Finally! Pull down the Note 8 or S8 notification bars from anywhere on the screen

We have been whining about the lack of a pull-down notification bar gesture from anywhere on a Samsung phone screen for a while now, but this fever reached a crescendo mode with the big and tall Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8+. 
For some reason, Samsung decided that it is a good idea to introduce swipe up and down gestures anywhere on the home screen, but these did the same thing – pulling the app drawer – as you can see in the short GIF here. To bring down the notification bar, you had to stretch all the way up to the top of the screen, which, on a large handset …


Alleged CAD renders of the Huawei Mate 10 Lite surface with a 16:9 screen and dual cameras

Huawei’s Mate 10 — or to be more specific, three different devices all bearing the name — is coming in just a month. So it’s not that surprising that we’re seeing an increasing amount of leaks about the series, though we still have very little info on the regular Mate 10, rather than its Pro and Lite siblings.

But today we seem to have another possible look at one of the three devices — the Mate 10 Lite — this time in (potato quality) CAD render format. Design-wise, it looks pretty consistent with the design we saw in OnLeaks’ schematics-based …

Apple iPhone X's 5.8-inch screen is actually smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus display

The Apple iPhone X has a 5.85-inch display, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.
So… the iPhone X has a bigger screen, right?
Wrong!
What these display measurements do not take into account is the aspect ratio of the screen, and the iPhone X has a taller and narrower display with a 2.17:1 aspect ratio and a big cutout at the top, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a 16:9 screen. This is a crucial distinction because when you actually get to calculate the screen area, you will see some surprising …

Microsoft's Outlook gains full screen view on iPad, many Calendar improvements

Microsoft has just released a new version of Outlook for iOS devices. Among the few important improvements included there’s one aimed at iPad users. The rest of the changes apply to all iOS devices running Outlook app.

With the latest version of Outlook, iPad users will have an easier time reading emails since the app now offers a full-screen view. The rest of the changes include performance improvements and bug fixes meant to make Outlook better than ever.

Finally, the Office team added a small change to the calendar icon, which is now moving as users are scrolling through their days …

FYI: The screen of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 has a default resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels

Officially announced by Samsung earlier this week, the Galaxy Note 8 sports a dual-curve 6.3-inch screen – the largest ever on a Note smartphone. While this is definitely a Quad HD+ (1440 x 2960 pixels) display, you won’t be seeing that resolution out of the box.

Just as it does on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung is defaulting the screen resolution of the Note 8 to Full HD+, and it’s mentioning this on the phone’s official website. Due to the 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the display, the resolution is 1080 x 2220 pixels (instead of the standard 1080 x 1920 Full …

Replacing a screen can get your phone hacked

If you’re a long-time smartphone user, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve experienced the “pleasures” of getting a cracked touchscreen. It happens to the best of us – after all, phone displays are made out of glass, a material that tends to shatter when dropped, even if it carries the “Gorilla” branding.

After such an incident occurs, some learn to peacefully coexist with the spider web pattern on their display (if it remains functional), others just go out and buy a new handset, while quite a few people also choose to stop by a repair …

BlackBerry KEYone screen gets torture-tested again: does it still fall off?

If you follow tech, you probably know of YouTuber JerryRigEverything. He has this elaborate torture test, which he runs every new smartphone through — scratches, bends, and burns — and reports on his results honestly and consistently.

Back in June, when the newest BlackBerry KEYone launched, the destructive vlogger ran it through his tests only to have the phone’s display pop out pretty easily in the bend section of the video. BlackBerry (or TCL) didn’t ignore the issue, however, and quickly acknowledged it, assuring customers that steps are being taken to improve …

Here is how to fix a broken iPhone 7 screen or replace a battery yourself: use the new iFixit Fix Kits

iFixit has just launched its brand new Fix Kits for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that allow you to fix a broken iPhone screen or replace an iPhone battery at home, yourself.
There are different Fix Kits that include the replacement screen or battery along with all the necessary tools to open your iPhone without damaging it.

Swap out a sapped battery. Replace that cracked screen. Fix your front camera and make your selfies great again. Our latest crop of Fix Kits are packed with all the essentials for your next iPhone …

Shatterless screen? Yesterday's news! Motorola is working on a display glass that heals itself!

Motorola’s Moto Z Force family of devices is famous for donning the ShatterShield display, or to put it simple — for being shatter-proof. It’s a panel that’s not made out of glass, but a plastic polymer. Sure, it scratches easily, but throw the phone on the pavement as much as you like, the screen will not break.

But Moto is working on improving the technology further. A recently discovered patent, which has been granted to Motorola, shows a new “smart glass” technology, which will have the phone repair its screen should it take any damage.

The invention …

HTC U Life 11 to land later this year with 5.2-inch 1080p screen, SD-630 chipset?

Last month, we told you that HTC was prepping a mid-range handset code-named the HTC Ocean Life. This morning, more speculation about the device has leaked, including the alleged  name of the phone. Reportedly dubbed the HTC U11 Life, the mid-range model will be equipped with a 5.2-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That compares to the 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 resolution display that rocks the HTC U11. While initial reports called for the Snapdragon 660 SoC to power the model, it now seems likely that the Snapdragon 630 will be found under the hood. This chipset comes with an octa-core …