TechSuplex http://www.techsuplex.com Nigeria's Premiere Technology and Gadget web Magazine Wed, 23 May 2018 05:53:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 35825686 Top Games to Play on the Nintendo Switch http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/03/02/top-games-play-nintendo-switch/ Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:42:12 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23689 Nintendo Switch has been gaining the attention of gamers all over the world due to its flexibility. It can be an amazing home gaming console and at the same time, it can be a handheld portable console making your gaming experience more flexible than ever. Now, in this article, we will discuss some of the […]

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Nintendo Switch has been gaining the attention of gamers all over the world due to its flexibility. It can be an amazing home gaming console and at the same time, it can be a handheld portable console making your gaming experience more flexible than ever.

Now, in this article, we will discuss some of the best games that you can play using your cool new Nintendo Switch in Neon colours.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is in fact one of the reasons to buy Nintendo Switch. This game is a masterpiece of modern game design. The game allows players to play freely whatever path they decide to go. Since the beginning, player is free to choose the approach they wish to take. Gone is the prologue that includes the hunt for the first weapon, shield etc. Now, you can start however you want. The game’s plot is interesting enough to hold and make you stick to the game. It offers rich and high quality graphics that will definitely make you feel immense in the game. We dare to say, this is the best Zelda game ever.

 

 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Nintendo is well known for Super Mario games and they totally didn’t disappoint by delivering Mario Kart experience to Nintendo Switch. The game offers a lot of new customisation options to help new players get to grips as well as added depth via new levels of drift boosting, trial modes and the new Battle mode. If you love Mario games, then you should not miss this Mario Kart 8 to enjoy in your Nintendo Switch.

 

 

Payday 2

Payday 2 is a first-person shooter about pulling off big heists and then using the money to buy weapons and equipment for harder heists. The game is surely exciting and can easily hook you in. It is best to play with other players to speed up the game and give a better vibe of the game. In terms of the visual, Payday 2 runs on 720p at 30 FPS. It is not really the best visual but the story is exciting and captivating.

 

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

From developer Monolith Soft, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers hundreds of hours of content for players who are ready to dig into its compelling story and uncompromising systems. The excellent combat system is combined with great ensemble cast that you will find yourself rooting for as they aim to save the world of Alrest.

 

Super Mario Odyssey

Another excellent Super Mario game to enjoy in your Nintendo Switch is Super Mario Odyssey. Many has expected a lot from this game and they weren’t disappointed at all. It offers the most satisfying gameplay experience of any Mario game up to date. Players will definitely enjoy the brilliant reinvention of the sandbox formula and the amazing uses of different tools. This is a game you should definitely include in your lists.

Make your Nintendo Switch experience a lot more exciting by playing the games that we discussed in this post.

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Breaking Down the E-cigarette http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/02/21/breaking-e-cigarette/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:05:20 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23672 Having revolutionised the smoking culture in nearly all the countries in which they have been introduced, e-cigarettes are taking over as the new and improved way of smoking, or ‘vaping’. These technological innovations were first patented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003, and have steadily risen to prominence ever since they were introduced to […]

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Having revolutionised the smoking culture in nearly all the countries in which they have been introduced, e-cigarettes are taking over as the new and improved way of smoking, or ‘vaping’. These technological innovations were first patented by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003, and have steadily risen to prominence ever since they were introduced to the market. If you have ever wondered how e-cigarettes work, here is a look at some of the main parts which all e-cigarettes contain.

Battery

An e-cigarette wouldn’t be an e-cigarette if it didn’t have a healthy dose of electricity flowing through it. Instead of burning tobacco with a flame, e-cigarettes vaporise a liquid (usually propylene glycol) which is then inhaled by the user. The lithium battery provides the power to do this, and every e-cigarette comes with its own, although quality can vary.

The battery is charged by plugging the e-cigarette into a power socket, and is understandably one of the most crucial elements of any e-cigarette. They are replaceable, and many more experienced vapers like to customise their e-cigarettes by choosing their own.

Atomiser

The atomiser works in conjunction with the battery to heat the vaping liquid. The heat is generated when the user inhales on the e-cigarette, which causes the atomiser to heat up and vaporise the liquid which sits in the chamber of the e-cigarette. It is a small metal cylinder, and usually needs replacing after a certain amount of use.

There are also cartomizers and clearomizers which work on the same principle as atomisers (heating up liquid) but have some subtle differences which affect the way the e-cigarette works. Clearomizers, for example, usually hold more vaping liquid, and contain a silica wick which soaks it up.

Cartridge

The cartridge is the part of the e-cigarette which is most often replaced, as it contains the liquid (juice) which is eventually inhaled as vapour by the user. Nowadays there are numerous flavours of vaping liquid available on the market, as well as numerous different types of cartridges to choose from.

Cartridges usually need to be cleaned fairly regularly to prevent them from clogging up with old vaping juice and mixing up flavours, although this is not necessary for disposable e-cigarettes.

These are the main components which make up e-cigarettes. Nearly all the parts can be replaced and customised, meaning that avid vapers can enjoy personalising their vaping experience and getting the most out of their e-cigarette.

 

 

 

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How Technology is Boosting Private Jet Travel http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/02/09/technology-boosting-private-jet-travel/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:18:01 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23658 Technology has changed many areas of our daily lives and it rules both our downtime and our business hours, from the way we relax to the way we work. However, one area that has seen real technological advancements is travel. From electronic boarding passes all the way to automated self-driving cars, technology has changed the […]

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Technology has changed many areas of our daily lives and it rules both our downtime and our business hours, from the way we relax to the way we work. However, one area that has seen real technological advancements is travel.

From electronic boarding passes all the way to automated self-driving cars, technology has changed the way we get around. One aspect of travel for which this is particularly rings true is private jets. Here are the ways technology has revolutionised and made travelling by private jet more accessible.

Greater Online Presence and Greater Competition

As a result of technology and digital marketing, many private jet companies have increased their online presence. This has led to greater competition which in turn, has resulted in more competitive prices.

Where chartering a private jet has long been for the rich and elite, lower prices have made flying in style more accessible for the majority, especially with the availability of cheap empty leg flights – these are return flights with no passengers.

More Convenient Booking

While large commercial airlines have been using technology to enhance the booking and check-in system for a while, more private jet companies are beginning to follow suit.

With apps, private jet customers can now choose their flight (including departure and arrival airports), select their aircraft and view all of their journeys with just a tap, making the booking process much more convenient.

In addition, some private jet services are now available via a subscription service. This technology-focussed business model allows users to book a certain number of flights per month for a pre-paid fee.

More Convenient and Comfortable Flights

Finally, technology has made improvements to the overall flight experience. For passengers, this is important for two reasons: convenience and comfort.

In terms of convenience, technology on board can ensure that flyers have constant access to the internet – this may be particularly important to those travelling for business, as it allows users to complete work during the flight. While for comfort, developments in aircraft technology mean better controls, resulting in a smoother flight.

Essentially, technology has made the private jet experience even more enjoyable, while also helping to reduce prices through an increase in competition, all of which has contributed to making flying via private jet more accessible. Because of this, chartering a private jet is no longer just for CEOs and celebrities and it is arguable that as technology makes further changes in this sector, accessibility will continue to increase.

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Movavi PDF Editor makes it easy to Edit PDF Documents http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/02/07/movavi-pdf-editor-makes-easy-edit-pdf-documents/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:36:20 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23654 Generally PDFs are a great format for viewing or even printing documents because the formatting is preserved and it looks identical – even on different platforms. However editing PDF documents is something else entirely, and can often be difficult due to the lack of options available.   If you would like to edit your PDF […]

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Generally PDFs are a great format for viewing or even printing documents because the formatting is preserved and it looks identical – even on different platforms. However editing PDF documents is something else entirely, and can often be difficult due to the lack of options available.

 

If you would like to edit your PDF document simply and yet effectively – you should try Movavi PDF Editor (www.movavi.com/pdf-editor/). It will let you manage and alter your PDF documents in a variety of different ways that should help with most of your needs.

 

To start editing any PDF document, just launch Movavi PDF Editor. When you do you can either drag and drop your PDF documents into the main window as prompted, or click on the ‘Open File’ button and select a PDF document to open.

 

Each document that you open will be displayed in its own tab, and you can also open up any JPG or PNG images that you may want to view and edit. The tab-based interface is similar to browsers, and should make switching between open documents and images easy when you want to edit them.

 

On the left side of the interface you’ll see a list of the pages, and you can edit many of them by simply right-clicking on a page and selecting one of the options, or dragging them around to rearrange the order they’re in. To be more specific you could rotate, copy, delete, or extract specific pages – or even choose to save one of them as an image.

 

If you want to merge PDF documents you can click on the ‘Merge Files’ button and then click ‘Select Files’ and add documents to Movavi PDF Editor. To rearrange the order that the documents appear, just drag them around – then click ‘Merge’ when you’re done.

 

It is possible to add images to PDF files and resize and reposition them, or insert signatures or stamps as well. If you want you can export documents and content from other software such as Word, Excel, Photoshop, AutoCAD and so on as PDF files and then merge them into existing documents too.

 

When you’re done editing a PDF document you can open the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Save As’ to save it under a different name. That is really all that is required to edit PDF documents using Movavi PDF Editor.

 

As you can see editing PDF documents isn’t that difficult in Movavi PDF Editor and its features should provide you with the essential tools that you need to alter them. In short you will have a tool that will let you add, remove, or alter these documents in most basic ways and append or extract information from them.

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Mobile Gambling is Taking Off All Over Africa http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/02/01/mobile-gambling-is-taking-off-all-over-africa/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:08:22 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=17447 Africa is slowly but surely developing all its industries across the board. Gambling is no exception with an estimated worth of around $37 billion dollars by 2018. This information was released by the professional service network PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in their report concerning Africa. They have identified the major three countries that lead the development and […]

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Africa is slowly but surely developing all its industries across the board. Gambling is no exception with an estimated worth of around $37 billion dollars by 2018. This information was released by the professional service network PWC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in their report concerning Africa. They have identified the major three countries that lead the development and growth of gambling on the continent – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. While the report itself doesn’t reflect upon the use and growth of the mobile portion of the market, the use of new technology as well as utilizing new ways to bet has marked the shift towards mobile.

Africans are betting on mobiles. Although there are no formal statistics available, it is safe to say mobile gambling follows a trend of the smartphone being the primary communication device for so many people and they love these games. Many of Europe’s bookmakers see Africa as a growth market primarily driven by football betting, which is, in turn, sparking an interest in mobile casino gaming.

Mobile gambling in the leading trio is predominantly led by the most popular offline and online activities such as casino games, sportsbetting and bingo. Casino gaming is still biggest in brick and mortar casinos however with the continuous expansion of 3G and 4G networks for mobile users, mobile casino gaming is gaining new heights. Some apps such as Euro Palace online casino’s Real Money Slots are also gaining traction.

Full scale rollout of the newer betting trends is impeded by proliferation of 3G and 4G compatible devices. The majority of people still do not own a smartphone to be able to participate in the online gambling market from a mobile device, even with the new mobile internet technologies. That is why the local sportsbook establishment for instance, take inventive approaches to extend their reach towards the market. The SMS based betting apps are a huge hit, like Elitebetkenya in Kenya, Euro Palace online casino and Nairabet in Nigeria. Thanks to an effortless interface and message-based betting, even the poorly regulated and gaming-barren locations allow for gambling on the spot.

The market itself isn’t without fault however. Regulation by the governing bodies is strict in South Africa for instance, where new legislation has been issued to limit the approach to the emerging online casinos. In countries like Kenya, the situation is quite reversed – gambling is liberal and players can indulge themselves in either online or mobile gambling. There is a growing schism in the ruling agencies however, with the Council of Governors seeking greater role in the right to issue licenses to newfound gambling establishments from the Betting Control and Licensing Board.

In Nigeria, the country with the fastest growth rate of gambling in Africa, the situation is not so different. With only 3 casinos that are regulated by the government, illegal gaming in all of its forms is rife and poses a threat to the introduced system. You can read up on developments in greater detail here.

Overall however, it seems that technology and the desire to implement the newest and most sought after gaming activities will triumph over the issues that are tied to this emerging branch on Africa’s soil.

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The Google Pixel 2XL Review http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/01/22/google-pixel-2xl-review/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:46:28 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23595 The Google Pixel 2 XL is the first Google mobile device I have used as a daily driver, ever. Seems odd for someone that writes about tech, especially because I’ve played with pretty much everything Google has put out, including the very first Nexus (the one with the chin) but it underlines a basic theme, […]

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The Google Pixel 2 XL is the first Google mobile device I have used as a daily driver, ever. Seems odd for someone that writes about tech, especially because I’ve played with pretty much everything Google has put out, including the very first Nexus (the one with the chin) but it underlines a basic theme, at least for me and my relationship with Google hardware. I’ve always found them lacking…one way or the other. From the outright buggy software on the Nexus One, to the fast but bare-bones OS on the whole Nexus range, to the mediocre camera across the Nexus range (up until the Nexus P at least), to weird design choices…I could go on. There was almost always something awfully wrong with the Google mobile hardware experience.

So when the first Pixel came out and pretty much ticked all the boxes, (well, except the design in my opinion), I was a bit surprised and to be honest, and wondered if it was a fluke. When the Pixel 2 (and 2 XL) came out, and I read some of the early press, (especially about the 2XL) I felt like Google had gone back to the days of having one monumental flaw on each device, but decided to check it out and see for myself.

Having used the device for the better part of a month, here’s what I think about the device.

It’s worth pointing out at this point, that while the devices look slightly different and differ in size, the Pixel 2 and 2XL are almost identical in terms of specs, performance and experience that the review for this, should hold for the Pixel 2 as well, except where otherwise stated.

The way a device looks will always be subjective, so I’m not certain whether opinion on the aesthetics of a device is useful, so I’ll skip most of it, but I’ll say that the device looks modern, crisp and stylish, but in an understated way, which will contrast to the Samsung or iPhone X’s futuristic, in-your-face approach to design, that’s not saying its less pretty, far from it. It actually sits well in the same line-up without sticking out. The rounded corners (which also make their way to the display as well) do a lot to soften the device’s look (in a good way), and the contrast between the rubber-coated aluminium (which is black on the review unit, but comes in a white variant as well) that covers most of the back including the fingerprint scanner and the glass top in the area that houses the camera is nice. The device itself, though a tad slippery is nice to hold and feels premium. It’s rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning you can dunk it in water of 1 meter depth for up to 30 minutes without fear of any damage.

The Pixel 2XL features a 6-inch, 18:9 P-OLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution (538 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covered display with 100% DCI-P3 coverage. If you’ve heard any bad things about the Pixel 2 XL (the Pixel 2 has none of these complaints), it probably has to do with the display, so let’s talk about those now and get them out of the way.

“There’s a chance that the display issue is actually poor quality control.”

Google Pixel 2XL with the display on and Live Wallpaper showing

I’ve heard of five complaints with the Pixel 2 XL’s display:

The first is that the display is dull. Google’s explained this by saying they thought it was a good idea to calibrate the device’s display towards colour accuracy as against over-saturating it with colours as is the current practice, this meant colours by default look much closer to what they look like in real life and not what they look like on smartphones, but following user complaints, they have fixed this by offering a vivid mode that gets you the type of saturation we are now used to from mobile devices. So no issue here.

The second reported issue with the display is that it has a blue tint when you view it from an angle. I can confirm that this is a thing…in the sense that, if you were on a plain white screen and you titled it, you’ll see a bluish tint. However, if we’re being objective, it’s not so different from the tint you’ll see in other OLED displays though the colour might be different (orange is quite popular) and in actual use, it’s not noticeable. I also can’t confirm if I personally just got a better display than some of the ones people are reporting, but I used two different Pixel 2XLs in the course of the review and didn’t notice any intense colour shift.

The third issue has to do with unresponsiveness, I’m not convinced this is a thing. In fact, the only place I have been able to recreate something similar is on the explore tab on Instagram, where if you try to randomly tap highlights lightly, maybe one in ten times, you’ll find a tap that registers but does nothing. I’m convinced it’s probably instagram and not the device since I’ve not been able to recreate it anywhere, but I just thought it was worth mentioning.

There’s a fourth issue, which I noticed on one of the Pixels I used in the review, is a weird flickering just as the display is either going to sleep or waking up. It’s doesn’t happen every time nor is there a pattern to its appearance, but I can say I didn’t notice it on Android 8.0 till i upgraded the device to 8.1 and the second device, which I also upgraded to 8.1 doesn’t have the same issue.

The last reported issue, which I haven’t been able to replicate, is a burn-in issue, where apparently on some of the Pixel 2XL’s the buttons which are super-imposed on the screen become burned into the screen when the buttons are there. It’s kind of like on some tvs where when you switch channels, you’ll still see a faint outline of the old channel when the screen is completely black. I couldn’t replicate this issue with either of the devices I used for this review.

There’s a chance that the display issue is actually poor quality control, and I somehow managed to end up with a great one, but I’ll be unfair to base my review on other reviews and not my own experience.

In my experience, I’ll say it is without a doubt, the best display I have used as a daily driver, ever. In fact, the only displays I have come across which are on par or better in my opinion, would be the one on the iPhone X and the one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Pretty much everything is a pleasure to do on this display. I also really love the idea of always on displays. If I had one complaint, it’ll be the black bars on the side when you’re watching a video in portrait mode, which happens as a result of watching content in the “standard” 16:9 aspect ratio on a display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. The weird aspect ratios are a thing in 2017 and will linger for a while as OEMs continue to try to make larger displays more comfortable for one-handed use by making them taller and thinner. The live wallpaper, which is pretty much a short video playing as your wallpaper is a pretty cool touch as well. 

Speaking of watching videos, the Pixel also features two, stereo, front-facing speakers that add to the viewing experience. The sound from them is crisp and clear and can get fairly loud without much distortion, which is good, not just for media consumption, but also because I tend to take a fair number of calls over speaker phone. In my case though, I haven’t had the best of experiences with making calls this way, because it always seems like the person on the other end finds it hard to hear me as soon as its on speaker.

“If you’re very into earphones or headphones, you’ll need to go wireless.”

The device has joined the increasing number of devices that have dumped the audio jack, so if you’re very into earphones or headphones, you’ll need to go wireless like I have (not by choice, but because running with wired headphones is a mess, so I have been using wireless earphones for a bit), or make friends with the USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter that’s included in the box. In theory using an adapter can be messy, particularly because you can’t charge your device and listen to audio at the same time, and also because having an adapter means having an extra thing to worry about leaving behind or misplacing…Unnecessary stress. In practice, a hack around this last bit, is to leave the dongle permanently connected to your earphones, still messy, but it works. Charging while listening isn’t possible at the moment without a third-party dongle as far as I know, but I find that in my experience, for the most part you won’t need to charge the device while listening to music often, thanks to the stellar battery performance.

 

“Battery life gives a stellar performance”

They say the best products are the ones that are able to alter your lifestyle significantly and that’s what the Pixel 2XL’s battery life has been able to do. With my immediate past devices, the Passport would typically enter battery saving mode (which I set to activate at 15%), at around 6:30-7pm and die off completely around 9-30pm (6:30pm-9:30pm coincides with when I typically get home and start to catch up with everything I have missed from the day, so heavy use), while the Priv would tap out completely around 7pm. So typically, I’ll charge the devices overnight and have them through the working day. With the Pixel 2XL I find myself going to bed around midnight still with over 20% left on most days. In fact, I’ve only ever successfully drained the battery before 6pm once, on a day when I went on a long road trip and took a zillion photos, as well as used social media networks to stay up to date.

What’s more is that the Pixel charges from 0-18% in about 10 minutes, would get to somewhere around 31-36% in 20 minutes, and gets to a full charge in about a 100 minutes, meaning on most nights, if I plugged it around 10pm, it will be fully charged before I actually fall asleep! So do I unplug it and leave it off the charger all night? Or just leave it plugged till I wake up? I still haven’t figured out what approach is best, but I’m definitely past plugging the device all night to charge.

Android is synonymous with being sluggish for most people, but I’m happy to say that between the Vanilla Android Oreo, 4GB RAM and the Snapdragon 835 processor, the experience is smooth and fast. I’ll go out on a limb and say you’ll be hard pressed to find better performance on any device (iPhone X inclusive). It’s without a doubt the fastest and smoothest android experience out now.

The android experience itself has been refined and is now a lot more pleasant, a lot of the bloatware is out, the addition of live wallpapers is great and the subtle little things (like swiping on the fingerprint scanner to pull the notification tray up or down) make the experience really amazing.

It’s the smartest smartphone out now, thanks to the amount of Machine Learning that Google has running on the device.

And this leads me to the second best thing about the device in my opinion. It’s the smartest smartphone out now, thanks to the amount of Machine Learning that Google has running on the device. For instance, if you allow it, the device can constantly listen and identify music playing around you without having to connect to the internet. If that’s doesn’t impress you, maybe the fact that it’ll automatically turn on and connect to a WiFi network you know as soon as come within contact with it, will. There are also other practical things, like saving the photos in a burst images or portrait photos in one collection, so that rather than scroll through the same image multiple times, all the burst shots are treated as one image.

Google Pixel 2XL showing the now playing feature

Google Pixel 2XL now playing feature

Google Pixel 2XL Active Edge feature

 

 

Squeezing the sides of the device also now launches the Google Assistant (Google calls this Active Edge), which is getting a lot better by the day on itself, but not having to long press the home button, or say “Okay Google” to launch it, makes it see a lot more use. It feels like a more intuitive way to launch the assistant. Google has also baked in a new feature its calling “Google Lens” which basically allows you identify stuff you can see through your camera lens. At the moment, it’s not much use except as a party trick, however Google says its designed to become a new means of input, and I can definitely get used to adding products to a shopping cart that way for instance.

Almost tucked in every corner, you’ll find a really neat, helpful trick. More than ever before, the Pixel feels like more than a window into the world unlike most other smartphones. It’s not a passive device, you feel it actively trying to help you do stuff, even before you think about it.

“The Pixel 2 and 2XL consistently takes better photos than everything out now.”

Google Pixel 2XL showing Camera

 

 

 

 

I’ve saved the cameras for last, because it’s the absolute best thing about the Google Pixel 2XL (and Pixel 2, seeing as the cameras are identical). If you are one of those that associates the quality of shots with the camera specs, the Pixel will probably mislead you. It features a 12.2 megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel camera in front like most other devices (in fact, the Priv for instance features an 18-megapixel camera at the back, but doesn’t come close to comparing). Unlike most of the other flagships this year (like the iPhone X and the Note 8, which sport two cameras at the back), the Pixel features just one, but consistently takes better photos in pretty much every situation. There are times where certain devices may take better shots, e.g the HTC U11 does great in low-light, however the Pixel consistently takes better photos than everything out now. By the way, all the photos in this review, including the device photos were taken with a Pixel 2XL.

Use the white divider to scroll between both sides to compare

The photography boils down to the machine learning going on in the device. For instance, the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 achieve Bokeh (Portrait Mode one the Pixel and iPhone or Live Focus on the Note 8) by calculating the distance between both rear cameras. Google does same by using two adjacent pixels in the same camera, and letting its Machine Learning algorithms sort the rest out…and the results are amazing. Even when you shoot portrait mode with the front cameras, you get results that consistently blow you out of the water. Before now, selfies where a thing you took 10 to 20 times before finding one that worked. With the Pixel 2 and 2XL, pretty much every shot is a winner. Beyond the regular and portrait modes, you also get the Google Sphere, Panorama and slow motion video.Google Pixel 2XL showing Camera Modes

Speaking of Video, the experience is great as well, and its combination of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Digital Image Stabilisation makes the videos come out extra smooth. The one issue you might have with videos might be the sound, which occasionally come out sounding tinny.

 

Sample Photos (all selfies were taking with the front camera, all photos are unedited)

 

Beyond just photography, the camera has a few other tricks up its sleeve as well, the Google Lens mentioned above is achieved with the camera obviously, but inside the camera app, you can also use Google Lens to scan already taken photos for objects. Google has also included what it calls Motion Photos, which is basically a short video that the camera takes just before you take a shot, so you have a few seconds before and after the shot. By default, it uses AI to determine the when to record Motion Photos, but you can turn it off, or make it take them every single time. Motion Photos are fun, however unfortunately, you can’t share them or do much with them, without installing Motion Stills (a Google app which doesn’t come preinstalled) that allows you convert them to GIFs or video and share.

Motion Photo exported to GIF with Google Motion Stills App

The camera also features a fun Augmented Reality filter that allows you super-impose AR on real-life scenes and record videos of their interactions with the world around them. Current AR filters include Star Wars, Stranger Things and a few others. The AR filters are only available on android 8.1.

So in summary, you have a device that has a lovely display, a battery that lasts all day, best in-class camera, and awesome performance on one hand, but it lacks wireless charging, and a headphone jack. Whether these negatives outweigh the positives is subjective, but for me, its a resounding no. In fact, in my opinion, the most prohibitive thing about the Pixel 2XL is the cost. With a starting price of $849 for the 64GB variant and $949 for the 128GB variant (the smaller Pixel 2 starts at $649 for 64GB storage and $749 for 128GB) it’s sure to burn a hole in your wallet, if you do take the plunge.

That said, I haven’t for one second felt like I got shortchanged. It’s a really good phone. One of the best ones ever.

 

The Google Pixel 2XL Review
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7.8 Users (1 vote)
Pros
+ Best in class camera + Super Performance + Really Smart features + Amazing Battery life
Cons
- Display Quality Control issues is a bother - Design is hit or miss
Summary
In summary, you have a device that has a lovely display, a battery that lasts all day, best in-class camera, and awesome performance on one hand, but it lacks wireless charging, and a headphone jack. Whether these negatives outweigh the positives is subjective, but for me, its a resounding no. In fact, in my opinion, the most prohibitive thing about the Pixel 2XL is the cost.
Design9
Display8.5
Performance10
Camera10
Battery Life9.5
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InterC is on a death spiral…Again http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/01/20/interc-death-spiral/ Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:24:33 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23593 InterC Networks, a reincarnation of of Intercellular Networks, the very first CDMA network in Nigeria and one of the first CDMA networks to go under a couple of years ago, appears to be going under in its reincarnated form again according to sources who are familiar with the matter.   The first signs of trouble […]

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InterC Networks, a reincarnation of of Intercellular Networks, the very first CDMA network in Nigeria and one of the first CDMA networks to go under a couple of years ago, appears to be going under in its reincarnated form again according to sources who are familiar with the matter.

 

The first signs of trouble were evident around February-March 2017 when they cancelled their 250GB “unlimited plan” (which we raved about) that cost N19,000 in favour of two new “unlimited” plans costing N17,500 and N32,500 for 150GB and 300GB respectively. At the time, our source told us the new plans were not a result of consensus, but a poorly thought decision by a “section of the executives.”

 

Between February and November 2017, when they eventually scrapped the unlimited plans all together, the network, while still among the best ones in terms of speed, was prone to frequent outages (as frequent as every week at some point), and also got slower thanks to a decision to switch their backhaul provider to a cheaper, slower one according to sources.

 

Finally, starting about two weeks ago, their site, while still up and running, has stopped selling plans as attempting to subscribe to a plan redirects you to their self service portal (update: Plans are now being sold again) and for those who still have data, the service has been slow and epileptic at best with the network down more often than not.

 

Efforts to reach their management for a comment, were not responded to as at the time of writing this post, however, a source familiar with the matter, claims that the current situation are a result of a series of bad management decisions. We were also reliably informed that a huge chunk of the staff have been let go.

 

While we have been able to confirm the downsizing from a secondary source, the allegations of mismanagement would be hard to confirm from the outside. It is worth noting that the current economic situation across the country has made it difficult for many businesses across sectors.

 

However, while it’s unclear whether InterC’s current death spiral is truly a case of mismanagement or whether they have just fallen victim to the current state of the Nigerian economy, what is clear at this point, is that they seem to be going the way they went before they relaunched–under.

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Nokia 8 Hands on and impressions. http://www.techsuplex.com/2018/01/03/nokia-8-hands-impressions/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:47:29 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23575 It’s hard to explain how epic Nokia was back in the day, to young ones whose first exposure to smartphones were iPhones and iPhone-esque slabs. You had to have witnessed the period of Nokia’s dominance to grasp how much of a force they were both in the emerging smartphone category at the time and regular […]

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It’s hard to explain how epic Nokia was back in the day, to young ones whose first exposure to smartphones were iPhones and iPhone-esque slabs. You had to have witnessed the period of Nokia’s dominance to grasp how much of a force they were both in the emerging smartphone category at the time and regular phones. We’ve all gotten some mysterious phone calls, but if you ever need to know who it is then check out this site with a reverse phone lookup.

 

A lot has changed since then, Nokia (the phone making component at least) has, killed two of its OS platforms, adopted Window phone OS, been sold to Microsoft, and now much like BlackBerry, licences its in-house hardware designs and technologies to third-party manufacturers. It’s obviously a lot more complicated than this, but that’s a quick summary.

 

One of the most consistent commentaries around Nokia from its first signs of decline till very recently was what would have happened if Nokia adopted android instead of stretching its own operating system or going Windows Phone.

 

Indeed, we got a taste of what’s possible when android OS runs on Nokia hardware with the Nokia X, X+ and XL, but one can argue that those were underpowered and didn’t run the full android experience (they cut out all the Google Apps).

 

So when HMD Global, which now has the licence to produce hardware under the Nokia brand, announced their range of android running Nokias, a few diehards like myself were interested to see where the project will go.

 

I recently got to play with the Nokia 8, HMD Global’s first flagship android device, and here are a few quick impressions of the device.

 

On paper, the device is on par with a lot of the android flagships at now as it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. However, as soon as you set your eyes on it, you’ll notice a few things that make it seem dated compared to most of today’s flagships.

 

The first and most obvious, is that in a world of shrinking bezels and end-to-end displays, Nokia has opted to keep its bezels, chin and capacitive buttons. The device also feels a bit thick through the middle, though the tapered ends make it seem a lot thinner than it actually is. The device also ships with a 5.3-inch display, again an anomaly in a lineup of today’s flagships, which are all pushing 6-inches, without really having a much bigger footprint (except you count the mini versions of flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, The Google Pixel 2 and the iPhone 8).

 

The Nokia 8 is available in polished blue, polished copper, tempered blue and steel. The device I played with was the polished blue variant, which as you can see from the photos is a bit of a fingerprint magnet, thanks to its polished aluminum back. The device, while not exactly reminiscent of Nokia’s design, does look and feel solid.

 

Beyond build quality, Nokias were renowned for their hardware engineering wizardry, and mobile photography and the Nokia 8 has a few tricks up its sleeves in those regards. First, the Nokia 8 manages to have an always on screen that shows the time and notifications, much like the other flagship androids this year do, however what’s different here is that they have managed to achieve it while keeping the battery consumption down on an LCD display. All the other devices that do same use OLED displays (which allow you to turn off/on individual pixels).

Nokia also has an elegant cooling system inside the device to keep the phone itself cool regardless of how much work the processor is doing.

 

The camera system, while not on par with flagships like say the Pixel or Note 8, is decent and features a “bothie” mode, which allows you take shots or videos from both the front and back cameras simultaneous, which are both sporting 13-megapixels sensors, with Zeiss lenses. The rear features a monochrome camera as well along with the main one.

 

The device also features OZO Audio technology, that uses the three microphones to record more immersive audio for out “bothies.” Cool stuff.

 

I didn’t mess with the device long enough to write a proper review, seeing as I didn’t have time to use it as my daily driver, so while I won’t comment on how it stacks up to all the other flagships from 2017, I’ll say if you still have a soft spot for Nokia, you may want to check it out.

 

Here are a few hands on photos.

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How to recover data from deleted or lost partition with SFWARE http://www.techsuplex.com/2017/12/14/recover-data-deleted-lost-partition-sfware/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:31:24 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23562 For most people, the first thing you do when you buy a hard drive is to create a separate partition, and then format it, before you can start storing data. The major benefit of having separate partitions in a hard drive is, each partition can be isolated from others and can have different file system. […]

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For most people, the first thing you do when you buy a hard drive is to create a separate partition, and then format it, before you can start storing data.

The major benefit of having separate partitions in a hard drive is, each partition can be isolated from others and can have different file system.

But does it reduce the chances of data loss?

While you may reduce the chances of data getting corrupted by separating the operating system partition from the rest of the data, the separate partitions are not immune from accidental deletion or any other errors.

In this post we’ll share the nitty gritty of partition loss and what you should do when you experience partition loss.

What happens when a partition disappears?

Sometimes you will immediately know when you accidently delete a partition from being clumsy or absentminded. But most of the times you’ll only notice something is amiss when the partition will suddenly vanishes.

Possible causes of partition loss?

  • Partition table damage
  • Careless operation
  • Virus attack/ System Crash
  • Bad Sector

 

 

What should you do?

If you can’t see a particular partition, first, double check from your Disk Management to ensure that it’s not a case of a partition that is there but unassigned. If you see the partition in your Disk Management with just the drive letter missing, this is easy to resolve – just assign a drive letter to it.

If the above is not the case, and you’re sure that partition is lost from hard drive, then and only then should you find other ways to try and recover the lost partition. Don’t panic though, panic can cause you to be rash and in the process further complicate issues.

Few precautions to consider:

  1. Stop using the hard drive immediately
  2. Don’t format the disk
  3. Don’t try to rebuild the partition table by yourself in case of partition table is damaged.
  4. Don’t try unsafe ways to recover lost partition

 

To Recover Lost Partition use Sfware Partition Recovery. Below you will find how to use Sfware Partition Recovery:

 

SFWare Partition Recovery – Accurate and Effective Partition Recovery Tool!

SFWare Partition Recovery tool as it name suggests, restores lost or deleted partition formatted with a number of file formats including FAT, NTFS, exFAT and HFS file systems. If you don’t find any file type while recovering, it allows you to add or edit new signatures that are not listed. As a result, it doesn’t matter what type of file is lost, this tool can help recover it.

The tool is not limited for recovering deleted data from partition, it can be used in many partition data loss situations including:

  • Data Recovery from accidentally formatted partition
  • Restores files when partition file system gets corrupted (i.e. known as RAW state of partition)
  • Helps to recover damaged partition
  • Also, performs partition recovery when it is severely infected by virus or malware
  • Supports recovery of partition after repartitioning of hard drive, reinstallation of OS, factory reset, etc.

And, many more…its application also goes beyond computers to other devices, such as external hard drives, memory cards, pen drives, etc. This hard drive recovery software also performs partition recovery from hard drives having interfaces like SATA, IDE, and SCSI. Most importantly, one can use this software to recover data from hard drive which has bad sectors on it. It creates disk image of hard drive by bypassing bad sectors. Finally, the software is fully compatible with all versions of Windows OS, including latest edition Windows 10. For recovering partition from Mac OS X, use SFWare Partition Recovery Mac version.

How does SFWare Partition Recovery Software Work?

First of all, download the sodapdf.com on your computer and install it by following instructions shown on the screen. Once the installation process gets competed, launch the tool and proceed further to get back your partition.

  • When main screen appears, select among Partition Recovery and Formatted/Reformatted Recovery option, according to your need.
  • In the following screen, select the hard disk drive (i.e. partition) from which files have to be recovered and press Next

  • The software starts scanning your drive/partition. In the next screen, you can check progress of software scanning. Wait until it gets completed.

  • Once scanning process gets over, it displays recovered files. You can check recovered files either in Data View or File Type View. You can also preview restored files.

  • Finally, select the required files and hit Save

 

Note- If you are using demo version, then you need to activate the software in order to save recovered files as, the save option is disabled in free version.

To recover partition from Mac, get the Mac version and follow the on screen instructions. It is very similar to Windows Partition Recovery procedure.

Don’t want to lose your partition? Then, be a little careful while doing any task on your computer. Most importantly, always backup important data in other devices to avoid any data loss disaster. If by any chance you lose a partition even after taking all the necessary precautions, don’t worry as SFWare Partition recovery tool is always there. Just download and get back your files in a short interval.

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The Best Phones Money Can Buy in 2017 http://www.techsuplex.com/2017/12/12/best-phones-money-can-buy-2017/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:39:58 +0000 http://www.techsuplex.com/?p=23550 It’s getting to that time of the year again—Christmas. While the first thing that might have come to your mind at the sound of that may have been the person the day is about, for many, the first thing that comes to mind is gifts and shopping. One can argue that since the advent of […]

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It’s getting to that time of the year again—Christmas. While the first thing that might have come to your mind at the sound of that may have been the person the day is about, for many, the first thing that comes to mind is gifts and shopping. One can argue that since the advent of smartphones, they have been some of the most sought after gift items. In fact, that’s the reason why most top-tier smartphone companies start announcing devices from around August…so they can feature prominently in the holiday shopping season.

In that light, I thought it’ll be fun to do a quick list of sorts, of the best smartphones money can buy at the moment. Unlike other years, where in my opinion, there’s been a lot of options to sort through, this year, more than ever, I feel like there have been clear leaders in certain categories as smartphones find new ways to differentiate from each other.

That said, in my opinion, here are the best phones money can buy as at today, not in any order.

Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL:

Following the success of the first generation of Pixel devices, which sort of blindsided everyone with how good they turned out to be, the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have built-on pretty much all the successes of the first generation. Paired with android Oreo, what you get is a refined smartphone experience, with hands down the best smartphone photography, all day battery and arguably the “smartest” smartphone out now.

While the Pixel 2 and 2XL are much different in size—the former featuring a 5-inch display and while the latter features a 6-inch display—and in aesthetics—the former is available in three colours and features obvious bezels and chins around the display, while the latter is available in just two colours and is mostly bezel-less) for all intents and purposes both devices are mostly the same inside and offer pretty much the same insides. (Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, along with 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, 64 GB or 128 GB of on board storage options. You’ll be fine with either one.

iPhone X

These days, your smartphone OS choices are either iOS or android. If you are in the iOS camp, the iPhone X is the best option you can buy. Period. Apple says that with the X, it’s re-imagining the iPhone for the next decade and indeed, the iPhone X feels like a paradigm shift. The home button is gone and replaced with gestures swiped from BlackBerry 10 in my opinion, which I love a lot, fingerprint scanning is out and in its place FaceID, Animoji might be the start of a new means of communication and even the display is now OLED and end to end.

If you don’t want to fork out close to a $1000 dollars, the iPhone 8 and 8s are decent alternatives with some of the new features on the X packed in.

LG V30

I personally do not rate LGs, particularly because I wasn’t super impressed with the V10, which I had a lot of high hopes for. However the V30 is LG’s third attempt at the V-line of devices and they’ve gotten a lot better over time. The V30 also takes the crown as LG’s best designed device till date, it’s stunningly good looking.

LG almost always gets the specs on paper right, and the V30 is no different, 6-inch display, Snapdragon 835, dual camera system (16+13MP), 4GB RAM, 64GB storage etc. While some of these specs don’t translate to a fantastic user experience (the display mostly in this case, performance is topnotch) one thing on the V30’s spec sheet that translates and blows away the competition is its Hi-Fi Quad-DAC audio system. It offers the best sound and audio performance on any smartphone till date.

If you’re an audiophile, and sound trumps every other thing to you, this is definitely the device to get.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

In my opinion, no year has passed since the Galaxy S2 came out, that Samsung didn’t have a contender for best smartphone out and this year, after recovering from the battery issues that made the Note 7 a safety hazard, the Note 8 is one of the best smartphones out now.

The Note 8’s display is one of the best out now (even with the funky 18.5:9 aspect ratio), no one else does the stylus on smartphones like Samsung does, and with the new Note, they have managed to pack in even more features. And while, the dual-camera system on the note isn’t so much of a jump from the single camera on the Galaxy S8 (this is more credit to the S8, than anything), the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive portrait shots which Samsung lets you tweak as you deem fit.

This currently ships with android 7.1 though, but you can rest assured that it’ll get a taste of Oreo in the near feature.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are cheaper decent alternatives to the Note 8, and while they are months older, besides the stylus, which is a signature Note feature, you won’t be missing much with the flagship S-series devices.

OnePlus 5T

Like I mentioned in at the beginning of this post, with smartphones this year, there are some clear leaders in certain features (photography, display, etc), but in my opinion, the OnePlus 5T is the first and only device on this list that doesn’t lead in any attribute. For the most part it feels like a “me too” device actually, the display is quite good, but not as great as many others, one can argue that aesthetically, it’s a pretty well designed device but it’s not the best looking or best designed one out there. It’s got android Oreo too, but so does the Pixel…etc.

What the 5T does that deservedly puts it on this list is that it manages to be great and nearly as good at most of these features as the flagship devices above for half the price! In fact, one could say its own super feature is the pricing.

The BlackBerry KeyOne

What’s a BlackBerry doing on a best smartphones you can buy list in 2017 you ask? Well, one word “Keyboard.” If you are like me and still deal with a fairly substantial number of emails daily, some of which need long replies, typing on glass doesn’t cut it. I’m currently still clutching the BlackBerry Passport from 3-years ago (mostly for the keyboard, but also because I prefer the workflow on BlackBerry 10 to all the other OS options out now), so if you are in the market for a device with a keyboard right now, the KeyOne is definitely your best bet.

Beyond the keyboard, the device features a battery that’ll easily last two days on one charge, and a quick charge option that can get you from 0-50% in just over 30-minutes, plus you get a decent camera, the full suit of android apps, a fingerprint scanner and almost everything you’ll want from a modern device.

There you have it.

Those are the best devices you can buy in my opinion in 2017. What are the best ones in your opinion? Let us know!

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