Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Brand new HTC U11 beats Google Pixel DxOMark rating

There’s a brand new Galaxy S8 rival in town you should be aware of, the HTC U11 that was launched only a few hours ago. The new flagship handset has top hardware and a bunch of interesting tricks that aren’t available on other devices. And it looks like the HTC U11 is able to outperform the Google Pixel in a way its biggest Android rival couldn’t.

According to DxOMark, the HTC U11 got 90 points in its thorough camera performance review, which is a score that managed to top the former leader.

Google Pixel retained that top spot for a few months now with 89 points. Not even the Galaxy S8, which launched just a few weeks ago, was able to top Google’s Pixel. Samsung’s new phone reached “just” 88 points, matching the score of the HTC 10, Galaxy S7 and Sony Xperia X. Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus has 86 points in DxOMark’s rankings.

The photography site concludes that the HTC U11 is the best smartphone camera it has ever tested. And that’s hardly a surprise considering that HTC’s former flagships topped the site’s ranking — HTC is the company that makes the Google Pixel for Google.

“Not only is the HTC U11 the highest-scoring phone we’ve ever tested, it’s the highest-scoring in both still image quality and video quality, beating out the Google Pixel by 1 point in each,” DxOMark says in its review. “Those who want to shoot and share their photos will particularly appreciate the vibrant colors and bright exposures of the HTC U11. Similarly, effective autofocus and stabilization will help both photos and videos look good right out of the phone.”

“The HTC U11’s very low noise and excellent detail preservation also allow for sharing and printing larger-sized images than with most other phones,” the review concludes. The HTC U11 DxOMark review is at this link.

Culled from: BGR

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Samsung announces McAfee security software to come pre-installed on Galaxy S8 smartphones



It looks like Samsung and McAfee get along together very well, as the South Korean company has just announced a massive partnership that will see the latter's security solutions get pre-installed on smartphones, smart TVs, as well as PCs.

According to Samsung, McAfee VirusScan anti-malware technology will be pre-installed on the Galaxy S8 smartphones starting April. Basically, this means that all Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships will come with McAfee's security software right out of the box.

In addition, McAfee VirusScan will be available for Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy Note 5 free of charge. 

A similar anti-malware technology will be available in the United States and Korea for Samsung Smart TV customers, whereas additional countries will be added throughout the first half of 2017.

Last but not least, the McAfee LiveSafe cross-device security solution is now being shipped as pre-installed software on all Samsung PCs manufactured, starting in 2017. 

However, it's worth pointing out that Samsung PC users will only be able to enjoy 60-day free trials after which they will receive a special offer.

Culled from: PhoneArena

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

An all-new Popcorn Time app will be coming in June


Disclaimer: Be aware Popcorn Time offers streaming/downloading services that may likely be illegal in your market. We do not condone such activity and be aware it might get you in legal trouble. We are here only to deliver the news. Shall anything happen, it will be your responsibility only.

Popcorn Time is one of the most popular downloading services around, regardless of whether it is legal or not. We know plenty of you like the service, but can also attest to the fact that the app is not the cleanest around. Don’t worry, the team is getting things up to speed and launching a new Android app.

What’s new? Pretty much everything. This new app is completely redesigned from the ground up and is being labeled as version 3.0. It integrates a new UI, Material Design standards, background workers, asynchronous requests, new features, performance improvements and more. There is even a new discovery section for finding content of your interest.

Interested? There is no set release date for the new app, but it should be sometime next month. Until then, you can continue using the current beta version of Popcorn Time, which can be downloaded straight from the official website.

Culled from: AndroidAuthority

Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and 630 announced


Qualcomm has announced two new mobile platforms for the smartphone market – the Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630. Sitting just under the company’s flagship 800 series, these two new processors are aimed at bringing flagship-tier performance and features to mid-range handsets.

Samsung Galaxy S8 - AKG Ear Buds Flash Review




These AKG ear buds come bundled with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. They have got a nice clean sound with Mid-Range Bass and clean high tones.


They retail for $100 but it's worth it having them in the S8 Box.


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