- Can I control what my kids do with their Android devices?
Yes, most major phone providers offer ways for parents to control access to certain features on their mobile devices. Contact your provider for more information on how to set limits on usage, etc.
- How can I watch movies and TV shows on my Android device?
There are several different video services compatible with your Android device. Here is a sampling of some of those services:
Hulu Plus (Free app, requires Hulu Plus subscription)
- Available on most Android devices.
- Unlimited instant streaming with your Hulu Plus subscription.
- Watch over WiFi, 3G & 4G networks
- Subscription is $7.99/mo with limited advertising
Netflix (Free app, requires Netflix streaming account)
-Available on most Android devices
-Unlimited instant streaming of your Netflix library with a valid Netflix streaming account.
-Likely already installed on your device
-Free access to most of YouTube¿s library
-Upload videos you take with your device and share with the world
-Keep up on your YouTube subscriptions, etc.
Movies by Flixster (Free app)
-Look up movie times, DVD release dates, film reviews, etc.
There are other video services available through Android, included Google Play (which is delivers movies and TV shows through your Google account), VuDu, Crackle and Ted Talks.)
- How can I listen to music on my Android device?
Android users have access to several different ways to listen to your music library, and discover other music.
Built-in Music App
-The music app built into your Android device will play your mp3s, but you¿ll need to transfer them to your phone, either through an SD card or using a USB cable to connect your device to your computer.
Pandora Internet Radio (Free with ads)
-Pandora streams music from the internet to your device.
-Tell Pandora what you want to listen to (an artist, a song, etc.) and it will set up a playlist of music that suits your taste.
-Skip songs you don¿t like, set up different channels.
Slacker Radio (Free)
-Another streaming radio service
-Pick from several pre-set stations based on genre
Spotify (requires Spotify subscription)
-Spotify streams radio and music to your Android device
-Premium service (which allows streaming to mobile devices) is $9.99/mo
-Set up your own radio stations, playlists and more
-Search for more music to suit your taste
There are also several "cloud based" services which allow you to upload your own music collection and stream it. These include Google Play Music, Amazon Cloud Player and others.
- How can I read books on my Android device?
There are several book services available on your Android device. You can use your Android device to download electronic books already purchased through other services, such as Nook and Kindle. You can also download books through Google Play.
- How to prevent kids from buying apps on iTunes store?
Go to your iOS device Settings -> General -> Restrictions and tap Enable Restrictions. Enter a four-digit passcode and then turn on restrictions for "Installing Apps" and "In-App purchases" (the slider should say OFF).
- How to use your phone to shop til you drop?
Major retailers have smart-phone applications that you can browse for sales circulars and promotions. You can search for 'Ebay', 'Amazon' on iTunes & Google Play.
- Is it safe to use your phone to shop online?
Shopping on your phone should be considered the same as shopping on your PC/Mac. If you're using an 'app' on your phone, ensure through the vendor that is secure. Do not allow your smartphone to automatically remember login passwords for access or credit card information.
- How to take incredible photos with your phone?
It's not really about the quality of a camera you have, some more about how excellent shot you can take. With the help of photography apps such as Instagram which has excellent filters and effects, you too can take amazing photos from your smartphone. Click here for 'How I Shoot' series where users share their tips for taking & editing photos.
- How to find great apps to download for free?
Apps Gone Free app is a great app to get high quality apps for free each day.
- What are the top social media apps?
Social media help you track of what is happening online. These are the top social media apps:
Facebook, for keeping up with your friends.
Twitter, for keeping up with the latest beats in less than 120 characters
Instagram, for sharing photos
Foursquare, for discovering new places to visit.
Pinterest, for sharing photos of things you love
Google+, connect with your friends via your Google Account
LinkedIn, for keeping up with your professional contacts
Tumblr, a great wa to blog and follow cool people
- How do i make groups of apps on my iPhone/iPad?
Hold down on an app until it starts shaking, then drag it onto another app you want to group it with.
- ow do I customize text replies to declined calls?
Settings > Phone > Reply with Message.
- How to share photostream??
Go to Camera app and press Photo Stream. Then hit the plus button in the upper left, which will open a screen where you can fill information about how to share your Photo Stream, whether with a select few individuals, or by making it public on your iCloud account.
- How do I refresh my mail inbox?
Drag down past the latest email you've received and the refresh icon stretches. Release, and your messages are updated accordingly.
- Where's 'tap to post'?
Pull down the Notification Center from the top of the screen and you'll notice two new buttons - Tap to Tweet and Tap to Post.
- How to save you battery life?
No matter what type of smartphone you have, the device can serve as your music player, camera, gaming system, and even your TV while you're out and about, as long as you have battery power. If it seems like smarter phones are getting less life out of their batteries... you're absolutely right. Smartphones can help you get a lot done while traveling, but if you're doing a lot on one in a day, you're apt to see your screen go dark long before the day is over.
Making a connection - It takes extra power for your smartphone to search for a data connection. If you're somewhere where you won't get a signal, like an airplane or concrete bunker J, putting your phone in airplane mode or turning it off altogether will prevent it from draining your battery. Turn off Wi-Fi when you don't need it. When it's active, your phone scans for available Wi-Fi connections constantly, which kills battery life.
Open Apps - Sure, you can have your email open, search for directions, watch a video on YouTube, and playing a game at the same time ¿ but chances are you're really only focused on one of those tasks. Everything you have open on your phone is using some amount of battery power. Try to focus on doing just one thing at a time on your phone, and close unnecessary applications to keep them from draining your battery. Things like your GPS and the bluetooth connection you use to connect to your hands-free device in the car gobble up a ton of battery power and are of no use to you unless you're doing a few specific tasks. Screen Brightness ¿ A bright screens looks great but is a huge drain on your phone's battery. To stretch your phone's life, go into the controls or settings and dim the backlight or brightness of your screen. Also, try to avoid using animated backgrounds on your phone.
Vibration - It takes more battery power for your phone to vibrate than it does to ring. While you absolutely want to have your phone on vibrate (or turned off) when you're at a movie or in a meeting, keeping your ringer on at other times can help extend battery life.
Rest Up - The easiest way to make sure your smartphone's battery lasts all night is to give it a rest at some point during the day. If you're headed into a meeting for a few hours, turn off your phone and leave it in your desk.
The difference between off and standby
Off - means actually powering down the phone, much like you do with your computer. When it's off, you can't make calls, run apps, or do anything else.
Standby mode - meaning only the screen shuts off. This happens one of two ways: automatically, after a set period of inactivity; or by pressing (but not holding!) the power button. You should get in the habit of doing this before sticking the phone back in your pocket or bag.