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Best Waterproof Cameras (Part II)


Olympus Tough TG-6

Not just durable but with a spec sheet that goes way past the waterproof norm

Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof cameras has no doubt the strongest reputation here, and the business has kitted its most recent TG-6 model with features definitely towards the premium end of the scale. GPS? Hell yes. Raw shooting? Check. 4K video? Yep.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 can get you some stunning underwater images. 

Nikon Coolpix W300

The perfect choice if you desire to go deep underwater

The Coolpix W300 is completely loaded with a lot of features. There’s 4K video, a great GPS system, an interactive world map, and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an underwater depth gauge. Also, the W300 gives a high resolution, 921k dot OLED monitor, but maybe most impressive of all is that the W300 can operate at a depth of 30 meters. 

Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7

Possesses a built-in viewfinder

Panasonic’s new Lumix TS7 (referred to as the Lumix FT7 outside the US) is the latest waterproof camera here. As opposed to Olympus, which decreased the resolution of its TG-5, Panasonic has gone in the other direction, raising the pixel count from 16.1MP to 20.4MP. Lens coverage stayed the same as its predecessor, with a 4.6x zoom range that covers 28-128mm, but fascinatingly, the lens loses its Leica branding. 

The Lumix TS7 / FT7 does have something distinct feature for a waterproof camera that is in today’s market: a built-in electronic viewfinder. The 1,170k-dot, 0.2-inch display may not be the biggest out there, but it does provide a useful alternative to shooting with the rear display, particularly in bright light, which can make composition problematic. There’s plenty to like about the Lumix TS7 / FT7 such as its exceptional tough credentials but is let down by a sensor that stuffs too many pixels onto a somewhat little area.


Best Waterproof Cameras (Part I)

Water is no match for these cameras.

Regardless if you’re going to the beach, hiking, or diving, we’ve got a camera for you. If you’re going on holiday, the odds are you’ll get near the water, it doesn’t matter if it’s the deep ocean or the hotel pool.

Also, it’s likely you’ll desire to capture some pics of your aquatic adventures. Though, most cameras won’t thank you for carrying them anywhere near water.

Regarding their rugged qualifications, this bunch of waterproof beauties are right at home getting subaquatic scenes and will allow you to dive as deep as 30 meters to get the perfect shot. They’re all freeze-proof, shock-proof and some cameras are also crush-proof.

The fun doesn’t end there. Also, you’ll find several rugged, waterproof cameras come filled with features like Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS location tagging, and even action-orientated extras such as altimeter or a compass.

Choose the right waterproof camera and image quality will give the standard land-loving compact a run for its money. The only compromise you’ll have to make in exchange for the chance to shoot during some tumble and rough is a below-average zoom range.

If you desire a camera for a vacation with a longer zoom range, take a look at our pick of travel zoom compacts. Likewise, the video may be your key priority, which in that case, take a peek at a listing of the best action cameras and best GoPro cameras available (you can find the info on the web).

Therefore, don’t let your camera hold you back. All these waterproof and rugged cameras are created for wet and wildlife.

Best waterproof cameras at a glance

  • Olympus Tough TG-6
  • Nikon Coolpix W300
  • Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7
  • Fujifilm FinePix XP130
  • Ricoh WG-60

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to own a solid all-weather camera that takes high-quality, impressive photos. 

The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part II)


Apple’s states of enhanced battery life over the earlier phone aren’t really based on those tests. Instead, the business takes a big dataset of real-world iPhone usage and operates it against a model of the new phone that accounts for the different chipset, processor, display, and OS power improvements and the bigger battery capacity. One thing Apple phones and Apple products, in general, are known for being top dog at is having a fabulous battery life. 

It’s smart, but there’s no way for folks to repeat and authenticate that test. But consumer companies have run tests and the iPhone 11 easily went a full day and then some. It’s possible you can manage to destroy this battery in less than a day, but you’d have to truly try. The battery life is good just like the iPhone XR’s battery life was good.

The iPhone is great, but their charger’s need an upgrade.

Not So Good

What’s not so good is that Apple is still putting its old 5W charger in the box, even though the iPhone 11 Pro has an 18W USB-C quicker charger. If Apple doesn’t want to update the whole line to a quicker charger, it should just do the earth a favor and don’t put the 5W charger in the box. There are practically millions of them in the world. Chances are, you have one or more in your possession. 

Last year, the iPhone XR consistently beat out the XS models in battery life. Though this year, that gap has closed a bit with the iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 is still on par as the best, but it didn’t get as huge of a jump in battery life as the Pro models did. This year, other models came out with batteries that gave Apple phones a run for their money (Samsung Galaxy phones). 


The iPhone 11 – The Phone You Should Get (Part I)

Apple has always had some great phone’s but the iPhone 11 takes the cake.

The iPhone 11 is the phone most folks who are upgrading to a new iPhone this year should buy. It’s a great phone with one of the top cameras available on a smartphone and a solid battery life.

None of this connotates the iPhone 11 is the perfect phone or that it possesses all the top features and specs you can get. It doesn’t. But it’s excellent where it counts, and it’s completely fine everywhere else. If you want to live on the edge of tech, you can splurge over $300 and get an iPhone 11 Pro. Or, you can take a look at one of the numerous high-end Android choices available. But most folks don’t need to over-process it. They will buy an iPhone 11.

The iPhone 11 is practically an S update to last year’s quite popular iPhone XR. From the front, it appears precisely the same. It possesses the same design, the same 6.1-inch 720p LCD with fancy rounded corners, the same big bezels, and the same aluminum body.

The Differences

However, that design has been created just a little better: the water resistance is somewhat better, and Apple states the glass on the back and front is a bit stronger. The camera bump on the back is now milled directly into the glass, which is sort of neat, but it’s a camera bump. The complete design is a tad surfboard-y, and it’s not little. If you’re wanting to upgrade from an iPhone SE, this thing will feel huge to you.

Apple states the iPhone 11 will last for 60 minutes or longer on its battery than the iPhone XR, which already got a fabulous battery life. But the only concrete battery life numbers Apple publishes now are tests of single actions, such as audio and video playback on a loop. 


Is Wi-Fi Calling Safe? (Part III)

Public wifi networks are hotspots for hackers trying to steal information from people like yourself.

What are the security concerns related to Wi-Fi calling?

When you send data by Wi-Fi, the security of your info is at the mercy of the network. Public Wi-Fi networks are sanctuaries for phishers and others who lie in wait for the chance to latch on to an unsuspicious user’s connection and steal their personal info. 

If you were to use a Wi-Fi calling app that did not correctly encrypt your data while on an unsafe public network, you would be wide open to information thieves.

Even if you’re using a secure network, you’re putting faith in your cellular carrier. Big-name carriers encrypt voice data so it can’t be accessed by outside parties. Though, one weakness in the flow of information is all that’s needed. 

In 2013, it was discovered that T-Mobile’s WiFi calling feature didn’t properly validate the security certificate on the server-side, creating a chance for a cyberattack. This kind of attack entails hackers making a fake security certificate and tricking the service into believing it is connecting with the proper target.

How can I protect myself?

Fortunately, the inherent risks linked with WiFi calling don’t mean you have to remain clear of this money-saving, convenient technology. Consumers can take steps to protect themselves against unsecured networks and unexpected security failures by using a product such as Hotspot Shield.

Hotspot Shield works by making a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, through which your data passes. You might recognize VPN technology as something used by employers to let remote workers access the secure company network. 

However, it has become a standard solution for savvy users who want to guarantee their data privacy on a daily basis. Also, you won’t have to fight with key fobs and complex software installations like you might have done with a corporate VPN. With Hotspot Shield, making your own VPN is a simple as downloading a file.

Is Wi-Fi Calling Safe? (Part II)

Hackers can listen to your conversations.

Is WiFi Calling Safe?

First, the good news: Yes, WiFi calling is safe, even though your data (your voice) is being sent over maybe unsafe WiFi networks. That’s due to the fact your mobile carrier encrypts your voice, including when it’s sent over WiFi networks. Therefore, even if your voice is sent over public Wi-Fi hotspots, it’s being encrypted by your cell phone provider, making it useless to Wi-Fi hackers.

However, a few voice over-Wi-Fi apps bypass your mobile carrier and therefore might perform no encryption. If you are using one of these apps and your phone is connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you can be in danger of being listened to by Wi-Fi hackers.

So, if you are using a voice-over-Wi-Fi app on your phone, be safe by using a VPN. VPNs encrypt all the data coming out and, on your phone, including your voice.

Wi-Fi Calling is the next great thing for your mobile phone, so be sure you are making the correct call by safeguarding your private phone calls with a VPN.

 What are the advantages of making calls over Wi-Fi?

One of the largest appeals of Wi-Fi calling is that it offers an alternative to cellular technology and can save you money. For folks who struggle with choppy cellular coverage, either because they reside in a rural area or because they just ended up with a bad combination of geographic area and carrier, it’s amazing news. Wi-Fi calls frequently don’t count against your designated number of cellular minutes, so you can talk as long as you like over a Wi-Fi connection without fretting about extra charges.

What are the disadvantages of Wi-Fi calling?

Mobile carriers are still working out the kinks. If you’re on a call while in transit and your Wi-Fi signal drops, the call could be dropped as well while your phone attempts to connect to a cellular network. But the largest disadvantage is the possible security risk.

Is Wi-Fi Calling Safe? (Part I)

Some phone’s can make phone calls through wifi networks. But, how private are your calls?

You may have heard that the new iPhone 6 supports making phone calls over WiFi networks. Using WiFi networks to make calls is the next great thing for mobile phones.

Though, how safe is it to make phone calls with public WiFi hotspots? Are your calls being encrypted? Should you take any necessary steps to safeguard yourself from WiFi hackers?

Welcome to WiFi Calling

Using WiFi networks to make mobile phone calls is referred to as WiFi calling. WiFi calling is the technology that lets packets of data from your cell phone be carried over the Internet and then put back into your cellular network.

This is different from VoIP services such as Skype, which also uses the web to make phone calls due to the fact that with WiFi calling, you can use your cell phone.

Folks are enthusiastic about WiFi calling. If you use the web to make phone calls, those minutes don’t count against your mobile plan. Also, it lets you make phone calls if you are outside your mobile provider’s coverage area.

The technology is not quite perfect yet. There are some problems when a phone goes from a mobile network to a WiFi hotspot. Calls could be dropped. Still, the possibility is there for using WiFi networks in the near future for many cellphones.

Using an App for Wi-Fi Calling

If your phone or carrier doesn’t support Wi-Fi calling, you could always send texts and calls via an app such as Google Voice, Facebook, Line, Skype or one of the numerous other calling apps that could be downloaded onto a cell phone. Remember, you’ll still have to have a data connection such as a carrier plan or Wi-Fi connection.

Wi-Fi calling is usually safe, even though your data is being sent over perhaps an unsecured Wi-Fi network. It is safe since the mobile carrier usually encrypts your voice data.


Should I Go with a Laptop or a Tablet (Part II)?

Tablets are a lot lighter than laptops.


Size is possibly the biggest reason to go with a tablet instead of a laptop. Tablets are around the size of a small pad of paper and weigh less than two pounds. Most laptops are way heavier and larger. Even one of the littlest ultraportables, the Apple MacBook Air 11, weighs over two pounds and has a profile bigger than that of several tablets.

The main reason for the bigger profile is that the trackpad and keyboard take up additional space. Laptops that include more powerful components that need more power and cooling are even bigger. Due to their smaller weight and size, a tablet is much easier to take around than a laptop, particularly for travel.

If you don’t desire the extra power or other features that take up more space, tablets are the way to go.

Battery Life

Because of the low power requirements of their hardware components, tablets are built for efficiency. In fact, a big part of a tablet’s interior is taken up by the battery. On the other hand, laptops use more powerful hardware. A laptop’s battery takes up a way smaller percentage of the space required for its internal components. Thus, even with the higher capacity battery provided by laptops, they don’t run as long as a tablet’s battery.

If you’re looking for the longest battery life, tablets are the true winner.

Storage Capacity

In order to keep the costs and size of tablets down, manufacturers depend on new solid-state storage memory to store data and programs. While this technology has the possibility to deliver faster access and low power usage, it has one huge disadvantage: the number of files it can store.

By comparison, many laptops still use customary hard drives that hold way more. The typical budget laptop comes with a 500 GB hard drive. Both tablets and laptops include features such as microSD cards or USB ports that make it simple to add external storage.

If you need to store a lot of documents, applications, or other data, laptops are your best bet.

Should I Go with a Laptop or a Tablet (Part I)?

Tablets have become popular because of their portability but laptops have a lot of good features too.

Tablets have gotten popular due to their easy-to-use interfaces, portability, and the vast range of functions they deliver. In some ways, the best tablets can replace a laptop for computing on the go. But is a tablet really the best choice over an ordinary laptop? Laptops are also portable yet can be used for a bigger range of tasks.

There is no one correct answer. The better device for you is based on what you mainly want to use it for.  Below are some of the differences between laptops and tablets to see which of the two might be a better choice for you.

Input Method

The clearest difference between a tablet and a laptop is the absence or presence of a keyboard. Tablets depend completely on a touchscreen interface for input, which is okay when you basically want to drag, point, or tap to move around an application. It can be more difficult, though, when you have to input text, like within a Word doc or email message.

Since tablets don’t have keyboards, users have to type on virtual keyboards that have different designs and layouts. Most folks can’t type as accurately or fast on a virtual keyboard. 2-in-1 designs offer a detachable keyboard that might improve the ability to type text. However, these models still fall short of the laptop experience due to their smaller size and more restrictive designs.

Tablet users can attach an external Bluetooth keyboard, but doing so increases the costs and peripherals that have to be carried with the tablet, making it less portable.

Laptops are better for those who write a lot, while tablets are great for those who do more point interaction.

Stand-Alone Device

If you can only afford one device, there’s no question about it: you should buy a laptop. Whereas a tablet does some computing functions very well, a laptop is a completely self-contained system that you can use confidently for loading programs or data onto and backing it up.




Have an Android Phone and a Laptop with a Mirabook

The Mirabook combines your phone and laptop making for a whole new mobile experience.

Use your Android phone as a personal computer!

Today, our cell phones have taken the place of every device we used before including cameras, GPS, music players much more thanks to numerous apps available on the Play Store.

Smartphones have changed significantly, powering each facet of our digital life. There isn’t an obstacle any longer in letting it serve as our personal computer.

The only missing items to change phones into a personal computer:

  • A larger screen
  • A similar desktop interface
  • A mouse
  • A keyboard

It is now doable to connect a keyboard and dock your smartphone, a mouse on a PC monitor or a TV.
Docking your smartphone lets you finally use Android OS as you would with Linux, Windows, or macOS.

Boost your Android desktop experience with the Mirabook Laptop dock

The mobile convergence revolution is an amazing opportunity to create sustainable products to respond ideally to the new use cases of Superphones.

Miraxess’s aim is to bring productivity to mobile phones and keeping a pleasant mobility.

This is where the Mirabook comes in. Change your superphone into a laptop and be mobile and productive at the same time. No more data synchronization between your numerous devices, no more drained battery. The Mirabook is the ideal laptop dock extension for your smartphone.

Make the most of its vast battery life and perform with your smartphone all day long while charging it. Get a neatly designed laptop for half the cost of normal notebook price tag. Take advantage of the Mirabook as the perfect mirror and external display for your Android phone.

Mirabook specifications

  • 10 hours of battery life (20 hours on its own)
  • 1x USB C for device
  • Black aluminum body
  • 13,3-inch 1080p screen
  • Feather weight 1.2KG / 2.6 Pounds
  • DisplayPort over USB C
  • 1x USB C for charging