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Type-C fast charging for the iPhone 9 and Apple’s accessory business

According to sources inside production lines, the iPhone 9, Apple’s next-gen smartphone due in September, will come with the USB Type-C-powered fast charger that was leaked by Chinese media outlets.

The upside is the apparent removal of the proprietary Lightning connection in favor of the industry-standard USB Type-C, which is better in every sense. However, the USB Type-C is not good for Apple’s million-dollar business involving accessories, adapters, dongles and cables.

This is the only way to explain why a last-gen MacBook Pro, for example, is not capable of charging an iPhone or iPad unless you use an adapter (USB-C to USB-A or USB-C to Lightning). This is quite hard to understand coming from a company like Apple unless it is due to commercial reasons.

Besides compatibility issues, the Lightning charger of current iPhones delivers 5 W and is not compatible with the mobile industry’s fastest charging rates. This occurs despite the fact that the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 support fast charging even if it only works after you spend $50 on a brand new Apple adapter. Continue reading “Type-C fast charging for the iPhone 9 and Apple’s accessory business”

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 surfaces: specs and price

A Vietnamese store put up the first listing of a GeForce GTX 1180, specifically an ASUS model. The store even revealed key specs, the price point and the availability date.

It is important to bear in mind that, despite being a listing from a store, this information is not definitive and some changes could be made. However, it all fits with the information that we have been seeing in previous news, so it possible and makes a lot of sense.

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Fotolog comes back to life on Android: this is how you can recover (and delete) your old photos

Fotolog was one of the most popular social networks in the early 2000s. For several years, and before Twitter and Instagram, Fotolog was the website where users, who now are in their thirties, posted their photos and experiences. Now, taking advantage of Facebook’s privacy scandal, the social network has been relaunched via an Android app that you can download.

It is known that most social networks have complex algorithms and gather a lot of data to make profit from ads. However, Fotolog stays away from that strategy and presents itself as a simple, minimalistic social network where you can only post one picture per day. This is an app where our privacy is more transparent and our data is more secure.

A picture per day: what the new Fotolog for Android offers

One of Fotolog’s trademarks is that we can only post one picture per day. This is done to prevent an excess of posts. Besides, it could help us to have a calendar that is easy to follow, so we can relate pictures with specific dates. I think this is a very interesting strategy that keeps everything under control, as opposed to Twitter and even Instagram where millions of tweets and photos are posted every day.

In the Daily tab, we can see the history of posts in chronological order, comment on them, like them and share them on other social networks. Those of you who try Fotolog for the first time will find a really basic social network that has a huge amount of users thanks to the brand’s popularity.

Fotolog for Android is a social network that tries to imitate Instagram’s simplicity but with just a picture per day.

Besides the main tab, we get the Explore (where we can see the rest of the users’ posts), the Upload, the Activity and the Me tabs. It is true that the app is not so original in this sense, but in the end Fotolog is not concerned by this. Continue reading “Fotolog comes back to life on Android: this is how you can recover (and delete) your old photos”

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The best routers for VPNs

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are becoming highly popular. This is quite expected, as they allow us to browse the web privately and even faster sometimes. Nowadays, every MB is invaluable, just like personal data is.

However, in order to use a VPN on your phone or PC, you have to install apps like Tunnelbear or go for free options, and this is something that you have to do on each and every one of your devices. Does it have to be this way?

Not really, and here is the upside of having a VPN router: you can force the router to redirect traffic to a VPN. Your devices will still be able to connect to the Wi-Fi network, but the router will be responsible for redirecting the traffic through another IP address.

Really useful, right? Here comes the bad news: the best VPN routers are high-end devices, really expensive and not so common. This kind of technology is not widespread yet, so only a few brands on the market use it.

These routers allow us to easily enable a VPN or make it easier for us to install a third-party software to work as a VPN. Here are some of the routers. Continue reading “The best routers for VPNs”

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ASUS unveils the first laptop of the TUF Gaming lineup

ASUS has launched the TUF Gaming FX504, the first laptop of the TUF Gaming lineup, providing gamers with an affordable device that excels for its stability and durability.

ASUS’ new gaming laptop rocks a 15.6-inch display with a 60Hz refresh rate and anti-glare finish. It measures 384 x 262 x 251 mm and weighs 2.3 kg, which we expected for such a powerful gaming device, allowing you to carry it around easily.

The LED-backlit keyboard has been developed keeping durability in mind. It has a lifespan of 20 million key presses, twice the average, making the keyboard one of the most durable keyboards on the market. Additionally, it has Overstroke technology that offers earlier actuation and a longer over-stroke distance so you can be comfortable both when gaming and typing. Continue reading “ASUS unveils the first laptop of the TUF Gaming lineup”

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The best cheap Gigabit Wi-Fi routers you can buy

If you still do not have one yet, then it is time to think about buying a Gigabit Wi-Fi router, which provides speeds up to 1,000 Mbps or 1 Gbps. Is it too much? Not anymore, as we will see below…

On May 20, Movistar started to double the speed of fiber for free. Its clients with a 300 Mbps fiber will be moved to 600 Mbps entirely for free. Orange and Vodafone will do something alike. Also, you can now get a 1 Gbps fiber connection.

Luckily, nowadays it is possible to buy a cheap Gigabit Wi-Fi router for little over €45.

If you have moved to 300 or 600 Mbps, the free router offered by service providers will barely be able to handle those speeds when several users are connected simultaneously.

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This is Netflix’s new player for Android: fast forward or rewind precisely

Netflix’s app for Android was completely redone in early April. The main novelty used to be the removal of the side menu to have a main screen with tabs and a bottom menu. Now, Netflix has been updated again, bringing novelties to the playback screen.

The latest version of Netflix’s app is already available on the Play Store. If you install it, you will not notice any changes when looking for movies or browsing the categories, but you will notice changes when playing movies. Netflix’s player has been redone and now has a new way to fast forward or rewind videos, helping us being more precise. Continue reading “This is Netflix’s new player for Android: fast forward or rewind precisely”

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Polls are here for Facebook Stories: this is how you can add them

After arriving in Instagram, it seems that the experiment has been successful, as polls are also coming to Facebook Stories and Messenger Stories. The feature is obviously similar to Instagram polls, although this time the design is quite dull, to be honest.

You can start adding polls to your Facebook Stories right now. Your friends will be able to vote for the options you share and see which option wins. You will be notified every time someone votes. Continue reading “Polls are here for Facebook Stories: this is how you can add them”

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Samsung wins a court case over the lack of Android updates: the company will not be forced to update its old phones

Approximately two years ago, Consumentenbond, a Dutch consumer association, sued Samsung over the brand’s Android update policy. The association stated that Samsung failed to inform its users about a software update schedule for their phones, demanding the company to offer support for phones for at least four years.

Samsung defended itself by saying that the phones sold in the Netherlands, which is where the legal process took place, are supported for two years (as the brand promises). However, Consumentenbond provided examples to prove that said unwritten rule was not being followed. The trial began last month, and the judge ruled in Samsung’s favor. Continue reading “Samsung wins a court case over the lack of Android updates: the company will not be forced to update its old phones”