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Jul

Instagram stores HD images but you need to dig deeper to view them


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Despite its many virtues, the popular photo sharing app, Instagram, had one major flaw: users could only upload low resolution images on it. But we noticed last weekend that it began storing images of HD (1080 x 1080 pixels) resolution, which is an upgrade from the standard 640 x 640 pixels photos.

However, there is a catch – you can’t see them in HD resolution yet. At least not in the mobile app. If you really want to view a high resolution Instagram image, make sure that it has been uploaded recently. Also, you need to go to the desktop version of the app, and then access source code. If you are not familiar with the term, right click on the image and choose the ‘Inspect elements’ option. A panel will appear showing the source code including a URL link to the image that you are trying to access.

While it might sound like too much trouble to see an image, the move might be precursor to a new era of Instagram where HD images will be the norm. And why not, mobile camera sensors are getting bigger in size and precision with each passing day. Nowadays, even a budget phone comes with at least an 8-megapixel rear camera, so, it is only fair of photo sharing apps to aspire for higher standards.

Source: The Verge

Via: Engadget

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6
Jul

Best text messaging apps [2015]


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If you’re tired of the native texting app on your smartphone, Google Play has a plethora of great alternatives. When choosing a new solution you need to be careful, as not all of them incorporate SMS. The Play Store is filled with apps for messaging services that lack any SMS integration. Many options disguise themselves as a text messaging app when they are actually an instant messenger, which would require you to get your friends and family on-board to put it to use.

That, of course, limits our scope quite a bit. But there are still plenty of great options out there, some even built by Google itself. Be sure to check them all out below and find the one for your needs.

Hangouts

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There are people who look at Hangouts as merely an instant messaging service that Google positions to compete with Apple’s iMessage, but it also incorporates SMS features capable of converting it to an all-in-one messaging service. The nice thing about using Hangouts is that you have all of your text messages, instant message conversations, and video chats in a single place. On the contrary, this means that it can be frustrating trying to sift through text messages and instant messages.

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Google Messenger

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Another great solution is Messenger by Google. It replaces your native text messaging app with a beautiful Material Design solution. It has your standard features–the ability to send photos, video, audio messages, and search past conversations. What makes Messenger unique is that you can change conversation colors, adding a layer of customization to your conversations while making it easier to identify who you’re talking to, which is especially helpful if you have a lot of messages going on. It’s a nifty little feature.

There’s also functionality for SMS blocking to get rid of those annoying spam messages that randomly hit your phone. It’s a relatively new app that hasn’t been updated since April, but we highly doubt that Google is leaving Messenger behind for much longer.

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Textra

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Textra features a gorgeous Material Design user interface, which is one of the many benefits of using it to replace your native SMS app. It’s a seamless and fast solution, featuring over 800 emojis, a dark mode, theme colors, the ability to schedule a message, quick reply popups, and much more. And if you’re an Android Wear user, Textra works seamlessly on smartwatches.

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Hello SMS

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Hello SMS is an innovative replacement for your default messaging service, focusing on speed, performance, and quality. It’s quite possibly one of the fastest SMS options available, allowing you to quickly switch from conversation to conversation through a unique tabbing system. Hello puts conversations first, making sure you can easily send messages, start group chats, and send photos without much hassle.

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Chomp

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As far as design goes, Chomp is your stock text messaging app. However, it aims to not be as boring by adding a lot of features. One of its best features is Quick Reply, where you can reply to a message on any screen, no matter what you’re doing. In Chomp, you’ll find other cool features like SMS blocking, SMS and MMS backups, and better group messaging. There’s also a crazy amount of customization options.

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EvolveSMS

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EvolveSMS does just about everything your stock text messaging app does. However, it has a beautiful and smooth interface, taking on a card-like style that you might find in Google Now or Google+. It’s loaded with features, such as GIF support, private inboxes, Facebook and Google+ cover photo integration, desktop messaging support, and more. The base app is free, but some of the fancier features will need to be unlocked through an in-app purchase.

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WhatsApp

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While WhatsApp is not a direct SMS replacement, we had to mention it simply because of the sheer popularity of the application. It has hundreds of millions of users. That said, for it to work properly, whoever you plan on conversing with will also need to have the app downloaded. Besides that small caveat, it function as a text messaging and phone call replacement. There are no international charges since it uses your phone’s wireless connection.

WhatsApp features a lot of customization options, such as setting wallpapers for certain contacts and customizing your notification sound. It’s jam packed full of features, and if you can get your friends to join in, it’s a great solution.

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Wrap Up

The stock text messaging app that comes with your smartphone or tablet can be disappointing as it gives you a really basic package. You may want to replace your standard SMS app with something on this list if you’re looking for something that is packed with features and just looks better. If you’re looking for speed, Hello SMS will fill the void perfectly. Need free international texting? WhatsApp might be your go-to solution then. You really can’t go wrong with any of these apps.

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6
Jul

The mobile trends of 2015: which excite, which repel?


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It’s hard to believe, but we’re already more than a half year into 2015! In that time, we’ve seen a number of interesting trends rise up, including the emergence of more budget-friendly devices that don’t actually suck from the likes of Alcatel OneTouch, Asus, and others.

2015 has also seen the emergence of a dual-edge display with the Galaxy S6 Edge, a rise to more premium materials for Samsung, and a near-death for devices with a removable battery. We’ve also seen HTC lose a lot of attention due to an arguably lackluster flagship and too many flagship-level market-specific iterations. Sony has also fallen into a similar position.

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Back in May we asked our readers what they thought of the crop of devices that had surfaced in early 2015, both on the flagship and budget-friendly front. In the flagship sector, Samsung led with 50% of the vote (combining GS6 and GS6 Edge), with the LG G3 not too far behind with 32%. On a separate poll for the budget-friendly options, the Asus Zenfone 2 commanded 55% of the vote, with the OneTouch Idol 3 only managing 17%.

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So it’s pretty obvious what phones people have been most impressed about, but what about the bigger picture? Which rising trends are you most excited about as we head into the second half of the year and beyond?

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6
Jul

OnePlus 2 will be Priced Under $450 According to OnePlus CEO






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The OnePlus 2 will likely be unveiled at the end of the month, and according to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, the new flagship will be priced under $450. A lot of people are now assuming that the price with simply be $449.99, but let’s hope they decide to go even lower.

Honestly, it’s never been about the price. We simply make the best smartphones we can, and we go from there.


We all can agree with that quote from Lau. We want quality, but we also don’t want a device that breaks the bank. Let us know what you think about what Lau had to say about the price of the OnePlus 2.

Source: Google+

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6
Jul

NBA Player Blames Elbow Injury on Larger-Screened iPhone [iOS Blog]


iphone6_6plus_newSan Antonio Spurs player Matt Bonner recently revealed in an interview with Concord Monitor (via Yahoo) that he suffered from tennis elbow during the 2014-2015 NBA season, a condition that he theorized was caused by Apple’s larger-screened iPhones and led to a lower-than-normal 3-point shot success rate.

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,” he said. “When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

According to Bonner, his two-and-a-half months of tennis elbow made it so painful for him to shoot that he’d “almost be cringing” before catching the ball. He spoke to a Spurs strength and conditioning coach, who reported suffering from a similar injury after spending time playing a game on a larger-screened iPhone.

Tennis elbow is attributed to any activity involving the repetitive use of the muscles in the forearm, causing muscles and tendons to be damaged from excessive use and leading to pain and inflammation in the elbow. A quick Google search suggests that tennis elbow caused by iPhone is not a common condition, but a few others have complained about similar iPhone-related stress injuries over the years.

It’s not entirely clear if Bonner was making a tongue-in-cheek joke when he gave the tidbit of info to the Concord Monitor, but at 6’10” tall, it’s a bit difficult to believe he would have trouble using the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus or the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, even one-handed. As iMore points out, there’s likely another cause for his elbow issues.


6
Jul

Instagram changes default resolution of timeline images


Everyone knows that Instagram doesn’t store, nor show, the highest quality of photos. Since its’ inception, the general resolution of the images found in your Instagram timeline have been 640 x 640 pixels.

Now that was fine for those older devices that could barely capture images in that resolution. However, in the day of your mobile devices replacing your pocket cameras, higher resolution is better.

Thanks to The Verge, we have now come to find out that Instagram is storing images at 1080 x 1080 pixels. This is a welcome site to see with all these various devices being able to shoot high quality photos.

An Instagram official told The Verge, the following in regards to the switch from 640px to 1080px:

The company started gradually rolling out 1080 across iOS and Android” last week, meaning that most people should already be seeing the higher-resolution images in the mobile app. Alas, Instagram on the desktop remains a second-class citizen, as Instagram says that “right now we are focused on mobile, with no plans to share on web.

This may not mean much to the casual Instagram user who is more focused on watching funny videos or seeing a bunch of selfies. However, for the more “photography” minded folks who use Instagram, this is definitely a welcomed site to see.

Source: The Verge

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6
Jul

Root T-Mobile Galaxy S6/S6 Edge on Android 5.1.1 without tripping Knox


So you just updated your Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to Android 5.1.1 but by doing so lost your root access. Not to worry as there is a way to root your device on the latest Android 5.1.1 without tripping the Knox security flag to maintain your warranty.

Root Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge

First, download these files and put them in a folder:

1. Samsung USB Drivers (Click Here)
2. Odin v3.10.6
3. SuperSu v2.49
4. UniKernel
5. Auo’s v4 kernel
6. Auo’s TWRP v12
7. sboot.bin for G925T (s6 edge tmobile)
7b. sboot.bin for G920T (s6 tmobile)

If you plan on using the Unikernel to root your g925t or g920t on 5.1.1 use these steps

1. Install Samsung USB Drivers if necessary.
2. Put phone into download mode. Power phone off then press and hold Volume down, home and power keys at same time until you see warning screen then let go and hit volume up one time.
3. Plug phone in and wait for drivers to install if necessary.
4. Open odin you should now see phone’s modem port highlighted in blue.
5. Click on BL tab and select correct sboot.bin that you downloaded above. Then click start.
6. When phone comes back on power off again and put into download mode.
7. Open odin again and this time select AP tab and select UniKernel file and click start.
8. That is it!!! When it comes back on phone will be rooted. To verify that knox has not been tripped go back to download mode and it should still say KNOX WARRANTY: 0 (0X0000)

If you plan on using Aou’s Kernel and TWRP to root your G925T on 5.1.1 (DO NOT USE THIS FOR G920T) use the steps below

1. Install Samsung USB drivers if necessary.
2. Copy and Paste SuperSU v2.49 on the root folder of your phone’s internal memory.
3. Put phone into download mode. Power phone off then press and hold Volume down, home and power keys at same time until you see warning screen then let go and hit volume up one time.
4. Plug phone into computer and let drivers install if necessary.
5. Open odin and click on BL tab and select sboot.bin file for g925t and click start.
6. When phone is back on put back into download mode again.
7. Open odin again and this time select AP tab and flash Aou’s TWRP file and hit start.
8. When phone is back on put phone into download mode one last time.
9. Open odin and select AP tab and select Aou’s v4 kernel and click start.
10. When phone is back on unplug it and power it off and put into recovery mode (Volume up, home and power keys)
11. When TWRP recovery is open click on install tab and select supersu file and swipe to flash it. then reboot phone to system.
12. That is it!!! When it comes back on phone will be rooted. To verify that knox has not been tripped go back to download mode and it should still say KNOX WARRANTY: 0 (0X0000)

SOURCE: XDA Developers (wonderingabout)

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6
Jul

Uber pushes for rule changes by using drivers as mail couriers


Uber is no stranger to using grassroots campaigns to push for pro-ridesharing regulation, but it just took things one step further: it’s turning its app into a political activism tool. If you live in St. Louis, you now have an UberLetters option that sends old-school paper mail to the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission in hopes that it will allow the lower-cost UberX tier in the city. Once you’ve written your plea, you hail an Uber car that drops it off for free. It’s an unusual move that will only last for a day (you have until 4PM on July 7th to act), but the company argues that these makeshift couriers are virtually necessary. The MTC only accepts public comments through fax or physical mail, so Uber couldn’t just ask supporters to email their feedback.

It’s hard to say if the campaign will work, and you might be irked at seeing advocacy in Uber’s hailing app when you’re only concerned with a getting a quick trip across town. However, we suspect that Uber sees this as a relatively mild gesture in light of the backlash it faces over its rule-bending ways in some other countries. Here, at least, it doesn’t have to worry about hiring guards to keep drivers safe.

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Source: Uber Newsroom

6
Jul

Reddit offers an olive branch to moderators: ‘we apologize’


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Reddit didn’t curry any favor with its legions of users when it sacked its much-admired director of communications, but it’s at least trying to make amends. Company chief Ellen Pao has issued an apology that also includes changes that would accommodate moderators upset at losing one of their best allies. To start, it’s promising renewed direct communications — there’s a new Moderator Advocate who’ll serve as a point of contact for mods, and administrators (including Pao) plan to talk to the community more often. Reddit is also hoping to finally act on promises of delivering new tools, and it’ll let mods revert to an old search format if it helps their workflows.

The gesture is an important one for Pao, who has been accused by the community of being out of touch. Some redditors interpreted her seeming dismissal of critics (she doesn’t believe that most users care about the drama) as calling the community insignificant. That was taken out of context, Pao says, and Reddit knows that its business revolves around participation. However, there’s no guarantee that this will placate users — many of those responding to the apology see it as a “half-hearted” effort that’s meant more to prevent a mass exodus than offer genuine reform. It’ll take a while for many of the planned changes to kick in, so you might not learn who’s right for quite some time.

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Source: Ellen Pao (Reddit)

6
Jul

Check out Predator’s gory moves in ‘Mortal Kombat X’


Predator — the Invisible Eviscerator; the Brutalizer in the Brush — creeps into Mortal Kombat X tomorrow, July 7th, for anyone who owns the $30 Kombat Pack as well as the full game. For everyone else, the Dreadlocked Destroyer will be available to buy as a standalone character on July 14th. The Terror of the Trees enters Mortal Kombat X as part of the Predator Bundle, which includes three additional character skins: Commando Johnny, Infrared Scorpion and Carl Weathers as Jax. Predator joins fellow movie murderer Jason Voorhees as a DLC character in Mortal Kombat X — and the two face off in the following trailer. Spoiler: It doesn’t end well for Jason.

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