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This extension from Google is a hit with kids and the kid in
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This extension from Google is a hit with kids and the kid in

Ara Wagoner 14

The Chrome browser is an ever-changing window into the internet, but the browser itself can look kind of… well… bland, sometimes. Lots of white. Well, Google seems to have noticed, or at least the Google Maps team has, and they released an extension to help mix it up a little. Enter Earth View from Google Maps. Earth View doesn't do a lot, but what it does is simple, elegant, and...

Recap of one of the tastiest Android events in the US
Android fever comes to the Lone Star state

Recap of one of the tastiest Android events in the US

Ara Wagoner 17

The Big Android BBQ is something of a unique Android event most years in that it's usually a few weeks before the next version of Android is released. This means that while project teams for things like CyanogenMod can still discuss a good many things, most are still waiting on the new version of Android in order to announce when and what features will be coming to their products and...

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

Ara Wagoner 155

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

Ara Wagoner 51

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

Ara Wagoner 15

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

Ara Wagoner 3

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

Ara Wagoner 5

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...