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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 boasts an octa-core Snapdragon 855 CPU and a jaw-dropping 8GB of RAM — in other words, the Galaxy S10 can handle just about anything you throw at it. To get the most out of your Galaxy S10, however, you should learn how to unlock its full potential. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Galaxy S10 tips and tricks. Customizing your device has never been easier.

How to remap the Bixby button

With a dedicated Bixby key for Samsung’s digital assistant — located on the left, below the volume buttons — it’s easy to launch Bixby whenever you want (and sometimes when you don’t want). But did you know that it’s easy to remap the button, changing what a single- or double-tap does? First, you’ll need to sign in to your Samsung account and activate Bixby, then go to Settings > Advanced Features > Bixby Key. Toggle the option on, and select what you’d like the button to do. You can set it to open a specific app or quick launch the camera. Bear in mind that you’re not completely remapping the button — a long press and either a single- or double-press will always launch Bixby, so you’re just adding an extra function. However, if you’ve no intention of using Bixby, it seems like a hassle to sign into your account and activate it in order to remap the button — especially as this increases the chances of accidentally launching the digital assistant.

How to find what you’re looking for

If you’re switching to Samsung from another manufacturer, then you may find that some of the features and options are tucked away in obscure nooks. Even if you’re used to Samsung phones, the menus can occasionally be bewildering. The good news is that you don’t need to go digging; you can just search for what you need using Finder. Pull down the Notification Shade, tap the Magnifying Glass icon, and type what you seek into the search bar. It generally works very well. If you tap the Three Vertical Dots at the right, you can also tweak what Finder shows and exclude certain apps from searches.

How to customize your quick settings

When you pull down the Notification Shade, you get easy access to your quick settings, but you don’t have to live with the default lineup. Tap the Three Vertical Dots at the top-right and then Button Order, and you can pick what should be included and position it precisely where you want, which can be a real timesaver. You can also make changes to the button grid (to change the layout) and the status bar here. We recommend turning on Battery Percentage in the Status Bar.

How to customize your app tray or get rid of it

You can swipe up from the bottom to open your app tray, but you don’t have to accept the default layout. Tap the Three Vertical Dots at the top-right, and you can sort the app icons and access the home screen settings. If you prefer not to have a separate app drawer at all, then tap on Home Screen Layout and switch to Home Screen Only.

How to use the pop-up view

Pop-up view is a smart option that enables certain apps to pop up on top of others, as Facebook Messenger does. You can find it in Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Pop-Up View. Any app that has multi-window support can be toggled on here, but we think it works best for messaging apps. When a new message comes in, you’ll see a round pop-up icon that you can tap on to open a windowed version of the messaging app.

How to hide sensitive files

Everyone has the odd photo they’d prefer to keep private, a sensitive file that they don’t want others to see, or a game or app they’re embarrassed about. Samsung enables you to hide your shame with Secure Folder. To use it, simply drag down the Notification Shade and tap on the Secure Folder icon. You’ll have to agree to the terms and set up a Samsung account (if you haven’t already), but once that’s done, you have a secure folder that you can only access with your PIN, password, pattern, or fingerprint. You can add apps or individual files, and you can even hide the Secure Folder via Settings > Biometrics and Security > Secure Folder > Hide Secure Folder > OK. Once hidden, you can only access it by tapping the icon at the bottom of the screen in Settings > Biometrics and Security > Secure Folder.

How to turn off unnecessary sounds

By default, your Galaxy S10 is going to make little noises every time you touch it, and it can get pretty tiring for you and everyone else in the vicinity. All these extra noises and vibrations will also eat into your battery life, so it’s better to turn them off. Go to Settings > Sounds and Vibration > System Sounds and Vibrations, and toggle off everything you don’t need.

How to customize sound

Our hearing changes as we age, and we all hear a little differently to begin with, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of Samsung’s sound customization options. Go to Settings > Sounds and Vibration > Advanced Sound Settings to decide when you want Dolby Atmos and fiddle with the equalizer. You should also tap Adapt Sound and pick an age range or set up a customized profile that’s tailored to your ears.

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How to use edge screen or turn it off

If you’re wondering what that indentation at the edge of the screen is, or maybe you find yourself sliding out the edge-screen menu by accident, then you can always turn it off. Used correctly, it can be a handy shortcut, but if you’re not using it, you may as well turn it off. If you are going to use it, then take the time to set it up the way you want. Either way, you’ll need to go to Settings > Display > Edge Screen. We like the Edge Lighting but tend to turn off Edge Panels.

How to take a screenshot

The standard Android screenshot method is to press the Power and Volume Down keys simultaneously, and it works on the Galaxy S10, too. But Samsung being Samsung means you can also take a screenshot with a palm-swipe gesture on the screen. You’ll find this option in Settings > Advanced Features > Motions and Gestures > Palm Swipe to Capture. By default, you’ll also find that screenshots open an editing menu at the bottom, and you can tap there to instantly edit your new screenshots, but if it’s something you never use, you can also turn it off via Settings > Advanced Features > Smart Capture.

How to extend battery life

The S10 range has impressive stamina, which is one of the reasons we love it. But there are always times when you may need to extend your battery life. You’ll find the battery options in Settings > Device Care > Battery. You can select a Power Mode here to suit your needs (and remaining battery life). You can also tap on Battery Usage to get a better breakdown. This tool will show you precisely what has been guzzling all your power.

How to hide the hole-punch camera

If you don’t like the hole-punch camera, there’s a solution. We recommend snagging a creative wallpaper that accommodates the front-facing camera lens (or lenses in the S10 Plus‘s case). There is also another, less elegant way to hide the hole-punch camera on your S10. Go to Settings > Display > Full-Screen Apps and toggle the setting on for Hide Front Camera.

How to use Wireless PowerShare

Harnessing the magic of wireless power requires one of the best wireless chargers. All you need is an S10 and a friend, and either of you can share battery power without the need for plugs or cables. To enable this function, drag down your Notification menu and tap the icon for Wireless PowerShare in your quick settings. A pop-up will appear on-screen to confirm power-sharing. Then, touch your S10 to the other phone or device, and it will charge wirelessly.

The S10 has so many sophisticated and innovative solutions, and digital cameras look like ancient history after trying out the S10’s camera, with features like wide-angle shots and enhanced zoom. Each iteration of the Galaxy is better than the last, and while the S10 is a few years old now, it’s still a solid combination of your favorite Android stand-bys with a few handy little bells and whistles. Users can enjoy increased settings and app menu customization. It also features enhanced security for sensitive files or just those slightly embarrassing downloads that most users would prefer not to show off.

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Super Mario World Is Now Playable In Widescreen

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Gif: Super Mario World Widescreen

Software engineer and SNES ROM hacker Vitor Vilela has led a team which has created and released Super Mario World Widescreen, a download that lets you play Nintendo’s Super Mario World—first released in 1990—on modern widescreen displays.

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Crucially SMWW keeps the game’s original 8:7 pixel aspect ratio, meaning that no matter how wide you stretch the display, “the screen you will see is like how would you see on a real TV screen connected to the SNES, except expanded to the widescreen resolution!”

Super Mario World is now available in widescreen

Left: playing SMW using a regular widescreen mod | Right: playing SMW on this custom widescreen release
Screenshot: Kotaku

While standard 16:9 and 16:10 monitor resolutions are supported, Vilela is also working on some other, funkier aspect ratios, like 2:1 and even 21:9 for anyone with an ultrawide monitor.

It’s available here, but before you go rushing to download it, there’s some stuff you need to know. Firstly, the download link is just for SMWW, and doesn’t contain a ROM of Super Mario World itself. You’ll have to find that…elsewhere.

And secondly, you’ll also need to download the emulator bsnes_hd, since the only way SMWW was made possible was because bsnes_hd allowed Vilela to increase the game’s horizontal resolution by 96 pixels, from 256×224 to 352×224. bsnes also allows many other SNES games to run in widescreen as well, though not to the same level of tailored perfection as we’re seeing here (as you can see in the comparison screenshot above, simply running SMW in bsnes has some framing issues).

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School is just now ending in many states around the country, but that didn’t stop Apple from kicking off its back-to-school sale this week. If you’re in the market for a new device ahead of the coming school year, Apple is giving away a free pair of AirPods with your purchase of any eligible computer or tablet. This includes the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air, which leaves you with plenty of options.

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If you decide to take advantage of the promotion, all that you need to do is head to Apple’s Back to School landing page, select your Mac or iPad of choice, and proceed with the checkout process. After you’ve decided which model you’re going to choose, you’ll reach a page where you can add AirPods with a charging case (normally $159.99) to your order free of charge.

If you’d prefer to have a wireless charging case, you can upgrade for $40, and you’d rather get a pair of AirPods Pro, it’s going to cost you $90. You can also opt not to take the free AirPods at all, but even if you don’t need the wireless headphones, they’d probably make a solid gift.

In addition to the AirPods offer, Apple is also giving current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as teachers and staff, 20% off AppleCare+ for the products they buy.

It’s also worth noting that all new Apple devices come with three-month free trials to both Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. For quite some time, Apple was giving consumers a free year of Apple TV+, but as we learned earlier this week, the company actually wants people to start paying for the streaming service at some point. Therefore, all of the initial free trials from 2019 that have been extended multiple times will finally be ending in July. Furthermore, eligible devices activated July 1st, 2021 or later will qualify for offers of 3 months free Apple TV+, so if you want a full year (as well as some free AirPods), you might want to place your order soon.

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For anyone in the US who’s been going through Schitt’s Creek withdrawals and could use a hilarious new comedy from our neighbor to the north, especially as an antidote of sorts to the pandemic and all kinds of other negative news in the world right now, rejoice — Netflix has you covered, in the form of a raunchy sitcom from Catherine Reitman.

Season 5 of her show Workin’ Moms just got added to Netflix in the US a few days ago, and already it’s one of the most-watched Netflix shows, having rocketed up the streamer’s ranks of what’s popular across the service at any given moment. Reitman, the daughter of famed Hollywood director Ivan Reitman, not only stars in the series but she always writes and directs, and as of the time of this writing the series is currently the #4 most-viewed TV show on Netflix in the US. Originally broadcast in Canada via the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), this comedy is built around the following, according to Netflix’s summary: “Maternity leave is over, and it’s time for these four moms to return to work while navigating kids, bosses, love, and life in modern-day Toronto.”

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Reitman will already be familiar to American audiences thanks to acting in such productions as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends With Benefits, and Knocked Up. Her Workin’ Moms cast also includes Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldo, and Jessalyn Wanlim.

As far as how much of the show is available on Netflix right now, subscribers can stream all five available seasons of the show. Reitman recently took to Instagram to confirm that Season 6 of the show is a go, it having been renewed by CBC. In terms of when that means we can expect it to make its way to Netflix — don’t expect it before 2022, probably mid-year.

Check back here this weekend, meanwhile, for our latest complete rundown on what’s hot and being binged the most right now across all the major streaming services, from Netflix to Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and more. Our list comes, as always, from the team at the streaming search engine service Reelgood, which regularly shares with a BGR a snapshot of what shows and movies are the most popular on a weekly as well as monthly basis among its millions of users.

Reelgood, by the way, is a great service to be aware of, if you’re not already and if you’re a streaming power-user. It aims to be a one-stop-shop that makes finding shows and movies to watch convenient, especially since it gets a little hard to keep track of which service has this or that new TV show — and since they’re all constantly adding and removing content pretty regularly.

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