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What to Do If You Break Your Samsung Galaxy S8’s Screen

A new series of Samsung Galaxy is out in the market. But some owners have concern over the screen. You don’t have to worry for that since Samsung already had the solution  before they release this new model. Find out how in this article.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a premium smartphone known the world round for its beautiful aesthetics, all-glass body — and, of course, its immense fragility. So what happens when the gorgeous handset hits the floor and a crack spiders across its delicate exterior?

This is the question that many Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners are asking themselves, as reports of this weakness have turned out to be true. There are some great Samsung Galaxy S8 cases out there, but what recourse do owners have when an accidental drop turns out to be an expensive mistake?

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Let’s take a look at the different options for owners and the likeliness they will need to use them.

Just How Fragile is the S8?

We’ve heard about fragile phones before: the prettier they get, the less durable they often prove to be. In 2016, many consumers wondered about how easily the Galaxy S7 Edge would break and expressed concerns. But little did they know that a more fragile successor was on its way.

Insurance provider SquareTrade conducted their usual drop test with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ this year. Not only did they find out that the devices are very prone to cracks — but they are basically the most fragile handsets the company has ever tested.

The breakability of a device is measured on a scale of 100: the closer to 100 it is, the more fragile the smartphone.

The Galaxy S8 scored 76 on the scale, while the S8+ scored 77. This is classified as a “medium-high risk.” According to the company, the S8 is the first phone they’ve ever tested that has cracked on the first drop on all sides (e.g. front fall, back fall, edge, etc.).

Read more: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-to-do-break-samsung-galaxy-s8-screen

 

See Through Walls with This Smart Phone Add-On Camera

A pocket size camera that for home improvement is making a buzz in the market. It can be used to detect plumbing leaks, HVAC issues and many more. Grab it while it’s still hot!

Imagine plugging a pocket-sized camera device into your smart phone and then being able to see leaky pipes or ductwork inside walls. That’s what the Seek Thermal™ camera does.

Though thermal imaging previously required special gear costing thousands of dollars, the Seek Thermal™ camera sells for from $199 to $249 and is available through Amazon.com, Thermal.com, or Home Depot.

Mounted onto an iOS or Android phone, this tiny thermal camera accessory allows you to view, take photos, or shoot video that literally sees heat, revealing pipes, ductwork, insulation, and much more. It can find a myriad of hidden problems around the house.

What This Camera Will Do

“Some of the most cited uses have been around home improvement and construction applications,” said Seek Thermal VP of Sales, Tim LeBeau. “From finding air leaks around doors, HVAC issues, identifying drafty windows, or seeing electrical problems, use in and around the home have allowed thousands of people to see the unseen.”

Here are a variety of common uses:

  • Identify sources of energy loss, such as leaky windows and doors, broken heating ducts, and insufficient insulation
  • Trace water damage in a wall or across a ceiling to its source
  • Identify the location of pipes and pipe clogs

Read more: https://www.hometips.com/buying-guides/thermal-imaging-camera.html

 

Sony Unveils the Xperia XZ Premium with 4K HDR Display, 19 MP Camera & Snapdragon 835

Sony released last February the new Xperia that will probably be called the premium smartphone because of its high-end specifications. And yesterday it was announced that it is now available for pre-order. For those who are curious about this latest smartphone, check out the article below.

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Sony hit MWC 2017 in full gallop, announcing four different additions to its Xperia lineup on Monday, February 27, 2017: the XZ Premium, XZs, XA1, and XA1 Ultra.

Sony’s flagship phone for 2017, the XZ Premium, packs some hard-hitting specs that’ll give other top-tier handsets a run for their money. It will run Android 7.1 Nougat, and a revolutionary camera and groundbreaking screen technology are among its most notable features. Here are more details on these features, which Sony hopes will set it apart form the rest of the crowd.

19 MP ‘Motion Eye’ Camera with Predictive Capture

The Xperia XZ Premium’s camera was redesigned from the ground up with an entirely new process inspired by Sony’s CyberShot line of digital cameras. Using a memory-stacked process, the XZ premium’s 19-megapixel shooter can record in super slow motion at an impressive 960 frames per second, hence the name “Motion Eye.”

The Motion Eye camera also employs a predictive capture system which automatically detects movement and starts to buffer before the image is even captured, which should help reduce shutter lag and capture pictures a lot faster. It can also simultaneously snap four pictures with each press of the shutter button to ensure you catch the right image every time.

Read more: https://android.gadgethacks.com/news/sony-unveils-xperia-xz-premium-with-4k-hdr-display-19-mp-camera-snapdragon-835-0176359

 

The 49″ Samsung CHG90 QLED Requires a Learning Curve

For those who are into gaming and need a large screen, I recommend you to try the latest Samsung’s 49-inch QLED.  This is a dream monitors to all gamers out there. Check out why  this latest gadget is the talk of the town today!

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It’s difficult to imagine returning to a single screen after years of doubling up with two monitors at home (my current setup: an Apple iMac linked to a secondary older model Thunderbolt Cinema Display). The premise of switching back to a single screen seems an undesirable downgrade, considering all of the benefits two screens offers. Then this 49-inch wide Samsung CHG90 QLED Monitor appeared on the radar, and suddenly, going solo doesn’t seem quite the unreasonable proposition.

Outfitted with an immersive 3840×1080 pixel resolution, ultra-wide 32:9 curved screen, the Samsung 49″ CHG90 QLED requires enough desk real estate to handle its enormous expanse – for all intent and purposes, the equivalent of two 24″ displays fused into a single continuous screen (the wide supportive base shares strong semblance to the stands outfitting Samsung’s current line of televisions).

Aimed at gamers, Samsung gave their technological flagship and conversation piece all the bells and whistles: Quantum Dot nanocrystals specs, the rainbow offered by DCI-P3 color gamut support, and in service of gamer’s interests, HDR-ready AMD FreeSync 2, and an all important 144 Hz refresh rate for fasting moving games.

Read more: http://design-milk.com/samsung-chg90-qled-gaming-monitor

 

Gadgets You’ll Want in Your First Apartment

There are times when we have to stay in an apartment in the course of our work. If you are techie person you would really want to buy this latest gadgets to make yourself comfortable at your new apartment.

Getting your first post-college apartment is a major life step. Finally, a place of your own, even if you have roommates.

Some things probably followed you from college though, like a futon that should be left out on the curb (maybe you even found it there), a beanbag chair or two, and the twinkle lights that you’ve convinced yourself “set a mood.”

But just because you can’t afford a remodeled condo on your own just yet doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the tech. Depending on your paycheck, you might even be able to afford some of the finer things that technology has to offer. You can get an TV without worrying that it will crash to the ground at a kegger, an air conditioner that might just be smarter than you are (new diploma notwithstanding), and a robot that does the cleaning for you.

Check out the list below for a few recommendations on gadgets to pad out your new pad.

High Wire Act

Ikea’s wireless charging furniture is aimed at those who can’t stand the messy look of cords ruining their home’s aesthetic. The collection, which supports the Qi wireless charging standard, ranges in price from $14.99 to $129.99 and includes several different lamps (floor, table, work), two different styles of bedside tables, and simple charging pads (pictured).

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Read more: http://www.pcmag.com/feature/323830/gadgets-you-ll-want-in-your-first-apartment

 

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

I’ve seen one of my friends doing this type of thing. Although he owns one, he also tried using his smartphone as a substitute for his Nintendo Switch. And I’m amazed by looking at the gadget. So for those who want to try this, you can read this article for further instructions.

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can—with a few upgrades.

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You probably occasionally use your smartphone as a portable gaming machine, although limited to just quick rounds of Candy Crush as you ride the subway every day. But a modern smartphone, with a beefy processor and a decent-sized display, can do almost everything the Nintendo Switch can (sadly Breath of the Wild will still be out of your reach).

In fact, your smartphone might actually offer a few upgrades over the Switch! There are far more games available, including emulators that let you play classic titles from almost any console. Though you’ll need to put in a little effort if you want to play old Zelda games on your iPhone.

Besides games, your phone almost certainly offers a better visual experience than the Switch does. Nintendo chose to use an LCD display limited to a resolution of just 1280×720 pixels and many smartphones are capable of at least full 1920×1080 HD resolutions with color saturation and fidelity that far outperform the Switch’s screen.

Read more: http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-turn-your-smartphone-into-an-almost-nintendo-s-1794899293

 

8 Gadgets Every Nursery Needs

 

Busy parents do not get enough time to be with their baby throughout the day. They have nannies to take care of them but as a parent it is still our top responsibility to look after them. That’s why nursery gadgets are a big help to every busy parent. Take a look of the top nursery gadgets that might help you in the future.

Parenting can be a tough gig. Between the endless feedings and diaper changes and the sleepless nights, it can be hard to catch a break. Of course, the coos and cuddles make it all worthwhile, but some extra help—and a little peace of mind—goes a long way.

Making your list of nursery needs? Make life a little easier (and safer) for you and your little one by investing in these must-have nursery gadgets.

  1. A Video Monitor

    Ok. Maybe you don’t absolutely need a video monitor. But this handy gadget will save you a lot of legwork, especially in those early months where every unfamiliar sound from baby’s crib feels like cause for concern. A quick check of the monitor offers all the reassurance of a sneak peek without the risk of startling your little one, allowing for more frequent check-ins. Video monitors can also be useful while sleep training or for monitoring recently-liberated toddlers boasting big-kid-bed status. The price tag may be a little heftier than your conventional audio-only monitor, but many parents find that the benefits of one-click-baby-surveillance outweigh the cost.

    Need a money-saving alternative? Check out this amazing video monitor hack.

Read more: https://www.thespruce.com/gadgets-every-nursery-needs-2504887

Everything We Know About the New Nintendo Switch

The latest New Nintendo Switch is the talk of the town in the gaming world nowadays. According to the fans and gamers this is probably the best game gadgets released this 2017. For those who want to acquire this hottest gadget, read this first and see if its suits your taste in gaming.

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We’re days away from the Nintendo Switch’s full-on outing. On January 12, by way of a live-stream from Tokyo, the company will detail the new console’s price and release date. That’ll be followed by a day of hands-on demos in various locales, including a daylong event in New York City, where TIME and others will get to do what Jimmy Fallon already did. Here is what (we think) we know so far about Nintendo’s new platform:

This is when (and where) the price and release date arrive:

If you want to know how much Switch (formerly codenamed NX) will cost, when in March 2017 you’ll be able to buy one, and, I assume, a bit more about the system’s raison d’être, bookmark www.nintendo.com/switch, then set a reminder for January 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

It’s a hybrid home/mobile device.

Platforms are what they do, and what Nintendo Switch apparently does is go wherever you do. Whether that’s to a docking station in your entertainment center to play on a big-screen TV, or as a tablet-gamepad to school, the doctor’s office or wherever else you’d want to game with controls native gamers have relied on for decades.

Read more: http://time.com/4631330/nintendo-switch-preview

How China’s Smartphone ‘Big Four’ Are Fighting for Global Customers

Worldwide, Apple (AAPL, -0.49%) and Samsung (SSNLF, 0.00%) dominate pricey smartphone sales, accounting for about a third of the market. But the next several names on the global bestseller list include four lower-cost Chinese competitors that collectively sell almost as many handsets as the big two.

In China’s smartphone market, the world’s largest, the four companies have been closely matched competitors over the last few years, taking turns at the number-one spot. (The figures in the chart below are from the third quarter of 2016, via research firm IDC.) Being No. 1 in China isn’t necessarily very profitable, however, as there are always new competitors willing to lose piles of money to build market share.

In recent years Huawei has broken out of the pack, becoming the No. 3 smartphone maker in the world and the first Chinese phone maker with a substantial global footprint. In a new feature article, Fortune shows how Huawei’s decades of experience making and selling telecom networking equipment helped it build better phones and establish relationships in markets worldwide—with the conspicuous exception of the U.S.—boosting its profile and its profit margins. Fortune looks at Huawei’s advantages and its obstacles to handicap its chances of catching Apple and Samsung globally.
Here’s a quick field guide to Huawei and its main Chinese competitors.

Nicolas Rapp 

Oppo

Oppo, owned by billionaire Duan Yong Ping, made its name selling cheaper phones in rural China (where it has 200,000 retail locations) and Southeast Asia. Its R9S looks like an exact copy of an iPhone 7—a winning formula in China.

Vivo

Marketing for Oppo’s sister brand Vivo, also owned by Duan, focuses on its smartphones’ camera, a major selling point in selfie-obsessed China. Celebrity endorsements and its sponsorship of the NBA in China have propelled the brand.

Read more: http://fortune.com/2017/01/24/china-smartphones-oppo-vivo-huawei-xiaomi/

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vent cleaning is just about the most essential things that each homeowner should remember. Just about every single home has a dryer today and with it, the need for maintaining your vents clean is much more essential. Regardless of whether you make use of an electric or a gas powered dryer, you would have to make sure that the vents are cleaned regularly. In many homes, because the vents are out of sight, their cleaning is basically ignored. Nevertheless, overlooking the vents for far too long can actually be rather harmful.

Keep Family Safe

Keeping the dryer vent clean and free from debris is vital to the dryer’s performance and also to your family’s safety. When you notice any changes in how well or fast your dryer is working–or if you simply know that you have not cleaned your dryer vent in a long time–it’s worth your while to bring in a professional to carry out a thorough cleaning. Vent cleaning and duct cleaning will limit the amount of mold, mildew, and bacteria that happen to be in your house and on your clothes. Dryer vents and ducts are the ideal breeding ground for these types of allergens. As clothing is removed from the dryer, these little fellows are brought in and distributed to your house.

Save Your Home from Fire

Another crucial reasons why dryer vent cleaning shouldn’t be disregarded is that a blocked vent can certainly cause fire. With regular use, the lint from the clothes would get trapped in the vents. This may block the passage for the air flow. For the reason that passageway would be blocked, the dryer would need to work harder for drying the clothing and would overheat in the process. Once the vents remain overlooked for far too long, it may cause fire.

Professional Companies Can Help

You’ll find a lot of professional cleaning companies that can assist you maintain the dryer vents at home clean without difficulty. You would just need an annual or a semiannual cleaning visit to avoid all of the risks which are associated with blocked dryer vents. These firms have the right equipment and experience that would be needed for this job. They will utilize special brush and high power vacuum for cleaning out all the debris from the vents.

To conclude, you’ll find so many reasons to do an annual dryer vent cleaning. Be it done for extending the life of your dryer, drying your clothes faster, or avoiding a serious fire, it is a worthy investment for reassurance and saving money.