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14 hours 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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15 hours 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.

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16 hours 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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17 hours ago

Rogers has new international roaming plans and they're still awful

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Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND’s $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don’t get too excited; it’s $9.99 for a day for up to 20 MB (depending on where you're going), with no voice or text.

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18 hours ago

Quick look: HTC's official TPU case for the HTC One M8

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HTC One M8 TPU case

Some regions of the world get al little extra from HTC along with their HTC One M8 — a TPU case. And here's a very quick look at it.

Nothing spectacular here. Just your basic TPU case that wraps around the back and sides of the phone. It keeps the display lifted off of flat surfaces, the better to protect it. Cutouts are there for the cameras and microphones, and there's a little flap to seal up the microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The HTC logo gets highlighted thanks to a little design work on the case as well.

This isn't the most flashy of HTC One M8 accessories — that prize still goes to the Dot View case. But if you're lucky enough to have gotten one of these guys in the box with your phone, it's worth taking a look at, if only for the additional grip it provides to an otherwise sleek (and slick) phone.

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18 hours ago

Google I/O registration opens this afternoon, runs through April 18

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Google I/O

OK, folks. Let's try this again. Registration for — or, more accurately, registration for the chance to attend — this year's Google I/O developer conference begins this afternoon at 4 p.m. PDT. That's 7 p.m. on the East Coast, and midnight in London. And it continues until 2 p.m. PDT Friday, April 18. After that, Google will select applicants at random to attend this year's conference, June 25-26 in San Francisco.

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19 hours ago

Watch the Project Ara conference livestream here!

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Project Ara is one of the more interesting public endeavors we've seen in the smartphone space in quite some time. The idea of a modular device from which we can pick and choose features has captured the attention of many a nerd. And for the next two days, the first of three Ara Developers Conferences is happening. We'll get a look at the alpha release of the Ara Module Developers Kit, which one needs to develop a module.

And you can watch it all at the stream above.

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20 hours ago

Amazon rolls out single sign-on for Amazon accounts on Kindle Fire

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Amazon has gone live with a new feature for Kindle Fire devices called Login with Amazon. As you might expect, this allows developers to automatically use Amazon’s log-in credentials when users sign in to an app. The standard is OAuth 2.0 compliant and supports both Android and iOS, though you’ll only be able to get this single sign-on service on Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch, and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch for now.

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20 hours ago

How to use and customize Toolbox on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Samsung Galaxy S5 toolbox

Keep your favorite 5 apps close at hand wherever you are on your Galaxy S5

One of the neat – and entirely optional – software features on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is Toolbox. It isn't turned on by default, and so unless you've been poking around a little you may not even know that it's there or what it does.

Toolbox will be particularly useful if you use certain apps more than others, offering you an easy way to access five of your favorites wherever you happen to be in the phone. Read on for the lowdown.

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20 hours ago

Prototype, details of Amazon's smartphone leaks out

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Amazon smartphone

Today we're getting our first look at what may well be Amazon's first foray into the smartphone arena, courtesy of a scoop from BGR. What we see here is a prototype, BGR writes, and clearly shows some of the interesting hardware features. A series of cameras on the front of the 4.7-inch device are said to be of the infrared variety, used to track your face and eyes to change how things look on the display, giving a 3D effect without the usual 3D hangups.

Additionally, TechCrunch reports that the flagship phone, codenamed "Duke," will run Amazon's Android-based FireOS.

We've previously seen 3D display devices die on the vine, some years ago, not really making it past a single generation of phones and tablets.

There's also supposed to be a 13-megapixel rear camera and a traditional front-facing camera as well.

Rumors of an Amazon smartphone have circulated for years — as early as 2012, actually. The Wall Street Journal last week reported that some sort of 3D phone would be ready to ship in September.

Source: BGR

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