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Apr

Amazon App of the Day Bundle brings you $105 of apps for free




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Looking for a new game to get sucked into for the weekend? Maybe you are in need of a GPS tracking app for your runs. Lucky for you then as Amazon has listed $105 worth of apps that you can grab for absolutely nothing. That’s right, a big old fat goose egg price tag on a slew of apps and games are listed in an App of the Day Bundle. In this round you will find games like Amazing Alex Premium, Plants vs. Zombies and Prince of Persia Classic.  On the app front you will find the usual Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker and Splashtop Whiteboard (Kindle Only).

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I am sure there is at least one or two apps or games in the list that you have been thinking about picking up. You do need the Amazon AppStore app installed on your Android device in order to pick up these freebies. The install process is pretty painless. You can grab it directly from Amazon and simply sideload it to your device. I find it much easier to be on a laptop or desktop and load up Amazon in a web browser and do the 1-click install on apps. It works similar to how the Google Play Store does and sends the download to the registered device.

Full deals app page can be found here. Don’t wait too long though as the offers will expire on April 19th.

Enjoy!

The post Amazon App of the Day Bundle brings you $105 of apps for free appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

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16
Apr

Widerun turns your bike into a virtual reality machine


Some people need extra motivation to exercise, and the creators of this bike trainer called Widerun hope to provide that in the form of virtual reality. Widerun is a system comprised of a steering component and a base station that attaches to ordinar…

16
Apr

Pocket celebrates third birthday with completely redesigned web interface


Pocket WebPocket, one of our favorite apps for saving content to read later, is celebrating its third birthday this week. The app has been around a little longer than that, but it was previously called Read It Later. The change to Pocket signified a new direction for the company, and several years later it’s turned into one of the best apps on Android.

To mark this birthday, Pocket has refreshed the design of its web app, making it significantly more accessible no matter what device you’re using. The web page for Pocket has been decent, but certainly nothing to brag about. This update changes that with many small changes making the web experience nearly as good as what you’d expect in a native Android or iOS app.

The new interface features a persistent menu bar, similar to the mobile apps, plus a night mode, small UI changes like progress bars, a permanent shorcut to bulk edit for users that save and manage tons of content. These changes add up to a pretty significant refresh, and it’s a very welcome change for anyone that uses Pocket regularly.

source: Pocket

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16
Apr

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Camera Shootout


Samsung flagships have always been among the top few when it comes to best smartphone camera lists, and Samsung continues to push the limits with their latest offerings. We’ve already given the latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, the comprehensive review treatment, during which we were very impressed by the quality of the cameras of these two smartphones. Today, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at exactly how these cameras perform, in this Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge camera shootout!

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Given the fact that both these smartphones feature identical camera setups and features, the images and videos you’ll see in the video above and pictures below are a mix from both devices. As you may remember from the review, some of the shots taken during that time were with Auto HDR on, taking away the guesswork needed to decide whether HDR has to be on or not, and an indicator on the viewfinder lets you know whether it is when taking a shot. Another interesting and useful feature is the ability to take photos while shooting video, but it has to be mentioned that the photos will come out at with a 1080p resolution, instead of the much higher resolution possible with the 16 MP rear shooter.

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The Galaxy S6 camera is definitely one of the best phones to have when taking pictures outdoors. With its f/1.9 aperture for both the front and back cameras, you will get great shots most of the time unless the lighting conditions are extremely poor. That said, a testament to how good an experience this camera provides while taking shots outdoors is in the fact that I didn’t really feel the need to use my DSLR camera to take high-quality photos.

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The videos you will see will mostly be at the 1080p resolution, mostly to make sure that I was able to use all of the features of the Samsung camera, like HDR, and when shooting video at the 4K resolution, these features aren’t available to you. Good videos are possible with both the front and rear cameras, but a point to note is that some warping along the sides does occur from time to time, even with video stabilization on. Slow motion capture is also possible, with you being able to shoot a regular video with the slow motion mode activated, and then fine tune the level of the slow motion you want to see.

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The 5 MP front-facing camera also comes with a f/1.9 aperture, allowing for a little bit of that nice depth of field in the background, and considering what has now become the primary purpose of the front-facing camera, you will certainly get some great looking selfies out of it. Speaking depth of field, the rear camera does a great job in taking shots with a nice depth of field look, very akin to what is possible with a DSLR shooter. You are able to pinpoint the portion of the shot you want to have in focus on the viewfinder, but you can also achieve the same effect by going into the Pro mode and using the manual focus slider, which is also a very nice touch.

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Good panorama shots are also possible, but like with any panoramic camera, stitching problems come through very evidently if the subjects in the shot are moving around. But if you are taking a panorama shot of a still scene, the photo will certainly turn out great. The same holds true while taking panorama shots with the front-facing camera as well, and save for very low light conditions, you will be able to manage some fun “wide selfies,” that will allow you to fit your whole group into a single photo.  It does require some care though, and you  may need a few tries to take a shot in which the signs of stitching are kept to a minimum.

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If you are a little more familiar with the intricacies of photography, you can get a lot of benefit out of the Pro mode that is available. One thing to keep in mind when trying to increase the exposure is to keep the setting at spot metering, instead of a matrix or a weighted scale, as using the latter two will not bump up the exposure when you bring the slider up. You have to pinpoint the one spot of the subject that you want to be brighter and it is from there that you can play around with the exposure slider.

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Moving onto indoor and low light situations, when decent lighting is available indoors, the images will turn out great, and even when outdoors at night, if there is a prominent light source in the scene, the pictures will look good. Good shots are possible in other low light conditions, but understandably, image quality deteriorates as lighting conditions worsen, and of course, images taken with the front-facing camera show more noise than those taken with the rear shooter, given its lower megapixel count. With the lower shutter speed in order to compensate for the low light condition, motion blur in the photos is seen as well. Everything said and done, these are issues that are very common no matter what camera you’re using.

The cameras of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are obviously even better than the ones that came before it, but these may be also be the best smartphone cameras available in the world of Android, at least for now. As I’ve said many times in the past, it is the post processing that really makes or breaks the photo quality on an Android device, and these devices do a fantastic job in this regard. It cannot be stressed enough how great these cameras are, and this makes Samsung’s latest flagships that much more appealing for consumers.

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Apr

Deal: Last chance to save 58% on TOCCs Feather Buds Bluetooth Headphones


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Going for a run? Commuting to work? Don’t let troublesome headphone cables slow you down. The TOCCs Feather Buds Headphones let you enjoy your favorite tunes as you go about your day with total flexibility. The AA Deals Store is offering these headphones at a big discount, but not for too much longer!

Pair them with any Bluetooth device and enjoy your music wirelessly up to 30 feet away. With crystal clear sound, noise canceling outer shells and comfort fit earbuds, Feather Buds are perfect for tuning in at home, work or on the go. Plus, with a built-in mic and remote, you’re in total control of your music and phone calls — play, pause and answer calls without skipping a beat. The headphones also include optional ear hooks for added security and three different sizes of comfort-fit gelled earbuds.

Sound good yet? Over at the Android Authority Deals Store, we’ve got the TOCCs Feather Buds at 58% off, for just $24.99 with free shipping in the US! Get yours today and enjoy tangle-free audio wherever you go. This awesome deal ends tomorrow, so head to the link below before your time runs out.

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16
Apr

LG confirms the LG G4 leather back cover


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It seems LG really doesn’t want to have any surprises left for April 28th. First, LG announced some of the changes heading to its software and then confirmed the phone will have a 16MP shooter with a f/1.8 aperture. Yesterday LG highlighted their “Quantum QHD” display in a teaser. And now this morning we have news that LG has confirmed that the LG G4 will in fact have a leather-clad design.

Early this morning or late last night, depending on your time zone, LG Mobile posted the image seen above on its Facebook page. Alongside the image was the following description:

Always have authentic luxury in hand.
The brand new LG G4 with vegetable-tanned leather cover.
See the great, feel the great.

As you can see, the image falls perfectly in line with all the leaked LG G4 images that surfaced last weekend. That means you can expect additional colors aside from the one in the above image.

Leaked image showing off G4 colors.

Leaked image showing off G4 colors.

For those not impressed with the leather rear cover, the good news is that the leaked images for the LG G4 suggest that at least a few rear cover options will not have the leather-clad design and will likely be made of plastic — though LG has yet to confirm this detail.

Excited to learn even more about the LG G4? Be sure to check out our G4 rumor roundup post!

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16
Apr

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge accidental protection plans now available


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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are here, and they seem to be doing very well so far, garnering the attention of both casual consumers and even techies that previously might not have considered picking up a Samsung handset. The reason for the Galaxy S6’s warm reception is a combination of slimmed down software and more elegant hardware. Of course, that more elegant, glass-wrapped design comes at a potential cost: it could possibly be easier to break than a typical plastic-clad Samsung device.

Worried about a broken back or display with your new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? While HTC offers Uh-Oh replacement protection for free with the One M9, Samsung fans have the option of paying for extra protection through a “Samsung Plus Mobile Elite” extended warranty. The warranty program gives you two years of protection against accidental damage, and will replace the phone up to three times over the course of the warranty. This includes protection against liquid damage, cracked displays, cracked backs, mechanical damage, and the list goes on.

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Pricing for the Samsung extended warranty plans are set at $99 for the Galaxy S6 and $129 for the Edge. The only other catch is Galaxy S6 owners will also have to pay $75 plus tax each of the three times you utilize the accidental damage warranty, while Edge owners will pay $95 plus tax.

For more details, be sure to head to Samsung’s website. What do you think, is it worth getting an extended warranty, especially for those of us who prefer to buy our handsets off-contract and outright? Or are folks better off to just save their money?

For those that do decide to bypass a warrany program or carrier insurance, you might at least want to take a look at our list of best cases for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

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Apr

If you’re experiencing poor battery life on your Galaxy S6, try updating this app


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You’ve had your brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 for a few days now, so how are you liking the battery life? We know Samsung upset a ton of consumers when it decided to make the batteries in its newest two flagships non-removable, and it sure doesn’t help that both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge only offer up average battery life. If you’ve been experiencing battery woes on your new handset, Samsung may have done something to help fix it.

Our thoughts on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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If you own a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or a number of other recent Samsung devices, head on over to the Google Play Store and select the My apps menu. There should be an update available for an application called “Samsung Push Service”. If you have an update available, you’re going to want to install it. According to the changelog, Samsung has “applied patches to reduce data usage and power consumption”, as well as added in a few bug fixes.

We’re not entirely sure that updating this app will be the saving grace for the S6’s battery life, but it’s definitely worth a try. Once you download the update, be sure to let us know in the comment section if you experience any less battery drain than before.

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Apr

Light-sensitive clothing takes us back to the ‘hypercolor’ era


1991 was a turbulent year — the internet first arrived to the public, Arnold bid us “Hasta la Vista, baby” and the hypercolor fad swept the nation. Yes, those were the garments that changed hue from body heat, thanks to a combination of so-called leuco dyes and inappropriate touching. Mercifully, the craze died quickly because of insurmountable problems; namely the colors stopped changing after a few trips through the wash and it was just kind of gross. Now a company called The Crated is trying to reincarnate the best part of hypercolor — the color changing — with a line of clothing called Photochromia.

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The Crated has married clothing and tech before with 3D-printed dresses and shirts that have built-in electronics. It teamed with a company called Print All Over Me to develop the Photochromia garments with inks that change color in UV light. The hidden designs are printed onto the fabrics with a special leuco dye that remains clear until it’s hit by UV light — the more the light, the darker the ink gets. The graphics themselves have a delightfully nerdy STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) theme featuring ASCII prints, vector art and Schrodinger’s cat designs, to name a few.

Unlike past leuco-dyed garments, Photochromia clothing can stand up to wear and tear and won’t highlight your pit stains — it’s only sensitive to light, not heat. The group is trying to raise money for it on Kickstarter with caps, shirts, sweatpants and backpacks starting at $25. It’s trying to raise $12,000 to create a “reliable, ethical and functional supply chain,” and is about halfway there — if you’re interested, you can ante up here.

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16
Apr

Etsy’s massive IPO puts big money behind small sellers


Online Marketplace Etsy, Inc. Debuts On Nasdaq Stock Exchange

Selling handmade stuff on the internet is big business, and Etsy’s IPO shows just that. The online marketplace completed its initial public offering today, raising over $270 million towards a total valuation of more than $3.5 billion — not too shabby for a company that’s not yet profitable. If you’re not familiar, Etsy offers folks who deal in “handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies” a place to sell their goods online. Sure, the site takes a cut, and it generates revenue from ads, shipping and payment processing. What’s more, it has attracted 1.4 million active sellers and 19.8 million active buyers (as of December) in its 10 years handling those sales. The company was clear about its history of losses when it first announced plans to go public, admitting that it may never turn a profit. However, as the popularity of handmade and unique wares continues to grow, eager sellers are likely to opt for the site’s community as a means for promotion as much as its e-commerce tools. It’s also poised to make a big splash in mobile, recently hiring one of Pandora’s top executives to lead that charge.

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