Make reading long articles easier in the Chrome browser with this experimental feature
One of the best things about the Chrome browser is that using extensions it’s highly customisable, but until recently one thing it has been distinctly lacking is any real way to alter the way the browser handles long passages of text. With badly formatted websites often making certain passages of text unreadable, the new Reading Mode option within the Chrome browser is a very welcome addition. Although not as in-depth as the likes of Amazon or Play Books, which have dedicated reading facilities, Chrome’s Reading Mode formats certain sites into a more manageable and minimalist style that’s not only easy on the eye but also includes some helpful features, such as page searching and sharing. However, before hurriedly trying to find where the option is on your Chrome settings menu, you’ll first need to go into Chrome’s experimental features menu to get the page to appear. We’ll show you how to not only navigate around this hidden menu, but also how to enable the Reading Mode and get the most out of it.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 47. Buy the issue here or subscribe to avoid missing future tutorials.
The S Planner app is featured on the Galaxy S5, Note 4 , as well as other Samsung Android phones. Here’s how to get started with it.
The S Planner has been Samsung’s calendar option since the Galaxy S1 and in that time it has undergone a few transformations.
Those changes are mostly in the design of the app but there has also been an evolution in freehand calendar entries. Whereas in the earlier models you had to write a note in S Memo and attach it to the calendar, now you can write directly on the calendar. This makes seeing events that last more than a day, such as a holiday, much easier when viewed in Month view.
All the usual features that we’ve come to expect in the S Planner, such as syncing it with your Google and Facebook accounts and adding a location to your event by using Google Maps, are still included. The S Planner is simple and clean but we’ve put together this tutorial to make sure you get the most out of this excellent calendar app, where you’ll learn how to create an event, move them around and even check the weather.
Locate and remove the biggest files hidden on your device
Most Android devices will alert you to when your device’s internal storage is nearing its maximum capacity, but it won’t aid you in the process of clearing out the space. Where most users will look to uninstall apps and delete old photos to make some room, the files that you’ll really want to delete are hidden deep within your device’s file directories. Although you can use an app like File Commander to locate these directories, it’s often an arduous task to locate the files that are safe to completely remove from your device. One wrong removal can lead to certain features on your device being rendered useless.
As an alternative, the FileHog app automatically scans your device for the largest unneeded files, and offers a removal system that’s both quick and easy to use. Here’s how to set up the app and start removing the clutter from your device.
From a severed Wi-Fi connection to disappearing Adobe Air apps, here are some of the biggest problems with Android 5.0 and how to fix them
Is Android 5.0 Lollipop giving your device the blues? Here’s how you can try to troubleshoot the issues while you’re waiting for Google to roll out a fix…Severed Wi-fi connection
A lot of Nexus 5 users have reported troubles connecting to Wi-Fi since updating to Lollipop. Whatever your handset is, here’s what to do. Dive into the Settings for your device and choose to forget the Wi-Fi networks you’re connected to, then reconnect again from scratch. Uninstall any older apps that haven’t been updated for Lollipop and which might be causing problems. Switching wireless channels or rebooting your router might also help fix the issue.Battery drain
If Lollipop has caused your battery to lose juice faster than ever, head to the Battery page of Settings to identify the apps that are causing the problem and uninstall or disable them if possible. As with Wi-Fi, older apps that haven’t yet had a Lollipop-ready update might be chewing up battery life unnecessarily. A factory reset might help clear up the issue if nothing else does.
Keep tabs on your storage space and SD card activity with StorageTrac
What have you got stored on your phone? Chances are you have all of your photos stored there, possibly a few videos, as well as all of your apps and games. For most of us, unless we manually check the remaining capacity from time to time, storage – whether on internal and/or external microSD cards – tends to run out of space with little or no warning. Especially on budget device with only a 16GB or less memory, it can end up being filled up pretty quickly, with no native Android audit.
With StorageTrac, you can keep tabs on this information. The app records file creation, modification and deletion on the storage card and collects the data to present it in a chart.
The result is an app that can show you how often your storage is accessed. This can prove useful for seeing how much storage is being used, and how long an external microSD card might last.
Add some security to your photos
Do you have photos on your phone or tablet that you don’t want others to see? KeepSafe Vault promises to help keep them safe from prying eyes, in case anyone should borrow, steal or find your device. When you move videos or photos into KeepSafe, they disappear from your device’s Gallery, so the only way to access them is by launching KeepSafe and entering your PIN.
There are several ways of making your KeepSafe content more secure. For example, you can add a password to each KeepSafe album. You can also disguise KeepSafe as an app that scans your system and reports any problems. This means that even if someone is snooping around your device, they won’t immediately suspect KeepSafe contains private photos and videos. Similarly, you can create a decoy version of KeepSafe that you launch by entering a fake PIN.
KeepSafe doesn’t require root access and is free to download from Google Play. Buying a subscription unlocks some extra features.