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Samsung Galaxy S5: Kids Mode

Kids Mode begins as a widget and ultimately ends up a way to child-proof your Galaxy S5. Samsung touts Kids Mode as offering "fun and safe content for children." It comes with a few preset options, and parents also have the ability to whitelist other apps. Perhaps key here -- this is all PIN protected, which means you don't have to worry about your important files being moved and/or deleted.

Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition: first impressions on a revived classic

Android, and mobile gaming as a whole, has created an opportunity for games and game developers to cater to a new generation of gamers, some of which never had the pleasure of playing the most beloved titles of old. Yes, we're talking about ports, remakes, the whole shebang. Today, one of those classic titles has once again resurfaced to lure both old timers and fresh blood alike. Baldur's Gate, which saw itself remade in late 2012, is now officially and natively available on Android.

Samsung Galaxy S5 camera: out of the box basics

Similar to what we did with the HTC One (M8), we are going to offer an out-of-the-box look at the Galaxy S5 camera setup. This includes a tour of the camera interface and some of the available options and settings. But while the different modes and settings can be helpful -- we feel there are plenty of users that simply take pictures and record video with little thought in regards to the settings.

HTC One (M8) Google Play edition initial hands-on

Just as we saw with the HTC One (M7) last year, there are a variety of models of the HTC One (M8) available. You will be able to find the branded carrier models as well as the Unlocked and Developer Edition models direct from HTC. And as you'll see discussed here in this post, the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition (GPe). This one brings Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat without Sense 6, but it is not quite as pure as some of the earlier GPe handsets.

Smart Launcher Face-off – Battle of the Brains

Android has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to app launchers, but there is a certain breed of them that deserves special mention. These are the so called smart or contextual launchers and today we'll be giving you the rundown on a few of them.

Verizon HTC One (M8) initial hands-on

We now have a Verizon HTC One (M8) in for review. The handset arrived earlier this morning, and while we obviously aren't going to post a full review after having the phone for only a few hours -- we did want to share some images and some first impression thoughts. Of course, we can also touch on some of the Verizon specifics that you'll find (should you decide to purchase this model). That said, read on for our first impressions of the Verizon HTC One (M8).
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