iPhone 7 Water Resistance

The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but can it survive big wave surfing?

The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but can it survive big wave surfing?

By on September 23, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

With the removal of the headphone jack (oh the horror!), Apple’s iPhone 7 is more water resistant than ever before. Sporting an IP67 rating, the iPhone 7 can survive submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes straight. That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t really tell us too much about how the iPhone holds up to water in real world conditions. After all, it’s not like anyone ever decides to just drop their phone in a meter of water and let it chill there for a half hour.

So while we’ve seen iPhone 7s being put to the test by being dropped in bowls of water, it’s time to really see what the iPhone 7 is capable of withstanding. In an effort to really put the iPhone 7 to the test, the folks over at SquareTrade Labs came up with an fun little challenge and gave big wave surfer Kai Lenny an iPhone 7 to see how the device stood up to big crashing waves in a salt water environment.

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iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode Photo Samples

iPhone 7 Plus photo samples: The ‘DSLR’ iPhone in action

By on September 23, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

iPhone 7 Plus photo samples: The ‘DSLR’ iPhone in action

The iPhone 7 is the biggest thing in tech happening this month. Of the two new iPhones, the iPhone 7 Plus is the one that stands out thanks to its dual-lens iSight Duo camera system that packs both a wide-angle and a telephoto lens. Extra RAM, and Apple’s custom image signal processor complete the camera package of the phablet, which might be the first iPhone to offer DSLR-like effects.

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Hit List

Safe Galaxy Note 7 Battery

Samsung is X-raying Galaxy Note 7s to make sure they’re safe

By on September 23, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Samsung is X-raying Galaxy Note 7s to make sure they’re safe

Samsung confirmed it has already replaced around half a million Galaxy Note 7 units in the US, but it’s still only halfway there. The company is also taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its customers, including a software update that helps them identify safe batteries, and lowers the maximum charge of bad batteries. But that’s not the only thing Samsung is doing to make sure its unprecedented battery problem is fixed for good.

Regulators ordered Samsung that Galaxy Note 7 replacement batteries go through x-ray testing before shipping, and that Samsung conducts additional quality testing going forward.

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cable tv

People are paying 40% more for cable than they were 5 years ago

By on September 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

People are paying 40% more for cable than they were 5 years ago

The average price people are paying for cable has skyrocketed by 40% over the last five years, according to a new study from  Leichtman Research. In a survey involving 1,206 adults across the continental U.S., it was found that the average price people are paying for cable these days checks in at $103.10. By way of contrast, the average price consumers paid for cable in 2011 was $73.63.

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Game Changers

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No headphone jack? No problem. These $40 foldable Bluetooth headphones are the perfect travel companion

By on September 23, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

No headphone jack? No problem. These $40 foldable Bluetooth headphones are the perfect travel companion

This is a paid placement and if you buy something through this article or on the BGR Store we will receive compensation from retail partners.

You value the listening experience offered by your headphones, but between the long wires and bulky frames, they’re not the easiest to tote around or travel with. The FRANKLIN Bluetooth Headphones address those issues, and they’re now on sale for only $39.99. More →

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iPhone 7 Plus Camera

Latest batch of iPhone 7 Plus photo samples are truly remarkable

By on September 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Latest batch of iPhone 7 Plus photo samples are truly remarkable

Though Apple improving upon its camera technology with each successive iPhone model is nothing new, what Apple achieved with the iPhone 7 Plus represents the company’s biggest leap forward yet. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is particularly impressive and capable because it comes equipped with an advanced dual camera system, with one sensor a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto lens.

Admittedly, dual camera systems aren’t entirely new, but Apple’s implementation is nonetheless impressive. Aside from being able to take incredible portrait photographs utilizing the bokeh effect, but even regular photos are designed to take advantage of the device’s dual-camera setup. As referenced in our iPhone 7 review earlier today, the iPhone 7 Plus camera “actually captures two images, one with the 28mm lens and one with the 56mm lens.” Following that, Apple’s software takes data from both images and then fuses them together to create one unified photograph.

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Spy Camera For Home Use

No one will find this covert nanny cam hidden in your home

By on September 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

No one will find this covert nanny cam hidden in your home

If you want to make sure things are running smoothly in your home while you’re away, a hidden “nanny cam” is definitely the way to go. You’ll need something covert to ensure that it isn’t seen by whomever you’re trying to record in your home, but it also needs to record decent-quality video so you can make sure you catch every detail. Check out the Camscura Tilt Hidden Camera Black Box Covert Home Surveillance and Nanny Camera By Brickhouse Security, which is on sale for 40% off right now on Amazon. More →

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iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6S

The iPhone 7 makes every other iPhone look stupidly slow

By on September 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

The iPhone 7 makes every other iPhone look stupidly slow

We’re coming up on 10 years of iPhones now, which means there’s a lot of old models out there to play with. Sure, we’ve seen how the iPhone 7 measures up against the Galaxy S7 and LG G5, but how does it compare to the older generations?

YouTube channel EverythingApplePro put every model of iPhone from history up against the other in a series of tests, mostly to showcase the differences in hardware from year to year. It also serves as an excellent reminder that sometimes, upgrading to the latest version of iOS on an older phone is not a great idea.

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NSA Hacking Tools

NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

By on September 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can’t seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA’s vast toolkit.

When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it.

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Nintendo NX

Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production

By on September 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Report: Nintendo’s NX has entered production

We’re in the home stretch of 2016, and it’s been a busy couple of months for the video game industry. Microsoft brought HDR gaming and 4K video to the fore with the Xbox One S in August. Sony responded with a console refresh of its own in September, along with the announcement that it would launch the first ever 4K gaming console, the PlayStation 4 Pro, in November.

All this time, Nintendo has been eerily silent.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may be a graphics powerhouse

By on September 23, 2016 at 4:30 PM.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may be a graphics powerhouse

Samsung’s phones aren’t normally short on power, but a new rumor is suggesting something quite special is going to be under the hood of the Galaxy S8.

According to a report from SamMobile, the Galaxy S8 may be packing a Samsung Exynos 8895 processor, with an ARM Mali-G71 GPU coming along for the ride.  Samsung has traditionally used Exynos processors where possible, so the notable detail here is that GPU. Simply put, it’s a monster.

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Disney Star Wars Movie Release Schedule

Is Disney working on a fourth ‘Star Wars’ trilogy?

By on September 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Is Disney working on a fourth ‘Star Wars’ trilogy?

Disney has Star Wars movies coming out every year from now until 2020, including the remaining two episodes in the third trilogy and three anthology films. But the company is also developing Star Wars anthology stories that are supposed to bridge the gaps between regular movies. So what happens come 2021? Expect more Star Wars.

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