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Android L brought a design change to the Android ecosystem, giving it a more simplistic looks and faster movement. This year, Google is bringing Android M, which will give the OS nifty features like better standby time. Let’s see what else does Android M has in store for us.

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Moving Apps

One noticeable change is moving most used apps around to better locations. You may notice the Google Voice app is now moved to the bottom left hand corner for ease of use. The dedicated camera app is also moved to the bottom right hand corner. The only disadvantage this setup has is the fact that you can only swipe from a certain spot. With Android Lollipop, you can swipe from any direction.

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The App Drawer

The biggest change with Android M is the App drawer, which is probably the biggest turn down. The App drawer goes back to the days of Android Froyo when you had to scroll up and down rather than left to right. It lists the Apps in alphabetical order from top to bottom. At the top is a favorites dock that allows you to place up to four of your favorite apps. Obviously this isn’t the final version of Android M and thankfully it is still in beta mode. The final version may include more ways to swipe through the app drawer.

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Google Settings

Another change with Android M will include Google Settings. Within the menu in Google Settings, you will find all the options that used to call the Google Settings app home, including ad preferences, Location, Search & Now, and Smart Lock Passwords. “Setup Nearby Devices” is also seen in as a new option which should allow you to set up other devices via Bluetooth.

Google also updated the volume control; something that Samsung got right a while ago. If you were ever at the home screen of your android device, you were only allowed to adjust the ringtone volume. Now, you are able to adjust any volume on the homescreen with the volume button.

Battery Life

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Battery life is always a concern when utilizing a phone. With Android M’s new “Dozing” feature, it makes android devices more power efficient. With the new update, it nearly doubles the standby time for Android devices. This mode is what any Android phone or tablet can go into when your device senors realize that it hasn’t been touched in a while. Your device then goes into a deep sleep rather than turning off completely. While alarms and priority notifications will still get to the device, unimportant pings will fail to wake it, improving the battery life sharply.

USB Type C Support

Type C fast charging will be supported with Android M. This will allow for quicker charging times and set your stock Android device into ‘Power bank’ mode. This is a mode that will allow devices to charge other devices. So if your phone needs charging, your Tablet can act as a battery pack. I can already see the USB Type C charging port with both ends looking the same.

Multi-Window…..Maybe

The Nexus 6 is a big device. So big, that the end user can utilize the huge screen. For a long time, Android users has been begging Google to include multitasking in stock Android. If you ever wanted to use a Multitasking feature, you would either have to switch to a Samsung or LG device. Now, Android M may finally come with Multitasking. We say maybe because you cant turn this feature on without hacking the device.

Android Pay/Fingerprint Scanner

We can admit, Google Wallet never took off like Google wanted. With Android Pay, Google is looking to change that. Android M will have native support for fingerprint scanning, relieving Android developer of the pain. Sure, it’s just like Samsung Pay, and Apple Pay, so expect a similar payment system from all.

Android M has a ton of potential. Not only is it bringing better battery life to the table, but it is also bringing better payment support to the table; two of the most important features in the wireless ecosystem. Whether it is called Android Marshmallow, Android Moca, or just Android Mellon, wither way it will be a tasty treat.

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Music streaming services is a big thing in the industry. With Apple Music adding to the likes of Radio, Spotify, and more, it’s becoming a crowded and confusing market. The biggest streaming services that will catch anyone’s attention besides Pandora is Apple Music and Spotify. But which one is really worth your money? Spotify? Or Apple Music?

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First, let’s take a deeper look into what Apple Music really is. After the acquisition of Beats Audio by Dre for $2.9 billion, it was only a matter of time before Apple could finally fuse Beats Music in one App. The App is aimed directly at Spotify. Not Tidal, Spotify. It is one app that manages worldwide live radio stations, your iTunes catalog, and music streaming services all at the same time. You can even make your own playlist, and stream any song or album in one settling. And if you want, you can let Apple choose what you want to hear.

With Apple Music, you have a “New” Tab which allows you to listen to new artist and top charts. Go to the “All” Tab and you will be greeted with you iTunes library. There is also a “My Library” Tab for those who like their music content stored onto their device instead of the cloud. This is great for those who don’t want to burn through their data.

Siri is also integrated into Apple Music. Tell Siri to play the best music from the 90’s, and she goes to work. This is something Google could do with Play Music and Google Now.

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Beats One is also integrated with Apple Music. This is a live 24-hour radio station you are able to access through the App. But be careful, even though Beats One is free, Apple Music requires a subscription.

Spotify does mostly the same thing, offering unlimited music with caveats depending on which package you prefer. With Spotify’s premium service, it does without advertisements. Spotify allows users to skip tracks and listen to music offline. Premium users can play songs on demand, hear playlists, discover new music, create and edit playlists, as well as share music and their playlists. To sum up Spotify, it is more widely available to consumers via Laptop, Desktop, smartphones, Tablets and more. In addition, it has been here since 2008, has over 20 million users, with deals from Sony (PlayStation Music), EMI, Warner, and Universal Studios.

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What you will be most interested in is Spotify and Apple Music catalogue. Both iTunes and Spotify has over 30 million songs. However, Spotify streams their music at 320 kbps; there is no telling what Apple will be streaming their music at. Spotify also has video clips, audio shows, and original programming. To combat Spotify’s incredible features, Apple Music has a huge trick up their sleeve. With their new connect feature, it will allow upcoming artist to take advantage of Apple’s Apple Music App. Users will be able to find their music on Apple Music, that isn’t yet on iTunes. It will be the new SoundCloud in just a couple of years.

This is what it all comes down to; pricing. So which one gives you more bang for your buck? Spotify starts off free unlike Apple Music, and goes up from there. Apple Music on the other hand, cost $9.99 per month, which goes for the same as Spotify if you opt for their premium version. Apple will allow you to have up to six family members use Apple Music for $14.99. Spotify will allow you another person for the family version, but it’s only 50 cents off any additional person, so it can get expensive.

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So which one is more available? Of course, Spotify is a lot more widely  available, by a long shot. Apple Music is only available on iOS, Mac, and PC and will start opening up to these devices on June 30th. The Android version will be coming this Autumn. Unfortunately it will only be available to just 100 countries. Spotify is already global and can be found on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC.

Which should you choose? Well, it’s a tossup. Apple Music is very new, and it isn’t as available as Spotify. We will have to wait several months to see if it will even pick up traction. June 30th isn’t that far away, but it still gives Spotify plenty of time to raise the stakes and either price match or come up with some new ideas before Apple Music Launch. What I’m more excited about is the massive potential Connect will have, which will give upcoming artist a huge chance to show their potential. For now, users will have to stick to Spotify until Apple Music is released.

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We all love a good deal; especially when it involves a great phone for a great price. Take the Motorola Moto X 2014 edition, which is now just $299 off contract. For those who are looking for a great smartphone on a budget can look no further.

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The second generation Moto X is amongst the greatest smartphones of all time. Sitting just above this beast is the S6 from Samsung and G4 from LG. However, you will end up paying nearly three times as much for those devices. (Seriously; you can purchase a Samsung Galaxy S6 from AT&T for nearly $1000 off contract).

The Moto X boast a generous 5.2″ 1080p display. The density is a crazy 423 PPI, so don’t worry about pixilation. With a quad core processor Qualcomm with 2 GB of RAM, it’s all you need to power your day. The device also comes with a 13 MP rear facing camera. A 2300 mAh lithium ion battery is on board, with 32 GB of on board storage. None of which are expandable as the battery back cover is welded shut and there is no micro SD card slot. For the money it is really hard to beat such a great deal, especially since the device comes with near stock Android. This device can be purchased from BestBuy for either AT&T or Verizon.

 

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At first glance, there isn’t much new about the LG G4. However, taking a second look will reveal unique things about this device. Believe it or not, the G4 continues to be one beast of a handset. If you are still on the edge of buying this device, consider these top 20 reasons to buy it.

  • A Nexus in Sheep’s clothing

Dare I say it? A beast with lip stick applied to the body? Make no mistake, this is one beautiful handset, with a similar design as last year’s model. Apply the luxury equipment and you have yourself a great handset.

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  • Organic Leather

Well this is a first. We like the faux-leather design Samsung faded away, but we love the organic leather on the LG G4. Fine stitching never looked so good on a smartphone. Blackberry also tried the look, but I doubt that it went anywhere. (No offense to Crackberry fans).

  • Quad-HD Screen

Quad HD screens are pretty much the future of smartphones. (And Smart televisions). LG continues the use of 1440 x 2560 displays show an extremely crisp picture. The 5.5 inch IPS display shows no difference than it’s predecessor, but it does boast a richer color contrast than the previous generation.

  • Brightness output

Brightness output is one we all need when it comes to looking at a screen directly in sunlight. Thanks to the brightness level of the G4, you can see what your friends are texting you in the sunlight. The LG G4 produces over 500 Nits of brightness.

  • 3 GB of RAM

The three GB of RAM carries over from last year’s device. While we would love more RAM, it shouldn’t matter in a phone just yet. (Unless you want your phone to do your taxes for you).

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor

We almost thought the LG G4 was going to come with the highly anticipated Snapdragon 810. This is the closest competitor to Samsung’s Exynos Octa found in the Galaxy S6. The LG G4 however, will be coming with the Snapdragon 808 processor, which is actually better than the 810 believe it or not. The processor has been optimized longer than the Snapdragon 810. That means Apps in the Android app store will play better with this chip instead of the 810, which is still being worked on.

  • 32 GB internal memory standard

Finally, more and more companies are jumping on the 32 GB standard. These days, 16 GB of memory will get us nowhere; especially with the massive downloading that’s going on in todays time.

  • MicroSD card slot

The MicroSD card slot is still alive. Samsung has done away with the SD card expansion on their new Galaxy S6, but LG has not. While Samsung is going upscale, LG is doing the same thing by keeping their roots. Using an Android without a memory card slot may feel like using an iPhone to some people.

  • 16 MP camera

LG is going with an ever so slightly better camera than the Galaxy S6, which could be personal preference based on whoever is using it. ISO and white balance can be found on the device as well. You can now adjust the shutter speed of the camera as well, which is a first for LG devices.

  • Dual LED Flash

Dual LED flash is a hit or miss for some phones, however, the technology is being perfected. HTC gave up the concept, but Apple picked it up. LG is now working on this method as well. It will sport two different color flashes for different scenarios when taking shots.

  • That Lens Tho!

The G4 is sporting a brand new 16-megapixel 1/2.6” sensor that features a wide f/1.8 six-element aperture lens. Laser auto focus assist is also on the device. So if you are in a situation where you have very low light, the G4 will still be able to take a stunning picture.

  • Not So curved

The LG G4 is curved, but not that curved. This is great for those who want a cinematic view when watching movies on their device or playing games. The LG G4 borrows its curvature from the G Flex 2, which is for those who want a curve to the extreme. Between the S6 and the G4, the G4 could be better for movie watchers.

  • 3,000 mAh removable battery

The G4 sports a much bigger battery than the S6 and always has. This is why the battery life has always been better on the LG G series. LG’s batteries are in close competition with Motorola, which is the battery life king. Even better, the battery is replaceable.

  • Same form factor as predecessor

Some people get a new phone and have to get used to the new version. For those who are moving from the G3 to the G4 will be happy to hear that it feels the same, just more premium. This is because LG did not tamper too much with the form factor. (Why fix something that’s not broken?).

  • Close to stock android

LG’s UX 4.0 is closer to stock Android than anything. This turns out to be far better than Samsung’s TouchWiz interface because you can expect updates quicker and expect the update to work. Ever heard of the Note 3 users getting the 5.0 update? Yeah, it’s a disaster for some of them. Keeping the skin similar to stock android makes the device feel more natural. It should fit LG’s organic display and faux leather design nicely.

  • Android Lollipop out of the box

Believe it or not, there are still some Android devices out there that still comes with Android 4.4 KitKat. Trust me a KitKat is good, but you may want to try a Lollipop sometime. Thanks to LG’s simpler user interface, it doesn’t interfere with the Lollipop experience; unlike TouchWiz which can be intrusive at times.

  • Refuses to follow the industry

No fingerprint scanner sounds like no deal to some people. But others may not like the idea of a fingerprint sensor. Not every phone has to follow the industry. For example, the iPhone still uses a dual core processor till this day. It seems to be selling just fine even when consumers have the ability to purchase a device with 8 cores.

  • Rear buttons are still unique

The rear buttons are still unique to the G4. They are much more comfortable to use than side buttons found on must devices today.

  • Simpler design than the S6

The S6 may seem like a great design to some, but to others it can be a bit busy. The S6 went over the top to find as many premium components it could to stand out. The LG G4 on the other hand found premium design in sharp edges and fine stitched leather. It works out great with its simplistic user interface as well.

  • The middle of the pack option

Between the HTC M9, S6, and Motorola devices is the LG G4. If you don’t like the idea of an all metal device like the M9, or a glass phone like the S6, or the option crazy Motorola devices, you can’t go wrong with the LG G4.

 

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You don’t buy a device because your friends have it. You buy a device because you like it. The whole monkey see monkey do persona is over. Buying a device based on others opinion won’t work anymore (That’s so 2007). However, buying a device based on features will work. Samsung does an excellent job of giving features to their fan base, but approximately 50% of those will probably never be in use. If you are looking for a feature rich smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has you covered.  Here are the top 25 reasons to buy the Galaxy S6 Edge.

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  • Curved Display

Samsung has been working on curved displays for years. Their press conferences, concepts, and rumors always made us wonder what their first curved display smartphone was going to be. With the Note Edge, the curved display showed usefulness, but it was unexpected. With one curved side, it made us want to see the other side curved. 6 months later, the company delivered on what everyone expected with the Galaxy S6 Edge; a curved display on both sides.

  • QHD Resolution

We don’t know if we should call it 2K displays or QHD displays. All we know is that the resolution on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is incredible. Not only does it has Gorilla Glass 4, it also features a 1440 x 2560 screen resolution. That amounts to a crazy 577 pixels per sq. in. Now that’s what I call screen density!

  • Brighter Screen

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge uses OLED technology. Not only does it have four times the sharpness of an iPhone 6, but it has 4 times the pixels of the device as well. The display is now ranked as having the highest pixel density on any phone ever made; providing the sharpest image made from sub and diamond pixels. The S6 Edge is able to reach a screen brightness of 600 nits, which makes it an incredible display to read in direct sunlight.

  • 8 core processor

Samsung has finally ditched Qualcomm in favor of their own processors (Or have they?) America may finally get their first taste of an Octo-core smartphone. Samsung will skip the Snapdragon 810 processor for their own octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. This will feature two quad core processors that work when the workload requires it. If the phone requires a workload of e-mails, text, and other basic task, the small 1.5 GHz quad core processor will be used. However, if it requires a workload of games, downloads, and other big tasks, the bigger 2.1 GHz quad core processor will go into effect.

  • 64-bit architecture

Why a 64-bit architecture you ask? Well, as you know, 64-bit addresses more code than 32-bit. Again, you are still asking, “WHY ON EARTH DO I NEED 64-bit IN A PHONE??” The answer is simple, you don’t. However, this isn’t just a mere marketing stunt. This is a “Modern instruction set.” This simply means the phone will be set for the future. This is why Apple never harped on the 64-bit architecture. Even though the company was the first to release a smartphone with this instruction set, there is no use for it in smartphones, but it is there when it is ready.

  • Smarter RAM

Even though Samsung has 3 GB of RAM in the S6, we aren’t just talking about any old RAM here. The S6 includes LPDDR4 RAM; twice as fast as their previous generation RAM. This allows for faster data transfers and higher efficiency in terms of power consumption. Even though this is 1GB higher than what is currently in the S6 Edge, Samsung’s 4GB LPDDR4 package was chosen as an Honoree of the 2015 CES Innovation Awards in the Embedded Technologies category. This is by far the only company that has won three consecutive years when it comes to DRAM solutions.

  • Wireless Charging standard

The S6 Edge also comes with Qi and PMA charging capabilities standard (Wireless charger not included. Fifty bucks extra pal!) This is important because these are two wireless charging standards. Keep in mind that the Nexus 6 only comes Qi wireless charging standard only. This Dual Wireless charging standard is important because they both do two different things. While both charging systems charge at different wavelengths, PMA is noticeably used as a selling standpoint. It is able to show how many times you’ve been at a certain place. So if you stay at Starbucks a lot, they know how often you come there.

  • Better Fingerprint Scanner

Even though the first biometric system Samsung created wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good either. We knew there were going to be hiccups similar to the Motorola Atrix and the iPhone 6 fingerprint scanner. However, Samsung hit it on the nose when it came to the new fingerprint scanner in the S6, just tap to unlock. It can’t get any simpler than that.

  • 32 GB Standard

Samsung is putting higher mega pixels in their smartphones, so that should amount to more MB when it comes to image quality. Since we are downloading more things than ever before, it’s only right to give more memory to the user. While the SD card slot is gone, it is not missed at all. Samsung has managed to double the memory standard in the Galaxy S6.

  • Thinner Bezels

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is crazy thin. Even though the device is thinner than its previous generation, it’s still shocking to see the incredible form factor. The device is 6.8mm thin. If that isn’t thin, I don’t know what it. The device itself has a 70.1% screen to body ratio. Compared to the iPhone 6, that is a 10% better ratio. That makes for super thin bezels on the sides and a much better grip for such a large device.

  • Better Rear Camera

The S6 has a 16 MP camera. It’s not the 20 MP camera everyone hoped for, but it is still stellar. Finally, Samsung is using the much wanted Optical Image Stabilization rather than Auto Focus. It also includes an f/1.9 lense as well.

  • Better Selfies

I never knew a high resolution front facing camera was ever going to be needed in a million years! That’s until Vine and Instagram made it a necessity for smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S6 now features a 5MP front facing camera. It’s either a stellar selfie taker, or video chat overkill.

  • Better Battery

Samsung equipped the Galaxy S6 with a smaller battery than the S5. When I heard that, my heart stopped. Before, the device had a bigger 2800 mAh battery. Now it has a smaller 2550 mAh battery. When I heard that, my heart stopped, until I heard the good news….

  • Faster Charging

The Samsung Galaxy S6 may not need a bigger battery. The device is able to charge 4 hours of usage in just 10 minutes. That is also 2 hours worth of video playback.

  • Premium Meterial

Gone is the industrial plastic Samsung used for its devices. It’s no longer a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It is now a Lamborghini Aventador. Samsung has replaced all plastics with Metal and a Glass backing. The cheap thrill is over. The S6 Edge is now classified as a premium device.

  • Lighter Smartphone

Compared to the previous generation, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is pretty light. The Galaxy S5 weighed in at 145 grams. The S6 now weighs only 138 grams. That’s pretty incredible considering there is also a glass backing included.

  • More Colors

The Galaxy S6 will come in 5 cool colors. Gold, Black, White, Blue, and Grey will be the color choices. Previously only 3 colors could be had. With the new color choices, this should expand the line-up options even more.

  • Android Lollipop

Samsung has always been good with providing the latest version with Android. Sometimes we would have to wait to install the latest version. Samsung has managed to put a fresh version of Android Lollipop 5.0 in the box, so there is no need for an update.

  • Lighter TouchWiz Experience

The Korean Giant has been doing a lot to clean up TouchWiz. While TouchWiz is still “TouchWiz,” it still retains a better experience than the previous generation. It’s claimed to be much quicker and more responsive. Also, the excess fat has also been trimmed. For example, there aren’t as many options in the camera as there were before, but if you are looking to get them you can download them from the app store.

  • 5 mm headphone jack at the bottom

Although this isn’t such an important feature, for those who value sound will get a kick out of this. Finally, the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the device. If you ever were sick of that cord getting in your way of a text while you were listening to your tunes, now you can be free of the hassle.

  • Tougher security

Samsung’s Knox security is a very important part of keeping their devices secure. With the BlackBerry partnership, Samsung will make the S6 even more secure. BlackBerry will be bringing SecuSUITE security to the Samsung Galaxy S6.

  • Better design

While the S6 isn’t the best design, Samsung has ever made *DROID Charge Cough* Samsung did made one beautiful smartphone with the Galaxy S6. With design taken into consideration, the company created a much better design than the S5 (And boy we all know how horrible that phone looked). Compared to the Galaxy S5, which hit an ugly tree and ever branch on the way down, I say the Galaxy S6 Edge has the “edge” in beauty.

  • More Exclusive

The S6 Edge isn’t going to be as available as the S6 brother. However, it is going to very exclusive. Because the S6 Edge has a curved display, it isn’t going to be quickly manufactured like the S6 will. Add in the fact that the S6 Edge looks much better than the S6, and you have a very high demand for the device. This is why carriers are now demanding the S6 edge more than the S6.

  • Future proof

Samsung has created a device for the future, not the present. People aren’t ready for such a device like this. We don’t know how to use a curved smartphone with a concave design. Samsung has managed to make a big deal out of design this time, obviously they want their fanbase to love the inside and outside of the device. Never has the world seen an 8 core smartphone with so much power. The biggest question is how it will fare with devices that has half the cores. No Apps are currently optimized to use the potential that this phone has, but Samsung claims the future will have something in store for this phone.

  • The biggest risk for Samsung

The Galaxy S6 will be the biggest risk for Samsung. The Korean Giant is risking their current fanbase to claim a broader audience. Samsung has ditched a bigger battery for smarter performance. The company gave up a removable back for a better form factor. The company also walked away from a great partnership with Qualcomm in favor of their own 8 core processor to push research and development further. Was it worth it? We shall see once the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is released.

 

 

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When using the word revolutionary, change has to come with significance. Minor upgrades to a device will never make a phone revolutionary, but rather evolutionary. And I doubt there were minor changes to the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Korean Giant has managed to make the S6 nothing less than extraordinary. Let’s see what has made the Galaxy S6 revolutionary.

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Smart OIS

Samsung has packed a 16 MP camera in the Galaxy S6. With it comes the world’s first Smart OIS sensor built into the device. This sensor allows the camera to perform better in low light conditions and allows for smoother video recording.

64-bit 8 Core processor

Samsung has finally built their device on a 64-bit architecture. The phone will come included with the insanely fast Exynos 7 Octa processor. The chip is will offer better performance while needing to use less power than the Snapdragon 810. That’s expected considering that the 810 is using the 20nm process while the Exynos uses the better 14nm process.

Built-in wireless charging

For years, rumors surfaced that Samsung was finally going to make wireless charging standard in their devices. Introduced in the Galaxy SIII days, Samsung introduced the idea, but ditched it to save cost. Nearly 3 years later, it is now standard on the Galaxy S6.

Metal and Glass chassis

The S series of Samsung has been mostly plastic. Sure, Sammy switched it up and created a pleather back with the Note 3 release, but it was mostly polycarbonate. Now, they switched it in favor of a sealed glass cover and a metal chassis. Thanks to Corning, the brand new Gorilla Glass 4 is now protecting the back.

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Simply named Samsung Pay, it speaks for itself. Though not revolutionary, it still needs to be mentioned. Its service will be device, merchant, and card issuer agnostic, which could make it the most popular mobile pay service out there.

LDDR4 RAM

RAM is very important in a situation where you have a 64-bit architecture. This architechure usually addresses at least 4 GB of RAM or more. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes pre installed with 3GB of RAM, an extra GB isn’t missed one bit. The S6 has LDDR4 RAM, which is highly efficient and can address some really serious multitasking without allowing the device to use much battery power or lag.

Advanced Battery Technology

Battery technology is advancing quickly. For the Galaxy S6, it has advanced in a major way. The battery is now a colossal 2800 mAh lithium ion battery. That’s almost as big as the iPhone 6 Plus battery. It’s amazing to see just how much battery Sammy can stuff in such a small package. What’s even more amazing is just how fast the device can charge. In just 10 minutes, you get 4 hours of battery life. The device charges 150% faster than the outgoing generation. Now that’s what I call a revolution.

The Ultimate Sacrifice for the Better

Despite the major upgrades Samsung has made with the Galaxy S6, something had to give. Samsung has made a brave decision to give up a removable back cover. However, in that instance, the company has made major breakthroughs to make the device amazing. To make up for the sealed back cover, the company upgraded the battery pack and gave the device more memory; doubling the standard 16 GB memory to 32 GB of memory. The device now rivals the Apple iPhone 6 in slim dimensions.

Call it what you want. There is no mistaking what the Samsung Galaxy S6 is. Some of what has made the Galaxy S6 such an icon is now missing from the device. However, such that can be said for the iPhone 6. Let’s just say companies are now trying to….cross appeal.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 has finally been unveiled, and six appeal is right. Samsung has finally got design right. The Korean Giant has finally made mobile history with the Galaxy S6. The company’s biggest bet is finally here. Sporting curves and much more rounded edges, the S6 does it with sheer beauty and power.

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Design wise, the Galaxy S6 kills it. The weight of 138 grams and 6.8 millimeters thin, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is both slimmer and lighter than the Galaxy S5. However, Sammy had to make a huge sacrifice which will make the Samsung fan base lose their damn minds; the battery has been sealed for the first time. Expandable storage has also vanished. Even worse, the device is no longer water and dust resistant. So a few steps back, but a large leap forward. Why? Because the specs are jaw dropping.

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With the home button, you can now touch instead of swipe your finger, which was annoying with the fingerprint scanner. The device now features a 5.1″ Super AMOLED QHD 1440 x 2560 display. That translates to 577 PPI and can reach as high as 600 nits in terms of brightness. The device should no longer show any signs of pixilation. Lollipop 5.0 will come preinstalled on the device, so it will have the most up to date version of Android. TouchWiz will also be much easier to use as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has more power than it will probably ever need. It will now be powered by the Exynos Octa processor overclocked to 2.1 GHz for the first quad core and 1.5 GHz for the second quad core companied with 3GB of LDDR4 RAM which is good for battery power. This will be built on the 14 nm process. Although the device is skipping the expandable storage, it will not be missed as users will get to choose from 32, 64, or 128 GB of storage.

Samsung has always pioneered in the camera department, and this one will not disappoint. The S6 boast a huge 16 MP camera with a f1.9/ aperture. Smart OIS will be on board with infra-red light detection and auto real time HDR. The front facing camera will also be a monstrous 5 MP shooter.

Battery life has also been improved in a revolutionary way. Wireless charging has finally been included in the package!!! It has been years since we have been waiting on this. It will also sport a huge 2550 mAh lithium ion battery pack. The battery will also charge 150% faster than the previous Galaxy S5.

Expect your typical $199.99 price tag for the Samsung Galaxy S6 for the 32 GB version.

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Now that Apple has the massive cash flow running through the companies veins, they can now offer bonuses and big cash to their workers. With their competitive salary and benefits, the company is starting to lure the geniuses to their company. You have already heard of Apple stealing some of Elon Musk talent from Tesla Motors. Even A123 Batteries is suing Apple for poaching their employees. Now, Apple is going for their number one frienemy employees; Samsung.

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Apple has obviously been aggressively poaching Samsung talent that focuses on next-gen image and signal processing. The Cupertino Company has been mainly looking for battery tech experts as well. Now that money isn’t the issue with Apple (Being the richest company in the world after all) the company is now offering the best pay for any expert willing to work for the company.

“Some of our personnel have been hired by Apple. They now work at Apple’s headquarters in San Jose, California,”

Officials are claiming that the Cupertino Company is doing their best to acquire new knowledge.

“Those Samsung officials are given greater independence to proceed with their tasks. Apple prefers to use Samsung’s chip experts because they are very diligent, mission-oriented and are prepared to acquire new knowledge,”

It’s clear why Apple would be tapping into Samsung, Tesla, and A123 Batteries. Samsung isn’t just a smartphone maker, so you have to think outside the box. The company is responsible for supplying BMW’s i3 and i8 with parts. Tesla on the other hand is responsible for the blazing fast Model S which can now go 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. As far as A123 batteries go, which is now suing Apple, the company makes some of the best batteries. Even GM’s CEO has gone as far as warning Apple to stick to smartphones. However, when you have $180 billion in a cash pile, you would probably be board of just making smartphones too.

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Automakers are gearing up to become the next contestant for delivery vehicles for the USPS. Just like Nissan won the Taxi of Tomorrow in New York City, automakers are preparing for another bid to take over the streets full of delivery vans. The US postal office has started the process to decommission old outdated “Never-will-die” vehicles. There is a contract now that is worth $6 billion dollars, which could be Tesla’s golden ticket.

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The Grumman LLV is the small white truck we all see giving us our mail. The tuck is actually a Chevrolet S-10 slapped with an aluminum body from GM with a little four cylinder engine that “actually can.” USPS bought these vehicles between 1987 and 1994. Due to their constant need of repairs, terrible windshields, massive fuel consumption, and more, these vehicles are now costing the company a jaw dropping $530 million every year. The company predicts that it will not be able to handle the staggering cost past 2017. Last year, the company requested 10,000 new chassis and drivetrains as well as 10,000 new vehicles alone.

Due to the modernization of the mailing system these days, the vehicles are far too small for deliveries. There is a big list of upgrades that the new delivery vehicles will need, such as better fuel economy, updated cup holders, free of slits that consumes mail, backup cameras, and more. The request is for 180,000 vehicles that cost between $25,000 and $35,000. A conference will be held today for any questions about the contract. A $6.3 billion dollar reward goes to anyone that has the best delivery vehicle, and we have just the company that should have a significant interest in it; Tesla Motors.

Out of all the automotive companies, Tesla seems like the perfect fit for the USPS contract.  The current vehicle that makes the postal deliveries (Grumman LLV) gets 16 MPG city and 18 MPG Highway….with nothing in it. When you factory in reality, the average MPG is actually 10 miles to the gallon. Imagine going 10 miles and realizing you have to put another $2.50 in your tank just to go another 10 miles (Not economical at all if you ask me). A Tesla will easily get 95 MPG-equivalent, which is over 9 times times more fuel efficient than the Grumman. To stop this vehicle, you will need almost 100 ft. While the Grumman wastes all that energy, the Tesla’s powertrain can recoup that energy and store it to make the vehicle go farther. Because delivery vehicles do a lot of stop and go, this is where a Tesla can shine. If you didn’t know, the Grumman only travels between 25 to 40 miles everyday, which is perfect for an electric car. Because the Tesla Model S goes 317 miles on a single charge, 40 miles a day shouldn’t be a problem. And don’t give me crap about range anxiety. The Grumman is a 2,700 lbs truck with a 3 speed transmission. The Tesla Model S has almost double that weight and can go farther.

Tesla could bid on the perfect contract. Again, the USPS is looking for $25,000 to $35,000 vehicles. Isn’t Tesla looking to build a 3 series competitor that cost $30,000? Why not build a $30,000 delivery truck that you know is going to be sold. The company can also base the chassis on multiple platforms, making CUV’s, SUV’s, and compact cars off of it. This will benefit the USPS in an extravagant way as the company will no longer have to depend on foreign oil. They can use energy that comes from their own country which will save them a big chunk of the $530 million dollars they spend annually (considering that they no longer have to deal with oil changes, transmissions or engine problems). As a result, this will benefit Tesla as well as the company will no longer have to depend on ZEV credits from the government (Which is going to expire anytime now) and will drive down the cost of lithium ion batteries as they will need to go into mass production. Because electric vehicles need little maintenance, Tesla can set up a small annual fee for the USPS to fix their trucks whenever they need maintenance, which could mean big revenue for Tesla as the money is going towards Tesla and not a repair shop. Lastly, it will also benefit consumers as well. This will be an alternative to ICE vehicles as this will play a big role in forcing gas prices down due to increased competition. Not to mention that this will keep the delivery of mail cheap. Oh, and about styling, I think Tesla will have that in spades since the Grumman is an ancient dinosaur. Next thing you know, police cars, Ambulance, Firetrucks, and other commercial vehicles will potentially follow once the development of electric vehicles mature. If you think about it, maybe this is why Apple is looking to create a self-driving minivan, hmmm….

Source: WSJ

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Smartphones that are sold by carriers are usually locked to prevent the buyer from using it on their competitor. Which means when a users purchase the device, the customer now is using a limited device that they bought for $500 or more. You can think of this as carrier shackles linked to your arms with a contract that could be deadly. This epidemic has been going on for far too long. A few years back, we showed you a company that was dedicated to unlocking smartphones. This was a time when companies was making it difficult to unlock a device. Now, as of February 11, 2015, unlocking your phone has never been easier.

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 Unlocking your phone is necessary if you want to use your device on other carriers. This is something common in other countries like Europe and China which have devices that are dual-SIM enabled. Once a device is unlocked, you are able to switch to another carrier once you are given a SIM card that is able to work on the other carrier. This is important if one carrier does not have coverage in a certain area. This will allow you to dodge roaming charges.

Be cautious when unlocking your phone. Some devices can only work on certain carriers. There are phones that are either GSM or CDMA enabled, allowing a device to only work on AT&T and T-Mobile or Verizon and Sprint respectively. Depending on the frequencies and network compatibility, certain antennas in the device may not work well with the other carriers, so when your phone suddenly switch from 4G to 2G speeds, don’t blame the carrier.

If you want your device unlocked, make sure your contract with the carrier has been met. Your device will have to be fully paid for. Also, any ETF (Early Termination Fees) must be paid for. Don’t try walking into Verizon asking them to unlock a Sprint device, because it won’t work. The carrier tied to your device must unlock the phone. If I was you, I wouldn’t be looking for a device on Craigslist. Any device flagged as lost or stolen will not be unlocked. That’s usually a device with a bad IMEI number. You have been warned.

How to unlock a device from Verizon

I have a Verizon device, so when I say it’s easy to unlock your device, it’s easy to unlock your device. Even though Verizon is a CDMA based carrier like Sprint, most devices come with a GSM card slot that Verizon deliberately disable. Even Verizon’s prepaid devices are unlocked, so don’t act surprised. To unlock Verizon’s Global Ready 3G cell phones, they will ask you for a code when switching to another provider’s; just type “000000” or “123456”. The best carrier to switch to would be Sprint or carriers using Sprint towers like Boost Mobile.

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How to unlock a device from AT&T

AT&T has a page on their website that helps users unlock their device. They also have a request form as well. As long as your device is active, the company will unlock the device. Unfortunately, you have more strings attached. If you have AT&T NEXT, you will have to wait the 14 day period to unlock the device. Postpaid customers have to wait a full 2 months before having their device unlocked. Prepaid customers has it the worst as they have to wait a crazy 6 months before having their device unlocked. Once your provide the company the IMEI number, they will begin unlocking your device. So, when I say strings attached, I mean strings….attached. The best carrier to use if you are switching from AT&T is T-Mobile or MetroPCS now that the company is using GSM towers as well.

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How to unlock a device from Sprint

As long as your device has been created before February of this year, it can be unlocked from Sprint, which is crazy to begin with. However, Sprint will let you know that you’re able to unlock your device either via text message or in your bill notification. To unlock you device on Sprint you will have to contact their Customer Care for help. The good news is that any device made after February of this year is automatically eligible for unlocking! Unlike AT&T, Sprint will unlock inactive devices. Phones can be unlock via OTA updates. When the devices are unlock, you should be cautious when switching to other carriers. The best Carriers to switch to will be carriers that use AT&T towers like Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, and FreedomPop.

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How to unlock a device from T-Mobile

To unlock a device from T-Mobile, you will have to contact customer service. You will have to request an unlock code from your carrier. The device must have been active for at least 40 days on the account. If you have a prepaid device, don’t bother, you will have to wait an agonizing year to have your device unlocked. Unfortunately a line of service is only allowed no more than 2 unlock codes per 12 months of service. Your phone must have been refilled with $100 as well before they can even become eligible. For a feature phone it will only be $25. So, just like AT&T, there will be strings on T-Mobile as well. For people wanting to switch from T-Mobile, their best bet will be AT&T.

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