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11 months ago

How to set up Google Home


At long last, Google's answer to Amazon Echo is here.

Whether you pre-ordered yours the instant you saw it during Google's presentation or just grabbed one at Best Buy or Walmart on a curious whim, Google Home is in your home, which now begs the question: how do you make this little white air freshener work? Without a screen, Google Home is reliant on a smartphone to set up, just like a Chromecast. In fact, you'll use the same app you set up your Chromecast with, the recently renamed Google Home app.

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11 months ago

Check to see if you're covered by Google's Project Fi network


Networks, when you think about it, come down to one thing: coverage.

If you're not covered where you live, work and travel ... well, nothing else matters. But in partnering with three U.S. carriers — Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular — Google's Project Fi definitely has an interesting advantage. (And remember you also have calling available over Wi-Fi when you need it.)

But the question stands: will you have Project Fi coverage where you live, work and travel? And, of course, there's a handy map for that.

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12 months ago

How to use Google Home with Chromecast

How to use Google Home with Chromecast

If you know the right commands, Google Home and Chromecast can come together to simplify media in your home.

Google Home sits in an interesting place. Not only can it operate independently to answer questions and stream its own media, it can also work with the Google Cast protocol in two different ways. You can Cast audio to from one of hundreds of apps directly to Google Home, but Home itself can also work as a controller to have other Cast-enabled devices start up their own streams.

If you have a Google Home and are looking to integrate it smoothly into your existing set of Google Cast devices — whether those are Chromecasts, Cast-ready speakers or Android TVs — we have a few great tips for getting started and making the most of your connected media streamers.

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1 year ago

Pixel Plus: How to make your phone look like a Pixel (and better)


There's a lot of beauty in Google's shiny new Pixel, and that extends to the Pixel Launcher.

The clean lines of the redesigned Google widget atop the screen, the whimsical portholes for folder icons, the faint white bar behind the dock … Google did a lot of interesting things with its new launcher layout, and while I'm all for the Pixel look, let's face it: not all of us have 800 bucks for a Pixel. And even those with a Pixel can get fed up with the launcher's limitations when it comes to desktop grid size and icon packs. Don't worry! You don't have to give up your sweet Pixely theme just because you're giving up the Pixel Launcher.

Luckily for us, two of the most popular replacement launchers on the market have already done most of the work for us; all we have to do is turn the proper settings on. We'll show you how to bring out the Pixel in Nova Launcher and Action Launcher, and how to put it all together.

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1 year ago

Google Pixel lens flare: What it is, and how to avoid it

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There's a "problem" hitting Pixel phones: camera lens flare.

One thing is clear: when you're taking pictures with your Pixel of scenes that have one main source of bright light, you can often see what's known as "lens flare." It is definitely A Thing, but how widely this is happening and how unusual it is compared to other cameras (phone or not) is rather overblown.

To better understand what lens flare is, how it happens and how to help avoid it when shooting with your Pixel, we have a comprehensive explanation for you. Read on.

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1 year ago

How to use the Simple home screen on Honor 8


Make your Honor 8 a little simpler, and a little easier to use.

Are you looking to make the Honor 8 even simpler to use? The icons can be somewhat small, and the settings list too long, but all of that can be changed. You don't have to squint to try and find what you are looking for, or scroll for hours looking for something that you can't find. In just a few simple taps you can turn that pesky home screen into one that is much easier to see and use. Here's how you do it.

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1 year ago

How to enable two-step verification on WhatsApp


It's time to secure your WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp rolled out two-step verification on its platform, giving users the ability to secure their accounts with a passcode. The service relies on an SMS confirmation whenever you set it up on a new phone, and the new measure provides an added layer of security. Given the relative ease with which you can set it up and the added security benefits, there's no reason not to create a passcode for your WhatsApp account.

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1 year ago

How to sign up for the Samsung Galaxy Beta Program

Galaxy Beta Program on the Galaxy S7

Samsung wants to give you an early look at Nougat.

If you have a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, you can sign up for the Galaxy Beta Program and get an early look at Samsung's latest software. All it takes is installing an app, registering and then receiving an update to check out Android 7.0 Nougat right on your Galaxy phone. Here's how you get it done.

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1 year ago

Everything you need to know about 4K streaming on Chromecast Ultra

Chromecast Ultra

Buying the Chromecast Ultra was the easy part.

Google is doing its part to make 4K streaming more accessible, but buying a Chromecast Ultra is only part of the equation. In order to stream a the highest-available resolution you'll need a few different pieces to come together. Namely you need a display that can handle the resolution, enough internet bandwidth to carry all of those extra bits and of course you have to find the 4K content to stream.

It's going to be a little while before 4K streaming is ubiquitous, but you can be ahead of the curve with your Chromecast Ultra and all of the right equipment to support it.

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1 year ago

How to customize the Navigation Bar on the Honor 8


Looking to change up the Navigation bar on your Honor 8 so it works better for you? Luckily there are a few different options available for how you can have it set up, and switching between them is easy. Whether you are looking to reverse the order or add a shortcut so you can quickly bring the notification pane down, it will only take a few seconds. Here's the simple steps to get things changed on your phone.

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1 year ago

How to quickly access your notifications with the Honor 8 fingerprint sensor


Looking for an easier way to access your notifications than swiping down from the top of your Honor 8 screen? Sometimes it can be difficult to reach the top of the display without using a second hand or adjusting your grip, but luckily with the Honor 8 there is another way to access them that won't make you do that.

  1. Open the notification shade and tap on the Settings icon.
  2. Scroll down and tap Fingerprint ID.
  3. Tap to turn on Show notification panel under the Slide gesture category.

That's all there is to it. Now you'll be able to swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to access your notification pane anytime the phone is unlocked. Viewing your notifications, accessing settings and more can now be done easily with just one hand.

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1 year ago

How to set up the fingerprint sensor on Honor 8


Fingerprint sensors are a great addition to any phone; they allow you to secure your phone while still easily accessing it with just resting your finger on it. Getting a fingerprint sensor set up on the Honor 8 isn't hard, and only take a few minutes to complete. You can set up the fingerprint sensor when you are setting up the phone for the first time by following the prompts on the assistant, but if you skipped that there is another way to do it.

Even if you have already set up the fingerprint sensor, you can follow these simple steps to add another or remove a fingerprint on your phone.

  1. From the notification shade, tap the Settings icon.
  2. Tap Fingerprint ID.
  3. Tap Fingerprint management.

  4. Enter your pin if prompted.
  5. Tap New fingerprint under the Fingerprint List.
  6. Press your finger against the sensor and follow on screen prompts.

You can add up to five different fingerprints to unlock your phone. Once you've enrolled a fingerprint you can click new fingerprint again to add another. After you've added the ones you want to use, you can then use them to unlock your phone without entering a password or pin each time.

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1 year ago

Picking the perfect phone for both work and play


If you need your phone for both work and everyday life, don't carry two phones — pick the best for both worlds!

All work and no play makes your phone something, something. Oh yeah, boring. If you're required to have a phone for work, you might be reluctant to use it on a personal level, but carrying two phones is cumbersome and counterproductive.

What you need to do is pick one phone and make it count. You need one that's great for productivity (Google apps, cloud services, etc.), while also being capable enough to crush it during play time.


You first just need to figure out what you need to satisfy both sides.

What works?


During work hours, you want a phone that helps with productivity, so it can't be distracting or overly difficult to use.

A phone with an uncluttered interface is invaluable in times where you need to get in and get stuff done. The Moto Z, Google Pixel, and even the HTC 10 are examples of phones with a very user-friendly system, so you won't be constantly swiping and tapping around looking for apps or getting distracted by animations and what not.


To your employer, security is likely one of the most important features of your phone. If you're going to be accessing work servers and potentially sensitive information, you'll need a phone that offers tight security.

One of the best security measures is constant updating. You'll want a phone that receives the necessary software updates regularly, since those often include crucial security updates.

If you know security is top priority, we've rounded up the best phones for security just for you.


If you're on a work trip or simply working long hours, you need a phone that can keep up with heavy demand. Make sure it has enough RAM so that it's quick, and ample storage so that you're not constantly having to purge data. If you need mondo capacity, then you'll need a phone with top-notch expandable storage.

If you find that past phones haven't made it to the end of the day, and you just don't have the time to sit tethered to a socket, then you'll also need a phone with the best battery life you can find.



If work requires you to have a phone but won't foot the bill, then price can be a major deciding factor when it comes to making a choice. That's why we've rounded up the best phones under $900, under $700, under $400, and under $100.

Don't be a dull boy, Jack

Yeah, you use your phone for work, but the purpose of carrying around only one phone is to split its use between the soul-sucking grind and heart-uplifting fun.

Here are some features to look for when considering a phone for fun (alliteration city up in here!).


For many, the camera is one of the most important features of any phone. No one carries around point-and-shoots anymore — it's all phone, all the time. And with how amazing smartphone cameras are now, why not?!

If you dig photography in your spare time, then there's no reason the phone you use for work can't have an awesome camera too! If you're looking for the phone with the best camera available, we've got you covered.

If video is your bag, we think there are some phones you should check out for that as well.


Storage isn't just a work issue. If you're a compulsive app downloader, you'll need the space to accommodate all of them, plus all your photos, videos, and more. So do you go for a phone with a ton of internal storage, but at a higher price point and without expandable storage? Or do you go for the best phone with an SD slot?

Ultimately, it's about how much storage you think you'll use. If you're combining work and personal data, you'll probably want the option of expandable storage.


No more reading filthy waiting room magazines. Gaming on your phone is where it's at, and that's a particularly good thing for both work and play. I don't know how many meetings I've sat through (tuned out) while paying extra special attention (absolutely nailing it in Candy Crush) and thought "I would love to be playing a game right now" (I totally was).

But what do you look for? Screen resolution? Storage space? Memory? Look no further, because we know which phones gamers will love.


Virtual reality is the best. No, seriously, it's fun on a bun, and it's entirely attainable with the right phone. Headsets are getting less expensive and VR on your phone is way less expensive than a gaming PC, VR setup (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift), and it's even less expensive than PSVR (if you don't already have a PS4).

Not all phones are great for VR, so we put a list together to help you decide.


Striking a balance

It can be difficult to choose from the multitude of phones available, especially if your needs are pulled in different directions.

Your best bet is to make a list of your needs (work) and your wants (play) and find the phone that walks between worlds. There will definitely be some compromises in your final decision, but once you suss out what's truly important to you, you'll likely have a few options to choose from.

For the best of what's around, check out our Smartphone Buyer's Guide. We've compiled the very best Android has to offer, whatever your pleasure.

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1 year ago

How to set up and use Smart key on Honor 8


The fingerprint sensor on the Honor 8 is not only fast, but it is also extremely useful. Beyond being able to secure your phone, it can also give you quick and easy access to your notifications, and more. One of the great features Honor built into its software is Smart Key, a way to set up the fingerprint sensor to do even more.

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1 year ago

How to use Multi Window mode on Samsung Galaxy S7

How to use multi-window mode on Samsung Galaxy S7

How do I use Multi Window mode on Samsung Galaxy S7?

Although Android 7.0 Nougat offers native multi window support for all phones, Samsung's Galaxy series of phones have been able to use Multi Window mode for years now. This multi-tasking feature is extremely useful for people who are tired of moving back and forth between apps.

Note: This article was last updated in November 2016 with new information.

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