What's NFC? No freakin' clue? Let's talk about near field communication.
NFC stands for near field communication and it's a way of transferring data via electromagnetic induction. Basically, when two electronic devices (usually smartphones or a smartphone and another smart device) are within about two inches of one another, they can share data, like photos and files.
With Android Pay, for...
For your eyes only isn't just a terrible Bond film.
You want to keep your information safe and may even want to keep it a secret. That's where Samsung's Private mode comes in. By enabling Private mode, you can lock sensitive data, so that authentication is required to access that information (files, photos, video, etc.) in a finite number of Samsung apps. This way, when someone starts to swipe...
I'll send an SOS to the world. I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle.
Since we're all pretty much tethered to a smartphone 24 hours a day, Samsung has designed some emergency functions, you know, just in case.
The Galaxy S7 comes with the ability to send SOS messages, enter emergency mode, and even receive Amber alerts.
How to enable SOS messages
How to use emergency mode on the...
The Galaxy S7 is a LOT of phone, too much for some. Scale it back and take it easy!
Samsung's new flagship is a powerhouse with customizable features out the wazoo, and the task of actually setting things up for yourself can be a bit daunting. Not everyone wants a little computer in their pocket; they just want a phone that can text and call.
How to enable Easy Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S7...
Smartphones are for everyone and accessibility options see to that.
Most users will probably never touch the accessibility settings in their S7, but smartphones are like toilets at this point: ubiquitous and needing to be accessible to all.
Those with limited motor skills or vision or hearing impairment can't always use a smartphone to it's full potential, which is why accessibility settings...
The Galaxy S7 comes jam-packed with accessibility features and those that are hard of hearing won't be left out.
The Galaxy S7 has a bevvy of settings to make the user experience that much better for those who are hearing-impaired. Samsung uses the phone's physical features (the camera light) along with audio detection and vibrational alerts so that you never miss a message or alarm.
Be a beacon of light in a dark, Wi-Fi-less world.
With your cellular data enabled, you can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices. So, if you have a laptop with you and you need internet now, you can set your phone up as a hotspot and your laptop will be able to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or USB.
Be the conduit.
How to turn on Mobile hotspot on the Galaxy S7
How to tether from the...
Find yourself with the Galaxy S7.
Like pretty much all phones, the Galaxy S7 has built-in GPS that you can use to determine your location. If you're lost, you can just whip out your phone and it'll drop you on a map. But GPS is slow and power-hungry, and so your phone can use other methods together to help get a better sense of where it is in the world.
Your location is only ever estimated...
Some folks can't paint with all the colors of the rainbow and that's OK.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with some pretty advanced accessibillity features, so it's only right that those with vision impairment are well-taken care of.
Some folks can't see the full color spectrum. For others, the regular screen can be a bit harsh on the ol' peepers. Vision accessibility features, like inverted...
Direction lock is a more accessible way to unlock your phone.
Along with vision and hearing accessibility features, the Galaxy S7 comes with some features to help those with dexterity issues. If you've got vision and dexterity impairments and want to protect your phone, then the Direction lock is a great way to do it.
It allows you to unlock your phone using a series of directional swipes,...
Switching phones? No need to set up your accessibility settings again.
A great accessibility feature of the Galaxy S7 is the ability to transfer accessibility settings to and from other Android devices. This is especially great if you had someone else set them up for you but need a new phone in a pinch and can't do it yourself.
At the end of the day, your accessibility settings are just...
Your life is on your phone. Protect it.
At the moment, how many credit cards would you say you've used on your phone? How many passwords have you entered in various accounts and apps?
Samsung security policies are designed to keep all the data in your phone secure and updates are there to make sure that any flaws in security are fixed quickly.
You want your phone to be as secure as possible...
Don't just call. Advanced call.
UHD TV, 4K video, Blu-ray CDs. High def is where it's at, so why would you expect anything less when making phone calls?
Depending on your carrier, you can make calls over Wi-Fi, so that they're crystal clear and consistent whenever you're connected to Wi-Fi. In a basement with no reception but bountiful Wi-Fi? You're covered.
HD Voice and Video Calling offer...
Call in real time to anywhere in the world and do so without having to pay by the minute… Or having to pay at all!
Sometimes, texting and video messaging just doesn't cut it. Maybe it just feels a little impersonal or maybe you just can't wait to hear a loved one's voice in real time, instead of some pre-recorded message.
WhatsApp still has you covered with their wonderful call feature. You...
Wanna hold on to all of your WhatsApp messages? Save 'em! Switching phones? Take 'em with you!
Maybe you like to use WhatsApp for work because it's free and easy to use. Maybe it's just a convenient way to keep in touch with friends. Either way, you probably have some pretty important messages and media in there, and it'd be a shame if it all suddenly disappeared. That's why it's a great idea...
Manage and enjoy all of your messages with WhatsApp... For free!
If you've got a specific texting limit per month or you're going to be traveling a whole bunch, then there's really no need to pay a premium for every single message you send. With WhatsApp, you can text message, group chat, and manage your messages as you see fit.
If you're wading through the jungles of Borneo, you don't want...
The whole point of Sonos is have a lot of Sonos!
You can have up to 32 components connected to your Sonos system, so why wouldn't you?
Using the Sonos Controller app, you can easily add speaker after speaker to your Sonos arsenal. You can tell the app which room your speaker is in, so that it can tailor its sound to fit the space.
To add Sonos Sub, you follow the exact same process as you...
A chicken in every pot and a Sonos in every room!
Sonos wireless smart speakers allow you to absolutely fill your home with music.
With the ability to connect up to 32 components to the Sonosnet (Sonos' wireless system), you could put a Sonos speaker in every room of your house, if you wanted to.
With that many speakers going at once, Sonos lets you choose to play the same song on every...
Some golden oldies just don't sound right in mono!
If you have two Sonos Play:1s, Play:3s, or Play:5s handy, then you can make a stereo pair!
This is particularly useful if you're listening to music that's in stereo, since you'll be able to hear the separate channels.
Obviously, you'll want the stereo pair in the same room; otherwise, you'll hear drums in one room and guitar and vocals in...
Unlocked phone? Signed up for AT&T? Not getting any LTE?
You should probably check the APN or Access Point Name. AT&T and the rival carriers all have them and it's their gateway between the cellular network and the internet.
If your APN settings aren't just right, then you may not be able to send or receive multimedia messages (MMS) and you may not receive cellular data or calling...