What's New For Apple in 2019?

March 28, 2019  by Chenchen Wang



A few days ago, Apple had their "Show Time" event, which showcased a roadmap of their new products and gadgets for 2019.

The smoke has cleared, so here's a quick overview of the details without all of the rubble.


AirPods (2019)




The new AirPods receive an upgrade with almost no changes on the surface, yet come packed with new hardware and software on the inside that includes wireless charging, better voice-recognition functionality (including "Hey, Siri") and Bluetooth 5.0.

The retail price is expected to be about $50.00 more than the first generation of AirPods, so it's up to you to decide whether or not you want the upgrade.


Apple Card




Apple Card is a virtual credit card that is embedded into your phone with a modern UI, easy billing, low interest rates and of course, perks and bonuses for buying Apple products. Apple Pay will allow you to tap your phone to make quick and easy payments without having to pull out your wallet.

Or, you can also get a physical card that works in the absence of Apple Pay. Unfortunately, Apple Card has only been set for launch in the United States, but let's assume that it'll eventually make its way up the map.


Apple Arcade




Even grandma knows that gaming has risen to the climax of entertainment and competition. The industry is so huge and oversaturated that evidentally, Apple has seen its worth.

Apple Arcade is the newest subscription-based platform that will feature an endless amount of games from various developers. These games can be shared across family accounts and will run on iPhone, MacBook, and even Apple TV.

The platform is set for release later this fall.


Apple News+




Apple News+ is a unique, subscription-based app that will include tidbits of news with animated pictures, videos and convenient navigation that will keep you up-to-date with all of the latest and greatest updates on life.

There are also tons of magazines, newspapers and digital medias for you to browse and read up on.

... But you probably didn't need any of that if you browse Reddit already.


Apple TV




Apple TV is receiving a large overhaul that will incorporate other streaming platforms and even cable functionality, so you can watch anything and everything that you wanted from the comfort of one app.

Anything and everything, except Netflix, apparently. But you can rent movies from iTunes or see what you can find on YouTube.


No news on other hardware or products like the MacBook Pro, but expect to see some more information as summer rolls around. What do you think of these new features? Are they pleasing? And Android users, are these updates enough to convert you to iOS? Let us know!

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Are Coming!

March 15, 2019  by Chenchen Wang

THIS JUST IN: Huawei is releasing some new phones! Indeed the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, successors of the Mate 20 Pro and P20, are slated for a grand unveiling on the 26th of March.

Widely received for their high-quality cameras and ease of use, Huawei's newest phones will reportedly include a triple-camera display mounted on its rear with a 40 MP primary camera, a 16 MP wide-angle lens, and an 8 MP telephoto camera to provide you with a glorious phototaking experience. On the front is a rather convenient and powerful 32 MP selfie camera.





The two phones are rumored to have respective 6.1" and 6.5" screens, both with a pixel resolution of 2,340 x 1,080, while the P30 has 6 GB of RAM and a storage space starting at 128 GB. Oddly enough, it also has a headphone jack, while the P30 Pro does not. The P30 Pro has 2,340 x 1,080 pixel density and 8 GB of RAM, with up to 512 GB of storage.

Both phones include a Kirin 980 chipset and come equipped with Android 9.0 (Pie), with a USB-C port, built-in fingerprint scanner, can be wirelessly charged and are IP68 on the water and dust resistance chart, meaning they can be immersed in 6 ft. of water for up to an hour long. Colors will range from Black, Twilight, Aurora Blue to a new Sunrise Red as well.

Stay tuned for more details on these funky new phones!

Samsung's Newest Phones Have Arrived!

February 21, 2019  by Chenchen Wang

Samsung's newest line of their Galaxy S series was unveiled yesterday, showing off three new smartphones that rival the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR beyond just pricing and specs. The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e are perfect if you're an Android person; these phones exist to tickle your fancy with their sleek look and a myriad of other new features.




For starters, the Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with a 6.1" curved screen that teeters on the bares edges of the phone, allowing for a fully immersive experience. Just when you thought that bezels were at their peak, Samsung has taken it further and pushed the screen to new depths of convexity.

Next is the camera, which incorporates a triple-camera setup with a 16 MP and two 12 MP cameras that includes telephoto and ultra-wide options. Unlike the disparity between the S9 and S9+, both the Galaxy S10 and 10+ have the same triple-camera display cameras on the rear side, while the S10+ has an additional 8 MP front camera in addition to the 10 MP single that all three phones share.




They've also removed the iconic notch found at the top of the screen and relocated the camera to a little dot located on the top right of the phone (or a slightly elongated dot on the S10+).

Other differences between the S10, the S10+ and the S10e? The S10 is Samsung's flagship phone, while the S10+ is larger and features some hardware upgrades and a better battery. The S10e is the lesser, "budget-friendly" option and is the smallest of the three, with a 5.8" flat screen and a reduced pixel density.




Luckily, all three phones have the same chipset and processors, meaning performance is about the same. They also share the same rear cameras, however the S10e lacks the third telephoto camera that the other two have.




Samsung has also integrated the fingerprint sensor within the screen itself in all three phones as opposed to the back of the phone like the Galaxy S9 and S9+. There are also some cool new features, like the Wireless PowerShare option, which lets you use the back of your phone to charge another one, or even smaller accessories like the Galaxy Buds.

As the smoke clears, it seems that there isn't too much of a difference between the three phones for the generic user. Will you be picking up a Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ or S10e?



New Lunar Plans from Koodo, Fido & Virgin Mobile

January 29, 2019  by Chenchen Wang

Koodo, Rogers and Fido are celebrating the lunar year with some limited time plans. Each plan comes with a data bonus of 1 GB and is a whopping $2 off the regular plan price!

These plans will likely last for the next week or two, so dive straight in if you want the extra gig of data. Otherwise keep steady, there'll surely be some upcoming bonus plans in the near future to coincide with spring break.

Tab
Data Calling Monthly Cost
No Tab (Bring Your Own Device) 3 GB
(2 GB + 1 GB bonus)
500 minutes
Canada-wide
$48.00
($2 off)
No Tab (Bring Your Own Device) 3 GB
(2 GB + 1 GB bonus)
Unlimited
Canada-wide
$53.00
($2 off)
No Tab (Bring Your Own Device) 5 GB
(4 GB + 1 GB)
500 minutes
Canada-wide
$58.00
($2 off)
No Tab (Bring Your Own Device) 5 GB
(4 GB + 1 GB)
Unlimited
Canada-wide
$63.00
($2 off)



Rogers and Fido's In-Store Lunar Promotion

January 24, 2019  by Chenchen Wang


This just in! Starting today, Rogers and Fido are offering a limited-time, STORE-ONLY deal on their 2-year Premium, Premium+, and Ultra Tab plans to coincide with the lunar year.

Visit a local Rogers or Fido store to take advantage of these juicy offers, both of which include extra data and 1,000 minutes of international calling to most parts of Asia.




Rogers

Tab
Data Monthly Cost
Ultra 4 GB + 4 GB bonus $100 ($20 off)
Premium+ 4 GB + 4 GB bonus $90 ($20 off)
Premium 4 GB + 4 GB bonus $80 ($80 off)




Fido

Tab
Data Cost
Small 3 GB $48
Bring Your Own Device 5 GB $58


These plans aren't displayed on their websites and are only around for a limited time, so check out your local Rogers or Fido store to get a piece of the action.

It's one of those days. You want glamorous photos for social media, but your older phone camera just won't cut it. Dark shots, blurry facial features and a lack of detail, to name a few bothersome worries. It seems like everyone else has candid photos filled with vibrant colors and lush elements but you!

Luckily, there are tons of apps on both the App Store and the Google Play Store that can help you take better photos. These apps offer more features and use algorithms to enhance your photos, like taking multiple and compositing them into one detailed image to name one popular feature. There are tons of apps to choose from, so let's take a look at a few on the market.

Open Camera




Open Camera is free app for Android that includes different levels of focus, scenes, auto-stability and different controls for ease of usage when taking your favorite photos. It also has a compression algorithm that makes your photos smaller and take much less space on your phone, not to mention, its array of controls that make your Instagram photoshoots glorious and easy. You can toggle the UI to display on the left in case you're a southpaw and would prefer the buttons on the left of your screen. Coupled with this is the fact that it's free, so go ahead and give it a try.


Camera MX




Camera MX has been around for a few years now and is frequently updated with improvements. Its main strength is the inclusion of multiple shooting modes for both photos and for video. You can then convert these into different formats like GIFs, so you can upload your favorite meme directly to your social media accounts or Reddit. There's also an impressive photo editor that lets you make tweaks on the go without the need to open Photoshop or fiddle around with Instagram's confusing filters and contrast settings.


Filmic Pro




Filmic Pro is an in-depth app for iOS and Android that retails at a whopping $18.99! Yet this expensive app isn't without an exciting list of features. For instance, it has different sliders that can tweak exposure, lighting, color balance and even gamma exposure. There's also a waveform monitor that brightens portions of your capture that are darker, and it has a focus peak that removes unwanted lighting and rubble from the focal point of your camera. This app is for the advanced photographer who desires maximum quality and control over their photos and is perhaps a bit out of touch for the average user; still, it's a powerful app nonetheless that merits a try if you have the budget.


VSCO




VSCO is a half camera and half social media platform that allows users to capture photos and edit them with an array of interesting filters, effects and preferences before sharing them with their peers and the rest of the planet. The app itself is free and will allow you to post photos, yet you can also upgrade to VSCO X for $25 a year, which comes loaded with more filters, editing features and early access to new updates before they are released for the free version. Best for those serial photo-takers who constantly document their lives through albums and want a place to record it online.


Hydra




This unique app does something that most other apps doesn't; it takes multiple shots at once and combines the exposures to create one extremely detailed HDR photo. You can toggle the different camera modes, ranging from 20 MP to 32 MP and even 60 MP, but be wary that it composites the different takes, meaning that it's ideal to hold your smartphone as steady as possible, or you'll risk getting blurred images. The result is a high quality image from any camera, comparable to photos taken by the newest generation of smartphone cameras. There's also different lighting modes that you can choose from, in addition to other parameters that you can tweak and edit to get your perfect shot.


Adobe Photoshop Express




Everyone's familiar with Adobe Photoshop—this app is now conveniently available at the palm of your hand. It caters to photo editing instead of a built-in camera function, chalk-full with familiar features, a variety of fun filters, and tools from the desktop version. The app itself is free, but most of the tools and features are locked behind a paywall, so expect to spend a hefty bit of money to unlock them.


Adobe Lightroom CC




On the contrary, there's also Adobe Lightroom CC for mobile, an app tailored towards photographers that includes a built-in camera and quick, on-the-go style tweaking options for your photos. This means tons of filters, editing tools, enhancing and adjustments. It also syncs with the desktop version, so you can quickly transfer photos between the two. The app is better for practical adjustments and edits as opposed to Photoshop Express, which emphasizes serious editing of photos.

When it comes to taking photos, there are tons of other apps available for you to explore. Don't be limited by your hardware!