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1 month ago

A deeper look at themes on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

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Samsung's theme engine has been improved dramatically on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, completing the concept from the previous generation.

Theming your phone can be a complicated but deeply rewarding project. Even with in-depth instructions and a tutorial video, a frequent response to some of the incredible themes assembled by our own Ara Wagoner is asking why there isn't a one-button solution that applies the theme automatically. Last year we started to see that exact feature roll out in various forms from Samsung, HTC, LG, and Cyanogen. Each system presented their own unique set of problems, but Samsung's has shown the most growth and improvement from the early days.

Here's what you need to know about Samsung themes on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

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1 month ago

CNN brings 360-degree videos to its Android app

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CNN has enhanced the video experience in its Android app by adding support for 360-degree video. Now, when you see a video story with a 360-degree video icon, you can just tap, then slide your phone into a Google Cardboard headset and look around for a full experience.

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1 month ago

It's not just you: Snapchat is down for some [Update: all clear!]

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Update: Everything looks to be in the clear, folks. Feel free to Snap to your heart's content.

If you're experiencing some hiccups using Snapchat this evening, it's not just you.

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1 month ago

Emoji search comes to Google Photos in time for April Fools' Day

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If you've ever been eager to search your photo collection with nothing but emojis, Google Photos will now let you do just that.

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2 months ago

It's time to get caught up on Pokémon Go

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It's almost time to step into your destiny as a Pokémon trainer.

With the Japanese beta of Pokémon Go recently started, we are closer than ever to finally getting to play Pokémon Go. Niantic, the ex-Google company who gave us the glorious gift of Ingress are closer than ever to delivering the dreams of being a real-world Pokémon trainer to gamers everywhere. While there aren't a ton of details out about the game quite yet, there is still plenty to sift through.

There have been several leaks surrounding the game, but because this game is in beta right now we won't be focusing on the type of Pokémon in the game, or any other information that is obviously subject to change. Instead, we'll focus on the highlights that have been made official so far.

The awesome folks over on the Pokémon Go subreddit have put together a list of Verified info which gives you a breakdown of who has said what about the game. We picked out ten nuggets of information about this awesome game. Keep scrolling to check out what's in store.

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2 months ago

Microsoft's new Skype bot Project Murphy can merge two things into one

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Microsoft launched support for text chat bots in Skype earlier this week and now a new bot made by the company is showing off what these AI creations can do. "Project Murphy" adds a new bot to your Skype contacts and then you can ask it "What if..." questions. The end result is a merging of two images that attempts to answer that question.

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2 months ago

Rogers brings full Sportsnet content to cord cutters for $25 per month

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Over the top sports finally comes to Canada

It may have taken Canada's regulator, the CRTC, to force unbundling of television services to make it happen, but Rogers, owner of Sportsnet and many other sources of Canadian content, has made its suite of sports content available to all Canadians for a monthly fee.

Available for $25 per month, Sportsnet Now will be offered to all Canadians with an internet connection, removing the need for an existing television subscription to access content from the MLB, NHL, NBA and more.

The unbundling of Sportsnet Now from television bundles — the actual service will go unchanged, but it will no longer be limited to television subscribers — is a first in North America, according to Rogers. ESPN, which is owned by Disney, partnered with Dish Network's Sling TV to allow customers stream ESPN for $20 per month, but Rogers takes the unbundling one step further, removing the requirement for a third-party subscription entirely.

One of the risks involved with cable package unbundling has been exposing the true costs of television to consumers. As an increasing number of Canadians cut the cord, live sports continues to be a source of leverage for the telcos to encourage customers to maintain their often-expensive monthly service. As of March 1st, all television providers are required to offer "skinny basic" television packages for $25 per month, along with low-cost channel bundles or individual channels. But many Canadians have balked at the relatively high price of total service, since providers like Rogers and Bell are not forced to include the cost of equipment rentals from the $25 base price.

Rogers, Sportsnet's owner, controls the licensing rights for the National Hockey League in Canada, as well as much of the Major League Baseball games broadcast in Canada. It also splits National Basketball Association broadcasts with TSN, its sports rival owned by Bell. Whether Bell plans to offer its five TSN channels to Canadian Internet subscribers remains to be seen.

Sportsnet Now will be offered in the form of smartphone, tablet and, on the desktop through the browser, starting Apr. 1, 2016. Channels include Ontario, East, Pacific, West, ONE, and 360, but not World, which includes content like cricket and rugby. That will still be exclusive to television subscribers at an extra cost.

See Sportsnet Now at Rogers

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2 months ago

Lookout everybody, things are about to get awesome! Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is now available on your Shield TV

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Because you can never get enough Claptrap.

Gearbox Software, 2K Games and NVIDIA have brought Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to the Shield Android TV. And it's every bit as marvelous as you might be thinking.

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2 months ago

Samsung+ gains live support, tips and tricks, on-demand answers and more

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Samsung is aiming to offer even better customer support by adding a number of big new features to its Samsung+ app. With these new features, you'll have access to live support, tips and tricks, on-demand answers and more. For new device owners that have questions about their new phones, or existing owners who are confused by a feature, their questions can now be answered with a few taps on their screen.

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2 months ago

Check out how the Google app's latest voice was created

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Recently, you may have noticed that the Google app received an updated, slightly clearer text-to-speech (TTS) voice.

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2 months ago

OnePlus releases preview of Marshmallow-based OxygenOS 3.0 for the OnePlus 2

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OnePlus is getting closer to releasing OxygenOS 3.0, based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and now it's made a preview build available for members of its community. Owners of the OnePlus 2 can now download and flash the community release if they wish to do so, and OnePlus is asking those that do to help it test certain aspects of the software, including networking, camera improvements, performance, and battery life.

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2 months ago

You can now text to an AI bot with Skype on Android

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As part of Microsoft's Build 2016 developer conference, the company is updating its Skype messaging app for Android with a preview version of its bot support. The new feature will allow users to chat with an AI bot in via text messaging.

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2 months ago

New Cortana features include tracking notifications across Android phones

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During today's Build 2016 keynote address, Microsoft showed off some upcoming features coming to the Cortana digital assistant. One of them will allow it to track notifications across devices, including from Android phones.

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2 months ago

Fullscreen video service will take on YouTube and Netflix on April 26

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After launching first on YouTube, the content company Fullscreen will be introducing its own video streaming subscription service, similar to Netflix, on April 26. It will offer a mix of older TV shows and movies with original content for $4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial

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2 months ago

Google Calculator arrives in the Play Store as a standalone app

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While the standard Calculator Android app from Google is usually included with any Android device, it has never been released in the Google Play Store. That has now changed as the Calculator is now available in the store as a standalone app.

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