We all knew it was excellent for giving you notifications, and, obviously, for giving the time. You might be one of the fortunate people to get a new Apple Watch this Christmas season. That wouldn’t be a surprise as they were discounted at ludicrously low prices and the fact that Apple has sold an unprecedented number of its Series 5 and Series 3 smartwatches. We bet you that you didn’t have any idea it could do the following ten things too.
1. Inverse The Display and Crown.
You may just realize you could do this, yet you probably haven’t realized how valuable this feature truly is. It places the crown in a significantly more unintrusive place that won’t inadvertently increase your volume or turn on Siri.
2. Control Your Apple TV
In case you lose or misplace the remote that Apple ships with the Apple TV, your Apple Watch have an application for that. Simply open the Remote application on your Apple Watch and you can swipe your way to your most loved Netflix or Disney+ film.
3. Set Your Watch Ahead
Back in the day when we wore simple watches, it wasn’t uncommon to set it a few minutes earlier. it helped get things on schedule and never be late. Did you know that you can do the same on your Apple Watch? Simply go to the settings app on the watch, select “Clock” and look over the advanced crown to modify the time appeared at 59 minutes.
4. Share Your Location with iMessage
Have you at any point tried to let a friend or mate know where to meet and share your location? It can be quite a pain. Fortunately, your Apple smartwatch makes it simple. From the iMessage chat itself, simply force touch the display and then select the pin option to share your exact location. They’ll get a message with your place on a map and will even get directions on how to get to you. Cool isn’t it?
5. Set a Reminder for When You Get Home
Siri and the Reminders app are the best mix on the iPhone, and the equivalent is valid with your Apple watch. Simply raise the smartwatch up, and tell it something like “Hello Siri, remind me to check my emails when I return home.” She will.
6. Find Your iPhone App
Let’s be honest, the main reason most of us don’t lose our watch is for the fact that we wear it on our wrist. The same applies to our iPhones. Luckily, if you have an Apple Watch, you can ‘ping’ your iPhone and it will make a sound, helping you work out where you left it. You simply swipe up the base of the watch face, tap the iPhone icon and you are done. Top dog!
7. Recognize Background Music
Without a doubt, Shazam is extraordinary, but, who really needs it? Siri can do the same for you on your Apple Watch, just by raising your watch and asking her “Hello Siri, what tune is this?”. As a matter of fact, Apple purchased Shazam and had the audacity of providing it built-in within the iOS, which means that you can get a similar result without using a different app. In addition to this, Siri will automatically add them to your Shazam library so you can return later and check out your favorite picks. Brilliant integration.
8. Unlock Your Mac
It is really cool and practical to wake up your MacBook Pro and have it unlock automatically with your Apple Smartwatch. The coolest thing is that no password or TouchID needed in the process. All you need is to ensure you have your Watch unlocked and your MacBook must have been opened once with your password. Simple!
9. Take Picture on Your iPhone
Selfies are amazing and everyone is at it, yet once in a while, you need somewhat more space to fit everybody in, including yourself. You presumably set your iPhone timer and pray for the best. However, there is a far superior alternative using your Apple Watch.
Simply open the Camera application on your Watch, which opens the equivalent on your iPhone’s. It will give you a live preview and will enable you to either hit the shutter or set a three-second window, which is all you need to drop your arm back to the right position and take the ideal photograph. You can even check the photo taken directly on your watch. That is what I call cool and a time saver.
10. Setting the Dock with Your Favorites
By pressing the side button (not to be mistaken for the digital crown) you can get to the dock on your Watch. It will either pull up your recently used applications, or you can decide to have it pull up a listing of your favorites. To make the changes, open the Watch application on your iPhone, select “Dock” and pick “Favorites”. You will then be able to change the list of applications that show up, which is an extremely helpful way to have quick access to the ones you use the most.
Why don’t you read our fiull review of the Apple Watch Series 5 and find out why we think it is the best smartwatch in the market.
Online privacy, according to IBuyEssay should be a big concern to everyone. But unfortunately, most people are not taking it seriously. Advancement and wide-spread use of digital and web-based technologies have even made it worse. In a bid to sign up on social media or engage in some other activities online, people give out information without thinking considering the consequences.
However, a number of companies out there have more information or know more about you than you think. You should also not forget in a hurry that online scammers are working tirelessly, looking for their next victim. And they cannot cause harm unless you give out sensitive information. So, start protecting your right to privacy online by implementing the following tips.
1. Don’t give out too much information on your social media profile
Do you need to fill up all the blank spaces on your social media account before using the platform? The simple answer is, no! So, why provide all your details? Keeping your phone number, email address, house address and other sensitive information about you out of your social media profile is a wise decision.
If anyone wants to know your house address, phone number, email address or any other information about you, they should go ahead and request it. Another way you can protect your right to privacy is to set your social media profile to private mode. In this case, only you or those authorized by you can view your profile information.
2. Avoid weak passwords
Most websites let you see the strength of your password when signing up. And the simple reason is to ensure that your account is well secured. And for that, you need to choose a strong password.
You can create a strong password for your account by mixing up numbers and letters, and also increasing the length of the password. You can also vary the password with uppercase and lowercase letters to make it more difficult for hackers to identify.
You should also avoid including your personal information in your password, such as name and date of birth that people can easily find online — for example, Johnmarry1980. The problem with such passwords is that it makes hacking easy.
Another step you can take to prevent being hacked and to protect your privacy online is to avoid saving passwords on your web browsers. Whenever your web browser notifies you to save a password, choose ”no”.
3. Don’t create all your accounts with one password
Many people are still using the same password for all their accounts. It makes it easier to remember their password and login to any platform they want fast. However, while this is true, having or using the same password across different platforms can make you more vulnerable to cyber attacks.
So, the best option is to use different passwords for each platform or account you are operating. It doesn’t matter if they have something similar, but the passwords should never be the same altogether. Also, you shouldn’t worry about misplacing your passwords. Whenever you forget your original password, you can use the “forget password” option to request a change of password anytime, and as many times as you want.
4. Limit the sharing of sensitive information online
Interacting with friends, family, colleagues and clients online is not a bad thing to do. But some things are better said or discussed offline than online. Sharing sensitive information, photos, videos and others isn’t a good idea. Reason being that the information can be tracked through various means and used against you.
So, the ideal step to take is to limit the sharing of sensitive information, particularly those you don’t want others to see or hear. Limit your use of social media, emails, and other means for this purpose. Instead, you can arrange for a one-on-one meeting with the person to interact in a comfortable and calm environment.
5. Secure your devices
Your mobile phones, PC and other hardware, need protection. They might contain a wealth of information that is highly sensitive, so you need to keep them protected from unauthorized users. And in this case, the best way is to use a password because you won’t always be around to prevent people from touching your devices.
Your hardware can also go missing anytime or fall into the wrong hands. So, it is better you secure it now to prevent hackers from gaining access. Also, ensure you don’t carry sensitive information around on your PC, or mobile phones. If you can, store them in a separate external hard drive or USB flash drive that you rarely carry around.
Another thing to do is to mind the sites you visit, and links you open. The point is some links have ransomware embedded in them. So, once you click on them, ransomware will automatically be installed on your device, giving hackers the power to invade your privacy.
These are some of the tips to protect your privacy online. They are also things you can start implementing for good. You can use them to prevent hackers from gaining access to sensitive information about you that can tarnish your image or prevent companies from gaining access to too much information about you. So, follow the tips on this post to protect your right to privacy online.
Samsung has revealed few weeks ago a new line of devices entitled Galaxy S10. Together with this lineup that includes the flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 with 3 variants, they also announced a foldable Samsung Galaxy Fold and a couple of wearable devices.
Samsung Galaxy fold is the phone for tomorrow, but Samsung Galaxy S10 is the polished phone the market demands today. The most expensive variant, the S10+ has a slim chance of being the best seller, but it will attract a lot of people who love a big battery and display. A lot of information, but which device you should chose?
The S10+ does not only get the extra power of a 4100 maH battery, but also it has a highly power efficient chip. We have already seen the effects of 7nm chips’ power efficiency in the Huawei Mate 20pro and a similar performance can be expected from the new S10 phones.
A good feature of all these phones is that they are equipped with reverse wireless charging technology which was first seen in Huawei’s Mate 20pro. Unfortunately, Huawei also brought the hole punch designed front cameras to the market earlier than Samsung. This hole-punch design of the front cameras is also one of the key features of all the new Samsung Galaxy S10 devices. Even though it may feel like the new Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the best phone, it is not going to be in everyone’s shopping list.
There are some key differences that separate the buyers of the different variants of Galaxy S10. Therefore, the question remains. Which of these devices are for you? Here are the details of all the devices released in the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
This is the biggest Galaxy S10 variant except the 5G version.
It comes with a 6.4 inch quad HD+ display which is of course curved around the edges in the traditional Galaxy S fashion. It is equipped with triple cameras among which two have OIS: one is wide angle, one is telephoto and the other one is the first ultra-wide angle camera from Samsung in the S series.
The bells and whistles are there in the hardware specifications department. It is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 855 chip which should place the Galaxy S10+ one of the most powerful and battery efficient phones in the world even though the Sony flagship is providing a higher benchmarking score with the same processor. It also offers 1TB of storage space if you are ready to increase your exceeding budget even further. If you want a big phone with big battery and budget is no issue for you, Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the right phone for you. I would recommend this to business guys or people that need to have big screens in their life.
Samsung Galaxy S10
This is the variant with no compromises except the screen, an extra depth sensor front camera and battery size.
The screen is reduced to 6.1-inch and the battery is reduced to 3400mAh, but this should still make it an all day phone as it is still powered by the same 7nm chip running the newly optimized One UI from Samsung.
The number of camera lenses are same and the curved edges are still there. The only reasons to choose this phone over the S10+ can be its size and price, so for a normal person like me, this would be the phone to buy.
Samsung Galaxy S10E
Despite being the cheapest in the bunch, this is the most talked about by the reviewers and for justified reasons. This is the $750 iPhone XR competitor that makes less sacrifices to reach this comparatively affordable price point. It loses the telephoto lens, but the ultra-wide lens is still there. It loses the curved edge, but the AMOLED smoothness is still there.
The S10E also comes with a full HD display unlike the iPhone XR. It is expected by the analysts that the Samsung Galaxy S10E is probably going to be the best seller among the three variants. The downsides of this phone also includes a smaller battery (3100 mAh) compared to the other two versions.
Many users also prefer not to use the curved edges at it is harder to get compatible and long lasting screen protectors for those. Therefore, losing the curved edges can be a blessing for many potential users. I would recommend this to those that don’t afford S10 and that don’t care that much for impressive screens, photos or amazing performance.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
This is the biggest phone announced of Samsung Galaxy Unpacked. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is a 6.7-inch quad HD+ display with the same curved edge AMOLED display.
There is an extra camera at the back which includes a 3D depth sensing camera along with the other three cameras of the other variants. This is also the phone with the biggest battery in the S series (4500 mAh). Although the guests could try all these new phones in the demo, the S10 5G variant was not one of those. This may not be the answer to which phone you should buy, but many heavy users are choosing this phone just for its battery and screen size. So I’m not sure exactly for which kind of person is this phone, but for sure is for someone that affords spending more and that 5G and big size really matters.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was the most hyped phone of the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019. In the competition to release the first foldable phone in the market, Samsung had to accept defeat, but the delay was worth it.
It is a more polished product than any previous release of foldable phones as it has the foldable display and one small display which can be used when the device is folded.
The cover display is a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED display and the main foldable display is a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display even though Samsung could not avoid the notch in the main display. There is one selfie camera on the cover and three rear cameras similar to the S10 releases, but Samsung does not stop there. There are two more cameras at the front situated at the notch when you unfold the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Fold comes equipped with 12GB of RAM. That’s why it will cost you $1980 which may not seem too ridiculous when you will look at the Huawei Mate X folding phone with a $2600 price tag. So those who want to buy this will have to really love this type of phones or afford spending nearly $2000 for a phone.
Now let’s have a small look on the accesories as Samsung also recently introduced Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit/Galaxy Fit E fitness trackers.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung Galaxy Buds are the cord-free earbuds that puts the Apple Airpods under serious competition as the Galaxy Buds offer many features the latter ones do not have. The charging case can be charged wirelessly and it works great with the reverse charging technology used in all the Galaxy S10 phones. The buds also use dual microphones to provide a clear voice quality in noisy environments. The touch sensitive controls are also very intuitive. The Galaxy Buds are provided free if you preorder any of the Galaxy S10 phones.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
For the fitness aware people out there, Samsung also released the Galaxy Watch Active. It can be used for blood pressure monitoring, workout tracking and also stress tracking along with many basic features. These wearables can be used with third party apps from Spotify, Strava and Under Armour. The Buds also have Bixby integration.
Samsung Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e
For a more comfortable fitness wear, the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are lightweight and slim. These two do not have the similar third party support of Galaxy Watch active, but you can record up to 90 different types of fitness activities using them along with Samsung Health app on your phone. The features are also less in number including basic tasks like notification, clock and reminders. These devices are also water resistant.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 had almost all the flagship products of Samsung mobile division apart from their Galaxy Note lineup. It was also very significant for Samsung since all the major competitors in the mobile market are dealing with a decline in the overall demand. As an event it was almost perfect except the absence of a usable 5G variant of Samsung Galaxy S10.
This U-Shaped Window Air Conditioner Allows Your Window to Open and Close!
This is by far one of the best inventions we have seen this year. The U-Shaped Window Air Conditioner lets you open and close your window after the unit is installed. This is unheard of with conventional window air conditioner units which require the window to remain permanently closed. The Midea U-Shaped air conditioner innovative design allows for easy quick installation, all that is required is to snap the bracket on your window and place the AC Unit, then further secure the unit with the side arms. Since your window can now be opened, while the unit is installed, there is no need to remove it once during the winter months, it can remain installed all year round.
In addition to its innovative design, the U-Shaped air conditioner produces only 42 dBA of noise that is primarily because of its U-Shape with the window sliding completely between the two halves of the unit separating the compressor outside thereby reducing interior noise. The powerful fan distributes cold air up to 20 feet inside every corner of your room. The unit is also energy efficient with up 35% power usage reduction and Wifi enabled which allows you to control the machine from anywhere using your iOS or Android devices. Check it Out on Indiegogo
Xiaomi has been producing success after success and the only category that lacked a bit was the smartwatch space. They made these cheap watches like the Amazfit Bip , Amazfit Bip Lite and so on. So far they have not made a smart watch that competed with Apple or the like. Xiaomi has had enough and they bring the Xiaomi Amazfit GTS.
With a style and design similar to the Apple watch, cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Active. Xiaomi’s giant killer is Apple Watch Alternative. Introducing the Xiaomi Amazfit GTS. In this Amazfit GTS review, we see if this Xiaomi smartwatch can beat the other competitors.
Review of Xiaomi Amazfit GTS
The impressive battery life is more than two weeks AMOLED beautiful display Waterproof and you can swim with him!
The sports characteristics do not live up to the standards Synchronization is a problem.
Summary: The Amazfit GTS is not the most impressive smart watch that exists. But it works like a mid-level smart watch between low-budget and high-end ones.
Price – $ 139
Design and visualization of Amazfit GTS
It is obvious, isn’t it? It looks so similar to the Apple Watch, I’m sure the instructions for smartwatch designers were “Make it look like the Apple Watch.”
At first glance, it looks like the Apple Watch. Does it matter?
In the grand scheme of things, no. It is a design and a style that people like, and if you can get an Apple-like watch at such a low price, why not?
The design also has a crown on the side that can be used to wake up the smart watch.
The clock itself is quite thick, with 9.4 mm. The beautiful AMOLED screen is 1.65 inches that sits on a plastic base. It has an always active screen that looks great.
It has numerous styles of watch faces that look great. The colors are crisp and look pretty amazing. If you keep the brightness in automatic, you will save much of the battery life.
In the sunlight? It’s crystal clear and crystal clear!
Xiaomi Amazfit GTS has a 20mm thick silicone strap and comes in numerous colors.
Because it is a fairly thick watch, it is not so heavy at all.
Features and settings of Amazfit GTS
Even the Amazfit Bip Lite had a good GPS tracking function that was quite impressive. It’s the same for the Xiaomi Amazfit GTS too. The software is basic, but functional.
With a simple swipe up, you are offered the menu options that allow you to access
Daily status Activity data Notifications Alarms Training modes Settings Music Compass Timers You can also find your phone with your Xiaomi Amazfit GTS smart watch, where your phone beats loudly through the application. A very useful feature.
You can monitor your heart rate throughout the day and the data is quite accurate, which makes it the perfect gift for parents and grandparents.
Once they can use the built-in GPS to trace their routes and see how much they have worked, which is quite motivating for runners.
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The battery life of the Amazfit GTS
The battery life of the Xiaomi Amazfit GTS is impressive. The biggest problem with most smartwatches is the frequency with which they have to be put in charge. With some of my other devices, because I forget to charge it, I have to leave my smartwatch at home, which is irritating.
Even with the use of the GPS function and the activity tracking function, the GTS can easily last a week and a half.
The always on display considerably consumes the battery life and is a feature that most people turn off because the battery would not last even a few days with it on. That is disappointing because it is a feature that most people would like.
I can compare the battery life of this smart watch with that of the Bip Lite, which is quite impressive, and this is supported by that comparison!
Although most features work as advertised, the step counter in the Xiaomi Amazfit GTS has a problem. Sometimes it twists and records steps that have not been taken.
Another disadvantage of this smart watch is the application. The Xiaomi Amazfit GTS application is a replica of the Mi Fit application and is not too intuitive. It has its problems and one could find the synchronization of the application with the phone.
Otherwise, notifications are fairly easy to configure.
Amazfit GTS price
The GTS review is a very nice watch. It is more expensive than budget versions like the Amazfit Bip and the Lite. It looks like the Apple Smartwatch and has an amazing screen with a brightness that can temporarily blind you.
Should you buy the standard AirPods or the AirPods Pro? Here’s how Apple’s truly wireless earbuds stack up.
Apple currently makes two true wireless earbud models: the second-gen AirPods (which list for $159, but are generally sold for closer to $139) come with optional wireless charging, and the $249 AirPods Pro, which feature active noise cancellation. I personally prefer the AirPods Pro and rated them higher than the standard AirPods in my review. But they cost around $110 more than the base AirPods (without wireless charging) and not everyone likes their noise-isolating design, which leaves you with a silicone ear tip pushed slightly into your ear canal. The looser fit of the AirPods has its advantages — and not everyone wants to spend $250 on earphones, especially ones that are easy to lose.
That, in a nutshell, is why some people aren’t sure about which AirPods to buy. And while there are plenty of excellent non-Apple true wireless earbuds out there — just peruse my list of the best true wireless earbuds of 2020 — you’re presumably here because you’re on the fence about the AirPods or AirPods Pro. So let’s see if we can help you make a decision.
Simply put, the main reason to buy the standard AirPods is to save money. The model with the regular charging case currently sells for $139 while the model with the wireless charging case sells for $169 ($199 if you buy at the Apple Store). Occasionally, the prices dip to $130 and you can find “renewed” options for as low as $120. I personally think wireless charging is a bit overrated (when it comes to headphones, anyway), so I wouldn’t pay the extra money for it. If I was buying the standard AirPods, my goal would be to pay as little as possible for them.
As I said, some people don’t like having silicone buds stuck in their ears. That’s the reason why so many people like the original AirPods. They just sort of nestle in your ear — and when they fit right, they’re really comfortable. And a few folks in our office have told me that even though the AirPods Pro sounded better, they still preferred the fit of the regular AirPods.
I, unfortunately, am among those who can’t get the standard AirPods to stay in my ears securely without using third-party stabelizing wings (and you have to take off the wings to get the AirPods back in their charging case, which is a nuisance). That’s the main reason I prefer the AirPods Pro.
The biggest drawback of the standard AirPods’ “open” design is that it allows ambient sound to leak in. They sound decent in quieter environments — and their performance as a headset for making calls is almost as good as the AirPods Pro — but the listening experience deteriorates in noisy environments.
The standard AirPods fit some people’s ears perfectly (some people have no trouble running with them), but plenty of people can’t get a secure fit. If you’re in the latter group, I highly recommend you spend the extra money on the AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro design simply fits more ears than the original AirPods. I hesitate to call it a universal fit because there are always exceptions, but they’re close.
As noted, the only issue is that some people simply don’t like having silicone buds stuck in their ears, even if they’re as soft and pliant as these tips are. Also, some people are sensitive to the pressure sensation, albeit it slight, that’s a bi-product of active noise-cancelling.
The first thing you notice about the AirPods Pro is that they simply sound better than the standard AirPods because they have more bass. The reason they have more bass is largely due to their new noise-isolating design and new drivers that are tuned for that design. The standard AirPods sound decent enough in quiet places but due to their open design, they just don’t do well when confronted with external noise (the bass frequencies get drowned out). The AirPods’ noise cancellation, which is effective, also helps with external noise, and the combination of the seal of the tips and the active noise cancellation means they sound much better in noisier environments such as city streets.
The standard AirPods are quite good for making calls. With the release of the second-gen model last year — the ones discussed above — Apple improved their noise-reduction capabilities, particularly wind noise. The AirPods Pro have three microphones on each bud, one of which is a beamforming mic that’s designed to pick up your voice. They also have similar noise-reduction capabilities, plus a vent system that’s not only supposed to relieve some of the pressure that can build up in your ear from a noise-isolating design coupled with noise-cancelling features, but can help cut down on wind noise a tad, an Apple rep told me. More importantly, you can simply hear callers better because of the Pros’ noise-isolating design.
Apple is always adding new features to the next generation of future iPhones. Ever since the launch of the very first iPhone, we can track the upgrades as the next generation model surfaces.
In terms of memory, the company has been rather conservative. While competing Android-based flagship models would overcompensate with memory, iPhones get the bare minimum.
From a technical standpoint, Apple controls both hardware and software on the iPhone. As a result, the company knows exactly how much RAM each iPhone needs. Even though, having more RAM isn’t always a bad thing.
Future iPhones will always come with new features and more advanced technology. However, we have no idea in what direction Apple will go.
iPhone 12 and future iphones could have 6GB RAM and up
When it comes to multitasking on the iPhone, more memory is necessary. We are expecting iPhones in 2020 and beyond to feature 6GB RAM and up.
Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max may be the first to come with 6GB RAM each. This was an upgrade from 4GB of RAM on the previous models.
Barclay’s analysts believe that the regular iPhone 12 will still feature 4GB RAM. This is agreeable since the regular iPhone is normally an affordable option. On the contrary, this is all speculation so take with a grain of salt.
Future iPhones could be forced to use USB Type C
The European Union has been pushing for a standard mobile charger. It has been on their agenda for years, as a result, most manufacturers have settled with micro USB.
Most of these manufacturers have since moved on to using USB-C (Type-C). However, Apple has been one of the companies holding out against the change. Apple argued switching to USB-C from Lightning would create lots of waste.
According to Business Insider, the EU has rejected the argument with an overwhelming vote of 582-40, in favor of a standard mobile charger. As a result, Apple could be forced to use USB-C charging on iPhones once the law goes into effect.
Apple has since argued that the new rules would stifle innovation, however, the EU rejects the claim. Due to this new legislation, we could see future iPhones with a USB-C charging port.
What Apple’s iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max could look like
Apple is now working on the iPhone 12 series. According to reports, these will include the iPhone 12 along with the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
Leaked information suggests the iPhone 12 will not feature a new design after all. However, we can expect some iPhone 12 models to get a huge RAM boost, and more energy-efficient screen.
Instead of a total makeover, we could see minor changes in the design. According to rumors, the iPhone 12 could lack the notch on the screen. One other report suggests Apple is working on new Face ID technology. This new tech could lead to a redesigned and probably slimmer notch.
If Apple drops the notch, then the camera would have to be built into the screen. Leaked details also suggest an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This would be awesome, as the company dropped the fingerprint scanner on the current model.
The most popular rumor of the iPhone 12 series is that it will support 5G connectivity. Equally, is the rumor that 2020 iPhones will take design cues from the iPhone 4.
Regardless of its design and features, the latest iPhone is always a fan favorite. Apple hasn’t confirmed any of the iPhone 12 features, so this is all speculation.
A Foldable iPhone could be in the near future
Foldable smartphones such as the Galaxy Fold seems to be the next trend. However, they all seem to be facing a similar problem, repeated folding cause a crease to form.
A new patent by Apple would have us believe the company has found a solution to the problem. The patent reveals a foldable design that doesn’t crease the display.
Apple’s newly discovered patent reveals that they have been experimenting with foldable screens. It would appear the experiment has been going on for a while, so could we see a foldable iPhone soon?
There are two separate sections of the display. Once it unfolds, each section moves closer and connects to fill the gap. Flip to close and both sections separate, hence no crease in the display.
This isn’t confirmation of a foldable iPhone, but since Apple owns this patent show they are experimenting with the idea.
In conclusion, there’s no official information on the upcoming iPhones. We may see new designs and new features or we may not. Apple normally releases its new iPhones in September, so it’s safe to say September 2020 is the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
There’s a certain breed of IT worker who has a deep fetish for all things neat and tidy.
The result is a server room with hundreds of cables neatly organised, cable-tied and manipulated into perfect angles. Not only is the outcome aesthetically pleasing, it’s also technically practical.
We’ve collected some of the best images of these masterfully neat cables for you to enjoy. Perhaps some inspiration while you’re stuck indoors with nothing better to do?
Retro gaming setup
Perhaps the neatest gaming setup you’ve ever seen. This image not only features some next level cable management, it also includes all manner of retro gaming machines. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the shelf above the TV.
Subtle gaming setup
This neat gamer went entirely the other way with their cable management. Going as far as installing not one, but two gaming machines on the back of their TV and keeping all the cables nice and neat and out of sight. Seems like a great way to sneak a new device into the house without your other half noticing as well.
National Energy Technology Laboratory
This cable porn comes from the National Energy Technology Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s good to see that even Government bodies take cable management seriously.
Barcelona Super Computer
This super-computer is a superb work of art, you can tell this setup means serious business.
This copper colour wiring seems to give the impression of metal pipework and electrical/data wiring coming together in perfect unison.
This neat wiring could easily be present in your phone or tablet. Tiny attention to detail ensuring the best results from our digital world.
Tiny circuit board wiring
This tiny circuit board wiring shows that cable management is a fine art, even at the tiniest level.
Braided cables from CERN
It’s no surprise that CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, needs some serious cabling to keep their research running.
Thick batches of purple cable neatly line the walls of this rack. You can only imagine the amount of time and effort that went into this setup.
A couple more colours and we’d almost have a rainbow of wiring in this photo.
So many colours
So many colours and such precision all in one place.
A mass of cables loop their way down a ladder, neatly tied and kept in place.
Power cable neatness
This photo had Redditors arguing as the angle of the photo makes it look like the cables are going in the wrong holes. Even the internet can’t be calmed by simple neat cabling and zip ties.
Up to the heavens
This is some seriously impressive wiring, wiring that even God would be proud of. A tubular mass of wires take all the data up through the ceiling to where it’s needed.
This overhead pipework is pleasantly neat and easy on the eye. We wonder how many people take the time to stop and look up when walking down these twisting corridors.
These neat and arching cables clearly took hours of meticulous work to put together. You have to admire the handiwork and the dedication to cable perfection.
This cabling and pipework dates back to the 1930’s and hails from Germany. It’s no surprise to see the Germans being as efficient with their pipework as they are with everything else. Everything in its place and a place for everything.
You have to admire this curvaceous cabling, magnificent lines and a high attention to detail.
It might be tiny compared to some of the other racks we’ve seen, but the cabling here is still impressive.
Insane cable management
Another neat snap of perfectionist level cable management. Again, this one had Redditors arguing about whether there were enough cable ties being used or too many.
This photo is simply labelled “the internet” but despite the neatness, we’re not too sure there are enough cables here to hold the whole internet.
All the colours of the internet
Wonderful domestic wiring captured in a simple photo of a number of ethernet cables neatly arranged on their journey from the home broadband router.
Video routing needs neat cabling too
Even video streaming and routing needs neat cabling. This Redditor is understandably impressed with their work and with good cause too.
Cable management is an art
Seeing this cable management, Redditor Bitwaba commented “Cable management is an art, but if to maintain it you have to be an artist, then you’re making it more complicated than it should be.” This single comment sums up almost all the photos in this article.
A rainbow of cables
This Redditor attempted to create a rainbow out of their cabling and the outcome is as neat as it is colourful.
Small but neat
This wiring is from a self-built PC and shows the dedication to cable management and neatness these enthusiasts have when building their own machines.
Google’s TensorFlow Cloud Service
A photo from behind the scenes at the inner workings of Google’s mammoth machine. This wiring is part of the machinery used for machine learning, so you can imagine the data that passes through these wires.
Mean green cable machine
We’re green with envy. This insanely neat cabling is a joy to behold.
Bright yellow cabling curls and curves in satisfying ways, taking data off to where it’s needed most.
Living room pleasure
Neat and tidy cables don’t just belong in the workplace, here a piece of ethernet cabling has been turned into a work of art rather than just an eye-sore.
White and blue is good for you
To the keen eye, this cabling boasts both Velcro ties and zip ties to keep the cables neat and tidy and drive the cable porn enthusiasts insane.
Ceiling wiring racks help keep these neat cables out of view at this datacenter which you could argue is a shame, but it’s certainly neat and practical.
Multi-core power cable
This multi-core power cabling shows that even power cables can be neatly organised.
Mobile cabling exposed
A snap of a mobile broadcasting van captured at the London Marathon. Exposed wiring and innards no doubt help with air flow and cooling during the hot days.
Top down cabling
Neat cabling with curves flows down like a waterfall of data. Magnificent and intricate.
Pipework to be proud of
Neatness isn’t just for cabling. The organisation of this pipework is as admirable as it is beautiful.
Digital TV wiring
This is what it looks like when someone with a high attention to detail wires an apartment building for digital television signals all originating from a single dish.
A bored network admin has turned some CAT5 cable into a cat o’ nine tails. This photo gives a whole new meaning to the term “cable porn”.
Purple cable porn
This magnificent purple cabling is likely co-axial cables neatly arranged on the inside of a mobile broadcasting truck. A magnificent feat of cabling and tremendous use of cable ties.
Cable or candy?
This colourful wiring could just as easily be mistaken for candy cane.
This beautiful pipework made its way onto Reddit under /r/conduitporn/ and shows that it’s not just wiring that people get obsessive about.
Electric meter neatness
This is a transformer rated electric meter for a 2000 Amp service. A neat piece of work by the installer on a powerful bit of kit.
Cables as art
This one looks more like a work of art than a photo of technology it’s just that neat and tidy. There’s no denying the symmetry is pleasing to the eye.
The seriously neat server room
Photographer Alejandro Cynowicz says he hates cables, but their company takes the matter of neat cabling extremely seriously.
The neat green machine
This sort of cabling gets the wiring nerds arguing about what a nightmare it would be if a single cable needed replacing.
You can almost feel the satisfaction of a job well done when looking at this photo taken at the end of a completed cabling mission. Neat and tidy and everything in its correct place.
Mapped out cable art
This work of cable art looks like someone tried to map out the London underground using power cables and wall tacks.
Neat and colourful
When airflow is important, there’s even more value to neat wiring than just being easy on the eye.
More mellow yellow
There seems to be a theme with these cable enthusiasts with a passion for yellow cables.
Barcelona Super Computer
Super-computing in Barcelona is serious business.
Before and after
Many of these images feature some seriously neat cabling, but you rarely get to see any insight into the level of effort that goes into these photos. Well, now you can as this Redditor has shown off what the cable mess looked like originally before they “fixed” it. This fine craftsmanship took six hours of human effort to complete.
PC gamers do it best
As PC gamers and builders ourselves, we can always appreciate a bit of neat cable management when it comes to a gaming PC build. This Redditor is clearly a master of sleeved cables and zip ties. It’s stunning.
A musical instrument
Where most of these tidy cable images involve great swathes of cables being neatly tied and bundled together, this one went the other way. This image comes from Facebook’s offices and shows a cable setup that looks like it could be played like a musical instrument.
Is this what the cloud really looks like? A magnificent view of cable heaven.
TV production levels of awesome
This incredibly beautiful cable view shows a mass of cables being used at a large TV production facility. A total of 576 ports filled with all the necessary neat cables.
Some might argue that this is unnecessary and some of it could have been done out of sight, but we have to admire the craftsmanship of these service loops. Wonderfully neat and organised cables separated and controlled in the most magnificent of ways.
Four days of work
This impressive mass of cables apparently took Reddit user T—Ham four days to put together this neatly. He said there were at least 378 cables in this setup and his hands were raw by the end, but oh boy was it worth it.
Attention to detail
From massively neat and satisfying cable constructions down to tiny works of art like this. Cable management beauty is everywhere. This photo shows the results of a fine piece of working hardware modding a PlayStation 2. Neat cabling running away from the freshly installed chip.
The Pix-Star PXT515WR04 is a 15-inch digital picture frame that was designed with a 4:3 aspect ratio with 1024 X 768 pixel per inch resolution. It also has wireless connectivity with a special app that’s compatible with IOS and Android platforms. It lets you customize it to make the most out of your cherished images.
The Pix-Star PXT515WR04 comes with 8 GB of internal memory, yet it can also support a USB stick as well as SDHC or SDXC memory cards. The companion app also allows you to share videos and photos via e-mail. It can also work with your social media photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, one drive, Flickr, Google Drive, Google Photos, and 23Snaps.
The NIX X13D 13.3 Inch USB Digital Picture Frame has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, and a very respectable resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also has built-in speakers to play your favorite music as well as a calendar with a clock display feature. This digital picture frame comes with a remote, a power adaptor, and wall-mounting hardware as well as the ability to use it as a tabletop display.
One of the things that keep the price tag low is the lack of WiFi or any sort of wireless connectivity. It’s designed to store digital images on a USB thumb drive or an SD memory card. Which you need to factor into the original purchase price. Though it’s still a great value in its own right.
Aura Frames offers a high-quality digital picture frame
with a lot of the special features you want to see at a premium price point. This includes WiFi connectivity with an integrated companion app with an intuitive interface as well as compatibility with smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa.
The 9-inch digital screen is set up in a 4:3 aspect ratio at 1,600 x 1,200 resolution. It also has a motion sensor that dims the screen or turns it off as a power saver. The Aura Frames also has a slide show feature with adjustable intervals.
Its also worth noting that this digital picture frame comes with free Cloud storage, with other features that let you share your favorite images.
How We Picked
Digital picture frames are currently undergoing a relatively rapid stage of evolution. That means that the marketplace is essentially flooded with options. Some of them are riding on the cutting edge of wireless connectivity, integrated with apps and smart home devices, while others represented slightly older tech, which leans on physical characteristics.
Right off the bat, you shouldn’t let a lack of wireless connectivity and app integration be a deal-breaker. There are some very well-designed digital picture frames with friendly price tags that simply use built-in memory storage or a memory card. They’re handy for times when you just want convenient image storage in your home.
Yet digital picture frames with wireless connectivity via WiFi or a Bluetooth signal are taking over. Some are integrated with social media images, as well as other features that let you share your most cherished memories with friends and family.
When researching the digital picture frame marketplace, we tried to represent the spectrum. This included the basic units as well as more sophisticated units with some special bells and whistles. The filtering process involved looking at some of the following key characteristics.
The size of the digital picture frame will factor into the price. This is also part of the reason why you don’t see a lot of massive picture frames hanging in homes. Still, you don’t want to go too small for the price. So, we tried to keep an eye on the relationship between size and price when we were reviewing digital picture frames for this article.
These days the image resolution of flat-screen devices is better than ever. Still, we tried to make sure that a low-resolution option didn’t manage to sneak its way into contention disguised in marketing slogans.
These days not all images are captured in a 4:3 aspect ratio. So, we tried to look for units that could manage 2:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio as well. Though this might still leave you with black bars on two of the margins. The only way to really prevent this is to edit the images to match the aspect ratio yourself.
There are some digital picture frames that come with some built-in memory. This is nice, but not necessarily a deal maker-or-breaker. There are plenty of high-quality digital picture frames that are a good value, yet require you to use a USB thumb drive, or some type of memory card to manage them. A few even have WiFi or Bluetooth wireless connectivity that lets you store and access images online in a cloud or social media.
Wireless connectivity is another one of those things that aren’t necessarily a make-it or break-it feature. There are some quality digital picture frames that simply use physical media. However, most of the cutting-edge digital picture frames do have WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity options. If they do, we tried to look for other things that make the most out of it, like companion apps or the ability to work with “Smart Home” devices.
Most of the best digital picture frames have some essential special features that make it more than just an electronic image screen. This includes things like slideshow, automatic rotating, motion sensors for power saving, and auto-dimming.
Pix-Star 15 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame
15-inch 4:3 aspect ratio
1024 X 768 resolution
2.4 GHz not compatible with 5GHz network
Pix-Star app superior functionality
Free unlimited storage and support
8 GB internal memory
Supports USB sticks, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Weather forecast feature
Remote control included
Pix-Star embraces wireless connectivity and app functionality with its PXT515WR04 digital picture frame. The 15-inch picture frame was designed with a 4:3 aspect ratio with 1024 X 768 pixel per inch resolution.
It has 8 GB of internal memory, with the ability to support a USB stick as well as SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Just keep in mind that it’s only set up to run on a 2.4 GHz network and is not compatible with a 5 GHz network. There’s also a remote control to spare you having to mark up the screen with fingerprints.
While the physical hardware features are very handy, it’s really the WiFi wireless connectivity and the Pix-Star app that really stand out with the Pix-Star PXT515WR04 15-inch digital picture frame.
It’s compatible with IOS and Android platforms and comes with free unlimited storage and lifetime support. The app also allows you to share videos and photos with others via e-mail. It was also designed to work with social media photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, one drive, Flickr, Google Drive, Google Photos, and 23Snaps just to name a few.
You can also set it up to display local weather forecasts or forecasts for another location. Pix-Star also backs it with a 2-year warranty.
What We Liked
The Pix-Star app is the things that help separate the Pix-Star PXT515WR04 15-inch digital picture frame. It gives you the ability to share images, store them online. It also has seamless integration with your social media images, letting you keep all your cherished photos at your fingertips.
The fact that it has 8GB of internal storage, as well as supporting USB sticks, SDHC and SDXC memory cards also helps you maximize physical storage of up to 30,000 images!
The Pix-Star PXT515WR04 15-inch digital picture frame represents state of the art technology and app integration. If there’s a minor knock on this digital picture frame it’s the fact that it was designed to only work on a 2.4 GHz and will not support a 5 GHz network.
Aura Frames Digital Picture Frame Ultra HD Display
9-inch HD display
1,600 X 1,200 resolution
Unlimited cloud storage
IOS and Android compatible
Automatic dimming and motion sensor
Slideshow with adjustable duration
Aura Frames embraces 21st Century technology with a digital picture frame with WiFi connectivity, app integration and compatibility with smart home devices like Alexa. It also has a 9-inch screen set up in a 4:3 aspect ratio at 1,600 x 1,200 resolution.
Where it really sets itself apart from older units is the wireless WiFi connectivity and an innovative app that is compatible with IOS and Android devices. It has an automatic rotate feature that adjusts the image from landscape to portrait orientation. Though if your image was in a 2:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio you will likely notice black bars on the image.
It has touch bar controls and an intuitive interface that makes for easy setup. There is a motion sensor that dims or turns the display screen off to save on power consumption.
The slide show feature is also variable. You can change the duration between slides to your preference. If you have a lot of images that you enjoy, you could set it up with 15-minutes between frames, and it will casually change through your favorites. But if you want you could potentially adjust the frame rate to as long as four hours.
What We Liked
The wireless WiFi connectivity with Cloud storage access is handy for keeping track of a lot of images. The adjustable duration slide show lets you decide how you display them on the 9-inch screen.
If you use Alexa in your home, you might also enjoy the compatibility.
If you are looking for a digital picture frame with wireless features that you can manage via an app, the Aura Frames Digital Picture Frame Ultra HD Display deserves strong consideration. The 9-inch screen is a little bit small, and you will need to crop your 2:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio, but this is par for the course with a lot of digital picture frames.
MRQ 15.6 Inch Digital Picture Frame
1920 X 1080P resolution
Images stored on SD memory card or USB flash drive
2.5-meter motion sensor
Automatic rotate feature
Includes wall mounting bracket and hardware
Remote control operation
Adaptor plugs into a wall outlet
This digital picture frame by MRQ measures in at 15.6-inches with a 1920 X 1080P resolution. Though it will also support a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. It has multiple modes include video, music, slideshow, e-book, and calendar as well as a clock with alarm features. It also automatically rotates images for you.
It’s set up to source images from physical media such as an SD memory card or a USB flash drive. The features allow you to make the most of your images, while also being able to use it to help manage your life.
The 2.5-meter motion sensor dims or turns off the display screen to help save power. It comes with an outlet power adaptor as well as a wall mounting bracket, hardware, and remote control.
What We Liked
The multiple modes for video, music, slideshow, e-book, and calendar, as well as a clock with alarm features, lets you use this digital picture frame for more than simply displaying images. As time goes on you will find creative ways to let it help manage your day.
This is a handy digital picture frame that augments your lifestyle yet also has the features to let you appreciate your cherished images. It would be nice if there was some type of built-in storage or wireless connectivity or a sophisticated app with this picture frame, but if you purchase an SD memory card when you buy it you can set it up with everything you need and simply leave the physical media in it.
NIX X13D 13.3 Inch USB Digital Picture Frame
1920 x 1080 FHD
16:9 aspect ratio
Built-in stereo speakers
USB or SD memory card
Calendar and clock mode
Wall mount or tabletop
Mounting hardware and power adaptor included
Dedicated customer service
The NIX X13D 13.3 Inch USB Digital Picture Frame was originally designed in 2005 but has seen consistent upgrades and dedicated customer service to keep it contemporary. It has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, and a respectable resolution of 1920 x 1080.
It doesn’t have any sort of WiFi or wireless connectivity. Though it does accommodate a USB thumb drive or an SD memory card. While this makes the technology a full step back from some of the cutting edge competitors of the same size, it also helps keep the Nix X13D’s price tag friendly.
This digital picture frame also has built-in speakers as well as calendar and clock modes. A remote, power adaptor and mounting hardware are included in the purchase.
This lets you set the Nix X13D up for tabletop display or mount it in portrait or landscape orientation on your wall.
What We Liked
The 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio is handy, as a lot of new smartphones are starting to trend toward this aspect. The fact that you can use it as a tabletop display, as well as a wall-mounted digital picture frame, is also a nice touch.
If you look past the lack of wireless connectivity and linked app, then the NIX X13D is a good value digital picture frame. It’s easy to use and has basic functionality like a calendar and clock that contributes to the flow of your day.
Dhwazz 10.5 Inch Digital Photo Frame
1280 x 720 resolution
16:9 aspect ratio
IPS display with 180-degree viewing angle
8.2-foot motion sensor
Sleep and power-saving mode
USB or SD card memory storage
Digital clock display with date
Power cord included in the purchase
Backed by a lifetime warranty
This is another good value digital picture frame that saves on the price tag by not supporting wireless connectivity or app integration. Memory storage is handled by a USB stick or an SD memory card.
The Dhwazz 10.5 Inch Digital Photo Frame has an IPS display, which provides superior color, and clarity as well as accommodating a 180-degree viewing angle. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio with 1280 x 720 resolution.
This digital picture frame doesn’t have a lot of special features. However, it does have a motion sensor with a range of 8.2 feet. When not in use, it has a sleep and power save mode. There is also an easy-to-read clock in the lower right-hand corner, which displays the time and date. It also comes with a power cord and is backed by an impressive lifetime warranty.
What We Liked
The IPS display gives you superior viewing angles as well as vivid colors and superior image clarity compared to an LED. This also means you can view the image clearly at a full 180-degrees.
The Dhwazz 10.5 Inch Digital Photo Frame is a good value. The IPS display does drive the price up a little bit, but it provides you with superior image quality. At the same time, they still manage to keep the cost friendly, by forgoing wireless connectivity and app integration in favor of straight-up USB or SD memory cards for physical storage media.
Backed by a lifetime warranty and focus on customer service
Feelcare 15.6 Inch 16GB WiFi Digital Picture Frame
1920 X 1080 IPS display
16 GB of internal memory
Touch screen features
IOS and Android compatible app
Slideshow feature with optional captions
USB and SD card slots
Automatic rotate feature for portrait or landscape
The Feelcare HN-DPF1560 is a 15.6-inch digital picture frame with 16GB of built-in internal storage. The IPS display screen has a 1920 X 1080 resolution for superior image quality as well as a wider viewing angle compared to an LED display.
The Feelcare HN-DPF1560 also has WiFi connectivity, which allows you to share your images from your phone via an IOS or Android compatible app. It also has customizable settings that let you set up the digital picture frame to your specifications as well as do edits or support videos. There’s also a slide show feature with optional captions to add important commentary.
What We Liked
With some digital picture frames, the wireless app can sometimes be clunky. With the Feelcare HN-DPF1560, you get the sense that they took the time to make sure the app had an easy to use, intuitive interface that even non-tech savvy people can use.
There are some digital picture frames that have more bells and whistles than the Feelcare HN-DPF1560. Yet very few have the app, the wireless connectivity, and a large 15.6-inch IPS display at this price range.
Good Boy SG_B0721ZTL1P 19-inch Smart WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame With Camera
19-inch IPS display
Multiple USB ports and SD memory card slot
8 GB internal memory
20 GB of free Cloud Storage
Bluetooth or WiFi wireless connectivity
2.0 MP front camera
Connect to streaming services
The Good Boy 19-inch Digital Photo Frame represents one of the largest, high-quality IPS display screens in this niche. It’s partnered with other smart features, including a 2.0 MP front-mounted camera and built-in speakers. This allows you to interact with family members via a wireless WiFi or Bluetooth signal.
It comes with two USB ports, as well as an SD memory card slot. Though the Good Boy 19-inch Digital Photo Frame also has 8 GB of internal storage. There is also 20 GB of free cloud storage included in this package.
The Good Boy 19-inch Digital Photo Frame can also connect to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. It can also be set up to work with your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and others.
What We Liked
The front-mounted video camera and built-in speakers allow you to use this device as an interactive tool, as well as a high-quality digital picture frame. The fact that it comes with 20 GB of free Cloud storage, 8 GB of built-in memory, as well as USB and SD memory card slots is also a nice touch.
The Good Boy 19-inch Digital Photo Frame seems to be part of the next step in digital smart home technology, allowing family members to connect and share images. Yet it also has the functionality to help manage your social media. If there’s one place where they missed in the design is the lack of a true motion sensor/power-saving feature.
Skylight Frame 916496 10-inch Digital Picture Frame With WiFi
4:3 aspect ratio
1200 X 800 resolution
Touch screen functionality
WiFi lets you e-mail photos to the frame
Variable speed slide show
The Skylight Frame 916496 10-inch Digital Picture Frame has a lot of the image quality and wireless connectivity functionality that you want in a state-of-the-art image device. The WiFi connectivity lets you e-mail your images directly to the frame. They usually appear in under a minute.
You can navigate the frame’s feature via the touch screen interface. It has a 4:3 aspect ratio and displays images at 1,200 X 800 resolution. You can adjust the slide show with a delay as short as 5 seconds to as long as 2-minutes. This lets you cycle through your favorite images at a pace that’s comfortable for you. You could even set it up to show off images from your most recent vacation.
Skylight Frame believes in the 916496 10-inch Digital Picture Frame so much that they back it with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which is hard to argue with at this price point.
What We Liked
The ability to connect via a WiFi signal and e-mail images to the frame is very convenient.
The adjustable slide show feature also lets you share a large number of photos in a relatively short period of time.
There’s a lot to like with the Skylight Frame 916496 10-inch Digital Picture Frame. It has the connectivity and functionality you want to see in a state-of-the-art image device. Just keep in mind that if you are going to use the touch screen interface frequently, that you will have to deal with fingerprints on the display screen.
Most successful consumer electronics are propelled to market success by making our lives better in some way. Yet there are those who tend to gradually rise to popularity by providing a solution to a problem we didn’t know we even had.
You see this to some degree in the growing popularity of digital picture frames. In the past, most of the photos in your home were taken by professionals and printed on glossy paper at a premium price. You could stick them in a frame, and they were a great memory that you got to revisit every time you dusted the living room. In time home printer technology advanced to the point where you could print your own small photos on expensive paper for a modest frame.
With both these options, you had to continually invest in printing and/or new frames to keep up with family pictures and favorite images. For a family with small children, this could turn into a recurring financial black hole that forces you to choose between which images you wanted to display at any given time. If you wanted to change a frame to a cherished image, you had to take the time to take the frame apart, install the photo, and then rehang or place it again.
Today the popularity of smartphones, digital SLR cameras, and other visual media options, we have access to more vivid, rich images than ever before. Leaving us looking for the best ways to display them in our everyday lives, without having to invest in dozens of frames and costly prints.
A digital picture frame solves many of these problems. It is essentially a small LCD monitor that closely mimics a traditional picture frame. Most can be set up in a portrait or landscape orientation. Many can be hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf or table.
The digital picture frame will have some degree of built-in memory to hold onto multiple high-resolution images at one time. There are even a few models that include an optional memory card slot, for easy physical transfer of digital images.
Different manufacturers offer digital picture frames with special features. This might include things like the ability to play slide shows or to double as a lighting feature. Some models need to be plugged into a standard 110 Volt AC outlet, though there are a few that run off a rechargeable battery.
Digital Picture Frame Characteristics
Not all digital picture frames are made the same. Several manufacturers tweak the overall design to help them stand out from the field and many have their own special or customized features. The process of finding the best digital picture frame for you starts with looking at the following core characteristics.
Overall Screen Size
Just like flat-screen televisions and computer monitors the size of the digital picture frame is expressed as a diagonal measurement. Most use a standard 3 by 4, or 3 by 2 aspect ratio that you see with most photographs and digital images. Though there are some who offer special aspect ratios like 16 by 9 which you see in widescreen formats.
On-screen resolution is usually expressed in pixels per inch. The higher the PPI is the more-crisp the image will be. Just keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the more space it will take up in the internal memory or memory card.
100 pixels per inch tends to be the basic minimum that most people find acceptable. Though there are some digital picture frames that might be capable of higher resolution numbers. A few even have special features that let you customize the viewable resolution.
Surface Image Quality
Beyond the basic dynamics of the resolution, the surface of the screen can also have an impact on the visual quality of the image when viewed. Most highly ranked digital picture frames have a matte finish or some type of non-reflective screen to reduce potential glare.
Though there are a few that place a plate of glass over the screen to protect it and give it a little bit of a traditional photo frame feeling. If you do find a digital picture frame like this, just double-check the fine print to make sure it has some type of “Anti-Glare” feature. The last thing you want to do is invest in a digital picture frame only to squint every time you look at it.
Built-In Memory Capacity
Many digital picture frames come with some basic level of built-in memory storage. Though there are some that rely on a memory card, or that also accommodate a memory card. Ideally, you want to look for a memory capacity of 512 MB or more. If you go lower than this, you might save a little bit on the price tag, only to find yourself later having to choose between a limited number of images you want to display.
Memory Card Options
There are some digital picture frames that are designed to work directly from a removable SD memory card, memory stick, or even a thumb drive. A few have built-in memory storage with a slot for a memory card, which makes it easy for you to transfer an image from something like a digital SLR to your digital picture frame. Th
Connectivity is the key feature for transferring images from your computer, tablet, smartphone, or your digital SLR camera to the actual digital picture frame. This can come in the form of physical connections like the aforementioned SD memory card, memory stick, or a USB connection.
Though there are some digital picture frames that offer wireless connectivity options. These usually have WiFi or Bluetooth compatibility built-in. Wireless connectivity continues to gain traction as they become popular in more and more consumer electronics. If you are going to be taking photos on a device to crop or edit on your computer, before transferring them to the digital picture frame, you might want to prioritize a unit with wireless connectivity included in the package.
Just keep in mind that wireless connectivity features tend to increase the price. Though many will also work with apps. Some of which allow you to also share images with family members online.
As wireless connectivity continues to expand, many manufacturers have started to develop apps that work with it. Some even connect with devices like Alexa, Echo and other smart home features. Many of them let you connect a network with other digital picture frames or share images with friends and family members over the internet.
Slide Show Feature
Many digital picture frames come with some type of slide show feature. When you turn it on the internal software will eventually shift from one image to the next. This feature is nice for several reasons.
First of all, it lets you appreciate the full volume of images you cherish, without being tied to just one as you would be with a traditional picture frame that holds a physical photograph. At the same time, periodically changing the image helps extend the overall lifespan, by preventing a static image from burning into the screen.
Ideally, you want to look for a digital picture frame that lets you adjust the duration of time between images. Some will let you make this window of time as short as 15 seconds or as long as two hours.
The Aesthetics Of The Frame
It might seem a little basic, but you do want to consider your overall décor when choosing a digital picture frame. If the room you want to display the frame has a lot of wood furniture, earth tones, and existing wood frames, you might not want to go with a digital picture frame with shiny polished metal or a black finish.
There are some digital picture frames that come with multiple exterior trim options. A few even have things like interchangeable faceplates that let you physically alter the exterior appearance, without having to worry about disturbing the internal electronics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I Put 2:3 Aspect Image On A 4:3 Digital Picture Frame?
A: A lot of digital picture frames have features like auto-rotating or other features that let you adapt images that were taken from a different aspect ratio. Just keep in mind that this usually creates black bars on two of the margins, which cannot be removed without you first editing the photo on your phone or computer.
Q: Is Motion Sensing Important?
A: Many digital picture frames will have some type of motion sensor system that’s also linked to a timer. When anything moves within range and within the set time duration the image screen remains on. If the room has been still it will dim or go off. This reduces power consumption. It tends to be more popular with digital picture frames that run on an internal battery, though there are some units plugged into an outlet that will also have them.
Q: What’s the difference between LED and IPS monitors?
A. With some digital picture frames, you might see terms like IPS or LED to describe the characteristics of the image screen. IPS stands for “In-Plane Switching” which is also known as “Panel Technology” while LED uses “Backlight Technology.”
The main benefit of IPS is that it produces much higher display quality, with more vibrant colors as well as superior viewing angles. However, it does increase the overall price, which can be a factor for the somewhat small screens of a digital picture frame.
LED displays tend to have a more limited viewing angle. This is due to the unidirectional orientation of the light-emitting diode. The backlit color quality is arguable less, with a somewhat lower resolution threshold. Though LED displays do also tend to cost less.
As you can see, there are a lot of different factors that can go into the overall price of a digital picture frame. Taking a few minutes to determine how you are likely going to use it, will have an impact on the features you prioritize.
If you just want a frame that will cycle through some of your most cherished photos, then you might be able to save some money by looking for a digital picture frame that runs off physical media storage like a USB stick or an SD memory card. There are even some with some basic internal 32 GB of storage that deserve to be on the radar in a situation like this.
On the other end of the spectrum, a digital picture frame with wireless connectivity via a WiFi or Bluetooth signal is convenient. Many of these displays also have apps and possible online storage features roll in. However, you also see this reflected in what is often a higher price tag.
The type of display might also be a factor. IPS displays do cost more, but they often have a superior resolution, vivid colors, and a 180-degree field of view. LED displays might cost less, but they have a limited viewing angle, and sometimes slightly lower resolution capacity.
Once you have dialed in these important details, you can start considering special features. A slide show feature with the adjustable time between frames might be preferable to display a wide range of cherished images. Motion sensor features paired with sleep or power saver modes can reduce the total wattage the digital picture frame consumes in a given day.
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