LG G4 vs Sony Xperia Z

Smartphones are covering the bigger space in the market. However, as the numbers of phones are increasing, the stiff competition and high value in the market are equally increasing. LG and Sony are fiercely competing with the smartphones with incredible features and specifications. LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z are two phones that are often compared for their similarities in the market bucket and in similar ranges. Here is the full comparison of the LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z.

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Design

Both the phones are differently designed. Sony Xperia Z is a strong smartphone made of metal and LG G4 on the other contains full plastic body. However, as far as the design is concerned Sony Xperia Z moves ahead with the water resistant and dust resistant features as well.

Display

Sony Xperia Z is a 5.2 inches phone as compared to 5.5 inches of LG G4. Even though both the phone are made of IPS LCD technology, the LG G4 ranks higher with the 1440*2560 pixel density as compared to 1080*1920 of Xperia Z. However, the later is not bad either. LG G4 is considered better smartphone with the display by the virtue of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection.

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Camera

When it comes to the camera both the smartphones are equally placed. The Sony Xperia Z has a stunning 20.7 MP rear camera with features like Face Detection, Smile Detection, Digital Image Stabilization, Geo Tagging and others. However, the 16 MP rear camera of LG G4 isn’t bad either. It has the features like Optical Image Stabilization, Manual Focus, Auto focus among others. The Sony Xperia Z has 5.1 MP of Front Camera as compared to 8 MP Front Camera of LG G4.

Hardware

This is perhaps the most interesting and important comparison of the smartphones. Sony uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for the Xperia Z as LG sticks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. However, the speeds of the processor are quite comparable. The Adreno 430 graphic processor of Xperia Z gets inches ahead with Adreno 418 Graphic Processor of LG G4. The native memory of the phones are 32 GB, however, one both smartphone supports microSD card slot. As far as the hardware and the performance are concerned, both the phones are quite poised and can be clubbed under same category. However, Sony Xperia Z may get slight advantage due to extended features.

Battery

The battery performances of the phones are also quite comparable. Sony Xperia Z uses 2930 mAh battery and the LG G4 uses 3010 mAh. The performances of the battery are quite similar for both the smartphones.

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Software

The Sony Xperia Z has been launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop version. LG G4 is also launched with the same version but upgrade will be available once the Android N or Android Marshmallow 6.0 is released. 

Both phones can be bought locked or carrier free. The locked version is  a little cheaper but you can easily unlock it using an online service like UnlockUnit or UnlockBase.

Conclusion

Sony Xperia Z and LG G4 are good smartphones in terms of specifications and performance. The high quality and effective features rank the phones in the similar grade.

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LG G4 vs Sony Xperia Z

Basic Security Tips For iPhone Users

At a time, when cybercrime is one the rise and security has taken the most crucial role, people look to secure their gadgets all the time. It is considered that the iPhones are secured. However, there is always scope of improvements. The recent hacking on the Apple proved that no gadget is secured. However, simple practices and the efforts can also enhance the security of the iPhone. Here are the simple tips that can improve the security of the iPhone.

Password

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People generally keep 4 digit digital code for unlocking the phone. However, strong password can eliminate the fear of hacking at the first place. The unlocking password is the first gateway and one must take it pretty seriously. A strong password with the combination of letters, numbers and symbols is most effective password for iPhone.

Lock Screen Notification

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It does not matter how strong your password is, the lock screen notifications can always reveal some of your information. It is therefore best to disable the lock screen notification to give no ground to the hackers in case your iPhone is attacked. You can change it from the Settings within the Passcode section of the iPhone.

Two Step Verifications

You must turn on the two step verifications for the Apple ID and the iCloud services. These are the most vulnerable features of the iPhone and you must ensure tightest security possible for the sake of security. You can register another device that you control for the verification process and ensure highest security standard.

Siri

Siri is interesting and equally fascinating. However, you must disable the Siri when the screen is locked. This is the best practice for highest security standard. Also you must disable the activation of Siri with the voice command of “Hey Siri”. These are very significant security tips for the iPhones.

Auto Sync to iCloud

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You must disable the auto sync to the iCloud. This can be very disastrous for the iPhone users. One must ensure that iCloud has only those data that you want, the auto sync feature can put everything there and that is very vulnerable indeed.

Wi-Fi Connections

The iPhone users generally have automatic Wi-Fi connections for the previously used or known networks. However, cybercrime can take place by using the fake network for Wi-Fi on the same ground to access your data. It is true that auto recognition and connection to the networks saves time and efforts but that can prone to hacking.

Apps and browsers

Your browsers have the options for cookies, turning those off can be very good security options. You can always turn off the auto fill options as well. You must not allow the apps to use your personal details in order to enhance the security.

Security Apps

There are ranges of security apps available free or paid for the iPhones. You can use the security apps to increase the security level even more. Security apps like mSecure, Lookout, Best Phone Security Pro, Foscam Surveillance Pro are few of the examples of the security apps.

You can ensure higher security of your iPhones with these simple tips.

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Basic Security Tips For iPhone Users

All You Need To Know About Google Photos

Google has recently announced the enthralling Google Photos for the people across all the platforms. The unlimited service from Google is absolutely free and that lets you organize, store, share and edit photos with easy and simple steps. The features have been announced in the I/O 2015 conference. The best part of the Google Photos is that it is available for all the platforms including Android, IOS and your browsers. One must be wondering about the features about the Google Photos, so here are the features that have already become the buzz in the market.

 

Organize Photos in Google Photos

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You take many photos and shoot videos from your smartphone. However, now you need not to worry about arranging and organizing them anyway. The photos and videos will be organized in the Google Photos directly. You can click the HD photos but that would be compressed and stored in the server. Once you click the photo from the library you would be able to see the HD image immediately. The images can be organized in various manners like dates of the capture, places and even people. So, you can select single person and see all the photos of the person. This is something incredible for the Google Photos.

 

Share

You can easily share the photos from your library to any other in any platform. You can simply select a single photo and then touch the others to select. Once you are done with the selection of the photos, you have to get the URL. You can send the URL to your friend. The friend will be able to view the selected images from your Library in HD. However, if the friend holds a Google Account, then the same photos can be saved in his library as well. This is one of the most effective features from the Google Photos.

 

Edit

You can even edit the photos stored in Google Photos. Google gives you the options to add various effects to the photos. You can add light or shade to particular photos and then store it. However, this is not the it, you can even create collages with your photos and share it among your friends. The Google Photos have come up with many features as far as the editing and modifications are concerned. These features can be used to make us of the Google Photos to the maximum.

 

Features

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The features of the Google Photos do not end here as well. The Google Photos can also be used to back up your images and the videos as well. The never ending Google Photos features are increasing hopes among the users.

How to use

Google Photos can be pretty easily used. All one needs to do is to install the Google Photos App and it can be used. The App is available for all the platforms including Android and IOS. The interesting this is that it is free across all the platforms.

The demo for Google Photos has generated enough anticipation among the users and the features have made it one of the most desired app from the Google.

All You Need To Know About Google Photos

What To Expect From The New LG G5

LG has always released its flagships after Samsung and other major brands which has affected the purchases. This year, it is not given that LG will either do as it has in the recent past or if it will release the LG G5 earlier than other competing power houses. The release date however, is rumored to be within the first six months of 2016 with the announcement rumored to be in February, noting that LG has announced an event one day before the MWC.

Specifications, Design and Function

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The phone is expected to be an all metal unibody. This is the first time LG is using the all metal approach. The furthest LG has come to incorporating a metal design on their phones is the use of a metal casing. The 2K display is expected to be 5.5 inches which is quite sizeable although the resolution is expected to be the same, at 1440 by 2560 pixels.

The LG G5 is said to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 32 GB storage.

The primary camera is rumored to be 20 MP. The rear camera may have two LED flash bulbs and an autofocus that is laser-assisted. In addition to this, it is also rumored that LG G5 will use a dual camera that takes wide angle photos. The front camera is expected to be 8 MP. It is hoped that the front camera will be able to take high quality photos in high and low light environments, solving a problem that has been noted in other high end smart phones from different manufacturers. The LG G5 is expected to have a finger print scanner under the camera. LG had hinted at using retina scanning technology in their new models in order to distinguish it from Samsung and Apple phones. Retinal scanning may be used for functions such as authenticating mobile payments and other sensitive phone transactions. The camera is one of the best features of LG phones so it will not disappoint.

The phone is unlikely to have a removable battery or micro SD support. This is then contradicted by the rumor that the phone may have a SIM-car-like tray where one places the battery and slides it in, making the battery accessible through the all-metal frame. Rumor has it that the battery will reduce from 3000 mAh to 2800 mAh although it is not yet clear what such a change would mean for the processor and functioning of the phone. In addition, the LG G5 is rumored to have a magic slot which will give the user access to other hardware options such as a physical keyboard and sound amplifiers.

Conclusion

For those waiting for this flagship, February is around the corner and we can only hope that LG will announce the phone and shed light on what exactly will be on the LG G5. Release dates and pricing will also be available at the announcement. Hopefully LG will give users something to look forward to, especially because Samsung and Apple usually announce and release their flagships around the same time.

What To Expect From The New LG G5

LG’s Bendable Displays Are Here

Electronic consumables have changed the way we perceive things. New and innovative technological advancements have allowed us to witness our world in different light, and have become one of the most creative outlets for the modern mind. One of the newest trends in the electronics industry is to provide curved and flexible screens for modern devices that range from smartphones to large televisions.

Several companies such as Sony and Samsung have been attempting a wide range of curved designs that have rather appealed greatly to a large group of consumers. However, it is LG that stands a great chance of revolutionising the concept by offering flexible and bendable displays.

Yes, it is now possible to roll up our televisions like a large sheet of paper and store them away for travel or storage, and only take them out when we they are needed. There are multiple practical applications of flexible and bendable screens, and LG has come up with a radical concept in OLED technology that allows us to bend or roll up a screen without affecting the screen in any manner. These screens are extremely thin, and are also considered to be extremely light. Although still in a development phase, we can expect LG to resolve the issues over the next few months to display a complete prototype that will have all niggles and problems ironed out, quite literally.

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology has made it possible for electronics manufacturers to come up with some unique designs for televisions, smart phones, and other electronics, but LG has taken a step further and has released a prototype television that actually works. LG already sells a curved smartphone, the LG G Flex, which is the world’s first curved smartphone. If LG manages to commercialize and develop a viable flexible screen, the opportunities for a flexible smartphone, tablet, or even a personal computer are many.

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Apart from the form factor, and the ability to transport or store them easily, flexible screens also help in preventing damage, and can be considered as more durable than traditional televisions and smart phones. Flexible screens will have the ability to absorb impacts, and can be flexible against a wide variety of problems that arise out of daily usage. Flexible displays also allow buyers to make use of their existing space more effectively, and will certainly help homeowners to make use of under-utilised space within their homes.

Companies such as Samsung and Apple have been promising this technology for their smartphones for the past few years, but we are yet to see a working prototype. LG, on the other hand, should be commended for their efforts into actually developing such a flexible and bendable display, and we can expect even more revolutionary ideas from this company in the coming years.

LG’s Bendable Displays Are Here

What Antivirus Should I Use?

Antiviruses are usually the most essential, but the least credited software in the entire technology arena. Antiviruses are essential programs for all types of computers as well as mobile devices due to the extent of hacking and malicious programs being released on a periodic basis. Most modern PCs and laptops come bundled with an antivirus software along with a year’s worth of subscription, however, most users rarely extend their subscription beyond the initial period.

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To stay safe from malicious programs and harmful viruses that have the ability to inflict serious damage, you should opt for an antivirus that has been tried and tested to offer the maximum protection. Antiviruses are always evolving according to the latest threats and viruses and are expected to be proactive in protecting your device from all programs with malicious intent.

 

As far as choosing an antivirus goes, don’t take a leap of faith and hope for the best. You can’t simply choose an antivirus program because it did wonders for your friend or colleague. Individual requirements vary, but from a user’s perspective, there are a few antiviruses that will be able to help you stay protected from most threats.

 

Bitdefender Total Security

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Bitdefender is one of the most popular antiviruses, and has been ruling the rooster for many years. Bitdefender offers complete protection for your PC, and is known to update its virus definitions frequently to keep you protected from even the most advanced and latest threats. Although Bitdefender is a bit resource intensive, it offers a great deal of features and conveniences without affecting the performance of your PC in any manner. Bitdefender Total Security can cost you $58.47, and is one of the most cost-effective antiviruses in the market.

 

Kaspersky Antivirus

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Kaspersky is a light-weight antivirus that takes up the least amount of resources for offering the maximum protection against new antiviruses and malware. Kaspersky comes in as the second best antivirus to Bitdefender, and is also hugely popular among both home as well as business users. Kaspersky Antivirus is available in three different subscription packages, the Antivirus package, the Internet Security package, and the Total Security package. These packages cost $59.99, $79.99, and $99.99 respectively, but they do offer seasonal discounts and offers, especially for longer subscriptions.

 

McAfee Antivirus

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McAfee is a popular antivirus among users who use multiple devices, as McAfee supports unlimited installations. The one year subscription for McAfee stands at $44.99, easily making it one of the most affordable and feature-rich antiviruses in terms of competition. McAfee also supports a wide range of functionalities that offer added protection against new virus threats and malware.

 

Norton Security

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Norton is an established and trusted antivirus software that offers a great deal of features, albeit with a slight dip in system performance. Norton is a huge software, and has one of the most exhaustive set of virus definitions and functionalities that will eat up system resources. However, the added benefits will outweigh the small drawbacks, and it will only cost you $49.99 for a yearly subscription.

 

What Antivirus Should I Use?

Top 3 Smartphones Hard To Be Hacked

It is difficult to stand out from the crowd and invest in a smartphone that is solely dedicated towards privacy and security. In this day and age, several factors determine the choice of a smartphone. The form factor, the features, camera, design, battery backup, and even the operating system plays a crucial role in ensuring the success of a smartphone in the market. However, the problem with all modern smartphones is that they have a huge amount of privacy loop-holes and security risks that make them inherently dangerous to your private and sensitive data.

Even the most accomplished operating systems such as iOS and Android have a great deal of security risks that make them vulnerable to hackers. If security is your primary concern, you should invest in a smartphone that is not privacy oriented, but hard to be hacked. There are a lot of options in the smartphone market that promises high levels of security and privacy, but there are only a handful of models that truly deliver on their promise of ensuring the safety of your data and conversations. We took a close look at the most security oriented smartphones to come up with the top 3 smartphones hard to be hacked.

Blackphone 2 From Silent Circle

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Blackphone 2 is a security oriented smartphone that was designed and developed by Silent Circle. Blackphone 2 runs on an advanced version of the Android OS, and has been modified by the developers to offer greater levels of security and convenience without making any compromises on the anticipated features list. The Blackphone 2 features a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor and 3 GB of RAM, which provides it the essential speed and performance as expected from a smartphone. Measuring a healthy 5.5 inches, the Blackphone also comes with 32 GB internal storage along with additional storage options through a memory card. Blackphone 2 is high on the list for buyers looking for a secure and private smartphone without the associated drawbacks.

PRIV From BlackBerry

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BlackBerry has been a company that was built on the foundation of security and privacy for professional mobile users. The company still concentrates their efforts on a smart and secure mobile device, and their latest Android offering, the PRIV, promises to offer the best in security and privacy. The PRIV runs on a 600 MHz GPU with a 64 bit Hexa-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone also features a 32 GB internal storage with expandable memory options.

Lumia 950 From Microsoft

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Windows phone is considered to be the most secure mobile OS platform by most security experts and mobile hackers. Potential hackers turn away from Windows phones due to multiple levels of security and the easy availability of other smartphone users from the iOS and Android OS categories. The Lumia 950 series is an amazing smartphone from Microsoft that offers a great deal of features at an attractive price point to give some of the accomplished smartphones in the market a run for their money.

Top 3 Smartphones Hard To Be Hacked