How to turn off My Magazine on the Samsung Galaxy S5

We love features – and the ability to turn them off

Samsung’s My Magazine feature on the Galaxy S5 is similar to HTC’s BlinkFeed feature. It can filter in news stories and social updates from various networks for easy access in just a swipe. However, if you don’t like My Magazine you can easily disable it altogether. Here’s how:

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AT&T LG G Flex slated to get KitKat update tomorrow

AT&T owners of the LG G Flex might find themselves mashing that check for updates button tomorrow, as a new support doc from AT&T indicates that an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat should be rolling out starting on April 17th. The AT&T G Flex last saw an update back in February, but it was a small bug fix release for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This update will be chock full of KitKat goodness.

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Enter ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Focus and Blur’ to win an HTC One M8 Google Play edition!

With more ways than ever to get the sharpest or smoothest shot possible, we’re ready to see what you can do with your phone camera this week.

With today’s release of the Google Camera app, more than a few people are thinking about the great things that are possible with camera hardware and software in today’s leading smartphones. You have more options than ever to take amazingly crisp and clear pictures, or selectively apply an artistic blur to them if you see fit. For that reason we’re making this week’s photo contest prompt “Focus and Blur” — and whether it’s an amazingly sharp and in-focus shot or a smoothed-out picture with a shallow depth-of-field, we can’t wait to see entries this week.

True to the spirit of what this contest is looking to do, we’re going to give away a prize that is capable of taking some beautifully sharp and selectively defocused pictures — an HTC One M8 Google Play edition! We have just one to give away, so make that picture count!

Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We’ll pick a winner Tuesday (April 22) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday’s contest.

Enter this week’s photo contest

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Top Chinese hacking team reveals members’ identities

“50 percent of us are the top scoring students in the national college entrance examination. 50 percent are majored in mathematics, and 50 percent are from Microsoft,” says group’s co-founder.

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Announcing the ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Flowers’ winners!

Dozens of fantastic flower photos this week made it nearly impossible to pick just 2 winners

Flowers are clearly in bloom if you take a look through the entries in last week’s photo contest, and the pictures of those flowers on display are quite incredible. It’s a great time of year to see what nature is showing off, and every one of the entries across seven pages in the forums are spectacular.

We unfortunately could only pick two winners this week to receive a ZENS Qi Wireless Charger, but we enjoyed seeing every single entry this week. Read along and check out the winning photos from this contest.

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Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens

tremor video Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there’s still a… Read More

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Yahoo hoping to wean Apple off Google with new mobile search engine?

Yahoo hoping to wean Apple off Google with new mobile search engine?

Yahoo wants to replace Google as the default search engine on Apple’s iOS devices, according to a report on Wednesday.

Recode has brought word from a Yahoo insider claiming the web company is focused on building a ‘viable’ mobile search engine, with the primary aim of wooing woo Apple away from its reliance on Google.

The report said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Adam Cahan (SVP of mobile and emerging products) is planning a pitch to Apple and has already created images of how the offering might look.

Apparently Mayer has already made overtures to Apple’s senior vice president of design Jony Ive, but hopes more serious discussions can take place soon.

Grabbing pole

"This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search," the Yahoo employee working on the search drive reportedly said.

"It will take more than pretty pictures though to convince Apple to give up Google, given its focus on consumer experience being top-notch. But Marissa wants it very badly."

Yahoo already has a pretty decent foothold within iOS with the Weather and Stocks apps both powered by the company. Yahoo search is currently an option, but Google is the default provider.

The report alleges that search is the holy grail for Yahoo as it seeks to expedite its recent turnaround as it could net the firm a billion dollars a year in fees from Apple.

The problem lies in convincing Apple and consumers that any new offering would be superior to Google, a field Yahoo, for all of its previous efforts in search, has rarely fared too well in.

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La novità future di Google Fotocamera: modalità avanzata, Photo Sphere come live wallpaper, torcia e molto altro

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La nuova versione della fotocamera di Google arrivata finalmente sul Play Store è stata ricostruita da zero con una grafica totalmente ridisegnata ma a fronte di ottime novità come la sfocatura ha perso molte altre funzionalità.

All’interno dell’apk è già possibile vedere però tracce del lavoro di BigG per riportare molte di esse nella nuova app, aggiungendone anche di nuove: in particolare è interessante la modalità fotocamera avanzata, che consentirà ai fotografi provetti di regolare le varie impostazioni come bilanciamento del bianco, tipo di focus e anche delle scene come “Azione”, “Notte”, “Tramonto” e “Festa”.

LEGGI ANCHE: La nuova Google Fotocamera arriva sul Play Store

Inoltre saranno presenti anche altre due modalità: Time Lapse, che si spiega da sola, e Grandangolo, che dovrebbe consentire di scattare foto in 16:9. Potremo poi utilizzare i nostri Photo Sphere come live wallpaper oppure scegliere tra altri consigliati da Google e ritornerà anche la possibilità di scattare foto durante la registrazione di un video, oltre a vari effetti per modificare il viso in maniera buffa nei nostri filmati. Per concludere anche la torcia, che potrebbe essere introdotta nell’applicazioni, sperando magari in un comodo widget per attivarla.

Detto ciò, non essendo funzionalità complete o definitive nulla vieta che poi Google ne introduca solo una parte di quelle elencate, ma speriamo di vederle presto arrivare. Potete scaricare Google Fotocamera dal badge a seguire, anche se è disponibile solo per Android 4.4 KitKat: a tal proposito Google scrive che nei prossimi mesi sarà disponibile per più dispositivi.

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Utilizza l’app gratuita di Play per rimanere aggiornato. Da oggi disponibile gratuitamente anche su Chrome App Chrome.

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Google Camera: What’s new, and a guide to the latest features

The only complaint you can make is that Google didn’t release these features sooner.

Google has dropped a pretty notable update to its stock camera app, given it a proper name and at the same time opened it up to non-Nexus devices running KitKat in the Play Store. While the interface still isn’t mind-blowing, it has changed pretty dramatically from what you’d be used to if you used a Nexus 5 just yesterday. Google has overhauled the picture-taking interface for regular shots, panoramas and Photo Spheres, while also adding a brand new feature called “Lens Blur.”

We’ve taken some time to walk through the new interface, and you can color us impressed with the changes that have been made. While we know most of you will be able to get your hands on the app right away and give it a try for yourself, we’re going to take a run through all of the latest features of the Google Camera app and give you a few tips for getting the best shots possible.

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YouTube for Android updated to support casting live videos to Chromecast

Head into the Google Play Store and you’ll see YouTube sitting at version 5.5.27. The last time we covered an update for YouTube on Android was in late November when the app improved search results and channel pages. The changelog listed is old, but there are reports that there is now support for casting live videos to Chromecast.

Play around with the settings and you’ll notice that the Preloading menu has been removed. You’ll also find a Captions menu that has been added to YouTube for Android.

Play around with the app and let us know if you find anything else in there.

Download it now and let us know what you think.

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