: Notifications. Yes, notifications in Google+ are important because they can make or break the Google+ experience for you. If you're always flooded with...

The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out
Great work if you can get it

The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out

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The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out Many of you might've heard of dscout before; it was the app that Project Ara used while trying to hone in on its prototype. Users would complete surveys in the hopes of eventually being rewarded with a unit later in the project. And like many of you, when we fell behind on that (which for me was when they started having us...

What the cloud means for the Google ecosystem and its users
Keys to a digital kingdom

What the cloud means for the Google ecosystem and its users

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One Account. All of Google. I love that phrase. "The cloud." It's something we all see, some of us everyday, and yet we don't quite grasp the full meaning of those words. And that meaning is important. It's a very large part of Google's strategy and it is tantamount to understanding several of the 'grievances' that many users seem to have with Google and its services. But above all,...

Public radio app with functionality to match
Whispering in your Android's earpiece

Public radio app with functionality to match

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Nap-inducing informational radio at the tap of a button, but is it enough to keep you engaged? NPR, the gold standard of public radio, has a new web service called NPR One, which launched with a web service and apps for iOS and Android. The service ties in with your local NPR station to help keep you connected with local and national stories. However, in a crowded market with internet...

Making sense and making use of Circles in Google's Social Layer
If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it

Making sense and making use of Circles in Google's Social Layer

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'Round and 'round we go — Circles are the key to it all We've already covered covered what Google+ is, but once you decide to take the plunge, sorting out your connections on the site can seem a bit daunting with the number of choices you have. It's not a one-and-done process like it is with twitter. Now, don't get me wrong, it's incredibly simple and quick. It's easier to build and...