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How To Video: Customize BlinkFeed for HTC One

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How To Video: Customize BlinkFeed for HTC One

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Learn how to customize (or remove) the HTC One's unique news feed screen, BlinkFeed.

-Hey, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com and I have with me here a very cool, new Android phone, the HTC One. Now, when you pick this thing up, one of the first features you'll notice is that HTC has set the home screen to display their news feed widget, BlinkFeed. You can think of it like having flip board baked right into your phone as a great way to glance at daily news and stories that might interest you. But if HTC has you pegged wrong, here's an easy way to adjust all the kinds of stories that you're gonna see in BlinkFeed. Tap the home button and make sure you're at the top of the feed and pull down slightly and you'll reveal a tiny little menu bar. From here, you can use the drop down menu to filter down to just the specific feeds you want or tap the dots on the right and select topics and services. From here, you can check on and off the sites that you want to regularly pop into your news feed like CNET. Swipe to the left and you'll see additional categories to choose from. Swipe to the right all the way and you'll find different services like Facebook or Flickr or Twitter that you can also dump into your feed. And once you're happy, hit the back button and the feed will automatically refresh. Now, as much as I like BlinkFeed, I'm not too thrilled that HTC has pinned it down to my home screen by default. Changing that setting isn't obvious, like here's what to do. Hit the home button again to make sure you're at the top of the BlinkFeed and then, again, pull down and tap that little-- three little dots. This time, select customize home screen and you'll see little versions of your different panels up here at the top. The little home play icon over here on the left is what calls out the BlinkFeed panel as the home page. To change that, tap and hold the panel you wanna designate as your new home page and drag it up to the set as home tab up at the top. Now, when you press the home button, it will go to your page instead, but you can always swipe back over to the BlinkFeed when you want it. So, that's how to customize BlinkFeed for HTC One. For more How To's like this, head over to howto.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell. Thanks for watching.
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