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How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Need to capture what's on your Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge screen? As ever, there are a few ways to do so ...

Here's a quick, useful trick for anyone picking up the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or its curved-screen sibling, the Galaxy Note Edge. As with earlier Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices, there are a few ways you can take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 4 — using either a button combination, a swipe gesture across the screen, or the S Pen stylus.

For experienced Samsung users, things are much the same as before. But if you're coming over from an iPhone or some other device, it's worth brushing up on the basics.

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1 week ago

UK mobile operators reject government plans on national roaming

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Mobile operators in the UK have rejected government proposals on setting up national roaming, according to the Financial Times. Earlier this year, operators were urged by officials to look into the possibility of sharing infrastructure in rural parts of the country, as well as locations where consumers seemingly loose signal coverage. While this would help prevent customers experiencing drop outs in connectivity, mobile operators didn't believe the plans to be viable.

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1 week ago

Moto 360 with steel band up for pre-order on Verizon, set to ship November 11

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Verizon Wireless has put the metal-banded version of the Moto 360 smartwatch up for pre-order. Both the white (steel) and black versions will be available for $299.99, Verizon says that they will ship by November 11 of this year.

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1 week ago

The Cat Phones S50 is designed to take a serious beating

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There are ruggedized phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, and then there are ruggedized phones like the Cat S50. The new smartphone from Cat Phones is the sort of chunky and manly design that you'd expect from a phone bearing the Cat brand (which Bullitt Mobile has licensed from Caterpillar Inc), and it backs that up with durability credentials, including IP67 waterproofing and dustproofing and Mil Spec 810G compliance for temperature, shock, vibration, impact, and more.

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1 week ago

Replay all the action from Samsung's IFA event

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Missed out on Samsung's IFA livestream? Fret not, as the manufacturer has posted the entire event video on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

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1 week ago

Free Spotify streamers will have new video ads to endure on desktop and mobile

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Spotify is a popular music streaming service, available for free and as a subscription. Those who have enjoyed the free, ad-supported experience will have some new advertisements to enjoy in the form of videos. The service has announced these new video ads, which will task streamers to endure both audible and two types of video-based advertisements.

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1 week ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active headed to Europe 'in the near future'

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The ruggedized Galaxy S5 Active will soon break exclusivity with US carriers as it looks like the device will be available to European consumers.

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1 week ago

Moto X available for pre-order in exclusive bamboo at Phones 4u

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Motorola announced the Moto X at IFA 2014 in Berlin, but Phones 4u in the UK has confirmed that pre-orders are now available through the online portal. What's more is the retailer has confirmed it will hold exclusivity on the bamboo version of the new smartphone. Pricing starts from £34.50 a month and Phones 4u expects to start shipping on October 6.

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1 week ago

Microsoft to overhaul the MSN portal, plans to release Bing apps on iOS and Android

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Microsoft is planning to revamp its MSN portal. The web service has been available for consumers to use for more than a decade, providing insights into the latest headlines, favorite sports, searching through highlighted content on the web and checking emails. The company has published a preview website, showing off what's to come. Microsoft will also be bringing across its Bing apps – which are currently available on Windows and Windows Phone – to Android and iOS, rebranding them all under the MSN umbrella.

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1 week ago

Verizon won't be getting a developer edition for Moto X in 2014

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The new Moto X for 2014 won't be coming in a developer edition flavor for Verizon Wireless customers, unlike the original model that was released last year. Motorola's Punit Soni confirmed that there won't be a developer edition this year for Verizon in a Google+ post. Instead, if you're interested in the Moto X on Verizon's 4G XLTE network, you'll be left with the standard carrier offerings.

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1 week ago

How much bigger is the LG G Watch R than a regular watch?

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LG G Watch R

Not very. Though that depends which regular watch you're looking at.

On the left is what I would consider a large watch – or it sure is compared to others that I own – and on the right of course is the LG G Watch R. The G Watch R is a little bigger and a little thicker, but it's not perhaps quite as big as some images would lead you to believe.

Whether it's your style, that's a different question.

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1 week ago

Sizing up the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Huawei's brand new Ascend Mate 7 has definitely turned some heads this week at IFA 2014, but with a 6-inch display there will no doubt be questions over its physical size. Despite boasting an 83% screen to body ratio, 6-inches is still a lot and the Mate 7 isn't a small phone. But to try and illustrate how big it actually is – or isn't, depending on your outlook – we've sized it up against the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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1 week ago

Top 10 Metal Slug Defense Tips and Tricks

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Top 10 Metal Slug Defense Tips and Tricks Android EVGA Tegra Note 7

Free to play games are often little more than cynical unending grabs at players' wallets. But every now and then a free to play game comes along that is actually fun for free and paying players alike.

Metal Slug Defense from SNK Playmore is one of those games. Just as Rhythm of Fighters adapted the KOF series into a mobile-friendly music game, this one turns the venerable Metal Slug series of run-and-gun shooters into a unique and addictive tower-defense game. Want to know which upgrades and units will help you beat the game? Then read our latest tips and tricks guide.

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1 week ago

From the Editor's Desk: Sleepless in Chicago, and New York, and Berlin

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Chicago

Three cities, and a mountain of coverage

We've done a lot of things and gone a lot of places in my five years of doing this job. New York. San Francisco. Las Vegas. San Diego. Chicago. Detroit. Orlando. Los Angeles. Seattle. London. Berlin. Barcelona. Seoul. Austin. Dallas. And that's just off the top of my head.

I don't remember ever pulling off — or being anywhere near as tired, or mostly satisfied — what we did last week. For Andrew Martonik and myself, it started with four devices from Samsung in New York, and hardly inconsequential ones at that. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Gear S smartwatch. And the Gear VR virtual reality helmet. I'll wait and argue usefulness another day. As singular products, that was a pretty cool day of coverage.

And that's to say nothing of the (sort of) simultaneous live events in New York and Berlin. That's always a tricky thing to try to liveblog, as it starts to get confusing, for obvious reasons. It didn't help that New York started a good 10 or 15 minutes later than Berlin, so Andrew and I just held back and let Alex run that show. Of course, Andrew and I ended up standing about 8 feet from Maroon 5's Adam Levine and some other guy. (James Valentine, actually. C'mon, don't pretend you don't know there's more than one person in that band.) So there's that.

Coming off about 2 hours of sleep the night before the event, we pause just long enough in New York to pick up our bags, then head to La Guardia for a short hop to Chicago and Motorola. (Managed to catch my first game at Wrigley upon landing, though. It's not often I'm able to squeeze in a little fun time on these trips, but I'm glad we did in this case. What a ballpark.)

So, Motorola, and the new Moto X, Moto 360, and some pretty cool accessories. Imagine if Motorola had announced the Moto Hint on its own, say a month or so from now. It would have mostly been a footnote. Instead, it got tons of ink last week. (We'll do more on it when it's actually available.) That's damn good PR, folks.

And I'm still catching up on everything Alex, Richard and Derek did at IFA in Berlin. I can't say enough how great a job those guys did.

It was one hell of a week. And we're not done yet. This week Andrew and I are off to Las Vegas for the CTIA "Super Mobility Week." We're not expecting anything near as epic as last week, but coverage will start Monday, and you can catch it all here.

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1 week ago

T-Mobile unboxes the Sony Xperia Z3 so we don't have to

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So there's that. Look for the Sony Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile US later this fall.

For more, see our Xperia Z3 hands-on from IFA, and be sure to check out our Z3 forums.

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