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Six features you don't want to miss in Android 4.2

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has been out for a few weeks now and we've rounded up six features you won't want to miss in the latest Android operating system.<p>Android 4.2 is full of new features, some are fairly minor, such as the Settings shortcut in the notification bar. Other features, such an improved …

Android News

Set Android owner info to help recover a lost smartphone

Setting the owner information on your Android smartphone can make it easier for a Good Samaritan to get in touch with you.<p>Nobody wants to go through the ordeal of a lost smartphone, but it happens. There are tracking apps available to help owners locate their lost or stolen phones via GPS, but in …

Android News

10 Pinterest tips from a user with 1.2 million followers

Journalist Robert Anthony, who has 1.2 million followers after less than a year on Pinterest, offers up some of the latest thinking on the platform.<p>Last time I discussed Pinterest in-depth was in March 2012, when I wrote "Six things I learned from six days on Pinterest."<p>I've since joked that I …

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Shipoopi adds any app to your lock screen on Android 4.2

Add a shortcut for any app to your lock screen on an Android 4.2 device with a free app called Shipoopi.<p>With lock screen widgets having been introduced in Android 4.2, developers have been looking for ways to take advantage of the new feature in creative ways. Earlier this week a developer e-mailed …

Apps

Use Bump to share files between your phone and computer

The Bump app for Android and iOS can now share more than photos and contact info; it can share any file type between devices, including computers.<p>Bump is a popular app for sharing photos and contact info between smartphones. Several months ago, they added the ability to share photos with a computer …

Apps

Test your RAM with Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

Here's a quick guide to running the Windows diagnostic tool to check your memory for errors.<p>RAM sticks, known for their chip creep and random failures, are among the more annoying pieces of hardware to pinpoint as the source of a technical issue. Before you start digging around in the tower, it's …

Software

Get the most cash for your used electronics with Flipsy

Spending precious time going from trade-in site to trade-in site is no longer necessary thanks to Flipsy.<p>Selling or trading in your older used electronics for some fast cash is quick and convenient. You don't have to deal with pesky eBay fees, or haggle over the final sales price with a stranger on …

Apple Store

How to turn your Windows 8 PC into a Wi-Fi hot spot

Turn your Windows 8 PC into a Wi-Fi hot spot with a free program that lets your computer share its Internet connection with other devices.<p>In Windows 8, Microsoft quietly removed a useful networking feature: ad-hoc networks.<p>In Windows 7 (and previous OSes), the tool could turn your PC into a Wi-Fi …

Wi-Fi

Track blocked calls and texts on Android with Current Caller ID

Current Caller ID by WhitePages helps you block people who call or text too often, whether they're in your address book or not.<p>When someone can't take the hint and keeps calling or texting you, it might be time to disable their ability to do so. The Android contact app allows you to send callers …

Apps

Tidy up your Android phone before putting it on the block

Just upgraded to the latest, greatest Android phone? Here's how to get your old Android phone ready to sell.<p>There are a lot of tempting reasons to upgrade your phone these days. In fact, here are five of them. But what do you do with your old phone?<p>Well, you could turn it into a dedicated media …

Android Phones

Hack your Android like a pro: Rooting and ROMs explained

There are benefits to rooting your Android smartphone, but it can be a tricky world for beginners. Here are some tips.<p>For all of Android's flexibility and customization, carriers and phone makers still manage to lock down plenty of restrictions, skins, and preloaded software that you just don't …

Android Phones

Drag and drop to attach photos in Gmail

You can now drag and drop photos when composing an e-mail in Gmail to add them as attachments instead of inline images.<p>Gmail has made it easier to attach photos to an e-mail message. When its new compose window was rolled out earlier this year, when you dragged and dropped a photo into a message, …

Apps

Five savvy ways to maximize your Galaxy S4's battery life

Stretch your S4's battery life with a few built-in features and lesser-known tricks that keep your phone from draining quickly.<p>With a bigger battery and more efficient processor than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 promises to at least survive a typical day. But as Jessica Dolcourt mentions, …

Gear & Gadgets

Get useless bloatware off your Galaxy S4

Get rid of those bloaty, unnecessary apps that come pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S4.<p>Like pre-installed programs on a Windows PC, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is full of "bloatware," unnecessary apps and services from Samsung or your carrier that offer no value and often attempt to duplicate what …

Apps

Simple Tips for Using Glass Paint

With tons of new glass paint options out there, it can be a bit intimidating to select the product that will suit your needs <i>and</i> give you the results that you want. Luckily, these simple tips for using glass paint from Shannon at Madigan Made will take the guess work out of glass paint for …

30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …

Chris Hadfield sings Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in ISS farewell

In one of the coolest zero-g cover songs ever recorded, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield does a heartfelt rendition of David Bowie's classic before returning to Earth.<p>How do you top months of amazing photos, demos, and tunes done aboard the International Space Station? If you're Chris Hadfield, …

Space Exploration