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AdminAugust 1, 2018


Samsung has announced that it has updated its Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji creator tool with better facial tracking as well as a few new options for customization, which would enable the AR Emoji to capture each user’s individuality.

Samsung’s AR Emoji is Back

The latest update on Samsung’s AR Emoji tool will make it possible for users to tweak various features of the creepy avatar; from the shape of its soulless eyes to the size of its disconcerting grin.

Galaxy S9’s Augmented Reality Emoji

The feature works by generating a digital version of your face that can then be used to log your facial expressions. In a nutshell, the feature creates an avatar of the user and allows him or her to modify elements like hair, complexion, clothes, and so on.

Galaxy S9’s Augmented Reality Emoji

Galaxy S9 will use the avatars to create a set of 18 animated stickers that can eventually be used in other messaging applications like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, which would allow users to share the AR Emoji with friends that don’t have the AR Emoji feature on their gadgets.

Interestingly enough, users who don’t want to use their own face can opt to use the face of Disney characters instead. Samsung has collaborated with Disney in order to let you use the feature with characters like Mickey Mouse and The Incredibles, for instance.

How to Create and Use Galaxy S9 AR Emoji

In order to start the process of creating an AR Emoji, you would have to launch the camera application on your mobile phone and then tap on the AR Emoji mode, which can be found on top.

Then, you take a photo of your face, just as you would when you are taking a selfie. The AR Emoji feature will then automatically spot key data points, such as your eyes and nose, to create a digital version of you.

How to Create and Use Galaxy S9 AR Emoji

Just as a warning though, the digital version that the feature creates may not initially look like you. This is where the abovementioned options come into the picture as they can be used to fine-tune your avatar to perfection. The hair, eyes, nose, cheeks, ears, complexion, and other features can be adjusted with the use of sliders.

Once you’re satisfied with the avatar you’ve created, you can then use the front camera on the Galaxy S9 to record your voice and facial expression. After that, you may send the animation you’ve created to your family and friends.

How Samsung S9 AR Emoji Compares with Apple’s Memoji

When compared to Apple’s Memoji feature, one can say that Apple did a lot better job of creating a feature that most people would want to use. From the beginning, Apple offered a variety of options for customization, which gave users more control over what they look like.

Additionally, when it was examined, it became clear that Samsung’s AR Emoji relied only on software, as opposed to Apple’s Memoji, and so that may be the reason for the quality gap.

How Samsung S9 AR Emoji Compares with Apple’s Memoji

However, Samsung actually did something right, in one aspect at least, by giving users sliders that allows them to hone specific elements. Now that is something that Apple may want to consider incorporating in their Memoji feature.

Overall, I think that the Samsung S9 AR Emoji is worth a try. Although I have to admit that there is still more room for improvement and that it is still a tad creepy, the new update could make the experience more interesting and fun.

AdminJuly 21, 2018


The world of devices has been making major moves of the last 5 years. There are more and more exclusive options and features available for our daily use of mobile phones. While discovering which ones best for you it boils down to what features are you looking for in your mobile phone?

Below you will find a few new mobile phones for 2018 and their features:

LG V30 & LG V30S (Unlocked)

The LG V30 and LG V30S are both presenting with a sleek thin stylish design. It has several features including a wide angle camera, water resistant, and even finger-print scan. On the upgraded version of the LG V30S, the price is a bit higher of course, and the LG V30’s camera is around the same as the LG V30S. So if you are looking for a great camera the LG V30 model is a top pick, the price you’re going to spend it up to you!

LG V30 & LG V30S (Unlocked)

Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ (Unlocked version)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ come in varying colors including Coral blue, lilac purple, burgundy red, and sunrise gold just to name a few. If you are a big camera user and selfie taker you will love the new modes:

  • Selfie focus
  • Selfie
  • Wide Selfie

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a dimension of 5.8” when the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is 6.2”. The S9 has a digital zoom of 8x and the digital zoom on the S9+ is 10x zoom. This is a great camera for anyone who loves taking pictures.

Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ (Unlocked version)

iPhone X:

While the iPhone X has been a long-awaited design, It still offers the same feature with a few upgrades. The iPhone X camera has 12mp pixels with a 10x zoom on stills, and 6x for videos. It uses a wireless charger and a wireless charging station. Of course, the iPhone X has face ID and even emojis that express your feelings just the way you want it… Any problems contact me.



If a new phone is what you are looking for mobile phones for 2018 are making a big impact in the mobile world. Picking the best phone will vary depending on what you are using it for, and exactly what you must have in your new mobile phone.

Mobile phones have definitely improved over the last 5 to 10 years and are preparing for the wireless age. But don’t take my word for it, just pick it up and take a look for yourself.

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?

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