Wednesday, April 26, 2017

So you want to learn how to hack?

The modern job landscape is a strange thing.

People with degrees in things like engineering and law are having a hard time finding jobs, but the renegade interests are becoming increasingly valuable.

Billionaire investor of Shark Tank fame Mark Cuban has even said that he believes liberal arts degrees are on track to become more valuable than technical degrees over the next 10 years.

However there’s one field that still has a long lifespan before it’s taken over by the rise of automation: security.

Sure, maybe we’re heading to a technological Willy Wonka wonderland of simultaneous awesomeness and horrifying levels of unemployment, but someone will always have to make sure that that tech stays secure. And whose job is that?


The best security experts in the world are the people who know exactly how to exploit modern systems and take advantage of vulnerabilities.

The good news is that the entry level for this field is crazy low, if you know where to look.

The increasing value of this skillset has led online ethical hacking instructors to jack their prices up to astronomical prices, some even on par with university tuition.

However, if you keep your ear to the ground, you can occasionally find price drops from quality instructors. We’re seeing one of these going on right now over at Tech Deals

For the next few days, you can get the Ethical Hacking Bootcamp is going for just $45. That’s $1 per hour of training that the course offers.

Normally this is one of those hyper-pricey courses, so we’re calling this one a pretty slick deal. Click the button below if you want to read more about what this course has to offer.

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Moto X Pure Edition Nougat update begins its rollout

A month ago, Motorola sent out soak test invites in the US for the Moto X Pure Edition update to Android 7.0 Nougat. Now, it looks like the company is rolling out that update to all owners of the 2015 phone.

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (Moto X Style) review

November 18, 2015

Motorola has posted a new Nougat support page for Moto X Pure Edition owners to check out, and it’s actually quite extensive. While there’s nothing listed that’s new or unique with this update, it does give owners of the phone a good summary of all of the major features that are included with Nougat. That includes new additions like multi-window support for apps, a revamp of the Settings interface, and improvements to its Doze mode.

The support page does not offer any information on the update’s file download size, but we would expect that it will be pretty large, so Moto X Pure Edition owners will likely have to use a Wi-Fi connection to download it. Also, it may take a few days for the update to reach all of the phones. Keep in mind that this is the name of the phone in the US; in other parts of the world, it’s referred to as the Moto X Style.

If you own the Moto X Pure Edition, have you checked to see if the Nougat update is available on your device? If so, let us know your experience in the comments!

Deal: Moto G4 Play now available for $99 at B&H ($50 off)

We have just come across a great deal for those of you looking for an affordable smartphone. B&H is currently selling the Moto G4 Play for $99, which is $50 off its normal retail price. The device is unlocked and can be yours in either the black or white color option.

The Moto G4 Play is a budget device, meaning its specs won’t blow your socks off (though they are decent for this price point). It sports a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by the Snapdragon 410 chipset. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, which you can expand for an additional 256 GB with the help of a microSD card.

Moto G4 Play Review

September 15, 2016

You’ll find an 8 MP main camera on the back with an f/2.2 aperture and LED flash, while the front-facing selfie snapper has a 5 MP sensor. The smartphone also has a 2,800 mAh battery and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The Moto G4 Play is a great device for those of you who don’t want to spend a small fortune on a smartphone. To get it, visit B&H’s website by clicking the button below.

The retailer hasn’t mentioned how long this deal will last. It won’t be available forever, so it’s probably best to place your order sooner rather than later if you want to secure the $50 discount.

How to change display resolution on the Samsung Galaxy S8

Is your mind playing tricks on you, or is that brand-spanking new Samsung Galaxy S8 (or Galaxy S8 Plus) screen look like it came straight out of 2013? It certainly looks like it did, as Samsung has decided to set the default resolution to FHD+ (2220 x 1080) and not the native QHD+ (2960 x 1440).

The reason? We are not exactly sure, but it must have something to do with battery life and/or performance. What we do know is you must fix this issue right away and take full advantage of that gorgeous display. How do you do this? It’s a simple process. Let’s walk you through it.

How to change the display resolution

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Select Display.

  3. Tap on Screen resolution.

  4. Move the blue dot over to WQHD+ (2960×1440).

13 Nintendo Switch Problems & Fixes

Whether you’re at home or on the go, Nintendo Switch problems can ruin your gaming experience. That’s why it’s important to be aware of them.

The arrival of Nintendo Switch wasn’t just exciting because it’s something new in gaming. There’s much more going on than that. The system was born out of Nintendo’s desire to do right by the concepts of the Nintendo Wii U while pivoting to its strength in the mobile gaming console realm. The Nintendo Switch is both a living room console and a handheld console.

Nintendo Switch games have reached digits since launch, and those expected Nintendo Switch problems have surfaced. One problem will have users wishing they purchased Nintendo Switch screen protectors. There’s also what’s fairly described as the Nintendo Switch problems we expected.

As with any console release, Nintendo Switch problems have surfaced.

Read: Nintendo Switch Release Date & Price: What it Is and What it Isn’t

Here are the Nintendo Switch problems we’re tracking now. When possible, we’ve included fixes for the issues sourced directly from the community or Nintendo’s own support channels. We’ll continue to update this breakdown going forward.

Nintendo Switch Problems

  1. Left Joy-Con Signal Loss

  2. Can’t Add USB Storage

  3. Nintendo Switch 2.0 Software

  4. Missing Nintendo Switch Voice-Chat

  5. Joy-Con Grip Won’t Charge Joy-Cons

  6. No Apps for Nintendo Switch

  7. Colored Screens when Waking Nintendo Switch

  8. Can’t Transfer Nintendo Switch Saves

  9. Unlocking Online By Adding a Nintendo Account

  10. Nintendo Switch Can Scratch Easily

  11. Dead Nintendo Switch Pixels

  12. Nintendo Switch Wi-Fi Issues

  13. Nintendo Switch Warping

Nintendo Switch Problems: Left Joy-Con Signal Loss (Updated)

One of the issues uncovered by early reviewers was slightly troubling. The Nintendo Switch comes with two Joy-Cons, one made to fit onto its left side and another made to fit onto its right side. It’s the left that’s reportedly giving users issues.

Almost every reviewer has complained of the left Joy-Con periodically losing a signal when attached to the Joy-Con Grip that Nintendo includes with the hardware. Why this is happening is unclear, but the controller will reconnect after a few seconds. This doesn’t happen when connected directly to the Nintendo Switch. You’ll need to manually sync it back to the console from the settings.

Read: How to Set Up Nintendo Switch

Update: An enterprising YouTube video creator has posted a way to fix the left Joy-Con’s reception issues. The bad news is that his fix involves having to make modifications inside the controller, meaning Nintendo may be forced to issue a recall.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Can’t Add Storage Using USB 3.0 Port on Dock

The Nintendo Switch’s television dock includes a single USB 3.0 port, but don’t assume you’ll be using it to add storage to the console like you can with the Xbox One and Sony’s PS4. The console’s software doesn’t support external storage through USB. If you want to add more storage, you’ll need to pick up a MicroSD card. A slot for adding MicroSD storage is located underneath the kickstand.

Read: How to Find the Nintendo Switch in Stock

Nintendo Switch Problems: Nintendo Switch 2.0 Software Update

When you get your Nintendo Switch, it won’t be in working order. Games will play fine, but the console’s social systems and eShop won’t be there. You’ll need to download the Nintendo Switch software update that’s making the rounds right now.

Do not tether your Nintendo Switch to your Android powered smartphone or iPhone to download this software update. Instead, use your home internet connection. You don’t want to go gobbling up a month’s allotment of data by accident.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Missing Voice-Chat & Lobbies

It’s very clear that Nintendo had to make some big compromises to meet its deadline for the Nintendo Switch release. At least, it’s hard not to look at the console’s multiplayer functionality and not come away with that impression.

Free multiplayer goes live in March, but the wider service that’ll add things that gamers have become accustomed to on Xbox One and PS4, things like voice-chat and lobbies, won’t be live until later this year. There’ll be a Nintendo Switch companion app for smartphones that assists with some of the online experience too. When this service does arrive, Nintendo will begin charging for all online multiplayer, the company says. Discounts for digital games downloaded through the eShop will also be included in the subscription.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Joy-Con Grip Won’t Charge Joy-Cons

This is more of a misunderstanding than a problem with the system. Nintendo includes a Joy-Con Grip with every system. Lots of marketing materials show the Joy-Con Grip charging the Joy-Cons too. Problem is that the Grip featured in those materials isn’t the same as the one included in the box at no addition charge.

Unless you’ve purchased the Joy-Con Grip that includes charging, you’ll need to dock your Joy-Cons to the side of your Nintendo Switch when they need charging.

Nintendo Switch Problems: No Apps for Nintendo Switch (Update)

Missing Nintendo Switch apps is another misunderstanding. Nintendo has said publicly that it aimed to first create a great video game console. That’s why the software on the Nintendo Switch is so laser-focused on that task.
Update: Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime says that the console doesn’t have Netflix and Hulu because they were not “differentiators”. According to him, they will make an appearance sometime in the future.

Read: Netflix Coming to Nintendo Switch, but when?

Nintendo Switch Problems: Orange, Black and Blue Screens When Waking

Members of the Nintendo Switch community on Reddit report getting orange, black or blue screens when trying to wake their Nintendo Switch consoles from sleep. Why this is happening remains unclear. Holding down the console’s power button and waiting for the display to turn black solves the issue.

Nintendo Switch Problems: No Way to Transfer Saves

It’s not your imagination, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t allow you to move games or game saves to external storage. Right now, that means that if you damage your system, you will need to start your games all over. “At this time, it is not possible to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch system to another,” Nintendo told Polygon.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Missing Online Functionality & Nintendo Accounts

To get the most of your Nintendo Switch, you’ll need what’s called a Nintendo Account. This account can be linked to the local account you may have already created for your console.

After pressing the Home button, head to the Systems Settings area. Then select Users. Select the profile you’d like to link and choose Link Nintendo Account.
Regardless of the reason, the Nintendo Switch does not have apps available for download. That means you can’t watch Netflix or Hulu Plus. There’s a web app that allows you to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, but that’s all. Currently, there aren’t any publicly announced plans to add apps to the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Scratches & Skins

This isn’t  good news for anyone that plans on using the Nintendo Switch dock often. According to website Glixel, the Nintendo Switch’s touchscreen display can get scratched easily when removing it from the dock. To prevent this, it’s a very good idea to invest in Nintendo Switch screen protectors.

Additionally, Dbrand was forced to cancel all of its Nintendo Switch skins after it realized that the console’s finish doesn’t hold up well to glue. You’ll want to stick with Nintendo Switch cases and covers and avoid skins. Skinit maintains that its products use an adhesive that doesn’t harm the console’s finish.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Dead Pixels on the Screen

A number of Nintendo Switch users are reporting that their console came with dead pixels. Dead pixels are tiny areas on the display that won’t change colors. We don’t know the scope of the issue right now. The problem is big enough that Nintendo has added an area for it to its FAQ section at

“Small numbers of stuck or dead pixels are a characteristic of LCD screens. These are normal and should not be considered a defect,” the entry reads. If you have this issue, try returning your Nintendo Switch for another.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Bad Wi-Fi

Some users are reporting that their Nintendo Switch consoles can’t maintain a solid Wi-Fi connection, even when they are very close to the source of the Wi-Fi. Nintendo hasn’t posted any guidance on this issue, but it’s a good idea to return your console if it’s having this problem. It seems unlikely that a software update would be able to fix this issue.

The Nintendo Switch is now available for purchase for $299.99. That price doesn’t include a game but does include a Joy-Con Grip, Dock, 2 Joy-Cons, wrist straps, an HDMI cable and a USB Type-C power cable.

Nintendo Switch Problems: Warping Issue

At least one Nintendo Switch Reddit community member reports that their console has warped because of use. Community member _NSR posted a picture of their Nintendo Switch along with the cover of an Apple iPad for reference.  In the picture, you can clearly see where the plastic enclosure of the console has warped over time.

nintendo switch wapring

Pictures of a warped Nintendo Switch shared with the Nintendo Switch Reddit Community.

The two ends that hold the Joy-Cons in place or a few degrees off where they should be. It’s an issue Gotta Be Mobile has noticed in its own Nintendo Switch console. Nintendo hasn’t said anything about the issue publically.

It’s best to avoid using the dock if you begin to notice any warping. Nintendo should be willing to replace consoles with the issue too.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In terms of ‘bang for your buck,’ this is the best way we’ve seen to learn coding

At AAPicks, we see a lot of coding courses. Many of our readers are interested in learning how to make their own apps, games, and other software, so we try to keep an eye out for the best coding resources available.

Most of the coding course package that we see suck. But this one does not.

Frankly, this is the best we’ve seen so far.

In terms of the quality of resources that you’re getting for the price you pay, the Ultimate Learn to Code bundle for 2017 is pretty damn amazing. It’s got courses covering Ruby, Javascript, Python, HTML, SQL, app creation, monetization, and more.

All 10 courses are provided by reputable brands and hosted by established online course instructors.

Although most of these courses run in the $200 range individually, you can grab all 10 in a bundle for $49 during the next week as part of a promotional event.

Frankly, this offer’s value is pretty hard to exaggerate. We’ll give you the overview here, but you’ll want to scroll down and click the button for the individual details on each course.

Frankly, this is the best we’ve seen so far.

2017 Learn To Code Bundle in a Glance:

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How to Fix Poor Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat Performance

Some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users are complaining about poor performance after installing Android Nougat.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Nougat update is an exciting update but as the Galaxy S7 Nougat release grows we’re starting to see users complain about a variety of Galaxy S7 Android Nougat problems.

Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users in the United States and other countries around the world are running into pesky bugs and frustrating performance issues after installing the Android 7.0 Nougat update on their device.

Abnormal battery drain and broken connectivity are part of the problem but some Galaxy S7 users are noticing lag, lockups and freezes after installing Android Nougat.

Fixing performance issues can be a bit tricky but there are a few things to try before you get in contact with Samsung or your carrier.

Today we want to outline some ways to improve Galaxy S7 Nougat performance on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

Some of these tips require a lot of effort. Others simply require you to start using some of the features Samsung delivered with its Android Nougat update.

How to Fix Galaxy S7 Battery Life After Nougat

Let’s start with battery life and connectivity issues.

Some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users are noticing bad battery life after installing Android Nougat. Android 7.0 Nougat isn’t supposed to harm the device’s battery life. In fact, with features like Doze On-The-Go on board, it’s supposed to help it.

If you start noticing bad Galaxy S7 Nougat battery life, don’t panic. There’s a very good chance you’ll be able to fix the problem yourself.

If you just installed Nougat on your Galaxy S7, give it a couple of days. Sometimes it takes two or three days for new software to even out. If you’ve had Nougat on your device for a while now, you’ll need to take action.

We’ve put together a long list of strategies to obtain better battery life on the Galaxy S7 and it’s worth a look if you don’t know what to do.

Use Download Booster

Noticing slower download speeds after installing Android 7.0 Nougat on your Galaxy S7? Try Download Booster.

When enabled, Download Booster will download files larger than 30MB using Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity at the same time. If your Wi-Fi signal is strong, you’ll see blazing fast download speeds.

To enable Download Booster, go to Connections > More connection settings > Download booster and enable it. Just remember to use this sparingly because it could eat up a lot of your data plan.

Fix Poor Connectivity

If your Galaxy S7’s connections are struggling with Nougat on board, take a look at our list of fixes for GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth problems.

Restart Your Phone

If you’re noticing UI lag or freezes, and you haven’t restarted your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in a while, try a simple restart. Power it down and then power it up again. Your phone might feel like new.

Cleanup Your Galaxy S7

Use Nougat’s arrival as an opportunity to cleanup your Samsung Galaxy S7’s files and data.

If you’ve owned your Galaxy S7 for a year, there’s a good chance you’ve accumulated tons of stuff on your phone. Some of you might even be nearing the threshold of your device’s internal storage.

Even if you aren’t, it would be a good idea to get rid of files, apps and anything else you no longer need on your device.

A little cleanup could go a long way toward improving your Galaxy S7 Nougat performance.

Disable Widgets

Widgets are extremely useful but they can also eat up your device’s resources. This is why we recommend getting rid of them, at least temporarily, to see if that helps boost Galaxy S7 Nougat’s performance.

To delete a Widget simply hold down on it and drag it to Remove. You can always add Widgets back to your home screen if you determine they aren’t what’s dragging down your Galaxy S7’s or your Galaxy S7 Edge’s performance.

Sleep Apps

You might also want to consider sleeping or disabling certain applications on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

Sleeping an app will disable its core functions and features. This is useful for apps that are known battery and CPU hogs and apps that send out tons of notifications.

If you want to take it a step further, you can disable apps completely. We’ve put together a quick guide that takes you through the process.

Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to sleep and disable apps whenever necessary.

Update Your Apps

If you’re experiencing poor app performance after installing Android Nougat you’ll want to make sure your apps are updated.

Developers continue to push out important bug fix updates for their applications. If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, there’s a good chance you’ve missed one, or more, of these key bug fix updates.

If you haven’t updated your apps in awhile, head into your apps and into the Google Play Store and check out the updates available to you.

Be sure you read reviews from Nougat users before you install a new version of your favorite app. Nougat is agreeable with most apps but there are some rotten apples out there.

Use Device Maintenance

If you’re noticing abnormal amounts of lag and stuttering after installing Android Nougat on board your device, dig into Device Maintenance.

On the Galaxy S7’s Settings screen tap Device Maintenance and then go to RAM. To reduce the amount of RAM your device is using, check apps from the apps list, and tap on Clean Now.

Use Nougat’s Performance Mode

The Galaxy S7 Nougat update comes equipped with some awesome features including a new Performance Mode function. Performance Mode is found in Device Maintenance.

Performance Mode includes a Normal Mode for every day use, a Game Mode for when you’re gaming, an Entertainment Mode, and a High Performance Mode where it’ll use highest quality settings.

For more on Performance Mode, take a look at our full rundown of the new feature.

Turn Off S Voice

S Voice, Samsung’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri, can be very useful. If you rely on it, this step will be a tough one to pull off.

If you can do without S Voice (temporarily or permanently) you might notice a bump to your Galaxy S7’s performance. S Voice can be a resource hog.

To completely disable S Voice on your Galaxy S7 you’ll want to head into Applications Manager, find S Voice, tap on it, and tap on Disable.

You can always enable S Voice again if you determine it’s not responsible for your device’s poor performance on Nougat.

Hidden Developer Mode

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both feature a hidden developer mode that could help you speed up your device in a matter of seconds.

We’ve put together a step-by-step walkthrough that will hold your hands through the process. It’s worth a look if you’re short on time.

Use Another Launcher

If none of these fixes help and you’re willing to replace Samsung Experience (TouchWiz) with another launcher, it’s probably worth a shot.

Samsung’s made some improvements to its user interface but it can still feel bulky and it still plays a role in your device’s performance. Potentially, a negative one.

We highly recommend trying the popular Nova Launcher on the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher comes with tons of customization options that could help you get a handle on your device’s performance.

Try Rooting Nougat

If you’ve exhausted all of these steps, and your performance still isn’t adequate, it might be time to take a more drastic approach.

You might try rooting Galaxy S7 Nougat. Developers recently released a working root for the Qualcomm-powered versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and it might be worth a try if you’re running out of options and/or time.

Rooting allows you to delete apps and services that you normally wouldn’t be able to get rid of. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are loaded up with bloat, particularly carrier models.

We’ve gone over the pros and cons of rooting a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge and it’s worth a look if you’re out of ideas.

Start from Scratch

This step should only be used as a last-ditch resort and only after you’ve backed up all of your important files in the cloud or on a microSD card.

If your performance is out of control, it might be worth it to start from scratch. In other words, erase everything on your phone and start anew.

There is a very good chance this will help you get control on your Galaxy S7’s performance but know that it will be a time-consuming process, particularly if you have a ton of apps, files and customization on your device.

To do this on Nougat, go to Settings > General management > Reset > Factory data reset > Reset Device > Delete All.

Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web browser

The OpenTomb team wasn’t able to retrieve the original Tomb Raider source code from Square Enix, so developers simply decided to re-make the game from the ground-up. They built their own engine and wrote their own code designed to take advantage of modern CPUs, graphics cards and gameplay features.

This open-source, from-scratch model sets OpenTomb apart from existing Tomb Raider mods and patchers that clone the original game engine.

“The older [an] engine gets, less chance it’ll become compatible with further systems; but in [the] case of OpenTomb, you can port it to any platform you wish,” the developers write on GitHub. Their post continues, “No matter how advanced your patcher is, you are limited by original binary — no new features, no graphic enhancements, no new structures and functions. You are not that limited with [an] open-source engine.”

OpenTomb is an ambitious project and so far the City of Vilcabamba is its only result, but it’s an encouraging start. The team is active on the Tomb Raider forums, if anyone is interested in following Lara Croft on this brand new, yet shockingly familiar, adventure.

How to Use the Galaxy S8 Blue Light Filter

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ deliver multiple exciting features for users. Like an Iris Eye scanner, Infinity Display and more. One that many don’t know about is called the blue light filter. Which is essentially a night mode or similar to the iPhone’s Night Shift. Below we’ll go over more details and how to use the Galaxy S8 blue light filter.

Essentially the blue light that comes out of the display can cause eye strain, especially at night. Not to mention studies have shown that it stimulates the brain. As a result it’s harder to fall asleep at night. That’s where Samsung night mode comes in.

Read: How to Change the Galaxy S8 Lockscreen & Wallpaper

Since the Galaxy S8 is running the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, this is instantly available to owners. It’s customizable, can turn on with a schedule and is very useful. Without further delay, here’s how to use it.

Night modes have been around for a long time on select devices. Recently Apple added it to iOS for the iPhone, and in 2016 Samsung did the same with the Galaxy Note 7. If you’ve yet to try it, this is one of many features we’d highly recommend.

Basically owners can set a schedule for the Blue Light Filter, and you’re all set. It will automatically turn on and off daily for you. Lets get started.

How to Use the Galaxy S8 Blue Light filter

By now most with the Galaxy S8 have probably looked through the settings menu to get familiar with the device. If not, we’d recommend changing these 10 settings first. Then, customize and set up your night mode schedule.


  • Head into Settings from the notification bar or app tray

  • Select Display from the list

  • Tap the 3rd option labeled Blue light filter

  • Click Turn On then adjust the filter levels to your preference

The moment the filter switch is enabled users will instantly notice a huge difference. Blue light is completely removed from the Infinity display, and you’ll see an amber or reddish tint on the screen. Adjusting the slider will add more or less of the filter, for a users specific needs or preference.

All blue lights will be filtered until this is turned off. There’s also an easy access quick setting for the filter in the notification pulldown bar.

Set a Blue Light Filter Schedule

The best route is setting a schedule. This way everything will happen automatically. At night it will turn on and reduce eye strain. Then in the morning revert back to normal. Set it to your sleep patterns and forget it. Here’s how.


  • Make sure you’re still in Display settings

  • Select Blue light filter

  • Choose Turn on as scheduled

  • Select Sunset to sunrise or Custom to set time intervals 

  • Choose your Start and End time

That’s all there is to it. Now each night it will automatically filter out all blue night. Helping relieve eye strain and making it easier to fall asleep at night. Well, according to studies. Whether or not owners use this feature is up to them. Personally I’ve enjoyed it since the Galaxy S7 Edge received Nougat, and continue using it to this day.

It’s also possible this can help improve battery life slightly. As the device isn’t displaying as many colors or getting as bright. Although the impact will be small. While you’re here learn how to customize the on-screen buttons at the bottom of your device, or enable all apps to use the full screen. For more details and how to’s for the Galaxy S8 head to our device portal.

You’ve seen the cube and the spinner, but now you can get both for the price of one

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We’ve been following the rise in “stress toys” pretty closely at AAPicks. These popular little desk items are perfect for fidgeters of all walks of life, and many report that having one around keeps them more productive and focused.

Stress Blocks have been flying off the shelves so fast that they’re hard to keep in stock for many providers, and theStress Spinner garnered a lot of fans when we featured its release earlier this month.

Some users had a hard time justifying the $30+ price tags on these fun little trinkets, but a current sale going on at Tech Deals lets you grab both of them for just $24.99.

Two popular little gizmos for less than the price of one. We think that’s worth investigating.

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Spotify took its sweet time getting Behind the Lyrics on Android

According to an announcement from Spotify, Behind the Lyrics has “just landed” on Android. If you, devoted Android user, feel like you’ve been left out of the music trivia party, Spotify suggests the best way to check out the feature is to jump into their curated Behind the Lyrics: Hip Hop and Today’s Top Hits playlists, which include artists’ notes, fun facts and other lyrical excerpts. They’re also doing a promo around the release of R&B star Khalid’s latest album American Teen.

“You listen to a record, and you interpret it your own way,” the 19-year-old Khalid said. “But with this, you can see what the artist felt. ‘You know what? Maybe it doesn’t mean what I thought. Maybe it means this.’ But at the same time, music is universal. Music can mean anything you want.”

The Android Wear 2.0-powered Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 launches for $499

In January during CES 2017, Casio announced it would launch one of the first Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in April, the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20. True to its word, the smartwatch is now available to purchase via Amazon and other retailers for the price of $499. The WSD-F20 is the successor to the older WSD-F10, and is now one of the older smartwatches available with an Android Wear 2.0 software update.

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The Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 looks very much like its predecessor, but inside the biggest new feature for the new smartwatch is its built-in low-power GPS sensor. This feature, combined with the device’s full-color maps that can also be used offline, will likely make it very popular with hikers and other folks who want to explore the great outdoors, but don’t want to get completely lost. In addition, the device’s Location Memory app will let owners customize their maps with text and markers, so you can keep track of where you were previously located.

The smartwatch has a 1.32-inch dual layer display, along with 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of on-board storage. It has a MIL-STD-810G rugged rating, which means it can operate even within 50 meters of water. The battery life is supposed to last up to two days on a single charge, but turning on the GPS feature will cut that battery life down to about six hours. The Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 comes in black and orange colors.

Casio also previously announced a limited edition version of the smartwatch, with the model number WSD-F20S. Only 500 units of the device will be made, which will be sold in black with some blue color elements, and it will use sapphire crystal and ion plating in its body. A release date and price tag for the WSD-F20S has yet to be revealed.

How to Change the Galaxy S8 Lockscreen & Wallpaper

This guide will detail how to change the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ lock screen and wallpaper. Including adding your own images instead of relying on the Samsung theme store. With the phones now available users will have lots of questions.

On April 21st Samsung’s two stunning devices arrived after a short delay. Now that they’re here, owners will want to customize them and make it their own. Many don’t take the time to learn how, but changing the lock screen or adding a new wallpaper is extremely easy.

Read: 15 Common Galaxy S8 Problems & How to Fix Them

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ both have beautiful 2960 x 1440 Quad-HD displays. Coming in at an impressive 5.8 and 6.2-inches. High resolution wallpapers look amazing. With that in mind, here’s how to add a few great wallpapers or customize the lock screen.

These phones are very advanced and loaded full of features, so it can be easy for users to get overwhelmed. Start with changing these 10 settings first, and then move on to the wallpaper and lock screen.

Owners enjoy changing the wallpaper or lock screen to their own images. Whether that’s of the kids, pets or a pretty landscape image. It only takes a few minutes, but can be confusing considering it requires using the Samsung Theme Store and application. Many users are reporting they can’t change it to anything but Samsung’s pre-set photos, but that isn’t the case. You just need to know how.

The best part of getting a new phone is setting it up the way you’d like, even if that can be a bit daunting for beginners. As a result, our easy to understand steps below will get you setup and customized in no time.

How to Change the Galaxy S8 Lock Screen & Wallpaper

There are a few different ways to change the lock screen image or background wallpaper. My favorite part is we can use two different images. One for the lock screen, and something like a live or moving wallpaper for the home screen.

Part of the confusion is when owners head into Settings and select Wallpapers and themes it goes to the Samsung theme engine. Which isn’t very user friendly, and can be hard to understand. It’s loaded with beautiful photos, themes, icon changers and more. If you just want to apply your own image to the background, it isn’t very straight-forward. So here’s how. We’ll cover all the different ways this can be done.


    • Push and hold your finger on a blank area on the screen

    • It will zoom out to a customization menu, select Wallpaper

    • Scroll through Samsung’s options, or hit My Photos

    • Now select the image you want, crop to fit, and hit Apply Wallpaper

    • Choose home screen, lock screen or both

This is the easiest and quickest way to add a wallpaper to the Galaxy S8. It doesn’t require using the theme store or anything difficult. Just browse their pre-installed images or select one of your own. Find what you want and hit apply. This is how you use photos right off of your smartphone.

To find some beautiful wallpapers like mine above look through Samsung’s theme store or download the app called Zedge and browse their collection. Make sure you get at least a 1080p HD image for the best results.

Lock screen Wallpaper

In case you didn’t notice during our instructions above, adding a wallpaper to the lock screen is just as easy. Follow the exact same steps as above. When you find the image you’d like to use and hit apply the phone will ask. Do you want to apply this to the home screen, the lock screen, or both.

Select both if you only want one image, or add a different image for each area on the device. I have a Packers logo on my lock screen, and a pretty wallpaper everywhere else. Do what you want.

Samsung Theme Store

Those that head into Settings > Wallpaper & Themes may find a huge collection of themes, wallpapers, live wallpapers, custom icons and more. However, the steps aren’t as clear. Basically you just select anything you want in here, download it and hit apply.

Although using your own images might not be easy to understand at first glance. When you first open the theme store it defaults to wallpapers. There are tons of recommendations and popular options to choose from. At the top of the page the first square is “Your Gallery” which you can select to use your own photos, instead of their own.

We’d recommend browsing the gallery as there are tons of excellent images and options to choose from. Once you find a good one simply download it and hit apply. The app will let owners choose if it goes to the lock screen or the home screen background, as expected. There are dozens of neat themes that will change the entire look and feel too, for those interested.

While you’re at it customize the on-screen navigation keys, change the always-on display and more. There are tons of options and controls for owners. Drop us a comment below with any other questions or concerns.

Channel 4's online TV ads will call you out by name

20th Century Fox, Foster’s and Ronseal are the first brands to get on board with Channel 4’s more engaging ad format, but other companies will no doubt be trying to grab your attention while you’re brewing a cuppa before too long. That said, you’ll be able to opt out of seeing them if you feel they’re a bit too intrusive. We typically think of targeted advertising as the type of suggestive banners you see on websites, which just happen to feature the game you were looking at on Amazon moments ago. Chances are, though, that you often see targeted ads even if you don’t know it.

Sky has its own Adsmart technology, for example, that uses all kinds of intel — from location to affluence, family status, spending habits and other lifestyle factors including pet ownership — to create a detailed profile of every subscriber household. Using this, advertisers can choose to target specific audiences, meaning you might sit through an ad break that’s altogether different from that shown to your neighbours.

Nearly 100 channels on Sky’s pay-TV service employ Adsmart, with Channel 5 being the first public service broadcaster to join the scheme earlier this year, following Comedy Central and MTV’s networks. Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported Virgin Media was also in talks to become the next major Adsmart partner. You can ignore them, but you can’t escape them.

Galaxy S8 users having issues with some older wireless charging pads

It’s not yet clear whether it’s a simple glitch or whether Samsung has implemented a way to detect non-OEM fast wireless chargers and disable them.

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Samsung’s latest flagship duo may have broken all sorts of pre-order records around the world, but not everything has been smooth sailing for the Korean electronics giant. Shortly after the official launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in Korea, a large of number of users took to online blogs to complain about bizarre red discoloration problems on their devices’ displays. Samsung has since said that there will be a software update to address the issue.

Not only that, we’re seeing more reports of Galaxy S8’s Wi-Fi connectivity issues, particularly when connecting to a 5GHz Wi-Fi network. Again, it’s not hard to find US users complaining about this issue on online forums, but Samsung has reportedly concluded that it’s a Korea-specific problem and will be releasing a patch only in Korea.

Now, it appears that some Galaxy S8 owners are having trouble charging their phones on their older fast wireless charging pads. Though it’s not clear why this is the case, the general consensus is that there are two possibilities. One is that this is a glitch that can be fixed in a future update. After all, the person who uploaded the video above explains that his Galaxy S7 device works perfectly fine, but his new Galaxy S8 does not. However, it’s more likely to be an intentional move on Samsung’s part.

There could be two possible explanations. One is that this is a glitch that can be fixed in a future update. However, it’s more likely to be an intentional move on Samsung’s part.

As explained in a thread on XDA Developers, the problem seems to be about using the right power adapter and a genuine Samsung fast wireless charging pad. A user named ObsidianGT did some testing of his own, using his older fast wireless charging pads. Essentially, his Galaxy S8 Plus worked just fine with Samsung’s very first fast wireless charger that launched with the Galaxy Note 5 (EP-PN920) as well as the stand-up style one that launched with the Galaxy S7 (EP-PN930). Mind you, these are all genuine Samsung products with genuine OEM Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging Adapters.

He further explains that third-party and knockoff Samsung fast wireless chargers will result in what we see in the video above: the Galaxy S8 will simply refuse to charge. And this is something that’s unique to the Galaxy S8 – previous Galaxy devices did not have this limitation when fast wireless charging according to this user (hence, the YouTube user’s Galaxy S7 works just fine with those pads). So it is possible that while the user who uploaded the YouTube video used genuine Samsung power adapters, his wireless charging pads are not. There are indeed many knockoff fast wireless charging pads being sold online, bearing the exact same model numbers. However, if those are indeed genuine Samsung products, then the mystery deepens.

It’s worth noting that ObsidianGT’s Galaxy S8 Plus did successfully fast charge his phone using Samsung’s older wireless charging pads and an AUKEY Quick Charge 2.0 Wall Charger, so perhaps Samsung has incorporated specific standards into this year’s flagships’ wireless charging capabilities, especially after the battery debacle with the Galaxy Note 7 last year.

Have you tried charging your Galaxy S8 device on an older Samsung fast wireless charger? Or on a third-party or non-OEM fast wireless charger?

'Super Mario Run' gets an update, if you're still playing

That’s the, well, middling news, but there’s not much else in the update. Players can get new buildings for their kingdoms, including an 8-bit Bowser Statue, and can display their custom Mii character from Miimoto as their player icon. Android players can earn Game Center achievements now. Oh, and the maximum amount of toads has been increased to 99,999, which might keep you company if you’re the only one of your friends still playing.

But it’s too soon to assume Nintendo is abandoning the game. Unlocking content in Super Mario Run via a single in-game $10 fee earned the title less revenue than expected, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimusha told Nikkei Asia Review. But the more lucrative random-reward “gacha” model in Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo’s other smartphone game, risks damaging the company and characters’ reputations. Nintendo has more to come for smartphone games, including synergy with its Switch console. We’ll wait to see the gaming titan’s plans after the release of its fiscal year 2016 earnings report this Thursday.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Google Play Movies & TV videos can now stream in 4K with NVIDIA Shield TV

Owners of the Android TV-based NVIDIA Shield TV set-top boxes can now stream supported videos in 4K from the Google Play Movies & TV app. The new support joins other apps that can also stream in 4K on the NVIDIA Shield TV, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

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Keep in mind that only a small section of 4K videos are currently available from the Google Play Movies & TV app, and of course you will still need a 4K TV to check out the videos at their highest current resolution. There’s also the fact that the prices for 4K movies and TV shows are much higher than their SD or HD counterparts.

In addition to the new support from Google’s app, the Shield TV box now allows mobile device owners with 4K content support to cast it to the box, so any such content can be viewed on the big screen. If you have get to get the NVIDIA Shield after reading about its 4K support, be aware that the version with 16 GB of storage is still selling for $199.99, while the Pro version with 500 GB is priced at $299.99.

What do you think of the NVIDIA Shield TV and its ability to stream 4K content from a variety of sources? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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