Twitch is the Youtube of gaming. It is where all the hardcore gamers go to watch other gamers game! If you aren't familiar with the service you can stream your own gameplay and others are able to subscribe to your channel to watch these streams, much like with youtube. The only catch is that subscriptions cost a monthly $5 donation which goes to support further content creation by the channel owner.
Amazon has now owned Twitch since 2014, but until now we have not seen much Twitch integration with Amazon's current products. Amazon will now offer a free monthly subscription to one Twitch channel with your Prime account. This means you will get the $5 to go towards any streamer you like. With Twitch Prime you will also get free game content, and discounts on new games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and first few weeks of launch. If you already subscribe to Amazon Prime this ends up being one extra great feature. Use the link below to connect your Twitch account with Amazon Prime.
If you are multilingual then you already know how annoying it is to have to switch back and forth between languages in your keyboard settings. Swiftkey is one of my go to keyboards because it offers one of the best swiping keyboards and does pretty well with predictions and corrections. They have also had the ability to type with two languages at once for a while, but have just added the ability to type with up to 5 languages simultaneously. If you need to communicate using multiple languages on a daily basis you will probably want to give this a try. Another big update to the app includes some updates to the neural network for improved suggestions. Grab this update from the link below.
Samsung has been steadily broadening the reach of Samsung Pay. The latest country to join in on the fun is Russia. The mobile platform was just released their today. Samsung Pay currently works with five major banks there including Alfa-Bank Banking Group, VTB24, MTS Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, and Standard Bank. I always felt that Samsung had the mobile payment technology that would finally take root and have the most success since it works at pretty much any kiosk.
Samsung has now rolled out Samsung Pay to 9 countries since its debut. These countries include South Korea, Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, and the US. It will also be coming soon to Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thialand, and the UK before the end of the year.
It is always nice to see a company take risks to bring something new and revolutionary to consumers. Unfortunately these risks often don't go as planned. This is exactly what happened to LG with the G5. Modularity seemed to be a feature that consumers were interested in as Google seemingly moved closer to a final version of Project Ara (which has now been canceled). LG decided to bring a modular design to consumers. While the design was revolutionary it didn't quite resonate with consumers. The product felt Beta and was plagued with build quality issues. The phone never really caught fire especially after Lenovo launched a much more refined and polished magnetic modular design (which has not done as well as it could have thanks to a Verizon exclusive deal).
LG's blunder can now be your gain. Of course you can find lightly used G5's all over the web for $300, but you can actually own a brand new top of the line flagship for a mere $479. B&H currently has the device on sale. This price also includes quite a few extras like the LG charging cradle, Standard battery and your choice of either a black or white garmin vivofit 3 activity tracker. This is an incredible deal when you consider...
In the past few years Apple has been selling their phones carrier unlocked with radios for all major carriers in the US. That being said this year is different. If you wanted an iPhone that will work on all the carriers you would have to pick up the Verizon variant which is the only variant that includes both GSM and CDMA radios. The only issue with this is that currently the Verizon version of the phone is dropping LTE at random.
MacRumors has reported that dozens of the devices are experiencing this bug. It looks like Apple has some work to do with this device. We have now seen a report of an exploding iPhone 7 Plus to go along with the radio issues. The big question is will Tim Cook go the route of Steve Jobs and tell consumers "You're holding it wrong!"? Maybe a simple update will resolve the issue.
Why should Samsung have all the fun? Over the past month Samsung has taken a huge hit due to an unfortunate defect in their battery manufacturing process which causes batteries to randomly explode. This has initiated a global recall costing the company upwards of $1Billion. There is no doubt that Samsung is ready for the Galaxy S8 announcement.
Apple may have an issue of their own. An iPhone 7 Plus user has posted an image of what he says is an exploded iPhone 7 Plus. According to him the phone exploded in transit and the damaged device is what he encountered when he opened the box. If this is the case it means the phone was not even plugged into the charger, and was likely turned off. The Reddit user added that an Apple executive contacted him to let him know that they would work with his carrier to expedite a new replacement unit. Hopefully this is an isolated incident.
Android Auto will be adding support for a couple more automakers. Both Mercedes-Benz and Kia will no be supported by Android Auto. There will be more than 30 cars included in the lineup. These cars will support the dashboard display software. You may need to get Android Auto installed at your nearest Kia dealer if you already own one of the supported vehicles.
Xiaomi has really been on a roll this year. We have already seen two major flagships the Mi 5 and the Redmi Note 4. There have been many rumors that a new phone is coming before the years end. It is expected that we will see the Mi Note 2 by the end of next month. The Mi Note 2 is said to feature a dual edge display. We might even see some new color options.
This device should see some major flagship specs as well. The phone will feature a 5.7" QHD curved display. The Snapdragon 821 will power this device alongside a possible 8GB of RAM which seems borderline ridiculous. The phone should also include a 3600mah battery. In all this is looking like a killer device. I just wish Xiaomi would make it easier to get these devices in the US.
This happens less in Android, but sometimes as you are going through your gallery you will find a photo laying on its side. The latest version of the Photos app gives you a notification to rotate these photos. This option appeared in a photos app teardown in March. The suggestions appear as cards in the Assistants page according to Android Police. They were also not able to get the suggestion to show up even with a few intentional sideways photos. This may be due to the fact that the Assistant takes time to learn. You can toggle the feature on in the settings menu within the app. Head to the link below to grab this update.
Now that the new Note 7's are starting to arrive, as you can imagine, people have been a bit concerned. Are the units really fixed? Could this thing still explode on my face? There have been a few reports that the new Note 7 is overheating even when doing simple things like making a phone call. Users are reporting the phone is getting too hot to hold near their face during the call. Samsung has already responded to this issue.
They had this to say:
While it is indeed common for smartphones of all shapes and sizes to heat up during intensive use like gaming or at times charging these phones should not be uncomfortable to hold to your face from heat. What are your thoughts? Should this be further investigated by Samsung or are they OK by brushing it off as normal?