Friday, March 30, 2018

5 Things to Know About the iOS 11.4 Update

Apple’s iOS 11.3 update will soon be joined by a new iOS 11.4 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


The iOS 11.3 update is just a few days old, but Apple’s already prepping yet another major upgrade for iOS 11 users in the form of iOS 11.4.


The iOS 11.4 update is confirmed though without a beta, we don’t know much about fourth major iOS 11 update and the upgrade that will likely serve as the bridge between iOS 11 and iOS 12.


In this guide to iOS 11.4 we’ll take you through the most important things to know. It includes a quick look at iOS 11.4’s known changes, the iOS 11.4 release date, the iOS 11.4 beta, and the iOS 11.4 release time for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.


iOS 11.4 Beta


Apple’s confirmed an iOS 11.4 beta, but it’s not out yet for developers and those who are part of Apple’s free and public Beta Software Program.


According to Apple, the iOS 11.4 beta is “Coming Soon” though it’s unclear how soon we might see it show up for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Once the iOS 11.4 beta is released it’ll be available to paid developers and those in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program simply requires a working Apple ID.


If you’re interested in trying the iOS 11.4 update ahead of its official release date, check out our pre-installation guide. It’ll help you prepare.


iOS 11.4 Release Date


With the iOS 11.3 update still fresh and the iOS 11.4 beta in the shadows, it’ll probably be a few weeks before the official version of iOS 11.4 is released to the public.



Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 11.4 release date or release window so there’s no telling how long the update will stay in beta testing. Milestone upgrades like iOS 11.4 often stay in beta for six weeks or more before they roll out worldwide.


It’s also unclear if we’ll get a release date ahead of time. Apple typically reserves iOS release date announcements for media events.


The next known media event is WWDC 2018 in early June where the company will likely focus on iOS 12. That said, insiders are already predicting an iOS 11.4 release in and around the event.


iOS 11.4 Release Time


We don’t have a precise iOS 11.4 release date to share, but we do know exactly what to expect from the iOS 11.4 release time.


The iOS 11.3 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific. Apple will also release iOS 11.4 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific.


The company usually releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks though releases typically come quicker once the update’s release date gets close.


Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 11.4 release time in the United States and countries around the world:


  • Eastern – 1 PM

  • Central – 12 PM

  • Mountain – 11AM

  • London – 6 PM

  • Moscow – 9 PM

  • New Delhi – 10:30 PM

  • Shanghai – 1 AM

  • Tokyo – 2 AM

  • Melbourne – 3 AM

  • Auckland – 5 AM

iOS 11.4 Update: What’s New


Without the beta, we don’t know too much about the iOS 11.4 update’s contents. That said, we do know the update is connected to ClassKit development framework Apple confirmed in late March.


ClassKit works with the company’s brand new Schoolwork app for iPad that helps teachers and students keep track of their assignments and progress.



We expect the iOS 11.4 update to include more than just ClassKit. Milestone upgrades typically come with a collection of new features, enhancements, bug fixes, and security patches.


iOS 11.4 Jailbreak


Jailbreak developers haven’t released anything for iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.6, or iOS 11.3. The only way you can jailbreak a device running iOS 11 is if it’s running iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.2. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to any of those updates.


Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn exploits on early pre-release software so current and prospective jailbreak users should avoid the iOS 11.4 beta when it arrives.


For more about the iOS 11 jailbreak, take a look at our roundup.


What’s Next


iOS 11.4 will likely be the last major iOS 11 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


Apple’s reportedly working on iOS 12 and the update is expected to debut in early June at WWDC 2018.


The iOS 12 update is expected to come with new features (including new emoji characters) though some features have reportedly been pushed into 2019 so the company can address performance and quality issues.


The first iOS 12 beta should emerge shortly after Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4th.


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Install iOS 11.3 for Better Security


Install iOS 11.3 for Better Security

The iOS 11.3 update comes with enhanced security that will help protect you and your device(s) from harm. The update includes 27 known patches for potential exploits. 


iOS 11.3 also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.


If you’re running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you’re exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.


The iOS 11.2.6 update’s main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you’ll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.


If you skipped iOS 11.2.5, you’ll get 10 additional security patches including one for the malicious chaiOS link exploit with iOS 11.3.


If you’re running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.


If you’re on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you’re running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3 update will come with a lot more.


Apple’s iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.


The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.


Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.


If you skipped iOS 11.2, you’ll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3 update. Apple’s iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.


The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called “Meltdown.” Apple says its analysis suggests it “has the most potential to be exploited.”


Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3 if you skipped iOS 11.2. 


If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you’ll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3 update. 


The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.


If you’re just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you’re on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3 update will come with additional security features.


Apple’s first iOS 11 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe


In iOS 11 you can’t establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You’ll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.


If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.


Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called “Broadpwn.”


If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you’ll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you’ll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3 update.


If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3 soon.


This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Android 8.1 Oreo landing on Indian Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 handsets


It was only the end of January when we reported that HMD Global was pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to the Nokia 6 (2017 version) and the Nokia 5. Now, here we are, at the end of March, and both phones are now being upgraded to Android 8.1 Oreo.


Unfortunately, for now anyway, those updates are only going out to Indian versions of the Nokia 6 and Indian, Tunisian, and Indonesian versions of the Nokia 5. Other markets can probably expect to see updates in the next few days, but we don’t have any confirmation on that.




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Both updates come in at under 1GB each, and for some reason must be downloaded while the phone is connected to active Wi-Fi. To update your Nokia 5 or Nokia 6, simply head to Settings > System updates and check for a new update while connected to Wi-Fi.


Nokia has been setting the bar pretty high when it comes to delivering timely updates to all of its devices. The company’s de facto flagship, the Nokia 8 (2017), got Android 8.1 Oreo in February, roughly two months after Google released the first official build.


2018 looks to be a great year for Nokia phones, coming in on the back of a stellar year for the brand in general. We got some hands-on time with the Nokia 8 Sirocco at Mobile World Congress 2018, and left thoroughly impressed with the upcoming flagship. There’s also a mid-range Nokia 7 Plus that is due for a global release soon after dropping in China and selling out quickly, as well as an update to the Nokia 6.

Where to buy phones in India

Buying a new smartphone can be a difficult decision, as there are seemingly being endless options that cover the specifications, features, and price spectrums.


The good news is that in India you don’t have to worry about network carrier contracts and locked devices like in the US. This makes it much easier to choose where to buy a phone. On the flip side, since you have to pay the full price for a neere w device, whyou buy it from could be the difference between paying the MRP (maximum retail price) or enjoying a nice discount.


What are the best places to buy phones from in India? Let’s take a look!


E-commerce stores


Flipkart


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Flipkart was the OG e-commerce website in India, starting back in 2007 as an online bookstore. Various acquisitions and continuous expansion since its humble beginnings have made Flipkart one of the go-to online stores in India for everything like clothes, shoes, books, furniture, electronics, and a whole lot more.


Flipkart also remains one of the leading options if you’re looking to buy a new smartphone online. A lot of the best budget-friendly to flagship devices are available, with a slew of phones that are available online only on Flipkart, like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and most Xiaomi smartphones.


There are also a lot of great deals to be found, like no-cost EMI offers, flat discounts, exchange offers, cashback offers, buyback deals, and more. Flipkart also hosts their Big Billion Day sale multiple times a year, along with other festival period sales where massive discounts are available.


Amazon India



Flipkart’s most formidable competition in the e-commerce space comes from none other than Amazon.


Amazon entered the Indian market a few years ago and took a while to find its footing. However, the company is now incredibly popular and covers almost all your delivery needs. Amazon India is the other best option when it comes to buying a smartphone online.


There are a lot of excellent Amazon-exclusive devices available, like the OnePlus 5T, Honor View 10, Nokia 8 and more. Amazon also has numerous sales throughout the year where you can take advantage of a lot of hefty discounts, EMI offers, exchange deals, and more. As is the case with the Flipkart, it is better for one of these sales to roll around before buying a new phone.


Flipkart vs Amazon India


Choosing between the Amazon and Flipkart is very easy if you know what device you are looking for since quite a few of handsets are exclusive to one platform or the other. For example, the Pixel 2 phones and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 are only on Flipkart, while devices like the LG V30+, Nokia 8, and OnePlus 5T are exclusively on Amazon.


If a phone is available on both e-commerce platforms, then you can make your choice based on the price or delivery times. I’ve personally had a better time with Amazon’s delivery services which seem to be faster, but that may just be in my area. You also have an advantage if you are an Amazon Prime member or Flipkart First subscriber, with free delivery and early access to deals available.



OEM stores



While most OEMs have their devices for sale on e-commerce sites like Flipkart and Amazon, some also have their own websites and physical stores where you can buy these phones.


If you’re looking to get some hands-on experience with a particular smartphone, a Store Locator search on their websites will show you either their physical stores or authorized retailers in your area that have the device available.


Keep in mind the price point when ordering a phone online or buying a device directly from the OEM. More often than not, these stores will have the MRP listed, and you can usually get a discount and a host of special offers when buying the same device from Flipkart or Amazon. Of course, that experience definitely varies from company to company. For example, a lot of consumers in India prefer to order Xiaomi’s devices directly from mi.com.



If you aren’t sure of what device you want and want to take a look at different options, a great place to do so is at a physical mobile store. Most of these stores will have smartphones from every company so that you can take a look at the various choices first. A lot of budget-friendly smartphones are also “offline exclusives,” which means that your only option to get them will be at one of these stores.


There aren’t any national mobile stores as such, except for maybe Croma Electronics and Reliance Digital. However, every city will have some well-known mobile store chains. For instance, apart from Croma and Reliance Digital, Sangeetha Mobiles and Poorvika Mobiles are popular stores in Bangalore. A lot of these companies also have e-stores that let you pay online. You can then either pick up the device in-store or have it shipped to you.


To better compete with Flipkart and Amazon, most offline stores also have special deals and offers that run throughout the year. As an example, Google had an excellent Rs 10,000 discount on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL back in January that could be availed only at offline stores like Croma, while the same devices were listed at their full price on Flipkart.



Network carriers


As mentioned, we don’t have network-locked devices and carrier exclusives in India. Buying a smartphone directly from your network carrier is a relatively new idea, and only a couple have devices on offer.


Reliance Jio


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Reliance Jio has a decent portfolio of smartphones on offer, ranging from the budget-friendly to the latest and greatest flagships, including the likes of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Unfortunately, there are no installment plans or the like, and you will still be paying the full price for these devices.


However, one reason to buy a device from Jio is to take advantage of the great offers they have on voice and data plans when you do buy a phone from them. For example, if you buy the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, you can subscribe to a special one-time Rs 5,000 plan that will give 1 TB of data and unlimited calls and texts for a year.


Airtel


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Airtel doesn’t have nearly as many devices on offer as Reliance Jio does, with the list basically limited to the different variants of the iPhone 8 and the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. However, you do get to take advantage of a 24-month installment plan, making it much easier to get a new flagship in your hand.


As an example, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus can be yours with a down payment of Rs 9,900, followed by a monthly payment of Rs 2,499 and Rs 2,799 respectively for 24 months. The monthly plan isn’t just the device EMI cost either. It also includes unlimited calls and text, 80 GB of data per month, handset damage protection, and a year-long Amazon Prime subscription.



Final thoughts


There you have it for this roundup of where you can buy phones in India! While that isn’t very complicated, what can be complicated is when to buy one. There are lots of deals and offers, especially around festival periods, and they can be difficult to keep a track off. You will definitely have to do your research first to see which store, whether online or offline, has the best deal on offer and can lead to significant savings. And of course, we here at Android Authority will do our best to let you know when such great deals are available.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5 Reasons to Wait for the Apple Watch 4 Release Date & 3 Reasons Not To

We’ll help you decide if you should wait for the Apple Watch 4 release date we expect later this year, or if you should buy an Apple Watch now. We’ll walk you through what you need to know to decide if it’s worth waiting months for the Apple Watch Series 4, and reasons not to wait for the new Apple Watch.


The Apple Watch 3 is a nice upgrade with new connectivity options, better performance, a host of watchOS software features and it still has the GPS and water resistance from the Apple Watch Series 2. There are a lot of smart watches, fitness trackers and wearables, but the Apple Watch is the most popular model.


Here are the reasons to wait for the Apple Watch 4;


  1. Wait if You Want Better Battery Life

  2. Wait if You Want Better Performance

  3. Wait for a New Apple Watch Design

  4. Wait if You Have an Apple Watch 2

  5. Wait for More Sensors and Smart Bands

Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t wait for the Apple Watch 4.


  1. Don’t Wait if You Want an Apple Watch Now

  2. Don’t Wait for a Cheaper Apple Watch

  3. Don’t Wait for Apple Watch Android Support

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Apple is not talking about the Apple Watch 4, or Apple Watch Series 4, and probably won’t even mention it until late 2018, but we can help you decide if it is worth waiting. For some users this might mean waiting to buy your first Apple Watch, but for others it’s about whether or not it makes sense to buy the Apple Watch 3 with an Apple Watch 2 on your wrist.


Expect an Apple Watch 4 release date in September. Apple released the last two models in September and it makes sense for them to stick with this tradition. It’s too early to expect an announcement this Spring.


The latest reports indicate the Apple Watch 4 will feature a larger display and potentially a new design with thinner bezels. This report on 9to5Mac comes from Ming Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in predicting Apple announcements.


After three models it feels like Apple could opt for a new design without significantly disrupting the accessory market by changing the Apple Watch band style or size. While Kuo’s report doesn’t specifically mention specific design changes, it outlines a “more trendy form factor design.” Expect to learn more about this in the summer as a new version of watchOS could include some inadvertent information. That said, there are some Apple patents for new display types and new band designs so there is a chance.


Apple is committed to the health accessories for the Apple Watch, but there are still no official sensor watch bands and limited internal sensors. Adding more would require FDA approval, but that could come after a new watch is on the market. The AlivCor KardiaBand is an FDA approved EKG band for the current Apple Watch models. We could see Apple add in a different type of connection or communication method to open this marketplace up more. Apple is working to add new sensors according to Bloomberg. Kuo’s latest report indicates Apple will add new health sensors, but it is not clear what those will do.


We do expect even better Apple Watch 4 battery life and we expect that there will be a faster processor. The Apple Watch 3 is much faster and the battery life is much better than the Series 2, and if Apple can keep that upgrade pace users will be in for a treat.


It’s still very early, with the Apple Watch 3 release date just a few months past, but there are still some reasons to wait for the the new Apple Watch 4 especially as 2018 starts. Even with rumors of a Spring Apple event we don’t expect to see one that fast. We’ll help you walk through why you should wait and why you should buy an Apple Watch 3.







Wait if You Want Better Battery Life


Wait if You Want Better Battery Life

The Apple Watch 3 is rated for “all day use” with 18 hours of battery life on one charge. If you want an Apple Watch that lasts multiple days, you may want to wait to see what the new Apple Watch can deliver. Kuo’s report indicates longer battery life is coming, but it isn’t clear if it will come from a bigger battery or enhancements. 


Apple upped the ante with the Apple Watch 3, upgrading the battery life while listening to music from 6.5 hours to 10 hours. We didn’t see any major changes to the Apple Watch 3 battery life when working out or with GPS, which is an area we would love to see expanded in the new Apple Watch. 


While we don’t quite expect to see an Apple Watch battery that lasts multiple days, especially with GPS and LTE options, but it would be great to see the battery life grow and be able to track hear rates more often. 


We now have fast charging in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, but there is no fast charging in the Apple Watch yet. That’s another area where we could see Apple upgrade the iPhone. 


Monday, March 26, 2018

You can now catch Mew in Pokémon Go, hints Niantic

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  • Mew, the most elusive Pokémon of all, is now apparently available to catch in Pokémon Go.

  • Niantic hints that completing a new series of quests could net you a Mew, although the wording is kept deliberately vague.

  • This is one of the few times Mew has been made available to catch in a Pokémon video game.



While the popularity of Pokémon Go has certainly dropped since it became a sensation in 2016, die-hard Pokémon fans are as obsessive as ever about the augmented reality smartphone game. Today, Niantic — the company behind Pokémon Go — released a semi-vague statement that seems to dish the news all Pokémon fans have been waiting for: Mew is out there in the world of Pokémon Go, and you can now find it.


Mew is one of the most elusive Pokémon creatures in the franchise. For a long time, the only way to legitimately catch a Mew in the video game series was to have the character specially downloaded into your game by Nintendo at Pokémon events. Up until now, Mew hasn’t been available at all in Pokémon Go, but Niantic is introducing a new quest system that supposedly could net you a Mew.




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While the press release doesn’t outright say, “Follow these steps to catch a Mew,” Niantic describes two new quests that will get you a “Legendary Pokémon”: Field Research and Special Research. Achieving objectives laid out in each of the research fields nets you Stamps, and earning seven Stamps achieves a “research breakthrough” which may result in an encounter with a Mew.


Research tasks involve spinning nearby PokéStops, discovering and catching certain Pokémon, or engaging in battles. Some of these objectives are dished out by Professor Willow himself, the in-game character who gives you your first Poké Ball and gives you advice in the game.


Click the button below to download Pokémon Go, if for some reason you haven’t yet. And get out there and find a Mew!

4 Reasons to Buy Xbox Live Gold & 3 Reasons Not To


Buying Xbox Live Gold or not is the first decision you must make as a new Xbox One owner. Don’t buy even a month of Microsoft’s gaming subscription service until you understand how it makes gaming on your new console more fun and how it doesn’t. Use these reasons to guide your decision.


Deciding whether to buy Xbox Live Gold is important because Xbox gaming comes in two parts. It’s Xbox Live that allows you to download new games and connect with other people through the console that sits underneath your TV.


Xbox Live is free, but Xbox Live Gold is not. Think of this add-on as an upgrade to your smartphone plan. If you want to play games with other people, you need Live Gold. It’s Live Gold that unlocks Party Chats with other people. Without Xbox Live Gold, the headsets in Gotta Be Mobile’s Best Xbox One Headsets guide are useless. So is the multiplayer mode in all your Xbox games.


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These are the reasons you should and shouldn’t subscribe to Xbox Live Gold.

Sure, those are all great things to have, but Xbox Live Gold is yet another thing you must pay for. Subscriptions cost $9.99 a month, $24.99 for 3 months and $59.99 for an entire year on Amazon. You’ve already spent at least $249.99 on your Xbox One or Xbox One S. An Xbox One X costs $499.99. Do you really want to spend more money on gaming?


Use these reasons to decide whether you should buy Xbox Live Gold.


Reasons to Buy Xbox Live Gold & Reasons Not To


  • Buy Live Gold to Play Multiplayer

  • Buy Live Gold for Free Games

  • Buy Live Gold for Xbox Live Gold Discounts

  • Buy Live Gold for the Best Community Experience

  • Don’t Buy If You Don’t Play Multiplayer Games

  • Don’t Buy Xbox Live Gold If You Trade Your Games

  • Don’t Buy Xbox Live Gold for the Best Deal in Gaming

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Buy Xbox Live Gold to Play Multiplayer

If you want to play Xbox One games with friends or family, you need Xbox Live Gold.


Microsoft doesn’t give you a choice in the matter. All multiplayer games rely on Xbox Live Gold to connect you with other players. So, if you want to play against other people in The Division, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, NBA 2K19, Madden 17, Destiny 2 or any other game that allows you to compete with other players, buy your subscription now.



Sunday, March 25, 2018

2018 Chevy Bolt Review

Is the 2018 Chevy Bolt a good car? Can you drive the 2018 Bolt EV outside the city and not worry about range and charging? That’s what I wanted to find out as I tested the 2018 Chevy Bolt for a week in Northwest Ohio, where public chargers are available, but not as plentiful as in the bigger city. Whether you plan to drive the Bolt EV in a big city, the suburbs or a more rural setting, this is what you need to know.


While the Tesla Model 3 may get a lot of the attention for electric cars under $40,000, the 2018 Chevy Bolt offers more range than the base Model 3, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it’s readily available to buy without waiting until 2019.


The 238 mile 2018 Bolt EV range proved plentiful for my needs during this test, but I definitely felt the pain of not having a Level 2 charger at home. You definitely need access to a level 2 charger at home or at work to make the Bolt EV fit into your life seamlessly. The only real issue with charging the Bolt in this setting is that you will need to plan trips better and be flexible if a charger is in use or broken.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

How to Use the Galaxy S9 Night Mode Filter

In this guide we’ll show you how to use the Galaxy S9 night mode filter and explain why you should. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 has lots of exciting features but the blue light filter, or Night Shift for recent iPhone converts, is one of our favorite. Use night mode to put less strain on your eyes and sleep better at night.


Studies suggest that the blue light from smartphone screens causes eye strain. Not to mention keeps us awake at night due to brain stimulation and reduced melatonin. As a result, Samsung and other manufacturers have added blue light filters to their phones.


Read: How to Turn Off the Galaxy S9 Always On Display


In less than a minute you can easily turn on the Galaxy S9 night mode filter, and give your eyes a break. We’ll also show you how to schedule it to automatically turn on, add customization, or adjust the filter strength to fit your personal needs.



How to Turn on the Galaxy S9 Blue Light Filter (Night Mode)


There are a few different ways to enable the Galaxy S9 night mode filter. For one, pull down the notification bar, then pull it down a second time to the expanded view. You’ll see a bunch of settings like WiFi or Bluetooth, these are your quick settings. Find the icon labeled “blue light filter” and tap it once. This quickly turns the filter on and off, without fumbling through settings.


However, we recommend going to your settings menu and customizing night mode first. This way you can choose how much light gets filtered out, or have it instantly turn on/off at sunrise or sunset.


Instructions


  • Pull down the notification bar and tap the gear-shaped settings button

  • Select Display from the list

  • Tap the 2nd option labeled Blue light filter

  • Click Turn On Now then adjust the filter levels to your preference


As soon as you turn this on you’ll notice a crazy change to the Galaxy S9 display. Instantly, you’ll see a yellow-orange tint to the screen and all the white or blue light is gone. It might take a few minutes or night to get used to, but we highly recommend doing so.


Adjusting the Opacity slider will add more or less of the filter, in case the change is too drastic for you. Find a good middle ground and what works best for your eyes. Keep in mind that Samsung’s AMOLED screens run on the cool side already, so it might look overly blue when you turn the filter back off.


Set a Galaxy S9 Blue Light Filter Schedule


If you want the night mode to turn on automatically, simply set a schedule. You can choose for this to happen at sunrise or sunset, or choose a specific time yourself. At night it will turn on and reduce eye strain, helping you get sleepy and sleep better. Then in the morning revert back to normal.



  • Go back to Settings > Display

  • Select Blue light filter

  • Choose Turn on as scheduled

  • Select Sunset to sunrise or Custom to set time intervals 

  • Choose your Start and End time

In the end, it’s all up to your own personal preference. Choose how strong the filter actually is, when it comes on or turns off, and you’re all set. From here, everything happens automatically and you can simply use and enjoy your phone.


When the sun sets or your scheduled time arrives, the phone will instantly change. That way you’ll start to have less eye strain, not as much stimulation, and you’ll have an easier time falling asleep at night. And not just fall asleep, but stay asleep.


In the morning hours when the coffee is brewing and your alarm goes off, the phone will already be back to its normal self. The filter turns off before you wake up. Well, if you set a schedule, of course. While you’re here, take a peek at these 10 more settings we recommend everyone change. Or, keep your Galaxy S9+ safe with these best screen protectors.


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Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)


Caseology Tempered Glass (Easy Install Tray)

First off, we’re recommending the Caseology Tempered Glass Screen protector kit for the Galaxy S9+. While they make great cases, the reason this made our list is because of the easy installation tray.


No one likes putting on screen protectors, and half the time we mess up anyways. With Caseology, you’ll get a super simple easy installation tray that perfectly aligns the glass protector for you. Pull off the protective film, line it up, and drop it in place. Then use the included squeegee to get rid of any bubbles.


Each Caseology glass works great with cases, which means the edges are just a tiny bit short so your case doesn’t pull it up and ruin your screen protector. They’re using 9H reinforced glass with anti-fingerprint coatings, rounded edges to prevent chipping, and it’s pretty affordable too. Don’t forget Samsung sells official accessories as well. 


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Friday, March 23, 2018

Who knew: Reviving Nokia costs a fortune


Nokia‘s glorious and full-blooded revival has been well received, delighting some markets, winning awards, and dragging many people’s favorite brand into in 2018 while earning respect – and sales.


The only problem is that Nokia smartphones and feature phones are costing the new owners of the Nokia brand a surprising amount of cash, even as they manage to make impressive sales.


Nokia sales are good, but the earnings are grim right now



Of course, it’s wildly unrealistic to think that buying the Nokia name and slapping it onto a bunch of new phones will create money trees. But the core numbers are a little grimmer than expected.


The partnership behind the revival is between HMD Global Oyj, a Finnish company that houses ex-original-Nokia employees, and FIH Mobile (a division of Foxconn), who own the feature phone manufacturing side of Nokia. FIH owns a small minority in HMD as well, and, together, the joint-venture has poured serious capital into reviving the great brand of Nokia.




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Bloomberg points out that in the complicated revenue and earnings release from FIH Mobile, that examining the European financials for FIH show how expensive the Nokia brand has been. It’s not that sales have been poor either. Estimates from data via research agencies suggests Nokia sold 8.7 million smartphones in 2017. Feature phone numbers for the year were more significant, selling 59.2 million feature phones according to IDC, with 20.7 million sold in Q4 alone.


What we see is that revenue rose strongly for FIH Mobile in 2017, showing almost a ten-fold increase from 2016, jumping up to $1.7bn:


But a small profit in 2016 fell to almost a $160m loss in 2017, a massive hit. Again, that’s just in Europe where everything is attributed to Nokia.


Bloomberg surmise those losses on Nokia devices extend into Asia as well, but the wider FIH Mobile operation was able to mask that to an extend – FIH Mobile do assemble phones for Xiaomi, who have seen huge gains in their smartphone sales at the bottom rung, which does compete with Nokia as well.


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So what can we make of the expensive Nokia rebirth? It’s clear that buying the rights to a former brand name doesn’t guarantee anything. Rebirths are hard and clearly expensive. While brand history and recognition can get you press coverage and attention, it doesn’t guarantee sales at the end of the day. But just because we aren’t seeing profits now for the companies involved, doesn’t mean we won’t in the end, and we have previously written about why Foxconn are very keen to sell their own in-house built devices, and not just be an assembler for Apple and co.


But ask Microsoft how it went to rebirth Nokia – the first rebirth of the Finnish brand. Remember when Microsoft paid $7.2 billion in 2013?


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It’s estimated Microsoft ended up losing $8 billion on that deal over the years until they finally closed down Windows phones. (It wasn’t a complete disaster, Microsoft did receive some very large patent payments from the likes of Samsung over the years. Also, the Nokia saga might’ve been the catalyst to remove Steve Ballmer and get highly-praised new CEO Satya Nadella in, who appears to have steadied the ship, if not turn the company around completely.)


We’re also witnessing BlackBerry undergo some kind of similar process at the same time, as the original BlackBerry company stopped manufacturing their own devices, and went and work on software (and, well, patent trolling companies like Facebook).



Current BlackBerry devices are being made by Chinese manufacturer TCL, and less than a million were sold in 2017. Compare that to yesteryear, when 6.8 million handsets were sold in the second quarter of 2013, for example, and you can see how tough it is to compete with the heavyweights.


Nokia has been well received by a loyal Indian market, along with Europeans, which has supported both their feature phone and smartphone sales. The next step for Nokia, with their range of five new phones unveiled at MWC 2018, will be getting the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 6 mid-ranger and even the Nokia 8110 ‘banana phone’ into the US. Already it’s been reported that Nokia won’t partner with carriers, which will stymie serious sales numbers, but Nokia 6 is coming in May. That will be another expensive endeavor, prone to big risks in the congested mid-range smartphone market, and without carrier support to boost sales. And does the US have the same warm feelings for the new Nokia?


Read next: Hands-on with Nokia’s  new lineup from MWC 2018


It’s clear that the Nokia comeback is hemorrhaging money for the consumer arm of Foxconn. That’s surprising, given the successes that the reborn Nokia has had, including winning Android Authority’s Smartphone Brand Of The Year in 2017. But with the tenacious Terry Gou at the helm, there is nothing conservative in the approach being taken to Nokia. With Foxconn behind the wheel, HMD will only see the revenue rise as a win, with profits to come later.

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