The advent of the smartphone totally changed our views of mobile technology. Prior to the first-generation iPhone and other smart mobile devices from the likes of Palm and HTC, mobile phones were basically just phones, but that's no longer the case.Today, we're seeing all sorts of features that we never would've expected to see on our mobile phones, such as cameras that rival the quality of entry-level DSLRs, high-resolution displays for streaming movies and other types of video, powerful internals for multitasking and productivity, and the list goes on. In many ways, the smartphones in our pockets are more like computers than portable communication devices.With that being said, we've come to realize that, as advanced as even budget smartphones have become, not all smartphones are created equally. Some devices are designed with content creators in mind while others are made more for content consumption. Every new flagship is launched with a specific type of user or consumer in mind. … [Read more...] about What are the best smartphones for mobile productivity?
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As you probably well know, WWDC 2016 is right around the corner, and we should definitely get a glimpse at what Apple has in store for us with its upcoming iOS 10 edition. Of course, Cupertinians are experts at keeping mum about what they are working at, and while there are some exciting rumors about iOS 10 out there, it's hard to discern what is real and what is a product of wishful thinking.So, whispers are saying that we should expect an Apple Music update, a much-needed, arguably long-overdue App Store revamp, more than 70 new emoji, a dark UI skin, and (gasp) the ability to hide those unwanted apps that you always end up sticking in a folder.These sure sound great, albeit we can't really imagine Apple going for some of them. Still, whenever a new major iOS announcement draws near, one can't help but dream about what pet peeves of theirs they'd like to see dealt with. On that note, here are 10 features that we'd like to see added / removed / fixed in iOS 10. Warning, that's just a … [Read more...] about 10 features and improvements that we’d like to see in iOS 10
As expected, Google has today showcased the shiny new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at its special event in San Francisco. The Pixel XL is the larger of the two, packing a 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 display compared to the 5.0-inch, 1080 x 1920 panel of the standard model. Both similarly equipped under the hood, each is powered with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor and 4 GB of RAM. In many respects, the Pixel series follows Samsung and Apple's blueprint of rolling out two near-identical flagships with different screen sizes and indeed, Google is clearly looking to sway iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S fans with a slew of exciting features in tow.After several generations of Nexus, the Pixel duo sees the Big G delve into the premium smartphone space. The Pixel and Pixel XL are billed as no-compromise handsets but like all smartphones, they have their share of on-paper advantages and disadvantages. Here, we reel off a few reasons why buying the Google Pixel or Pixel XL might be the best … [Read more...] about 10 reasons you should consider buying a Google Pixel or Pixel XL
Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is coming up next week and we are about to catch a glimpse all the new software updates and developments that the company has been up to. Naturally, it's still a bit of a mystery what exactly Apple is going to reveal, but Mac OS and iOS are a safe bet, and we might even catch a glimpse of new features for Watch OS.iOS 11-related whispers have been saying that we should expect a huge Apple Music revamp, all the new emoji that were only recently released, a dark UI skin, and other various goodies and tweaks. Of course, nothing is concrete, Apple being secretive and all that. So, we are still free to dream and wish about the features and improvements we'd like to see in iOS 11. We've compiled a list of the 11 things that we'd love to see in the new operating system — check it out! Also, feel free to add your own via the comments below. 11 features and improvements we'd like to see in iOS 11 11 features and improvements we'd like to … [Read more...] about 11 features and improvements we’d like to see in iOS 11
App attack By Nilay Patel "The future of TV is here." It is not the world’s most understated tagline for a new product, especially one from Apple. If you want to set sky-high expectations around a new TV product after years of rumors and sly winks and shelved plans, well, that’s exactly how to do it. You say that you’ve invented the future of TV, and that it is here. You say it while knowing full well that Steve Jobs set the stage for a radical new TV from Apple in 2011 by directly telling his biographer that he’d "finally cracked it," and that he wanted to create "an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," with "the simplest user interface you could imagine." You say that the future of TV is here even though every attempt to place a computer at the center of the living room experience has bombed catastrophically for nearly two decades, and that rivals like Microsoft and Google have each been floored by the challenges of television. You take … [Read more...] about Apple TV review: is this the future?