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From helping to understand the difference between two phones to instructions on getting more from your devices, this section aims to educate. We cover everything from the most very basic stuff all the way up to more detailed and focused topics.

Getting started with the powerful photo editing app from Google: Snapseed

With just a little bit of editing we can dramatically change the look and feel of a photo. Today we are going to take...

Get the most out of Nova Launcher: Changing Icon Sizes

There are a lot of features/options that users don't know about inside of Nova Launcher and we're going to show you how to accomplish various things in the app

Follow these 5 basic rules and get perfect pictures everytime with your smartphone

There are few things that top a great photo. A photo can capture a moment in time and help you remember some of the...

How To: Experience FireFox OS with a simple APK

Mozilla has been developing FireFox OS behind the scenes for about two years now. Much like Android, it's an open-source platform based on the Linux...

How To: Customize your Facebook news feed preferences on Android

This handy tutorial helps you clean up your timeline As some of you know, a recent update to the Facebook application for Android now gives...

How to backup, edit and share your most precious moments with Google Photos

One of my favorite Google apps is Photos. It is a free app with free unlimited storage, which automatically differentiates it from its nearest...

Google Doodles are a part of Google’s rich history: How to submit your own

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of...

Android Pay: What is it and how to use it

Just a couple of months ago Google rolled out Android Pay which is a simple and secure way to make payments in a store...

What is USB Type-C and why is it important?

Every aspect of smartphones are being improved every year. From screens, to processors, batteries, cameras and build quality, smartphones companies are always looking for...

Where to go to download all of the Google developed Android apps

The beauty of Android is choice. Unlike other software operating systems, which limit what apps can be offered in an app store, Google allows...

How To: Download YouTube videos with YouTube Red

YouTube Red is finally here, offering paying subscribers (only in the US, for now) some pretty nifty features, including ad-free video, background play and the...

Getting Started with Boomerang from Instagram (Android)

Introduced in late October 2015, Boomerang from Instagram is the latest effort from the developers behind the wildly popular filtered photo and video service....

How to back up your contacts to your Google account [Android 201]

Managing contacts on your phone can be a nightmare, especially when switching to another phone. The disastrous process of importing contacts from one phone...

How To: Gift a Google Play Music subscription

Google has quietly introduced a new feature as part of its Play Music service which lets users offer up gifts. Said gifts come in...

How to manually install app updates with APK files [Android 201]

Waiting for app updates can be a drag, especially if other phones are receiving the update before you. Automatically updating your apps through the...
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