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Month: April 2018

5 Android settings you should change to level up your smartphone game

Android has loads of settings available to let you customize your smartphone and give you control over security and privacy. A lot of important Android settings are enabled by default, including the popular Find My Device feature. However, there a few Androud settings that need to be turned on (or off) manually to take your Android game to the next level. Disable app shortcuts New apps downloaded from the Play Store appear on your home screen as shortcuts by default. This is an annoying feature that doesn’t add much value, as not every app you download is important enough to take up precious space on the home screen. It’s especially annoying when you get a new phone and the device automatically downloads all the apps tied to your account, leaving you with dozens of icons to clean up. Thankfully, it’s super easy to disable the feature. Long press on the home screen and tap the “Home settings” option that appears below. Then just switch off the “Add icon to Home screen” option and you’re good to go. Step-by-step instructions: Long press on one of your home screens. Tap the “Home screen” option that appears below. Toggle off the “Add icon to Home screen” Android settings option. Opt out of personalized ads Google likes to track your online activities to learn more about you and show you personalized ads based...

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'Fortnite' Battle Pass Season 3 Ends 30 Minutes Before Season 4 Downtime Begins

The season 4 downtime for Fortnite [Free] begins on Tuesday, May 1st, at 4:00 AM EDT. Season 3 of the the Battle Pass ends a little before this update, at 3:30 AM EDT, so you won’t be able to get the John Wick-inspired “The Reaper” outfit after tonight. There will also be a short period between when However, there are bulk Battle Pass tiers available in the shop, so if you’re willing to drop a few bucks for the cause, you can maybe get that outfit at last. Otherwise, it’s time to start grinding out those objectives, ASAP! Brace for impact! Witness Season 4 tomorrow. — Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 30, 2018 Season 4 of Fortnite will seemingly feature superheroes as a theme for many of the items, as early material teases what look like superhero masks and decorations. “Fight With Honor” sounds a lot like a superhero theme as well. Leave your mark. Season 4 Coming Soon — Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 29, 2018 But the biggest mystery surrounds what will happen with the comet and meteorites that are appearing in the game. Speculation has suggested that Tilted Towers is set to be blown up, but now rumors abound that it’s Dusty Depot that will meet its demise at the hands of a giant object in the sky. Which sounds like more fun, those hangars are a bit...

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Huawei P20 Pro: Taking a photo in complete darkness

The Huawei P20 Pro and regular P20 are packed with cutting edge photography features. One particularly interesting option we touched on in our Huawei P20 Pro review is Night Mode. The shooting option boasts the ability to capture better looking low light pictures by using a very long exposure time, with a few tricks to avoid common problems like blurriness and light smudging. At the core of Huawei’s Night Mode technology is its artificial intelligence stabilization (AIS), which is really just a fancy word for software image stabilization. In this mode, the Huawei P20 camera takes one or more long exposure images using different camera settings and then applies software stitching to create the best-looking image. Editor’s Pick Huawei P20 Pro review: The Galaxy S9 killer 40MP, the world’s first triple camera, 5X Hybrid Zoom, artificial intelligence in all the ways, and the most unique color on any smartphone ever. These are just some of the features Huawei is hoping will … You can manually dial in the exposure time for more control over the shot, or the camera can pick automatically based on the lighting conditions. The maximum manual time is 32 seconds, but I’ve seen the auto-mode crank this up to a minute in complete darkness, which is a long time to hold the camera steady. Although most of the time a 4 to 6 second exposure will suffice. To test just...

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Poweramp’s latest beta gives the music player a welcome fresh coat of paint

The latest Poweramp beta completely changes the look and feel of the aging Android music player. In addition to new navigation gestures, the beta includes new menus, popups, and Hi-Res audio output. A final release is scheduled for June, though the beta is available for download right now. Available since the early days of Android, music player Poweramp finally received the design overhaul it deserves with the latest beta build. Based on the changelog and several screenshots, the revamped UI features a floating bar at the bottom that lets you access four sections of the app. The floating bar also acts as a mini-player that lets you return to the main UI or change songs. The latest Poweramp beta also includes other ways to get around. You can swipe or tap the album art to go to the list of currently playing songs, swipe the album art to go to the next or previous track, drag the bottom mini-player or more to change categories, swipe left or right from lists to return faster, and pinch-to-zoom in lists. Apart from newer navigation methods, the beta throws in a new “wave” seekbar, new visualization panel, and three different notification types based on your device’s Android version. Audio aficionados will appreciate the updated Hi-Res output for Android 7.0 Nougat devices and OpenSL HD output for Android 8.0 Oreo devices. Just remember that...

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Opera VPN to be killed off, users directed to SurfEasy instead (Update: Last day)

Opera VPN Update 4/30/18 at 3:38 P.M. EST: Today is the last day for Opera VPN before it is shut down for good. If you are a current Opera Gold subscriber, you can claim a free, one-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN. You should claim it before the end of the day though, as it is unclear if the offer will be accepted after April 30. There is also an 80 percent discount offered for free members of Opera VPN. Read below for more information. Original Article: Whether you value your privacy or live in an oppressive state, VPN apps are a solid way to circumvent restrictions and stay (somewhat) hidden on the web. But fans of the Opera VPN app for Android and iOS will have to find another service, as it’ll be shutting down at the end of the month. The company made the announcement on its website, but didn’t give a clear reason for the shutdown. “We’re discontinuing the Opera VPN app for iOS and Android on April 30, 2018. But don’t worry. We’re helping to make sure your privacy is still looked after,” read an excerpt of the announcement. Read more: What is a VPN — Gary explains In lieu of the Opera VPN app, the website encouraged users to sign up for its SurfEasy VPN service. Members of the Opera VPN Gold subscription plan are able to migrate...

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