Tag Archive: Putting

Facebook is putting focus back on simplicity with Messenger 4

Facebook and its various services like Instagram and Messenger are widely known to be overly crowded with unnecessary features and menus, but that may be changing soon with the rollout of Facebook Messenger 4. The company said that it ran a study on Messenger and found that 71% of participants considered simplicity a top priority.

What a wild concept that people just want to use Messenger to message their friends and family without rummaging through a clunky UI.

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Qualcomm released the Snapdragon Wear 3100 putting focus on battery life for Wear OS

Great news for smartwatch fans as Qualcomm has finally released their brand new chip for Wear OS. The new Snapdragon Wear 3100 includes high-performance quad-core A7 processors, a highly efficient integrated DSP, and an ultra-low power co-processor. What makes this great news is the next generation of Wear OS watches should have even better battery life.

Battery Life

Extending the life of your smartwatch is the main focus behind the Snapdragon Wear 3100. The new co-processor the Qualcomm QCC1110 is optimized for  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro benchmarks: Putting the Snapdragon 636 to the test

The Redmi Note 5 Pro gives us a first look at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 platform.

Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 5 Pro earlier this week in India, and among its many highlights is the fact that the phone is the first to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 platform. Like the Snapdragon 660, the Snapdragon 636 is built on the 14nm node and brings Kryo cores to the mid-range category, with the chipset featuring eight Kryo 260  [Read More…]

Putting Google Assistant in everything is easy — getting everything *else* in there is hard

Now that Google and Qualcomm have the silicon worked out, it’s time to get (really) serious about the services.

It sure didn’t take Google too long to reach parity with Amazon on the hardware front, did it? Consider how long the Amazon Echo has been around. Decades, right? (OK, just a few years now — the OG Echo was released in limited numbers at the end of 2014.) Google Home has been around for a year and change. Both pretty  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi 6 benchmarks: Putting the Snapdragon 835 to the test

It’s time to see how the Xiaomi Mi 6 holds up in benchmarks.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is one of the first phones to be powered by the Snapdragon 835. Built on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET node, the chipset offers a laundry list of improvements over last year’s Snapdragon 820 and 821, including a new semi-custom octa-core Kryo 280 CPU with four cores clocked at 2.45GHz, four cores at 1.90GHz, and an Adreno 540 GPU.

Synthetic benchmarks aren’t  [Read More…]

Facebook is putting ads in the middle of videos

Get ready to see a lot of ads in Facebook videos.

In a bid to increase revenues for publishers posting video on its platform, Facebook is introducing ads in the middle of on-demand content, while expanding availability of “mid-roll” ads for live videos. Facebook will start testing the new format with a select set of U.S. publishers who will earn 55% of the ad revenue, with the social network pocketing 45%.

According to Recode, ads can  [Read More…]

Putting the pieces together: Is Google about to buy HTC?

The writing is on the wall for HTC. In fact the writing is on the wall for Sony and LG as well. While Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market, LG, HTC, and Sony are struggling to make a profit. Historically, smartphone companies that struggle don’t make a turnaround. Nokia, Blackberry (RIM), and

Putting Linux on your Chromebook is easier than you think (and totally worth it!)

If you need to use those productivity programs that Chrome OS just doesn’t offer, or you just want to try something new, Linux on your Chromebook has you covered.

You’ve may have seen chatter on the internet about installing Linux on your Chromebook. Plenty of longtime Chrome OS users are doing it, and it allows the use of programs like GIMP (a Photoshop replacement), or Darktable, (a Lightroom alternative) as well as plenty of programs for  [Read More…]

Putting the Galaxy S7’s camera to the test in majestic Iceland

I often contemplate how far smartphone cameras have come and continue to improve. You’d think that they would’ve long since hit a performance limit due to their restrictive size. But no, manufacturers are still finding magical ways to push the boundaries and strengthen the argument against dedicated cameras. I’ve been super impressed by the Galaxy S7’s camera

Canadian banks are finally putting customers first in mobile payments rollout

Banks are finally figuring out that they need to serve the customer when it comes to mobile payments. But is it enough?

Yesterday, I used my smartphone to pay for a pizza slice. Big deal, right?

But it was a big deal. See, the phone I used, the Galaxy S7 edge, isn’t publicly available (yet another reason I love this job), and the SIM card is just your run-of-the-mill variety.

I bank with TD Canada Trust,  [Read More…]