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Is the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ right for you?

Later this week Samsung will release its Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ for sale. You may be torn, wondering which one, if any is the right smartphone for you. That’s where we’re here to help, by explaining a bit about each smartphone, as well as the differences between them, to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Let’s start with the basics, the specs.Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 – specs

  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Display: 5.8-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440 (570ppi)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Expandable storage: microSD up to 256GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel, f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/1.7, auto focus
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, LTE Cat.16
  • Charging: USB-C, Fast charging, Qi wireless, Powermat wireless
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Water resistance: IP68
  • Security: One-touch fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Samsung KNOX
  • Dimensions: 148.9mm x 68.1mm x 8mm
  • Weight: 155g

Samsung Galaxy S8+ – specs

  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Display: 6.2-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440 (529 ppi)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Expandable storage: microSD up to 256GB
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP Dual Pixel, f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/1.7, auto focus
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, LTE Cat.16
  • Charging: USB-C, Fast charging, Qi wireless, Powermat wireless
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Water resistance: IP68
  • Security: One-touch fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Samsung KNOX
  • Dimensions: 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 173g

Key differences between S8 and S8+

Okay, so the most obvious difference between Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ is the size. S8+ offers a slightly bigger display, which will increase the price by about $100. But S8+ still feels relatively compact compared to other smartphones with 6.2-inch displays.

The larger size of Samsung Galaxy S8+ also includes a slightly larger 3500mAh battery, which is still slightly smaller than the one included in S7 edge.

For everyone else, Samsung Galaxy S8 is the perfect Android smartphone. It’s a bit cheaper, it’s easier to use one-handed and it still has all the knockout features of the S8+. It’s also a bit easier to access the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Keep in mind that it’s display is still slightly bigger than most of its competitors that tend to be 5.2 or 5.3 inches.

So yeah, this year unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7 which had a distinct disadvantage compared to S7 edge, there are very few differences between S8 and S8+. It all comes down to screen size and battery life, that’s it. All in all, they are both poised to be some of the best Android smartphones available for purchase.

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Sources: Android Central

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How to remove a contact from your iPhone’s favourite list

Every now and then it makes sense to edit your iPhone’s contact list. After all, it is all too common to lose contact with friends or break up with your significant other. In many cases, it doesn’t make sense to delete the contact, but you may want to at least remove that person from your favourite contact list.iOS favourites

If so, here’s how to delete someone from your favourite contact list. First you’ll want to open up your dialer, by tapping the Phone icon. From there choose the Favorites tab and then tap the word edit in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

From there scroll down until you find the contact you want to remove from the list and tap the red minus sign next to their name. Then tap the red Delete button that appears and then tap Done.

If you change your mind and want to add that contact or someone else back onto your favourites list, it’s pretty simple. Once again you’ll want to open your dialer and then tap favourites in the lower left han corner of the screen. Then tap the plus sign in the top right of the screen.

From there either select the contact you want to add from your contact list or enter the personal information of the person you want to add. That’s it.

Hopefully, this will help you better manage your iPhone’s favourite contact list.

Sources: OSXDaily, iMore

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Friday app roundup: GIFs and animation

Welcome to the weekend fellow Vancouverites. If you don’t have anything to keep you entertained this weekend, don’t worry, we have just the thing for you.

This week’s app roundup includes: a classic Nintendo game remade for mobile; an app to help you bring your drawings to life; an app to help teachers keep parents up-to-date on their kid’s classroom progress; and an app to help you create your own GIFs.

App: Super Mario RunSuper Mario Run universal app

OS: Android, iOS

What is it? Not only does Super Mario Run bring the classic Nintendo game to your mobile. It also lets you create your own levels. You can try a couple levels for free, but really you’re going to want to go ahead and purchase the whole game. So run along and rescure the fair Princess Peach from Bowser’s castle.

Best review quote: new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand. You control Mario by tapping as he constantly runs forward. You time your taps to pull off stylish jumps, midair spins, and wall jumps to gather coins and reach the goal! Super Mario Run can be downloaded for free and after you purchase the game, you will be able to play all the modes with no additional payment required. – Android and Me

Get it now: for your Android or for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Animation Desk ClassicAnimation Desk Classic iOS app

OS: iOS

What is it? iPads have long been touted as excellent ways to produce digital art. Animation Desk Classic takes it one step further and allows you to animate your creations. You can even add your own music to your hand drawn creations. It may not be quite at the professional level, but it is still a handy tool for budding artists.

Best review quote:  Animation Desk Classic lets you create hand-drawn animations. You can choose your frame rate, apply a dynamic background, add music or sound effects, and insert pictures or shapes. You will also enjoy being part of Anizone, which is a YouTube platform for Animation Desk Users to explore and share their creations. Note that some features may require a subscription. App Advice

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Class DojoClass Dojo universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? ClassDojo is an app for teachers designed to make it easier to communicate a student’s progress to their parents. As an educator you can share a variety of activities like videos of achievements and photos with parents, so they can see just how their child is doing. You can also set up a portfolio for each kid where they can keep a record of what assignments they’re working on and which ones they’ve completed.

Best review quote: Class Dojo is an app for educators that will transform the way parents and teachers interact. With this app, teachers will be able to contact parents from right within the classroom, sharing photos and videos of achievements, fun activities the kids are doing that day, and important announcements about events and projects. Another awesome feature is that each child has their own schoolwork portfolio where they can add what they are working on and have completed, and their parents have access to this portfolio so that they can stay up to date on exactly what their kids are learning. Not only does Class Dojo bring another element of fun into the classroom and a new way for teachers to connect with parents, but it also allows parents with even the busiest of schedules to keep up with what their children are learning about in school. – TalkAndroid

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: GIF Me!GIF Me! universal app

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? Why take a boring photo when you can create your own animated GIF? This app lets you create your own GIFs or even short videos, without having to upgrade to a newer smartphone. It’s a simple way to add more life to your photos. You can even add filters to your creations. This app makes creating and sharing GIFs a breeze.

Best review quote: Gif Me! is the best way to create and share short video in animated GIF or MP4. It’s easy: capture a small moment with your built-in camera, and share it on social networks. You can apply an image filter, too. – DigitalTrends

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

Sources: Android and MeApp AdviceTalkAndroidDigitalTrends

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How to save your eyes by using your iPhone’s night mode

Research indicates that too much blue light before bed can disrupt your sleep cycle. That’s why Apple introduced Night Mode for your iPhone. It dims the blue light of the screen and replaces it with a warmer yellowish tint. Keep in mind that this feature is only available with iPhone 5s and iPad Air 2 or later.iPhone Night Shift Mode

So you can set up Night Mode to automatically switch on from sunset to sunrise, to make the whole thing automatic. To do so, open up your Settings and then tap Display & Brightness. Then tap Night Shift and flip the toggle next to Scheduled on. Then tap From/To and then tap Sunset to Sunrise.

Now your iPhone will take advantage of your location and weather data to automatically swich Night Shift on and keep it on all night.

However, you aren’t limited to preset times, you can set your own custom schedule for Night Mode. To do so, open up your Settings and then tap Display & Brightness. Then tap Night Shift and flip the toggle next to Scheduled on. Then tap From/To and then tap Custom Schedule. Next tap Turn On At, then use the selector to choose your on time. Then tap Turn Off At, and use the selector to choose the time you want Night Mode to switch off at.

You can also choose to manually turn on Night Mode as you need it. To do so, open up your Settings and then tap Display & Brightness. Then tap Night Shift and then tap Manually Enable Until Tomorrow.

You can further customize your Night Mode settings, by choosing the “temperature” for its display. To do so, open up your Settings and then tap Display & Brightness. Then tap Night Shift and then slide the Color Temperature left for Less Warm (bluer) and right for More Warm (yellower) spectrum.

If you need to turn of Night Mode sooner than expected, open up your Settings and then tap Display & Brightness. Then tap Night Shift and then switch the toggle next to Scheduled to off. Then switch Manually Enable Until Tomorrow off.

You can also quickly manually enable Night Mode using your Quick Settings. Just swipe up from the bottom of your screen to bring up your Control Center. Then tap the Night Shift button that looks like an icon of a sun and moon combined.

Sources: iMore

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