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20 min ago

Home screen layouts and how to theme them

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Even if you don't actively theme your phone, you do actively lay out your home screen.

While we've spent a fair amount of time talking about themes and how to build them these last few months, there is one aspect of home screen launcher theming that we've been mum on: layouts, the way you arrange the apps and widgets on your home screen. This is in part because layouts aren't always a part of theming, in fact I try to avoid specific layouts in my themes so it's more accessible to users of varying tastes. But layouts are important, whether you intend to theme your phone or not.

Some people like their home screen to have as little on it as possible. Others want everything on the home screen they possibly can squeeze in there. Some of us are a little of column A and a little of column B, because we believe that the space on our home screen is meant to be used, but we don't need/want to cover up every inch of it. But all of us can benefit from seeing the differences and the benefits of each approach.

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46 min ago

Marshmallow update coming to T-Mobile HTC One M9 on Feb. 16 [Update: Verizon, too!]

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If you're using an HTC One M9 on T-Mobile, your wait for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is almost over. HTC's Mo Versi has confirmed that the update will start rolling out on Tuesday, February 16.

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51 min ago

BlackBerry offers Priv discounts in U.S. and UK through Feb. 24

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BlackBerry is spreading the love this Valentine's Day with a discount on the Priv at ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and UK.

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59 min ago

Workout-tracking RunKeeper app acquired by athletics shoe company Asics

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RunKeeper, a popular fitness and exercise tracking app, has been acquired by sports equipment maker Asics. With RunKeeper, Asics hopes to combine a robust fitness-tracking platform with its own expertise in creating physical products. Jason Jacobs, founder of RunKeeper, touches on this vision in his post announcing the acquisition:

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1 hour ago

Keep it clear or make your own design with Ringke's Fusion Crystal Case for Galaxy S6

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The Ringke Fusion allows you to get creative with your clear case or stick with the traditional transparent design that shows off your Galaxy S6.

Quite possibly one of the most popular clear cases on the market for the Galaxy S6 is the Ringke Fusion, catering to the customer who desires a simple but still moderately-protective case that doesn't cover anything up. Since it features a hard polycarbonate shell on the back with a more flexible plastic along the sides, there's enough protection to handle common drops, but shouldn't be put into the same category as an OtterBox or LifeProof case.

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1 hour ago

Android Central 274: Please direct complaints to ...

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So many podcasts, yet only so many people to take the blame ...

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2 hours ago

This USB-C problem isn't going away anytime soon

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There's a lot to say about how great USB-C is, but there are also very serious issues that aren't being quickly addressed.

A generation of users who have only ever used micro-USB to charge their phones and accessories have made a terrible discovery: not all USB-C cables are created equally, and some of them can do serious damage to your hardware. While you can always rely on the cables that come in the box, and should use those cables any chance you get, you probably need more than one. It's not obvious by looking at these cables which is good or bad, and the companies selling these cables on Amazon aren't all that interested in confirming their products are safe for the massive array of things you can use with USB-C.

It's not a good situation to be in, and unfortunately it's not a situation that is going to go away anytime soon.

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3 hours ago

Picasa will be retired in the coming months in favor of Google Photos

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It has been announced that Picasa will be retired in the coming months for Google to focus on a single photo service, that being Google Photos. The aim is to combine the desktop and mobile experiences into a single product, but that doesn't mean everything you've done on Picasa will be lost forever. Google will be rolling out these changes on May 1, so you still have plenty of time to use Picasa before it's eventually retired.

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4 hours ago

Amazon Echo will now talk to your ecobee thermostat to help keep your home warm

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The Amazon Echo is the online retailer's central hub that can connect to various smart devices in your home, which now includes the ecobee smart thermostat. Support has been implemented that enables the speaker to connect with the thermostat to control the heating inside your home.

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5 hours ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 5, six months on

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung's big stylus-toting flagship has stood up well to the test of time.

Extra perspective is always a good thing. While we strive to spend a good bit of time in reviewing a phone, nothing quite gives you a full impression of a phone like using it day-in and day-out for weeks and months on end.

The Galaxy Note 5 really won us (and many others, from the looks of it) over in our first evaluation of it — and again after two months — and now that we've reached the six month point since launch it's worth yet another revisit. It's fair to say right from the start that this big phone has held up over time, but what about the finer points of the experience? That's what we're here to evaluate.

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7 hours ago

The Honor 5X launches exclusively at Three UK, starting from £13 a month

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Three UK has announced that the Honor 5X is ready for order on the company's network, which was recently named the most reliable in the UK. Three also holds exclusivity over the handset, which can be picked up on plans starting at £13 a month.

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8 hours ago

JBL Legend CP100 with Android Auto support is now available for pre-order

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The JBL Legend CP100 is now available for pre-order at $399.95 with availability expected by February 19. The in-car receiver supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, offering support for both major platforms. Available directly through JBL, you can place an order now for immediate delivery when stock is released next week.

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8 hours ago

Play Music Valentine's Day subscription offer will surely get your heart racing

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Google has slashed its pricing for Play Music gift subscriptions, offering a 50-percent discount for those looking to woo their love interest with the sound of One Direction. The best part is while this is an offer for gifting the subscription to someone else this weekend, you can also gift yourself the available offers.

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8 hours ago

Nextbit Robin unboxing

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I don't usually do unboxings. I have nothing against people who do them, but they aren't my thing. Usually, it's a box with a phone, a charger and USB cable inside it. Maybe some user manuals that nobody will read are in there. Or maybe — if you're lucky — some earbuds. Nothing will be inside a box that gets me excited.

That all changed when the Nextbit Robin showed up in the coolest box ever.

I'm a sucker for wooden things. When wooden things are nicely built I get excited. Go on and laugh, get it out of your system. This box is the king of all boxes that hold electronic things. Add in a toy sheep, and you have hit every button that needs to be hit to get me pumped to do a video about a box. I only wish that everyone got a box this nice — this is not the retail packaging.

We'll talk more about the Nextbit Robin shortly. For now, I'm only allowed to show you the box.

Enjoy the box porn.

Nextbit Robin

See at Nextbit

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