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3 days ago

How to customize and use the Lock screen in Sense 6

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If you're using HTC Sense 6, there are lots of ways for you to interact with your Lock screen. Not sure what all the unlock options are? Want to add widgets to your Lock screen or change the wallpaper to one of your own photos? Follow along and we'll show you how to do all of it!

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4 days ago

T-Mobile putting an end to overages on all consumer plans

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After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every year.

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4 days ago

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

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Cortana v Siri

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what's the best way to check it out? Why, with a head to head, of course!

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4 days ago

Sprint: New Nexus 5 update rolling out today

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Nexus 5

Android 4.4.3 landing imminently?

Sprint says a new firmware update will begin rolling out for the Nexus 5 from today. The carrier says this update will enable Sprint Spark on Bands 26 and 41, along with providing "miscellaneous Android updates." The Android build number to watch out for is KTU48F, and since Sprint's SKU is identical to the U.S. unlocked model, all Nexus 5 models could be seeing an OTA today.

It's likely this is the previously mentioned KitKat maintenance release, which will fix camera bugs and other issues — and presumably this will warrant a bump in version number up to Android 4.4.3. That means we could be seeing this new Android version across other Nexus devices before too long.

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4 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 camera tip: Turn off picture stabilization unless you really need it

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Picture Stabilizer on the Galaxy S5

If your camera is slow to take pictures this might be the reason why

Here's a quick pro tip for making the best of your new Samsung Galaxy S5 camera. We've seen a few threads appear in the Android Central Galaxy S5 forums claiming frustration that the camera is really, really slow to focus and take pictures. That's not always the case. If it is, you've probably got Picture Stabilization turned on as outlined by forums member atg284 and are shooting in lower light situations.

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4 days ago

Samsung event in Singapore on April 29, massive hints of photography focused phone

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Samsung has publicly announced a media event in Singapore on April 29 with a definite photography feel to it. There's also a giant K, and the use of the letter in "Kapture the moment" hinting that this letter is of importance. Possible name? Who knows, but this could well be the introduction of the previously leaked 'Galaxy S5 Zoom.'

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4 days ago

Android tablets get 8-second boot in Rockchip RK32288 demo

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When it comes to boot times, faster is better, and getting a full restart down to a mere 8-seconds is much better than what many devices have seen before. Sure, this is being demoed for Chromium OS — the open source version of Google's ChomeOS — but also for Android tablets and that's some pretty impressive stuff.

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4 days ago

How to link your fingerprint to PayPal on the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Paypal on the Galaxy S5

Access your funds with a single swipe of a finger

The Finger Scanner – don't call it a fingerprint scanner! – on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is more than just a gimmicky piece of hardware used to unlock your phone. OK, so it does unlock your phone, but one of the other neat things it can do is let you authenticate PayPal with a swipe of your finger.

It isn't set up by default – even if you've already registered at least one fingerprint on the phone – but it's not a difficult process to get done. Read on to see how.

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4 days ago

Installing the Android SDK for Windows, Mac and Linux: A tutorial

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Android SDK

Everything you need to get started with the Android SDK, and everything you need to know about installing it

Installing the Android SDK is far easier than it used to be, thanks to a new package from Google. One download not only gives you a complete and working Android SDK, but it also has everything you would need to develop application in Eclipse should you ever want to dabble in it. That's not required, though, and for anyone looking for an easy way to begin using tools like adb, it's the best way to get started.

For sure, this is not the only way. All the tools are still there for an install without any IDE bundled in, and if you're an advanced user you'll probably want to go that route. This little tutorial wasn't written with you in mind, it's geared towards users who are computer-literate but haven't yet dipped into the world of Android from the command line.

Let's begin.

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5 days ago

From the Editor's Desk: GS5 & Fire TV

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Amazon Fire TV

Our reviews are coming, and I can't wait to read them, too

For all the writing I have to do in this job, I still love editing. That's how I started in the publishing biz — actually, I started as an agate clerk, compiling the night's sports scores and standings — and I still enjoy getting my hands on someone else's priceless prose and helping to make it as good as we can make it. And so I'm eagerly awaiting a couple of reviews this week, from a couple of great reviewers.

Alex is working on the Galaxy S5 review while the rest of us break down its features. I've got lot of thoughts about this phone, but I'm going to (mostly) hold off on sharing them until we get the review out the door. I'm still not entirely sure why I like the GS5 more than I did the GS4, and I'm not entirely sure it's for rational reasons. And that's OK. While I believe opinions should be educated, gut feelings shouldn't be ignored, either. There's a lot to like about this phone, I think. And there are a few things that are driving me crazy.

And Andrew is wrapping up the Amazon Fire TV review. (You might have seen his video walkthrough already.) I don't want to steal any thunder here, either, but I'm very impressed by Fire TV. My biggest complaint (and we talked about this on our latest podcast) is that I have to remind myself that an Amazon Prime subscription isn't the same as a Netflix subscription, and I'm still going to have to pay for a lot of content. I understand why, but it's just a different way of thinking. On the other hand, my 7-year-old daughter, Mia, isn't exactly thrilled when she scrolls through, finds something she wants to watch and then sees me shake my head after seeing that it's not on Prime.

Both kids, however, are having a blast with the games. The big "center button" (as I'm calling it for our 3-year-old) is simple for our youngest to use, but games that need the D-pad are a little tougher for her. Still, this $99 gaming/streaming box has become an instant hit in our house.

That makes me even more excited to see what Google brings to the living room later this year. Amazon has already set the bar pretty high.

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