Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. OnePlus 3 – Newest Details About Each

OnePlus 3 can be called a newcomes when it comes to smartphone industry, and it already rivals one of the best devices on the market, the Galaxy S7 Edge.

Upon running a speed test on both phones, it was obvious that the OnePlus 3 moves definitely faster than the Edge device. In the first lap, the OnePlus 3 finished in 1:31 seconds, while Edge took 1:41. The second round showed Samsung taking 2:17 and OnePlus 3 with 1:57.

One common spec of both phones is the size. They include the same display, an AMOLED one that measures 5.5 inches. However, Edge includes a Super AMOLED technology, so you could say it wins this round, while OnePlus 3 uses an earlier version. OnePlus 3 also appears to be heavier and larger than the Samsung device. They both include fingerprint sensors, which is a great technology that enables you to unlock it faster and to make mobile payments in a more secure way.

The American version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has internal specifications similar to the OnePlus 3: a Snapdragon 820 processor and a Adreno 250 GPU. They both include a Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, NFC, GPS. The USB connection differs though: while S7 Edge works with v 2.0 microUSB, OnePlus 3 goes for a Type-C USB port.

But the actual difference between the two devices is in fact the price. OnePlus 3 costs around $400, which is decent, while Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is reported to reach $800, double than the price of the first. However, many people are still torn between deciding to buy one phone or the other, and this is easy to understand because they are both excellent phones.

WhatsApp Removes Annual Subscription Fee, No Third Party Ads Though

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp leads the online chat platform with nearly 1 billion monthly active users, but still continues to lure more users.

The app charges a small annual subscription fee of $0.99 for some of its users after the first year of usage. You may not have experienced the subscription fee and may be wondering. Well, the app offered a free lifetime service to most of its original users. Recent users are asked to subscribe to the service after one year of free access.

However, the company might ditch the policy soon, the company’s founder Jan Koum confirmed. He said the policy has not worked well since a huge number of users lack debit or credit cards and the company does not intend to cut their connection with family and friends. Mr. Koum was speaking in Munich where he attended a Digital-Life-Design Conference. Koum said the company is considering a business based means of maintaining the app after eradicating the annual fee.

The company plans to connect firms directly with the users through the app, charging the companies for the services in the process. Mr. Koum, however, said they have not reached a final decision- temporarily WhatsApp will charge multi-national companies for customer chat and calls services. For instance, an airline communicates to its customers about some inconveniences like flight revocation or some delays, they will be able to do that over the app, he emphasized.

No advertising allowed

Even though doing away with the already small fee means the company must get an alternative source to meet its maintenance costs, WhatsApp is adamant it will not resort to third party ads. WhatsApp will remain ad free, maintaining its ultimate goal of avoiding spam and unnecessary advertisement, a statement on its official blog post confirmed.

The company instead will test tools that allow the users communicate with different business organizations over various issues. It is just like how you may receive a text message or a phone call from your bank or any other business informing you anything about your transactions or any other issue.

Mr. Koum and his co-founder Brian Acton are not relenting on their anti-advertisement policy, the duo confirmed on WhatsApp’s official blog post. The pair says advertisements disrupt aesthetics, interrupt train of thought and insult one’s intelligence, which is contrary to their aim of coming up with the platform. WhatsApp is not interested in the users’ data; rather the app focuses to bring a lovable, inexpensive, and dependable instant messaging experience.

WhatsApp parent company Facebook is already thinking on those lines. A similar feature is already under tests in Facebook Messenger app. The process is ongoing in the U.S.; selected business organizations have been given a go-ahead to pay for the service which will enable them message their clients directly via Messenger.

At a technology conference in Boston, David Wehner – Chief Financial Officer at Facebook – confirmed the possible B2C integration. He thinks that messaging apps can accumulate some huge revenue through B2C services.

Xiaomi Mi 3, Mi Note and Mi 4 Updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already running on most of Google’s Nexus devices along with other mobile devices that have been manufactured by other companies. It seems that the developers from Xiaomi are now preparing to release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update for a few devices manufactured by them.

According to GizmoChina, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update is in its final testing stages for the Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi Note and Xiaomi Mi 4. If all the tests go well, these three devices will receive the latest Android OS version.

According to reports, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update will also come with a new version of MIUI 7. When Xiaomi unveiled the new MIUI 7, many fans were quite disappointed that most of the devices which were going to get the new update will be stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat or Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, Xiaomi assured the users that they should not worry about the Android version, as the features added to MIUI 7 will be the compatible across all devices.

Earlier this month, a report revealed that MIUI Operations Manager has posted on Weibo that the Xiaomi Mi 3, Xiaomi Mi Note and Xiaomi Mi 4 will receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA Update. In addition, the manager also confirmed that the users will receive the latest Android version soon and the company has already started rolling out the software to its community of beta testers.

It seems that more and more devices are leaving the Android Lollipop behind. More capable mobile devices will start receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime in early 2016. We’re expecting to see more devices from big mobile phone manufactures such as Samsung or LG to start receiving the latest Android OS version soon.

Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Google Chromecast – How To Single One Out?

If you’re in the market for a TV streamer and you can’t decide between the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick or Chromecast, you need to keep on reading to find out how to single one out. It’s not easy choosing one or the other, which is why we’ve decided to stack them up against one another and see which TV streamer has it all.

The setting up process

Even if the brand new Apple TV received a processor expansion, setting up this streamer is no different from the previous one. The latter TV streamer is a hefty product, so make sure you have room for it. Once it is linked to a HDMI port, you just have to choose the language and pick the Wi-Fi network. As for the Fire TV Stick and Chromecast, these two have to be simply plugged into the HDMI port of the TV and of course they will require a source of power.

The Chromecast dongle also has a HDMI cable that can easily be bent and because of its flexibility, you can easily fit the streamer even if the ports are jammed. The Fire TV Stick, on the other hand is not that flexible, but it does have an HDM extension cable which is great for enhancing the Wi-Fi signal.

Streaming applications, connectivity &costs

The Chromecast includes various apps such as iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix, Now TV, BBC and BT Sport. Users also have access to Google Play Store, thus there is plenty of content to choose from.

As for the Apple TV, this one works solo, as it doesn’t need another device to function. Just like the Chromecast, Apple TV offers access to Now TV platform, Netflix, Red Bull TV and way more. You can also rent or buy whichever content you desire, as the latter streamer also comes with the iTunes service. Users also have Siri, so voice commands can be enabled.

And as for Amazon, this one struggles to make its own services stand out. Thus, Amazon Prime offers limitless streaming of movies and TV directly from the Prime library. And when installing apps, Netflix and BBC iPlayer are within reach.

Basically, the major difference here is how the overall multimedia content is offered.

As for the connectivity issue, the Chromecast 2 supports 802.11ac and dual band Wi-Fi. According to Google, an improved Fast Play option will roll out by the end of 2015 as it promises to make the device run a lot faster.

The Fire TV Stick has dual-band, dual-antenna 802.11n Wi-Fi while the Apple TV also has the new upgraded 801.11ac with MIMO support. But Apple TV also has the 10/100 Ethernet port, so you can opt for a cabled connection as well.

Price wise, the 32GB variant of Apple TV retails for £129 while for the 64GB variant you will end up paying £169. The Chromecast is priced at £30 while Amazon’s Fire TV Stick retails for £35.

WeChat Payment vs. China Union Pay – Which One Is More Popular?

WeChat is a very popular platform in China and it is also known as China’s ‘life operating platform’ as it is a mixture of IM, e-commerce and social media.

Back in November, Tencent, the company that owns WeChat made the WeChat Payment accessible in 20 countries. The latter payment system allows migratory Chinese to buy from remote businesses with the aid of RMB.

WeChat Payment vs. China Union Pay

China UnionPay is the leading payment system for Chinese tourism expenses. Being the sole bankcard operator in China, it has gained a monopoly position, no doubt about it. But, ever since the Chinese government announced that the credit card market will receive Visa, MasterCard and American Express, UnionPay’s monopoly days are slowly coming to an end.

There is also another strong competitor in the online payment section, and this is Alibaba Group’s Alipay which already owns 50% of the online payment market, while UnionPay is just at 11%.

Tencent’s timing to propel WeChat Payment service overseas couldn’t be more accurate. This is the mobile payment era, where everyone enjoys this simple and fast procedure. And to prove the overall value of mobile payments, according to a report issued by China Central Bank, such payments reached $4.2 trillion. Xinhua states that 60% of WeChat users already enabled the payment service and more than 200 million users have linked their credit cards to their accounts.

You might ask yourselves why is WeChat different from the rest of the payment options out there? Because it has its own in-app ecosystem. At the beginning the latter service was used to send New Year’s red envelopes, but now it’s all about e-commence, baking and more. Users can pay their bills with the simple scanning of QR codes or they can convert renminbi payments directly into the currency accepted by the retailers for instance. Also for safety issues, this QR code is refreshed every minute. Having said all this, expect museums worldwide, amusements parks as well as hotels and major retailers to adopt the WeChat Payment.

Google Play Store Top 2015 Holiday Deals

If you are an Android user, then we have some good news for you. The Google Play Store holiday sales have started and you should check it out, as you will be able to purchase games at a very cheap price.

Lara Croft Go is a game that comes with pretty good graphics and if you are a Tomb Raider fan, then you will surely enjoy playing this game. The game has received an 80% price reduction and it can be purchased for only 0.99 dollars.

Minecraft Story Mode can now be purchased for only 0.10 dollars, while Lego Batman Beyond Gotham is 0.99 dollars. Below we will give you a list of more games that are currently on sale and you can purchase them right away from the Google Play Store. Keep in mind that this offer will most likely end in two days, so you’d better purchase your favorite game right away.

– Final Fantasy III – 7.99 dollars
– NBA Jam – 0.10 dollars
– Goat Simulator – 0.99 dollars
– Civilization Revolution – 4.99 dollars
– Surgeon Simulator – 0.99 dollars
– Dark Echo – 0.49 dollars
– Framed – 0.99 dollars
– Castle Illusion – 0.99 dollars
– Hitman Sniper – 0.50 dollars
– Final Fantasy Tactics – 6.99 dollars
– This War of Mine – 4.49 dollars
– Leo’s Fortune – 0.99 dollars
– Splendor – 0.99 dollars
– Rayman Fiesta Run – 0.25 dollars
– Small World 2 – 0.99 dollars
– Pac Man CE DX – 0.99 dollars
– Modern Combat 4 – 0.99 dollars
– Ravensburger Puzzle – 0.10 dollars
– Riptide GP2 – 0.49 dollars
– Joe Danger – 0.99 dollars
– Sleeping Prince: Royal Edition – 0.99 dollars.

As you can see, there are a lot of good games that are on sale on Google Play Store. Some of them are AAA games, so we suggest you to take a look on the official Android store and purchase some awesome games at a very low price.

The Google Play Store Christmas Sale ends on ends on December 25, 2015.

Samsung Galaxy J7 – A Mid-Range Smartphone Which Supports The Adaptive Fast Charging Feature

The Galaxy J7 came in June and Samsung has released the Adaptive Fast Charging feature, which will help the owners to take full advantage of this phone’s capabilities The device has a 3000mAh cell and Director of mobile, Samsung Electronic West Africa, Mr. Emmanouil Revematas, assured the users that they won’t need to recharge the battery so often.

Thanks to the ultra-power saving mode offered by Samsung, the Galaxy J7’s battery life will be extended and the users will be able to talk more on the phone with their friends, but, by default, the phone offers 18 hours of talk time on 3G. The J7 is a phablet costing Rs. 14,999 in India, which is around $227, so it’s a very cheap device with good specs, and it has all the chances to dominate the mid-range smartphone segment.

So, if you want to know more about this cheap, but amazing smartphone, then we’ll tell you that it has a polycarbonate shell (available in White, Black and Gold colors) and a metallic chrome frame, it measures 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm and it weights 171 grams. The screen has a size of 5.5-inch and it uses Samsung’s popular Super AMOLED technology, but the resolution isn’t very high, being limited to 720 x 1280 pixels, and it gives a pixel density of only 267 ppi. But this is a mid-range smartphone and you shouldn’t have high demands from it.

The J7 came loaded with Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop), but Samsung hasn’t mentioned anything about upgrading it to the latest Marshmallow version. Inside, it features a 64bit Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor, which consists of a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a quad-core 1GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, which is backed by an Adreno 405 GPU, but there is a second variant of the device which uses an Exynos 7580 octa core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, which is backed by a Mali-T720MP2 GPU. No matter which version you choose, the device will support multitasking and you won’t have problems with the browser performance. However, both versions come equipped with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.

The camera on the back supports 13 MP, it has an aperture of f/1.9 and a 28mm lens, and its features include autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and Full HD video recording. The front camera is 5MP, its aperture is f/2.2, it has a 23mm lens and offers LED flash for perfect selfies at night.

Dell XPS 13 vs. MacBook Pro 13 – Which High End Laptop Do You Prefer?

At the beginning of this year, Dell has released the XPS 13 laptop, which has a nice design and great specs, being priced at around $1,000. The MacBook Pro 13 has a similar price and a 13.3-inch Retina screen and an Intel Core 5 processor, but which has a higher clock speed. In this article, we’ll tell you more about their specs, and if you like any of these laptops, then now it’s time to sacrifice your savings and replace your old device.

Designs

These laptops are not looking cheap like those models with a black polycarbonate chassis, as the MacBook Pro 13 comes with a matte silver design, it’s very slim and, but the Dell XPS 13 is slimmer, and has an aluminum frame and a carbon-fibre keyboard surround, which is very soft to touch. The MacBook is 200 grams heavier, but Dell’s laptop is as rigid as Apple’s device, but it has a more premium aspect.

Keyboard and touchpad

Both laptops have a backlit keyboard and you won’t need to push hard on the keys, and also, you won’t get tired when typing for a long time. However, the MacBook Pro 13 wins the battle because it has a touchpad which benefits from the Force Touch technology and it responds to various levels of pressure. The Dell XPS 13 has a smaller touchpad, which has a standard form, with integrated buttons.

Displays

The Dell XPS 13 has a WLED backlight sized at 13-inch, which supports a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and has an aspect ratio of 16:9. The 13.3-inch Retina Active Matrix TFT Color LCD screen of the MacBook Pro 13 supports a lower resolution of 1280 x 800
Pixels and the aspect ratio is 16:10. So, the Dell XPS has a sharper display, but the MacBook Pro 13 is better for watching movies, because the aspect ratio was chosen especially for this type of use.

In terms of color reproduction, well, Dell managed to reproduce 95% of the sRGB color gamut, while the MacBook Pro reproduced 98%. As for the brightness, on Dell’s screen reaches 418cd/m2, while the MacBook laptop reaches 400cd/m2.

Hardware

The Dell XPS 13 is powered by an Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2467M dual core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, but which can reach a max Turbo Speed of 2.3 GHz, which is backed by 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM and it’s kept alive by a 6-cell lithium polymer battery.

The MacBook Pro 13 features an Intel Core i5 dual core processor clocked at 2.50GHz, but it’s backed by either 4 GB or 8 GB of DDR3 SDRAM and the battery lasts, approximately, seven hours.

iOS 9.2 Jailbreak Release Date and TaiG Features

One of TaiG’s partners has published a report, in which it was confirmed that an iOS 9.2 jailbreak will be released in short time. The group of hackers has started working on the iOS 9.2 jailbreak after the update was available for the public and this news has made happy a lot of users.

3K Assistant is one of TaiG’ partners, and it’s represented by Stephen Phen. He posted a message on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo about the iOS 9.2 jailbreak, saying that it’s in the works and will be released as soon as possible. He also posted screenshots of the original post, on his blog, so this information is official.

Phen has specified that the team has worked on the iOS 9.2 jailbreak for eight hours until they’ve had a breakthrough and obtained promising results. We’re guessing that the hackers have found an exploit in iOS 9.2 and they’ve continued working on the jailbreak tool, which isn’t fully complete, but it will be soon, and it will be released to the public.

So, 3K Assistant, which is a piracy App Store, has assured the jailbreak fans that they’ll get their hands on the iOS 9.2 jailbreak soon. This store is TaiG’s “sponsor”, who funds the hackers so they can succeed with their new jailbreaks, and until now 3K Assistant has housed the iOS 8 jailbreaks.

Recently, the developers have received the iOS 9.2.1 beta and this is forcing the hackers from TaiG to release the jailbreak for iOS 9.2 before the final version of iOS 9.2.1 will be released to the public. Otherwise, the users who will upgrade to iOS 9.2 won’t be able to jailbreak their devices and they’ll be stuck with this version. Because Apple has the habit to stop signing a firmware when the company releases a newer version of its software and if the iOS 9.2.1 will be released before the TaiG team will finish the jailbreak tool, then all their efforts will be in vain.