Best Android apps for managing your grocery lists [September 2014]

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Grocery shopping is one of those unavoidable tasks we all eventually have to deal with, and sometimes we need a little help making sure we don’t forget the milk on the way home. Some people might be content to just use the built-in notepad app on their phone, but Android offers tons of solutions for keeping up with and managing a grocery list to make your shopping trips much more organized. This guide will go over several of the best apps available on the Play Store.
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How to setup and use Moto Display on the Moto X 2014

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One of the coolest features on the original Moto X had to be Active Display. So it’s no surprise that it found it’s way onto the all new Moto X. Now called Moto Display, it’s also not surprising that it is much improved. Moto Display will show you your most recent notifications without turning on the full display. You can even read the contents of each notification such has what someone texted you. This is an obvious battery saver.


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How to setup and use Moto Assist on the Moto X 2014

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Motorola Assist launched on the original Moto X, and it’s back as Moto Assist. Moto Assist is a contextual learning engine, and it allows you to set up certain actions based on where you are (home or the car) or what you might be doing (in meetings or sleeping). If you’re familiar with last year’s Moto X, you will remember that there was an Assist app. You won’t find that anymore. Instead, Motorola combined all of their features into a new app simply called Moto. The Moto app houses Moto Voice, Moto Actions, Moto Display, and Moto Assist.


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How to setup and use Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014

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Motorola unleashed Touchless Control on last year’s Moto X, but it’s now been rebranded to Moto Voice for the all new Moto X. If you’re not familiar with Touchless Control, (or Moto Voice), it allows you to ask your Moto X to do certain things without ever handling the device. You can find out who won the big game, set a reminder, set a timer, send a text message, and so much more.


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How to use Motorola Connect to customize the pre-installed Motorola watch faces on the Moto 360

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We already showed you the six custom watch faces that Motorola pre-installed on the Moto 360, but you might not know that you can further customize them using the Motorola Connect app. This app was only available for the Moto X and DROID devices, but they have opened it up to other Android devices since not everyone with a Moto 360 will own a Motorola phone.

Assuming your Moto 360 is already paired to your phone using the Android Wear app, just open the Connect app and you will immediately see your 360 displayed on the screen. Tap on that, and you will be given a few options. Just tap on “Watch Faces” and you will be able to select any of the pre-installed faces to customize. Right now the options are a little more limited than I would like, but I assume Motorola will update the app down the road.


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This is what the pre-installed Moto 360 custom watch faces look like

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Just like any other Android Wear smartwatch, Motorola has pre-installed their own custom watch faces. Surprisingly, they only included 6 faces, but they all look pretty good. They included Minimal, Dials, Classic, Rotate, Digital, and Retrograde. They also included one other simple watch face that is found on both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live.

All of the Motorola watch faces can be customized using the Motorola Connect app, click here for instructions on how.

Hit the break for images of each watch face along with a video showing each one of them as well.


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Moto 360 ‘ambient screen’ and ‘auto brightness’ explained

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Before the Moto 360 was officially introduced, you heard a lot of rumblings about an “ambient light sensor,” which would allow the display to automatically set the brightness based on how bright (or dark) your surrounds are. The Moto 360 also includes an “Ambient Screen,” option in the settings which you won’t find on the LG G Watch or the Gear Live and has confused a lot people.


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Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

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With smartphones and tablets so widely available now, it’s easy to replace pens and notebooks with more efficient note-taking apps. From wireless syncing to tagging and discovering older notes, it’s easy to drop paper forever with some of these apps. Several months ago we covered the best available note-taking applications available on Android, but since then, a few of the apps have disappeared and others have adopted new features to make them more competitive with heavyweights like Evernote. Below you’ll find a list of the best apps available on the Play Store to help you take notes faster and more easily.


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How to get the Android L look on your phone without rooting or installing ROMs

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Whether it’s an actual new version of Android or just a preview of a future release, there is always a lot of folks out in the cold looking in because it’s usually not available for the majority of phones. With the Android L Developer Preview, there really isn’t a need to get jealous since it’s not even in it’s final stage and has a lot of bugs. Still, I know a lot of you want a taste now so let’s take a look at your best options assuming you don’t want to risk turning your phone or tablet into a brick to get it.


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