Samsung’s next fitness device, Gear Sport, pops up in FCC filing

I’m not 100 percent sold on Gear devices of any kind. I had a short stint with the Gear S2 which resulted in my giving the watch to my friend. Text messages are cool to read on your watch but that could have been the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

So it’s natural for me to be a little skeptical about an upcoming Samsung Gear wearable. It’s even more natural for me to be skeptical about a sport centric Gear wearable. But needless to say, another Gear device is not exciting to me as I would like it to be.
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Moto X4 Smartphone info Revealed

Article from Digital Trends (Click this link)
I have some questions about this.

1.  The phone looks like a flat hotdog bun. I miss the days of the Moto X 2014 where that bad boy was looking like it was ready to work the boardroom with some mobile class.

2.  I’m sad that the Moto Z is the flagship side of the line.  The Moto X did really well as the flagship. Modular is nice and all, this is a ploy to take hard earned money on some real expensive extras.

3.  Below is a leak from Android Authority showing the look of the device.  I wonder when we will see a Bezel-less Moto phone?  People haven’t barked about the bezels on this, so maybe we won’t see it for a while.

4. It’s always good to see a phone like the Moto X return. However I don’t know if this is the return that I want to see.   This is a mid-range phone that could have just been the G5 and call it a day.  Or the G5S. Now my head hurts. 

5.  There’s a Moto C too?  So now we have the Z2, X4, G5, G5S, some E ones, and a C?  Too many things.

The Moto X4 interesting to you?  Tell me why in the comments.

The iPhone 8 might not come in Rose Gold…

In news that may made me sad for the few seconds that I read this source; the iPhone 8 may let go of the Rose Gold iPhone option. The same Rose Gold option that’s become a staple for hardware since the iPhone 6s days. Since the unveiling of the iPhone 6s rose gold option, multiple devices across multiple manufacturers have made Rose Gold-esque options with phones, tablets, smartwatches, and even Laptops. It’s safe to say that the Rose Gold option became extremely popular as the years have gone by.

If rumors from securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are true, it looks like Apple will be pronouncing the Rose Gold color option dead. According to Kuo, the company will only launch the iPhone 8 in Black, Silver, and Gold.

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It does seem to fall in line with other leaks that came up recently with only 3 iPhone 8 color options being shown in the photo below. The Photo below only shows a gold, silver, and black option.

According to MacRumors, all 2017 versions of the iPhone will launch in only 3 colors. The Rose Gold option wasn’t necessarily a bad option, but there may be a solid explanation for getting rid of the Rose Gold option.

The iPhone 8 is also reported to support fast charging capability. Customers may need to purchase an adapter to utilize the fast charging capability. Kuo also predicts that all 2017 iPhone models will be announced next month. Availability, however, may be constrained until 1Q 2018 due to manufacturing delays.

The Rose Gold option could possibly launch at a later date in 2018. Apple did the same thing with the Project(RED) model of the iPhone 7/7plus. However, it may not be a huge deal that the Rose Gold option is gone. Only time will tell.

Hopefully all will go well with the upcoming iPhone 2017 updates!

Photo Cred: Macrumors



Google Stamp revealed as an AMP-based competitor to Snapchat Stories

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Did you know that Google was interested in buying Snap last year? Snap is the parent company of popular Social Media Platform Snapchat, in which users utilize pictures to tell stories to each other and present content to be discovered by those who watch the stories.

Many other platforms including Facebook, and Facebook owned Instagram, have their on Snapchat inspired stories. Based on a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google will soon have a competitor in the game with Stamp, a Snapchat Stories like application where articles can be presented in a slideshow like format. The report states that the search giant has been developing the feature to compete with Snapchat Stories. The feature, titled Stamp, will be AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) based, and visible in Google Searches.

The name Stamp itself is based from the style of the application, with ‘St’ standing for stories, and ‘AMP’ standing for Accelerated Mobile Pages. With Stamp, publications who opt into the program will be able to create stories in visually different and creative ways. As stated by sources familiar to the matter;

Participating publishers would run stories that could be several swipeable slides encompassing text, photos and video, just as on Snapchat, the people familiar with the situation say.

In the world of content media being thrown at us at break neck speeds, creative ways to produce content will always be welcomed in the world, Google would indeed be playing it very smart by developing a new way for the world to consume content.

Google is currently working with major media outlets including Vox Media, CNN, and Time. Stamp may be announced as early as next week.

Check out more information on the matter here at 9to5Google

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active officially unveiled!

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To the surprise of exactly no one, the Galaxy S8 Active has been officially unveiled for the public. The Active is now available for pre-order from AT&T. It is listed as an AT&T exclusive for now, however the device tends to only be available for AT&T normally. This is the 4th rendition of the ruggedized device meant for those who may need a little bit of extra protection to go along with flagship specs. The S8 Active, as usual, will come with pretty similar specs to the regular Galaxy S8, with the addition of MIL-SPEC rating to protect it from water, shatter, shocks, and dust.

The S8 Active comes in two color options, Meteor Gray, and Titanium Gold. The device is surrounded by a metal frame with bumpers, and a rugged, textured back to give the phone a solid grip. The S8 Active will also have a shatterproof display, which will handle drops from up to 5 feet.

The S8 Active also has bixby capability, along with a compass, stopwatch, barometer, and flashlight to help you navigate the outdoor lives of those who will likely use the device. The S8 Active will also have a 4000 mAh battery. The S8 Active will also have a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front facing camera. The screen size is comparable to the S8, with a 5.8″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio, however the infinity edge will not come along for the S8 Active ride. Considering how the device is meant for active lives, its not all that surprising.

The S8 Active will be on sale through AT&T Next at $28.34 for 30 months, which adds up to roughly $850 dollars.

Its always nice to see Samsung continue the trend for the Active lifestyle folks with their Active series devices. Check out more information about the S8 Active at Gadgets 360

Looking to purchase the Galaxy S8 Active?  Head over to ATT to pre-order the device.



Facebook Groups App ending Sept 1st

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In an effort to focus attention to the main Facebook application. Facebook has decided to sunset the Facebook Groups App September 1st. I don’t think I have ever used the Groups App once in my life, especially when I have just recently become active with Facebook Groups again.

Facebook is using this as a way to improve its Groups functionality in the main application. I decided to look up the Groups app on my devices to see if I could check out the Groups App, and its not available in any app market at the moment.I can only assume that all of the side features of Facebook (mentions, messenger, pages, etc) will all be centralized in the main app soon.

Have you ever used the Facebook Groups App before? Have you ever used any Facebook apps besides Facebook, and Facebook Messenger? Is this all Greek to you? If so, don’t be surprised, the Groups App has all but slipped under the radar until the notification that the app will be no more.

Let me know what you guys think about this? Feel free to chat with me in the comments!

Using your iOS keyboard as a mouse!

Here is an extremely quick tip for iPhone users to up the productivity of their iOS keyboard usage. It’s a neat little trick that may help some folks hang out their long emails or text messages a little faster than they did before.

Did you know that you can use your 3D Touch enabled iPhone keyboard as a mouse? Say if you need to move your cursor back up to the top of a text that you might be typing. It’s simple. If you have your keyboard up, press down hard on the keyboard, and it will switch over to the mouse. Kind of helpful when you need to fix something in the middle of typing out that long message to the homies, I think.

Ive provided a screen capture of what happens when you press down on a 3D Touch enabled device below.

What do you guys think? Will this little tip help you get a little faster at typing? Or will this be forgettable tip? Feel free to let me know!

Foldable Lenovo Tablet footage -innovation is still alive.

Lenovo has toyed with the idea of bendable displays, and other innovative devices for the average consumer.  The Lenovo Folio is the latest entry into the world of innovative design.  The Folio starts as a 7.8″ Tablet with a hinge in the middle that enables the device to fold into a 5.5″ phone with an edge display.

The Folio was announced at Lenovo Tech World last week, where the Chinese Giant showcased their latest efforts in mobile technology, and AI, with quite a few focus points that help us see the future through Lenovo’s eyes.

As far as the Folio is concerned, Lenovo showed off the capablities of the device. Mostly how the Folio works as a fully functional tablet as well as a phone with an edge display. Bendable displays are not new, but seeing functional displays that can bend certainly is.

Good start, but from the video it looks like when the tablet folds into a phone only the one screen becomes available.  I do recall there are phones that are available with a dual screen front and back format like the Yotaphone, however that phone had an E-ink display on the back.  So perhaps the device is more functional with the phone not being dual screened.

Looking the video above, it seems like there is a possibility that the tablet can have a powered dual screen concept once the Folio folds into a phone.

The current Folio runs on Snapdragon 800, with Android Nougat 7.0 on deck.  Considering this is a prototype, its fair to say that the specifications wouldn’t be completely different if this thing comes to light in the future. The specifications are not up to par with 2017 standards, but a bendable phone would definitely be enticing for consumers desperately looking for a phone that works, and a innovative phone for 2017.

Samsung had been rumored to be working on a foldable tablet concept called the Galaxy X.  Safe to say that foldable tablets will come to market soon.  Its possible that this could be the next wave of innovation.  Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, did you check out the crazy bendable laptop concept on Mashable?

Innovation may not be dead after all. Check out more info from Mashable

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TH Apps – The Last Day on Earth; Survival

Happy Sunday Folks, lets review a game to end the weekend;  The Last Day on Earth; Survival

 

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What is it?

The Last Day on Earth is a mobile game developed by Andrey Pryakhn for iOS and Android devices (Kefir! looks like the developer for the Android version). It’s a free to play game that pits you, a survivor trying to build shelter and survive in a zombie apocalypse against zombies, mutations, ‘The Big One’, and other survivors in post apocalyptic world.

How much?

I know right?  Last Day on Earth is free to play, however to get some extras to get you a little farther in the game you of course have to spend a couple dollars here and there.  The developers periodically give you deals for various things such as full body S.W.A.T armor,  weapons that you cant build until you’ve leveled up to at least 60, and (why wouldnt they?) extra coins.  Depending on how you feel about freemium models, you can play this game without spending any money,  although it may be a little harder for you to make it through the game.

How does it play?

The game is not completely intuitive, however the game is still in beta therefore the final version of the game could have a completely different move system.  You control your character by the joystick button at the bottom right of the screen.

When you go out to the world map you can go to different areas, including bunkers, forests, limestone ridges, and other survivor camps.  You have to watch your energy level of course and you cant always move as fast as you want to from place to place.

From time to time I tried pinching in and out on the screen to try and zoom out and zoom in on the map, to no avail.  Hopefully the developer brings in a pinch-to-zoom function to get a better view of the screen.  The map on the upper right side of the screen is quite helpful when trying to dodge zombie attacks, kill deer, and find the crates needed to pick up items to build with.

Aside from the not very intuitive controls and the sometimes buggy gameplay (the sound does not cute up with attacks, and I tend to fly from time to time).  The game actually plays pretty well overall.  Getting past the learning curve isn’t terribly difficult, and once you get past you can find yourself playing the game for hours.

Zombies?!

You can only imagine there are multiple types of zombies in this game.  From the easiest zombie, the ‘Roaming Zombie’ to ‘The Big One’ (I saw this and didn’t even attempt to fight this one I just ran away)  the Zombie art is definitely detailed, and pretty intense.  I would say realistic except we are talking about Zombies here so intense works just fine.  There are probably more Zombies in the game, but I only managed to check out the Roaming Zombie, the Fast Biter, the Floater Bloater (sounds like a last of us reference), the Toxic Abomination, and the Big One (I just ran, I wasn’t going to attempt that failure).

So, should I download?

Last Day on Earth; Survival is a zombie survival MMO where you can join friends in conquering zombies and other survivors,  creating army level gear to take control of the post apocalypse world.  You can build ATV’s, choppers, AK-47s, and gun turrets to protect your base, and you can go to enemy survivor bases to steal their gear and weapons.  If this type of game play seems fun to you, go for the download.

If you are interested in the zombie takeover that kicked off with the Walking Dead, why not give it a shot?  If you are bored with the typical Candy Crush/Bejeweled type game play and are looking for something different to pass the time by,  play this.  If neither of these options fall in your wheelhouse, maybe you can skip this one.  Play Geometry Dash, maybe?

Download the game for iOS here,

Download the game for Android devices here,

Check out video on the game here,