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‘Galaxy Note7’ name confirmed by leaked pics

Can’t wait for Samsung’s next entry into the plus-sized phone category? A tweet from Evan Blass aka evleaks reveals three colors of what will apparently be called the Galaxy Note7 (no space?), in Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral. There have been rumors about the phone and its number-skipping name floating around, but the clear images confirm this is what we’ll see announced this summer. Naturally, there’s a stylus and curved edges, while the specs cited by Blass on Android Police include a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 12MP/5MP front/rear camera setup, 64MB of storage and IP68-rated water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 in (from l to r) Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Blue Coral

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 1, 2016

Via: Android Police

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)


2016 Cadillac CT6 review – Roadshow

The Good The 3.6-liter twin-turbo engine, adaptive suspension and lightweight chassis work together to deliver a surprisingly fun drive. The rear camera mirror, OnStar LTE with Wi-Fi, an HDMI-sourced rear seat entertainment system and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay combine to make the 2016 Cadillac CT6 the most tech-forward Caddy in the fleet. The Bose Panaray audio system delivers both fantastically immersive sound and fantastic value.

The Bad The rear camera mirror takes a lot of getting used to; some drivers simply won’t like it. The CT6’s eight-speed automatic transmission’s shifts weren’t as smooth as we’d have liked at low city speeds.

The Bottom Line Lighter and more high-tech than you might expect, we like the direction that the 2016 CT6 takes the Cadillac brand. The luxury sedan makes a strong first impression, but faces stiff competition in this highly contested class.

When most people think Cadillac, they think of massive, classic luxury sedans with boat-like handling and supersmooth rides — or they think of the behemoth Escalade. Either way, Cadillac usually equals big. Which is why it’s weird that the brand’s newest flagship is so compact. Well, compact for Cadillac, that is.

Make no mistake, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is still a large sedan in every sense of the word, but its 122.4-inch wheelbase sits about 2 to 4 inches below the BMW 7 series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Meanwhile, the Caddy’s 3,657- to 4,700-pound curb weight is hundreds of pounds lighter than its direct competitors and more in line with the smaller 5-Series and E-Class models. Straddling classes as it does, either Caddy’s carved out a unique niche for its flagship or it is making excuses for being the runt of the litter.

I spent a few days with the new CT6 to figure out which is more likely.

The driven: Backseat comfort and amenities

My experience started in the backseat with a chauffeured ride from the Los Angeles airport in a fully loaded CT6 Platinum.

The sedan offered plenty of leg and headroom on the second row and was equipped with the Platinum model’s optional recline and massage rear seats. Of course, the right-rear bucket is the best seat in the house when so equipped, thanks to there usually being more legroom for reclining behind the unoccupied front passenger seat in a chauffeur situation. There’s ample space, but this is no Maybach S600, so you probably won’t be getting the full recliner experience. Think premium cabin or exit row seat on an airliner, but not quite first class.

Cadillac has stated that it has no intentions of building a long wheelbase CT6 to compete with the longer variants of its competitors, so it will be interesting to see if the brand will eventually add an even larger luxury flagship later or commit to this more compact Caddy.


Pair your own Google Chromecast (seen here) or Amazon Fire Stick with the onboard 4G LTE to transform the rear-seat entertainment into a streaming hub.

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While being driven, I was treated to the optional rear-seat entertainment system with dual power retractable seatback screens with tilt controls. Wireless Bose headphones provide discrete audio to the second row, or wired connections lets passengers bring their own cans. A Blu-ray player up front can be tapped as a rear-seat video source, as can a rear HDMI input.

I didn’t bring my Blu-ray box set of “Fast and Furious” movies along, but someone at Cadillac was clever enough to have outfitted my car with a Google Chromecast. You see, in addition to the HDMI input, the CT6 is also equipped with about six powered USB ports for gadgets and a standard 4G LTE-enabled in-car Wi-Fi network. Plug a $35 Chromecast into the HDMI and USB, connect it to the car’s Wi-Fi, and the rear seat entertainment suddenly becomes a streaming media hub. Cadillac has no official partnership with Google — it just wanted to demonstrate the sort of things a passenger could do with the tech onboard. The Amazon Fire Stick is also confirmed to work and, in theory, so would an Apple TV or any other streaming device that can use Wi-Fi and HDMI.

Cadillac claims that the CT6’s aluminum and steel construction techniques make this the stiffest and quietest Cadillac ever.

I noticed that the CT6’s ride is firm, but not uncomfortable. The bumps and potholes of downtown Los Angeles made themselves apparent during my ride and were pronounced enough that I found it difficult to make written notes. However, there was no edge to the bumpiness and no discomfort; I’d call the ride firm, but controlled. My assumption was that the CT6 was striking some balance between handling and comfort, but from the rear seat I wasn’t able to confirm. To be fair, it’s possible that my driver for this segment had the Magnetic Ride Control in its Sport setting rather than the more compliant Touring, but I neglected to ask. With my notes messily made, I queued up some YouTube clips and settled in for the ride.

The driver: Handling and performance

On day 2, I found myself in the the driver’s seat on twistier roads and could better experience the balance of handling and comfort. I enjoyed the responsiveness of the suspension and the steering, the latter being helped by the presence of rear wheel steering.

Cadillac’s Active Rear Steering turns the rear wheels up to 3.5 degrees opposite to the fronts to tighten the turning circle by a claimed 3 feet — Caddy claims the CT6 will match the BMW 5 Series’ turning radius despite being about 8 inches longer. At high speeds, the rears steer up to 2.75 degrees in concert with the fronts to reduce yaw during lane changes and increase highway stability. Through rear steering, Cadillac claims that it can offer the nimbleness of a much shorter car and the high-speed stability of a long wheelbase while keeping the CT6’s physical length in a sweet spot that is urban-friendly.

Active Rear Steering works in concert with the optional Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, the optional all-wheel drive system, transmission and power steering systems — featuring sport and touring drive mode settings that change the attitude of the vehicle at the touch of a toggle. Put all of that under a lightweight, stiff chassis and things start looking good for the big Caddy.


Available active rear steering, magnetic ride control and all-wheel drive help the CT6 handle like a much smaller car.

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In practice, however, blitzing a series of switchbacks on a mountain road is not really the aim of this or any big luxury sedan. Thankfully, Caddy’s done a good job of managing the inherent handling limitations of a car this big and delivered a great ride, all things considered.

The sedan handles a corner much better than I expected it to. The CT6 settles into sweeping bends nicely and offers quite good grip. On tighter, more technical bends I was able to push just a little bit harder than would be proper for a vehicle of this size before it started to push back, and I was impressed by the responsiveness and seat-of-the-pants feedback.

The power: Two turbocharged engine options

The new CT6 is available with three different engine options. At the entry point is 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is, frankly, surprising to see in a vehicle of this size. Outputting 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, the CT6 2.0T is also the lightest configuration.

I was totally prepared to be underwhelmed, but was pleased to find that this little engine more than exceeded my performance expectations. The throttle is very responsive, and the transmission always seems to be in just the right gear to deliver respectable levels of torque for passing and accelerating. Coming in at about 3,800 pounds with me in the driver’s seat, I was also able to best experience the CT6’s excellent handling in this configuration. With sweeping curves and little traffic, I really appreciated the 2.0T’s midrange torque, quiet operation and off-the-line responsiveness. However, the engine started to feel a bit taxed during a steep uphill climb, which made me wonder if I’d be having nearly as much fun with a full complement of passengers and luggage.

Next in line is the midrange 3.6-liter V-6, a naturally aspirated engine that features an anti-idling auto stop-start system and variable displacement tech. That last bit means that the engine can deactivate two of its cylinders during light-load operation, such as highway coasting downhill, and effectively operate as a V-4 engine to save fuel. I was not able to test this 335 horsepower, 285 pound-foot configuration, opting to jump to the top trim for the final leg of the trip.

I dare say that this is the most Audi-like Cadillac that I’ve ever driven

The top trim is a 404-horsepower, 400-pound-foot twin-turbocharged V-6 option displacing 3.0 liters. This engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends torque to the road via Cadillac’s all-wheel drive system. Around town, this engine just feels more confident and effortless than the four-banger and has a slightly more pronounced exhaust note that is much more pleasing to the ear. The additional weight of the all-wheel drive system is noticeable when cornering and doesn’t really add much to the handling.

However, the all-wheel drive does aid in making sure that the 404 ponies reach the road as efficiently as possible. Stomp the right pedal and the sedan simply launches. What I like most about the 3.0TT is that its performance is accessible and immediate. The eight-speed automatic’s downshifts are lightning quick, allowing the CT6 3.0TT to go from cruising to passing in a heartbeat and into triple-digit speeds if you’re not careful. Whether in the automatic Sport mode or while fingering the manual paddle shifters, I was able to have some real fun with so much power on tap. All the time, the CT6 felt stable and safe; its handling light and surprisingly nimble, but never squirrelly.

Fuel economy for the CT6 peaks at 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway for the 2.0-liter turbo and is at its lowest at 18 city and 26 mpg for the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter engine. The 3.0TT also features the same auto stop-start fuel saving tech as the 3.6-liter and the first implementation of variable cylinder management on a twin-turbo engine. Additionally, it only sacrifices one highway mpg when compared to the midtier model.


The 2.0-liter turbo is a surprisingly good little engine for the big CT6, but the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 boasts the best passing power.

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The Cadillac’s eight-speed automatic transmission, which served so well on the highway and during spirited driving, may have been the source of one maddening little annoyance that reared its head at lower, city speeds. When slowing, just before coming to a stop, the vehicle would jerk or shudder slightly. At first, I thought it was the auto stop-start system or the variable displacement system, but experimentation seemed to indicate that it was the transmission oddly timing one last downshift at the root of the unrefinement. It’s a small annoyance, but a persistent and very un-Cadillac one that seemed to happen at every traffic light. Interestingly, I don’t remember this being an issue during my initial testing, I only noticed it during the week of extended testing around our home offices, so maybe the shudder was unique to that example.


How to hide your porn browsing habits on your Chromebook


Cover your tracks like a Ninja with these tips for keeping your browsing habits private on your Chromebook.

The internet is filled with naked sweaty people doing naked sweaty things. It’s also used by folks who like to look at them — but don’t really want anyone else to know about it. While there’s not much you can do to make sure nobody can see where you’ve been and what you clicked on, you can erase your tracks in case someone grabs your Chromebook and looks through the history.

We talked about how to cover your tracks on Android, and most of the same principles apply for your Chromebook. Your internet service provider is always going to be able to see your first connection (so using a VPN or TOR keeps the sites you visit private, but your ISP knows you’re using a VPN or TOR through your Android phone) and the people sitting in the same room as you are going to be able to see what’s on your screen. That’s why the library frowns on folks surfing for porn on their computers. So we should never assume we’re really anonymous when we’re on the internet.

Now that your dreams of being fully incognito on the internet are ruined, let’s talk about how to cover your tracks locally when you’re using your Chromebook.

Read: Hide your porn browsing habits on Android

User accounts and passwords


You can use a Chromebook as a guest user, but that means you’re not going to be able to install extensions from the Chrome Web Store. You can sideload an unpacked extension and make it work, but there’s an easier way — anyone who might want or need to use your Chromebook can have their own local account. This works great for your partner or roommate. Not only do they have quick access to the web when they need it, but they can personalize their experience. Anything they download or install is going to take up some space, but they won’t be able to access your account data or your stuff at all. And you won’t be able to see theirs — privacy works both ways. To add a user, when you’re on the login screen click the Add person link at the bottom of the page.

The next step is to make sure you need a password when you wake up your Chromebook. Open the settings and scroll down to the People section, and you’ll see a checkbox to require a password to wake from sleep. When your Chromebook times out, or if you shut the lid, you have to type your password to do anything but look at your account picture.

Install some extensions


You can’t use a browser with “better” privacy settings on your Chromebook, but you can install some extensions to keep things as anonymous as possible. We’re focused on scrubbing your local history in this article, but it’s not unheard of for scripts and ads — especially the scummy ads that seem to always be present on porn sites — to do things like blocking your screen with pops until you click something you shouldn’t or to try and use your IP address to “remember” you the next time you visit. Advertisements, cookies and other forms of user profiling can be useful and beneficial to both the user (that’s us) and the provider but the sheer abundance of crapware and malware that is drawn to porn sites means you should never visit one without a way to try and stay safe.

I can recommend these extensions from the Chrome Web Store:

  • Ghostery — Ghostery does a great job of blocking trackers that want to know where you are, what site you came from and what sites you’re going to next. They track you, which is why they are called trackers.
  • Privacy Badger — This is another extension that blocks trackers from the EFF. It’s an alternative to Ghostery, but the interface is a bit more detailed and can be confusing. It’s also in beta, and sometimes beta software can be buggy. You don’t need to use Ghostery and Privacy Badger at the same time, but you can.
  • Adblock Plus — Adblock Plus blocks ads. It does a damn good job at blocking ads. A gazillion users will tell you that it is a great way to block ads.
  • Script Blocker — Blocks JavaScript, Java, Flash, and other plug-ins by way of a whitelist/blacklist. You might need to allow Flash or scripts to see your porn — if that happens, find a new porn site. Don’t let scripts and plug-ins run as they please.

Extensions are able to store data when you allow them in incognito mode. I feel good about recommending these and am confident that they aren’t going to expose you or your habits. Install them normally, then open your extensions page by entering chrome://extensions in the browser search bar. Find these in the list, and check the box to allow them in incognito mode.

Incognito mode


I’ve mentioned it enough times that you knew this was coming. Always use incognito mode (in tandem with some extensions to help control what the internet can do to you) when you are doing something you don’t want to be associated with your Google account.

Open the browser app on your Chromebook, and click the three dots in the upper right to open a menu. You’ll see a listing that says open a new incognito window. Click it. When it opens, go back and close the original window to be extra sure and paranoid like I am.

You can also open an incognito window directly from the desktop by pressing Control+Shift+N, but I usually forget which keys to press so I use the menu. Whichever way you do it, just do it.

Remember, that anything you download gets saved where anyone can see it, and any site you bookmark will get mixed in with your regular bookmarks (and saved to the cloud) so don’t do either.

This isn’t going to make you invisible on the internet. That’s impossible. But it will cover your tracks if someone else gets to snooping around. Stay safe.

Also, It’s OK to want to keep some things private but never forget to communicate with your loved ones. I’m a little past looking at porn on the internet, but when I do have a look at naked Twister activities I do it with my wife. It’s a lot more fun that way, and it’s easier than trying to keep secrets.


Panasonic’s $699 UHD Blu-ray player arrives in September

If you thought Ultra HD Blu-ray players were already pretty expensive, Panasonic would like to have a word. Whereas Samsung’s player and the recently released unit from Philips aim for a mainstream crowd with $400 price tags, Panasonic is targeting audiophiles and folks with slightly deeper pockets. The DMP-UB900 costs $699 and features a few wild specs like twin HDMI outputs for separating audio and video signals; premium capacitors, circuitry and signal processors; “digital tube sound” that supposedly replicates analog warmth from a digital signal and playback for DSD and ALAC audio formats. Yep, your TV’s speakers would be a waste of all this tech.

Everything else is pretty standard fare for the format though, with 4K/60FPS playback, high dynamic range video and Ultra HD streaming apps along for the ride. Contrary to what we heard at CES this year, the UB900 will play nicely with 3D Blu-ray. Panasonic says to expect seeing this at “select” retailers, including Best Buy stores with a Magnolia room, this September.

For now, it’s definitely the most expensive UHD Blu-ray player available and definitely isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a UHD machine that does more than just play Blu-rays and video streams, remember, the Xbox One S will launch next month. Whether or not you should buy one is another matter entirely.


Scientists use light to nuke cancer cells in mice

In the great fight against cancer, scientists look for solutions that are both effective and less ravaging than current treatments like chemotherapy. One experimental concept, optogenetics, uses light to reduce or eliminate cancer cells. Researchers at UT San Antonio have devised a method using this school of treatment to attack inoperable or hard-to-reach tumors, which could give options to patients who were considered too high of risk to help.

The technique involves injecting the chemical compound nitrobenzaldehyde into the tumor and waiting for it to diffuse through it. Then a beam of ultraviolet light is aimed at the chemical-filled tumor, which becomes so highly acidic that it basically commits suicide, according to a UT San Antonio press release. In two hours, 95 percent of the cancer cells targeted in the test mice were dead, estimated the researcher.

While still very experimental, this method limits the treatment to a specific area, unlike chemotherapy that affects all cells in the body. Since it only requires an injection it’s also non-invasive, making it appealing for complicated areas like the brain stem or spine. There are others tinkering with optogenetic methods: Tufts University researchers injected frog embryos with genes that produced light-sensitive ion channels in tumor cells that shrunk when exposed to blue light. While both are still far from ready for human trials, they’re promising options for future patients who wouldn’t be treatable today.

Via: MedicalXpress

Source: “Photodynamic acidification therapy to reduce triple negative breast cancer growth in vivo” (study)


George Stroumboulopoulos to Kick Off Canadian ‘Takeover’ of Beats 1 Tomorrow

Canadian music and TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos will kick off a Canadian “takeover” of Beats 1 with an hourlong segment on July 2 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Apple has confirmed to the Financial Post.

George Stroumboulopoulos, left, and Beats 1 host Zane Lowe (Financial Post)

Part entertainment, part education, these hour-long sessions are a chance for local talent to shine a light on a particular country’s artists for people around the world, or even someone unaware down the street. Now it is Canada’s turn to take the stage for the first time.

Stroumboulopoulos most recently served as the main host of Canada’s popular Hockey Night in Canada show, but he will be replaced by his predecessor Ron MacLean as of the 2016-17 NHL season. The 43-year-old is also known as being a former VJ for Canadian music channel MuchMusic and for hosting the CBC talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, formerly The Hour, from 2005 to 2014.

“People have spent decades trying to discuss who Canadians are, so it’s impossible to accomplish such a big task in one hour,” said Stroumboulopoulos, a popular voice in the country’s music scene thanks to his work at CBC Radio and MuchMusic. “What I worry about is if I can create a show that gives you an idea globally about what’s cool and what’s happening here … reflecting the coast-to-coast-to-coast of this country.”

Takeover-The-New-Canada-Beats-1After Stroumboulopoulos, Beats 1’s Canadian “takeover” series will continue for four successive Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time:

– July 9: Josie Dye and Dine Alone Records
– July 16: Coeur de Pirate and Dare To Care Records
– July 23: Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew representing Arts & Crafts Productions
– July 30: Metric’s Emily Haines and Last Gang Records

Beats 1 has hosted similar country “takeovers” for Australia and Japan over the past year.

Beats 1 turned one year old on Thursday. Canada celebrated its 149th birthday on Friday.

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The Public Access Weekly: I want to believe

Yes, we did accidentally rickroll y’all this week in the Trent Reznor/Juno post. Our (hilarious, unintentional but not really regrettable) bad. Thanks to the attentive commenters who alerted us to the error. Also, for those of you keeping track of geek holidays, tomorrow is World UFO Day! Break out the martian antenna headbands and watch the X-Files.

Last week I put up the Q&A contest post — wherein you can get details on how to enter to become our next Q&A guest star — and so far I have received a total of zero entries or emails. What gives? No one wants to be a Q&A interviewee? Or perhaps no one is digging the contest? Let me know in the comments; I’m genuinely curious.

Last week I also mentioned that I would be sending out special topic suggestions to frequent contributors (and a gentle reminder to those of you who have never, ever logged into your Public Access accounts). Although this was our last week of first year anniversary celebration posts, I’m still going to send out those topic suggestions! It’s taken me a wee bit longer than expected to pull everything together but keep an eye on your Public Access account next week — you might see an exclusive invite to write on a particular theme.

In other community happenings, a few folks in the comments have been complaining about harassment and negative interactions with other commenters. Please, please — if you are experiencing harassment or are finding harassing comments, flag them. We have a flag feature specifically to alert staff to issues in the comments, and while we do our best to make sure that everyone is adhering to the community guidelines, we simply cannot be everywhere at once. We rely on you to let us know when there’s a problem brewing, so if you see something, flag it!

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It’s official! Google introduced Android Nougat this week on Snapchat, disappointing all those Nutella and Nerds fans out there. (But hey, you can still hold out hope that the next variant will be Oreo right?)

Our second-look review of the PlayStation 4 is up — and our score of 86 is right in-line with the user reviews of 8.6. Read on to find out how we feel about the controllers battery life, UI and offerings like PlayStation Now and PS Vue.

As a Community Editor, I found Nicole Lee’s article on the difference between forums and social networks (and how they serve their users) really interesting. And I’m inclined to agree with her, that social networks are more about broadcasting yourself out to online followers while forums are more centered around an idea of community.

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Personally, I’ve been ignoring the hell out of the “Upgrade to Windows 10” pop up boxes but others are finding the process a lot more confusing (or invasive enough to sue over). How do you feel about Microsoft’s attempts to get folks to upgrade? Have you upgraded yet? If so, how are you feeling about Windows 10?

Although I only recently opted to start paying for Spotify, I’ve long known that if Evernote ever went to a subscription model or paid version I would shell out for it entirely willingly. So when the company rolled out some new service tiers this week, I took it in stride. However, a lot of folks in the comments here are saying they’ll be jumping ship to OneNote. Will you stop using Evernote due to this price change? What would you use instead? And if you’re willing to shell out for the service, tell us why.

In which Zach Hines discusses diving into the wormhole that is retro consoles, complete with details on CRT resolutions, pixels and interlacing. Have you ever hooked a ‘retro’ gaming console to a more modern television? Any tips for those who are attempting to do the same? And, bonus question, tell us why you keep older devices or gadgets.


NASA’s New Horizons probe is officially set to explore the Kuiper Belt

After capturing and transmitting the most detailed images of Pluto we’ve ever seen, NASA’s New Horizons space probe is getting a new mission. NASA announced today that the probe had received funding to continue its exploration of the outer reaches of our solar system. Going deeper into the Kuiper Belt, New Horizons is set to reach the small icy object known as 2014 MU69, which was first discovered by the Hubble telescope in June of 2014. This potential destination was announced last year, but now the probe has officially been given clearance to make the trip. It should arrive at 2014 MU69 on January 1st, 2019.

2014 MU69 is estimated to have a diameter of only 20 to 30 miles, making it a much smaller target than Pluto. But scientists believe that Kuiper Belt objects (KBO) like 2014 MU69 are similar to what the pieces that made up Pluto when it came together billions of years ago. And the limited amount of sunlight reaching the Kuiper Belt means that this a pretty well-preserved specimen.

Despite the fact that New Horizons is set to intercept the KBO in early 2019, the probe’s mission in full has been extended to 2012, reports The Verge. And on the trip, it’ll be collecting information about dozens of other KBOs along the way. While the images and info gathered on this trip probably won’t be quite as attention-grabbing and dramatic as the probe’s photos of Pluto were, we’re still talking about all kinds of info from a new region of space that’s a billion miles away from Pluto — there should be plenty to dissect and analyze as New Horizons makes the trip.

Via: The Verge

Source: NASA


How to use Samsung Smart Switch to backup your Galaxy phone


How do I back up my data on my Samsung Galaxy device?

Looking for a reliable way to back up the data on your Samsung Galaxy phone? Look no further than Samsung’s Smart Switch application.

Simply download the application onto your computer, connect your phone, and before too long you’ll have everything backed up in case you need to transfer your data to a new phone, or restore your phone to an older state.

  • How to install Samsung Smart Switch on your computer
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  • How to restore your phone from a previous backup using Samsung Smart Switch

How to install Samsung Smart Switch on your computer

We’ll show you the process for installation on Windows, but it’s a pretty standard installation process on Mac as well.

Navigate to the Samsung Smart Switch support website.
Click on the download link for Windows or Mac — whichever system you’re using. For this how-to, we’re using Windows

Click to launch the downloaded .exe file (.dmg on Mac).


Click the two check boxes to verify that you accept the terms of the licence agreement.

Click Next.


Click Finish once the installation process is complete. Smart Switch will then launch by default.


Now that we’ve installed Samsung Smart Switch, let’s set it up to connect to your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to setup Samsung Smart Switch for the first time

Once you’ve installed the Smart Switch application, you’ll need to get it synced up with your phone.

Launch the Samsung Smart Switch application after installation or from the desktop icon on your computer.

Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable to get started. The program should instantly recognize when it’s connected. You may be prompted to allow USB file transfers on your phone.


Switching over to your phone, unlock and swipe down from the top to pull down the notification shade.

Tap the notification for other USB options.

Tap the Transferring media files option.


Switching back over to the computer, your phone should now be connected in the Smart Switch application.

How to backup your phone data with Samsung Smart Switch

Once you’ve launched the Smart Switch application and have your phone connected, backing up your data is as easy as pie.

Launch the Smart Switch app on your computer.
Click Backup.

You’ll be required to allow access permissions on your phone.


Pick up your phone.

Tap Allow.


Once the backup is complete, you get a breakdown of all the data that was successfully backed up. Click OK to finish.


How to restore your phone from a previous backup using Samsung Smart Switch

If it’s time to upgrade to a new Samsung phone or something has gone wrong, requiring you to restore your data, it’s super easy if you’ve got an existing Smart Switch backup.

Launch Samsung Smart Switch on your computer and connect your phone via USB.

Click Restore.


Click Select a different backup if you want to restore from an eariler backup, otherwise click Restore now.

You will be prompted to allow access permissions on your phone.


Switching focus to your phone, tap Allow to continue the restore process

Once the restore process is complete, you’ll get a breakdown of the data that’s been restored. Click OK to finish the restore.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shown off in triad of colors in leaked renders

It wasn’t that long ago that we got our first peek at the rumored specs of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and now we’ve got a look at some leaked renders that show what is likely to be the plus-sized phone’s design. The renders were shown off by avid leaker Evan Blass on Twitter, and include the Note 7 in three colors: onyx, silver titanium, and blue coral.


As we previously reported, the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to pack a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 64GB of expandable (via microSD) storage, and a 12MP camera around back with a 5MP shooter up front. The handset will also pack an iris scanner as a secondary layer of security, according to Blass. It’s also expected to feature IP68 resistance to dust and water, much like its sibling, the Galaxy S7.

What do you think of the leaked renders? Be sure to let us know in the comments and on our forums!

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