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Techie Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Tablets are on the list of the best techie gift ideas to give this holiday season. Read about some top tablet options in this excerpt from an article from pastemagazine.com.

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The 2016 Tech Gift Guide: The Best Tablets, Headphones, and Gadgets

By Paste Tech

A recent survey showed that Americans will spend an estimated $75 billion on gadgets and tech gifts this holiday season. Along with that, the survey found that more than 50 percent of Americans plan on buying some kind of electronic gift for their loved one this holiday season.

That’s why we’ve put together our recommendations on what kind of pieces of consumer tech would make the best gifts. You’ll find the best of tablets, smartwatches, headphones, smart home, home audio, and even laptops that will be sure to make people happy on Christmas morning.

Tablets

That same aforementioned survey showed that upwards of 37 percent of shoppers planned on purchasing a tablet for someone else. Unlike smartphones, which can get messy as a gift thanks to carriers and data plans, tablets are a great gift for an individual or even shared for a whole family.

When people think of tablets, the first place they go is iPads, which is understandable given how prevalent they are. Whether it’s the premium iPad Pro or the more affordable iPad mini, an iPad will always be an impressive gift. This year, the iPad mini 4 is a fantastic buy at $399 for someone who wants something portable and designed for consuming media. There are a number of stores with discounts for iPads this holiday season, so you may even be able to an iPad mini 4 for as little as $275.

Aside from an iPad, you’ve got a few other options for tablets. On the far cheap end of things, you’ve got the LG G Pad X 8.0 to talk about. You may not have heard of the LG G Pad X 8.0 (which yes, is an unfortunate name), but it’s a new midrange tablet from LG available exclusively for T-Mobile. It works best as an e-reader, with the balance of a large screen and portable size you’ll find in an Android tablet. The bright screen works well even outside—though you may want to find some shade. However, the Reading Mode makes late-night reading easy on the eyes, and the versatility of Android 6.0 Marshmallow lets you read e-books from almost any digital bookshelf out there including comics.

Another unique option is the Lenovo Yoga Tab Pro 3. This is another Android tablet, but one unlike anyone you’ve ever seen; it comes with a built-in projector. Just pull out the kickstand and you’ve got the ability to shoot an image up on your blank wall straight from the back of the device. While it doesn’t project in 1080p or anywhere near 1000 lumens, the result is still impressive and unique in a remarkably small package. At $499 it’s the same price as the iPad mini 4, though it offers a very different experience using it.

Click here to see the other cool gadgets on this techie gifts list from pastemagazine.com.

And be sure to scope out the great deals on tablets at your local Device Pitstop store!

Samsung Curved Monitors for Gamers

Taking notes from its TV products, Samsung is introducing curved monitors for gamers. Read more about them in this article from theverge.com:

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Samsung’s new 34-inch curved monitor is for gamers

By Ashley Carman

Samsung really wants you to have one of its curved gaming monitors. This week the company introduced two new monitors: the CFG70, which comes in a 24-inch and 27-inch model; and the 34-inch CF791 display. They’re both being unveiled at IFA this week. Both monitors use Samsung’s Quantum dot technology to increase color clarity and energy efficiency. Up until now, those nanocrystals were only used in Samsung’s TVs.

Here’s what we know about the CF791: it has a 1500R curvature, a 100Hz refresh rate that works with AMD FreeSync, and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. As for the CFG70, it comes with a 1800R curvature, LED lighting that interacts with sound, and a 144Hz refresh rate. Samsung says the CF791 is the most curved gaming monitor currently available. While a 34-inch 21:9 display will probably look awesome, it’s worth noting that not all games support the super wide aspect ratio.

These two models join three others that Samsung introduced at CES this year. It then continued to market the displays in a partnership with EA. We don’t have pricing on the new monitors. Samsung really wants you to have one of its curved gaming monitors.

Click here to see more from theverge.com.

Samsung Ships the Most Smartphones

Price plays a major role in which smartphone consumers are buying these days. Check out this article from cnet.com to learn more about the brands that ship the most smartphones across the globe.

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Samsung, Oppo shine in a weak phone market

While the market flirts with bottoming out, Samsung clings to the top spot, Apple slumps and China’s Oppo rockets upward.

By Lance Whitney

As smartphone shipments sputter and stall, an upstart is shooting forward from the back of the pack.

China’s Oppo saw shipments of its phones more than double — the precise gain: 137 percent — in the second quarter of 2016, compared with the same period a year earlier.

That was good enough to put Oppo into fourth place, according to new reports from market researchers IDC and Strategy Analytics. The company has been aggressively expanding beyond its home base in China to India and other emerging markets.

Samsung held onto the top spot during the second quarter. Its modest rise in shipments kept it well ahead of second-place Apple and third-place Huawei.

Overall, phone makers shipped a total of about 340 million smartphones during the quarter, up no more than about 1 percent from the year-earlier period.

That paltry gain has a lot to do with phone fatigue in established markets, where most people who want phones already have them and aren’t seeing enough pizzazz in new models to spring for them. At the same time, carriers have been putting the kibosh on subsidized plans, confronting consumers with the hard reality of having to pay full price for new phones.

On the plus side, the worldwide smartphone market may have reached a bottom during the first half of the year, according to Strategy Analytics.

“The growth outlook for the second half of this year is brighter due to multiple big new product launches from Samsung, Apple and others,” said Linda Sui, director of Strategy Analytics, in a statement.

Apple is widely expected to unveil its iPhone 7 in September. Samsung is expected to introduce its Galaxy Note 7 next week.

Though Apple’s iPhone shipments slumped during quarter, the company did win people over with its moderately priced new iPhone SE, IDC said.

Samsung remained top dog in large part because of the popularity of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phones. It shipped 77 million phones during the quarter, nearly twice as many as Apple and well over three times more than Oppo.

Price will continue to be a critical factor in reigniting sales among wary consumers.

“Outside of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 flagship, a majority of vendors, including Apple, have found success with more affordable models compared to their flagship handsets,” said Anthony Scarsella, IDC’s research manager for mobile phones, in a statement.

Click here to see more from cnet.com.

New Water-Resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Tested

Many of us are anxious to test out the water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone. The article below from techtimes.com discusses its features and what it’s supposed to withstand, and it also includes a video test of the new phone submerged under water. Read about it below, or you can see the original article on techtimes.com.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Is Perfect For Aquaman: This Smartphone Survives 16-Hour Underwater Torture Test

By Aaron Mamiit Tech Times

Ever since Samsung revealed that the Galaxy S7 Edge is once again waterproof after the feature was missing from the company’s Galaxy S6 line, users have been eager to test if the smartphone will survive underwater.

Samsung said that the Galaxy S7 Edge, along with the Galaxy S7, are IP68 certified, with the company claiming that the smartphones will not be damaged by being placed underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 5 feet.

Earlier in March, YouTube user Harris Craycraft tested the waterproof feature of the Galaxy S7 Edge by first submerging the smartphone in a bowl of water for 20 minutes. The Galaxy S7 Edge continued to operate fine afterwards, and so Craycraft proceeded to the second part of his test.

Craycraft used the Galaxy S7 Edge to shoot a short movie while swimming in a pool, and the smartphone was shown to not have suffered any damage from the dip.

Unbox Therapy, however, prepared another challenge for the Galaxy S7 Edge, as it dipped the smartphone in a jar of water for 16 hours and 36 minutes.

Once the smartphone was taken out of the jar, it was shown to still be operating as if it was not just dipped in water for more than half a day.

It should be noted though that the water inside the jar is not exerting any significant pressure on the smartphone, despite the Galaxy S7 Edge being submerged for more than 16 hours. It remains to be seen what kind of damage such a long time of being underwater would do to the smartphone if it was at a depth of 1 meter or more.

The Galaxy S7 Edge sure has been seeing a lot of torture. Just last week, the smartphone was subjected to the hydraulic press test, which, as the name suggests, involves placing the Galaxy S7 Edge between two massive, crushing slabs of metal.

There is, of course, no need to ask if the Galaxy S7 Edge survived that one. And, yes, that’s the reason this smartphone is perfect for Aquaman.

Click here to see more from techtimes.com.