Note 7 Recall

No one really cares that Samsung’s phones explode

November 21st at 5:26 PM

No one really cares that Samsung’s phones explode

Over the past few months, Samsung has been hit by repeated recalls of some of its biggest products. The Note 7, a flagship device that was supposed to challenge the iPhone 7 got pulled twice, photos of burning Jeeps were all over the internet, and oh, then some Samsung washing machines started hurting people.

It’s a perfect storm (an inferno, even) of bad PR, but it seems that no-one really cares. An opinion poll conducted over the last few weeks shows no real damage to Samsung’s brand. In other words: fanboys and fangirls would rather have a stylus and an iris sensor than a non-incinerated car.

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Delete Facebook Android App

How to increase your Android phone’s battery life by 20% in 20 seconds

November 21st at 2:46 PM

How to increase your Android phone’s battery life by 20% in 20 seconds

Facebook’s Android app spells trouble for the battery life and performance of your mobile devices, as several reports revealed a while ago. But wait, didn’t Facebook fix those problems? It turns out that Facebook remains a huge battery hog on Android, and you could get 20% more battery life on your smartphone if you uninstall it right now. More →

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iPhone 6s Shutdown Issue Fix

Apple says it’ll fix problematic iPhone 6s units after pressure from consumer advocates

November 21st at 7:45 AM

Apple says it’ll fix problematic iPhone 6s units after pressure from consumer advocates

Apple announced a few days ago a replacement program for the iPhone 6 Plus’s Touch Disease issue, a fix that’ll cost you $149. The company is back with a new official repair program, one that addresses the iPhone 6s’s unexpected shutdown issue. And this one is available for free to affected users. More →

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Galaxy S7 Battery Explosions

Samsung says the Galaxy S7 isn’t prone to explosions like the Note 7

November 21st at 6:50 AM

Samsung says the Galaxy S7 isn’t prone to explosions like the Note 7

Samsung came out on Friday with a brief press statement on the Galaxy S7 family meant to reassure owners and potential buyers. The announcement comes after a few reports detailed cases where Galaxy S7 versions exploded or caught fire, reminding people of Samsung’s massive Galaxy Note 7 recall.

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iPhone Call Data iCloud

Apple’s iPhone call logging is a feature, not a security scare

November 18th at 10:12 PM

Apple’s iPhone call logging is a feature, not a security scare

A Russian company that makes iPhone-hacking software said earlier this week that Apple quietly collects iPhone call data in iCloud, including both cellular voice calls and FaceTime calls. But it turns out that’s a feature built into iOS and macOS for the user’s “convenience.” So there’s no point freaking out about it. That said, Apple could certainly have done a better job informing the user what happens with call data. More →

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HP Elite x3 Review

Cool HP smartphone turns into a Windows 10 desktop

November 18th at 7:36 PM

Cool HP smartphone turns into a Windows 10 desktop

The HP Elite x3 is an ambitious attempt to turn a smartphone into a desktop PC. Does it work?

I’ve been using the HP Elite x3 smartphone on and off for the last month or so. Here’s the short version of the review: the phone is a rock-solid, gorgeous design that’s fast and topped with a giant 6-inch display. The desktop part of the package isn’t an outright replacement for your laptop or desktop PC but, then again, it’s not meant to be a full-out PC.

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iphone 7 verizon

Verizon iPhone 7 devices aren’t as fast as they should be

November 18th at 3:17 PM

Verizon iPhone 7 devices aren’t as fast as they should be

If you’re an iPhone 7 user on Verizon and don’t think your phone is quite as speedy as it should be, it might not just be your imagination; new performance tests show that despite the speedier network, Apple’s newest smartphone is only barely faster on Verizon than its AT&T counterpart.

The tests, which were carried out by Twin Prime Inc. and Cellular Insights, show only marginally faster LTE speeds for the Verizon version of the iPhone 7, which as we know should easily outpace its AT&T twinMore →

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iOS 10 Tips And Tricks

10 hidden iPhone tricks Apple never told you about

10 hidden iPhone tricks Apple never told you about

November 18th at 12:00 PM

Apple’s iOS 10 software is packed so full of features at this point that it’s absolutely impossible to remember them all. The engineers and designers responsible for creating the iPhone and Apple’s iOS 10 software can’t even remember them all. The same can be said of any computer, of course, but when it comes to your iPhone you could be missing out on great features that improve your experience day in and day out.

Today, we’ve got a fresh new batch of hidden iPhone tricks for you and we guarantee two things: first, you will definitely learn something new from today’s list even if you’re an iPhone expert. And second, you’ll find some fantastic hidden tricks on this list and use at least a few of them all the time. More →

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iPhone 8 Rumors

Apple’s iPhone 8 won’t look anything like this, but we can still dream

Apple’s iPhone 8 won’t look anything like this, but we can still dream

November 18th at 9:41 AM

Rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have really started to heat up this week thanks to a string of reports from very reliable sources. First up was KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is regularly a source of accurate intel surrounding Apple’s future plans. According to Kuo, Apple plans to release not two but three new iPhones in 2017, but only one of them will be the hot new model with an OLED display. The other two phones will feature LCD displays just like the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, though additional details aren’t yet available. The analyst went on to explain how the curved screen on the OLED iPhone 8 will be designed. Next up was Bloomberg, which rehashed parts of Kuo’s report but added that only one model will feature an OLED screen because suppliers still can’t produce them quickly enough to keep up with demand. Apple can’t even keep up with iPhone 7 Plus demand two months after releasing the phone, so adding another layer of complication would probably be a bad idea.

Despite all of the leaks and rumors we’ve seen so far, we still really don’t have any idea of what the redesigned iPhone 8 will look like. Of course, that won’t stop people from creating gorgeous concept designs based on what we know so far. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Touch Disease Repair

Apple acknowledges significant iPhone 6 Plus issue, but repairs won’t be free

November 18th at 7:45 AM

Apple acknowledges significant iPhone 6 Plus issue, but repairs won’t be free

Apple just acknowledged a major iPhone 6 issue, one that’s been affecting plenty of users. The two-year-old phone, and especially the Plus version, is prone to develop what’s called a Touch Disease affliction. What happens is that a phone could experience display flickering, multitouch issues, and even Touch ID problems.

The problem has been linked to Bendgate, the infamous iPhone 6 issue discovered soon after launch. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can bend when a certain pressure is applied. But Apple never explained what causes Touch Disease until now. And while some people say Touch Disease is a direct result of a manufacturing issue, Apple isn’t ready to admit that. In fact, the company will charge you $149 to repair your device. More →

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iPhone 8 Specs

Apple planning to take iPhone 8 camera quality to the next level

November 17th at 6:01 PM

Apple planning to take iPhone 8 camera quality to the next level

The camera quality on Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is already best in class, but Apple certainly has no plans to rest on its laurels and let the rest of the industry play catch-up. According to a new research report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s larger iPhone 8 models will likely sport dual optical image stabilization.

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iPhone 8 Rumors: Curved OLED Display Size

Apple insider explains the curious case of the iPhone 8’s curved OLED display

Apple insider explains the curious case of the iPhone 8’s curved OLED display

November 17th at 1:42 PM

The iPhone 8 is still almost a year away, but we have plenty of reports detailing some of its most notable features. Apple is expected to release a radically redesigned iPhone 8 next year, which will be available in OLED and LCD flavors when it comes to display tech. But we’re a bit confused about the size of the 2017 iPhones. Some reports claim that the iPhone 8 will be available in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions that Apple used for three years in a row now. Others mention different screen sizes, including 5-inch and 5.8-inch screens for the upcoming iPhone.

So what’s the deal with the iPhone 8’s screen sizes? One Apple insider with an impeccable track record has finally offered us a very simple explanation. More →

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