Bad news: 10% worse battery life on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge after Android 7.0 Nougat update

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are two of the most popular Android phones out there, and now, they are getting updated to the latest version of the Android operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat.

Along with all the great new features and improvements, there was one key aspect of the experience that we wanted to test: battery life.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have traditionally delivered a very good battery life, easily lasting through a full day even when you use your phone a lot. The S7 Edge with its massive 3,600 mAh battery in particular …

The Blu Tank Xtreme 5.0 is an ultra-rugged smartphone with just 1GB of RAM

If you’ve been following the budget smartphone market for the past couple of years or so, there’s a good chance you’ve come across Blu smartphones at least once or twice. Blu, based out of Florida, has been kicking out affordable smartphones for quite a while now, and although it may not be one of the most recognizable brands around, it still has some pretty compelling offerings if you’re willing to do a bit of digging and searching.

Blu just took the wraps off of its latest handset, the Blu Tank Xtreme 5.0, and this one is a bit different from what we’ve seen from the company …

Thanks to 7 Plus, Apple topped Q4 smartphone sales, can you guess with which other iPhone it beat Samsung?

In the October-December period of last year, a perfect storm catapulted Apple to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor. Apple beat Samsung by a hair, shipping 78.3 million iPhones in the holiday quarter, against 77.5 million for the Korean conglomerate. 

Granted, it took a bungled Note 7 battery pack, and a lot of new customers for Apple who came attracted by the inventive dual camera set of the iPhone 7 Plus, but who’s to say that this won’t be replicated again n Q4 2017 with the eventual launch of an OLED iPhone 8, too. Given that Apple also scored the highest …

Telegram makes its way to Android Wear 2.0

Android Wear 2.0 officially launched on Wednesday, and it seems that it could make a worthy competitor to Samsung’s Tizen and Apple’s watchOS. One of the main new features is the ability to install apps directly from the watch, via the Play Store. And one of the top messaging apps on Android is making use of this new Android Wear improvement.

Telegram just launched for Android Wear 2.0, and it packs more than enough functionality. The watch version of Telegram lets you browse through chats and reply with voice, text, emoji and stickers. The app also makes use of …

This Google Pixel and Pixel XL real wood case looks great and is made in the USA

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are two of the best Android phones you can buy: Google’s first handsets are fast, run smoothly, have one of the greatest cameras ever on a phone, and feature a sleek design. Add the promise for quick software updates, the number one issue that still plagues Android phones, as it takes long months and sometimes even years for updates to arrive, and you understand the appeal of the Pixel family.

If you have a Google Pixel or want to get one, you will also likely want to protect it. One of the most stylish way to cover up your …

How often do you change your phone’s wallpaper?

Wallpapers are a big deal. If you don’t believe us, just look at that beautiful nature collection of high-res ones we’ve picked for you. It’s the first thing you see when you unlock your phone, and one of the easiest ways to customize your phone to suit your generous and unique personality. 

That being said, though, there are plenty of approaches to wallpaper-ing. Some just stick with whatever their phones ship with, as long as their icons are easily discernible on it, that is why the stock wallpaper collections are perhaps the most widely used ones, and some …

Uber sued over multi-million divorce

Uber is known for having more than its fair share of legal problems. The company has been in so many legal disputes that we lost count a long time ago. But this one report from the French media Le Figaro, quite honestly, caught us by surprise.

A businessman from Côte d’Azur, France, is suing Uber for destroying his marriage. According to the plaintiff, a bug in the ride-hailing app allowed his then wife to pinpoint the man’s location, which in turn resulted in their divorce, so he now demands Uber to pay damages for a total of 45 million euros, which is around $48 million. The first hearing …

Two months after their official release, you still need to wait up to 6 weeks for Apple’s AirPods

Two months after the launch of the Apple Airpods, you would think that Apple has finally caught with the initial demand and you can just walk in a store and get yourself a pair.

You might be lucky to find them in some stores, but it is more likely that you will not as Apple just cannot seem to make enough of the truly wireless white buds. Despite all the criticism towards their toothbrush-like looks and dental floss-like case, the AirPods just seem to be in huge demand as shipping time for the buds remain painfully slow.
It will …

Nintendo feeling confident after the launches of “Super Mario Run” and “Fire Emblem: Heroes”

Nintendo’s foray into the world of mobile gaming is as interesting as it is confusing. The titles that the company has released so far rely on different approaches for monetization, and some of them have not resonated too well with certain users (Super Mario Run, anyone?). Fortunately, there seems to be a method to this madness, and Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima recently revealed what is the desired effect from the endeavor. 

In an interview with Time Magazine, Mr. Kimishima discussed the strategic importance of Miitomo, Super Mario Run and Fire …

Adobe Photoshop prices are set to rise: here are some great alternatives

Adobe is the latest in an increasingly long line of businesses that has announced it’ll be raising prices for its UK customers in response to the pound’s fluctuating value against the dollar.

The company behind popular, and for some essential, products such as Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, and Illustrator sent its customers an email stating that because of “recent changes in exchange rates” Creative Cloud subscriptions would be rising in price from March 6. 

Adobe’s official blog post on the subject is fairly scant when it comes to exactly how much the prices are rising, stating that Swedish and Brazilian customers will also see a rise and that “existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.”

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It seems that the amount subscriptions are rising varies from user to user, with people taking to social media to express their annoyance that the price they’re paying is rising by anything from 10% all the way to 60%.

According to DigitalArtsOnline, students are being hit worst with their subscriptions rising by 60%.

Subscribers on annual plans won’t see their prices rise in March like monthly subscribers as their subscription has been paid, but after their annual term ends they’ll be subject to a price increase. 

We’ve reached out to Adobe to request the exact details of the price rises and we’ll update with their response.

Regardless of exactly how much costs are set to rise, Adobe’s creative software isn’t exactly cheap to start with. For those who rely on its products for their studies or freelance work, any increase could hit hard. 

Some worthy alternatives

Outside of professional spheres, the most widely used piece of software that’ll be subject to a price rise is probably Photoshop so in light of that we’ve decided to flag up some free alternatives. 

They may not have all the features that make Photoshop the first choice for professionals but for everyone else they’re worthy alternatives. 

Our first suggestion is GIMP which is by far the best free Photoshop alternative. It has fully customizable masks, layers, advanced filters, color adjustments and transformations as well as a wealth of user-created plugins and scripts which replicate popular Photoshop tools. 

Even better, it comes with an excellent in-depth user manual to help you get started without a fuss.  

Photo Pos Pro is another excellent alternative which has interfaces to accommodate both beginners and advanced users, the latter of which closely resembles Photoshop. If you find GIMP’s endless lists and menus intimidating and/or exhausting Photo Pos Pro could be the option for you. 

Its main drawback is the limit on save file sizes (1,024 x 2,014 pixels), but if you decide you like the basic version and want to upgrade, Photo Pos Pro Premium is currently discounted to £17.67 which is a reasonable price for a stellar Photoshop alternative. 

  • There are several other free alternatives that may appeal to you, the rest of which you can find here.