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.



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!

A little bit of retro for your weekend. . .

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The Azio Vintage Keyboard. Retro chic, modern technology. The keyboard is currently in an Indiegogo campaign, and has gone over its goal be 70,000 dollars.  The vintage keyboard comes in three different colors.  Retro Classic Artisan, Retro Classic Onyx, and Retro Classic Posh.  The picture above is the Retro Classic Artisan model.

The model is a typewriter inspired mechanical keyboard with backlit keycaps.  The styling of the keycaps reminds me of playing with an old typewriter in my basement. I remember the feel and the sound of the keys of that typewriter to this day.

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The top plate is made from genuine leather, and framed with a zinc aluminum alloy that will allow the keyboard to weather over time.   This allows for the vintage look that the keyboard will gain over time.  The keyboard will be available in traditional Windows format, styled to your country (US, UK, Nordic, German, Portugese), or the Windows Bluetooth format, with switchable Mac/Windows layout.

Have a room where you want to retro the layout?  A library, an office, or a reading room, with a computer set up?  This keyboard would be perfect for your room.  Along with some jazz music, of course.   Perhaps a turntable, or a Phonograph?

 

The keyboard is currently priced at $95 for the regular USB version, but of course higher donations give you a few more perks as far as the keyboard is concerned.  As I’ve said before, Azio has blown their indiegogo goal of 10,000 dollars out of the water, currently sitting around 83,000 dollars as we speak.

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Clearly, the keyboard is a functional piece that accentuates the style-minded enthusiast at heart.  Sometimes having a little class to add to your set up can give you a step up in your productivity, and your aesthetic game as well.

Interested?  Ready to donate and reserve your model?  Check out the Indiegogo campaign here.  Learn more about Azio over here.  The keyboards that are already available for purchase look pretty interesting.

Ironic that Azio is headquartered in the City of Industry, CA isn’t it?  AZIO stands for A to Z, Input to Output.  From the looks of the website, the company prides itself on functionality and style with the products that they offer.

Looking for more items that may interest you?  Stay tuned to thetechhomie.com for more information and products that we will feature in the future.