How to set up the fingerprint scanner on a Samsung device

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Most hardware manufacturers are apparently still not sold on the value of fingerprint scanners being included with mobile devices. Only Samsung and Apple have consistently pushed flagship phones and tablets with the technology that enhances security. Samsung started including a fingerprint scanner in 2014 with the Galaxy S5 while Apple has been doing so since the release of the iPhone 5S in 2013. Both companies are seeing users enjoy the component because of the various ways a fingerprint scanner can be used. Want to bypass the lock screen by placing your finger on the home button? Go right ahead. Don’t care for remembering login creditals for every site you visit? Then store them with your fingerprint. Fingerprint scanning is only the beginning of how biometrics is changing the world.

In 2015 alone, Samsung has released five devices that offer a fingerprint scanner — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Tab S2. Setting up the fingerprint scanner on each of them is the same. So here we are going to show you how to start using your fingerprint as a way to beef up security and get things done quicker.

Hit the break for directions.

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Ditch carrier contracts with these smartphones

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Carriers are expensive, and they’re only getting worse. Two-year contracts are on their way out in favor of device payment plans, thanks to revolutionary initiatives from T-Mobile. These payment plans, however, are essentially the same thing as the two-year contract options, only more expensive.

It looks cheaper on surface level, but carriers are making up for those lower prices through additional charges, upgrade fees, and so on. That begs the question: how can you ditch your carrier and save thousands of dollars on your phone bill?

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Best camping apps [2015]

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It goes without saying, camping is one of the most exciting and relaxing activities to take part of on any given weekend. There’s nothing like kicking back with a drink, barbecue, and good company around the fire just enjoying nature together.

And while it’s always best to unplug during these times, if you so happen to have your smartphone or tablet with you, there’s plenty of great apps in the Play Store to improve your camping experience.

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Best email clients [2015]

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Among the most common tasks done with a phone or tablet is sending and receiving emails. Items are going to and from your email account throughout the day, so managing them can be difficult depending upon the email client used. We’re all Google fans around here, but let’s face it, sometimes the Gmail app pre-installed on our devices doesn’t meet all of our needs.

Some options found in the Play Store aim to make your email smarter and more efficient, while others take a more organized and administrative approach, including neat tools like a built-in calendar or file browser. Whatever your needs might be, Android has an email client for you.

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How to transform your Android device into a professional camera

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Smartphones have essentially replaced point-and-shoot cameras for not only being more accessible and convenient but also in providing superior image quality. There’s virtually no reason to have a point-and-shoot camera anymore when you’re already carrying it with you wherever you go.

In fact, some smartphones excel in taking photos so much that they’re used for professional photo taking, too. They might not be as on par as a DSLR camera, but they do come pretty close. However, there are other ways to take your smartphone’s camera quality beyond the stock options. There are a lot of accessories and apps available that all work towards that common goal: producing the best image possible for a smartphone.

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Using Glovebox with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a perfect match

gloveboxThe Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the best smart phones ever made and features two curved edges that set it apart from anything else on the market. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t fully utilized these curves to their full extent. Only a few small features for time, contacts, and notifications are present.

Just because Samsung hasn’t fully embraced the edges doesn’t mean you can’t use them to their true potential. There are a few pretty cool apps out there that maximize the edges’ effectiveness. One that I have been using is called Glovebox.

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How to factory reset your Android device

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When experiencing technical difficulties, you may be only a factory set away from seeing improvements. For example, with my LG G3, I was having issues with audio levels during phone calls and a factory reset fixed it right up.

Doing a factory reset doesn’t always provide a fix; however, it’s usually the first thing customer support will tell you to do in trying to get your device in working order. That said, it’s the best course of action before taking any other steps. And we’re going to show you a couple of the best processes to employ a factory reset on your device.

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How to perform a software update via Samsung Kies

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If you’re a Samsung smartphone or tablet owner, I’m pretty sure you’ve been notified at some point or another that there’s a software update available for your device through ‘Kies’. Many users discard the notification and wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update to roll out simply because they’re unsure what to do. But the funny thing is that performing a software update through Samsung Kies is extremely simple.

We are going to show you how to install a software update via Samsung Kies.

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Everything we know about the Motorola Moto X (2015)

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The Moto X, despite not being as commercially successful as the competition, remains one of the most respected devices in the world. Motorola keeps its phones simple and focuses only on areas that consumers actually care about. The jump from the original Moto X to last year’s model was quite the jump, but still lacked something to make it stand out from Samsung and Apple’s offerings for the holiday season. This year, Motorola once again has an opportunity to come out on top with a flagship device.

What is Motorola up to and will an anticipated refresh be as major as we’re making it out to be?

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