LG G5 is the most easily repairable smartphone of the year, Galaxy S7 the least : how about yours?

The iFixit team does a lot of tearing down over the year, from smartphones to voice assistants to earbuds. The teardowns are a way to tell us what parts went into the making of a certain device, what could have been the possible production cost and how difficult or easy it is to repair.

They’ve laid hands on nearly every big-name device to come out in 2016, and have put together a nice little infographic showing how some of the bigger names stack up on repair-ability. Naturally, the infographic also includes the most and least repairable devices they ended up diving into throughout the year. Continue reading “LG G5 is the most easily repairable smartphone of the year, Galaxy S7 the least : how about yours?”

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Gatebox virtual home robot wants you to be her ‘master’

Alexa, the voice inside your Amazon Echo or Dot, is very helpful and always accommodating. So are Siri, Cortana, and the various other artificially intelligent assistants available today. But none can seemingly compare with the experience provided by Azuma Hikari, — her name, appropriately, means “light” —  the holographic character who lives inside the Gatebox, Japan’s sort-of-but-not-really answer to the Amazon Echo.

Falling in love with an intelligent computer operating system may become a thing of the present with the new Gatebox virtual home robot. The introductory video demonstrates how Gatebox works: Continue reading “Gatebox virtual home robot wants you to be her ‘master’”

In 2017, 75% of Internet use will be with mobile devices

Internet a decade ago was nowhere near as popular as it is right now with many large companies built around it including the giant that is Google and also Facebook. Much of it has to do with the smartphone revolution brought on by the iPhone, and taken to unimaginable heights by Android. Thanks to the number of ways that an average person can now connect to the internet, one are the days in which a single access point was located in the home and shared between users.

In the near future it is expected that the majority of devices connected to the internet will be small and low-powered IoT items. Although, it does seem to be the case that in terms of accessing the internet, smartphones are and will continue (for now) to be the main product line. Continue reading “In 2017, 75% of Internet use will be with mobile devices”

A new patent reveals LG working on transparent foldable displays

We’ve been hearing about foldable paper-like smartphone displays, and just displays in general as well, for quite a while now. But transparent displays? They’ve never been a hot topic of discussion even though every sci-fi movie does feature transparent displays rather than foldable displays. Whatever the future of smartphones and gadgets looks like, companies like Samsung and LG are doing all they can to beat the other at the next big thing.

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Unknown prototype phone scores a record 203,737 on the AnTuTu benchmark test

AnTuTu is not only one of the most popular cross-platform benchmarking services, it’s also rather hard to fool, and is how the tech world ends up learning more details about a lot of upcoming devices. An unknown prototype device showed up on AnTuTu yesterday with a beckmark score of 203,737. The current high score for a known model is the 172,644 rung up by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus powered by the A10 chipset. The Apple iPhone 7, with the same chip inside, tallied 170,124.

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OvRcharge Wireless Charger levitates your smartphone at $177 (₹11814.30) like Magic

We live in a time, where the levitating Bluetooth speakers are mainstream now. There are a bunch of them available online and can be easily used with just about any smartphone or a tablet etc. But just when we thought that it’s not going to get any better, now we have a new gig. OvRcharge claims that it can charge your smartphone wirelessly and it will levitate your device while doing it. How cool is that? Well, it obviously comes with its own drawbacks but still.

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