Meet Sizzling New Tech at the Ongoing CES 2016

The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is, as you probably already know, a giant technology spectacle that occurs every year in Las Vegas. Right now we’re somewhere at the start of this year’s extravaganza and boy is it getting increasingly exciting over there as we speak! CES 2016 has already revealed new electronics and tech, so we can freely shed some light on the thrilling novelties that have been announced and showcased.

CES 2016 kick-off

Samsung’s Various Innovations Revealed at CES 2016

Galaxy TabPro S at CES 2016

Let’s start with Samsung. From brand new TVs and improved VR controllers to a $5,000 fridge, the Korean company has really been busy preparing for this event. What’s even more relevant to our interests is the Galaxy TabPro S scheduled for a launch in February. The tablet in question is lightweight, operates on Windows 10 and boasts a gorgeous 12-inch Super AMOLED display with 2K resolution. Still, despite its lightness and compactness, the battery can allegedly last up to 10.5 hours in one sitting.

LG: From Super Slender TVs to New Smart Devices

LG Watch Urbane 2 models

LG has stepped up their OLED TV game, having boosted the colour range and additionally slimming the screen, which resulted in an ultra thin and elegant piece of tech. On top of that, it is expected that during the event the company will reveal its new LG G5 smartphone and give additional info about the Watch Urbane 2, which will be compatible with iOS and Android.

Huawei Goes Elegant and Fashionable in 2016

Huawei Watch Jewel and Elegant

As for Huawei, we learned more about their new Mate 8 phablet. Long story short—it’s a sleek device from top to bottom. A slightly longer story will tell you that the phone sports a 6-inch 1080p display with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Apart from the handset, the Chinese-based company also presented the MediaPad M2, a 10-inch tablet with curved edges and 16GB or 64GB of storage and two highly fashionable versions of the Huawei Watch—the Watch Jewel and the Watch Elegant. What makes them such voguish accessories is the fact that their bands seems to be made of faux-crocodile leather and—get this—the Huawei Watch Jewel even has 68 Swarovski Zirconia crystals!

CES 2016 is far from over, so make sure you continue to track the developments so as to stay in the loop regarding all the latest gadgets and tech inventions. :)

3 Chrome Extensions to Make Gmail (Even More) Amazing

Okay, let’s face it—in this day and age it’s almost impossible to think that you don’t have a Gmail account. What’s even more likely than having a Gmail account is having… several Gmail accounts—be it your strictly personal one, your business email account, your gaming alias or an email registered to your brand name, association or company. And while you’re probably more than satisfied with your relationship with Google’s very own email platform, we’re here to tell you that it can get even better. How? By installing these three Chrome extensions designed to improve your emailing experience.

Three Chrome Extensions for Gmail

Full Contact: Know Your Gmail Contacts

Full Contact Gmail Extension

You know when you receive an email from an unknown sender? Well, Full Contact makes sure they aren’t so unknown the moment their message lands in your inbox. This extension lets you see the person’s photos, social networking profiles and job titles right off the bat. Not only that, but it also allows you to scroll down their latest Facebook statuses and tweets, with the option of you even adding your own notes to the contact’s name.

Snapmail: Burn After Reading

Snapmail Extension for Gmail

Need to send or receive very sensitive or confidential info (because you may or may not work for a Top Secret Government Organization)? Then Snapmail is the extension for you. Okay, you don’t have to be a secret agent to use it; say you need to send a password and you really don’t want anyone having it lying around their account. All you need to do is press the little Snapmail button next to the Send button and an URL will be created. Then the recipient can click on the link and once the message’s been opened, the person has 60 seconds to read it before it self-destructs. Pretty Mission Impossible, isn’t it? Or Inspector Gadget, if that’s more of your thing. Either way, it’s useful and, let’s face it, kinda fun.

Mixmax: Your Personal Email Assistant

Mixmax Extension for Gmail

Mixmax, quite simply, strives to make email awesome. Once you install the extension, you can schedule meetings instantly to save time, set emails to send later and even track your sent mail and know when it’s been opened and by whom. The extension also lets you create multiple templates you can reuse, so you don’t have to waste time typing up the exact same messages every time there’s a similar situation. Basically, if you are big on time efficiency, this is your future favourite add-on without a doubt.

Want to see your Gmail become more amazing than before? Ready, set, download.

MyTrendyPhone: Your Go-to Source of Christmas Gift Ideas

What’s that? You still haven’t got around to completing your sizeable Christmas shopping? Yes, work can be pretty hectic this time of year, it’s quite understandable. However, there’s really no need to panic just yet—you may be cutting it really close this time around, but online shopping could be the answer you’ve been looking for. Not to mention MyTrendyPhone has prepared several extensive lists containing various Christmas presents to help you narrow down your search this holiday season. Want to know what we’ve got in store for you these days? Keep on reading and soon you’ll be flooded with amazing Christmas gift ideas!

A Whole Lot of Splendid Christmas Gifts for Tech Lovers

MTP's Christmas Gift Ideas

There’s a techie among your closest friends? Your kids can’t stop talking about the newest, coolest gadgets on the market? Perhaps a mini drone or a levitating Bluetooth speaker would do the trick? Yep, we’ve got them all. What you need to do is quickly head over to this corner of our shop featuring MTP’s special Christmas offer and you can browse to your heart’s content. No matter if you’re in need of a sophisticated and useful present a la a smartband or personal cloud storage slash media player or a fun little programmable robot—we’ve made sure you can get all those tech accessories (and more!) from the comfort of your beautifully-lit and cozy home. This really does sound like an offer you can’t refuse, doesn’t it? We know.

How About Gift Cards and Personalized Phone Covers?

Personalized Phone Covers on MTP

We’re positive you’ll have a wonderful time rummaging through our gift ideas, but in case you still aren’t completely sure about that one ideal present, you can always go with a gift card and let your loved ones choose for themselves. Or—and this is another cool idea, if we may say so ourselves—you could up the game and go for a more personalized gift. How? By designing your own smartphone cover and sticking anything you want on the accessory: from an intricate festive pattern to a fun Santa Claus illustration. Only your imagination’s the limit!

We hope you have fun hunting for the ideal Christmas gifts and remember: don’t panic! :)

Introducing MTP’s October and November Winners

The last couple of months have been extremely fun and prolific for all of us at MyTrendyPhone, so no wonder we’ve had a whole lot of devoted fans to shower with gifts! So, without further ado, let us introduce you to our lucky October and November winners. :)

MTP's October and November winners

Meet MyTrendyPhone’s October Winners

Club Trendy

In October Club Trendy got a winner by the name of Christian Frederik Waage and a spectacular leather brown LG G4 (32GB) was sent straight to Denmark. Congrats!

Reviews

Håkon Nesse from Norway received a 5000NOK (530EUR) gift card which allowed him to shop to his heart’s content and pick all the most amazing gadgets and accessories from our vast selection of products.

Newsletter

France’s Lionel Dagnicourt won a 100EUR gift card, so we hope he had a wonderful time treating himself to various accessories from our shop.

Trustpilot

Jannie Alkalai-Johnsen from Denmark took home a splendid Charge Pit 6-port universal charging station as our Trustpilot winner.

Facebook

P.T. Hoolsema from the Netherlands won an amazing white Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 Wi-Fi with 16GB of internal storage. As the tablet’s particularly stylish and light, with a long-lasting battery, we have no doubt it received a very warm welcome.

Onto Our November Winners!

Club Trendy

How about a brand new gold HTC One M9 with 32GB of storage? Well, that particular flagship found its new owner in Wim Buitenhuis from Denmark. Congratulations!

Reviews

As for the 700€ gift card, it travelled to Italy and here’s what Francesco Storti had to say about his prize:

“I discovered MyTrendyPhone this year and I really enjoyed both the excellent prices and the customer service the shop offers. I have already made two orders in 2015 and I’m about to make a third one. My last order included an SD card and a cover for my new smartphone and I must say they were both fantastic. The cover, in particular, was exactly as the description said—it fits almost every smartphone and that’s what I was looking for. I am thrilled about the prize, of course, and I never thought that I would be the one to get it since a large number of customers shops on MyTrendyPhone every day and participates in their competitions. Naturally, since the service and the products are of such high quality, it’s no wonder they have a lot of customers. Thanks again!”

Newsletter

Our 1000DKK (135EUR) gift card was sent to Denmark’s Karen Bruun in November—just in time for the holiday season!

Trustpilot

As our Trustpilot winner, Stein Feyling from Norway received a Parrot Minidrones Jumping Sumo bot, so we hope it’s been fun learning how to navigate a drone!

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Zara Goodier from the UK also brought home a fantastic HTC One M9 (32GB), except her new handset came in gold/silver.

Congratulations MyTrendyPhone winners

Once again, we hope all our October and November winners are having fun with their new phones, accessories and gadgets and best of luck to all of you in December! :)

A List of Useful Phrases to Navigate Google Maps Handsfree

You know what’s a good combo? Google Maps and the Android OS. Why, you ask? Because together they allow you to navigate handsfree which is extremely useful, especially while you’re behind the wheel and you need to go somewhere you haven’t been before pronto, but also, more importantly, to get there safely. Or you just really want to finish gnawing on that delicious piece of pizza, but you still need help arriving at an unknown place or using alternative routes. Here are three simple steps that are going to make that goal come true.

#1 Make Sure Ok Google’s Available on Any Screen

Enabling Ok Google to use Google Maps

First you’ll need to enable the Ok Google detection so you could use it without ever touching the screen of your phone. This is how you’re going to do it. Go to Voice > Ok Google detection and choose the Always on or From any screen option. Done!

One more thing before we move on to the next step: if your smartphone’s screen is locked with the help of one of Android’s security features, the Ok Google option will work, but Google won’t be able to execute your demand unless you unlock the screen. To skip over this little obstacle, go to Settings > Security and swap your lock screen security with Swipe.

#2 Enable Ok Google for Google Maps

Now that you’ve given access to Ok Google from every screen of your phone, in order to launch Google Maps all you need to do is say, “Ok Google, navigate me to 221B Baker Street” and your wish is Google’s demand. Alternatively, you can say, “Ok Google, take me to the nearest McDonald’s” and you’ll be munching on a Big Mac in no time.

#3 Know Your Commands

Here’s a brief list of useful phrases that are gonna help you make the most of your Ok Google navigation:

  • “Where is the nearest [beach]?”
  • “Navigate to…”
  • “Where is [the Musée d’Orsay]?”
  • “What’s my next turn?”
  • “When will I get there?”
  • “Show alternative routes.”
  • “Take me home.”
  • “Take me to work.”
  • “Where’s my hotel? / Give me directions back to my hotel.” (which works if your hotel confirmation was
    sent to your Gmail account)
  • “Mute” or—wait for it—”Shut up.”

That’s, more or less, it. Have fun walking/driving around handsfree—Ok Google will keep you safe!

Get Ready for Your Next Vacation with These Travel Apps

Remember how you used to travel before the rise of smartphones, tablets, and other portable gadgets? If you wanted to read something on your beachy vacation, you had to pack your suitcase with a book or two. If you wished to understand and speak a couple of words of French, Italian, or another language, your bag had to contain a dictionary – at least a pocket-sized one. If you wanted to know where to eat in a new town or where to go, you had to ask around or check forums on your computer. Needless to say, things have changed since then, and nowadays you can do all of this and more via various applications. So, before you head over to your next exotic location or a lovely European adventure, make sure to download and install these travel apps on your Android or iOS device. :)

Find Cafes, Restaurants, and More with Foursquare

A phone with the Foursquare app opened

That one app everyone and their grandmother is probably familiar with, but we thought we should mention it nonetheless. When you find yourself in a new city, you can use Foursquare as your guide and find the best places to visit, eat, drink, and more. What the app also offers is the option to read reviews and save places you want to go to.

Use Swackett to Figure Out Which Clothes to Pack

User interface of the Swackett for iOS

If you don’t know what to wear, whether you need an umbrella, or your sunglasses, Swackett will tell you. What this app does is convert weather reports into avatars wearing appropriate clothing for that day. If it’s cold outside, the icon will be dressed in a sweater and a jacket. A hot day? You’ll see the avatar wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

FlightAware Has All the Info About Your Flight

User interface of the FlightAware app

In case there’s a cancellation, a gate change, or a delay of your flight, you will be the first to know about it thanks to FlightAware. Track the real-time status of any commercial flight worldwide and always have all the details at the tips of your fingers.

Kindle Holds All of Your Books in One Place

User interface of the Kindle app for Android

Instead of loading the bottom of your suitcase with a number of books, you can bring e-versions of them with you thanks to the Kindle app. Aside from your favourite and new reading material, you can also find newspapers, magazines, and textbooks through Kindle. The app also offers a number of useful reading options, such as the nighttime mode, instant translations, etc.

Duolingo Helps You Brush up on Your Foreign Language Skills

Duolingo official website

Parlez-vous français? ¿Dónde está el baño? Wieviel kostet das? A fun, free way to learn a new language or at least some useful phrases you might need when you travel abroad. One of our favourites!

Got any other apps to recommend? Tell us all about them! :)

A Cyber Monday Special: Save a Fantastic 20% while Shopping

We might have left Black Friday behind us, but that doesn’t mean that your shopping days are over! If you have more items on that list of yours of tech toys and accessories, then today is the perfect day to purchase them at reduced prices. How is that possible, you may wonder? Why, with our Cyber Monday discount, of course!

MyTrendyPhone’s Marvellous Cyber Monday Deal

Save 20% on various accessories on Cyber Monday

Some of us love to go shopping, others not so much, but what we all definitely love are low prices and discounts. That’s why Cyber Monday might be the perfect day for you! Plus, you get to avoid standing in queues and purchase items from the comfort of your home. What’s better than that?

Anyhow, for this Cyber Monday we’ve prepared a magic code for you that will provide you with a 20% discount on a multitude of articles on our online shop. When you put your desired item in the basket, simply type in CM2015 in the ‘discount code’ field, and you’re good to go! There are a couple of things you should know before you embark on your shopping journey: the discount is valid until midnight, and only for products under 135 euros and not already on sale.

That’s it! We hope you’ll find something you like and use this special deal to your advantage! :)

An Outstanding Black Friday Discount on MyTrendyPhone

So, the biggest, most exciting shopping day of the year is finally upon us and you simply cannot wait to go out there and take advantage of all the greatest Black Friday deals. And that’s perfectly all right, tooyou’ve waited 365 days for this moment! You’re gonna get those new shiny new headphones, by Jove! If you don’t mind the crowds and the never-ending queues, that is. Luckily, you can avoid all the commotion by shopping in front of your computer screen (thank God for technology!). We at MyTrendyPhone have made sure you needn’t leave your warm homesall you need to do is browse our special Black Friday offer and shop the day away from the comfort of your cozy living room. Intrigued? Told ya. Just make sure you read on.

A Black Friday Offer You Just Can’t Refuse

MTP's Black Friday Offer

Itching for a new pair of earphones? Dying to get your hands on a high-quality car charger and say goodbye to the annoying ‘Battery Low’ sign appearing at the most inconvenient of times during long rides? A mighty power bank could really do you good at this point? See, all that and so much more is what we’ve got in store for you. Our incredible Black Friday deal can help you get all the tech and mobile phone accessories you’ve been longing to have, save up to a staggering 80% and you don’t even have to put your pants on! The offer lasts the whole day today, which means you have enough time to do your shopping till midnight.

So, stretch those fingers, start browsing our fantastic offer and may your Black Friday shopping run smoothly! And why shouldn’t it? A couple of clicks and you’ve got yourselves brand new Bluetooth speakers. Waiting in queues? What queues?

How to Connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad Pro

So, you’ve got your hands on a brand new iPad Pro and you can’t wait to take it for a test drive. You can already picture yourself creating your newest character in full detail—from the unique hairstyle down to the very shoes on their feet, you can almost feel the line art pouring out of your fingers and you absolutely can’t wait to actually draw the first line towards your little masterpiece—but, wait! Aren’t you forgetting something? No, not the sketchbook, this time you’ll be going digital. And, nope, you don’t need a gel ink pen, either. Why? Because you have the Apple Pencil, of course! But before you start creating your next chef d’oeuvre, you’ll need to link the Pencil to the tablet. And here’s how.

Linking the Apple Pencil to the Tablet

Pairing Up the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro

Connecting the two shouldn’t be too hard as they both use Bluetooth tech. Phew, right? But if you look at the Pencil you’ll notice there aren’t any visible buttons to push and make it possible. And… there’s no linking app, either, as other Stylus pens usually do. No worries, though. First you need to take the cap of the Pencil off and you’ll see its Lightning connector there, which can be directly plugged into the bottom of the iPad Pro. And that’s how the pairing process starts.

Final Touches Before the Pairing Up’s Done

Connect the Pencil with the iPad Pro

After you’ve plugged the Pencil in, you’ll see a notification on the tablet’s screen telling you that it’s trying to connect with your Pro. Good. All you now need to do is tap Pair and you’re all done. Your masterful creation is just a pen swipe away! And, more importantly, from now on you’ll be able to use the Pencil without any additional actions. Now… let’s get to work!