How to Use the Secret “Super Low Power Mode” on the iPhone X

Battery life on the iPhone has never been phenomenal, and the iPhone X, unfortunately, doesn’t change that much (review in the works!). However, the iPhone X does bring with it a new tool to improve battery life. First, a little background. The iPhone X features an OLED display. There’s a few huge differences between the old screen, the LED, and the new OLED display, but the lighting on OLED displays makes the biggest difference for battery life. For an LED or LCD display, the whole screen is lit up. A few big, bright lights are on all the time, shining through the pixels to light them all up equally. OLED screens light up each pixel individually. This means the whole screen doesn’t have to be lit. Not only does this improve contrast on the screen, it drastically reduces the amount of electricity the screen uses.

You can take advantage of this now if you have an iPhone X. A wallpaper that’s all or mostly black would use less electricity than a colorful one. Even a grayscale display would have more dark pixels. There’s a secret super-low-power mode in iOS, one you can unlock by using invert colors and grayscale—features already built in to iOS—to increase the black pixels on the display, and therefore us a lot less energy. How much less? One tester saw a 60% improvement over the stock settings! You’ll have to change a few settings to make switching back and forth between regular usage and the super saver mode, but once you do, you’ll have a new way to save hours of battery life. Here’s how you can do that yourself in just a few easy steps.

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Utomic Edge Protection iPhone X Review

The best kind of case is no case of all. That’s what I was thinking when I got the Utomic Edge for my iPhone X. It’s such a beautiful phone, and I want to show it off. So, I got a “case” that just covers the edges, one that would do nothing more than protect my phone from drops and on flat surfaces. I had a similar case for my iPhone 5, and it was protective enough against drops, so I didn’t have any qualms with the minimalistic case. Unfortunately, it seems I trusted the wrong company. Utomic has made what should have been the best case I’ve ever owned, instead it’s been the worst.


Utomic sent me more corners (5 more, to be precise). I also sent my iPhone on a nasty drop. Full update below.

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Politifact Releases Mobile Game

It’s like Tinder, but for fact checks.

Politifact has been busier than average, fact checking American politics and ensuring Americans have a place to go for non-partisan fact checking, a place to check the statements their politicians make, which are increasingly misleading and false. It’s a place to settle internet and bar arguments, a place to go after a televised debate, and should be one of the most important stops a person makes before entering a voting booth. Never should someone vote on what they believe is true, only what is true.

People have an unconscious bias. They overestimate their own fact checking abilities. People tend to think that, because they can tell when their car salesman or friends are lying, that they can do the same with news articles they read or when politicians lie. The truth is, unless you’ve spent a lot of time pouring over relevant facts, it’s much more difficult. Politifact’s new game, PolitiTruth, available for iOS and Android, aims to reveal this bias, while simultaneously providing fact checks for current events. A better informed populous is what will return this country to sanity.

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Animoji Stars in iPhone X Ad

When the iPhone X was first released, we quickly discovered Animoji to be a surprising and highly entertaining standout feature. One of the videos that caught my eye is below, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, performed by some cute emoji. It was an idea Apple hadn’t even considered: Animoji karaoke. Apple must have loved the idea, because they just released an ad which you can see above, which shows Apple’s own version of Animoji karaoke.

Animoji has proven to be one of the most popular features of the iPhone X. Everyone I have showed it to has loved it. Animoji have even helped me make a few obvious and corny puns, perfect for my particular brand of terrible flirting. It’s a fun feature, one that could become far more developed and popular as iOS is updated to include better face tracking (I want better winking and tongue sticking out abilities) and more Animoji (because I have more puns to make). This commercial could mean Apple has realized they’re sitting on a goldmine with Animoji, and there could be a lot more to come.

Spigen Liquid Crystal iPhone X Case Review

Weeks before I got my iPhone X, I held a case for it in my hands. Spigen was quick to release a case for the iPhone X, and I ordered it expecting the best, an iPhone on launch day. I didn’t get that. In fact, I didn’t get my iPhone X for some time later. I’m still working on the review for the iPhone X, but I used it with this case for long enough to form an opinion on it. I recently switched to a different “case,” the Utomic Edge protection for the iPhone X. The Utomic “case” is nothing more than 4 corners attached to the edges of the iPhone to protect it in the most minimal way possible. However, it means I can’t swap cases without pulling the adhesive pads off, breaking the Utomic case. Therefore, there’s no better time than right now to write my review for the Spigen Liquid Crystal case, as I can’t use it again for some time. Knowing I was planning on getting the Utomic edge protection, why’d I get the Spigen Liquid Crystal case? Because Spigen was on top of their game and had a case ready at launch day, while Utomic didn’t have anything available until even after I got my iPhone X weeks later, I knew I’d need something to cover the gap, and went with a trusted case maker.

So, how did I like the Spigen case while I had it? Well, that’s what you came here for to find out!

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Speak up About Net Neutrality Now

If Ajit Pai and Donald Trump have their way, the FCC will dismantle the internet as we know it in December. They will dismantle net neutrality. Here’s what that means:

  1. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to throttle your internet traffic. This means a company like Comcast could make Verizon’s sites slow to a crawl, so you won’t want to switch, or they could charge Netflix a fortune to have regular internet speeds, because it competes with cable TV and Comcast’s Hulu. Small companies would be unable to pay this fee and driven out of the market.
  2. ISPs will be able to completely block whatever they’d like
  3. Consumers will have no choice in ISP in most areas, they’ll be forced to deal with throttled speeds
  4. ISPs will be able to block websites unless consumers pay up. They could decide the internet into packages, as they have with cable and as they have in other countries. $49.99 for basic service, $9.99 to add social networks. $19.99 to add gaming. A Triple play for just $119.99/month.
  5. ISPs will be able to throttle out of network access

This would spell an end for a free and open internet. Going to Reddit to complain about Verizon? Good luck, the site’s been blocked. Trying to organize a protest? Blocked. Real news slowed in favor of propaganda. Small businesses unable to pay the fee for unthrottled internet are left in the slow lane, and wither and die. Startups and small businesses suffer. Consumers are trapped with an internet that looks as though it’s been censored by the government. Think about it. Verizon and others overwhelmingly support Republican candidates. They’ll be able to throttle the websites that aren’t in favor of the politicians they’ve paid off in the form of campaign contributions. This will turn the United States into a corporate controlled nation. We won’t have free speech if we don’t have a free internet.

So, here’s what you need to do:

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Texas Rangers Issue Order for Apple to Unlock iPhone SE Owned by Texas Church Shooter

This might be a photo of a Texas Ranger or FBI agent. Or it’s a child who doesn’t understand what they’re doing. I can’t tell the difference anymore.

Hey, I’m not making a mockery of American justice, that’s the job of FBI agents and Texas Rangers, apparently. Despite knowing that the shooter in the Texas church shooting acted alone from his history of such violence, had no ties to terrorist or militia groups, and was only able to get a gun due to the Air Force’s lax enforcement of gun control laws in response to domestic abuse, the FBI and Texas Rangers want to get into the shooter’s iPhone. They know nothing’s there, it’s the principle of the matter. No, really, they’re using a case that stirs up strong emotions to try to set a precedent. This way, they’ll be able to get into future phones.

Beyond the fact that there’s nothing on this phone, and ignoring the fact that the phone could have been unlocked if the FBI and police didn’t sit on it for two days straight, there’s something these bumbling law enforcement organizations seem to be missing: Apple didn’t make the iPhone SE as insecurely as the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino case was. That means they likely can’t unlock it either now. They definitely can’t unlock the LG phone the Rangers also asked Apple to unlock.

I’ll shout that a little louder for the guys in the back eating their boogers:

Even if you didn’t royally screw up, the phone has nothing, and now Apple can’t unlock it, even if they wanted to.

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