California Opens its Way to “Right to Repair”

California introduces a fresh “Right to Repair bill”, fact meaning that smartphone producers shall make information about repairs, parts used for substitution procedures and diagnostic instruments available for holders of the products as well as for repair shops working independently.

Complying with the others

There are 17 states already working under the ‘Right to Repair bill’ action, states including Washington, New York, North Carolina and New Jersey. California now adds to them and becomes the 18th state to provide this service, almost a year later after the other states made this decision. The right to repair is obviously strongly supported by independent repair and outlet shops.

Official Announcements

We have official statements supporting the beginning of ‘Right to Repair’ feature.

Susan Talamantes Eggman from California State Assembly announced California’s breakthrough and adopting of the fresh California Right to Repair act. She states that the bill will empower users to access their rightful choice of picking the repair shop they want. Although, she says, it was conceived as a right a generation ago, it was quickly shadowed by current policies and it has become increasingly rare nowadays.

The seconds supporting opinion comes from Executive Director of Californians Against Waste, Mark Murray, saying that manufacturers are currently making a profit from the consumers and the new bill is essential in order to keep the business of repair shops working on their own, an act that will lead to decreased prices and improved quality service.

Although being able to provide your own parts for repairs represents a turning point in what deciding on a gadget means, the bill already faces critics.

Raising controversy

The bill is increasing in force but faces critics from Apple, company that disapproved with the change since the implementation if it last year. It suggests that the marketplace will be a delight to back-stabbers and bad actors, while the bill maliciously supports the compromise brought to device security and safety.

We have to wait and see the outcomes of this decision, but for now we assist split opinions from both retail shops and company manufacturers, while the bill continues to build up popularity.

Backward Compatibility is said to be One of the Newest Features in PlayStation 4

Xbox and PlayStation users are always looking for new features and characteristics that can make their gaming adventure even more fascinating and interactive. Every day, developers work hard to reinvent their game consoles and this makes them obtain outstanding results. However, with technology developing so fast, it can be hard to please some users, therefore companies have to bring something new on the market very fast. One release is immediately followed by another one, so gamers have every reason to be happy. Nowadays, backward compatibility is an important feature brought by PS4 to its’ users.

Let’s find out more about backward compatibility

The new characteristic, backward compatibility, has been introduced by Xbox One. Seeing its’ relevance and useful character, PS4 users have requested it also and Sony Interactive Entertainment seems to have listened to their request. According to some sources, at the moment, the developer is testing the backward compatibility for PS4 gaming systems.

It is hard to say if the new characters will appear in the PlayStation 4 or if systems like PS5 will be able to run games for PS4, PS3 and PS2 with support from the backward compatibility. Some voices say that actually, this could mean the end of PS4’s cycle, as Sony is preparing to launch the new PS5. Other speculations claim that the backward compatibility could be compatible only with PlayStation 3 games, because only this systems uses s cell processor.

The big PlayStation 5 launch is scheduled to happen in 2020. Until then, all we have is pure speculation. Some experts say that the next console could cloud-based, like the next generation Xbox. An important element is brought by the presence of PSVR, since both hardware elements cannot be used without each other.

Until the new PlayStation 5 will appear, PlayStation 4 can give you a hand for getting used to the new feature, backward compatibility. If want to learn more, you can look for information online and see if it can work for you.

Rumours say that Huawei’s New Phones will be Run by Kirin Processors

The new smartphones from Huawei are innovative on the technology market. Thanks to their hardware and software characteristics, they will be very popular as soon as they are released. Some models have been announced to be among the first to use Hisilicon Kirin 670 chipset. For devices like Honor 7X, Nova 3 or Honor Note 9, Huawei developers will focus on using Kirin processor and will present many improvements in the chip area. Some information on the new processor has leaked online, so fans of Huawei smartphones can make an idea on what to expect. However, the situation is not very clear yet, so if you want to start using one of the new phones, you should start a research on the matter.

What is the innovation within the new processor

Although nothing is certain at this moment, some information on the Kirin processor has started to come out. It seems that the prototype is the first of a series and will be followed by Kirin 970 with the architecture of an artificial intelligence. As you might already know, some special characteristics are necessary for this type of architecture, so the new smartphones are ready in terms of hardware and software also.

At the moment, Kirin 659 is the latest release in the area. It uses an octa-core Cortex-A53 architecture, but the versions that will follow it will have an increased performance thanks to the possible improvements. It will be hard to put the new versions in already launched smartphones, but developers will always find a way.

The Kirin processor is a new figure on the technology market, so it can be difficult to understand all its’ specifications and characteristics until you get to use a smartphone run by it. However, if you are curious, you can find some information in online tutorials.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs. Note 5 Pro – Best Specs, Features and Improvements

Most people look for quality and a fair price when buying a new phone. A brand that manages to blend the two aspects very well, creating phones that are both durable and have very good specs is none other than Xiaomi. Their new phones, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Note 5 Pro seem quite similar at first. We’ll be looking at the differences between the two phones and seeing at the end if one is truly better than the other.

The first clear difference that the naked eye sees is the price: the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is Rs. 9999 while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is Rs. 13999. Not a very drastic price point between the two but what makes the Note 5 Pro worth more?

How do they perform?

Right from the start we can see that the two phones do not have the same software. The Redmi 5 Pro has a Snapdragon 625 chipset while the Redmi Note 5 uses a Snapdragon 636. The Redmi 5 Pro is the first smartphone launched on the market that has a Snapdragon 636 SoC. This chipset has more power due to the Qualcomm Kryo cores. What does this mean and how can we better understand this?

Well, the Snapdragon 625 is an older piece of equipment that came out in 2016, while the Snapdragon 636 is better at calibrating battery optimization, graphic performance and large traffic speeds. We’d also like to add that the Note 4 has the same chipset as the Note 5.

When we tested the two phones, we saw that Note 5 Pro performed better and faster when going through email, surfing the web and playing games, things that one does on a daily basis on their phones. However, one of the racing games played crashed after one race but this could just be a software issue. It’s not something that we should be concerned about.

How good are the phones at taking photos?

Here the difference is clearly palpable and it seems that the Note 5 Pro is stealing the show. The phone is equipped with a dual camera in the back (12MP, f/2.2 and 5MP, f/2.0) while the Note 5 only has one camera on its back (12MP. f/2.2).

The Note 5 is able to record 4k videos but the Note 5 Pro is only able to record at 1080p. It seems that what the Note 5 Pro lacks when recording videos it makes up for with the back camera. The Note 5 Pro’s dual camera captures the depth of the photos better than the Note 4 or even the Note 5. The subject captured by the photo is focused, appears to be the center point of the picture, and the background is crisp and clear.

The Note 5 Pro even comes with the option of “image stabilization” when taking photos and the front camera is 20MP with LED flash. The Note 5 does not have this option and its front camera is only an average 5MP.

How long does the battery last for?

If the Note 5 Pro was a stellar candidate and outshined the Note 5 at the software and camera tests, here things get a bit tricky. While they both have a 4000mAh battery they reacted very differently when we put them to the test.

The Note 5 ran for a full 12 hours and 30 minutes until the battery died while the Note 5 Pro quit the game a bit early, the battery dying after 12 hours. Moreover, we put them to another test. After 15 minutes of browsing the internet and watching videos, the Note 5 had 1% of battery ahead of the Note 5 Pro.

We highly suggest that you use fast charging. Otherwise you’re in for a long time of waiting and waiting around for your phone to be fully charged. How do we know this? When we plugged the Note 5 Pro at 15% battery to charge, the phone said it would take almost 6 hours to be fully charged. For someone that is very active during the day that is a very long time to wait!

What is the display like?

Here we have very little to say about the two phones as they are pretty much the same. What we can comment on is that the audio jacks are on different sides of the phone (on top for the Note 5 and on the bottom for the Note 5 pro) and that the Note 5 feels only slightly heavier. Oh, and the cameras are placed differently on the back of the phone.

That’s about it.

What are our conclusions?

They are very similar overall. For the price to quality ratio that Xiaomi offers with these two phones we can only say that either purchase is highly welcomed. However, we’d recommend the Note 5 Pro due to its specs. Feel free to stick with the Note 5 if you want, it’s certainly not a purchase that you will ever regret!

GoPro Hero5 Black vs Yi 4K – Which Action Camera Fits You Best?

For the past couple of years, the GoPro has become the default option in the search for an action camera. However, competition began to emerge and adventurous buyers are now faced with the challenge of choosing the most appropriate device for their needs, from a multitude of competitive brands. Among the extremely appreciated products belonging to this category is the Xiaomi YI 4K action camera.

While both products feature exceptional options and functions, an informed decision requires an in-depth analysis of what each has to offer, in order to make a choice that best fits your needs. Confused about what you should look at? Don’t worry, we’ve come to the rescue! Check out the below specification comparison for the GoPro Hero5 Black and the Xiaomi YI 4k and take your pick!

Product Name GoPro Hero5, Black Xiaomi YI, 4K
Price: $399 Go to Amazon $199 Go to Amazon
Release date October 2nd, 2016 July 29th, 2016
Weight 117g 96.4g (very light weight)
Battery 1220mAh (lasts 1h40m for recording at 4K/30 fps) 1400mAh (lasts around 2 hours for recording at 4K/30fps)
Dimensions 62×44.6×32.7mm 42×65×21mm
Image resolution Approx. 12MP Approx. 12MP
Video resolution Up to 4k/30fps (very clear image) 4k/30fps (very good resolution)
Display 2″ touch screen 2.19″ retina type touch screen
Shooting mode Auto Low Light, Burst, Night Lapse and Night Photo Auto Low Light, Loop Recording, Shutter, Time Lapse Photo, Timer and Burst
Waterproof 60m (with housing), 10 meters (without housing) No
Other features Bluetooth and WiFi Bluetooth and WiFi
Voice control Live streaming
Automatic low light detection Automatic low light detection
Electronic Image Stabilization Electronic Image Stabilization
GPS Automatic lens distortion correction
App editing App Editing


As far as the hardware is concerned, the GoPro Hero5 Black and the Xiaomi YI 4K come with similarities, but also with significant differences.

Both devices have a touch screen, but the YI 4K reportedly has a better response time than the GoPro Hero5 Black, perhaps due to a slightly bigger screen size of the YI 4K (2.19”, compared to the 2” Hero5). While the YI 4K is considered to be more interactive, the display of the Hero5 is known to cause some issues, occasionally becoming less responsive when its surface is wet. However, the LCD display of the Hero5 provides a wider range of settings, making the device easier to use.

A very important feature that could help tip the scale in favor of the GoPro is that the Hero5 is waterproof, while the Xiaomi YI 4K requires additional accessories to make it water resistant. However, even if the latter is equipped appropriately for underwater use, its level of functionality decreases significantly, with the touch screen becoming completely unusable.   

One aspect where the Xiaomi YI 4K gains an advantage is the battery life. Even if the two devices are fitted with removable batteries, the YI 4K boasts a 1400 mAh battery, allowing a recording time of up to 2h, while the Hero 5 Black has a smaller, 1220 mAh battery, which last approximately 1h40m. However, if you want your battery to last longer, consider using the devices without a WiFi connection.

To address the performance of the two devices, in terms of resolution there is no difference between the Hero5 and the YI 4K, as they both take 12MP photos and have the image stabilization option included. The only difference, at this point, is that the image quality with the YI 4K is softer and smoother, while the GoPro provides more rough results.

Another performance-related aspect is the video resolution, which is another important feature to take into consideration when purchasing an action camera. While both cameras are able to record 4K at 30fps, lower resolutions can be reached at different frequencies.

As far as the audio recording is concerned, there is no debate that the Xiaomi YI 4K doesn’t rise up to the standard of the GoPro Hero5 Black, with the latter being by far more qualitative in terms of noise reduction and the overall audio technology.

Last, but not least, one of the decisive factors in purchasing one of the two devices is represented by the financial aspect. At this chapter, the Yi 4K is at the top of the affordable leaderboard, with an online price of approximately $200 and a rather decent list of features. On the other side, at $400, the GoPro Hero5 does bring along some extra advantages, the lack of which could represent a deal breaker for the adventurous customer.

To sum up, while both devices offer a wide range of expected and desirable features for an action camera, the choice comes down to deciding whether you want a cheaper, but well-built device to capture your adventures into memories, or a more expensive piece of technology, with increased functionality and usability.