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1 week ago

How to disable ads in HTC BlinkFeed

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Ads in BlinkFeed are rolling out to HTC phones in some countries — but it's easy to opt out if you want

HTC recently started showing promotions through its BlinkFeed home screen reader app. It's a somewhat controversial move that sees BlinkFeed — which had previously been free of advertisements — starting to show "interest-based" ads alongside news and social content in the U.S., UK, Germany, Taiwan, and China. That means you might have started seeing sponsored BlinkFeed items on your HTC One M9, One M8, Desire or other HTC phones. Fortunately, if you're not a fan of ads in your feed, it's easy to opt out altogether.

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1 week ago

Intel Remote Keyboard lets you easily control the PC from your smartphone

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Intel Remote Keyboard for Android is a neat companion app that essentially enables you to connect to Intel NUC and Compute Stick hardware and control input via your smartphone.

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1 week ago

LG aiming to double its smartphone market share in India this year

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LG India currently has a market share of five percent in the smartphone segment, and is looking to double that figure by the end of the year.

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1 week ago

Sonic Runners set to speed past the Android checkpoint on June 25

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Sonic Runners is set to arrive on both iOS and Android on June 25. The title is an endless runner that takes players back to the classic (and arguably more enjoyable) era of the blue hedgehog.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S5 now receiving Android 5.1.1 update

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After rolling out the Android 5.1.1 update to the Galaxy S6, T-Mobile is now turning its attention to the Galaxy S5.

The update takes the build number to G900TUVU1FOF6, and is now rolling out over the air. Those not yet seeing the update can head to Samsung Kies to manually check if newer firmware is available.

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1 week ago

Flipkart starts selling the OnePlus One as Amazon loses exclusivity in India

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The OnePlus One launched as an Amazon exclusive in India last year, but now the device is available for purchase on rival e-commerce store Flipkart.

The Indian retailer is running a launch promotion for the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, knocking down its cost to ₹19,998 ($315). The discounted price is valid until June 24, after which the phone will be back up to its normal price of ₹21,999 ($345). The 16GB Silk White edition is also set to make its debut in the coming weeks for ₹18,999 ($299).

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1 week ago

Sony's ultra-thin 4K Android TVs hitting store shelves in July

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After missing their May launch window, Sony's 4K Android-powered TVs will be making their way to stores in the month of July.

The 55-inch model in the 4.7mm thick X900C series will cost $2,499, with the 65-inch variant in the same series retailing for $3,999. The 75-inch X910C is slated to hit shelves sometime over the summer for $5,400. The TVs will be available at Sony's online and retail stores, Best Buy and Amazon.

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2 weeks ago

Stitcher on Android Auto: Not my first choice for an in-car podcatcher

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Stitcher on Android Auto

Stitcher brings a world of podcasts to your car, and also a couple of headaches.

Android Auto

Podcasts have seen a pretty major resurgence over the past few years — with the Android Central Podcast leading the way, no doubt — and so it's not a huge surprise that podcatchers are among the first apps to appear on Android Auto. We've already taken a look at a couple — Pocket Casts and TuneIn Radio (the latter is mostly an Internet radio app but also does podcasts). And now it's time to take a look at another favorite — Stitcher.

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2 weeks ago

What is an 'unlocked' phone? (And why do I care?)

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Unlocked phones

Is my phone's bootloader unlocked? Is it SIM unlocked? What's the difference, and why is any of this important?

Unlocked. It's a word you'll see used a lot on websites about mobile technology, and most people writing about it will be sure to let you know that it is a good thing™. And it is (See? told 'ya). But unlocked can mean different things — that are all good things — depending on what, exactly, we're talking about.

Maybe you're wondering about being able to unlock the bootloader on the phone you want to buy next. Or maybe you'll need to SIM unlock your phone so you can take that trip abroad and not pay AT&T ten-cents a minute and a handful of dollars each time you check your email. Both are important, and we're going to talk about the differences.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Weber Grills, SignalCheck, MAYDAY 2! and more

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Our weekly app picks

It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M9 photo comparison: Before and after the latest firmware update

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HTC One M9 in silver and grey

The camera experience isn't the strongest feature of the One M9, but HTC hopes that updates are making it better.

European versions of the HTC One M9 received a pretty substantial update at the start of June that claimed to improve many aspects of the phone, most importantly in the camera department. The fixes centered around better automatic exposure to keep photos in bright environments from getting washed out, while also improving low light shots by cutting back on noise and blur. Fringe cases where green or yellow hues were showing up on photos in harsh conditions have also supposedly been addressed.

Understanding the limits of how much can really change with a single update, we found it worthwhile to do some side-by-side comparisons between an updated One M9 and another device that has yet to receive the update, and see how the photos compared. This is what we found, and what you can expect to see on your M9 once it receives the update.

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2 weeks ago

The best gadgets of the week for June 21

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We're going to try out a new series where we highlight the latest connected devices and accessories. Everything here has recently gone on sale for the first time, or is shipping in the near future. These will span Bluetooth accessories, connected home devices, and anything else that isn't a phone or tablet, but plays nice with them.

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2 weeks ago

From the Editor's Desk: Left brain, right brain ...

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I'm spending the first hour or so of Father's Day in the usual position — hunched over a keyboard while at least one of my kids is buried in a tablet. I know that's not the best way for either of us to spend a Sunday morning. But it's also familiar. And like all things in moderation, it's probably not too bad for either of us. Kid No. 1 is fixated on her screen, playing some awful freemium game, no doubt. (I do have her at least give me a cursory look at what she's playing. But after a while all these crap games tend to look alike.)

In the time it's taken me to write this, she's since retreated to her room, face now buried in phone. I can summon her more quickly over Google Hangouts than I can by voice.

These are first-world parenting problems, for sure. Failure? Success? Both, I think. And I'll take it. Happy Father's Day.

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2 weeks ago

Google Fit Integration, and why you want it

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A central point for your fitness data has arrived.

Fitness apps have been around for years, showing us how to workout more efficiently and helping us to track everything from steps to calories burned. Google wants in on the action, to show us what fitness data should do. Google Fit is the solutions the company have some up with so far, designed mostly to be a central hub for all sorts of health-related data points. We've been playing with the app for a few weeks now, and have the details you need before deciding if Google Fit is right for you.

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2 weeks ago

Alcatel OneTouch is now the Official Smartphone Partner of the Toronto FC

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Alcatel OneTouch is now the new Official Smartphone Partner of the Toronto FC, a Canadian-based soccer club.

With this new partnership, Alcatel OneTouch will focus on pre-game fan experiences, social and digital media campaigns, in-game brand advertising and much more. The deal is a multi-year partnership, and for Alcatel it is the first of its kind as it shows the company's major brand investment in Canada.

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