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Upgrading to Android 4.4 (KitKat) on the Galaxy Tab 3
By Eric Butow
Apr 22, 2015
You don't have to purchase a new Galaxy Tab model to get Android 4.4, or KitKat, on your Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung has made KitKat available so you can upgrade to the newer version of the Android OS. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, shows you how to upgrade to Android 4.4 and how to upgrade your apps so they work with KitKat.
Editing and Enhancing Your Photos on the Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
Apr 21, 2015
These days, most people reach for their phone rather than their camera when something interesting comes into view. But with modern casual photography, the captured photo doesn't have to be the final version of the image. Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, explains how to alter your photos with your Fire phone, producing results that rival the images you could capture with a dedicated camera. It may not be Photoshop, but the Fire offers a lot of great visual effects.
Changing Google Settings and Use Android Device Manager on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Apr 6, 2015
If you use a number of Google services on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, the device contains the pre-installed Google Settings app, so you can change all your Google settings within that one app. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, shows you how to log in to all Google apps with one Google+ account.
Connecting with Email, Dropbox, and ChatON on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Apr 2, 2015
When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 was updated to Android KitKat in autumn 2014, a number of changes to Tab 4 apps were made as well. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, focuses on three sharing apps: Email, Dropbox, and ChatON.
Smart TVs: Viewing in a Connected World
By Michael Miller
Apr 2, 2015
For many people, today’s so-called “smart TVs” represent the first foray into the connected world of the Internet of Things. Just what is a smart TV, and how smart is it, really? Whether or not today’s smart TVs are truly part of the Internet of Things is an open question, but there’s no question that these connected viewing devices are changing the way people watch TV and movies. Read on to learn more in this chapter from The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World.
Creating a Photo Slideshow on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Apr 1, 2015
If you enjoy using your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to take photos, Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, will show you how use the pre-installed Gallery app to create a slideshow of photos in an album.
Changing Settings in the Email App on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 31, 2015
If you use your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to check your email often, you can change the settings in the Email app to manage your email more effectively. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, shows you how.
Organizing Contacts Within the Contacts App on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 30, 2015
The Contacts app in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 not only stores your information, but also enables you to organize your contacts to meet your needs. Eric Butown, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, shows you how to organize your contacts.
Getting More from the Play Books App on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 26, 2015
As part of its slew of app updates in autumn 2014, Google updated its Play Books app to make ebooks easier for users to read and get supplemental information. Eric Butow, co-author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, walks you through all of the improvements.
Navigating My Files on Your Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 25, 2015
Samsung recently updated the My Files app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, so it’s easier than ever to find files stored on the Tab 4. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, shows you how to use this great updated feature.
Learning How to Use Updated Productivity Apps on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 24, 2015
When Samsung updated the Galaxy Tab 4 operating system to Android 4.4, or KitKat, it also updated the functionality of the Contacts app. What’s more, other app developers have been upgrading their apps for KitKat, and the newsreader News360 is one of them. This article updates the information in Chapter 14 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with current information for both the Contacts and News360 apps.
Using Google Now and Google+ on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 23, 2015
As part of Google’s rollout of updated apps in autumn 2014, Google updated both the Google Now and Google+ apps for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Learn about updates in Chapter 15 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with information about the latest versions of Google Now and Google+.
Using Google Maps on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 19, 2015
In autumn 2014, Google updated its Maps app on Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. These updates not only add new features but also change how you use the app to find locations and get directions to a location. This article updates Chapter 10 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with step-by-step instructions for performing tasks in Maps. The first task you learn about is how to find a location and local information. Next, you learn how to get directions. Then you learn how to access voice command directions. Finally, you learn how to share your location in Google+.
Exploring Updated Google Music and Video Apps on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 18, 2015
In autumn 2014, Google updated its Play Movies & TV app for watching movies and television shows and its Google Play Music app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. This article updates information in Chapter 12 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to show you how to use the updated versions of these two multimedia apps. You start by learning how to download a TV show to watch on the Tab 4. Next, you learn how to shop for a movie. Then you learn how to download music in the Google Play Music app. Finally, you learn how to play downloaded music in the Play Music app.
Finding New Apps from Google and Samsung on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 17, 2015
As part of a major update to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 operating system and apps in autumn 2014, Google and Samsung made a number of changes to their apps that help you find apps written for Android 4.4, or KitKat. This article updates Chapter 16 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 including the new functionality of the Google Play Store app and the new GALAXY Apps app, which replaces Samsung Apps. You start by learning about the changes in functionality within the Google Play Store apps. Then you learn how to purchase apps within the Play Store. Next, you learn how to upgrade from the Samsung Apps app to GALAXY Apps, so you can start shopping for apps designed for the Tab 4. Finally, you learn how to navigate within GALAXY Apps when you search for apps to download.
Go Further with Downloaded Apps on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 16, 2015
Although some apps in the Galaxy Tab 3 aren't available in the Tab 4, you can still download the apps from the Google Play Store. You can also check your social networking profiles by downloading Android apps for Facebook and Twitter. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, shows you how.
Finding and Adding Widgets to Your Home Screens on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 13, 2015
In autumn 2014, both Samsung and Google updated the number of widgets that were available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, so you can add them to a Home screen. A widget is a small, portable piece of code that you can interact with like a miniature app. Learn about the updates to Chapter 5 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 about widgets in Android 4.4, or KitKat. You begin by learning about the widgets that have been removed from the Tab 4 between the time My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 was written and late December 2014. Next, you take a tour of the 39 widgets you can choose from in the Widgets tab within the Apps screen. Finally, you learn how to add a widget to a Home screen.
Discovering Preinstalled KitKat Apps on the Galaxy Tab 3
By Eric Butow
Mar 12, 2015
KitKat brings updated apps to your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, including GALAXY Apps, Google Maps, and Google Play Books. In this article, Eric Butow shows you more about using these new KitKat apps and reviews the app widgets available to you in KitKat.
Shopping for Books and Magazines on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Mar 11, 2015
As part of its autumn 2014 upgrade cycle, Google upgraded the Google Play Books and Google Play Newsstand apps for use on Android. Google also renamed Play Magazines to Play Newsstand with this latest upgrade. The updated apps help you shop for and read books and magazines more easily on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, and this article updates information from Chapter 13 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with all these new updates.
Get to Know Your Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
Mar 2, 2015
In this chapter from My Amazon Fire Phone, you learn about the external and internal features of the Amazon Fire phone and the basics of getting started.

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