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So many people have iPhones these days, but precious few people actually know about all of the useful features hiding inside iOS. That’s why we regularly publish articles covering iPhone and iPad features that aren’t well-known — like this post on 25 hidden iPhone features that are really, truly hidden. By bringing these features to light, we help iOS device users get the most out of their smartphones and tablets, and we get emails all the time from people thanking us for helping them learn something new.

Unfortunately, today we’re going to focus on a bunch of great features that aren’t hiding in your iPhone or iPad.

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge. In fact, I recently tried to switch to Samsung’s latest flagship phablet from my iPhone 6s, and I really wish I could have. As far as smartphone design and hardware goes, the Galaxy S7 line outshines Apple’s iPhones and everything else out there right now. Add in a class-leading display and the best smartphone camera the world has ever seen, and you can see why I tried my best to make the jump.

 

But alas, iOS is just too good. I summed it up in an earlier post covering 8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android.

I still carry the Galaxy S7 edge with me quite often though — I just can’t seem to leave it behind. And while I’ve been spending so much time with the phone, I’ve discovered a number of terrific lesser-known features.

Here are some of my favorites that I wish were also hiding in my iPhone:

Rearrange/replace shortcuts in settings pane: Apple’s iOS devices have a Control Center that can be accessed by swiping up, and it provides shortcuts to a bunch of features and settings. It’s a nifty tool that I use all the time, but why can’t I customize it? I rarely use the calculator and timer on my phone, for example, so those slots could point to things I actually do use.

On the Galaxy S7, users can swipe down from the top of the phone twice to access a settings pane with far more shortcuts, and then tap the edit button to rearrange them so that the most used items are listed first.

Two power-saving modes: Apple’s iPhone is best-in-class in a lot of ways, but battery life definitely isn’t one of them. There is finally a power saving mode now in iOS, but it doesn’t really do all that much in practice. Meanwhile on the Galaxy S7, there’s a standard power saving mode and an “ultra” power saving mode that cuts all non-essential functions and lets hour phone last for hours on just a charge of just a few percent.

 

Screen recording: Apple’s iPhone lets you take a still screenshot, but I can’t tell you how much easier my life would be if I could record videos of my screen to help friends and family members with their iPhone problems. On the Galaxy S7, you just go to Settings > Advanced features > Games > Game Tools to enable the feature, and then a single tap on a floating button lets you record a video of your screen.

Reminder notifications: My most important notifications appear on my Mac in addition to my iPhone, but there are some notifications from third-party apps that don’t. Sometimes I see something but I’m busy at work so I forget to come back to it. On the Galaxy S7 you can go to Settings > Accessibility > Notification reminder and set an interval so the phone will remind you of unread notifications.

One-handed operation: This is a huge one for me — probably the biggest.

I really don’t like how small the display is on my iPhone 6s, but I can’t switch to the iPhone 6s Plus. It’s just too gigantic to use comfortably with one hand. Reachability (double-touch on the home button) helps you reach things at the top of the screen momentarily, but it obviously does nothing to make typing with one hand easier.

 

On the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can go to Settings > Advanced Features and enable the “one-handed operation” feature. Once enabled, a triple-tap on the home button will shrink the entire screen and place it in the bottom left or right corner of the display like this:

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It seems odd at first, but I find myself using it all the time. The feature makes one-handed use not just possible, but actually comfortable.

This article was published in bgr.com by Zach Epstein

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To me, deciding on my 'Smartphone of the Year' is a curious challenge. The choice can't simply be 'the best phone' because everyone has a slightly different criteria for what makes the best phone. If I were to think about it empirically and go for the phone that fits the majority of people's criteria I wouldn't have the best phone, I would have 'the average phone of the year' that upsets the least number of people.

For a smartphone to pick up my personal award it needs to say something about itself, about the manufacturer behind it, and it needs to reflect the smartphone industry over the last twelve months.

So, with just a little bit of scene-setting and discussion about the phones I'm placing in third and second place, let's find out my smartphone of 2016.

Third Place: Jolla C, by Jolla

I've known that the Jolla C would be in the running for a long time for the award, because for the middle six months of the year it was the perfect use of 'proof by negation' of what the smartphone industry required from a smartphone in 2016.

 

The Jolla C hardware might look a touch underpowered, although it has been built to a very low price of around 170 Euros. With a SnapDragon 212 System on chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 2500 mAh battery, the real strength is in the software. It runs a 'clean' version of Sailfish OS which flies even on these apparently low specifications.

Around one thousand handsets were released (as 'developer editions') and offered over the summer months - a short run that was almost instantly snapped up by the faithful. It made some waves online, but no more. Here was a small company, making the hardware, putting on the software, and distributing the machine. Sailfish OS is compact, designed for a 'buttonless' smartphone relying solely on touchscreen input, with genuine multitasking on top of a robust Linux-based OS. It's robustness was proved on this low-priced Nexus-like device.

Author: Ewan Spence
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/12/31/iphone-7-plus-galaxy-s7-edge-jolla-smartphone-of-the-year/#182255f6d1ff

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is cautioning air passengers that they should not turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones while on board and they should not stow them in checked baggage, following reports that a few dozen of the phones' batteries have exploded or caught fire.

The extraordinary caution was published Thursday on the FAA's website. 

"In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage," the statement said.

Samsung's parent company announced last week it would exchange phones in 10 countries, including Canada, after disclosing 35 cases of Note 7s that had burst into flames or exploded because of defective batteries from one supplier.

Samsung Electronics Canada says there have been no confirmed incidents in this country, but it's offering a voluntary exchange program for its Canadian customers.

Owners of the phone in Canada can exchange a recalled device for a new one of the same model.

 

The company says customers can also exchange a recalled device for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge through the carrier or the retailer that sold the device.

Samsung says Note 7 owners can initiate the exchange by visiting CanadaNote7exchange.expertinquiry.com.

A toll-free phone number is also available: 1-800-517-3507.

Source : http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/faa-samsung-galaxy-note-7-1.3754208

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Samsung's exploding phone crisis is getting worse.

 

A 6-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday after a Galaxy Note7 caught fire in his hands, according to a report in the New York Post

"The child was watching videos on the phone when the battery exploded," Linda Lewis, the boy's grandmother, told the newspaper. She later said he has since been released from the hospital.

 

This may be the first injury caused by the defective phones, though Samsung says it knows of at least 35 instances of the Note7 battery exploding or catching fire.

Samsung is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to officially recall the device, but the incident in Brooklyn suggests that may be too little, too late. If the Note7 is your only device, you're up the creek without a paddle: You could exchange the device with your carrier, but if you don't have time for the hassle, are you supposed to go about your business without a working phone? Good luck with that in 2016 — especially if you're traveling, as the Federal Aviation Administration has warned against using the phone on planes.

Besides, Samsung and carriers haven't provided clear information about what customers should do with their Note7 phones. Initially, carriers said to reach out to Samsung directly. Then, Samsung asked customers to circle back with their carriers. And no one seems to know when replacement Note7 phones might hit the market — at least based on conversations I've had with Verizon as a Note7 owner myself. (Womp womp.)

 

 

Your best bet right now is to go to your service provider — Verizon, AT&T, whatever — and exchange the phone for a different model entirely. The only problem there is that the Note7 was dubbed the best smartphone you can buy today before it got all explodey, so anything you sub in will be a downgrade.

Meanwhile, a little company called Apple is launching a shiny new line of iPhones on Friday. Good timing.

Source : http://mashable.com/2016/09/12/samsung-note7-explodes-brooklyn/#5fcpymSdSmqT

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