Samsung could be teaming up with LG for the Galaxy Note 8

Electronics manufacturing giant Samsung could be set to team up with one of its rivals – LG – for support with the production of the future tentpole release of the Galaxy Note 8.

LG Chem, a battery business arm of LG Group, has been tapped to build batteries for future products from Samsung, starting with the Note 8, The Investor reports.

Since the global product recall of the Galaxy Note 7 in October, which was prone to fire because of a battery fault, Samsung has been discussing supply deals with a host of battery makers.

A partnership with LG would see the firm join the South Korean smartphone company’s existing partners Samsung SDI and China’s ATL.

It usually takes more than six months to design, test and produce batteries for a new smartphone, which is why sources predict the LG Chem products will first appear in the successor to the Note 7, which is tentatively dubbed the Note 8.

“The talks have not yet been completed but it seems highly likely for the two firms to sign a deal,” an anonymous industry source told The Insider.

Samsung has rarely used parts from LG, a rival firm that hails from the same part of South Korea.

However, the unexpected discontinuation of the Note 7 has prompted Samsung to investigate the possibility of diversifying its supplier base, including new battery makers.

LG Display has also reportedly been tapped by Samsung to produce liquid-crystal displays for television sets. This comes after Samsung’s key supplier Sharp recently notified it would stop supplying the panels from next year.

Your guide to alternative Facebook apps

Facebook is not only one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, it is also synonymous with smartphones for many people.

The ability to send status updates and photos to friends, family and loved ones the instant you want to has arguably changed the way people communicate with one another.

Indeed, many of Facebook’s latest features – such as the ability to share live videos – seem tailor made to take advantage of this trend.

With this in mind, it would seem a no-brainer to simply have the official Facebook app installed on the user’s choice of smartphone. This was certainly the case for most people for a long time – and remains so for many others.

However, the recent decision to separate the main Facebook app and the Messenger app was frustrating to some users who appreciated the convenience of accessing all of this content from one place.

Many people sought alternatives that retained this functionality – and there are plenty to choose from for Android and iOS users alike.


Swipe is an Android-only option which is based around offering a more highly customisable Facebook experience.

Design tweaks and multiple colour schemes characterise this app, meaning users are not restricted to Facebook’s signature light blue tones if they do not want to be.

In terms of functionality, Swipe acts as a web-wrapper, which is a browser app that has been made exclusively for accessing the Facebook mobile site. This means it is a lot like using the mobile version of Facebook.

Basic features such as the timeline, profile editing, approving friend requests and blocking images to save data are all available – as are security options such as a PIN or fingerprint lock.

Messages can be accessed from within the app – but it allows the user to choose their own messaging client, so these can be read from outside Messenger app if desired.


Friendly is a free, ad-supported app for Android and iOS that is ideal for those who hate switching between Facebook and the Messenger app.

In addition to combining the features of these two apps into one handy place, Friendly is arguably more robust than the official Facebook apps.

More newsfeed sorting options are available compared to the official version, allowing the user to post by freshness, popularity or close friends – and filters can hide or highlight specific keywords.

Just as with Swipe, data-intensive content such as images can be blocked by default for those who want to save storage space on their device, or data usage, or simply preserve the battery life.


Also available for both Android and iOS, Puffin is designed as a speedy, low-resource Facebook experience that can even track monthly data savings as it is used – ideal for those on low-data contracts.

Another web wrapper app, Puffin is not the most glamorous option, but it can help to improve the experience immeasurably for those with limited storage, low data or an older device.

Keep stress at bay with soothing smartphone apps

Managing stress is a very useful skill to develop, as various techniques are able to help you keep control of your mood and limit the chances of any symptoms developing into more severe mental health concerns.

Most people face a wide range of sources of stress every single day, from the commute to work, to aspects of their job itself.

Some commentators have cited the always-on culture of 24/7 connectivity as something that can be a factor contributing to stress levels – but smartphones are a tool like any other and the wide range of apps available means there is plenty on offer that can help you to keep stress at bay.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of a few apps to get you started on finding something that can help with your own peace of mind.


Headspace describes itself as “a gym membership for the mind” – and it is easy to see why. The app offers a series of guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training that are all intended to help manage stress and anxiety, improve well-being and improve the user’s general happiness.

The guided meditations are designed to train your brain in just ten minutes a day, and offers the ability to track and reward yourself for progress

There is a buddy system so you and your peers can keep each other motivated and provide some support for one another. A subscription is required for extended sessions, but a free trial offers a flavour of what is on offer.

My Mood Tracker

A key part of mindfulness is keeping track of how you are feeling throughout the day – and My Mood Tracker is designed to support this goal.

Not only does it provide a space for you to record your mood, but it also helps to track many activities to see how they affect this, such as sleep, exercise, medication, menstrual cycles, stress, pain, energy and stimulants.

A note function lets you provide more detail and a comprehensive reminder system can be set up so there will be no gaps in your records.

Given that information of this nature will necessarily be very personal, information can be protected with a four-digit PIN and stored online so you don’t need to worry about losing it if you upgrade your phone.

Free Relaxing Sounds of Nature

Relaxing Sounds of Nature offers beautiful soundscapes that are intended to offer a break from the noises of city living.

While this is not necessarily a comprehensive escape from the world, it can immerse you in a relaxing ambient setting to help you relax, reduce stress, sleep better and prepare for meditation exercises. Indeed, the app has been used for ambience in spas or physiotherapy sessions.

The app comprises two components – an audio experience with 25 nature sounds and a soundboard with a further 35 sounds, where various soundtracks can be mixed together for a personalised peaceful experience.

Make the most of emoji on your iPhone

If you use your smartphone for messaging the chances are you’ll have seen some of your friends, family and loved ones include small pictures of faces with certain expressions within the body of their text.



This is particularly likely to be the case if you have younger people in your network – but what are these small icons and where do they come from?

What does emoji even mean?

Emoji are occasionally referred to as emojis, but emoji is technically a plural noun. In either case, they refer to the small ideogram smiley faces that are used in messages and sometimes on websites.

They are sometimes referred to as emoticons, but emoji more specifically refers to an Anglicised version of the Japanese words for ‘picture’ and ‘character’.

Emoji are very widespread in Japanese culture and their use has spread around the world through many electronic devices over the years.

Are emoji and emoticons different?

Emoticon typically refers to smiley faces used in text messages, which some smartphones and apps convert into a face graphic.

Emoji are slightly different in that they exist as graphics inserted from a special keyboard while composing a message.

As a result of this simple technical difference, there are many more emoji than there are emoticons – and on devices such as iPhones and iPads they have become standard images.

Many emoji retain the Japanese flavour of their origins, for example Japanese foods, animals and characters. Some images do not even translate into an Anglicised equivalent.

New emoji

With each major firmware update, Apple often introduces new sets of emoji for iPhone and iPad users.

The release of iOS 10.2 in December 2016 brought a total of 72 new emoji characters, with an emphasis on job and equal-gender emoji. For instance, emoji that used to be represented by a male character – such as the scientist or firefighter – have been given a female counterpart.

Other emoji include new animals such as a shark, an eagle and a gorilla, while others have been given a slight redesign.


Another feature smartphone users have access to are stickers – and these were introduced by Apple a few days after the initial release of iOS 10.

These are more sophisticated graphics than emoji but can be used in a similar way – and many of them are even animated. They are available alongside apps on the App Store and have often been used to help promote major new releases.

For example there are Super Mario themed stickers that launched alongside the Super Mario Run app, based on Nintendo’s popular video game character.


Mobile phones have come a long way since the humble Nokia 3310. They’re flatter, they’ve got HD screens, and you can do pretty much anything you could possibly want to do with them. In most ways, they’re infinitely better than the old bricks we used to stuff in our pockets – but you know what, there’s a few things we miss about the obsolete little gadgets.




…how indestructible they were


Once, back in the noughties, I witnessed someone hurl his mobile across four lanes of traffic, walk to the other side to retrieve it, then use it to call a taxi.


In contrast, I couldn’t drop my last mobile onto my bed from more than 30cm in the air because the back would pop off. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.


…how long the battery lasted


Remember when your phone could go several days before it needed charging? Given that most of us now need to make a dash for the plug socket every evening, our old brick phones suddenly look at lot more appealing.




Candy Crush who? Flappy what? For those of us who owned a Nokia back in the day, nothing can beat the classic Snake games. Sure, you can download Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto to your phone these days, but there was something quite wonderful – not to mention addictive – about the four-buttoned charm of Snake.

…flipping and twisting and sliding


Mobile phones have kind of all settled on a single shape at this point: a flat and uninteresting slab form factor. But back when the tech was still young, we had all kinds of shapes to play around with – from flip phones, to twisty mobiles, to slideable ones like the LG Chocolate.


…getting to disconnect


It’s nice being able use your phone to get directions, look up train times, or read about Serbia’s raspberry export industry whenever and wherever you like, but every now and then it’s nice to just disconnect. And that can be difficult when the entire internet is in your pocket begging for attention.


In the 2G days, switching off for a bit was far easier. You were essentially separated from the internet, so it wasn’t there to distract you – and to disconnect from the world entirely, all you really had to do was step outside of a major city where there wasn’t any signal.


So our old phones were rather nice in a way – but then again there are some things about them that we’re glad to see the back of…




…every phone having a different charging port


Finding a spare charging cable used to be its own special kind of hell. The port was different on every single brand of phone, making buying a new cable or borrowing someone else’s charger far too complicated.


These days, it’s way, way easier to figure out – your phone will either have a USB or a lightning port. Boom, done.


…the measly storage space


My first phone could hold 16 text messages. Call records were limited to 10. When you look its specs up on GSMArena, under the memory section it just says “no”.


In a world where our phones can have up to 256GB of internal memory, and space for up to a 2TB microSD card… I don’t think any of us miss the teeny tiny storage space that mobiles used to have.


…WAP browsers


Today, we do more web browsing on our smartphones than we do on our computers – which is easy to do, given how smoothly websites work on mobile browsers. On early mobiles, however, it was a different story.


WAP browsers could access the internet over 2G – 2G! – which meant it took about two minutes and half your pay-as-you-go credit just to load a page. Looking something up online was slower and more expensive than a Southern Rail train.


…polyphonic ringtones


I think we’re all very, very glad that phone speakers have got less tinny and horrific as time has gone on. And now our smartphones are more like little computers, we can copy across our favourite music files to use as ringtones – rather than spending £1.99 on a crummy MIDI file that sort of sounded like a song in the charts at the moment.


…trying to type with the numeric keyboard


Was there anything more frustrating than writing a text on a keyboard that only has nine keys? Even T9 – the software that worked out what word you wanted from just one press of each key – didn’t help a whole lot… though it was still probably more accurate than the iPhone’s autocorrect.


If you have a mobile phone for a long time, the chances are that it will develop a problem. The screen may crack, or the battery life may drop to minutes instead of hours. Perhaps the buttons stop working or the speakers no longer… speak.

If your phone’s going kaput, it’s not the end of the world though – you can still sell it. You’ll get less that you would for a fully functional phone, but it can still work out as a big chunk of change.

That said, it’s not always clear to people what constitutes a damaged or faulty phone, versus a phone in working order. So with that in mind, here are some things to check before you send your handset away, based on the tests that will perform.


It may go without saying (and sound like a line from the IT Crowd), but your phone needs to actually turn on for it to be considered ‘working’. If it won’t turn on at all, try plugging it in to make sure it hasn’t run out of charge.


Obviously, if the screen has a noticeable crack in it, you can’t sell it on as a fully-functional phone. You also need to make sure the screen isn’t bleeding. This is when you have coloured lines or sections of the screen that don’t go away, and is usually a sign that the phone has suffered some physical damage.


Small scratches and other blemishes are inevitable when you have a phone. As long as they don’t interfere with any functionality, they won’t reduce the value of your phone when you sell it. Major damage, on the other hand, will drop what it’s worth. Examples of that include cracks in the casing or water damage.


Problems with the speaker and microphone can be subtle, but you should check they both function properly – they will be tested when you sell your handset.  Make sure you check that your phone can register your voice through the microphone and that you can hear sound at the correct volume through the speakers.


Your phone’s battery life will inevitably decline the older it is, but it should still provide a good few hours’ charge. If you’re getting less than a day out of your phone though (with light to moderate use), then it’s probably past it. In that case, your phone is faulty and should be sold as such.


A phone needs a functioning aerial in order to work. If you can’t make a reliable call on your handset, you can’t call it ‘working’. You can still sell it, of course, but you’ll get significantly less than a fully operational device.

Trade in – The Process

Use the search box and categories to find your model of iPhone/iPad/iPod/Apple Watch.

Choose your the device condition & network & then simply add it to your basket.

Place your order using your Username & Password, or register for an account with us.

Please ensure that:

A – Your name and address is correctly spelt (otherwise your payment will go to the wrong person/place!)

B – You’ve added the correct mobile phone details. So that we can keep you updated on your order.

C – Please make sure you enter the correct bank details.

Once your order has been placed, then we will send you a FREEPOST JIFFY bag and an information leaflet within 24 hours with information on how to safely post your item and all the methods that you can use to insure and track your device back to us. Please note, we are not responsible for device that go missing in the post!

Post your jiffy bag back using the postage method that suits your needs.

Once we receive that we’ll let you know via email and text. We’ll then proceed to test your handset . If your handset meets the requirements for the condition you chose for that handset then we’ll proceed with your payment the same day. If the handset arrives in a different condition than specified on the order form then we will email you with our amended offer. You have 7 days to accept or decline the offer. If you’re not happy with our offer you can request for the handset to be returned to you free of charge.

Please note, if you do not reply to us within 7 days then we will process the order for the amount specified on the revised offer.

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If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.


We will then send you your money via bank transfer or we will post you your cheque!

You can spend your money!

How To Sell Apple iPhone,iPad or iPod

What happens when you sell your phone to Trade in?

So you’re looking to sell your mobile for cash? Once you’ve chosen which phone to sell, we’ll start a recycling process that means none of your phone goes to waste. Here’s what happens:

Step one

After you’ve registered your details, we’ll send you one of our absolutely FREE Trade in Pack, making it really easy to sell a phone to us. Our team of experts will run it through our testing process and give you a price offer depending on the condition. Remember, you can sell new phones or damaged phones to Trade in, but it might affect the mobile trade in value if it’s heavily damaged.

Step two

After you sell your phone to us, we’ll prepare it for onward sale as part of the recycle process. We give devices another life and where we can we’ll give a device some TLC and repair or refurbish it if possible.

Step three

As part of our recycling programme, selling your mobile to Trade in means it’s either fully recycled or completely reused by a new owner. Often, your phone will go on to start a new life in developing countries. How good is that? It’s all about recovery, reuse and recycle here at Trade in – so sell used mobile phones to us today and do your bit for the Environment!

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