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Terrain Home replaces your homescreen with universal search

Terrain Home replaces your homescreen with universal search

Android devices looking for a new face and functionality may want to have a peek at Terrain Home. This is a homescreen replacement app created by the folks at Samsung’s Accelerator division, making way for organization the likes of which no manufacturer-made home screen app has delivered before. This app was designed with the Samsung Galaxy smartphone line in mind, but it’ll work with most any Android smartphone.

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Squeezing more run time out of your phone’s battery

Squeezing more run time out of your phone’s battery

Battery life is sacred for the mobile user, and despite steady improvements to battery technology (have you seen the urine battery?), the average user is still likely to find themselves in search of a convenient outlet at an inconvenient time. There are a few different ways to potentially improve your smartphone's run time, however, aiding in those moments you forget to bring along your portable battery charger.

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Three things that will speed up your smartphone right now

Three things that will speed up your smartphone right now

You pull out your Android smartphone to check on something, and again the first thing you notice is how slow it is running. You've meant to check out why it might be running at a sluggish pace and how to fix the problem, but by the time you have a chance you've again forgotten. We're here to help with that. If you've got a slow Android handset, fish it out of your pocket and do these three simple things right now to make it run faster.

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Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Are you tired of using social media channels like Facebook to share pics, or schedule a get-together? Sometimes, you just want to create your own little bubble, apart from the larger one that is social media. If you’ve been looking for a way to go “off the social grid”, here are three apps you and your friends can use to forge a new path.

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Taking your smartphone’s camera to the next level

Taking your smartphone’s camera to the next level

Smartphones come in all varieties, and while some focus on dominating one sort of functionality more so than the rest, photography is a fairly solid feature that gets attention from makers across the board. Improvements are continually made in the realms of both software and hardware, and several smartphones have cropped up in recent times that take photography to the next level (the Lumia 1020, for example). If you don't have one of the latest and greatest handsets, however, that doesn't mean you can't boost your smartphone's photography ability to the next level.

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Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

Google tipped to acquire Songza for music curation

In the wake of Apple’s purchase of Beats by Dre, Google has been tipped to be in talks to acquire the music streaming service Songza. While Google already has a streaming music service in its Google Play Music library and delivery system, the company may be looking for a way to compete with Apple’s oncoming integration of Beats Music curation into their music delivery system(s). Songza may be the answer Google needs.

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Next Issue Review

Next Issue Review

This week we’re having a look at the latest iteration of the Next Issue app for digital magazines. What we’re seeing here is, at first, exactly what the nickname for Next Issue suggests: Netflix for magazines. Next Issue doesn’t work with video, of course, it works with a digital magazine format. This system works with an entirely different kind of media than Netflix, working therefor with an entirely different set of abilities.

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