Phone notifications can really be annoying at times. Sometimes, all you want to do is have a peaceful nap or play your favourite online casino games at online casinos sa or anywhere without any disturbances. The great thing about Android phones is that they have various tools that you can use to turn off notifications. Below, we list a few of the ways to turn off phone notifications on Android.
Screen your calls with Do Not Disturb mode
Activating Do Not Disturb keeps your phone from giving you notifications. However, we know that now and again, you may really be tempted to check your phone for any new notifications. Excitingly, this feature allows you to let only the most important calls and text messages to come through. This means you won't get disturbed by messages or calls that are not really very important.
Enable 'VIP' alerts for email messages
We are human and now and again, curiosity gets the best of us and we are tempted to check our phones, even when we are in important meetings. There is a solution, though, for allowing only the most important emails to give you flash alerts. All you have to do is make use of Gmail's Priority Inbox. You can turn it on or off, as required, in order to determine which email messages actually give you notifications.
Turn off unneeded lock-screen notifications
It can really be frustrating to get disturbed by your phone when the phone's lock screen lights up. By default, you will have to check the display in order to see what's going on. At times, it's really nothing important, which leaves you annoyed. Well, Android has a solution for this. You simply have to minimize your lock-screen notifications, or completely turn them off. This feature allows you to select only the notifications that are important to you to light up the screen. If you prefer, you can turn off all notifications. But if you are a gambler, don't turn off your best sports betting websites app notification for latest sports updates. This feature is quite handy as it means fewer disturbances.
First Leaked Photos that shows off Samsung's upcoming flagship Smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge. The images, provided by sources at a South Korean electronics distributor, purportedly show five variants of the electronics giant's new flagship smartphone, including an Edge-style version.
While the Galaxy S6 isn't expected to be formally announced until the Samsung Unpacked 2015 event held on March 1st, the rumour mill has been running overtime on what the world's largest smartphone maker might be offering in the new handset to revive its sluggish mobile-phone business.
The fifth phone shows that the bezel which looks metallic and quite thick of the visible edged side, unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, is protruding outwards. This seems to indicate that the fork-looking silver line shown in Samsung's recently sent invitation was the hint for the particular wraparound design of the Edge.
The physical home button is still very much alive, it seems, while the glimpse of the fifth phone shows that the front of the S6 will resemble its predecessors the S5, S4, and S3.
Samsung shows off the latest processor Exynos 8 Octa to compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. Samsung says that Exynos 8 Octa 8890 will go into production by the end of the year, so it is very likely that it will be used in Galaxy S6's successor, ex. the Galaxy S7, which will probably debut in the first quarter of 2016.
Like the Exynos 7420, the new Exynos 8890 is an octa-core, 64-bit chip based on ARMv8 technology and manufactured using a 14nm FinFET process, while the 7420 featured four ARM Cortex-A57 CPU cores and four lower-power Cortex-A53 cores, the new chip is the first to pair four of Samsung's own custom ARMv8 CPU cores with four Cortex-A53 cores as it's the company's first premium chip to feature an integrated LTE modem with upload speeds as high as 150 Mbps and maximum download speeds as much as 600 Mbps.
The new chip supports display resolutions up to 4K UHD (4,096 x 2,160px), even though the existing Exynos 7420 has support for such displays, but we haven't seen a device with one just yet.
Samsung plans to begin mass production of the Exynos 8 Octa in late 2015.
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Fortunately, you can still customize it on your S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge with the help of a third party app known as Galaxy Button Lights. Download it for free from the Google Play Store and install it. Once you open the application, you will find that everything that was missing from the TouchWiz settings menu in terms of the capacitive key backlighting, they are all there.
You will get to change and choose in-between settings such as Time to remain on, Always on, Always off and Default. Adjust the settings according to your convenience and tap on SAVE BUTTON BACKLIGHT BEHAVIOR to apply the settings on your device immediately. Just to make sure that you are downloading the right application, check if the developer's name is mentioned as NotQuiteinsane on the Play Store's Download section. If it is, then that's the right app.
The Galaxy S8 might have just gotten leaked by none other than the manufacturer itself! In what was the most unexpected move made by Samsung in recent history, they have just unleashed two ads promoting their new Super AMOLED displays on a smartphone that is more than likely to be the upcoming Galaxy S8. The phone featured in both the ads show us a device that's incredibly similar in design to what we have seen so far via the leaked renders of the S8. Check out the two ads to get an idea of what we are talking about.
If this is indeed a prototype of the Galaxy S8 which we are seeing here, then it will sport the rumoured high screen-to-body ratio, as well as an optical fingerprint scanner placed under the display. There is no Home button either, just as the rumors and renders had predicted. The bottomline is that Samsung is using a brand new phone for these ads which looks suspiciously similar to what the conceptual and leaked renders had been predicting about the Galaxy S8. Add this to the fact that Samsung is using this device to show off their new upcoming Super AMOLED panels and you might just be convinced that this is truly our first unofficial look at the upcoming flagship from Samsung.
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In what was quite a shocking revelation, it has been speculated that the LG G6 won't feature this year's flagship chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Keep in mind that this is just a rumor at this point of time and may not hold true. However, the implications of such an event are devastating for LG, should it turn out to be true. The LG G-series of smartphones have traditionally been a rival of Samsung's Galaxy S-series every year. If it misses out on the most powerful upcoming smartphone chip for Android phones which its arch-rival will be sporting, LG will lose the competition even before the sales begin.
As you know already, this year's SD 835 chip is made on Samsung's 10nm process. Rumor has it that any phone which comes out before April will not be sporting the flagship SoC as the chips will all be used in the Galaxy S8 first, before being delivered to any other smartphones in 2017. What this means is that the S8 will be the first phone to have the Snapdragon 835 inside. As the LG G6 is scheduled to be showcased at the MWC next month and the S8 has been confirmed to be delayed indefinitely, facts are suggesting that the G6 will be sporting the Snapdragon 821 SoC from 2016. Make no mistake though, the SD 821 is still the most powerful chip for Android phones right now, but by the time the G6 is released, it may just be playing second fiddle to the more powerful and power-efficient SD 835.
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Now that Samsung has started to update Bixby with the missing voice functionality in South Korea, they have also released multiple videos which demonstrate how good Bixby's voice functionality actually is. Unfortunately, they are only available in Korean at the moment, so don't expect to understand too much from the videos themselves, unless you know the language of course.
Nevertheless, the videos serve two purposes in my book. Firstly they show off the digital assistant's capabilities to help us use the phone completely with voice only. It can open apps, edit images, share them wherever you want them to be shared, launch the camera, take pictures/videos, change device settings and so much more. Secondly it confirms that Samsung's claims with Bixby at launch were on point, albeit a bit premature. We have linked all the videos throughout this article so that you can check them out for yourself. Enjoy!
A Samsung employee who is only known by his surname "Lee" at the moment, apparently was in a bad gambling debt which amounted to somewhere around $800,000! Just as any other logical person would handle a debt of that size, he decided to steal 8,474 Samsung mobile phones (which are worth a total of $711,000) from Samsung's head office in Suwon, Gyeonggi. If you have not caught on to my sarcasm yet, then let me affirm that it is indeed sarcasm and stealing from your employer or anyone else is definitely not the logical solution to any problem!
The disabled man had apparently started stealing test units meant for developers from way back in the December of 2014. In fact his operation was active till November last year; a timeframe in which he managed to steal an astounding 8,474 Samsung test units. Lee used to pawn these stolen smartphones via a used phone reseller and before long, these handsets, which were never even meant to be on sale, were being sold and used in Vietnam. As Samsung caught a whiff of the con job going on here, the matter was reported to the police. After months of investigation, Lee has finally been found and charged. Although he is clearly a reckless gambler and a thief of massive proportions, one cannot help but be amazed at the efficiency with he had run the con job for all these years without ever being caught once.
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After months of battling apps dedicated to disabling or remapping the infamous Bixby button, Samsung has finally decided to give in to their users' wishes and has ultimately provided the very welcome option of turning the button off. Strangely enough, this comes right after Bixby actually started to become somewhat useful for its voice based functionalities!
This option came in with the latest Bixby update and users of the Galaxy S8, S8+ and the Note 8 can finally toggle the Bixby button off. If you do that, pressing the button won't start Bixby anymore. In fact, it won't do anything at all after that! You can also turn the button on/off from the Bixby settings menu if you want to.
In case you don't see that option on your device, it means you probably have not been given the update yet. Don't worry though, because it will get there eventually. Perhaps we would have been a bit happier if Samsung allowed us to remap the Bixby button to something useful as well, but hey! One baby step at a time, right?
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Since Google just informed the press about an upcoming event on October 4, we are pretty sure that's where the new Pixel phones will be unveiled for the first time. This belief was further confirmed by the fact that there's a new "Oct. 4" video on Google's official YouTube channel where the Google search bar slowly transforms into the shape of a smartphone.
As far as leaks go, the latest Geekbench spec sheets are revealing a revised Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and Android Nougat 7.1, a version of the OS that no other smartphone is running at the moment. Both the Pixel (5.2-inch) and the Pixel XL (5.5-inch) will be made by HTC this year and there will be two versions this time around; one for the US and the other for the international market.
We have also seen a few mobile case listings for the Pixel phones and as you can see from the image, the camera cut-outs are suspiciously large and may indicate a dual camera setup at the back. However, no such rumor regarding the Pixel or Pixel XL has surfaced so far. We will find out more very soon as the official unveiling date is now confirmed and just around the corner.
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The soccer season is a month underway and we've already had plenty of thrills, not least the news that La Liga will be touching down in Miami early next year, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho gracing these shores to make history.
Of course, we've also got the Premier League to enjoy as well as Serie A, MLS and international football across the next nine months, and there's no better way of keeping up than with your smartphone.
Our cells are now the first port of call when it comes to the sports headlines, particularly when you're checking the scores from all manner of time zones. If you're struggling to keep up, or simply need a bit of inspiration to enjoy the new season, here's our rundown of the best soccer apps to make the most of...
ESPN will bring you results from across the planet, whether you're checking up on goals from Zlatan in LA or Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin. It's a fantastic app that brings you all the latest soccer news as it comes in.
A reliable source for statistics, you'll be able to wow your friends as well as catch up on plenty of video features, podcasts and much more.
It's available on both iOS and Android, so there really is no excuses.
Football Manager 2019
If you fancy yourself as the next Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klopp, then the new edition of Football Manager is most certainly for you.
Every year it improves, and while the new version isn't out until November, we expect this year to be no different. Managing every aspect of a club, from transfers to training and matchday preparation, it's a game that truly is for the soccer obsessive. Your free time is no longer free.
Everybody loves a bet on the soccer at the weekend. It goes hand-in-hand and in 2018 there are more ways to do it than ever before. William Hill is among the best Android betting apps and offers a huge range of markets across almost every league in the world.
You can build an accumulator that includes all the top teams from the USA, England, Spain, Germany and even Australia, and you can make some pretty good money from it too!
If it's all about the soccer from back home though, the MLS app is perfect for you. With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney now gracing the league, it well and truly has grown in profile, with the whole world paying attention.
The MLS app brings everything you want from the league directly to your smartphone including score updates, highlights and all the latest match previews and post match analysis.
You can personalize the app to suit your favourite franchise and it's available on both Android and Apple devices.
No smartphone is complete without the phenomenon that is FIFA downloaded to it though. Recent reports are suggesting FIFA 19 is better than ever. The demo is out and has been receiving rave reviews, so it's just a waiting game until it's officially released.
It's the ideal game for long commutes on the subway, with the graphics getting closer and closer to their console counterparts. It's your chance to live out the dream, even if it's only until you arrive in the office.
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As mobile gaming ages and creates a vast library of exclusive games for itself, it also borrows plenty of classic titles that originated on consoles or computers. Secret of Mana, Grand Theft Auto, Crazy Taxi Classic and Bully are just a few of the old gems you can download onto your phone, but even with all of the games that have made the transition, there's still a few that we'd like to see as an app and we haven't yet.
Let's take a second to look at these entries and talk about what makes them worthy choices.
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Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Widely regarded as one of the best games of all time and certainly the best out of the three titles developed by Team Ico, Shadow of the Colossus definitely needs to make its first handheld appearance. With the E3 2017 announcement that there will be a SotC remake in 2018, it only seems appropriate to make a port for phones so that people can slay on the go.
With the dynamic gameplay of climbing up colossi opened up to touch screen, we might see some interesting changes to the classic controls - such as swiping up to scale a monster's back and double tapping the screen to plunge your sword into the beast's weak point. Although the final fight did suffer from serious frame dropping, the problem was virtually fixed in the PS3 port - a blueprint that developers should be sure to use when building the game for iOS and Android.
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Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)
From the same people who brought you GoldenEye 007 and Banjo & Kazooie comes Grabbed by the Ghoulies. The whimsical horror game has the player taking on hordes of Halloween baddies as they traverse a haunted mansion in search of the main character's girlfriend. While the game received mixed reviews upon its release, it was eventually re-released in the Rare Replay bundle for Xbox One, and has even gone on to inspire similar titles such as Grave Grabbers https://www.slots.io, a five-reel, 20-payline slot game that borrows heavily from the comedic and animated horror themes featured in Rare's classic.
Grabbed by the Ghoulies also features a soundtrack by legendary video game composer Grant Kirkhope, the same man who created the highly regarded Donkey Kong Country series soundtracks. And with the recent boost in augmented reality games, thanks to Pokemon Go, Grabbed by the Ghoulies can take advantage of the same technology to bring the monster mashing madness right into your home.
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Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Since Nintendo has finally gotten with the times and started releasing app games, there's a whole slew of old gems that need releasing on the phone, but none more deserving that Super Mario Kart, a franchise that has sold 90.50 million copies worldwide according to vgchartz.com. With an added online multiplayer mode where people could play with others in their proximity and the addition of tilt controls similar to the Wiimote, Super Mario Kart could be modernized for a whole new generation of gamers.
Although Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 7 are already available portable titles, not everyone owns a system to play them on. However, practically everyone owns a phone. Before we know it, we could be back in the '90s playing the first ever released Mario Kart online off of our phones. Now that's a nostalgia overload.
Regardless of what games are released for phones, the mobile gaming industry will be stronger than ever. It would just help for more console-based gamers to have familiar options at their fingertips in an age where our phones are on us nearly every passing moment of the day. If technology really is going to be the downfall of mankind, the least we can do is make it fun for everyone.
It does not matter which brand or type of phone you have, these tips will help lead a more peaceful life. At times you will have a business meeting or a conference about the most important things at work and notifications keep coming in. Or maybe you are just having the most interesting chat with your loved one or busy with a sport bet and you keep hearing that annoying sound of notifications coming in. We are here to help skip the trouble and enjoy another level of productivity.
Enable ‘VIP' Alerts for Email Messages
There is always a little chance that you will commence and finish a meeting without being disturbed by constant notifications of your emails. Another problem is that the screen will keep flashing. You can use the following tips to ease your notifications overload. Mail ‘VIP' alerts give you separate notifications for most important email contacts, perfect for leaving you in peace unless it's a notification from a close friend or someone in upper management visits your inbox. For Android users, you can replicate the filters to Gmail for you to experience something that is close to iOS's handy VIP alert.
Gmail's Priority Inbox and Off for All Your Other Inboxes
If you are not really up for hacking iOS VIP Alerts into your Android phone. You can make use of Gmail's secret formula for determining which messages are most important to you. Using your prior emailing habits as a guide. Gmail's Priority inbox sifts through your coming messages. It will find the email that you are most likely to answer. It puts them into an ‘important and unread' folder. Everything else such as promos, newsletters or any other less important message is stashed in your everything else folder you would have created.
Follow the above tips and minimize the annoying part of messages coming in. You can continue betting sports without any interruptions. This is because you do not have to lose focus when you are paying attention to the most important details in a meeting.
Over the past few days Google has been showing glimpses of the Black Friday offer and now the deal is finally revealed.
The Google Store is offering $80 off the Nexus 5X, which has brought the price of the 16GB model to $299.99 and the 32GB variant to $349. While writing this post, all models were available with shipment days hovering around 1-2 business days.
We're used to seeing older Nexus hardware get price-cut, but the Nexus 5X is merely a month old. Although it seems kind of insane to see a new Nexus device to get such a remarkable discount, we're really delighted to get $80 discount on a shiny new Nexus phone.
Apart from offering discount on the Nexus 5X, Google is having sales on various other products. You can get $200 off the Nexus 9, bringing down the price to $199 for the 16GB model and $279 for the 32GB variant. Other sales include $30 discount on a Nest Cam, $80 to $100 off on the Huawei Watch, up to $50 off on selected Chromebook models, and some Chromecast deals, too.
On this Black Friday, quite a few enticing deals are offered by Google and consumers must make the best of it to get some serious savings.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy device, you probably have Battery life issues ? Right ? Most of the battery life problems is caused by Samsung's super AMOLED displays, as they are huge (5.0" - 6.0") with resolutions various from FHD to QHD which means more pixels to power and more brightness needed. The display consumes an average of 45% to 55% of your battery life. Don't worry we have a solution for you... Easy and Safe too!
To increase your battery life you will need to reduce the number of pixels on your screen by reducing the resolution of your screen. Placing black spots in a pattern over the screen will actually turn off the pixels in those locations (because in AMOLED tech black color is achieved by actually turning off the pixels on the display). So parts of your screen will be turned off. You'll do that using a simple App that does NOT require any Rooting at all.
Increase Battery Life by Following these Instructions:
1. Download Pixel Battery Saver
Download & Install the App from Google Play Store Here [FREE]
2. Choose level of effect
The app will apply a filter over your screen, placing black pixels in a pattern. You can choose the pattern's density as soon as you launch it.
3. Activating the filter
This is what happens when the app is doing its work. Note that the effect looks much less pronounced on the actual phone's screen.
4. Want battery saving only?
If you only wish to reduce your screen's sharpness when the battery is running low, tap on the "Booting" tab on the top right, then check "Start on specific battery level" and "And only then" (if you wish to not be able to turn the filter on manually), then use the slider below to set the battery threshold.
5. Permanent notification and quicktoggle
The app runs in persistent mode, so Android can't close it at random. Its notification will give you a quick on / off toggle, too, so that makes it useful
6. Toggle at will
And there you go - you are free to reduce the screen's sharpness at will and save some precious battery. Now combine this with Power Saving Mode for some extreme longevity!
In case you haven't decided if your next smartphone is going to be the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is keen to push you in what it considers is the right direction.
The company already did a series of videos highlighting how the Galaxy Note 4 is tough and rugged, but now it's time to talk functionality. In the two 30-second ads the company highlights the software features it has developed as well as the versatility that the S-Pen provides. Watch the videos Below!
Motorola is getting ready for Cyber Monday and like the other players in the tech world, showing the details of deals on the website is quite useful. Currently there are three deals listed on the website and hopefully we can expect to see additional deals in the coming Monday.
To start off, the price of Moto X (2nd Gen) 64GB has been slashed by 25% to bring down the final cost to $299 from $399. You can avail this deal from within the Moto Maker, where it lets you customize the device to your preference. Hence, the price might go up depending on the level of customizations.
Motorola will also give the Moto 360 (1st Gen) at 50% discount, bringing its price down from $299 to $149. Please take a note that this model is the 1st Gen, and at Amazon, you can purchase this device with variety of models to choose from starting at about $140.
We'll say, this deal is not so enticing and definitely doesn't stand out in Cyber Monday history. Finally, those looking to own a Moto G (2nd Gen) can get one for just $99, brought down from $179.99. That's more than 40% discount on the price listed for the phone. Then again, this is the 2nd Gen model, not the 3rd Gen which can bought from Amazon for $170.
How would you like it if you got discount coupons on pizza, each time you downloaded and installed an update for your smartphone? Samsung seems to think that it's a great idea to encourage people in updating their phones. According to Sam Mobile, Galaxy J7 users in India are getting a flat 20% off on their next order from Domino's, as long as they just update their smartphones with the latest SMR package via OTA or from a Samsung Experience Store.
It might come as a surprise to many that customers need an incentive to download a security update, but a reluctance to download new software has been seen in certain markets around the world. It could be related to the fact that many of the low-end smartphones sold in these areas do not have sufficient space on their internal storage at times to accommodate a big download. At other times, users may not have access to a fast Wi-Fi connection with sufficient bandwidth. Whatever the reason is, it will be interesting to see if this strategy by Samsung actually works! Would it work for you?
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