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  1. Android Got Tricks Too!

    Android Got Tricks Too!It seems everyone is sharing (and/or searching) for the latest iPhone tips and tricks. But how about showing some love for the Android users of the world?

    Android users represent more than half of all smartphone users of the world. However, because that O/S works on a multitude of different smartphone devices it can be difficult to find tricks which work the same way on every Android enabled device. However--here are 15 tips which will help get Android users started:

    In this list, we cover how you can take screenshots on Android, quickest ways to launch the camera, using Google Assistant, making the most of notifications, checking for updates, setting up Do Not Disturb mode, customizing your home screen, using Multi Window, making sure you are backing up photos in Google Photos, and more!

    Check out the complete list here and watch the video.

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  2. Apple Watch Tips and Tricks

    Apple Watch Tips and TricksIf you are one of the lucky who got their hands on a new Apple Watch - congratulations!

    Fiddling with it for just a few minutes you likely have worked out just about everything it can do for you. But, as usual, there a few things which might be more difficult to discover on your own. Fortunately, there are people who make it their business to uncover all the hidden features Apple builds into their devices. Like this one for Disney fans who wear an Apple Watch:

    If you’re a fan of the Mickey and Minnie watch faces, you might be surprised to find that they can actually speak to you. When using either of these faces you can tap on the characters for them to read the current time. If this isn’t working for you, make sure it’s enabled under settings, then sound and haptics, then make sure tap to speak is enabled.

    There are several more Apple Watch tips in this article. Check them all out and let us know which are your favorites!

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  3. Get A New iPhone X? Learn To Care For It!

    Get A New iPhone X? Learn To Care For It!If you finally knuckled under the pressure; could resist temptation no more and bought yourself (or convinced someone who loves you dearly to buy for you) a brand new iPhone X, then you owe it to yourself to immediately learn how to properly care for it.

    Obviously the first step is to buy yourself a new case from Luvvitt! But then there's the question of everything you can do with your new iPhone X. So many features, in fact, you might need some help. Fortunately, there are people who specialize in providing tips and tricks to help you get the most from your new device:

    If you have locked yourself out of your phone, you should look online for ways to fix it. Many people have had this happen to them as well, so there are videos and other tutorials on how to unlock an iPhone online. Just be aware that this is the last resort, as it will likely delete all of your information when you reset it.

    You can easily create your own dictionary and shortcuts with the iPhone. When you use this, your phone knows exactly what you are trying to change. You can add more shortcuts and phrases by programming them into your phone. When typing messages, the auto correct feature will also take these into account.

     

    You can find many more useful tips and tricks in the complete article right here.

     

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  4. Apple Watch Gets Even More Useful!

    Apple Watch Gets Even More Useful!The Apple Watch is one of those really cool tech devices that still seems more of a status symbol than an actual tool. Sure, it works great as a fitness tracker, and pairs with your phone, and even has a few cool apps, like Pong! But face it, when it comes to actual usefulness it is still sorely lacking.

    That might be about to change. Last week Whirlpool said it was working with Apple developers to give Apple Watch users control of a new line of smart appliances.

    Whirlpool gave CNET some examples of the types of things you’ll be able to do with the app.

    • Ovens — Check temperature, change oven settings during a cook cycle

    • Washing machines — Change the type of wash cycle when the washer’s in use

    • Dryers — Check if a cycle has started, see how much time is remaining on a cycle

     

    You can read the entire CNET article here, which includes a video of the recent 2018 CES event.

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  5. Smart Tech Drying Tips!

    Smart Tech Drying Tips!Congratulations! You are now carrying the new smartphone, fitness tracker, Apple Watch or whatever-fancy-new-device-you-got-for-Christmas with you every where you go.

    But do you know what to do when you finally get it wet? You know it's going to happen. It's practically unavoidable. We've all been there. We've forgotten to take off our Apple Watch in the rain, jumped into a pool with our fitness tracker still attached to our wrist, and dropped our smartphone into more mud puddles than we care to remember.

    Fortunately, there are immediate steps you can take to keep these accidents from becoming instant tragedies:

    If your non-waterproof phone, watch or tracker has accidentally got wet, DO NOT TRY TO USE IT. Take it out the water and turn it off.

    If it's a phone remove the SIM and any other accessible parts, then rub it dry on a towel or sleeve. Give it a gentle shake, too, to remove any water from its ports.

    Then follow our advice to fix a water-damaged phone, smartwatch or activity tracker.

    You can read all the tips and tricks for drying out your smart device in this great article from Tech Advisor. But once you do, don't think it's suddenly a good idea to immerse your device in water or stop being cautious with it!

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  6. Bad Cell Signal? Give It A Boost With These Tips and Tricks

    Bad Cell Signal? Give It A Boost With These Tips and TricksNow that we're all hopelessly addicted to the freedom, knowledge and communication afforded to us by smartphones, our big problem has become not which device to choose, but how to get the best coverage. Seems no matter what smartphone we have in our pocket or which carrier we chose to provide us service we all encounter situations where we just can't seem to get reception.

    Fortunately there are some tricks for maximizing the available signal, including finding a signal where you thought there was none.

    If you’re in a good coverage area and are still not getting a signal, something between you and the cell tower is interfering. Buildings, mountains, and other obstructions can cause a bad connection. So can network congestion.

    It’s also possible that the way you decorated your house can block reception. Even the weather can have a negative impact on a cell signal.

     

    The author, Brian Penny of UpDato.com goes on to explain some simple techniques you can employ to find a signal just about wherever you might find yourself without one. You can read the rest of that article right here.

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  7. Netflix Secretly Made It Easier To Binge On Your Phone

    Netflix Secretly Made It Easier To Binge On Your PhoneAs if we needed another reason to binge watch Netflix on our phones while on the bus, train or while hiding from our boss in the office bathroom. Netflix secretly made improvements to their smartphone app intended to make it easier to use.

    Let's face it: There are a lot of different apps we use to engage with a variety of media. We watch movies, television shows, videos - you name it, we consume it. But often the apps designed to allow us to consume this content are clunky (at best) and prone to fail at a crucial moment (at worst.) the Netflix app leaned more toward the 'clunky' side but there was definitely room for improvement.

     

    Here are a few of the latest changes:

    The search button, which usually lives in the top-right corner, has also vanished.

    Netflix has decided to move it to a new panel at the bottom of the screen, where it should be a lot easier to reach. It sits alongside the Home, Downloads and My Profile options.

    On the search screen, categories are listed directly under the search bar, says MyFishDrownedItself, who adds that the redesigned app offers “skip intro” and “skip recap” options too.

    The My Profile page, meanwhile, is a central hub for notifications, and also contains My List.

     

    You can read more about the updates here.

    Or, just update the app yourself and give it a try. Let us know what you think in the Comments below.

     

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  8. Gestures Aren't Just For Charades (They're For Your iPhone X!)

    Gestures Aren't Just For Charades (They're For Your iPhone X!)If there is one thing we can always expect from Apple, it's innovative (and sometimes annoying) ways of using our smart devices. Apple did invent the smart device after all, so we suppose it's their right to design new ways of interacting with them. So it is with the latest iPhone X. Things we once took for granted and had easily mastered like swiping, or pressing, are now old-fashioned. Make way for new ways to "swipe" and no need to "press" now that the 'Home' button has been removed:

     

    The first gesture you’ll need to learn is the most important one: how to get to the home screen after unlocking your phone with Face ID, Apple’s new way of unlocking your iPhone with your face. Once your Face ID unlocks your phone, you’ll need to swipe up from the bottom to get to the home screen. You don’t need to memorize this tidbit; thankfully, you’ll see a “Swipe up to open” message reminding you how to get to the home screen. You can also use this gesture when you’re in an app or in control center.

    You can learn some more crucial gestures in the rest of the article, here, or simply struggle your way to iPhone X mastery!

     

     

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  9. iPhone X Has Lots Of Features But Do You Know How To Use Them?

    iPhone X Has Lots Of Features But Do You Know How To Use Them?It's true that the latest iPhone X has an abundance of cool new features. Unfortunately, what it doesn't have is an instruction manual. Which means users have to figure out how to use all those features through trial and error. They may not even be aware some of the features they would use most even exist. Again, no instruction manual to explain what the iPhone X can do, so no way to know.

    Fortunately there are a great many people who make it their business to figure out what each new device can do and exactly how to do it. And then report that inform to the rest of us who are too busy working extra jobs to afford the new devices to actually enough time left over to figure out to use them.

    The iPhone X is basically the coolest thing Apple has released since 2014’s iPhone 6. It has a new design, new features, and a brand new way of interacting with its UX.

    It is also very, VERY expensive. Like, prohibitively expensive. But this doesn’t seem to have bothered anybody, as Apple is selling these handsets at an unprecedented rate.

    If you’ve picked up an iPhone X and are struggling to get to grips with it or you’re interested in finding out about all of its native features, this is the article for you.

    Because there is a learning curve with the iPhone X, as many reviewers have already observed. As it lacks a Home button, it operates a bit differently from proviso iPhones, even though it runs the same iOS platform.

     

    See. No 'Home' button. That's a big learning curve right there. You can get a lot of tips, tricks and explanations of the iPhone X features (and how to use them) from the rest of the article which is right here. In the meantime, if you discover new on your own, or have a question, hit us up right here in the Comments.

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  10. Siri: Name That Tune!

    Siri: Name That Tune!It doesn't take a genius to understand exactly what Apple intends to do with the Shazam app now that it owns it. It seems like a logical leap to presume very soon iPhone users will be able to ask Siri to tell them what that song is they are hearing at the moment. On the radio. At a party. At a concert. (Although, would you really need to ask what concert you were currently at? Maybe. If you were having a really good time.)

    Apple has made it a point to purchases pieces of software that it could later integrate into its operating system. This is a super easy way to improve the functionality of their OS without the need to actually think of anything or do anything, except write a check.

    “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement."

    “We are excited to announce that Shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of Apple,” Shazam said in a statement to The Verge. “Shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”

     

    A story on The Verge covers the cost and details of the purchase. You can read that right here. In the meantime, don't be surprised if Siri suddenly offers to identify a song for you.

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