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Yay! Samsung's new Galaxy S8 come with state of the art facial recognition, we're safe now-- oh wait-- It can be fooled by a picture.



With the Samsung Galaxy S8, which launches April 28, coming with a new facial recognition feature that lets you unlock the phone just by looking into the front-facing camera, there was a lot of excitement as this was a much shorter verification method than the fingerprint scanner and also just as safe.

But unfortunately, it's not exactly secure as iDeviceHelp discovered this week.

In a demo, which we first saw on The Verge, iDeviceHelp was able to fool the facial recognition feature with a photo. It took a little longer than normal for the S8 to register the photo, but it worked.

While Samsung have admitted that the fingerprint scanner is a more secure verification method than the Facial recognition, one wouldn't expect that the phone would be fooled that easily. 

So with this in mind, it is in your best interest not to use the facial recognition feature as it is flawed. You're better of with the Iris scanner, or Fingerprint, or even with a PIN.



You can check out the video of iDeviceHelp tricking the Galaxy S8 with a photo below:








The dust is finally settling from all the Samsung Galaxy S8 hype, and after all that settling, we are still left with a pretty awesome phone.

There is no question whatsoever that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the two most stunning smartphones the world has ever seen. It's certainly sure that they would sell without problems.

That's on one side though as there's this small issue that users might find mildly irritating or downright unacceptable.


The case of China getting all the good stuff.

What's happened apparently is that the Galaxy S8 decided to move away from Apple’s iPhone strategy and offer just one storage option in each market. That means you’ll only have one price option, and it’ll ship with 64GB of onboard storage as well as 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have microSD card slots, so you can always pop in a card up to 256GB in size if you want to add more storage. 

Good right?

Well, it seems there's even better but you just might not get it.

According to reports, China will get a better version of the phone than any other market. So while the rest of us will only get 64GB phones that pack 4GB of RAM, the Chinese versions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will include 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM.

This might not annoy everyone, but for those who are really into their specs, this will be downright unacceptable. I guess we'll just have to wait for the almost inevitable blowback all this will get.








With all the hype surrounding the Galaxy S8 and people looking at what they got right and the stuff they got wrong may have neglected to check out their pretty awesome Bluetooth.

Well, really it's Bluetooth 5.0 support, a new Bluetooth standard that offers huge advantages over previous versions of Bluetooth. It will likely come to more devices including more smartphones in the near future, but for the time being, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the only devices that have this feature.

The huge advantage the Bluetooth 5.0 has is that it supports two independent Bluetooth streams, which means you and a friend can both watch and listen to the same content without sharing headphones. Each person will then be able to control the volume for his or her own headphones without affecting the other.
That’s just one of the perks of Bluetooth 5.0, though it’s one you might not use on a regular basis.
But it doesn't stop there, it also offers data speeds that are twice as fast as Bluetooth 4.2, and it also offers four times its range. So that means in essence that you can be further away from a Bluetooth speaker and still get great sound. 
The audio quality is also A+ with the Bluetooth 5.0, which means you should get a better phone call experience and a better overall sound for music playback with the Galaxy S8.
Maybe it means nothing to you, but it should, the Bluetooth 5.0 is all shades of awesome and while one might have gripes with Samsung's latest offering, Bluetooth is certainly not one of them.





The Galaxy S8 has finally come and the reception was great, but as the dust begins to settle, there are a couple of things which in the cold light of day weren't as great as we'd have hoped.

Sure there are amazing new features like the edge to edge HDR display, an iris scanner and a faster, Gigabit LTE-ready processor but it seemed they held back a little on others. Here's our list of three:

1. The camera

If you were expecting the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to get a big camera update, you'll be disappointed. The new phones include nearly the exact same camera hardware as the Galaxy S7: a 12-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture. It's not bad, just that it can't compete with the dual-camera systems on phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6.


2. The battery

Maybe they got scared after the Note 7 incident but the new S8's battery isn't spectacular. The batteries on the S8 and S8 Plus are about the same size (or slightly smaller) than their predecessors and hasn't impressed so far. 

3. Bixby

Sigh. With Cortana from Microsoft, Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, Bixby just isn't as good.

Created with its own dedicated Bixby button, visual translations and image recognition but at the end of the day you might find yourself wanting to deactivate it.

Why? Well It only works with a handful of Samsung apps at launch, it can't find information online and it overlaps with a lot of the things Google Assistant already does much better. 

This is not to say the S8 is a bad phone, but like most things in life, we just feel a couple of things could have been done better.






With the launch of the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S8 mere hours away, the frenzy has reached fever pitch and Samsung isn't letting up with their flagship now on a shop window in the UK.

It's a picture of the phone (official) and it confirms stuff we've long suspected; like the death of the home button, Super slim bezels and a fingerprint scanner now moved to the back.

The inclusion of "Galaxy S8 | S8+" in the top right corner also tells us we will see the larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus at the launch in just a few hours time.



According to Tech Radar, the S8 will have a 5.8-inch display and the S8 Plus a 6.2-inch offering. It's also said to feature an almost bezeless body, have a similar rear 12MP camera to the Galaxy S7 and an 8MP front snapper.

You can check out the photo below.






With the coming of Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, Siri is finding that she's no longer the biggest bully in the sandbox.

She's not going to take this lying down though as there are possible plans to power her up to being the biggest bully again.

If reports coming out of Israeli gadget site The Verifier are true, then with the iOS 11 could come an even smarter Siri.

The source claims that Apple will be upgrading Siri with AI smarts, allowing the voice assistant to anticipate your actions by learning your behavior over time. Tied to users rather than devices, the AI learnings will carry over from your phone to your linked Mac and Apple TV device too, bringing personalized predictive text and messaging to each Apple product you own.


Now this is unverified and could well be smoke, but recent Apple patents have certainly pointed towards Apple taking Siri in this direction.

With Apple's WWDC 2017 is set to kick off on June 5 we will definitely know more  about this and see if it's true.





Facebook now have what they call 
Facebook stories and yes it is exactly whatit sounds like-- a sorta Snapchat ripoff.

An update on the iPhone and Android available beginning today will let you experience the kind of ephemeral content sharing you’re used to seeing in Snapchat right inside your Facebook app.



The update will be available worldwide shortly and will bring three new features to Facebook users, namely; a new feed of ephemeral stories at the top of the News feed, a private messaging feature called Direct, and a redesigned in-app camera that makes all the new stories possible.



According to the 
product manager for Facebook stories Connor Hayes, “The way people create content is changing to be from text to photos and videos,

“This is, in turn, changing the way they’re sharing with one another and interacting online. This is something that Snapchat has really pioneered.” he said.

The new Facebook stories basically the way Snapchat works with images that disappear after 24 hours and the option of filters, text, and other similar gimmicks.

To start a story, you have to swipe right on the News Feed or tap the camera in the top-left corner of the app. Once your creation is done, you can share it with all your friends or just a few friends you choose. 







The man responsible of the Android system that so many of us use today Andy Rubin might have left Google, but he's definitely not done making phones.





Rubin yesterday he posted a cryptic tweet in which we got a sneak peek into his new project with his company, Essential. The tweet said "eager to get it in more people's hands." We have to assume he's talking about the phone someone's holding in the picture.



There's precious little to see besides the top right corner of the phone which shows the time and a few icons.




In a Bloomberg profile of Essential from January, the new smartphone was described as a "high-end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge screen that lacks a surrounding bezel." Looks like that bezel-less and big screen concept will be reality, based on the photographic evidence.




With the new phone Rubin plans to do battle with both the iPhone and Google's (His previous employers) Pixel.






Google will now let you download a new free App every week. This is coming with their new feature which allows Android users to download one paid app for free every week. The app shows up in the recently introduced 'Free App of the Week' section on the Google Play Store.




The aim of this seems to be one that pays all parties. The idea is to offer paid apps free every week and in turn promote the app. 

This is not particularly new as they did this in 2015 but the promotional offer was discontinued later for unknown reasons.


Google appears to be working hard to expand the reach of its Android apps. The search giant recently targeted countries which have poor network connectivity in certain areas.





Photo Credit: Associated Press




The Encryption of messages by Whatsapp makes it so that 3rd person parties are not privy to your information, but could this also work the other way round?

According to Britain's home Secretary Amber Rudd, Encryption of messages on services such as WhatsApp is “completely unacceptable” in the fight against terror.

She added that Intelligence agencies must have access to the messages and social media sites must do more to police extremist material.

This is subsequent to the incident at Westminster, where terrorist Khalid Masood used WhatsApp seconds before launching Wednesday's attack, but agencies are unable to see what was communicated.

Ms Rudd added that the likes of Google, which runs the social video sharing platform YouTube, and other smaller sites such as WordPress must realise that they are now publishing companies and take more responsibility for taking down extreme material.





In an interview with BBC One she said: "It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide.

"We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.

"It used to be that people would steam-open envelopes or just listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warrantry.

"But on this situation we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp."

She added that she would be meeting with some of these companies

"What these companies have to realise is that they are now publishing companies, they are not technology companies, they are platforms and we need to make sure that that (hosting extremist material) stops," she said.

"You are right, we will not resile from taking action if we need to do so."

She added, "I would rather get a situation where we get all these people around the table agreeing to do it.

"I know it sounds a bit like we're stepping away from legislation but we're not.

"What I'm saying is the best people who understand the technology, who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff even being put up, not just taking it down, but stopping it being put up in the first place, are going to be them."






Social networking site, Twitter is reported to be "considering" implementing a new paid subscription tier that would be introduced in a premium package for TweetDeck, Twitter's popular desktop client, and be aimed directly at professionals. 

If this happens it'll be the first time Twitter would be charging for any of its services since their inception 11 years ago.



The plan is for Twitter to make the professional experience more appealing for serious users and add in a bunch of advance tools and features not found anywhere else on the service. 

The package is being touted to cost $19.99 per month, available on both desktop and mobile.

Some of the features being bandied around are:

- Exclusive news/alerts summaries personalized for you
- Content management tools like bookmarks, to-do lists, and 'save for later'
- Cross posting to other social media platforms
- Advanced custom trend analysis and alerting tools
- Exclusive content on social media best practices and strategy
- Enhanced tools for managing and creating custom audience lists (e.g., by interest, customer, or region, etc.)
- Exclusive priority customer support
- The ability to manage multiple Twitter accounts
- Advanced publishing features (e.g., scheduling, collaboration, drafting, etc.)
- Advanced tools for sorting or filtering searches
- An ad-free experience
- Analysis tools for understanding topics or conversations on Twitter
- Ability to access this experience on both desktop and mobile devices
- Ability to securely manage the account across multiple team members
- Twitter customization such as color themes and layouts
- Access to pre-populated lists of users and influencers by interest topic (e.g., industry or subject experts)
- Additional account activity details (e.g., influence scores, account unfollows, or ability to see who is looking at your profile page)
- Ability to import user lists from outside sources
- Advanced analytics on my own content performance

According to The New York Times affiliated journalist Andrew Tavani, "Twitter is considering offering a more advanced TweetDeck experience, with more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker, to gain more insights, and see the broadest range of what people are saying on Twitter. Whether you use Twitter for work or just want to be more informed on the latest news, sports, entertainment, political viewpoints, and information in today's world, this more advanced TweetDeck experience will be designed to help you get even more out of Twitter.

"This premium tool set will provide valuable viewing, posting, and signalling tools like alerts, trends and activity analysis, advanced analytics, and composing and posting tools all in one customizable dashboard.

"It will be designed to make it easier than ever to keep up with multiple interests, grow your audience, and see even more great content and information in real-time. It would also offer extra features such as advanced audience insight and analytics, tools to monitor multiple timelines from multiple accounts and from multiple devices, including mobile, all in an ad-free experience."

Twitter is conducting a survey to see if this will fly with potential consumers meaning it's not a shoo-in yet, but it could certainly happen. This may go some way in helping Twitter recover as they've had a huge chunk of their market eroded by other competitors such as Snapchat and Facebook. 






So a group of hackers threatened Apple and stated that if a ransom wasn't paid, they would remotely wipe millions of Apple devices. 

Apple then came out to say that both the iCloud and Apple IDs are safe and that they will be actively monitoring the situation.


Little is known about the situation but according to an email sent to BGR, the hacker group calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family is claiming that their threat is still valid and if Apple does not pay the ransom, they will indeed proceed with the wipe which they claim the deadline is on the 7th of April.

The message reads, “[We] requested $100,000 for each of our members which is 7 in total or $1 million worth in iTunes vouchers for instant resale at 60% of the original gift card value + Some private stuff that we have agreed not to publicize as we believe it may ruin Turkish Crime Family and Apple relations. The second thing is worth more to us than money.”

What Apple's next step will be is unknown and it is entirely possible that could try to settle things behind the scenes. 

Apple maintains that the iCloud and Apple IDs are safe and any device in danger is due to third party applications.





When Super Mario Run was announced for the Android, it was said that it would come on the 23rd of March, but for some reason (we're not complaining), it came a day early. 

If you go to the Play Store you will find it there and there was also an update for the iOS version of the game.

The iOS exclusive ran for three months, and brought the app over 78 million downloads, the gaming company said during its earnings in January.

Of those players, more than five percent purchased the game, bringing in $53 million in revenue for the title. That dollar amount is fairly high, given the $10 purchase price in order to unlock the full version. And it performed better than analysts had expected given its top dollar price point – many games that only charge a dollar or two for in-game items convert less than 5 percent of their users.

But Nintendo had hoped for conversions in the double digits, Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima had said.

With the Android model, Nintendo is staying true to their formula of making the game free but with an option for an in-app purchase of $10 to unlock the levels beyond worlds 1 through 4.


Super Mario run has done really well on the Android platform so far raking in a whopping 5 million downloads on its first day live. That demand in the market has been at least partially satiated now, and many regular gamers found they completed Mario in a matter of days.

To get the game on your Android phone, just head over to the Google Play Store and download and you're good to go.





After months of waiting the Amazon Alexa is finally available on Android phones and the Huawei Mate 9 users will be the lucky devils to first get it.

Users of the Huawei phone will get it first in an over-the-air update (and later through the Google Play store).

While that is all very exciting it should be noted that while Alexa has thousands of skills and uses, there are some limitations right now as to what Amazon on this phone -- or any phone -- can do. 

For instance, it isn't always-listening. In fact, you'll have to download not one app, but two -- the Amazon Alexa app and Huawei Alexa. And if you want to shop Amazon through Huawei Alexa, you'll need that app as well.

Also Alexa doesn't come on automatically meaning you'll have to open Huawei Alexa everytime to use the voice command function.
Alexa faces intense pressure from smart assistants like Google Assistant, Apple's Siri and Samsung's upcoming Bixby to take top spot in the voice assistant game.

So what can Alexa actually do? Here are a fe things;

  • Home automation (especially useful if you don't have an Amazon Echo device at home)
  • Order from Amazon Prime (account required)
  • Sync with Google Calendar to hear about your next meeting
  • Access skills like news brief readouts and workouts
  • Games, trivia and jokes (think road trips), like this gem: "Why do teenagers use odd numbers? Because they can't even"


So while Alexa can do all that cool stuff, it's also limited in that the Huawei Alexa app doesn't hook into your phone's particulars like GPS, contacts, or even Amazon Prime Music. So what this translates to is that you can't call a cab to your exact location, tell it to text your contacts or play everything that Prime has to offer. This is because Amazon hasn't made it possible, but it's coming.





Well thanks to social media (here's looking at you Twitter and YouTube) we usually have some good information on gadgets and devices before they even come out and the leaks coming out on the Samsung Galaxy S8 are more torrential than trickly.

With the phone set to launch in just over a week, we've learned a few more things thanks to twitter. 





From the above image, there are three options for screen resolution: HD+ (1480 x 720), FHD+ (2220 x 1080), and QHD+ (2960 x 1440). The default resolution is QHD+. 

Now even though there's a picture and all, the news should still be taken with a pinch of salt as we can't say for sure that this is the final product.


There was another leak which shows off the phone’s retail packaging. From the box, we can see that the S8+, a larger model of the phone, includes an option for 64GB of storage.




So...just a little longer and we'll be able to verify or debunk all the stuff we've had so far.






Google finally ended our suffering (or at least a part of it) and launched a developers-only preview version of Android O, version 8.0 of its mobile operating system, yesterday.





So with that being said lets see what was added to the new update.


To get Android O all you need to do is download it. Note that the version available for download requires you to flash your device, deleting all of the content on it currently. 

Also to be noted is that this is an early version that's far from final, so according to Google, "there are more features coming, and there's plenty of stabilization and performance work ahead of us."

New Features

Better battery life 


Giving devices longer battery life is the goal of Background Limits, the top-billed feature in the release notes for the developer preview of Android O. To accomplish that, Google is "adding automatic limits on what apps can do in the background," which it started work on in Android N, version 7.

Among other things, the new background limits will put caps on the amount of background services and location updates that can be performed in a specific amount of time. By organizing and limiting these actions, Google's hoping your apps won't be able to do too much damage to your battery when you're not using them.

Improved notifications


Android O will also introduce Notification Channels, which will categorize notifications into channels. This way, users can block or change kinds of notifications in group, rather than muting all the things an individual app is trying to communicate.
Android's new copy feature


Android O's plans to allow you to let Android take the wheel when it comes to typing and stuff. Google's already revealed that this new version will include Autofill APIs, which allow users to select autofill apps, "similar to the way they select a keyboard app." Autofill apps can store and secure user data including addresses, usernames and passwords.



Gesture-based actions

Also rumoured is that Google's developed a feature that lets gestures trigger actions in Android. According to a report featured on Venture Beat, a user could draw the letter C onscreen could bring up a list of your recent contacts.


As for when the Android O will be available to everyone, we can expect May's Google I/O developer conference to feature a deeper dive into the update. Google I/O kicks off on May 17.







When the last Whatsapp update came around intorducingtheWhatsapp stories feature, many people were mad because while the Whatsapp stories wasn't a bad addition, it was brought in to replace the old favorite Text status.

Users immediately showed their displeasure, rating Whatsapp low on the playstore mostly because of the loss of the text status feature. The feedback has been so overwhelming that Whatsapp have been forced to bring the text feature back with the new update.

To get it all you have to do is 
download the update on your phone, open WhatsApp and tap on the Settings option, head to the “About and phone number” section and set a text status—just as you used to before. You can set a text-based status, or choose from default status options such as Available, Busy and Urgently call only.



With the new update both the Whatsapp stories and the old text based status can be used in tandem or a user can choose the one they prefer.





The re-addition of the basic status feature is now rolling out for the Android devices, and the app update can be downloaded from the Play Store. The same update will be available for Apple’s iPhones soon, though no specific date is available as yet.






There have been reports that the new Android update-- Oreo-- could be coming to users at this year's Google's annual I/O conference which just two months away.

With that being said, there's a lot of anticipation surrounding what the Android Oreo could bring to the table in terms of new features and the like.

According to 9to5Google some rumored features have been leaked and some of those have been detailed below.

Picture in picture mode: As is already seen on the iPad and some bespoke third-party launchers, as well as Google's own Android TV platform, this would let you have one app (or app function, such as a video player) remain open and on top of another separate app plane.

App icon badges: On oldie that's been knocking around for years on iOS and some third-party launchers, this would bring at-a-glance waiting notification number bubbles to app icons on the homescreen, as a native Android feature.

Restricted background activities: A power saving feature, this would de-prioritise app functions running in the background, going easier on your battery at the possible expense of having to reload some app functionality that would otherwise have been ticking over in the background.

Notifications: A vague suggestion that new notification types could be brought to Android, or that their current way of being displayed would change.

Smart selection: Perhaps the most interesting and potentially useful teased feature, this would integrate with Google Assistant to scan app text, pre-emptively highlighting important information (like phone numbers and addresses) for more easy copy-and-pasting between apps and text entry fields.

Adaptive app icons: As the name suggests, this would let app icons change dynamically on homescreens. As a crude example, think of a calendar app icon that changed to show the appropriate date on a daily basis.

All this comes in addition to new, undisclosed features that will make Android more relevant and attractive to enterprise users. 

Google is yet to confirm any of this, so it's safe to say this should be taken with some Skepticism, but it'll be interesting to see what Google eventually go with.

Till then.







With iPhone 8 already set to reportedly cost around $1000, it seems the new Samsung Galaxy S8 will follow suit with something similar.

According to the rumours online, it seems the S8 might cost Samsung lovers and potential buyers a pretty penny.

READ: NEW LEAK SHOWS GALAXY S8 IN ALL ITS GLOSSY BLACK GLORY

Prolific leaker Evan Blass says the 5.8-inch S8 will cost 799€, which comes out to about $859 in U.S. dollars. This would be about a $100 premium over the S7 Edge from last year.

Meanwhile, the larger Galaxy S8 Plus is said to start at a pretty steep 899€, which works out to $966. This would easily be one of the most expensive phones yet.


With the Galaxy S8 set to launch in only a couple of weeks it looks like we'll know more about this soon. Blass also leaked the supposed pricing for multiple Galaxy S8 accessories. This includes a new 360 camera ($246), a new version of the Gear VR headset we previewed ($138) and an innovative desktop dock called DeX ($161) that will let you transform the S8 into a mini PC, complete with external monitor, mouse and keyboard support.






Seems everyone is excited for the new Google update as they have teased about the Android 8.0 which is sure to pack a punch.


When is it coming though? According to rumours, it could be pretty soon. The news making the rounds is that the Android 8.0 OS is expected to be revealed on Google's I/O 2017 developer festival on May 17 to 19.




According to Pocket Lint, the Android 8.0 operating system (OS) is generally rumored to be named as "Android Oreo," which is based on Google's traditional naming system after desserts. 

In case you don't know (or have forgotten *wink*) Google have generally named their operating systems under the desserts such as; Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat.

READ: HANDY HACK TO GET GOOGLE ASSISTANT ON YOUR ANDROID PHONE

So what does the new update feature? Well, according to reports, the Google Android 8.0 OS might feature the "Copy Less" feature. This option improves the process of copying details. Instead of copy and pasting information, users will get the text as a suggestion.


"[If] you and a friend are having a conversation in a chat about where to eat dinner and you find a good restaurant in the Yelp app, when you go back to your conversation and type "it's at," one automatically generated suggestion in Gboard would be the restaurant's address," NDTV said in an article.




The other feature which has gotten people excited is an option that first appeared on Apple's iOS. This is the responsive text option which give users the ability to tap on an address, phone number, or date in a message and open the respective apps automatically. Now on the Android Oreo OS, the feature could be released as an updated mode on Google's standard-issue Gboard virtual keyboard app or on the Android software.


Gesture recognition might also make it on the Android O software. Reports suggest that Google might add finger gestures to trigger actions in Android. For instance, users could open a short list of contact just by drawing the letter "C" on the phone's screen.


To be fair, Google hasn't officially announced any of this, so we still have to wait for a bit, but it is hoped that these new features can indeed be implemented.

We'll have more information on the going ons of the new Android update soon enough.






In this day and age when memory is king and unfortunately lots of phones that are budget ones don't come with a lot of internal memory which makes storing stuff annoying.

To augument this there are SD cards and most phones support as high as 64gb which is pretty handy. This also means that you can store your apps here and you don't have to worry about updates taking up more space and so on.

So here's how to move apps to the microSD card using Android's built-in application management features.

Moving Apps to SD Card Using Application Manager


1. Navigate to Settings on your phone. You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.

2. Tap Apps.

3. Select an app you want to move to the microSD card.

4. Tap Storage.

5. Tap Change if it’s there. If you don’t see the Change option, the app cannot be moved. If you are unable to find any apps with this option, it is likely that your device does not support the feature.

6. Tap Move.

If you wish to move an app back to the internal memory, hit the Change button again and select Internal Storage.

Use SD Card as Internal Storage

Unfortunately not all devices let you move apps to a microSD card but never fear, there's another way to go. This is called the Adoptable or Flex Storage. What it does is allow you to format a microSD card to act like added internal storage. Not all devices support this so make sure your device supports the feature before trying it out.

Consider before you start that you need the fastest microSD card that you can find to ensure smooth performance, at least Class 10 or UHS-I and preferably UHS-3. Also keep in mind that any data present on the microSD card will be erased when you format it as internal storage, and from that point, it will be unusable in other devices.

1. Navigate to settings on your phone. You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.

2. Tap Storage.

3. Select your SD card.

4. Tap the overflow menu button in the upper-right corner.

5. Select Storage Settings.

6. Tap Format as Internal.

7. Tap Erase & Format. If the system determines that your microSD card is too slow it will prompt you with a warning here that it will degrade performance.

8. Tap Move now. After making the selection you will tap next and initiate the transfer to your microSD card. The system will indicate roughly how long the transfer will take and how much data will be moved to your SD card.

9. Tap Done.

Your SD card will now be listed immediately below the internal shared storage and the system will use it as additional internal storage in the future.

So there you have it, easy steps that you can use to use your Micro SD card as a storage device for your apps.







If the latest rumours are to be believed then the much vaunted Samsung Galaxy S8 may be coming with a camera that can shoot clips at mind-boggling 1000 fps.


Now for some context: that’s almost 5 times better than the 240 fps slo-mo on the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7, and even edges out the 960 fps Sony demoed on the Xperia XZ premium it recently unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017.


What this would mean if you haven't let that sink in yet is that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 camera will be able to capture one frame every millisecond.

Every Millisecond.


That means that you'll be able to use the S8 to record all sorts of interesting scenes, stuff you probably won't have been able to get before like a photo finish for a race or you know, whether a footballer cheekily stamped on a colleague while going down and clutching his ankle.

The only issue this brings up is space. If you're a heavy user, you'll be worried because there's just so much content.

Samsung have made no official announcement about this so it's best to take it with a pinch of salt. But with the Galaxy S8’s launch scheduled for March 29, we'll know soon enough.





A new leak has surfaced online showing the Samsung Galaxy S8 looking uber cool in its glossy black covering.

Many didn't see it coming and after reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities tipped that the Galaxy S8 may come in no less than seven colors for the glass chassis - gold, silver, bright black, matte black, blue, orchid, and pink - people still wondered about the "bright" black and what it meant.

Was it to be something glossy and akin to the Jet Black piano lacquer finish of the iPhone 7 or...you know, something else. 

The leaked pictures give us insight into this and while we can only see a black slab with curved display sides and corners cos it's not powered, it still looks pretty awesome.

There's also the Samsung logo on the back, a camera lens with adjacent flash and heart rate sensor, as well as the finger scanner on the other side of the camera. That coincides with most of the credible pics or renders we've seen so far of the Galaxy S8, so there is every chance that glossy black chassis lovers will have their wish fulfilled with the S8.


You can check out the photo below










There was a huge backlash when the new Whatsapp update came on people's phone, not like they didn't like the addition of a 'Whatsapp stories' feature, they just hated that text-based status updates were removed. 

So with this in mind, Whatsapp have decided to bring back the old feature




According to TechCrunch, the old feature will be back on Android phones as early as next week while iPhone users will get it soon as well.


READ:WHATSAPP BACKDOOR SHOWS WHY YOUR MESSAGES MAY NOT BE SAFE

"We heard from our users that people missed the ability to set a persistent text-only update in their profile, so we've integrated this feature into the 'About' section in profile settings. Now, the update will appear next to profile names anytime you view contacts, such as when creating a new chat or looking at Group info. At the same time, we're continuing to build on the new Status feature that gives people fun and engaging ways to share photos, videos and GIFs with their friends and family throughout their day," said Whatsapp




So what will happen is that the WhatsApp Text Status feature will work just in the same way as it was seen on Android beta version 2.17.95. with users able to set a text WhatsApp Status in the 'About' section which will change only when you want it to. Your contact list will be able to see the Status message by opening your contact, when starting a new chat thread, or viewing group info.




This is not to say the 'Whatsapp stories' feature is going anywhere but will only be housed in another tab. You can add photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours.







Many reports have stated that in terms of best-selling phones, Google's Pixel and Pixel XL are right up there, they were even crowned the best phones of the second half of 2016 (online of course).

You'd think this will mean that they will be everywhere since everyone wants to buy it, but no, they're actually pretty rare. After nearly five months on sale, the Pixel just went out of stock on the Google Store yet again.



Go on, try it, Head to the Google Store, click on the Pixel, and see. All you get is a waitlist. There's not a single version of either size in stock. So, you can't even buy a Pixel with a multi-week shipping timeline right now. 


READ: PIXEL 2 MIGHT BE GOING THE SAME ROUTE AS APPLE


Now it's not uncommon for a popular phone to be scarce when first launched as demand usually outweighs supply. What makes the case of Google so perplexing is that it's a continuous situation that has yet to let up. There always some versions out of stock.


It might be a weird marketing strategy to get people to keep buying and make it kind of like a 'cool' phone that not just anyone can have. Whether that's a good business practise, i don't know especially when you consider that the Google Pixel is not a luxury phone, high end, yes, but certainly not luxury. 

Or maybe Google is frustrated because HTC doesn't have the necessary capacity. Who knows?

But it's certainly something we'll like to see fixed.







I know, I didn't believe it either, but it's totally a thing. There is an iPhone accessory that's practically an Android device.

It's called the Esti Eye and it's on Kickstarter. It's practically an Android phone of its own. It just happens to snap onto the back of an iPhone. (6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus), you know, like a weird chameleon villain.


So details yeah? Well the Esti Eye has a second screen, which you look at when you're not looking at your iPhone screen. It can take selfies with your rear camera lens, it's...it's...well, weird.








It features, A 2,800mAh battery, Two extra SIM slots, An always-on 5-inch AMOLED screen, Wireless charging, A car-mount metal tag, Up to 256GB of extra storage, Infrared, A 3.5mm headphone jack, "Pure Android" (no version mentioned), with a promised two years of update support.


It's available on Kickstarter and it's expected to retail for $189 or $229 for the 4G LTE version, both shipping in August.

How well will it work...err, we'll have to wait and see i guess.

An Android iPhone case though...dear me.







With the coming of the Galaxy S8 in just about two weeks the anticipation is high, but Android fanboys might have to temper their claims of a Samsung phone that will rival iPhone as a new report says iPhone 8 might have something that'll blow Samsung out of the water.




The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a large display that would occupy almost the entire available space on the front side of the handset. Apple would kill the home button, without killing any of its features, reports said, including the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that would be embedded in the display.



The Galaxy S8 rumors that followed indicated that Samsung would take a similar approach, and actually beat Apple to market with an all-screen phone design that whose screen would also incorporate a fingerprint sensor.

However, the closer we got to MWC, it became clear that the Galaxy S8’s screen would not have fingerprint-reading powers. Instead, Samsung chose to place the sensor on the back side, next to the camera.

According to a new report, Samsung was really going for that feature, but had to ditch it as it ran out of time.

Apparently, Samsung partnered with Synaptics, but the latter was not able to complete the technology in time.

“Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ fledgling technology last year, but the results were frustrating,” a source familiar with the matter revealed.

“With the production imminent, the company had to decide to relocate the fingerprint scanning home button to the back of the device at the last minute.”

Apple, on the other hand seemed to through patents show that it had been discovering different solutions that could add fingerprint-sensing features to any screen, without affecting the screen’s main purpose, which is to display various UI elements while the phone is in operation. Reports also claimed that Apple is developing its own touchscreen-based fingerprint sensor, without outside help.


The Galaxy S8 is expected to come with an iris sensor thought which will advance facial recognition and let users unlock the device in less than a tenth of a second.







Apple’s iPhone 8 has been teasing Apple fans for the last couple of months with the various rumours, leaks and the like. What probably excited people the most was the OLED display.

Earlier reports had claimed that the iPhone 8 was going to come with a curved OLED display, but some fresh remarks from IHS Markit analyst Wayne Lam (via MacRumors) hint that the iPhone 8’s display will essentially sport the same flat design as the iPhone 7.



“We anticipate Apple will adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model,” Lam said, “which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design.”

Lam’s remarks can't be dismissed out of hand especially when you consider the recent Macotakra report claiming that Apple still hasn’t selected a final design and feature-set from a selection of iPhone 8 prototypes.

So with that in mind, it might not be the best option to assume that the iPhone 8 is coming with curved display.


While that's a bummer, it doesn't mean the iPhone 8 won't be insane. It is widely believed that the iPhone 8 will feature improved battery life, wireless charging capabilities, an improved IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, enhanced Siri features, facial recognition, and much more (all for $1000 or more).

There are also rumblings that the iPhone 8 will introduce some new and intriguing augmented reality features. Tim Cook has been uncharacteristically effusive when discussing the technology, even going so far as to compare its potential impact to that of the smartphone itself.

So all in all it's not all bad, a little heartbreaking, but not all bad.







Last week it was reported that the Samsung Galaxy S8 was going to feature facial recognition and the idea with that was that Facial recognition takes less time than fingerprint scanning which it seems Samsung want to do away with.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is still said to feature fingerprint scanning but it seems that might not be around for too long.

READ: SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 TO ADD FACIAL RECOGNITION TO REPERTOIRE

A tweet from @mmddj_china (via PhoneArena) claiming to be from a staff member at Samsung says that the company plans to kill off the fingerprint scanner as it is “obsolete”. 




Now bear in mind that with the fingerprint scanner still on the S8, this might very well mean for future phones.

It has been rumoured that Apple also want to tow the facial recognition route so it makes sense that Samsung would want to do this so as to keep in pace with Apple.

Of course it's not certain that Samsung will do anything, so it will remain to be seen if there's anything to this.

Samsung are set to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 next month.






The Vault 7 leaks must have really scared a bunch of people as reports indicate that Samsung is stepping up its security game for the Galaxy S8.

Reports from South Korea state that Samsung will include facial recognition technology in the Galaxy S8 and its larger brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus. This would be in addition to fingerprint and iris scanners we’ve already seen in previous Samsung devices.



This is according to Korea Economic Daily.

The Iris scanner initially came with the ill-fated Note 7 and while the phone went up in flames, the idea apparently did not. This is not to say it isn't without its problems with some reviewers saying it takes too long to open their phones.

With the facial recognition, things could be faster. According to an unnamed source for the Korea Economic Daily, “Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8,
“With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone.”

Now as always it should be noted that this is unconfirmed by Samsung and things could change really quickly but if true then it is certainly a good addition to Samsung.

We shouldn't have to wait too long as Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus at an event in New York later this month, and then launch the devices sometime in April. 

And so, we wait.
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