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

68 Best Android Apps Of The Year 2014

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This is easily one of the longest lists in our annual app round-up for 2014. We definitely saw a lot of great apps this past year but in review one thing that stands out is that 2014 was a year when lots of big names in both iOS and desktop apps came to the Android platform. It's a mark of just how popular the platform is and how very resilient it's growth has been. There are some great new apps and widgets in the list.  If Android Lollipop hasn't rolled out for your device just yet, you might find an app that brings some features from the OS to your device without the upgrade. Enjoy! Read More

How To Use WhatsApp From The Desktop

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In May 2013, Viber released desktop clients for both Windows and Mac along side a feature called ViberOut which allows users to hand off a call from their mobile devices to their desktops. A good year later, WhatsApp has rolled out something to that same effect. WhatApp conversations can now be held from your desktop. Their solution isn't as flexible as what Viber had to offer. To begin with, there is no desktop app; the conversations are to be held over a web interface (linked at the end) and for now, only the Chrome browser is supported. Like with Viber, your connection is still tied to your phone and the phone number registered with the app. You will have to upgrade your current WhatsApp app and unfortunately, iOS will not get this new feature (yet?). The present offering is available for Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia S60. Read More

Enable And Disable ‘Seen’ Report In Google Hangouts

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I'm not entirely sure when this happened but jumping on to the bandwagon that prevents us from ignoring the people who IM us, Google has added the dreaded 'Seen' status report to Google Hangouts. When you read a message from a contact, they will know you've read it. The Chrome app, extension, Gmail Hangouts interface, and the Android app have been effected received the update. To be fair, you get proper warning of the new feature being enabled and unlike Whatsapp, Google Hangouts lets you disable it. Here's how to do that in your browser, and on your Android device. Read More

58 Top Tips & Tutorials Of The Year 2014

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This past Monday we gave you a list of the best Windows apps reviewed in 2014. To start the weekend off, and maybe give you something you might want to try over the weekend, here are the best tips and tutorials covered in 2014. Ranging from simple little tricks for your smartphone, to far more complicated tutorials or running Windows on a Mac, this list features how-tos for the Android, iOS, Windows, and the OS X platform. Read More

How To Use Your Android Phone More Comfortably If You’re Left-Handed

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Being left-handed is a stigma in some societies. Often social construct, religious beliefs, or even out-dated scientific research will tell you that it's not good to be left-handed. Everyday items of use like ringed notebooks and scissors are built to be used by the 90% of the population who are right-handed. You would think that as more and more advances were made in technology, things would get easier for those with different needs but even smartphones are meant to be used by the vast majority of right-handed people with little regard to those who are left-handed and would enjoy texting with one hand just like the rest of us. For Android users, there is actually hope because a built-in developer function allows users to enable a Right-to-left mode which will flip everything such as which side of the screen switches and buttons appear, as well as which way your home screen pages and notifications are swiped. Read More

Use Exposure And Color Point Control To Create Unique Filters [Android]

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Filter apps for photos are common. Some might offer a few unique filters but it's safe to say that the market is well saturated. The only point where most apps can compete on is the quality and intensity of the filters that are applied and what kind of customization is available. Instagram competes well enough there. A few updates ago, the app added the ability to control how intensely a filter was applied. Shift is another addition to this niche and it takes a pretty unique approach to filters; it lets you pick colors and exposure levels and then choose between random filters to apply to a photo. The color you choose is highlighted or muted in the filter and you can manage the level of exposure to create something unique. Different points on the image itself are chosen as reference when the color selection is made so that you always come up with a unique filter. Filters you like can be saved as presets and applied to any other image. Read More

Are Heart Rate Monitoring Apps Really Accurate? We Put Them To The Test

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Health has become the focus of many new gadgets with personal fitness bands growing increasingly popular. Health apps have become a stock feature in both Android and iOS and long before that happened, developers had been working to put the these devices to better use. There have long existed apps that claim to measure your heart rate using nothing more than the front and/or rear camera on your phone. People obviously have their doubts about apps like this because measuring medical information can't be that simple. I've personally tried to 'fool' these apps and those that claim to measure heartbeat by scanning one's face are quite easy to fool with nothing more than a picture placed in front of it. We did however decide to give these apps a chance; see if they really can measure a person's heart rate and how accurate the reading is. Read More