The Amazon Fire Phone is the first smartphone produced by Amazon.
After lots of speculation, Amazon has finally pulled down the veil on their first smartphone offering. The Amazon Fire Phone may not be the ground breaking device many were expecting, but it does offer some unique features and a nice set of specifications to match.Amazon Fire Phone specifications
Size: 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9mm
New Samsung bookazines get tp grips with Galaxy devices, including the S5, Tab 3 and even the Gear smartwatch
New Samsung bookazines get tp grips with Galaxy devices, including the S5, Tab 3 and even the Gear smartwatch.
The Samsung Galaxy: The Compete Manual is a 100 per cent independent guide to using all Samsung Galaxy devices, showing you how to use Samsung’s large range of pre-loaded apps and functions.
Slingshot is a new messaging service set to rival Snapchat.
If you’v ever used Snapchat, then chances are you’ll be pretty familiar with what’s available in Facebook’s new messaging app, Slingshot. The app enables users to send snippets of videos and single pictures to contacts stored through the app. Where it works in the same way as Snapchat, is that each message is only viable for a few seconds.
To gather further contacts, Slingshot automatically connects to your Facebook account and imports those who have also got the Slingshot app installed on their device. Obviously, you can manually add new contacts as well.
Slingshot is available for free from the Google Play store.
Use the Informer and NotiShare apps to enhance your notification bar
The notifications bar on your Android phone or tablet might not look like much, but with the help of a few additional apps from the Google Play store it can be opened up to be so much more. In this tutorial we talk you through the Informer and notiShare apps, both of which are free downloads.
Informer gives users a quick look at the current status of their device, with details from everything on battery life to RAM usage. The other app, notiShare, links directly with your various social media accounts, enabling users to quickly update and stay in contact with their friends and family.Install Informer app
After downloading and installing the Informer app, go through the quick app tutorial before swiping right on the screen and selecting the Notification tab. On the screen that now appears, select the Edit/Create Notification menu from the centre to continue on to the next step. What to include
The app will now show you the various ways you can design the notification to suit your needs. Your first choice will be to choose the size of the notification and if you want it to be expandable when pressed. The app will then begin to piece your notification together. Add the Toggles
You can now go through and add various elements to your notification. Although most choices are free, you can unlock further toggles by upgrading to the pro version of the app. After selecting all the toggles, go back to your design where you’ll see the finished notification. Confirm and check
With the finished notification ready, leave the app and head to your notification menu by dragging down the bar at the top of your device. You should find that the notification has changed to alert you to your phone or tablet’s current status. Press on it to get further information. See more detail
After pressing on the notification, the app will re-open providing additional information about how your device is currently functioning. The notification is great for getting a quick overview, but the information here is also useful. To edit the notification, go back to the app’s home screen. Using the NotiShare app
Download and install the notiShare app. When first opened, the app will ask you to select the social media accounts you want linked with the notification as well as how you want the notification to look. The app will then attempt to link your device with your social media details. Manually sign in
You may find that the app can’t initially connect to your account and instead you’ll need to follow the instructions provided to manually enter your details. The app will then run a second connection test. If it worked, you’ll be transferred back to the home screen of the app. Update your status
With the notification created, close the app and drag down to view the notification bar. The notiShare notification will be present, as well as the icons of connected social media accounts. Tap one to instantly be taken to the app where you can update your status or send a tweet.
Set up Microsoft Remote Desktop so you can access your PC from almost anywhere with your Android in just five steps.
If you’re looking for a familiar computing experience delivered to a smaller package, then this is the way to go. With an official Microsoft app, which is free to download from the Google Play store, you can get your home Windows experience up and running on your Android device. It can be a little fiddly, especially if your PC isn’t set up to work as a remote desktop, but there are some excellent tutorials on the MS website that walk you through getting your machine set up to essentially stream its desktop to your phone or tablet. This is probably the toughest of the tutorials we’re walking you through here, and it can be frustrating trying to get your PC and your phone talking to each other properly. Still, if you persevere you’ll end up with a desktop experience on your Android that means the files and folders you manipulate will be replicated on your laptop the next time you go to it, which isn’t half bad at all really.Install the app
First up you’ll need to grab the app from the Google Play store and get it installed. It doesn’t cost you a penny, but it’s a good idea to make sure the version of Windows you’re running is compatible before you do. The compatible versions of the OS are easily found via a link. Insert your details
The computer you’re connecting with needs to be on the same wireless network as your phone and you’ll need the computer’s name, and the username and password for the admin account. If you’re unsure what your laptop is called, check in its settings. Get connected
If everything has gone smoothly then you should be able to connect straight away and you’ll see the complete Windows desktop on your Android screen. Remember you’ll need to be running a compatible version of Windows. Versions that use Remote Assistance only won’t work. Get yourself going
Some things are a little different from the regular Windows experience, mainly because you’re tapping rather than using a mouse, but everything you can do on your computer you can now do on your Android. Just make sure the computer stays powered while you work. Disconnect when done
To pull the plug on the connection, all you need to do is open up the start menu and hit the Sign Out option. This will reset your Android back to a simple Android device, and leave any changes you made to your desktop as well. Pretty good for a free app we think.
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