Category Archives for Phones

Now Snapchat has “Filter Games”

December 22, 2016
snapchat-games Snapchat wants you to play with your face, not just take pictures of it. New Selfie Lens filter games are starting to appear to users, creating an addicting new Snapchat feature that also inspires competition between friends and could become a powerful ad revenue driver. Snapchat confirms this is the launch of a new, native games feature. Back in March, Snapchat tested a limited run of a… Read More

Latest MacBook Pro is the first Apple laptop without Consumer Reports recommendation

December 22, 2016

Apple’s latest batch of MacBooks took yet another hit. Reactions and opinions varied from “touch screen for emojis” regarding the Touch Bar to being called “not good enough” by Forbes.

Now some more criticism comes from Consumer Reports who opted not to recommend the flagship devices. In its report it praises performance and display quality but also finds massive issue with battery life. This comes as a big surprise considering that Apple tends to underpromise the battery life of their devices.

Consumer Reports tested all three devices. The 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar ran for 16…

Huawei Mate 9 image quality scores 85 in DxOMark test report

December 22, 2016

Image quality engineers from DxOMark put the Leica-powered dual-camera of Huawei Mate 9 to the test. The smartphone scored 85 which placed it on par with LG V20’s imaging abilities.

Last month we put the device to our tests and we examined the dual camera in detail. It consists 20 MP monochrome sensor and a 12MP RGB one and produces some pretty remarkable results.

DxO’s report notes the impressive job the Mate 9 does at capturing outdoor scenes. The level of detail is fascinating for such small sensor and the exposure is quite accurate. In poor daylight though loss of detail is…

HTC X10 now leaks in images

December 22, 2016

Update: It turns out the device pictured is actually the HTC X9. So we’ll have to wait at least a while longer to see what the device actually looks like.

The HTC X10, which was spotted last month in a filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission, has now leaked in images. The leak majorly focuses on the front of the device, although there’s also an image showing its upper back.

Apparently, the phone doesn’t feature a fingerprint sensor. The leak also reveals some of the handset’s key specs, including Helio P10 SoC, 5.5-inch full HD display, 13MP rear camera, and 3GB RAM. Most…

Vodafone reveals January security update roll-out plan for Nexus 6P

December 22, 2016

The Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P will start getting the January security update in a couple of weeks from now, or at least in Australia. The update will start hitting units on Vodafone Australia January 4 onwards.

The carrier revealed that the update – which weighs in at around 39MB – will carry the build number of N4F26I, and will bump the Android security patch level to January 5.

As for the roll out, it will be a 15 day process, where days 1-3 will see around 10,000 units getting the update, followed by 10% of the remaining pool each day for the next 10 days. Finally, all the…

Huawei Mate 9 update brings December security patch, 10x digital zoom

December 22, 2016

Huawei has started rolling out a new update to its Mate 9 smartphone. Arriving as build version MHA-AL00C00B153 and weighing in at 278MB, the update brings along the Android security fixes for December.

Aside from the latest security patch, the update also includes several other changes, including 10x digital zoom option in the camera as well as some performance related improvements.

As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take some time for the update to hit your device.If you feel impatient, you can manually check by heading to your handset’s Settings menu.


Opera Max celebrates 50 million Android users with VIP mode

December 22, 2016

Opera announced that their data-saving app Opera Max reached 50 million active users. Along with that it updated the app which now has VIP mode for unlimited data savings and privacy.

Opera was always aiming to compress the web. With their Opera Max free VPN application you are able to lower your data usage when browsing and streaming audio and video. The only requirement is to tap a button every 12 hours to lengthen you data-saving experience. When tapped, the app shows various ads which are the main income for the data-compressing servers of the Norwegian software company.


ASUS launches ZenWatch 3 in India

December 22, 2016

ASUS has launched its latest smartwatch, the ZenWatch 3, in India. It will be available in three variants, Gunmetal with leather strap, Gunmetal with rubber strap, and Silver with rubber strap. The first one is priced at INR 18,999 ($280) while the remaining two are priced at INR 17,599 ($259). Preorders for the first two begin on December 23 and the third variant will be available in January 2017.

Some notable features of the ZenWatch 3 include a 1.39-inch circular AMOLED display, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, 6-axis…

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