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Many features that once required root have been added to Android over the years. However, many advanced tricks still require rooting your Android smartphone or tablet.

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Have you ever wanted to get more out of your Android convergence device? How about using it as a hassle free video recorder for your car trips? HTG explains how you can accomplish this with just “off the shelf” components.

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Notifications are a distraction, especially for email. Email is supposed to be asynchronous — most people don’t need their phone to ping them for every email that arrives. However, sometimes you want instant notifications for important new emails.

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There is nothing quite like an oceanside vacation filled with sunny days, tropical breezes, waves lapping at the edge of the beach, and relaxing sunsets to watch. Turn your iPhone’s screen into a tropical paradise with the first in our series of Oceanside Vacation Wallpaper collections.

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There is no doubt that mobile devices are becoming a bigger, more prevalent part of our lives with each passing day, but have we reached the point of addiction? Charlene deGuzman decided to put together a short documentary-style film highlighting the ‘problem’ of constant mobile device usage by those around us. It may even make you re-think how much you use your own mobile device…

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Blocking a phone number from calling you should be fairly simple in 2013, but it still isn’t. Android doesn’t have a completely integrated blocking solution, and carriers don’t generally offer this basic service for free.

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Android’s Daydream feature is an “interactive screensaver mode” that can activate automatically when your device is docked or charging, keeping your screen on and displaying information. Daydream mode can give your device an always-on information display.

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Google Voice has been out for years, but many people in the US still haven’t given it a try. Google Voice offers many features you can’t get elsewhere, and almost all of them are free.

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You’re sitting at your PC and you receive a text message, so you pick up your phone, unlock it, read the message on the small screen, and type one back using the touchscreen keyboard. Why not use your PC instead?

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Tasker for Android allows you to automate almost anything you can think of on your phone. It’s even popular on Android in spite of only having a paid version, which shows just how powerful it is.

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Sure, your smartphone’s camera can be used for photos and video chats, but it can do much more than that. Your phone’s camera is a powerful tool you can use for everything from finding better prices to navigation and translation.

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Using backgrounds that are bright and colorful make for a pleasing visual experience most of the time, but then there are times when you may prefer something a bit more subtle and natural to look at. Add a classy, natural look to your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Wood Texture Wallpaper collections.

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Tethering is the act of sharing your phone’s mobile data connection with another device — such as your laptop or tablet — connecting it to the Internet through your phone’s data connection. There are several ways to tether on Android.

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Tablets are great devices to leave on a coffee table and share, but they’re intensely personal. They provide direct access to your email, signed-in apps, and even your Chrome browser history from your PC.

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VLC for iPhone has been released back onto the App store and has some nice new features, one of which is a small webserver you can use to send files directly to your iPhone through a web browser.

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Android allows you to create app shortcuts, but you can also create special shortcuts that link directly to screens within an app. For example, shortcuts could link to the Navigation screen in Maps or any screen in the Settings app.

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Curious about alternatives to the Google Play Store (formerly the Android Market) for reading app reviews and downloading content? Read on as we explore some of the alternatives.

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No matter the foes or crises he has faced, Iron Man has always been tough enough to live up to his heroic name and persevere. Toughen up your Nexus 7′s screen with a visual ‘iron supplement’ from the first in our series of Iron Man Wallpaper collections.

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Evernote is a fantastic tool for clipping web pages for later perusal, but the default configuration on Android simply clips the URL and not the page/article. Read on as we show you how to remedy this oversight and enjoy the same kind of full-page clipping on your Android device that you enjoy on your computer.

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Like other smartphones, Android phones use an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust your phone’s display brightness. This often doesn’t work too well.

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of laying in the grass on a warm summer’s night and looking up at star filled skies, letting your thoughts drift as they may while relaxing and daydreaming. Add some star-powered goodness to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Starry Skies Wallpaper collections.

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Google is now selling stock Android editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in addition to the Nexus 4, featuring Google’s software without the usual manufacturer customizations. You can get a more stock Android-like experience on your existing phone, too.

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Transferring photos and other files between nearby smartphones should be simple, but it’s not. There are a variety of different ways you can do this, and which is best depends on which types of smartphones you’re transferring files between.

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Meadows are wonderful places to explore, play and have fun in, or just relax in with a great picnic. Bring the beauty of peaceful, sunny days to your iPad with the first in our series of Meadows Wallpaper collections.

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Scanning documents and OCRing them once meant slowly feeding them through a desktop scanner before running slow, clunky OCR software. With the advent of powerful smartphones, you can now quickly scan and OCR documents with your phone’s camera.

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