Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to Add a GIF to the Galaxy S8 Always On Display

In this guide we’ll show you how to customize the Galaxy S8 always-on display. In fact, you can add a GIF right to your screen and see it even when you turn the screen off. Samsung’s always-on display is a popular feature people love, and with the Oreo update, they made it even more customizable.


The always on display gives you small bits of information at a glance even when the screen is “off”. Information like the time, date, battery level, and incoming notifications. However, along with dozens of clocks and hundreds of customization combinations, now you can add a GIF to it.


Read: How to Turn Off the Galaxy S8 Always On Display


To get started, go to Settings > Lock screen & security > and scroll down to Lock screen & Always On Display. Then, check out our quick video for more details on customizing the Galaxy S8 AOD.



Samsung recently changed how and where you go to change and customize the Galaxy S8 always on display. As you can see in our video above, it’s no longer in the “display” section of settings. And, customization is somewhat hard to find. If you can’t watch our video, here are the step-by-step instructions.


How to Customize the Galaxy S8 Always On Display (Add a GIF)


You can select from over a dozen different clock styles for the Galaxy S8. Then, each style has different options, fonts, colors and more. In the end, there are hundreds of possible combinations when it comes to customizing your screen. And with the introduction of GIF support, you can add even more. That includes downloading a GIF from the internet and using it on your always on display. Here’s how.


  • Open Settings in the app tray or hit by hitting the gear-shaped settings button in the pulldown bar

  • Find and select Lock screen & security

  • Scroll down to the Always On section and tap Clock and FaceWidgets

  • Choose Clock Style

  • Now choose from the many options


From here you can scroll through a wide selection of customization options on your Galaxy smartphone. Samsung has clocks, calendars, background images, moving wallpapers, and yes, GIF support. Click the 11th square at the bottom, then select add GIF from the middle, and you’re all set.



As you can see, we added a GIF to the always on display on the Galaxy S8. Now, every time you turn off your screen a small area will turn back on, and you’ll see that GIF.


Other Details


When you tap on “add GIF” you can select the red minus sign in the middle of the screen, then tap the big PLUS sign. This lets you add a GIF right from your phone. This way you can use a clip from the internet, or from a video you took with the Galaxy S8 camera. The choice is yours.


Keep in mind that this is on the lock screen, so the GIF can’t be too long. Otherwise, you’d get significant battery drain. It also only loops the GIF once, likely to reduce battery usage. Still, it’s one more neat thing you can do on the Galaxy S8. Before you go, take a peek at these 10 other cool things your phone can do. Or, get a new case from our roundup of the 25 best Galaxy S8 cases.

The best earbuds under $100 are actually under $40

BE2 Earbuds


The Optoma NuForce BE2 Earbuds offer everything you could want from a wireless in-ear headphone experience.


We’re all looking for a pair of high-quality earbuds that aren’t going to break the bank. Right now on Amazon you can grab a pair of the new BE2 buds for only $39. It’s rare you’ll find earbuds of this caliber at such great value. 


What’s so special about them?


When it comes to selecting wireless earbuds, your first question is likely to be about battery life. This is an area in which the BE2 model really comes into its own. These buds can be used continuously for up to 10 hours without charging. Even if you’re heading out for the whole day, there’s little chance of them letting you down.


The NuForce BE2 delivers an unprecedented audio experience at an affordable price



Looking for sports use? The NuForce BE2 Earbuds have an IPX5 water-resistance rating. That means they’re proven to withstand actual jets of water. Unless the sport you have in mind is the backstroke, they’re the ideal gym buddy. Working up a sweat or getting caught in the rain won’t trouble your listening experience at all.


Headphones are lightweight tech so there’s always a risk that they could be delicate and fiddly. Optoma has thought this through, and they’ve given the BE2 a uniquely durable and functional design.


A polycarbonate craft means that the BE2 Earbuds are extremely lightweight. But if you are the type of person who’s prone to fraying headphones, you can rest easy. The cables on these buds are reinforced with Kevlar. That’s a material five times stronger than steel and used to make bulletproof vests. It would be tough to snap them if you tried.


BE2 earbuds


Another nice little design touch is the magnets in the buds themselves. When they’re not pumping high-quality sound into your ears they’ll naturally stick together, avoiding a fight to untangle them before each use.


How do they feel?


Given how many hours you can use them in the day, you’re going to want buds which are a great fit. With the BE2 buds you won’t be disappointed. Optoma have patented their Spin Fit Twin Blade ear tips which are designed for optimal comfort, providing superior stability and improved noise isolation. Before long you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.


“Optoma makes it easy to go wireless on any budget with the impressive NuForce BE2.” -Digital Trends


“Throughout our testing, we never once felt that the NuForce BE2 was offering a sub-par experience compared to its more expensive siblings.” -TechRadar


Of course, there would be little use in the BE2 buds having such a wealth of top features if they didn’t have the sound quality to match. Fortunately, Optoma is writing checks that it can cash. The BE2 is the only model in its price range which supports AAC, ensuring maximum Audio quality and connectivity with Apple products such as your iPhone or iPad.


You can pick up a pair of BE2 Earbuds in either White or Black, and they also have a built in microphone for fielding calls on the go. Nothing has been overlooked in this stylish piece of tech.


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4 Reasons to Buy Battlefield 1 & 3 Reasons to Wait for Battlefield 2018

EA’s Battlefield 2018 announcements are getting closer, but the release date is still months away. That makes buying Battlefield 1 a very tempting proposition. In this guide we’ll take you through some reasons to buy Battlefield 1 in 2018 and some reasons why you might want to save your money and wait for the new game.


Battlefield 1’s been out for a little more than a year now and in that time DICE’s released some huge updates and four DLC expansion packs. The fourth and final DLC, Apocalypse, takes Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC gamers to some of World War I’s most iconic battlefields.


The developer continues to release new patches and with the Battlefield 1 CTE still active, we could see new Battlefield 1 features emerge throughout 2018.


After skipping 2017, EA’s confirmed a new Battlefield game for 2018. The Battlefield 2018 release date is confirmed for October and EA will showcase the game in June at its EA Play 2018 event in Los Angeles.


The company hasn’t confirmed the setting of the game, but rumors have hinted at a return to the battlefields of World War 2. Battlefield 2018 rumors have also outlined potential features including game modes, maps, vehicles, gun attachments, and other gameplay elements.


As the year goes on you might find yourself wondering if you should buy Battlefield 1 or save your money for Battlefield 2018. Here are some reasons you might want to pickup a copy of Battlefield 1 and some reasons why you might want to hold out.







Buy Battlefield 1 Because It’s Still Really Good


Buy Battlefield 1 Because It's Still Really Good

Battlefield 1’s been out since October, 2016. It’s pushing the two year mark, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy. 


The Battlefield 1 that launched in 2016 is much different than Battlefield 1 in 2018. The game is far more polished thanks to a steady flow of bug fix updates and DICE’s released a ton of free and paid content for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. 


While games like Fortnite and PUBG have likely taken away some of Battlefield 1’s player base, it’s still quite easy to hop on and find a fully populated game of Operations, Conquest, Frontlines, and other popular game modes. 


We recently needed a break from PUBG and had a blast playing a mix of old maps and new maps across Battlefield 1’s various game modes. 


We expect DICE to continue supporting the game throughout 2018 with new challenges, new bug fixes and enhancements, and, if we’re lucky, new content.


Battlefield 1 is getting older, but it’s still a blast to play, particularly if you can group up with a full squad of friends. 


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Bluetooth Speakers


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The two can be paired for the full surround sound effect, but they’re also independent so you can split the cost with a friend and start a party each.


Bluetooth Speakers


This small-yet-powerful speaker is perfect for the bathroom, the beach, or the pool. Pretty much anywhere you want clear, crisp, dynamic sound.


It’s waterproof to 3 feet, which is more than ample since it floats. It’s also drop-proof. We haven’t looked up what that means, but we assume it’s hard to break. It sounds like the ideal speaker for any outdoor adventure, and the critics love it.


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  • Rechargeable 10-hour battery.

  • 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range.

  • Tap to play, pause or skip songs.

  • Connect two speakers for even bigger sound.

  • Works with Bluetooth wireless smartphones, tablets and other devices.



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How to Fix Galaxy S8 Airplane Mode Battery Drain

Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo users are complaining about severe battery drain while using the device’s Airplane Mode setting. While we wait for a permanent fix, we want to guide you through some fixes to try if the problem surfaces on your device.


As the Samsung Galaxy S8 Oreo roll out makes progress we’re starting to hear about the problems plaguing those that’ve upgraded from Nougat to Oreo.


Galaxy S8 users are reporting a variety of bugs including abnormal battery drain. Abnormal battery drain is a common problems, particularly after moving a device from one operating system to another.


In particular, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users are complaining about bad battery life when flipping the phone to Airplane Mode. Airplane Mode kills connections like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and it’s designed to help conserve battery life, not hurt it.


The problem looks like it’s (mostly) impacting Galaxy S8 users in Europe and users are seeing abnormal battery drain, sometimes up to 20%, when the phone is idling.


Samsung is apparently aware of the issue, reports indicate that it could be a coding problem, but it’s unclear when or even if the company will issue a permanent fix.


Fortunately, it looks like there’s a way to temporarily fix the issue should you encounter it on your Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Active.


How to Fix Galaxy S8 Oreo Battery Drain


While some users have apparently tried factory resetting the device and clearing the cache, those don’t appear to have an effect on the Airplane Mode battery draining issue.


However, it appears some Galaxy S8 users experiencing the problem have temporarily fixed the issue by switching the phone into 3G/2G network mode before turning on Airplane Mode. This option is located in the Galaxy S8’s settings in Settings > Connections > Mobile networks.


The other option at the moment is to completely avoid using Airplane Mode until Samsung is able to work out a fix for the problems.


There’s a chance the company will issue a remedy inside the next security update for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but there’s no guarantee.



Other Galaxy S8 users have been complaining about more general battery life problems where the phone’s battery appears to drain faster than normal.


If you don’t think your battery life issues have anything to do with using Airplane Mode, please take a look at our list of fixes for bad Galaxy S8 battery life.


There’s a very good chance it’s one of your apps causing the issue, but there are also some settings tweaks you should try in order to get a handle on the issue.


4 Reasons Not to Install Galaxy S8 Oreo & 11 Reasons You Should







Install Oreo If You Want to Improve Your Security


Install Oreo If You Want to Improve Your Security

If you value your security, and we assume all of you do, you should think about installing the Galaxy S8 Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone. 


Samsung continues to release important security patches for Galaxy-branded devices and your Galaxy S8’s Android 8.0 Oreo update should bring the latest patches from Samsung, and Google, to your phone. 


The Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update delivers the company’s latest security update, but we expect upcoming releases to come with newer security patches.


If you’re curious about Samsung’s security updates, you can read more about the changes on Samsung’s website


If you failed to download an older security update from another month, you’ll get those patches when you go to install Android Oreo on your Galaxy S8 for the first time. 


The Galaxy S8 Oreo update also comes with security improvements to Samsung Pay, Samsung’s popular mobile payment solution. If you use Samsung Pay, you should probably download the Android Oreo update soon after it arrives for your phone. 


It also comes with some enhancements to Find My Mobile including the ability to remotely back up Secure Folder to Samsung Cloud when you lose your phone and a way to lock up Samsung Pass using Find My Mobile.


On top of those features, Oreo comes with enhancements to the device’s Biometrics. Features that use biometrics like your face, fingerprints, and irises are only available when you use a secure screen lock type (pattern, PIN, or password).


If you decide to switch to a non-secure screen lock type (Swipe or None), the device will automatically suspend biometric authentication for unlocking and for verification in apps like Samsung Pay and Samsung Pass. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PUBG Mobile gets less-intense Arcade Mode in latest update



  • Version 0.4.0 of PUBG Mobile includes two new modes, a new setting, and optimizations.

  • Arcade Mode lowers the number of players from 100 to 24, while Training Grounds lets you try out weapons and vehicles.

  • The update is rolling out now.



Tencent Games pushed out version 0.4.0 of PUBG Mobile, with the update containing new modes, a new setting, and some optimizations for the popular battle royale game.


First up is Arcade Mode, which lowers the number of players on the map from 100 to 28. Unlike regular PUBG Mobile matches, which include a variety of weapons, Arcade Mode picks one of six variations for players to use for the entire match: shotguns, sniper rifles, all weapons, melee, pistols, and item heaven.


The only concern we have is the nature of Arcade Mode. PUBG Mobile is already less intense than its PC counterpart, and a mode that further removes that intensity might make the game more hollow than before.


The mode is meant to attract new players and ease them into PUBG Mobile, however, so we will see if it lives up to that billing.


The update also introduces Training Grounds, another new mode that lets you try out all of the game’s weapons and vehicles. Unless you leave early, you get 30 minutes in Training Grounds and are joined by several other players.




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Keep in mind that you cannot die or receive damage in Training Grounds. Also, the mode does not support the game’s new dusk setting, which should make things a bit tougher for players.


Finally, the update includes over 20 optimizations, which should help the game run better.


Version 0.4.0 of PUBG Mobile is rolling out now through the Play Store and weighs around 242MB. Make sure to check out our PUBG Mobile tips and tricks feature, as well as our guide on how to change your name and appearance in PUBG Mobile.

iPhone SE 2 Release Date Tips

If you’re interested in the rumored iPhone SE 2 there are some things you should take care of before the device arrives.


The iPhone SE 2 is a rumored successor for the popular 4-inch iPhone SE Apple launched in March of 2016. iPhone SE 2 rumors have picked up steam in 2018, but it’s still unclear if Apple will release a new iPhone SE to go along with its rumored iPhone X successors.


iPhone SE 2 rumors have outlined potential features including a design that’s based on the iPhone X and iPhone 8, a new processor which would mean improved battery life and speeds, and a cheap price point. It’s music to the ears of those who’ve been hoping for a new iPhone SE, but these rumors are far from confirmed.


Multiple sources claim Apple’s working on an iPhone SE 2 for 2018, but they don’t agree on when the launch will take place. Some claim it’ll happen this summer at WWDC 2018 while other, more credible sources, claim the iPhone SE 2 release date will land much later in the year, if it lands at all.


There’s no guarantee Apple launches a brand new iPhone SE 2 in 2018. Ming-Chi Kuo, a respected analyst that’s accurately predicted Apple products in the past, says “Apple is unlikely to have enough spare resources to develop a new iPhone model for launch in 2Q18.”


That said, French website Consomac has unearthed new Apple iPhone filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database.


The database includes several unknown iPhone models running iOS 11. They are listed with model numbers A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105 and A2106.


The same site discovered similar filings for an unannounced iPad shortly before the company revealed a revamped 9.7-inch iPad at its spring event in Chicago.


While many of you are better off buying or waiting for another device, some of you might want to wait for the iPhone SE 2. If you’re thinking about waiting, you’ll want to use the time between now and rumored release date to prepare.


Preparing for a phone’s release date can be difficult, particularly if said release date is unconfirmed. That said, there are some things you should think about as we approach Apple’s second hardware release window this summer.


This guide will take you through some steps we think prospective iPhone SE 2 buyers should take right now and in the weeks ahead.







Take a Long Look at the iPhone SE


Take a Long Look at the iPhone SE

Before you commit to waiting for a phone that might not exist, make sure you research the iPhone SE model that does.


Apple’s iPhone SE is getting older, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting worse. In fact, we’d argue that it’s getting better.


Not only is the iPhone SE much cheaper than it once was, it’s still running Apple’s iOS software with ease. We’ve had an excellent experience on the latest version of iOS 11 and the device should only improve once Apple rolls out its iOS 11.4 update.


While Apple is expected to phase some small-screen iPhones (iPhone 5s) out this year, the iPhone SE will almost certainly get upgraded to iOS 12.


There’s also a very good chance it’ll get a major iOS release in 2019 as well. Apple typically delivers four major software updates before pulling the plug. 


The iPhone SE is setup well for the future and it’s a solid choice in 2018. Make sure you go hands-on with it. 


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