How to get more out of your Android Clock app

Android has a pretty decent Clock app, but today we’re here to offer some tips, to help you get more out of it.6-android-clock-tips-gradually-increase-alarm-volume_4-100723527-orig

For instance, did you know you can open the Clock app with a single tap? So to set up the one-tap shortcut, just tap the Clock widget. Make sure it’s the one that looks like a digital or analogue clock face. It will allow you to jump immediately to the Clock app. If you don’t have that widget on your home screen just tap Widget and then install a Clock widget by tapping it’s icon.

You can also use the Clock as your screensaver. When you set it up a digital clock will appear on your screen whenever your Android is connected to its charger.

Just head to Settings and then tap Display and then screensaver. Then select the Clock one and then tap the Settings button. From there you need to go through and choose the style of click face you want for a screensaver.

You can also make your alarm more noticeable by setting it to gradually increase the volume. When you set the alarm, tap the three do Tsang choose Gradually increase volume from the drop down menu.

Source: PCWorld

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How to switch up your default keyboard on your Android

With Android you don’t need to stick with your default keyboard, you can switch it up. For instance, SwiftKey allows you to text faster by swiping keys instead of tapping.

Keep in mind, that the method detailed here is for any phone running stock Android. Your experience may vary on phones running not-so-stock Android like a Samsung Galaxy S7.

  1. Download and install new keyboard from Google Play.
  2. Then go to your Phone Settings.
  3. Next, find and tap Languages and input.

  4. Then tap on current keyboard under Keyboard & input methods.
  5. And tap on choose keyboards.
  6. Next, tap on the new keyboard (such as SwiftKey) you would like to set as default.

  7. Then you’ll see an Attention prompt, just  tap OK if you wish to continue.
  8. Make sure the switch beside the keyboard has changed from gray to green.
  9. Then go back to the main language & input screen.

  10. Tap on current keyboard again.
  11. Select the new keyboard (such as SwiftKey). This will save automatically.
  12. Then double check that the keyboard is working by writing a quick message to someone.

Now you can enjoy your third party keyboard. If you want to switch your keyboard up later, it’s the same process.

Sources: AndroidCentral

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Friday app roundup: nerd comics and redactions

Happy Friday, dear readers. Hopefully, our app recommendations can help you stave off border this weekend.

This week’s app recommendactions include: a retro scifi side-scrolling adventure; an app to keep you entertained with comics about tech; an app to protect important info in your photos; and an app that offers the ultimate manual for paranoid survivalists

App: Don’t Run with a Plasma Sword


What is it? Cornelius was just your average, everyday nerd working in a comic book shopping until the aliens came. Suddenly, Cornelius is thrust into action and retro scifi adventure, he is the hero who must now save us all.

Best review quote: Run to save the world in this humoristic tribute to retro sci-fi movies! A fun, challenging runner with tons of content!!

Start with a simple combat runner and evolve your gameplay to ultimately navigate masterfully through challenging level configurations and boss fights!!

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Comics for Geeks

OS: Android

What is it? Gone are the days when reading comics means opening local newspapers. Now you can satisfy your comic needs with needy web comics about tech.

Best Review Quote:  It contains a lot of Tech Comics for Geeks with different categories. The Categories are: Computers, Design, Gaming, Mobiles, Programming. You can share your comics with us too!

Get it now: for your Android.

App: Redacted


What is it? Sharing photos online is fun, but sometimes there’s info in photos that you need to protect. This is where Redacted comes in, it can redact pieces of photos to obscure select information.

Best review quote: We all love sharing photos, but sometimes, you might not want to share every part of a photo, especially if you’re putting somewhere like Facebook or Twitter. This is where Redacted comes in. As its name suggests, the app lets you redact bits of photos by simply tapping and dragging across a section of the image. You can choose between three redaction styles: pixelate, blur, and black bar. You can even use multiple styles in a single image.

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Offline Survival Manual

OS: Android

What is it? This is the perfect app for paranoid survivalists everywhere. In case something goes awry on your camping trip, Offline Survival Manual can help you maximize your chances of survival until you get rescued.

Best review quote: Offline Survival Manual is exactly what the title infers. It’s a manual for surviving while lost in the wilderness. However, should that unfortunate event occur, this app is actually amazing. It has info on a bunch of things. That includes basic stuff like tying knots, building a fire, and avoiding poisonous plants. It also has deeper things like psychology tips for stress, procuring food, and surviving various environments and weather conditions.

Get it now: for your Android.

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Google Pixel isn’t water resistant but you can fix it

Unfortunately, Google ‘s flagship phone isn’t water resistant. Your Google Pixel can be killed by a simple drop in the toilet. This is due to its weak IP53 certification, that is fine for keeping out dust, but terrible at keeping out water, though it can withstand a light, brief drizzle.Pixel XL Phone by Google's camera app

Your best bet for waterproofing is to accessorise  with a case or universal dry bag. For instance Lifeproof’s FRĒ case offers excellent water protection. In fact it protects your phone from more than just water, it is waterproof, dirt-proof, snow-proof, and drop-proof (from up to 6.6 feet).

LifeProof’s FRĒ is rated IP68 for ingress protection, which is as good as it gets, meaning that your Pixel would have to be submerged in 3 feet of water for more than half an hour to risk damage. Each case also passes the U.S. Military Standard test for drops and vibrations, so you’d be hard-pressed to rattle your Pixel’s cage.

Or instead of a case, like we mentioned, you also have the option of choosing a universal dry bag. A universal dry bag is similar to dry bags you would take canoing except that it is designed to hold a phone while still offering access to the phone’s touchscreen and ports.

JOTO’s waterproof bag is rated IPX8, which is as good as it gets for ingress protection. It basically means that your phone can be safely submerged in this bag for an indeterminate amount of time. It’s good to 100 feet deep!

There’s a clear window on the front and back, so you can continue to use your Pixel and even take photos with the case/bag on. These bags fit phones up to 6 inches diagonally, so your Pixel XL is good to go, but you might have to remove a protective case if you have one on already.

So choose the perfect waterproof accessory to fit your smartphone needs.

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