Our pick of last months top gadgets and apps includes Microsoft Office 365 Home edition, a website that is a virtual boot sale and an app that can help you save battery on your phone!
Microsoft Office 365 Home is a subscription plan for the whole family. You get fully installed versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. These can be installed on up to 5 Pc’s or 5 Macs. You can also download the apps on 5 tablets and 5 mobile phones. Also included in this subscription is a free 1TB of cloud storage. If you purchase this on Amazon now you can be looking to pay £55 for a year subscription, which is a great price! If you want to try it out first, you can get a 1 month free trial here.
Shpock is an app that is essentially an online boot sale. Shpock is actually short for “Shop in your Pocket”. It works a bit like eBay, however it is slightly easier and and quicker to use. You can create a listing for a product you would like to sell, add an image, title, description, price and location and then your listing is instantly uploaded. Potential buyers can ask you questions and send private payments very easily. You can also share your listing to social media with integrated social buttons. Shpock is available online or alternatively, you can download the app on any Android device, iPhone or iPad.
If you find your phone constantly running out of battery then this is probably the app for you. Battery Doctor, like a real doctor aims to extend the life of something. It is essentially an app with a dashboard that shows you how much battery you have left. However it does a little bit more than just this. You are able to see how much time, right down to the minutes of battery life you have. You can see which apps are using up the most battery in the background and receive many tips on ways you can boost your battery life. You are also provided with the exact amount of time that your phone will take to charge. All these helpful tips and tricks will enable your phone battery life to last just that bit logger. This free app can be downloaded onto your iPhone or Android device.
So as you may or may not know, Samsung have just unveiled their all new Samsung Galaxy s8. We have heard many leaks recently but they now have the final product ready for you. This is a very strong phone from Samsung.
The first very exciting thing that we are shown about the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the infinity display. While its not all completely screen, it is as close as it can be. It is the ‘biggest and most immersive screen on a Galaxy smartphone of its size’ as said by Samsung themselves. With the S8+ having 6.2-inch curved screen, and the S8 have a 5.8-inch curved screen this is the biggest smartphone screen on the market. However it does not feel unusually large. There is also no longer a physical home button on the front but a virtual one instead. The fingerprint sensor has also been moved to the back and it is located next to the camera. You can also unlock the phone with iris and face scanning.
According to Samsung, the camera on the new S8 and S8+ ‘captures life as it happens’. What this actually means is that it has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera which are very fast and can capture important moments with no delay. It has the fastest processor to date with a 10nm processor which is fast and increases battery efficiency. You can also expand the memory up to 256GB. With IP68-rated performance you can work through rain and dust. The Samsung Galaxy S8 can be immersed into 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. With high-quality 32-bit PCM and DSD64/128 playback you can hear music as it is meant to be heard.
The next development on the S8 in comparison to the S7 is the addition of the personal assistant Bixby. Like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Personal Assistant, Bixby understands talk, text and taps. This means that you’re never confined to one method of communication. However you do not even have to talk to Bixby. You are able to show Bixby something i.e. a watch through the camera and Bixby will recognise what it is and search for you. In the instance with the watch, Bixby will take you to Google and show other images of watches or take you to amazon so you’re able to purchase a watch.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were released yesterday for pre-order. Pre-order before the 19th of April and receive it up to 8 days early. The Galaxy S8 is priced at £689 and the S8+ is £779.
Take a look at TechRadar’s review of the all new Samsung Galaxy S8.