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  1. Introducing the Escobar Fold 1

    Introducing the Escobar Fold 1So, a world renowned drug dealers brother, who once also worked for the drug cartel himself, is introducing a new foldable smartphone called the Escobar Fold 1.

    Yes, the drug dealer mentioned previously is Pablo Escobar, but it's his brother, Roberto Escobar, now 71 years old, who is releasing the foldable smartphone.

    Roberto De Jesús Escobar Gaviria, the brother of late Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, is going toe-to-toe with the $1,500 Motorola Razr, $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold and $2,400 Huawei Mate X by releasing a foldable phone: the Escobar Fold 1. It's a whole lot cheaper at $350, coming unlocked and compatible with "all networks" worldwide.

     

    You can't buy one yet but you can read a bit more about it and watch some, erm, interesting marketing videos in this article at CNET.

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  2. Samsung Galaxy S11 Gets Radical

    Samsung Galaxy S11 Gets RadicalSamsung’s Galaxy S11 will most definitely come equipped with the requisite hardware to handle 5G, which is good news not just for those wanting to buy the Galaxy S11 but for the entire industry because it sets the bar for hardware releases in 2020. The people have spoken and they expect 5G capability from their smartphones.

    The Samsung Galaxy S11 does not disappoint in that regard.

    Forbes has an article explaining what the specs tell us to expect from the forthcoming release:

     

    That said, elsewhere we know Samsung is aiming high. Samsung is equipping its Galaxy S11s with a potentially groundbreaking camera codenamed ‘Hubble’ due to its extreme zoom capabilities. There will also be new shooting modes, a new design, big performance upgrades, next-gen memory, a supersized fingerprint sensor and a real crowdpleaser: much bigger batteries.

    You can read all the news on the Samsung Galaxy S11 including what to expect from the hardware in the complete Forbes article, right here.

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  3. Your Phone Is Only As Good As Your Network Signal

    Your Phone Is Only As Good As Your Network SignalYou might have shelled out hundreds (perhaps thousands) of dollars for the latest and greatest piece of smartphone hardware you could get your hands on.

    Now, if you could just find a decent signal you'd call your friends and let them know about your new phone.

    Poor smartphone signal got you down? Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can try if your smartphone is having trouble connecting to your network. Dropped calls, poor call quality or just "No Signal" messages are enough to make anyone scream from the rooftops (where you likely went to get a better signal.)

    This article from Digital Trends has some great suggestions for getting connected and staying connected:

    We’ve all done the signal bar dance, trying to find that elusive sweet spot where the bars pop up. It’s common to have dead spots in homes or offices. They can be caused by interference or building materials blocking the signal. The simplest thing to do is try moving somewhere else to make a call. Go upstairs, go outside, go to the window, find a spot where the reception is good and remember it for future calls. While this may work, it’s not ideal if your desk or living room happens to be in a dead spot, so you may want to try something else.

    In this Digital Trends article they offer some very specific tips and tricks for getting through when the technology just will not co-operate with you.

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  4. Start Your Holiday Shopping Early

    Start Your Holiday Shopping Early Thinking of going all out and getting your significant other a new smartphone or smartwatch for Christmas?

    Maybe what they really want is a new ebook reader or a new tablet, but who knows which one is best and which one is available at the best price for the holidays?

    Fortunately, Engadget  has a handy gift guide loaded with the latest and greatest gadget, cell phones and tech accessories available.

    This year's picks include Apple's iPhone 11, its cheapest flagship in years, and Google's Pixel 3a, whose sub-$400 price belies its amazing camera. We've also included our favorite portable battery pack from Anker and Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite, and the Brydge Pro remains one of the best keyboards for transforming your iPad Pro into something resembling a laptop replacement.

    As an added bonus not everything on their list is a brand spanking new smartphone. There are tablets, accessories and gadgets galore. For each item, Engadget breaks down its specifications and the best price available. they also explain just who mgiht appreciate that particular piece of technology.

    Engadget did a great job with this list and just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping! Check out the full list in this article by Engadget and then, don't forget to grab a new smartphone case from Luvvitt!

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  5. Samsung Going All-In On MegaPixels

    Samsung Going All-In On MegaPixelsThe rumor mill is working over time as all anyone can talk about is how Samsung plans to release a 108-megapixel smartphone camera in the 2020 Galaxy S11.

    This is significant for a few reasons but mostly because that number is nearly 10 tens as powerful as current smartphone cameras.

    It's a tremendous leap forward. But will it be the sort of leap which draws the attention of consumers?

     

    High megapixel count doesn't necessarily mean better photos — Apple and Google use 12-megapixel cameras on their smartphones, and they're the best smartphone cameras you can currently find. Rather, it's good software and processing that is the key to making the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel 4 so good, including in low-light situations.

    Business Insider makes some excellent points about the 2020 Galaxy S11 camera and Samsung smartphone digital camera technology more general in this fabulous article right here.

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  6. Motorola Jumping Into Foldable Phone Market

    Motorola Jumping Into Foldable Phone MarketLooks as if the next iteration of the Motorola Razr will sport a new foldable design--something akin to a modernized flip-phone. We know this to be a fact because the company itself has released and image teasing the new design which is slated for official unveiling on Nov. 13.

    Business Insider gathered what few details are available into one nice article:

    Apart from its Razr-like design, little else is known about the device, and other details are left in the rumorsphere, which primarily originate from XDA-Developers.  If you wanted to abide by rumors, you could expect mid-range specs from 4-6 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 710 processor. It's also suggested that the new Razr will have a 6.2-inch OLED screen when unfolded, and a smaller display on the exterior, just like the original Razr.

    You can read the entire article here, including release information and expected details.

     

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  7. Apple iPhone 11 Wins For Best Camera!

    Apple iPhone 11 Wins For Best Camera!Way back when smartphones first came out, Apple iPhones dominated in the digital camera department. You could say that Apple made smartphones the defacto camera for everyone by forcing their competitors to drastically improve their own digital cameras. In fact, companies were so eager to dethrone iPhone as the best digital camera on the market - that they did just that. Google Pixel has had the best digital camera since it was released years ago. But all that changed this week when Business Insider proclaimed that the Apple iPhone 11 has the best smartphone camera on the market:

    Ultimately, however, it's pretty clear that Apple's iPhone 11 Pro is the overall winner for the best smartphone camera of 2019 and most of 2020 until new phones are announced.

    Apple's win is largely due to its fantastic regular and zoomed cameras, including the option of an ultra-wide lens. The iPhone 11 Pro is simply a more versatile camera than the Pixel 4, which only includes a regular camera lens and a zoomed lens. And unfortunately, Google's software magic for digital zooming doesn't make up for the missing ultra-wide camera on the Pixel 4.

    The Business Insider article just a thorough breakdown of several different types of photographs, with side-by-side comparisons between the Google Pixel and the iPhone 11.

    You can read that entire Business Insider article here.

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  8. What To Do With Your Old Smartphone?

    What Do You Do With Your Old Smartphone?If you are like most people you currently have a box, possibly a drawer or an old tote bag, pratically overflowing with old smartphones.

    The questions becomes, what do you do with them?

    Selling them is a fairly common option. Of course, you'll never get anywhere near what you paid for it, plus, you have to remember to factory reset the device so some stranger doesn't end up with your Flikster password information.

    So, maybe selling them isn't the best option for everyone. Which is probably why we all have boxes, bags and drawers full of old phones.

    Fortunately, if you don't want to sell there are some viable options. Like making it into a dashcam:

     

    Plugging and unplugging, mounting and unmounting can be a pain. So if you have an old smartphone, make it your permanent dashcam by plugging it into a power source, mounting it and downloading an app like Autoboy Dash Cam.

     

    or home security:

     

    You don't have to drop tons of money for a simple home monitoring device. Just dig out an old smartphone, charge it up, and install a home surveillance app like Presence, Manything or AtHome Camera.

     

    Popular Mechanics has a very cool article with some nifty ideas for getting further use out of your old smartphones without the hassle of having to sell them to strangers. Read the entire article here and let us know if they missed any in the Comments below!

     

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  9. No SmartPhone For Nearly A Year

    No SmartPhone For Nearly A YearA Elana Mugdan, a 29-year-old fiction writer from Queens, New York, has gone more than 8 months without a smartphone. Instead she uses an old-style Nokia flip-phone to send text messages or make phones. But that's all. No YouTube videos, Facebook feed or Instagramming for her. If she is still smartphone free in February 2020, she will win $100,000 from Vitaminwater, for her troubles.

    In December, Vitaminwater chose Mugdan from a pool of more than 100,000 applicants for their "Scroll Free for a Year" challenge. If she can go an entire year without using a smartphone or tablet, she gets the money....

    Nearly eight months into the challenge — and still going strong — Mugdan says it's been one of the best adventures of her life.
    "Getting away from the smartphone has been freeing, and it has opened my eyes and made me more aware of some of my other bad health habits." Mugdan told CNN.
    "Now I'm working on turning my life around, slowly but surely, day by day."
    You can read more of Mugdan's interview with CNN right here.
    We're interested in knowing what it would take for you to go an entire year without a smartphone. Could you even do it? Tell us in the Comments below.
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  10. Surface Neo with 18" of Foldable Screen!

    Surface Neo with 18" of Foldable Screen!From apparently out of nowhere Microsoft this week announced some really cool and unexpectedly new smartphone hardware: the Surface Neo and Surface Duo.

    Nobody was expecting Microsoft to drop these new phones, and they represent a big shift if smartphone tech for the company which has until now mostly played it safe.

    “This is industry-pushing technology, and it’s technology pushing possibilities,” said Panay while revealing the gadgets.

    The Surface Neo features a pair of 9-inch screens and a 360-degree hinge that allows you to fold it around completely or close it like a book. It’s sleek, silver, and looks like a shrunken Surface Book when closed. The hinge lets the Neo assume multiple positions, similar to other 360-degree laptops....

    ...The Surface Duo and Neo are both slated for release next year as Microsoft works with developers to create software for the devices. It’s too early to tell whether Microsoft’s adoption of Android for the upcoming Duo will end better than the company’s previous attempt with Windows Phone, but the adoption of Android could make the device more appealing to developers already familiar with the platform.

     

    Fortunately for us, Yahoo! has the scoop on the new devices in this fabulous article.

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