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
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
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
Tablets running Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb software do an amazing job connecting you to all of your personal online accounts. But how do you remove all of that personal information once you're done with it? How do you literally wipe the slate clean?
In this How To, you'll learn about erasing an Android Honeycomb tablet and restoring it to its factory settings.
With the plethora of apps available, your iPad can address most of your needs when you're on the go. But sometimes the tablet is simply not enough--you might want access to your desktop computer instead.
TeamViewer, a free iOS app, lets you remotely access your computer with your iPad. With the steps below, you can use it to send yourself a file or control a friend's computer for hands-on tech support. Your friend will see you moving the mouse and controlling the screen from your iPad, no matter where you are.
But if you're looking to actually … Read more
Setting up your Gmail or Google Apps account using Google Sync on your iOS device has many advantages. One of the advantages is that you are able to receive push e-mail, calendar and contact updates. Google recently added some new features to its Google Sync solution for iOS users, one of which was the ability to choose which e-mail address sent e-mails appear to be from.
Before we begin, make sure you have your Google Apps or Gmail account set up using Google Sync on your iOS device. If you are unsure how to do so, read this post.
Creating a photo album on your Apple device is a great way to organize your favorite, or in some cases, your least favorite photos. Up until now, there hasn't been a way to do this while on the go. That has changed in iOS 5.
Watch the video above for the full run-down showing you how easy it is to create and organize photo albums on iOS 5.
Apple has added a lot of new features in iOS 5, one of them being the ability to edit pictures directly in the Photos app. This feature is very easy to use and almost feels like it has been there from day one, even though it has been noticably absent.
Look through the slideshow below for a step-by-step guide on how to edit photos on your Apple device on iOS 5.