With full manual controls and dual front-facing camera, you can really express your creativity with the V10.

They say the best camera is the one you have on you, and if you have the LG V10, you have the most powerful camera phone in your pocket. I’m bummed I haven’t yet reviewed the LG V10 since its debut in early October, but while I may not have time for a full, benchmark-laden rundown, I did bring it with me on a recent trip to try out all the new camera features.

LG’s V10 is essentially a souped-up version of its exceptional counterpart, the G4. It’s slightly bigger and features a few extras, like a gimmicky second screen and rugged build qualities, but it’s the rear- and front-facing camera capabilities that are particularly impressive. The V10 is yet another reminder of how smartphones have managed to negate the need for a separate point-and-shoot, or even a DSLR in some situations.

The V10 is, by far, the best Android camera phone on the market right now.

If you’re a photography or video enthusiast and you need a smartphone that can keep up with your wiley, life-logging ways, the V10 was made for you. LG packed it with a ton of manual features, and even a few fun photography modes, so that you don’t have to spend time customizing the device to do what you want to do. You’ll still have to invest in editing software to get some of the results you’re looking for, but that’s just a fraction of the work involved in producing pretty pictures. The most important part is that you have a smartphone with capable hardware.

I’m curious, too, if LG’s smartphone releases this year and its inclusion of manual controls will continue to inspire manufacturers to make their flagship devices more photography-centric in the next generation. The Galaxy S6 and One M9 both offer manual controls of sorts, but again, they don’t offer as many options as the V10. It’s possible that this will remain a niche category, since not everyone is into the idea of spending the time to adjust settings before snapping a photo, but it’s also nice to know you don’t have to lug around a giant DSLR and an entire briefcase of lenses to take a neat long exposure shot.

This story, “5 reasons the LG V10 is the best Android camera smartphone available ” was originally published by Greenbot.

Source: http://www.itnews.com/… FLORENCE IONStaff Writer

Google Play Store publishes lists of the best apps and best games of 2015

Google Play Store publishes lists of the best apps and best games of 2015

Even some Google competitors made the list, with Microsoft Word and Amazon’s Twitch among the honorees. Let the year-end roundups begin. Google is fully on board with this phenomenon, back again with the annual list of the best apps and games for the Play Store.The ”Best Apps” list is a mashup of well-known titles and newcomers. Usual suspects like Twitter, SwiftKey, Instacart, and Trulia are included along with Robinhood, a free stock-trading app that quickly became popular. But Google also sought out to show some love to indie apps like Nova Launcher, Action Launcher 3, and My Very Hungry Caterpillar.And even though Google offers Google Docs, credit went to Microsoft Word and Office Lens. Twitch was another honoree, which competes with Google’s new YouTube Gaming.

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On the games front Google lauded a mixture of titles, with the popular Alphabear, Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, and Fallout Shelter joining newcomer titles like Prune and Crossy Road.

This year’s Play Store awards also calls attention to the larger amount of entertainment content available, with collections of the top-selling musicmovies, books, and TV shows.

Along with highlighting the top sellers, Google called out its favorite selections from the Google Play Newsstand and Play Books offerings.

We don’t know how these lists were generated, exactly, but it appears to be a programmatic approach based on the apps rating and downloads, rather than human-curated. Supposedly, the lists offer a few different options based on the region you’re accessing it from, too.

The impact on you: This list is a good way to discover a new game to play over the weekend or find a neat app that you might have otherwise missed. Even with all of Google’s efforts to increase app discovery, it can still be a challenge to find the good stuff that’s hidden amongst all the clutter.

Source: http://www.greenbot.com/article/3012084/android/google-play-store-publishes-lists-of-the-best-apps-and-best-games-of-2015.html

Samsung Is Really Really Really Keen To Convert iPhone Owners To Its Smartphones

Gоt аn іPhоnе? Gоt a dollar? Thаt’ѕ аll уоu nееd іf уоu want tо tаkе оnе of Sаmѕung’ѕ nеwеѕt smartphones fоr a thirty dау, “nо obligation” ѕріn. (Thаt’ѕ аѕѕumіng thаt уоu lіvе іn the U.S.)

Thе Kоrеаn рhоnе mаkеr, whісh continues to ѕее its growth slip аѕ Andrоіd ѕmаrtрhоnеѕ thеmѕеlvеѕ suffer a glоbаl decline, is ріnроіntіng сuѕtоmеrѕ of аrсh rіvаl Aррlе with this vеrу specific offer, аѕ CNET first spotted. Thе trіаl еvеn іnсludеѕ a frее dаtа рlаn, to gеt thе most frоm a Gаlаxу dеvісе, whісh іѕ not rеѕtrісtеd tо any single operator.

While Aррlе continues tо gо frоm ѕtrеngth tо ѕtrеngth — іtѕ Q3 2015 nеt рrоfіt rоѕе nearly 40 реrсеnt уеаr-оn-уеаr to reach $10.7 billion — Samsung’s vital fіnаnсіаl ѕtаtѕ kеер mоvіng in the wrong dіrесtіоn. Sаmѕung Mоbіlе’ѕ operating profit sunk 37.6 реrсеnt уеаr-оvеr-уеаr tо 2.76 trіllіоn wоn, whіlе its operating рrоfіt mаrgіn іn thе lаѕt quarter was 10.6 percent, a ѕіgnіfісаnt dесrеаѕе frоm 15.5 реrсеnt in Q2 2014.

Sаmѕung last wееk unvеіlеd the Gаlаxу Note 5 аnd Gаlаxу S6 Edge+, іtѕ latest competitors tо tаkе on the іPhоnе 6 аnd іPhоnе 6+, but аlrеаdу сrіtісѕ аrе unѕurе whether thе dеvісеѕ, and thеіr lofty pricepoints, can put a dеnt in Apple’s brаnd and іtѕ flаgѕhір device, which have hеlреd thе U.S. firm gаіn marketshare іn pretty muсh all major glоbаl markets. And, wіth thе next іtеrаtіоnѕ of thе iPhone ѕеt to lаunсh next month, thе competitor іѕ only ѕеt tо get tougher.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/21/please-please-please-please-give-us-a-shot-please

5 Great Android KitKat Features You Could Get Right Now!

5 Great Android KitKat Features You Could Get Right Now!

Android KitKat is out, and there’s no way you’ve missed it. Whether you’re an Android fan, an Apple buff or a Windows Phone enthusiast, you must have heard something about Android 4.4. But should you care?

The simple answer is that you probably should. Android 4.4 is not only the latest and greatest from Google, it’s also made to run smoothly on lower-end devices. This means you may be using this version of Android before you know it, no matter
which device you own (as long as it runs Android, of course).

So what’s new and exciting about Android 4.4? What’s worth waiting for, even for non-techies? Here’s a full list

  • Google Experience Launcher
  • Hangouts 2.0
  • Screen Recording
  • Caller ID
  • Gallery

KitKat comes with a lot of new features, but most of them are pretty minor. Some of the smaller updates include the stock apps like Email, Clock, Camera, and several new fonts, wallpapers, sounds, and boot animations. All of these can (hopefully) work on your Jelly Bean device thanks to the amazing folks over at Android Police and XDA-Developers. Follow the links for installing/flashing instructions.


This is part of what makes the Android community so great. A new version comes out and suddenly everyone’s up in a flurry grabbing APKs, explaining how to get certain features now, modding, rooting, and flashing everything they can get their hands on. It’s fun, and it also makes for a great smartphone.
What’s your favorite new feature in 4.4 KitKat? Will you be flashing a new 4.4 ROM when it makes it to your device? Let us know in the comments.

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/dont-wait-5-great-android-kitkat-features-you-could-get-right-now

Mobile Security

Well, there is a lot of noise in Washington DC this week!…
But I’m NOT talking about the IRS or Benghazi, I’m talking about high tech and the final approval of the US Department of Defense (DoD) of the iPhone! Android had been previously cleared. Unfortunately, bring your own device (BYOD) is still NOT secure enough for defense work…

See related links below.

Mobile Security – Android vs. iOS

Android vs iOS infographic

Infographic by Veracode Application Security