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Vivo Y53i is a low-end phone for Indian market, but is it a Redmi rival?

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The Vivo Y53i is the latest phone from the Chinese brand to launch in India that it hopes will win market share from Xiaomi’s budget Redmi phones. The Y53i carries a 7,990 rupee (~$120) price tag and is available now in the region, the company has announced.In terms of sheer horsepower, the device offers 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a low-end Snapdragon 425 quad-core chipset. Display-wise, we’re looking at a 5-inch panel with a 960 x 540 resolution.Editor's Pick These are the 5 best Indian smartphone brandsIndian smartphone brands are losing ground to Chinese manufacturers in their home market — not a single one made the list of the five biggest players in Q3. Samsung is tied with Xiaomi for first … The Vivo Y53i also offers an 8MP main shooter and a 5MP selfie camera. Vivo is touting “ultra HD” photo functionality for their device though, allowing it to combine multiple 8MP snaps into a 32MP shot.“Ultra HD technology takes several consecutive ima…

uConsent app helps partners consent to hooking up

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uConsent is a new app that enables partners to create consent agreements before engaging in sex.The process involves making a contract and getting your smartphones to “agree” to the terms.The process seems clunky and could cause more problems than you’d expect. With the #metoo movement, Bill Cosby’s conviction, and the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein, sexual consent is on people’s minds more than ever before. It was only a matter of time before you could say, “There’s an app for that,” when it comes to sexual consent.And here it is: uConsent, a smartphone app for both Android and iOS devices. The purpose of uConsent is to allow two people to create a non-binding agreement to engage in some sort of sexual activity together. Once the agreement is verified, users will have a device-specific, location-tracked agreement that is stored anonymously in the cloud.Editor's Pick 10 best apps for hookups and getting laidLet's get down to the brass tacks. There are two main componen…

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Poweramp’s latest beta gives the music player a welcome fresh coat of paint

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The latest Poweramp beta completely changes the look and feel of the aging Android music player.In addition to new navigation gestures, the beta includes new menus, popups, and Hi-Res audio output.A final release is scheduled for June, though the beta is available for download right now. Available since the early days of Android, music player Poweramp finally received the design overhaul it deserves with the latest beta build.Based on the changelog and several screenshots, the revamped UI features a floating bar at the bottom that lets you access four sections of the app. The floating bar also acts as a mini-player that lets you return to the main UI or change songs.The latest Poweramp beta also includes other ways to get around. You can swipe or tap the album art to go to the list of currently playing songs, swipe the album art to go to the next or previous track, drag the bottom mini-player or more to change categories, swipe left or right from lists to return faster, and pinch-to-zo…

Opera VPN to be killed off, users directed to SurfEasy instead (Update: Last day)

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Opera VPNUpdate 4/30/18 at 3:38 P.M. EST: Today is the last day for Opera VPN before it is shut down for good. If you are a current Opera Gold subscriber, you can claim a free, one-year subscription to SurfEasy Ultra VPN. You should claim it before the end of the day though, as it is unclear if the offer will be accepted after April 30. There is also an 80 percent discount offered for free members of Opera VPN. Read below for more information.Original Article: Whether you value your privacy or live in an oppressive state, VPN apps are a solid way to circumvent restrictions and stay (somewhat) hidden on the web. But fans of the Opera VPN app for Android and iOS will have to find another service, as it’ll be shutting down at the end of the month.The company made the announcement on its website, but didn’t give a clear reason for the shutdown.“We’re discontinuing the Opera VPN app for iOS and Android on April 30, 2018. But don’t worry. We’re helping to make sure your privacy is still loo…

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus problems and how to fix them

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Samsung is upping its flagship game, kicking off 2018 with what many would consider two of the best Android smartphones out there. The company’s latest high-end offerings further refine the already great features of their predecessors, taking elements like the design, display, performance, and photography to a whole new level. However, as good as these devices are, there are unfortunately still a few Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus problems users have to contend with.Related coverage:Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus reviewBest Samsung Galaxy S9 casesHere is a roundup of some of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus problems we’re aware of, along with potential solutions on how to fix them!Disclaimer: Not every Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will have these issues. In fact, it is more than likely you won’t come across of any of these problems at all.  Problem #1 – Display issuesA slew of display issues have cropped up with these devices. They are some of the most common Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus…

What would the T-Mobile-Sprint merger mean for you?

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For the past four years, T-Mobile and Sprint have been trying to merge together. This past weekend, a full deal that both sides seem to be happy with finally came to fruition, making it look possible that we could see the merging of T-Mobile and Sprint sometime before the end of 2019.When companies as big as T-Mobile and Sprint talk about joining forces, it invariably causes some concern. Will the company be too big? Will it hurt the market? Will consumers benefit from the merger? What will it mean for the industry as a whole?Editor's Pick Here are the best T-Mobile deals and offers right now (April 2018)T-Mobile is now the third biggest US wireless carrier, overtaking Sprint and challenging AT&T and Verizon, the two leaders in the space. Part of the reason for this growth is that there are many aggressive … While no one can accurately predict the answers to those questions, we know enough to make some assumptions that will likely be on the money. What we want to talk about here…

Galaxy S9 launches Samsung back to the top of India’s premium market

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Samsung retakes top spot for Q1 2018 in India’s premium market.Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Galaxy A8 Plus sales lead to 16 percent year-on-year growth.Apple drops to third, while OnePlus retains second place thanks to the sector’s best-seller, the OnePlus 5T. Samsung has once again regained the top spot in India within the premium tier. Buoyed by the release of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the South Korean giant has shunted aside Apple and OnePlus in Q1 2018, capturing half of the entire segment and delivering 16 percent year-on-year growth.When looking at India’s emergent market, most of the attention is, quite rightly, placed on the mid- to low-end price tiers and the overwhelming success of affordable devices with a high price-performance ratio.Editor's Pick Best Samsung phones you can buy right nowSamsung is without a doubt the biggest name in the Android world, and so if you are considering purchasing a new phone, logic dictates you may be looking to pick up a phone made by the … The …

5 Android settings you should change to level up your smartphone game

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Android has loads of settings available to let you customize your smartphone and give you control over security and privacy.A lot of important Android settings are enabled by default, including the popular Find My Device feature. However, there a few Androud settings that need to be turned on (or off) manually to take your Android game to the next level.Disable app shortcuts
New apps downloaded from the Play Store appear on your home screen as shortcuts by default. This is an annoying feature that doesn’t add much value, as not every app you download is important enough to take up precious space on the home screen. It’s especially annoying when you get a new phone and the device automatically downloads all the apps tied to your account, leaving you with dozens of icons to clean up.Thankfully, it’s super easy to disable the feature. Long press on the home screen and tap the “Home settings” option that appears below. Then just switch off the “Add icon to Home screen” option and you’re go…