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Use research topics Google Now learns from search history ANDROID TIPS

Use research topics Google Now learns from search history

Google Now can build up a history of your web searches and then present this to you later as a card. First, though, make sure the option is turned on. So press the Menu button and head to Settings>Accounts & Privacy and from here enable Web History. Now search for topics of interest; for instance, type in the search bar ‘PS4 vs …

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Train your cards Make them work for you ANDROID TIPS

Train your cards Make them work for you ANDROID TIPS

Once you start using Google Now you’ll find that after a while it will begin to populate the interface with cards – these could be for weather, travel, news, you name it. However, keep an eye on the interface as it will sporadically ask you if the cards are useful, for which you …

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Synchronise tabs Sync bookmarks across your devices ANDROID TIPS

Synchronise tabs Sync bookmarks across your devices

Launch Chrome and open the main menu (tap the three-dots icon on the toolbar), then tap Settings. Assuming your device’s copy of Chrome has not already been attached to a Google account, you should see a grey bar labelled ‘Sign into Chrome’ at the bottom of the screen. Tapping this bar will bring up a list of …

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Download in Chrome Download files from the web ANDROID TIPS

Download in Chrome Download files from the web

Chrome doesn’t just download webpages, it can download any file that has been hyperlinked to. Chrome can only handle certain file types, like images and webpages, which it will display for you. However, if you tap on a hyperlink that points to a file that Chrome cannot display, such as a Zip file, it will start downloading the file in the background. …

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Go incognito Browse in privacy ANDROID TIPS

Whenever you load a webpage, the details are synced to your Google account and saved in your browsing history. Furthermore, any sites you visit are able to track you through checking and creating cookies (small settings files). A way to avoid this is to use Chrome’s ‘Incognito mode’. An incognito tab does not load any existing cookies, is not synchronised to your Google account, and does not save websites to your browsing history. To open an incognito tab, open Chrome’s menu and select the ‘New incognito tab’ option. Incognito tabs can be accessed and closed just like regular tabs.

Whenever you load a webpage, the details are synced to your Google account and saved in your browsing history. Furthermore, any sites you visit are able to track you through checking and creating cookies (small settings files). A way to avoid this is to use Chrome’s ‘Incognito mode’. An incognito tab does not load any existing cookies, is not synchronised to your Google account, and …

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Auto-fill web forms Save time when filling in forms ANDROID TIPS

To set up form profiles, open Chrome and tap on the three-dots Menu icon at the right-hand side of the toolbar. Scroll down the menu and tap Settings. From the Settings menu, tap on the ‘Autofill forms’ option. On the following screen, start by making sure that the switch in the top-right corner of the screen is set to ‘On’. You may …

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Browse with tabs Browse multiple pages at once ANDROID TIPS

Browse with tabs Browse multiple pages at once

When you open Chrome, a number is displayed in a box on the toolbar, to the right of the address bar. This the number of open tabs. Tapping that number gives you a card view of all running tabs. Swiping up and down scrolls through them. Swiping a tab sideways, or tapping the ‘X’ symbol, will close the tab. An alternative way …

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Set default browser Open links in Chrome ANDROID TIPS

Set default browser Open links in Chrome

When tapping a hyperlink, a list of web-viewing capable apps will be presented – if you have not yet set a default. Tap on the app you wish to open the link with (in this case, Chrome) and then tap one of two buttons, labelled ‘Always’ and ‘Just once’. The latter allows you …

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