The price of liberty may be eternal vigilance, but sometimes you just want to zone out. Maybe you want to play Farmville while the boss is out, maybe you want to know when that friend who owes you money is nearby, or maybe you just like to keep your friends close. In any case, you can use the free ToothTag app to keep track of Bluetooth-enabled devices and receive notifications when they come close. Here's how to do it:Install the ToothTag app from the Android Market.The next time you're near someone you want to keep track … Read more
Gestures are a powerful and convenient way to control smartphone functions. In this How To, we'll show you how to use gestures to surf the Web on your Android phone.
Before we get started, you'll want to download the Dolphin Browser HD from the Android Market and complete the setup wizard.
Use navigation gestures
You can use gestures in Dolphin Browser HD to navigate the browser. To go backward, forward, refresh, go to the top, go to the bottom, or launch a new tab, simply tap on the gesture button on the lower left-hand corner and draw the … Read more
You're tired of the dropped calls, tightly wound interface, and carrier limitations, and you're ready to ditch the iPhone and say hello to Android. But before you dive into your new smartphone's highly customizable interface, faster processor, nice camera, and free turn-by-turn navigation, there's some housekeeping to do.
Here are a video and six easy steps to follow to transfer your contacts, calendar, notes, photos, videos, music, and SMS messages (kind of) from your iPhone to your Android device:
Step 1. Google accountOn your Android device, go to Menu > Settings > Accounts & Sync > … Read more
Update, Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. PT: Google has issued a fix that forces the affected Google apps to connect via the secure protocol HTTPS. As long as you update your apps when the fix is pushed out, this public Wi-Fi vulnerability won't affect you. Until then, it's best to use public Wi-Fi with extreme caution or follow the instructions below.
Android phones and tablets running version 2.3.3 and earlier suffer from a calendar and contact information vulnerability on public Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report. However, there are some concrete steps you can take to protect yourself.
Here's how it works. The vulnerability is in the ClientLogin Protocol API, which streamlines how the Google app talks to Google's servers. Applications request access by sending an account name and password via secure connection, and the access is valid for up to two weeks. If the authentication is sent over unencrypted HTTP, an attacker could use network-sniffing software to steal it over a legitimate public network, or spoof the network entirely using a public network with a common name, such as "airport" or "library." While this won't work in Android 2.3.4 or above, including Honeycomb 3.0, that only covers 1 percent of in-use devices.
Of course, the safest solution is to avoid using public, unencrypted Wi-Fi networks by switching to mobile 3G and 4G networks whenever possible. But that's not always an option, especially for Wi-Fi-only tablet owners or those on tight data plans. … Read more
Currently, if you want to transfer a picture or video from your iPhone to your iPad, Apple requires you to sync the video on your iPhone to your computer, then sync your iPad to your computer (moving the video from the computer to the iPad). The ability to exchange pictures between your iDevices and your computer wirelessly exists; we are going to show you where to find it and how to use it. Follow along!… Read more
Android phones don't always display the dial pad during a call. If you're calling an automated system, you'll need the dial pad to make selections. Here's how to display the dial pad during the call, as well as set up the Droid X to launch the dial pad automatically for specific numbers.
Manually launch dial pad If you need the dial pad during a call, simply select the "Dialpad" button on the lower right-hand side.
Automatically launch dial pad If you'd like to set up custom numbers and/or service numbers (voice mail, … Read more
Setting up multiple e-mail accounts on an iOS device is a straightforward process, and a couple of tweaks will help you manage your inbox. You can set up an initial account right from the Mail app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, but for subsequent accounts, you'll need to go through Settings. In this tutorial, I'll walk you through setting up two Gmail accounts and how to manage a couple of important settings.
Planning a good time to visit the beach, do some yard work, or stay inside and read are all heavily dependent on one factor: the weather. Choosing that ideal time during the day can save you from either freezing, sweating or getting soaked by rain and make the overall experience more pleasant. Here are three easy steps for finding the hour-by-hour forecast on your Android device:
1. Open the News & Weather app located in your app drawer. If you can't find it, open the Clock app and press on the current temperature.
Now that you have the main … Read more
When typing out words that the dictionary on your phone doesn't know, it's easy to add them by tapping on them, or selecting add. Unfortunately, there are times when even the words we add are still not the correct spelling or format that we want the words to appear in. Here are five easy steps for fixing or getting rid of words you added by mistake:
If you are using the default keyboard that came with your phone:
1. Open the global Settings area on your phone.
2. Choose Language & keyboard from the list.
3. Now open … Read more
Airplane Mode is more than just a way to comply with flight attendants' requests to disable your device during a flight. It can actually be used as a preventative measure while roaming, or letting your child play a game on your iPhone, as well as help you save battery life. We show you how to activate Airplane Mode on your iPhone, and suggest scenarios for when it might be wise to use this powerful-yet-overlooked feature.