Have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Nowadays, water-resistance or at least some type of splash-resistance seem to be a must on flagship (and midrange) smartphones. A feature that used to be reserved to the rugged CAT handsets, Galaxy Actives, or phones covered by super-ugly cases is now pretty much mainstream. And sure, it definitely gives us a peace of mind when we have our handset near the kitchen sink, but we certainly still don’t feel brave enough to go ahead and jump in a pool with our phones in hand (despite the fact that Samsung and Sony commercials keep enticing us to do so).

But anyway, we thought it would be a fun …

Pictures of Microsoft's cancelled Surface Mini tablet surface online

Back in the good old days of 2014 (oh, how time flies!) Microsoft was setting up for a launch of not just one, but two tablets running its Windows RT operating system — the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Mini. But for one reason or another, the latter of the two got scrapped at the very last moment, as CEO Satya Nadella had little confidence in its success in the crowded small tablet market.

But while we’ve heard official confirmation of the device’s existence, we’ve never actually seen a prototype in action — until now, that is. Pictures obtained by …

Check out the wackiest Guinness World Records phone entries

There is no shortage of phone-related listings in the Guinness World Records, but, as these things go, people are often submitting entries in obscure categories, or ones made straight out of thin air, in order to stand a chance in the crowded “records” business. Check out some of the stranger phone-tastic achievements that have wiggled their way into the Guinness World Records – some of those really make you yearn for a cold pint bottoms up.
source: GWR

LG files to trademark LG G6 Alpha and LG G6 Prime in Europe

It would seem that LG is not done producing different variants of its LG G6 flagship model, especially in Europe. On the continent, the company filed to trademark a couple of names that give us clues about its future intentions. The LG G6 Alpha and the LG G6 Prime were both listed on the application submitted by LG. By coincidence, LG today will release two other versions of the LG G6 in South Korea.

The LG G6+ will support wireless charging in certain markets and carries 128GB of native storage. A pair of premium earphones from B&O  Play comes out of the box. The other model getting …

Nokia 6300: Nokia’s First Slim Phone

The Nokia 6300 model is a reincarnation of the top selling Nokia 6100 that arrived in the market early in 2003. Not to mention – these two models share almost the same strategies say in marketing and positioning. But they do differ in the sense of casing’s thickness, which is squarely highlighted more for the 6300.

It is worth to mention the target audiences for Nokia 6100 and Nokia 6300 are men and women with more or less equal ratio for either model. They want to acquire a fair feature-pack they call it “modern” and by that mean player, radio and crisp display, eye-candy design and, more importantly, an eye-picking brand on the phone for reasonable money.

Relying on this audience is not a miscalculation – the way Nokia 6300 is positioned has been proven by the experience of the prior offerings, thus give a warm welcome to a new Nokia’s bestseller.

Another thing about the 6300 model is that it is the successor to Nokia 6100, apart from positioning, is its size – previously we saw 102x44x13.5 mm on the 6100, and today a slightly bigger 106.4?43.6?13.1 mm.

Such uneven thickness distribution is nothing new, though – some other Nokia-branded solutions sport the same peculiarities, for example Nokia 3230. But getting back to the 6300, such approach to the design is not a coincidence, for the developers wanted to make it gain some resemblance with sliders that would boost the handset’s image and looks.

As for the negative experience of Nokia 6100 usage, there were some complaints about the plastic quality, the back cover reliability and the painting. Basically what they would have overlooked on less popular and demanded devices was the sticking point for the 6100 and created certain issues with post-sale service and built up a somewhat negative image of the product.

Source: Adam Caitlin

Top new mobile devices in June 2017: here are all that you should know about

June 2017 is about to go down in history, but before we wave it one final goodbye, let’s take a look at all the cool new phones, tablets and other neat little stuff that became available in the beginning of the summer season.

These are the coolest new things in July 2017We start by looking at all the new phones that went on sale this month: the OnePlus 5 managed to steal a lot of the hype, but it was far from the only new phone worth checking out.

And let’s not forget we had WWDC 2017 this month and Apple dropped the new 10.5″ …

Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with free $200 gift cards at Best Buy

If you’re in the market for a new, unlocked high-end Android phone (in the US) and you’re looking for a good deal, Best Buy has something that may interest you. The retailer is currently offering free $200 gift cards with the purchase of an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+.

As you can see by visiting the source link below, Best Buy is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $724.99, and the unlocked S8+ for $824.99, both only in midnight black (folks needing other color variants have to look elsewhere). With the free $200 gift card, you’ll (kind of) end up paying $524.99 and $624.99, …

Galaxies and Planets

It is getting to the point where planets are being found everywhere. Fifty here, fifty there, well maybe I am exaggerating a little, but there are a lot of planets out there. Now that we know for sure that planets exist outside our own solar system, maybe we should stop counting the ones that we find. Why do I say this? Our galaxy is only one of billions, or even more. It contains over 100,000,000,000 stars. If only one star in three has planets around it and lets say the average amount of planets is 4, we are looking at a heck of a lot of planets my friends. That is roughly 133,333,333,333 planets in only our own galaxy. If only one planet of these in 1,000 has life, we are looking at 13,333,333 planets containing life. If only 1 in 1,000 of these has intelligent life, we are look at 13,333 planets in our galaxy that contain intelligent life. Now you know why we are searching for signals from planets with intelligent life, it is because the numbers favor the chances of it being there. Our world can’t be that special that we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy. It would be very closed minded of us to believe this. Even if we take the bible as a literal interpretation of God’s word, I don’t think there is anything in there that prohibits life in other places besides Earth. Maybe I will receive an argument on this, but this is what I believe.

The Andromeda galaxy is our neighbor galaxy. It is classified as M31. The M stands for Messier Object. Charles Messier was a French astronomer that lived from 1730 to 1817. He complied a list of objects that were difficult to tell from comets. Of course the telescopes then were not as good as the ones today and today this isn’t a problem. There are 110 of these objects. Andromeda is a larger galaxy than our own. It is pretty near us in cosmic terms and is headed for a collision with the Milky Way. Don’t worry though, it will take about 4 billion years before this happens. Even when it does happen there is not much chance of being smashed into. The stars are just too far apart. NASA describes it this way, picture two grains of sand separated by a football field. That is about the distance of the stars from each other in each galaxy. When the two galaxies do meet, they will pass into each other at the speed of about 1,000,000 mph, Ouch! Some day the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will be one. The main problem with the two galaxies passing into each other is the gas and debris that each contain. Recent findings indicate that the Andromeda Galaxy contains over a trillion stars, which is far more than the Milky Way, but here is the kicker, they have also found that the Milky Way is more massive, due to more dark matter being present. Dark matter is the matter that we can’t see. It is estimated that 90% of the universe is made of it. Because of all this dark matter in our own galaxy, it would have been interesting to see how this effects the collision between the two galaxies.

Forgetting the collision for a second, the potential for planets in the Andromeda Galaxy is even far greater than our own, because of the number of stars in that galaxy. Scientists believe that the same physics is in effect in all galaxies and throughout the universe. I wonder if this could be a wrong assumption, even in small ways? For example, what if there was a planet where things didn’t work quite the same. For example, we are used to seeing things fall down in a straight line. What if there was a planet where there was similar gravity to our own, but for some unknown reason, things that fell hit the planet on an angle? With so many different planets and so many different compositions, things could be quite different than what we are used to, even if it didn’t violate the physical laws. Would it be possible to find a galaxy that had no planets or that had at least 5 or 6 planets for every star? These are extreme cases, but you just can’t rule anything out when you are talking about the unknown.

Our own galaxy has satellite galaxies circling around it, like planets orbiting the sun. Two of these galaxies are the Small Magellanic Cloud and the Large Magellanic Cloud. The nearest galaxy to our own was thought to be the Large Magellanic Cloud, at 163,000 light years away. In 1994 it was discovered that the he Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy was closer at only about 80,000 light years. The Magellanic Cloud galaxy is like a blob of stars. It can only be seen in the southern hemisphere. This galaxy is disintegrating because we are absorbing it. The gradational tug of war between this galaxy and our own is creating thousands of star clusters between the two. The third closest galaxy to us, at about 200,000 light years, is the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy. Again this galaxy is being absorbed by our galaxy. Gas is being created by dying stars and so are star clusters, as they are being pulled away from the Small Magellanic Cloud. There is also a debris trail that stretches from both of these galaxies into our own. This is another galaxy that can only be seen from the southern hemisphere. Thanks to these two galaxies, our own is getting bigger. Both of the Magellanic Cloud galaxies are considered to be primitive and neither is said to have as many heavy elements as our own galaxy. The chances of finding planets with life in the two Magellanic Cloud galaxies are much slimmer than in our own or the Andromeda galaxy. This is because there are a lot of very young stars in them, some being as young as only twelve million years old. This doesn’t give much time, if any, for planetary development.

Our Milky Way is about 90,000 light years in diameter and has a circumference of about 270,000 light years. It is disk shaped and is about 2,400 light years thick. None of these figures are exact and can be off by as much as 50,000 light years, no one knows for sure. Our galaxy is part of a group of galaxies known as the local group. This group is in itself part of the Virgo Supercluster. Other dwarf galaxies that orbit our Milky Way are Canis Major, Sagittarius, Ursa Minor, Sculptor, Sextans, Fomax and Leo. Some are so small that they are only 500 light years across. These tiny galaxies would be Carina, Draco and Leo II, all dwarfs. It is thought that there might be more of these galaxies orbiting us that have much less mass and therefore are going undetected for the moment. It is felt that they might be mostly gas and dust. There is a ripple effect at the southern edge of our galaxy and this is thought to be caused by the Magellanic Clouds as they orbit us. The speed of the approaching Andromeda Galaxy is about 100 to 140 kilometers per second. That is roughly 67 to 93 miles per second. No one is quite sure how fast our galaxy is traveling. There have been estimates that range form 100 km to 1,000 km. per second. That is somewhere between 67 to to 667 miles per second and even this might be wrong.

Some of the recently found planets from outside our solar system include one that was discovered orbiting a star that was considered quite normal. The planet is about 5.5 times the size of the Earth. It is further away from its sun than we are from ours. The star it orbits is 28,000 light years away and the planet is thought to be rocky. The star it orbits is a red dwarf. That means it is about 50 times less powerful than our sun, but is the most common type of star in the universe. Some Earth sized planets have been detected, but these were only orbiting dying neutron stars. A neutron star is a star that comes from a supernova explosion. It is VERY dense. You are talking about a star that is only about 10 km(about 6.5 miles) in radius, yet has a mass about 1.5 times that of our sun, which has a radius of 695,000 km (about 463,333 miles). It is believed that any planet orbiting a sun of this type MUST be a dead world. Another planet was found at a distance of about 20 light years. It is rotating around a red sun that is about 1.5 times the size of our sun. The planet is considered to be very Earth like and its discovery was announced in April, 2007 by a team of European astronomers. There is evidence to suggest oceans. The diameter is 12,000 miles and its mass is 5 times that of Earth. Some scientists are already saying that this planet might just have the best chance for life so far. I believe that this statement is far too premature. The planet is located in Libra.

Have you ever wondered why we are finding planets that are usually huge? The answer is simple, it is hard to find planets because their suns block out their light. The bigger the planet the more light it gives off and the easier it is to find, not that finding planets is easy. Will we find a planet that has life on it? It seems that the universe has a surprise for us. That surprise is that there are many planets out there and many are similar to our own world. There may be millions and billions of societies waiting for us, or trying to avoid us, whatever the case may be.

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Source by: Kenneth McCormick

AT&T pushes new update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is one of the many AT&T smartphones that have already received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Recently, a new update has gone live for Samsung’s rugged smartphone, which is supposed to address a couple of issues and add some improvements.

More importantly, the update is meant to deliver Galaxy S7 Active users the latest June security patch. Among the many fixes included in the update, AT&T mentions those related to the Advanced Messaging, AT&T Messages Backup and Sync, as well as Wi-Fi Calling.

Also, Video Calling got …

Samsung drops, Apple hops, LG flops: US market share in June

On this last day of the month, analyst shop Wave7 Research ran some numbers for how the big two – Apple and Samsung – fared in the past four weeks at various US carriers and retailers. Samsung, it turns out, has flatlined a bit after the initial surge owing to the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships, and Apple has taken advantage. The reason? Well, while the new puppies were going strong, sales of the good ol’ Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sales took a nosedive in June, while at the same time Apple’s iPhones have rebounded, as per Wave7’s analyst Jeffrey …