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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Apple iPhone 7: Which One Should You Buy? – Part 2

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If you’ve been keeping track, then you must be seeing lots of debate raging online about Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Apple iPhone 7 – about which has the better camera, performs faster, gives more bang for the buck and so on.  Of course, be sure to read our Part 1 of the article where we discussed aspects such as the basics, specs, design, display, camera and certain other innovations. Its interesting to note that in all of those aspects, except the display (which we feel was almost 50-50), the S8 took the winning prize. So it seems the Apple iPhone 7 has a lot of catching up to do if it has to win the Samsung vs. Apple battle. Let’s continue –

 

Hardware & Performance –

 

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Last year’s iPhone 7 houses an A10 Fusion chip which honestly was the best performing smartphone CPU beating out all Android top-end offerings in terms of benchmarks. Also the fact that the iPhone 7 bested the iPhone 6s’ CPU scores by 40% was truly astounding. Although the iPhone 7 has a mere 2GB RAM, it never posed a deterrent in terms of pure performance.

 

Now in comparison, the Galaxy S8 has a Snapdragon 835, a top-of-the-line Qualcomm chip manufactured with the 10-nanometer process. It also has double the RAM of the iPhone 7 at 4GB. The result? We found that the Galaxy S8 to be the fastest performing Android smartphone in the market today – where it beat all competition in the Geekbench 4 Multi-core testing benchmark.

 

Although it’s difficult to compare the performance here because of different operating systems, we honestly feel the S8 is more future-ready and taking the lead with improvements and upgrades to Android Nougat OS.

 

Storage & Expandability –

 

Apple has always been stingy when it comes to offering customers more storage space for less price. The iPhone 7 is no different as you can get any of the three storage options: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB, with each one being priced much higher for essentially the same phone. Also there is no option for storage expansion via microSD as it has been historically with all Apple iPhones. Why aren’t we surprised? The S8 on the other hand just makes it presence with a single version of 64GB model. However you can expand its memory by up to 256GB which is what we love.

 

Battery –

 

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The S8 offers a 3,000mAh battery, which was the same one offered in last year’s Galaxy S7 flat edition. Compared to that the iPhone 7’s 1,960mAh battery seems paltry and annoying. Having said that, it’s interesting to note that both phones can last a full day of normal use, which is due to the fact that iOS 10 is more power efficient; and also the iPhone 7 has a smaller screen and lower resolution. Where it gets interesting is the Galaxy S8 offers wireless charging as well as fast charging capabilities which the iPhone 7 lacks.

 

Other Addons –

 

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The iPhone 7 lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, but you still get a Lightening to 3.5mm jack so you may use your preferred headphone with it. With the S8, you get a 3.5mm AKG in-ear headphones in the box. The S8 also teases us with their proprietary virtual reality Gear VR; with a new model coming up to take advantage of the S8 and touch remote. There is also the Samsung DeX Station that can turn your S8 into your own personal computer by allowing you to connect it with an external monitor. This is quite impressive as Apple does not currently does not own any such accessory for its iPhone. The S8 also beats the iPhone 7 in terms of water dust/water proof ratings as the S8 has a stronger IP68 rating compared to the IP67 rating of the iPhone 7.

 

Price –

 

You can pick up the iPhone 7 starting from $649 for the 32GB variant and going all the way to $849 for the 256GB variant (SIM-free). While the S8 can be had for $726 for the 64GB variant. The similarly priced 64GB variant of the iPhone 7 costs $749, so it’s still cheaper. Although we would have liked a much lower pricing for the Galaxy S8, we believe it still offers a lot better price-performance ratio than the iPhone 7 and wins us over with its innovation and better features. However the real choice comes down to the decision of being absorbed into the Android platform or the iOS platform. People may be hardcore fans of either of those, and we respect their opinions. But when it comes to sheer innovation, design, top-of-the-line performance and being future-proof, the Galaxy S8 has come out a clear winner.

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Triumph Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 get connected technology

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Triumph Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 get connected technology

Connected technology is fast becoming a standard feature in most premium motorcycles over the last few years. In line with this, several companies have started retrofitting their old models with the latest-generation connected tech to compete with new rivals. One such company is Triumph which has been equipping its older models with new technology. The British motorcycle maker recently revealed that Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 are now available with the My Triumph connectivity system. The company noted that the two bikes can now be fitted with a TFT instrument console which will provide a host of features like telephony, turn-by-turn navigation, etc.

This new feature is available for older models as the BS6 variant already gets the connected technology. Triumph noted that Street Triple RS manufactured between 2017 and 2019 can be retrofitted with the new instrument console and connectivity features. And as for the Tiger 800, the ADV bikes with model years between 2018 to 2019 can be upgraded with the My Triumph connectivity system.

Triumph’s My Triumph connectivity system works alongside the My Triumph app that has been developed as a result of Google’s first partnership with a premium motorcycle brand. This app allows riders to wirelessly pair their smartphone with the motorcycle’s console and access features like turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance available through a Bluetooth headset is connected. The app also uses built-in what3words functionality to navigate to an exact three-meter.

Another major advantage offered by the My Triumph suite is that it lets riders control the GoPro camera using the TFT console and switchgear. Besides these, the connected tech offers provisions like make/receive calls, check SMS, and control music through the left side switchgear. And let’s not forget that there’s also a dedicated My Garage feature in the My Triumph app that provides information like odometer, average fuel consumption, scheduled service date on the smartphone. Triumph noted that the existing Street Triple RS and Tiger 800 customers will be able to retrofit their bikes with the TFT instrument cluster and connected technology from 21 December 2020. And in case you own a Triumph Tiger 1200, then the retrofit package will be available to you next year.

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Google just put a photo of the Pixel 4A on its store

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Google just put a photo of the Pixel 4A on its store

Where is Google’s Pixel 4A? Sitting right on the company’s online store, as it turns out. Google seems to have mistakenly published an image of the Pixel 4A on its Canadian store. The text says “Nest Wifi,” but uh… that’s no Nest Wifi. The phone has already leaked substantially over the last few months, but this is marketing render direct from Google — and suggests that the 4A might finally be coming sometime in the near future.

Google just put a photo of the Pixel 4A on its store

Note also that the screen has a date of May 12th on it, which is pretty solid confirmation that Google did originally plan to launch the 4A during its annual developer’s conference before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4A seen in the photo has a matte black finish with a light blue power button and the large camera cutout we’ve seen in prior leaks; there’s just one camera in there, though. Thankfully the headphone jack is still up there at the top. The phone is believed to have passed through the Federal Communications Commission last month, another sign that its release is coming closer. Whenever it does finally go on sale, the Pixel 4A is expected to be followed by the Pixel 5 sometime later this year. A 5G-compatible version of the 4A was also uncovered in the code for Google’s search app last week. But it seems like Google might be ditching a potential 5 XL, similar to how it has stuck with a single size for the 4A.

Unofficial preliminary specifications thanks to gsmarena.com

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced Not announced yet
Status Rumored
BODY Dimensions
Weight
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.81 inches, 82.9 cm2
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~444 ppi density)
PLATFORM OS Android 10
Chipset Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
GPU Adreno 618
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM
UFS 2.1
MAIN CAMERA Single 12.2 MP, (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Features LED flash, Auto-HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps; gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, 24mm (wide)
Features Auto-HDR
Video [email protected]
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3080 mAh battery
Charging Fast charging 18W
MISC Colors Just Black, Barely Blue
Price About 400 EUR

Unfortunately, there are no surprises here. The Google Pixel 4a renders look exactly as we expected with the single selfie camera cutout on the front, the single lens in the Pixel 4 camera module on the back, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and an all-black colorway. Still, if there were any lingering doubts about what the phone would look like, you can now dash them away. Google still hasn’t formally announced a launch date for the Pixel 4a. However, with images popping up mistakenly on its own website, it certainly can’t be too far off now.

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TikTok a Chinese Social App Is a Cybersecurity Threat

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The United States government is considering banning TikTok because it views the hugely popular social media app as a security threat, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The video app, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, has an estimated 65-80 million active monthly users in the U.S., who share 15-second videos with quick edits, music, and filters.TikTok has exploded in the last year, with over 175 million downloads in the U.S. and over 1 billion users worldwide. But since last fall, U.S. lawmakers have been calling for an investigation of TikTok’s relationship with its parent company and the Chinese government and of whether those reported ties pose a counterintelligence threat in America.

US looking at banning Chinese social media app TikTok as security threat: PompeoPompeo told Fox News the Trump administration is “certainly looking” at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.In response, a TikTok spokesperson told ABC News Tuesday the company is “led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users.” Pompeo cast TikTok as a security threat, accusing it of sharing users’ data with the Chinese government. When asked by Fox’s Laura Ingraham Monday night if he would recommend that people download the app, he responded, “Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

But the TikTok spokesperson denied that was true: “We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.” The company is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese tech firm that also started travel search and real estate search sites and is considered one of the world’s most valuable start-ups. TikTok has tried to distance itself from ByteDance, saying on its website that it “does business through subsidiaries of ByteDance Ltd., which is backed by global institutional investors.”

It also announced Monday it would remove the app from Hong Kong because of the Chinese government’s new national security law, which gives Beijing tighter control of the territory that was supposed to be semi-autonomous, including requiring tech companies there to hand over user data if requested. But Pompeo has cast virtually all Chinese companies as a security threat because of the Chinese internet security law, which allows the government to request access to their data. He did not provide specific evidence Monday that the Chinese government has requested that information from TikTok.

TikTok has become enormously popular amid coronavirus shutdowns across the U.S., with users spending an estimated 52 minutes each day and the number of unique visitors growing exponentially between January and April, according to Wallaroo Media, a digital advertising firm. Videos automatically play one after the other, ranging from attempts at viral dance moves to the comedian Sarah Cooper’s mocking lip-sync performances as President Donald Trump, which has earned her over 3 million likes. Cooper’s PR did not respond to questions about the administration’s possible ban. Last week, India banned the app amid growing tensions with China over a disputed border area high in the Himalaya mountains, casting it and 58 other Chinese-owned apps as security concerns that the Chinese government could exploit.

Australian officials have also said they are considering a ban.

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