The iPhone 7 Loses Its Headphone Jack, But Gets Super Mario Run

During its Keynote on the 7th of September, Apple unveiled two new flagship smartphones: the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Along with this dynamic duo, the company also revealed the second generation of the Apple Watch, which now comes with GPS and is completely waterproof.

iPhone 7 in different colours

When it comes to the two handsets, the biggest change is definitely the disappearance of the headphone jack, which makes it impossible for Apple users to recharge their smartphones and listen to music at the same time. Other than that, it’s worth mentioning that both the 7 and 7 Plus are now resistant to water and dust (IP96 certification), faster (thanks to the A10 Fusion processor), and feature a better camera (12 megapixels) and a more powerful battery. The design didn’t change a lot from that of the iPhone 6s, except you can purchase these phones in new colours: Jet Black and Black. Another interesting fact is that Nintendo debuted its very first Mario mobile game during the Keynote – Super Mario Run – which will exclusively come to iOS and the App Store.

And for the iPhone 7 Plus, a Brand New Dual-camera System

Dual-camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus

While both models include optical image stabilization, an f/1.8 six-element lens, and a quad-LED flash, only the iPhone 7 Plus features a dual-camera sensor: one wide-angle and one telephoto camera. This camera promises excellent photo quality, better photos in low-light conditions, more detailed pictures, and, if needed, a shallow depth-of-field effect. It should be mentioned that both phones sport improved FaceTime selfie cameras, now with seven megapixels.

Both the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus will become available on the 16th of September, with either 32, 128 or 256 gigabytes of storage.

Meet Apple’s iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro

During its traditional Keynote yesterday, Apple unveiled two new devices: the 4-inch iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The first out of the two is basically an improved version of the iPhone 5s (with the power of the iPhone 6s!), while the second one is a “mini” variant of the big iPad Pro. In addition to this, Apple also announced that iOS 9.03 is here, that the Apple Watch is now cheaper than ever, and showed off an iPhone-recycling robot. While it might now have been the most exciting of events, these are definitely something to talk about.

iPhone SE: Smaller, More Affordable, Yet as Powerful as a Flagship

4-inch iPhone SE

More compact and affordable than its predecessor, the iPhone SE packs almost all of iPhone 6s’s features in a 4-inch body. It offers Apple’s A9 processor, 16GB or 64GB of built-in storage, a 1642mAh battery, a 12-megapixel back camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing one for selfies. It’s important to mention that launching apps on the iPhone SE is incredibly fast, and that it comes with Live Photos and Hey Siri functions, plus a fingerprint sensor.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro Aims to Replace Your Computer

“The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users,” said Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller at the Keynote.

Smaller iPad Pro

There you have it – the new iPad Pro is more powerful than its predecessors, comes with a Stylus and a keyboard, and boasts four speakers that offer twice the sound power than those found on the iPad Air 2. The 12-megapixel camera can shoot 4K videos, and thanks to the True Tone feature, the display of your iPad adjusts (real time) depending on the temperature of the room you’re in and makes it easier for you to view the screen.

Both devices will become available for pre-order on the 24th of March, and you’ll be able to get them in Gold, Silver, Space Grey, and Rose Gold.

MyTrendyPhone’s Inventor of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

As most of your probably know, today’s the International Women’s Day and we wanted to celebrate it properly with one of our favourite female inventors of all time – Hedy Lamarr.

Black and white portrait of Hedy Lamarr

Now, we know what some of you will say: “Inventor? Wait, wasn’t she the famous Hollywood actress of the 1930s and 1940s?” She sure was, but Austrian-born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was definitely not just another pretty face on the silver screen. Lamarr is actually the one who made it possible for us to have and use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other wireless networks on a daily basis.

Lamarr and Her Spread-spectrum Technology Paved the Way for Wi-Fi

Back in 1942, Hedy and composer George Antheil patented their “Secret Communication System”, originally developed to help the US Navy remotely control radio-guided torpedoes during the war. The system was based on frequency hopping, which involved switching radio frequencies rapidly and at the same time to prevent enemies from decoding secret messages. While the invention was granted US Patent No. 2,292,387 in 1942, the military never used it in World War II.

Newspaper article about Hedy Lamarr

However, the patent received attention once more in the late 1950s, and was later on used not only in secret military communications (the Cuban Missile Crisis), but also during the development of CDMA (Code division multiple access). Lamarr and Antheil’s invention made a huge impact on the world of technology and paved the way for mobile phones, fax machines, and wireless technologies.

Like other women inventors, Lamarr received little to no recognition for her ideas at the time, but in 1997 both she and George Anthiel received the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Pioneer Award. Lamarr also became the first female recipient of the BULBIE Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award, which is also referred to as “The Oscar of Inventing.”

Here Come the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Hold onto your pants, everyone – the shiniest and newest flagship smartphones by Samsung and LG are officially here! Called the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the LG G5 respectively, they all offer impressive specs, interesting features, and beautiful designs that Android fans all over the world will love. What’s so special about them? Let’s find out!

The Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge: More of the Same, but with a Twist

If someone were to ask us “How does the S7 duo differ from the S6 duo?”, we’d probably answer “It doesn’t”. Okay, so maybe the design is slightly different (only slightly), what with the S7 having curved edges and both phones offering always-on displays. Aside from that, these two phones are the spitting images of their predecessors and that’s fine, because the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are beautiful.

The front of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

The Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5”) is slightly bigger than the Galaxy S7 (5.1”), but their “insides” haven’t changed that much, if at all. What you get is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (in some regions it will be replaced with Samsung’s octa-core Exynos processor), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (that’s right, the microSD card slot is there!), a 12-megapixel main camera (which shoots better photos in low light, thanks to the large f/1.7 aperture lens), a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, and Android 6.0. The S7 Edge has a somewhat bigger battery – 3600mAh – while the S7 comes with a 3000mAh one. Another feature that we truly appreciate is that both handsets sport the IP68 certification – this means they are water- and dust-resistant up to 1.5 metres and 30 minutes.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will go on sale in March, and will be available in black, white, gold, and silver.

The LG G5 Has Friends and a Modular Design

You’ve read that correctly: LG’s latest flagship smartphone offers a (partly) modular design. If you are familiar with the Project Ara and the Fairphone 2, then you know exactly what this means. In the case of the LG G5, you get to press a button on the side of the phone, pull out the bottom module with the battery, and then put another module inside the handset. LG’s demonstrated the camera module with physical zoom control and shutter buttons, and the hi-fi module, which improves the phone’s sound quality. The possibilities are great and we really hope that the LG will be able to pull this off.

LG G5 and its modular design

Other specs and features include a 5.3-inch always-on display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (expandable), dual cameras on the back (16 megapixels + 8 megapixels), and an 8-megapixel front camera. There’s also the removable Li-Ion 2800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 (up to 83% in 30 minutes) and, of course, Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, there’s another thing that really makes the LG G5 different than other phones this year and that’s its “friends”. By friends, we mean a VR headset, a Rolling Bot (a ball-shaped robot companion), and a 360-degree camera. The LG G5 will hit the stores in April, in silver, titan, gold, and pink colours.

Phones to Look Forward to at the Mobile World Congress 2016

The Mobile World Congress is definitely the biggest event of the year for all the up and coming smartphones, tablets, and wearables, and the MWC 2016 should be more than exciting for the world of tech. The show officially kicks off on the 22nd of February and closes on the 25th, but some companies – including Samsung and LG – will reveal their new devices a day earlier. So, let’s take a quick look at what we can expect from our favourite mobile phone manufacturers starting Sunday.

Samsung

Samsung Unpacked 2016 Invite

The Galaxy S7 will obviously be the star of the entire show, along with its curved sibling, the Galaxy S7 Edge. We’ve heard that the design of the phones won’t change at all, but that they will be waterproof and offer wireless charging. Samsung will unveil its handsets at 7PM on the 21st of February, in Barcelona.

LG

LG G5 always-on display

The much-awaited LG G5 will make an appearance at 2PM (before Samsung) on Sunday, as well, and it’s said that this phone will be the main rival of the iPhone 6s. The G5 will come with an “always-on” display (notifications, time, and date will appear on your screen even when the handset is in sleep mode) and possibly modular design dubbed Magic Slot. Aside from the G5, the company will reveal two more affordable devices – the X cam and X screen.

Huawei

The back of the Huawei P9

We are still uncertain of what exactly Huawei will show off during the MWC. The Huawei P9 is on the way, sure, but rumour has it that it won’t be unveiled during the company’s conference on Sunday, which has been scheduled for the same time as LG’s. Whatever Huawei reveals will have to be a lot more impressive than the LG G5 in order to get the necessary attention.

Sony and HTC

Given the fact that the Xperia Z5 family is relatively new, we doubt that Sony will show off any new handsets during the MWC. However, there’s a chance that the SmartWatch 3 and the Xperia Tablet Compact will get an update – we’ll find out more on Monday, at 9AM.

Sony's booth at the Mobile World Congress

HTC won’t launch any new phones either this time around, seeing that the One M9 wasn’t such a big hit when it came out. We’ve heard rumours that the HTC One M10 is in the works, but we probably won’t get to see it at the MWC. Instead, the company will focus on its Vive VR headset the next week and most likely launch the M10 sometime in April.

Which phone are you looking forward to the most?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with MyTrendyPhone

Have you started preparing for the most romantic day of the year? We’re getting closer to Valentine’s Day and there’s no time to waste! If you are in search of that one, perfect present for the special person in your life, then you are going to love what we have in store for you. :)

For Him and For Her banner on MyTrendyPhone

In this week leading up to Valentine’s Day, you’ll easily be able to find gifts both for him and for her, thanks to our two special categories. First you need to visit our website, then click on the banner on our front page, and, finally, select either For Her or For Him (see the photo above). After that, it’s up to you to decide what your partner would like the best. What’s important is that you can get up to 30% off all of the products in these categories and save up.

Just in case you don’t stumble upon something you like, we have also prepared a code – VD15 - which will allow you to get a 15% discount on different products on our site. You select an item that’s interesting to you and simply enter the code when you enter your personal info in the shopping basket.

Valentine's Day Discount Banner

The offer is valid until the 14th of February. Don’t miss out on your chance to purchase a couple of great presents, at even better prices!

Expect Google Search to Get a Lot Smarter in the Near Future

If you think that Google is smart right now, just imagine how intelligent it will become once the company’s head of AI, John Giannandrea, takes over search responsibilities. On wednesday, Google announced that the current head of search, Amit Singhal, is retiring at the end of February, and that Giannandrea is to replace him. This move not only shows how important AI is to Google, but also how much search is about to change for all of us.

Google Wants Its Search to Predict Exactly What You Need

Google search bar

The well-known search giant isn’t all that new to all things smart, so it’s no wonder that the company wishes to include artificial intelligence into its future projects. A lot of people believe that AI will be the key to some of the biggest technology breakthroughs in the future, and Google seems to be completely aware of this – hence putting Giannandrea in charge.

“Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day,” said Singhal in a post on Google+.

It’s obvious that Google is trying to move from the standard query-box-plus-keyboard search and create an assistant that will help us in our daily tasks by predicting what we require, in a variety of situations. It will allow us to use other input methods, such as our voices, in our search and help us find whatever we need, regardless of the “device” we’re using: a Chromecast, a Google car, etc.

So, what you can definitely expect is for Google’s search to become more futuristic-like once Giannandrea fills in Singhal’s position. Although they operated in different areas, both men have one thing in common: Star Trek. Giannandrea’s inspiration over the years has been the super-smart computer from the Starship Enterprise, while Singhal and his staff built a prototype communicator badge Captain Picard used in the series. Now, we don’t know about you, but we believe this will definitely bring us closer to science fiction than ever.

Rumour Has It: A New iPad Air to Arrive in March

We’ve been hearing rumours and news about the upcoming 4-inch iPhone (the iPhone 5SE – special edition) for months now and we are really looking forward to seeing what Apple has prepared for us this time around. However, recently another rumour found its way online and it mentions a new 9.7-inch iPad Air.

The iPad Air 3 to Launch Alongside the 4-inch iPhone

Gold iPad Air 2

According to a report by 9to5Mac, the Cupertino giant will announce the iPad Air 3 (we believe this is what it will be called) in March, at the same time as the iPhone 5SE. There is no exact release date yet, but we did learn that we’ll probably get to see new Apple Watch models at the event, too.

Like we mentioned above, the talked-about iPad Air 3 will sport a 9.7-inch display, just like the iPad Air 2, and will probably boast improved sound quality, Apple Pencil support, and a 4K resolution. The last bit of information was confirmed by Digitimes not too long ago, who quoted one of Apple’s chain supply sources, confirming that the iPad Air 3 will indeed arrive in March, with 4GB of RAM and a better battery. Of course, any of this remains to be confirmed by Apple, so our advice is to take this info lightly.

While the prospect of a new iPad Air sounds exciting, the star of Apple’s March show will still be the new, smaller iPhone. Again, thanks to 9to5Mac, we’ve learned that the handset will have a curved glass display, the Live Photos feature, Apple’s A8 chip, an 8-megapixel camera, NFC, and Apple Pay. Naturally, just like in the past, Apple will also release an iOS update during the event – iOS 9.3, along with WatchOS 2.2.

As soon as we have more details on Apple’s new devices, we will let you know. Until then, tell us – are you looking forward to the March event?

How to Make Cortana Use Google Instead of Bing

Listen, Microsoft, no one really uses Bing. Except Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man for some reason, which was, by the way, the least believable thing about that film. And the guy fights a giant lizard, for Christ sake. That said, if you’re a proud owner of Windows 10 and its search assistant Cortana, you’re probably more than a little bit frustrated that all your searches get done through Bing instead of Google. Luckily, there’s a way to bypass that, so we’re gonna show you exactly how to teach Cortana to switch to Google (much like Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Good for you, Pete, thou hath seen the light!)

Cortana Using Bing on Windows 10

Step 1: Choose Chrome as Your Default Browser

Chrome as Your Default Browser on Windows 10

Right, the subheading says it all. If you haven’t already set Google Chrome as your default browser, here’s how to do it. Go to Settings and then System > Default apps. Find the Web browser section, click on the browser that’s currently set as your default app and select Chrome from the menu. All done!

Step 2: Get Chrometana

Chrometana Extension

Now that Google Chrome is your default web browser, you’ll need a Chrome extension called Chrometana. Once you’ve installed the extension, you’ll get to a page where you can choose whether you want Google, DuckDuckGo or Yahoo as your preferred search engine. Some of you might go with the other two (hey, we’re not judging!), but since our goal was Google in the first place, that’s what we’re going to select. If you need to go back to this page at any time (to, say, stop using DuckDuckGO?), just go to Settings in Chrome, then choose Extensions > Chrometana > Options.

Step 3: Search the Net

Cortana's Google Search

Start up Cortana and begin your search—it’ll no longer be done through Bing, but Google. You’ve done it!

Congratulations, Cortana has forgotten all about Bing and is one of the cool kids now, too.

5 Cool iOS 9 Features You Didn’t Know About

Most iOS users have already switched to the latest version of Apple’s operating system—iOS 9—that is, if they happen to own an iPhone 4s or a newer device. Still, even if you’ve had months to explore the OS’s new and improved features, there may yet be a few hidden options you still haven’t got around to using. Quite frankly, you might not even know they’re there. So, without further ado, here are five iOS 9 features that you should immediately give a look-see if you haven’t already.

Hidden iOS 9 Features

Hide Unflattering and/or Private Photos

Let’s face it—we all have those Few Special Photos we don’t want anyone to see. And a bunch of pictures that are for our eyes only… for various reasons. So, how do you shield them from other people? By using the ‘Hide Photo’ feature. Once you’ve hidden the image, it will no longer exist in your Moments, Collections or Years, but they’ll still be in your album.

Explore the Selfie Folder

iOS 9 Selfies

With the latest iOS update, all your front camera photos automatically get saved in a folder designed for selfies called, quite surprisingly, ‘Selfies’. Yeah, Apple really made sure you don’t dwell on the nature of that one, didn’t it? All jokes aside, it’s really convenient as your search for a new profile pic or Instagram self-portrait truly won’t last more than a few clicks.

Your Search Bar Is a Calculator?

Ignore the question mark, because, yes, your search bar really does do the same thing as your Calculator app now. Simply type in the numbers and math symbols in the bar and the phone will instantly calculate your answer.

Prolong Battery Life with the Low Power Mode Option

iOS 9 Low Power Mode

We’ve already mentioned this one before, but, honestly, it is that important. To save power, all you need to do is enable the Low Power Mode feature and you’re good to go! Go to Settings > Battery and move the slider to On. Your battery bar will change its colour from green to yellow, which is how you’ll know the Low Power Mode is officially on and your battery power consumption has been reduced.

Doodle Directly on Photos

Ending this list with a fun feature—drawing on photos! Why not doodle a lightning bolt on your baby’s forehead—come on, Harry Potter lovers, you know it’s tempting—or simply highlight an important bit of your brand new snapshot? Either way, how you’re going to achieve that goal is by pressing down on the photo and choosing ‘markup’, which then leads you to a screen where you can doodle, write, magnify parts of the image and add text.

Trust us, there’s more where these five came from, but perhaps we’ll leave it for some other time. Or, better yet, you can discover more hidden iOS 9 features on your own and share them with us? :)