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How-to: Get better battery life from your Galaxy Nexus

As smartphones continue to evolve – bigger displays, faster processors, higher speed data networks, etc. – one things remains the same: the need for ever-longer battery life. The good news is, however, there plenty of ways to squeeze every last ounce of power out of your device’s battery without too much hassle.
So you’ve got …




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How-To: Combine ‘Phone’ and ‘Google’ Contacts on Android

If you’re like me, you didn’t realize that adding new contacts to your Android device under ‘Phone’ would come back to haunt you should you lose your phone or change to a different device. Luckily, despite all my failed attempts in the past, it turns out there is a pretty easy way to combine ‘phone’ …




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Update HTC Droid Incredible to latest Gingerbread (4.08.605.2)

If you own a HTC Droid Incredible and have had (major) issues updating your device to Gingerbread, you’re definitely not alone.
As previously noted, Verizon/HTC tried to roll-out Gingerbread (Android 2.3) to the original Incredible a few months back only to end up pulling it due to bugs. Then, last week, they tried again with a …




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That Was (Windows) Easy (Transfer)

If you’ve ever owned a Windows PC, than you’ve almost certainly come to a point when your machine stops behaving properly. Maybe it’s cause of something you did (perhaps all of your apps are not completely legitimate, for example), or maybe it was just Windows being Windows.
In this particular instance, I am going to diagnose …




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Extend a gadget’s manufacturer’s warranty for free with AMEX

OK, so maybe y’all knew this already, but apparently when you purchase electronics* with an American Express, AMEX will automatically extend the original manufacturer’s warranty for up to an additional year…for free.

Excited by this news, I called AMEX to confirm that the iPad, for example, is in fact eligible for the additional coverage — it …




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YOURLS: Now with random short URLs and other plugins

A few months back, I wrote a post on how to run your own URL shortener using YOURLS. Since then, the free, self-hosted shortening tool has undergone a major update – v1.5.
As the headline alludes to, the biggest change from YOURLS 1.4.3 to 1.5 is the addition of plugins. Now, instead of being forced to …




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How-to: Run your own URL shortener with YOURLS

URL shorteners have become quite a thing over the past couple years. The ability to shorten an unwieldy URL can be really helpful in a variety of situations, be it in a Tweet, sharing via email, or to maintain a more obvious link to a favorite site or posting.
There are no shortage of options available …




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How-to: Get better battery life from your HTC Droid Incredible

IMHO, the HTC Droid Incredible is the Android device to beat, for the time being. Despite having a smaller display (albeit with the same resolution), no kickstand, and no 4G in comparison to Sprint’s new HTC Evo, the Droid Incredible shares the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP camera, and Android 2.1, to name a few …




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How-to: Setup your own Twitter photo site with WordPress

There are plenty of capable third-party services that make uploading and sharing mobile photos simple and easy, such as Twitpic, yfrog, and Flickr, to name a few. But what if you want more control over how the content is displayed, and perhaps more importantly, where and how the images are stored (i.e. control over your …




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How-to: Get Google Earth on your HTC Incredible

Update: Not sure when it showed up, but Google Earth now appears in the Android Market. If you followed the directions below (or elsewhere) to install Google Earth on your Droid Incredible, you will most likely need to uninstall the unofficial version before installing the official version from the Market.
So you just got yourself …