March 15, 2018 - Written By Nick Sutrich The most well-rounded, full-featured phones in the galaxy. This year, Samsung looks to be playing it safe with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, with two phones that look nearly identical on the surface, but a closer look reveals a different paradigm. However, this isn’t exactly playing it safe, it’s a refinement of an already excellent design, and one that could certainly end up as the phone to get. But which do you pick? The larger phone with more features or the more svelte unit that’s less expensive? We’ll give you a breakdown and ultimately see if either are worth buying in this review!Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ SpecsSamsung is, of course, selling both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ worldwide, and will be selling both phones unlocked everywhere, as well as through the typical carrier and retail channels. The smaller Samsung Galaxy S9 with 64GB of storage sells unlocked for $719/£739/€849, … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Review – The Everything Phones
Mobile hardware and software repairing course
As mobile devices become a primary computing platform for many enterprise employees, repairing or replacing smartphones and tablets at the local Apple or Microsoft store isn't a viable option for large enterprises.While managed mobility services (MMS) have been around as long as mobile devices, until recently such services tailored to repairing and replacing mobile devices were immature. The consumerization of IT and the growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies as well as corporate-issued smartphones and tablets had left them unable to scale at an enterprise level.At the same time, the myriad of mobile devices and mobile operating systems has made it difficult for IT shops to address issues associated with them. For example, Android fragmentation — both hardware and software — has led organizations to farm out device management in order to free up corporate IT resources for business projects.Having internal IT shops support smartphones and tablets doesn't make sense … [Read more...] about How to develop a mobile device repair or replace strategy
posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:44 3 1. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011) Nope! posted on 21 Mar 2012, 10:51 6 2. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011) Ive very careful with my phones and all the phones Ive had had have a two year warranty anyhow so repair hasnt been an issue really. posted on 21 Mar 2012, 12:49 4 11. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012) Funny because data shows iPhones have the lowest failure rates out of any phone. Meanwhile android phones have failure rates as high as 40%. posted on 21 Mar 2012, 13:18 7 15. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011) Thats a nice figure you just made up in 40%,seeing as you are lying you should have made it more extravagant and said 60%,you'd still have looked as stupid mind you. 24. JeffdaBeat (unregistered) Actually, the Genius Bar will repair/replace a device even if it's out of warranty. If there is physical or liquid damage to the phone, Apple will … [Read more...] about Comments for : Is repairability a swing factor for you when you shop for gadgets?
The DARPA Robotics Challenge is over. It will certainly be remembered as one of the defining robotics competitions of the decade—full of drama, hardship, and inspiration. We brought you as much of it as we could, including a detailed look at the winning robot, a fun compilation of robots falling, and our impressions of the first day of the competition. And we still have a lot more to come! But for now, to cap it all off, here are things that stood out to us about the final day of the DRC Finals, and a hint of what to look forward to in the future. People Love Robots We know people love robots, but seeing thousands of eager spectators filling the Fairplex’s grandstand, cheering for a bunch of machines when they succeeded, lamenting when they fell or failed, and celebrating their human creators, gave us a new perspective on how much people love robots and seem to connect with them. As DARPA program manager and DRC organizer Dr. … [Read more...] about DARPA Robotics Challenge: Amazing Moments, Lessons Learned, and What’s Next
We're super excited for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials that run tomorrow and Saturday, and we hope you are too. Before we get all wrapped up in it, though, it's important to understand what's realistic to expect from the robots during the competition, to prevent yourself from (let's be honest here) experiencing some level of (potentially profound) disappointment. The context in which you should think about the DRC Trials is similar to the first DARPA Grand Challenge for autonomous vehicles that took place back in 2004. DARPA announced the event in 2002, giving 15 teams less than two years to develop fully autonomous vehicles that could navigate a rugged Mojave desert course of 150 miles. On 13 March 2004, the day of the event, two teams withdrew immediately, and one vehicle managed to flip itself over at the starting line. Of the rest, only four teams made it past the 5 mile mark, before breaking or crashing. The team that did best that day was from Carnegie Mellon, as DARPA's … [Read more...] about DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials: What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Expect to See
We've been following Unbounded Robotics, the final spin-off from Willow Garage, since we first learned of the company's existence back in April. Unbounded has been working in stealth mode for the past year, but our best guess was that they were developing a low-cost mobile manipulator for research and education: something like a PR2, except (we were hoping) significantly cheaper. Today, Unbounded is unveiling UBR-1, a shiny new human-scale one-armed robot designed to completely revolutionize the market for research and education robotics and beyond, for just a tiny fraction of the cost of similar platforms. First, you'll absolutely want to watch this video of UBR-1 in action: If you didn't catch all of those specs, here's the basics of what we're looking at: UBR-1 is a 13-DoF mobile robot that includes a 7-DoF arm. It navigates with a laser scanner in its base, and uses a PrimeSense 3D sensor in its head for perception. Thanks to a torso lift, the robot can pick objects up off the … [Read more...] about UBR-1 Robot From Unbounded Robotics Revolutionizes Affordable Mobile Manipulation
Updated on 7-23-2014 by Simon Hill: Added problem with dropped calls and proximity sensor, bug where Facebook videos fail, problem where the Z2 won’t turn on, and echo in calls problem.You won’t find many Android smartphones that can compete with the Sony Xperia Z2 right now. The sleek device blends premium style with excellent performance, but not everyone is delighted with it. In this roundup, we’re going to look at the issues and irritations being reported by Z2 owners and see if we can find a way to deal with them. These are the most common Xperia Z2 problems.Related: Sony Xperia Z2 review, helpful Z2 tips and tricks, our favorite Z2 cases.Click on an issue to jump to it:Problem: Dropped calls and proximity sensorBug: Facebook videos won’t playProblem: Xperia Z2 won’t turn onProblem: Echo in calls or caller can’t hear youProblem: Gaps in handsetGlitch: Overheating when recording 4KProblem: Wi-Fi won’t connect or keeps … [Read more...] about 10 annoying issues with the Sony Xperia Z2, and how to fix them
The farm has moved to the city in the form of rooftop hydroponic greenhouses, leaving the dirt and pests and pesticides behind in the rural field and going high-tech with a penthouse view from perches atop old buildings.Restaurants, converted factories and warehouses, government facilities, the stores of mass retailers, apartment complexes -- a wide variety of buildings in major metropolitan burgs like New York City are starting to sprout the latest in climate-controlled, glass-enclosed structures framed with aluminum or galvanized steel. These computerized "urban agriculture" tools are used for growing fresh, lush vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers and other kinds of tender or out-of-season plants that require soil-free environments with regulated humidity and ventilation and special temperature conditions for protection against excessive cold and heat.Rooftop hydroponic greenhouse gardens have emerged in cities because urban areas often lack space on the ground for gardening -- the … [Read more...] about Urban Gardening, Part 1: The Hydroponic Lab on the Roof
Are you sitting comfortably? Good. This could take a while. The iPhone 5S is less than a year old, but rumors are gathering about its replacement, which should – if previous versions are anything to go by – be called the iPhone 6. Will it be bigger, or stay the same size? Will it have standout features? Will it be joined by an iPhone 6C, or the iWatch?None of these questions and many more will be answered until Tim Cook takes the stage later this year, but we can’t wait until September. We’re just not that patient. So, we’ve collected all the latest gossip we’ve heard right here. We hope you enjoy. Updated on 09-04-2014 by Malarie Gokey: New reports from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times confirm both iPhone 6 models will launch at September 9 event. Apple announced it will livestream the event on its website.Everything We Know About iPhone 6:September 9 event confirmed by AppleLarge batteryCurved screen, NFC, and sensorsFaster … [Read more...] about Here’s the iPhone 6: Bigger, thinner, improved camera, and more
Google unveiled a slew of devices at its October 4 event, and two of them are smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL. You can pre-order both devices right now (if they’re in stock) and they’ll be available on October 20.The smartphone market is saturated with big displays, but those who want smaller handsets usually must settle for budget or mid-tier specifications. There are exceptions, of course, like the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and the iPhone SE, but flagship small smartphones are few and far between.In comes Google’s Pixel, which shares nearly the exact same specifications as the bigger Pixel XL while retaining a 5-inch display. Last year’s 5.2-inch Nexus 5X was not nearly as powerful as the Nexus 6P, and that’s why it had a lower price tag. With the Pixel, you can finally expect flagship specs on a small display. You’re also getting the very best of Android — and near perfect hardware and software integration.Unlike the … [Read more...] about Pixel vs. Nexus 5X: Which smaller Google phone is best for you?