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5 Best 9.7 Inch Tablets For 2019

There’s a lot of reasons not to commit to a full 10 inch tablet, and mostly that’s just because it’s easier to store, but perhaps the full 10 inches is just overall too much. When it comes to any device, it’s all in the details, and a little bit less is often more. Either way, some of the best tablets on the market today come in under 10 inches, and they’re great for travelling or working. If you’re in search of an upgrade, here’s our top 5 picks for 9.7 inch tablets in 2018.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB TabletBuy on Amazon|$449(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
AsusASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7\" (2048x1536)Buy on Amazon|$449.77(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
AppleApple iPad 9.7" (2017) 128GB Wi-Fi - Space GreyCheck Price on Amazon
AppleApple iPad Air MD785LL/B (16GB, Wi-FI, Black with Space Gray)Check Price on Amazon
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-Inch Tablet (16 GB, White)Buy on Amazon|$393.29(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)

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Apple iPad 9.7″ (2017) 128GB Wi-Fi

If Apple does one thing phenomenally, it’s their tablets. This iPad has crystal clear display for working, watching your  favorite videos, sketching, facetiming, and more. You can’t go wrong with an iPad, and this one is no different.

This fantastic tablet comes with a whopping 128GB of storage for all of your favorite apps and awesome photos you’ll take with the 8MP camera. On top of that, it has up to 10 hours of battery life to last all day without charging.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch

Samsung tablets are another one that you’re always going to see the quality workmanship in. However, one really neat feature is that this one comes with the S Pen, which is awesome, especially if you’re in the market for a tablet that you can draw on digitally similar to the classic pen and paper.

As for the specifics, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has a snapdragon quad-core processor, super AMOLED display, quad speakers for optimal sound, and this thing charges fast. Not only is the charge time minimal, but out if a full charge you’re going to find that the Samsung Galaxy Tab last for about 12 hours, which is both insane and amazing.

Buy it now: Amazon

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10

You’re going to find that while this tablet is a bit more on the pricier side of things, it’s worth the cost. With 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, you wouldn’t think this puppy could be very light, but it is less than a pound and comes in under a quarter inch thick. Not only is it powerful, but the design is also well thought out.

As for the more specific components of the ASUS ZenPad, it comes with 2K IPS display, surround sound audio, a hexa-core processor, clear graphics, and more. While it’s sold separately, this tablet is also compatible with the ZenStylus.

Buy it now: Amazon

Apple iPad Air

Here we have another iPad for you. It includes 16GB of memory, 10 hours of battery life, and basically all of the major components that every other iPad has. You’ll find a lot of similarity among Apple products.

That being said, the biggest difference that sets this iPad Air apart from the iPad previously mentioned is the storage and the display. While the first one comes with 128GB of storage, this one only comes with 16. And the display is also slightly different, although both are fantastic in their own ways. It’s worth doing a bit of research to see which one would be best for you.

Buy it now: Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-Inch Tablet

This Samsung Galaxy Tab is not an S3 like the other one, so the features are slightly different. All the same, Samsung makes some pretty awesome tablets and you can’t go wrong with either one.

The specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A are a little simpler than the S3. You’ll find that this one is really generalized and easy to use. You can work off of it, or give it to your kids to play their favorite games. It comes with SideSync, multi-window capabilities, kids mode, and more.

Buy it now: Amazon

Closing

Whether you’re looking to upgrade for work or for play, each of these tablets offer some really great features. Who knows, if you’ve been Apple loyal, perhaps you’ll check out something from Samsung or Asus instead, and vice versa. Whatever you decide on, we hope this article was helpful in making your decision.

Do you have any of these tablets already? What are your thoughts on it? Be sure to tell us in the comments section.

ProductBrandNamePrice
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB TabletBuy on Amazon|$449(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
AsusASUS ZenPad 3S 10 9.7\" (2048x1536)Buy on Amazon|$449.77(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)
AppleApple iPad 9.7" (2017) 128GB Wi-Fi - Space GreyCheck Price on Amazon
AppleApple iPad Air MD785LL/B (16GB, Wi-FI, Black with Space Gray)Check Price on Amazon
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-Inch Tablet (16 GB, White)Buy on Amazon|$393.29(Price as of 02/23/2019 23:31 ET)

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Top 10 Android-compatible wearables better than the Apple Watch

One can safely assume the decision to support iPhones on the Android Wear platform didn’t come easy for Google. Always an endorser of diversity and choice, the search giant would love it if its customers only had to pick between hardware products built by sanctioned brands.

Apple Watch vs Android Wear

But iPhones make the mobile world go round, and in order to stop the Apple Watch from rapidly rising to similar popularity levels, the Android architects made a major compromise, indirectly giving their blessing to the arch-rival’s main cash cow.

Cupertino likely accepted the “vote of confidence” without thinking twice, even if the Android Wear’s cross-platform support could soon prove a double-edged sword for Tim Cook & co. Will “iWatch” sales linger, while LG, Motorola, Asus, Huawei and Sony, plus Samsung, Pebble, Microsoft and Fitbit get to see their market share grow?

Android Wear devices

It’s possible, at least if we have a say in this, and you lose your flock instincts, going for the wearable device that objectively looks better, not the one the crowds are recommending. Namely, one of the ten following Android-compatible smartwatches and activity trackers superior to the Apple Watch:

LG Watch Urbane – $278 in silver; $299 pink gold

Until the 2015 Moto 360 and Huawei Watch become widely available stateside, this beaut remains the handsomest of its kind. It’s perfectly round, unlike the boxy, rectangular Apple Watch, breathes strength through every pore, yet also elegance and slimness, courtesy of a 10.9 mm profile, and 66.5 grams weight.

LG Watch Urbane

Water and dust resistant, the Watch Urbane may soon spawn a high-res sequel, though at 320 x 320 pixels, it’s already pretty sharp. And it lasts a while between charges, thanks to a 410 mAh battery.

Motorola Moto 360 (original) – starting at $147

Obviously eclipsed by its recently unveiled follow-up in style, autonomy and especially customization, the 2014 Moto 360 is cheap enough to stay in the limelight a few more months. Even in snazzy cognac leather, light metal and champagne gold metal versions, it sets you back around $150 a pop, which is peanuts compared to the “entry-level” $350 tag of the Apple Watch.

apple-watch-moto-360

Mind you, this is one of the first Android Wear pieces that will offer iPhone synchronization functions, although it should still work better pulling notifications from a Moto X Style or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Motorola Moto 360 (second-gen)

Only up on pre-order from Lenovo’s daughter company, the polished men and women’s 360 starts at $300, which feels excessive. Next to the OG, that is, not the clearly inferior and still pricier Apple Watch.

Moto 360 2015

With a refined exterior, improved battery, a whole lot of size, case, bezel, band and face choice, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Android Wear single-handedly propelled to the mainstream by the “New” Moto 360.

Huawei Watch – $350 and up

Okay, so it’s not exactly affordable. It actually matches the “iWatch” in terms of retail costs, but with a big, fat fashion advantage. Oh, yes, the $350 flavor is a definite knockout, what with its circular body, robust stainless steel construction, and distinguished black suture leather strap.

Huawei Watch

What does the Apple Watch offer at $350? A fluoroelastomer (read good, old-fashioned, chintzy rubber) band, awkward squarish build, anodized aluminum (i.e. a material short of steel toughness), and let’s not even go into specifications like screen resolution, processing power, or non-iPhone-dependent productivity.

Asus ZenWatch – $150

We know you’re inclined to wait for the second-gen, but at $150, the original feels almost impossible to turn down. Fashionable in its own way, with a curved 2.5D display, fairly chunky bezels, and a rectangular build, the ZenWatch can do plenty of things sans relying on a phone’s brains.

Asus-ZenWatch-Apple-Watch

It counts steps, estimates calories burned, measures your heart rate, tracks your progress in different sporting activities, not to mention it’s water-protected, endowed with a microphone, stereo speakers, and 4GB internal storage space.

Pebble Time – $195

The newest plastic-made Pebble feels like one of our own, although it technically runs a proprietary operating system, backing both Android and iOS before multi-platform compatibility became the norm rather than the exception.

Pebble Time

The simplistic UI allows the Time to keep the lights on for up to seven days, with a fairly rudimentary 64-color e-paper display in tow. Rudimentary but always-on, and despite the lackluster design, you get Gorilla Glass protection, a curved, ergonomic profile, water endurance up to 30 meters, plus all the essential alerts and notifications brought to your wrist.

It’s definitely not for fashionistas, but people perennially on the move, looking to make their connected lives easier, will love it.

Samsung Gear S2

gear-s2-apple-watch

They say it’s going to cost $350 stateside in a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-limited configuration, or $400 with standalone 3G connectivity. Too rich for your blood? Too Tizen-y, maybe? Keep in mind it supports an entire slew of Android handhelds, not just Samsungs, it’s got a rotating bezel somewhat similar to Apple Watch’s “crown”, a vivid, circular display with minimal borders, and vows to run for at least two days on a single battery charge. It’s almost worth it, huh?

Samsung Gear S – $200 with AT&T contracts; $330 outright

Samsung Gear S

Let’s be honest, the oddly shaped Gear S is uglier, less functional, powerful and bulkier than its successor, only working in combination with a handful of Galaxy gadgets. On the plus side, it can run solo, it’s relatively inexpensive with carrier pacts, and the Super AMOLED panel still wipes the floor with the “Retina” on the Apple Watch, at 2 full inches and 480 x 360 pixels.

Microsoft Band – $138

We know exactly what you’re thinking. A primitive fitness band that trumps a progressive, extravagant smartwatch?! That’s crazy! Well, it is, and… it isn’t, as the primary use case for intelligent timepieces and activity trackers alike remains various fitness and health application.

Microsoft Band vs Apple Watch

So, if that’s what you’re looking for, why not purchase a contraption designed specifically for tracking your vitals, knowing when to push you, and how to convince you to live a better life. Plus, it’s got a screen, it can do messages and emails and notifications, and works smoothly with Androids, iPhones and Windows Phones for up to two days continuously. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds.

Fitbit Charge HR – $143

Fitbit Charge HR

If you’re willing to give up even more of your fancy wrist computer functions, and get a longer-lasting, simpler, super-reliable wireless activity tracking device, you can’t go wrong with a Fitbit. They’re the sales leaders of the market for a reason, unlike Apple, and the Charge HR deservedly rules supreme in Amazon fitness technology demand.

4.1 out of 5 stars based on 8,800+ customer reviews. Words are truly useless.

How To Play mp3 Files on iPad (iOS) without Connecting to iTunes (No Jailbreak Needed)

Thousands of iPad owners have been asking how to copy and play mp3 files from their iPad without connecting to iTunes or using the native music app. Many said it is possible to play mp3 music files on an iPad but there were no tutorials available online that would become the ultimate guide for iPad owners who want to make the most out of their device.

Our answer to that question is it’s possible and we know just what to use and how to do it. Basically, this post will be about how to copy mp3 files into the iPad so they can play them anytime they want either with internet connection or not.

But is it really necessary when you can just sync your iPad with iTunes?

As far as necessity is concerned, it’s not. It’s just that it adds more functionality to your device not to mention that you can make your iPad seems like an mp3 player where you can save music files into it and right on.

When you connect your iPad into your computer, the machine sees it as yet another storage device. Yes, you can save mp3 files directly into it. The problem is, iPad’s native music app couldn’t find them unless it was iTunes that put them into its memory. That’s where the problem enters and that’s where we’re going to focus in this guide.

Overview

The entire process will involve copying mp3 files into the iPad, installing necessary iPad apps and computer applications with the help of iTunes. There’s no need to jailbreak the device but jailbroken iPads will still work just fine.

Files To Download

  1. iTunes – if you own an iPad or any iOS device, I’m pretty sure you’ve already installed iTunes in your computer. If you haven’t yet, then download it from here and install.
  2. i-FunBox – this is a file manager for iOS devices. You can access any directory or files in  your iPad using this application. Download it from here and install it into your computer where iTunes was installed. You will iTunes because without it, i-FunBox can’t seem to detect the iPad; there could be some necessary drivers installed when you install iTunes.
  3. Tonido iPad App – it also servers as a file manager but it comes with music and video players. You will be needing this one to play local mp3 files you would save into your iPad. Download it from the App Store or just follow this link, then install it into your iPad.

Step-by-step Guide

If the abovementioned applications have already been downloaded and installed in your computer and iPad, then you are ready to copy your favorite mp3 files into your iPad and play it later.

Step 1: Connect your iPad to your computer.

Step 2: Launch i-FunBox from your computer and wait until it has fully detected your iPad.

ipad-detected

Step 3: Find App File Sharing directory in the left pane of the i-FunBox interface and click on the little plus (+) sign to expand its contents.

Step 4: Find Tonido and click the plus (+) sign beside it. There will be four folders; Documents, Music, Photos and Videos. Click on Music folder and you will see a blank pane on the right of i-FunBox UI.

music-folder

Step 5: Click on Copy From PC button just above the blank pane.

Step 6: Navigate to the directory in your computer where you saved your mp3 files. Choose the ones you want copied into your iPad and click the Open button. They will be copied directly into your device. Once you’ve completed this, you can now disconnect your iPad from your computer.

choose-files

Step 7: On the lower-left corner of i-FunBox, there is a button that says Device Safe Removal. Click on it before you disconnect the cable that connects both your iPad and your computer.

Step 8: Launch Tonido app from your iPad. If it asks you to add an account, just tap Cancel.

Step 9: Tap on This Device located in the left pane. The tap on Music folder on the right and you will see the songs or mp3 files you’ve copied from your computer.

tonido-song-list

Step 10: On the upper-right corner of Tonido’s interface, you will find the Actions button. Tap on that and choose Play All Songs in Folder if you want to queue them in your playlist or you can tap any of the titles and tap Play.

play-music--ipad

That’s how you do it as far as playing mp3 files in an iPad are concerned.

If you know a workaround or two, don’t hesitate to tell us so we may include it in this post.

Apple hit by biggest loss in 4 years

Last Wednesday saw the biggest single-day loss for Apple in 4 years following the a dive of  company’s shares to 6 percent in the midst of the ever increasing competition in the lucrative mobile market.

Both analysts and investors point to a few factors as reasons for the sell-off including a forecast by an influential research company that says Apple is losing ground to its main rival, the Android operating system of Google Inc. There are also rumors that one major stock-clearing house was trying to raise margin requirements for Apple stock trades.

Another reason cited by analysts are fears among investors about a possible hike in the capital gain tax in 2013 if Washington fails to resolve the fiscal cliff, and the news that Nokia outbid Apple to sell its Lumia smartphones through China Mobile, China’s largest wireless carrier.

More than 37 million shares changed hands, translating to a shedding of about $35 billion in market value. The stock was the one of the biggest losses in terms of percentage on the S&P 500 on that day.

Apple shares were once considered the most desirable of portfolio holdings. However, the company’s shares have since then plummeted as Apple struggled to curb the growing competition from rivals since September. Microsoft Corp’s entry into the mobile market as well as strong sales of Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire have significantly threatened Apple’s dominance of the mobile sphere.

Samsung Electronics is also continuing to take away Apple’s dominance with its innovative Galaxy flagship.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who replaced the charismatic Steve Jobs following his death, is charged with defending its consumer-electronics dominance. Apple is world’s largest technology company.

Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners said that Apple’s current downward spiral is not temporary as it is a long-term management test now that Steve Jobs is out of the picture. He said that Apple needs “another home run” to be able to reach the $700/ share mark again, while referring to the iPad mini, which is simply a smaller version of the current iPad.

“They need another new product that hits it out of the park. Without that, they could get a gradual grind-down in confidence,” Battle said.

International Data Corp said on Wednesday that Apple will most likely lose ground in tablet computer market this year. The research firm forecast that Apple’s total market share for tablets will decrease to 53.8 percent from 56.3 in 2011. it predicted that Android products will increase their share from 39.8 percent to 42.7 percent over the same period.

The looming fiscal cliff that could significantly affect dividends and capital gains is another concern that pushed investors to shed their shares before  2013. The uncertainty over the hotly debated fiscal cliff issue and the resulting higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains next year are more than enough reasons for investors to sell off their shares.

The massive value of the stock was responsible for single-handedly forcing last Wednesday’s 1.1 percent drop in the Nasdaq 100 Index.

Apple enjoys a 33 percent rise this year, but has since then fallen 24 percent from its record high $705.07 mark on September 21. Apple’s stock plummeted to more than 6.4 percent, closing at %538.7923 last Wednesday.

 

Surprising drop

 

A few analysts were wondering why Apple stock, which has been one of the most desirable in most of all growth portfolios, has fallen dramatically. Despite the drop, it is expected that Apple will continue to give strong revenue and earnings expansion in the coming years. At this time, one in every two tablets sold everywhere in the world is an iPad.

Apple is busy preparing to launch its flagship iPhone 5 as well as the iPad mini around the world this coming December, including in China and South Korea.

Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst said: “Apple stock is significantly more volatile than its earnings and innovation stream. And yet the wind blows slightly from the south instead of the east one particular morning, and the stock is down 6 percent.”

“It makes no sense. There are lines around the block for their products all around the world. No other company has that,” he added.

On a separate note, Nokia said it aims to partner with China Mobile in selling its Lumia smartphones to grab back Chinese market share from Apple’s iPhone.

However, some analysts predict that the biggest cellular market in the world will eventually switch to the iPhone.

“China Mobile already carries multiple smartphones from multiple vendors. We continue to expect China Mobile to add the iPhone in the back half of 2013,” said Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster in a research note.

source: reuters

Motorola takes a shot at the Apple iPhone 7 in its new ad

Skip The Sevens - Motorola

Skip The Sevens - Motorola

The #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 is perhaps the most talked about smartphone right now, and not for the good reasons. Overheating issues with the battery have forced Samsung and the relevant authorities to order a recall of the phone. In the meanwhile, Apple released its iPhone 7 flagship duo last week to mixed response from the fans.

Motorola has now decided to take shots at both the companies (sort of) with its new campaign titled “Skip The Sevens”. This is also accompanied by a commercial which shows a bunch of people in a focus group, who are said to be Apple loyalists. It starts off with the moderator gauging their response for Apple’s newly launched flagship. Naturally, they felt a little disappointed that the changes on the iPhone 7 were merely incremental.

The people in the room were then given a demonstration of the Moto Z and the Moto Mods, but the catch was that they were told this was an iPhone prototype. Needless to say, the room was pretty impressed and a little shocked in the end when it was revealed that this wasn’t an iPhone.

While there’s no mention of Samsung anywhere in the video, we think the tagline #SkipTheSevens is hitting two birds with one stone.

Via: Talk Android

Samsung seemingly ready to bring Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 support to iPhones

Gear S2

Gear S2

#Samsung took a big leap with the #GearS2 by making it compatible with non-Samsung devices as well. This move was welcomed with open arms as previous Gear smartwatches were limited to just Samsung’s Galaxy handsets.

A new report is now mentioning that the Korean manufacturer is almost ready with an iPhone version of the Gear Manager app, which should officially introduce support for the Gear S2 and the Gear Fit 2 to the iPhones. This app is seemingly in beta testing, indicating that a launch might not be far away.

This could pave the way for more customers willing to try out Samsung’s innovative smartwatch tech. Frankly, the Tizen-based wearables have barely seen any love from the market. But this is largely due to the dominance of the Apple Watch in the market and the hesitance among the Android (and Samsung) fans to try out smartwatches. Not to mention the slew of Android Wear offerings that are available out there.

Do you think iPhone compatibility will make the Gear S2, Gear Fit 2 and the upcoming Gear S3 more popular among iPhone users?

Source: Samsung – Translated

Via: Sam Mobile

Pokémon GO has apparently made $160 million so far

Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO

A new report has mentioned that Pokémon GO has already earned about $160 million in revenues since it was launched on the 6th of July. This is quite a feat as the game hasn’t even crossed the 1-month mark yet. The figure covers both the Android and iOS version of the app.

The report goes on to mention that the average daily usage time of the game is higher than Facebook with users estimated to spend about 26 minutes and 5 seconds each day playing Pokémon GO.

These numbers haven’t been published officially by Nintendo or Niantic, so we’re not sure what to make of it. But given the surge in Nintendo’s stocks since the game went live, it wouldn’t strike us as surprising if the game did end up making that much money. Although the game is offered for free, it comes with in-app purchases, which allows users to get an upper hand over other players.

Have you been drawn to Pokémon GO? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Sensor Tower

Via: Techno Buffalo

Apple Music for Android finally exits Beta, adds a new custom equalizer feature

Apple Music Beta

Apple Music Beta

Apple Music for #Android has been in beta for about 10 months now. That changes today with the company releasing the new version of the app on the Google Play Store, featuring the version number 1.0, marking the official arrival of the full version of the app. The reason why it took Apple quite a while to bring the app out of beta is because the first one was basically a port from the iOS version. This is also why this new version of Apple Music is seeing the inclusion of a custom equalizer feature.

Not much else is different with the app after this update, but the fact that one of Apple’s most significant non-iOS apps is out of the beta testing stage is a headline worthy story. It’s worth noting that Apple Music is still incompatible with Android tablets, which is a trend that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Have you noticed any new changes with Apple Music? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Engadget

Slightly complex hack brings Android to an iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s Android

iPhone 6s Android

Not many will be familiar with the work of hacker/developer Nick Lee. Recently, he managed to run Windows 95 on the Apple Watch. Why? Well, because he could. Plus it’s always nice to tinker around with hardware and software to give people a taste of what is otherwise considered impossible or unlikely. He’s at it again now, and this time, his weapon of choice is Android and the medium is the iPhone 6s.

He has managed to build a special case (probably with its own hardware underneath) which when paired with the iPhone, can let you run Android on an iPhone. It’s not as easy as it sounds and his motive here was to merely show the world that something like this is possible. He mentions that about 45 hours of work has gone into this, suggesting that it’s not something for amateurs.

You can check out the entire process in the video below. It must be noted that the iPhone is still running iOS 9, so Android is merely running on top of it using an emulator of some sort. Android isn’t taking full advantage of the iPhone hardware here since most of the power comes from the attached case. Lee used Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for this particular demo.

Source: YouTube

Via: The Next Web

Q1 2016 saw a 3.9% increase in global smartphone sales

Galaxy Note 5

#Gartner has published a new report on the state of the global smartphone sales in the past quarter. According to the report, the global market saw an increase of 3.9% in sales compared to the same period last year (YoY). #Apple, understandably, saw a decline in sales over the one year period, while #Samsung was also shown to have lost some market share, although not as much as Apple.

This leads us to believe that a variety of other manufacturers have had a fairly impressive quarter this year, which in turn suggests that the market is quite open to accepting new manufacturers. This can’t necessarily be good news for the likes of Samsung, Apple etc, but that’s simply how the economy works.

Gartner Smartphone Sales by vendors

As you can see from the chart, Huawei saw an increase of about 2.9% in market share compared to the previous year, which is a testament to the company’s popularity in the global markets. The Chinese manufacturer has recently built a presence in the U.S. as well, which could have had a part to play in its good fortunes in the first quarter of 2016.

Source: Gartner

Via: Android Authority

WhatsApp now has its very own desktop app for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp - Windows

One of the world’s most popular IM clients, #WhatsApp, is now available as a standalone application for Windows and Mac machines. Previously, users were limited to using WhatsApp on the browser via WhatsApp Web, but this new addition makes it more convenient for users to communicate with one other on their computers.

The app is free to download and is currently available from WhatsApp’s official website. This will make lives that much easier for the customers when they’re not near their phones to check or respond to a message. Users can perform a wide range of functions directly from the app such as changing the display image, initiating a new conversation, creating groups etc.

While functionality is mostly similar to the browser version, there’s no denying that this will simplify usage to a great extent.

Interested? Make sure you hit the link above for more details. If you have already downloaded the application, let us know how you like it.

Download Link

Source: WhatsApp Blog

PieMessage could finally be a secure iMessage client for Android

PieMessage Android

PieMessage Android

A budding developer named Eric Chee has devised a new way for #Android users to communicate with Apple’s iMessage servers. We must remind you that this is not the first time a developer has promised to bring iMessage on Android. Previous attempts, however, have raised security concerns as messages were supposed to be routed to a third-party server.

But that’s not the case here. As the developer explains, the app will basically bounce off notifications from a Mac. This basically means that you will need a Mac running in the background at all times for this feature to work at all. That’s a big caveat and makes it pretty limited in its approach, but it’s still a start.

The developer has published the entire code for the app, although PieMessage isn’t available yet to those willing to try it. However, if you’re a developer, you can pick up the code over at GitHub and make the necessary adjustments to compile a sweet little APK file for yourself.

Check out the video demonstration from the developer below.

Source: GitHub

Via: 9to5Mac

Apple Music updated with a couple of new features on Android

Apple Music Beta

Apple Music

The #AppleMusic application on #Android is now receiving a new update which includes a couple of much-needed additions. Among the new features is the ability to subscribe to a family account directly within the app. Also, users will now be able to play music videos within the app. These are clearly very big changes and will surely enhance user experience to a great extent.

The update is currently rolling out via the Play Store, although it might take some time to reflect everywhere depending on your location. Make sure you head over to the Play Store on your smartphone to check if an update is manually available.

To give you some more details on Apple Music’s family subscription, well, it costs $14.99 for a family of 6. This is pretty amazing compared to the prices quoted by rivals like Spotify. Are you a user of Apple Music? What do you make of the latest update?

Source: Google Play Store

Via: Phandroid

Rumor: Xiaomi launching a 4.3-inch iPhone SE rival with Snapdragon 820 on board

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5

A new rumor suggests that Chinese manufacturer #Xiaomi is looking to release a new handset in June to rival the #Apple #iPhoneSE. This smartphone is said to be sporting a 4.3-inch display and the quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC underneath, thus becoming a suitable rival to the newly launched iPhone SE. As for the pricing, it is said that this handset will be priced at 1,799 CNY ($277), which makes it significantly cheaper than the iPhone SE.

In addition to the aforementioned hardware, this rumored Xiaomi handset is also said to be packing a 13-megapixel camera on the back, 3GB of RAM as well as 32GB of internal storage. It seems like Xiaomi could properly replicate the iPhone SE with this new offering, but with a relatively low price tag on board.

For now though, this is merely a rumor, so we suggest you treat it like one. Additional details are currently awaited, so we’ll refrain from passing judgment at this juncture. What do you make of this rumored Xiaomi offering?

Source: GizChina

Via: GSM Arena