Unless you are living in a cave or some deserted island, you probably know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did not pan out well after defective batteries in some of the units started to explode soon after the sales began. The good news is that Samsung acknowledged the problem fast and issued a global recall of the 2.5 million devices that it had sold so far. However, the process has not been very smooth as only 130,000 units have been replaced/refunded so far out of the one million devices sold in the US. In order to highlight the importance of the matter, Tim Baxter, the president of Samsung Mobiles US, has apologised and stressed on the graveness of the subject through an official video. Here are a few important excerpts from his speech of apology to the customers.
"...and with battery cell defects on some of our Note 7 phones, we did not meet the standard of excellence that you expect and deserve. For that, we apologise, especially to those of you who were personally affected by this."
"The CPSC has worked closely with us to develop, expedite, and execute a plan to protect American users. We notified them of a potential defect in the original Note 7 batteries, then issued a global directive to stop sales immediately. To date, we already have exchanged 130,000 units. A fast and meaningful start."
"We will continue implementing corrective steps to exchange every single Note 7 on the market," Baxter continued. He also reiterated that the exchange process is an adequate solution to the ongoing problem. "To be clear, the Note 7 with the new battery is safe... This finding has been affirmed by a recognized, independent, lithium battery expert."
"To our Note 7 owners: if you have not yet replaced your original Note 7, please, please, power it down and return it."
"New Note 7 phones will be available for exchange no later than next Wednesday."
While it still is a huge blunder, one must admit that Samsung is showing a lot of class in the way that they are handling the entire situation.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Feuds on Twitter are definitely not a new thing and according to Motorola, neither is Samsung's Always On Display or AOD. In fact, Motorola went as far as calling it stolen technology on twitter in light of the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which has the AOD feature. In their exact words, "In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phone's cool features?"
Apparently, they are of the opinion that Samsung stole the idea of their Always On Display from the Moto X which Motorola had unveiled more than three years ago in 2013. The Moto X 2013 had a similar feature that had been termed as the Active Display. While it can be argued whether or not Samsung had copied the idea behind its own AOD from the Active Display, Motorola was probably not right in asserting that they are the pioneers in the technology. Nokia had done it back in the year 2009 with the Nokia N86 and had again brought the technology to the fray in 2013 with the Glance Screen found on their Lumia series of Windows powered smartphones. To be frank, it is difficult to claim a particular piece of tech as your own "property" if we are to ensure advancement of the tech world as a whole.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
One of the first things that Google announced at its big event today is that Android just keeps on growing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage that at the moment, there are more than 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world. "Active" in this context means that they've been used within the last 30 days.
This number is up 40%, from 1 billion, back in June of 2014. Keep in mind that this doesn't represent the total number of Android devices that were ever sold, it's just those that are still active, or have been so in the last month.
The Google Play Store is now being used on more than 1 billion devices. Again, this means 1 billion phones and tablets have used Google's content store in the last 30 days. So it appears that the Play Store either isn't installed or simply isn't used on a staggering 400 million devices out there.
If you're looking for a new phone, you're probably choosing between an Android and an iPhone. There's no denying that both of these options are amazing. They have great and useful features, as well as impressive specifications. Although some die-hard Apple fans claim there is nothing better than the iPhone, most people wouldn't agree. Android phones sell a significantly higher number of smartphones compared to Apple's sales of the iPhone. Here are 5 reasons why Android is better than iPhone.
You Have More Options to Choose From
There are so many different choices you can make when buying an Android phone. You can easily find one that suits you. For instance, if a camera is important to you and you want to have a 4K resolutions screen, simply find the model that has those features. It doesn't matter if you prefer smaller or bigger phones, there are plenty of models to choose from. It's also worth noting that Android devices span all price ranges. This is different from the expensive iPhone devices that most people don't want to spend so much money on, especially when they can get a good smartphone that fits their needs at a significantly lower price.
The Maps Are Better
Many iPhone users actually download Google Maps to use it instead of the pre-installed app on their phones. Both Google Maps and Apple Maps basically share the same features. You can use it for step-by-step navigation, checking the traffic on specific routes in real time, and download the map so that you can use it even when you don't have access to internet. The two apps might look similar on paper, but Google Maps is the obvious winner here. When you search for a destination on Google Maps, you can see a website address, opening and closing hours of a shop, and you can even call them from the application. On the other hand, Apple Maps doesn't share these features and offers less information.
Siri is no Match for Google Assistant
Google's intelligent assistant is superior compared to Siri. If you're the type of person who loves using your AI assistant to search for information on the internet, you'd prefer Google's product. Siri has a higher risk of making mistakes, which can be quite annoying and cause you to forget what you wanted to search in the first place.
It's only right to say that Siri can outperform Google Assistant in some areas. It's the only assistant that can make emergency calls. It also does a great job of reading text messages and emails for you. On top of that, you can integrate it with apps like WhatsApp and Viber. Meanwhile, Google Assistant is better at giving directions, online shopping, ordering food, and voice recognition.
When it comes to intelligent assistants, it's clear there are more pros than cons in Android phones. This is why we say it can be both your pride and prejudice. By the way, in case you occasionally have to write a Pride and Prejudice essay, you can, for example, even use the digital voice assistant. Also you can use Google Assistant to find free samples of essays about pride and prejudice and use them for inspiration. For example, you know a lot about this topic and a fellow student needs help, then you can use the AI to quickly offer assistance.
The Volume Control Offers More Flexibility
Let's say that you want to set a particular ringer volume on your iPhone. You can do this by going into the settings and choosing the exact volume independently of other sounds. When you're done doing this, you won't have the option to control volume unless you go into the Settings. You can completely silence the ringing, but buttons on the side of the phone for adjusting volume will only work on apps and system sounds. Android offers more flexibility for volume control and allows you to easily adjust the settings for alarms, notifications, ringtones, media, and calls.
Android power-saving modes are very customizable and most models have a longer battery life than iPhones. Although not every Android phone is like this, there are definitely some smartphones that can work longer on a single charge compared to any iPhone. No matter which phone you choose, know that you'll get an incredibly fast charger.
Apple definitely has more die-hard fans that are very vocal about their love for the iPhone. However, behind all that glamour is a device that simply isn't worth the money. Not when you have many different superior smartphones running on the Android operating system.
Application Programming Interfaces (API) serve a valuable purpose in the tech world, as they allow for developers to integrate features from other platforms into their own apps. This serves all sorts of useful purposes, some more apparent than others.
For example, some companies specializing in customized products (phone cases, mugs, etc) can use the Instagram API to let customers upload photos directly from their Instagram account. Or users can check out your upcoming events, find the closest venue on Google Maps, and buy a ticket via a booking service, all conveniently in one app (with multiple API integrations).
But developing APIs is still a bit of an investment, if you spend a lot of time using outdated development methods, such as UI-based API testing. Nowadays you can save a lot of time and money, increasing your development speed to faster deployment with API testing. In this article we'll talk about the benefits of API testing, and you can check out some of the best API testing tools here: https://rapidapi.com/blog/best-api-testing-tools/
How API Testing Saves Time and Money
APIs have become an integral part of the internet, powering business and casual apps, workspace third-party integration, and more. The uses of APIs and their versatility have come a long way, and they've become easier to implement in your apps overall.
Some time ago, traditional API testing was done at the GUI layer. In traditional three-tier architecture, APIs were in the middle layer of an app, governing the business logic and connecting the GUI and Database layers.
The problem this posed was that in order to start testing the API to find bugs in its business logic, testers needed to wait for developers to finish the UI, which of course slowed the process and drove up the cost of bug fixing phases.
Modern solutions such as agile development and automated testing are becoming increasingly popular, so developers are creating their apps with an API-first mentality. So when the business logic is done, a UI can be designed around it. This allows for logic-related bugs to be detected and fixed much earlier, and for a lot less money.
While there will always be a need for some UI testing, particularly for verifying that elements appear on a page and are interactive, API testing is overall faster and more stable than UI-based testing. For example, while testing things like adding and removing database records, automated UI-testing becomes highly time-consuming and repetitive, whereas API testing allows for a much more rapid data manipulation.
And because you can find bugs much earlier in the development process, without needing an UI to be created first, not only is the project finished faster, but requests can be made through the API that wouldn't be allowed through the UI. This is important for finding security flaws.
Software updates are deployed at such a rapid pace today, so developers and testers also need to have a string of rapid feedback, and that's where API testing fits the bill.
API Testing Checklist
Generally the first step in testing RESTful APIs is determining what kind of REST requests are possible through the API, and what sort of limitations each request has. These will typically be explained in the API documentation.
So to test an API, you need to understand the limitations of each REST request, and then discover and verify those limits to ensure that the API will behave exactly the way it should. It's also crucial to make sure that the API cannot be exploited through security flaws, giving malicious entities access to information.
Here's a quick checklist of things to address during API testing:
- The amount of endpoints available
- The HTTP verbs that can be used with the endpoints
- Fields required by the requests
- Validation limits on the fields
- Verbs limited by authorization
- Response codes to verify successful and unsuccessful requests
If Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are anything to go by, people love the multiplayer elements in mobile games - the latter even spawned its own eSports series. With your mobile in your pocket at all times, you can quickly draw your gaming device to engage in a quick battle or complete a mission to climb further up the leaderboards. Competitive gaming has never been so convenient, and now there is an exceptional range of games for you to immerse yourself in and battle your way to the top.
Crossing a wide range of different themes and gameplay styles, there are our favourite mobile multiplayer games right now.
Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians
Created by top-tier video games company Ubisoft Entertainment, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians boasts a diverse range of unique and iconic characters, a huge range of customisation features, strong progressive mechanics, and intense multiplayer elements. You can take on opponents in its strategic RPG battles, compete for leaderboard positioning in the player-vs-player arenas, and team up with friends in guilds to take on colossal boss battles.
The battle royale genre is still going strong across the world of gaming, but now there are even more titles to enjoy on your mobile. Free Fire, by Garena, has earned an exceptional rating for its mobile-optimised battle royale game. The survival shooter games don't take any longer than ten minutes, with 50 players in each game searching for weapons, vehicles, and hiding in bushes.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links
It's been out for a couple of years now, but Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links keeps on getting better. Through the iconic card game brought to the smallest screen by Konami, the mobile game makes it even easier to compete in duels, collect cards, and defeat players through multiplayer duels. The depth of the game will appeal to fans of the universe as well as lovers of online card games, while the controls and gameplay are simple and intuitive enough to hook anyone looking to duel.
While many mobile casinos offer a simple platform for you to log-in and play whatever game you want and then leave, Voodoo Dreams has decided to up the ante and invoke some much-needed excitement through multiplayer tournaments and duels. Through its mobile app or browser platform, you play in duels against fellow players in any game to win stars and XP, with the stars being your way of climbing up the tournament leaderboards.
Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
There is no doubt that the mobile multiplayer gaming scene is getting very competitive, but it's through competition that innovative games come to life. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade by Lilith Games is a massive game, boasting many of the best bits of other popular franchises. It features 11 unique civilisations for you to join, a single enormous map which all players battle to control, exploration and looting, unrestricted troop movement, alliance systems, a choice of legendary historical commanders, and real-time battles to allow for true RTS gameplay.
There you have it: five exciting mobile multiplayer game apps. They're all unique to each other in what they offer, but all come packed with multiplayer action with grand communities which you'll strive to conquer.
Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?
Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !
Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.
Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!
Samsung already started rolling-out the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5 users back in February making it the first Galaxy device to get the Lollipop update. Since the update was released, it faced many delays caused by various bugs being reported by the users who got it first, still there is some users complaining about the update stability on their Galaxy S5 devices.
SamsungUK admits that there are issues with the Galaxy S5 update, via its official Twitter account, and confirmed that Samsung's Engineers are sending-out micro updates that contains a fix for these bugs. It's not yet clear if the micro update is Android Build 5.0.1 or even 5.0.2 or just a hot fix update that will keep the same 5.0 build on the device after installing.
@_ck248_ Our engineers are currently sending out micro updates to help resolve any issues caused by the update. Thanks for your patience.— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) April 28, 2015
The Galaxy S5 users should and wait see the upcoming software update for their devices, it may solve all their problems once and for all. Stay tuned!