How to turn off Facebook Home and go back to your stock launcher

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So you tried Facebook Home, but now you want to remove it as your default launcher and go back to your phone’s stock launcher. Changing launchers can be a little complicated for the novice, but one thing Facebook did right with Facebook Home is make it very easy to turn off. The normal method is to go into settings/apps and select the launcher that’s running (in this case Facebook Home) and select remove defaults. This can still be done, but you can do it in less than half the time by going into the Facebook Home settings and select “Turn off Facebook Home”. The next time you hit your home key, you will be prompted to choose what launcher you want to use (just like when you first installed Facebook Home). Just check “Use by default for this action” and select your stock launcher or any other launcher you might have installed on your phone.

If you ever want to return to using Facebook Home, just open the Facebook Home app like any other app. The next time you hit the home key, you will again be prompted to choose your default launcher, of which you can choose Facebook Home again. Nothing could be easier. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it’s done.


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Pink HTC Butterfly to grace Taiwan market

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It looks like consumers in Taiwan interested in grabbing a pink HTC Butterfly will get that opportunity according to Taiwanese website ePrice. Their site is reporting today that HTC is making a pink cherry powder colored HTC Butterfly available on April 30th. According to the site, pre-orders are now being accepted at both Yahoo! and PCHome. The pink version will be sold for NT$21,900 ($731 USD). This is slightly less than the red and white versions that have been released.

Last month we reported on rumors that HTC is working on a successor to the HTC Butterfly. The appearance of additional colors on the market is typically a sign that a manufacturer is ready to move on to their next version of a device and are content to drive sales of their previous generation device with new versions, like different colors.

source: ePrice

How to get your status bar back full time with Facebook Home

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There’s no question that Facebook Home puts Facebook front and center on your phone. I guess that can be a good thing for those that love Facebook, but one thing that you might be missing is your status bar. You know that little bar at the top of your phone that shows you the time, your signal, how much battery life is left, and what notifications you have? Hopefully you didn’t forget about it already.

Facebook by default turns that off because they want you to only care about people and nothing else. You can still get to it with a swipe down at the top, and for some of you that might be okay, but it’s an easy fix if you would like to get your status bar back full time again. Just go into settings for Facebook Home and make sure that “Show Status Bar” is checked. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it’s done.


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Pantech Vega Iron To Be Unveiled April 18, Takes On The Galaxy S 4

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Pantech is looking to take on the Galaxy S 4, and come April 18, we’ll get all the details. Called the Vega Iron, this phone appears to be the new flagship device we reported on last week. Here are the rumored specs:

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB internal storage with microSD card support
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2150 mAh battery
  • 136.3 × 67.6 × 8.8 mm at 154 grams (5.4 oz)
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How to securely lock your phone while using Facebook Home as your launcher

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If you installed Facebook Home on your phone and you have a security-enabled lockscreen with a pin code or pattern, you may have noticed that your Facebook account is visible when you turn on your phone’s display. This means that anyone who picks up your phone will have access to your Facebook account and is free to do what they want. When they try to open any other app, they will be prompted to enter the code or swipe the pattern to fully unlock your phone, which really isn’t the intent of security-enabled lockscreens.

When using a security-enabled lockscreen, it should mean that your phone is 100% locked, not 90% locked. The good news is that it’s an easy fix. All you need to do is go into the settings for Facebook Home and uncheck “See Home When Screen Turns On”. Now when you (or anyone else) turn on your phone, your security-enabled lockscreen will be the first thing that you (of they) will see. Making Home show up first by default was a bad move by Facebook, but thankfully they made it easy to correct. Hit the break for a quick video showing you how it’s done.


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ASUS Qube becomes the Cube and is now available for pre-order

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It was introduced at CES as the ASUS Qube, but it will officially be spelled as the Cube. I found it interesting that they spelled it with a “Q” in the first place, and I suspect there was too much confusion with the Nexus Q, hence the change. Last week it was reported that it would be available on April 23rd, which was darn close as it looks like it will be April 24.

How do we know? Newegg has the Cube on their site with that release date, and it’s available for pre-order now. Pricing is a little higher than what we were told as well. The plan was for $129, but now it’s $139. However, Newegg is offering a $10 promotional gift card, but only for people who order by April 23.  This pricing is very surprising when you consider that most of the competition is around $99, and ASUS has a strong history of pricing their Android devices competitively.

I didn’t get to spend too much time with the Cube, but I didn’t see anything that it offered more than other Google TV devices except for the unique cube-like user interface. Priced at $139, does the Cube have a chance of helping bring Google TV to the forefront? Check out our hands on video, and/or hit the break for Neweggs’s 21 minute demo video.


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Leaked Staples document hints at Samsung Galaxy S 4 availability

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An image alleging to show a leaked Staples document reveals some information about availability of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 at the office supplies retailer. According to the information in the internal memo, the Galaxy S 4 will be available for AT&T customers on April 26th. The T-Mobile version will be available a few days later on May 1st, but Verizon customers will have to wait another month until May 30th. The document does indicate in several places that the Staples reservation process does not guarantee delivery of the device on those dates, just the availability of a unit for a customer to buy when inventory does show up.
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Facebook application can now see other apps running on your device

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Facebook recently tried to allay some privacy concerns over their Facebook Home app and what it could and couldn’t access on your phone. Well, fast forward to the latest Facebook app update, and it looks like some of that data collection has potentially bled over into the standalone app from Facebook Home.

Some new permissions in the update are essentially to let you know that Facebook does have permission to view all of your running apps on your device. At first glance, that seems pretty invasive, but the Facebook app is the backbone to Facebook Home; Facebook Home itself requires no special permissions because it pulls everything through the Facebook app. So, it is a possibility that those permissions are only used when Facebook Home is installed on your phone as well.  It’s also a possibility that Facebook has accidentally crossed a privacy line. Until we get some clarification from Facebook or another source, there’s really not much else we can dissect from those permissions, but it’s a great reminder that you should always be wary of what you’re installing on your phone, even if it’s from a big company like Facebook.

source: The Next Web

Walmart to begin taking Galaxy S 4 preorders on Tuesday

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If you’ve been itching to preorder the Galaxy S 4, you might get that chance starting this week. According to some internal material for Walmart, preorders for the device start this Tuesday, the 16th. There’s no word on pricing, but it will launch on multiple carriers. Nothing really groundbreaking there, but it’s good to see some dates.

AT&T has already announced the 16 GB version of the device will run $199, while the 32 GB will be $249. I can imagine that pricing will be similar on the other carriers, and in Walmart. I guess we’ll know in the next few weeks, either way.

source: Phone Arena