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Despite some negative press regarding the “revolutionary and brave” (okay..) exclusion of the headphone port, the iPhone 7 Plus has been selling extremely well. There wasn’t a whole lot that changed from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7, but there’s no denying that Apple’s most recent addition to their technology ecosystem is a powerhouse that few can match.

However, a recent release from LG – the G6 – is making waves in the smartphone scene. Apple fans are often fiercely loyal to iOS, but does this newcomer offer enough incentive to drop Apple and jump ship to Android?

We take a look at the pros and cons of both the LG G6 and the iPhone 7 Plus and try to give you a sense of whether the G6 is a phone to keep an eye on or if you’re better sticking to what you’re used to with Apple.

Specs and Performance

It can be difficult to compare Android and Apple phones when it comes to hardware and specifications, because while most Android phones use the same chip, Apple designs its own processor for use in their phones. There are still a great many things that we can compare when looking at these two phones, though.

One easy way to differentiate between phones is by looking at storage options. Storage options are important to many users, and Apple gives its customers a lot of options to choose from with their iPhone 7 Plus with 32 GB, 128 GB, or 256 GB models. The LG G6 has options for 32 GB or 64 GB which may make the iPhone seem like the clear winner. However, the G6 has a microSD slot that can be used to expand storage and customize it to your needs, so I’d actually give the LG G6 the edge in this category.

As far as chips go, the LG G6 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor which is a pretty impressive processor on the market, second only to Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. It’s unfortunate that the tech in the LG G6 will be outdated soon after release, but you can’t really fault the manufacturer for not developing their phone with a product that hasn’t even been released yet.

On the other side of the mobile divide, Apple makes use of their self-designed A10 Fusion chip, which has been hailed as one of the best smartphone chips ever built. Frankly, it puts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor to shame, which makes it seem like the LG G6 will be behind right from the start. It’s possible that the 835 will outperform Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, but right now the A10 Fusion is the fastest chip on the market.

It’s not fair to just say that Apple’s iPhone 7 is faster just based off of the chip. It certainly suggests it, but Android and Apple operating systems are very different and there’s a myriad of factors to take into account when you look at how a phone interacts with its processor and what that translates to in terms of performance.

To shake things up a little, the LG G6 has 4 GB of RAM while the iPhone 7 Plus only has 3 GB of RAM. It’s possible the G6 will make up its shortcomings with the chip in the form of 25% more RAM, but as I mentioned above it’s not possible to make linear and black and white conclusions just from this information.

What does let us draw conclusions is side by side tests (run by Digitaltrends), and it looks like the iPhone 7 Plus still comes out top despite the increased RAM in the LG G6.
Despite the more flexible storage options that the LG G6 offers, I’ll have to say that overall the iPhone 7 Plus pulls ahead overall in the Specs and Performance section.

Winner – iPhone 7 Plus   BUY NOW

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Design

The LG looks really really nice. The screen covers 80% of the phone with nice rounded corners. On the back of the phone is the dual camera and fingerprint scanner, and the whole phone is a classy looking glass design with metal edges.

Apple has always been hailed as the design king when it comes to their products, and the iPhone 7 Plus is no exception. The company has created a beautiful phone, like they always do. It’s not without downsides, however. It’s thinner than the LG G6, but a downside of that is a kind of annoying “bump” where the camera lens is situated.

The thinner design of the phone doesn’t really make me that excited honestly, especially when the trade off is an ugly bump with the camera. Surprisingly, I think I’m going to have to go with the LG G6 as the winner in the design category.

Winner – LG G6  BUY NOW
Display

A really important factor that many people take into account when upgrading their phones is the display. After all, you’re going to be spending hours and hours staring at your phone over the course of its life, so it would make sense that a well-designed and technically impressive screen would be a big consideration when making a purchase.

The G6 features a 5.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus also uses LCD technology with its 5.5-inch screen — but the resolution is quite a bit smaller at 1,920×1,080.

If the quality of your phone’s display is important above all else, go with the LG G6.

Winner – LG G6

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Battery and Charging

This section is pretty simple too. The LG G6 has a 3,300mAh battery, which while not tested yet, should last through the day with medium use. The iPhone 7 Plus only has a 2,900mAh battery and the iPhones in general have been notorious for their issues with battery life. The iPhone 7 Plus definitely has less issues with its battery, but it’s highly unlikely it will be able to keep up with the larger battery and efficiency of the LG G6.

Winner – LG G6

Camera

Cell phone cameras have been getting increasingly more advanced, and it’s not unusual to expect high-quality shots from your phone in 2017.

The iPhone 7 Plus features a dual rear-facing camera, and both sensors are 12 megapixels. One sensor offers a f/1.8 aperture, while the other sports a f/2.8, so the camera should do everything you need it to as far as lighting goes. Other features include phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization.

The LG G6 has a more powerful camera on paper. Both of the lenses on the camera sit at 13MP, with one offering a f/1.8 aperture and the other sitting at f/2.4. In addition, the camera offers optical image stabilization and laser autofocus.

Because we don’t have the LG G6 in our hands to really see what the camera shots are going to produce, we can’t really say whether the camera is actually better. It should be, but we don’t know yet. I’m going to call this section for LG G6, but tentatively.

Winner – LG G6

Price

The last section, and a number that drives many people’s decisions, is also a toss up. The iPhone 7 Plus starts at $770 and, while the LG G6 hasn’t been released yet, it’s expected to release at around $800 dollars. The iPhone does get considerably more expensive when you add additional storage, though, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Winner – Tie

Verdict

I’m going to have to say that the LG G6 is really shaping up to be a great phone and could very well dethrone the iPhone 7 Plus as mobile phone king. While it’s slightly less responsive and a little bit slower than the iPhone, it scored better than the iPhone in all other sections. If responsiveness is king above all else for you, I’d suggest sticking to the iPhone 7 Plus, but the LG G6 is definitely worth your consideration if you’re on the edge when it comes time to upgrade.

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Spotify is providing refunds for Car Thing as it confronts a lawsuit regarding the malfunctioning of the streaming device

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Spotify is receiving ongoing criticism for its choice to terminate support for Car Thing, its in-car streaming device, which was announced in May. According to the company, the device will become inoperable after December 9, 2024. Gen Z users on TikTok are sharing videos to express their dissatisfaction with Spotify’s decision and its suggested measures, such as transitioning to Android Auto or CarPlay. The users point out that they often lacked access to integrated infotainment systems in their cars, which makes them a prime target market for a specialized player like Car Thing.

The streaming service’s in-car device hadn’t been on the market long enough to become outdated. The product was introduced in February 2022 but was subsequently discontinued within the same year. However, the company assured customers who had already purchased units that it would continue to provide support and maintenance. Prior to its release, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek indicated that there was a significant consumer interest in this product. During an earnings call with investors, Ek reported that over 2 million users had registered on the Car Thing waitlist in anticipation of its launch.

While Spotify did not disclose official figures, it is probable that Car Thing did not meet expectations or did not justify further investment in the current challenging economic climate. Spotify, on the other hand, terminated approximately 1,500 employees towards the end of last year. This followed previous rounds of layoffs earlier in the year that impacted hundreds of employees.

Car Thing users, on the other hand, are not concerned with the company’s financial issues; their primary concern is the functionality of the device or, at the very least, receiving a refund for the $90 cost.

As a result, some individuals have attempted to lodge their complaints directly with Spotify by sending direct messages on the X platform using the handle @SpotifyCares or by utilizing different email addresses associated with Spotify that have been shared on Reddit. As a result, certain users have reported that Spotify provided them with multiple months of a premium subscription as compensation for their inconvenience, whereas others have stated that they inquired with customer service and were informed that no reimbursements were being offered.

According to Spotify, they have recently implemented a refund procedure for Car Thing. However, the user must present evidence of purchase in order to be eligible for the refund.

Car Thing users were officially informed about the availability of customer support through a second email sent on Friday of last week, in response to the increasing criticism and dissatisfaction caused by the discontinuation of Car Thing. Within the message, Spotify provides users with the appropriate customer support link to contact the company. The email does not guarantee any reimbursements but states that users can contact us for inquiries.

Although a refund might appease a certain segment of the user population who are dissatisfied with Car Thing, numerous individuals are earnestly imploring the company through TikTok videos and comments on Spotify’s TikTok posts to refrain from rendering their device inoperable. (Indeed, grievances regarding the Car Thing have become so prevalent on Spotify’s videos that the algorithmically generated search recommendation on certain videos is “what is the spotify car thing.”)

“Spotify, I kindly request that you refrain from subjecting me to any further distress.” “I have a strong affection for my automobile,” expressed Carla, a TikTok user known as @carlititica on the platform.

“Depressed,” expressed another user, @nikkilovestech. “They seem to encourage people to use their phone, which is a source of distraction,” she stated in the video description while demonstrating a Car Thing mounted on her dashboard. In her video, she also addressed the issue of electronic waste resulting from the discontinuation of a fully functional product.

Spotify is still facing challenges regarding the discontinuation of Car Thing, despite the introduction of a refund process that has not been widely publicized. According to Billboard, Spotify is currently dealing with a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit alleges that Spotify deceived customers by selling them a product that would soon become outdated, and then failing to provide refunds. The lawsuit was initiated on May 28th.

While Spotify is unable to provide a comment regarding the lawsuit, a representative did share the following statement regarding Car Thing:

The objective of our Car Thing investigation in the United States was to gain further insights into individuals’ auditory habits while driving. In July 2022, we made a public statement declaring our decision to cease any future manufacturing activities, and now we must bid farewell to the devices altogether. The deactivation of all Car Thing devices will occur on December 9, 2024, giving users until that date to continue using them. To gain further knowledge about the various methods available for listening to Spotify in your car, please refer to the For The Record section. Car Thing users can contact Customer Support for any inquiries by visiting: https://support.spotify.com/us/contact-spotify-support/

While the issues surrounding Car Thing may not impact all of Spotify’s user base, this development coincides with a period when users are already dissatisfied with being required to pay additional fees for features they consider essential to a music service, such as access to lyrics, a feature that Spotify recently made available only to paying subscribers. Furthermore, users are expressing dissatisfaction with Car Thing and are issuing ultimatums to discontinue their subscription to Spotify due to the introduction of paid access to lyrics.

Furthermore, Spotify raised its subscription fees last year, and Bloomberg has reported that another price hike is imminent in 2024.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health

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Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the itch.io website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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