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After looking at a number of leaked photos and renders, we now know for sure (more or less anyway!) that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will sport a USB Type-C cable and it will be the first Samsung device to do so. Thanks to Tinh tế, we now have a video that possibly is showing us the USB Type-C cable which will accompany the Note 7.


The model number of the cable as seen in the video is EP-DN930CWE. As we are almost certain that the Note 7 will be codenamed SM-N930, this further reinforces the theory. Besides, anyone who is familiar with how Samsung packages its accessories will find the packaging of the USB Type-C cable to be very familiar. Take a look yourself and you will see what we mean.



The most popular rumor related to Samsung's decision of switching over to USB Type-C from the regular micro-USB is of course the upcoming second gen Gear VR. Samsung will probably launch the next Gear VR with an USB Type-C port in close proximity to the Galaxy Note 7's unveiling. We will found out more as we approach the month of August.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Are you looking forward to upgrading from your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Galaxy Note 8? After its release in August 2017, the Galaxy Note 8 was acknowledged as the latest addition to the list of Galaxy Note Smart Phones which are powerful and feature-laden. The handset undoubtedly is powerful and one of the most attractive presently available on the market. However should owners of Galaxy Note 4 upgrade to the latest version?


The range of these devices from Samsung has had a set of problems with the previous version which was introduced as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 developing a flaw in the battery in a few handsets which caused spontaneous fires and led Samsung to abandon the set altogether. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which was released in 2014 continues to remain one of the most popular among the handsets released by Samsung despite having some problems with regard to downloading kies though accessing Internet casinos does not seem to be a problem with this particular handset. It was also easy to download Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper according to relevance from the handset without going through many difficulties.


The 4th generation had a large body and a rear which was textured and was considered as a large handset when it was introduced. It just had a screen which was 5.7 inches. It also had its problems because people in some parts of the world couldn't download Samsung kies for note 4 and Samsung kies galaxy S4 but downloading Samsung kies for Mac was possible. However, fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have the bet365 mobile app android on the handset for entertainment with casinos whenever they required.


The 8th is certainly different from the earlier version and is also heavier and thicker. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features the infinity display from Samsung giving a clear indication that a major portion of the handset's front is covered by the screen. Samsung has abandoned the concept of a home button and has instead preferred to offer alternatives to software. Unfortunately, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of the handset making it rather inconvenient and the option of removing the battery has also been discontinued. However, the changes introduced have allowed Samsung to make the handset water resistant.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a display which is 6.3 inches along with a quad HD + resolution giving users a higher pixel density by some margin as compared to the galaxy note 4. Samsung has included the QUALCOMM Snapdragon 835 chip which is faster and is providing a 3GB RAM along with 64GB of storage which is an upgrade that can be considered as huge. Most importantly the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Is Available with Android 7.0 Nougat and it is believed that the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade would be available at some time in the near future.


Despite the differences which are evident in Samsung Galaxy Note 8 people may want to consider whether they are willing to pay a high price for the fresh introduction as compared to the Galaxy Note 4 which is still available from online retailers for about $515. The Samsung Galaxy Note S8 is still available for around $550. Therefore fans of the galaxy note models would want to understand why they should be paying in excess of $850 for upgrading from Galaxy Note 4 to the latest version.



If you are searching for a good-looking phone, the Google Pixel 2 is not the one. But if you are looking for exceptional battery life and a few sneaky extras, then it's worth a look.


Looks


We have become accustomed to the latest smartphones being things of beauty but there is something exceptionally bland about the latest offering from Google. It has the same back panel and the same glass front. And nothing more. But where its looks let it down, it makes up for in other departments.


Screen and Size


At 5 inches, the Google Pixel 2 screen is a full inch smaller than its 6-inch screen cousin but in all honesty, this doesn't disappoint. It has a regular OLED display with top and bottom bezels that house a set of speakers, which are also fairly good in terms of sound quality.


It may not have the sleekness of the new iPhone X and if you can afford the £1,000 price tag for that, then you wouldn't be considering the Pixel 2. It is, however, simple to use and has a fantastic responsive screen with a decent colour reproduction, making gaming on high-end sites such as slotsites.com a pleasant experience.


Battery Life


Another plus for gamers and avid social media fans is the rather splendid performance of the battery. Other phones have long struggled to power the numerous apps as well as all day connection to Wi-Fi and/or data without the power source being drained. Although all smartphones manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to battery efficiency, the Pixel 2 has a battery beefy enough to last all day without it collapsing.


Functionality


The Google Pixel 2 runs the latest version of Android 8 Oreo, giving it a smooth, optimised and polished performance. Its snappy response works well with Google Assistant. There are some nifty extras such as the ‘playing Now' feature which recognises music around your and the new Google Lens feature recognises objects in photos, identifies landmarks and so on.


Camera


The front and rear cameras on the Pixel 2 are identical to those on the Pixel 2 XL. At 12.2 megapixels it can certainly hold its own, although avid photographers are disappointed at what they see as the lack extensive manual controls. But the picture quality is certainly more than good enough.


What Users Are Saying


Some users are reporting a clicking or whining noise during operation, but this doesn't seem a widespread problem. The speakers are loud and clear, and with unlimited photo back-up included in the price, the £629 handset will no doubt prove popular with some.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is slightly cheaper at £540 with the iPhone 8 coming in at £699 which puts the Pixel 2 right in between the two. Does it deserve to be there for the price? If you want a long battery life, a great screen, squeezable side and the latest version of Android, then yes.


But, if you are all about looks and lack of headphone jack, and want to experience wireless charging, then you may want to hang on for Samsung's Axon, the world's first foldable, dual-screen smartphone.



If you are searching for a good-looking phone, the Google Pixel 2 is not the one. But if you are looking for exceptional battery life and a few sneaky extras, then it's worth a look.


Looks


We have become accustomed to the latest smartphones being things of beauty but there is something exceptionally bland about the latest offering from Google. It has the same back panel and the same glass front. And nothing more. But where its looks let it down, it makes up for in other departments.


Screen and Size


At 5 inches, the Google Pixel 2 screen is a full inch smaller than its 6-inch screen cousin but in all honesty, this doesn't disappoint. It has a regular OLED display with top and bottom bezels that house a set of speakers, which are also fairly good in terms of sound quality.


It may not have the sleekness of the new iPhone X and if you can afford the £1,000 price tag for that, then you wouldn't be considering the Pixel 2. It is, however, simple to use and has a fantastic responsive screen with a decent colour reproduction, making gaming on high-end sites such as slotsites.com a pleasant experience.


Battery Life


Another plus for gamers and avid social media fans is the rather splendid performance of the battery. Other phones have long struggled to power the numerous apps as well as all day connection to Wi-Fi and/or data without the power source being drained. Although all smartphones manufacturers have upped their game when it comes to battery efficiency, the Pixel 2 has a battery beefy enough to last all day without it collapsing.


Functionality


The Google Pixel 2 runs the latest version of Android 8 Oreo, giving it a smooth, optimised and polished performance. Its snappy response works well with Google Assistant. There are some nifty extras such as the ‘playing Now' feature which recognises music around your and the new Google Lens feature recognises objects in photos, identifies landmarks and so on.


Camera


The front and rear cameras on the Pixel 2 are identical to those on the Pixel 2 XL. At 12.2 megapixels it can certainly hold its own, although avid photographers are disappointed at what they see as the lack extensive manual controls. But the picture quality is certainly more than good enough.


What Users Are Saying


Some users are reporting a clicking or whining noise during operation, but this doesn't seem a widespread problem. The speakers are loud and clear, and with unlimited photo back-up included in the price, the £629 handset will no doubt prove popular with some.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is slightly cheaper at £540 with the iPhone 8 coming in at £699 which puts the Pixel 2 right in between the two. Does it deserve to be there for the price? If you want a long battery life, a great screen, squeezable side and the latest version of Android, then yes.


But, if you are all about looks and lack of headphone jack, and want to experience wireless charging, then you may want to hang on for Samsung's Axon, the world's first foldable, dual-screen smartphone.


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While Pokémon Go might have added a new risk factor to online gaming - physical injury - app store safety traditionally revolves around viruses, micro-transactions, and adware. Here are three quick tips for stress-free gaming this autumn.


1. Stay Away from Third Party Stores


Here's a strange fact about smartphones: mobile malware is a growth industry. In the twelve months between 2014 and 2015, the number of malicious programs attacking smartphones jumped nearly 200%. However, the number of viruses, worms, and other nasties hidden in the Play and App stores remained close to zero.


So, how does malware get onto mobile phones in the first place? Viruses and their ilk are a non-issue for the majority of smartphone users; the threat only arises when people try to download apps from third party stores, especially those physically located in the Middle East. In some places, your infection rate can be as high as 1 in 3.


A good example occurred shortly before the release of Pokémon Go, when a malware-infested app called Guide for Pokémon Go appeared on third-party app stores. It was downloaded half a million times before anybody noticed that it was up to no good.


Apple and Google's vetting systems aren't infallible - there's at least one story of an app with no functionality at all becoming a five-star app on the Play Store - but at least the odds aren't stacked against you in the official stores.


2. Permissions are Everything


You might not have realised but every app on your phone has your explicit permission to do certain things. For example, Facebook and Instagram can both access your camera; Pokémon Go can find out your precise location, and Gmail can view your phone's calendar. Apps need these permissions to function.


However, you should always try to ‘connect the dots' before giving a new app VIP access to your phone. For example, Facebook needs to ‘talk' to your camera every time you try to take a photograph from within the app and Pokémon Go uses your location to determine your proximity to monsters; that makes sense. Ask yourself if that calculator app you've just downloaded really needs access to your text messages.


You should also be wary of imposter apps, especially anti-virus tools (Symantec has removed fake ‘Norton Anti-virus' apps from the Play Store in the past), as these can be used by criminals to scam you. Using the above example of the calculator app - a favourite trick is to send thousands of automatic text messages to premium rate numbers, landing you with the bill.


3. Take Care with Online Gaming Apps


Having access to casino games on the go is one of the benefits of smartphone gaming but it's important to find a trustworthy operator, especially if you intend to play cash games. Closing the app and visiting the company's website with your browser is an easy way to determine the legitimacy of a gambling firm, as most casinos have their credentials on the homepage. The Betway app, for example, is regulated by the Belgian Gaming Commission, as well as other bodies such as the European Sports Security Association.


The same goes for apps with micro-transactions. Reports indicate that micro-transactions - small payments for extra lives, in-game currency, or other luxuries - make up 79% of all mobile developer income. They're an easy way to make money from otherwise ‘free' apps and they're not going away.


Ensure that all payments you make on a mobile platform go through the Play Store or the App Store, as the two companies have various safeguards in place to prevent fraud, and you may be able to get a refund if the app doesn't work as expected or somebody else uses your account to buy things. Apple and Google won't share your payment details with the company who created the app.


One final point - you can learn a lot about a mobile game, from compatibility and user experience to the number of micro-transactions, by reading the customer reviews on the two app stores before downloading the app to your phone. It sounds cynical but somebody else's bad luck might just save you from installing a fraudulent or malicious app.





We have good news for owners of Samsung's 2014 flagship as Galaxy S5s in Sri Lanka just got updated to Android Marshmallow. The S5 had already been updated in South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina among other nations but this time it was the most common version of the S5 that started receiving the upgrade. The SM-G900F is the most commonly found version of the Galaxy S5 and is used primarily in most of Europe. This probably means that the remaining geographical locations where people use the SM-G900F will also start receiving the upgrade very soon.


Got o Settings, find About device and tap on it, select Software Update and check to see if the Marshmallow update has reached your smartphone yet. Note that this will NOT hasten the process, as the update will only arrive on your S5 when it's scheduled to arrive. It may give you some peace of mind though.


After it does arrive on your S5, you can schedule the entire download and set it up to be completed at a time that is convenient for you. On completion, your Android version will change to 6.0.1, PDA number will change to G900FXXS1CPC8 and CSC number will upgrade to G900FSLK1CPB2.


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