Last year was the first time that I left my iPhone for more than a month and switch to Android. I used the Galaxy S7 for around 5 Months until the iPhone 7 came out. I've always liked Android but until a couple years ago it just wasn't as good as iOS and when I say good I mean the apps available on the OS were not as good as those on iOS.
I believe 2017 is the first year that it doesn't really matter what phone you choose because all of them are going to be pretty much the same. The iPhone 8 will look and function very similarly to the Galaxy S8 and both devices have lots of features which end up accomplishing the same thing. I sold my iPhone 7 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the Galaxy S8 because it is the best smartphone ever made. The combination of materials, features, software, and design of the phone make it the most comfortable smartphone I have held and it sports the most beautiful screen I have seen. The iPhone 8 will most like match all this but we are still months away from an announcement this means it's currently Samsung's turn to shine.
I ended up purchasing the Silver since I have had a black phone for the past couple of years and Samsung has given all the S8 colors black fronts which is perfect. If you have yet to see one in person, I highly reccomend going to a store and checking it out. This is what phones will look like for the next couple of years until the foldable displays become more affordable. I’ll be making some videos on the S8 this coming weekend so stay tuned for those!
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!
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.
Today, Phil Spencer unveiled that the Xbox experience is coming to Windows 10. Microsoft is adding lots of features to the Xbox App on Windows 10. PC and Xbox One gamers will be able to game and chat together seamlessly as long as the game developer supports it. Gamers will also be able to stream their Xbox One games to computers and tablets running Windows 10, there will also be a Game DVR feature that will let gamers record, edit, and share their gameplay.
The Windows 10 Tech Preview will be available in the coming weeks and will include an early version of the Xbox App for people to test out. Later this year Microsoft will be updating the Xbox One to Windows 10 to enable seamless interaction with PC gamers and to give developers and easier way to extend their apps to the television.
The Xbox App. Whether you only game on the PC, the console or both, the Xbox app brings together the most important aspects of your gaming life: Games, Friends, Messages, Activity Feed, your gaming legacy with Achievements, and much more.
Xbox Live and multiplayer across devices. Xbox Live is social, interactive, and seamlessly integrated directly into Windows 10, bringing gamers the experiences they love across devices, like multiplayer gaming on Windows 10 against players on an Xbox One, and messaging and chat with friends. And developers will get full access to the Xbox Live API, making it easier to create more powerful gaming scenarios across devices.
Game Streaming. Thanks to the deep integration of Xbox on Windows 10, games on Xbox One can be streamed through your home network to your Windows 10 PC or tablet, anywhere in your house. Xbox One gamers will now be able to play many of their favorite console games on their PC. And many Xbox One accessories will work interchangeably on the console and PC (with more on the way), so you can customize your experience in whatever way you see fit.
DirectX 12. We’ve enhanced our graphics technology to squeeze every ounce of performance out of your supported hardware and open up a new wave of innovation for high-end graphics. Delivering greater complexity and detail on your current PC, games authored or updated for DirectX 12 are able to run faster and have richer visuals. And this technology is already in the hands of developers today. The engines used to power hundreds of games are implementing DirectX 12, including Unreal Engine 4 from Epic and, as we announced today, Unity.
Game DVR. On Xbox One, one of the most popular features used by gamers is Game DVR, which gives simple access to recording, editing, and sharing out your most epic gaming moments. It’s not easy or consistent to do that for PC games today. We’re bringing this beloved feature to Windows 10, now accessible by simply pressing Windows+G. With the games you love playing – whether on Xbox Live, Steam, or other services – you can record, edit, and share game clips with all your social networks.
Fable Legends. Today we announced that we are bringing Fable Legends to Windows 10 PCs, day-and-date with the Xbox One version in 2015. This means Fablefans running Windows 10 will be able to play against their fellow gamers on Xbox One. It’s the same game, in the same world, on the same map. Fable Legends is just the first of the major game franchises from Microsoft Studios coming to Windows 10 and we will have more to share in the coming months.
Recently, China has been seen visiting many international companies, with investigations into possibly monopolies. About a week ago, Microsoft was visited by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which is China’s “anti-monopoly” group. This was the start of an investigation into “monopolistic behaviors” from the company. Yesterday, four for Microsoft’s offices were raided with government officials leaving with computers and documents. This is quite a step up from the small visit a few days earlier.
Many think the idea here is to target non-Chinese companies to get money from them and boost the local companies. In fact, the United States Chamber of Commerce wrote that:
“the Chinese government has seized on using the [antimonopoly law] to promote Chinese producer welfare and to advance industrial policies that nurture domestic enterprises”
Of course, this is certainly a possibility. However, I think it’s important to remember not to start pointing fingers too soon, as that can overcomplicate issues. Microsoft has been known to receive anti-trust probes in the past from the EU, Japan, and even the United States. In fact, the European Union fined them 561 million euros for the same type of thing. On top of that, Microsoft’s Windows operating system is widely used in China, and completely dominates the market there, so there is a good reason for at least investigating the issue.
Microsoft has said they plan to completely cooperate with the Chinese government throughout the investigation. If they’re found guilty, up to 10% of their revenue could be collected by the government, so I can see why they’d want to not cause any more problems.
At Microsoft’s last minute press event they revealed it will sell its own Microsoft-branded Windows 8 RT tablet. Surface is just 9.3mm thick and it’s built around angled, all-magnesium VaporMg case that weighs just under 1.3 pounds. The tablet has an NVIDIA-made ARM chip as well as a built-in stand, twin 2×2 MIMO antennas for WiFi, and a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass 2-covered HD display.
Like Apple’s Smart Cover for iPad, Microsoft also announced a magnetically attached covered which includes a full multi-touch keyboard and trackpad. The tablet has ports for HDMI, microSD and USB 2.0 and will come with 32GB or 64GB of storage. The tablet will come with Windows 8 and a special version of Netflix. Microsoft decided not to announce a price but instead mention that it will be “competitive” with similar ARM tablets. They also didn’t mention a release date but it should land right around the same time as Windows 8.
Microsoft also announced another version of Surface with Windows 8 Pro. The Pro version packs an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, a larger 42 W-h battery, USB 3.0 ports instead of 2.0, and your choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage . The display will have 1080p resolution packaged in a 13.5mm thin and weighs 903 grams which make it thicker and heavier than the regular Surface. The pricing on this device is said to be on par with Ultrabook-class PC’s and will be available three months after the Windows 8 Launch.
If you’re like me and have an iPhone then you have probably looked at Windows Phone 7 and either loved it or hated it. Well, Microsoft has put out a special website that works on iOS and Android which allows you to experience Window Phone 7 strait from your device. The best thing is that you don’t need to run any special programs or Jailbreak your phone. You can head over to http://aka.ms/wpdemo from your smartphone and give WP7 a try, this might even change your thoughts on wether you actually like WP7 or not, or maybe even sway you to consider a Windows Phone as your next device.