Lifelong Apple iPhone user switches to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in clever commercial

In what might be Samsung’s most endearing commercial since the days of the barista and the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III, a clever ad shows an lifelong iPhone user making the switch to the Galaxy Note 8. The ad starts in 2007 with a look at a long line wrapped around an Apple Store in 2007 for the launch of the original Apple iPhone. We see a young gentleman taking the phone out of the box. “Guess what I just got,” he says to someone on his new iPhone.

We then jump ahead to 2010, and our young man is now sporting an Apple iPhone 4. He tries to take a photo with the device …


Political correctness strikes again: Experimental Google Maps feature ditched after user backlash

User backlash has forced Google to do away with an informative test feature of iOS’ Google Maps. Said feature informed to give users a general estimation of how many calories got burned during walks, which is a rather standard feature of many a fitness-oriented apps like Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, and Endomondo.
Yet, what really fixated the sights straight onto Big G was its benevolent decision to compare said calorie expenditure with… mini cupcakes. By doing that, the otherwise vague and abstract calorie sum gets directly juxtaposed against something …

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature prevents a user from taking calls or reading texts while driving

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL both come with a feature that just might save your life. Toggle on Do Not Disturb under the Driving tab, and the phone will not alert you to incoming texts or calls if it senses that you are in a moving vehicle. This way, if you’re behind the wheel, you’ll be oblivious to calls and texts that normally you might focus on even while driving. Using your phone while steering and navigating on the road is a big no-no, and deaths due to distracted driving have been on the rise. 

The sensors in the phone and Bluetooth combine to tell the Pixel 2 or …

Survey shows Samsung Galaxy S8+ producing the highest daily revenue per active user last month

The Apple iPhone has traditionally been the top revenue producing phone in North America. In other words, more games have been purchased by iPhone users than by those sporting an Android handset. And while that continues to be true for the most part, fresh data shows that the iPhone is being challenged by the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Google Pixel XL for the title of the top revenue producing phone in North America.

A survey conducted by analytical firm deltaDNA revealed that in North America last month, the phone that produced the most revenue per user on an average day was the Samsung …

OnePlus 5 user dials 911, the phone reboots (Update: not just OnePlus)

If there is one thing that you really need a phone on you at all times, it’s emergencies. And, of course, we live in the 21st century, emergency lines have been set up and you can always call in and report whatever dangerous thing is happening in your vicinity. Whether you need police, medical attention, firefighters, or a combination of all, you can always dial that one number and have the operator dispatch a team to your location. And that number is 911.

While we are used to the fact that said number would always, always be available to us, a OnePlus 5 user has …

Samsung gives the user of a mint condition LG phone only $25 for its Galaxy S8/S8+ trade-in deal

This past week we told you about a couple of Samsung sponsored deals that that did not live up to their promise. We mentioned how one BOGO participant purchased a Samsung Galaxy S8+ for full price and was supposed to get a free Samsung Galaxy S8 within 1 to 3 business days. Instead, the second free model has been placed on back order. With the other deal, Samsung promised a $200 credit toward the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ to anyone trading in a phone in working condition.

Some taking advantage of this deal said that Samsung was refusing to give some consumers …

Sony flagship running Android O shows up in User Agent profile, could be the rumored Xperia XZ1

The following piece of news may not exactly be a revelation, but here goes: Sony is working on a new flagship smartphone. The news comes from a couple of User Agent profiles uncovered on Sony Mobile’s site, which also revealed the phone will probably be released with Android O out of the box.
The device’s model number G8341 (or G8342 for the dual-SIM variant) tells us a couple of things: the letter G signifies it’s part of the company’s current flagship line, while the first two digits, 83, could signify it’s another member of the Xperia XZ line. For reference, the …

Chinese authorities arrest iPhone data thieves, who made millions selling user data

User data is probably one of the hottest stocks on the market nowadays, as technology continues to penetrate lives and households around the globe. Gadgets that collect different stats and data about their users come in various forms and shapes, but smartphones are perhaps the most common means for collection of sensitive info these days. Knowing how and why people behave is a precious resource across different spectrums of business.

Apparently the business is running hot in China, as authorities in the province of Zhejiang reportedly arrested 22 suspects in May, who apparently stole and …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (SM-G892A) appears on User Agent String

Clumsy flagship phone owners will be happy to know that the rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is on the way. A User Agent String reveals the model number SM-G892A, which is believed to be the AT&T exclusive. The Galaxy S8 Active has been rumored to have received certification for MIL-STD-810G standard compliance, which means that it can survive falls and drops that would wipe out other handsets. It also carries an IP68 certification rating for prrotection from dust and water.

If past is prologue, the specs on the Galaxy S8 Active will be the same as those on the regular version of the …

Galaxy S8 user interface and icons showcased in a series of images

Thanks to myriad live images, videos, press renders and other tidbits, we’ve got a pretty good inkling of what Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ will offer. Through the aforementioned leaks, we’ve also caught a few glimpses of the user interface, which appears to have been given a customary refresh. Thanks to a handful of new images extracted from a recent APK of Samsung Smart Switch, we can take a closer look at the tweaked UI and the modified icons therein.

While the images are not of high resolution, they do offer a decent peek at what S8 users can expect to see when they fire up …