Would you hide The Notch?

Alright, there’s a new design trend in the smartphone world and it’s so controversial, it’s tearing families apart — The Dreaded Notch!

OK, it’s not really destroying marriages (we hope), but there certainly is a vocal part of the community that finds it hideous. Either because people hate the aesthetics of it or because it looks like anyone who’s doing it is trying to imitate the iPhone X (or a mix of both reasons).

If you are yet unaware, The Notch™ is the small cutout that digs in on the top side of a smartphone with otherwise very, very thin bezels. It’s there because manufacturers …


Apple removes app that allowed teens to hide photos behind a real calculator

Apple has yanked the Private Photos (Calculator%) app from the App Store. The app allowed users to hide secret photos behind a real functioning calculator, which made it a favorite among enterprising teenagers. U.K. police say that Private Photos (Calculator%) figures in a current investigation, and child welfare groups spoke out against it. The earliest complaint about the app dates back to 2015 when U.S. district attorney Pamela Casey warned parents about it on her Facebook page.

Experts on digital safety ripped Private Photos (Calculator%), placing it on a danger list aimed at …

Confirmed: You will be able to hide the OnePlus 6 notch… eventually

OnePlus’ decision to adopt an iPhone X-like notch on its upcoming OnePlus 6 rustled a lot of jimmies from the company’s fanbase, which took it to the OnePlus forums to dissect the matter at hand. 
Obviously, the company has kept an ear close to the ground as CEO Pete Lau recently chimed in, revealing that users will be able to hide and black out the display area around the notch for a more traditional display appearance:

“A black-out feature was seriously considered in the early stages of the development of the OnePlus 6. At the …

Want to play hide the notch? Nacho Notch is at Google Play

Notcholicious phones are growing like nuclear mushrooms left and right, now that the Android tribe embraced the top screen cutout. Love it or leave it, the notch is here to stay, at least until Apple decides to get rid of it, and everyone ditches it again. We kid, but the proliferation of the screen horns allows manufacturers to brag with some amazing screen-to-body ratios without breaking a sweat.

The thing is, however, that you can’t use the screen area where the notch is (duh), and pinching to expand a YouTube video to watch on the whole screen will incorporate it in a rather …

Carriers might hide signal strength from phone users beginning with Android P

Remember the good old days when you would brag about your phone receiving 5 bars of signal strength in certain locations? Your friend might reply by noting that his phone had only 2 bars in the same spot. And strangely enough, that would make you feel superior to your pal, at least until you found the roles reversed at a different location. Well, if some commits discovered by XDA on the Android Open Source Project are implemented, carriers might decide to no longer provide subscribers with this information beginning with the Android P build.

This information in numerical form can be found …

iPhone X bumper cases: protect your device, don't hide its style

The iPhone X is well on its way to the lucky ones that managed to pre-order it on time. Of course, there will also be a certain number of devices at the Apple Store physical locations for those that feel like lining up for a chance to get their hands on one. Seeing as the 10th anniversary iPhone is so highly-sought after and quite expensive, it’s probably a good idea to try and keep yours intact.

Yes, we are going to talk phone cases. Now, you generally have a couple of ways to go with those accessories — get a slim case that barely protects the phone, but also …

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 …

Secret garden: how to hide apps on your iPhone

Apple’s “walled garden” software ecosystem is getting more open to the world with each new iOS edition. First there were third-party keyboards, and now developers can get access to craft iMessage apps, or do silly things with the new Face ID virtual avatar animoji. 

When it comes to more mundane stuff, however, Apple is still running a tight ship, and doesn’t allow much tinkering and customization for no apparent reason. Hiding apps from the homescreen(s) is one of these non-existent options in iOS, and it might be sorely missed by some with sensitive Snapchat or Facebook …

How to hide apps on your Android phone

Every now and then, a man needs to hide their apps from the home screen or app drawer so as not to allow prying eyes or toddler’s hands to hit on a Facebook or WhatsApp icon inadvertently to take a deep dive into your secret chats, or rack up a bill with in-game purchases in no time. That’s where a few solutions to take your sensitive apps away from the home screen or app drawer come in handy.

Samsung
If you own a Samsung, you are in luck, as its Secure Folder solution not only hides apps apps from plain sight, but actually creates …

How to hide and show the Galaxy S8 navigation bar

Samsung included plenty of customization options for its new, virtual navbar at the bottom of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With the ability to rearrange the on-screen keys’ order, or to change the color, the new Experience UI looks like something out of a modded ROM, or an Android overlay coming from China. In any case, those features were more than welcome, but Samsung piled on with its subsequent software updates, giving us the option to easily show and hide the navbar itself in all apps, except the homecreen or app drawer, of course. Here’s what you need to do to play hide …