Samsung pulled out the stops for the power-users with the launch of the Galaxy Note 9. Three of the biggest things spec hounds were looking for all received significant improvements over the last generation: battery, storage, and memory. At the same time, the price went up — and in the case of the 512GB model, it went way up. Most people who were originally excited about the idea of a 512GB storage Galaxy Note 9 quickly tempered their lust after seeing the $1249 price tag. But even still, people will be looking at the upgraded model. As you consider your Note 9 purchase and try to decide which storage is right for you, we have a few things for you to keep in mind. Who should get 128GB 128GB is the baseline Note 9 storage and will automatically grab a majority of sales because of it. Most people who had a 32 or 64GB phone previously will be extremely happy with the jump up to 128GB of storage by default. The price jump from the Note 8 up to $999 seems a little steep, but keep in … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Which storage size should I buy?
Remember the Motorola One Power that leaked a few months back with an iPhone X-like notch and a vertical dual camera array? It turns out that phone might be going by a different name, the Motorola P30. According to leaked press renders from AndroidPure, the Motorola P30 looks almost indistinguishable from the iPhone X in most angles. It has a metal and glass design with rounded corners and a wide notch at the top of the display. There's a vertical dual camera array around back with an LED flash between the sensors, and one feature the iPhone X lacks — a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor integrated into the Motorola logo. Speaking of Motorola logos … like always, there's one at the bottom of the display, because Motorola just couldn't help itself. From the looks of the leaked images, the P30 could practically fit in an iPhone X case, though the volume buttons sit above the power button along the right side of the frame, leaving the left side bare. As far as specs go, we can … [Read more...] about Motorola P30 leaks, and it’s basically another iPhone X clone running Android
Google Maps is filled with all sorts of tools/features to help you navigate the world around you, one of which is something called "Your Timeline." Your Timeline uses Location History to create a private view of your exact whereabouts on any given day, and while it's a pretty neat feature, can be a bit much for privacy-conscious users. You can disable this by turning off Location History for your Google account, but even after doing this, new evidence from Associated Press reveals that Google still has a few tricks up its sleeves to continue tracking your location. As per its research, AP notes that the following tracking tools still work even when Location History is disabled. Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like "chocolate chip cookies," or "kids science kits," pinpoint your precise latitude and … [Read more...] about Google still tracks your location even when you turn off Location History
No matter what you use your Galaxy Note 9 for, you're going to need to take a screenshot at some point. And because it's a Note phone, you have more than one option for a simple screenshot — and plenty of features you can play with after you've taken it as well. This is something you'll learn now, and be able to use for the life of the phone. And even if you already know one of the methods you may not be as well versed in the others — the Note 9's screenshot tools are incredibly powerful. Here's how they work. How to take a regular screenshot Taking a single screenshot of your entire screen is simple enough. Samsung gives you two ways to do it. Screenshot using a key combination Open the content you wish to screenshot. At the same time, press and hold both the power button and volume down button for two seconds. You'll see the screen flash, and the screenshot will briefly appear on the screen. The screenshot will be instantly shareable, but also remain in your notifications … [Read more...] about How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
You've probably heard your security-conscious friends talking about their favorite VPNs from time to time, and why using one is so important — or maybe you are the security-conscious friend having these conversations — but what exactly is a VPN, and why should you be using it? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It's basically a way for you to connect to the internet without your ISP or anyone else seeing what you're doing. By using a VPN, you're connecting to a separate network that works as a middleman between you and the sites you're visiting, typically encrypting your sensitive information like passwords and banking info. What is a VPN and should I use it on my phone? Security It's pretty much a no-brainer that encrypting your information is a good idea. Whether you're on a public WiFi network at your local coffee shop or hotel lobby, or your job is extra concerned with security, using a VPN can be the only thing standing in the way of an unwanted third party … [Read more...] about Top 3 reasons to use a VPN on your phone