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    The sugar rush of candy canes and chocolates is beginning to wear off and you're finally starting to go through all the gifts and gadgets that you received this holiday season. You probably got something shiny and new, but with smartphones and tablets being capable of doing practically everything, you're probably asking yourself: what next? Before you go installing every version of Angry Birds in the Play Store there are a few more "practical" tasks you might want to address to keep your phone safe, charged, and ready to take you wherever you want to go. Setting up During the setup ...

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    Another of my favorite features in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is the new Quick Toggles panel. It's sort of like the Power Widget that some custom ROMs include in the notification shade, but devoted to its own panel. You get to it by pulling down on the notification bar with two fingers on smartphones (or by pulling down on the right side of the notification bar on tablets). Inside the Quick Toggles panel you're able to quickly check the status of various components like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and easily toggle them on or off. Unfortunately, there's currently no way for you to change what shows ...

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    Updated: Alternate method to flash from a custom Recovery Image, and video showing the final result. Android Jelly Bean brought with it a whole new way to search and get up-to-date and location relevant information: Google Now. Search results are fast, beautiful, and usually pretty accurate. When compared against Apple's Siri, Google Now wins in many regards. The bad news? Officially Google Now is only available on tablets and smartphones running Google's latest operating systems (4.1 and 4.2). Sure, there are ways to hack the feature in, we even reported on one such method back in July. ...

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    You'll be hard pressed to find someone who will argue with the fact that the Nexus 4 is one of the fastest smartphones on the market today. With a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz one might think there aren't many ways to speed it up. Luckily, there are a few ways we can make our experiences with the Nexus 4 even faster! Let's take a few minutes to look at some "technical" methods of squeezing out some more speed, as well as a couple other more traditional tweaks to shave some seconds off common tasks. Face Unlock Most Android users that I know personally have set up either a pin or ...

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    If you've been following Pocketnow for any length of time, you know that one of our favorite custom ROMs for Android-powered phones and tablets is CyanogenMod ROM. It's fast, it's lightweight, and for the most part it's pure Android. CyanogenMod has some advantages over other ROMs, specifically the way its built allows one set of developers to maintain and improve the core ROM, and another set to maintain the many, many devices they support. The reasons to flash a custom ROM are many and varied. Top reasons include performance improvements, increased features, and being able to run the ...

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    If you're like me you've just received your Nexus 4, or it's in the mail to you now. After the first day has past and you want to do some fun stuff with it, how do you get started? Before you go further, as with most stuff in life, what we're about to show you isn't without risk. You could break your phone. If you're willing to take the risk, go and grab a copy of the Nexus 4 Toolkit, and press play to see how to get into fastboot, unlock your bootloader, root, install a terminal emulator, and confirm that we do, indeed have root access. We'll also show you how to quickly install ...

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    If you've got an Android tablet, chances are you've let someone else use your tablet. Tablets seem to lend themselves to being used by more than one person -- at least when compared to smartphones. In my house our kids constantly want to borrow the tablets. That wouldn't be a problem but some of us are fairly proud of our save-games, and others don't want children sending emails to people in our address books. To remedy those situations Google introduced multi-user support for tablets starting with Android 4.2 (smartphones were left out). If you've wondered about multi-users and didn't ...

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    Adobe's Flash Player isn't available to download through the Play Store anymore, but if you have a browser that's compatible and you can sideload an app, you can still get Flash content on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Before we go into the details on just how you can do that, let's dispel some myths and clear up some confusion. Myth: Android isn't compatible with Flash Yes it is. Flash runs just fine on Android. Myth: Android doesn't support Flash Yes and no. Adobe withdrew support for Android not too long ago -- and they never really supported iOS at all. It's not so much ...

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    Google started selling their Nexus 4 and tablets with Android 4.2 earlier today -- though the ordering process hasn't been ideal. Another special treat was the beginning of Google's roll-out of Android 4.2 to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners. As with all updates, the Android 4.2 roll-out will come to your device when it's your turn in line. We're not that patient, so of course we found out how to get the official OTA update and flash it on our devices without having to wait in that dreaded line! First off, like any other "flashing" procedure, you assume the risk of potentially bricking your ...

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    Android 4.2, "a new flavor of Jelly Bean", was announced earlier this week, with it comes a new Camera and Gallery app that let you take advantage of Google's Street View technology by enabling you to take quick-and-easy 360-degree, immersive panoramas. Before we get started, these files are leaks, they're not supported, and you're assuming the risk of something going terribly wrong. However, if want to give it a try, you're in luck! Here's what you're going to need: A rooted phone or tablet running Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean (some custom ROMs seems to work better than others) Root ...

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    After you've used your smartphone or tablet for a good, long time, eventually you're going to want to get a new one. What are you going to to with your old one? Will you put it in a drawer and let it collect dust? Or will you give it to a friend or family member, or maybe even sell it? Whatever you end up doing, it would be wise to run it through a "factory reset" before letting it leave your hands! In this video we'll go through the steps necessary to wipe four different devices, the T-Mobile G2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Droid RAZR HD, and Nexus 7. We'll show you how it's all done on devices ...

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    Everything we've been learning in the Android Power User series thus far has been setting the stage and getting us ready to flash whatever Custom ROM we want on our devices. We've learned about unlocking and rooting, we've learned about Recovery ROMs and system images, now we're going to take a look at an app called ROM Manager that makes use of a rooted environment and Clockwork Mod Recovery to make flashing Custom ROMs very quick, super easy, and something that you can literally do every day. Every day? Why would anyone do that? I run CyanogenMod Nightlies which are, as their name ...

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    Google Music is great! I can purchase albums and songs directly from the cloud and play them back on any of my Android devices, or even any computer that has an internet connection and a web browser. I can also upload my entire music collection to "the could" so I can listen to all those songs where ever I am! Sounds like nirvana to me... as long as you have an internet connection. What happens when you don't have an internet connection, or your connection speed is too slow? Unless you've saved some of our music for offline listening or have some cassettes in the glove-box, you're out of ...

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    There are two kinds of Android users: Android Power Users, and everyone else. This tip is specifically for the former group, but "everyone else" will probably get a laugh out of it. When you unlock the Droid RAZR M you'll be nagged with a "warning" every time you boot your smartphone: Your device's bootloader has been unlocked, allowing critical software components to be altered in a manner that may cause damage to the device or result in injury to users. Motorola disclaims any liability for harm to person or property resulting from use of this device -- and all warranties are null and ...

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    Sprint seems to be having a hard time with 4G. First they deployed Wi-Max while everyone else was jumping on the LTE band-wagon, now users are complaining that they're not getting LTE on their LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones -- even when they're allegedly under an LTE umbrella. What gives? It turns out there's some magic going on -- well, maybe some well-intentioned technical stuff anyway. The problem, it seems, happens when you've got a stronger 3G signal that your 4G signal. When that's the case the phone figures you'd rather have a reliable signal than a fast one. ...

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    When Android-powered smartphones first came around they had hardware buttons: home, back, menu, answer, hang-up, and many even a had a scroll-ball. It wasn't long before the scroll-ball and phone buttons went away. Most phones were left with three or four buttons: back, home, menu, and possibly search. As time marched we saw these physical buttons replaced with back-lit, capacitive buttons. Then Google switched gears by putting on-screen "soft" buttons into the OS. No longer did manufacturers need to install hardware or even capacitive sensors into their phones to get basic button ...

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    "If I give her any more she'll blow, cap'n!" -- Montgomery Scott Okay, maybe we don't want to go quite that fast, but eeking our every last bit of speed from your Android-powered phone or tablet will save you time, frustration, and possibly even embarrassment. The primary speed enhancing method that may come to mind is over-clocking. It's sort of like blood-doping  in the Olympics. (It's your own blood, so it's okay, right?) If you don't know already, overclocking is the practice of running your processor (CPU, GPU, or both) faster than it was designed to. Doing so usually eats your ...

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    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a very welcome addition to the Android family. In addition to "Project Butter", JB has a bunch o other improvements, some major, and some that will just help make tasks easier and more intuitive. Have you ever wanted to get quickly get information about an app, force close it, or clear its cache? In the "olden days" that task took navigating through your settings, managing your apps, and searching for the app in question. It wasn't hard, but it wasn't quick. In this video I'll show you how to do all that with two taps and one drag. How about uninstalling an app? ...

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    If you don't like looking at that Google search bar that's always sitting across the top of your screen and you're using Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, there are various ways of going about removing it. Let's dive right in! The Easiest Way The easiest way, in either version of the OS is to open your Settings, tap Apps, select All, and find "Google Search". From there simply tap “Disable” and "OK", and you're all set! No more search bar! There are some side-effects. The space the Search Bar took up isn't available for you to use it's just empty space. Additionally, your Google ...

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    With a good enough camera, taking great pictures doesn't require you to be a professional photographer. Sure, that helps (a lot), but it's not strictly necessary. Especially if you have capable tools at your disposal, and enough knowhow to operate them. The Samsung Galaxy S III has the tools in abundance. Its 8MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with ƒ2.6 aperture size is a spec beast in the world of mobile-phone cameras. The software driving it is packed with enough features and shooting modes to boggle the mind. The question, then, is knowhow. I've been wrestling with the Galaxy S ...

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    If you've got an application that's throwing unwanted notifications up in your notification bar and you want to get rid of them, but don't want to get rid of the app, what can you do? If you've got Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, I've got your answer! Open your settings, go to Apps, find the application that you want to change and tap on it, clear the check next to "Show notifications", then tap OK and you're good to go! Want to get the notifications back? Just put the check back in the box and restart the app and you're all set!

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    Technology is one of the most fun industries to be involved with. If you don't like something, wait five minutes and it will change! Okay, perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but the point I'm trying to drive home is that in tech things change -- and they change very, very fast. That being the case, how can you possibly know when to buy any particular phone, tablet, or other piece of technology? Lies, Damned Lies, and Marketing The first thing you need to know is the kind of person that you are. Do you like long walks on the beach and romantic comedies? Wait, different website, sorry. ...

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    So far most of what people are saying about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is not only favorable but down-right complimentary. Comments like "Buttery Smooth", and "super-fast" pepper articles detailing the changes to Google's latest operating system. I can't say that I disagree. However, not all news is good news. We know that Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners already have access to Jelly Bean (or will within the next several days) and even the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will be getting some Jelly Bean attention in a little while. But what about everyone else? What about those who have devices ...

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    You've seen us showing off Android 4.1 our our phones, but how did we do it? And how can you get Jelly Bean on your phone? Hit play and we'll show you! Prerequisites First off, this tutorial is specific to the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, though similar instructions will apply for flashing the Jelly Bean image (but not the radio) onto the Verizon and Sprint versions of the phone. Also, if you haven't rooted your phone already you may want to hold off for the official OTA update, which shouldn't be very long (probably mid-July or early August). For the rest of you, you'll want to have ...

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    On May 17th (this Friday), Microsoft will be closing down the Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x. This was a pretty short-lived endeavor that made app purchasing and downloading a bit easier on the old Windows Mobile compared to having to manually download installation files, copy them to your device, and install them from there. You could easily access the Windows Mobile Marketplace both from the on-device app as well as the web browser. If you're still using a good old Windows Mobile classic device or think you may want to go back and use one someday, you may want to archive the ...

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