Tag Archive: 2016


Pixel 2 portrait mode now works on 2016 Pixel, Nexus 6P, and 5X

Available now as part of v7.3 of Camera NX.

It’s no secret that the Pixel 2 has an incredible camera, and one of its standout features is portrait mode. Google’s kept this locked to the Pixel 2 and likely won’t release it to other phones anytime soon, but thanks to the hard work of developer Charles Chow, you can now get portrait mode on your first-gen Pixel, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X.

If Chow’s name sounds familiar,  [Read More…]

Get MCSA-certified with the Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle

If you’re someone interested in Information Technology (IT), web development, and everything in-between, there comes a time when your interest becomes a love that motivates you into a lifetime career. And yet, as you well know, you can’t make it in the web sector without certification. Today’s Deal of the Day is designed to get […]

Master Excel 2016 with this $19 Certification Bundle (Deal of the Day)

Whether you like it or not, chances are good that you probably have to work with some form of office or professional software in school or work. Are you proficient in using it? Do you take a hunt, search, peck, and pray approach or do you know your way around the programs? If you spend […]

These 2016 flagships are great Galaxy S8 alternatives

Many of last year’s high-end Android phones have stood the test of time.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are phenomenal phones — two of the best out there right now. But they’re also expensive phones, especially if you’re buying outright.

So if you’re looking to save some cash, you might look at some of the previous year’s flagships, many of which are speedy, well-built and have been upgraded to Android Nougat. Most importantly, some of  [Read More…]

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) vs. Gear 360 (2016): What’s different, what’s better

One of these things is clearly not like the other.

It doesn’t take more than a passing glance to see there are some substantial differences between the new Gear 360 Samsung announced alongside the Galaxy S8 and the model from last year. The old one was built to have the processor and battery between the lenses so you could mount the camera just about anywhere, while the new one was built to be held like most of  [Read More…]

The OnePlus 3T was the closest thing to an iPhone in 2016, not the Pixel

The search for the Android equivalent of Apple’s iPhone has been going on for years. Users have been asking for a phone that focuses on not only uncomplicated and beautiful software but a tight hardware experience too. All we want is the complete package. Every year hype builds around the phone that will take on the […]

Sony Xperia sales slump 33% in final quarter of 2016

Despite slumping sales, Sony says they’re still on target for an operating profit.

2016 was not a good year for Sony’s smartphone division.

The company closed out the third quarter of its financial year by shipping 5.1 million Xperia smartphones — down from 7.6 million in 2015 over the same quarter. Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida explained this 35% decrease in year-on-year sales was due to weaker sales in Europe, which is typically one of the more popular markets for  [Read More…]

Samsung sold fewer phones than Apple in Q4 2016; OPPO and Huawei see huge gains

The latest global smartphone shipment numbers highlight the increasing dominance of Chinese manufacturers.

Apple shipped 78.3 million iPhones in Q4 2016, surpassing Samsung to take the crown as the world’s number one smartphone vendor. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung saw its shipments decline from 81.3 million in Q4 2015 to 77.5 million last quarter, largely due to the termination of the Galaxy Note 7. That said, the South Korean manufacturer shipped 309.4 million smartphones over the course  [Read More…]

Google fights to keep bad ads at bay, blocked 1.7 billion in 2016

A few weeks ago, Google published a post in which it explained how it goes after malware. Well the search giant also wants you to know it’s very serious about annihilating bad ads. Since more and more people own a smartphone or a tablet today, Google has become especially vigilant about identifying sites that promote

Google killed a lot of horrible ads in 2016

Google killed twice as many bad ads in 2016 as they did in 2015.

Google makes most of its money from hosting ads. They use services like Android and Gmail to help determine what we like and can use this data to get plenty of companies interested in buying time and space to show their wares through them. Targeted ads produce more clicks and more money for Google’s customers.

But ads also suck. Especially the really bad  [Read More…]