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1 week ago

Samsung fires up a new website to explain its design philosophies

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Samsung this evening has launched a new website geared toward telling the story of how it designs its products. And we're not just talking mobile here — a wide array of products get love with this new project. It's based on three pillars — Product Stories, Meaningful Stories and About Us.

Product Stories, as you might imagine, strives to tell the stories behind Samsung's products. Meaningful Stories "explains Samsung’s design heritage through experimental design stories and collaborations with third party artists." And About Us "helps readers better understand what drives Samsung’s design process."

And, well ... just have a look.

Source: design.samsung.com

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1 week ago

Ellen pokes fun at Google Glass one-day sale to public

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Skip to about 0:55 in to see what Ellen thinks of her new Google Glass she bought. Though I think the bit with the giant pencil was more amusing.

Source: @TheEllenShow

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1 week ago

UK unlocked HTC One receiving small update via big OTA download

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Back in March, a 205MB update for the original HTC One M7 went out to a few users in mainland Europe. It added support for more routers, which suggests there was a bug or two to fix, but it also replaced an existing Android 4.4.2 update that was pulled.

Today, some users worldwide are seeing the same update. It bumps your version from 4.19.401.9 to 4.19.401.11 and addresses whatever issues there may have been with the Wifi.

Slightly confusing, but we recommend you accept it and stay current unless you've already altered your firmware.

Thanks, Mike!

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1 week ago

Glass update XE16 now rolling out

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Glass XE16 update

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features.

First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. It's a big download and a long install, but things do change noticeably afterward.

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1 week ago

Galaxy S5 now available from Ting for $597

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available practically everywhere now, and from the major carriers in the U.S., but is also now making its way to prepaid carrier Ting. You'll be getting the same phone that's available everywhere else — this model's obviously similar to the Sprint one as Ting runs on that network — but with a bit lower bill than your standard postpaid carrier.

Ting is offering the Galaxy S5 for $597 without a contract, and only has the black model in stock right now. Unfortunately you'll have to wait a little while — the website says orders today will ship by May 5th. If you're a Ting customer or have been waiting for the Galaxy S5 to make the jump on over, you can snag one at the source link below.

Source: Ting

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1 week ago

Manufacturers and carriers get together to bring anti-theft tools to smartphones

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Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

What they're all committing to is the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment." All phones sold by the signees after July 2015 will offer, at no additional cost, the following tools and services:

  • Remote wipe the authorized user’s data (i.e., erase personal info that is added after purchase such as contacts, photos, emails, etc.) that is on the smartphone in the event it is lost or stolen.
  • Render the smartphone inoperable to an unauthorized user (e.g., locking the smartphone so it cannot be used without a password or PIN), except in accordance with FCC rules for 911 emergency communications, and if available, emergency numbers programmed by the authorized user (e.g., “phone home”).
  • Prevent reactivation without authorized user’s permission (including unauthorized factory reset attempts) to the extent technologically feasible (e.g., locking the smartphone as in 2 above).
  • Reverse the inoperability if the smartphone is recovered by the authorized user and restore user data on the smartphone to the extent feasible (e.g., restored from the cloud).

This is a pretty big deal. While not everyone will use these tools or keep them active, having them available may make a dent in the number of smartphones stolen each year. And while both Apple and Google already provide such a service, having it pre-installed and shown to the user from day one should increase the number of folks actively using tools like this.

We're eagerly awaiting our chance to see how it all works. For more, follow the source link below.

Source: CTIA

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1 week ago

How to view the 'Most Recent' feed in the new Facebook app

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Facebook app

There's no way to set it as the default, but if you just have to see the Most Recent posts first, you have an option.

It seems as though Facebook's interface is ever-changing, but the latest UI overhaul hitting devices is pretty dramatic. It's mostly for the best, bringing a cleaner look and surfacing more features rather than hiding them behind obscure menus. A few things have become harder to find, however — one of which is the "Most Recent" News Feed view.

The newly-redesigned Facebook app now only shows the "Top Stories" view for your News Feed, which surfaces content that it thinks is most relevant to you, rather than what's been posted or interacted with most recently. In the old app you could simply change the setting from the default to show Most Recent in the main view, but now you'll have to do a little digging.

To view the Most Recent feed, tap or swipe over to the far right tab (three horizontal lines, titled "More") of the Facebook app, and scroll down to the "Feeds" section, right under "Apps." Here, you'll see any different feeds you've created with friend or family groups, but you'll also see "Most Recent" as an option. Tap that entry and you'll be shown a completely interactive view of your News Feed based on time rather than some other algorithm. You can go back to the settings page by hitting the back button or tapping the "News Feed" button in the top left corner of the app.

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1 week ago

How to keep your Samsung Galaxy S5 display awake longer

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Changing screen timeout on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Changing your display timeout will affect your battery life, though

One of the first things I did after getting a Samsung Galaxy S5 was extend the timeout period on the display. By default, the screen shuts off after 30 seconds of inactivity, which not only means you have to wake it up again by hitting the power button on the right side, but if you’ve got a lock code in place, you need to go through that rigamarole as well.

While this sort of flies in the face of our top tips for extending your Galaxy S5 battery life, you have to balance that with having your phone work the way you want it to work. If you find yourself bothered by the same thing, here’s how you fix it.

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1 week ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 5 has 6 games up for grabs for a great price

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The fifth iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available, bringing another handful of DRM-free games with proceeds going to both the developers and charities. If you're not familiar with the system here, it's a "pay what you want" model that lets you make a donation and receive the first three games, with an above-average donation unlocking another three (or more) games. The six games available in this bundle aren't blockbusters, but they're a pretty great deal:

  • Bag It!
  • R-TYPE II
  • Aralon: Sword and Shadow
  • The Cave
  • The Room Two
  • Carcassonne

At the time of writing, this bundle will set you back under $4.40 — a great deal for six full-fledged games. Hit the source link below to buy them now.

Source: Humble Bundle

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1 week ago

Adaptxt Keyboard 3.0 tailors itself to your apps and location

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After a few months in beta, the Adaptxt keyboard is now available to the public with a few new features. Adaptxt is both app- and location-aware, offering tailored predictions based on where you are and what you’re doing. The latest addition to that end is the ability for users to manually enter preferred locations, so your keyboard can quickly predict street names and landmarks as you type.

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