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Android Tips And Tricks

10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do

By on October 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do

You have an Android phone. You love your Android phone. Of course, there’s plenty to love about Google’s terrific mobile operating system, but much of it comes back to the simple fact that Android is open. Thanks to the way Google allows third-party developers to use nearly all of the tools and features at their disposal in Android, the sky is the limit when it comes to developing apps that add all sorts of great functionality to Android phones — and much of it is functionality that iPhone users will likely never enjoy.

But you don’t always need to install a third-party app to find exciting new features in Android. In fact, there are tons of hidden features that you probably didn’t even know your phone had. More →

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Galaxy S5 Update

Leaked roadmap shows when Galaxy S5 and 12 other Samsung phones will get Android updates

By on October 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Leaked roadmap shows when Galaxy S5 and 12 other Samsung phones will get Android updates

Rumors suggest Google is just days or even hours away from finally revealing Android L release details alongside its new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. The company previewed the latest build of its Android operating system this past summer, and the star of the show is clearly Google’s new “Material Design” that completely changes the look of Android and makes it far more sleek and modern.

But while the world waits to find out when Android L will finally start rolling out to mobile devices, a newly leaked roadmap reveals that Samsung is still hard at work trying to get the latest build of last year’s Android release on its most popular phones. More →

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Dropbox Bug Fix

How to avoid a serious Dropbox bug that could delete your files

By on October 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

How to avoid a serious Dropbox bug that could delete your files

Cloud syncing and storage service Dropbox has become one of the biggest cloud backup solutions in the world by providing users with a remarkably simple solution that just works. All users have to do is save any files in a folder within the Dropbox directory on their computers, and those files are automatically backed up and synced across all of their other computers. What’s more, anytime any of those files are updated in any way, Dropbox automatically saves the changes and syncs them across all connected PCs.

It’s a wonderfully intelligent and useful service, but what happens when things go wrong and a serious bug starts deleting people’s files? More →

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Working With Steve Jobs

Former Apple employee dishes dirt on what it was like work for Steve Jobs

By on October 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Former Apple employee dishes dirt on what it was like work for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs has become something of a legend, which isn’t very surprising considering the profound and lasting impact he had on personal computing. Jobs and his cohorts changed the world, having played a crucial role in the proliferation of PCs and the shift to mobile computing platforms. Of course, he also built the most valuable technology company of all time in the process. As is often the case with disruptive individuals, working for Steve Jobs wasn’t always easy, as we’ve read time and time again when ex-Apple executives speak up and give us the inside scoop on what it was like to work for Jobs.

Now, a former employee of both NeXT and Apple has dished some dirt on what it was like to work for Jobs, and he says the late Apple co-founder was even more intense than we’ve read in the past. More →

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iPhone Battery Life

This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life

By on October 13, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life

As mobile devices grow increasingly more capable and complex, battery life is easily one of the most important features in smartphones these days. Sadly, it’s also one of the biggest pain points with Apple’s iPhone lineup, as we have seen in just about every survey and study that covers people’s complaints with Apple phones. Because battery technology progresses so slowly — and because Apple insists on making its iPhones as thin as possible — battery life in iPhones likely won’t see any dramatic improvements anytime soon.

Of course, that’s exactly why BGR makes sure to share as many tips and tricks as possible that might help readers extend the battery life on their iPhones. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now

By on October 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now

We finished last week with eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps that were available to download for free for a limited time, and we’re starting off a new week exactly the same way. Today’s batch of paid iOS apps that are on sale for free has a particularly wide scope, covering everything from productivity apps and a creative calendar app to photo editors and one of our favorite route trackers. And as always, if you want them all for free, you’d better hurry. More →

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Apple Watch Apps

Here’s how gorgeous the world’s most popular apps might look on the Apple Watch

By on October 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Here’s how gorgeous the world’s most popular apps might look on the Apple Watch

We still don’t know when the Apple Watch will launch or exactly how third-party apps will work on the device, but that won’t stop eager graphic designers from attempting to show us just how gorgeous third-party apps might be on Apple’s first wearable computer. Mobile app design house Thinkapps recently decided to have a few of its talented designers dream up visualizations of some of the world’s most popular third-party apps and slap them on mockups of the Apple Watch. The result, as you might expect, is a set of images that might make Apple fans hungrier than ever for Apple’s upcoming smartwatch. More →

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Toilet Art

This hilarious iPhone and Android app was designed to be used on the toilet

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This hilarious iPhone and Android app was designed to be used on the toilet

We might not always talk about it, but smartphone users have developed the habit of always using their handsets while in the bathroom. Now, a new app wants people to stop hiding behind closed doors and proudly share art they draw on their surroundings while using public and private rest rooms around the world. More →

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Best Amazon Movie Reviews

Amazing Twitter account collects Amazon’s most hilarious movie reviews

By on October 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Amazing Twitter account collects Amazon’s most hilarious movie reviews

Get ready to add a new account to your Twitter feed. Amazon reviews can be surprisingly helpful when making purchasing decisions, especially now that the best and most helpful reviews always seem to rise to the top thanks to Amazon’s review rating system. Some reviews, however, are written not just to help shoppers on Amazon’s website, but also to entertain them. Such was the case with Amazon’s collection of the funniest product reviews of all time, and now we have another, ever-growing batch of reviews to enjoy courtesy of an amazing Twitter account. More →

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Galaxy Note 4 Release Date

You can buy the Galaxy Note 4 right now

By on October 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM.

You can buy the Galaxy Note 4 right now

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 is easily one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the year, and it turns out the wait for the new phablet will be shorter than we thought for a handful of eager Samsung fans. After pushing up the launch of its new Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea to help detract a tiny bit of attention from Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus phablet, the company confirmed earlier this month that its new Note 4 flagship phone would debut on October 17th in the United States.

But why wait until next Friday when you can buy a shiny new Galaxy Note 4 right now? More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $32!)

By on October 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $32!)

Another week has passed us by, but not before BGR sneaks in one last round of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free for a limited time. Thursday’s list had a few gems on it, and some of them can still be downloaded for free if you move quickly. Today, however, we have a fresh batch of eight apps that are definitely worth checking out. Pick and choose the ones you like or download them all and save $32 in the process — either way, you should hurry because there’s no telling when these sales will end. More →

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The Snappening

The Snappening: Massive leak exposes thousands of nude photos and videos

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

The Snappening: Massive leak exposes thousands of nude photos and videos

It looks like celebrities aren’t the only targets for hackers in search of nude photos and videos. Following a series of iCloud hacks dubbed “The Fappening” that led to the release of hundreds of nude and risqué celebrity photos, hundreds of thousands of Snapchat users will wake up on Friday morning to find that their private images and video clips have been stolen and leaked on the web. Snapchat allows users to exchange photo and video messages that are automatically erased after a period of time, but many people utilize third-party Snapchat clients that automatically save the images and videos before they are deleted.

As it turns out, at least one of those third-party clients has been hacked, and the perpetrators have been saving each and every piece of media viewed with its service for the past two years. Now, all of those photos and videos have been leaked. More →

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iOS 8 Features

This iOS 8 app found a great new way to use the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

This iOS 8 app found a great new way to use the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner

Like Siri, Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner started out as a somewhat basic solution, but it was easy to see that it would end up being so much more. Now, Siri is packed full of functionality that can help simplify our smartphone experiences and, in a broader sense, our lives. Touch ID launched in 2013 on the iPhone 5s and it served just two purposes, unlocking the phone and authorizing App Store downloads.

But obviously, those two functions barely scratched the surface. More →

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