How To Sync Your Dictionary & Learned Words Between Android Devices

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A good keyboard is defined by how much easier it makes typing, how well it picks up on your spelling errors, how accurately it can predict the word you want to type next, and how responsive it is. Android users have a large number of third-party keyboards they can try out until they find the perfect fit. For every keyboard you try, there will be a small period when you break it in first and teach it how you type. That is really the only challenge if you like everything else about it but this is also where it's a good idea to just stick with the default Google Keyboard on your Android device. The keyboard can save the words it learns from you as you type and sync them to all other Android devices that are connected to your account. Here's how you can enable dictionary syncing between Android devices. Read More

How To Use Google Maps & Apple Maps On The Go Without An Internet Connection

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Data plans can be exceptionally expensive and carriers will often bar messaging and call services from being used over them. You know you can't use your carrier's data plan to FaceTime mom and will instead have to pay the carrier a different call rate. Your carrier's data plan will let you browse the internet, Tweet, post to Facebook, or find a place on a map. If you're using a small data plan and trying to conserve bandwidth, the maps app is one place you can cut back. If you use either Google Maps or Apple Maps, here's a little trick to using it offline. Read More

How To Watch VR Or 360 Degree YouTube Videos On Your Phone

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360 degree videos have been quite popular on both YouTube and Facebook. The first 360 video I found on YouTube was on the Team Coco channel featuring the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. Unfortunately I found it on my desktop and watching it wasn't much fun. This was about a year ago when Google Cardboard had already debuted. Since then, 360 degree videos and VR content has been added to YouTube but it's only a recent update that's allowed both iOS and Android users to watch one on their phones. Android of course had the ability to watch these videos long before iOS did but a recent update to the YouTube app for iOS has made the feature available for both major smartphone devices. You will need Google Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch the videos. Read More

How To Identify And Troubleshoot A Slow Charging Android Phone Problem

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You can charge an Android phone, and just about all other smartphones, by either connecting them to your laptop, PC/Mac, or by plugging them into a wall outlet. You might have noticed that sometimes your phone takes hours to charge when you connect it to your laptop but charges much faster when you connect it to a wall outlet. You might think it's because your laptop isn't capable of charging the phone faster but that's not the case. Your Android phone might be charging slowly for a number of reasons one of which might be a defective data cable. There can also be other reasons that cause it to charge slowly and you might be suspecting your data cable of being the cause of it. Here's how to identify what might cause your Android phone to charge slowly. Read More

How To Unlock Your Android Phone Just By Looking At It

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Security is a very serious concern for anyone using a smartphone and where it's important to keep our information safe it's also important to be able to get inside our device easily. Android users often have more than just the system based options for securing a device and with newer devices that support finger print recognition, you have yet another way to quickly and safely unlock your device. Users who have the option to pair their phones with a smartwatch can unlock a phone faster but if you don't have a device to pair with your Android phone you can use face recognition to unlock it. Here's how. Read More

How To Turn Autoplay On/Off In The YouTube Mobile Apps

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Early in 2015, YouTube added a new autoplay that would automatically play the next suggested video when the one you were watching ended. The feature is somewhat similar to the play next feature on Hulu in that it gives you a brief window to stop the autoplay. The good thing is that the feature can be turned Off easily on the web. At the time, it hadn't been rolled out to YouTube's mobile apps but that's no longer the case after a recent update. YouTube has added autoplay to both its Android and iOS apps. Here's how to use it and turn it Off if you find it annoying. Read More

Use One-Handed Keyboards To Type Better With Your Left Hand

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People with a dominant left hand often find themselves at a disadvantage almost everywhere they go. Even tech favors those who have a dominant right hand over those who are left-handed. Laptops are seldom built for someone who is left handed and even phones aren't built to cater to left-handed users. With phones, particularly those with larger screens, navigating with just one hand is often impossible however, if you do manage to use a large phone with just one hand, it's likely that one hand is your right one. If you are left-handed and the default keyboard makes it hard for you to type with your dominant hand, consider using a 'one-handed' keyboard instead. Read More

How To Cast A Video Or Image From Google Drive And Dropbox

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Chromecast is natively supported on Android and you can cast just about anything, even your entire screen to a TV. If your device is running a much older version of Android that lacks native Chromecast support or you're using an iPhone, your casting options are limited to those apps that support the Chromecast. This is a problem because despite the device being incredibly useful and affordable, support for it is still lacking. Often developers pigeon hole the purpose their apps will be used for and don't take into account the fact that a user will always try and get more out of. Take for example Google Drive and Dropbox; both are incredibly popular apps with a myriad of uses and they do not support Chromecast. If you're looking to cast anything from either of these two apps you need an intermediary app called LocalCast. Read More

What Is A Facebook Messenger Bot?

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At Facebook's F8 Developers Conference, Messenger Bots were announced. These bots are being developed by media corporations and retailers alike and very quickly so which raises the question as to what a Messenger bot is and how it's useful to so many different types of companies. Even more important to know is what these bots mean for the average user, whether or not they will always be safe or can they present a potential threat if they are developed by anyone with malicious intent. Here's a the answer to all that and more. Read More

How To Send Dropbox Files From Facebook Messenger

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Dropbox can sync your files to multiple desktops, tablets, and of course your smartphone. The Dropbox app for both iOS and Android is pretty awesome; you can view some of the more common file types in it, upload files, create folders, and manage your files. As of a recent update, the Dropbox app has made file sharing even easier by integrating itself with the Facebook Messenger app. Where normally you would find options for stickers, emojis, and GIFs to send over Messenger, you will now also find Drobox listed as an option to send files. Here's how to use it. Read More

How To Use The Text Formatting Features In Whatsapp

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Whatsapp has been in the news as of late for adding end-to-end encryption to both text based and voice based messages. It also quietly added another feature at the end of last month; text formatting. Text formatting means you can now make text appear bold, italicized, and struck through in your conversations. The feature doesn't come in the form of dedicated buttons that will let you select text and apply the formatting style. Instead you have to use the correct syntax around the text you want to apply the formatting to. Here's how. Read More

Cast Your YouTube, Twitter, And Reddit Feed To Chromecast [Android]

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A while back we reviewed an Android app called Trending Videos Cast that searched for trending videos on YouTube and other popular media channels. It then cast those videos to your Chromecast saving you the trouble of finding and queuing them yourself. The app, as we noted in our review, left much to be desired for but was nevertheless a pretty good concept. Scarlett for Chromecast is a free Android app that addresses many of the areas where Trending Videos Cast was lacking. Apart from the much more sleek and clean interface, the app can connect with your YouTube and Twitter accounts and display the feed from each one. It can also cast videos popular on Reddit and comes with a nice dashboard for when the app is idle. Read More

Ace Your Driving Test With Mock DMV Tests For Your State [Andriod]

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Learning to drive is a small milestone in anyone's life and passing a driving test is something of an obstacle. Besides the practical part there is the very important written test that you have to pass. The test determines whether or not you know the rules of the road and you have to get more than half the questions right in order to pass. Failing to pass this test means you aren't getting your license and it can be daunting to prepare for the test simply because of this. DMV Genie is a free Android app that aims to help you prepare for the written test administered at DMVs in the United States. It's equipped to take into account the varying rules in different states and the kind of license you are applying for. Read More

How To Add Alt Text To An Image On Twitter

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A large volume of media is shared on Twitter daily. It may not come close to rivaling Facebook in terms of images shared but images are nevertheless a very popular way of sharing content. Twitter expanded its image sharing capabilities by allowing users to share up to four images at once and even letting them search for and add GIFs to a tweet from inside the mobile apps. The latest improvement made for image sharing on the platform is the ability to add alt text to an image when it's tweeted. The feature is meant to help users with visual impairments make sense of images they come across in their timelines. Of course, people have to add an ALT text to an image in order for anyone with an impairment to take advantage of it. Here's how you can enable and use the feature. Read More

Test Your Flight Safety Knowledge & Learn To Survive An Air Disaster

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Flight safety training is crucial for everyone on a plane but many of us barely listen to the safety instructions given at the start of each flight. Passively listening to the instructions means we retain very little of them and if disaster were to strike, chaos would more likely break out than order given how many people are usually on a plane. Prepare for Impact is an excellent iOS and Android app that quizzes you on the very basics of air safety and lets you go through air disaster simulations to test if you know what to do in them. It tests literally everything that you are told by air crew before you take off. The quiz is optional and you can opt to play the many disaster simulations instead. In the simulations, you must respond to the emergency at hand and evacuate the plane without dying. Read More

Add A Trending Videos Channel To The Chromecast [Android]

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You can subscribe to channels like HBO Go or broadcast your favorite shows from Netflix to Chromecast. Oddly enough, the YouTube app that has excellent support for Chromecast has no feature that would allow you to view all trending videos and all recently uploaded videos by channels you've subscribed to on your TV. You pretty much have to manually create playlist of the videos you want to watch and there appears to be no concept of a personal channel. Trending Videos Cast is a free Android app that will automatically find trending videos, and videos from r/videos, and broadcast them to your TV. Read More

New Features In Firefox 45 For Desktop And Android

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Firefox 45 is has been released to the stable channel with functional and UI changes for end users. The Hello  feature which has yet to graduate from its Beta version now lets you share a tab to initiate a conversation. The Android version of Firefox has also received an update. Firefox for Android now has a 'tap to load' option for loading images at the user's discretion. The option makes loading a page easier on a data plan. A more important feature has been added for tablets that allows a user to restrict access to the mic and camera in a restricted Android profile. Lastly, when users select and share text from a web page, the URL is no longer included. Firefox for iOS also received an update three days ago. The new version comes with support for third-party keyboards. Read More

Browse Media Files On Your Network From Your Android Phone & Cast Them To Chromecast

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If you have a Chromecast, you very likely have Plex, or a similar app installed on both your desktop and your Android phone. Plex is hands down the best app for streaming media to the Chromecast. It's mobile apps act as excellent remotes for playing media but if you're looking for a super simple, zero set-up solution for browsing media files on any device on your network and playing them over Chromecast, Plex isn't what you're looking for. The solution lies with VLC player and the Beta version of its Android app. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Turn On/Off Best Tweets From Appearing First On Twitter

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Twitter isn't useful unless you follow at least fifty very active accounts that interest you. The problem is, the more accounts you follow, the more likely you are to miss tweets by them. Your feed can quickly get cluttered to the point that you're struggling to keep up with information that is being shared. The 'While you were away' tweets that Twitter introduced back in January 2015 help you see what some accounts tweeted out while you were inactive but last month, Twitter introduced a new feature called 'Best Tweets' that will show you the most popular tweets from everyone you follow at the top of your feed. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More