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3 years ago

How to turn off BlinkFeed in Sense 5.5

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The option to turn off BlinkFeed is good to have — but you'll be missing out on a great feature

One of the more radical changes HTC brought in its Sense 5 user interface was the addition of BlinkFeed, a somewhat customizable news reader built into your home screens. In fact, it was meant to serve as your home screen, showing you the latest from your favorite news sources, Facebook and Twitter. 

And as you'd expect, BlinkFeed was polarizing. New features can be hard to sell, especially when it comes to forcing them onto a home screen — and doubly so when there's no way to turn them off. Sure, you could just install a new launcher — or just ignore BlinkFeed in the first place — but that wasn't really the point for many.

But starting in Sense 5.5, which debuts on the new HTC One Max, you'll be able to easily turn off the BlinkFeed pane.

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3 years ago

Feedly updated with speed improvements, new widget

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Feedly 17 also includes new 'discover' section, Galaxy Gear support

RSS reader Feedly emerged as one of the major players in the news-reading world following the demise of Google Reader earlier in the year. And now the Feedly app for Android has undergone a major overhaul, bringing improved performance across the board, as well as new features and an updated home screen widget.

Feedly says the new version of the app boasts 300% faster start times, as well as a new, more fluid scrolling experience. There've also been some visual changes, with fonts being re-tooled for easier readability. And a long-standing gripe — the auto-refresh feature when switching back to the app — has been addressed too. What's more, there's a new "discover" section within the app, populated with some of the day's most popular stories.

Other changes include new Facebook SDK integration and support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch. (A reference to Android 4.4 KitKat support being added was quickly scrubbed from the changelog — make of that what you will.)

In any case, Feedly users can grab the latest version of the app from Google Play right now. Hit the link up above to get downloading.

Source: Feedly Blog

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3 years ago

Verizon Moto X soak test invites are happening

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Big Red's Moto X may be preparing for the big camera update

Verizon looks to be joining the Moto X update party, if today's soak test invites mean what everyone thinks they mean. T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T have updated their Moto X devices to a newer build that fixes a few bugs, enhances a few things, and most importantly makes the camera about a million times better and we've all been waiting to hear when it would hit Verizon.

With soak tests starting shortly, it shouldn't be too long — provided the testing goes well. Of course, there's always a chance that this is a different update, that may be better or more minor (we hate to call any update "worse") than what the other carriers have, but we seriously doubt it.

If you're a member of the Moto feedback network and are using a Verizon Moto X, be on the look out for an invitation of your own. If you're not a member, but have always wanted to be, click here to get the party started and join.

Thanks, anonymous folks who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Yes, you can unlock an HTC One Max with your nipple

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You know, if using other body parts on a fingerprint scanner is your thing. And, no, we're not going to show you.

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3 years ago

Sony pushes out maintenance updates for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra

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Camera improvements for the Z1, touchscreen tweaks for the Ultra

Sony has announced that it's started pushing out maintenance updates for two of its newest high-end phones, the 5-inch Xperia Z1 and the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra — and there are some noteworthy fixes for both devices. 

First up, the Xperia Z1 gets camera tweaks — new camera algorithms for "better all round performance." There have also been changes to Sony's smart camera platform, the manufacturer says, allowing built-in mini-apps like sweep panorama and the various AR capabilities to run more smoothly.

Meanwhile, the Xperia Z Ultra gets "optimized touchscreen sensitivity" for fingers, pens and styluses. And both the Z1 and the Ultra will receive battery life enhancements, display recalibration tweaks and faster email sync over MS Exchange. Both new sets of firmware are still based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so we're not dealing with a major update here. Nevertheless, it looks like there's some good stuff for Xperia Z1 and Ultra owners to get stuck into.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

O2 and HTC partner to give away 18ct gold HTC One

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O2 HTC One customers who buy between Oct. 17 and 20 will be eligible to win

Remember that 18 carat gold-plated HTC One produced to celebrate the 18th MOBO awards — of which there are just five in existence? Well, HTC UK has partnered with British carrier O2 to give the £2,750-value handset away to one lucky customer. In a post on its official promotional site, HTC reveals that the blinged-out smartphone will be given away to one lucky customer who buys the HTC One from O2 between Oct. 17 and Oct. 20. One of the remaining four will be given away to the winner of the MOBO for best newcomer on Oct. 19.

As we saw during our time with the gold HTC One at a recent event in London, this is a really, really gold HTC One. But we suppose at least the winner will have their other HTC One for situations that demand a less lustrous smartphone.

More: Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

Source: HTC

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3 years ago

HTC One Max and HTC Sense 5.5 video walkthrough

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The HTC One Max is upon us, with a UK arrival imminent, and Sprint and Verizon launches scheduled for the holidays. We've also published our full review of the Max, with the detailed rundown of what's going on with HTC's 5.9-inch monster phone. Today we're bringing you a video walkthrough of the HTC One Max, showing the phone's hardware in detail, as well as the new software tricks in HTC Sense 5.5. Check it out above, then hit up the rest of our One Max coverage, linked below.

More: HTC One Max review; One Max specs; One Max availability

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3 years ago

Verizon's HTC One Max seems to be missing something

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No Verizon logo on its HTC One Max? Could this be? We wouldn't put any money on it. Especially because — and we'll spoil this here and show you again after the break — what Verizon's got on its website is different than what HTC's showing us.

Anyhoo. It's coming to Verizon — we just don't know when or for how much. (Read whatever you want into that Nov. 1 date on the home screen there.)

More: Verizon; HTC One Max forums

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3 years ago

Sony announces U.S. availability of Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

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Smartwatch 2 also seeing a Stateside launch alongside Sony's latest high-end handsets

Literally days after Sony CEO Kaz Hirai seemingly poured water on a Sony breakout in the U.S, today we're treated to the news of three new device launches. The Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Smartwatch 2 will all be available to purchase in the United States. 

The Xperia Z Ultra is available from today at Sony's online store at $649.99 for the HSPA+ version and $679.99 for LTE. For that you're getting a monstrous 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internal storage is a slim 16GB, expandable via microSD card, and it will be available in black, white and purple. 

The Xperia Z1 is available in HSPA+ form only at a price of $669.99. Arguably Sony's finest Android handset to date, one of the marquee features of the recently launched Z1 is that 20.7MP Sony G-Lens camera on the rear. Round the front you're looking at a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display, with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM underneath with 16GB of on-board, and expandable storage. It's also waterproof, if that's important to you. Both the Z1 and the Z Ultra are available now from Sony's U.S. online store, select Sony brick-and-mortar stores and selected online retailers. 

The Sony Smartwatch 2 is the follow up to the original Smartwatch, and can be paired with Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It promises 3-4 days battery life, easy setup via NFC and an 'Android like' user interface. Our early hands-ons with the Smartwatch 2 find it lacking a little when compared to something like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it also costs much less. The Smartwatch 2 can be had via the same channels as the two phones, and can be yours for $199.95. 

You'll find links to the Sony Store at the source below, and be sure to check out our extensive review and hands on coverage with the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 review | Sony Xperia Z Ultra hands-on

 

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Argos launches £99 Android tablet

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'MyTablet' will arrive in stores tomorrow

Following Tesco's Hudl launch a few weeks back, another major British retail name has announced its own-brand, low-cost Android tablet. The Argos "MyTablet" will arrive in stores from tomorrow, Oct. 16, priced at just £99.99. While it undercuts the Tesco Hudl on price, it also doesn't quite match up to it in terms of specs. There's a 7-inch, 1024x600-resolution display, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 8GB of storage and microSD support. And you also get front and rear cameras — 2MP and 0.3MP shooters respectively.

On the software side, the device runs a near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-based OS, with BBC iPlayer, Angry Birds and e-reader software pre-loaded.

via BBC News

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3 years ago

HTC One Max review

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Does the world n​​eed a 5.9-inch HTC One?

We like the HTC One. Twice this year we’ve said it was the best Android phone you can buy, and there’s a strong argument for saying that’s still the case today. When it arrived back in March, the HTC One bucked some of the major high-end smartphone trends of the time. A metal shell, not plastic. A quirky two-button setup. A 4-megapixel camera that focused on pixel size, not megapixel count. And a screen no larger than its predecessor, at 4.7-inches, in a world of rapidly ballooning display sizes.

Nevertheless, big phones are, and look set to remain, a thing. The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note series has inspired competitors to have a crack at their own unashamedly large smartphones. This year we’ve seen the Optimus G Pro from LG, the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony and even the Ascend Mate from Huawei. It was only a matter of time before HTC arrived — fashionably late, of course — at the oversized smartphone party.

It’s easy to look at the One Max and assume you’re just dealing with a bigger HTC One. That’s not untrue, but there’s more going on than a mere expansion of an existing phone into a new form factor — and that’s both good and bad. The Max delivers some subtle differences in design and build, a fingerprint sensor around the back, expandable storage and an array of new software tricks thanks to HTC’s new Sense 5.5.

But does the world need a 5.9-inch HTC One? And what of the competition from the likes of Samsung, which has just launched its Galaxy Note 3 amid much fanfare. Let’s find out after the break, as we take an in-depth look at the new HTC One Max.

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3 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Max questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions? Head to the forums!

The HTC One Max has been officially announced this morning, and we've had the chance to use the device for the past few days. So now that everything official we're answering your questions on the device over on the Android Central forums. Maybe you want to know about that enormous 5.9-inch1080p display. Or perhaps the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, or any of the new HTC Sense 5.5 software features — like Google+ and RSS support in BlinkFeed. Whatever burning questions you have, hit the forum link below 

Stay tuned for our full HTC One Max review in the near future!

More: HTC One Max Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Max

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An extensive photo gallery of HTC's next big thing

The HTC One Max is official, and we've got our hands on HTC's latest 5.9-inch handset. While we finish up our full review, you'll want to check out our extensive hands-on photo gallery after the break. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max carriers and availability

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'Max' coming to Europe first, with UK launch this week; Verizon and Sprint getting it by year's end

A little earlier than we were anticipating, the HTC One Max is official. So just when will you be able to get your hands on HTC's latest super-sized handset? Well, the good news for folks in the UK is that the Max will be launching there later this week. Vodafone UK will be the first launch partner (though no exclusive deal is in place, HTC says), with the rest of Europe following soon afterwards.

Stateside, the HTC One Max will be coming to Verizon Wireless and Sprint in time for the holidays. We don't have any pricing information for the device just yet, but we'll keep you posted as details emerge.

More: HTC One Max forums; HTC One Max specs

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3 years ago

HTC One Max specs

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Complete hardware specifications for the new HTC One Max

After many months of leakage and speculation, the HTC One Max is finally official, and we've got our hands on the 5.9-inch handset, which packs familiar internal hardware.

The short version is the One Max is, on the inside, essentially an HTC One. It's powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display. But it's also got removable storage in addition to its 16GB of onboard flash, and there's a fingerprint scanner underneath that 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's also the first HTC phone to launch with Android 4.3 and the new Sense 5.5 UI.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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