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How to enable Developer Options on your Android device

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If you desire to take a bit more control of your Android device, but aren’t sure where to start, might we suggest looking at Android’s built-in Developer Options?

Let’s quickly look at how to enable Developer Options, then we’ll backtrack and discuss why exactly you would want to enable these features and what you can do with this new found power.

The following steps are for nearly any version of Android out there. We worked from both a vanilla Android experience, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Nexus 5, and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. We have been using Developer Options on a number of Android devices for a long time now – this article was previously written based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat – while a few features have changed, the process to activate Developer Options has not.

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First, open up your main system Settings.

Scroll down, all the way to the bottom to find About Phone (or About Tablet.)

Scroll down again and find the entry with Build number.

Start tapping on the Build number entry, Android will now pop up a message informing you that in x amount of clicks, you will become a Developer. Keep tapping away until the process is complete. Well, we can forget about an education and work experience if tapping a button a few times is all it takes to become an Android developer! I’m kidding of course.

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With that out of the way, head on back to the main system Settings and you will now see Developer options listed. For me it was the second to last entry.

What are Developer Options good for?

Allow me to begin with a warning. Developer Options contains a number of items that truly are for trained professionals. Please do not change anything if you do not understand what it is or does. At the very least, take note of the default setting and be prepared to come change things back if anything goes wrong.

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Now, as the name implies, Developer Options are a set of tools and settings designed to assist an app developer in optimizing their products and tracking down errors. For example, the option called Pointer location provides a precise reading of user input. While this is great for a developer that needs to understand touch location and movement, the overlay is fairly unusable for your everyday computing.

Instead, perhaps Show touches would work for you. You’ve seen the result of Show touches before, it is that little white dot that is present in many of our Android customization articles.

Apps like Helium backup require that you turn on USB debugging, which is also found in this list.

We won’t spend any more time digging through this list, there are many options, most of which will not do you any favors for your day to day. Of course, with a few careful tweaks, one could dramatically improve, or destroy, their Android experience.

One menu down, one to go

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While there are a few changes to the features available within Developer Options itself, we are more excited about the new hidden menu that allows Android 6.0 Marshmallow users to edit the layout for the Quick Settings notification menu. A few quick clicks, pokes and prods will have you up and running. We’ve previously discussed how to do this, make sure to go check it out.

Edit Quick Settings in Android 6.0 Marshmallow 

Are there any Developer Options that you always turn on for your devices?


Eddy Cue Discusses Why Apple Made a Pre-Installed News App

In a follow-up to an interview Apple executive Eddy Cue had with CNN senior correspondent Brian Stelter a month ago, the senior vice president of Internet software and services discussed Apple’s thoughts on the News app, which launched alongside iOS 9 in September. When asked why Apple decided to turn it into a pre-installed app, Cue offered a look into how Apple determines what constitutes a pre-installed app.


“We’ve only created the apps that we think everyone uses every day… We really wanted to create a single app that all customers could go to, to read all their news — no matter what they are interested in, no matter what topics, no matter what publications they want to follow — and get that experience that they’re used to with our products, where it looks beautiful, it’s really easy to read and yet it provides all the content available around the world.”

Cue goes on to say that Apple believes the app is a “really, really important application for the world,” noting that good journalism is important to Apple. News organizations, Cue says, have to worry about creating their own apps, interfaces and user experiences. Apple believes something like the News app can streamline this and help news organizations focus on journalism. Apple believes that the app benefits local news outlets that can’t afford to create their own apps. Furthermore, Cue says Apple even thought about how small outfits like upstart news organizations and church newsletters could use News to distribute information.

Apple is also working on a version of the app for China, Cue tells CNNMoney. When asked whether the company is running into censorship problems in the country, Cue says that it’s not. Instead, Cue notes that Apple has a “great working relationship” in China and that Apple Music, its App Store and retail stores in the country show that they know how to work in China.

Finally, Cue says that Apple has no plans to hire journalists and create content of their own. Instead, Apple’s goal with News is to “empower those journalists to get their content to the right customer.”

In late October, Tim Cook said that Apple News had approximately 40 million users. However, Cook didn’t reveal whether that number was regular users or customers who had simply checked out the app, making it difficult to determine how many people truly use Apple News. Apple has partnered with dozens of publications for Apple News, including CNN, The New York Times, ESPN and more. To get the latest news and rumors from MacRumors, make sure to add MacRumors to Apple News by clicking this link.

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Explore the surfaces of planets in ‘Elite: Dangerous’ beta

The expansion pack for Elite: Dangerous, the one that lets you go planetside and explore the surface of places like Europa, is out now. Sort of. The Horizons Planetary Landings beta, teased in a video released last week, does exactly what it says assuming you’ve pre-ordered Horizons itself. Everyone else needs to wait for the official release sometime before year’s end. Driving the all-new Surface Recon Vehicle, players can discover signals, crashed ships and mineral deposits, vastly expanding the range of gameplay. Creator David Braben recently showed off the expansion in a demo (below), and said that certain features, like textures and frame rates, might still have issues.

Via: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Source: Elite Dangerous


Adobe Photoshop update brings custom toolbars and artboards

Before the sun sets on 2015, Adobe has another round of updates for its Creative Cloud software. The new features span a number of apps, but we’ll focus on Photoshop CC. To boost overall productivity, and to save you time and a few headaches, Adobe is giving the photo-editing software custom toolbars. This means that you’ll be able to add, delete and rearrange what appears in that set of tools on the left side of the interface. The new feature allows to you customize the layout of your workspace so that only the items you use are taking up valuable space. In theory, you’ll spend less time hunting for the tool you’re after, too. Slideshow-344396


Adobe November 2015 Creative Cloud Update Includes New Features for Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects and More

Several of Adobe’s key Creative Cloud apps will see updates as part of the company’s promised 2015 update plan. As highlighted at Adobe MAX and IBC 2015, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Illustrator CC, Indesign CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and more will gain new features.

Many of Adobe’s apps, including Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and Premiere Pro CC are being updated with new Touch capabilities for use on Windows tablets and Apple trackpad devices.


Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Lightroom CC and more are receiving minor updates alongside Adobe’s video editing apps, with features announced at Adobe MAX. Photoshop CC includes a new UI, customizable toolbar, and workspaces, along with new Artboards capabilities and tight integration with Adobe Fuse CC to create realistic human 2D models.

Illustrator CC includes a new Shaper tool that combines 12 tools and panels in one, non-destructive Live Shapes, and Improved Smart Guides, and InDesign CC includes new online publishing features. Several of Adobe’s apps, including Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, and Premiere Pro CC are also being updated with new Touch capabilities usable on Windows tablets and Apple trackpad devices.

Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe’s professional video editing software, is being updated with expanded support for UltraHD formats (DNxHR, HEVC H.265, and OpenEXR) for editing 4K to 8K video footage. Premiere Pro’s Optical Flow Time Remapping allows for smooth slow-motion and speed-ramp effects, plus high-quality frame rate conversions. Adobe Premiere Pro is also being updated with HDR support.

Adobe After Effects CC is gaining support for the Lumetri Color settings introduced in Premiere Pro earlier this year. With Lumetri color support, changes made in Premiere Pro will carry over to After Effects.

Adobe Audition CC includes a new Remix tool for adjusting the duration of a song to match video content. Remix is able to automatically rearrange music to any duration to create custom tracks that fit video creation needs. It’s also able to generate synthesized speech in dozens of voices for custom narration and scratch voiceover.

Adobe’s fall updates are the second major round of updates the company’s Creative Cloud apps have seen this year. The apps also saw significant feature updates in June.
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WhatsApp reportedly blocks links to its chat rival Telegram

Not long ago, social networkers accused Facebook of blocking mentions of potential rival Well, Facebook’s supposedly at it again… and this time, you’re more likely to notice. Telegram and its users claim that WhatsApp is blocking any links to the privacy-oriented messaging service. You can see the addresses, but you can’t tap or copy them. While only some people are seeing this behavior, there’s no mistaking it when it turns up.

Via: The Verge

Source: Reddit


Nokia’s next move is VR with this $60,000 OZO camera

Nokia announced its new hardware a few months ago, and tonight at an event in Los Angeles revealed it’s opening preorders for the OZO virtual reality camera. A professional-level device capable of recording its surroundings in 360-degree spherical video, it will require a mere $60,000 — with $5k down payment up front — to secure one when shipments start in Q1 2016. The full specs are also out now, revealing it uses eight synchronized 2K x 2K camera sensors, which record to a 500GB solid state drive that can hold up to 45 minutes of footage. Pros like Jaunt are apparently using the new camera for their VR capturing, and now you can too. You can see the full list, along with accessories like its $1,500 docking station on the OZO website, while you ponder what amazing life experiences justify that pricetag.

Source: Nokia


Cyber Monday: FreedomPop loses mind, sells LG G2 for $80.99, G3 for $224.99 today only

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The folks at FreedomPop have gone completely bonkers and are selling US residents some very nice pre-owned LG devices for ludicrous prices. But you have to act today if you want to get your hands on one!

The LG G2 is currently going for $80.99, and it’s no slouch of a device. With a retail value of $499.99, you’re getting about 84% off on a device that rocked the market when it premiered in 2013. Upon release, the LG G2’s 5.2 inch screen was competitive with the Galaxy S4. With an elegant, minimalist design and enough hardware under the hood to stay current with today’s apps, this smartphone really is hard to beat. 2GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor are still pretty nice specs, and compared to what else you can buy for this price range… there’s just no comparison.

intel-logoSee also: FreedomPop to launch its first phone in 2016, thanks to funding from Intel5

The deal on the LG G3 isn’t quite as extravagant, but it’s still going off the rails on the crazy train. The model FreedomPop is selling is the Gold edition, which usually retails for $599.99. If you act today, you can get it for $224.99, a massive slice off the regular price tag. In the summer of 2014, we called the LG G3 the best phone LG had ever made. It sports a gorgeous 5.5-inch display, an impressive battery life, and hardware specs updated from the G2 model.


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Since these devices come with FreedomPop, an upstart service provider that leans on wifi usage and rides on Sprint’s 4G network when none is available, you get 100% free talk, text, and data for a year when you purchase one of these phones. They’re also shipping it to you for free, and you can cancel any time. No contracts with these guys.

To jump on this sale, click this button to hop over to the offer’s promotional site!

FreedomPop’s LG Offer


Use Snapchat Tuesday and the Gates Foundation will donate to AIDS prevention

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, and as such the non-profit (RED) organization has plenty of activities planned to raise both money and awareness for its fight against the disease. If you’re a Snapchat user, you can do your part just by adding a filter to your snaps: according to the LA Times, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $3 to (RED) every time a Snap is posted that uses one of three custom “World AIDS Day” filters up to a grand total of $3 million.

Source: LA Times


Amazon’s tablet web browser is getting easier to use

Amazon’s Silk may not be the darling of the web browser world, but you should know it’s still getting plenty of affection. The internet giant is recapping recent updates that promise an easier-to-use tablet surfing experience. You’ll now see your most visited sites as easy-to-read tiles when you visit Silk’s home screen, putting your go-to page a quick tap away. Bookmarking a page has been simplified to a single tap, and there’s a reading list section on the home screen that offers quick access to your saved articles. Oh, and this is your dream upgrade if you can’t help but open sites in new tabs — you can keep an unlimited number of tabs open instead of the previous 10. All good things to know, especially since it’s been nearly a year since we heard any updates on the supercomputer-powered browser project.

Source: Silk Web Browser


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