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23
Oct

On-demand package delivery service ‘Doorman’ goes live in Chicago


Doorman, a San Francisco startup founded in 2013, is bad news for whoever makes those “Sorry we missed you!” sticky notes. Doorman allows subscribers to schedule deliveries for times that fit their own schedules, for $4 per package or up to $30 per month, and it’s live in Chicago right now with a New York roll-out incoming. The service attempts to eliminate missed or stolen packages for people who don’t have doormen themselves — send your order to a personal Doorman address (a spot in the service’s warehouse) and schedule a convenient time for it to be delivered, any day between 6PM and midnight. Doorman sends a push notification to users when their packages have arrived and are ready for scheduling. It’s “ding” rather than “ding-dong.”

[Image credit: Shutterstock]

Source: TechCrunch

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23
Oct

‘Steve Jobs’ isn’t totally accurate, and that’s okay


Steve Jobs isn’t your typical biopic. That’s something we explored in our interview with its director, Danny Boyle, and writer, Aaron Sorkin. It’s more like a play set in three acts, each of which occurs right before a major product debut. And yet, it’s hard not to approach it as a biographical film — Jobs’ name is right there in the title, what else would you expect? So, it’s not too surprising to see the film being dismissed among some techies because it isn’t 100 percent accurate. Jobs didn’t really have life-changing conversations with his friends and family before these product announcements! Joanna Hoffman wasn’t even working at Apple when he launched the iMac! These are all facts worth bringing up — but focusing on those inaccuracies also misses the bigger picture.

23
Oct

Transit App now gives directions on Android Wear


Transit App on android wearTransit App has been out for a few years now, but mainly focused on iOS. They do have a Android version, but Android support has always been slightly behind. However, they have stepped up their Android game and released an update to allow you to look at transit directions right from your Android Wear watch.

With Android Wear support you will now be able to see upcoming departure times, stop announcements, Uber, car sharing and bike sharing integrations, and much more. This could all be done from the app on your phone before, but trust me, it’s much more convenient to quickly look at your watch for directions than it is to take out your phone.

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23
Oct

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Neo Smartpen N2 and Notebook Bundle


For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Neo Smartpen to give away a Neo Smartpen N2 and a matching N Notebook, which work together to let you write on traditional paper while also transferring your notes to your iPhone or iPad to use in apps like Evernote.

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The Neo Smartpen N2 and its accompanying Neo Notes app is able to sync what is written in the N Notebook to an iOS device, transcribing any written text into digital text. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the N2 is similar in size to a traditional ballpoint pen and weighs just 22 grams, so it’s easy to transport anywhere you go.


It includes a dual-core processor that can capture more than 120 frames per second, transferring information to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. Its built-in battery will work for five hours of constant usage or three days of normal usage.

The N2 Smartpen does need to be used with an N Notebook that has tiny symbols printed on it to transfer written words to an iPhone, but the company also recently introduced software that is able to print paper that can be used with the N2. Special paper is needed because the N2 has a small built-in camera that records the position and pressure of each pen stroke.

The Neo Smartpen N2 is available from Amazon for $169, but one MacRumors reader will be able to win one in today’s giveaway. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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23
Oct

TouchWiz tips and tricks for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6


Samsung’s TouchWiz interface seems to be one of those things that polarizes people, you either love it or hate it. One of the criticisms of TouchWiz was that it was slow and bloated. Thankfully Samsung listened to its customers and the version of TouchWiz that is on the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 has been slimmed down. But that doesn’t mean it has been crippled. There are lots of useful features and aids built-in to TouchWiz and so to help you get the best from the software, here are our TouchWiz tips and tricks for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6.

Power saving modes

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Now that the Note 5 and the S6 have non-removable batteries, the usefulness of the built-in power saving modes has increased. The Note 5 offers two battery friendly modes: Power saving mode and Ultra power saving mode. The first saves battery power by limiting the CPU speed, reducing the screen brightness, and by turning off a few things like the touch key light and vibration feedback. You can switch it on manually by going to Settings -> Battery -> Power saving mode, or you can configure it, from the same menu, to come on when the battery is at 50%, 20%, 15 or 5%.

Ultra power saving mode is a bit more drastic, it switches the phone over to a greyscale theme, turns off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, disables mobile data when the screen is off, and restricts you to some essential apps like phone and messaging. According to the estimations you should get double the battery life out of the ultra power saving mode as you do from power saving mode.

Easy mode

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When using the Note 5 or S6 in ultra power saving mode the UI is changed so that you only get access to a few selected apps, there is no app drawer and no screens to switch between. If you would like something similar during every day usage then Samsung has included Easy mode just for you.

Unlike the ultra power saving mode, non of the functionality is limited, however the home screen takes on a much simpler layout and the font size is switched to large so that icons and items can be found quickly. To enable Easy mode go to Settings -> Easy mode. You can also configure which of Samsung’s apps take on the easy mode style, which in practice means they just use the large font. The apps drawer is available, however it is moved to the first screen on the right. The first screen to the left is reserved for adding icons for people in your contacts.

Do not disturb

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I don’t know about you, but one of the things that annoys me about the smartphones and tablets in our house is notifications that go off in the middle of the night. One of the Jurassic park games uses the roar of a dinosaur when it sends a notification. There have been a few nights when all is quiet, you could hear a pin drop and then this T-Rex roar comes from one of the kid’s tablets. Very annoying…

Luckily Samsung as built-in a “Do not disturb” mode into TouchWiz. Although Lollipop has its priority mode and Marshmallow has a “Do not disturb” mode, the TouchWiz version is very comprehensive. You can find it under Settings -> Sounds and notifications. You can enable and disable it manually or there is a scheduling function which allows you to configure when the phone should enter and exit the “Do not disturb” mode, say between 11PM and 7AM. Once enabled all calls will be muted and notifications will be silenced. However you can set some exceptions. By default all alarms are allowed, however you have full control over what is muted and what is not. You can let all calls through, or just calls from people in your favorites list. It is the same for messages. You can also explicly allow notifications from S Planner to come through.

If you tap on “App notifications” (under Settings -> Sounds and notifications -> Do not disturb -> Allow exceptions) you can configure apps individually to block notifications; set them as priority, which means they will appear at the top of the notification panel and they will be allowed even when in “Do not disturb” mode; or hide the notification from the lock screen. In fact it is the same functionality as you find under Settings -> Sounds and notifications -> App notifications.

One-handed operation (Note 5 only)

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There is no denying it, the Note 5 is a big phone and you really need two hands to use it. However Samsung has built in a couple of helps for those moments when one-handed use is essential. If you go to Settings -> Display -> One-handed operation you will see two items which can be enabled. The first is “Reduce screen size” and the second is “One-handed input”. The former reduces the size of the display when you press the Home key three times in quick succession, like a triple click. The reduced screen size is easy to use with one hand and you have the option to switch it to the left side or the right side, depending on which hand you are using.

The other option will permanently reduce (without having to triple click the Home key) the size of the various input methods including the keyboard, the keypad, and the unlock pattern. What this means is that throughout the UI you are able to use one hand to type, regardless of the app. The only exception is apps which implement their own keyboards, like some types of game.

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Note 5

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One of the unique features of the Note series is of course the S Pen. By default, when you take the pen out of the phone then Air command will start, a quick launcher which gives you immediate access to some of the S Pen enabled apps. However you can also add your own apps to Air command making it easy to launch your favorite apps.

To add your own apps from within Air command, tap on the large plus sign labeled “Add shortcuts” and then tap the app you want from the apps shown. Alternatively you can tap on the settings cog on the bottom left-hand side of Air command and then tap on Shortcuts. This is the same menu as Settings -> S Pen -> Air command -> Shortcuts.

As a side note, if you don’t have the floating Air command icon enabled nor is Air command configured to launch when you remove the pen, you can always access Air command by hovering the S Pen over the screen and pressing the pen button.

Galaxy S6 Edge

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Although the Galaxy S6 doesn’t have an S Pen and Air command, if you own an “Edge” version then you have access to Apps edge. To get to it drag, the Edge screen handle and then swipe to the left. Tap the plus sign to add the apps you use the most or alternatively go to Settings -> Edge screen.

In the settings you can also enable or disable Apps edge as well as People edge, plus you can set the Edge screen position or configure which Edge screen notifications are allowed.

Use Screen write to capture a long page (Note 5 only)

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One of the cool S Pen apps that comes with the Note 5 is Screen write. It allows you to take a screenshot and then use the S Pen to annotate the image. This is great when everything you want to save or share is displayed on one screen. But what about a web page, most web pages don’t fit onto a single screen. Fortunately Samsung has thought about this and added a “Scroll capture” feature which scrolls the web page down and then adds the second page to the screen shot. You can keep scrolling until you have reached the bottom of the page.

First of all open up the web page you want to capture. Get out the S Pen and from Air command tap on Screen write. Once the screen has been captured tap on the Scroll capture icon on the bottom left of the page. The page will scroll down and another capture taken. You then have the option to “Capture more” to scroll down another page. When finished, hit “Done”.

The whole web page will now be presented for annotation, you can scroll up and down the image adding your scribble as needed. When you have finished your notes you can save the annotated page in the Scrapbook or in the Gallery.

Master the quick settings

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TouchWiz includes a couple of places where you can access specific settings directly without having to scroll through the full Settings page. The first place is on the top of the notification shade and the second is at the top of the Settings page itself. Known as Quick Settings, they can be configured to include the settings which you use the most.

To edit the Quick Settings on the notification shade, pull down the shade and then tap on the EDIT button near the top right of the screen. From here you can drag and drop icons from the bottom half of the screen to the highlighted box at the top. If there isn’t enough room then the last icon will shuffle off (its mortal coil) and leave a gap for the new icon. When you are happy with the new arrangement, tap DONE.

To change the Quick Settings at the top of the Settings page, enter the Settings page and then tap EDIT on the small Quick settings bar. Here you can check or uncheck up to 9 different settings which will be shown in the Quick Settings panel. The default is 6 settings in two rows of three. If you add between 7 to 9 icons then the quick settings panel will grow to three rows. Once you are happy with your selection then navigate back to the Settings page by tapping the left arrow at the top of the page.

Spice things up a bit

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Not only can you change the wallpaper on the Note 5 and S6 (i.e. long press on an empty part of the home screen and then tap on Wallpapers) but you can also change the whole theme of the UI including the icons and the UI color palette. To do this, long press on an empty part of the home screen and then tap on Themes.

By default there are a few themes present in the library, however the real good stuff can be found in the Theme Store. Tap on the Theme Store bar at the bottom of the Themes library page. The Theme Store app will start. Browse through the different themes and tap on one that interests you. Check out the screenshot examples and tap on Read More if you want to see any extra details.

Once you have chosen a theme, tap on Download. You will need to sign into your Samsung account (if you haven’t already done so). Once the download is complete tap on Apply.

Bonus tip – get rid of Flipboard Briefing

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Swiping left from the home screen doesn’t start Google Now or display another screen, instead it takes you to the Flipboard Briefing app. You might like this and you might not! If you don’t want it then it is quite easy to remove. Long press on an empty part of the home screen to enter into the home screen editing mode. Swipe left to reveal the Flipboard Briefing and then take the check mark at the top of the page to deactivate it. Now press the Home key.

That is it, gone. However there is one small problem. Now you can’t swipe left. There is nothing there. If you are like me, you will be used to swiping to the left and right from the home screen. To fix this, long press on an empty part of the home screen again. Now tap on the home screen and keep your finger on the screen. Drag the home screen one to the right. So that the second page now swaps with the first. Press the Home key to exit.

Now when you swipe to the left you can a page and when you swipe to the right. The home screen is how in the middle. You can also add more screens from the editing mode.

Wrap up

So there you have it, my TouchWiz tips and tricks for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. If you have any tips that you want to share with us please use the comments below.

23
Oct

Asus working on a new Nexus? Not so fast


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In a recent interview, Trusted Reviews spoke with Asus’ Chairman Jonney Shih to talk a little bit about where Asus is heading. One of the questions brought up by the publication was if Asus would “work on another Nexus device with Google?” Quite a few publications out there are reporting on the Chairman’s answer to the question as a sort of unofficial yes. But not so fast.

One of the biggest pieces of “evidence” that a Nexus 7 (3rd gen) might be in the works has to do with Shih’s statement that they have a number of projects that they are working on with Google. “Actually, we have a lot of projects ongoing. “Please just stay tuned, you know, stay tuned.”  He continues by talking about how the first two Nexus tablets made a lot of sense for Google and for Asus.

With Google going in-house for its next tablet, the Pixel C, the days of Nexus tablets may be over, at least for now.

“So for the [first-generation] Nexus, I think that both parties feel that this will be an exciting product, with this kind of…price and this kind of functionality and quality.” “Even [the second-generation Nexus 7], we moved to the Full HD screen, and we still believe in this kind of beauty. It still makes sense.” “The next one, it takes a lot of discussion”. If that’s all that was said, we would think there’s a pretty good chance that Asus is hinting at active discussion and plans for a new Nexus tablet. But that’s only if you cut out what he says immediately after:

The next one, it takes a lot of discussion. And since, not that promising. So then we crawl around other kinds of products. I think it’s not… it’s more like the iPad, also facing decline. I think the same situation, frankly speaking”.

Looking at the entirety of his statement, we reach an opposite conclusion than many other publications did. The way we read it, the Chairman suggests that if they could do something that could really wow consumers, they might consider another tablet with Google, but they don’t see this happening. As it stands, the tablet market is seeing decline and there’s less of an opening then there was with the 1st and 2nd gen Nexus 7. You can watch the video with his full statement, here.

But what about these “projects with Google” that Asus mentions? Keep in mind that Asus has been working with Google on a variety of projects, including the Nexus Player, Chromebooks, and more. This is likely just Shih talking about their long history of working together. Also, companies tend to take a “neither confirm or deny stance” to any of these types of questions, just to cover their bases.

Of course, we could be wrong (and would be more than okay with that). Early discussions for an Asus-made Nexus tablet could be in works, but regardless – we wouldn’t get too excited about the prospect of a Nexus 7 (2016) just yet. With Google going in-house for its next tablet, the Pixel C, the days of Nexus tablets may be over, at least for now.

What do you think, is Asus’ Chairman cryptically ‘confirming’ that it is actually discussing a new tablet with Google, or do his words simply suggest they are open to the idea potentially, but have nothing concrete planned? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

23
Oct

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly!


Degoo Cloud Backup Android Apps WeeklyDegoo Cloud Backup

[Price: Free / $2.99/month]
This week’s Android Apps Weekly is sponsored by Degoo Cloud Backup. This well-designed application gives you 100GB of free space to backup your device with whatever files you feel like storing there. It employs military grade encryption to keep your files safe and you can restore any time you need to.

The app uses Material Design and it definitely looks good. You can also choose which folders to backup, when to upload backups, and several other settings to make sure your backups are always up to date. You can pick up an additional 250GB of storage for $2.99 per month if needed but the first 100GB and the app itself is totally free. Give it a shot and show your support for the Android Apps Weekly show.
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Let’s get into the big headlines from the last week!

  • A new report out of AVG shows apps that take up the most battery, storage, and data usage. Unsurprisingly, most of them are audio and video streaming apps with a smattering of social media and messaging apps like Tumblr and Snapchat.
  • Google is now giving people the opportunity to become beta testers for the official Google App. For the time being, there’s nothing new quite yet but it’s only a matter of time before the beta testers start seeing new features ahead of everyone else.
  • The latest Humble Bundle is now live and includes games from Kemco. For those who don’t know, Kemco makes jRPG style games so pretty much all of these have a ton of content. You’ll get three games for whatever price and four more if you beat the average. You’ll also be helping charity!
  • Samsung Pay is reportedly making its way out to Verizon Samsung devices as the company’s slow roll-out continues. Of course, finding the app in the Play Store is like playing a game of hide and seek, but we’re sure these kinks will be worked out eventually.
  • The Google Play Store is on the verge of a total redesign that separates entertainment stuff from applications. The new design is set to go live sooner or later so keep an eye out for that. It looks nice and it’ll be a mostly welcome change.

For even more Android apps and games news, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter! There you’ll find all the stuff we didn’t have time or space for here today. If you’re so inclined, you can sign up with your email address and we’ll send this to you once a week!

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rad boarding Android Apps WeeklyRAD Boarding

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
RAD Boarding is a new game out of Noodlecake Studios. It’s an endless runner style game where you must board down a mountain while being pursued by tons upon tons of lava. You can collect various items to purchase upgrades and power-ups all while performing all kinds of stunts and tricks for a grizzly bear that keeps asking you to do it. The graphics look pretty good and the game is easy enough to play. There are some early release issues so do beware of that.
Get it now on Google Play!


sonic dash 2 sonic boom Android Apps WeeklySonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
SEGA has released the sequel to Sonic Dash, simply called Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom. This one revolves around the new Sonic cartoon show that’s been out so you can expect to see references and characters from that. The game itself is not all that different from the first as it is an infinite runner where you try to collect coins. It also features Team Mode where you can play with up to three players total, new powers, new obstacles, and some more newer content. It is free to download but there are in-app purchases.
Get it now on Google Play!


nba 2k16 Android Apps WeeklyNBA 2K16

[Price: $7.99 with in-app purchases]
NBA 2k16 is an interesting release because it’s actually a basketball game in contrast to last year’s offering which was just a card collector game. In this title, you can actually play basketball which is also its biggest feature. It comes with a revamped soundtrack, all of the teams and players, and the on-screen controls actually aren’t too bad. There is also a MyCAREER Mode, Season Mode, and Blacktop modes to play through with some other content to enjoy. There are in-app purchases, which kind of sucks given the price, but otherwise it doesn’t seem that bad.
Get it now on Google Play!


htc restore Android Apps WeeklyHTC Restore

[Price: Free]
HTC Restore was released during the last week during the announcement and discussions about the One A9. This is a simple app that doesn’t do all that much. It simply allows you to restore apps, data, and more that you may have backed up using HTC’s Backup function built into their OEM skin. It’s totally free and only for HTC devices running Marshmallow which means literally no one can download this quite yet, but it is there if you ever need it.
Get it now on Google Play!
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minecraft story mode Android Apps WeeklyMinecraft: Story Mode

[Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases]
After months of waiting, the day finally arrived when Minecraft: Story Mode was released. The highly anticipated title by Telltale Games gives us Minecraft but with a story with an all-star voice cast that includes Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman, and others. So far, it’s received plenty of positive reviews and we anticipate that this will be one of the best paid games of the year. The game is classic Telltale Games which means your decisions will have implications on the story and there will be a total of five episodes released.
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Wrap up

If we missed any awesome Android apps and games news that you think we should know about, tell us more about it in the comments!

23
Oct

Tesla may build cars in China within the next two years


Tesla Update v7.0 Enables Self-driving Test In China

Tesla Motors primarily manufactures its cars in California, but CEO Elon Musk intends to change that. As reported by The Wall Street Joural Musk said that Tesla will start building autos in China as a way to offer its cars to the country at lower prices. He believes that a local production facility could cut the cost of Tesla cars by a third due to significantly reduced shipping costs and the lack of import fees. Of course, Musk’s plan is easier said than done: China prevents foreign car makers from running manufacturing plants without a Chinese partner, so Tesla will need to buddy up with someone in the country to make its plans work.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

23
Oct

Samsung’s Galaxy On7, Galaxy On5 are official in China


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Two Samsung handsets that we are already familiar with went live in China earlier today. The Galaxy On7 and Galaxy On5 have both debuted on Samsung China’s site, showing entry-level specifications wrapped in plastic bodies with faux leather rear panels.

Galaxy On7 specifications:

  • 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • Exynos 3475 quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 13MP / 5MP cameras
  • 8GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot)
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 151.8 x 77.5 x 8.2mm, 172g

When Samsung starts selling it in China, the Galaxy On7 is expected to cost around $200. Color options will be white and gold.

Galaxy On5 specifications:

  • 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • Exynos 3475 quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8MP / 5MP cameras
  • 8GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot)
  • 2600mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

The price of the Galaxy On5 in China is said to be in the ballpark of $150. Samsung China does not have an official page for the Galaxy On5 just yet, but the handset is officially listed alongside the Galaxy On7.

Source: Samsung

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23
Oct

Weekend Contest: Win a LuguLake Slim Bluetooth Speaker from Talk Android!


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Before heading off to start your weekend, enter a contest! We are co-hosting a giveaway with LuguLake that can send you home with the company’s very portable wireless speaker. One lucky winner will receive a slim Bluetooth speaker that packs some serious sound. Don’t want to play music without wires? Then go ahead and connect a device through the auxiliary port or insert a microSD card. With or without wires, LuguLake makes it possible to jam anywhere.

Hit the break to enter.

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Be sure to check back on Monday, October 26, to see if you won!

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