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T-Mobile 2021 Data Breach

In August of 2021, T-Mobile announced a breach in the system that affected over 50 million customers. Unfortunately, a hacker got in, stealing customers’ personal data. Thankfully, no financial information was compromised.

T-Mobile Security Breach

A few months ago, 21-year-old American John Brinns was able to gain access to customers’ personal files.  This includes information such as Social Security numbers, addresses, and whatnot. Using an unprotected router, Brinns found a few weak spots in their security system. His goal was to make personal information available on the dark web. Since then, Brinns is now dealing with legal consequences. Thankfully, the company was able to confirm that he did not obtain any credit card numbers. Additionally, usernames and passwords also remain safe. Since then, the company has apologized. Also, they are now partnering with McAfee for better online security. To extend their apology, they are offering a free 2-year McAfee ID Theft Protection program. You can read more about the incident and their solution in their official statement.

So, now is a good time to check your e-mail addresses and passwords to make sure they are safe. You can do so with Google Password Check-Up or Mozilla Firefox Monitor. Remember to stay safe on the Internet!

 

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The iPhone 13 and iOS 15.0.2

The iPhone 13 came out in September 2021. Now that it’s been out for about a month now, we have an idea of what it’s like. Read on to see what the new iPhone 13 and iOS 15.0.2 is like.

 iPhone 13

Despite the chip shortage, the iPhone 13 still came out as scheduled. While it is still similar to its older sibling, there are some changes as always. And, there’s a brand new feature: iMovie. Because vlogging is trending, Apple makes it easy for the everyday vlogger to capture their life in HD. Also, it’s perfect for small business owners to produce ads for their businesses. You can edit, add text (like title and credits) and other cool effects. So, in order to make high-quality videos and movies, the iPhone 13 has to have a good camera. Introducing Night Mode camera- no more bright flash and still-dark background. Another notable feature is the ceramic shield, so Samsung people no longer can go after iPhones for shattering so easily. Apple was not affected by the chip shortage because they have their own A15 Bionic chip.

iOS 15.0.2

Along with the iPhone 13, iOS 15.0.2 is now available. It precedes the iOS 15, which was designed for the newest iPhone. So, now all the bugs have been worked out with the 2nd iOS 15. Specifically, there was an iMessage bug and 15.0.2 is the bug spray. Now, when you pull up the Internet, whether it be Safari or Google Chrome, the tabs are panels so you can see the page easier. This also allows for widget-friendly pages. So, if you have a website that you need to stay on top of, this is ideal.

The standard size is 6.1″ and the mini is 5.4″. There are 5 color options to choose from now that you don’t need a case that covers up your smooth & sleek iPhone. They start at the usual $1,000. Check out the official deets on the Apple page for more information. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and reviews- we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Samsung Brings Back the Flip Phone

If you had a flip phone back in the early-mid 2000s, you probably miss the satisfaction of snapping your phone shut. Thankfully, now in 2021, you can buy a smart flip phone- say what? So far, two things from the early 2000s have come back around: Limp Bizkit and flip phones. Samsung is about to release their Galaxy Z Flip 3 phone- read on to see how rad it is.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Phone

As of now, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is available for pre-order, with the official launch set for Friday, August 27th. However, we’ve been able to snag reviews about it already. Cnet reports that now, the mid-section (the phone flips hamburger-style) feels smoother. Meaning, you can’t feel the bumps and hinges like you would on phones before. Also, it is still waterproof, just as all the other Samsungs. Also, the flip feature makes it easy to take photos. If you’re interested in photo quality, check out these photos from Cnet. One cool little feature is the little display window when you close the phone to check the time and notifications at a glance. Don’t worry about it breaking on you- it’s made with high-grade aluminum and Gorilla Glass to protect your screen. Lengthwise, it is 6.5″ when opened, 3.4″ folded.   This impressive, futuristic smart flip phone starts at $1,000. Considering that Samsung drastically improved the folding design (and even made it happen in the first place), it’s worth the price!

There’s also the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It’s bigger (like an Ultra version) and folds hot-dog style. It’s the Galaxy Note series child, so it has an S-pen holder and other similar features to the Note.

 

We will keep following reviews and keep y’all up to date. If you have the new Samsung flip phone, let us know what you think of it. Hey, bonus points if you bling out your flip phone for the ultimate mid-2000s vibe!

Also, check out Samsung’s latest smartwatch, and follow our blog for updates! Thanks for reading!

 

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What You Need to Know: Windows 11 Update

After 6 years, we are finally getting a new version of Windows operating system. Windows 10 came out in 2015. Now, we are expecting an update to Windows 11 later this year. The beta version is available now if you want to try it out.

Windows 11

Bill Gates announced the update on June 24th. Typically, a new version of Windows is released about every 5 years. The new update will be available for all compatible PCs. First, like with all Windows updates, the layout design will change to reflect a more modern look. The new Windows aims to help users multitask. Therefore, it will feature a unique app layout to help you work more efficiently. Much like with the start menu, there will be a menu of open apps and tabs. Another much-needed organizational feature is the widgets. Other personalization features will be upgraded, such as theme options. Also, it promises to update its gaming functions, allowing users to stream Call of Duty in better quality. The update will benefit business professionals, gamers, and everyday general users.

Get Ready for the Upgrade

As you probably guessed, this means Microsoft Office will receive an update too. Again, there is no official release date, but we will let you know as soon as we find out. Some of this information is subject to change as Microsoft finalizes the Windows 11 design. In the meantime, use the PC Health app to make sure your current PC is ready.

Are you excited about the new Windows 11 update? What is your favorite version of Windows? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Alternative Energy Show in Austin, TX

The Alternative Energy Show is coming up this weekend, June 12-13, in Austin at Palmer Events Center. It will feature exhibits on clean energy, such as electric cars and solar panels, and more. Check it out!

 

Alternative Energy Show This Weekend

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make your home more eco-friendly, then this event is for you. There will be exhibits showcasing electric vehicles, solar panels/batteries, smart home devices, and other energy-efficient products. There, you can discover eco-friendly companies and learn how to live a more green life. Talk to professionals and learn how to make your home more eco-friendly. With the nation becoming progressively more green, you can be a step ahead by checking this event out.

Redwood Creative’s founder and CMO will also be at the event. We believe that clean energy is the future, and we are especially rooting for solar. As marketing experts, we will not only learn more about eco-friendly products but also team up with solar companies to further campaign for solar energy.

Sound like a good weekend to you? It is $20 for a one-day pass, and $30 for both days. It will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM. We hope to see you there!

 

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The Best Devices To Gear Up With In 2021

If you’re looking to replace your old phone or are interested in a tablet, then you’re in luck. Redwood Creative has some recommendations for the best devices for 2021. Check out these smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.

Smartphones

So, iPhone or Android? It will always be up to preference, so we’ll leave the statistics up to you. The iPhone 12 currently has a 4.5 rating on Google. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S21 also rates 4.5. It is important to note that Samsung put more effort into the Ultra, which rates 4.7. However, the Ultra is at $1,200. If you’re interested, you can read all about it here.  Likewise, Apple has a luxury version, the iPhone 12 Pro, which rates at 4.6. The pro version contains enhanced camera features and sturdier material. As far as the standard version, it has 5G support and Apple’s new A14 chip. They renewed the design and made the phone a little sturdier. Meanwhile, Samsung’s S21 also contains 5G support and a new design. Samsung drastically improved the camera quality. The S21 has Gorilla Glass covering the phone.

Our verdict? If you can wait for a new phone, wait until later for a new release. With huge changes to both Apple and Samsung’s design, it is best to wait until they work out kinks and improve bugs. Nevertheless, it is important to get a 5G-compatible smartphone soon. Why not try switching it up and see what surprises you?

 

Tablets

These big phones/small computers are convenient to have. It’s perfect for traveling and if you like to utilize all areas of the house. While iPads were the best tablets to have and are still trusty, the Samsung Tab S6 isn’t too bad, either. Especially with the S pen, which will help your stylus pen stay with your device. If all of your devices are Apple, then stick with the iPad. They’re always reliable and easy to use. Otherwise, see how Samsung has advanced on their tablet game. Both have the options for LTE/5G support.

 

Other Devices

Aside from a new phone or a new tablet, smartwatches and FitBits are still in. Apple’s Watch Series 6 is noted for its blood oxygen sensor. Samsung also has smartwatches, and they can connect to Apple products. Otherwise, the Fitbit Sense is the best smartwatch. It has a long battery life, a GPS, and compatible with both Apple and Samsung.

Let us know what you think the best devices are for 2021! We are always open to suggestions.

 

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The Dell Company: Who They Are

The Dell Company has been around for quite a long time since 1985, to be exact. Read about the history of Michael Dell and his work.

 

The Dell Company

Michael Dell was a freshman at the University of Texas in Austin in 1984 when he left to pursue his dreams. He released his first product in 1985 with the Limited Turbo PC. It contained a 10 MB hard drive and a 5.25″ floppy drive. That same year, he established his company, and he had a team to help with customer service. It didn’t take long for the company to find success. By 1986, they were unveiling the fastest PC yet at 12 MHz. Then, by 1987, they achieved international status. Next, jump forward to 1996, when Dell.com was born. This helped their sales further, and they opened a second manufacturing plant in Texas. By 1997, their 10th million PC shipped. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, they were the dominant computer company. By the end of the millennium, they had plants around the world. Here are some more details about Dell Co’s history. Their current headquarters are in Round Rock, TX.

 

Dell Products

Of course, Dell is still around and up there on the computer chain. They offer various products, such as computers, laptops, monitors, tablets, and electronic accessories. Their Inspiron laptops are currently rated around 4 stars. They’re affordable, so if you need a trusty laptop without breaking the bank, Dell is there for you. They also have 2-in-1 laptops for those who like the tablet feel. Dell has gaming PCs and the whole setup to go with it. Their best laptop is the Dell Inspiron 14 7000. Noted for their good battery life, WiFi 6, and Intel “Comet Lake” CPU. For gamers, check out the Alienware m15 R4.

Dell contributed to hardware and software computer engineering. Let us know what you think about Dell and your favorite products from them!

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Most Convenient Laptops To Have

With all the different types of laptops out there, it’s hard to know which one to get. If you want something simple but practical, check out these convenient laptops below. These laptops will not exceed 14″, so they are easy to carry.

Reliable, Convenient Laptops

First, we have the Asus ZenBook Flip 13 UX363. It can hold 16 GB of memory, and a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor. Best with Windows 10 Pro for business. As the name suggests, it can turn around into a tablet form. Asus advertises it at nearly $900, but you can get it from Best Buy for $100 less.

Up next, here’s the Dell Inspiron 14 5000. Like the ZenBook Flip, it’s also a 2-in-1 laptop. This one features an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4 Processor.  One common downfall of a smaller laptop is the lack of ports, but not this one. To help make it more travel-friendly, there are different performance modes. It can be yours for just $480.

For the 3rd option, there’s the Microsoft Surface Go 2. This one is smaller, at 10.5″. Also, it’s 4G compatible so you can still get work done in the car or wherever wifi is unavailable. Runs on an 8th Gen Intel Core m3 processor. It only weighs a whole 1.2 lbs. Try it out for $450.

Next, for those who prefer Chrome, check out the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. At 10.1″, this little thing is still capable of 128 GB of memory. It includes an octa-core processor. If you use G Suite, this would be an ideal laptop as it is best compatible with Google products. Available from Best Buy for $250.

Lastly, here’s the Acer TravelMate P6. This 14″ device is tougher than nails with its magnesium-alloy body. So, it’s built for those who tend to drop their stuff or if your laptop gets thrown around in airport luggage. It weighs 2.5 lbs. There are six different models of the TravelMate P6, ranging from $950-$2,000.

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The Samsung S21 Smartphone

South Korean company Samsung released their newest smartphone on January 29, 2021. The S21, following the S20, is different. Samsung previously had three different types of Android phones: Note, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Z. Read here all about the Samsung S21 and to see how the tech company is changing things up.

Samsung S21 Features

Now, the S21 will come with a built-in stylus pen, the S pen. This was previously on the Note phones. But, now that those are being discontinued, the S pen transferred over to the S21. Another feature is the upscale 1080×2400 pixel camera. With 5 cameras on the back, Samsung shuts down memes about their (previously) poor camera quality. The display is 120 Hz on a 6.2″ screen. Made with 5G in mind. iPhones are notorious for easily cracking/shattering, but not the S21 and its Gorilla Glass screen. Going off the S20, the newer model will upgrade the all-in-screen fingerprint sensor. Battery life continues to hold up as the S21 can last roughly 90 hours without charge. Oh, and it looks like the days of headphone jacks are gone, as there are none on this new release.

Bixby, which is the Android Siri, has some new upgrades as well. Now, a better understanding of different languages and better smart capture. Bixby has been further modified to be more of an assistant rather than a needy partner. Overall, the design and display are pretty, much more sleek and smooth than its precedes.

 

S21 Reviews

Right now, the Samsung S21 and the Ultra costs $700 after the S20 costs nearly $1,000. Is it worth it? Overall yes. TechRadar admits it’s not as exciting as previous releases due to some Apple-like moves, such as no headphone jack and no charger in the box. Also, the display could be a little better. But, TechRadar also claims that otherwise, Samsung delivers a quality phone once again. It’s a powerful phone, capable of running multiple apps without slowing down or overheating. Also, the camera quality is the best yet. The night mode camera is phenomenal, and I can confirm that myself. Apparently, the Ultra is the best version. The final verdict: Samsung’s S21 is worth buying, but don’t be in a rush to get it. The standard is 6.2″, the S21+ is 6.7″, and the Ultra is 6.8″.

 

 

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