Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner is a Writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes Google Play Music with a stick. When she's not writing help and how-to's, she's off dreaming about Disney and singing show tunes. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

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Acer’s new budget tablet tries to have and do it all
Good ideas, small price, lots of bloat

Acer’s new budget tablet tries to have and do it all

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Big tablet on a small budget With the Nexus 7 on its way out and the new Nexus 9 sporting a higher price-tag and size than many users are willing to put up with, folks are now looking for tablet options that fit into their lives and their budgets a little better. Acer aims to check all the boxes and then some with the $199 Acer Iconia Tab 8 — which can be found for almost half that...

The old adage put to bed as mobile continues to evolve
Wi-Fi isn’t just internet anymore

The old adage put to bed as mobile continues to evolve

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It seems fairly straightforward. You're not using your Wifi, you should just turn it off to save battery. However, this question isn't as straightforward as it might've been in years past, and while part of that has to do with software advancements, it still has a lot do with the the hardware of your phone and more importantly the trade-off between which radios you keep running. Most...

A compact car mount with a simple system and a decent range
An iProduct that won’t let your Android down

A compact car mount with a simple system and a decent range

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This mount stays where you put it I haven't used a window mount for my phone before. Mainly because the ones for my GPS units over the years have fallen down - a lot. But when the iBolt miniPro Dash Kit came up for review, I knew I should finally get over my fear of falling and try it. I've got a coverage plan for my phone for a reason, after all. That said, my fears seem to be...

Adding another layer of security to your Google Account
The USB key to the kingdom

Adding another layer of security to your Google Account

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Your Google Account is important. "One login, all of Google" also means one login will not only get you into all of your services and data, it potentially could let someone else in, too. And that's why, as we've told you over and over again, you need to use two-step authentication. That way, even if your password is cracked or — god forbid — stolen, any would-be trespassers have to...

A step-by-step guide to Google’s wrist-worn music player
Jam out with your wrist out

A step-by-step guide to Google’s wrist-worn music player

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There's room to improve with Play Music on Wear, but at least it's finally here One of the primary reasons for me to get a smartwatch was for music. Not to listen from it, per se, but to control music from it. Being able to leave the phone inside while I walk my laps is still a somewhat tantalizing idea, and sometimes necessary, as workout clothes (or any other kind of clothes for that...

Disney helps your iTunes digital copies jump to Android
The Mouse brings the magic to Android

Disney helps your iTunes digital copies jump to Android

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One complaint many a faithful Disney fan (or their DVD-buying parents) have had with buying Disney DVD combo packs is that the digital copies that came with those DVDs for a long, long time were iTunes-only. In February, Disney Movies Anywhere brought those digital copies out of your iTunes library and into their app ... which was an iOS exclusive. So, when you bought Frozen and your...

Moto X’s helpful features help keep your eyes on the road
Everyone could use an Assist

Moto X’s helpful features help keep your eyes on the road

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Using your phone in the car in most cases is bad. Sometimes, however, it's just unavoidable. For our part, we should try to reduce distractions while driving, which is why the first part of my own driving mode includes turning off Auto-Sync, so I don't get distracted by notifications I should answer at 75 mph (god bless Texas freeways). When you get a text or call, though, it's a little...

Google+'s somewhat random photo function can be controlled
Shifting from Automatic to Manual

Google+'s somewhat random photo function can be controlled

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Auto Awesome photos and videos are somewhat enigmatic to many, due in large part to the usually random way that they're picked and gussied up by Google. There's animated (Motion) Auto Awesomes, there's collage (Mix) Auto Awesomes, and then there are Movie Auto Awesomes. And while they'll show up on any device on their own, only the lucky users on Android can make them on command. Let's...

any.do launches its biggest update yet with Premium service
do anything with ease

any.do launches its biggest update yet with Premium service

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any.do is a task-oriented note-taking and to-do list app with quite the following - over 11 million to date - and today, those users are being treated to the biggest update the service has ever rolled out. This update is not just boosting productivity for you, but for your family and your co-workers, too. Most importantly, the service and its apps have been streamlined in order to help...

Getting into AutoVoice’s many methods of implementation
Unlocking the power of your voice

Getting into AutoVoice’s many methods of implementation

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Tasker does a lot. And it does even more with plugins, of which the unofficial king is AutoVoice. AutoVoice brings new worlds of functionality to Tasker and whatever device it runs on. On newer phones, AutoVoice can add to the hands-free functions of Google Now with little effort. On older phones, AutoVoice can replicate much of Google Now and its hands-free functions. And while I've...

Alcatel's first tablet comes with a MetroPCS data discount
Pop your data top on MetroPCS

Alcatel's first tablet comes with a MetroPCS data discount

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Data-enabled tablets can run you a pretty penny, but MetroPCS is looking to get you connected on the go without emptying your wallet with this, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7. Beginning today, MetroPCS will not only be carrying the affordable tablet, which will only run you for $149, but will be offering new data plans to supply them. These will be starting at $10 a month for unlimited data...

Recap of one of the tastiest Android events in the US
Android fever comes to the Lone Star state

Recap of one of the tastiest Android events in the US

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The Big Android BBQ is something of a unique Android event most years in that it's usually a few weeks before the next version of Android is released. This means that while project teams for things like CyanogenMod can still discuss a good many things, most are still waiting on the new version of Android in order to announce when and what features will be coming to their products and...