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By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Create a Custom Smartphone Home Screen with Deke

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Photos make fine wallpaper, but with the latest generation of smartphones, it’s almost as easy to add custom artwork to your home screen.

The key is to size the artwork correctly and position image elements so they don’t interfere with the phone’s interface.

In this episode of Deke’s TechniquesDeke shows how to use Photoshop to create a custom smartphone home screen, whether you have an Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone.

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, May 9, 2015

Using a Safe Smartphone Mount for Video Shoots

smartphone mount

Smartphone cameras have evolved to shoot great-quality footage. But if you’re not careful, smartphones can be easily damaged in shooting situations.

Luckily, there are third-party accessories to keep the camera safe while stabilizing your shots. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Rich and I showcase a few smartphone mounts and accessories that will help you safely capture shots with your smartphone.

By Pat Salvador | Friday, April 10, 2015

Convenient New Features of the Samsung Galaxy S6

Check out the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6

The new line of Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile devices provides a number of fun and time-saving features.

You’ll find a Multi Window for split screen multi-tasking, edge screen configurations to help track your favorite contacts and move the features of the edge screen to either the left or right sides, and themes to express yourself within every aspect of the user interface. You can also go cordless now, thanks to an optional Wireless Charging Pad accessory.

I’ll walk you through the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:

By Garrick Chow | Friday, January 9, 2015

CES 2015: 'Smart' Thermometers, Keyless Locks, and More

ces 2015 introduces the smart themometer

Although the vast and thronged expo floors of CES 2015 are brimming with a breathtaking array of electronic devices and gadgets, the majority have one thing in common: the ability to communicate with smartphones.

Integration with smartphones is something we consumers have come to expect and even demand from our electronic products. Nearly every pitch you hear at CES, whether it’s for a fitness tracking device, a camera, or a washer and dryer, follows the script of, “This product can do x, y, and z—and of course you can control it from your iOS or Android device.”

And if there’s one thing made obvious by spending a week at CES, it’s that there are a lot of things you can do when you pair your phone with the right device.

By Jess Stratton | Thursday, January 8, 2015

CES 2015: Using Your Phone to Make a 'Smart' House

Here's what's hot at CES 2015

I’m at CES 2015 with fellow lynda.com staff authors Nick Brazzi and Garrick Chow. Every year thousands of consumers head to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to see what technologies vendors have been working on and what we can expect to see in the upcoming year.

Yesterday, Nick told you about his favorite stops on the show floor; now it’s my turn! If you’ve watched the lynda.com Home Techonomics series, you know that my passions lie with home automation—and I’m seeing some cool home tech tools at this show.

By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide: Which Smartphone Should You Buy?

smartphone comparison

The holidays are a great time of year to pick up a new smartphone. Every manufacturer has their latest flagship product out and on display.

But when you’re buying one for someone else, it’s hard to know which one to choose.

Let’s take a look at some of the hottest phones on the market today—to help you decide which one’s right for the lucky recipient on your list.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, November 6, 2014

6 Truly Useful Gadget Gifts for the Tech-Savvy

1 of 6 great gadget gifts

If you’re considering holiday presents for your techie friends and relatives—or hoping to score some fun new gadget gifts yourself—you should know about these six cool tech toys that make life just a little smoother, hipper, and more high-tech.

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