15 tips and tricks to improve battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

There is an interesting trend going on with modern smartphones over the last several years – big advancements are made in nearly all hardware and software areas, but battery life always seems to improve at a slower pace.

This peculiar progression can be clearly observed in 2017 – so far, some of the biggest Android manufacturers came out with flagships that have thin bezels, large displays, and beefed-up performance specs.

Samsung has been at the forefront of these developments, as the company’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets feature a beautiful new design …

Galaxy S8 battery life test: Snapdragon vs Exynos edition, a familiar tale

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has the same battery capacity as its predecessor the S7, but lasted longer when we ran it through our standardized battery benchmark. Since both phones come with the power-hungry high-res displays, we can attribute the better endurance mostly to the more frugal Snapdragon or Exynos chipsets of the S8. After all, they are made with the newest 10nm production node, compared to their 14nm siblings in the S7.

While the S8 certainly scores better in that department than the S7, they do share one battery life characteristic – the global version of the S8 with …

Apple now has 246.09 billion dollars in the bank. What are you doing with your life?

Apple has so much money now, it’s basically the Pablo Escobar of consumer eletronics. The iPhone maker closed the first quarter of 2017 with a $246.09 billion cash reserve, up $8.49 billion from a year ago.

We wish we knew how this much money looked like in real life so we could laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, but then again, having these stacks on hand is no laughing matter. It may seem like unlimited money, but Apple still can’t afford to buy Microsoft at its $500 billion market value. Still, it can, theoretically, buy Sri Lanka.

Of course, Apple is cautious about acquisitions …

Toca Life: School lets you recreate school adventures; it's the free iOS app of the week

Miss those carefree school days? With Toca Life: School, you can control five locations (house, cafeteria, school building, youth club and playground) and up to 34 characters with different outfits to change into. You can teach a class, run a science experiment, teach band and coach the hoops team. You can even have a fight in the cafeteria! Ahh, don’t you miss those old days? And using the in-app recording feature, you can save two minutes of the action and share it with your friends and family.

The game is free through this coming Wednesday from the Apple App Store. Android users …

5 affordable Snapdragon 625 phones with amazing battery life

Technology moves at a break-neck pace, but in certain areas this is a bit harder to feel and appreciate. One such area has been battery life, where for years we have been getting phones that last… well, a day. Some phones battery do a bit better, others a bit worse, but the general consensus is that you cannot get more than one day of battery life without visiting Mr. Wall Charger.
Things do not have to be this way and a few phones recently prove this. Interestingly, they are not flagship-grade devices, but all are a bit more affordable. …

Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery life test result is out

We already know that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is an incredible phone: it has the stunning, futuristic design, it has the camera and it has the performance, but how does it do in terms of battery life?
After all, the Galaxy S8+ has the tough task to deal with a large, 6.2-inch display and it has a very powerful system chip (for this test, we have the Exynos 8895 version of the S8+, we will test the Snapdragon 835 model at a later point in time), both factors that could potentially consume a lot of power.

We have tested the …

7 Alexa skills you actually need in your life right now


Amazon’s cloud-based virtual assistant, Alexa, has enjoyed considerable attention, amidst a mobile AI boom the world is seeing in recent months and years. Alexa made a debut in the Amazon Echo home unit, just two and half years ago, but has already accumulated a 10,000+ pool of skills it can learn and perform. Alexa’s skills are comparable to apps, but are more function-focused, meaning that a skill will usually be dedicated to a specific purpose or range of actions related to that purpose. Alexa-enabled device owners can download the skills from Amazon’s platform and “teach” the …

Brave 4-year-old uses unconscious mom fingerprint to wake her phone, call emergency and save her life

What do you do if you are four years old and you find mummy lying unconscious on the floor at home?

If you are brave 4-year-old Roman from London, you waste no time: the little kid found his mom unconscious, but did not panic. Instead, he was clever enough to use mom’s finger to unlock her phone, then immediately called emergency using Apple’s Siri voice assistant in a serious of actions that saved the life of the mother of the little boy.
Roman lives in the south London district of Kenley and he dialed 999 (the British equivalent …

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ batteries strut for the camera, can you guess the battery life?

The Galaxy S8 leaks are dropping like flies today, and after we saw it beautifully depicted from all sides, and grasped the exact screen resolution, it is now time to learn about the battery capacities of the 5.8″ Galaxy S8, and the 6.2″ S8+. The latest tip shows two battery packs, and their model numbers, EB-BG955ABA and EB-BG950ABA, are corresponding with the expected internal codes of the Galaxy S8+ (SM-G955), and the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950).

The capacities are 3000 mAh for the smaller S8, and 3500 mAh for the S8+, which jibes with what we’ve heard before about the battery compartment …

HTC U Ultra battery life test result serves us a surprise

The HTC U Ultra is a stunning looker: with its shiny back, slim profile and sleek design, it is clearly a premium design and it feels like one. However, a phone is about more than just its looks, and one of the most important aspects of an enjoyable phone experience is good battery life.

So how does the HTC U Ultra do in terms of battery life?
After all, the HTC U Ultra is a 5.7-inch phone with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixel) resolution and only a 3,000 mAh battery on board. Such a battery definitely seems small for such a …