Monthly Archives: November 2013

There’s More to the Curved Display of the LG G Flex

LG G FlexOne of the latest and most promising innovations in the smartphone technology is the flexible OLED display that is said to be virtually unbreakable. Both of the South Korean tech giants Samsung and LG had taken the initiative in integrating this state-of-the-art technology to their smartphones resulting to the Galaxy Round and the G Flex respectively. But then, a lot of consumers and analysts alike were disappointed that the smartphone itself isn’t flexible; bluntly, it’s just a bendable display together with solid components in an inflexible casing. According to Sascha Segan, a mobile analyst at PC Mag, Samsung and LG are “really just using this to jump-start that curved screen production so we start seeing curved screens on other devices early next year.” If this innovation will be given much attention, it can result to a future where smartphones are completely bendable.

The G Flex is dubbed as the Wolverine from X-Men of smartphones due to its capability to auto-regenerate from damages. At first, many were skeptical about this self-healing feature. The promotional video released by LG itself wasn’t enough to obliterate the cynicism in the minds of mobile consumers, but everything changed when YouTube personality/ video producer Marques Brownlee put the device to the test. In the video, he scratches the dorsal portion of the phone using a set of keys. In a matter of a few seconds, the scratch marks were greatly reduced though not completely removed. Nonetheless, they became less apparent and slightly invisible to the naked eye. And if that’s not enough, he took out a knife to carve a deeper scratch into the back part of the phone. Brownlee notes that the “scar” half-healed. Even so, the scratch inflicted in the G Flex became less obvious as compared to when it was done to a regular phone.

Brownlee then came up with an analysis for why the theory didn’t work as perfect as how it appeared in LG’s promotional video. As it turns out, the official video clip from the manufacturer was filmed in a controlled temperature environment with the thermostat set to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. And Brownlee believes that the self-healing coating boasted by the G Flex isn’t that effective in cooler climates; the feature will work better in tropical countries. Be that as it may, although it MIGHT not work exactly very well as advertised, the new, regenerative coating that LG incorporates in its first-ever curved smartphone is a diamond in the rough. It became an eye-opener to the possibility of a truly indestructible electronic device. Currently, the G Flex is only available in its motherland; let’s hope that it be available outside of South Korea soon.

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Installing an LCD Screen Protector for Your iPad

ipad and lcd protectorSo you finally have the iPad you have been dying as ever to have. You just can’t help but stare back at the reflection your iPad bounces back as it gives you all giddy ups inside. You even get to flaunt your oh so cool iPad with your friends every time you get the chance because you are so proud of it. Then one day, as you stare back at the screen again as you usually do, you notice a small scratch on the screen, and yikes! Of all iPad accessories how could you forget to buy an LCD screen protector? See, it’s not yet too late. You could still see clearly the big picture on the screen even if there’s a little scuff. And not to worry again since you can still protect the entire screen even if it has a tad scuff already. You just have to buy a few things so you could protect your screen from further scratches. Here are the things that you will need:

  • The iPad itself
  • Dust Destroyer (optional)—good for getting rid of dust.
  • Soft cloth (comes in package of LCD protector)
  • LCD screen Protector
  • Apple’s iPad Box Cover—will definitely be useful to have your screen be bubble-free.

Now that you have gathered all the things that you will need, here are the steps on installing it bubble-free:

Step 1: Clean and remove any dust or dirt on your screen. You can spray first the Dust Destroyer if available, and then you can wipe it all off with the soft cloth that comes with the package as you buy a screen protector.

Step 2: Now, peel back the label marked number 1 of the screen protector. Be careful not to touch the adhesive side of the protector’s surface so it stays clean and fingerprint-free.

Step 3: After peeling off a small portion of the film attached to Tab 1, flip it over and align the film to the corner of your screen. To hold it in place, use one hand to align the protector to the iPad and the other hand to hold the folded film on the bottom.

Step 4: If there are some air bubbles, just lift up the film a little and use your finger to smudge out the bubbles. Do it repeatedly if necessary, or you can just rub the bubbles off lightly with your fingers.

Step 5: Pull the film from underneath the protector until 2 inches of the protector is on the iPad and here is how the Apple’s iPad Box Cover gets useful. Hold the box with one hand as your other hand grabs the film under the protector. As you pull the film, gently slide the box across the iPad to prevent air bubbles from forming.

Step 6: Peel the label marked number 2. And there you have it, a bubble-free iPad screen. You won’t need to spend hours getting rid of air bubbles with a card now.

Have fun gazing again on your screen, worry-free!

iPad Air Tips and Tricks You Shouldn’t Miss

How much penny have you spent just to let the wind blow that pristine iPad Air into your hands? My point with asking that is this ingenious device is outright expensive to start with. And this almost paper thin gadget would definitely blow one’s mind not only with its lightness, but also with its features.

So, to make sure that your money is well spent, either by means of buying an iPad Air or buying iPad Air accessories, try out these tips and tricks for your tablet to make the most out of it:

#1: A swift way to delete a text

Have you ever been in a situation where you are fumbling for the right words to say, and suddenly it hits you that you shouldn’t say those things? So, what do you do now? Keep tapping the backspace in order to delete the evidence. Too much work, right? Good thing iPad Air has now an inclusion of a feature that lets you delete the whole text just by shaking your iPad and toggling the option Undo Typing. But what if you changed your mind and thought that you really intend to send it? Don’t shake your head yet, just shake the iPad and it will prompt a Redo Typing option.

#2:  Splitting the virtual keyboard

Aside from the new tricks of iOS 7 with its keyboard, did you know that you can actually split the keyboard in two with your iPad Air? Considering how wide tablets are, you’ll definitely have hard times in typing especially if you are used to typing words and phrases with your thumbs on your gadgets with touch interface technology. To do this trick, just tap and hold the keyboard icon on the left bottom, and once the options popped-up, hold it still and drag your finger to Split option. That will do the trick. But if you want to get the keyboard back again, tap and hold the keyboard icon once more and select Dock and Merge from the popped-up menu.

#3: Creating Keyboard Shortcuts

 Say like, you’ve been typing and typing a long word over and over and over. Perhaps you are sending a report or something. You know possibilities. And you know that typing and typing the word every time is taking up your time. Good thing, iPad Air offers a feature that creates a keyboard shortcut to a word or phrase even. To be able for you to do this trick, go to: Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut … and from there, you can create a shortcut for any phrase to your liking. It’s a real time saver indeed, right?

#4: Instigate multitasking

With the specs iPad Air offers, it can do pretty much a lot of things. And it sure can pretty much do them all at once. So, if you are trying to do a multi-task, just press the Home button twice, then a Multitasking tray will pop up at the bottom of your screen. You’ll notice the recently used apps on the screen. You can tap them to launch them once more, or close them by swiping straight up. You can also close them altogether by placing your fingers on top of each app and swipe them straight up.

So, these are the few tips and tricks that are definitely worth a try. You’ll definitely be going to need them so might as well take note of them.

Why Should You Choose Android Over iPhone?

Apple’s CEO, Timothy Cook, was indeed successful on putting their iDevices and their iOS 7 on top of the headlines. The blogosphere couldn’t even breathe of all the news talking about all the bits and bites of Apple. Some are good news; some are not, but that’s just the way it goes, isn’t it?

Not to pile on the good news; not even on bad ones either, but I guess somehow Android deserves the limelight despite of what Apple offers. Here in this post entails a few reasons on why you should choose Android over iPhone—and to justify which smartphone really is smarter.

#1: Screenshot made easier

How do you take a screenshot on your phones? Well, when you are using an Android phone, which is not either the Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, or Note 3, you’ll pretty much have to press and hold the menu and the power button simultaneously—and this is somewhat likely how you do it with iPhone. However, when you use the aforementioned high-end Android phones, you can just actually snag a photo of your screen by using its feature Palm Swipe. In this way, you just have to slide your hand in a “chopping” position from left to right across the screen, and then you will hear the shutter sound. See? It’s pretty much easy.

#2: Convertible Phone to USB drive

Wait, what? Indeed. Stating the obvious here, your Android device has an inclusion of micro-SD memory card slot—this is what Apple’s iDevices lack. And so, you’ll definitely have fun filling it up with files and whatnot. And you can even use it like a USB flash drive. Just connect it to your computer using a USB data cable and store or swap files on your device so long as it can accommodate the file size. Can your iPhone do that?

#3: A shortcut it is

What are smartphones for? What are gadgets for? I can’t stress this enough; they are made to help people carry out their everyday activities in a less complex way. Not to mention, they keep us socially connected in every way. And knowing that Android holds the throne of being the most customizable of all mobiles, tweaking has never been more of a surprise. This trick I’m about to say will save us time and a lot of swipe actions. Did you know that you can actually make a shortcut of phone numbers on your home screen? You just have to hold down your home screen until a menu pops up, choose Shortcuts, select Contact, and choose your favorite contact or the person you mostly interact with. So, the next time you have to call him or her, you don’t have to dig your phone book just to get in touch with him or her. All you need is a simple tap and… oh! Hello!

No matter how much you tap each Android phone and iPhone just to defend which phone gets the throne, each launch of the two will be always going to kill the other—leaving you hard-pressed to know which one really deserves it. But it’s all apparent that Android is the most flexible of the two. Sure enough, iPhone can do some of the tricks, too, but you still have a need to have your iPhone jailbroken so as to do so. Now, who do you think deserves the limelight?

This is What Peek Vision Can Do to Save Your Eyesight

peek visionThe eyesight is the most essential sensory input for human beings. Most of the stimuli that are processed in the human brain, eliciting a response come from what we see. Therefore, we have to take care of our eyes to ensure that we may continue to see the world until the day that they may be laid to rest.

Living healthy is not a guarantee that our eyes will be able to function the way they used to from the day we first opened our eyes to see the light. Our sense of sight develops, and it eventually diminishes. Hence, to control how our eyes are subjected to the wear and tear of human nature, we have to observe some precautionary measures and have them checked up by a specialist.

It is a fact that 80 percent of blindness is avoidable, and 90 percent of blind people live in low-income countries. It is also a fact that this era ushers more people with an access to mobile phones than clean drinking water worldwide. Imagine yourself blind for a day in your life. Even the picture in your head is already so debilitating; what more in the case of those people who can no longer see the light of day throughout their entire lives?

Peek Vision is a smartphone-based app that enables comprehensive eye exams to people of every race and creed. It is easy to use, affordable, and absolutely portable; all one has to do is bring his feature-packed smartphone with him, and he can be able to diagnose eye diseases and provide means for managing the case.

Peek Vision can be used to check patients’ abilities to see color, test for long or short-sightedness, and detect the presence of cataracts or any eye conditions. It takes advantage of a smartphone’s camera, flashlight, and display in checking how the eyes react to stimuli. In addition, it allows doctors and optometrists to track the progress of their separate patients and keep a record of their geolocations. This app is perfect for doctors in performing their sworn duty in rural or low-income areas in lieu of medical equipment. The app is developed by the members of the International Center for Eye Health, a research group based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As of this moment, the app isn’t yet available on app stores of any mobile platform. But soon, everyone will have access to a comprehensive eye health examination that will help them preserve their eyesight.

This is definitely a testament that technology is our friend. It has made the ubiquitous mobile phone a cheap portable alternative to determine eye health instead of using a professional equipment that requires a remarkable skill to operate. This can be used by generally anybody within the health community—or the lay alike—in making sure that the eye remains the window to one’s soul.