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New charging standard promises full charge in less than 15 minutes


‘Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 not only provides superior charging capabilities but helps intelligently extend a device’s battery life,’ says Xiaomi manager

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0 to 50 in 5 Minutes: Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 Could Be Wicked Fast


Qualcomm’s Quick Charge platform has sort of become an industry-standard having been used on a wide range of phones, tablets, and more. But now for Quick Charge 5, Qualcomm is giving its charging platform a massive boost in speed.

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Facebook Brings Messenger’s Screen Sharing Feature to Mobile Devices

Screenshots of Messenger screen sharing on Android.Facebook

“Hey, can you help me decide on a pair of sunglasses?” Facebook Messenger’s screen sharing feature is available now on iOS and Android. The feature lets family, friends, or coworkers the contents of your phone screen while hanging out in a Messenger video chat.

To share your screen, start a video call and swipe up from the bottom of your screen to see Messenger’s Call Options. Then, click “share your screen” and press through a few privacy warnings (you are about to show people your phone, after all). Now you can navigate your phone and broadcast its screen to the video chat. To end the broadcast, go back to the Messenger app and press “Stop Sharing.”

You can share your screen with up to 8 people in a typical Messenger group chat or 16 people in Messenger Rooms. Facebook plans to extend screen sharing to 50-person Messenger Rooms in the near future.

Screen sharing could help you share your Instagram feed with friends while social distancing. It could also help you troubleshoot problems on your phone, or share a website without copying and pasting links. Mobile screen sharing is available now, but you may need to update to the latest version of Messenger to access the new feature.

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The Best Portable Photo Printers for iOS and Android Devices

Best Portable Photo Printers of 2020 for smartphones at homePixieMe/

Being able to quickly print off your favorite photos from your smartphone is great for making instant memories or scrapbooking. These photo printers can be taken anywhere and do a great job of bringing memories to life.

Although these printers are small enough to take with you anywhere, they aren’t your only option for printing photos. If you want larger photos than what these portable printers can offer, which tend to max out at around 4 x 6 inches, or if you’re looking for super high-quality prints, you should upgrade to a bigger printer, though be warned that larger printers will cost at least double the amount portable printers do.

What to Look for in Portable Photo Printers

Although smartphone photo printers seem deceptively simple, there are actually a ton of factors to consider when buying one. By taking a moment to learn about the myriad options and features, it’ll be easier for you to choose the perfect photo printer for your needs.

  • Paper and Dye Types: Most printers ship with a small amount of photo paper so you can start using it right out of the box, but it’s up to you to keep up with refills. The smaller photo printers use 2 x 3 inch photo paper for the most part, but there are a few that can print other sizes, ranging from 2.1 x 2.1 inches up to 4 x 6 inches. Dye and paper types vary by printer, as well, but most use ZINK—or zero ink—paper, which has dye crystals embedded in the paper that are activated by heat. Others might work like old-fashioned Polaroids, have all-in-one cartridges just like a regular printer (albeit a miniaturized version), or use four-pass dye sublimation to apply colors.
  • Editing Options: The best portable photo printers have companion apps available through which you can import and edit your photos before printing them. Some of these apps focus on basic edits like cropping, brightening, and adjusting the color balance of your photos, while others go all out and let you add filters, emojis, text, and other fun elements for total customization.
  • Connection Options: There are several ways these printers can connect to your phone to print photos. Some require a physical connection, like through a USB port, while others offer digital connectivity options like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The majority of printers also work with both iPhone and Android devices, though not all do, so double-check device compatibility with the printer you want before you make a purchase.
  • Power Source: The majority of mini photo printers use rechargeable batteries. While those batteries make them highly portable, they still have a relatively short battery life. Expect anywhere from 10-35 photos per charge, so don’t leave the charging cable behind if you’re planning on doing tons of printing.

Best Overall: HP Sprocket

HP SProcket best portable photo printer for iphones and AndroidHP

The HP Sprocket makes it easy to print all of the awesome photos on your smartphone anywhere you go. The free Sprocket companion app (for Android and iOS) lets you edit and decorate your photos with filters and emojis before printing. It also makes it easy to create custom photo albums and connect your social media accounts for instant printing. Multiple people can connect to the Sprocket at one time, and the app (along with a personalized LED light) shows who’s currently printing in the queue.

The Sprocket prints on ZINK photo paper with peel-and-stick backing, which measures 2 x 3 inches with a print resolution of 313 x 400 DPI. The Sprocket comes with 10 sheets of photo paper to start, and the battery can print about 35 photos per battery charge. The printer connects to your phone via Bluetooth 5.0, comes in four cute colors, and measures 3.15 x 4.63 x 0.98 inches, so it’s small enough to store in a bag or desk drawer.

Best Premium Option: Canon Ivy

Canon Ivy Best premium photo printer for smartphones photo editing appCanon

If you want a mini photo printer with features as premium as its design, look no further than the Canon Ivy Mobile Mini Photo Printer. It comes in three gorgeous colors—rose gold, mint green, and slate gray—and its Android and iOS companion apps offer powerful editing tools, including image filters, frames, effects, AR live filters, collage prints, and tile print options, plus you can add text, stickers, emojis, drawings and more to make every photo look absolutely perfect. Print photos from your phone’s gallery, or directly from your Instagram or Facebook page.

You’ll connect to the printer via the app and Bluetooth, and your pics are printed on 2 x 3 inch sticker-back ZINK photo paper, using a print resolution of 314 x 400 DPI. The photos are water-resistant, smudge-proof, and tear-proof, so they’ll be able to keep up with your adventures. The Canon Ivy is also super portable, as it measures just 3.2 x 4.7 x 0.70 inches.

Best Premium Option

Canon IVY Mobile Mini Photo Printer through Bluetooth(R), Rose Gold

This beautiful smartphone photo printer uses ZINK paper and has an app for editing photos.

For Higher-Quality Prints: Fujifilm Instax

Fujifilm Instax best highest-quality portable photo printerFujifilm

Serious photo lovers will find something to love about the Fujifilm Instax. It offers photo prints in a higher resolution than its competitors (800 x 680p with a print resolution of 320 DPI), which means more details, sharper details, and better color gradation. You can apply light edits to your photos before printing them on the companion Android or iOS apps, apply a collage template, and apply filters and text.

The Instax’s prints measure 2.4 x 1.8 inches and its laser exposure system means fast printing (rough 10 seconds). Its rechargeable battery can charge via the included micro USB cord. You can keep an eye on the film and battery with the LED lights on the side or even reprint a photo in an instant with the handy Reprint button.

For Higher-Quality Prints

Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Mobile Printer (Silver)

Enjoy larger, higher-resolution prints with a higher DPI and editing capabilities.

Best Budget Photo Printer: Kiipix Portable Photo Printer

Kiipix best budget photo printer scan and print your photosKiipix

The Kiipix Portable Photo Printer takes a slightly different approach to printing pictures from your smartphone. Instead of connecting with a cord, with an app, or over Wi-Fi, it simply scans photos directly from your phone’s screen, so remember to turn your phone’s brightness all the way up. Although the Kiipix’s convenient design means you don’t have to deal with an intermediary app or worry about the device’s battery dying on you, it also means you’ll have to edit your photos elsewhere before scanning them.

Many user reviews on Amazon claim that prints from the Kiipix tend to have a retro look to them, which could be because the Kiipix scans your images off a screen rather than processing the digital image directly. That may be the trade off for its lower price point. Nevertheless, the printer supports two sizes—2.1 x 3.4 inches and 1.8 x 2.4 inches—and it uses Fujifilm Instax Mini film.

Best Budget Photo Printer

KiiPix Portable Photo Printer, Black

Scan photos directly from your phone’s screen and print them without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Best Heavy-Duty Portable Photo Printer: Canon Selphy CP1300

Canon Selphy best heavy-duty portable photo printerCanon

If you don’t mind trading off a bulkier frame for more features, the Canon Selphy is a seriously good pick. The photo printer measures 7.1 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches, and it has a built-in 3.2-inch LCD screen that’s perfect for navigating the menu options and editing your photos. There’s even an optional battery pack you can buy for the Selphy if you’re planning on bringing it with you on your next road trip. The Selphy is also compatible with an impressive four photo print sizes: 2.1 x 2.1-inch, 2.1 x 3.4-inch, 3.5 x 4.7-inch, and 4 x 6-inch prints, so you can have both wallet-size memories along with larger photos for a scrapbook.

You can connect to the printer via the Android and iOS companion app or by connecting your device via USB. The app has a fun Party Shuffle feature in which all of your friends can send images from their phones to the printer and it will combine them into a fun collage you can print. It can handle square Instagram prints (hence the 2.1 x 2.1-inch paper option), and even create vertical photo booth prints on 4 x 6-inch paper you can cut in half and share with a friend.

Best Heavy-Duty Portable Photo Printer

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer with AirPrint and Mopria Device Printing, Black (2234C001)

Print four photo sizes, and navigate the menu with the on-board screen and companion app.

Best Photo Printer for iOS: Prynt Pocket

Prynt Pocket best photo printer for iOS iPhone Apple devicesPrynt

The Prynt Pocket has a cool feature you won’t find anywhere else: the ability to embed a video inside your photo print. It uses augmented reality to add a video inside your photo, and all you have to do to see it is hold the Prynt app on your iOS device over the photo and watch. It’s a refreshing way to add some extra fun to the photos you decorate your apartment with or share a secret memory with friends. Or, if you just want to keep it simple and not bother with a video, the app lets you add fun borders and filters to your photo before you print it from the app.

Photos are printed on 2 x 3-inch ZINK photo paper with a peel-and-stick back, and to print a photo, just physically plug your phone into Prynt’s dock and get started. You can pull photos directly from your iPhone’s gallery or your Instagram feed at that point, or take photos and videos in real time with your phone connected to the device. The only real downside of the Prynt is that it’s only compatible with iPhones (sorry Android users).

Best Photo Printer for iOS

Prynt Pocket, Instant Photo Printer for iPhone – Cool Grey (PW310001-CG)

Print photos directly from your iPhone and Instagram page, and embed AR videos.

Best Photo Printer for Android: Kodak Mini 2

Kodak Mini 2 best photo printer for androidKodak

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of connecting to your photo printer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (or physically connecting it), the Kodak Mini 2 you can keep things simple with NFC One Touch … if you’re an Android user. Apple users can only connect with Bluetooth. The mini smartphone photo printer creates 2.1 x 3.4-inch color or black and white prints using a four-pass D2T2 dye sublimation method, and prints dry instantly. Kodak’s cartridges combine paper and ink, and can be purchased in increments of 20, 30, or 50. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS where you can crop, add filters to, and otherwise edit your photos before printing them.

Most Portable Photo Printer: Polaroid ZIP

Polaroid Zip most portable photo printer photo editing app for ios and androidPolaroid

With the Polaroid ZIP, you’ll have a teeny tiny photo printer that packs a punch. The pocket-sized printer is a godsend for travel bloggers and party-goers alike, and its vibrant prints bring your prints to life. The free companion Android and iOS apps give you the power to edit your photos (think: brightness adjustment, blurring, color temperature adjustment) and even customize them with cute stickers and filters with a dash of creativity. Then all you have to do is zip them over to the printer directly from the app over Wi-Fi.

The ZIP prints pics on 2 x 3-inch ZINK photo paper, which has an adhesive back and is tear-proof, waterproof, and smudge-proof. The Zip’s rechargeable battery handles up to 25 prints on a single charge, and includes the charging cable you’ll need when it’s time to recharge.

Most Portable Photo Printer

Polaroid WiFi Wireless 3×4 Portable Mobile Photo Printer (White) with LCD Touch Screen, Compatible w/ iOS & Android.

This printer’s small size and powerful features make it a powerhouse anywhere you go.

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The 17 Best Mobile Games to Play on the Toilet

16 Quick Mobile Games to Play on the ToiletRobtop Games, ustwo games, Dinosaur Polo Club

Let me set the scene for you: it’s that time of day, and you sit down to do your business. You settle in to get the job down, pull out your phone because you have some time to kill, and … what then? You could endlessly flip through Instagram, scroll through Twitter, or do something actually engaging like play a game. Toilet time has never been more fun.

Mobile games are great for filling up the empty parts of your day like when you’re sitting on the toilet or waiting for the bus (if you don’t want to admit to playing games on the toilet). I mean, you’ve got nothing better to do, might as well sneak in a few levels.

Mobile games have evolved a lot over the years—there are some truly substantial games available on our phones today. And, while those are great, they require a good deal of commitment. That’s not great for our bathroom gaming sessions, so we sought out games that allowed you to quickly save or exit the game without any major consequences.

We also avoided games that have excessive microtransactions. Some of the games on this list will have microtransactions (they’re next to impossible to avoid in the mobile space), but we made sure the games we selected don’t pressure you into paying through gameplay.

Besides that, any low-stakes mobile game available on iOS and Android is fair game—so let’s just get into it.

Puzzle Games

Monument Valley 2ustwo games

Puzzle games make up a large part of the mobile gaming landscape, and they typically fall under the “pick-up-and-play” category, which is great for this list. So, sit back, fire one up, and put your brain to work while you do your business.

  • Monument Valley 1 (iOS/Android) and 2 (iOS/Android): These two top-down puzzle games mess with your perspective to deliver on mind-bending puzzles. Add in some unique visuals and a simple but endearing story, and you have two great puzzle games to work through.
  • Disney Emoji Blitz (iOS/Android): A simple match-three puzzle game with a Disney twist. On top of the standard puzzle solving, you can also complete missions and collect various Disney-themed emojis.
  • Two Dots (iOS/Android): A unique puzzle game about connecting dots to break through obstacles. There are hundreds of levels to play through with some fun visuals, so this is one you’ll be returning to a lot.
  • Wordscapes: (iOS/Android): A twist on classic crosswords and Scrabble, Wordscapes will put your vocabulary to the test.

Score-Based Games

Shooty SkiesMighty Games

These games revive the arcade mentality of competing for high scores. Typically, score-based games have endless modes where you play until you die or get bored, whichever comes first.

  • Ballz (iOS/Android): All you do in this game is bounce balls off of blocks to break them and advance up the endless stages. It’s simple but addictive.
  • Shooty Skies (iOS/Android): In the vein of other arcade shooters, Shooty Skies has you go through endless stages shooting down enemies for points. There are power-ups to find and even a few bosses to encounter.

Strategy Games

Mini MetroDinosaur Polo Club

While strategy games ask a lot of critical thinking and decision-making of you, they can find ways to make that less taxing. After all, you probably don’t want to run a nation as its ruler from a ceramic throne, so these two games are a bit chiller.

  • Bloons TD 6 (iOS/Android): Bloons is a long-running tower defense series. You use various monkey classes to pop “Bloons” as they approach your base. There are plenty of choices to make and even some competitive online elements (but those are completely optional).
  • Mini Metro (iOS/Android): While on the surface, Mini Metro may not look like much with its minimalist visuals, but under those simple colored lines is an intricate game about connecting subway lines.

Endless Runners


This is one of the more popular mobile game genres, and for good reason—there’s something to be said about the addictive nature of a good endless runner. Endless runners even have a built-in timer of sorts with levels getting faster and more difficult the longer you survive, to the point where only the most inhumanly good players have a chance of continuing their runs. So, that sounds like a good endpoint.

  • Subway Surfers (iOS/Android): One of the most popular mobile games of all time, in Subway Surfers you run on subways, tunnels, and train tracks trying to escape a police officer. While that may not sound interesting, there is a reason why this game has caught the attention of hundreds of millions of players.
  • Sonic Dash (iOS/Android): Sonic Dash is pretty similar to Subway Surfers, but features everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog. There are also some more Sonic-y elements thrown into the endless runner formula like loop-de-loops and boss encounters.
  • Crossy Roads (iOS/Android): Frogger is a classic arcade title, and now you can enjoy its spiritual successor forever. Crossy Roads features plenty of new obstacles to expand on the simple car-dodging gameplay as well.
  • Canabalt (iOS/Android): Escape a collapsing city in this 2D endless runner. Avoid simple obstacles with just one finger and enjoy the minimalist art style all at the same time.


Geometry DashRobtop Games

While most sidescrollers require more active interaction from your end, there are a few mobile options that keep things simple. But simplicity doesn’t bar them from difficulty, some of these games will make you angry, but that’s fine—just try not to drop your phone.

  • Alto’s Adventure (iOS/Android) and Odyssey (iOS/Android): Both Alto’s games feature gorgeous visuals and simple gameplay. Here you’ll ski down snowy slopes enjoying the vistas around you while listening to some great music.
  • Mario Run (iOS/Android): Mario Run was Nintendo’s earnest attempt to translate a standard Mario platformer into a mobile game that only requires one finger—and it definitely succeeded. While Mario Run is on the pricier side, the expert level design you’d expect of Nintendo makes up for that.
  • Geometry Dash (iOS/Android): There are a few different versions of Geometry Dash that feature more (and often, more difficult) levels. This is the original set of levels though—playing them will give you a good idea if you like the reaction-based platforming the rest of the series offers. That doesn’t mean there aren’t difficult levels available here, there are, and they can definitely make you flinch because you could’ve sworn you jumped in time to get over those spikes.

Now that you have these games, hopefully they can make your life a little more fun because staring at the laminate floors of your bathroom is really boring.

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