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Twelve Minimal Wallpapers for iPhone 7 iOS 10, Android Nougat, & macOS Sierra!

With the new Google Pixel announcement today and recent releases of iOS & macOS Sierra, I though it was time for a new batch of wallpapers. All of the wallpaper designs below are designed by puscifer91 on DevianArt so if you are looking for specific sizes then head over to his profile page. The wallpapers below are 3840 × 2160 so they are perfect for QHD, 4k, and 5k monitors as well as smartphones and tablets!

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Mobile: Tap on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads click “view full size”. Now tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. When you click “Save Image” the wallpaper will appear in your Camera Roll.

Minimal Wallpapers Best Landscape Night HD Retina for iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Google Pixel, macOS Sun Eclipse Minimal Wallpapers DarGadgetZ

Mountains Ice Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ

Mountains Ice Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ

Purple Dusk Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Nighfall Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Colored Mountains Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Woods Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Dessert Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Sunrise Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Colors Paper Android Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Purple Paper Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Lake Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ Sunset Minimal Wallpaper DarGadgetZ

 

Four of The Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Cases

It’s been a couple of months since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 so there are now hundreds of different cases out there but today we are checking out four great cases that should satisfy your phone protection needs. All of these cases will protect your phone from an average drop but differ vastly in grip and overall feel. The great thing about all four of these cases is that they will add little-to-no weight to your S7 while still providing great protection.


Spigen Slim Armor

First off we have the Spigen Slim Armor in Gunmetal which is a go-to case for many smartphone buyers as it offers the best of all worlds. This case is half plastic and half rubber which allows for great drop protection while keeping phone sleek. All of the buttons are covered with rubber which makes them less clicky yet easier to press. This case doesn’t let much heat through so it’s great if you play lots of games and your device tends to get uncomfortable from the heat. The back of the case is plastic which allows the case to easily slide out of a pocker or purse.This one also has a little kickstand which works perfectly if you want to watch a movie on a plane or just prop it up around your home.

The Spigen Slim Armor for the Galaxy S7 is available at Mobilefun for £19.99 ($24.49).


Caseology Parallax Case

Next up we have the Caseology Parallax Series case in black which is my favorite of the bunch because of how solid it feels in the hand. Unlike the plastic back from the Spigen Slim Armor, this one has a rubber back with a nice texture that makes it feel more rugged and secure in the hand. This one has buttons on top of the original buttons which keep that nice clicky feel you get with the S7’s buttons. The lip on the front of the case is enough to protect the phone yet isn’t obstrusive when you slide past the screen onto the case, it’s been designed perfecly for the phone.

The Caseology Parallax Series case for the Galaxy S7 is available at Mobilefun for £19.99 ($24.49).


Olixar Ultra-Thin and FlexiShield

Lastly we have the Olixar Ultra-Thin and the Olixar FlexiShield, both of which are silicone cases. The Ultra-Thin case is very thin while the FlexiShield is a little thicker and feels a bit more plasticky than just gel/silicone. I love keeping my devices minimal so my choice here is the Ultra-Thin. If you tend to like gel cases then you will like both of these. I’ve always prefered plastic/rubber cases like the Caseology or Spigen since I like the more slippery material so it slides in and out of my pocket. The FlexiShield feels more like a case since the buttons are reinforced and there’s more material than the Ultra-Thin. I definitely don’t reccomend the Ultra-Thin if you tend to drop your phone a lot since this one will protect it but your device could still get damaged since it’s very thin.

The Olixar Ultra-Thin retails for £7.99 ($9.99) while the Olixar FlexiShield is £5.99 ($7.49), both are available on Mobilefun.


We do want to thank the folks from http://www.mobilefun.co.uk for providing us with these cases to review. We also want to note that any of these types products purchased through mobilefun will have a 1-year warranty.

Top 5 Features of the Samsung Galaxy S7!

The Samsung Galaxy S7 doesn’t officially ship until next week but that didn’t keep T-Mobile from shipping out some pre-orders early to customers. Jacob Zacks already has his unit on hand and has made a quick video talking about the Galaxy S7’s best features and the differences to the Galaxy S6. Check out the video below…

More info on the GS7 Here

Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge [Video]

During a press conference at MWC 2016 Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both devices are very similar to the S6 and S6 Edge but have improvements that immediately make the S7’s worth considering as your next phone purchase. The devices have improved ergonomics, expandable storage, and they are now back to being water resistant like the Galaxy S5. Check out this introduction video from Samsung which details all of the info of their two new devices:

 

 

Samsung Mobile is defying barriers once again with premium Galaxy smartphones that redefine the ways we imagine our technology. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will make you rethink what a phone can do.

Design
Streamlined curves offer perfect grip and a slimmer feel without compromising a big immersive screen. It’s a powerhouse inside with expandable memory (SD-card slot), a Vulkan API for amazing gaming graphics, and a longer lasting battery. Take it in the rain, the shower, or the pool because it’s water resistant too.

Camera
Featuring a Dual Pixel 12MP phone camera with sub pixel technology found in professional cameras that activates just like your eyes for split-second autofocus. Shoot in the dark and own the night with larger pixels that capture more light for brighter photos.

Samsung Pay
Leave your wallet at home because Samsung Pay is now available virtually anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. It’s easy to use and secured by Knox Security.

Gear 360
Now you can truly break the boundaries of what a phone can do with the Gear 360 and Gear VR. Record your life with the 360 camera, preview it on the S7, and experience your memories like never before with the Gear VR headset.

Source: Samsung

Kickstarter Project Jide Remix Ultra-Tablet Reaches $100,000 Goal in a Day

Remix Tablet Design 3

By now, most of us have heard of Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding platform. But for the people who haven’t, the site works by allowing an inventor or company to launch a product on their website. People can pledge money, and often receive that product or swag in return, based on the amount pledged. The projects generally last 30-45 days, and only the top projects are funded quickly.

Now that that’s out of the way, we can gaze at the beauty of this new Android-based tablet from ex-Googlers Jeremy Chau, David Ko, and Ben Luk, along with the rest of their company, Jide Tech.

So what makes the Remix Ultra-Tablet so great and why should you care? Well, it may look a little familiar, being that it’s based on the very successful Microsoft Surface Pro 3. However, there are a few key differentiators to this tablet.

An Android Productivity Tablet

Remix File ManagerOf course, one of the best things about the Surface is that it’s meant to be used as a productive tool. However, up until now, no one has released a true productivity tablet. The closest to it so far is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, but even that has quite a few limitations, such as a file manager, which I believe Jide is the first to fully introduce on an Android tablet.

Other features this tablet boasts related to productivity are multiple windows open at once, a taskbar, and a magnetic keyboard, similar to the that of the Surface Pro.

A Powerful Tablet

Next up are the price and specs, and Ultra-Tablet doesn’t flank out on either. With the Nvidia Tegra 4+1 quad-core processor paired with the GeForce LP 72-core GPU, you’ll have PLENTY of power for most any application you need to run. In addition, it comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable to 192GB with microSD slot supporting up to 128GB).

Of course, to power such a device, you need a lot of battery, and this tablet packs an 8100mAh to do the job. And the power features don’t end at just the size of the battery, as this tablet has a proprietary fast charging port AND a much more universal micro-usb port to be able to charge your device when not with your charger. Oh, and did I mention it can also act as a power bank? Well, it can.

Don’t forget about aesthetics and the OS

Remix Tablet OSSomehow, Jide Tech was able to fit all of this great hardware inside a small body that greatly resembles the Surface Pro 3. It has an 11.6″ FHD touchscreen, it’s thinner than .4in., and weighs less than 2lbs, making it very competitive with the tablets out there today.

As for the operating system, Jide did a complete makeover of Android to make it as productivity-friendly as possible, and being ex-Googlers, I would expect them to know the OS better than anyone else, so it should be great, and from what they’ve shown us, that’s accurate.

Price

So this tablet must cost an arm and a leg, right? Nope! The Remix will retail for $399, and if you get over to Kickstarter now, you can grab one for $349. The first few lucky people got one for just $39, so if you’re one of them, I’m jealous!

I highly recommend you check this out on their Kickstarter page to find out more info, and maybe consider getting one for yourself!

 

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Google Announces Allo & Duo Messaging Apps

Google has announced two new apps that are launching this summer for Android and iOS. Allo is a simple one-to-one video calling app with some cool new features while Allo is a secure text messaging app with an intergrated Google assistant.

 

Allo is a smart messaging app that makes your conversations easier and more expressive. It’s based on your phone number, so you can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook. And with deeply integrated machine learning, Allo has smart features to keep your conversations flowing and help you get things done.


Allo has Smart Reply built in (similar to Inbox), so you can respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and will show suggestions that are in your style. For example, it will learn whether you’re more of a “haha” vs. “lol” kind of person. The more you use Allo the more “you” the suggestions will become. Smart Reply also works with photos, providing intelligent suggestions related to the content of the photo. If your friend sends you a photo of tacos, for example, you may see Smart Reply suggestions like “yummy” or “I love tacos.”


Allo also features the Google assistant, bringing the richness of Google directly into your chats—helping you find information, get things done, and have fun. You can chat one-on-one with the assistant, or call on Google in a group chat with friends. Either way, you no longer have to jump between apps to do things like book a dinner reservation with friends, get up-to-date sports scores, settle a bet, or play a game. The assistant in Allo lets you bring things like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate to all your conversations, so that you and your friends can use Google together.

The Google assistant in Allo understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip. And since it understands natural language patterns, you can just chat like yourself and it’ll understand what you’re saying. For example, “Is my flight delayed?” will return information about your flight status.

 

Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone—whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook. And its simple interface fades away when you’re in a call, so it’s just the two of you.

One of our favorite features of Duo is Knock Knock, which shows you a live video preview of the caller before you pick up. Knock Knock invites you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and fun. Once you answer, Duo seamlessly transitions you right into the call.

Duo calls are in crisp HD video (up to 720p) and audio. We’ve optimized Duo to work well even on spotty networks, so if bandwidth is limited it gracefully adjusts quality so you’re still able to connect. We also seamlessly transition calls between cellular and Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about what network you’re on. Finally, we built Duo with privacy and security in mind and all calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted.

Unfortuantely none of these apps are replacing any of Google’s current apps such as Hangouts which means the market will remain fragmented untill enough people choose to switch to Allo and Duo. This is basically Google’s BBM or iMessage but with some really cool features and it’s cross-platform.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Finger Print Sensor Not Responding?

I have been using the Samsung Galaxy S7 for a few days now and it’s a great phone but one thing has been annoying me. The fingerprint sensor on my unit has something wrong with it and there seems to be no fix. I have tried everything to fix the sensor and nothing works.

I sometimes get a dialogue saying “Make sure that the Home key is clean and dry, then try again”. Other times I get a full on error message telling me to reboot the phone but…guess what? Rebooting the phone does not work. The same dialogue appears in settings and in apps that require the fingerprint sensor. I tried restoring the device to factory settings and setting the phone up as a new device still doesn’t work. So how do we fix the fingerprint sensor on the S7?

From my experience so far… there is no direct fix for this. I’m hoping it’s a software bug that Samsung can address in a future update but for now there is one thing that I noticed. The fingerprint seems to stop working after the phone heats up a lot and the problem is the that the S7 heats up with pretty much any app that you open for more than ten minutes. Just letting the phone cool seems to get it back to working condition, this only works from time to time though. There reason why this is a big deal is because I like to unlock my device with a fingerprint everytime so I have it set to require authentication each time the device is awakened so I don’t have to put any code or drag up to unlock. You can put it so it only asks for authentication whenever it is inactive for a certain amount of time and that’s actually how it comes out of the box. You could also just not use the fingerprint sensor but with Samsung Pay and other apps using the fingerprint sensor there’s no real way to avoid the fingerprint sensor without always knowing that it would be much more convenient to have it on.

I have reached out to other S7 owners and they said they have not had any issues so it could be that my unit is defective and requires a replacement. If you have an S7 and can return it for a replacement then I would advise doing so as Samsung has yet to address this issue. The problem is that if they never address the issue then you’ll be left with a device that you won’t be able to resell for a good enough price in a year or two because the finger print sensor doesn’t work. Before returning it just make sure you try factory resetting your device just to make sure that the fingerprint sensor is as faulty as mine. This post is really to tell you not to waste your time trying a bunch of different methods to fix it since I spent hours trying to fix the sensor and nothing worked.

Three Beautiful Landscape Wallpapers from Firewatch

The team behind Firewatch has released three beautiful landscape wallpapers for your phones, tablets, and desktop. Firewatch is a single player game for Windows, Mac, Linux, and PS4. Check out the wallpapers below:

How To: Right click on the size that you want and click “Open Link in New Tab”. Then right click on the image and click “Save Image As”

Sunset Yellow

Early Morning Green

Classic Firewatch Palette

Source: Camposanto

Google Announces Android M is ‘Android Marshmallow’

Google has announced that Android M is officially called Android Marshmallow. The final Android 6.0 SDK is now available to download and developers are being encouraged to get their apps ready. The consumer version of Marshmallow is set to launch later this fall and will directly compete with Apple’s iOS 9.

Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them! Since the launch of the M Developer Preview at Google I/O in May, we’ve enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we’re introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow.

Check out the video below which shows how Android lawn sculptures get made and why Android names their releases after sweet foods!

 

Source: Android Developers

Misfit Announces New ‘Bolt’ Smart Bulb

Misfit, a company more popularly known for the Misfit Shine, has announced the Misfit Bolt which is a wirelessly connected smart bulb. The bulb does not need a hub to function which means that this just screws right into a lamp socket and works. Bolt is controlled through an iOS/Android app like most other smart bulbs, if you have a Misfit Shine you can control brightness and turn your bulbs on and off.

Misfit Bulbs Colors

Misfit claims that “Light never looked this good” and it’s hard to disagree with that since it has an aluminum body that directs heat away from the electronics and a glass dome that enables 260-degree light dispersion with zero hot-spots. I currently have a bunch of WeMo Bulbs that are have been very unreliable, slow, and feel cheap so I am definitely looking forward to checking one of these out when they are available in mid-February for $50 each or three for $130.

 

 

Bolt is constructed from a glass dome with a proprietary light-diffusion coating to enable wide-angle light dispersion with no hot spots, and a gorgeous aluminum body that doubles as a heat sink. A warm white light, Bolt is bright enough for everyday lighting while also being able to make a bold statement in any room with its color changing features. Unlike other smart bulbs on the market, Bolt does not require a hub and is easy to set up.