Organize your Android phone's home screen

Organize your Android phone's home screen

Your Android phone is just as useful as you make it. Organize the tiles on your phone's screens so you can stop hunting for your favorite apps and find them just a tap or two away.

Organize your apps

The quickest way to bring order to your phone's screens is to alphabetize the apps or gather them by purpose: all messaging and email apps on one screen, sports apps on the next screen.

It's easy to rearrange apps. Tap and hold an... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Tags: Android apps , Google Android

Use Android Pay and get free stuff

Use Android Pay and get free stuff

Google is rolling out a program that lets you earn rewards by making in-store purchases with Android Pay.

It's easy to participate in the program, called Tap 10: Load up Android Pay on your Android device and then use it to make in-store purchases.

The program runs to February 29, 2016, and awards you a song with your first, fourth, and seventh Android Pay purchases and a Chromecast media-streaming device with your tenth. Redeem songs through Google Play... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

5 steps to easy reading on your iPhone

5 steps to easy reading on your iPhone

Are you having trouble reading on your iPhone or iPad? Do you wish you could check your phone in bright light or in the dark and actually see something? The forthcoming Night Shift feature, currently in iOS 9.3 beta, aims to ease night reading by warming your display colors after sunset. While you wait for that release, here are five actions you can take right now to see text more clearly on your iPhone or iPad.

Adjust brightness

If you're in... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Manage a family Mac

Manage a family Mac

A single Mac shared by multiple family members can quickly become hopelessly cluttered with each person's files and apps. You can try to get everyone to follow a few Mac organizational rules, but Apple has a better way for you to bring order to the mayhem.

You can create individual accounts for each family member, where each person can organize their own computing life however they see fit -- without anyone else having to make sense of it. In addition,... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Google makes shuffling Drive contents easier

Google makes shuffling Drive contents easier

Google is releasing an update to Google Drive this week that will let you more easily move files to their proper location.

The revision to Google's online storage and syncing service adds a Move button to the Drive toolbar when you're browsing files. Select a file, click the Move icon, highlight a location, and click Move.

If the highlighted file is not in your Drive yet, the button changes to Add to My Drive, which allows you to add the file to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , Android

Unclutter your iPhone's home screen

Unclutter your iPhone's home screen

Facebook becomes even more of a time suck if you're forced to fish for it in your app library, and Shazam is just a space waster if the deep-crate ditty that you're trying to identify is over before you can find the app. If your apps are in a random jumble, then it's time to tidy up your iPhone or iPad's home screen. There are several ways to get organized, but the first step is to delete unnecessary... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , iPad

Windows tech support: Fixing Internet problems

Windows tech support: Fixing Internet problems

The Internet is not optional: Whether we're working or streaming TV, we need an Internet connection that just works. Some issues are the fault of your Internet service provider or your equipment, in which case there's only so much you can troubleshoot without calling tech support. But we've assembled a checklist you can go through when your Internet stops playing nicely. To keep the list a reasonable size, we're assuming that you've used this Internet connection successfully before, though not... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Internet security

Get organized with Apple's Family Sharing

Get organized with Apple's Family Sharing

You tell the kids to share, but does your tech let you? Everyone in your family has an iPhone or iPad, maybe even a Mac, but you don't want to buy multiple copies of Fantastic Mr. Fox to keep the kids occupied during a long drive. Or what about this: Your wife takes the family photos, and you'd like to see snapshots from the recent vacation without her emailing them to you.

Apple's Family Sharing can help. You can share... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iTunes Sharing

Windows tech support: Keyboard and mouse

Windows tech support: Keyboard and mouse

Computers are complex, so inevitably you encounter glitches, error messages, and mechanical failures. Sometimes the problem isn't even the PC itself; it's the devices that you're plugging into it. A seemingly simple thing like a keyboard or a mouse can refuse to play nicely with your Windows machine, making you want to curl up like a trackball. Try our troubleshooting tricks to get your input devices to input. (And if you can't get your Windows device to turn on at... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows 7 , Windows 8

Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is built to replace your laptop, with its impressive 12.9-inch Retina display, lightning-fast CPU, multitouch abilities, and hi-fi speakers. But you don't have to use all that screen space for Microsoft Office. Here are six apps recently optimized for the iPad Pro that'll give you a big canvas for your ideas.

Artsy

Most of us can't go to museums or galleries every day to soak up inspiration. But you can make a habit of... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPad