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by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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So, the above video is a new commercial meant to show off the design process of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While watching it, here at HQ we were struck by how much it seems to mimic some of Apple's "Jony Ivy" design process videos of various Apple products.

It struck us as a bit of a "turn the corner moment" considering that Samsung has basically been copying Apple's products for years, but were frequently ahead of the game when it came to creative advertising. It's interesting how both companies have circled around each other:
  1. First, we recently see Apple finally release devices that look like copies of Samsung products. The iPhone 6 uses a plastic looking design that seems like a throw back to an older Galaxy S model, and the iPhone 6 Plus is the first time Apple created a phablet-sized device, which Samsung basically pioneered.
  2. Then, Samsung releases the Galaxy S6 which looks very similar to the iPhone 5S, and even includes "premium materials," and a glass back like the previous iPhones.
  3. Now we see Samsung creating commercials which have a very similar feel and tone to some of Apple's video commercials.
What's next? Will we see Apple release video commercials poking fun at Samsung people standing in line? That's obviously a facetious question, but get's the point across. It almost seems that Apple and Samsung are two sides of the same coin...
by dgstorm at May 4, 2015
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The Edge version of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the next device to get the Android 5.x Lollipop treatment. Last week, the Galaxy Note 4 started getting the update, so it was obvious it wouldn't take too long for the Galaxy Note Edge to get it, (since they are very similar devices and built on the same core hardware).

The version is Android 5.0.1 and weighs in at a portly 1.84GB. Of course, this has most of the usual Lollipop goodies, although Touchwiz does obscure some of the Material Design UI. Still, it also adds: Smart Lock, priority notifications, an improved lockscreen, as well as several other tweaks.

As usual, if you don't want to wait for the OTA update wave to hit your device, the manual option is Samsung Kies. Sound off if you are a proud owner of this device and let us know when you get the update!

Don't forget to check out our dedicated Samsung Galaxy Edge section for further discussion: Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Android Forum at

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by pc747 at May 3, 2015
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We will discuss the end of an era in boxing, the beginning of a new era in the NFL, movie talk, and more.

The fight 5 years in the making finally took place last night when Manny Pacquiao fought Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather went on to defeat Manny Pacquiao in a fight that I would classify more as conservative than entertaining. There was more action outside of the ring leading up to the fight when it became the who's who of attendees. A fight that took 5 years not only failed to live up to expectations but signified the end of an era of big money fights for boxing. An era that saw Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali/Frazier, Foreman, Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Holyfield, and Rocky Marciano ended last night and made way for MMA to take over. With UFC putting on big fights without the long hold up it has easily supplanted boxing as the event to pay money for. To those that paid for the event did you feel like you got your money's worth?

From the fight in the ring to the fight on the screen, the Avengers Age of Ultron is currently playing in theaters and to be honest you will see more of a fight on the big screen between the Avengers and Ultron than what took place last night in the ring. The sequel to the Avengers did not disappoint as the action starts from the moment of the opening credits until the end of the film. Was this better than the first? Depends on who you ask, but definitely had more action and it did not take long to get there. But it also did a good...
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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Before reading further just know that fantasy defense games are life changingly addictive! In fact just don't even read any further if you are not already addicted to one. I thought Clash Of Clans was for uber geeks. I even laughed at a few coworkers who play it. Then one of them spoke up and told me I was no longer allowed to laugh if I had never played it. He told me to feel free to laugh and poke fun if I tried it and wasn't hooked. Needless to say I was hooked.

Kingdom Rush is not COCs but it is a defense game. In this game you will defend your kingdom against attacking forces. COC includes offensive attacks while Kingdom Rush is all about defending your own base.


★ Epic defense battles that will hook you for hours!
★ Command your soldiers and see them engage in hand to hand cartoon battles!
★ 8 specialized tower upgrades to customize your strategy! Mighty Barbarians, Arcane Wizards, Forest Rangers to name a few.
★ Over 18 tower abilities! Have your Sorcerers summon earth elementals and polymorph your enemies!
★ Over 50 different enemies, from Goblins to Demons each with their own skills! (Beware of the mountain Trolls!)
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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Sony devices have had custom roms like Cyanogen and AOKP for a while now. The way they have been able to do this is by packaging the boot ramdisk and recovery together into one single boot image. Without actually being able to boot the recovery partition development was harder for these devices, and it was more difficult to recover from a sticky situation.

A few days ago Sony released a set of special bootloaders that enable booting from the recovery partition. This means that developers can now access the recovery without having to modify the build system. This will also make porting roms across devices a bit easier. Devices that will receive the new bootloaders include Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2, and Xperia E3. Other devices will be added later.

via FXPblog
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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One of the coolest features of touchwiz is the scrollable customizable quick toggles in the notification panel. When you swipe down the notification panel you will see 5 toggles you can scroll to the right to reveal another 5 toggles. You can actually change and reorder these toggles. Re organizing these quick settings is almost too easy. Pull down the notification drawer, hit the edit button (looks like a pencil) then drag and drop your quick settings to reorganize. Swapping and reorganizing these quick settings will make using your device that much easier!
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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Last week a reddit poster shared a that his T-mobile Galaxy S6 Edge had received an OTA update bringing his device up to Android 5.1.1. He also posted a photo which showed that his bootloader was locked, or at least that is what he thought he was seeing. Their was a message in the bootloader "Custom Binary (RECOVERY) blocked by FRP lock. FRP simply means that Factory Reset Protection is prohibiting the phone from flashing a custom recovery. This is a security feature included in the latest version of Android which makes it difficult for a thief to take over your phone.

You can re-enable the bootloader unlock in developer options from your settings menu. This turns out to be no big deal. You can feel comfortable about accepting the latest ota update and know that you will still be able to mod and rom on your device.
by DroidModderX at May 2, 2015
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The 5.1.1 update has just now started rolling out to the (2013) Nexus 7! To install this you can manually flash the image. To flash the image you will need to have the SDK setup on your PC and be able to run a few simple adb commands. Of course you could always just receive the OTA update when it makes its way to your device. Then again "just taking the OTA" sounds easier than it actually is if you are rooted with custom recovery. You will first need to install the stock recovery, and reenable any stock files you have modified or changed. If you are running a custom rom you will have to revert back to the stock rom before accepting the OTA.

For those of you who have a custom recovery installed there is a much easier way to install the latest 5.1.1 version of Android on your Nexus 7! Scrosler of ScottsRoms the guy famous for the Clean Rom series has just released his Stock Rooted build of Android 5.1.1 for the Nexus 7. This is not a custom rom at all so don't expect any custom features. This is 100% stock. It is rooted and has busybox installed. Prior to installing the rom you will want to be sure to update your bootloader, and be on the...
by dgstorm at May 1, 2015
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It's our twentieth Android in the News - Week in Review episode! This one's another very special episode. We have three hot topics discuss, plus a bonus topic which is the contest winner announcement! Be sure to watch the video to find out if you were the winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card! Here are the threads talked about in today's news recap:
Thanks for entering the contest folks, and thanks for watching our fun and funny entertainment news videos. We love sharing a humorous glance at all the week's Android and mobile tech news. Be sure to tune in every Friday!
by dgstorm at May 1, 2015
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Here's some undeniably cool off topic high-tech news for your Friday afternoon pleasure. Tesla Motors officially announced they are creating a spin-off division called Tesla Energy which will sell home batteries for a very affordable price.

For weeks we were teased that Tesla was planning to unveil their home battery product, but the final official announcement kicked off and surprised everyone for being even more affordable than originally thought. The home solution is called the Powerwall and there will be two options available. The cheapest option is a 7k/Wh model for $3,000.00 USD, and the second option is a 10k/Wh model for $3,500.00.

The Powerwall is only a few feet high, a few feet across & 6 inches thick, and it weighs 100kgs (220lbs). The device can be mounted on the outside of your house, or in your garage (or really anywhere you decide in your home). The above price for the device does NOT include the installation, so you will need to hire a professional electrician for that.

There are a couple of things worth noting about the Powerwall. One is that you can add more than one battery to your house if you want to maximize how much energy it can save you based upon your personal electricity usage. The other is that it can be used even if you don't have a solar energy sub-system, yet it can still save you around 25% or more on your electric bills.

The way it handles this feat is by charging itself during non-peak hours (like at 3am for...
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