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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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Secret Unleashed: Making the best animated video newbie

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Secret Unleashed: Making the best animated video newbie

Are you a newbie ready to acquire expertise in making YouTube Animated Videos? You will come across different types of animated videos.  For example, you may come across 2D animation and 3D animation. When we talk about 2D animation, then it involves the use of two axis only. However, when we talk about 3D animation, then it adds depth also.

 Becoming familiar with different terms used when animating videos

Timeline

 A common feature of most of the animation software is the Timeline. It shows the progress of the animation over the passage of time. You can even change the position of the elements using the Timeline.

Frame rate

Another term you might come across when making animation videos is the Frame Rate. It represents the individual images that get displayed in one second. Most of the animation software allow you to set the frame rate.

Scenes and Shots

The images between the edits of the camera get referred to as Shots. The collective shots make the scene.

 Keyframes

 The Keyframes represent the significant poses in a scene.

 In-between

Well, In-between refers to all the frames that help in defining a scene.

 Understanding the Types of Animation

3d Animation

 One of the most popular animation is 3D animation. It helps in creating digital characters. It makes use of motion path for defining character movement. The frames get interpolated between the key frames.

The texture and light need to be adjusted for the 3D animation to improve the final output.

2D Animation

 Well, 2D Animation involves drawing the characters frame by frame. The hand-drawn animation can get done analog or digitally.

 Stop Motion Animation

 The Stop Motion Animation involves the manipulation of the real-world objects. The object gets moved and then photographed one frame at a time. When the frames get shown in a sequence, then they create the illusion of Movement.

 2D Vector Animation

 Well, 2D Vector Animation gets carried out using 2D digital Puppet. What makes 2D Vector Animation stand out is that the characters can get manipulated similar to 3D Gigs.

 Motion Graphics

You can make dynamic presentations in Motion Graphics. What you need to keep in mind is that the Motion Graphics can be both 2D and 3D.

 Figuring out the steps of YouTube Animated Videos

 Step 1: Choose an animation tool

 When you want to make an animated video, then you need a great animation tool. For example, you can consider using Moovly. It is cloud-based animation tool. The best thing about cloud-based tools is that you do not have to download anything.

 When you are new to animation, then you need to go for software that is easy to use. One such option is Visme. It is also a cloud-based software. The best thing about this software is that it has pre-made templates. Plus, you will be able to access free stock photos. You will also get access to pre-animated characters through this tool.

You will also find different types of animated charts through this tool. You can also go for Crello. It has plenty of animated templates. You can get access to library of videos. The novice animators need this help because they need a starting point.

 Step 2: Select a template for your video

You do not need to create a clip from scratch initially. What you need to do is make use of a pre-animated clip. You can modify the content of the clip so that it suits your story.

 Step 3: Commencing with Animation

 You can drag and drop objects on the software stage. When you add the objects on the stage, then they appear on the Timeline also. Now, here you have the freedom to edit your object. You can lengthen it. You also have the option to shorten it. You can also synchronize your objects with sound here.

 You can add many animation effects to your object on the Timeline. For example, you can fade or bounce the object.

 Step 4: Adding a music track to your animation

 Now, you need to use your creativity when choosing the track. It needs to set the right mood for the animation video. For example, you can add the sound of an explosion or ticking clock. First you should search the sounds or music. You should create a separate folder to save the music.

After that you will need to import the music to the tool where you are creating the animation. You will need to copy the imported sound to your side bar. One thing you must keep in mind is to use Royalty-free music for your videos.

 Once you get done with the animation, you will need to publish your videos. Go for a software that allows publishing. When you create animated videos, make sure that they are not lengthy. You need to keep one thing in mind.

The Animation videos are more of Teasers. They should not be lengthier than 60 to 120 seconds. It will be great to have an engaging script with your video. The speaking speed should be about 150 words every minute.

 It is crucial that there should be visual consistency in your videos. Remember, your animated video will not work if you do not have a defined goal. It is essential to have an effective call to action with your animated videos.

 When making an animation video, you need to create a story that gets into the heart of your audience. You need to choose the perfect color and tones for your video. The reason is all these things make an impact at the end of the day.

When you want to make an animation video, then make sure that you do some research. See the kind of animation videos people are making and this will give you a basic idea about what you need to make.

Remember, coming up with an animator video is going to be a trial-and-error process. You cannot come up with a perfect video in one go. The best approach will be to consistently build your learning curve. Try to overcome the imperfections in your video with the passage of time.

Author Bio

Jane Collen is a creative content writer and digital marketer at BuzzFlick. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing blog writing, video script writing, ghostwriting, copywriting and social media marketing services.

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What are the steps to cancel Avast auto-renewal?

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What are the steps to cancel Avast auto-renewal?

Avast antivirus is a famous security program for Windows PC. The plans of Avast antivirus are also available for almost all the platforms. You can install the free Avast antivirus on the device and remove all the viruses. The freeware of Avast offers various basic tools for security. If you want the advanced antivirus tools then you can upgrade the Avast antivirus to premium. The paid Avast plans provide better malware protection, firewall, secure browsing, VPN, parental control, banking security and various other tools. Avast has an auto-renewal feature for premium plans. When the antivirus license is about to expire, it gets renewed automatically. The auto-renewal service prevents the device vulnerability. The antivirus gets renewed and the payment appears on your banking details you have entered while purchasing Avast. When you don’t want to renew the plan automatically then you can disable the auto-renewal service.

Steps to cancel Avast auto-renewal from your Avast account

Users can use the Avast antivirus account for cancelling the subscription. When you cancel Norton subscription, your plan will not get auto-renewed. For cancelling the Avast auto-renewal, open your Avast antivirus account. 

  1. On the Avast account, open your Subscription window
  2. Click on your Avast plan and select the Unsubscribe button
  3. You will see Avast wizard on your screen
  4. Tap the Confirm button to cancel the subscription.

Cancelling Avast auto-renewal using Google Play Store

You can also cancel the auto-renewal service of your Avast antivirus from the Google play store. Users can get the Avast setup from the Google store. If you have purchased the setup from the play store then you can directly cancel it from there:

  1. Open the device’s play store
  2. Open the Store Menu
  3. On the subscription window, select the Avast antivirus
  4. Choose Cancel Subscription button

Follow the wizards and the Avast antivirus auto-renewal will be disabled. Now when your subscription expires, you can’t use the premium tools.

Disabling Avast auto-renewal using Apple Store

You can also use the Avast antivirus on iOS devices. When you get the Avast setup on your iOS from the Apple store; you can disable it easily. You can disable your subscription from the App store:

  1. Open your App store using Apple ID
  2. Click on your profile image
  3. Open the subscription window
  4. Choose on the Avast icon
  5. Choose Cancel Subscription

Click on the Confirm button. Your Avast auto-renewal plan is disabled now. After disabling the Avast subscription, users can access the Avast paid tools until expiry. When the antivirus gets expired, you can use the free one only.

When your Avast antivirus plan expires, you can either use the freeware of Avast or you can renew the antivirus manually. When the Avast plan is about to expire, it starts sending the expiry messages and popups.When you don’t need the Avast plan then disable the popup or ignore it.  But when you want to use the premium tools of your Avast plan then you can renew the antivirus manually. You can use Avast tool till expiry date and then renew your antivirus. Users can renew the antivirus plan, days before the expiry date. Don’t worry about the remaining days as they will get added. Users can easily renew the plan by clicking on the renew popup. When you get the Avast expiry warning popup; click on it. You will get the Avast web page. Click on the renewal plan and then enter your billing details. When the payment completes, Avast antivirus will get renewed and you can use its premium tools. If you don’t renew the antivirus, you can use Avast free tools or upgrade the Avast plan.

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Are Dirt Bike Rims Universal?

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Are Dirt Bike Rims Universal?

Most dirt bike wheels are designed in such a way that the tires’ interchangeability is possible for different riding scenarios. As there is a standard rim size allotted for the same brand bikes, there are exceptions when a manufacturer decides to deviate from this standard size and width of the rims.

It should also keep in mind and always remember that the front and rear wheels’ width and length differ from each other. The front and rear wheels are not the same in width and height and are always different in each other’s measurements.

The only reason that a manufacturer can deviate from the standard rim size is if he/she believes that this change in size will enhance the bike’s performance.

What is a Standard Wheel?

The wheels of a dirt bike are manufactured in a factory mostly by forging aluminum in the wheel’s shape. These wheels are produced on a large scale, and hence, they are more likely to have a weak spot in them which can damage heavy impact. The rim life span depends on your riding style and the area you are riding in.

The rim size is according to the size of your dirt bike. The wheel’s standard size for a full-size motorcycle is 21 inches in diameter and 1.6 inches in the front tire’s width.

You can find the size of this rim written as 21×1.6 36; in this format, as explained above. In this explanation, 21 is the rim diameter, and 1.6 is the width, while 36 is the wheel spokes.

Now coming towards the rear rim of the same bike, it is generally smaller in diameter but has more width than the front tire. You can find the size of this wheel written as 19×2.15 36. In this format, 21 indicates the rim’s diameter in inches, 2.15 is the rim’s width, whereas 36 is the number of spokes on the wheel.

Most companies follow the front wheel’s standard wheel size compared to the rear wheel. The suspension of the bike is also dependent on the size of the rim.

There are many custom-dirt bike wheels available in the market.

What are Custom Wheels?

Dirt bike riders are preferring to custom the wheels of their bike more often now. This customization of wheels allows the riders to outrun the bikes with standard rims.

The main goal behind the customization is to get a competitive edge over the other riders. With the rise of technology, the riders prefer to customize their wheels because it can provide them with extra stability, comfort, and performance than the standard wheels.

Several components make a dirt bike wheel. These components are manufactured separately by the companies and hence are also modified separately. Modification of each part of the wheel provides a different upgrade in the performance.

Let’s have a look at the different components of the wheel and their modification:

Customized Rims:

Rims are an important part of the wheel. The purpose of rims is to provide more durability, performance, and stability to the bike. Alloy rims are the famous type of custom rims. Replacing standard rims with alloy rims can provide your wheel with more durability and high-performance.

Riders also customize their rims by applying powder coating on them. This customization of the rims provides more durability, shine, and color to your wheel. Also, this is used to style the bike.

The only thing universal of dirt bike wheels is the spokes. It means every manufacture is still making the rims with spokes.

Why There are Still Spoked Dirt Wheels?

In the early days, all the cars and bikes came with spoked wheels, but as the technology advanced, this style became outdated for many vehicles. Although, for dirt bikes, spoked wheels are still the preferable option.

Why is it so?

The main reasons for spoked dirt wheels are that spokes provide that extra flex to the dirt bike rims when driven on rough areas.  Additionally, the elasticity of the spokes allows rims to regain their shape after a heavy impact.

But like other material, spokes also have a limit at which they can damage the wheel. It works as a shock-absorbent of the rim but at a certain level of impact. Due to this feature of the spokes, the riders can enjoy a much comfortable and controlled ride in the rough areas and uneven terrains.

Spokes are installed one-by-one in the wheel, which provides every spoke with its tension. The spokes’ mechanism is that they contract and flex when the wheel is driven on a rough area. Because of this movement of the spokes,

The spokes can loosen up after each ride on a rough area. This loosening of the wheel can affect the functionality of the spokes. That’s why many riders recommend that spokes should tighten up after every aggressive ride.

Modern dirt bike rims without spokes that are being used in other vehicles are not suitable for dirt bikes. Dirt bikes are made for riding on rough areas, and modern rims can’t endure the impact and can be damaged easier.

Many companies are now using spokes wheel with tubeless tires to enhance the bike’s performance on a flat road. This combination allows riders to have a comfortable ride on both road and rough areas.

Conclusion:

Dirt bike rims are not universal if we look at the different factors. At the same time, many factors are being standardized by almost every manufacturer.

The front wheels’ dimensions are often kept the same by many companies to allow the wheel of bikes with different brands. The rear wheels are more likely to differ in size. Spokes of the rims are standardized by almost every manufacturer around. The reason for that is to provide dirt bikes with more stability and control in rough areas.

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