How To Play Games With Your Friends Over Chromecast

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Chromecast is used mostly for watching movies and TV shows on a big screen. If you never dig deeper into what the device can do, chances are you'll always use it as a means to avoid using an HDMI cable and nothing more. Chromecast can be used for a lot of things and even as far as entertainment goes, movies aren't the end of it. You can play games with your friends over the Chromecast. We don't mean big title games like those on Steam but smaller ones that you can play with your phone acting as the controller. Here's how. Read More

Play Movies From A Media Server To Your TV Using Your Phone [Chromecast]

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We reviewed Plex as a must-have app for anyone with a Chromecast app. Plex basically creates a media server on your PC but it's popularity stems from its support for Chromecast which very few other media server apps to. If you're already using a different media server app and don't want to switch to Plex, or it's near competitor Emby, you can instead use your iPhone or Android phone to control the media and cast it to your Chromecast. We've combed the app stores for both iOS and Android to find apps that let you play movies and TV shows from a media server and cast it to your TV. Read More

Play Windows Games On Your iPad Or Android Tablet

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PC games very rarely have mobile versions and that's to be expected since a mobile device can't give the same experience as a desktop. Even if you were to use a mobile device that came packed with the best hardware available, playing the game wouldn't be the same. Remotr is a desktop streaming app that comes with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone clients and it seeks to challenge this very notion. The app lets you play games installed and running on your Windows PC from your mobile phone or tablet. The apps can detect which games you have installed and you can launch a game on your computer from one of the mobile apps. The mobile apps let you configure on-screen game controls to play the games. Read More

How To Cast A Presentation From Your Smartphone To Your TV

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Preparing for a presentation involves a lot of things; making sure the slides are in order, the presentation is cohesive and well-connected, a quick rehearsal, checking and rechecking that you have the presentation file on your laptop, and making sure it is working. Presentations largely still live on our laptops and if you forget your laptop, or don't have one available to access a presentation file from a cloud drive, it's a problem of nightmare proportions. If however you're presenting via a Chromecast device all you need is your smartphone and the Google Slides app to give a presentation. Read More

10 Popular Android Tips From 2015

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Android 6.0 was the highlight of 2015 for Android users. The new OS came with a file manager, better Google Voice integration, Google Now on tap, smarter battery management features, and more. Alongside the new Android version, apps for the platform kept coming and we reviewed the best, most productive ones. Here's our yearly round-up of the top Android posts of 2015. Read More

Add A Map To Offline Areas In Google Maps & Use It When There Is No Internet

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Cell phones have become exceptionally powerful but you are still warned against relying on them in an emergency. Where the devices themselves aren't going to just fail for no reason, the service that powers most of their features might. You may suddenly find yourself in a place with no cell phone reception and unable to call for help. It's more a failure on part of your carrier than it is on the part of your phone manufacturer but the bottom line is your phone isn't always going to be there for you. You don't just need reception to make a phone call but also to access the internet. If you're ever heading out to a place where you think you might have bad coverage and you're relying on Google Maps to get you to your destination, it's a good idea to save a section of the map under 'Offline Area' so you can look at it even when there isn't an active internet connection. Here's how. Read More

Send Location Triggered Messages To A Contact [Android]

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It's common practice to check in with someone, or to have someone check in with you when they've reached home. You might be going home alone, or you might be worried about a friend or family member reaching home safely. In either case, people will send a quick message or make a short phone call to reassure whoever is waiting that they've arrived at their destination safely. Buzzer is an Android app that automates that. You can save different locations to it such as work and home, and each time you arrive at the location, a message can be configured to be sent out to one or multiple contacts. Read More

How To Play Local Audio Files Over Chromecast [Android]

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Android 6.0 has built-in support for the Chromecast making it easy to play videos and show photos from your device on your TV or monitor. The built-in support even lets you cast your Android screen to your TV without needing to install any additional apps, and without you having to purchase a smart TV to do it. That said, there isn't any support for Chromecast as far as the default music player is concerned meaning you can't stream your audio to your TV. If you use services like Pandora and Spotify, their apps might have built-in support for casting audio. If however, you have music files stored on your device's storage that you want to cast, the default music player cannot cast them to your TV. If you're looking for an app that does cast local audio files, Rocket Music Player is the answer. Read More

How To Clear The Google Play Store Cache In Android 6.0

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The Google Play store is prone to generating odd sorts of errors. Sometimes it will fail to connect with the right service while other times it might fail to download, install, or update an app. The errors come and go on their own and for some users, the only thing they can do is wait for it to fix itself. That said, a lot of the errors that Google Play Store encounters can be mitigated by clearing the app's cache which is simple enough to do unless you're using Android 6.0. In prior versions of Android, resetting and clearing the data and cache of an app was obvious. All you had to do was go to Settings>Applications>Manage Applications, tap on the Google Play store and tap the 'Clear Cache' and 'Clear Data' buttons. In Android 6.0, these buttons aren't there any more and the process is now slightly different. Read More

Use The Home Depot & Walmart Apps To Find Which Aisle An Item Is In

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A single trip to Home Depot can take hours. The stores are large and you can literally find anything and everything there provided you're willing to invest the time in finding them. The staff is of course always there to help; they'll point you in the right direction, guide you on what tools and material you might need for a project, and more. That said, if you're going in knowing what it is you intend to buy and fully aware of your needs, the only help you might need is in locating the item you want to purchase. Home Depot and Walmart both have apps for the iOS and Android platform. These apps can guide you to which aisle an item is located in so you can find it easily with just a simple in-app search. Read More

How To Turn On/ Off Google Now On Tap [Android]

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow came with a new feature called 'Google Now On Tap'. It's basically just Google Now but more powerful and more easily accessible and context aware. You very likely enabled it when you upgraded to the new Android version. If you decided to defer the decision to turn the feature On, you might be wondering how to get it now. Or, you might have turned it On and decided it isn't all that great to use since it's tied to your home button and want to turn it Off. Here's how to do both. Read More

Sync Windows 10 Reminders To Your iPhone & Android Phone With Cortana

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If you're a Windows user and have either upgraded to Windows 10 or at the very least heard of the new features in it, you know that Cortana is part of the product offering. Cortana is Microsoft's virtual assistant and as of Windows 10, it is integrated into the Windows search feature. The general consensus about Cortana in Windows 10 is that it is far from perfect, quite far. Up until yesterday, Cortana was useful for anyone with a Windows Phone but Microsoft has released Cortana as a stand alone app for both iOS and Android. The apps are far from impressive. 'Work in progress' is perhaps a better way to describe the apps. It's actually still in testing for Android. There is only one reason for anyone to use it; Reminders. If you use Windows 10 and have created Reminders in Cortana, you can sync them to your iPhone and Android device by installing the Cortana app. Read More

Find The Noise Level Of Your Surroundings With Your Android Phone

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If people have ever complained that you play music too loudly or you sometimes find yourself wondering if the noise level in the baby room is too high for an infant to enjoy a good nap, or you just randomly wonder how loud a particular place is, Deciber is a free Android app you might want to try out. The app is a simple, one screen utility that can measure the noise level of your surroundings and report the highest and average levels in decibels. It connects with your camera so that you can screenshot your screen to include your location. The noise level readings are superimposed on the screenshot that you can share with perhaps a noisy neighbor and make a compelling case for them to quite down a bit. Read More

Track Habits Like Calories To Develop & Reinforce Them [Giveaway]

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Weightloss and dieting are considered one the hardest things to stick to. For anyone wanting to lose weight, or bulk up, it's hard to follow a taxing new exercise routine and watch what you eat. Those who are beginning to take their first steps towards fitness will find that there are a slew of services, apps, and communities that they can turn to for help, support, and advice. For other habits that get less attention, there isn't much out there in terms of a helpful app. Meet HabitBull, an app dedicating to helping you track your habits and stick to them. The app has been available on Android for well over a year and we reviewed it back in May 2014. HabitBull has a whole new look is now available for iOS. The developers are generously offering a free upgrade to premium to our readers. Details at the end. Read More

Check Who’s Received & Read A Message In A Whatsapp Group

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The great thing about text messages is that they don't send a 'Seen' report back to the original sender. You can always ignore a text message and if your carrier has the right kind of bad reputation, you can even get away with saying you never got a message. Just about any messaging service that sends messages over the internet has a 'seen' feature; iMessages, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, etc all make it hard to avoid conversations. It's hard to ignore a message in a one-on-one conversation though it is much easier to do so in a group chat. If you use Whatsapp and often have long conversations in groups, you might want to know if certain messages were read by all members of the group or not. Here's how you can check. Read More

Get Android Marshmallow’s Doze Feature On Older Android Versions

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Battery life is one of the major factors that we take into consideration when buying a smartphone. All smartphones, as far as the marketing for them goes, boast a ridiculously long battery life on a single charge but it's always far from the truth. Battery life depends on what apps you use on your phone and how long you use them. It also depends on which apps you allow to run in the background and how much they tax your battery while they are in the background. Android Marshmallow introduced a new feature called 'Doze' that helps conserve battery life by turning off background app refresh. The feature is fully automated and you can't decided when to turn it On or Off. All you can do is exclude certain apps from the Doze feature. If you're running an older version of Android, anything older than Marshmallow, and would like to use the feature, Doze is a free Android app that does the trick. You do not need to have  a rooted device for the app to work. Read More

Use The Mono Audio Channel For Better Sound When Using One Earbud

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Music helps us concentrate on work but with you can't always have your earbuds in when you're working. It annoys anyone who needs to talk to you. Simply getting your attention while you work and listen to music turns into a chore for people and it impedes work. The safe way to go about it is to perhaps only listen to music through on earbud. Listening to music with just one earbud doesn't make for a great experience but it doesn't have to be that way. Simply switch to the Mono audio channel and you will have an infinitely better listening experience through just one earbud. Here's how to switch to the Mono channel on iOS, Android, and Windows. Read More

How To Add A Custom Action Button To Quick Settings In Android 6.0

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The quick settings added to the Notification Panel in Android 5.0 were very popular but they came with no customization options. As of Android 6.0, an experimental customization option has been added that lets you add custom tiles to it as well as remove and rearrange the default ones. For the average user wanting to add a custom setting using the experimental option requires an app. Meet Custom Quick Settings, a free Android app that lets you add a custom quick settings option to the Notifications panel in Android 6.0. Since the app is a one-size fits all solution, and it is geared towards making the process of adding a custom setting as simple as possible, it is limited. The setting you add can launch an app, open a URL, and add toggles for data connection, the volume panel, and sync. Read More

How To Exclude Apps From The Doze Feature In Android 6.0

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Android 6.0 comes with a brand new feature called Doze that preserves battery life. It turns On by itself and you can neither opt-in nor opt-out of it. If Android thinks your battery charge needs saving, it will step-in and take measures to preserve it. One of the things Doze does to preserve the battery is to stop background notifications. You will continue to get background notifications from Hangouts but most if not all apps will not make the cut. If you have a different app that you want to rely on for important messages, or just have a few you would like to exclude from the Doze feature, you will have to explicitly tell Android 6.0 to leave it alone when it turns Doze On. Here's how. Read More

Have Your Phone Call Out To You Every Hour So You Don’t Lose It

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We've all misplaced our phones at some point. They're super thin and as each millimeter of their thickness is shed with a new model, they get easier to lose. It's getting so you don't have to let the phone slip between the crack in the couch and cushions to lose it. You can instead lose it by accidentally shutting it in a book. We once reviewed an app called Marco Polo for the iPhone that allowed you to call out to your phone if you had lost it but the app had one downside; it taxed your battery. Butterfingerz is an app for both iOS and Android that calls out to you after every hour so that if you can't find your phone, you can follow the sound to it. Read More