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The appearance of the novel coronavirus has brought into worldwide attention the importance of keeping a clean phone free from germs, as it can easily become a transmitter of germs and infection. Most of health guidelines against the virus suggest keeping your hands clean and not touching your face, but actually your smartphone’s metal, glass or plastic surfaces can host the virus for up to 9 days!

  • First, don’t panic about it: Germs can be successfully eliminated by disinfecting a phone’s surface with an alcohol solution or wipes over its screen and nonporous exterior surfaces, avoiding getting moisture in any of the openings.

  • Most smartphones come with a microfiber cloth which most of us forget about after a couple of weeks of getting a new model. Remember to keep it and use it to wipe your gadget with a mix of 40/60 alcohol-to-water and slightly dampen the soft cloth in it.

  • If you’re using your phone to make constant calls, it means your face is more in contact with bacteria than you think. One way to avoid this is to use call-capable earbuds or earphones, which will keep your phone, and potentially harmful germs, safely away from your face.

  • Remember that washing your hands regularly with soap is still one of the most efficient ways to keep yourself - and your phone - free of germs. Also, try to keep your phone away from places like your kitchen sink, dinner table and your bathroom - we’re serious, don’t take your phone to the bathroom with you!

  • Ensure your phone is germ-free just as you would your hands and face. Time to clean it from the outside as often as possible and make your device a place where viruses and bacteria won’t want to grow. Do you keep your phone as clean on the outside as you do on the inside? Food for thought!

Smartphones are always a focus in the world market, with billions of users wondering what giants like Apple and Samsung are launching next and ready to buy the new models that suit them best. 77% of Americans, and 2.7 billion people around the world have smartphones, and nearly half of them say they couldn’t live without their devices.

Tech giants around the world are constantly working on their next big model, each coming up with new models that suit different needs in the market: Some want the trendiest model, while others are interested on which phone has the best camera or the best screen resolution. These are some of the best models released in 2019 that caught our attention:

  1. Apple iPhone 11: This mid-tier model is only $700 in the market and has an excellent camera with ultrawide-angle. A great pick for those looking for good capabilities without spending much.

  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: The elegance of the feature-packed Note 10 Plus make this model one of the best premium smartphones, with a 6.8-inch screen, an all-day battery life and an enhanced camera.

  3. Huawei P30 Pro: The P30 Pro has the best camera on any phone, allowing users to take incredible photos and videos. It also has an amazing battery life, which is a very sought-after feature nowadays.

  4. OnePlus 7 Pro: This model works faster than its competitors and has a neat pop-up camera and a triple rear camera that take fantastic pictures. This is considered the best Android phone value of 2019.

  5. Samsung Galaxy S10E: This smaller model has a fast chipset as well as a lengthy battery life. It can also wirelessly charge other phones and accessories. Those who still like a smaller grip on their phones should try this one out.

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Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the new products that will be released throughout the holiday season and talked about their plans for their new Surface Duo phone, set to be released next year.

With a promise to deliver a higher quality product than Apple’s current MacBooks, Microsoft’s annual hardware event saw a total of seven new products in development:

  • Surface Laptop 3: It uses Intel’s latest 10th generation processor, said to be 3x more powerful than a MacBook Air. It also charges up to 80% in less than an hour and its made out of aluminum with a larger trackpad than its predecessor. It comes in 13.5-inch and 15-inch sizes.

  • Surface Pro X: It features a 13-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard. This elegant device is very light and runs on the Qualcomm chip which has 7W of power.

  • Surface Pro 7: While similar in appearance to last year’s moder, this tablet/laptop hybrid has a new USB-C port and improved microphones. It can also charge up to 90A% in one hour and runs on Intel’s 10th generation chip as well.

  • Surface Earbuds: A direct competition to Apple’s AirPods, these headphones offer 24 hours of battery life and can be controlled by gestures to play, pause, skip or change the volume.

For next year, we shall keep our eyes open for the upcoming foldable Surface Duo phone with two screens which runs on Android. It will feature two 5.6 inch displays and has a 360-degree hinge. Also the Surface Neo, a two-screened laptop which will also run on Google’s Android operating system -rather than Microsoft Windows- shows that Microsoft is aiming towards mobile and cloud-based products for their future!

2019 was a great year for Apple. Instead of entering new product categories, the tech giant focused on improving their software and feedback from their users to improve their AirPods, Apple Watch and iPhones.

2020 looks promising, with rumors already circulating around many media outlets speculating on what new features this year’s iPhone will bring. One of the main features that experts are expecting from Apple this year is 5G connectivity, which will make it competitive with its rivals’ new models.

One of the most talked about changes to the new model are bigger screen sizes that could go as large as 6.7 inches (as opposed to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 6.5-inch display). Experts also believe the new models will have a 120Hz refresh rate that will give users a feeling of smoother and faster scrolling through apps and web pages.

It’s possible that Apple will expand its iPhone line with four new iPhone 12 models: a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch phones and a 6.7-inch phone. All of them will have OLED (or Organic LED) displays. There could also be an extra model resembling the iPhone SE, which is rumored to look like the iPhone 8 and could be released as early as the first quarter of 2020

Apple could also implement 3D depth sensing to their new model’s rear cameras, similar to the front-facing cameras from the newer models used for facial recognition, which would significantly improve its augmented reality applications.

Stay tuned for more exciting mobile news this 2020!

What’s going on with everyone’s favorite Apple?

Last week, the tech giant hosted this year’s big “By Innovation Only” event on Sept 10 and unveiled the new generation of iPhones - the 11, 11 Pro and 11Pro Max, a new iPad and the Apple Watch Series 5.

So, what’s new?

All three of Apple’s new iPhones will be available on September 20, and will start at $699 for an iPhone 11 64 GB model. It features a 6.1-inch Liquid Crystal Display, the A13 bionic chipset and 12-megapixel dual cameras on the back. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max versions feature three cameras on the back and also include a fast 18-watt power brick charger. The 11 Pro starts at $999 for the 64 GB version and the 11 Pro Max at $1099.

Can I afford any of this?

Yes, you can. Starting at $329, the seventh generation iPad is the most affordable to date and features a 10.2-inch retina display, the advanced A10 Fusion chip and a modern camera and sensors, plus an all-day battery life. This gadget will be available in stores and online on September 30.

What about my time-telling machine?

The all-new Apple Watch Series 5 brings a larger screen and features an always-on display. This won’t eat up your battery, though, as Apple says you can expect an 18-hour charge. The Series 5 is starting at $499 on September 20.