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Thursday, 22 June 2017

How To Use Samsung Galaxy S8 Assistant Bixby - Full Tutorial

Bixby is a powerful tool, but not the most intuitive one we've encountered. Here's how to set up and use every feature of Samsung's digital assistant, and what to expect in the future.
Update: We've added a link to the preview page for Bixby Voice users in the U.S.
Samsung's Bixby assistant was supposed to be one of the Galaxy S8's biggest selling points. Bixby, Samsung's take on smartphone assistants like Siri and the Google Assistant, uses artificial intelligence to anticipate your needs and serve up contextualized reminders. It'll edit photos, send messages, and compose emails on command. Eventually, it'll control smart home appliances and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
But right now, Bixby is a bit of a disappointment. Much of its promised functionality is pegged for a late summer release, and third-party app integrations could take even longer. But it's not dead on arrival. It may not be as capable as Google Assistant or Siri, but it has more than a few useful tricks up its sleeve.
Here's how to set up Bixby, and how to get the most out of it.
Getting started with Bixby and Bixby Voice
Accessing Bixby couldn't be easier. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus feature a dedicated Bixby button on the right side, just below the volume rocker. Tapping on it brings up Bixby Home, the assistant's hub and setup screen.
If you're on the Galaxy S8's home screen, you can access Bixby by swiping to the right.
Enabling Bixby Voice is a bit trickier — for Galaxy S8 owners based in the U.S., it's available in preview. You can sign up by visiting Samsung's website, and once you've enrolled, you'll receive a prompt on your phone to enable Bixby Voice.
When you call up Bixby for the first time, you'll be asked to agree to the terms of service — and to grant it access your data. Hit Agree to all (after reading the terms), and then choose Allow when prompted to grant Bixby permissions.
To access the Settings screen, tap the gear icon in the upper-right-hand corner of Bixby Home, and then hit Settings in the drop-down menu. You'll see options for Bixby Home cards, a list of supported apps, and more.
There's more to Bixby than a single app or screen. Rather, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus ship with three incarnations of Samsung's Assistant: Bixby Home, Bixby Vision, and Bixby Voice.
Bixby Voice
Bixby Voice, Bixby's third pillar, is like Siri on steroids.
It hasn't launched in earnest, yet, but it's available in beta for select Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus owners in the U.S. You can sign up by visiting Samsung's preview page.
To ensure that the update goes off without a hitch, make sure you're running the latest version of Bixby by heading to the About page from the Bixby Home menu. You might have to clear the data and cache for Bixby apps by opening the Galaxy S8's Settings screen and navigating to the management menu.
Once you've installed the necessary software and completed Samsung's Bixby Voice tutorial, you're free to invoke the voice assistant at your leisure. You can activate it by saying, “Hey Bixby,” or by holding down the Bixby button while you talk.
Right now, Bixby can perform tasks like sending text messages via the Galaxy S8's Mesages app and responding to basic questions about the weather, upcoming meetings, sports scores, and movie showtimes. But that's just the tip of the iceberg — the voice assistant works across apps like the Galaxy S8's dialer, settings menus, camera app, contacts list, and Gallery, and takes on most multi-step tasks you dictate to it.
Bixby can handle complicated tasks like opening an app in split-screen view, rotating misaligned photos, reminding you where you parked, playing videos on a nearby TV, and composing emails. It can gather all the photos you took last week into a new album labeled “Vacation” and share it with your friends, or take a selfie and text it to someone. And it can perform two-step actions like, “Open Uber and rate my driver 5 stars,” and, “Open Instagram and post my most recent photo.”
“Instead of taking multiple steps to make a call — turning on and unblocking the phone, looking for the phone application, clicking on the contact bar to search for the person that you're trying to call, and pressing the phone icon to start dialing — you will be able to do all of these steps with one push of the Bixby button,” Injong Rhee, Samsung's executive vice president, told Digital Trends.
Bixby Voice is customizable, too — it'll lower the volume when you hold the Galaxy S8 to your ear, and change the gender of the assistant on the fly. And it supports shortcuts — you can shorten the lengthy commands you use most often to a single word or phrase, if you so choose.
Samsung says Bixby supports more than 3,000 commands, including app-specific commands in Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Uber, Gmail, Google Maps, and more. And it says that more will come when it exits beta later this year.
Bixby Home
Samsung calls Bixby Home a “social stream for your device,” and that's more or less accurate. It's a unified card-like interface of reminders, contextually relevant information, and social media updates — sort of like a cross between Google Now and HTC's BlinkFeed.
Bixby Home can be customized to a degree. You can dismiss, pin, or permanently hide cards by tapping the gear icon in the upper-right corner of an individual Bixby Home tab.
Samsung's default apps supply most of Bixby Home's content. You'll see a local weather forecast, activity stats from Samsung's Health app, and local files in the Galaxy S8's Music app.
But the list of third-party services that support Bixby Home is growing, albeit slowly. A Spotify card provides one-tap access to your playlists and music. CNN and Flipboard show trending news stories from around the web. Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter show the latest updates from your social circles. And soon, Uber will show your recent rides.
Eventually, Samsung says Bixby Home will be able to learn from your routine and update to reflect how you use your phone throughout the day. A future iteration will serve up buttons that'll control smart light bulbs and door locks, shortcuts to the apps you use most frequently, and more — all based on the time of day, your location, and other factors.
Bixby Vision
Bixby Vision taps machine learning (and Pinterest's Lens Tool) to identify the objects around it. Much like Google Goggles or Amazon's Flow, Bixby Vision tries to suss out whatever's in front of the Galaxy S8's camera, and serve up information depending on what it finds.
You launch it by tapping the Bixby button in the Galaxy S8's camera app, Bixby Home, or the Gallery app.
Right now, Bixby Vision recognizes four categories of objects: Place, Text, Image, and Shopping.
Bixby Vision is surprisingly capable, if a little finicky. It'll identify landmarks like the Empire State building and suggest nearby places of interest, for example. If you point at a bag of Twizzlers, it'll recommend similar candy from one of the supported online stores. If you point it at a bottle of wine, it'll offer details on the label. It'll automatically parse QR codes and barcodes, books, and logos, and you can use it to translate text.
It'll only get better with time. Samsung says it's working with partners including Amazon, Vivino, Pinterest, and others to improve the relevancy of Bixby Vision's search results.
Bixby's Reminders is a little more robust than the reminders you can create with Siri or the Google Assistant. It's built into the Galaxy S8's native apps, and lets you attach media like videos, websites, photos, messages.
You can set a specific time you'd like to see a reminder, or even a specific location. When the conditions are met, said reminder will appear in the form of a notification you can dismiss, snooze, or check off.
Bixby beyond
Eventually, Samsung expects Bixby to make its way into other platforms.
Samsung sees Bixby in television remote controls, smart refrigerators, and even washing machines. It plans to make the assistant compatible with future Samsung Connect smart home product lines, and it's working on bringing Bixby to its Gear line of smartwatches.
It'll probably be some time before Bixby escapes the confines of the Galaxy S8, but rest assured Samsung is hard at work on its expansion.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Facebook Is Preparing A Feature To Prevent Profile Picture Abuse

Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others.

The social network today announced a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their profile image. The new 'photo guard' feature has a range of safety measures that include:

  • Preventing other users from downloading a person's profile pic, or sharing it with others
  • Preventing other users from tagging other people in a person's profile pic
  • Preventing other users from taking screenshots of a person's profile pic -- although this is initially for the Android app only

When activated, the optional guard is visible through a blue border and shield around a user's profile pic. The company partnered with an Indian illustrator to make these safety controls more compelling with attractively designed options.

The new feature is driven by research that the company undertook in India. In a blogpost, Facebook explained that it found that "some women choose not to share profile pictures that include their faces anywhere on the internet because they're concerned about what may happen to their photos."

It believes this solution may go some way to helping, and it said that early tests indicate that people are 75 percent less likely to copy a photo when the guard option is enabled.

This rollout is initially happening in India, but Facebook said it hopes to expand it to other countries "soon."

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs OnePlus 5 Charge Test

OnePlus really wants to make the case that its Dash Charge technology will offer OnePlus 5 buyers a much faster charging experience than its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8. The company posted two videos that show both the OnePlus 5 and the Galaxy S8 in all-out battery charge battles.
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The first video shows the OnePlus 5, with its 3,300 mAh battery, in a typical charging scenario against the Galaxy S8, which has a smaller 3,000 mAh battery. The video shows that after about 15 minutes, the OnePlus 5's battery has a 29-percent charge compared to just 20 percent for the Galaxy S8. After just over 30 minutes, the OnePlus 5 went up to a 58-percent battery charge, compared to 39 percent for the Galaxy S8.
The battery charge difference is even more pronounced for these two phones when they are shown connected to a car. The second video shows that after about 30 minutes of driving around, the OnePlus 5 has 43 percent of its battery capacity ready to go, while the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a mere 12 percent battery charge in the same amount of time.
After just over 30 minutes, the OnePlus 5 went up to a 58 percent battery charge, compared to 39 percent for the Galaxy S8.
The company first introduced its Dash Charge battery technology in 2016 with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. It says that, unlike other solutions that increase the voltage when a phone is connected to a power source, Dash Charge increases the amps. This not only results in a faster charging time, but it also generates less heat than other fast charging methods. It does require that the OnePlus 5 use a proprietary adapter and cable, however.
In our own review of the phone, we found that the OnePlus 5 charged up to as high as 60 percent of its battery capacity in just 30 minutes. It also only took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to charge up to its full capacity. Stay tuned as we will have a more detailed review centering on the battery technology inside the OnePlus 5 in the near future.
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Top 7 Alternatives to IDM (Internet Download Manager)

The IDM (Internet Download Manager) is no doubt, best download manager in terms of efficiency and functionality. IDM is one of the oldest and most refined download manager one can install on their PC. The IDM is updated regularly and is one of the best video grabber tool which works like a charm. There are several other features that makes the IDM one of the best download manager. The problem is it’s a paid application. So today i will show you some of the best alternatives to IDM which are completely free to use. Below you will find more details related about best IDM alternatives for Windows PC, Linux and Mac OS.



EagleGet is a free all-in-one download manager; it can be integrated to Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, offering support for HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS and RTSP protocol. It supports multiple download queues with smart scheduler. You ca run different downloading jobs at corresponding fixed time or on any day(s) of the week. Just like IDM, EagleGet automatically detects media contents on any website.
Eagle Get Downloader


  • EagleGet provides flexible notification configurations. The featured Silent Mode can temporarily turn off all notifications while a full-screen application or PC game is running.
  • EagleGet contains automatic malware checker and file integrity verifier, the features that protecting users from virus attack as well as ensuring the downloaded file is genuine from the original.
  • EagleGet is the first freeware download manager that supports the automatic refresh expired download links feature, which can auto update download URLs without re-starting from the beginning.
  • EagleGet has visually appealing interface, and it’s completely free without any virus, malware or spyware.
Download and Install EagleGet Download Accelerator


Uget is a free Download Manager which is available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS and Android devices. It’s a powerful download manager application with a large inventory of features but is still very light-weight and low on resources.
Uget Downloader


  • Downloads Queueplace your downloads into a Queue to download as many, or as few, downloads as you want simultaneously. As a download finishes the queue will automatically start downloading the remaining files.
  • Resume Downloadsif your connection drops out you don’t have to worry, you can start right back where you were with download resuming. (not guaranteed, server controlled and can not be bypassed by a download manager)
  • Advanced Download Categoriesunlimited categories to manage your downloads…scroll down for Category specific features.
  • Clipboard Monitorspecify the types of files (via extension) that you want to monitor and any time you add them to your clipboard it will prompt to download the copied files. (universal browser integration) – also works with batch downloads.
  • Batch Downloadsallows the user to add an unlimited amount of files at one time to the queue for downloading…scroll down for Batch specific features
  • Multi-Protocol: support for downloading files through HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, BitTorrent* & Metalink*
  • FTP Login & Anonymous FTP
  • Scheduler: scheduling of when uGet is allowed or not allowed to download files.
  • FireFox Integration via FlashGotClipboard Monitor is all you need for browser integration really but FlashGot is a separately supported FireFox addon so we have made it compatible with uGet.
  • Quiet Modeallows downloads to be added to a specific category automatically and begin downloading automatically, skipping the dialog properties popup.
  • CLI / Terminal Usage Supportability to use a command line or terminal to download files.


Free Download Manager is FREE and is available for Mac and Windows. It allows you to adjust traffic usage, organize downloads, control file priorities for torrents, efficiently download large files and resume broken downloads.
FDM can boost all your downloads up to 10 times, process media files of various popular formats, drag&drop URLs right from a web browser as well as simultaneously download multiple files. FDM is compatible with the most popular browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.
FDM (Free Download Manager) is safe, free, open-source software distributed under GPL license. Download FDM now.


DownThemAll or dTa is a powerful yet easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension that adds new advanced download capabilities to your browser. So you can use it on Windows, Mac or Linux. DownThemAll lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more. You can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want.
DownThemAll is all you can desire from a download manager, it features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400%. It allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time and, last but not least, it’s fully integrated into your favorite browser i.e. Mozilla Firefox!


Xtreme Download Manager is a powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%, save streaming videos from YouTube, Metacafe, DailyMotion, Google Video or any other website, resume broken/dead downloads and schedule downloads. XDM seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera, Safari and all popular browsers, to take over downloads and saving streaming videos from web.
XDM Xtreme Download Manager
It’s completely free, open source and available for Windows, Mac and Linux OS.
Download XDM now. – For Windows | Mac OS | Linux OS


JDownloader is a free, open-source download management tool with a huge community of developers that makes downloading as easy and fast as it should be. Users can start, stop or pause downloads, set bandwith limitations, auto-extract archives and much more. It’s an easy-to-extend framework that can save hours of your valuable time every day.

J Downloader is available for Mac, Windows, Linux OS for free.
Download JDownloader.


Download Accelerator Plus (DAP10) is a free download manager (Paid version is also available) and the most popular download manager,. It provides powerful acceleration that lets you download files in the fastest speed possible. With DAP you can enjoy the full bandwidth you are paying for to the max. DAP kicks in seamlessly when you attempt to download a file. It then uses its dynamic acceleration engine to download the very same file using multi channels from the original source as well as other publicly available sources to make the best possible use of the bandwidth available to you for the fastest possible download time.


FreeRapid is an easy to use Java downloader that supports downloading from Rapidshare, YouTube, Facebook, Picasa and other file-sharing services, include the new ones like Simply copy and paste your links from a browser to this application. FreeRapid Downloader will handle the rest itself. No more clicking or uncomfortable waiting.
FRD Free Rapid Downlader


  • support for concurrent downloading from multiple services
  • downloading using proxy list
  • support for streamed videos or pictures
  • download history
  • smart clipboard monitoring
  • automatic checking for file’s existence on server
  • auto shutdown options
  • automatic plugins updates
  • simple CAPTCHA recognition
Available for free for Mac, Windows and Linux distributions. Download and install FreeRapid Downloader.


Orbit Downloader is built for new generation web (web2.0) downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP. And to make general downloading easier and faster. Orbit Downloader supports HTTP/FTP/HTTPS/RTSP/MMS/RTMP protocols and provides a total solution to download rich media. So Orbit Downloader can be used as YouTube downloader to download YouTube more simply and easily. Additionally, you can download music and video from social music/video websites like YouTube.
Orbit Downloader is based on p2p and multi-source downloading technology. More Efficient mirrors selection algorithm and faster download sources allows you to download files up to 500% faster than before. Maximum possible download speed, up to the fastest download manager.


With this download manager you will enjoy comfortable features when it comes to downloading files by avoiding host sites inconveniences. Mipony is in charge of everything, it accesses the web where the file is hosted, it waits the required time and starts downloading them one by one.
Miphony Download Manager


  • Android remote client to control Mipony remotely.
  • Control how many files can be downloaded simultaneously from each server.
  • Mipony has a web interface to control it remotely. With the web interface you can view the downloads and manipulate them, and also you can enter the captcha codes remotely. The web interface design is adapted for both desktops and mobile clients.
  • Many of the files hosted in free servers are divided into parts, Mipony has the option to join the downloaded files (HJSplit).
  • Mipony can capture from the clipboard individual links or any text that contains any number of links.
  • If by any chance the file shows an error during the download, Mipony will be in charge of performing the necessary attempts automatically until the file is downloaded.
Mipony Downloader is available for Mac, Windows and Android. Download Now.
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