Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Best Features Coming In Google’s Android o

We got our first peek at Android O back in March, and Google finally revealed more of what’s coming. We’re still quite a ways from the official release, but here’s what you can expect from the new version of Android from Google.

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Smart sharing
Android O will be designed to understand what’s in your photos and recommend specific apps to use them with. It also applies to Videos and URLs.

Cleaner Icons
Android O will ship with redesigned icons that are more minimalistic. They will also now natively support badge app icons. So you can know which apps have active notifications in them just by looking at their icons.

Background colors for notification
Developers will now have the ability to enable background colors for notifications from their app. But don’t expect your notification tray to be colorful since Google recommends they only use this feature for ongoing tasks that need extra attention like calls and navigation.


New Android TV launcher
Just like the TV app for iOS, Google will now have a dedicated app for entertainment apps like Netflix, and Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Hi there, Michael Thomas Eckhardt here. I’m a technophile.I always frequent tech review sites to know the latest updates on gadgets. Follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Michael Thomas Eckhardt on Samsung's 2-in-1 Windows Galaxy Book

Michael Thomas Eckhardt on the Galaxy Book: Samsung's Latest 2-in-1

For Michael Thomas Eckhardt, the entry of 2-in-1s in the computing market is one of the best tech innovations to date. For this post, he talks a little about the latest 2-in-1 from Samsung, the Galaxy Book.
For the longest time, desktops were the go-to computers for commercial and residential users. And then came the slimmer and smaller laptops with all the features of a reliable desktop, only in a more portable form. In recent years, 2-in-1 models have entered the arena, pushing the popularity of desktops and laptops down a few notches. But since a lot of consumers still prefer Windows OS, because they've gotten used to it, and with most 2-in-1s running on Android, Windows-based desktops and laptops were still strong players in the market. All that's about to change with Samsung's Galaxy Book, a 2-in-1 that runs on Windows 10.
First off, Korean tech giant Samsung has always preferred Android, using the OS for its tablets and smartphones. Windows, it seemed at the time, was not even an OS to consider. But with Microsoft's improvements on Windows 10, Samsung is singing a different tune these days. The Galaxy Book runs on Windows 10 and promises consumers a lot more features that could arguably make laptops and desktops a thing of the past. The Galaxy Book has a 10-inch and 12-inch version, but in my opinion, it's the 12-inch version that could really give competitors a run for their money.
Quick specs and features
  • Screen: 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • S Pen stylus (redesigned)
  • Backlit keyboard keys
  • USB-C 3.1 ports
  • 10-hour battery life (quick-charge capacity)
  • Collapsible 3-position stand for easy portability
  • Intel 3.1GHz Core i5 dual-core
  • RAM: 8 gigabytes
  • 256GB SSD
  • MicroSD slot
  • Wi-fi capability
Word has it that a 4G LTE option will also be made available. Users can sync the Galaxy Book to their Samsung mobile phones for text messaging and notifications.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

First Look: The LG G6 Impressions

The LG G6 is one of the companies that are now leading the smartphone design revolution with their bezel-less screens. They’re the second company to release this kind of design (the first one being Samsung), and we are expecting Apple to release their own version come the last quarter of the year with their tenth anniversary iPhone.

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LG made a smart move here after their disastrous attempt on the LG G5 with its modular design. You’ve got to give props to them for taking the risk though. With the G6, they’ve returned to the basics, and that’s what the consumer wants. They just want a phone that works, but have a gorgeous design that they can show off to their friends.

What’s good with the LG G6 is its all-glass body. The front and back are almost entirely covered with glass with aircraft-grade aluminum on the sides. The G6 feels well-built. The downside of an all-glass smartphone though, is that it’s a fingerprint magnet.

The smaller bezels made it impossible to fit a larger screen in a smaller device. When you view apps or images with a black background, you can’t tell where the screen ends and it’s an awesome effect that a few phones can only emulate.

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So if you don’t want to get the Samsung Galaxy S8, for whatever reason you have, then go for the LG G6.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Return Of The 3310

Over 125 million units of Nokia’s iconic 3310 have been sold since it became available in September 2000. It was one of the sturdiest, most heavy duty mobile phones ever manufactured. It could take a hit that would ordinarily shatter its contemporaries. Its battery lasted for days, sometimes even weeks on a single charge. Much like Nokia’s trademark, the 3310 was very user-friendly, probably the most user-friendly of the technological brood. And everyone misses it. Until now.

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HMD Global, the phone manufacturer from Finland, has given in to public demand and resurrected the 3310. The “new” 3310 is both simplistically retro, and a very welcome change of pace. With no complicated apps, it is taking people (almost) back to where the legend started. There are a few changes though such as a colored screen in place of the old monochrome, and a 2-megapixel camera that comes with LED flash. Internal storage has a 16 MB limit, but hey, if you’re buying it because you loved the original, do you really need more?

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The software is still original, with a few tweaks due to the colored screen. Even the Snake has returned. In order to stay true to its original incarnation of being simple, the revived 3310 isn’t meant so much for internet browsing. In fact, it can only connect to 2.5G networks. And thanks to HMD Global, we can all still enjoy the 3310’s epic battery life.

Michael Thomas Eckhardt here, and I love almost anything connected to technology. For more tech discussions, follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Looking Back On a Disaster: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 And The Future Of The Brand

Oct. 11, 2016 was a painful day for Samsung Electronics. Then, it had announced the withdrawal from the markets of its latest pet at the time, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The financial repercussions cannot be easily dismissed. Profits were projected to go down by more than 30 percent. This would hurt especially at a time its main competitor, Apple, was gearing up for a new product launch.

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Those aforementioned realities are but the embers of the bigger blaze: the literal flammability and susceptibility to overheating of the Note 7, which was being touted as the next word on smartphones. It was such a shame, too, if you think about the numbers involved in the recall. Around 15 to 19 million of the product would have been sold; two factories in Vietnam and South Korea stopped making it, and around a billion Euros in production costs just went down the drain.

Hence the Note 7 rests as some sort of a what-could-have-been for smartphone geeks. It was .33 mm slimmer than its predecessor, the Note 5, and was set to be the “phablet” that would dispense of people’s need to own both a smartphone AND a tablet. The dashed future of this model, however, didn’t exactly put a dent on loyalties. Most buyers of the Note 7 were said to have picked up another Samsung phone just after the recall.

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Whether Samsung can easily bounce back from the debacle remains to be seen next quarter. For now, it has to be quickly absorbing its loss and plotting its next move, which should culminate in a spanking new model that would eliminate doubts. Furthermore, iPhone 7 is far out into the market, and with the novelty of that wearing off, Samsung should not mince on the upgrades.

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