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AdminJuly 20, 2018


The downside to owning a Smartphone

One of the downsides to owning a smartphone is the possibility of its glass being cracked or shattered.  I do not know about you, but buying an expensive smartphone makes me nervous for this reason alone.  Luckily, a new smartphone glass is promising to be a breakthrough in preventing cracked screens.

Manufacturing Corning’s “Gorilla Glass 6” promises to withstand impacts from up to 1 meter in height not just once, but 15 times!  Over 21 percent of smartphone users worldwide have some sort of cracked screen.  This is a nightmare that many of us have been through before.  You purchase that expensive phone and then an unsettling “accident” happens and your precious smartphone, which probably cost more than your laptop, has a cracked screen.

There are even cottage industries all around us set up to fix smartphone screens.  And with the cost of repairing these smartphone screens costing upwards of $100.00, the repair is nearly one fifth the price of the entire phone itself!

The downside to owning a Smartphone

Gorilla Glass 6, what is it? 

“As consumers become more dependent on their smartphones, the opportunity for potentially damaging drops is also on the rise. Now more than ever, it’s critical that the cover glass provides outstanding protection,” said John Bayne, vice president and general manager at Gorilla Glass. “Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops.”  Corning Gorilla Glass, the company behind this new and improved smartphone glass technology, was originally started when Apple asked Corning to come up with a thin but durable glass that could be used for consumer products.

The end result is that today well over five billion devices are made with Corning Gorilla Glass.  So what exactly makes Gorilla Glass so great?  Scott Forester, the division Vice President of Corning Gorilla Glass, explained, “There’s always two fundamental components for Gorilla Glass.

One is the actual glass composition at the atomic level, which elements are in the glass itself. And what we do is combine it with an ion exchange process, basically a strengthening process.”  This formula and method have led to Gorilla Glass dominating the Smartphone glass market.

Gorilla Glass 6

Something strange is coming

What’s even more interesting is that the new Gorilla Glass 6 can feel like…of all things…snakeskin.  In fact, the new glass can be manufactured to feel like just about any texture you like, including but not limited to wood and marble.  It may seem a little strange to want a smartphone glass window that feels like snakeskin, but with the smartphone market constantly looking for new gimmicks and tricks, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple will surely welcome this option.

Another very cool possibility with Gorilla Glass 6 is that the glass itself can actually be manufactured in a way that it reveals the phone’s inside hardware.  This should prove to be a very cool effect as the phone can show off those fancy microchips that cost you a fortune.

Gorilla Glass 6 is expected to be widely available late this year and it should prove to be one more craze for new Smartphone lovers to go crazy over.

AdminJuly 12, 2018


Artificial Intelligence Applications for Smartphones

In the era of advanced technology and tremendous comfort, everyone loves to work smart but not hard. Much of this is caused by the support of artificial intelligence powered personal assistants that are making our life much easier and simpler.

But the application of artificial intelligence is not limited to personal assistants Amazon Alexa and SIRI; it goes far and beyond that. A growing number of smartphone users are using other virtual assistants to enhance their mobile experience.

In this article, you will learn about the best artificial intelligence applications for your smartphone.


Cortana became a well-known application after Microsoft launched Windows 10. Cortana is a virtual assistant that is created by Microsoft for most Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft Band, Invoke smart speaker, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Alexa.

Cortana helps its users manage tasks that would otherwise need their hands to do; it can set reminders, recognize natural voice without the requirement for keyboard input, and answer questions using information from the Bing search engine.

What’s more, it can also be used to send emails and search for desired products on the Internet. All you need to do is to sign in to your Microsoft account and use it.

O Cortana


English Learning Speech Assistant, also known as Elsa, is a mobile application that will help you be an expert in English, without spending a large sum of money. It is considered the worlds smartest AI pronunciation tutor.

Elsa can help its users speak over 2,000 popular English words with perfect pronunciation. It will provide a series of practice exercises and coaching materials, which would help fine-tune its users speaking skills according to their native language.

English Learning Speech Assistant

Stiff Magic Cleaner

Stiff Magic Cleaner is also a popular artificial intelligence application. It is used to detect junk photos on your mobile phone to free up some space. In order to do so, the images are scrutinized through a series of machine learning algorithms.

Aside from that, the application runs quickly and is able to deliver results instantly. In addition, users can select the photos to delete them manually, or they can allow Stifr to do the work.

The app is available to download free of any charge on iOS and Play Store.

Stiff Magic Cleaner

Google Allo

Google Allo is an instant messaging mobile application by Google for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. It is an AI-powered messaging application that is similar to many other messaging applications, but it can perform a wide variety of tasks such as answering questions, adding events to a calendar, and finding videos among other things.

If you’re feeling super lazy but still want to get something done, then Google Allo is the best application for you. You can respond to messages without typing a single word. Its Smart Reply feature learns the user’s behavior and suggests responses to text and photos that is according to the user’s style.

Other functions include finding nearby restaurants and sending messages with end-to-end encryption.

Google Allo


Hound is a lot similar to Google Voice Search, but it is different in that users can use Hound by speaking naturally and get the results displayed instantly. You can activate the application by saying the phrase “Okay Hound”, even without using your finger or tapping the screen.

Hound has a lot of other features such as you can listen to your favorite music or video playback that is curated in the SoundHound playlist. You can also set multiple alarms simultaneously and set the timer according to your needs. Hound also lets its users know the weather or weather forecasts for days ahead.

Artificial intelligence is indeed a neat and efficient way to save time and boost production, and the abovementioned applications can help you experience the power of AI.


AdminJuly 9, 2018


Have you ever wondered how Reddit would look like if it was in dark mode? Now, you don’t have to wonder because Reddit is finally rolling out a top-requested feature among its users: native night mode.

Reddit Introduces Native Dark Mode

It was first announced on Reddit’s blog post that the desktop night mode theme is now available for everyone to use, after being rolled out to employees for testing a few months ago. Native night mode offers users a black theme rather than the classic white; it’s an option that is suited for those who enjoy browsing late into the night.

Reddit notes that night mode already exists in its native mobile applications and also in the old desktop webpage by using the Reddit Enhancement Suite browser extension.

The Reddit team also shared some details about what it took to develop the theme. To be more specific, the company had to unify the way the colors are displayed both on the site and in the application.

Reddit Native Dark Mode

How to Enable Native Night Mode?

If Reddit’s new redesign is already updated in your desktop, then accessing the feature is pretty straightforward; just go to the top right of your screen in your desktop web browser, click on your username, then click on the toggle for native night mode in the drop-down menu.

For those who are still on the older Reddit design, you can simply access the native night mode by updating into the new layout. In order to do so, go to the Options tab in your Preferences. Next, scroll down to “beta options”, then click the box that says “I would like to beta test features for Reddit” and hit “save options”. Now, a new option will appear for “use the redesign as my default experience”.  Tick this option, mash the “save options” button, and then you’re all set to try out the native night mode for Reddit.

How to Enable Native Night Mode

Why Choose Native Night Mode?

Well, if you could still remember, Twitter already introduced a night mode for its desktop site back in 2017, whereas YouTube started to roll out a dark mode on its mobile applications on iOS and Android just March of this year.

I think it is a good option to have for people who find browsing in a white theme much harsher on their eyes, especially at night. In fact, it is common knowledge that browsing websites with particularly bright color schemes late at night can be very uncomfortable as it can cause strain in the eyes. Some people also find that the bright colors negatively impact the quality of their sleep, especially for those who tend to bring their devices to bed.

In a recent blog post, Reddit said: “The design team worked hard on creating a smaller color system, using one already in place for our native mobile applications as a basis. This has also allowed us to guarantee that the experience was consistent over all our platforms. It has also improved the precision for our colors since relying on a key that automatically changes with native night mode removes the probability of overlooking how a component should look in native night mode.”

Native Night Mode

AdminJuly 7, 2018


Miniature Stories through Push Notification

If you have a mobile phone, then you probably can relate to that feeling of irritation when your phone gets clogged up with useless and unwanted push notifications. How about if you get a push notification that contains a short story instead?

Starting on Monday, a new type of message will be sent by Serial Box, a publishing company and mobile app that produces and delivers team-written serialized fictions.

Introducing the Microfiction Mondays

Serial Box will be launching a new feature on July 9, which they are calling “Microfiction Mondays”, according to their blog post announcement.

Serial Box is currently publishing short fictions that are composed more like a season of a television series rather than a traditional novel, and a new “episode” of these stories come out every week. As for the Microfiction stories, it will be even shorter than that.

In order to fit on your phone’s push notifications, the Microfiction stories are limited to 150 characters or less. It also seems that Serial Box is aiming for quality rather than quantity since they will be using their existing authors, who are writing their already published series, to write the super short fiction.

More about Microfiction Mondays

Unlike other mobile applications, Serial Box doesn’t encourage their users to open the app for these Microfiction stories because it shows a flash fiction story that anyone can read without ever unlocking their phone.

In this new feature, Microfiction Mondays, users will receive a push notification containing a flash fiction story that is limited to 150 characters or less. The stories won’t be available anywhere else on the app or on the website. So, the only way to read them is to download the application and enable push notifications.

Here are some of the sample stories released by Serial Box:

Serial Box

“The ghosts don’t like that the living outnumbered them. They tell me they’re going to do something about it soon. They won’t say what.”

“Yes, he’s dead.” She smiled at me. “How do you like the cake? I made it especially for you.” Thunderstruck, I stared down at the crumbs on my plate.

Serial Box’s Hopes for this New Feature

In one of their blog posts, the company wrote, “[This is] the perfect bite-sized story for a busy afternoon filled with meetings. We hope that these stories will provide a moment of fictional solace for our Serial Boxers.”

Serial Box is looking to appeal to those on-the-go mobile users who don’t have enough time to open their phones and maybe also entice them into reading one of the longer series. Again, since these stories have fewer than 150 characters each, anyone can surely find the time to read them.

At this time, there’s no telling yet if Microfiction will be a hit or if it will be just another thing clogging up your notification screen. But looking at the bright side, the use of a limited number of characters worked out pretty well for another company once before, so who knows?

AdminJuly 5, 2018



How many of you have dropped your phone at least once? I’m sure that some of you might be shaking your heads right now, but I’m certain that most of you have experienced dropping your phones at one point. It is heart-stopping, and I mean that literally. You hold your breath, sometimes even say a little prayer, as you watch your expensive phone tumbling to the ground. You silently hope that when you come to pick it up, the screen will be unscathed.

The good news is that a mechatronics engineering student has created a “mobile airbag” that deploys automatically when you drop your phone, which protects it from potential damage.

The Idea and Where it Came From

Philip Frenzel, a 25-year-old Master’s student at Aalen University in Germany, is the one who invented the mobile airbag. He calls it an “AD Case”, which stands for “active damping”. The case can sense when your phone is in free fall and releases metal prongs to protect it from damage.

Frenzel came up with this idea after he accidentally broke his phone by leaving it in a jacket and then throwing the said jacket over a banister. The impact had caused the electronics inside the phone to break. So, he began looking into developing something that could prevent dropped phones from breaking.

Frenzel wanted something smaller and advanced rather than big and bulky. He eventually stumbled on the idea of using mechatronics to create his ideal case, and after four years of tinkering, he created a “mobile airbag” that opens up from the corners of a thin case when sensors detect that it’s in free fall.

mobile airbag

More about the AD Case

The AD Case basically relies on sensors, which prompts the release of four springs that cause the phone to bounce when it hits the ground, making it possible to avoid scrapes and cracks on devices.

The dampers are pushed into their “airbag” position with the use of metal springs, and they help to absorb the impact of the fall in order to protect a device’s screen as well as its inner components.

After the “airbag” has been deployed, the dampers can be pushed back into the case, which means you can use it again. The innovative case easily attaches itself to the back of a phone with its blue legs tucked into a small rectangular box, which can easily be dismissed as a battery.

The AD Case is but a mere 4.9 mm thick, yet its solid and well-made legs provide a safe three-centimeter buffer when it is fully extended.

mobile airbag ad case

Plans on Commercializing the AD Case

At present, the “mobile airbag” or AD Case is not yet available for purchase in the market. Conversely, Frenzel has already acquired a patent, and he is planning on commercializing his invention through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Notably, Frenzel also received an award from the German Society of Mechatronics. The said society was so impressed by Frenzel’s invention that it awarded him its national Mechatronics Prize for 2018.

Maybe someday someone will invent a similar “airbag” device for other gadgets, such as professional cameras and lenses.

AdminJune 29, 2018


Just a few years back, it would have been hard to think that a mindfulness app would end up being a big hit among users and, in turn, could convince investors to invest.

Last year, Calm, a meditation app, was named Apple’s app of the year and is ranked 50th among top grossing iOS apps. Now, the company, which has raised only $1.5 million in seed financing, is being rewarded by investors.

What is the Calm App?

Calm is the number one app for mindfulness and meditation to bring more clarity, joy, and peace to your everyday life. Calm started as a website that plays relaxing sounds and videos, but now it’s a full-fledged meditation app for both iOS and Android.

Like Headspace, the Calm app has a series of guided meditations that you can do for free, which is called the Seven Days of Calm.

The app, which contains the initial Seven Days of Calm, unguided sessions, some guided sessions, and tracking features, has no cost. However, one could opt to subscribe in order to gain access to the entire Calm catalog.

The subscription cost is $12.99 per month. Users could also choose other payment options, such as $59.99 per year and a lifetime subscription for a cost of $299.99.

Calm Offerings to Subscribers

So, what do subscribers get for paying $60 per year? A calm subscription provides the user with access to the company’s full library of content on their website and in the calm app, as well as all new features and content that they release while the user’s subscription is active.

The subscription also includes the Daily Calm sessions that company release every

Calm sleep stories that they update on a weekly basis

day, as well as the Sleep Stories that they update on a weekly basis.

Additionally, the paid offering includes audio programs such as 7 Days of Sleep and 21 Days of Calm, which guide users through 10 to 15 minutes of sessions every day, to relieve stress and anxiety.

Investors to Invest in Calm

Following Calm’s success during the chaotic and stressful 2017, investors are now trying to invest in this San Francisco-based company.

Recently, Calm announced that it was able to raise $27 million in Series A funding at a $250 million pre-money valuation, which was led by Insight Venture Partners with special participation from Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures and singer Harry Styles.

Invest in Calm

Since Insight is well-known for making later-stage bets, one could see how Calm has rapidly grown. Calm has more than tripled its sales last year and was generating a $40 million in annual revenue by December 2017.

Now, Calm plans to use this new funding that it acquired to increase its international expansion route and to further its mission to make the world happier and healthier.

No one could have guessed that these unexpected and recent developments would happen, but thanks to an increasing focus on mental health from both start-up companies and larger ones, companies like Calm are now catching the enthusiasm of investors.

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