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#Android | October 30, 2014

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How To: Use a PlayStation DualShock 3 Controller With Your Android Device [No Root]

January 28, 2013 |

It’s time to show you just how simple it is to use a PlayStation DualShock 3 controller to game on your Android device. All you’ll need is a PS3 DualShock 3 and a $2 OTG cable — no need for any rooting or hackery. Read More

Keep Your Android Device Secure With These 5 Tips

January 27, 2013 |

Users are becoming increasingly more vigilant about protecting their devices, and while there are many forms of security when it comes to your Android device, what you are trying to protect and how far you’re willing to go to protect it will determine the right steps for you. I’m going to outline a few of those steps in order to give you a better idea of what options you have when it comes to protecting your device. Some are extremely easy to implement and bring peace of mind, while others are tedious and quite bothersome, but also offer more security. Read More

Android Tip: Prevent App Shortcuts From Automatically Appearing on Your Home Screen

January 11, 2013 |

Whether you’re a casual user or power user, one thing is for certain — you’re going to be downloading apps. You may have noticed that every new app you download receives a nice little shortcut icon on your home screen. That might not be a big deal for some of you, but for others (especially you app hoarders out there) having dozens of app icons automatically added to your home screen can be unnecessary and make for quite the cluttered home screen. Read More

Android 4.0+ Tip: Send a Quick Text Response to a Caller Before Sending Them to Voicemail

January 20, 2013 |

Did you know you can send a quick text response to callers before declining their call? This feature has been around for bit now and usually comes standard in Android devices running Android 4.0+, but if you’re new to Android and wondering what I’m talking about, then read on. Read More

How To: Extend the Life of Your Android Device’s Battery

January 19, 2013 |

Over the past years, our mobile devices have advanced well beyond our expectations. The rapid evolution from simple mobile phone to powerful mobile computing device has given rise to the Swiss Army Knife of technology — small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to complete any task. While mobile technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the batteries powering them have failed to keep up — leaving mobile users with few solutions. Read More

Android 4.0+ tip: How to Easily View and Manage Data Usage

January 18, 2013 |

As you all know, data has become a high commodity these days and every MB counts. That’s why Google decided to throw users a bone by including some great data management tools in Android 4.0. Today I’m going to show you how to use those tools to help stay in control of your data and keep your hard earned money out of the hands of the, well… you know. Read More

Jelly Bean Tip: How to Disable Annoying App Notifications

January 7, 2013 |

Did you know it’s possible to disable those annoying app notifications from within the App Info page on Jelly Bean? Well it is, and it’s a great feature. As more apps lean towards invading your notification bar, Android has taken action and made it possible for users to disable an app’s ability to show you notifications. It’s extremely easy to enable/disable this option and requires very few steps. Read More

Android 101: How To Use Voice Actions

January 16, 2013 |

Android has many features, some that are obvious, some that are a bit hidden. One of those semi-hidden features is Voice Actions. Most Android users realize they can search for something by pressing the microphone icon and speaking into their device, but many don’t realize Voice Actions go way beyond simple search. Read More

Android: Lock Screen 101

January 14, 2013 |

Today we’re going to take a look at the lock screen features you have available to you on Android. Depending on which version of Android you’re running, things will look a bit different and some options may or may not be available to you. However, this will serve as a good introduction for any new device owner looking to become acquainted with the different lock screen options and how they function. Read More