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8 iPhone hacks you’ve probably never heard of

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I am, admittedly, an Apple fanatic. Like many, my iPhone has become an extension of my hand and because of all the things I accomplish with it, I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without it.

But, as much as I love being on my iPhone, there are still a bunch of phone features I didn’t know about. Well, until now. Here are some of those iPhone hacks that have become my go-to features:

Create text shortcuts for certain phrases (or emoticons)

Never have to type certain phrases again! The iPhone allows you to automatically replace certain text with programmed phrases.

How: Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Text Replacement and voila!

Make corrections on your calculator

You do not, I repeat, you do not have to start over every time you make a mistake on your iPhone calculator! A simple swipe deletes the last character typed in (without having to delete the whole equation!) and all is well in the world again.

Shake for every mistake!

A quick shake on your iPhone while typing will open a prompt — undo mistakes with a tap of a button!

Lock onto subjects with your camera

Tap and hold the camera screen to lock onto a certain subject on frame! This trick is will lock your photo settings down, even if you move the camera around.

Create gestures with AssistiveTouch!

Ah, the wonders of this virtual button! Triggering AssistiveTouch allows you to create custom gestures that are useful for a lot of things — including this cool hands-free Snapchat hack!

How: Go to General -> Accessibility -> AssistiveTouch then toggle the switch to turn it on. Tap New Gesture, tap and hold the middle of the screen until the blue bar at the bottom is filled up until the end, and save. Now, open Snapchat, tap the little gray button on screen (which is the AssistiveTouch), tap Custom, then tap the gesture you just saved. A circle will appear and all you need to do now is drag it over the Snapchat record button. Enjoy!

Create special signature vibrations

You can assign a custom vibration for each person on your contact list! Know who’s calling you even before looking at your phone.

How: Go to Contacts -> the name of contact -> Edit -> Ringtone -> Vibration -> Create New Vibration -> tap away!

When timer ends, stop playing

Your phone timer is not completely useless! You can use it to set your music to stop playing after a certain period of time. You can now rest easy as you sleep with your playlist on.

How: Go to Clock -> Timer -> When Timer Ends -> Stop Playing

Use earphones to take remote photos

Take photos without touching your phone by simply plugging in your earphones and using the volume buttons as a remote shutter!

You’re welcome.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?

BEAST!

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Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this, but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant

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Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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