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Aug

Using Glovebox with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a perfect match


gloveboxThe Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the best smart phones ever made and features two curved edges that set it apart from anything else on the market. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t fully utilized these curves to their full extent. Only a few small features for time, contacts, and notifications are present.

Just because Samsung hasn’t fully embraced the edges doesn’t mean you can’t use them to their true potential. There are a few pretty cool apps out there that maximize the edges’ effectiveness. One that I have been using is called Glovebox.

Glovebox is available to anyone with an Android device but the app is especially useful if you have the Galaxy S6 Edge. It allows you to swipe over from the edge of your device and launch any app, folder, or quick action. All you have to do is add whatever apps you want and start sliding from the edge to launch them.

I have been using it ever since I purchased the Galaxy S III years ago and it’s one of favorite apps today. Now, using the with the Galaxy S6 Edge, Glovebox is even better. The edges make it seem so natural to slide out from. Unlike Samsung’s People Edge feature, you are not limited to sliding out from one side or the other. You can set it to slide out from the left, right, top, or bottom to suit your needs.

Recently, many manufacturers and secondary launchers are including a higher level of customization. The great part about Glovebox is you can customize the way it looks to match your favorite theme. You can even use any icons you download from the Play Store to match it even better.

There are so many features to Glovebox, but it is quite easy to setup and start using today.

How it actually works

Basically you swipe out and slide your thumb around towards what app you want to launch. Once you stop on the app you want to launch take your thumb off and the app will launch. This will work from any screen including the camera app.

How to add apps

The first thing to do, once you have downloaded and installed Glovebox, is add your most used apps.

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Make sure you are on the hand icon at the top left. Here you can add or remove whatever apps you want. The free version offers a maximum of 8 apps while the pro version offers many more as well as a few other features. Select the plus button at the top right and a list of all the apps on your phone will appear. Just choose the check box next to the ones you want and they will be added to the list.

Once you have selected the apps you want, press the back button to head back to the screen before. It looks like the picture above. The far right icon on the apps if held allows you to drag the apps around to re-order them. Say you want your most important apps at the top, just slide them there and it’s done. Making changes is easy and quick.

If you would like to add folders, widgets, actions, or shortcuts, you can do so by following the same steps above only after you select the plus button swipe over when the applications screen pops up. More on folders later on.

How to remove apps

Removing apps is easy but was a little tricky to figure out on my own. All you have to do is literally swipe them away just like you would a notification in the notification drawer. There was no obvious way to figure this out until you actually do it and realize it is the most obvious way.

Customize names and icons

Changing the app name is done by selecting the app and manually renaming it. To change the icon, select it and choose a new icon from an icon pack or reset it to the default icon.

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As you can see from the picture, I am using the Iron Man theme on my Galaxy S6 Edge. It has dark circular icons as the default and Glovebox automatically changes the icons to match my theme.

Choose which side you want

With Glovebox, you can slide from the left, right, top, or bottom. Perfect for people that are lefty, righty, or even ambidextrous. Go to the gear icon at the top and select “Trigger.” From here you select “enable sides”, and select which side or sides you want the bar to appear on. You can select just one or multiple. I will be sticking to just the right side for this guide.

Change the sensitivity

The sensitivity is a lot more important than you may think. If it’s too strong you may accidentally swipe it out when you don’t want to and if it’s too weak it won’t swipe out when you do want it. Also, many apps have slide out menus themselves and Glovebox may interfere with it. Finding the correct balance for you will take some trial and error.

Still in the “Trigger” section select “Trigger area editor”. From here you can adjust the start, end, and sensitivity level. The blue bar shows exactly where the bar is and how it will look based on your changes. Depending on which side you have Glovebox set to will determine which trigger you need to change. For example, if it’s the right side, the first screen will be changed, but if it’s the left side swipe over and change the left side. The same applies to the top or bottom triggers.

Of course there are haptic feedback and pause in landscape too, but those are pretty self-explanatory on what they do and remain optional.

Change the actions with Sidebar

Do you want to show notifications, override the status bar, or something else? One area I do want to talk about is the Full swipe action. When you swipe your thumb and Glovebox slides out you, can slide it around to select which app you’d like. However, if you slide it all the way to the opposite side of the screen, a new action can take place. You can have nothing happen, return to the home screen, cancel, launch recent apps, or set it as a back button if you are rooted. I have mine set to return to the home screen.

Under that we have the Quick swipe action. When you swipe Glovebox out really fast, what happens? Do you just want the bar to close or keep the bar in an open position? If it’s selected to open you can slide really fast and have the bar stay open allowing you to look at the apps in the bar. This is helpful when you just want to glance at how many notifications you have or forgot the placement of an app. Now you don’t have to hold your thumb on the screen to see the bar.

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Under the “App Info” section it says “show app info popup”. I suggest you have this checked as it will pop out the name of the app in the side bar making it a lot easier to tell what app you are currently selecting and about to open. The picture above shows the name pop out.

Changing the icons/bar look in Personalization

The personalization menu is where you can change the look of the bar, the icons, the transitions, as well as much more. It works by using Themes. You can select just the icon, just the sidebar, or both. Select the picture to see a pop up of what the bar will look like if applied. If you scroll over, it will show you what the icons will look like. They have some very unique looks from Ubuntu to grass themes.

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Sidebar density is basically how close everything is together. This is all a matter of preference based on how well you can see and if you want more space when using Glovebox.

Fade effect is pretty cool, too. When you swipe the bar out the screen will go dimmer allowing you to focus more on the apps in the bar. If you have it unchecked the bar will slide out, but the app you are in won’t change.

Folders

You have two different ways to add folders. One is the same as adding apps only after you hit the “plus” button swipe over one to “Folder”. From there, hit the gear icon and the plus button to name the folder. Check off the ones you want added to that folder and hit the back button.

The second way is be under the gear menu at the top and select “Folder”. After that it’s the same way to add apps to the folders. If you would like to delete or rename a folder press the little red trash icon in the bottom right corner of the folder.

That is just to add apps to a folder; however, adding a folder to the Glovebox bar is another step. Be under the hand icon at the top, hit the plus, and swipe over to “Folder” and you should see all the folders you have created for you to add.

Blacklist

Certain apps can pause Glovebox and this section gives you some control over that. You can have your phone vibrate when it’s being paused, show messages when it’s paused, or add apps to the blacklist to not pause Glovebox.

Conclusion

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I have been using Glovebox for years now and it truly is a must have. The app is there, ready to be called upon even when not seen. The little swipe actions always impress people as they have no idea how you did that and wish their phones could do it too. As I mentioned from the start: it’s already a great app on any phone, but basically mandatory if you own the Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung should of actually partnered with Glovebox and had the app pre-installed. Unlike most of the other pre-installed apps, this one would remain enabled.

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6
Aug

iOS 9 Beta 5 Tidbits: New Wallpapers, WIFi Calling for AT&T Users, and More


Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 9, and as with the previous iOS 9 betas, there are a few new features and tweaks bundled into the release. WiFi calling for AT&T users has been introduced and is coming soon, Apple’s debuted several new wallpapers, and there are tweaks to CarPlay and the iPhone 6 keyboard.

Several bugs have been fixed in iOS 9 beta 5, and features like News and Siri Suggestions are working more smoothly than ever. With approximately a month and a half to go until release, iOS 9 is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For those eager to know all about what’s coming in iOS 9 ahead of its release, we’ve rounded up a complete list of the changes introduced with iOS 9 beta 5 below.

You can also check out all of the changes, large and small, that have been made in previous betas: iOS 9 beta 1, iOS 9 beta 2, iOS 9 beta 3, iOS 9 beta 4.

Wallpapers – Today’s update includes a wide selection of new wallpapers, introducing images featuring close ups of feathers, flowers, plants, and more. Many older wallpapers have been removed, so people running iOS 8.4 should save their favorites now before they’re deleted with the launch of iOS 9.

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WiFi Calling for AT&T – Beta 5 adds WiFi calling options for AT&T subscribers, but attempting to turn the option on results in a message saying WiFi calling is not yet available. The addition of the setting heralds the imminent release of the feature for AT&T users. Previously, WiFi calling was limited to T-Mobile. There’s also a new WiFi Assist feature that will “automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor.”

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Apple Music – There’s a new “Shuffle All” option at the top of My Music when in Song, Album, or Genre view. It’ll play all songs in a music library on shuffle mode.

Keyboard tweaks – On the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the keyboard has been tweaked and simplified with new shift and backspace keys.

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Handoff – Handoff functionality has been changed in iOS 9 beta 5. Previously, Handoff had an option that would allow users to see lock screen suggestions for Apps in the App Store for a relevant location, but now only installed apps will be displayed. In the Settings app, Handoff options under General -> Handoff & Suggested Apps, the option to display App Store apps has been removed.

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Regulatory info – The General portion of the Settings app has a new “Regulatory” section that displays regulatory information for iOS devices. This was information was previously hidden (and is still located) in General –> About –> Legal.

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CarPlay – The CarPlay interface has been updated, changing the way images are displayed behind music controls and adding the ability to heart songs that are playing through Beats 1 radio or Apple Music.

Siri Suggestions – The Siri Suggestions interface has been tweaked slightly, removing the labels for calling and messaging a contact. Only icons are displayed now.

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Text Replacements – In the Settings app, the section where you can create shortcuts for keys has been renamed “Text Replacements.”

WiFi animation – There’s a new animation that’s used when WiFi is turned off. Instead of the bars disappearing one by one, the WiFi symbol now fades to gray before disappearing.

Additional feature updates in iOS 9 beta 5 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple is expected to release at least one or two more update to iOS 9 before the operating system’s official launch. iOS 9 is expected to be released to the public in the fall alongside new iPhones.


6
Aug

Dungeon Hunter 5 Northern Storm update coming with crafting, an endless dungeon and more




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Those of you wrapped up in the lore of Dungeon Hunter from Gameloft are in for a treat as the company has announced a new update, The Northern Storm, for Dungeon Hunter 5 is on the horizon for Android. The update will bring in a number of new things that are sure to please players across the world.

Gameloft has added a number of new things to keep you busy. First up you have a new Endless Dungeon that is sure to test your skills and your player. The longer you survive the better chance you have at collecting some powerful ingredients to help you craft new trinkets. With the new trinkets you are able to carry up to 3 that will help you along your quest.

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On the single player story mode side of things there is a new environment called Valen Outpost. They also added in another special dungeon that was created by the wicked Kenashi builders that holds a new final boss, Dendrik the Marauder. If you successfully defeat him you pick up Kenashi tickets that can be use to open special chests that hold 4 new Kenashi-themed armors, 4 new weapons, 3 new skills and 4 new minions.

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The Northern Storm update is already out for iOS users, but will be rolling out soon to Android and Windows users. Be sure to keep an eye out for it.

The post Dungeon Hunter 5 Northern Storm update coming with crafting, an endless dungeon and more appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

6
Aug

Samsung commits to new Android security update process to fast track patching vulnerabilities




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The mini super computers in our pockets have become more than our life line of communication to our friends, families, work and social media. They have become our way to control our house, keep tabs on our kids, express ourselves in photo and video, pay bills and so much more. With Android devices being many people’s primary means of computing, it also means that they are a target for hackers to hijack your device, steal your information and run a muck. The most recent ‘scare’ was a called Android Stagefright. To the best of my understanding, Stagefright was a bug that would give control of your device over to a would be criminal by way of a simple MMS. While Google immediately got to work fixing the bug and sent out security updates to its manufacturing partners, we all know how long it can take from them, and the carriers, to get around to pushing the patch out.

Seems security updates and patches are things that us end users need more frequently than every couple of months, or when ever the next bit software update is finally available. Samsung is jumping on the threats much quicker than before and are looking to fast track those important security patches.


“With the recent security issues, we have been rethinking the approach to getting security updates to our devices in a more timely manner. Since software is constantly exploited in new ways, developing a fast response process to deliver security patches to our devices is critical to keep them protected. We believe that this new process will vastly improve the security of our devices and will aim to provide the best mobile experience possible for our users.” said Dong Jin Koh, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Research and Development Office, IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung is already in talks with its carrier partners around the globe to make sure their devices get the security updates as quickly as possible. We should hear about which devices on which carrier are pushing the updates and when relatively soon.

 

The post Samsung commits to new Android security update process to fast track patching vulnerabilities appeared first on AndroidSPIN.

6
Aug

New story missions, dungeons and more coming to Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter 5


Gameloft’s extremely popular Dungeon Hunter 5 game on Android will soon get a pretty sizable expansion, which the developer is referring to as the Northern Storm update. The game will receive a number of new missions, a new environment, Guild Leaderboards and much more.

First and foremost, the new environment making its way to the game is called Valen Outpost, which is playable in new single player story mode missions. The Northern Storm update also brings a new endless dungeon level, which will allow you to defeat multiple waves of enemies in hopes to earn new ingredients. Speaking of which, players will now be able to craft new trinkets for additional bonuses in the crafting system. For the new trinkets you’ll need new ingredients, which you’ll be able to find in the endless dungeon and various story mode missions.

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There’s a new special dungeon that’s been crafted by the ‘wicked Kenashi builders’, where you’ll be tasked to take on a new boss called Dendrik the Marauder. This new dungeon is where you’ll also be able to earn Kenashi tickets, which can be traded for any of the four new Kenashi-themed armors, four new weapons, three new skills and four new minions to guard your Stronghold.

Dungeon Hunter 5 isn’t the oldest game in the Play Store, but it’s always nice to see a big expansion come to a mobile title every so often. The update is already available for iOS devices, and Gameloft says the Android update is ‘coming soon’. Be sure to check out the expansion trailer attached above, and head to the Play Store link below to download the game.

Get it now on Google Play

6
Aug

Japanese court rules that bitcoin can’t be ‘owned’


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Tokyo’s district court has ruled that it’s not possible for people to own bitcoin, and therefore they can’t sue for compensation in the wake of Mt. Gox’s collapse. The ruling comes a few days after the head of what used to be the world’s largest bitcoin exchange was arrested on charges of fraud concerning its collapse. The case involved an anonymous individual who had 458 BTC in their account, roughly equivalent to just under $130,000 today. Naturally, the person was seeking to claw some of that cash back, but Judge Masumi Kurachi felt that bitcoins do not possess the necessary “tangible qualities” to constitute owned property under the country’s law. We won’t debate their wisdom here, nor the intricacies of Japanese property law, but given that Gox was holding thousands of people’s bitcoin stashes, there’s plenty more angry customers looking for compensation.

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Source:
Japan Times

Tags: Bitcoin, Court, Japan, Law, MarkKarpeles, Mt.Gox

6
Aug

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’ looks like ‘Dota 2’ with new features


Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is banking big on eSports with a handful of new, updated and returning features that make the professional game stand out from everyday matches. Arena, for example, replaces Black Ops 2‘s League Play as an online ranking system where players compete to reach the top division. CODcaster Mode returns, allowing spectators to commentate over the top of live matches and control some of the visual cues of the game. That’s all fine and dandy, but Black Ops 3‘s real eSports meat comes in the form of Specialist Draft and the “Ban and Protect” systems, which serve to make the professional game play out more like massively successful pro games League of Legends or Dota 2.

Specialist Draft assigns a specific role and power-up path to each player, allowing them to gain new abilities and weapons throughout the match — but there can only be one of each Specialist weapon or ability per team, so players are encouraged to pick the path that plays to their individual strengths. Meanwhile, Bans and Protects allow each team to remove or ensure the inclusion of certain items in every match. This adds a strategic layer to the game before the shooting even begins.

“There’s no doubt that this is the most significant change to how Call of Duty eSports will be played over the coming years,” Treyarch Studio Director David Vonderhaar says.

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Tags: Activision, blackops3, CallOfDuty, callofdutyblackops3, esports, hdpostcross, ProfessionalGaming, ProGaming, Treyarch

6
Aug

The surprising joy of Time’s virtual reality cover starring Palmer Luckey


It’s amazing to see Palmer Luckey — creator of the Oculus Rift and custodian of the tech industry’s current obsession with virtual reality — on the cover of Time magazine this month. It’s another sign that virtual reality has a real shot at entering the mainstream conversation, following previous signals like Facebook buying Oculus for $2 billion in 2014, and Sony, Valve, HTC, Samsung and dozens of other companies revealing their own VR headsets. As amazing as Luckey’s Time cover is, it’s also really, really odd. Why is he on his tippy-toes? Does he really need to be squatting like that? What are his hands doing? Where’s the controller? And why the hell is he in front of a fake beach? The world may never know, but through the power of photo-editing tools, we certainly can imagine. See some of our ideas below and please add your own chops in the comments (feel free to use our cutout).

Perhaps Luckey made a new, tiny dinosaur friend in virtual reality.

Such poise, such grace.

Don’t forget your parachute, Luckey! Oh, shoot.

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Tags: facebook, hdpostcross, PalmerLuckey, photoshop, time, TimeMagazine, VirtualReality, vr

6
Aug

Tesla’s prehensile car charger plugs itself in automatically


Keep your flying cars and robot maids, we are already living in Elon Musk’s future. Tesla officially unveiled its automatic charging system today and whaaaaa? When Musk first announced its development last December, he compared it to a “solid metal snake” and he was not lying. In the video below you can see the charger bend and flex like one of Doc Oc’s appendages as it pokes around the backside of a Model S before inserting a nozzle on its tip into the vehicle’s charging port.

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Tags: AutomaticCharger, ElonMusk, ModelS, Tesla, vehicles

6
Aug

Big Data VR app allows researchers to ‘browse’ genomes


Earlier this year, Epic Games (the folks that made the Unreal Engine) held a $20,000 competition that challenged VR companies to create programs that could help users better tackle the valuable, albeit unwieldy, figures in Big Data sets. For its entry into “The Big Data VR Challenge” Hammerhead VR submitted The Genome Browser, a virtualization that will allow researchers to, quite literally, browse through an organism’s genome and access a library of data (generated by the Wellcome Sanger Institute) at each gene.

With it, Hammerhead hopes to empower researchers with the ability to quickly scan through enormous amounts of data and find new correlations between these data points. Doing so could accelerate the development of new drugs and treatments for a wide variety of diseases. And while the Hammerhead team did not win the competition, you can see the VR system in action with this newly-released 3D video, below.

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VR Focus

Source:
Hammerhead VR

Tags: BigData, biology, cancer, EpicGames, genes, genomes, genomics, hammerhead, HammerheadVR, VirtualReality, VR

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