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Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review

Galaxy S6 edge+ preview: A unique phablet that still manages to copy Apple

By on August 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Galaxy S6 edge+ preview: A unique phablet that still manages to copy Apple

The Galaxy S6 edge is a curious phone. Some people don’t understand why Samsung even released the handset to begin with, so I did my best to explain it in a recent article. Long story short, the S6 edge offers differentiation in a market full of boring phone designs that look nearly identical. Samsung also enjoys wider margins with the edge, which is crucial since Samsung’s smartphone margins are quite low.

According to Samsung, demand for the Galaxy S6 edge was so strong that the company couldn’t even build the phone fast enough to keep up with demand. Curiously, however, the company dropped prices on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge right after it made that claim.

For Samsung’s sake, I hope that demand was indeed strong, because the company now plans to release what is essentially the same exact phone, but a bit bigger. More →

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Samsung Unpacked Live Stream

Live coverage: Watch live streaming video from Samsung’s big Galaxy Note 5 event

By on August 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Live coverage: Watch live streaming video from Samsung’s big Galaxy Note 5 event

It’s not exactly a secret at this point: Samsung is about to unveil its brand new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ phablets. The company went back to the drawing board with its Galaxy S lineup earlier this year and designed the Galaxy S6 from scratch. Well, OK, so maybe it had a little inspiration. But the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge marked the first time Samsung launched phones with sleek designs and premium materials to match their class-leading displays and killer performance.

Now, its time to see if Samsung plans to be just as original with this year’s flagship phablets as it was with its flagship smartphones. More →

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Windows 10 Error

How to fix 5 of the worst bugs in Windows 10

By on August 12, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

How to fix 5 of the worst bugs in Windows 10

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system is, without question, a breath of fresh air. It’s not just the fact that Windows 10 is better than Windows 8 — a pen and paper are better than Windows 8 — it’s the fact that Microsoft actually took its time to create a platform that makes sense on both desktops and tablets, instead of cramming elements for each different experience into one user interface.

Nothing is perfect though, and Windows 10 does have some issues. We covered five of the most common problems people were having with Windows 10 and their respective solutions, and now it’s time to look at five more serious Windows 10 issues. More →

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iPhone 6 Cases

I just watched my smartphone case heal itself from scratches

By on August 12, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

I just watched my smartphone case heal itself from scratches

In late 2013, LG unveiled a smartphone called the G Flex. It was one of the first smartphones to feature a flexible display, as the name might indicate, and its casing was curved slightly to help showcase that.

Meh.

The phone also included another new feature though. While it wasn’t publicized quite as widely, the back of the G Flex sported a special coating that was able to slowly heal itself from minor scratches and swirling. This awesome feature has since been included on a few other LG phones, and it really is quite impressive.

Now, however, a third-party iPhone case maker has invented self-repairing plastic technology that works instantly, and I have been testing it for the past week. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on August 12, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Welcome to the biggest list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free we’ll run this week. Wednesday’s post offers 10 paid iOS apps in total, and they can all be downloaded without paying a dime for a limited time. If 10 isn’t enough for some reason, you can also head back to yesterday’s app sale post, where you’ll find a few freebies that haven’t yet expired. More →

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Jailbreak iOS 8.4

This jailbreak tweak solves the biggest iPhone 6 complaint

By on August 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

This jailbreak tweak solves the biggest iPhone 6 complaint

According to the developer behind a new jailbreak app, there is one single complaint surrounding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that surfaces more often than any other: they can’t be used easily with one hand. While Apple’s record sales are proof that people were clamoring for larger iPhones, there is no question that it is much more difficult to use phones with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens than it is to use a phone with a 4-inch screen.

Apple’s brilliant Reachability feature provides a momentary solution for one-handed use, but there has to be a better way, right? Now, if you’re willing to jailbreak your iPhone, there is. More →

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Cable Modem Router

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

By on August 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

We recently wrote about an awful pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight. Cable and satellite TV providers charge you as much as a monthly Netflix subscription or even more to rent a cable box that allows you to use their services. You’ll likely end up paying hundreds of dollars for this box over the course of your contract, and then you’ll have to pay hundreds more or return the box when it comes time to move or cancel your service.

Of course, pay TV companies are also Internet service providers, and they double up and pull the same move with your modem. As is often the case with cable boxes, however, you can fight back against these bogus charges by purchasing your own hardware. More →

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iOS 9 Wallpapers

The latest iOS 9 beta includes 15 beautiful new wallpapers – download them all right here

By on August 11, 2015 at 12:16 PM.

The latest iOS 9 beta includes 15 beautiful new wallpapers – download them all right here

Apple released iOS 9 beta 5 last week, and developers around the world couldn’t have been happier. The previous version of Apple’s unreleased iOS software — iOS 9 beta 4 — was easily the company’s worst build since beta 1. It introduced a number of new bugs, caused Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity issues, and battery life was just awful. Thankfully, iOS 9 beta 5 seems to have addressed each and every one of beta 4’s main problems.

For non-developers, iOS 9 beta 5 also introduced a few interesting new features… and it also included 15 gorgeous new wallpapers. More →

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OnePlus 2 Review

OnePlus 2 hands-on: It’s everything you’ve dreamt of… and so much more

By on August 11, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

OnePlus 2 hands-on: It’s everything you’ve dreamt of… and so much more

When OnePlus made its next-generation OnePlus 2 official last month, Android fans couldn’t believe their eyes. Everyone knew that the phone was coming thanks to a run of leaks and rumors, and everyone knew that they should expect some pretty impressive specs at a pretty impressive price point.

But no one really expected this.

On paper, the OnePlus 2 truly is a flagship killer. The phone sports specs that match or even beat everything else on the market. And with a starting price of just $329, the new phone offers a mind-boggling value that is seemingly unmatched.

Now, it’s time to see if the OnePlus 2 really is as impressive as it appears on paper. More →

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Best Jailbreak Tweaks

Another 10 jailbreak tweaks that will make ‘normal’ iPhone users jealous

By on August 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM.

Another 10 jailbreak tweaks that will make ‘normal’ iPhone users jealous

Last week, I penned a post that questioned why I continue to carry an Android phone with me despite the fact that my main phone is an iPhone. In the past, I carried both because Android included so much functionality that wasn’t available on iOS. As time has progressed, however, iPhones have grown more and more capable. Now, there are precious few truly useful Android features that the iPhone cannot match.

As capable as iOS is at this point, however, there are still some features available to the jailbreak community that most iPhone users will never get to enjoy. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

Download them all: 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on August 11, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Download them all: 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free included some great apps that rarely go one sale, and you can still get a couple of them for free if you hurry back to that post and download them. Today, of course, we have a fresh new list for you that includes eight solid apps. More →

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iPhone Hologram Projector

How to turn any iPhone or Android phone into a 3D hologram projector for less than $1

By on August 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM.

How to turn any iPhone or Android phone into a 3D hologram projector for less than $1

File this one under smartphone hacks that are definitely unnecessary but insanely fun. When simple science meets smartphones, the result is a nifty little “hack” that can be performed in just a few minutes for less than $1 in supplies. In fact, this might be one of the coolest little iPhone and Android phone hacks we’ve ever seen, allowing you to transform any smartphone into a 3D hologram projector in no time at all. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on August 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

It’s time to start another week off on the right foot, and BGR is there to make it happen. Today’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free includes seven solid iOS apps that would normally cost $15 all together to purchase, but if you act fast you can snag all of them without paying a dime. More →

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