Transform your Android smartphone or tablet into a Wi-Fi router with this simple tethering hack
It’s frustrating when a Wi-Fi signal is nearby, but it’s just out of reach. Maybe your router doesn’t cover the whole of your home, or you want to surf in your garden. Whatever the reason, if your Wi-Fi isn’t stretching as far as you’d like, you can extend its reach by using your Android device as a Wi-Fi repeater, also known as a Wi-Fi extender. This is where your Android device picks up your Wi-Fi signal, and repeats this signal, so your Wi-Fi is extended over a greater distance. You can then tap into this repeated signal, via another device such as your PC.
This trick does require a rooted device, but if your smartphone or tablet isn’t rooted, you still have some options for getting online when you’re struggling to find a reliable Wi-Fi signal. One option is using your Android device as a portable hotspot, a process known as tethering. Tethering lets you share your Android’s data connection wirelessly with other devices. Alternatively, you can use a USB cable to tether your device. Be aware that your carrier may charge a fee for using your device’s hotspot feature, so always check your contract.
This tutorial shows you how to use your Android device as a Wi-Fi extender, before sharing a few tricks for getting online, even if you don’t have a rooted device.
Flynx opens links in the background, letting you do other things while they load.
Flynx is a clever little app that buys you that most precious of things – a little more time. Rather than opening links in your browser and waiting for them to load, Flynx loads them up in the background. A little circle pops up showing you the progress of the site loading, letting you keep browsing whatever app you’re using while the link loads. Right now you can open up to four links at the same time.
This tutorial will walk you through the way the app works, showing you how to open multiple links, how to swap the reading style of the links you open and how to close the links once you’ve finished with them. It’s pretty straightforward stuff, and in a few minutes you’ll be spending less time waiting and more time reading than ever before. Grab the app from the Google Play store and you’re all ready to go.
Sony has announced three new Xperia devices with the Xperia Z3, Z3 Tablet and the Z3 compact all coming out later this month.
The latest news to come from this year’s IFA event is the launch of a new family of Z3 devices from Sony. As well as the expected news of the flagship Z3, Sony has also treated us to the release of a compact version of the flagship, as well as an accompanying tablet.
At 7.3mm thick, the Xperia Z3 is one of the thinnest phones currently on the market and although it shares the same aesthetic qualities as its predecessors, it’s more rounded this time around and just looks sleeker. It includes a 5.2″ HD display, a decent Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and either 16/32 GB of internal storage. It’ll also be running Android 4.4.4 and include a non-removable 3100mAh battery.
Both the specifications of the Z3 Compact and the Z3 Tablet are the same as the flagship device, with the only major changes being the 4.6″ screen of the Compact and the 8″ offering from the Z3 Tablet.
Will the Galaxy Note Edge be more than a gimmick?
It’s hard to decide if the Note Edge is going to be more of a gimmick than successful product, but it certainly looks good. On the right-hand side of the device, users will find an extra screen that can be customised with different quick shortcuts, or a simple way to move through apps. The second benefit of the extra screen is that it’ll enable a lot lower power consumption and should save the battery better than ever. It follows the same design pattern as the Note 4, but without the new metal framework.
The device as a whole will work in the same vein as the Note 4, with the S Pen still present and all those associated features will be present. Although no news on pricing, the Note Edge will be available in a few select regions.Samsung Galaxy Note Edge specifications 5.6″ display (2560×1440 pixels) 525ppi 16-megapixel rear facing camera Quad-core 2.7GHz processor 64GB built-in storage 3,000mAh battery Weight: 174g Android 4.4
Here is everything you need to know about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
After months of hype, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is finally here. Not only does it have a matted back this time around, but also a fantastic metal frame. Samsung has promised a vastly superior experience compared to the previous Galaxy Note devices and due to the specifications we’ve seen, we reckon they could be right.
There’s a new multitasking mode to save time between switching apps, as well as Smart Select that takes advantage of the new S Pen and makes it easy to copy and send text to contacts. One other area where the Note 4 looks to excel is with its new camera. 16-megapixel rear facing and 3.7-megapixel front facing offerings looked impressive in the demos we have seen and and the new ‘selfie’ technology to help capture more people in your pictures also looked good.
Will the Lenovo Tab S8 overtake the Google Nexus 7 and become the most popular budget tablet?
Lenovo is one of the first companies to take to the stage at IFA 2014 and the Tab S8 shows their intent to make a real challenge to the current leaders of the budget tablet market.
The Lenovo Tab S8 will be the company’s first tablet to include an Intel processor (quad-core Atom to be exact). Alongside this it’ll have an 8-inch 1920×1200 display, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera and offers a seven hour battery life. Best of all, it’ll be running an entirely unskinned version of Android 4.4.
There’s no news on a release date yet, but at $199, the Lenovo Tab S8 will undoubtedly turn a few heads.