Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone gets shown off in a three-second hands-on video

Xiaomi-backed Black Shark is getting ready to unveil its first smartphone. 
The eponymous device will be all about gaming, as Black Shark is meant to be a gaming-focused offshoot of the Chinese handset maker. We've already seen the Black Shark in a couple of benchmarks, a live image, and not one, but two teasers. 

Now though a hands-on video of the phone has been outed, and you can see it embedded below. Sure, it's not the longest of videos - by any stretch of the imagination. Yet it does give us our first 360-degree view of the smartphone. It looks pretty big and bulky, as you can see, but that may aid in handling, especially when holding it in landscape in order to enjoy a game or two. Or three. 

Unlike the also gamer-focused Razer Phone, this one is much more curvy. From previous leaks we've gathered that the Black Shark will have the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, at least 32GB of storage, and a 2,160x1,080 touchscreen with 18:9 aspect ratio. It may become official as soon as tomorrow.

Apple Face ID vs Samsung Intelligent Scan

Face recognition is becoming an increasingly common form of biometric unlocking of our smartphones. Samsung got the ball rolling with its iris scanner that evolved to a faster face recognition unlock from the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 to the Galaxy S8, before combining the two on the Galaxy S9’s Intelligent Scan feature. Meanwhile, Apple has Face ID, which is touted as a more sophisticated facial recognition technology.
Naturally, we had one question to ask: which is the better face recognition unlock mechanism?

Meanwhile, Apple went out of its way to create the technology that enables Face ID. The module within the notch on the iPhone X’s display actually houses some very advanced hardware. There is a laser dot projector that illuminates a user’s face with 30000 dots that maps out a three-dimension model of the face. This model is cross-checked each time the user unlocks the phone, where the dot projector is switched on each time.
This means that Face ID should work in any lightning situation, and is more secure due to the sheer difficulty in replicating a 3D face model.

The Mechanics

We wanted to see which face recognition unlock method works best and most reliably in a variety of lighting conditions that a user would experience in day-to-day usage. As such, we used three devices: the Galaxy Note 8 (basic face recognition), the Galaxy S9+ (with Intelligent Scan), and the iPhone X (Face ID), and tested them out in four different scenarios: outdoors (broad daylight), outdoors with sunglasses, indoors (office environment), and in the dark.
Under each lighting scenario, we unlocked each of the three phones at least two times to make sure the results are consistent.

The Results

Outdoors (Broad Daylight)

All three phones have no issues unlocking with their specific face unlock modes. There is more than sufficient light for all three phones to easily detect faces almost immediately. One interesting observation here is the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 unlocks even faster than the Galaxy S9+, possibly due to the S9+’s additional iris scanning layer.

Outdoors (With Sunglasses)

Here’s where things get interesting. With a pair of sunglasses on under the hot sun, can the software on the three phones still unlock the phone? After all, this will be a common scenario for most users – and in the case of the iPhone X, there is no fallback unlock option besides the old PIN code.
But as it turns out, the iPhone X ran away as the clear winner in this one. The phone unlock seamlessly each time we tried it, which wasn’t the case for the Galaxy S9+ and the Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 did not recognise my face at all with sunglasses on, while the Galaxy S9+’s iris scanner works…as long as you move the phone about 30cm in front of your face.

Indoors (Office Environment)

With plenty of fluorescent lighting in our office, all three phones again had no issues unlocking using face recognition. The Galaxy Note 8 is awfully fast here, beating even the Galaxy S9+ in terms of unlocking speed. The iPhone X, while unlocking without a fuss, requires the user to swipe up to enter the home screen (it’s a UI quirk that Apple calls “intention”, in case you’re not actually looking to unlock the phone.

In The Dark

Few of us would care to admit, but we definitely use our phones a lot at night before we sleep. But is it possible to unlock our phones in complete darkness with face recognition?
For the Galaxy Note 8, it’s a complete no-go. The lack of any substantial source of light means the front camera cannot “see” your face, rendering it unable to work. Meanwhile, Intelligent Scan on the Galaxy S9+ can and does unlock your phone in the dark – but with one very uncomfortable condition.
As our comparison video above shows, the screen lights up significantly brighter than usual to allow the front camera to locate your face. Then the iris scanner kicks in to unlock your phone. The entire process takes less than a second, but that initial flash of light is pretty painful for the eyes, and makes us wonder why would Samsung resort to such measures. Side note: Huawei’s P20 face unlock does this too in low-light situations.
Once again, Face ID on the iPhone X really proves its worth here. Not only does the phone unlock as quickly as it does in broad daylight, it does so without temporarily blinding the user. As the folks at Cupertino like to say: it just works.

Final Words

After our quick testing, it is fair to say that Apple’s Face ID is the best form of face recognition unlock among the three phones that we tested. Given that almost every other Android smartphone uses the same form of face unlock as the Galaxy Note 8, we can with some confidence extrapolate this findings to those phones, too.
The Galaxy S9+ with Intelligent Scan definitely improves upon the the Note 8 by combining its iris scanner with the standard face recognition technology, offering more flexibility in the manner in which the phone can be unlocked. On top of that, there’s always the fingerprint scanner on both the Note 8 and S9+ as an option – something that the iPhone X does not have.
Nevertheless, Face ID on the iPhone X really is something else: the iPhone X unlocks in virtually any lighting situation without a hint of hesitation. But, having something that works this well does come at a cost – literally. The iPhone X is brutally expensive – even after the recent deals that saw a discount for the phone.
The technology behind Face ID has been touted to be two years ahead of the competition, and from this “face-off”, it certainly looks to be the case.

10 Typing tips every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch user should know

10 Typing tips every iPhone, iPad, and iPod user should know

1. Shake to undo

Most people usually find out about this feature when they accidentally drop their phones. If you make a mistake or enter in incorrect text, you can undo your typing by shaking your device.
Shake to Undo
When you shake your device the last entrance that you typed, uninterrupted, will be erased. So whether you type one letter or one sentence, the entire message will be undone. This comes in handy when needing to delete large amounts of text instead of jabbing at the delete button constantly.

2. Speedy Contractions

Contractions are created to combine two words and make it shorter. But when you are typing a contraction on your iPhone it can take longer than just typing he will if you miss the apostrophe. Instead of hoping auto-correct knows you meant he’ll instead of hell, you can actually type helll and auto-correct will add the apostrophe for you. Type “welll” and it will automatically jump to we’ll. This saves time and makes sure that you actually enter what you meant.
Autocorrect - Contractions

3. The domain shortcut

If you are using Safari on your iDevice you can skip typing the .com domain into your URL. Instead, tap and hold the period key and box of possible domains will appear. Tap on .com or .edu and head over to your webpage.
Domain - iPhone Shortcut
If you use Google Chrome this option is built into their auto suggestion. Since Apple’s predictive text is disabled in Safari and other applications, it can’t offer the same. Apple should probably look to add that in iOS 9.

4. Adding “Smart” quotes

I once had a job that forbid the use of “smart quotes” or the curved variation of the standard quotation marks. The default quotes on your iPhone, also known as dumb quotes, are straight not as sexy — IMO. To input a smart quote, hold the quotation key to reveal the option in the hovering menu.
Smart Quotes - iPhone

5. Adding symbols and currency

Perhaps you are traveling in Europe or find that you need the cents symbol for this really important text. Well you find it just by looking at your iOS keyboard. Instead, tap and hold the $ sign to bring up different currencies. You can also tap and hold, the exclamation mark, period, comma, and more to bring up other symbols and options.

6. Starting a Sentence

You iOS 8 keyboard knows that most humans speak in complete sentences. It has a handy feature that automatically adds a period and space after each sentence. Whenever you type a sentence, double tap the spacebar and period and space will be added allowing you to being a new sentence more quickly. If for some reason this is not enabled by default, go to Settings -> General -> Keyboard and ensure that the “.” Shortcut is enabled.
Period - Shortcut - iOS

7. Say it with an accent

While I did take three years of Spanish in high school, I’m still not fluent enough to add the Spanish keyboard to my iPhone. But for certain phrases or words, adding an accent might be necessary regardless of fluency. To add an accent tap and hold the letter in question. Most common letters with accents are vowels A, E, I, O, and U.
Accents - iPhone


Yelling through text is made possible with all caps. Instead of tapping the shift key for each letter you want to capitalize, just double-tap the shift key to lock it on Caps mode. This way you can type abbreviations like CIA or FBI without unnecessary extra taps.
Caps lock - iOS

9. Entering Numbers and Punctuation

When you need to enter just one number or punctuation mark, you don’t have to switch to the other keyboard. Instead, hold down the “123” key and select the number or punctuation on the numerical keyboard. Once you have made your selection release the key and it will automatically return to the standard keyboard. Saves you a couple of seconds, which really do add up eventually.

9. Hyphen vs em dash

Even if you are confused on the proper use of the em dash and hyphen, you might as well know how to place in your text. On the numerical keyboard, or using the speedy trick from number 8, hold the hyphen key to bring up the option for en dash, em dash, and bullet point.
Hyphen - iOS

10. Adding third-party boards

These are all tips for the stock iOS 8 QuickType keyboard. However there are many people who enjoy swiping to text or other features offered in third-party keyboards. To add a third-party keyboard, go to Settings -> General -> Keyboards -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard.

12 tips to take amazing photos with your iPhone camera

1. Follow the rule of thirds

I took a photography class back in high school and the teacher always stressed The Rule of Thirds. Basically you want to imagine your space as 9 equal parts, where your main image or focus is placed on the intersections of a vertical and horizontal line. Explaining it is complicated, but showing it is a lot easier. Here is where using the grid function, Settings -> Photos & Camera -> Grid, is essential.
Rule of Thirds
Image from insights.elearningnetwork.org

2. Keep it simple

Trying to capture too much in one shot will leave you with a poorly focused image. Instead, focus on one or two items and keep them in proper framing. This will lead to a substantially more powerful and professional looking photo.
iPhone Photo 1
Shot by Jirasak P.

3. Try a lower angle

Shooting from a low angle will help achieve a unique vantage point. Instead of shooting a subject at the same level, shooting from a low angle brings a different focus to the subject and instantly makes it more interesting and more compelling.
Low Angle - iPhone Photo
Image from iphonephotographyschool.com

4. Use Burst Mode

If you are moving or trying to capture a moving object Burst Mode is the best way to get a great, or a bunch of great shots. On your iPhone, hold down the capture button and it will take a rapid succession of photos until you release the capture button. You can select the best photo or create a cool sequencing collage of them all.

5. Use the Camera shortcut

To quickly access the camera, slide up from the Camera icon on the lock screen. Sometimes all it takes is a few seconds and you can miss the chance to capture a really great shot. Using the Camera shortcut makes it super easy and quick to take a photo.
Camera Shortcut - iPhone

6. Say no to flash

The “flash” on your iPhone is sub par at best. The flash on a real camera may suffice to create enough light to improve the image quality in a poorly lit situation, but the iPhone LED flash is small and weak and won’t get you what you are looking for. Instead, try to use natural lighting or room lighting whenever possible. If there is a lamp, fire, or sunlight use it to your advantage and you’ll be surprised at some of the cool photos you will create.

7. Tap to focus

If you are trying to focus on something in your photo you can tap on the screen to auto focus on that area. A yellow square will appear wherever you tap, signifying the area of focus. You can also slide the sun icon up and down to adjust the brightness.
Auto Focus - iPhone

8. Avoid zoom

Pinching in on the screen with your fingers will Zoom. Zooming in on an image does bring it closer but it also reduces the quality of the image. Rather than pinching to zoom, move as close as possible to the subject. Now, if you are taking pictures of lions you can crop the image after the fact to make it appear larger.

9. Volume button

I would also recommend using the volume up button instead of the digital shutter button in the Camera app as that can end up shaking or blurring photos.

10. Use your Apple headphones

If you have a pair of iPhone headphones equipped with volume controls you can use the Volume up or Volume down buttons to snap a photo. Your headphones do need to be plugged in for this to work. This method is great for taking selfies or when using a tripod or stand.

Apple Earbuds copy

11. Use HDR when appropriate

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Essentially, your iPhone takes three photos, each with a different exposure and focus on the shadows and the lighted areas of the image. It will then automatically produce a single photo that it believes captures the right range of light and dark exposure.
HDR vs Regular
You should use the HDR function when you are taking an image of landscapes, have different lighting across your subject, or are in low-light. The built-in HDR is okay, but if you really want to see what HDR can do, you’ll want to try Pro HDR or apps similar to it.

12. Use third-party apps

There are so many third-party applications for your iPhone camera that I could write a whole other article about them. While your iPhone camera is good, there are apps available that will greatly improve your photo game. Check out, Over, VSCO Cam, AfterFocus, and Hipstamatic for just a few essential third-party iPhone camera apps.
These tips will help keep you at the top of your iPhone photography game. There are endless ways to create the perfect picture, but these 12 tips will help even the most novice iPhone user take higher quality photos.

How to Set Up Personal Hotspot VPN from iOS to Another Wireless Device (Jailbreak Only)

How to Set Up Personal Hotspot VPN from iOS to Another Wireless Device (Jailbreak Only)

Features :
*Need Jailbroken iOS
1. Support iOS 8.4
2. Free tweak
3. Hotspot VPN to another wireless device

Tutorial :
0. Watch this video how to get TetherMe or follow the tutorial below.
     Click here if you want to watch the video.
1.  Open Cydia. Add repo BiteYourApple (http://repo.biteyourapple.net)
     [How to add repo: Open Cydia. Open Manage. Open Source. Touch Edit. Touch Add. Insert.]
2. Find TetherMe.
3. Install and respiring.
4. Open TetherMe in Setting.
5. Make sure you set up like the picture below. [see Pic 1] 
     - Override data source is ticked
     - Share from : IPSec/OpenVPN VPN

Pic 1

6. Now click personal hotspot. Change your password if you want and tick personal hotspot. [see Pic 2]
7. You are done. Now enjoy WiFi on another device.

Pic 2

How to Import OVPN Config Files to iPhone or iPad [iOS] (No Jailbreak)

How to Import OVPN Config Files to iPhone or iPad [iOS]

There are 2 ways to Import OVPN config files to your iPhone or Ipad.
No need to jailbreak your device and it is free.

1. Download OVPN files from your VPN provider in your PC (Windows or Mac OS).
2. Download OpenVPN Connect from App Store. [see Pic 1]

Pic 1
3. From your PC, send an email to yourself (your own email). Make sure you upload (attach) OVPN files and send the email to yourself.
4. You need an email application in your iphone as well. For example, I use YahooMail as my email. So, I need to install YahooMail app from App Store.
5. After that, open your email and find the email that you send to yourself.
6. Open the email and you should see the OVPN config files like this. [see Pic 2]

Pic 2

7. Click on one of the OVPN config file and something like this will pop out. [see Pic 3]

Pic 3
8. Click Open In and something like this will appear. [see Pic 4]

Pic 4

8. Click Open in OpenVPN. Now it will OpenVPN app and it will appears like the picture below. [see Pic 5]

9. Click the + (plus) button and enter your username and password.
10. Click Save password if you want.
11. Now click Connect.
12. You are now connected to VPN now. Enjoy.


1. Download UC Browser from App Store.
2. Open UC Browser.
3. Open your VPN provide website and download the OVPN config files.
4. Open the download section in UC Browser and click on the one of the OVPN file.
5. Now follow steps number 7 until steps number 12 from TUTORIAL 1 above.
6. You are now connected to VPN now. Enjoy.