Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Asus Chromebook Flip with Touchscreen

Google has been putting their OS on a lot more devices lately, like the Asus Chromebook Flip and the Asus Chromebit. This spring, the Chromebook Flip comes out with a touch screen that rotates 360 degrees. The Chromebit comes out this summer, and it will let you use the Chrome OS on your HDTVs.

The Asus Chromebook will have a price tag of $249, and looks a lot like one of the Yoga notebooks. It has a 10.1 inch IPS display and weighs less than 2 pounds even with it's all metal chassis. It will be powered by a Rockchip 3288 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC flash memory. There will also be a more expensive version that will have 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage. It will have 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and will be able to last for up to 10 hours on a full charge.

Right now the Chrome OS is not optimized for touch screens yet, so it is a bit unusual that they added one to this notebook. Not only that, but it's pretty odd that they would add a touch screen to a budget system at all. Hopefully it works out great and the added feature really pays off.

As far as what's under the hood, the Chromebit has  pretty much the exact same stuff as the Chromebook Flip actually. It is a little bit bigger than a regular thumb drive and will have an HDMI port and a USB 2.0 port that it will be powered by. It will be able to connect to the Internet via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and it also has Bluetooth capabilities.

Asus is not the only company that is coming out with new Chromebooks though. Haier and Hisense have both announced 11 inch Chromebooks that seem to have the same internals as the new Asus coming out this spring. The only major difference is that they will cost about $100 less than the Asus. Of course, it doesn't look like they will have a touch screen, but if the Asus touch screen doesn't go over well because of the operating system, then you might spend $100 dollars less and have something that is less troublesome. I guess we will find out soon enough when we can get our hands on them!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Can Do 7 Things Apple's iPhone 6 Can't

Photo Credit: Kārlis Dambrāns
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is now available and it won't take long before people start throwing out comparisons of the phone to the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus). People will vehemently defend either their iPhone 6 or their Galaxy S6, saying what each phone can and can't do. Well a neat little video (which can be viewed below) popped up over at Business Insider showing some of the things the new Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus definitely can't.

The fist thing that the S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can't is launch the camera app from literally any screen. By simply double-clicking the Home button the Galaxy S6's camera app will instantly launch. You could be on your home screen, in an app, surfing the web and you have instant access to your camera app. What makes this feature even better is that you can even do this from the lock screen meaning you'll never miss another perfect photo opportunity again!

Once your camera app is launched you can then take a picture with the front-facing camera by tapping on the sensor on the back of the phone. We've all experienced the struggle of trying to take a selfie by ourselves or with a group and fumbling around with the picture button on the front of the screen. This new sensor is located in a more natural location for where your finger will most likely be when taking pictures with the front-facing camera. In addition to that, you can also take pictures with the front-facing camera by tapping anywhere on the screen.

One of the coolest new features is the ability to multitask by running multiple apps on the same screen. Placing your finger in the top left corner of your screen when an app is running allows you to drag and resize the app screen, much in the same way you can on a computer screen. When this is happening the app is still running in its own window, allowing you to open up other apps, resize them and multitask to your heat's content.

Health and fitness apps are all the rage these days and a lot of smartphones are starting to come with these apps pre-installed. However, the Galaxy S6 does you one better as it has the technology already built into the phone. By tapping the S Health app you can check your body's heart rate by placing your finger over the back sensor when prompted.

Battery life in smartphones is one of the key things that developers are always trying to have over each other. The longer your smartphone can go without needing to be charged is a huge selling point but most smartphones don't have many options for conserving battery life aside from lowering the screen brightness. The Galaxy S6 comes with a Power Saving Mode and an Ultra Power Saving Mode, allowing you to adjust how much battery your phone is burning through.

Speaking of battery life, another detriment to some smartphones is the duration of the charging period. Well, the Galaxy S6 can charge fast, I mean really fast. According to a video within the video Samsung's Justin Denison can be heard telling a crowd of people that the Galaxy S6 only takes 10 minutes of charging to get up to 4 hours of everyday use. Denison also states that to charge from 0 to 100 takes roughly half the time of the iPhone 6. The Galaxy S6 also supports wireless charging (wireless charging pad sold separately).

When it comes to debates between smartphones, especially the Samsung Galaxy Series and Apple's iPhone Series, everybody claims that their phone can do things the other can't. Well, this video shows you 7 things that the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is actually incapable of doing. Check out the video below!