Android 'Taste Test' helps you make a personalized home screen
If you're an Android fan, there's a good chance you already know how to customize your home screen with launchers, icon packs and widgets. But what about everyday users? Sadly, it's not a tap-and-you're-done affair. You'll still have to go through each app to get the exact design you see when you've completed the test. However, this could still be particularly helpful, whether or not you're an Android rookie. It'll save you from having to search for apps if you're a veteran, and could reveal a whole new side to the platform if you're a newcomer.
LG gave its flagship phone a major makeover this year with a new all-glass design and a nearly bezelless display. But beauty comes at a price. The G6 has more surface real-estate than itsr, which means there's more to break in a fall.
And as it turns out, not all surfaces are made equal on the G6. The curved glass panel on the back is made from the strongest Gorilla Glass 5, but the screen's glass uses Gorilla Glass 3.
We put the LG G6 through a series of drop tests () to see how this 4-year-old glass would hold up.
AirBar adds a few more touchscreen tricks to the MacBook Air
We saw a prototype of the AirBar, an odd but useful device that sits below your MacBook Air's screen and turn it into a touchscreen, back at CES. You can now pinch to zoom on the MacBook Air screen to zoom in and out -- the Maps app provides a particularly good demo of this feature. You can also place two fingers on the screen to rotate things (again something that works well in maps). Another much-needed addition is the ability to flick your finger up and down the screen to scroll in websites and documents. Before, running your finger up or down the screen would just highlight text.
The flip test
Our first test was inspired by an actual event. I flipped the phone on a cement surface while shooting a video using our preproduction unit, and ended up with a hairline fracture across the bottom half of the screen. The crack was so slight in fact, I didn't even notice it until we were almost done shooting. It's barely
The screen survived our first flip test on cement.
It's hard to tell what these early units had been exposed to prior to us getting our hands on it, so we decided to test out this scenario on a brand-new, store-bought unit. From what we know, LG used the same glass on both devices and this time around the screen-down flip onto cement did not cause any damage to screen.
Drop from pocket level
BlackBerry’s new Android app keeps people from peeping at your screen
There are lots of times when people around us can see what’s on our phone screens.Its new Privacy Shade app lets you black out your screen, save for a rectangular or circular area that you can resize and move around. While it’s activated, you can use your phone as normal to navigate to apps and individual messages. You can turn it on or off from a persistent notification or by tapping a dedicated Quick Settings tile.
The real testing began with our next drop from pocket (or purse) height onto the sidewalk. We dropped the phone from 3 feet onto a slanted sidewalk. The phone bounced around before landing screen down on the pavement.
The results from our hip-height drop onto the sidewalk were not as good.
Upon first look, it seemed to have survived, but a closer inspection revealed a hairline fracture that started as a tiny crack on the left border and extended from one side of the screen to the other. The back was unscathed.
The front was already compromised, but we decided to see how much higher we needed to go to cause some damage on the back. The next drop was from 5 feet, or eye-level onto stone tile. We dropped the phone with its back facing down so that the back panel would absorb the initial shock, which it did, but it bounced around again before landing screen side up.
Samsung is building 4K LED movie theater screens
Movie theater projectors might soon have some competition from a big name in the display business. Samsung unveiled its new Cinema Screen today, which is an LED, 4096 x 2160 (4K) resolution screen designed specifically for theaters. The 34-foot screen delivers High Dynamic Range content and can reportedly display movies at a brightness level 10 times greater than standard cinema projectors. Samsung says its display fits the changing demands for theater spaces in that it could be used for viewing not only movies but also sporting events, concerts, gaming competitions, or corporate events.
Did the back of the LG G6 survive this fall?
The metal frame had a few more dings, and the front crack had turned into a spider web of cracks, but the back was still intact.
Free fall from car height
We took it up to 5 feet, 10 inches for our final test: back-down onto asphalt. And here's where it completely shattered. Both the front and back of the phone looked like they'd been through a crime scene, with pieces of glass falling from the sides.
We raised the drop height to 5 feet, 10 inches to see if we could break the back.
Based solely on our unscientific results (), it would appear that the Gorilla Glass 5 on the back is tougher at withstanding drops than the Gorilla Glass 3 on the front.
According to LG, however, the newer Gorilla Glass was more susceptible to hairline scratches in their testing which is why it chose to go with the older Gorilla Glass 3 for the screen.
And since we didn't test for scratching, it's nearly impossible to prove one way or another. So put a case on it for some peace of mind, and don't forget to protect that screen.
Samsung working on eye-watering 2,000ppi screens expected in Gear VR .
No more sickness in VR could be the result.Industry insiders claims the new screen will be able to offer an eye-melting 2,000ppi resolution. That should mean that when using it in the next Gear VR headset, despite being close to the wearer’s eyes, these screens will still look and feel real.