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More power!

The battery life on my Samsung Galaxy S3 has become bad and unpredictable, and I'm looking for either a larger battery or some kind of extended battery case. What are the best options? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Do I really need double filtered water?

Do I have to replace my Samsung refrigerator's water filter? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on May 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Samsung Galaxy S5...a goner?

So I didn't really want to use a question on this, but earlier today I was out taking the camera on my new S5 for a spin. The results are beautiful. The problem is that at some point during the day, I managed to drop my phone about four feet onto the metal footplate of my electric wheelchair. I'm wondering if this may have killed the maniacally fast autofocus I thought I had going for me earlier in the day. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Apr 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Recent photos hidden on Samsung Galaxy S4 during file search

I have a Galaxy S4 and I generally transfer pics from it to a Windows 8.1 PC via USB, connecting up the Samsung as an external hard drive, navigating down to the DCIM folder on the camera's external SD card, then dragging & dropping. Recently, all my photos more recent than Feb 2014 are not visible via Windows Explorer even though the camera itself shows that those photos are indeed stored in the same folder on the external SD card that has all the pre-Feb photos. What gives? Are they hidden form view somehow?
posted by mono blanco on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 answers

My phone doesn't know me anymore.

Up until a week or two ago, my phone's predictive text function predicted not just which word I was typing, but also which word I was likely to type next. It used an algorithm which not only paired common words, but which (and this is the important bit) also learned which words I used frequently. Now that's not happening any more. Predictive text is still working, but it doesn't seem to be learning my vocabulary any more. How can I make this work again? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Disabling certain lockscreen widgets on a Samsung Galaxy S3

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.3 (mmm jelly beans). I frequently use my phone to listen to podcasts via Doggcatcher or audiobooks via Audible. Since the update to 4.3, when audio is playing, the lockscreen defaults to showing a Doggcatcher or Audible widget, meaning I have to swipe in order to get to the lockscreen proper to see e.g. the clock, which is most frequently what I'd like to see. I would like it to stop doing this. [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Mar 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I finance an unlocked, no-contract Android phone?

I'm considering signing up for one of Brightspot Mobile's pre-paid plans. I will need to buy an unlocked (or T-Mobile) phone and I'm interested in a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One. Is there any possible way I can pay for it in installments? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 23, 2014 - 9 answers

is there a hardware solution for improving the signal quality of my S3?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on 3. I get extremely little reception at home and a signal booster doesn't help. Is there a hardware solution, like a special case, wire, foil, etc I could use at home to boost my signal? homemade ideas and commercial ones welcome.
posted by Mistress on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Intermittent Printer

I am trying to run an old Samsung ML-2510 laser printer off a USB port with a desktop running Windows 8. I have downloaded the appropriate universal print driver and Samsung Easy Printer Manager. The printer installed and ran fine when I first bought it (used), but after a month or two the computer wouldn't recognize it for whatever reason. After a day of fiddling and installing and uninstalling drivers, changing USB ports, etc., I can get it to run perfectly. I then print off my stuff. The next time I go to use it, the computer can't find it and won't run it. Anyone have this problem with a computer recognizing a printer intermittently? I can understand it not working at all, but why does it work perfectly and then quit working, apparently at random intervals?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 27, 2014 - 4 answers

LED TV breaking Wifi Network

I have a wifi network on an Airport Extreme 802.11n, extended by several Airport Express (2008 model, MB321LL/A) base stations. My new Samsung LED TV, in a room about 20 feet from the Airport Extreme, takes down my entire network—I can't reach the internet anywhere in the house—until I shut down the TV and reboot the Extreme. Suggestions for diagnosing and repairing the problem, please? [more inside]
posted by MarkWBennett on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Samsung Smart TV + Streaming French News = Quandry

Hello. Ever since the cable company discontinued French news programming in our area, my mother has been desperate to stream a French news program (20 heures) to the Samsung UN32EH5300 Smart TV I recently purchased for my dad. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Why should/shouldn't I switch to cyanogenmod

I’m thinking about installing cyanogenmod on my samsung galaxy s3 ( SPH-L710 ) phone. Does anyone have experience with cyanogenmod on this phone or a similar model? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Dec 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Samsung S4 protective cover deals

Looking for deals on covers for Samsung S4 [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Nov 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Samsung 3 or 4 OR the Iphone 5s

I need a mobile phone for work and am debating, help me choose please [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Nov 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Samsung NC20 Laptop Slow, Malware--Should I just reinstall Windows?

I have a Samsung NC20 laptop that I bought 4 or 5 years ago. It runs Windows XP and has some sort of malware, IRP Hook, that AVG has found but cannot remove. In addition, it runs significantly slower than I would like, and cannot play most videos at all--the sound plays fine, but the image just staggers and jumps. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Nov 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Transfer contacts, LG flip to Samsung, should be easy, is not

I need to transfer contacts between an LG flip phone and a Samsung Android phone. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1, now it's stuck in a reboot loop!

I upgraded my Samsung laptop to Windows 8.1. It is now stuck in a reboot loop. I cannot enter recovery mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Oct 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me switch my phone from one provider to another

Can someone help me with the technical aspects of switching my cell phone from one provider to another? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I fix this, or do I need to suck it up and get a new phone?

I've had my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze) for about a year and a half, and it is no longer under warranty. Recently, it has developed two problems relating to aspects of the hardware. I need to determine if I (a person with little to no experience with fixing electronics) can fix these problems inexpensively, or if I should just bite the bullet and buy a new phone. (I'm a student, so buying a new phone after less than two years is not something that makes my wallet happy.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Verizon iPhone to T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 -- how?

Verizon to T-mobile, iPhone to Android... how does this work? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 12, 2013 - 15 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Flaming fox doesn't appreciate interruptions...

Help me make Firefox less cranky when losing/restoring tethered network via android phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV?

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV which includes bluetooth for my iPhone music, but does *not* include a subwoofer, and is under $200? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Can I get a new Bell Samsung Galaxy S4 and root/unlock it? (& should I?)

Can I get a new Bell Samsung Galaxy S4 and root/unlock it? (& should I?) [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Jul 1, 2013 - 1 answer

How can I update the Android OS on a phone from abroad?

I have an unlocked(?) Samsung Galaxy S2 that was originally purchased in Saudi Arabia. I'm in the US and can't get it to update the Android OS from Jellybean to Ice Cream Sandwich. Please help. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Samsung Transfrom Ultra Battery Problems

Transform Ultra with an overheating, fast-discharging, spontaneously-turning-off battery. [more inside]
posted by Snyder on May 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Choose my phone!

I'm tired of my cheap, app-less phone. It's time to upgrade to something nice. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Apr 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Should my tablet match my phone or my laptop ecosystem?

I am getting a Tablet for work, either a Nexus 10 or an iPad. I'm pretty well versed on the features and drawbacks for both, and I feel like if my other devices were either all Apple or all Google/Windows I'd make the choice based on matching my current device operating system ecosystem. BUT right now, each device I use has a different OS, so is there a better device to match my tablet operating system with? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Apr 10, 2013 - 5 answers

I want a Samsung Ultrabook...but which version do I want???

Argh! I've spent half a day agonizing about this. I'm on a budget, I need a new laptop, I do not want to cheap out and then regret it, but I don't want to pay for stuff I don't need. [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Mar 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Google Earth is hard for tablets

I have a project on Google Earth I created on a PC and want to show off on a tablet, but things are not going smoothly. Have I missed something? Do you know how I can make my project better on a tablet? Specific questions outlined inside, but I welcome other suggestions that may help me in ways I had not even thought about yet. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Swap two Nexuses for a Note II? Pros and Cons?

I love my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. I hate carrying two devices around and have been considering switching to a Note II. What are the pros and cons? What would I be gaining or losing? My major uses inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Feb 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Don't judge me, just tell me what apps to "download"

So I am now an owner of the Samsung Chromebook 3 (yup, "The $249 laptop from Google"). It fits, well enough, what I need, and it's definitely what I can afford. (I have access to a laptop at work.) [more inside]
posted by availablelight on Feb 4, 2013 - 3 answers

How to get the Galaxy Nte 2's Screen to stay on.

Samsung Galaxy Note II - How can I get the screen to always stay on while charging? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jan 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv.

Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jan 3, 2013 - 21 answers

Put Jellybean back onto a seemingly useless Android phone?

Took a seemingly bricked Samsung Galaxy Nexus to one of those repair shops. They "unbricked" it, but the thing seems useless. No Play Store on it, you can't set up a Google account... details inside. The shop says they don't know how to undo what they did. A way to salvage? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you help me Talk?

How can I open Google Talk on my Samsung Galaxy S3? [more inside]
posted by alynnk on Dec 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Plate Captian: "Here is the raprod."

What should I know/do before I sell a cell phone I own to a person I know? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on Dec 11, 2012 - 1 answer

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

cases/covers for series 7 tablet

Are there any third-party cases/covers for the Samsung Series 7 tablet? [more inside]
posted by madmethods on Dec 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Nexus unlocked or S III+contract?

Nexus unlocked or S III+contract? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Dec 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Readying an Android phone for sale--how do I delete my content?

I just got a Nexus 4. I want to sell my Galaxy Nexus. How do I delete my stuff and make it safe to sell? I did a factory reset but of the 16gb it tells me only 5.6 are free (this is with no apps on it) and says it still has photos and videos and audio (though I can't see that stuff in the gallery and other apps). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Chromebook questions

Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
posted by Artw on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Repairing a Samsung TV

I have a broken Samsung TV and want to know if there is a cheap way to fix it or creative way to use it. [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Nov 22, 2012 - 8 answers

How to reset the technician password on a Samsung OfficeServ 7400

How do I reset the technician password of a Samsung OfficeServ 7400 phone system? [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Nov 14, 2012 - 2 answers

In which I reveal my ignorance about the cell phone landscape...

My husband has a phone I'd like to replace as a gift for him, and I want to be sure I understand what I'm getting into. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

synch diaries in two samsungs

I have a samsung galaxy s3 and he has a samsung galaxy note. What we want is sowhen one of us opens his or her diary, we see a combined diary showing his and my items in the same view. We don't need to edit each other's diaries necessarily, we just want to know when a shared workspace has been booked by the other so wedont double book it. How should we do this, s calendar doesnt seem to do it, is there a google calendar way of doing it perhaps?
posted by By The Grace of God on Sep 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Syncing calendars - .ics conversion or another way?

How do I convert ics files? Since my work computer was upgraded to Office 2010 64-bit, I've been unable to sync my Outlook schedule with my Samsung phone (which uses Samsung New PC Studio). It will still sync with my Google calendar though. Both Outlook and Google only seem to export .ics files. NPS seems to import .nsf, .dif, .mdb and .vcs. I found a free .ics to .vcs converter online but it seems to convert a single appointment from what I've verified is a complete export of my calendar. How can I convert the files or otherwise get the phone calendar synced?
posted by monkey closet on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Need Help on Navigating Smart Phone Plans

I am looking for advice on finding the best smart phone deals. I have an old clamshell phone. I need very little for myself...not even texting though want the occasional use of apps. I am currently moving to Denver and may switch from AT&T though my wireless and phones are bundled and very cheap ($90/mo for our two cheap phones and wireless for home though that would change *a lot* with upgrades?). I am really confused on what the hell is a decent deal. I don't make many calls whatsoever but my wife will be calling family or perhaps using Face Time/Messaging via an iPhone if we can afford. We don't need the newest and best phones but am not sure where to start for packaging costs, especially as we may do wireless separate once we get to Denver. Any thoughts on how you would go about this, where you would buy a phone (new or refurb), deals that have worked for you (assuming you don't use the phone for a lot but still want the options of some of the apps). iPhone? Samsung? Razr? Carriers recommendations? I want to go as low $ as possible but not make a stupid decision out of pinching the hell out of the pennies.
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Help Me Stop Blow-Drying My TV

How can I keep my unusually moisture-sensitive TV dry in high humidity? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Phone!

What should I do to my Google Nexus S? Replace, root, or restrain myself? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Sep 1, 2012 - 10 answers

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