While Apple Watch owners were treated to a host of updates in the most recent WatchOS release, they probably weren’t expecting their watches to randomly dial emergency services without their consent. According to Tom's guide, Emergency dispatchers have been reporting an increase in emergency calls being made by Apple Watches.
The problem is being caused by the new SOS emergency call feature that was added to the watch in the most recent WatchOS update. As one can imagine, all these false calls are putting a stress on our hardworking emergency service personnel.
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While the feature is turned on by default, it can easily be disable by using the using the following steps. (Don't worry, you'll still be able to dial emergency services by holding down the digital crown until the Emergency SOS slider appears.)
Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
Tap the My Watch tab
Tap Emergency SOS
Turn off Hold to Auto Call.
For more information on the Appple watch SOS feature, head over to Apple's support page.
Have you experienced this with your Apple Watch or device? If so, we'd love to hear your experiences in the comments.
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I wasn't able to sign my agreement yesterday due to webpage issues, now if I sign it today it's going to have the date on it and i probably won't be able to get my Gear Vr, so now what?
@houseofsutherla I Completely agree that the issues with the website have been frustrating, but fear not, your packing slip that comes with the phone should reflect the date you ordered the phone, not the date you signed the agreement. This is what Samsung will be looking for when you go to redeem the promotion. Hope this helps!
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@stanelaine6504 I completely under your frustrations caused by the issues with the Galaxy Note 7. When you exchanged your Galaxy Note 7 for the Galaxy S7 Edge, was it done under a 2 year contract, a lease or an installment billing agreement? The reason I ask, is that depending on the exchanged purchase option, it could impact whether you'll be able to upgrade early or potentially have an early termination fee.
Also, while Samsung hasn't officially announced the Galaxy Note 8, there are rumors that Samsung will indeed launch the Note 8 later this year, so if you prefer that line of devices over the Galaxy S series, you may also want to wait and see what Samsungs has planned.
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The LG Stylo 2 was one of the surprise mid-range devices of early 2016. It was an affordable phone with a nice camera, decent processor and an HD screen. With the LG Stylo 3 releasing this month, has LG got another winner on its hands? Let’s find out.
I’ve been using the LG Stylo 3 for a little over a week now and it’s clear to me that LG’s motto with this phone is, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. Now normally, one would think that’s a bad thing, but in this case it isn’t. LG took a solid design from last year and made small improvements to the design.
The Stylo 3 has an 1.4 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940. This is a nice upgrade as its predecessor had an 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916. I’ve found the phone to be very smooth and lag free when switching between applications, swiping back and forth, scrolling through the the app tray or running multiple applications at once. For a mid-range phone, I was very pleased by the performance I was getting.
LG went with a very minimal approach for the LG Stylo 3 this year and it works. The phone is lightweight, thin and I applaud LG for including a relatively small bezel with this phone. In addition, the phone retains the same 5.7” 720p HD IPS LCD screen as last year’s model. Colors were vibrant and detail was good. I would’ve liked to have seen LG bump it up to 1080p but I understand LG’s decision opting instead to keep the device affordable. Just like the name implies, the phone comes with a Stylus pen. Having used the Galaxy Note series in the past, I found the stylus pen just as comfortable and easy to use with tactile response from the pen being sharp. The pen is integrated into the top right corner of the phone and LG has designed it to appear as though it is part of the actual frame of the phone. While this is a subtle design touch, I really like their decision to do this.
The Stylo 3 camera remains virtually unchanged from the Stylo 2, retaining the 5MP front facing camera, 13MP rear camera, and 1080p HD video recording. In my tests with the Camera, I found colors to be vibrant and detailed. I often video chat with my family and was quite pleased with the quality of the front facing camera. On top of that, the phone features High Dynamic Range (HDR), Panorama, and several “Instagram” like picture filters. All in all, a solid camera.
LG included a 3200 mAh battery this time around and I found battery life to be good, allowing me to get through most of my day with moderate use on a single charge. LG included a battery saving feature, but after using a similar feature on the Samsung J3 Emerge, I found it to be a bit lacking and had wished that LG had put a little bit more into something like this. On the storage side, the phone has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage as well as the options to expand up to 2TB. Now, while there may not be a 2TB sd card on the market yet, I really like LG’s forward thinking with this.
The phone comes with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box, which is a nice surprise for a mid-range device. New to this year’s model is the addition of a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone.While this is not new technology, I really appreciate LG adding features that would normally be part of a “flagship” phone. Other features include customizable Themes that can be downloaded via LG SmartWorld and KnockON, which allows you to wake up and view notifications by tapping twice on the screen.
Whether you’re looking to get your child's first phone or just looking for an affordable device with solid features, the LG Stylo 3 may just be the right phone for you.
Have any questions or want to leave a comment about the LG Stylo 3, feel free to do so, i’d love to hear what you have to say.
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 launches this week and in anticipation of this big event, we thought we would take some time to look back at some of the rumors and see what we got right and what we didn’t.
If you haven’t already, check out our first rumor blog, Samsung (S8?) What We Know So Far .
No surprise here: everyone was spot on with Samsung keeping the “Galaxy S” naming convention. Many outlets also accurately reported that the phone would come in two sizes with the larger being given the “Plus” moniker. Samsung has been pretty firm that the “Plus” is not a replacement for the Note series.
We’ve learned that the S8 and S8+ will both have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad). On the graphics side, it will come packed with an Adreno 540. If you were a little disappointed in some other manufacturers using an older processor, it’s probably nice to see Samsung going all-out with the latest chipset.
Rumors were that the Galaxy S8 would boast a 12 MP Dual Pixel rear camera and an 8 MP front facing camera. These rumors proved to be true but in addition, we now know that the camera will come with several features including Wide selfie, Optical Image Stabilization, 8X Digital Zoom, and the ability to take still pictures simultaneously as you are recording video. Speaking of video, the Galaxy S8 will have 4K video recording at 30fps, and will support slow motion video for 720p at 240 fps, Continuous Autofocus while recording as well as Face Detection while recording video.
In what seems to be an industry-leading theme this year, the rumors about a bezel-less screen in two different sizes were accurate. Samsung is calling their bezel-less screen the Infinity Display and both models will have Quad HD+ Super AMOLED with the Galaxy S8 being a 5.8" screen and the 8+ 6.2” screen. And while some may decry Samsung’s decision to remove the physical home button in favor of capacitive on screen buttons, I am not one of them. I personally like the trade off in favor of a larger 18.5:9 screen ratio.
The Galaxy S8 will have a 3000mAh battery while the 8+ will have a 3500mAh battery. As with other Samsung devices, the Galaxy S8 will come with fast charging capability. As for memory, the phones will both have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. As our needs with storage increase, it’s nice to see Samsung pick up on this and make 64GB standard. If 64GB isn’t enough, you can also add a microSD card to expand up to 256GB. I’m a little disappointed by the amount of the expandable storage. With other phones featuring 2TB,I’m a little puzzled why Samsung chose to go with 256GB.
As with most flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. The phone will also have Samsung’s new digital assistant Bixby but according to Android Authority , only some features will be available at launch with the rest coming later. Those worried that Samsung might follow the trend and forgo the headphone jack can rest easy. Samsung announced during their Unboxing event that the phone will retain the 3.55 mm headphone jack. On top of that, Samsung is including a pair of Wired AKG earphones with each phone when it launches. Some other things we have learned is that it will be IP68 water and dust resistant which is a step up from the IP67 rating of the Galaxy S5, will feature an always on display, have facial recognition to go along with the fingerprint scanner being moved to the back of the phone and is making the jump to using a USB Type-C charging port.
All in all, the Galaxy S8/S8+ is going to be packed with some great new features and is shaping up to be one of 2017’s marquee devices.
Don’t forget: Sprint’s Galaxy Forever lease program is back for the S8 and S8+, read up on the details here .
Want to check out other purchase options? Head over to Sprint’s Shop section here to get started.
Have an opinion about how this device will stack up against others released this year? Tell me about it in the comments.
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Right off the bat we need to include a disclaimer: all the information below is pure speculation, gathered from other resources around the web. Until Samsung makes an official announcement, anything below could change before launch.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s go chat about one of the most anticipated phones of the first quarter.
No Surprise here, multiple outlets are all reporting that Samsung is going to stick with the same naming convention and call this year’s model the Galaxy S8. (Android Authority) The one difference is that with two models coming out, the larger device will have the “Plus” moniker attached to it. (Greenbot "Everything we think we know...") We’ll cover more on the size differences later in this post.
There’s pretty decent speculation that the new phone will come loaded with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB of onboard memory and 4GB of RAM. For those heavy memory users, getting 64GB straight out of the box will be a huge improvement over the S7 which started out at 32GB
Samsung will most likely pack the S8 with a 12 MP “Dual Pixel” rear camera and 8 MP front-facing camera. In addition, TechFirst is telling us that the rear camera will be able to take incredible slo-motion video while the front camera will have the ability to do facial recognition.
It’s coming in two sizes. Your standard 5.7 inch display and a “Plus” sized 6.2 inch display with a gorgeous Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Display. Like other models we are seeing this year, Samsung is maximizing real estate on the front of the device with a bezel-less screen and by removing the physical Home button. Android Authority is reporting that the GS8’s screen will also have an 18.5:9 ratio which truly capitalizes on split screen activities. Furthermore, BGR indicates that the phone will come with 3 screen resolution options (720p, 1080p and 4K).
Samsung has found a way to make their phones IP68 dust and water resistant while keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is good news for those of us who haven’t yet cut those headphone cords or still use an Aux cord to listen to music in their cars. The device will likely come with USB Type C out of the box with wireless charging capability. There’s a rumor from Forbes that the new device will have an Iris scanner as well as the now standard fingerprint scanner, though Samsung may be moving the finger print scanner to the back of the device for easy one-handed operation.
The phone will likely come with Android 7.1 Nougat and Samsung’s latest version of TouchWiz Gace UX. On the charging front, we expect it to come with wireless charging and could switch to a USB Type-C charging port. As Samsung announced earlier this month, the S8 will be the first Samsung device to feature their new personal assistant Bixby. The Verge did a write up, but suffice to say, Samsung is looking to a evolve the personal assistant into something more than just a task reminder or direction finder.
The phone is shaping up to be packed with some awesome hardware and incredible features. Samsung is set to unveil the S8 on 3/29 at 11 am EST. Sprint will, of course, announce our unique offer shortly after.
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