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Apr

Porsche Debuts New 718 Cayman Sports Coupes With CarPlay Support


Porsche announced this week that its new 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S mid-engine sports cars will be equipped with CarPlay, along with a USB port and Porsche Car Connect app on iOS and Android for smartphone connectivity. Other CarPlay-enabled Porsche models include the 2016 911, 2017 718 Boxster, and 2017 Macan series.

The Connect Plus module offers real-time traffic information, CarPlay, Google Earth, Google Street View, and WiFi connectivity. Drivers can also make use of additional comprehensive services via their smartphone, which include the Porsche Connect App and Porsche Car Connect.

The new 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are on sale now and will arrive at Porsche dealerships in the U.S. in late November 2016. The 718 Cayman has a starting MSRP of $53,900, while the 718 Cayman S starts at $66,300. An additional $1,050 fee applies for delivery, processing, and handling.

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28
Apr

Transfer dSLR photos to your phone without a computer – CNET


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For most people, the barely discernible disparity in quality of photos between smartphone and point-and-shoot has removed the need for a dedicated camera.

But for professional photographers or those who need that extra bit of quality, be it depth of field or low-light photography, a dedicated shooter is the way to go.

When using a dedicated camera, however, you run into a question of how to get those high-quality images off the camera and directly onto your phone. Here are the best ways to do just that.

Wireless

Most newer cameras come with wireless transfer capabilities, typically using a local Wi-Fi connection. When enabled, the camera will emit a wireless network. Connect to that network using your phone and the companion application, and you can remotely control or change settings on the camera and you can download any of the images or videos you’ve take directly to your phone.

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 I use has this ability, and it works with both Android and iOS devices. Any Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled GoPro will have the same capabilities, and many dSLRs and point and shoot cameras are capable of this, as well.

Wireless SD cards

That said, not all cameras have wireless transfer abilities. It’s with these cameras that companies like Eyefi, which makes SD cards with Wi-Fi capabilities, flourish. Effectively, an Eyefi SD card enables wireless photo transfers on any camera that uses an SD card for storage.

As novel as they are, though, there are some drawbacks. Primarily, they cost several times the price of similar capacity SD cards without Wi-Fi. A 32GB SD card from Sandisk with fast read and write speeds, can be found online for around $12; according to Eyefi, its 32GB mobiPRO is $99.99, £58.33 or AU$112.99. On top of that, Wi-Fi cards will cause some pretty significant battery drain on your camera and the largest capacity currently available is 32GB.

When wireless isn’t an option

In most cases, as old fashioned as it may seem, a wired adapter is going to be the most reliable solution. You don’t have to worry about the reliability of the connection, plus read and write speeds are typically much higher, meaning they have less of an effect on your phone’s battery.

Android

For Android devices, you will need a USB On the Go (OTG) adapter — a USB Type-C or Micro-USB to USB adapter which can be found online for cheap. You will also need a USB connector for your camera or an SD to USB adapter.

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To transfer photos from the camera to your Android device:

  • Plug the cable into the Android device.
  • Attach either the camera or the SD card adapter to the adapter.
  • On the Android device, pull down the notification shade, tap on the notification that says Touch for more options (exact wording may vary, depending on the phone). In the pop-up window, choose Photo transfer (PTP).
  • Pull down the notification shade one more time and tap Explore.

You should now be able to view all images saved on the SD card and transfer them to the local storage on the Android device.

iPhone

The process for transferring photos to an iPhone or iPad from a camera is very similar, only you will need a different adapter.

If you’re using the camera to connect with the camera directly, you can save yourself some cash by buying the old Lightning to USB Camera Adapter from Apple for $29, £25, AU$45.

To use it, plug it into the Lightning port on your iOS device, put the camera into USB mode, and using the included data cable for the camera (typically a USB to Mini-USB or Micro-USB), plug the camera into the Lightning to USB adapter. The Photos app will launch, showing all the images and videos on the camera and from there, you can import and delete the camera contents.

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Alternatively, you can use an SD card reader to import the photos and videos directly from the SD card. To do this, however, you will need the original Lightning to USB Camera Adapter and a powered USB hub or the newer Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, which retails for $39, £29, AU$59. To import photos using an SD card reader:

  • First, plug the Lightning to USB or Lightning to USB 3 adapter in to the iPhone or iPad.
    • If you’re using the Lightning to USB adapter, attach a powered USB hub to the adapter and connect it to a power source.
    • If you’re using the Lightning to USB 3 connection, connect the adapter to a power source using the Lightning port.
  • Next, unlock the iOS device and attach the SD card adapter to the Lightning to USB 3 adapter or powered USB hub.
  • After a few seconds, the Photos app will appear, displaying the content on the SD card. You can then import or delete photos.

Regardless of which method you use, after you import the photos using iOS, you can choose to delete the photos you’ve imported from the camera to free up space or keep them.

28
Apr

Apple’s 29W power adapter charges the iPad Pro crazy fast – CNET


Ask anyone who owns the 12.9-inch iPad Pro how long it takes to fully charge and they’ll likely tell you it takes far too long.

In fact, during my testing with the standard 12W power adapter included with the iPad Pro, it took exactly 5 hours to go from a completely depleted battery to 100 percent with zero usage while charging.

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When Apple announced the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the company quietly released a released a USB-C to Lightning cable. With the 12-inch MacBook having only one USB-C port, the cable is long overdue for those wishing to sync an iOS device to the MacBook without an adapter.

However, the description for the cable reveals it can also be used to fast-charge the larger iPad Pro when used with Apple’s 29W power adapter.

Shortly after the cable was released, Federico Viticci of MacStories put the new accessories to the test and the results speak for themselves. Viticci reported the iPad Pro’s battery going from zero to 80 percent charged in 93 minutes, which as you can see in the graphic below, is incredibly fast when compared to the standard charger.

Viticci’s testing went far beyond what I had access to in terms of monitoring the battery at a system level, but the end results are the same for both of us.

Putting fast charging to the test

In order to test the fast charging set up myself, I ordered from Apple the $50, £39, AU$75 29W power adapter and the $35, £35, AU$55 2-meter USB-C to Lighting cable. (A 1m cable is also available for $25, £25, AU$35.)

For the initial test, I completely drained my iPad Pro’s battery until it powered itself off. I then connected it to the included 12W power adapter, and tracked its progress every 60 minutes. Wi-Fi, background app refresh and push notifications remained on throughout the test.

 

After one hour of charging, the battery was at 24 percent. The next measurements were 47, 69, 87 and 100 percent, respectively up to the 5-hour mark.

Next, I once again depleted the battery until the iPad Pro powered off. I then connected the iPad Pro to the 29W power adapter, and began checking the battery percentage every 20 minutes. Again I left Wi-Fi, background app refresh and push notifications enabled throughout the test.

Just 20 minutes in, the iPad Pro’s battery was at 18 percent. By the end of the first hour, the battery was at 49 percent. The 12W charger took 2 hours to near the 50 percent mark. At just over 2.5 hours, my iPad Pro’s battery reached 100 percent.

Thanks, USB 3.0

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the only iOS device equipped with USB 3.0 support for faster data transfers, and now, faster charging. That means the 9.7-inch iPad Pro isn’t going to see the same charging speed with this fast-charging setup, which is a disappointment.

Of course, the biggest downside to this approach is that the 29W adapter isn’t included with the iPad Pro. Depending on length of the cable you purchase, may spend as much as $85, £74 or AU$130 to charge your iPad Pro faster.

28
Apr

August Smart Lock, HomeKit-enabled review – CNET


The Good From its improved design and easy install, to its simple software interface and top-notch performance, the $229 second-generation August Smart Lock does everything a little bit better. Oh, and it integrates with Siri via Apple’s HomeKit software, as well as the Works with Nest platform.

The Bad The lock isn’t compatible with every deadbolt, HomeKit can be challenging to get up and running, and the Siri integration won’t matter to August’s non-Apple users.

The Bottom Line August’s HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock 2.0 improves on an already awesome product and is worth strong consideration — even if you don’t have an iPhone.

Startup August announced back in October 2015 that a second-generation Smart Lock would be heading our way soon. Fast forward to, well, right now and the August Smart Lock 2.0 is finally here for $229 on August’s site, Amazon and Best Buy. While this is technically a US-only product because it’s “optimized to work in North America,” Amazon will ship the Smart Lock internationally — the price coverts to roughly £150 and AU$315 at the current exchange rate.

Smart locks are a fickle category. Because they’re securing your front door, you want something durable and reliable that will actually make your life easier. But that hasn’t always been our experience during testing. Some models are hard to install, others have confusing apps or hit-or-miss performance. The next-gen August Smart Lock has none of that nonsense. It looks good, it’s reliable, the app is easy to use and this version works with Nest, Logitech Harmony, Comcast’s Xfinity Home and Siri. So even if you aren’t an iPhone user, I’d still strongly recommend August’s Editors’ Choice award-winning HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock.

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Like August’s original Smart Lock, which is available for the reduced price of $199 while supplies last, version 2.0 retrofits to existing deadbolts. Be sure to check out the full list of compatible deadbolts before you buy, but it will typically work with most thumb-latch models from Baldwin, Kwikset, Schlage and other widely available brands.

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Overall, the Smart Lock’s aesthetic doesn’t deviate much from the original model. It’s available in either a silver or a dark gray finish, with both copper and red finishes planned for future release. And, at 3.39 inches tall by 3.39 inches wide, with a depth of 2.22 inches (8.6cm round by 5.6cm deep), it’s larger than a standard doorknob, but unobtrusive nonetheless.

You won’t notice any major design updates, but August did smarten up its configuration to make the physical hardware easier to interact with. A new easy-grip pattern and rounded edges improve the ergonomics of manually locking and unlocking the Smart Lock. The team also added magnets and a tweaked design to better secure the faceplate which hides the four included AA batteries. The plate on the original model tended to slip off when you turned the lock. (Battery life will vary a lot depending on usage, but August says it should last about 6 to 9 months.)

Beyond ease of use, the Smart Lock also looks slick and feels durable — especially compared to a similar design like the Poly-Control Danalock. It’s a little tougher to compare style when you venture over to models like the Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt, which require a full replacement of your existing deadbolt. Even so, the second-gen August Smart Lock holds its own as a clean-looking piece of hardware on your front door.

August’s design is also discrete since you install it on the inside of your door. Since you keep your old deadbolt in place, your original keyhole and house keys will still work the same way. And everything will look exactly the same from the exterior of your house — a plus if you want a smart lock, but don’t want people to know you have a smart lock.

Installation in five easy steps

It’s extremely easy to install the August Smart Lock. If you’re someone who’s interested in do-it-yourself smart home projects, but is new to DIY in general, this would be a great place to start. Assuming your deadbolt is compatible, you should only need a screwdriver (I needed a Phillips-head, but I supposed this could vary depending on your deadbolt) and about 10 to 15 spare minutes to swap out your old lock.

Here are the steps:

1. Make sure your deadbolt is compatible. Again, check this compatibility chart to make sure your hardware will play well with August.

2. Remove the thumb-latch on your old lock. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws on your existing thumb-latch; remove the thumb-latch.

3. Attach the August mounting plate to your deadbolt. Line up the mounting plate August provides with the tail piece of your deadbolt (that’s the bit of hardware sticking out that rotates your deadbolt open and closed) and use the screws from your old lock to secure the mounting plate to the door.

4. Attach the adapter to the back of the lock and lift the wing latches. Select the adapter that’s compatible with your tail piece, attach it to the back of the lock and lift up the wing latches on the lock. (August provides three adapters; I used the green one because it works with my Kwikset deadbolt, but you can figure out which adapter is best for your deadbolt in August’s detailed installation guide.)

5. Connect the lock to the mounting plate and flip down the wing latches. Fit the lock over the mounting plate on your door (you’ll feel it snap into place) and close the wing latches to secure it in place.

That’s it, you’re done. Again, it feels a little unfair to compare this setup to models that require a full deadbolt replacement. Even so, this lock is by far the easiest to install out of all the models we’ve reviewed so far.

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28
Apr

Triby Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


We’ve been waiting for Alexa, the smooth-voiced, Amazon-powered digital assistant from the Echo line of speakers to make her way into other products. The first test case is a device called Triby, which is branded by its creator, Invoxia, as a “smart speaker.” If that makes it sound a lot like the Amazon Echo, that’s because it feels a bit like an alternate universe take on the Echo, doing much of what an Echo does — but not everything — while adding a handful of its own unique features.

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But no one will mistake this for an Echo, which has a distinct tube-like shape with a lit activity ring on top. Instead, the $199 Triby (£159 in the UK, not currently available in Australia) looks a bit like a vintage radio, with an e-ink screen in place of the tuning dial, and shortcut buttons for contacts and streaming radio stations in place of radio band and tuning controls. (We saw pre-production versions back in November 2015 and at CES 2016.)

The back panel is a giant magnet, which makes it perfect for slapping up on a refrigerator or other metal surface. It’s battery powered, too, making it closer to the Amazon Tap, and Invoxia says the battery could last for up to one month between recharges.

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The way Alexa has infiltrated so many lives, controlling playlists, light bulbs, and thermostats, I can see a real appeal to having easy access to her cloud-connected brain from a wide array of devices. The setup process to connect the Triby to my Alexa account was trouble-free, despite the Triby app lacking polish or detailed instructions.

But once connected to my Amazon account via the Triby and Echo apps, I could indeed ask it questions, pull in music from my Amazon library, and yes, control my Philips Hue lightbulbs. It’s both reassuringly familiar and also jarring to hear Alexa’s familiar voice come from this retro-looking metal box.

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The Amazon Tap next to the Triby.


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But the Triby never felt as smooth and responsive as an Echo. When it works, you get an awkward-sounding bing to indicate Alexa has heard her activation word, but she didn’t hear me as regularly as the Echo version, and I had to repeat my requests a lot of the time. And, for some reason, the Triby was convinced we were in Seattle, and I could find no way to correct it to New York, making accurate weather reports a pain to ask for.

Sound quality is decent for a kitchen radio, but not quite as good as the Echo itself, which is already not a favorite of audiophiles. For news and talk radio streams, it was fine, but music lacked depth and character.

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Using the Triby as a speakerphone was an exercise in frustration. When placing a call, the remote party often could hear me only intermittently, and I even after I selected the Triby as my Bluetooth device, the call didn’t always transfer to the device. After several test calls, I’d call it generally unreliable as a speakerphone.

I had better luck using the two built-in telephone-shaped buttons to call contacts on my approved Triby list — using the device to make an VOIP call via the Triby app. But that’s impossible to use for making a quick one-button call to a contact who is not already using the Triby app and part of your circle of approved group. If there is a way to expand the functionality of the call buttons on the device via the app, I have yet to find it.

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Despite all this, I kinda love this thing. And that’s because it has one killer feature that sounds pointless on paper, but shines in real life.

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The Triby app saves your doodles.


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The “doodle” function on the app takes anything you draw on your phone or tablet, and sends it to the small e-ink screen on the Triby. Even better, when a new message comes in, a little yellow flag pops out from the side. You can push the flag back in, or respond with one of a handful of pre-set emojis by pressing a button on the side of the unit.

Yes, it has an emoji button.

This seems like an overly complex way to send a message, something we have no shortage of tools for. But, here’s the kicker — kids love it.

This ridiculous idea of sending drawings to the e-ink screen on a smart speaker kept my four year old occupied for the better part of a weekend, sending doodles to himself. Then his friends came by, and I had a hallway filled with a half-dozen youngsters sending sketches through the Triby app and watching the little flag pop up, over and over again.

Listen, $200 is a lot for a glorified babysitter, especially when so many other parts of the system don’t work all that well. But if you want a no-nonsense opinion of whether a gadget is fun, just ask a four-year-old.

We’ll follow up with a rated review soon, once Triby has a chance to work some of the bugs out of its software.

28
Apr

HP Chromebook 13 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


HP is taking a stab at building a premium Chromebook, packing a better processor and high-end features into its new HP Chromebook 13.

Designed in collaboration with Google — the godfather of the Chrome OS operating system — the Chromebook 13 has an all-metal body made of brushed aluminum that’s merely 12.9mm thick. It weighs 2.86 pounds (1.29 kg), which is very portable, but still near the top end of what we’d expect from a slim 13-inch laptop. That said, it’s thinner and a tad lighter than Apple’s MacBook Air, which is 17mm thick and weighs 2.96 pounds (1.34 kg).

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With a sixth-generation Intel Core M processor, a 13-inch display with a 3,200×1,800-pixel resolution and charging via a tiny USB-C port, this almost feels like it’s inspired by Google’s last Chrome showpiece, the pricey Chromebook Pixel. But the Pixel is still $999, while the HP Chromebook is going to start at half that: $499 in the US when it launches at the end of April. Pricing and availability for other countries wasn’t provided, but that directly converts to about £345 or AU$655.

Like other Chrome OS laptops, the Chromebook 13 offers a simplified computing environment, built around Google’s Chrome Web browser. That means aside from some basic file-management tools, you’ll be generally restricted to cloud-based apps, such as Gmail for email, Google Docs or the online version of Microsoft Office for productivity, or services such as Netflix and YouTube for video.

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HP promises up to 11.5 hours of battery life from the system. Combined with the higher-end design and features, that may help justify the higher price when compared to typical Chromebooks, which often sell for just $200-$300. Windows laptops — such as the admittedly plastic 13-inch HP Stream — are available in that same price range, too.

28
Apr

Galaxy S7 v S7 Edge battery life showdown


Arguably the biggest criticism of last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge was the measly battery size, which – coupled with the fact that it was the first Galaxy S handset where the battery was non-removable – meant you needed to have a power source near almost all the time.

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Fast forward a year and Samsung showed it listens to users by introducing considerably larger batteries in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, with the 3000mAh and 3600mAh non-removable units an increase of 18% and 40% over their predecessors respectively.

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We’ve already covered the battery life offered by the two versions of the Galaxy S7, but how do Samsung’s two latest flagships stack up to each other, and to the competition? Let’s find out in this battery showdown between the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

In the review below, we’ve compared the data from our Galaxy S7 Edge testing versus the Galaxy S7 and three other major flagships: Google’s Nexus 6P; HTC’s 10; and LG’s G5 to see how each of Samsung’s devices compares to the direct competition.

WiFi browsing test

To kick off our testing, we charged each smartphone to full, removed the charger and ran our custom WiFi browsing test tool at full brightness until the battery drained to 0. We then recharged the phone, and recorded the Screen on Time recorded by the Android OS. During the testing, each handset was placed 3 meters from the WiFi router it was connected to, and syncing of accounts and data had been switched off.

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In this test, the Galaxy S7 Edge clearly comes out on top, offering 8 hours and 13 minutes of Wi-Fi browsing on average, compared to 6 hours and 48 minutes for the Galaxy S7 Edge. The S7 Edge is also considerably ahead of the competition despite Samsung’s Super AMOLED display being the brightest on the market which can contribute to power usage (although AMOLED technology is more power efficient than either IPS or LCD).

Video Playback Test

From WiFi browsing to video playback and again, we tested from full to empty. Looping the same 5-minute video over and over on each of these handsets, we ran the test at 50% brightness and then recharged the phone to get the screen on time listed by the Android OS. During the test, each device was put in airplane mode to prevent any syncing or connections preventing the video from playing.

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In this test, the Galaxy S7 was already the clear leader with an average Video Playback battery life of 15 hours and 11 minutes, but the Galaxy S7 Edge tops this further, scoring an average of 17 hours and 42 minutes. Consider that the Nexus 6P only scores 6 hours and 57 minutes, the Galaxy S7 Edge is certainly impressive with a battery that’s only 150mAh larger but lasts a whopping 10 hours and 45 minutes longer, at 17 hours and 42 minutes.

Standby Test

Our third and final test involves testing the longevity of each handset, as an indicator of the maximum standby life. Each smartphone was charged to full and WiFi was turned on with the same set of apps syncing data and notifications (11 apps in total). After exactly 24 hours, the remaining battery life was measured and this data used to extrapolate the total potential battery life.

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As expected, the Galaxy S7 Edge scores highly again in the Standby battery test but doesn’t last quite as long as I’d have expected; lasting approximately 11 days and 6 hours, this is only slightly larger than the 10 days and 2 hours offered by the Galaxy S7 despite having a considerably larger battery. That being said, both of these lead the competition and will offer exceptional longevity on a single charge for infrequent users.

My personal experiences

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Testing under these conditions isn’t always indicative of day-to-day usage, where variables such as network coverage, usage of other apps and more, can all impact the actual battery life offered by a smartphone. To this effect, does the battery life live up to its billing above?

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I initially reviewed the Galaxy S7 (alongside Joshua Vergara) and in the couple of weeks I used it, I found the battery to deliver between 4 and 5 hours’ Screen on time off a single charge. At the same time, Lanh Nguyen and Andrew Grush conducted our Galaxy S7 Edge review, where they reported an average screen on time of between 7 and 10 hours, so switching over to the Galaxy S7 Edge, I certainly expected much better battery life. And a month or so later, I can safely say that the Galaxy S7 Edge certainly delivers.

There’s something to be said for making a phone thicker for the sake of a larger battery and the decision by Samsung has proved to be a wise one, with the Galaxy S7 Edge delivering between 6 and 8 hours’ screen on time on a single charge. Now, my usage is what I would consider quite heavy and I can often be found watching movies, playing games, syncing emails or using social media for large parts of the day.

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While using the Galaxy S7, I struggled to get through a full day of heavy usage but with the Galaxy S7 Edge, I’m often left with around 20 percent at the end of a long day. With over 70 active apps installed, my phone is always in use and in a month, I’ve only had a low battery indicator three times (excluding a couple where I forgot to charge it overnight).

Whichever way you look at it, the battery life alone is one reason to keep the Galaxy S7 Edge instead of its small sibling.

On the subject of charging, I’ve found the Galaxy S7 Edge still requires topping up every day, at least for my usage, but on the days I do forget, I have enough left to get through a night. In fact, on the five different times I’ve forgotten to charge it, I’ve never woken up to a dead battery. Screen on time aside, I’d say the Galaxy S7 Edge lasts between 24 and 48 hours off a single charge, depending on my usage, but I’ve had this stretch as far as 3 days and 18 hours.

Whichever way you look at it, the Galaxy S7 Edge battery life definitely doesn’t disappoint and as much as I like the Galaxy S7, the battery life alone is one reason to keep the Galaxy S7 Edge instead of its small sibling.

Wrap up

Looking at the data above, one thing is certainly clear: Samsung’s decision to increase the battery size in the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has been justified, thanks to the exceptional battery life of the latter. The Galaxy S7 is certainly no slouch either and while its larger sibling is streaks ahead of the competition, it holds its own against its biggest rivals.

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Another key takeaway from this set of data is the gains provided by newer software optimisations and system architectures, as the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 chipsets definitely herald battery gains over their predecessors.

We often hear the claim that handsets running stock Android or close-to-stock offer the best battery life but considering the data, this doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, considering all the battery life reviews we’ve run so far, and it’s clear that Android running a skin can actually be good for the battery. In the case of Samsung, the per-app power management feature in TouchWiz also helps to improve the actual day-to-day battery life without impacting on the overall performance.

Whichever handset you buy, there’s no doubting that Samsung’s Galaxy S7 family delivers in the battery department and although the battery is no longer removable, the Galaxy S7 Edge should at least get most, if not all, users through a day’s usage, if not more.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge battery life? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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28
Apr

Huawei Watch is discounted on vMall with sign-up bonuses in Europe


Huawei is currently offering an enticing deal on the company’s smartwatch at vMall. Should you purchase the Huawei Watch through the UK or select European online stores, you’ll be able to take advantage of a £80 (or equivalent) sign-up bonus on the watch with a leather strap or link band.

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Pricing for the two listings are £289 and £329, respectively. Include the £80 new member sign-up bonus and you’re looking at £209 and £249. This promotion appears to be valid for other European countries too with a €100 bonus, so be sure to check vMall in your location to see if there’s a sign-up bonus on the Watch in your area. (Hit “vMall Deals” on the vMall website.)

Here are links to the UK vMall store:

  • Huwei Watch with leather strap
  • Huawei Watch with link band

28
Apr

Amazon’s first third-party Alexa partner adds style to your kitchen


The first accessory that makes use of Amazon’s Alexa platform is now available. The Triby is a small portable speaker that has access to Alexa’s voice services, can make VoIP phone calls and is even magnetic so it can stick to your fridge when you don’t want to hold it. Additionally, the speaker can get the news, set alarms, play your favorite Spotify playlist, and even draw and share doodles and texts from your phone to its always-on display.

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Triby is the first non-Amazon accessory that uses Amazon’s Alexa service to become available to purchase. The speaker will retail for $199, but right now it has an introductory price of just $169. You should be able to enjoy up to two days of battery life per charge, and you will need to use the Triby companion which is available on both Android and iOS.

See at Amazon

28
Apr

LG G3 is finally being updated to Marshmallow on AT&T


AT&T is rolling out Marshmallow for the LG G3 in the U.S. We’ve received a handful of tips from owners who have received the update notification, which then bumped their respective handsets up to Android 6.0. Thankfully the wait is finally over and you should receive a similar alert on your AT&T G3 soon enough.

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If you haven’t yet received the update alert, be sure to give it a number of hours to fully propagate through the system. You can always perform a manual update check by heading into Settings, About phone and check for update.

  • Join the LG G3 discussion on our forum

We can’t see any mention of Marshmallow for the LG G3 on AT&T’s support website, so this could just be the start of the rollout and we may have a little while to go before everyone on the network receives the sweet release.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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