Top 5 news and RSS apps for Android [January 2015]

newsKeeping up with news articles can be a cluttered process, especially if you use multiple apps or bookmarks on your phone or tablet. Using a news aggregation app or an RSS reader can tidy up your mobile device and make keeping up with things even easier. There are tons of apps that can get the job done, but we’re going to go over the best options in this guide to help you get started on staying on top of the news.
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How to shoot RAW or .DNG pictures on your Nexus 6 or Nexus 5

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Google introduced support for some neat photography tricks with the new Camera API shown off with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This has allowed developers to leverage its potential by allowing several new camera features for devices that don’t support it by default. One of those features is the enabling of RAW image capture with the stock camera. If you own a Nexus 5 or the Nexus 6, there’s now a way to enable this feature on your device. We’ll show you how.
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How to unlock and root the Motorola Nexus 6 (the easy way)

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So you’ve got yourself a Nexus 6 and want to play around with custom ROMs a little bit. Although we don’t see why you’d want to give up on the seamlessly smooth Android 5.0 experience, it’s never a bad idea to tweak around your smartphone in order to flash custom ROMs or gain access to some root only applications. Today we’ll show you how to unlock the bootloader and root your Nexus 6 without all the hassle of sideloading files or apks.


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Here’s how to temporarily stop Google Now from notifying you of sports scores to avoid spoilers

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As you know, Google Now will update you with the scores of your favorite teams. Although much slower than other services, it does work nicely. However, there might be situations in which you’re going to be out and you plan on recording (DVR) the game to watch later as if it were live. In those situations, you definitely don’t want to hear anything about the game. Well Google Now has an easy way to fix that. Just temporarily stop Google Now from updating you. Here’s how…


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Here are the best Android smartphones you can buy right now [January 2015]

stack-of-phones-july-2014-9324-001Now that the holidays are over, many of you might be in the market for a new smartphone. A lot of new phones will be announced in the coming months, so it might make sense to sit tight, but this is a great time of the year for deals. There are so many choices based on features and price points, so if you’re planning on buying a new phone now, this guide will make it a lot less daunting.

The best way to divide up your options is to categorize potential devices by the person receiving it. A first smartphone for a tween or preteen may not be the best option for a techie, and the best option for the techie will definitely not be the best choice for family members of an older generation. That’s why this guide will be divided up by type of individual. So read on to find out the best Android phones that are available right now.


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Top 7 Lollipop API watch faces for your Android Wear smartwatch

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Back in early December, Google finally got around to releasing the application program interface (API) for Android Wear watches. Up to that point, app developers and user interface artists were left in the dark about how to get watch faces onto devices like the Moto 360. A few developers, like Facer for example, were winging it, and doing a pretty good job at that.

Now that it’s been almost a month since the API was released, the Play Store is beginning to show signs of life in the watch face category so I spent some time going through the watch faces for my Samsung Gear Live and made a list of my top 7 favorites. Note that these seven picks will look good on a square or rounded watch, but the final three do favor the circular design.


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How To Switch To Dev Channel On Your Chromebook In 3 Simple Steps

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Chrome comes in three different flavors, which we refer to as channels: stable, beta, and dev. Of the three, dev  shorthand for developer  is the most unstable and has a few bugs from time to time. The trade-off is that you get the newest stuff Chrome has to offer before anyone else. These three channels can be used in the regular Chrome browser or in Chrome OS, which is what the Chromebooks use as their operating system. We are obviously going to focus on Chrome OS in the steps I give below.

Disclaimer: Before you get too uncomfortable, please note that none of this should factory reset your device, so switching to the dev channel shouldn’t cause you to lose any of your files on your Chromebook. But, Talk Android nor myself  assume any liability or responsibility for any unexpected or undesired changes that may affect your Chromebook. If you proceed with these steps, it is under your own responsibility and liability.
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Android Wear 5.0.1 screenshots are broken with the G Watch R, but here’s how to capture decent images

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Taking a screenshot from your Android Wear smartwatch is so much easier now that Android Wear 5.0.1 is upon us. However, if you own a G Watch R, you may have noticed that things don’t work so well. The top right of each image is cutoff as you can see in the image above. The good news is that you can still capture decent images. They still won’t be perfect, but they will be damn close.


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How to take a screenshot from your Android Wear smartwatch

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The Android Wear 5.0.1 update brings a slew of enhancements, and one of them happens to be the ability to capture screenshots from your smartwatch. Before the update, you needed to connect your watch to your desktop and use ADB commands, but now it’s so much easier. Unfortunately, it’s a little convoluted, but it gets the job done until Google hopefully enhances it in a future update.


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The Galaxy Note Edge: Just what does that curved edge display do?

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is essentially the same phone as the Galaxy Note 4, but with a curved right edge display. This narrow display is utilized for quickly launching your most used apps, as well as displaying notifications, the weather, and the news. It can even light up on it’s own to let you know what notifications you have, thus saving precious battery life. Need a clock at your nightstand or a ruler? It can take care of both of those too.

The edge display can be customized to suit your needs and there is the hope that developers will also jump on board. It does add a $100 premium over the cost of the Galaxy Note 4, bringing it to a whopping $399 on contract.  Is it worth that extra money? My review is coming up, but I thought I would share how the edge screen works to help you make your decision. Check out my video after the break.


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