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10 basic Android terminal commands you should know

For a lot of us, the fact that we can plug our Android phone into a computer and interact with it is a big plus. Besides the times when we've broken …

Android News

5 reasons to get a smart lock already

Smart locks are one of the smart home's star performers when it comes to combining style and automation. Locks designed to work with voice assistants, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth come in all shapes and sizes. No matter your doorstep dilemma, there's likely a smart lock out there for you. Here are just a few …

Home Automation

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will sound more natural than ever. (Though, of all the voice assistants, Google Now …

BiTool 2.0 Lit Universal Multi-Tool (video)

CYCOP based in San Jose California have created a new version of their popular universal multitool the BiTool, releasing a new generation via …

Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and April 2018 Update added even more bells and whistles to Microsoft's powerhouse operating system.<p>PCMag reviews …

Our readers’ favorite VPN service now on sale: $89 lifetime access

Our readers have a number of VPN services that they recommend in comments and surveys. Top among these are Private Internet Access VPN and Windscribe.<p>However, sitting at the absolute pinnacle of AA VPN preference is PureVPN.<p>Normally PureVPN requires a monthly subscription to gain access to the …

Information Systems

Google’s PhotoScan just got easier to use with receipts and other documents

PhotoScan by Google is a handy little tool that acts as more of an add-on to Google Photos than a standalone app. It scans your old (and new) glossy paper pictures and attempts to cut out the glare that usually interferes by making the user take sequential photos at slightly different angles. It …

Apps

How to improve your Wi-Fi range and reception at home - ExtremeTech

By on April 18, 2017 at 10:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The ubiquity and low cost of Wi-Fi …

How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Speed by Choosing the Right Channel - ExtremeTech

By on April 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Wireless networks have come a long …

What is Object Oriented Programming?

Java is the primary language used to create Android apps. Java, you may have heard, is an ‘object oriented’ programming language. But what precisely does that mean?<p>Before Object Oriented Programming<p>One of the easiest ways to understand what is meant by ‘object oriented’, is to define what it is <i>not</i>. …

Programming

What is in your smartphone? – Gary explains

We often talk about the exteriors of our smartphones, the design language, the build materials and the ergonomics. But what about the insides? If we were to take a smartphone apart what would we find? What do all those components do? And how important are they? Let me explain.<p>Display<p>While the …

Mobile

How to get Google’s Pixel features on your Android phone

You’ve undoubtedly seen the news about Google’s new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Perhaps you’ve read a review or two. Maybe you’ve already …

Verizon has another Android Wear 2.0 watch with LTE: the Wear24 (Updated)

Verizon Wear24 (left), LG Watch Sport (right)<p><b>Update:</b> We now have some more hardware details on Verizon’s Wear24 smartwatch. Not only will it have NFC for Android Pay, it’ll also feature a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, a 450mAh battery, a 42mm watch case and a thickness of 13.5mm.<p><b>Original post:</b> By now …

Wear OS

How to add fingerprint authentication to your Android app

Android 6.0 saw the introduction of fingerprint authentication, a new security feature that allows users to confirm their identify with a single touch. While this new security feature is most commonly used to secure the user’s lockscreen, fingerprint authentication can also be a useful addition to …

Information Systems

Top 6 Lock Screen Apps & Lock screen Replacement for Android

From the pin code to drawing patterns to knock patterns there have been a lot of improvement and variations in the Android lock screen procedures. …

Backup your SMS, MMS and call log automatically – Android customization

We can back up nearly anything to the cloud, but text messages usually go bye bye when you switch handsets or factory reset a phone. We want to make sure that everyone is looking after their data. Specifically, we want to make sure you are backing up your SMS messages. I know at least our Canadian …

Android News

7 Chrome shortcuts you should start using right away

Whether you've been using Google Chrome for years or you just switched from, say, Firefox or Internet Explorer, there are some shortcuts you should know.<p>Many involve using the keyboard to navigate faster; others put you a mouse-click away from useful features. And no list would be complete without …

These are the most popular Android apps of all time

Even though it’s tried and failed (a few times) to own Android users’ mobile experience, Facebook is still pretty much the king of Google’s mobile operating system.<p>In a report released today, app analytics firm AppAnnie compiled lists of the top 10 games and apps of all time on the Google Play …

Apps

20 of the best Android apps and games this month

Top new Android apps of May 2016 include Dark Sky, Spaces and Sleepcast, while games include Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Bushido Bear<p>April was another strong month for new Android apps and games: from hyper-local weather forecasts and clever alarm-clock apps to fraternal adventures and ninja …

6 common battery myths you probably believe

We here at Android Authority get a lot of feedback about the devices running our favorite operating system. However, the most negative comments usually have to do with battery life. And it makes sense: there’s nothing more frustrating than having this magical powerhouse of microtechnology suddenly …

Batteries

How to add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser

Opera made a big announcement on Thursday morning that was widely covered by tech blogs. In the latest developer preview build of its web browser for …

8 Free Mobile Apps College Students Should Download ASAP

This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps<p>School, college or university -- if you are a student then you know how it feels to carry around a vast amount of equipment all day every day. From papers to books to pens and calculators, you name it you probably have it stashed away in your bag. …

Apps

Soon your non-Nexus phone may get the latest Android software first

Frustrated at your lack of the latest Android 6 Marshmallow software? Google may have a plan to remedy that.<p>A new rumor suggests Google is almost …

Waze now tells you when to leave, thanks to its new Planned Drives feature

Turn-by-turn navigation application Waze announced this morning a handy new feature that will make it easier for those who are planning to drive to an upcoming appointment, meeting or other important trip: Waze Planned Drives. The option allows you to tell the app when you need to reach your …

5 new features coming to WhatsApp on Android

WhatsApp has bolted on more features to the beta version of its app. (Fin24)<p>Instant messaging application WhatsApp has been busy with updating its …

Apps

The Essential Android Security Features You Should Enable Right Now

Your phone is probably the most personal device you own. You carry it with you at all times, and it can access a large chunk of your most sensitive …

Here’s how to add a speedometer to Google Maps on Android

A couple of weeks ago, Waze announced they would be adding a handy new feature to their popular app. Since speeding is a problem that we’ve all had …

Google Maps

Use your smartwatch as a camera remote for your phone – Android customization

Are you following along our Android Wear projects on our Android customization series? We took a look at IF and DO from IFTTT, but it’s time to get into some more basic stuff, like using your smartwatch as a camera remote for your Android phone or tablet.<p>The idea today is pretty simple, as are the …

Android News

Water resistant phones: the essential do’s and don’ts

Water resistant phones have become a major selling point for a number of high-end manufacturers. It’s certainly a useful feature to have, offering protection for your expensive gadget against accidental spills. You can even take some wonderful underwater pictures these days.<p>However, much of the …

Gear & Gadgets