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Hello, this is TheTechBoy with a S21 Ultra Photo Gallery. Enjoy!!  

BlackBerry end of life.

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Hello, this is TheTechBoy with an important report.  According to Blackberry, "the legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions, will no longer be available after January 4, 2022. As of this date, devices running these legacy services and software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer [reliably function] , including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality." Emphasis added. According to BlackBerry, @myblackberry.com has also reached end of life. Find out more here . It does not seem like BBOS devices will cease to function, but the devices SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR DAILY USE because the devices may be unreliable to perform even basic functions. Also, 911 calling may not work and it would not be a reliable backup phone. Some BBOS devices may also be affected by the 3G shutdown in the US and its mobile data functions would not work at all. BlackBerry phones are at En

Moleskine Smart Writing Set Review

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Hello, this is TheTechBoy with a review of the Moleskine Smart Pen. We recently received a Moleskine Smart Pen Writing set and have tested the pen and notebook out for a few days.       The Pen itself is a nice-looking black pen that looks normal aside from the small opening near the tip of the pen. Inside of the opening, there is a small camera that records your strokes on the special paper in the notebook that syncs to the app. The pen charges by Micro-USB and there is a power button on the top of the pen.  Unboxing:     The box of the Writing set is very nice and well organized. Inside the box, there are two notebooks, a large notebook, and is under it is a pocket-sized notebook . Next to it is the pen and the charger. There is also a small manual and an extra pen nib in the box. It is packaged very well and makes unboxing an interesting experience. The pen also has a power button on the side of the pen. Unfortunately, the pen can turn off easily if dropped, so be careful.    The No

5 reasons Android destroys IOS

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Hello, this is TheTechBoy, and this is the Android vs IOS debate series. In part two MaestroMO will do an article called 5 reasons why to choose IOS over Android.  Reason 1. Variety  Do you want a phone with a stylus? Get a Samsung Note, LG Stylo, or a Motorola G Stylus. Do you want an iPhone with native stylus support? Too Bad!                                                                  Reason 2 Emerging Technology Do you want a USB-C folding, flipping 5G phone? Get a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or Fold 5G or any 5G LG phone with a Dual Screen case. Do you want an iPhone with 5G (before iPhone 12) or a foldable or even USB-C? Too Bad! Reason 3 Modding Although iPhones get more  official  software updates, you can flash a custom ROM on an Android phone to get a newer Android software version.  Do you want an iPhone with more software updates after the last guaranteed update? Too Bad! Reason 4 Alternative ways to download apps On a non-jailbroken iPhone, the only way to install apps on a

Samsung A71 5G long-term reveiw

Hello, this is TheTechBoy with a long-term review of the Samsung A71 5G. For the device specs and a more in-depth article visit this page .  A71 5G THE GOOD   The Price:       The A71 5G is a decent midrange phone. It was released in 2020 and is a little over a year old now. Therefore deals can be found with prices under 400 dollars and could be seen as a competitor to some of the new budget/midrange phones coming out. It can also be a decent competitor to the discounted iPhone 11 and the iPhone SE.   The Basics:     This phone covers the basics such as calling and texting well. The call volume sometimes needs to be turned up, but the speakerphone works well. Texting works well and comes pre-loaded with Samsung Messages. However, I find the user experience of Google Messages to be nice and use that instead. The application can work in WiFi and uses some iMessage-like features such as typing notifications and being able to text from a computer. The default dialing and application work w

5 Reasons Why IOS Destroys Android (5 Reasons Why to Choose IOS Over Android)

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 Hello, this is Maestro MO Tech and these are five reasons why IOS ultimately destroys Android. Reason 1 Camera Quality On select iPhone models, you can get telephoto zoom, wide-angle, and extra-wide camera features.  On the iPhone 11 PRO, 12 PRO, and the 13 PRO all have telephoto zoom. But the iPhone, 12, and 13  have wide and ultra-wide cameras. Reason 2 Size On the iPhone 13, it has a nice thickness and a nice 6.1" screen. Compared to the Samsung S21 it is the same size. My favorite phone ( which is the iPhone 13 Pro) is a nice 6.7" screen size.  Reason 3 Software Updates The Latest IOS update is IOS 15 .1 which is on the 7, and up. With IOS 15.1 you can remotely unlock and lock cars with a smart key. All iPhone 13 models should get at least 6 more years of updates. This 2016 flagship still gets updates.  Reason 4 Siri With  Siri, you can say, "Hey Siri, call Jimmy Johnson" or "Hey Siri Text Susie and say" "I'll be there in 10."  You can a

Z Fold Micro SD

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  Hello, this is TheTechBoy, with five reasons it does need a Micro SD card slot and one reason why the Samsung Z Fold Series does not need a Micro SD card slot. It is a Business Device         The Galaxy Z Fold Series needs a micro Sd card slot because this device is a productivity device. It folds from a phone to a business tablet. A Micro SD card slot would allow for files to be transferred securely. It is a Gaming Device             This device has two screens unfolded which makes it great for playing games.  Mobile games take up plenty of space and you may run out of space for other things like files, pictures, and screen recordings of your game. Putting these files on a card allows you to use most of the space for your games.  It Costs 2000 dollars.   This device costs 2000 dollars. Do you want to pay extra money for cloud storage? Do you want to pay for extra mobile data so you can retrieve your files from the cloud?  This device costs over 2000 dollars and it should have a Micr

Samsung Reactivation Lock Bypass

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Hello, this is TheTechBoy with a very special tutorial.       On older Samsung devices, Samsung used to have a feature called "Reactivation Lock." "Reactivation Lock," is a security feature to prevent criminals from stealing, wiping(resetting), and selling your device. It is connected to your Samsung Account and requires you to sign in to the account.  If you have the message "This device is locked because of an abnormal factory reset," this post is for you.  THETECHBOY is not responsible for any thefts committed with this method. Use these methods responsibly and legally.  Unfortunately, if you bought a device with "Reactivation Lock," or forgot your ID and password this feature can be a real nuisance.               Option 1  Go to account.samsung.com and reset your password. This is the easiest and quickest method and is useful if you remember the email address you used.  Option 2       If you do not remember your email address or bought this d

What is Windows 11?

Hello, this is TheTechBoy with an article about Windows 11.  What is Windows 11?      Windows 11 is a major release of Windows after Windows 10. Windows 11 adds and takes away some features.  Here are 3 good things and 2 bad things about Windows 11.  1. Good: 3rd Party Apps     Windows 11 allows for other applications to be added to the Microsoft Store. Firefox is one example of a 3rd party application that is in the Microsoft Store. Another new feature of the Microsoft Store is the inclusion of the Amazon Appstore. This will allow Android applications to be run on your computer.  2. Bad: Microsoft Account     Windows 11 Home forces users to set up the computer by using a Microsoft account. Users have to be connected to the internet and create a Microsoft account when they buy the computer. However, when you finish setting up the Windows machine, you can go back and create a local account.  Some people may not have or want to set up a Microsoft account. Fortunately, Windows 11 Pro allo

Samsung Introduces A13 5G and A03

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Hello, this is TheTechBoy with our first Samsung Newsroom Post.  A13 5G      Samsung has released the Samsung A13 5G for 249 dollars and 99 cents. The phone features 64 GB of storage and can support a Micro-SD card up to 1 TB. The phone has a three-camera array and supports 5G The handset has a 6.5 inch 90 HZ screen and 15-watt charging. The phone was unveiled on December 13, 2021. The cameras feature a 50 Megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel depth and macro cameras. The phone has a MediaTek 700 chip and launches with Android 11. For more information refer to the chart here .  A03s The A03s looks like a decent budget phone. The phone launches with a starting price of 159 dollars and 99 cents and features a triple camera array, a big battery, and a fingerprint scanner. The phone should start launching on American carriers in January of 2022. Tech Talk to You Later!!! Information from https://news.samsung.com/us/samsung-introduces-galaxy-a13-5g-us/

How the Tab S8 can beat the iPad Pt. 2

Hello, this is TheTechBoy with how the Tab S8 can beat the iPad part 2.       If virtualization companies and Microsoft don't want to put Windows on Samsung devices, then a third-party developer can do it. The developer could write an ISO  booter application. An app like that could allow Windows and Linux ISO's to be booted. However, this may be a hard application to code.  Linux Support Another idea would be to bring Linux on Dex Beta back or to partner with a company like Canonical to get a GNU/Linux distribution on its tablets (and phones) in DEX mode. This would allow Ubuntu to get on more devices and for Samsung to get more tablet users. This is a feasible idea that could work.  Emulator Another idea would be for Samsung or a third party to make a Windows emulator. This would allow for Windows programs to run on the tablet. However, the application may be buggy and slow.  Extra Adding the Chrome Web Store to Samsung Internet would be good for Samsung. IOS has extensions an

Samsung Experience Store Review

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 Hello, this is TheTechBoy with a Samsung Experience Store Review. In 2019, I went to The Samsung Experience Store. The store was quite interesting. I also went again in 2021. Reason 1. Size and Layout  At the Samsung Experience Store, The most recent phones are in the front while the older phones are right behind the new phones. On one side, there is a whole row of  Windows laptops and Google Chromebooks. On the other side, there are tablets and smartwatches. And in another section, there is a large gaming area that I did not get to see! In 2021, I was allowed to use the Samsung Z Fold 2, and later the Z fold 3, and using them was amazing. The phone's screens were big and the S Pen worked well on the Z Fold 3. I also got to see the Samsung TV that goes from landscape to portrait mode.    Reason 2. Availability When I went in 2019, the Note 10 just came out and you could not buy it in stores, but I was able to test it and fiddle around with the handset. The whole Samsung S10 lineup

How The Tab S8 can beat the iPad Pt. 1

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Greetings, this is TheTechBoy with one way that the Tab S8 can beat the iPad.  Virtualization/Microsoft Support Samsung has Dex and Apple has iPad OS. Samsung needs to use Dex to beat iPads by using their partnership with Microsoft. They can use their partnership to get software that can boot Windows (and another OS) on their tablets.       Think of the possibilities! Samsung's main advantage over Apple would be having a full desktop OS, and the tablets could finally replace your laptop. Unfortunately, this could jeopardize Microsoft's Surface tablets and Windows 365. Ikling Usb-c multi-port Adapter Review  VirtualBox / Vmware      A more plausible partnership could be VirtualBox or Vmware selling subscriptions of their software for an Android or Samsung-only version of their software. This would benefit Samsung as it would create a competitive advantage over other tablet makers and the virtualization companies would get extra exposure. This would mean you could run Windows on

Tech Week

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 Hello, this is TheTechBoy with Tech Week. This week we have some amazing tech events starting with Apple.  Today is the Google Pixel Launch!! To find the original video with chat, click here . Today is the big day with Samsung Unpacked Pt 2. Samsung has actually kept something a secret and we will find out what happens at 9 A.M Central Time.

Are Smartwatches the Future?

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 Greetings, this is TheTechBoy with an article on Smartwatches. Are smartphones going away soon, and will smartwatches take their place?  Let us look at some data and surmise a logical assumption based on the data.     Smartphone Popularity       Smartphones (as we know them) became ubiquitous around 2012 or 2013. Before then, around the 1990s to about 2011 flip phones or internet connected flip phones were popular. For about fifteen years flip phones were popular and smartphones have only been popular for about eight or nine years. Even if smartphones cease to be popular after 15 years since their popularity in 2012, they will still be extant such as the flip phones and landlines before them.  Smartphone Size      The size of a smartphone has grown to a point where almost every smartphone is at least six inches. Smartphones under six inches have not been very successful; according to counterpointresearch.com, the iPhone 12 mini (5.4in) accounted for only five percent of iPhones launch