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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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How I Created a Community from my Brand on Instagram

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Nowadays, if you are a person that knows anything about the importance of building a community, then you will know that there is no better way to get it done than through the ever-growing social media platforms.  So many people have adapted to using these platforms that it is practically impossible to find a single individual that is not engaged in at least one. Going through all the existing social media platforms would take forever and would likely need a helping hand from a marketing team such as social media agency Bali. So I am going to keep my focus on only one platform today, Instagram.  It is a social platform that has topped the charts to be amongst the best and it is with good reason. It has been at the forefront in bringing people together and a means through which people will share information. People will use such platforms for different purposes but in this article, I will take you through how I created a community from my brand on Instagram. This is going to be the most educational tip you will ever come across so I suggest you take notes. If you have any interest in building your own community through this platform then the following tips will be beyond handy.

The first and very most important step I took was to make sure I knew who exactly I wanted to be part of my community. The best thing about Instagram is that it is consistent with billions of people and out of these entire people I was sure I could not possibly luck individuals with the same brand as I did. What this meant for me was that these people will without a doubt show interest in anything I post on Instagram as well as the methods of promotion I will use. This is to say that I had already envisioned that whenever I posted something, it would be of relevance to them and they would see it. This worked perfectly as using hashtags related to my brand and searching for relevant results would lead me to everyone with the same brand as me and liking their posts automatically got me exposed to them and they would without a doubt make sure to follow me. That, ladies and gentlemen, was the first step towards growing my community on Instagram and it is guaranteed to work perfectly.

The one thing that has always helped me while socializing with people is the fact that I came to the realization that it is not healthy to have the spotlight focused only on you. If you ever want people to take part in whatever you are doing, show appreciation by making sure you show interest and share the little they are doing. The moment I started gaining a following on Instagram, people started taking note of my brand and promoting it in their own little way. This only served as a small opening to even greater potential. What I did to make sure that my community continued to grow is that whenever anyone made an effort to showcase my brand, however minimal the effort might have been, I made sure to share that with the rest of the now growing community. This helps in that when one person sees the other getting such attention they will want to be part of the same. By doing this I was paving way for even more people to come and be part of my community thus growing it tremendously.

The two skills that helped me a great deal in building a community on Instagram were observation, and the ability to want to learn. You see I was certain that as much as I wanted to build a community, there is a lot I had to learn and who is better to learn from other than the very people you want to associate with. This meant that I had to take a keen look at whatever they would post and the hashtags they would use. Just so I could not overlook any detail, as minor as it could be. Other than mare observation, I had to admit that the very people I wanted to grow a community from through my brand on Instagram could have had more exposure and experience than I did. With this realization, I made sure to take notes where necessary just to know what needed to be done. In growing a community from a brand on Instagram I learned that humility is vital.

Building a brand on Instagram can be effortless but only if you decide to view it as so and put in all the work and dedication required to get where you want to be. The one thing that had me have my head above the water all along was the lesson that it does not really matter whether you get 0 likes, always continue promoting the work of your hands as people are always watching and with time they will celebrate your wins, this time, as part of your very own community.

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Top 3 Self Driving Car Companies to Watch out in 2020

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Top 3 Self Driving Car Companies to Watch out in 2020

Many organizations are working on developing self-driving cars and hardware for autonomous cars of all types.

In this race to build a completely self-driving car, some companies are further in terms of real-world testing and practical experience than others.

We will have a look at all the top 3 self-driving car companies in the world.

Top 3 Autonomous Vehicle Companies 

1.Waymo

On the basis of the number of vehicles testing and the number of kilometers driven, Waymo tops the list with over 32 million kilometers driven on the road.

Their cars are equipped with advanced cameras, LiDAR, and radar sensors along with a microphone that detects sirens from emergency vehicles

Currently, Waymo is testing is the prototype of fully driverless SAE Autonomy Level 4 vehicles in Phoenix and Arizona.

Waymo has recently set up additional testing facilities in Michigan and California to test its cars in winter conditions.

The next on the list is Tesla.

2.Tesla

Tesla is putting enormous efforts to develop a fully autonomous vehicle.

Although Tesla has excluded the Light Detection and Ranging(LIDAR), Tesla instead prefers ultrasonic, radar, and 2D cameras for autonomous operations.

The company has till now collected data from 600,000 Tesla’s with having collectively driven more than 3.2 billion kilometers world-wide.

One can’t deny the fact that Tesla has built up a level of experience with some auto-pilot features of SAE level 2.

Reports state that their prototyping vehicles have already reached SAE level 5.

3.ARGO AI

Argo AI is an independent startup that started in 2017, with a $1 billion investment from Ford Motor Company. The company has also attracted a $2.6 billion investment from Volkswagen.

Argo AI today is testing over 100 vehicles in almost 6 cities of the United States.
Technically it’s still an independent venture. Unlike other manufacturers, AgroAi doesn’t foresee producing its own cars. Rather Ford and VW want Argo AI to manufacture self-driving car technology for other companies starting with service-based firms like the Robo-taxis.

There are quite few other companies that are promisingly working on developing a self-driving car like the ones Baidu and GM cruise developed.

Even startups like Cruise Automation, Tu Simple, and Zoox are working towards developing AI  for autonomous vehicles. E-learning platforms like Udacity has already launched their courses on self-driving cars that teach how to make one.

While completely autonomous vehicles won’t become mainstream in the next few years, Waymo, Tesla, and Argo AI are making significant advances in the self-driving car market.

With improvements in IoT technologies, strides toward fully autonomous vehicles are sure to follow.

As IoT technology continues to improve, strides toward fully autonomous vehicles are sure to follow.

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[Solved]Mac Starts to Prohibitory Symbol After macOS Big Sur Update

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[Solved]Mac Starts to Prohibitory Symbol After macosBig Sur Update

macOS Big Sur will be the next version of Mac OS, announced at WWDC 2020. It is again named after the landscape in California but skips the macOS 10 version to macOS 11. According to the macOS Big Sur preview from Apple, the new features mainly sit in the new control center, interface and notification center as well as improved apps such as Safari, Messages and Maps.

However, the new OS doesn’t always bring good news. Here is a list of macOS 11 known issues and fixes. In this article, we will specifically discuss the Mac booting into a prohibitory symbol on the screen after macOS Big Sur update.

What does it mean when your Mac boots to a prohibitory symbol?

When a circle with a line cross it appears on your Mac’s monitor instead of a login screen or desktop, it is very likely that your Mac doesn’t support running macOS Big Sur. Even though the OS can be successfully downloaded on the startup disk, the relevant hardware is unable to install the OS nor launch it for use. It is a very typical problem people encounter when they update their Mac computers.

What Macs are compatible with macOS 11 Big Sur?

It is recommended to check the system requirements before you upgrade your Mac, especially before a major OS version upgrade. Some models can run macOS Catalina but are not necessarily compatible with macOS Big Sur.

macOS 11 Big Sur can be running on Macs including:

  • MacBook models from early 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air/Pro models from 2013 or later
  • Mac mini models from 2014 or later
  • Mac Pro models from 2013 or later
  • iMac models from 2014 or later
  • iMac Pro models

By checking the Mac’s hardware information, you can go to Apple logo and About This Mac to know your Mac model.

How to fix the prohibitory problem issue?

Now you know macOS Big Sur is not the right OS to run on your Mac, but how to get rid of the downloaded macOS 11 files and restore the Mac? Don’t panic. The steps are very easy.

Step 1: Boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

You need to start or restart your Mac and immediately press down Command, Option and R keys together. Release the keys until you see a loading screen. The booting process will be a lot slower than usual. Then you will be led to the OS X Utilities or macOS Utilities window.

Step 2: Back up files from the Mac.

If you are afraid of data loss, you can use Target Disk Mode or data recovery software to get the important files off the Mac first.

Step 3: Reinstall OS

You can choose to format the hard drive first in Disk Utility and reinstall OS. Also, you can directly reinstall OS by selecting Reinstall OS X or macOS and clicking Continue. You just need to follow the wizard to finish the reinstallation.

Conclusion

Before you update to a newer OS, do remember to check the compatibility first in case you will boot to a prohibitory symbol during the installation. If the issue is happening, you can easily restore the Mac to a bootable state. macOS 11 Big Sur is a beta now and will be released to public in fall 2020, so it is recommended to upgrade after it is officially released if your Mac is compatible.

 

 

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