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  • While it isn’t a visible softkey, the menu key is still accessible. Just long press the softkey on the left (the multitasking key, I think they call it) and it will function like a normal menu key. There shouldn’t be too many apps left that still use it, but you might need it for older apps that haven’t been updated.

    1 week 1 day ago

  • I know nothing about that particular device or manufacturer, so this is going to be generic advice. Hopefully it might still help you. First thing, try a battery pull (if possible) then try to boot up again. Maybe you will get lucky and that will work. If not, try to boot into recovery.

    1 week 5 days ago

  • Sometimes you do everything right and still get burned.

    2 weeks 1 day ago

  • I’m not sure what the precise problem is, but there are a few current Android devices that don’t support XBox Music offline play, including the Moto X, Moto G, and Droid Max.

    2 weeks 1 day ago

  • I'm not sure why the updated caused many S4 users to experience this issue with the update, but fixing it may be the easiest solution to a problem ever. Hold down your power button and reboot your S4. When it restarts the apps should "magically" reappear.

    2 weeks 5 days ago

  • 90% aluminium means 10% not aluminum. The very top is not aluminum (nor are the glass bits obviously). I am not certain, but I suspect the antennas for WiFi and cellular make use of the plastic part at the top of the phone for a stronger signal. HTC has made aluminum Android phones for years now, and are very good at it.

    3 weeks 1 day ago

  • There are reports of production delays related to the new camera design. I’m not sure whether that will delay the release, or just result in fewer units on hand. There have been reports that it will be go on sale in all markets on April 11, 2014 but I take that with a grain of salt.

    5 weeks 1 day ago

  • Android Authority has a good basic guide for setting up a VPN on your device. The short version is that you need a VPN provider, some of which are free, and then you need to go into your Settings, then go to Wireless and Networks>VPN.

    6 weeks 1 day ago

  • The F3 has a locked bootloader, so that makes it hard to do much with it. That’s why there aren’t any custom ROMs as far as I know, but you can still root it and make it a dramatically more useful handset. I just checked on LG’s website, and the only thing currently available for download that I saw was the USB driver.

    7 weeks 1 day ago

  • This is easy to accomplish, and you already have all of the tools on your device. I can’t remember which was the first version of Android to support it, but if you go into your security settings then “encryption”, there should be an option to encrypt your SD card.

    7 weeks 2 days ago

  • It’s actually very easy - use the Chome or Opera browser instead of the Android browser. I’m not certain which of the other browsers don’t use WebView, but those two don’t, so you should be fine even with an older version of Android.

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • Hi, Chuck.

    8 weeks 6 days ago

  • wstark wstark answers Re: mobile
    I'm pretty much quoting an earlier answer I gave here, but it is still valid. You didn't mention what type of device you are using, and this answer is specific to Android. Hopefully it helps: If you are rooted, or are willing to root your device, you should be able to use a file manager (ASTRO, Root Browser, etc.) to find the WiFi password.

    9 weeks 9 hours ago

  • More people should be aware of how broad the permissions they are granting to the apps they install.

    9 weeks 1 day ago

  • Nothing has been officially confirmed, as far as I know, but most rumors suggest that LG will be providing the Nexus 6. LG made the Nexus 4 and 5, so they have a solid track record. I think there is a chance that it will be Samsung, since Google and Samsung have been working together a little better lately, but the smart money is still on LG.

    9 weeks 1 day ago

  • One of the valid knocks against Android for a long time was was that devices that were speedy at first started to slow down and exhibit noticeable lag. In great part this was because there was no native trim function build in.

    9 weeks 2 days ago

  • With the latest update to BlackBerry 10, 10.2.1, you can install Android apps easily on BlackBerry phones. I’m not sure if all carriers have rolled 10.2.1 out yet, but everyone should have it soon.

    9 weeks 5 days ago

  • Don’t hold your breath...everything I’ve heard indicates that the new Nokia Android phone will not be for US markets. It is almost certainly a low end Android device that was built to a price point, not the flagship products that Nokia is capable of making.

    10 weeks 12 hours ago

  • Yes, there are a number of apps on Play, including FaxFile, eFax, iFax, FaxPro, etc. As far as I know, yes, you still do have to pay to send faxes still. I look forward to the day when we are finally free of the fax machine, but I guess that we aren’t quite there yet.

    10 weeks 6 days ago

  • It’s officially still under development, and don’t forget that Intel is also partnered with Samsung to develop Tizen. However, what need is there to fork an open source OS like Android? Does Samsung want to make the equivalent of Kindle Fires?

    11 weeks 12 hours ago

  • This is a known issue, but I’m not sure how widespread it is. If you do a search for “white screen of death” you will find other people are experiencing it. Oddly, the color of the “SOD” varies between devices. I can tell your iPhone is a black one, because white iPhones have a white screen of death with a black Apple logo.

    11 weeks 5 days ago

  • In addition to carefully editing the images later, and I still prefer Photoshop or GIMP for this, you could add a lens to really step up the quality. Sony makes a lens attachment, the DSC-QX10 that will improve the quality of your shots and give you 10x optical zoom while setting you back around $500.

    14 weeks 11 hours ago

  • PRL stands for Preferred Roaming List, and is essentially just a database of towers in your general area and the assets of those towers (3G, 4G, LTE, WiMax, etc.). It also tells your device what it can use, roaming authority, stuff like that.

    14 weeks 2 days ago

  • Since you are rooted, you can download an app called "Disable Service" from Play Store Install and open it, then go to System Apps>Google Services Framework. Uncheck "SystemUpdateService" and restart your device. No more OTA updates pushed onto your device.

    14 weeks 5 days ago

  • Windows Phone share of the US market has nearly doubled in the past year, but that sounds a lot more impressive until you look at the numbers. The increase was from 2.6% market share in 11/12 to 4.7% in 11/13.

    15 weeks 11 hours ago

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