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Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with pre-installed apps you can't remove

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:15 pm

Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones launch on Friday, but they will include some pre-installed apps that can't be removed. Future Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners can hide these apps though, but they will still chew up that precious storage.

 

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The news is coming from reports on the XDA Developers Forum, with users questioning whether these pre-installed apps can be "removed", so that the storage space they did consume, would be freed up. A Samsung spokeswoman has talked with Computerworld, confirming that the pre-installed apps on the S6 and S6 edge cannot be uninstalled, but that the apps could be "hidden from view" but not completely removed from the handset.

 

The pre-installed apps that users can disable or hide will reduce the used space on the NAND flash by a decent amount, but it's unfortunate that these apps can't be fully uninstalled. This is something that iPhone users have to put up with, but a growing number of Android devices from companies like Samsung are using bloatware on their devices, that users can't remove.

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Ways to Make Conference Calls Less Disturbing

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 1:50 pm

Would you be surprised to know that 92 percent of staff love meetings? According to a Verizon study, they really do! Meetings are seen as a chance to participate and contribute, and have face to face time with other participants. It's when meetings disrupt the workflow of individual staffers and departments that things can get dicey. As much as people love meetings, they can be stressful, too, with work backing up and schedules upended because anyone who needs a soapbox feels the need to call a meeting.

 

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Making your meetings a part of the workflow instead of a big rock thrown into the middle of it can also help to decrease a trend toward staff disengagement. A Gallup poll reported that some of the most experienced and highly educated workers feel "not engaged" or even actively disengaged from their workplace and co-workers. These workers tend to be age 30 to 64 and have high levels of education, and often years of experience and know-how. Re-engaging these workers is a soft cost that savvy business owners and managers will reckon against the cost of finding and hiring a new candidate and filling the position anew, or letting the situation sit and fester with a resentful, disengaged worker playing Candy Crush on their iPad during meetings.

 

Making Meetings Work

 

Making meetings work in the real-world takes some thought and ingenuity, and there are times when a conference call is all it takes to put things right. However, to pull out an old cliché, there are times when you need to think outside the box on how to engage with everyone, face to face in the best and most effective way. Using modern technology such as the cloud-based Blue Jeans Network for video conferencing can help bring back that engagement gained from a stimulating face to face meeting without the stress, expense, and work disruptions caused by calling meetings in a single location.

 

Top Ten Tips for Successful Meetings

  1. Set a time for the meeting that worked for everyone. This is simple courtesy. Interrupting people's workflow can cause all types of problems, and so can calling audio or video conferences across time zones. Working out a good time for everyone helps reduce stress and resentment.
  2. Set an agenda for the meeting and make sure that everyone gets a copy. By setting an agenda, there's little room for meetings to wander off on tangents, or get caught up in side issues.
  3. Set a limit for speakers in terms of both number and time. Unless you're hosting a lecture or demonstration, other parties need to be given time to speak, and a question and answer period provided for after each speaker is finished.
  4. Seek input from the participants. Find out what issues they feel need to be addressed and what their concerns are, then address them.

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Twitter takeover rumors swirl, with Google rumored to acquire Twitter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:41 am

There have been rumors of a potential takeover bid on Twitter, with shares in the company rising 3.5% to $52 each yesterday. Barron's reporting that there are two unnamed companies that have approached Twitter with "serious" interest in taking it over.

 

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According to Briefing.com, Twitter has bought in advisers - with Goldman Sachs rumored to be talking with the social network giant - in order to "fend off a takeover offer". We don't know who would buy Twitter just yet, but Google would be a potential company and it could see them fight off Facebook in the social networking space much better than its own Google+ ever did.

ASUS MG279Q is a QHD display with FreeSync, an IPS panel and 120Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 10:36 am

It looks like ASUS is backing AMD with its new MG279Q display, which has now been revealed as a FreeSync capable display, reports PC Perspective.

 

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The ASUS MG279Q features a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, an IPS panel, with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD's FreeSync technology. At CES 2015, PC Perspective noticed it as a monitor without FreeSync or G-Sync, but it has now been donned with AMD's variable refresh rate technology. It has a minimum refresh rate of 40Hz, with the maximum hitting 120Hz.

 

We should expect samples of this display in the coming weeks, with an MSRP of $599.

Microsoft teasing Windows 10.1 already, codenamed 'Redstone'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 9:39 am

With Microsoft not even releasing Windows 10 to the public yet, we're hearing about "Redstone" which is the codename for Microsoft's updates for Windows 10, due in both June and October 2016.

 

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Redstone will be a series of updates that will reach Windows Insiders before the public, which will give enthusiasts some time to play around with the updated operating system. Microsoft isn't saying much about what Redstone will offer, but with the company hard at work polishing Windows 10 before its release, Redstone will most likely include whatever misses the RTM version of Windows 10.

 

Don't confuse Redstone with Windows 11 (or whatever Microsoft call the next version of its OS after Windows 10), as Redstone will be what Windows 8.1 was to Windows 8.

LG accidentally outs its new G4 smartphone before its announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 8:30 am

LG sent out an email earlier today, something that seemed a bit odd with "G4" in the headline. As we clicked into it, we found out that the South Korean giant is giving away 4000 of its next-gen G4 handsets to consumers in 15 countries to "test drive" its new handset. We knew it was coming, with LG planning a media event for April 28 - but now the company is giving away a bunch of its next-gen handsets for select consumers to play with.

 

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Starting today, LG is sending out consumers in South Korea - with 14 other markets to follow - its new G4 handset. These countries include: Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, China, India, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong. In order to be in the running to get the G4 handset, "participants will be selected from applicants based on their entry responses", says LG. If you want to get in on this G4 test, you'll need to keep an eye out on LG's website and various social media pages.

 

These lucky people will have 30 days with the G4 smartphone to experience its "unique design and features, including its personalized UX, high performance camera and impressive display for sharing online. Participants will be given various assignments to carry out over the course of their experience with prizes awarded".

 

President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, Juno Cho, said: "Customers are our best fans and we think this would be an exciting and unique way to get our most important mobile product of the year close to the public. We're putting the success of LG G4 in the hands of consumers before the launch because we believe they are the best judge of a great user experience, beyond just benchmarks and speed tests".

Potential US president Rand Paul unveils his "NSA spy cam blocker"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 8:12 am

Senator Rand Paul has announced that he is intending to run for the position of the President of the United States in 2016, but the video of his announcement has been removed from YouTube because it contained a song that had a copyright claim filed on it.

 

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Between now and then, Rand supporters can get behind the Senator with the usual yard signs, bumper stickers and more, but he has something that has never been seen before: an "NSA spy cam blocker". The NSA spy cam blocker is a $15 device with a huge "RAND" logo on it, with the listing on it explaining it as "That little front-facing camera on your laptop or tablet can be a window for the world to see you-whether you know it or not!"

 

The NSA spy cam blocker is 1.5mm thick, and is "made with high-grade plastic" and is designed for anything with a front-facing camera on it such as a laptop, smart TV and Xbox Kinect. It sports a plastic slider that will block the camera from working on your laptop for example, and then when you need it back, you slide the NSA spy cam blocker to the right to use your webcam once again.

Google could release new search function to connect you with tradesmen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 7:27 am

The next evolution of Google's search functionality could see users hooked up with easier access to local electricians, plumbers and the like. Not only that, but scheduling appointments could eventually get easier.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has unnamed sources providing it with the news, where they have reported: "Google is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of the people familiar with the matter said service providers would be able to upload their schedules to Google, where searchers could sign up for an appointment".

 

The biggest hurdle here is securing local service providers, as unlike airlines and car insurance companies, more local services operate on a much smaller scale. The challenge here for Mountain View is getting enough of these local providers to sign up for the new service, where it could offer it on a national scale.

CD Projekt Red tease 30 hours of new content for The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 5:17 am

We only reported on Sunday that CD Projekt Red were going to provide an insane 200 hours plus worth of content in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but now we're hearing about some future DLC that will add over 30 hours of more adventures for gamers.

 

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CD Projekt Red has started talking about two new expansions, with the first, Hearts of Stone, dropping in October. Hearts of Stone will see players traversing the wilds of No Man's Land, as well as the city of Oxenfurt in order to secure a contract from Man of Glass. The second expansion, Blood and Wine, will be released in Q1 2016. Blood and Wine will see a new in-game region for the game called Toussaint, which the developer explains as "a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret".

 

The studio will be offering gamers an Expansion Pass for $24.99, which will include all DLC, but these two expansions can be purchased separately for $9.99 and $19.99 for the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, respectively. If you were to buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the Expansion Pass together, it will cost $84.99 for the Xbox One and PS4, while PC gamers save $5, costing $79.99.

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