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2 weeks ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S makes its debut with Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4100mAh battery for $105

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Xiaomi has launched a new version of the Redmi 3, the Redmi 3S, in China. The entry-level phone — which has a fingerprint sensor at the back — is available in two variants: a base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage for ¥699 ($106), and a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ¥899 ($136).

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2 weeks ago

Vodafone's Smart Platinum 7 offers a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 652 for £300

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Vodafone has been releasing its own devices for a decade and to celebrate the company has just announced the Smart Platinum 7. This handset will set you back £300 if you wish to purchase it outright on Pay-As-You-Go, while contracts kick off from £28 a month, which bags you 1GB of UK data and 500MB of roaming.

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2 weeks ago

Google brings its AI smarts to the enterprise with Springboard, Sites gets a major refresh

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Google showcased how it was leveraging machine learning for communication at this year's I/O, and the search giant is now bringing artificial intelligence capabilities to Google Apps users with a new utility called Springboard. The application lets Google Apps users search across Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and more from a single location.

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2 weeks ago

Android thoughts on Apple's WWDC announcements

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There's nothing like a good, live nerd event. And Apple still does some of the best.

Our cousins at iMore were on hand at the WWDC keynote as Apple unveiled the next generation of its four pillars of products and services. Computers. Mobile. Wearables. TV. There's a whole lot going on here. And like many of you out there, we also use myriad devices both at work, and at home. We use Android. We use Google. We use Windows and Mac and everything in between. Our families use them all, too.

And so we all have some skin in this game, and we at Android Central watch these keynotes as intently as anyone.

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2 weeks ago

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is your favorite S7

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In last week's poll we asked which Samsung Galaxy S7 is your favorite? The Samsung Galaxy S7 has three fantastic choices this year, and each one is pretty fantastic. It allows you to get to a fantastic camera, and great battery life, without having to choose just one feature to get you by until you purchase your next phone. That's why we asked which S7 was your favorite.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge took first place, grabbing up 45.7% of the vote. In second place with 21.3% of the vote was the Samsung Galaxy S7. "I'm not a fan of the Samsung Galaxy S7 series" came in third place, grabbing up 19% of the vote. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active took fourth place, picking up 11.2% of the vote. Last, but not least, was "I can't decide" which made up only 2.9% of the vote.

Did your preferred version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 win this week? Are you unimpressed with the S7? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments.

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2 weeks ago

Best accessories for Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

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Best accessories for Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

You've got the watch, now it's time to accessorize!

Your Samsung Gear S2 deserves some stellar accessories. From unique bands to carrying cases, we've found the essential accessories that you're going to want to get your hands on.

Watch bands

One watch band is never enough. Get one for every occasion or try out as many different materials as you can. Just keep in mind that watch bands are made to fit either the Samsung Gear S2 or the Samsung Gear S2 Classic.

Samsung Gear S2 bands

V-MORO rubber watch band

V-MORO rubber watch band

To give your Samsung Gear S2 a sporty look and feel, have a look at the bands from V-MORO. With seven solid colors and patterns to choose from, there's a band to match every look and mood.

The elastomer rubber is softer and more pliable than standard silicone bands and won't irritate or rub uncomfortably on your wrist. Wear it to the gym or with your favorite casual clothes for a fun look any day.

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Casetify

Casetify Woodland Camoflag band

For band patterns you won't find anywhere else, look no further than Casetify. Known for their original artwork, the brand has crafted five bands for the Samsung Gear S2 that are sporty, fun, and stand out from the crowd. Pictured here is the Woodland Camouflage pattern.

You can order your bands in small or large sizes, so pay attention to the sizing chart that accompanies each pattern before your make a purchase. They ship for free worldwide and make a fantastic gift for a friend or a treat for yourself.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic bands

eLander stainless steel band

eLander stainless steel band

The classic look of stainless steel links pairs perfectly with the Samsung Gear S2 Classic and this band from eLander is a standout example. It's available in silver, but the stainless steel black is equally beautiful.

It comes with a toolkit for removing extra links and fits virtually any wrist. The clasp locks securely so your watch won't jostle around on your wrist and it's an excellent dressed-up alternative to the standard leather band, at a reasonable price.

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Casetify

Casetify diamond pattern band

Coming soon to Casetify's online store is the collection of bands for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic. Samsung's official site has been teasing them for some time now and it looks like they're going to be worth the wait.

The patterns are fun, unique, and tailored specifically for the Gear S2 Classic. Five vibrant patterns are on deck; pictured here is the Diamond White pattern. Get on their mailing list for a notification when the bands are ready to order.

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If these don't catch your fancy, check out more of our favorites in our roundup of the best watch bands for the Samsung Gear S2 Classic.

Screen protectors

You didn't spend your hard-earned money on your Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S2 Classic to get the face all scratched up. Put a screen protector on it!

Spigen tempered glass screen protector

Spigen tempered glass protector

Spigen is known for creating products that fit well and protect your gear. Their tempered glass screen protector fits both the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic and helps to stop your watch face from scratching, cracking, and overexposure to the elements.

It comes with easy-to-install wings so that you don't get gunk or fingerprints on the underside of the screen protector. The edges won't lift up on you and the tempered glass is incredibly thin, maintaining the touch sensitivity of the screen.

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Skinomi TechSkin screen protector

Skinomi screen protector

An alternative to tempered glass comes from Skinomi SkinTech. It still protects against incidental scratches and daily wear but is thinner than tempered glass and designed to be replaced if or when necessary, which is OK, since you'll receive six for the price of one.

The edges of the screen protector won't roll up and the TPU is UV-resitant, which means won't yellow over time. It remains virtually invisible to keep the original clarity of the screen as it should be.

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Charging docks

Get something nice to hold your watch while it charges. A charging dock keeps in in sight and displayed for bragging purposes, and wireless charging docks mean there's no need to tediously plug in your Gear S2 or Gear S2 Classic every night.

Samsung Wireless Charger Dock

Samsung charging dock

Samsung offers their own white or black charger dock for the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. If you're feeling brand-loyal and want to stick to the product line, it's a well-reviewed charger for the price.

The cradle holds the watch securely on any flat surface, like your office desk, coffee table, or nightstand and it doesn't obstruct your view of the watch face, allowing you to show off the band you're currently using.

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Henoda charging cradle

Henoda charging dock

Take your pick of five colors when you buy a charging cradle from Henoda. It's small, lightweight, and made of soft rubber that will be easy on your Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S2 Classic.

The non-slip base will keep the charger in place on any flat surface, and if you already have a charger or cradle that you use at home, the Henoda is a great alternative for travel or to keep at your desk.

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Bluetooth headphones

On your morning commute, your daily jog, or just around the house, Bluetooth headphones come in awfully handy when you're wearing your Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S2 Classic.

Samsung Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones

Samsung Level U Pro headphones

Treat yourself to the Level U Pro headphones from Samsung. Available in black or bronze, they are well-designed and pair perfectly with the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.

The joints are flexible and the headphones is lightweight and comfortable, as well as sweat and water-resistant, so a long run or a quick dash out into the rain won't do any harm. The battery life has up to nine hours of talk or play time, which is more than enough to get you through the day with vivid, concert-quality sound.

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SoundPEATS QY7 Bluetooth headphones

SoundPEATS Bluetooth headphones

Choose from 10 color combinations with headphones from SoundPEATS. Designed for active users, they fit snugly but comfortably in-ear and won't move, no matter how much you do.

Eight hours of talk or play time means you won't be searching for a way to charge them throughout your work day or your workout and the sweat-resistant material won't get sticky or uncomfortable. No matter how active you get, the Bluetooth connection won't waver.

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Carrying case

Your watch won't always be on your wrist. A carrying case will give you a safe place to put it when you're not wearing it.

BSI black leather case

BSI leather case

Compact and lightweight, this leather case from BSI will protect your Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S2 Classic when you need a safe place to store it. The outer case is a hard shell that can handle being tossed into your gym bag, carry-on, or suitcase.

The inner case is lined with soft fabric, so your watch won't be damaged when you're on the go and there's even room in the middle of the case to coil up and store a charging cable, so you don't have to rummage around the bottom of a bag to find it when you need it.

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CASEBUDi watch travel case

CASEBUDi travel case

How about a case made of ballistic nylon? They exist, they're inexpensive, and they do the job well. CASEBUDi makes travel cases for watches of all sizes and the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic will fit nicely.

The soft interior cushions your watch when the case gets tossed around in your bag, and the zipper and case come with a one-year warranty, so if the case is damaged in the process of protecting your watch, you can get a replacement easily.

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Found your favorites?

Have you come across some excellent accessories for the Samsung Gear S2 or Gear S2 Classic? Let us know in the comments below and tell us why they're the best of the best!

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2 weeks ago

Storehouse will shut down on July 15

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Storehouse, an app the allows users to easily create "Stories" based on their photos, has announced that it will be shutting down.

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2 weeks ago

Best Chrome extensions for watching video

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Best Chrome extensions for watching video

Watching videos is better on Chrome when you use these browser extensions!

Chrome is a great browser, but it's the apps and extensions that really make Chrome shine brighter than the competition.

If you're addicted to watching videos — whether on YouTube, Netflix, or any other video service — we've got a collection of great Chrome apps and extensions designed to enhance your experience.

Turn Off the Lights

There's a reason why movie theaters turn off all the lights once the movie begins. Outside light can be distracting when you're watching video.

Turn Off the Lights brings a touch of that cinema experience to YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, and others by dimming everything in the browser window except for the video.

Once you've added the extension to Chrome, simply click the lightbulb icon next to the address bar when you're on a video page and everything other than the video will dim to near-black. This is a fantastic feature if you're the type to watch videos at night in a darkened room, when the brightness from the white background is most glaring. When you're done watching your video, simply click the lightbulb icon again and the page returns to normal.

See at Chrome Web Store

Google Cast

If we're talking about Chrome and video, it's impossible to avoid mentioning Chromecast — it's the handiest little disc that lets you connect your smartphone or Chrome browser to your TV via HDMI.

Google Cast is a must-have extension if you've got a Chromecast (and you should really get a Chromecast). It allows you to connect and stream content from your Chrome tab quick and easy to your TV. You can use it to help increase your productivity by using multiple screens, or use it to decrease your productivity by streaming YouTube or Netflix. The choice is yours, Google Cast just provides the options.

See at Chrome Web Store

VideoStream for Google Chromecast

As mentioned, one of the coolest features for Chrome is it's integration with Chromecast via Google Cast.

VideoStream for Google Chromecast takes that feature and builds on it by converting your chrome tab into an app that allows you to load and stream local videos from your computer and stream them wirelessly to your TV.

Once you've got the app installed in Chrome, you'll find it in the Apps menu just below the Back and Forward buttons. Launch VideoStream in a new tab and you're able to load up videos from your computer or external hard drive directly into a video player in Chrome, which then allows you to cast that tab via Chromecast to your TV.

It works like magic, and means you'll no longer have to deal with HDMI cables and adapters when you want to stream video from your computer to your TV.

See at Chrome Web Store

Flix Plus by Lifehacker

Flix Plus by Lifehacker

If you're addicted to watching Netflix on your computer, then you need to check out Flix Plus by Lifehacker.

It adds a bunch of really cool features that you'll appreciate, such as integration with Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and Wikipedia for ratings and information, the ability to watch a random episode from a show you love, and enhancements to browsing that include moving "My List" to the top of the page and fading out shows and movies you've already watched or rated.

But arguably Flix Plus' best feature is how it hides spoiler content from episode thumbnails and synopses — especially important for when you're watching a show for the first time. When you're looking at a show's episode list, all the thumbnail images and episode info will be blurred out and only viewable when you mouse over them. If you're serious about avoiding spoilers when you're watching a TV show, this feature alone makes Flix Plus a real winner.

See at Chrome Web Store

Magic Actions for YouTube

Magic Actions for YouTube

Looking to get more out of your YouTube experience? Magic Actions is jam packed with handy features that make YouTube easier to use.

With the extension added, you'll see a new row of buttons just below the video window that allow you to control and customize all sorts of features for YouTube.

Some of the most notable features include the ability to control the video volume using your mouse scroll wheel, set YouTube to autoplay in HD whenever applicable, Cinema Mode, hide ads, automatically turning off those annoying video annotations — and that's just scratching the surface.

Definitely worth taking a look, however you are required to install the Click&Clean Chrome App as well during set up. The good news is you can easily remove the app after setting up Magic Actions.

See at Chrome Web Store

FasTube

FasTube

Sometimes you just want the video and nothing else. FasTube hears you, and delivers just the video — with faster load times!

As the name implies (FasTube... Fast Tube...), by loading only the video in a pop up window and ignoring the comments, thumbnails and everything else, makes videos load way faster. Like… stupid fast.

All you have to do is click the video's thumbnail image and BAM! The video pretty much instantly plays. FasTube also provides its own version of cinema mode, a button for rotating the video, and a button for sharing. The one thing you'll have to get used to is the pop up window, which will close the video instantly if you click anywhere else on the tab.

Oh, and if you want to see the description, comments, and related videos, all you have to do is click the video title. Pretty dang handy.

See at Chrome Store

Did we miss any killer extensions?

These are the best we could find, but maybe we missed something amazing. Share in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Android Pay in the UK: Everything you need to know

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Android Pay

Want to pay for stuff in the UK using Android Pay? Great! Here's what you need to know.

Android Pay is Google's mobile payments service, and it's now live in the UK. Much like Apple Pay, this means that if you have a supported handset and your bank allows it, you can securely pay for things in the real world without fumbling around for cards or cash.

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2 weeks ago

T-Mobile now pushing Marshmallow update for BlackBerry Priv

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T-Mobile is now pushing the Marshmallow update out for BlackBerry Priv owners. The update has been available for unlocked Priv's for some time, but it is great to see T-Mobile sending it out to its customers. With Marshmallow, you'll have the enhanced permission controls, Doze, adaptable storage and much more.

From T-Mobile's support page:

  • Beginning June 13, the BlackBerry PRIV receives a software update to Android version 6.0.1/build AAE153. This update provides features and improvements:
    • Android Marshmallow software
    • Performance and stability enhancements

If you have yet to receive the update notification, you can check for it manually now. To do so, head into your Settings, About device and finally check for the update.

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2 weeks ago

How to follow Euro 2016 on Android in the UK

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Euro 2016 apps

The best Android apps for keeping up to date with the tournament.

UEFA Euro 2016 is one of Europe's biggest sporting events, with 24 teams clashing over the next month in France. As with all major sporting events, your phone can be an invaluable resource for helping you not only watch matches themselves, but stay up-to-date when you're away from the sofa, the desk or the pub.

We've rounded up a few top choices for following Euro 2016 in the coming weeks.

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2 weeks ago

Snapchat will fill the gap between your friends' stories with ads

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As part of a new push to further monetize Snapchat, users will soon start seeing video ads in between their friends' stories.

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How to set up and secure your phone using Samsung's My Knox

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Keep your work and personal data safe and secure without even having to send your phone to Kentucky.

Samsung's My KNOX is a free security platform that essentially partitions your phone's storage so that your business and work data are kept separate and secure.

It's totally free; all you need is an email address.



How does it work?

The idea is that you would use My KNOX's "virtual sandbox" to store your work data, leaving the "main area" of your phone for personal use. For example, when taking photos in your My KNOX Camera app (same camera app, just used within the My KNOX portion) the photos will only show up in your My KNOX Gallery and not in the regular Gallery. It's basically like having two phones in one.

This is done through the use of containers or "sandboxes" at the software level. These are means of isolating bits of code, which is how your My KNOX apps and regular apps keep from intertwining. My KNOX now has the container support that IT departments would normally have to contract other companies for. This sandbox is know as the KNOX Workspace.

Within the "KNOX Workspace," security is heightened, so certain processes, like taking screenshots within apps, aren't allowed. This advanced security app is ideal for those working in a BYOD (bring your own device) environment and ideal for companies who want to protect their data as well as their employees' data. There's no mixing and mingling of accounts, which lowers the chances of data leakage and cyber attacks.

My KNOX doesn't just split up your work and personal data; it also acts as a multi-layered security system that protects your phone all the way from the hardware up to the application level. Even if your phone is attacked by malware, the data within My KNOX is still protected. Because of these security measures, you will only be able to use the default KNOX launcher within the KNOX app.



If your device is lost or stolen, you can remotely find, lock, or wipe it, so there's no worry of losing work or personal data. So, if you're wanting to (or have to) use your own device for work, downloading the My KNOX app is a great way to maintain your personal privacy while keeping your work data, documents, and emails safe.

How to find and download Samsung My KNOX for Android

You'll first want to download and install the app. There are already a bunch of apps that will be automatically added to your My KNOX folder and you can add more as you please.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the search button on the top right of your screen. It's the magnifying glass.
  3. Type My KNOX into the search field.
  4. Tap the search button on the bottom right of your screen. It's the magnifying glass.

  5. Tap Samsung My KNOX. It should be the first result. If not, make sure that it's by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  6. Tap Install.

My KNOX is now installed on your device and will be available from either your Home screen or from the app drawer.

How to set up Samsung My KNOX for Android

  1. Launch My KNOX from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Get Started in the bottom righthand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap Allow to be able to make and receive calls via My KNOX. If you Deny, the app will just quit.

  4. Tap the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Tap Confirm.
  6. Tap Add account.

  7. Enter your email address.
  8. Tap Done.
  9. Tap Next. A security PIN will be sent to the email address you provided.
  10. Enter the PIN that you received in the email.

  11. Tap Done.
  12. Tap OK.
  13. Tap the checkboxes next to the apps that you'd like to add to your My KNOX folder.
  14. Tap Next.

  15. Tap Try it to use the Find your phone feature. Tap No Thanks if you don't want to.
  16. Choose a lock method:
    • Password
    • PIN
    • Pattern
    • Fingerprint
    • Two-step verification – You'll have to execute two of the above-mentioned lock methods.
  17. Tap KNOX timeout to choose how long before you'll have to re-enter your My KNOX password to access your My KNOX folder.
  18. Tap Next.
  19. Set the lock method that you chose by entering a password, PIN, pattern, scanning your fingerprint, or a combination of two of these methods.
  20. Tap Continue.
  21. Perform the lock method again to confirm,
  22. Tap Confirm.
  23. Tap Set up.

Note: Screenshots unavailable for steps 15 to 23, due to security restrictions within My KNOX.



KNOX mode will now be created, along with a Home screen shortcut. Each time you want to access apps in the My KNOX folder, you just need to launch the My KNOX app and then use the apps within as you would normally.

You'll be able to tell you're in your KNOX Workspace by the yellow keyhole in the bottom right corner of whichever app you're using.

How to manually lock your Samsung My KNOX folder for Android

If you don't want to wait for your KNOX Workspace to time out, you can manually lock it so that your lock method will need to be used to access it again.

  1. Launch My KNOX from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the More button.
  3. Tap Lock.

The next time you try to access an app within your My KNOX folder/Workspace, you'll have to input your password, PIN, or pattern, or scan your fingerprint or two of these methods, depending on which one you selected during setup.

Note: If you uninstall My KNOX, all of the data that was stored within your KNOX Workspace will be deleted.

How to add apps to your My KNOX folder for Android

  1. Launch My KNOX from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Add apps.
  4. Tap each app that you'd like to add to your My KNOX folder. You won't be able to add every app you download.
  5. Tap Add.

The apps you add will now be available in your My KNOX folder; you might just have to scroll down to see them.

How to remove apps from your My KNOX folder for Android

  1. Launch My KNOX from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Remove apps.

  4. Tap the app you'd like to remove.
  5. Tap Disable.
  6. Tap Done once you've removed all the apps you wanted to.



How to add My KNOX apps to the Home screen

Rather than constantly opening your My KNOX folder, you can add secure apps to the Home screen. They'll appear the same as other apps, but will have a yellow keyhole on their bottom right corner.

  1. Launch My KNOX from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap More.
  3. Tap Add to home.
  4. Tap the apps you'd like to add to your Home screen.
  5. Tap Add.

These apps will now appear on your Home screen.

Note: Unless you manually lock your My KNOX folder, the My KNOX apps on your Home screen will not be locked until KNOX times out.

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HTC will throw in a free headset when you buy an HTC 10 for Father's Day

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HTC is currently offering a few nice deals for Father's Day. Customers can get their hands on some discounted accessories, and in one case, they could get a free headset or pair of headphones with the purchase of an HTC 10.

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Unlocked HTC 10 gets firmware update, June security patch

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If you've got an unlocked HTC 10 in North America you should be waking up to a firmware update this morning.

The 304-megabyte update takes things to software version 1.80.617.1. Here's the official changelog:

  • Android Security Patches (June 1, 2016)
  • Bug Fixes
  • System Stability Improvements

While HTC should get kudos for quickly updating the M10 to the most recent security patch, we still have to grumble a bit that it doesn't actually show the patch level in the phone's "About" section. That's something HTC needs to change.

Additionally, HTC updated its camera app for the M10 over the weekend. That changelog reads thusly:

  • Improvements to RAW capture experience.
  • Improved main/front camera switching.
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes.

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