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Want to give BlinkFeed the boot? Here's how. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Want to give BlinkFeed the boot? Here’s how. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

HTC has confirmed that it’s going to start putting ads into BlinkFeed, the news reader baked into its launcher on recent Android-powered smartphones. The company has promised that it will allow us to disable these later on, but for the time being, we have to put up with them.

However, you can quickly and easily disable BlinkFeed altogether if you don’t use it — or if you have decided to use another news reader instead. Here’s how.

One of the many themes for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

One of the many themes for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

One of the best things about Samsung’s new and improved TouchWiz is its built-in support for switching themes. You can download a whole new look from Samsung’s Theme Store, and switching between them is a breeze.

Here’s how.

Feed off your Android when there's no Wi-Fi. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Feed off your Android when there’s no Wi-Fi. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Apple makes it easy for iPhone users to share their data with their Mac, but it’s not quite as simple for those of us with an Android. Thankfully, there’s now a handy third-party Mac hack called HoRNDIS that makes it incredibly easy to share your Android’s data connection over USB.

Display modes on Samsung Galaxy Note 4

These aren’t the only display modes available on some Samsung Galaxy devices. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung is famous for its over-saturated Super AMOLED displays, but for those who prefer a more natural look, there’s a hidden display mode that’s super easy to activate. It’s available on more recent Galaxy devices like the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and Note 4, and you don’t need root access to enable it.

Here’s how to find it.

PingPongRoot on the Galaxy S6. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

PingPongRoot on the Galaxy S6. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Struggling to live without root access on your Galaxy S6 and S6 edge? Well, now you don’t have to.

A new “PingPongRoot” exploit exploit for Samsung’s latest flagships makes rooting super simple — anyone can do it in just a few minutes. What’s more, it won’t trip your Knox counter, so you’ll still be able to take advantage of Samsung’s security features and you won’t invalidate your warranty.

Here’s what you need to do.

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