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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review: For $700, better productivity than the Galaxy Fold

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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review: For $700, better productivity than the Galaxy Fold

While Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is pushing technology forward, LG offers up an inexpensive 2 screen device that’s higher for productivity than the Fold.

The flexibility to use the LG G8X as a standard Android phone with one screen is a benefit too.

While Samsung is pushing innovation with the Galaxy Fold, it is very expensive at $2,000, and despite the large 7.3-inch display, the dual app experience is definitely compromised by screen size. For the past week, I’ve been testing out the LG G8X ThinQ with its LG Dual Screen cover, and it clearly offers a platform that is much better for productivity at a price that is even less than flagships from Apple, Samsung, and others.

Rather than focusing on gimmicks this time, as it did with Air Motion on the G8, LG is heavily promoting the LG Dual Screen cover experience, which is a great approach since that is the standout feature of this device and is improved over what was offered in the LG V50 ThinQ device. In addition, you still get LG’s Quad DAC audio, MIL-STD 810G shock resistance, Google Assistant key with LG specific functions, and capable video recording features. A microSD card and 3.5mm audio socket are also found on this phone

See also LG V50 ThinQ 5G review: A dual-display 5G flagship

At the MSRP of $699.99, it’s tough not to at least consider the LG G8X.

The OnePlus seven professional is priced during this vary, along with the Apple iPhone 11, but the Dual Screen cover offers a lot for multi-taskers and is not something

that has to be attached at all times.

LG G8X THINQ SPECIFICATIONS

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Display: 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution OLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio (403 PPI)
  • Operating system: mechanical man nine.0 Pie with LG UX 9.0 UI
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128 internal with microSD expansion card slot
  • Cameras: 13MP super-wide (136 degrees) f/2.4 and 12MP rear f/1.8 cameras. 32MP f/1.9 front-facing camera.
  • Water resistance: IP68 water and dust rating
  • Shock resistance: MIL-STD 810G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio
  • Battery: 4,000mAh non-removable with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Dimensions: 159.3 x 75.8 x 8.4mm and 192g
  • Color: Aurora Black

For the first time, we see LG going without a rear capacitive fingerprint sensor.

Instead, it places one below the show with optical technology.

The LG G8X has dual stereo speakers and that lovely 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC that LG is known for so audiophiles will love this phone.

The dual rear cameras are flush-mounted and are aligned horizontally on the G8.

It has mechanical man nine Pie out of the box with the Gregorian calendar month 2019 security update thus it’s current at launch.

LG DUAL SCREEN SPECIFICATIONS

  • Display: 6.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution OLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio (403 PPI)
  • Outside cover display: 2.1-inch mono
  • Hinge: 360 free stop
  • Dimensions: 165.96 x 84.63 x 14.99mm and 134g
  • Color: Aurora Black

The LG G8X ThinQ has a gorgeous OLED screen with a small teardrop notch for the front-facing camera. Something new for LG is an in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s an optical one, so it has been performing well — better than the ultrasonic one on new Samsung phones.

A 4,000mAh battery gets me through a full busy day, but heavy usage of the Dual Screen cover will burn through battery life at a pretty quick pace. I still made it through the day but developed battery anxiety with constant use of both screens. Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging and wireless charging are also present so battery life should not be a concern with the G8X.

LG was the first to launch dual cameras with an ultra-wide-angle lens and it continues with a dual-camera setup on the back. The ultra-wide-angle lens is a bit wider than we have seen on previous LG devices with the field-of-view going from 107 to 136 degrees. There has been some disappointment with Google’s move to using a telephoto lens for its second camera, so this setup may please folks who prefer ultra-wide-angle photography.

One aspect of this rear camera setup that differs from others is that these two cameras are designed so there is no protrusion from the rear and the back glass panel also serves to cover the camera lenses. The cameras are centered in the upper third of the phone.

While nearly every flagship today has some level of dust and water resistance, an IP rating, LG is the only one that continues to design and certify that its phones meet some level of drop/shock resistance. This capability is often overlooked, but the MIL-STD 810G certification of the G8X is something to seriously consider when you are in the market for a new smartphone. It also has a high-level IP68 rating so it is ready to go with you in the field.

LG is also one of the rare brands to continue to offer microSD expansion card support and a standard 3.5mm audio socket. It makes it even further with an integrated 32-bit Quad DAC so that you get an optimal audio experience when plugging in a headset.

LG also supports enjoyable audio playback through the speakers on the phone itself with the top speaker appearing at the very edge above the front-facing camera. The front-facing camera is incorporated into a teardrop design and sports 32 megapixels.

A dedicated Google Assistant button is on the left side with two volume buttons while a single power button is on the right. The microSD card/SIM cardholder is at the top of the phone. The second speaker, headphone jack, and USB-C port are all on the bottom of the G8X.

SOFTWARE

Android 9 Pie is installed by default with the Sept. 1, 2019, Android security patch. LG doesn’t have a great record for updates, but even more important than the major software versions is the monthly Android security updates. Let’s hope that LG improves in this area as it offers a very affordable, compelling phone with a capable dual-screen approach.

LG has worked to improve its UX a bit with the layout changing to a card type menu system, colors, and icons being refreshed, and grouping options and icons into a more intuitive arrangement. Tabs have been moved down to the bottom to be more reachable and user-friendly, too.

Out of the box, the G8X comes with the home screen set like the iPhone with all apps present on the home screen. Your Google Discover page is also an option as a home screen panel, which I find useful and use on every Android device I can find that supports this.

As an Android traditionalist, I prefer the home and app drawer setup so quickly switched to this layout. The problem here is that the app drawer continues to be a disappointment. In the app drawer, LG provides a couple of select folders and then app shortcuts are placed one after the other as they are installed. There are a few menu options for organizing apps — but even if you select alphabetically, that only applies to that moment. Apps installed after accessing the menu appear back in installed order, so you have to reorganize again. It’s pretty terrible that you have to so actively manage the app drawer and I look forward to the day LG updates this area of the OS.

Just like Samsung, LG provides some duplicate apps in addition to what is provided within Android.

I like a number of these over what Google offers, such as email (excellent for Exchange accounts), FM radio, file manager, and gallery.

However, the rest of the apps seem to offer more confusion than utility, especially when these apps are then updated via LG SmartWorld rather than the Google Play Store. These apps include; QuickMemo+, calendar, music, LG Health, and messaging.

Unfortunately, I tested the AT&T version that comes installed with AT&T Call Protect, AT&T apps, AT&T Mobile Security, AT&T Secure Family, AT&T ProTech, AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, DriveMode, Device Help, Setup & Transfer, Visual Voicemail, DIRECTV Remote, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, CNN, Bleacher Report, B/R Live, and various games. Some of these can be uninstalled, but the rest can only be hidden from view and are still taking up device storage.

The camera application is handy with an easy interface the same as what we have a tendency to see on the iPhone and different trendy golem smartphones.

Auto mode launches by default with bottom swipe options including studio, portrait, auto, manual camera, and more. More options include slo-mo, manual video, panorama, flash jump-cut, night view, YouTube Live, and AR stickers.

You can add, remove, move around on a lot of pages, or move these choices into the mode slider.

Cine video, cine shot, food, and more utilities are also available to download and use with the camera.

Icons appear on the right side of the viewfinder to switch between the two rear cameras or you can pinch and zoom to move between the wide-angle and standard cameras. Four options are present on the left side of the viewfinder that provides access to general camera settings (Google Lens suggestions, HDR, live photo, grid, and more), filters, a flash toggle, and timer settings.

DUAL SCREEN OPTIMIZATION AND USE CASES

While the LG G8X is a solid smartphone by itself, the real power comes with the full package that includes the LG Dual Screen cover. There is a Dual-Screen utility that appears on the right edge of the primary display to give you the following options: Swap screens, show main on dual-screen, show dual screen on main, but the main screen to sleep, wide view, and turn off the dual-screen.

Some apps have been optimized for the Dual Screen experience, as well as interesting use cases with the cover in place. Some examples include:

  • Text entry: Open up an app like Google Docs or Google Keep where a cursor appears in the app and then the bottom display will turn into a keyboard for mini QWERTY keyboard entry. I prefer to have the keyboard appear on the main display since it is heavier and will balance out the vertical second display best.
  • Wide-screen view: While there is an option to have the application you are using appear across both displays at once, I haven’t yet found much utility in this mode because it’s just too hard to ignore the large hinge and separation between the two displays.
  • Gaming: LG provides the ability to set up a custom game controller on one display, or use a default one, and then have gameplay appear on the upper display, when in landscape orientation. One aspect of gaming on phones that bothers me when playing first-person shooters and other action games is having to use your fingers on the display to control play. Having a separate display for this is a great option, while a physical controller would still be the best.
  • Watch and work: If you can multi-task, then it is fun to have a movie playing on one screen while you work on the other screen.
  • Shop and chat: I detest going to the grocery store, but I’ll do it for my wife if she gives me a list. I have shopped with the list in Google Keep on one side and messages open on the other to get updates from my wife while I’m in the store.
  • Watch a ball game and check stats: Given that we are in the final days of the World Series, you can watch a game on one screen while checking stats in the browser on another display.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The LG G8X ThinQ is available from B&H, AT&T, and Sprint for an MSRP of $699.99.

The LG twin Screen cowl is enclosed by most sellers too.

For the lowest price, consider purchasing it from B&H Photo Video as it also comes unlocked without all of the extra carrier bloatware.

The AT&T price for this phone is $779.99. Sprint will sell it for $15/month (after a $16.21/month credit) with an 18-month lease obligation.

DAILY EXPERIENCES AND CONCLUSIONS

It’s nice to see LG address a couple of the cons that ZDNet’s Sandra Vogel listed in her full review. She mentioned lower resolution on the second screen and a poor speaker, but we now have the same resolution on both screens and solid stereo speakers. The resolution on the primary display has been lowered to match the second display, but at 403ppi, I doubt anyone will notice while the slightly better battery life may be worth the change in resolution.

LG has always come in at a launch price a bit lower than others, but this year it is trying to compete with a price hundreds less than comparable flagship phones. Also, users get a dual-screen experience that helps take productivity and efficiency to the next level.

If you want a phone that can stand up to the elements, brings an interesting experience with a second display, and doesn’t break the bank, then you should seriously consider the LG G8X ThinQ.

Initial testing of the camera reveals it is solid, but may not be quite as good as what we see from Google, Samsung, and Apple. This is one area I could not fully test in a week though so I’ll continue to use it and see how it works out.

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Text Chemistry Review: Can This App Help You Land Your Dream Man

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Dating can be hard. Finding the right person is tough enough, but overcoming the fear of rejection or embarrassment that comes with dating is even worse. With all of these potential pitfalls, it’s no wonder why people are turning to technology for help.

Text Chemistry is a new dating app that claims it can help you find your perfect match by assessing your personality through text messages. Read on to learn more about this app and get our thoughts on its effectiveness.

How Does Text Chemistry Work

According to its creators, Text Chemistry is a platform for two people to be matched based on what they share through text messages. Using a series of questions, the app parses through your text messages and determines your personality type and compatibility with another person.

The app can find the perfect matches for you based on your likes, dislikes, needs, hobbies, and priorities, which are all factors that it determines by examining your texts and viewing your conversations skills.

Though it sounds straightforward, Text Chemistry is designed to encourage conversation. Its creators believe that the best way to get to know a person is through text-based communication. This is where the app’s “learn to text” tutorial steps in.

What Type of Personality is required?

While many dating sites and apps have a picture of a person, Text chemistry considers its subjects’ photos into a point system. The app asks users to answer a series of questions, many of which seem like common sense, but the results provide a unique and useful way to parse through potential suitors.

As the name implies, the app looks to spot the chemistry between two people in written texts. It assesses nine personality traits: extroversion, introversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience, emotionality, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness.

In short, the traits determine what type of a person someone is, but that’s not the only thing it takes into account.

What Makes Text Chemistry Unique

Text Chemistry says its mission is to help people get dates by matching people based on the traits they tend to value in others. The app claims that it can uncover this information by analyzing multiple texts over time.

The app works by providing users with a variety of questions based on their personality type. These are designed to help you determine your type and give you a better idea of how compatible you are with others based on your values.

To use the app, simply type in the topic you’re interested in talking about, write out your three best answers to the questions, and select your text chats. Next, you can select from a variety of topics related to your type (Science, Football Gaming, etc.) to send out to your matches.

Does Text Chemistry Work

Users of the app send in pictures and answers to several questions regarding what they like about their partners and what makes them unique. Text Chemistry then analyzes these answers and sends back a list of potential matches. Users can comment on a potential partner’s appearance and if they’re interested in further communication, that person will receive another message from Text Chemistry.

The app is divided into three categories that you can use to try it out. The first is text chemistry, which is based on four main questions. The more you answer the more the app learns to better match you with a compatible person. The other categories are relationship chemistry, deep topics, and fun chemistry. The idea is that these categories can help you learn more about yourself.

The quiz focuses on three aspects of personality. There’s Déjà vu (difficulties relating to new situations), Type A (a need for order and structure), and Perfectionist (focused on their own needs). Your responses are matched against the app’s data and can be compared to others’.

What are the Benefits of Using This App

If you’re concerned about meeting someone ‘on paper,’ this app can serve as a way to gauge compatibility in real-time.

You’ve spent so much time analyzing the characteristics and values of your ideal partner. But what if you just had a conversation with them first? What if you just saw their face instead of their written character descriptions? The days of relying on statistics or “reading people’s energy” can be over, and those days are yours.

Why Text Chemistry May Not Be the Best Option for You

This app seems promising, but there are a few drawbacks. First, it only scans 140 texts. For some users, that’s not a good enough amount of text to judge if a text is professional or not. This is especially true when it comes to online dating, where people want to see your resume, for example.

Second, there is no way to know what a person’s reply would be in the future. Is the reply that you were interested in coming from the person you matched with? Or did they get bored and move on to someone else? Also, there is no way to look at someone’s replies over time. If they write one per day and that same person keeps writing, it will be hard to tell what they are truly looking for.

If you want to find out if you and your potential date share the same hobbies and interests, that kind of assessment would take place in person. The fact is, your potential date is likely to have an opinion of you before you even speak a single word to them, and so assessing a person based on text messages isn’t reliable.

What’s more, it’s impossible to predict a stranger’s personality based on their online dating profile. Your image is a personal piece of art that you have to use carefully to convey your most attractive personality. Dating profiles are all about showing who you are and who you’re trying to attract, not about being completely honest.

Dating has become hard. It’s hard to find a connection, and it’s hard to know if you’re compatible with someone before you meet them in person. And it’s even harder to tell if they’re going to be a good match for you long-term.

But there are some apps on the market that make dating easier, and Text Chemistry is one of them. This app is designed to help women find their perfect man by analyzing their text messages and providing feedback on how they come off as well as who their best matches are.

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Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Hair Restoration

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Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Augmented Reality are becoming widely used than ever before in many industries, more so ever in the health sector.

What is AI?
Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. Specific applications of AI include expert systems, speech recognition, and machine vision.
What is AR?
Augmented reality is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information.

What is Robotics?
Robotics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates computer science and engineering. Robotics involves design, construction, operation, and use of robots. The goal of robotics is to design machines that can help and assist humans

The use of AI, AR, and Robotics has improved the quality of healthcare and the efficiency of health care providers like never before.
One such example is the HARRTS Robotic Hair Transplant Machine used by surgeons across the globe for performing Hair Restoration Procedures.
The HARRTS Robotic Hair Transplant System Automates the Hair restoration procedure at all 3 stages:
Pre-procedure or Consultation Stage
Procedure Stage
Post-Procedure Follow-up Stage
It is therefore also one of the best Automated Hair Transplant Machines available in the market.
In the Pre-procedure Stage, the HARRTS Hair Studio Hair Transplant Result Simulation Tool assists the surgeon in simulating the hair transplant results for a specific number of grafts on the patient’s own photographs and helps the surgeon in precisely calculating the number of grafts required for optimum results.

In the Procedure Stage, the high magnification HARRTS AI Camera helps in analyzing the Donor Area of the patient with respect to the available number and type of grafts and their location on the scalp.
The 5 DOF Robotic Arm, automates the Camera motion without the need for human intervention and automatically scans the Donor Area for Analysis.
The Augmented Reality Glasses provide 100 inches see-through display, which improves the donor area visibility while extraction and provides a heads-up display to the surgeon, thereby avoiding the need for the surgeon to bend down over the patient’s head for extraction, and as such avoids any postural fatigue.
The special vacuum-assisted handpieces and safety punch couple 2 stages of extraction into a single step and thus reduces the time required for extraction by half, and thus reduces the overall procedure time to half.
In the Post-procedure stage, the HARRTS MRMS Software helps automate the follow-up procedure and this improves patient compliance and therefore also the overall outcome of the hair transplant procedure.

With all these Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Features, the HARRTS FUEsion is the best Hair Transplant Machine available in the market to perform a Robotic Hair Transplant Procedure.

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What Benefits are Offered by WordPress Theme

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In the world of competition of online business, everyone wants to launch his brand. Still, the hurdle created when your brand specifications start matching with the already existed brand in the market ultimately your brand loses its worth before getting visible. Nowadays, the directory listing theme is helping you the most in this regard; it dresses up your ideas and lightens up the path of your online business.

Keep reading down to read more about the benefits WordPress theme offers to you!

#1. Flexibility 

If you are a blogger, a businessman, or an honor of a multinational company, then you are on the right choice because WordPress themes provide you with all the services while developing your web. No matter what a company demands, it fulfills all the needs through its amazing themes. 

#2. Changeable 

WordPress is significant in running large and complex sites. With a free classifieds theme, you can make perfect logos and templates that beautifully explain your ideas behind them. But in case of any changes, you need not worry because you can easily change WordPress themes according to your needs and desires.

#3. Multi-Optional Themes 

You can get a free directory WordPress theme that can elaborate your plans, but it also provides a large collection of premium themes that support your changing ideas. In addition, these themes can be easily reviewed to change the format of the site. 

#4. Gives Uniqueness 

If you want to build your site, you must choose a perfect layout and unique design. WordPress themes provide you with this uniqueness in the market of uniformity. 

#5. Security 

The web developers of WordPress are skillful enough to give security to the content of your website. The directory listing covers all the loopholes regarding privacy. 

#6. Provides Search Engine Optimization 

The WordPress themes make your site visible to the maximum audience and the users by providing your site SEO. In addition, they develop themes for your website by using limited resources to make your site efficient. 

#7. Affordable Price 

The WordPress themes are cheaper as compared to the already developed pieces. However, you have to invest in additional services like plugin development or when you want to create some changes, etc. So don’t hesitate about the price!

#8. Take Less Time to Develop 

Mostly, the clients think that working on an already established template is easy. Still, the reality is different because the templates sometimes do not cover all the aspects and specifications a client demands. When the client misses that specification, he may not be able to stand in the market. 

#9. Emergency Help Availability 

When you design your themes for the website from an expert and professional team of WordPress theme developers, you will be able to contact them 24\7 in case of an emergency like site crashing, etc. 

#10. Smart Phone Friendly 

There is no need to connect your PC and mobile to create the website. The WordPress themes made it easy because the themes are Mobile friendly.

Verdict 

Utilizing the WordPress theme is a profitable idea. Free business directory themes can help you develop a trustworthy environment for the audience through WordPress themes. If you are looking for a perfect theme for your website development, go for HivePress to get a free directory WordPress theme, free classifieds WordPress theme, free business directory theme, free classifieds theme, or directory listing theme!

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