What’s The Best Iphone To Buy This Year?

Deciding which iPhone to buy is no easy feat, given the constant stream of new models coming out, each showcasing something new and exciting for eager Apple customers. Considering all possible factors such as price, features, and specs, which iPhone should you choose in 2018? Here are some tips and advice to consider.

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iPhone X
Very few can argue against iPhone X being the brand’s powerhouse model today with its amazing display and extreme power, never mind that it’s also the costliest iPhone model to date. It features an astounding near-bezel-less design along with top-end tech. It has a widely improved camera, extra friendly battery life, and a new Face ID security feature letting one unlock the phone using one’s face. If money isn’t an issue, then it’s a good time to go all out and strive for the grandest iPhone right now.

iPhone 8 Plus
While not as mindblowing as the iPhone X, this one’s a feasible pick with its huge screen, strong battery life, and great speakers. Some cons, however, are that it’s actually very big and has a rather boring design. At any rate, it has the A11 Bionic CPU making it one of the fastest phones today, as well as a 12-MP camera taking more saturated, colorful pictures.

iPhone 7 Plus
Last year’s model doesn’t miss a beat as it’s affordable and yet with a similar design to iPhone 8 Plus. It has a good enough camera and it’s upgradable to iOS 12. The bad news: no headphone jack, and it could be a bit smaller than its competition, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.

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iPhone SE
Business Insider created a whole Listicle on why this model topples Apple’s latest iPhone, whose base model costs a whopping $1,000. For starters, the iPhone SE is remarkably affordable at just $350 to start. The price, however, doesn’t reflect less power and capability, as it’s the same chip powering the iPhone 6S and the most recent iPad. It has a killer camera like other iPhones as well as impressive Android counterparts, and at four inches it’s a normal-size smartphone. It has a headphone jack, and it has the same OS as every other iPhone. What would one miss?

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Resisting The Urge To Upgrade Your PC

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The so-called “upgrading itch” regularly hounds PC enthusiasts, making them replace existing setups at least once every year. The lightning-fast developments of PC hardware and peripherals don’t help, and many are forced to shell out tons of dollars to maintain top-of-the-line systems and, well, bragging rights.

But while it can’t be helped for people with no budget issues and such a high devotion to computer culture, the average user doesn’t have to feel compelled to follow suit. Here are some ways to ensure that your own system avoid going the Jurassic way too quickly.

Firstly, be future-ready with your upgrade. Research on the current mid-end setups and don’t hesitate to shell out more especially on your first upgrade after many years. Keep in mind that cheaper setups mean older systems, which might lead to a lack of support for newer computer technologies. For example, you’d need current industry-compliant USB port types for your other devices.

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Secondly, you don’t need to upgrade your graphics card if you only use your PC for light computing work, like surfing, writing, and editing. Video cards can be outright expensive, but if your existing one is still compatible with the new motherboard you plan on getting, just keep it and just save those precious dollars.

Finally, ask yourself why you feel like upgrading in the first place. If it has been slowing down lately, maybe all you need is to backup and defrag your hard drives or get more RAM. If it’s because you want to play an upcoming game that your current PC can’t support, then go ahead. But if you have a console, check first if the said game is available there, too.

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How technology has affected today’s consumer

When you look at how business transactions were done in the 1990s and compare them to how they’re made today, one huge factor stands as the difference-maker – technology, more specifically, online sales.

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To be fair to history, it was already possible to order a product via phone or mail or fax before the internet came along. But as the world wide web developed and more business establishments adopted and incorporated online sales into their operations, buying and selling as we knew it changed completely.

Perhaps the most prevalent reason for the popularity of online sales is the convenience if affords consumers. No longer do people have to go out of their homes, brave heavy traffic, walk through shopping malls, and line up at the cashier to get a single item. Nowadays, it can all be done with a couple of swipes and a few taps.

And while shipping costs may add to the total bill, let it be known that a lot of the products people are buying online come straight from manufacturers and are getting them at manufacturer’s price. Online stores also have lots of promos, deals, and discounts. Now, think of that and factor in the price of gas and parking fees and the time you use up to get an item in the nearest mall. Overall, online shopping is cheaper.

All these advantages and we haven’t even gotten to the wide array of selection yet. Online stores have almost everything a consumer wants. If an item isn’t available on one site, the consumer can always go to another online shop.

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IT and sports series: Smartphones and cycling

Throughout the years, technology has become more and more prominent in sports. Whether in training and preparation or in the competition itself, technology has helped in legitimizing sports and making many aspects of games more accurate. For the everyday man who loves to exercise, tech has also always been a huge partner. From wrist watches that calculate one’s heartbeat to the latest Nike sneaker with state-of-the-art foam, tech makes everything in sports better.

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Today, cyclists have had quite the boost due to tech. If you’re into cycling and you choose the right smartphone app for you, your experience may never be the same. On that note, here are some of the cycling apps we recommend for you.

1.Strava is an app that constantly records the rides and other relative data. Features include set segments and leaderboards.

2.Cyclemaps can help in showing best routes and rest spots.

3.Map My Ride can record the route, average speed, and can compare your stats to those of other Map My Ride users.

4.ViewRanger allows sharing of routes to other users globally.

5.My Virtual Mission sets goals for you to hit.

6.Endomondo helps you remember your progress by logging stats. It’s also programmed to be a virtual coach.

7.Garmin Connect is useful as it notifies riders of weather and road conditions.

 

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Which gaming headset should you get for Christmas?

There are various competing headset brands on the market today, many of which are equally highly recommendable. Often the choice is dependent on what extra features you want to have. Having these features will, of course, raise the price. Here are some of the best options for hours of fun during the holidays.

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For those who want a solid wireless headset that’s not too steep in price, there’s the Corsair Void. While the company was more popular in past decades for their RAM memory sticks, it has since branched out to casings, keyboards, and other PC peripherals. Like all other wireless choices, the Void still requires charging. But not having that connected cord makes for hassle-free gaming, especially when you need to go AFK.

The next thing to consider is whether you want virtual or true digital surround sound. Some headsets can use stereo drivers to recreate multi-positional audio and deliver a surround- sound effect into your ears. But the authentic surround-sound headset uses multiple drivers in each earcup. The former will be lighter and significantly cheaper, of course. A great option for a virtual one is the HyperX Cloud II, while the Asus Strix 7.1 is your go-to for a not-too-pricey true surround-sound audio.

Finally, if money is not an issue, then go for the complete package with the SteelSeries Arctis 7. Top tech sites would recommend this super comfortable, wireless headset with 7.1 surround sound and an option to attach a 3.5mm cable to other devices. It can also double as a sleek-looking headphone with its retractable mic.

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Mobile phones that still have a place in your heart

What mobile phone models have you owned in your life? We’re sure you’ve loved a few of those more than others. That’s the thing with mobile phones. Even with the most innovative ones coming out nowadays, people still reminisce about the ones they’ve had through the tough times, the phones that have stood the test of being dropped time and again. Even with all the mobile phones that have been released, only a handful have truly been sentimental favorites.

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The celebration and hype that came along with the announcement a year ago about the rerelease of the Nokia 3310 was very much deserved. When the 3310 came out, absolutely everyone loved it. It did what it was supposed to do, and it was one of the toughest and most commercially successful phones in the market, with a battery that lasted forever. Even until today, memes are still being made in its honor.

Speaking of icons, the Apple iPhone is every bit as iconic as the next iconic phone. However, it’s the 3G version of this baby that sent hearts pounding with excitement as it introduced the feature that changed the landscape of the smartphone industry forever: the App Store. Without apps, smartphones were just really expensive toys. With apps, however, they were objects of limitless boundaries, powerful computers that fit in your hand.

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How does the iPhone X’s faceID work?

With the removal of touchID, the iPhone X features a new security system called the faceID. Instead of using your fingerprint, the iPhone X uses your face to unlock the device and authorize payments. You would think this is a huge step backward from the secured touchID, knowing that Android devices have had this feature for more than three years now. So, how does faceID work?

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faceID employs a blend of light projectors and sensors to take several images of your facial features. The system is called “TrueDepth camera system,” and these technologies work together to build a detailed map of your face for instant recognition.

Here are the technologies that make faceID possible.

Dot Projector: In order to build your unique facial map, more than 30,000 invisible dots are projected onto your face.

Infrared Camera: An infrared camera reads the dot pattern, captures an infrared image, and then sends the data to the Secure Enclave in the A11 Bionic chip to confirm a match.

Flood Illuminator: Invisible infrared light identifies your face even when it’s dark.

How secure is the faceID? Compared to touchID’s 50,000:1 fool-proof ratio, faceID has a 1,000,000:1 chance that it gets fooled by a wrong face.

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