Monthly Archives: January 2016

How to disable autoplay videos on Instagram (iOS and Android)

How to disable autoplay videos on Instagram (iOS and Android)
In the past year or so, many social networks gained the ability to automatically play videos when they enter the view. While many users appreciate the new feature, autoplay videos have also been met with intense criticism, with some going as far as to argue that the feature only exist to artificially inflate view counts.

Independent of personal takes on the user benefits ofautoplay videos, the least that the developers can do is provide a simple straightforward way of turning off the feature completely.

Aside from the fact that some may just not like the feature, there’s also a problem with data usage. See, the thing is that, since each video will be automatically loaded without user input, heavy social media users will see their data usage going up by a significant amount.

While most of its competitors allow users to completely disable autoplay videos, Instagram doesn’t. The most you can do is to make sure that videos are not pre-loaded when you’re on a data connection. Unfortunately, even this limited action lays hidden in the settings menu.

In what follows, we’ll show you how to disable autoplay videos on Instagram on both Android and iOS devices:

Step 1. Open Instagram, then go to your profile page by tapping the silhouette icon.

Step 2. You now have to enter the settings screen. To do this, tap the three vertical dots (the hamburger menu) on Android. On the iPhone, tap the cogwheel.

Step 3. In the settings screen, scroll down to the ‘Cellular Data Use’ section.

Step 4. Choose ‘Use Less Data’ to stop Instagram videos from pre-loading when you’re on your data connection. Note that your videos will still pre-load when you’re using a Wi-Ficonnection.

This setting will also stop images from pre-loading when you open Instagram. More granular control over how Instagram uses your data would be nice to have, but that’s all we can do for the time being.

Feel free to rant about how Instagram makes it impossible to turn off autoplay videos altogether in the comment section below!


Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge launch date confirmed in latest leak


A month ago it was rumored that Samsung might launch the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge on February 20, just one day before Mobile World Congress 2016 kicks off in Barcelona. If the latest leak from a source with a good track record is to be believed then Samsung is actually going to launch The Next Galaxy on February 21, 2016.

A couple of screenshots have also been leaked which point towards February 21 as the launch date for Samsung’s new flagships. They make the press renders of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge that were leaked just yesterday appear more credible as they’re in the same style. Those renders were also leaked by the same source. Previous reports suggest that Samsung might release the new handsets in the United States and in Europe on March 11, 2016. Samsung is yet to send out invites to the press for its Mobile World Congress 2016 event but that shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks now as February is almost here.



BlackBerry senior director says “the future is really Android”

BlackBerry senior director says
Even before the Android powered BlackBerry Priv was launched, many wondered what the future would be of BlackBerry’s own platform, BlackBerry 10. Earlier this month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that BlackBerry 10.3 would be receiving security and privacy enhancements in 2016. But comments made over the last few months made it obvious that there will be no new BB10 hardware introduced this year. In fact, Chen said that another Android powered phone will be released in 2016. That will probably be the device that has been codenamed “Vienna.”

The future of BlackBerry 10 doesn’t seem to be a long lived one. While the Priv was getting launched in India last week, BlackBerry’s senior director of Asia Pacific productmanagement made some interesting comments. Damian Tay said that as the company makes Android secure, it wouldn’t make sense to offer two such platforms. As a result, he says that in the future, BlackBerry “may have only Android as a platform.”

“The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms, and may have only Android as a platform [for smartphones]. But for now, we have BB10 and Android platforms for our smartphones…The future is really Android. We went for Android essentially for its app ecosystem. In addition, all the enterprise solutions that we have been doing have been cross-platform for a long time now. So it’s a natural progression towards Android”-Damian Tay, senior director of APAC productmanagement, BlackBerry

According to Chen, the updates that BlackBerry 10 will receive this year will make the OS more secure for business and government use. The upcoming 10.3.3 update will allow BB10 to be NIAP certified. This means that the platform “will have passed the strictestgovernment-grade security tests.” Later this year, the platform will be updated to version 10.3.4 with even more security updates.

Thanks for the tip!

source: EconomicTimes via ValueWalk

S6 and S6 edge get Marshmallow update in South Korea


Samsung has started rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge in South Korea.

The final version comes out after a brief beta test where users had to sign up to receive the beta build.

Looking at screenshots by SamMobile, the update brings some minor UI changes, such as the updated notification menu and power menu, along with the usual under the hood changes, such as enabling the fingerprint sensor to work in third party apps.

The update should eventually make its way outside of South Korea, and also to other Samsung devices.


Microsoft promises it will address the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 power issues ASAP


Microsoft is still under a lot of heat concerning the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. This time around, users are justifiably complaining about an improper sleep function on the devices, along with a few other battery management issues that ultimately lead to poor power performance. Sadly, this is far from the first issues that was found to plague the high-end hybrid devices and similar topics have been exploding on the support forum ever since the pair was announced in October 2015.

If you don’t recall, at a Microsoft even on October 8 2015, the Surface Pro 4 was unveiled as the bigger brother to the Surface Pro 3 and the US giant also endeavored to take things to the next level with its powerful 13-inch tablet-pc crossover device, dubbed the Surface Book. At the time, both seemed like really amazing products with lots of potential, which even managed to justify the eye-watering price tags for some users.

Since then, however, many of the early adopters have been dreading the purchase, or at least that is what a quick browse through the support forum led us to believe. It appears both models might have been outed a little prematurely, with a few notable issues reaching end users. Both exhibited a rather annoying flickering issue and a lot of power problems, one of which has become known as the infamous sleep issue we already mentioned. Yesterday, Microsoft outed a new update which is said to offer:

…refinements to improve battery charging and thermal tuning, wireless and Bluetooth performance, and to the detach-reattach experience on Surface Book.

However, the elephant in the room was still not addressed. It is at least reassuring that the bug was acknowledged, but currently disgruntle users have only a promise to hang on to:

We know some of you are still experiencing issues, including issues related to power management, and we are working to address those as quickly as possible. We’ll publish additional updates as soon as they are ready.

Interestingly enough, there are also rumors circulating that the issue lies within the Intel Skylake processor, which could mean that other non-Surface devices are prone to the bug as well. We will be sure to keep a close eye on the matter in hopes that a speedy resolution will be found and that this will be the last unfortunate set of bugs the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book experience.

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Google adds a Watch Later button to YouTube notifications on Android


It is a well-known fact that the best technology is the one that goes unnoticed, in other words, things that simply work and you feel like they are just the most natural thing ever and have always been. Amidst all the largescale and revolutionary work Google is doing in most every perceivable field of technology, the online giant still puts a lot of value in supporting its products with tiny details that polish them to perfection over time.

Now, don’t get us wrong, even Google isn’t without error and there are plenty of blunders to go around, but it definitely makes us smile when we learn about the little things the team made time to introduce to the user experience. The Calendar app on both Android and iOS, just got an update with real-time text suggestions and now, the YouTube app for Android also has a new feature.

It also fits into the hard to spot category perfectly, so much so, that you either have to be involved with YouTube’s Android team on be really, really diligent in sifting through your notifications to spot it. The feature is a new “Watch Later” button, added to YouTube notifications for new video uploads. If you don’t recall, back in the summer of 2015, YouTube added the convenient feature that allows users to subscribe for new upload notifications per channel. It is a pretty good idea, but up until recently, you could only tap on the notification to watch the video instantly or swipe it away and probably forget about it.

The new style of actionable notification was noticed by fans and it appears is not tied to any app update, but is rather a server-side deal. The other action slot is filled with a quick link to potentially unsubscribe from the feed for the particular channel – also convenient. If you haven’t started getting the new style of notifications yet, you will probably notice the change when the next one comes along, now that you know what to look for.


Huawei officially announces January 31 launch for Honor 5X in US


arlier this month, Huawei announced that the Honor 5X will be launched in the US at the end of this month. So, we were already expecting it to go on sale around January 31. Now, the company has officially announced the launch date.

Yes, the device will be available for purchase in the US starting January 31. You’ll be able to grab it online at HiHonor, and As already announced, it will carry a price tag of $200, and will be available in gold, silver, and grey color options.

For those in Europe waiting for the Honor 5X, the phone is expected to land there next week – on February 4.