Use Google To Locate Your Misplaced Android Phone

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Misplacing a phone is something we've all done. Some of us leave our phones at work, at home, at a restaurant, and then wonder where we might have lost it. Did we have it with us when we walked in and should we search the sofa before we announce a reward for anyone who has some information on the lost device. Google has made the search for our misplaced phones easier; it lets you Google where your phone is, and will even ring your device for you so you can locate it. You must have the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device for this to work. Read More

Look Up How Long You Can Store A Particular Food In Your Fridge

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Storing food seems like a simple enough thing we do everyday. For most people buying groceries for an entire week is normal. Some food like milk is bought more than once because you can't store it too long or too much of it, or can you? Milk itself is simple enough but when it comes to meat, vegetables, and other food types you might wonder how long it can be safely stored and consumed. USDA FoodKeeper is a free app available for both iOS and Android that works as a simple reference guide for how long you can store a particular food without risking your health. Read More

Highlight Specific Colors In A Photo With New Fade & Color Feature In Instagram

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Filter apps keep crowding the photography app category on both iOS and Android app stores. Meanwhile, Instagram which fuelled their popularity isn't sitting back and allowing the photo-filter space to crown a new king. A recent Instagram update for Android has rolled out two new features; Fade and Color. Fade as the name implies allows you to give a sort of washed out look to your photo whereas the Color feature lets you pick colors to highlight or tone down. It is something like an extension of the Shadows and Highlights feature introduced a while back but with an emphasis on a particular color. The features have rolled out for Android and will be rolled out soon for iOS. Update: The features are now available for iOS. Read More

Compress Any Video To A Custom Size On Your Android Device

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Yesterday we published a cheat sheet of video editing apps for Android. The purpose of the post was to pin-point for readers apps that did what we though were essential video editing functions, for free and without adding a watermark. One of our readers asked for an app that could help compress a video and sure enough, we found one that did the trick. Meet Video Compressor a free app as simple as its name and yet surprisingly good. It features ads but we're not complaining because one; they are not annoyingly intrusive and two; because this app lets you choose the exact size (in MB) that you want to compress a video to. Read More

Scan And Convert Images To Text On Your Phone And Export To MS Word

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Microsoft has just released Office Lens, a photos, whiteboard, and document scanning app for both the iPhone and Android. The app can scan a document and convert the image to text. The text can then be exported and opened in the MS Office or MS PowerPoint app if they are installed on your device. The text can also be exported to OneNote, the file can be saved to OneDrive, the text can be sent to the Mail app (on your iPhone) and it can be saved as a PDF. That about covers everything you could ever need a document scanning app to do but it also scans images and whiteboards so that you can share them with others. We took it for a spin and it works great. Read More

New Features In Firefox 37 For Desktop And Android

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You've probably read this a few hundred thousand times but we're reiterating it; rapid release cycles more often than not make version numbers irrelevant. It's been happening with Firefox for the past few release cycles with the previous versions having little to offer to end users and developers alike. Firefox 37 is out and we can't say we're impressed. There are the usual bug fixes and security fixes that are part of every release. The new version has a brand new way of getting feedback from users; a pop-up widget that will be displayed to select users once a day. Bing users will now enjoy HTTPS while searching, and for users in Turkey, the default search engine has been set to Yandex. For developers, there is a new animations tab in the Inspector panel as well as a new Security tab in the network panel. For the Android version, the new additions include an improvement to how downloads are handled and the URL bar now displays the URL instead of the page title, by default. Read More

A Cheat Sheet For Video Editing Apps For Your Android Phone

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Last week we wrote a small guide on video editing apps for the iPhone that allowed you to perform basic video editing functions for free, and without adding any watermarks to the final output. The purpose of the post was to help readers find an app that had the one video editing function they were looking for and didn't cost anything to use. This post covers those same functions with apps for Android users. The apps are free but almost all of them feature ads which vary in how annoying and obtrusive they are. Some apps may reduce the quality of the final video but no app ads a watermark. Read More

Track TV Shows That You Are Binge Watching Or That Are On-Air [Android]

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I cannot remember the last time I actually sat down to watch a TV show on a TV, at it's regular scheduled time. My only recollection of the experience is a cringe worthy one. Fortunately, with so many streaming services available, no one has to sit through regular programming but that also makes it somewhat more difficult to keep up with showtimes for our favorite series. Meet Show Tracker, a free Android app that lets you track shows that are currently on air, or shows that you are binge-watching. The app features brief actor bios, episode lists, and a progress tracker as well time left until the next episode of a series airs. Read More

Switch Wi-Fi Networks From The Notification Center In Android 5.1

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Android 5 added some useful toggles to the Notification Center and a nice Do Not Disturb/Interruptions mode that could be turned on/off from the volume keys. With the roll out of Android 5.1 these toggles in the Notification Center have also received an update making it easier for you to connect to other devices via Bluetooth or to connect to a different Wi-Fi network. Here's how. Read More

How To Compose And Send A Message Using Google Now Voice Commands

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Google Now in a recent update has added the ability to send messages. And by 'send message' we don't mean you can use the feature to open the Hangouts app where you then have to type the message in. Google Now supports voice commands for composing and sending message. When invoked, an on-screen message box appears with the recipient you chose already added. It then listens for the message and if correct, you can order it to send the message. There is zero interaction involved with the screen. Here's how it works. Read More

Add A Date And Time Stamp To Photos On Your Android Phone

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Camera apps focus on helping us create visually stunning photos. Some come packed with filters while others give us freedom to manually adjust exposure and focal length etc. Where these apps focus on giving us more and more powerful editing options, they seem to miss out on some essential functions that we liked on our old film cameras like the ability to stamp a date and time. Sure, with smartphones and digital cameras you can embed date and even location data in the image file but this data can be removed or edited with the right app. Here's a list of apps that, among many other things, will let you stamp the date and time a photo was taken on to the photo itself. Read More

Check Battery Charge And Discharge Speed On Your Android Device

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When I first started using a Nexus 5, or more precisely when I first saw that the battery on the Nexus was low and I plugged it in to charge I realized within a few hours that it was charging absurdly slow. Naturally I tweeted about it and got suggestions to only use the original data cable for charging or to use a wall socket to charge instead of my laptop. Some people just said it was a Nexus/Android thing. What would have been instrumental in determining whether there was a problem with the cable, the output the device was getting from my laptop, or if it was just me being impatient was an app like Ampere. It's a battery health app that detects the charge and discharge rate for an Android device. It will also give you an overview of your battery and for a small price you can disable the in-app ads and at the same time unlock the notification bar feature. The app does not require your device to be rooted. Read More

Reduce Data Consumption By Chrome On Your Phone When Not Connected To WiFi

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Using your carrier's network plan to stay online taxes your device's battery as well as your bandwidth. Unless you've got bandwidth to spare or you can afford a plan that is generous in bandwidth, you're probably looking for ways to reduce data consumption. Chrome for iOS and Android both come with a built-in option that lets you manage how the browser loads data though surprisingly you have better control options on iOS than you do on Android. Here's how you can get the browser to eat up less of your data plan. Read More

Record Screencast On Your Android Phone Without Connecting It To Your PC

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We've covered a lot of screencast tools for just about every platform there is. When it comes to smartphones, screencasts aren't easy to record. In  fact, up until Android Lollipop, there were very few options available for recording a screencast that were super easy to set up, free, allowed unlimited recording, and didn't require a PC or a rooted device to create. If you're looking for a free tool that can record screencasts, supports input from your device's mic, and can be used from just your device alone, give One Shot Screen recorder a try. It fits the bill very nicely. The only annoyance is the marqee like watermark that appears on the notification bar. Read More

How To Set Up Parental Controls On The YouTube Kids App

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YouTube Kids has just been released and its purpose is to help parents control what kids watch on YouTube. The content filters come built-in meaning YouTube decides (based on video rating and content) what types of videos are appropriate for young viewers. What it leaves in the hands of the parent is how long a child may use the app, and whether a child can freely search for videos. The settings are secured behind a PIN that will fool kids so long as they can't read numbers. Here's how the parental controls work in the new app. Read More

Search For Stickers In The Facebook Messenger App

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Facebook Messenger doesn't just try and capitalize on Facebook being a popular chat platform, it also tries to set itself apart from other services in the instant messaging niche. The stickers for one are really nice and the sticker library itself is pretty huge. It's almost like having a nice GIF keyboard. Given the rather large library and the fact that the galleries aren't exactly based on a single theme, or emotion, it's hard to find the right one when you need to. Here's how you can make it easier to quickly locate the right sticker during a conversation. Read More

Take Photos And Backup Them To Three Different Services Automatically

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IFTTT is an exceptionally ingenious service that lets you connect web services with each other. It's a simple concept that lets you create recipes for connecting services using their open APIs without you needing to know how to work with an API. The service has mobile apps for both iOS and Android but it's just launched a new app that targets something we use our phones for quite often; photography. The new app is called Do Camera and for each photo you take, you can have the app back-up the photos or upload them to any three services of your choice. The question here might be which services does it support and the short answer is; lots. Just about any service that has an open API can be used to create custom recipes. Read More

What Can I Do About The App Could Not Be Downloaded Error (495) [Android]

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Android is a great smartphone platform; it's rugged and built to be pushed to the limits. It's also prone to the oddest errors. Even if you've got a completely basic device that hasn't been rooted or customized in any way, you will still experience some of these problems. A common error many users might experience is the Cannot Connect To Camera error. Another slightly less common but exceptionally frustrating problem is Error (495) which prevents you from downloading apps from the Google Play Store. The error might have a simple fix, or it might be something far more complicated but here are two things you can try to resolve it. Read More

Add Lost & Found Information To Your Phone’s Lock Screen [Android]

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Losing your phone isn't fun. We take a lot of precautions when it comes to making sure our device isn't stolen. We set up passwords and enable back-doors that will help us trace where our phone is, and if comes down to it we engage the all ending kill-switch. That's all meant to deal with situations where the person in possession of our phone isn't going to try and return it to us any time soon. But what if you've forgotten your phone some place and a kind human being has found it. Locked out by your very strict security measures, it's going to be hard for anyone to trace who a phone belongs to. iOS users, or rather people who find a lost iOS device can simply ask Siri who a phone belongs to to find the owner but Android doesn't have something similar. Hi Locker is a free Android app that is essentially a really beautiful launcher with one feature that sets it apart; it lets you add a custom status to your lock screen. Read More

Stop Shortcuts Being Added To Your Home Screen When You Install An App

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On Android, the app drawer is where all apps go and the home screen is reserved for your frequently used apps. There's no limit to how many pages you can have on your home screen or even how many app shortcuts you can add to it. If you wanted you could have every single app appear on your home screen. Likewise, if you wanted you could have only your favorite apps on the home screen and keep the number of pages limited and your device well organized. Whenever you install a new app, Google Play store automatically adds a shortcut for the app to your home screen. You can remove it later if you don't want it there but if you rarely add new apps to your home screen, it's probably more convenient to not have them all added automatically after an install. Here's how you can disable shortcuts being added automatically. Read More