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2 weeks ago

These awesome wooden Android figures will be available later this year

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Dead Zebra, the company known for its unique Android figures, has teamed up with a woodworker in NYC to create a small batch of figurines that will be made of solid wood. A small number will be available at Comic-Con, with another release coming later this year. The company also recently announced plans for a limited edition release of a Bear collectible in the coming months.

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2 weeks ago

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ receiving July 1 security patches from Verizon and T-Mobile

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Verizon and T-Mobile are currently pushing the July 1 security patch out to both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Beyond updating to the most up to date Android security patch, the two carriers just cite general performance enhancements in each build.

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2 weeks ago

Catch a new Pokémon wallpaper this Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out. And since everyone's been killing their battery turning their phone into a Pokédex, we thought we'd share some wallpapers to help bring that Pokémon feel to your home screen.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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2 weeks ago

Adobe Lightroom for Android adds pro mode to built-in camera

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An update is now rolling out to Adobe Lightroom, bringing mobile photo editing aficionados an all new pro mode for the built-in camera.

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2 weeks ago

Toronto Transit Commission working on safer way to report harassment on public transportation

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The Toronto Transit Commission is working on a new app that will allow riders of its public transportation to easily report harassment in real time. With the app, riders will be able to take a discreet picture of the person who is assaulting or harassing someone and submit the report immediately. This method would work far more effectively than pressing an emergency strip and potentially scaring them off before being able to capture an image or footage of the event in progress.

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2 weeks ago

How to adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android

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How to adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android

How do I adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android?

On top of changing your phone's brightness, you can also customize the sleep settings, which allows you to choose how long it takes for your screen to shut when you're not using it. Here's how to adjust your brightness and sleep settings.

How to adjust your screen brightness on Android

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap and hold the brightness slider. It's the icon that looks like the sun.
  3. Drag the brightness slider to your desired brightness.
  4. Release the slider.

How to turn off Adaptive brightness on Android

Adaptive brightness gives your phone the ability to adjust the screen brightness automatically depending on the amount of light around you. The setting is typically on by default, but it's easy to turn off if you want to.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the settings button. It's the gear icon in the top right.

  3. Tap Display.
  4. Tap the On/Off switch beside Adaptive brightness.

You can follow these exact steps to turn the adaptive brightness setting back on whenever you need.

How to turn on Ambient display on Android

Enabling Ambient display allows you to view the time and notifications on your lock screen without having to press the power or home buttons.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the settings button. It's the gear icon in the top right.

  3. Tap Display.
  4. Tap the On/Off switch beside Ambient display.

Follow the same steps to turn off Ambient display whenever you want.

How to change the sleep settings on Android

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the settings button. It's the gear icon in the top right.
  3. Tap Display.

  4. Tap Sleep.
  5. Tap the amount of time you want. Your options are as follows:

    • 15 seconds
    • 30 seconds
    • 1 minute
    • 2 minutes
    • 5 minutes
    • 10 minutes
    • 30 minutes

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go will soon get sponsored PokéStops

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Pokémon Go players may soon find supply runs to local PokéStops sponsored by real-world companies. Developer Niantic will be bringing sponsored PokéStops to the game at some point down the road, a new way for the game to make money outside of the in-game items it already sells.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go and two Marines aid police in catching an attempted murder suspect

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Two Marines, Javier Soch and Seth Ortega, have aided police in apprehending a suspected murder suspect thanks to playing Pokémon Go. But just how has a mobile game aided in this arrest, you ask? According to Marines, Soch's instance of Pokémon Go froze up and they both happened to noticed a man carrying what appeared to be a red plastic rose towards a woman and three children.

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2 weeks ago

You can now pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 in the U.S. for $399

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The ZTE Axon 7 is now available for pre-order in the U.S., with deliveries going out from July 27. The phone retails for $399, and is available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Newegg, and on ZTE's website.

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2 weeks ago

Latest Pokémon Go update lets trainers catch 'em all on the Android Nougat preview

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Those who have been enjoying the Android Nougat preview have felt left out in the Pokémon Go launch aftermath. This is due to the super-popular title failing to work as intended on the beta program. Thankfully, an update has now been released to address this issue. You'll no longer have to downgrade your smartphone to Android 6.x to head out the front door and catch 'em all.

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2 weeks ago

Grab the Honor 5X for only £139 at Amazon now!

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The Honor 5X is currently on sale over at Amazon. As spotted by folk over on Hot UK Deals, you can pick up the smartphone for just £139.99. Sporting a 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 616 processor, fingerprint sensor, 2GB of RAM and more, it's an enticing price for what's available.

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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi's gargantuan Mi Max now up for general sale in India

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After offering the first flash sale for the 6.44-inch Mi Max last week, Xiaomi is now making the phablet available for general sale in India. The phone is available from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Paytm, with the base model offering 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage along with the Snapdragon 650 for ₹14,999.

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2 weeks ago

Pokémon Go European release begins in Germany

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Pokémon Go

Komm' und schnapp sie dir!

Pokémon Go is already a huge global phenomenon, even though the game isn't officially available outside of a handful launch countries. However there are signs that could be changing, with the game appearing on Google Play for some German Android users this morning.

So far the rollout seems to be confined to Germany, with the Play Store in the UK and other countries still showing the game as incompatible. As generally happens when an app is opened up to more countries, the process will be gradual, and some users may see it before others. So hold tight — we should know more as the day progresses.

In the meantime, be sure to hit the comments and let us know if you're seeing Pokémon Go in your country, if it wasn't available there already.

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2 weeks ago

Nokia and Samsung announce patent licensing deal expansion

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Nokia and Samsung have agreed to expand the cross license agreement covering patents, extending said coverage over additional patent portfolios of both parties. This newly acquired access on both fronts will enable Samsung and Nokia to further develop, launch and support more advanced technology.

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2 weeks ago

Lifelogging app Instant's chatbot shows you just how addicted you are to your phone

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Indian startup Emberify's lifelogging app Instant has picked up a major update to version 4.0 that adds a coach feature, delivered in the form of a chatbot. The feature analyzes your phone usage trends and gives you a daily overview of time spent on particular apps, places visited, sleeping and fitness activity, and so on. There's also the option to query the chatbot for insights from a particular day. For instance, if you're interested in finding out how much time you've spent playing Pokemon Go, you can ask Instant's chatbot and view the relevant information.

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