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Off-contract prices for the Galaxy Note 4 at US carriers
A huge price for a huge phone

Off-contract prices for the Galaxy Note 4 at US carriers

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Galaxy Notes have never been cheap phones, and the Galaxy Note 4 is no exception. While buying the phone on-contract can soften the blow (or at least spread the misery out), for many, that's not an option. Maybe you have to buy unlocked to keep that precious unlimited data plan. Maybe you just don't like And besides, you don't have to sell your wireless soul for two years to get the...

Advanced automation and integration in Tasker
Advance your phone. Advance your life.

Advanced automation and integration in Tasker

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I love Tasker. And I say it a lot. I say it so much that my keyboard's prediction now pops up Tasker after I type the word love. And Tasker can do a lot. A whole lot. But in order to do it, it needs to be programmed or you need to stick a button on your home screen, or a gesture control. I covered voice controls last time, and today, rather than using them for media controls, we'll be...

Finding out what Google thinks you like and how to change it
You think I like what now?!

Finding out what Google thinks you like and how to change it

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Google Ad Settings and how to tailor them to you Google brings us wonderful services and the Android ecosystem, but let us remember that its primary function is as a search engine. And secondarily it's to sell ads — and targeted ads, at that. And there's nothing inherently wrong with that, as ads keep on the lights at Google and keep the lights on for many, many sites around the world...

Delving into the general accessibility settings in Android
For those who need it and those who might someday

Delving into the general accessibility settings in Android

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Android knows that we all have different needs Android is for everybody, and that includes people who need help seeing/hearing or otherwise operating their device. To this end, there are system-wide accessibility settings baked right into Android, and you can control them through the Accessibility section to the Settings app. It's right at the bottom near "About phone" and developer...

Logging out of an account in Google+’s Android app
Because sometimes you just need to get away

Logging out of an account in Google+’s Android app

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Part of the "One account, all of Google" thing we wrote about recently is that it brings all of your services and data together on your android device once you log in. But sometimes, you don't need all of your accounts on all of your apps. Such as Google+. I have a professional account (well, professional-looking account, anyway), and all I do with it is apply for jobs. I don't need it...

A few more things to help Tasker newbies (or old Tasker fogg
When you turn the gear just right…

A few more things to help Tasker newbies (or old Tasker fogg

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Another day, another task We've covered Tasker and the very basics of how to use it, and now, it's time for you to start playing a little bit on your own. Think of Tasker as a toy as much as a tool and you can really let loose and have fun in it. Voice controls, plugins and a little ingenuity can turn your phone into your butler, your study buddy, and your best friend. Now, today I'm...

Why and how you might want to tailor your G+ notifications
Mr. Jingles is your friend!

Why and how you might want to tailor your G+ notifications

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Too many notifications can quickly overwhelm your brain We've been over why you should use Google+, and now that we've covered Circles and Communities, it's time to go over something that's almost more important than either of them: Notifications. Yes, notifications in Google+ are important because they can make or break the Google+ experience for you. If you're always flooded with...

The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out
Great work if you can get it

The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out

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The survey app from Project Ara is back, and it's paying out Many of you might've heard of dscout before; it was the app that Project Ara used while trying to hone in on its prototype. Users would complete surveys in the hopes of eventually being rewarded with a unit later in the project. And like many of you, when we fell behind on that (which for me was when they started having us...