Star Wars themed Note 10 Plus

December 13th a Star Wars themed Note 10 Plus will be released alongside the newest movie, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The phone will cost $1,299 and is fairly pricey, but so are all phones now. The box is very well branded and looks really cool. For someone who isn’t a Star Wars fan (I haven’t seen any, please don’t come for me) I think that the way they did this is really cool looking. The phone has red detailing and the red stylus pen. I think it looks really clean and awesome.

As much as I don’t like huge, unnecessary packaging because we need to save the environment, I love the box and the design of it.

The phone will be offered in Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, the UK, and the US.

The original Note 10 Plus is $839.99, so if you are a fan of Star Wars and want the extra cool things like the custom case and headphones, I think it is worth the splurge. Especially since the phone is already over $800, you might as well spend the extra couple hundred for things you would need to buy anyway, like the case and headphones.

It’s a really cool idea and a great way to market both the phone and the new movie.

Also, can we talk about Baby Yoda at all or? I’m obsessed. AND THOSE EARS! I just wanna squeeze him.

The movie comes out December 20th, anyone wanna have a binge week watching all the Star Wars with me so I can go? Lemme know in the comments!

#phones #samsung #galaxy #starwars

Water Damage Repair

We see a lot of water damaged phones here at Origami Handcannon. Living in Florida, we tend to always be around water, both inside and outside. Whether you drop your phone in the toilet, the pool, or just spill some water on it, here are some tips for when you might have potential water damage to your device.

1. POWER OFF, DO NOT POWER ON, DO NOT PUT ON CHARGER

I cannot stress this point enough! If the device is still operable after the exposure to the water, turn the phone off. If the phone was disabled after the exposure, leave the phone off. DO NOT PLUG IT INTO THE CHARGER.

Think of it like throwing a toaster into a bathtub.

We want to minimize the damage to the motherboard, the last thing we’d want to do is short out the board by running power through it.

2. Remove User Accessible Components

At this point, we need to make sure this device is as dry as possible. Dependent on the phone, remove all the components that you can logically do. Such as the battery casing, the battery, etc. If you have a device that is not user accessible to any capacity, move to the next step.

3. Bowl of Rice….

I mean, if you really want to and it works for your own personal sanity I guess this would be okay? But to be honest, it doesn’t really work the way people believe it to work. Rice takes the moisture out of the air, but most devices are virtually air tight, so…. yeah. Both phones this week were left in a bowl of rice for a day or two, and both phones were soaking wet when I opened them up.

But hey, if it “works for you”, it wont really kill your device. Well in all reality, it is not the water that does it in, it is the impurities which cause the corrosion. So I guess in a sense, it could kill the phone.

The better option would be to open the phone up (if you are tech savvy) and let it air out after you force dry it with a paper towel, compressed air, etc. If this makes you uncomfortable, just let it air out and bring it to a shop as soon as you can.

4. Time.

Now, when I say time I don’t mean to leave it sitting on a window sill for a couple of days and/or weeks and then turn the sucker on. I mean, get the phone to a shop or do your own methods to the best of your ability as soon as possible. The faster we get the phone cleaned up, the better the chances of survival.

What we are trying to do here is minimize the amount of time the motherboard is exposed to water and lower the amount of corrosion that builds up on the board. What really needs to be done, and this is to be completed at your own risk, would be to remove the motherboard and scrub it with 99% ISO alcohol, which would disperse the water efficiently, clean the board relatively well, and evaporate quickly.

*Whenever you do anything with an electronic device that runs off a battery, would be remove the battery or the connection to the board

5. Okay, now what?

The best bet is to bring it to a repair shop. Let me tell you why. While cleaning the device with ISO Alcohol (99% preferred) will do a decent job dispersing the water, it WILL NOT get everything. In fact, you’ll need to remove the shields covering some of the components on the board and through it an ultra sonic cleaner, preferably one with a sweeping function.

The use of an ultrasonic cleaner in this process is essential. It will produce the necessary movements to clean under and around all the components the standard toothbrush would ever be capable of reaching. This offers a higher quality cleaning, leading to better results restoring the device.

This is something that we do in shop and provide to those with water damaged phones.

Here are some things you should know about water damage repairs:

Not all water damage is the same. When we offer customers water damage repair, we warn that not all repairs are successful.

The extent of the damage plays a large part in the success of the phone. That also means we can not guarantee the phone will continue to work after the “successful” repair. Your phone could work for the next hour, day, week, or month. There is really no telling when the phone could go out again, and if it will go out again. For that reason we do not offer a warranty with water damaged phones.

And just because a phone is “water proof” does not mean that you should submerge it in water.

#repairs #apple #Samsung

Twitter is revamping?

The Verge reported this week that Twitter will be bringing out a new way to separate your news feed, by Topic. Which is interesting, I suppose.

It sounds like the way we can follow Hashtags on Instagram, we will be able to do on Twitter. So you can follow Sports, just like you can follow #sports on Instagram. It is certainly an interesting take on social media, however, I don’t think I am a fan of this idea.

I prefer to follow the people I want to follow and that be it. I don’t want random people’s Tweets on my newsfeed. I think that the Explore page on Twitter is enough when it comes to that stuff. I am really not liking the way social media is evolving. I think it is becoming overwhelming for everyone and I don’t know how any one can manage to keep up.

It is interesting that the CEO of Twitter announced that he will not be including Politics in the first round of topics, because to me, that is what Twitter mainly consists of. He says the message of politics should be earned, not bought, which I completely agree with.

When I go on Twitter now, it seems like all I see is a. Stranger Things (duh) and b. Politics. Whether it is a sponsored post or trending or someone is retweeting and sharing something. It seems to be the most saturated social media platform when it comes to politics. Yes, Facebook has a lot of people complaining about politics, but posts from politicians and other important people seem to be prevalent on Twitter more so than anywhere else.

What is your opinion on Twitter? Do you check it regularly? Drop your handle and we’ll follow you on the Origami Handcannon Twitter!

twitter #apps #socialmedia

Apple TV Plus and Apple Music Bundle

Apple Music is currently $4.99 a month for students. Apple is expanding this and now offering Apple TV with Apple Music for students for the same price of $4.99 a month. This is an absolute steal for Apple users, especially because this is very rare for Apple to just give something away like that without charging extra.

With a million streaming services available, something tells me Apple is struggling in this department. Personally, I use Spotify with my student discount because I get Hulu and Showtime as well. HBO has just dropped that they are also releasing a streaming service, and we are still anticipating the drop of Disney+ in two weeks.

The future is in streaming, but is anyone else overwhelmed with the number of streaming services available? I think there is too many options and it is becoming too much. There is no way everyone can have all of them, and I think it’s going to make the entire streaming industry completely flop. But, who knows.

What streaming services do you use? Are you a student and would you be interested in the Apple bundle?

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