Tag Archive: Understanding


Understanding the Galaxy S8’s display resolution options

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ default to ‘Full HD+’ resolution, but it’s easy to go higher or lower. Here’s why you might want to do that.

The Galaxy S8’s Quad HD+ SuperAMOLED panel is one of its standout features. Indeed, that big, almost bezel-free display features heavily in Samsung’s ads for the phone. By default, though, it’s not set to run at its full, native resolution of 2960×1440, instead it’s downsampled to “Full HD+,” or 2220×1080. And  [Read More…]

Understanding ‘Assistant’ in Google Photos and what it can do for you

There’s lots to wrap your head around in Google Photos, but the new Assistant feature is here to help.

Whether you want to check up on the status of your photo backups, see the Creations that Google Photos has made for you, or be alerted of space to be freed up on your device, Assistant is the place to go. It’s just a tap, swipe, or click away from your photo library, and it’ll keep you in  [Read More…]

Understanding how thermal imaging tech apps work

Thermal imaging improves human visibility of the ‘invisible’. Put simply, a thermal imaging device can see what our naked eyes cannot see. Human visibility is restricted to the visible spectrum of light on the electromagnetic spectrum. This is a small component of the entire spectrum. Thermal imaging – infrared – notices heat signatures of objects, […]

Understanding memory card speeds and what works best for your phone

Buying an SD card shouldn’t be difficult. Learn what those numbers all mean and how to pick what’s best for you.

SD cards are a cheap way to provide extra storage for just about anything that can create or read a digital file. Most cameras use SD cards, as do audio players and recorders, digital photo frames, many laptops and a lot of phones. While we’re going to focus on the how what and why of  [Read More…]

Understanding Telus’s new Premium Plus financing plan

Spend more to save some money with Telus’s new Premium Plus financing option.

Last week, Telus launched a new plan under the Premium Plus name.

At a time when many U.S. carriers are all-in on financing options, Telus’s new Premium Plus plan is a hybrid system, providing customers a considerable subsidy in exchange for a two-year contract, along with flexibility in choosing to spend around $ 10 per month more on a plan in order to  [Read More…]

Understanding 4G in the UK: Everything you need to know

Cutting through the technobabble.

Everyone knows 4G comes after 3G. It’s faster, better, not to mention more expensive. But “4G” can refer to a bunch of different things, and the various UK operators use 4G in different ways to offer different features to customers.

It can all be a bit confusing, but we’ve brought together all the major details of how 4G works in the United Kingdom to help you understand how it all works —  [Read More…]

Understanding security options on the Samsung Galaxy S7

Make sure only you and the people you trust have access your Galaxy S7 and the data stored within.

Securing your devices and data is more important than ever these days. Just think of the sheer amount of personal information we pour into our phones, not to mention the shift towards using devices to manage finances. Now, think of all of that information falling into the wrong hands. Scary, right?

Fear not. The Samsung Galaxy S7  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Understanding EMUI

There’s a method to Huawei’s UI madness, even if you’re not a fan of it.

I’ve become a pretty decent fan of Huawei’s phones over the past year or so. It started with a brief look at the Honor 6 Plus. I didn’t really get it at the time. Interesting hardware, weird software, and this was a pure China model, full of features I’ll never understand. Months later, in Berlin, I snagged and reviewed a Mate  [Read More…]

Understanding ‘Assistant’ in Google Photos, and what it can do for you

There’s lots to wrap your head around in Google Photos, but the new Assistant feature is here to help.

Whether you want to check up on the status of your photo backups, see the Creations that Google Photos has made for you, or be alerted of space to be freed up on your device, Assistant is the place to go. It’s just a tap, swipe or click away from your photo library, and it’ll keep you  [Read More…]

Understanding ‘Applications’ settings on the Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 has a lot of storage, but that doesn’t mean you should let your apps run wild.

Running a modern smartphone takes a little bit of maintenance, which is a bit unfortunate but not something that we can’t handle in order to make the most of our phones. For the Galaxy S6 that involves hopping into the “Applications” area of the settings to poke around, and knowing what you’re doing before you get there  [Read More…]