Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 – Who Will Win The Battle?

Samsung has finally brought the design change that all fans were waiting for. The most popular flagship has a more luxurious aspect, because it ditched the cheap looking polycarbonate shell, replacing it with a glossy glass back (Corning Gorilla Glass 4). Now, Samsung is finally at the same level as Apple in terms of build quality, but is the Galaxy S6 better than the iPhone 6, on the inside?

iPhone 6

The smartphone was released last year, being an improvement over the previous iPhone 5S, because of its larger screen, which measures 4.7-inch instead of 4-inch. Also, Apple worked on its design, making the edges curvier, for a better grip of the phone, and the wide bands at the top and bottom of the back have been replaced with two thin lines which are needed to hide the radio antennas.

The advantages of the iPhone 6 are – its thickness of 6.9mm, which makes it one of the first smartphones with a very slim body; also, the 8MP rear camera can take better pictures than most of the new smartphones, being a fine substitute for an average DSLR camera; the fingerprint scanner saves you from typing in your passcode, which can be quite in handy if you forget what code you’ve chosen; the iPhone 6 receives all iOS updates that Apple is releasing, so now it runs on iOS 9.2.

The disadvantages of the iPhone 6 – the small battery, which supports only 14 hours of talk time on 3G and 50 hours of music play; the processor is backed by 1GB of RAM, which is the limit for a decent performance.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The smartphone came in April 2015, surprising the fans with its glass and metal design. Samsung has made serious efforts to build a device that would be appreciated not only for its internal specs, but for its appearance as well.

The advantages of the Galaxy S6 – its Exynos 7420 octa core processor built using a 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process supports 3GB of RAM, and the performance of the device is flawless. The 16MP rear camera is definitely better than iPhone 6’s camera and the battery gives 17 hours of talk time on 3G, but unfortunately, Samsung has decided to make it irreplaceable.

The disadvantages of the Galaxy S6 – the new model is no longer water and dust resistant and after a while, the back gets scratched and looks terrible; also, the glass back is very vulnerable to cracks, so make sure you won’t drop it to the ground.

Adobe Flash Player 19 Update Comes With Almost 80 Fixes

Adobe Flash Player has received many new updates in the last four weeks. This looks like a desperate move from Adobe, as the company already knows that its Flash Player will most likely die in the next 1-2 years.

Adobe had to make these fixes a long time ago, as there are already big companies that decided to ditch the Adobe Flash Player and adopt HTML5. The new Adobe Flash Player update comes with 79 fixes and we’re pretty sure that this is the last patch that this application will receive until the end of the year.

Unfortunately, this new update doesn’t solve all the issues that these applications, but it solves some of the critical issues that had to be fixed fast. With other words, you should update your Adobe Flash Player right away, as this update fixes many issues that this application has been confronting with for quite a while.

According to Wolfgang Kandek, the chief technology office at Qualys confirmed that three of the vulnerabilities that were just fixed have allowed hackers in the past to gain code execution running under the users in the browser.

We remind you that flash based attacked are one of the favorite ways for hackers to gain access of your device. According to Chris Goettl, product manager at Chris Shavlik, the APSB15-32 is “a priority 1” update for Adobe Flash Player that resolves 78 vulnerabilities. Goettl added that this new update patches a big amount of number of code execution vulnerabilities along with a few security feature bypass vulnerabilities.

At the same time, Google has released an update for its Chrome browser, which includes security fixes and support for the new Flash Player version.

It seems that Adobe is trying desperately now to make its Flash Player more secure. Unfortunately for them, the Adobe Flash Player will probably be used by fewer and fewer users and HTML5 will take its place.

WeChat vs. Viber – Which Application Do You Prefer?

There are over a billion smartphones that are used at the moment running on either Windows Phone, Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Symbian.

There are a lot of smartphone owners who’ve decided to install a messaging application on their devices in order to keep in touch with their loved ones, with ease. The most popular messaging applications for mobile devices are WeChat, Viber, WhatsApp and Skype, but today we’re going to talk about the first two mentioned ones.

It is good to knows that WhatsApp has over 900 million users, while WeChat and Viber have around 600 million users each.

WeChat vs. Viber: Availability

Viber was released back in 2010 and it was available only for the iOS devices. However, now this application supports more platforms including Windows PC, Linux, Mac OS, iOS, Windows Phone, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian.

On the other hand, WeChat has been released a few months after Viber and likewise WeChat, it can be installed on almost any mobile platform, including desktop platforms such as Windows or Mac OS. We remind you that WeChat had in the past only a Web Chat support, but it seems that the developers have released a full supported client for both Windows PC and Mac OS.

WeChat vs. Viber: Features

WeChat comes with messaging and calling capabilities. You can use this application to make HD free video and voice calls whether you are using a tablet, a smartphone or a PC. You can also use coupons, stickers, emoticons and namecards in your messages. There are already lots of businesses models that allow you to use the WeChat application make a reservation, payment or to call a taxi.

At the same time WeChat is offering social-media features, allowing you to share and like a comment that another user has posted. At the same time, there is a WeChat Moments service where all the users can share their best photos with their friends. At the same time, you will be able to share these photos, like them or even comment them.

On the other hand, Viber is an application that offers the same calling and messaging capabilities. Users can make free HD quality video and voice calls. However, Viber comes with a feature called “Viber Out” which allows you to call phone numbers, but you will need to pay for this service. However, it’s not that expensive, especially if you want to make a call in another country for example.

Top Free Apple iOS Applications for the Holiday Season 2015

Today we’re going to talk about some applications that you can get from the Apple Store and you can use during this Holiday season.

Tossup

Microsoft Garage has worked on the Tossup project, which allows you to create questions for friends and even gather opinions and polls. It allows you to sync it with the selected friends, make opinion-based decisions or even select the place or time when you want to meet. This application is compatible with the devices that run on iOS 8.0 and above and it is FREE.

Star Wars

Now with the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, everyone wants to know news about the movie or any events that’s about to happen regarding this movie. This application also comes with social updates and rich media and can also read the latest blogs and news related to the movie.

Timeout

Timeout is the perfect travel guide application for all sorts of global and local places. It is also an all-time trip planner that allows you to explore different drinks and cuisines. The application will inform you about nearby restaurants, bars and events that are nearby. Timeout is free and can be downloaded from the Apple Store.

Christmas Countdown

This time of the year is full with events and you can barely notice how fast the time passes. Well, using the Christmas Countdown, you will know how many weeks, days, hours minutes and seconds until Christmas. In addition, you are able to share the countdown with your friends.

Sing Along Christmas Carols

If you have issues remembering the words while singing Christmas Carols, then you should try out the “Sing Along Christmas Carols” application. This is a karaoke-style application and it will make sure that you never miss the words. It will play the tunes and it will project the lyrics on the screen to make sure that you don’t miss a word while singing your favorite Christmas Carols.

Clash of Clans Newest Update – Bersonal Break Status Windows and Winter Theme

he latest “Clash of Clans” update is here and it will give the players of this game a festive mood. The new update comes with a personal break time status, but also the winter theme, which will remind you that the holidays are coming.

When it comes to the gameplay, you will notice that there is a new info screen that will display how much time a player has left before the personal break must be taken. To open this information, you will just need to tap on the shield icon. At the same time, the deployment bar comes with a new badge which can be accessed to view the donated spells. We agree that these are not big changes, but they will make your life easier to track the Town Hall 11 features.

You will notice the winter theme as soon as you open the game and it will probably stay until the middle of January. The troops will wear white and red clothes and it will make the battles a bit more cheerful. The map contains a snowball effect, but if it distracts you, you can you disable it. As expected, the new update will also solve some of the crash issues that many users have reported.

We remind you that this is the second minor update that has been released since the major update of Clash of Clans was released that brought the Town Hall level 11 update,  village guard, personal break status, the new mage hero called Grand Warden, the Eagle Artillery Defense and more.

We’re pretty sure that there will be more minor updates for Clash of Clans in the near future, as the developers will need to fix all the issues that the new major update came with. We remind you that these kinds of issues are happening frequently, when a game receives a major patch that contains new features, items etc.

Clash of Clans: Town Hall 11 update is now available for iOS and Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha, S5, S5 Neo, Tab A and S6 Edge Updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The big search engine company has already started rolling the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA update for some Nexus devices. However, other manufacturers such as Samsung are now releasing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update for their smartphones and tablets.

According to SamsungViet, a well known Samsung tipster, a good amount of Samsung devices, smartphones and tablets, will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update in the first quarter of 2016. It seems that the South Korean based company will start releasing the update for the current Galaxy Note series along with the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 Duos.

The rollout is also imminent for the Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Duos, as well as for the previous lineups such as the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, Galaxy S5 Neo and Galaxy S5.

When it comes to Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Alpha, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update will be released a bit later, sometime in the second quarter of 2016.

However, it’s not sure yet if Samsung is planning to release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update on these devices or the company will release directly the Android 6.0.1 update for them. If Samsung will keep the pattern of releasing updates like in the past, the devices will jump over the base Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, directly to the latest Android OS version that will be available then (currently, it is Android 6.0.1).

According to Android Authority, the Galaxy S6 device was already spotted on a benchmark website, where it was seen running on Android 6.0.1 version.

Do you think that many Samsung devices will jump directly to Android 6.0.1 and skip the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS?

Samsung Galaxy S7 And HTC X9 Latest Leaks – What’s New To Offer?

Currently, the Android world is preoccupied with finding new information related to two of the most important upcoming smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy S7, which will come with a force-touch enabled screen, and HTC’s One X9, which will have a FHD display. A leaked image of the latter has appeared on the internet, along with the expected specs.

Galaxy S7

Most of the new features that Apple is adding to its devices are borrowed from Android and other mobile phone manufacturers, such as the split-screen mode, picture-in-picture video, Keyboard shortcuts, wireless charging etc. But in 2015, Apple has made a spectacular move, by using a force sensitive display on its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices, and Samsung wants to follow in the footsteps of its biggest rival. Therefore, the Galaxy S7 will come with its own version of Force Touch display and we’ll see if this rumor will be confirmed at the CES event, when the flagship is expected to be unveiled.

All the other rumored specs are: a 5.1-inch Quad HD 2560 x 1440 pixels display (the S7 Plus will have a 6-inch screen); two variants of processors: octa-core Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890, which will be backed by 4GB of RAM (the two types of configurations will be available in certain regions, according to Samsung’s preferences); 32/64/128 GB storage options, but it’s not sure if they will support expansion; 16 / 20 MP BRITECELL rear camera with OIS and other features; a 8 / 12 MP front camera; the usual fingerprint scanner supporting Samsung Pay; wireless and quick charging; USB Type-C port for charging; Bottom Speaker and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, skinned by a refined TouchWiz.

HTC One X9

This will be a mid-range smartphone with a 5.5-inch 5.5-inch Full HD display, which is fighting against other similar devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy A9, but it looks more like the HTC One A9, which Apple has said that it looks almost identical to its iPhones. A leaked image of this device has surfaced the internet and it seems that it will have a metal frame and a front camera positioned on the right side, not in the center, likewise on the Desire Eye. The rumors say that the rear camera will be 13MP and will support 4K video recording and inside, it will house an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor which will be backed by 2GB of RAM. Its internal memory will be 16GB and will support expansion, while the battery will have a capacity of 3000mAh.

VLC Media Player Update Download Available By Chrome OS – All Video and Audio Codecs

VLC comes with many video and audio codecs, and the application is able to run almost any type of media file. The VLC application continued what BSPlayer has started, but it came with more features and it was running way better than other media players.

Well, we have some good news for all VLC lovers, as this media player is finally supported by Chrome OS. The VLC player has been downloaded almost a billion times by users that own devices that run on either Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS or Windows.

Until now, the Chromebook owners were limited to the media files that were supported by the Chrome OS media player. After the new update, all the Chrome OS users will be able to download the VLC directly from the Chrome Web Store.

The VLC version for Chrome OS works like any other version from other operating systems, supporting all audio and video formats such as DVD ISO, FLAC, MKV and more. Also, the users are now able to stream media files from internet sources or local with all features that the application comes with, such as: audio equalizer, subtitles, hardware accelerated decoding, accelerated playback and more.

It is good to know that VLC made its debut in Chrome OS back in March 2015 and it’s still not known why the developers needed nine months to make the application reach the surface and be available for anyone that owns Chrome OS device. Unfortunately, the VLC developers are still warning the users that this is an initial release. With other words, the users will most likely find glitches and bugs but these issues will be solved in time.

So, if you are installing this application on your Chrome OS device, keep in mind that there are chances for the application to crash while you watch a movie or while playing your favorite song. However, we’re sure that the developers will fix most of the found issues pretty fast and soon enough we will have a bug-free VLC version for Chrome OS devices.

Top 5 Tech Christmas Presents for 2015

Christmas is near and everyone is now looking on what presents they can offer. Today we’re going to help you a little bit, by giving you top 5 tech devices that you could purchase for this upcoming holiday.

Sphero BB-8 Droid

If you are a Star Wars fan, then you will surely enjoy this little device. As expected, the BB-8 droid is based on the character from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie that started running in cinemas since December 18, 2015. You can control this droid with the help of your smartphone by running a simple application that connects via Bluetooth to the device. The Sphero BB-8 Droid costs 150 dollars and can be purchased from Best Buy.

Kano PC Kit

The Kano PC Kit allows your kids that are aged between 6 and 14 years to build their own computer guided by a series of tasks and games that teach them the basic of coding. This device costs 100 dollars and can be purchased from Kano.me.

Amazon Echo

By paying 180 dollars, you will be able to purchase Amazon’s Echo device. This device will play your favorite music, tell you the time and you can even ask it whatever you need to know as it will search on the internet and reply to you. The device is being maintained and upgraded by Amazon with over 90 features added since it was released.

Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Edition)

Nest will integrate your home’s air conditioning and heating systems with an easy application. This is the 3rd variant of the device and it was released in September 2015. Nest costs 250 dollars and can be controlled via a simple application that can be installed on your smartphone.

Wallet Drone

If you like drones, but you don’t want to carry your backpack with you whenever you want to go, then you will surely love wallet drone. As the name suggests, the Wallet Drone is so small that you can put it inside its controller and still fit in your pocket. The wallet drones costs only 45 dollars and can be the perfect Christmas present for you.