Science

Spend less time on your phone with this simple trick

This story has been updated. It was originally published on November 9, 2017. Tired of constantly checking your phone? Instead of switching from device to device, simply forward those notifications to your computer. With Windows and macOS, you can put your phone out of arm’s reach and concentrate on your larger screen—without worrying that you’re missing out on dozens of missed calls and texts. This is also a great way to keep in touch with incoming alerts if you’re trying…

Science

How to troubleshoot tech problems remotely

This story has been updated. It was originally published on September 19, 2019. Every family, workspace, and even friend group has that one person officially anointed by a higher tech power as “The IT Master.” If you’re familiar with diving behind your parent’s couch to get their WiFi working or spending endless hours trying to de-infect a virus-ridden laptop at work, we’re sorry to break the news… it’s probably you. As you begrudgingly prepare for the next time someone asks…

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OnePlus 9 Pro: Everything you need to know about this new flagship Android phone

OnePlusIt takes a lot for a smartphone camera to stand out when it comes to performance at the moment. Today, OnePlus announced its new 9 Pro and 9 flagship smartphones with a focus on a revamped camera system. Here are the key things you need to know about the company’s new top-end phones. We’ll start with the OnePlus 9 Pro. Hasselblad Cameras OnePlus spent a considerable amount of time during its launch event talking about its new camera partnership with…

Gadgets

Android versions: A living history from 1.0 to Pie

What a long, strange trip it’s been. From its inaugural release to today, Android has transformed visually, conceptually and functionally — time and time again. Google’s mobile operating system may have started out scrappy, but holy moly, has it ever evolved. Here’s a fast-paced tour of Android version highlights from the platform’s birth to present. Android versions 1.0 to 1.1: The early days Android made its official public debut in 2008 with Android 1.0 — a release so ancient it…

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How to set any song as an alarm on Android

Getting up in the morning is rarely a pleasure, but doing it to the sound of your favourite song might just make it that much easier. With Smartphones becoming so much more flexible and versatile, we are able to customize them to our own personal tastes – and while being able to customize your alarm has been around for a long time, it’s always good to know how to do! Looking to get the most out of your phone? Check our…

Science

Skygofree: More Android malware malarkey

Are you scared about Skygofree? I mean, from the sound of things, this newly discovered malware can give the bad guys free rein on your Android smartphone. Let’s start with the facts. Skygofree is bad. It’s Trojan horse malware that can do many horrible things to your Android smartphone. Like what? Glad you asked. Kaspersky, the antivirus company that found it, has a whole laundry list of the terrible, awful, bad things it can do to you. For example, if you get a case…

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ANDROID WEAR IS BACK IN BUSINESS WITH TWO NEW WATCHES FROM LG

The LG Watch Style and Watch Sport are “designed with Google,” and set the standard for Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches. Android Wear 2.0 is officially here, and while the update is due to roll out to current smartwatches in the “coming weeks,” you can experience it as soon as February 10 with LG’s all-new Watch Style and Watch Sport models. LG’s two new smartwatches were “designed in collaboration with Google” — most likely in a similar fashion to how most Nexus devices…

HARDWARE

ANDROID STUDIO FOR BEGINNERS, PART 4: ADVANCED TOOLS AND PLUGINS

Android Studio offers a rich palette of development tools, and it’s compatible with many plugins. The first three articles in this series focused on basic tools for building simple mobile apps. Now you’ll get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools that are part of Android Studio, along with three plugins you can use to extend Android Studio. We’ll start with Android Device Monitor, Lint, and Android Monitor–three tools you can use to debug, inspect, and profile application code…

Software

Some Android users seeing new-look search results in Play Store

Google is regularly making tweaks to the Play Store, and it looks like another change is currently hitting users. Some Android users are seeing new-look Play Store search results. When you search for an app and tap a result, you’ll now see the details of the app in a card. Scrolling down will expand the card and show you more information about the app that you’re looking at, and you can then switch back to the card view by scrolling…

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ANDROID STUDIO FOR BEGINNERS, PART 4: ADVANCED TOOLS AND PLUGINS

Android Studio offers a rich palette of development tools, and it’s compatible with many plugins. The first three articles in this series focused on basic tools for building simple mobile apps. Now you’ll get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools that are part of Android Studio, along with three plugins you can use to extend Android Studio. We’ll start with Android Device Monitor, Lint, and Android Monitor–three tools you can use to debug, inspect, and profile application code…

Technology

ANDROID STUDIO FOR BEGINNERS, PART 4: ADVANCED TOOLS AND PLUGINS

Android Studio offers a rich palette of development tools, and it’s compatible with many plugins. The first three articles in this series focused on basic tools for building simple mobile apps. Now you’ll get acquainted with some of the more advanced tools that are part of Android Studio, along with three plugins you can use to extend Android Studio. We’ll start with Android Device Monitor, Lint, and Android Monitor–three tools you can use to debug, inspect, and profile application code…

Software

Android Chrome might move search bar to screen bottom

Even with my oversized mitts, stretching all the way across my Nexus 6P to hit the Chrome address bar can be a challenge. But I won’t be reaching nearly as far if the newly unveiled “Chrome Home” feature in Canarymakes it into the next update. Namely because the address bar — as well as the tab switcher and settings menu — will be right there at the bottom of the screen. The feature is still in its alpha stage and…