One day, we'll look back on the term "smartphone" with a smile, remembering a simpler time when our digital devices still used up quite a bit of our time and attention. How many times have you fiddled with the volume or brightness controls--or, worse, not bothered because it was too much trouble? The free app Impel lets you automate these and other Android processes easily and intuitively. Here's how to get started:Install and run the Impel app. The start-up screen is fairly straightforward. Impel comes with a few demo tasks that you can … Read more
Tired of hearing the same old boring ringtone? We know the feeling--so we decided to make an easy-to-follow guide for making a ringtone using the music you already own. Making a ringtone on OS X is a simple process. You will just need to have have GarageBand 4.1.1+ and iTunes 7.5 or above installed on your Mac. … Read more
Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous enough on its own. Add to that the need to look at your phone to end calls and you have a recipe for disaster. If only today's smartphones had that trusty end-call button that existed on older phones. Fortunately, you can follow these quick steps to turn your power button into the end-call button you've been missing:
Editor's note: This How To is geared toward handsets running Android 2.2 and above.
Step 1: Enter the settings menu from either the app tray or by clicking Menu>Settings … Read more
Knowing who sent you a text message before even looking at your phone is extremely convenient, especially if you are the type who receives many SMS messages daily. One way to know who is on the other end of that SMS you just received, is to customize the text alert, based on a contact, on your iPhone. It is a simple process to set up, but one that is easy to miss if you aren't paying attention.
While this capability has been around for those in the jailbreak community from early on, it's a fairly new feature having been introduced in iOS 4.2.
Find My iPhone is a powerful utility that every iOS device owner needs to take advantage of. Whether you have gone through the experience of losing your beloved Apple device in the past, or you just want to err on the side of caution, setting up Find My iPhone will save you headaches and hassle down the road.
Don't let the name, Find My iPhone, fool you. Apple has made creating a Find My iPhone account available for iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod touch and the iPad running iOS 4.2 or later, best of all, it's free! Let's get started.… Read more
Cloud services like Amazon Cloud and Google Music are all the rage right now, but why bother uploading all your media to another service when you can use your computer as your own cloud drive? With a few tweaks, you can remotely stream music and movies from your computer to your phone.
Skifta, a free Android app and desktop program, allows you to access your home library of music and movies while you're on the go.
Watch the video to learn how.
On your computer Step 1: Go to Skifta.com and download the desktop application, available for … Read more
No matter how great a keyboard artist you may be, the odds are that you hate joining secure Wi-Fi networks on your Android device. Passwords are a serious (but necessary) pain, but a new, free app called Wifi Joiner lets you easily set up scannable QR codes to let other Wifi Joiner users share your network. Here's how to get started:
Initially, your camera will open up with a message directing you to scan a QR code. In the future, you can just scan to join a network, but we want to set one … Read more
If you have a grandfathered unlimited data plan from your mobile carrier, hold onto it like it's unobtainium. For those of you just now joining the smartphone movement on Verizon or AT&T, you'll have to choose a tiered data plan. Don't worry, though; we're here to help!
In our FAQ on how to manage tiered data plans, we mentioned tracking your data usage with apps. Here are a few apps to track data usage on your Android phone.
Carrier app The simplest way to track data usage on your Android phone is by using … Read more
Is Verizon's tiered data plan giving you the frowny face? Gingerbread Droid X's have a new feature that can help ease the pain of not having an unlimited data plan. Data saver mode will postpone heavy data usage tasks until a Wi-Fi connection is detected. This not only saves your data usage, but it also saves your battery life. Here's how to enable data saver mode:
Step 1: Hit the Menu key on your Droid X and tap Settings.
Step 2: Tap Battery & data manager.
Step 3: Tap Data saver.
Step 4: Tap the check box … Read more
Setting up the Sonos Controller app on your Android device will allow you to control your Sonos music system from anywhere in the house. Once the app is connected to your Sonos system, you will be able to control practically everything pertaining to your Sonos system--from controlling volume, to creating playlists.
Join us as we walk through the setup process on an Android device. … Read more