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adminSeptember 25, 2018
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8min

At present, there are a number of existing, as well as up-and-coming, consumer electronics companies that are launching brand new smartphones every now and then. Among these several smartphones being sold in the market today, which are considered to be performing best? Let’s find out.

Smartphones today come at all shapes, sizes, and prices. Below you will find some of the first-rate phones that you could buy today.

What to Consider When Choosing a Phone

If you’re going to choose a phone, there are six things that you should always put into consideration: build quality, design, features, performance, user-friendliness, and value.

Generally speaking, a great phone should be sturdy and have a simple yet functional design. It should also offer multiple features, perform really well, and easy to operate. Most importantly, it should be something that brings value to your money. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it must be cheap, but it should be worth every penny that you spend on it. It shouldn’t leave you feeling like you’re better off with a much cheaper phone.

Choosing the best phone differs from person to person because we all have different opinions and preferences, so it’s best if you figure out first what you want out of a smartphone. From there, you can easily weed out the long list of smartphones that are presently being offered in the market and find the best phone for you.

Which is Better, Android or iOS?

The truth is there are several mobile phone operating systems, but these two are the only ones worth talking about since they are both widely known compared to other mobile phone operating systems.

Among the numerous phones being sold in the market, the majority of them utilize Android OS, the latest version of which is the Android Pie. Conversely, even if the iOS platform has a significantly lower market share than Android, many developers practically release their apps on iOS most of the time; therefore, it has the best app store you’ll find anywhere. If you wish to try as many games as you want, then you’d definitely consider getting an iPhone, for its iOS.

Best Smartphones in 2018
  • OnePlus 6

Not considering its lack of wireless charging and waterproofing, the OnePlus 6 is one of the finest phones you could buy today. Not only is it fairly priced, but it also has great specs that other mobile devices could only hope to have while having the same tag price. Additionally, it also has a nice design and an excellent camera that could rival other high-end phones on the market.

The OnePlus 6 has a glass design, with an amazing display and notably quick performance. Considering the price gap with other high-end phones, OnePlus 6 is a gem to have.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 is another great phone to have right now, even if it cost considerably higher than most phones in its generation. Aside from having everything that a modern phone is supposed to have, it also allows users to charge wirelessly and also includes a headphone jack, not to mention that it is fully water-proof.

The Galaxy S9 also happens to have an excellent design with a massive screen, minus the top-notch at the top of the screen as some mobile phones apparently have. It might appear a lot like the Galaxy S8, but it boasts an improved camera and dual speakers.

  • Huawei P20 Pro

The P20 Pro finds its way into this list because of its three amazing rear cameras. Compared to other smartphones in the market, the P20 Pro stands out because of its camera system. It lets you shoot great photos even under low light conditions.

The device is designed with a combination of glass and metal, which makes it look more stylish than the previous P10 phones. It is even available in a Twilight color scheme, which is incredibly exquisite. It still lacks wireless charging and a headphone jack, but it doesn’t really matter because it has the best low light camera on any smartphone.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Compared to its predecessor, the Note 8, the Note 9 has taken the design of the previous version and enhanced it further by having better build quality as well as a larger screen and a well-placed fingerprint scanner. In addition, Note 9 also boasts a sizeable 4,000mAh battery.

Moreover, the Note 9 also has the best display, stereo speakers, and camera on any smartphone you will find in the market, not to mention that it also has the smoothest Samsung software so far.

  • Apple iPhone X

iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone on our list. However, if you’re looking for a great display, great camera, great build quality, and sophisticated features like Face ID unlock system, then this is the phone for you.

At £999 or $999, the iPhone X is indeed expensive. Still, you should remember that quality comes with a price. With the iPhone X, not only will you get OLED display, but you also have great dual cameras, wireless charging, improved battery life, and excellent security feature.


adminJune 6, 2018
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7min

Nowadays, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in a variety of ways, the most common of which is in improving computer programs and technologies. You might have heard of the popular artificial intelligence conversation program SimSimi back in 2012. For those who don’t know this piece of information, SimSimi was created by ISMaker, and it has an application designed for Android, for Windows Phone, and for iOS.

Another artificial intelligence application is in application programs that function as AI assistants, such as Alexa and Siri. These AI assistants help businessmen run their businesses more efficiently. Most of these AI assistants manage client projects, leaving businessmen more time to help their clients and make them feel satisfied and happy.

AI assistants alexa and siri

A Look into AI Assistants

Before we have further discussion, let’s try to learn what an AI assistant is. An AI assistant is an application program that understands natural language voice commands and completes tasks for the user. They use natural language processing, or NLP, to match user text or voice input to executable commands. Most of them continually learn using artificial intelligence techniques including machine learning.

To activate an AI assistant, a keyword may be used. A keyword is a word or group of words such as “Alexa” or “Siri”.

A Deeper Understanding of Alexa and Siri

Amazon’s Alexa is an AI assistant developed by Amazon. It was first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, which was developed by Amazon Lab126. Among other things, Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do-lists, streaming podcasts, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

Another great function of Alexa is its capability to control several smart devices while using itself as a home automation system. What’s more amazing about Alexa is that users can extend Alexa’s capabilities by installing “skills”. To make you understand more clearly, skills (also referred to as apps, such as weather programs and audio features) are additional functionalities that are developed by third-party vendors.

Additionally, Amazon allows device manufacturers to integrate Alexa voice capabilities into their own connected products by using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS), which is a cloud-based service that provides application programming interfaces to interact with Alexa.

Whereas Alexa is an AI assistant developed by Amazon, Siri is an AI assistant that is part of Apple Inc.’s iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. The AI assistant uses voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer queries, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of internet services. The software adapts to every user’s unique language usages, searches, and preferences, with continuing use; thus, returned results are individualized.

In actuality, Siri is a spin-off from a project originally developed by the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center, and its speech recognition engine was provided by Nuance Communications.

Siri supports a wide range of user commands, including performing phone actions, handling device settings, checking basic information, searching the Internet, scheduling events and reminders, navigating areas, and is able to engage with iOS-integrated apps, and in addition, Siri uses advanced machine learning to function.

Amazon’s Alexa

How did Alexa and Siri get their names?

We all have been saying, or sometimes practically shouting, their names at our gadgets, but does anyone ever have an idea where they got their names in the first place? If you still don’t know the answer to that, let me tell you now.

No one has ever revealed who actually developed Siri, but we do know that Siri was eventually bought by Apple for their iOS products. And so, Apple had no say over what to name this piece of technology.

Adam Cheyer, Siri’s co-creator, said that the name Siri was chosen because it was short to type, easy to remember, comfortable to pronounce, and is a unique name.

As for Alexa, apparently, the inspiration for the name came from Star Trek. The characters in Star Trek would say “computer” aloud before issuing a voice command to their spaceship. And so, it gave them an idea. However, “computer” wasn’t a suitable choice for the Amazon Echo since the staff needed a unique word that wouldn’t accidentally be said out loud.

In the end, they eventually settled on Alexa because it’s a unique word and easy to pronounce, but most importantly, it has a letter “X”, giving it a very unique sound.



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