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Google's MODE bands make it easier to switch up styles on Android Wear

Android Wear smartwatches are all over the place when it comes to style. Google's making it easier to swap bands with its new MODE watch bands.<p>MODE …

Smartwatches

Samsung Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack review

As you may recall, I'm not the biggest fan of battery cases. They're cumbersome, come with a load of compromises and in the end don't add much of a …

Re-Use Your Old Android Device In 10 Easy Ways.

<i>Forbesfone – the frequent traveler’s go-to mobile provider for worldwide roaming at low rates</i><p>That old Android device you have collecting dust in your drawer? Well, it may have forgone its reselling days but there’s still hope. You’d be pleasantly surprised to know that it can still offer much …

Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge cases

The Galaxy S7 Edge from Samsung is one of the hottest (and most expensive) devices of the year. It’s a premium phone, and costs quite a pretty penny. …

5 ways to customize your Android home screen

When you first fire up an Android gadget and get past the lock screen, you'll find yourself on the home screen. Depending on who manufactured your gadget, it might be sparse with just a few icons, or crammed with icons and widgets.<p>The good thing about Android is that you have full control over how …

How to Turn Any Song into a Ringtone on your Android Phone

We all know that the stock ringtones for most phones range from merely annoying to other-worldly, nightmarish soundscapes of noise and agony (I’m looking at you, “Moto”). Even after almost a decade of smartphones, creating your own custom ringtone hasn’t gotten much more intuitive. Fortunately, …

Android Phones

You can now send directions and notes to your phone via Google search

Sending info from your desktop to your Android phone is just a Google search away<p>Google's taking small steps to more intimately connect your Android phone and desktop computer. The search company has rolled out a new feature that lets you send directions, notes, reminders, and more directly from …

Gmail gains Material Design, support for non-Gmail accounts in version 5.0

Google’s been on a Material Design spree as of late, updating apps like Google Play Newsstand and Google Play Store with a more Android 5.0 look. Now …

Android Wear can be used for home automation, too (video)

In the past we’ve seen more than one video that demonstrates how Android and Tasker can be paired together to provide a powerful, voice-controlled Home Automation experience. This includes using your phone for turning on lights, changing the thermostat, turning on a television set, opening up doors …

Home Automation

Cheaper Thrills: A new, low-cost golf ball

<b>By E. Michael Johnson</b><p><i>From the Dec. 18 edition of Golf Digest Stix:</i><p><i>"Parity Situation": Hopkins says the USGA has given him an opening.</i><p>Greg Hopkins used to talk about getting into the ball business when he was the CEO of Cleveland Golf. Now that Hopkins is running his own company, it's really …

Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Don't Be Silly. Lock Down and Encrypt Your Smartphone

Your smartphone is your most portable computer. It's also a treasure trove of personal information. You wouldn't leave your laptop unlocked in …

Best password managers [2016]

Passwords are extremely important in a world where we have more accounts than we know what to do with. Many of us likely have multiple email …

Aviate: an always-changing, intelligent home screen for Android

What if Google Now was made of the icons on your home screen?<p>"We want to connect people to personalized information at the moment it’s useful," reads the mission statement of Aviate, a replacement launcher for Android available today in private beta. It sounds almost exactly like the tagline of …

Top 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Features [Video]

Hey! My name is Marques Brownlee and I'm a pretty heavy Galaxy Note 3 user. Some of you may already know me from the MKBHD YouTube Channel. To …

Use external storage to expand unexpandable Android phones

Android phones have always had one big advantage over iPhones: expandable storage. Unfortunately, not all Android phones have a microSD expansion slot, which makes that advantage a lot tougher to leverage.<p>Does that mean owners of slotless Android phones -- like, say, the Samsung Galaxy S6 ($223 at …

Master the S Pen on the Note 3: Feature Focus

The Galaxy Note 3 impresses through its size, but there are many other large phones on the market that are nowhere nearly as successful. What really makes the Note 3 stand out is the S Pen, the stylus that adds a lot of functionality to the phone, allowing you to <i>really</i> make use of that expansive …

Apps

GW Course Report: Bethpage Black

I have good news: You have the ability to play much better golf than you ever dreamed possible. Even if you're just a 90s-shooter, the talent to …

Golf