Solar Skins: Changing the Look of Your Solar System Panels

Did you know that solar power is the cleanest and most reliable type of energy there is? It can be used in your homes or in you offices. The panels convert the rays of the sun into electricity by exciting electrons in silicon cells using the photons of light that are coming from the sun. […]
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Snap to Create 360-Degree Camera

We all know that snap is a social media application and not a maker of spectacle glasses. Recently, reports leaked that they are taking into consideration in making a 360 degrees camera. The news came out after a day when someone said that the company is working on a camera drone. Well, they are famous […]
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OMG! Is Facebook Messenger Day a Total Ripoff of Snapchat?

Hey, guys, do you totally want to use Snapchat, but don’t want to go through the immense hassle of downloading the app onto your phone? Facebook Messenger Day might be just the solution for you.

And surprise… it basically *is* Snapchat. Sigh.

The One That Got Away

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and company have had something of an obsession with its social media competitor ever since Snapchat turned up its nose at Facebook?EU?s offer to buy the messaging company for $3 billion back in 2013. Four years and an IPO later, and it still seems Facebook hasn’t figured out how to get over the one that got away.

In fact, Facebook has been acting like a jilted ex-lover, trying way too hard to show everyone how much it doesn’t need Snapchat in its life. The company’s latest effort to prove to the world that it’s fine, totally fine, is Messenger Day.

According to Facebook, Messenger Day is a new way for users to share videos and photos with their friends throughout the day with tools that allow them to edit pictures and add artwork. Then their Facebook friends can reply or comment on them. Oh, and all of the photos and videos self-destruct after 24 hours.

If that sounds a lot like Snapchat Stories that?EU?s because, well, it’s almost exactly like Snapchat Stories.

And the similarities don’t end there. The whole Messenger Day platform is based off the way the Messenger camera app works. Facebook unveiled a new interface in December and . . . Messenger’s interface looks almost exactly like Snapchat’s interface. Sort of like when a guy gets dumped and then immediately starts dating someone who looks exactly like his ex-girlfriend.

The Clone Saga

This isn’t even the first time that Facebook has…
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Nintendo Switch's Big Challenge: Luring Casual Gamers

With three kids and constant travel for work, John Hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” anywhere, anytime.

After he heard about the Nintendo Switch, a hybrid game machine that works as both a console at home and a tablet on the go, Hussey ordered one in January even though it wouldn’t arrive until Friday, when Nintendo’s latest game machine debuts.

Nintendo will need lots of traditional gamers like Hussey to redeem itself as a console maker, after being eclipsed by Microsoft and Sony in the game-console wars. But Nintendo will also need lots of casual gamers who are satisfied with playing on a smartphone and would never have dreamed of buying a $300 game machine.

And in trying to appeal to many audiences, Nintendo risks not being the best at serving any one.

Three Lives

The Switch is like three machines in one. Wireless controllers attach to a game tablet for hand held gaming. Take the tablet to a gathering with friends, and you can rest it on a table with a kickstand and detach the controllers for use as stand-alone devices. Back home, slide the tablet into a docking station and snap the controllers into a grip accessory and you have a traditional game console attached to a TV. With each switch — get it? –you can pick up where you left off.

“Knowing I could get the ‘Zelda’ game both at home and on the road, at this stage in my life that’s essential,” said Hussey, a sales rep from Bloomington, Indiana. “I can’t sit around at home and play a 70-hour game, but if I’m on airplanes or hotels, it’s perfect for me.”

The new “Zelda” game is the biggest available at launch, though Nintendo is also pushing a collection…
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LG G6 – First Look

At MWC 2017 Coolsmartpone was given early access to a First Look LG G6. LG’s new flagship is quite a looker, so here is a bit of an in-depth hands on with one of the most anticipated flagships of 2017.

LG G6   First Look

We should make it clear at this point: the device we are looking at is not the final product which is in production now. This is a pre-release First Look device where most features will be the same but may vary from region to region.

LG G6 Specifications

  • 5.7″ 18:9 (2:1) 1440×2880 display with Dolby Vision and HDR10
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 32/64GB internal memory with 4GB RAM
  • MicroSD expansion which supports cards slot up to 256GB
  • Dual 13MP camera with OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual LED flash
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • IP68 water and dust resistance

On paper the specs of this device make it look like a solid contender in the flagship market of 2017, but as we all know there is more to a device than the pure sum of its specifications.

When you pick up the First Look LG G6 you realise the device is surprisingly easy to hold despite having a 5.7″ display. That’s because of the new 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio LG have gone with and a very new approach to the industrial design of the device.

Essentially you end up getting a 5.7″ display smartphone with the ergonomics of the majority of 5.2″ devices on the market today. In my view, this is impressive.

The sides of the LG G6 are metal and have a reassuring inwards angle to them orientated towards the display. The back of the device, covered with curved glass, is almost impreceptably wider than the front and the angle of the metal sides makes for a reassuring feeling when holding the G6. The front of the device is flat witht he metal sides creating a very slight lip all round it. This lip is also bearly noticeable, but the design makes the LG G6 easier to hold and gives a reassuring feeling of grip.

LG G6   First Look

The LG G6 display itself is, as we’ve said, a 5.7″ 1440×2880 panel with rounded corners. The 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio is a bold choice from LG: they seem to be first to market with a display which is a departure from the industry standard 16:9, and have done a good job communicating why they are doing this. The display is clear and crisp, with good brightness and sunlight legibility. The panel itself is an IPS LCD one, which has punchy colours. On the black First Look G6 model Coolsmartphone were provided with the colour saturation looks excellent, and those rounded corners are definitely an attractive feature.

LG G6   First Look

The bottom of the device is home to the Type-C data and charging port, microphone and the speaker. The speaker has good bass and is pleasant to use in the Coolsmartphone test: in an AirBnB bedroom or in a camper van it gives good overall sound and performs admirably while playing BBC From Our Own Correspondednt.

LG G6   First Look

The overall form factor of the LG G6 is impressive when you consider that the screen is a 5.7″ one. Placed next to a standard 5.5″ device it isn’t as wide and it is actually shorter. This makes holding the device and using it one-handed a pleasure. LG’s Android distribution is pretty close to Google experience Android, and launches with Google Assistant out of the box. On the day of the announcement of he LG G6 this was a first for Google Assistant on devices other than the Pixel, but since then we have discovered Google is rolling out Assistant to most Android 6 and 7 devices.

The dual camera setup on the back produces clear crisp images, even in low light. The wide-angle lense is a very cool feature, and particularly useful when framing some shots. Leigh and I covered the LG G6 launch in Barcelona shooting with the G6 and considered the shots to be good.

We know this is a First Look device, and look forward to bringing you a full review of LG’s new flagship in the coming weeks.

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  • AT&T's GoPhone Intros Unlimited Slow Plan

    AT&T today made one of its postpaid plans available via its GoPhone prepaid brand. The new AT&T GoPhone Unlimited service plan costs $60 per month and offers unlimited everything at reduced speeds. The plan includes maximum download data rates of just 3Mbps, with video capped at 480p standard resolution and limited to streams of 1.5Mbps. This is similar to the Unlimited Choice plan AT&T rolled out to its postpaid customers last month. AT&T said GoPhone Unlimited customers who exceed 22 GB of data in a given billing period may see their data speeds reduced when the network is congested. Alternately, GoPhone customers can select a new offer that includes unlimited talk and text with 6 GB of high-speed data for $40 per month. Customers who exceed the 6 GB limit in a 30-day period will have their speeds reduced to 128kbps for the remainder of the billing cycle. Both plans include free roaming in Canada and Mexico. AutoPay and paperless billing are required to get these $60 and $40 plan prices. The new GoPhone plans are available starting today. Last, GoPhone is offering $20 off select smartphones through April 20.

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    LeEco Scores More U.S. Retail Partners

    LeEco today said U.S. consumers will be able to find its products at more stores around the country. Specifically, an expanded number of Best Buy stores plan to add LeEco smartphones over the next few months. The same is also true of BrandsMart USA, which will stock LeEco phones both in stores and online. LeEco said HSN and Fry’s will carry more of its ecotvs. The two main handsets LeEco sells to U.S. consumers are the Le Pro3 and Le S3. The phones are sold unlocked and are compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.

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    Review: HTC U Ultra

    HTC’s flagship handset for the year is the U Ultra, a stunning slab of metal and glass. This powerful Android smartphone combines an attractive design with a solid spec sheet. The result is a highly capable handset that is among HTC’s finest. Whether or not this pricey unlocked phone makes sense for U.S. buyers is another story. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review of the HTC U Ultra.

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    My phone is now held together with sticky tape

    I like to think that I’m quite careful with my phone. I have an LG G5 at the moment and, although it’s perhaps not as nice to look at as some smartphones, I still prefer it to be case-free.

    Until yesterday I was quite proud of the fact that, over the months I’ve had this and carried it around, it was pretty scratch-free. The screen isn’t scratched and it doesn’t look too bad considering the places I’ve been and the “one handed whilst walking along a footpath” usage I give it. How I haven’t dropped it I really don’t know.

    Trouble is, this phone has a “feature”. The feature in question is the slide-out battery, and it was part of the whole “modular phone” idea that LG were going with in 2016. 

    Other manufacturers tried it too, but LG jumped in with both feet. They offered extra plug-in gadgets like the B&O PLAY audio system and the LG Cam Plus module to give you a power-boost when you’re snapping shots. These gadgets all slide in at the bottom of the phone, and you just need to click a button on the side to release the accessory in question.

    I’ve been keen to show people my slide out battery recently (hey, no laughing at the back) and it appears to have worn the “clip” that holds the lower portion of the phone in place. The result, for some reason, is that the microphone works when it wants to. People can sometimes hear me and sometimes can’t, so now I’ve resorted to one of two solutions..

    1 – Plug in a Bluetooth headphone or normal wired headphones

    2 – Putting some tape on the back of the phone to hold it together.

    Yes. Tape.

    My phone is now held together with sticky tape

    My flashy smartphone now has a sticky bit of tape on the back and, well, it’s not cool is it? 

    It’s another lesson for myself. Even though I’ve kept my phone scratch and dent free, I’ve not kept the phone secure, and that could’ve all been prevented (as my wife told me last night, several times) if I’d used a case. A case, “like normal people do Leigh”, as she put it.

    So today I’m heading over to Punkcase as they have quite a few tough but rather individual cases that will protect your phone BUT also look good at the same time.

    If that fails, I think I might find an excuse to buy a new phone entirely 🙂

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