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1 week ago

No, you don't need root to theme your phone

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"I need root to do that, don't I?" "No. You absolutely do not."

Changing the way your phone looks or acts can seem like sorcery to some users. When someone sees my custom icons, they sometimes ask if I had to root my phone to do it. They'll see the covers in Action Launcher and think that we had to do something special and/or forbidden to do it. They'll see our Kustom widgets and think there's no way they could do that on their phone. They think you have to void your warranty to make your phone look better.

Well, I don't root my phones to make them look better. And you don't need to either.

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1 week ago

Podcasts are now available in Google Play Music

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Google has officially started rolling out podcasts as a new feature of Google Play Music. Launching today on both the web and in the Android app, you'll be able to discover, subscribe, and listen to your favorite podcasts right in the same place you already listen to music. Beyond searching for specific podcasts you already know, Google will also offer you new shows based on your activities, mood, and interests, much like it already does for music.

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1 week ago

Telus begins VoLTE pilot in British Columbia on select Android phones

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Telus, Canada's second-largest wireless provider, has launched Voice Over LTE, or VoLTE, as a pilot in a small area of the British Columbia Lower Mainland before rolling it out to the rest of the country.

Currently available for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4, with other devices to come in the "near future," according to a support page for the service, Telus notes that there are multiple benefits to using VoLTE:

  • Increased availability of HD Voice
  • Simultaneous use of voice and LTE data
  • Reduced delay to dial tone

As with VoLTE on both Rogers and Bell, Telus does not deduct the data consumed for a VoLTE call from a customer's monthly bandwidth.

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1 week ago

Ola and Uber suspend surge pricing in Delhi after government warning

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Ride-sharing services Uber and Ola have announced that they will temporarily suspend surge pricing after receiving a warning from Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The city is trialling an odd-even rule to combat congestion on its roads, and has set prescribed fares for taxi services at ₹16 per km for air-conditioned cabs and ₹14 for those without air conditioning.

To deal with the increased demand, Uber and Ola have turned to surge pricing to get more drivers on the roads, with the former routinely increasing fares by five times the normal amount, which comes out to ₹35 per kilometer for the entry-level UberGO.

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1 week ago

Samsung Pay adds support for TD Bank

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TD Bank is the latest financial institution to get support from Samsung Pay. Customers can now add any of their TD credit and debit cards to the payment service on their compatible Samsung phone.

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1 week ago

Can a Chromebook replace my MacBook or Windows laptop?

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First you have to think about what you really want to do with your next laptop.

Any time there's a discussion about Chromebooks, you'll find people saying how they replaced their last laptop with one. You'll also find people saying they could never replace their laptop with one. Both answers are right, but it always leads to one more question — can I replace my current MacBook or Windows laptop with a Chromebook?

The answer is easy, yet complicated. "What do you want to do with it?"

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1 week ago

NVIDIA Shield Android TV update brings new games, March security patch and more

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NVIDIA has pushed another software update for the Shield Android TV, bumping it to version 3.1. The update brings a number of fixes and additions to the hardware, like support for new games, additional Shield features like mouse navigation and more. In addition, you'll get the March security patches and some enhancements to some of the Marshmallow features.

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1 week ago

U.S. Supreme Court won't take up legal challenge to Google's book-scanning project

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to take on a legal challenge to Google's book-scanning project by a group of authors. That means a previous ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Google's favor will stand.

Google first began scanning millions of books in 2004 so that users can search their text for words and phrases. In 2005, a group of writers, along with the Authors Guild filed a lawsuit against Google, stating that Google's efforts went beyond the fair-use doctrine, depriving them of revenues from their works.

The case was dismissed in 2013, but the authors appealed the decision. According to Reuters:

Google argued that the effort would actually boost book sales by making it easier for readers to find works, while introducing them to books they might not otherwise have seen. The company made digital copies of more than 20 million books, according to court papers. Some publishers agreed to allow Google to copy their works.

In the end, today's decision by the Supreme Court not to hear the case means that the lower court ruling, made in October 2015, will stand as the final word on the matter:

A unanimous three-judge appeals court panel said the case "tests the boundaries of fair use," but found Google's practices were ultimately allowed under the law.

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1 week ago

HBO Canada will stream Game of Thrones season 1 for free through TMN GO

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If you live in Canada and want to get hyped again for the upcoming Game of Thrones season, you can now stream the whole first season for free. You'll be able to watch it through TMN GO, via the on-demand platforms of TV providers across Canada. The free stream of season one begins April 18 and will be available for 30 days.

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1 week ago

CoWatch looks to bring the power of Alexa to your wrist

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iMCO is currently seeking funds on Indiegogo for CoWatch, a smartwatch built on the company's Chronological OS with Alexa integration. That's right, the company has built Alexa into the operating system so that you can get answers to questions, hail an Uber and more with just your voice. Ex-veterans of the Android team at Google are responsible for building the Chronological OS, which has built-in activity tracking and various customization options.

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1 week ago

Where to buy the HTC 10 in the UK

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HTC 10 colors

All three major color choices are coming to the UK market — but your options will depend on where you buy.

The newly announced HTC 10 launches in the UK in early May, and there are three major color options to choose from. (Sadly the badass "camellia red" is Japan-only for now.) On British shores, your choices are:

  • Glacial Silver: A silver back with a white front.
  • Topaz Gold: A gold back with a white front.
  • Carbon Gray: A dark grey back with a black front.

(The Glacial Silver variant you may have seen in photos with a black front is exclusive to North America.)

That's a pretty straightforward selection. However as usual, various network operators and retailers have laid claim to different color options.

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1 week ago

Alleged Moto G4 and G4 Plus leaks reveal fingerprint sensor, redesigned rear

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We're finally getting a first look at what Lenovo has to offer with Motorola's budget G series this year. Images of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus have leaked over the weekend, revealing a home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor and a redesigned camera housing at the back.

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1 week ago

Samsung's crazy Good Lock UI is now available for Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5

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Samsung's brightly-colored Good Lock user interface made its debut on the Galaxy S7 last month, and the manufacturer is now making the UI available on last year's flagships as well. The Good Lock app is now available for download on the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 Active and Galaxy Note 5.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 finally starts receiving Marshmallow update

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T-Mobile is finally rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to the Galaxy Note 5. The OTA comes in at 1.4GB, bumps the firmware version to N920TUVV2DPD1, and includes April's security patches.

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1 week ago

The Panono 360 degree camera isn't for everyone, but it's super impressive

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While LG and Samsung attack the mass consumer market, Panono is more prosumer.

It's not a brand new product, but this week's IFA Global Press Conference in Hong Kong has presented our first opportunity to get up close with it. Borne from crowdfunding, as so many start-up projects now are, the Panono 360 degree camera is a high-end, stills only shooter that boasts of taking pictures with five times the resolution of any alternative currently on the market.

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