Here's a scratch, burn, and bend test of the… original Apple iPhone

In case you find bend and scratch test interesting, then you’ve definitely stumbled upon some of Zack Nelson’s videos on the JerryRigEverything channel.

The YouTuber with the burly arms is an obstacle that not every contemporary phone out there survives unscathed, and that’s understandable. Zack has the habit of burning phones with a lighter, scratching their meticulously-crafted metal bodies with a sharp pocket knife, and last but not least, bending them with his bare hands. 

We’ve seen Zack test out tens of new phones over the years, but how would a 2007 gadget …


Here's how Android O will bring better battery life, strengthened security, app stability improvements

Android may be the most popular mobile operating system in the world, but it is not known as the most secure one. Or as the most responsive or most stable OS, for that matter. Google seems to be well aware of that, which is why with Android O, we’re promised to see improvements in areas with key importance to what Google calls Android’s Vitals: security, stability, and battery life.

That’s great news, of course, but what’s no less interesting is the approach Google is taking to ensure that Android O smartphones run without a hitch. It all starts with doubling-down …

Netflix brings HDR streaming to the LG G6, here's how to get it (S8 needn't apply yet)

In case you have scooped up one of those seasonal flagships everyone is talking about – the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6 – you will be delighted to learn that their Mobile HDR Premium and Full Vision displays, respectively, can potentially take advantage of those Netflix series shot in HDR10 or Dolby Vision formats. That’s right, we barely reported that Netflix has listed its first phone certified for HDR streaming – the LG G6 – and the promised 5.0 app version that brings in the wide color goods to its screen, is already rolling out.

The fun part is that …

Internet drops? Here's how to use Chrome's new offline download mode on Android

You know the drill – your in-laws have invited you to visit them abroad, and data roaming charges are killing your carefully selected cheapest wireless data plan, yet you still want to read that awesome lengthy article you saw when you woke up during the subway commute, just like at home. Fret not, as Chrome for Android now makes it much easier to download whole weblinks for offline viewing while you piggyback on your in-laws Wi-fi. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Get the latest version of Chrome for Android from Google Play;
2. Load the …

Free Comic Book Day is now a geek family affair and here's the proof

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Zounds! ‘Tis Free Comic Book Day, when younglings and olds alike descend upon their local comic book merchants in search of the only nourishment that will slake their savage geek thirst: MOAR COMIC BOOKS. 

But despite the feeding frenzy focused on the wonder secreted in the pages of these paper treasures, Free Comic Book Day is actually a sweet moment for many families when friends and family get to unapologetically share their collective guilty pleasure. 

No, this isn’t the day to haggle over a rare issue of an obscure superhero series, or eye the comic book shop owner suspiciously as she darts into the back room where they keep “the good stuff.”  Read more…

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Here's how easy it is to switch to an LG G6 (from an iPhone, or another Android phone)

LG this week released a bunch of videos showcasing how easy it is to switch from an older smartphone (and transfer your data) to the company’s G6 flagship handset.

As you can see for yourself in LG’s new videos (embedded below) you can switch from Android handsets (including LG ones) either wirelessly, or with the help of a USB cable. This isn’t the case when switching from an iPhone – you can’t make the switch wirelessly, so you’ll definitely need a cable. 

Anyhow, the process is fairly simple regardless of your older smartphone, although, if you have a non-LG Android …

OnePlus software updates schedule: here's when your OnePlus phone is getting updated


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PSSST! Got a OnePlus device, perchance? 

If the answer to that question is “Oh, yes!”, then you’re definitely interested when your device is getting the next version of Android — after all, that’s one of the vital questions pertaining to the Android scene.

Luckily, OnePlus is one of those manufacturers that usually don’t get quite long to update their phones to the latest Android release. The reason for that is pretty simple – carriers have never stood in the way of “relatively” fast software updates. 
So, let us …

Here's a good reason for the iPhone 8 to have a vertical dual-cam setup

A handful of alleged iPhone 8 schematics leaked over the last couple of weeks, all of which depicted a device with a vertically-oriented dual camera on the back. As can be expected, this design choice, along with the unusual placement of the fingerprint scanner on one of the schematics, generated quite the backlash online, with a lot of people expressing extremely negative opinions on the aesthetics of this design. Now, we didn’t fall in love with it at first sight either, but we weren’t so much taken aback by the way it looked, as much as the reason why it looked the …

Here's how to enable one-handed mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

We’ve been exploring Galaxy S8 and S8+’s specific accessibility features for a while now, as we believe that you will want to use these on the two top-tier devices.

We showed you how to take selfies with the heart rate sensor at the back, snap pictures with a floating shutter button, and enable fingerprint gestures on the South Korean wonderboys, yet there’s one rather essential feature that we’ve left unexplored.

Of course, we are talking about one-handed mode, an actually useful software solution that shrinks the display of the phone for easier access to the interface. …

Here's how to enable or disable the floating camera shutter button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

Although the Samsung Experience skin on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now sleeker and more straightforward than ever, it’s still bulging with useful features whose sole purpose is to aid users in their everyday tasks.

Single-hand mode, fingerprint gestures, and that floating shutter button are all super-useful, no doubt about that.

Wait, what? What floating shutter button?

This one is, as you might have guessed, a floating shutter button resembling a chat head in the camera button that allows you to easily take pictures no matter your hold of the device. It’s super …