Choosing to get a smartwatch is one thing, but choosing amongst the growing list of devices available is another. It’s in this uncertain market that the Asus ZenWatch 2 sits, trying to stand out in a crowd that looks and feels similar in a number of respects. Watches have always had a certain familiarity to them, be they analog or digital, but when a smartwatch demands the wearer’s attention far more often, it has to deliver something entirely different. The ZenWatch 2 is a polarizing model in that regard.
Hacking into mobile accounts is all over the news these days, with either cyber criminals compromising consumer data, or the FBI wanting to break into criminals’ phones for evidence. Security is on everyone’s minds and you should be thinking about it, too. Your first line of defence for any mobile account, of course, is a solid and strong password. So, stop using “password” or your cat’s name, and read on for a few tips for creating the best password for your mobile accounts.
Smartphones are more than cool tech toys and tools. For many of us, they are a lifeline to our personal and work lives, an extension of our brains which have our schedules, contacts, photos, videos and music that’s close to our hearts. Here are the steps to take if you lose your phone.
on 04-18-201603:59 PM - last edited on 05-02-201610:35 AM by BBYMartin
In some respects, LG has nothing to lose. Quietly building momentum with the previous two flagship smartphone iterations, the G3 and G4, the G5 has turned the company’s previous efforts on their heads. Having embraced an all-metal body for the phone, the design philosophy swerves dramatically to make it modular, too. Not only is the battery removable, but the idea is to enhance the phone’s features with hardware add-ons.
Roku is releasing a new Streaming Stick device in Canada this month, and aside from its diminutive size and powerful performance, a neat added feature is the ability to use the free Roku app on your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android) to listen to the audio of whatever you’re watching using.
I've cracked, smashed, and did a little water damage to a few smartphones in my time, so when I was asked to try Hitcase iPhone cases, I was happy to do it. But Hitcase goes beyond a standard iPhone case; they have TrueLUX lenses to give you a new perspective on every iPhone photo you take.
byGadjo04-06-201607:49 AM - edited 04-06-201612:22 PM
People are continously taking vast amounts of photos on their smartphones and for the most part, these photos remain on their device's storage. Here are some strategies to create a regular and safe backup for your valued photos.
on 03-29-201607:48 PM - last edited on 03-30-201612:51 PM by BBYMartin
Android 6.0 Marshmallow has now been out for almost six months, and while it hasn’t come close to growing to represent the majority of smartphones and tablets running Android, it is set to roll out in greater numbers with impending updates and new devices. Google hasn’t changed too much since it first unveiled Marshmallow, but there are improvements, nonetheless.
on 03-21-201607:21 PM - last edited on 03-22-201612:55 PM by BBYMartin
If you have an Apple device, then you likely already know that the bevy of accessories available to you can truly enhance the user experience. Whether it’s an iPhone or iPad, choices are abundant, and those with real functional value are probably the ones that will have the most lasting impact. Each product in this list falls well into that category.
on 03-16-201604:14 PM - last edited on 03-16-201604:48 PM by BBYMartin
The Edge is back, this time with a ‘Galaxy S7’ coming before it, showing that Samsung is serious about pushing the notion that an edged display carries advantages. While aesthetically pleasing, the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ were limited in what the edge displays could do. Too limiting, in fact, taking away any real practicality to them. The feature set has been given a boost with the Galaxy S7 Edge, along with a few other returning additions.
on 03-16-201604:14 PM - last edited on 03-31-201602:02 PM by BBYMartin
Samsung may give a little more precedence to its edged displays, like that on the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the more traditional “flat” Galaxy S7 is another option. Simplifying things to two devices, Samsung has essentially boiled it down to a choice between going with the edge or not. The Galaxy S7 hasn’t been deprived of anything, sporting the same internal specs and overall performance as its edged counterpart, including the incremental additions and improvements.
on 03-03-201612:46 AM - last edited on 04-06-201609:54 AM by BBYMartin
One of the biggest components in being a computer or mobile user these days is the attached cloud storage choices we make. Cloud services can be as simple as web-based email, file storage and photo backups to entire ecosystems that rely on everything syncing smoothly with the cloud.
on 02-24-201611:56 AM - last edited on 02-24-201612:53 PM by BBYMartin
People took more than one trillion photos in 2015 and most of them used smarpthones. Mobile devices have always offered convenience with buit in cameras, but now they have great quality including features like HDR, RAW photo shooting and even Ultra HD and 4K video shooting. The big question is what to do with all these photos and videos.
on 02-22-201609:45 AM - last edited on 02-22-201610:24 AM by BBYMartin
LG turned a few heads at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona when it unveiled the G5, the company’s latest flagship smartphone that not only is made of metal, but also features a modular design that allows it to work with unique plug-in accessories. A dual lens setup in the rear includes a very wide angle lens and a fingerprint reader on the power button in the back.
on 02-21-201607:22 PM - last edited on 03-11-201609:30 AM by BBYMartin
Samsung made its annual splash today on the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, unveiling the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Despite some differences in design, both devices have many of the same components and features, maintaining a high level of consistency between them. In addition to the new duo, the company also announced the Gear 360, a standalone camera that shoots 360-degree photos and video.
on 02-19-201606:30 AM - last edited on 02-19-201608:55 AM by BBYMartin
Smartphones are some of the easiest items to resell or pass down to friends or family. Even if they are no longer the latest, greatest models, they are still functional for calling, messaging and running apps. Here’s how to prepare for the turnover.
on 02-17-201606:59 PM - last edited on 02-19-201601:10 PM by BBYMartin
When your iOS device runs out of storage, you really only have two choices: start deleting stuff to make room, or find extra storage that is practical and useful. Leef aims to offer the latter at virtually any time you need it with its iBridge external flash drive that plugs directly into the phone’s Lightning port. With various different storage capacities, plus Android and memory card models coming soon, you may never have to worry about running out of space again.
Water. It’s a necessity for sustaining precious life on the planet, and unfortunately it is also the major cause of death for smartphones everywhere. Submerging your gadget in H2O would usually mean having to replace it. However, if you are quick enough and follow my suggestions for what to do if you drop your phone in water, then you may just be able to save it.
Virtual reality is a real thing now. Yes, it has existed for some time, but the concept of immersing yourself in it in a portable way at home and on the go is one major difference. As is the quality of content. Samsung’s Gear VR is a headset with the imprint of Oculus, arguably the most popular company in the VR space today. It’s not the Oculus Rift, of course, but the Gear VR can open up some new worlds with the right smartphone inside.
byTeddyK12-17-201509:34 AM - edited 12-23-201501:37 PM
Buying a smartphone for someone is a very generous gift, in and of itself, though being such a personal device, you naturally want it to be the right fit. With so many handsets to choose from, breaking down the bevy of options to go with something that suits a particular loved one requires some patience, and maybe even some stealthy investigating. The good news is that it’s easy to get the goods and make a more informed buying decision.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the most anticipated films in years, and Disney has spared no expense in promoting it with a number of marketing partnerships that tie-in to mobile devices. If you’re a big fan, you may already know about some of them, and if you don’t, there may be some that are of interest as the next episode in the Star Wars mythos hits theatres.
This year’s duo of Nexus smartphones has been the best Google has come to market with thus far, offering the best marriage of hardware and software to date. The Nexus 5X is the more affordable option between the two, though it benefits from having some of the same internal components. It also sports the same untouched version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, making it far more open to customization.
Now that Google has released its latest version of Android, 6.0 Marshmallow, the rollout will come in stages as each smartphone and tablet manufacturer optimizes its respective software overlays to work with it. For the moment, only the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and HTC One A9 run Marshmallow, but in time, a much wider range of devices will, and there are a number of new features that go with it.
Nexus smartphones have usually required accepting a compromise or two. A clean, untouched version of Android, and among the first to get the latest updates. Good design with solid all-around performance, at the expense of great battery life and an impressive camera. The Nexus 6P represents an end to the enduring concessions that characterized these phones in the past, and stakes a claim to being one of the best Android phones of 2015.
Smartphones can have a fairly short shelf life, given how quickly new models come out to replace them. Even after moving on to a new handset, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the end of the old one if it’s still functional. Outside of selling or pawning it off on someone else, there are some great ways to give an older phone a second life.
on 10-01-201511:08 AM - last edited on 10-01-201511:11 AM by BBYMartin
The Toronto Blue Jays may be winning and poised to make things interesting this fall, but sports always kick into high gear with the other major pro leagues getting underway while the leaves fall. Watching the big games or catching up on highlights has never been easier with the unfettered access currently made possible by streaming services and apps delivering the content to mobile devices and streaming TV boxes.
on 09-30-201512:24 AM - last edited on 10-16-201505:35 PM by BBYMartin
Google unveiled its latest smartphones—the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X—and while they don’t deviate too much from their predecessors on the outside, they are considerably different on the inside. With new cameras, faster processors and bigger batteries, plus the latest version of Android, both phones look to be interesting options for anyone shopping for a new smartphone this fall.
on 09-28-201502:22 PM - last edited on 02-22-201608:53 AM by BBYMartin
Samsung likes curves enough to put them on almost any screen they can find. Curved TVs are one thing, but this year, the company has really pushed the idea of curved displays on smartphones. The Galaxy S6 Edge, when it launched in the spring, was the first smartphone to have a dual-curved edge display. Now, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ offers a bigger screen with a lot of the same functionality.
Welcome to the Plug-in Blog!
Get the latest news, reviews and how-to’s from tech enthusiasts across Canada and learn how technology can enhance your lifestyle. Looking to eliminate techno stress? You've come to the right place!