Samsung has announced that it’s going to replace plastic packaging for its products with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements. The plan to first limit and ultimately replace plastic packaging is part of the company’s sustainability policy. It will also result in a change of finish for Samsung phone chargers. The plastic packaging that’s currently used for Samsung’s products and accessories will be replaced with sustainable elements such as recycled/bio-based plastics and paper from the first half of 2019. Samsung phone chargers to get a matte finish instead Samsung has formed a task force to revamp product packaging. The design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control departments will put their heads together to come up with innovative packaging ideas. For smartphones, wearables and tablets, Samsung is going to ditch the plastic holder trays for pulp molds. The bags wrapping accessories will be replaced with other eco-friendly … [Read more...] about Samsung phone chargers to lose their glossy exterior finish
Why you should trust usTo research this guide, I interviewed Megan Moreno, MD, a pediatrician and lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics's policy statement on kids and media use; Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life; and Christine Elgersma, a senior editor at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that focuses on kids, media, and technology. I also combed through research and reviews of parental-control applications. I surveyed dozens of parents of kids aged 8 to 16 in person and via social media.As a longtime technology journalist, I have reported on smartphones, parenting apps, and other tech trends for the San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC.com, and other publications. As a parent of a 10-year-old whose friends already own smartwatches and smartphones, the question of whether I should give her a phone—and which one—is a personal one that I am deeply invested in.Who this is forThis guide is for parents who … [Read more...] about The best apps for managing your kid’s phone
The foldable phone trend is undeniably on the rise, with everyone from big-name Samsung to unknown startup Royole ready to inject a much-needed jolt into the industry by innovating foldable phones with flexible, bendy displays. With one foldable phone already available to buy and a couple of others expected this year, it looks to be that a foldable phone that can open up like a tablet and still fit into your pocket isn't a far-off concept any longer. And Google's committed to providing Android support for foldable designs, so we can expect even more phone companies to get involved with the trend.It's starting to get confusing which companies have announced plans, filed a patent or are simply rumored to jump on the foldable bandwagon. Here's our who's-who guide to foldable phones.Royole FlexPai: Available nowDeveloped by a startup headquartered in Fremont, California, the Royole Flexpai phone debuted last October. The phone has a plastic, 7.8-inch AMOLED screen and it's already on sale. … [Read more...] about Foldable phones are real. Here’s every one we know about
Alcatel is one of the most successful smartphone brands in the United States, mostly because of how many budget devices it sells through prepaid carriers. Many of the company's recent phones, like the Android Go-equipped Alcatel 1X and the MetroPCS exclusive Alcatel 7, haven't been great. The Alcatel ONYX is the OEM's next attempt at a good budget phone, and it will be a Cricket Wireless exclusive. There's nothing extraordinary about the phone, but that's to be expected of a $119.99 device. It has an 18:9 5.5-inch 720p screen, a MediaTek MT6739WW processor, 2GB RAM, and Android 8.1 Oreo. Unlike the $160 Cricket-exclusive Nokia 3.1, this phone is still rocking a microUSB port. Specs Display 5.5-inch 720x1440, 'Dragontail Glass' Processor 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739WW RAM 2GB Storage 32GB with microSD card support Software Android 8.1 Oreo Cameras 13MP + 2MP rear, 5MP front Other features FM radio, headphone jack, face unlock Dimensions 5.76 x 2.7 x 0.32" Weight 4.76o oz The Onyx … [Read more...] about Alcatel announces ONYX budget phone as Cricket Wireless exclusive
Samsung I’m sure my eyes weren’t the only ones watering at the leaked price for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10. The report suggests that the most expensive S10 Plus model, which packs 12GB RAM and 1TB of internal storage will cost 1,599 euros (~$1,818). It wasn’t long ago that smartphones controversially passed the $1000 mark and it appears that we could soon be at the $2,000 milestone. Ouch!Editor's PickThe Galaxy S10 will be cheap compared to the foldable’s €2000 price tag After a rumor surfaced this morning that the most premium Galaxy S10 Plus might cost €1599, it seemed like Samsung couldn't possibly price any of its handset any higher. Well, another exclusive from TuttoAndroid states that we … The only extra you get when you opt for the top variant is more RAM and more storage. As far as we know, nothing else about the smartphone’s specs change. However, the premium paid for this extra memory appears to rise … [Read more...] about How much does the RAM and storage in your phone actually cost?