SwiftKey has been on the news a lot as of late: it got itself in a bit of an awkward situation a few months ago and had to suspend its cloud syncing, and just a few weeks ago, it announced that the keyboard will now be powered by a neural network to improve suggestions. With the latest beta, SwiftKey takes that even further by adding more languages, and now you can even type in five different languages at once! Among the new additions that are coming with the latest beta, the biggest one might be its support for five simultaneous languages. Yes, five. If you are multilingual – and especially if you speak more than two languages – switching back and forth between languages can be very annoying. SwiftKey already supported two languages to be typed at once, but now the company has increased that number to five. No more tediously searching for the right language! Another is the expansion of its neural network support. Earlier in September, SwiftKey introduced us to its new word prediction system: a neural network. It essentially looks at the whole sentence rather than a few preceding words to offer better suggestions. Unfortunately, the neural network was only available for English, but now French, German, and Spanish will also be powered by the company’s neural network. With the latest beta version, you also get more language support and some UI changes. You can check out the full changelog below: You can now type in 5 languages at once! We’ve added 4 new languages: Sindhi Pakistan, Pashto, Scottish Gaelic, Uyghur New Neural Net languages: French, German & Spanish You can now turn on/off key press popups New setting in a tablet layout to turn on/off dedicated emoji key that appears to the left of the space […]

This post originally appeared on our sister site TabTimes.com It’s the battle of the beasts, with the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fighting over the title for the best over-sized smartphone in the market. But let’s put all other features and capabilities aside to focus on the camera, easily one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a good smartphone. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review Apple iPhone 7 Plus Review Apple iPhone 7 review Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Drop Test We have been playing around with both devices for some time and decided to put their shooters against each other in a feisty encounter in Sydney. Which will come out victorious? Let’s compare some images to find out. In the galleries below, images captured by the Apple iPhone 7 Plus are on the left, while images from the Galaxy Note 7 are on the right. All images have been compressed to 1440 pixels wide and you can see the full, unedited images in our Flickr gallery. Gallery 1   The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is outputting warmer tones and more saturated colors, which some may argue gives this specific image a bit of a more dramatic look. It’s certainly a nice photo, but once we look closer we can see the iPhone 7 Plus image on the left does display crisper details on the rocks. The iPhone also seems to capture a much more realistic photo. Gallery 2 The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is definitely winning this round. Samsung’s photo shows improved exposure on the front, all while showing superior shadow handling in the background. The iPhone’s picture also seems to have duller colors, in general. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 appears to handle dynamic range much better. Gallery 3 Once […]

Looking for something a little different to check out this weekend, now that the work (or school) week is over? Burly Men at Sea might be exactly what you’re looking for. This unique storybook-esque game is the brain child of Brain&Brain (pun intended), a husband-and-wife developer team, and it’s now out on Android. Based on a 20th century Scandinavian folklore, the game’s storyline revolves around the three brothers named Brave Beard, Hasty Beard and Steady Beard who set out to find a map in a bottle, only to end up awash on a shore. What makes the game standout is its storybook structure.  Each playthrough is designed for completion in a single sitting, but once that story is over, there are plenty of new playthroughs waiting for you the next time you start up the game. Burly Men at Sea draws its strength from a lot of factors such as its minimalist design, outlandish characterization and some elements of surprise. The simplicity in particular is, perhaps, what will appeal most to the gamers. Plus, you get to relax with its atmospheric soundtrack and pastel colors on the screen. Burly Men at Sea is available for download from the Play Store now for $4.99. What do you think of this one? Anyone try it out yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Get it from the Play Store

It finally happened: With a few quick swipes and taps, our mobile devices become conduits of live two-way video through which we can speak face-to-face with family members, significant others, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Video chat is no longer science fiction and can be part of our daily communications. However, it seems that only a relative few are actually using this game-changing technology, According to a study from last fall, about 68 percent of all American adults own a smartphone, which is roughly two in three American adults. Of those people, less than half (47 percent) have ever used video chat platforms on their smartphones, and this represents a sharp increase from 33 percent in 2013 and 19 percent in 2011. Obviously, there are more and more people using video chat on their smartphones. On the other hand, with several capable video chat platforms from which to choose, why are only a minority of smartphone users using them? One reason could be that it can sometimes be difficult to have off-the-cuff video chats in the same way we make phone calls. It’s one thing to jump out of the shower to take an important phone call and another matter to video chat with someone while wearing only a towel. Video chat requires more foresight and preparation than is necessary for phone calls. Or perhaps you’re of the opinion that video chat seems more complicated than it’s worth. If that’s the case, fear not. We have you covered. If the release of Google Duo tells us anything, it’s that video chat is as relevant as ever and will likely hold a prominent place in mobile communication as we move forward. Whether you’re simply a late adopter or haven’t gotten around to learning how the whole “video chat thing” works, the following […]

  Xiaomi looks determined to expand its offline presence in India. The Chinese phone maker is said to be preparing to kick off the sale of Redmi 3S Plus in Indian retail shops beginning on Saturday, according to sources cited by Gadgets 360. The planned distribution of Xiaomi Redmi 3S Plus by retailers in India will mark the company’s first foray into an offline, retail-only business model. The goal is to let the country’s retailers avoid the risk of online competition and, therefore, gain a level of flexibility on the handset’s pricing. Xiaomi launches the ultra-affordable Redmi 3S in India Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime on sale in India today 90,000 units of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime sold out in just 8 minutes in India That means the Redmi 3S Plus is primarily intended to serve Xiaomi’s purpose of gaining more offline traction in India rather than offering products with diversified specifications. In fact, Redmi 3S Plus doesn’t deviate much from its sibling Redmi 3S Prime in terms of key specs, except for the presence of 2GB of RAM in Redmi 3S Plus. See also: Xiaomi Redmi 3 review38 Redmi 3S Plus bears the same display and under-the-hood specs as the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3S Prime. Thus, it will sport a 5-inch 720p display, pack a 32GB of internal storage (expandable to 128GB via a microSD card) and run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top. The handset will be powered by the 1.1GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and juiced up by a 4100mAh non removable battery. Redmi 3S Plus will also boast a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front camera. The ubiquitous fingerprint scanner will be seen on the device as well. Retailers are expected to pin a Rs. 9,499 (~$142.5) price tag on the […]

Looking to strengthen its S Series portfolio, Gionee has announced the launch of the Gionee S6 Pro in India, entering the Virtual Reality space with its first ever phone for VR enthusiasts. The S6 Pro was first unveiled in China in June this year. The S6 Pro boasts of a metallic unibody design with a 3D camber line back and sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display. It comes pre-loaded with Gionee’s VR app for an immersive VR viewing experience and sports a Split Screen feature allowing users to continue watching a video while they receive notifications from messaging apps. Gionee also offers several games in the G-Store for virtual reality experience and entertainment. There’s also inbuilt apps like Video Editor with themed and professional edits, Desktop Editor, Image+ to record your life, Video beautification, Time lapse, Text Recognition, et al. The S6 family has focussed on selfies with its ‘selfie flash’ for the front camera, and the S6 Pro too packs in an 8MP, f2.2 front camera with screen flash. Gionee S6 Pro Specifications Operating System: Android Marshmallow 6.0 with Amigo 3.2 Display: 13.97cm (5.5) Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS | 2.5D curved edge display | Gorilla Glass protection Processor: Octa Core 1.8GHz MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 RAM: 4GB Internal Storage: 32GB; expandable up to 128GB with microSD card Rear Camera: 13MP with LED flash Front Camera: 8MP with Screen flash Battery: 3130mAh Dimensions: 153 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm Weight: 170 g The Gionee S6 Pro goes on sale across stores in India tomorrow at a price of ₹23,999 ($360) in two color variants – Gold and Rose Gold. The VR set will be separately available for ₹2,499 ($38). As an introductory offer, Saavn will provide a free three months’ subscription of ‘Saavn Pro’ to S6 Pro users.

SK Telecom We saw the leaked renders, and we saw the leaked manual. Well, the wait is now officially over as Samsung and South Korea’s SK Telecom have finally unveiled the Galaxy A8 (2016). As you see above, the 2016 edition of the Galaxy A8 is undeniably a Samsung device: from the rounded corners to the home button, the design hasn’t changed much since last year’s Galaxy A8. Though we can’t see the back of the device, SK Telecom describes it a “full-metal” device, so we might be looking at a similar design as last year’s Galaxy A8. See also: Samsung Galaxy A8 review29 In any case, there are some significant changes inside the device. The screen size and resolution remain unchanged, but this year’s Galaxy A8 has Samsung’s Always On Display feature. Since the device is running on Grace UX found on the Galaxy Note7, we are guessing that the A8 (2016) will have the upgraded AOD instead of the one found on the Galaxy S7 siblings. With a slight bump in the battery capacity from 3,050 mAh to 3,300 mAh, the Galaxy A8 (2016) should be able to handle AOD without giving up on you midday. Under the hood, Samsung has revamped its internals: it now has 3GB of RAM instead of 2GB, and uses the same Exynos chipset found in the Galaxy S6 family, which is the octa-core Exynos 7420. If the Galaxy S6 is any indication, the upcoming Galaxy A8 (2016) should have no problem handling demanding tasks. As for the camera department, the rear camera seems to be unchanged. Although we don’t know what sensor it uses, according to SK Telecom, it will have a 16-megapixel shooter just like last year’s model. The front-facing camera, however, has been bumped from 5-megapixels to 8-megapixels. That’s something that […]

If you are a U.S. Cellular customer and looking for an affordable device with a behemoth battery, then you’re in luck: the American carrier just announced that the LG X Power will be available for $0 down along with the LG G Pad X II. See also: Best smartphones under $10019 The LG X Power is a pretty attractive device, I must say. Though it may not be boasting an all-aluminum body or a sleek glass design, it has a simple, minimalist look with a nicely curved back. Also, it comes in a deep black color option, which seems to be a new trend in the smartphone market. In terms of its specs, the LG X Power, as the name may suggest, has a humongous 4,100 mAh capacity battery. Given its 5.3-inch HD (1280 x 720) display and the relatively low-power Snapdragon 210 processor, this should get you through a full day and much more. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box and features a 5-megapixel front camera for all the selfie-lovers out there. The only disappointment may be its rear camera, which is “only” 8-megapixels. The phone will be available for $0 down with the carrier’s installment pricing, which ranges from 20 months to 30 months. If you’re planning to buy the phone off-contract, it will set you back $149.99. The LG G Pad X II (that’s a mouthful) will also be available at U.S. Cellular with similar pricing. It’s $0 down with installment pricing – either 24 months or 30 months – or if you opt for a 2-year contract, the device will cost $149.99. The tablet is very much a midrange offering from LG with a 10.1-inch TFT display, and its resolution of 1200 x 1920 is nothing to brag about. Under the hood, we find […]

There are plenty of kid-friendly fitness trackers on the market, but not many of them are made by well-known companies that know about fitness tracking. If you’re looking for a new activity tracker to help keep your kids happy and healthy, you might want to check out the new Garmin vívofit jr. Made for children ages 4 through 9, the new vívofit jr. will track your children’s steps, sleep and total activity time throughout the day. It’s also water resistant, which means you won’t need to worry about your child ruining it when it gets wet. While the vívofit jr. looks a lot like Garmin’s popular vívofit 3, there are a few differences. The vívofit jr. has a one-piece strap, making it easy to take on and off if need be. It also comes with a battery that will last over one year without needing a replacement, so you won’t need to plug it in every night or worry about it losing charge throughout the day. See also: Best fitness trackers16 Parents can check on their kids’ daily activity with the vívofit jr.’s mobile app As you’ve probably noticed, the vívofit jr. also has a small, sunlight-readable display that shows the time, date and can be personalized to include a name. And like most fitness trackers out there, the vívofit jr. will tell your child when to get up and move if they’ve been sitting too long. What’s more, the vívofit jr. comes with a free mobile application that allows parents to check on their kids’ daily activity, responsibilities, sleep and more. Parents can also use this app as a way to compete with their kids for daily step challenges. Parents can even assign tasks for kids to complete in order to earn coins that can be redeemed for agreed-upon rewards. The preloaded tasks can be set to recur daily or weekly, and […]

It may have taken a little while, but Samsung Galaxy Note 7 customers are beginning to feel a little easier about their handsets these days. Samsung has issued a statement announcing that 1 million customers around the world are now using safe Galaxy Note 7 handsets, as the worldwide recall moves into its final stages. Samsung’s global voluntary recall began on September 2nd, but has kicked into high gear in the past couple of weeks after Samsung issued a mandatory updates to phones which prompt users to return their smartphones. The recall hasn’t gone entirely smoothly for Samsung though. After a couple of explosion reports in China, Samsung has reaffirmed on its Chinese website that the handsets on sale in the country are indeed safe, because they are using a different battery to those that can overheat. Samsung’s reputation has taken a hit in China despite not being affected by the battery issue, and the company has already dropped out of the top five manufacturers in the country. Speaking of China, it seems that Samsung is simply swapping out the potentially explosive batteries from global models with cells that it is already using in safe Chinese handsets. So, all models of the Note 7 will end up with batteries manufactured by the country’s Amperex Technology Limited (ATL). Currently, the brand new Note 7 products that have been swapped in overseas markets are using identical batteries to those that were supplied and used for the Chinese version,” – Samsung While 1 million safe users is a good milestone to hit, at the time of the recall back on September 5th, Samsung needed to replace around 2.5 million Note 7s from around the globe. With 90 percent of customers opting for replacement models rather than a refund, that still leaves Samsung with some 1.25 million handsets to […]

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