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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.
Taking and Editing Pictures with Your Android Tablet
By Craig James Johnston
Feb 27, 2015
In this chapter from My Android Tablet, you learn how to take pictures with your Android tablet, how to store them, and how to share them with friends.
Using Private Mode to Hide Sensitive Files on Your Samsung Galaxy S5
By Steve Schwartz
Jan 15, 2015
If you want to secure your Samsung Galaxy S5, you probably know about specifying a secure lock screen method, encrypting the phone and its SD card, and the availability of the Samsung Knox software. However, because it isn't a Security setting, you may not have noticed the new Private Mode. In this article, Steve Schwartz explains how to use Private Mode to selectively hide photos, videos, and business documents on your Galaxy S5, making them invisible to anyone who borrows or makes off with your phone.
Build Your Own Web-Interacting Robots
By John Baichtal
Jan 12, 2015
Wouldn't it be cool if you could trigger a robot via the Web to perform some activity, even if you're halfway across the planet from your device? You can! John Baichtal, author of Robot Builder: The Beginner's Guide to Building Robots, shows how easily you can do it.
How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X Yosemite and Get Acquainted with Apple’s Latest Operating System
By Jason R. Rich
Jan 7, 2015
In this article, Jason R. Rich explains how to upgrade your compatible Mac to OS X Yosemite and take advantage of the new features and functions this latest edition of the Mac operating system has to offer.
Recording OTA TV with Tivo's Roamio
By Michael Miller
Jan 5, 2015
Roamio is Tivo’s new set top box designed for recording over the air programming, as well as programs from various Internet-based services, including Netflix and Hulu. In this article, author Michael Miller discusses who Roamio is designed for, and how it can make life easier for all the cable cutters out there.
Building Your First Bots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3
By Marziah Karch
Dec 30, 2014
This chapter from Build and Program Your Own LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robots looks at the currently available instructions for the LEGO MINDSTORMS home edition set.
How to Prevent Your Personal Photos from Being Hacked
By Michael Miller
Dec 30, 2014
With the latest celebrity nude photo hacking scandal in the news, it’s worth examining just how private your private pictures really are. In this article, author Michael Miller discusses the relatively safety of various types of photo storage, including cloud-based services such as iCloud, and details the steps you need to take to make your photos as secure as possible – and make sure you don't see your nude selfies online.
How Motherboards Conduct a Symphony of Data
By Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Dec 29, 2014
In this excerpt from How Computers Work, 10th Edition, learn how motherboards work, including details on CPU, chipsets, and PCI-Express slots.
Upgrading Your iPhone
By Jason R. Rich
Dec 29, 2014
Jason R. Rich discusses several of your options when it comes to upgrading your current iPhone to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or switching from another smartphone to one of the newly released iPhone models. As you’ll discover, not all cellular service providers require a two-year contract, or make you wait until your existing contract expires before you can upgrade.
Turn Your Galaxy Tab 4 into a Remote Control Using the Peel Smart Remote App
By Eric Butow
Dec 26, 2014
The Peel Smart Remote app on your Galaxy Tab 4 allows you to control devices that accept infrared signals such as your television and cable box. This article shows you how to use the app to control your TV and cable box and find shows to watch.
Getting Up to Speed with Your Android Device
By Guy Hart-Davis
Dec 25, 2014
It's time to get familiar with your Android device! This chapter from Android Tips and Tricks will show you how to identify skins, manage notifications, enter text, set up a tablet for multiple users, optimize battery performance and manage storage.

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