LG G3: forcing the display resolution to 1080p boost performance

After the first teething problems (abnormal overheating and some uncertainty in performance) and a few tweaks to the list price, to date LG G3 is still a viable alternative to take home a smartphone top of the range, upgraded to the latest Android distribution and a great display from QHD resolution definitely very high.

LG G3 is forcing the display resolution to 1080p boost performance

The decision to use a 2560×1440 LCD panel has been for many, at least initially, the main cause of the problems of this terminal but thanks to a very active community, was born a tool able to force the display resolution up to 1920x1080p to conduct some tests and compare the performance that can be had with a smaller load in the management of the display, compared to the standard resolution.

Forcing LG G3 to work on a full HD resolution, to the naked eye will notice no difference, however, will be far fewer pixels to handle, 2,073,600 for accuracy against 3.6864 million of that QHD. Putting less pixels in the same screen size by 5.5 inches, the graphics card must necessarily extend those pixels that were more numerous, to fill all the space, thus resorting to interpolation of images.

Each pixel is stretched to twice compared to the original resolution , this to be a perfect match of the display , filling the empty space left by the missing pixels in Full HD, with an interpolation which is barely perceptible but almost indistinguishable to the eye.

The test was carried out with a G3 Korean model F400S with 3GB of RAM, updated to the latest build KitKat available (not to Lollipop) without any customization, all completely stock except for the program Nomone Resolution Changer (requires root permissions unlocked) which in fact serves to lower the resolution in automatic mode .

The results provided in three steps by AnTuTu, followed by another three tests with GFXBench, here is what has emerged.

As you can see from the chart, the results are greatly improved, a total of almost 30% more. The performance 3D are even almost doubled and even in the heat dissipation terminal has found several benefits, staying cooler.

Regarding the battery instead improvements were not detected, the autonomy has stabilized approximately on the same results. In conclusion, LG G3 becomes a super smartphone if taken at a resolution of 1920×1080, with a loss q lmost imperceptible in image quality , performance increase exponentially and fluidity reborn as if it had never been fully exploited.

Note: Although the obvious performance improvement lowering of the resolution with the same hardware, the test remains curious.
LG G3 32GB is available online from GliStockisti to 349 euro or by Redcoon to 460 Euros. The value for money is great and is the best device in this price range . To see the other 27 offers click here.

How to add the vibration when pressing the keys on the iPhone – Cydia

Do you want to add the vibration when pressing the keys on the keyboard of your iPhone? Now you can also on iOS 8. How? Let’s find this interesting program.

Not the first time we are talking about a tweak that allows you to change the behavior of the original keyboard iOS adding a feature that many consider essential. Especially Android users or otherwise from the Google operating system. We are clearly talking about the vibration feedback when keys are pressed, a simple but clever way to notify the successful and correct pressure of a character on the virtual keyboard. By default, we know, the iPhone does not have this feature, but with KeyboardVibrate8, a new tweak for jailbroken devices, you can add this feature.

add the vibration when pressing the keys on the keyboard of your iPhone

After installing the tweak, in fact, when will press on any character will warn a small vibration of our iPhone. Unfortunately the tweak does not, at least at the moment, to customize the duration and intensity of the feedback, which, however, was not possible with other tweak the past.

After enabling/disabling the tweak will need to run a respring to apply the changes made by KeyboardVibrate8.

If you are interested, you can download free from KeyboardVibrate8 BigBoss repository in Cydia. For the installation of this program requires a jailbroken device (discover if and how you can do the jailbreak your iPhone by clicking here ) and you need a connection to the Internet to download the package. This tweak is compatible with iOS 8.0 and later versions of the mobile operating system from Apple.

Using the silent mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop

When reached Android 5.0 Lollipop to the first terminal as the Nexus 5, users began to complain that the system did not have silent mode, really necessary if we want to bother us without turning off the device. However, these terminals do offer silent mode, and even more interesting vitaminado through interrupts. Learn how to set up your own silence so easily.

Android 5.0 Lollipop silent mode

Android 5.0 Lollipop currently no silent mode as such, so many people have complained that they can not silence your phone because it really does not know how. Google has chosen to “split” the sounds on one side and the other interruptions but without making clear what they do each of these things. For one, the sounds are those things which, as its name suggests, they sound on the phone, such as the keyboard, the sound of unlocking and others, and we have two options: sound or vibration. While the latter allows us to enjoy notifications without sound, the fact is that the vibration can be annoying, so … How can we set the silent mode?

Indeed, thanks to the interruptions . In them we find three options: All , which will make the handset to ring or vibrate when you receive any notice, Priority , which sound notifications that we decide as important calls (and in the case of alarms, if not configure it Otherwise, also sound, and Nada , a way in which neither sounds nor vibrate our terminal, even alarms.

Now, how do we configure silent mode on Android 5.0 Lollipop? For compiling the above, if the sound vibration and establish it as interruptions as priority , as it will have the phone we could take Android KitKat and earlier. Yes, this is a much more powerful silent mode because we can make exceptions if we expect a call from a contact in concrete not want to miss it for the world.

5 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR IPHONE MORE SECURE

The issue concerning the safety of your smartphone is one of the themes of greater spread, and in our opinion importance, to the point that many companies are currently looking for increasingly complex systems and safe to put inside of their devices. Exact same speech can then be done at the operating system level, not so much because the privacy of their data is considered critical level “staff” but rather because often the data, files and images that we go to protect constitute true and their sensitive data or information relevant from the point of view business.

Consider, for example, to those working with their smartphone discharging confidential emails on the same or to those who use, for example, to transfer money through the increasingly widespread system of ‘ on-line banking . To all this must be added as well as at the level of public security breaches, and their often uncontrolled and uncontrollable consequences, can cause a loss of image to the company itself (think of the famous case iCloud which involved multiple star the world of film and music stars and stripes). If then you owners of an iPhone and want to be more and more attentive to the issue of safety, please read the following and put it into practice.

TIPS TO MAKE YOUR IPHONE secure

1. PASSWORD

The first issue that we face in our article is perhaps the most important concerns and setting the password of your iPhone. Not everyone knows that you can set an alphanumeric password in order to make it impossible to access a third of all the contents of your device. Many indeed stop at the first step, the one suggested by Apple itself and its operating system, and set a numeric password while our advice and do the following: go to “Settings” and then on “General” to enter later in the section which will be referred to as that related to the password (read “code” or “block code” ). At this point you’ll have to deselect the function “simple code” and after entering your current password and then you will be given the opportunity to edit it by entering a more complex and above all alphanumeric . Next you will be asked to reconfirm the new password and to conclude the transaction by accepting the changes. In a few minutes the security level of your iPhone will therefore implemented.

2. DISABLE ACCESS TO SIRI FROM LOCK SCREEN

Probably few of you imagined that this “trick” could help level of security, but we guarantee that it is absolutely necessary and effective. But how can you prevent access to Siri from the lock screen ? The process is actually very easy considering that first you need to go to “Settings” then “code” and then on “Allow access if blocked” . At this point we have to do is disable Siri and there will not be permitted direct access with screen locked. Obviously in this way will be slower access to your iPhone because the shortcut Siri will not work with the phone locked but it is the safety of your data.

3. HOTSPOT SHIELD

Let us first of all to understand what this app: do you remember all those times that you are connected to a shared network ? Well when such a Hotel provides guests dipsosizione a shared Internet connection you, as well as browse for free or even for a fee, you run the risk that your privacy is violated. Thus, whoever normally connects via access points should, to protect, to install on your iPhone Hotspot Shield (actually the procedure should be done on each device you used to connect to free networks or shared). There are two types (a free and a paid version), but you should start with the free one and then evaluate how you find it useful to change to payment. If you are interested this is the link to download it .

4. PREVENT THE CONTROL CENTER TO APPEAR ON THE LOCK SCREEN

Although this trick is definitely not among the most common but there may well help in ensuring an adequate level of security to your iPhone. The procedure is very simple in this case: go to “Settings” and then click on “Control Center” . At this point we have to do is uncheck “Block Access to Screen”. Once this is as simple as important steps the control center of your iPhone will no longer be accessible from the lock screen with very good result for the safety of your device designer Apple though, as mentioned above with regard to Siri, will be slower handling of the phone because you will miss a shortcut often very useful. Matter of priority.

5. FIND MY IPHONE

We close this list of our recommendations on the safety of your iPhone suggesting installed together on this simple app, completely free of charge (or if your OS version already contains the function you simply need to activate it ), which will allow you if you do not protect your phone from theft, at least you can find it without too much trouble. The procedure to do it is very simple considering that once downloaded and installed this app (and activated) will itself to send, thanks to GPS or to Wi.Fi , the coordinates of the iPhone directly to Apple itself. In this way, you just go into the iCloud, accessing from another device of course, enter your Apple ID within the app and thus receive the location of your smartphone. Also with this app you can also proceed to the remote locking of the iPhone by securing all its contents. But be careful because if the phone is turned off you can no longer perform this procedure but it also said that any thief would do anything if it’s an iPhone it can not ever turn.

What do you think of this guide to the safety of your iPhone ? You will pay more attention from now on, even following our advice, or your habits will not change? Do you have more attentions that you want to share with us and to our readers?

THE FIRST SMARTPHONE WITH MT6795 PROCESSOR IS COMING

Who will be the smartphone appeared on GFXBench, complete with detailed technical specifications, with the code name of k6795v1_64. Certainly give an answer to this question is not easy if we want to know what will be its trade name, but in practice the post above provides us with a set of detailed information about its technical specifications that allow us to give us an idea of what kind of smartphone will be low in that it is the first to have a processor MT6795 mounted inside.

MT6795 processor smartphone

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS of the SMARTPHONE WITH MT6795 PROCESSOR

In addition to the above mentioned MT6795 processor with Cortex A53 (octa-core processor with clock frequency ceiling from 1.9 GHz) this device will have a RAM 3 GB , internal memory up to 32GB, a 5 megapixel camera and an operating system that obviously will be an Android 5.0 Lollipop. Everything will be enclosed within a screen 4.6 inches with definition 2 K.

There was therefore a smartphone that one side takes a large RAM, a ROM and a large processor brand new but that the other side is present with intermediate sizes and with a sub camera decidedly subdued. It is at this point that the doubt that most of a product to be marketed in the case of a test following which develop a smartphone more homogeneous.

What do you think of this first smartphone with MT6795 processor ?

Performance and autonomy pillars of Samsung Galaxy S6

Just a few hours ago Samsung has posted on his official Twitter account a new video in which, although not listed Samsung Galaxy S6, we will see how some of its features. The pictures, as you can see, can have a double meaning: the high performance and processor speed or good autonomy that count the device. Or maybe be both?
power and autonomy are two of the cornerstones of the next Samsung Galaxy S6 and this teaser is proof of that.
And is much less for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is official (specifically the March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona) and why Samsung has begun to “increase” the number of leaks and teasers. Today has specifically published two, one of them related to the camera and another, which seems to be much more interesting, about the possible performance of the device. This video was posted a few hours ago on the Twitter account of the company and seems to leave some rather straight.

“The faster you are, the more things can be completed and more time can give to others.” This is what comes to tell us the phrases found in the video and they arise as a town wakes up early and “sleeps” to the sound of the lights of cars. As mentioned, these images have two very different readings but complementary: first, the text indicates that as something faster, less time it takes to complete certain tasks, while on the other city images give us the feeling that time passes quickly and the device to which it refers “not notice”, ie as if the battery was not affected.

Undoubtedly, power and autonomy are two of the cornerstones of the next Samsung Galaxy S6 and this teaser is proof of that. The Exynos 7420 eight-core processor performance boundless promise with 3 GB of RAM (or at least the latest rumors indicate this), while its battery, 200 mAh would have fallen over the previous model in the range (2600 mAh) ensures the latest information, it will last longer than the Galaxy S5 .

However, you have to wait until March 1st for all the details of the terminal but the fact is that it promises a lot.

THE BEST CHEAP ANDROID SMARTPHONES OF THE YEAR

In the guide of the best smartphones with a maximum price of 100 Euros, we have shown that, nowadays, it is no longer necessary to spend crazy amounts for a smartphone with good performance and capable of taking on the most common tasks, use of the most common and simple app to navigation of websites.

In this guide, we want to raise the bar of the budget to 150 Euros , placing the usual question: what are the best Android smartphones on the market with the target budget? What can we expect more than a smartphone from 100 €?
On the basis of the models on market, so we tried to make a list of features to look for with a maximum cost of 150 euro:

– A screen size of at least 4.5 inches , to not give up a multimedia experience of a high standard;
– the installation of a recent version of Android , for full compatibility with the play store app, the allocation of the new features and increased stability of the system
– at least 8 GB of internal memory , a space sufficient to install this carelessly a good number of apps without running into problems of space;
– screen with HD resolution (720 × 1280 pixels) , in favor of maximum visibility of the details;

Similarly smartphone from 100 euro we have not included among the requirements the quality of the camera: the budget is still too low to make good photos. If you want a smartphone that also shots of good quality photos, you will have to compulsorily take into account higher-end models.

Some dutiful clarifications:

– In this guide, we wanted to choose the best smartphone on the market limiting ourselves, as already indicated, only models with the Android operating system and a lower price (or slightly higher) to 150 euro;
– The prices are those of the online store more known (such as Amazon) , on average more advantageous than those of physical stores: it is possible that the prices of smartphones in the malls to differ materially from those indicated in this guide;
– After much hesitation, we decided to include here also smartphones Chinese manufacturers ; because we did it? For the increasing availability in many Italian online store (which we prefer not to mention), and that does not force the user to rely on more risky shipments from China.

What we want to advise economic smartphones with a price of 150 euro? Here’s the list! Let us know what you think via the comments, and if you like the ranking that we drafted like to support us with a page!

1. LENOVO GOLDEN WARRIOR A8 806

Lenovo Golden Warrior A8: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM and 13MP camera

Features and specifications of LENOVO GOLDEN WARRIOR A8 806
Release Date: July 2014 Weight: 180g Thickness: 9mm Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat Update available : – Display: 5-inch Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (294 PPI) Processor: MediaTek MT6592 1.5Ghz. GPU Mali-450MP4 RAM: 2GB Internal Memory capacity: 16GB Internal memory available: over 10GB Expandable Memory: NO Main camera: 13MP Front camera: 5MP Battery: 2500mAh, Removable: YES 4G Support: YES

Lenovo Golden Warrior A8: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM and 13MP camera!

Lenovo Golden Warrior A8 is undoubtedly among the smartphone with the best value for money, thanks to the technical specifications that are the envy to direct competitors. Unlike many devices Mediatek sold online, can rely on the strength of the reputation of a brand, Lenovo, now in great rise also in the smartphone market to medium-low.

And one of the few models in this price range to be equipped with 2GB of RAM first, that comes with one CPU that until not long ago was the proposal leading lineup of Mediatek, capable of good performance even in gaming. The large display is capable of a multimedia experience that has little to envy to a good mid-range smartphone, as well as the internal memory (16GB), equal to twice the minimum requirement that we set at the beginning of the writing of this guide.

The real strength, however, is in the photo quality , which, although far from the high-end models, is well above than other smartphone more famous, like the Moto G first generation.

To all this is added the endowment of 4G : a major advantage given the costs of increasingly affordable 4G services offered by operators. Highly recommended.

Some weaknesses of Lenovo Golden Warrior A8
An absence is important that the microSD slot for memory expansion : those who follow us, however, know that we prefer by far a greater allocation of internal memory than the storage capacity via external media. Finally autonomy is average , if not a little lower than current standards, showing to suffer the high consumption of the chip octa-core Mediatek,

Lenovo Golden Warrior A8: our comments
To recommend the Lenovo Golden Warrior 8? To all those who want a multimedia experience as close as possible to a smartphone to medium-high, with the least possible expense. If you are a long time away from home / office without the possibility of charging during the day, however, forget an extreme use, unless you decide to equip yourself with a power bank.

PROS AND CONS

PRO
– 2GB of RAM
– more than enough internal memory (16GB)
– Supports connection LTE (4G)
– Good photo quality, when compared to the competition

CONS
– Slightly bulky and heavy, considering the size of the display
– You can not expand the memory via microSD
– Autonomy unsatisfying

2. XIAOMI REDMI 2 – 1GB RAM

Features and specifications
Release Date: January 2015 Weight: 134gr Thickness: 9.2mm Operating System: Android 4.4.4 KitKat – MIUI interface V6 Update available : – Display: 4.7 inch Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (294 PPI) Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2 Ghz. GPU Adreno 306 RAM: 1GB Internal Memory capacity: 8GB Internal memory available: about 5GB Expandable memory: YES, microSD up to 32GB Main Camera: 8MP Front camera: 2MP Battery: 2200mAh, Removable: YES 4G Support: YES

Xiaomi Redmi 2: a smartphone with Chinese economic Snapdragon chip

Best price on Amazon: £ 164.99

Xiaomi Redmi 2: a smartphone with Chinese economic Snapdragon chip

Xiaomi Redmi 2 is another great example of how many Chinese manufacturers are able to stand out not only for the aggressive pricing of their products but also for the high quality levels. The advantage of Xiami Redmi 2 compared to direct competitors (such as Lenovo Golden Warrior A8) is in the choice of processor: instead of a Mediatek chip, low cost solution adopted by many products aimed at the lower price ranges, replacing a chip Snapdragon with performance / consumption more optimized, and interaction more hardware-firmware-oiled in Android environment. The rest of the features meet the minimum requirements that we set in this price range (1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory), supporting multimedia experience, strong with a large 4.7 inch screen, support for a fast LTE connection and a camera capable of superior performance to other “traditional” models. Also, is a dual-SIM smartphone (with 4G support with a single card of course).

Xiaomi Redmi 2: well balanced, no fault to be reported

We do not have to report specific defects (beyond a build quality is not entirely convincing) in a smartphone that can adequately support all the activities that you would expect from a smartphone in this price range, and that the model is more balanced between all smartphones suggested in this guide.

Xiaomi Redmi 2: our comments

The main reason to choose Redmi 2 than other Chinese models is definitely the envelope of the Snapdragon chip. A tip: if you want to push you even further with the technical characteristics, opt for the model with 2GB of RAM (released February 2015): given the small price difference is a solution not to be underestimated.

PROS AND CONS

PRO
– Featuring Snapdragon chip 410
– E ‘also available with 2GB of RAM
– It ‘dual-SIM

VERSUS
– Materials not entirely convincing

3. MOTO G (1ST GEN.) – VER. 8GB

Features and specifications
Release Date: December 2013 Weight: 143gr Thickness: 11.6mm Operating System: Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update available: – Display: 4.5 inch Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (326 PPI) Processor: Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 to 1.2Ghz. GPU Adreno 305 RAM: 1GB Internal Memory capacity: 8GB Internal memory available: about 5GB Expandable memory: YES, microSD up to 32GB Main Camera: 5MP Front camera: 1.3MP Battery: 2070mAh, Removable: NO 4G Support: YES

 Moto G first generation: still valid after more than a year after

Best price on Amazon: £ 187.00

Moto G first generation: still valid after more than a year after
Moto G first generation (in the basic version NOT LTE that we consider here) was released on the market in December of 2013, and was one of the best-selling smartphone online in the medium-low, thanks to a good hardware sector and the image of reliability associated with the Motorola brand. In fact nowadays the technical characteristics of the Moto G were outclassed by many other models sold at the same price (if not less), but despite this we continue to add to our guide to the best Android smartphone under 150 Euros. Why you say? Simple: for software support directly from Google, which results in the availability of software updates in a short time, offering the user a stable, responsive and upgraded to the latest release. Despite the release in 2013 then, is waiting to receive a short l update to Android 5.0 Lollipop .

The other great strength is the autonomy , allowing a truly carefree use even without the possibility of charging during the day.

Moto G 1st Gen: what are the weaknesses?

While it is true that the hardware has been surpassed by several models of the same band, on the other hand it is also true that the actual performance remain good, which also allow you to look out without fear of discrete graphics rendering complexity. Despite this we want to emphasize the weaknesses , which can not be overlooked:

a) The size: 4.5 inches make pocket but not quite rewarding in the reproduction of high-definition visual content or browsing web sites that are not optimized for mobile
b) The model we have considered here (because of the price) is to without support of 4G , feature now fairly widespread even among low-end smartphones
c) The quality of the camera : it is a parameter that we preferred to give little emphasis in this price range, but if the quality is of the Moto G below the sufficiency

It better to spend a little more for the LTE version or the Moto G 2014?
Based on the above, our advice is to:

– Opt for the LTE version, for all users who want a high-speed navigation;
– consider buying the Moto G 2014, for all those who instead want a larger display and want to elevate the user experience to a higher level.