LG V30 navbar customization: how to change the color, rearrange the buttons, or hide it altogether

Navbar customization once used to be a feature reserved for the realm of Android rooting and custom ROMs, but this is not strictly the case anymore! With the number of OEMs allowing users to customize the navigational bars on their phones, to some degree at least, this feature is slowly, but surely, creeping its way into the mainstream. And that’s just awesome, we think!

The brand new LG V30, like the G6 before it, makes no exception to this trend and grants users this simple, yet oft overlooked, freedom. Planning to get your hands on the V30 soon? Well then, here’s …


The Google Pixel Buds' Translate feature may just change the world

Amidst the presentation of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, advanced cameras, and miniaturized Home smart assistant, Google announced something pretty awesome, which we feel deserves its spotlight — the Translation feature of the Pixel Buds!

So, yeah, the Pixel Buds are the new wireless earphones by Google, mirroring the launch of products like the Apple AirPods and Samsung Gear IconX. What makes Google’s buds special? Well, they can pair up with the Pixel and use Google’s super-sophisticated translation engine to deliver real-time translation between 40 different languages. Here’s …

'Outlander' episode 3 makes one huge change from the books; showrunner Ron Moore explains why

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This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 3, “All Debts Paid.”

Episode 3 of Outlander Season 3 is a pretty big deal for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s novels: Not only does it reintroduce a pivotal character in Lord John William Grey (all grown up and decidedly more dashing than the last time we saw him in Season 2), but also closes the chapter on Claire and Frank’s tumultuous relationship in surprisingly poignant fashion.

While the show has to omit or streamline countless plot points from the novels in the adaptation process — including cutting Jamie’s trip to seals’ isle (although perhaps we’ll see it later in flashback) and the many prickly layers of his complicated relationship with Lord John, for the most part, Outlander’s writers do an admirable job of staying faithful to the emotional arcs that drive Gabaldon’s novels. That’s especially true of episode 3, written by Matthew B. Roberts, which takes our heroes on a believable and equally effective journey, even if the signposts are a little different along the way. Read more…

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Watch the first-ever U.S. youth poet laureate perform a stunning poem about social change

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This summer, 19-year-old Amanda Gorman sat down to outline her priorities. As the very first U.S. youth poet laureate, a position she earned for her literary talent as well as her record of community engagement and leadership, she asked herself, “What do I want to accomplish?”

Since Gorman took on the inaugural role, she’s embarked on a national tour across the U.S. She hopes to make poetry accessible to America’s young people, and has sought them out when she speaks and performs. She wanted to be the one sitting and listening, too. Young people around the country, she believes, deserve a say in what she does.  Read more…

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How to customize the Galaxy Note 8 navbar: change color, rearrange buttons, make it disappear!

Starting with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung ditched physical buttons in favor of on-screen navigation, as there was simply no room for them on the phones’ almost non-existent bottom bezel, and the brand new Galaxy Note 8 continues this trend.

Thankfully, Samsung has added a healthy dose of navbar customization options in the latest iteration of its proprietary Android skin, which grants users the ability to rearrange the on-screen buttons’ order, to change the navigation bar’s color, and even make it disappear! Previously something reserved …

LG V30 navbar customization: how to change color scheme, rearrange and add buttons

Navbar customization once used to be a feature reserved for the realm of Android rooting and custom ROMs, but this is not strictly the case anymore! With the number of OEMs allowing users to customize the navigational bars on their phones, to some degree at least, this feature is slowly, but surely, creeping its way into the mainstream. And that’s just awesome, we think!

The brand new LG V30, like the G6 before it, makes no exception to this trend and grants users this simple, yet oft overlooked, freedom. Planning to get your hands on the V30 soon? Well then, here’s …

You can change the timing for YouTube's double-tap to seek feature, here's how (iOS & Android guide)

For a few months now, the mobile version of the YouTube app on either iOS or Android has allowed mobile users to easily advance or rewind videos by double-tapping the video window. An inherently useful trick, it makes video navigation as easy as it gets – instead of having to deal with the pesky tiny seek bar, people can simply take advantage of the touch screens at our fingertips.
By default, the YouTube app will advance or rewind the video you’re watching by 10 seconds. That’s fine for most uses, and it feels like a nice middle ground between “too little” …

Three construction innovations that will change the way we build

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A number of companies are competing to find ways to automate construction, using bricklaying robots and machines that can 3D print with concrete. 

These innovations are among the most successful prototypes whereby entire buildings were constructed using robots. Read more…

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This coming week's T-Mobile Tuesday includes an oil change, $10 off a New Era MLB cap and more

Wow! Is it possible that a full week has already come and gone? Perhaps writing about smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other devices makes time fly. After all, it seems like it was just the other day when we were awaiting the launch of the Palm Pre. Now, we are looking ahead to next week’s T-Mobile Tuesday. Among the give-aways, subscribers will be receiving a free oil change (up to $24.95) or $25 off any service call from Meineke for cars and light trucks only.

T-Mobile customers are probably getting an oil change so that they can take the family on the road for summer’s last gasp. …