Here’s how to temporarily stop Google Now from notifying you of sports scores to avoid spoilers

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As you know, Google Now will update you with the scores of your favorite teams. Although much slower than other services, it does work nicely. However, there might be situations in which you’re going to be out and you plan on recording (DVR) the game to watch later as if it were live. In those situations, you definitely don’t want to hear anything about the game. Well Google Now has an easy way to fix that. Just temporarily stop Google Now from updating you. Here’s how…


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Here are the best Android smartphones you can buy right now [January 2015]

stack-of-phones-july-2014-9324-001Now that the holidays are over, many of you might be in the market for a new smartphone. A lot of new phones will be announced in the coming months, so it might make sense to sit tight, but this is a great time of the year for deals. There are so many choices based on features and price points, so if you’re planning on buying a new phone now, this guide will make it a lot less daunting.

The best way to divide up your options is to categorize potential devices by the person receiving it. A first smartphone for a tween or preteen may not be the best option for a techie, and the best option for the techie will definitely not be the best choice for family members of an older generation. That’s why this guide will be divided up by type of individual. So read on to find out the best Android phones that are available right now.


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How To Switch To Dev Channel On Your Chromebook In 3 Simple Steps

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Chrome comes in three different flavors, which we refer to as channels: stable, beta, and dev. Of the three, dev  shorthand for developer  is the most unstable and has a few bugs from time to time. The trade-off is that you get the newest stuff Chrome has to offer before anyone else. These three channels can be used in the regular Chrome browser or in Chrome OS, which is what the Chromebooks use as their operating system. We are obviously going to focus on Chrome OS in the steps I give below.

Disclaimer: Before you get too uncomfortable, please note that none of this should factory reset your device, so switching to the dev channel shouldn’t cause you to lose any of your files on your Chromebook. But, Talk Android nor myself  assume any liability or responsibility for any unexpected or undesired changes that may affect your Chromebook. If you proceed with these steps, it is under your own responsibility and liability.
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Android Wear 5.0.1 screenshots are broken with the G Watch R, but here’s how to capture decent images

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Taking a screenshot from your Android Wear smartwatch is so much easier now that Android Wear 5.0.1 is upon us. However, if you own a G Watch R, you may have noticed that things don’t work so well. The top right of each image is cutoff as you can see in the image above. The good news is that you can still capture decent images. They still won’t be perfect, but they will be damn close.


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How to take a screenshot from your Android Wear smartwatch

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The Android Wear 5.0.1 update brings a slew of enhancements, and one of them happens to be the ability to capture screenshots from your smartwatch. Before the update, you needed to connect your watch to your desktop and use ADB commands, but now it’s so much easier. Unfortunately, it’s a little convoluted, but it gets the job done until Google hopefully enhances it in a future update.


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6 unique icon packs to try now on your Android phone or tablet

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If you go to the Google Play Store and type “icon packs” into the search field, your query will yield page after page of results. Most of the icons appear beautiful, yet identical. How will you ever find something really eye-catching in this gigantic ocean of graphics? Check out this post for the list of my six favorite icon packs that really show their creators’ artistic chops.
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Holiday Buying Guide 2014: The best Android tablets

 Best_Android_Tablets_2014_02_TAIt’s the holiday season! You are hunting for the perfect gifts for everyone near and dear to your heart. Giving the gift of a tablet works for just about anyone because the options are limitless. With so many options, there are also prices all over the place. You can walk into your local pharmacy and find an Android tablet for $50. Heading over to an online retailer and finding a tablet over $300 is just as easy. Choosing an appropriate tablet that meets price with quality is actually quite difficult because of the crowded field.


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Best Android apps for streaming networked pictures, music, and video to Chromecast [December 2014]

Chromecast_481The Chromecast is a great tool for slinging your media to a bigger screen from your phone. We’ve already covered ways to get the local content on your devices to a Chromecast, but many users still play media from a local network so they don’t have to worry about cluttering up device storage with music and videos. It’s convenient to store all of your large files on a bigger hard drive instead of keeping them split up across multiple SD cards.

This guide is going to go over the easiest ways to start casting your networked music, photos, and videos to go along with all of your local pictures and internet subscriptions.


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How to manually install the Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update on your HTC One (M7) or (M8) GPe device

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The HTC One (M7) and (M8) Google Play Edition devices are receiving Android 5.0.1 Lollipop today, but it will take at least a week or two to land on all devices. Good news!! The actual over-the-air (OTA) update is available for you to download and manually install right now. It’s really easy to do, so hit the break to get started.


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How to rename your Android TV devices so you can easily identify them when Chromecasting

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Android TV includes Google Cast so you can use compatible Chromecast apps to push content to your TV. However, if you have multiple Android TV devices (same model), you will find it difficult to distinguish between them when you want to cast something. The Chromecast app allows you to change the name of Chromecast devices, but Android TV devices are left out in the cold. The only two Android TV devices available at the time of this post are the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and each one shows up as their respective name when you tap on the Chromecast icon to choose a device. So if you have two Nexus Players, how would you tell the difference between the living room device or the one in the bedroom? Just change the name of each device to suit your needs. Hit the break to see how easy it is.


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