Moto X4 Review: everything you should know before buying

Motorola have revived their Moto X extend which was thought to have been executed off to clear a path for the Moto Z and it’s back with a blast with the Moto X4. The new model is all that you’d anticipate from a Motorola gadget and you can discover about it in this Moto X4 survey.

 

Moto X4 Review: Features of new model

 

Right off the bat, it’s the outline of this telephone which gets the attention. Its metallic case is exceptionally striking and in addition offering a lot of security. What’s more, talking about insurance it additionally has IP68 assurance which implies it is ensured against sand, tidy, earth and water.

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It’s not indestructible, but rather the Moto X4 can surely withstand a couple of thumps and develop unscathed.

 

The screen determination is astounding on the Moto X4, having as it does a 5.2″ HD screen with 3D glass. The screen has a home catch with a worked in unique finger impression scanner and additionally the standard onscreen catches you would hope to see on a Motorola Moto X or Moto Z gadget. It additionally has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm earphone port.

 

The camera on the Moto X4 is exceptionally noteworthy. The forward looking form has 5 megapixels determination and furthermore has a glimmer which is a long way from standard on cell phones. The back camera however is an amazing 12 megapixels and has two focal points which are both housed in one unit in the back of the telephone. It additionally has an intense LED streak.

 

Battery life isn’t an issue with the Moto X4. It has a 3,880mAh battery with turbo charging office, so you ought to never wind up with a dead telephone until kingdom come.

 

The Moto X4 fuses an Android working framework and contains a Snapdragon 660 processor. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of extra storage room. Gossip has it that there will be another adaptation of the Moto X4 and that it will have 4GB of RAM and a noteworthy 64GB of capacity.

 

Cost and discharge date for the Moto X4

This Moto X4 survey would be fragmented in the event that it didn’t contain cost and discharge data. The word on its discharge as that it will be going on June 30th, despite the fact that this has just been returned, yet it’s guaranteed that the telephone will be available this year and all proof focuses towards summer for this.

 

With respect to the cost, there is no official data, however in view of the cost of other comparable Motorola models it is relied upon to cost amongst £250 and £300, making it a strong mid-go cell phone.

 

The Moto X4 demonstrates that Motorola’s Moto X extend is as yet fit as a fiddle and wasn’t usurped by the Moto Z, in spite of the fact that another Moto Z is really coming this year as well.

 

The Moto X4 is an unfathomably strong offering and will enchant enthusiasts of Motorola handsets and in addition testing the Moto Z for the prize of best leader gadget. We will be refreshing the cost for various nations when we discover, you can check it here.

Best music streaming apps

We all love music and nowadays there is no shortage of ways of listen to your favorite. We have come a long way from having to carry those gigantic players that would fit on your belt. So today it’s not the shortage that’s the problem, but the abundance.

We are looking at the best apps to stream music. What are we looking for? Preferably, the app should be available in iOS and Android, allow you to add your favorite songs to playlists and be able to give good recommendations.

  1. Spotify

By far the most popular streaming app. Spotify has to be on the top, it was one of the original music streaming apps, it’s available on any platform and it’s available for free, if you don’t mind an occasional ad.

Spotify gets so much love for a reason. It does exactly what you expect and more including playlist sharing, family plans, even videos and podcasts.

 

  1. iHeartRadio

iHeartRadio was launched almost 10 years ago and has been growing ever since. It works differently from Spotify. Here you choose stations of your favorite genres, and iHeartRadio builds a playlist for you. At first the service was totally free, and it is now. But to get additional features, like offline listening, song replay, saving songs to playlists you will have to upgrade. iHeartRadio is amazing for music discovery and luckily, it’s available on iOS, Android and wearables as well (Samsung Gear, Apple Watch, etc.)

  1. Apple Music

Apple has revolutionized the way we listen to music when they introduced iPods. That’s undeniable.  But when it comes to music streaming, boy oh boy, they were late to the party. Launched in 2015, Apple Music service eventually picked up some momentum.

While they do not have a free option, their pricing plans are quite flexible ($5 for students, $10 single-license and $15 for families.). Naturally, with Apple Music it’s not a standalone service that you get but the whole range of Apple’s services including music creation, iTunes and more.

  1. Google Play Music

Another Colossus, Google, was also late to come into music streaming, but with the resources they have their success is almost guaranteed. Google Play Music allows you to listen to 50,000 songs for free while their paid plans boost the number to 35 million songs. Plus, you can make your own playlists, you get a Youtube Red subscription, etc.

As a streaming app, Google Play Music has still some way for improvement but with a recent revamp of the platform, it’s certainly one of the best out there.

  1. Pandora

Lastly, an honorable mention. Pandora – a music box that you don’t have to worry about opening. While it’s a great service overall, boasting free streaming possibilities, free and even $4.99 subscribers can only listen to radio-style playlists. Although, with a free account you have a limited amount of song skips per day.

While we consider these to be the top options to stream music on your mobile or desktop, there are tons of other options. Don’t be afraid to explore. Try out the ones on our list or go beyond. Music is a wonderful thing and everyone should have an easy access to it.

 

Most popular music festivals in Europe

With summer coming soon, the festival season is about to kick off. If you like music and have some free time in the summer, you may be looking to getaway for a couple of days, spend some time in the outdoors and listen to your favorite bands.

Today we are looking at the best European music festivals that are unmatched in popularity, whether rain or shine.

Roskilde

Let’s begin our journey through the music festivals in Scandinavia. Roskilde Music Festival is one of the oldest and biggest annual festivals in Europe that started in 1971. It is held on the island of Roskilde, Denmark.

Every year Roskilde attracts over 160,000 music fans and volunteers to visit the four-day festival. Roskilde is held in the end of June-beginning of July.

Rock am Ring

Moving south we go to Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. These are two popular German festivals that are held at the same time. Rock am Ring is held on an old airbase in Mendig, while Rock am Ring is held in Nuremberg. Both festivals run for three days,

The festival dates back to 1985 and with around 150,000 visitors is among the most popular music festivals in Europe.  The festival has seen such music legends as Metallica, The Prodigy, Linkin Park and Coldplay.

Tomorrowland

Next to the Germany’s Rock am Ring, there is a different but just as good music festival for electronic music fans, Belgium’s Tomorrowland. Compared to Roskilde or Rock am Ring, Tomorrowland is still quite new as it was first held in 2005. The difference is that Tomorrowland is an international event with editions in Brazil (April), USA (September) and Belgium (July).

Despite being quite young, in a few years Tomorrowland has beaten the old-timers in attendance. For its ten-year anniversary, over 350,000 people came to the festival. So, if you’re up for some Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta or Paul Van Dyk, this three-day electronic festival is right for you.

Glastonbury

How can we not mention Glastonbury. This is a five-day music festival that was started in 1970 in UK and still is one of the most popular festivals in Europe. In 2016 there were around 130,000 festivalgoers who attended but Glastonbury has seen attendances exceed 170,000. This is a hugely popular event that sells out tickets within the first 24 hours proves that well.

The festival for contemporary arts, as it is officially called, is held annually around last weeks of June. Throughout the decades, the festival has witnessed performances from the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead and the Chemicals Brothers.

Of course, these are just a few of the best European music festivals to attend this summer. There are many other scattered from the Balkans to Portugal and the Baltic States. There is certainly something for everyone to enjoy from April to the end of September. Which ones are you visiting this year?

 

How to choose your first guitar

There are many ways to go about when you’re discussing getting your first guitar but how can you wait? You want to storm into the store right now and touch them, play them and, probably, get them all.

I know they are all shiny and beautiful. And that sound is amazing! Yes, yes, yes. But let’s not get carried away. Picking your first guitar should not be a hasty decision. You will play it for a couple of years. And when you are sure that playing guitar as a hobby (or perhaps a future profession) is for you, it will be time to upgrade.

So, your first guitar – what is it going to be?

Truthfully, if you haven’t played much yourself, try to find someone who can lend you a guitar. People are not too keen on lending their guitars but if you can find a friend or a club where you can put in at least a few hours with a guitar in your hands before you buy your own, it can save you lots of money. Not to mention the possibility of you realizing that guitars are not your thing after all.

Are you sure you want to buy your first guitar?

If you are, let’s talk about price. Believe me, it’s easy to overspend when you haven’t decided how much you can afford. So, decide what is a reasonable price for you and stuck with it. It mostly depends on how much time have you already played the guitar. The fewer hours, the less sure you are this is a hobby you are going to stick with, the less should you be ready to invest. I’d suggest $100 as a good starting point.

I assume you already know what kind of a guitar you want to play – classical, acoustic or electric? Maybe bass? Hey, I’m not judging. But that is the most important decision you have to make, if you haven’t done it yet.

The next step is to browse through your available options given your budget, and start comparing. You don’t have to put too much emphasis on the brand but Yamaha or Epiphone are good starting points for an acoustic guitar, while Fender is the go-to electric guitar brand for beginners as well as professionals.

As you compare the guitars, pay close attention to the materials the guitar is made of. Of course, there are many opinions but Rosewood seems to be the favorite for all kinds of players. As soon as you have a few guitars in mind, head to the store. Remember, you don’t have to buy anything yet. Test a few guitars, talk to the person behind the counter, ask for advice. Don’t rush your decision. You have all the time in the world.

If the store doesn’t have anything from your list, pick a few guitars and mark your favorites. You can ask for opinions online when you get back home. This way you can be sure that you will get the best first guitar you can.

Does music affect your mood?

I love driving. Whether it’s a freeway or a traffic jam, my playlist keeps me banging my head and playing air guitar. I had the worst days of my life overturned with the very first beats of the right song coming on the radio at the right time. These are genuine moments of happiness for me. And I’m sure I’m not alone.

Does music affect your mood? Of course, but the real question is how.

As current research suggests, music can affect mood, memory, learning and attention. But it is clear that not all people are affected the same way. Think about any office. Some people can be productive no matter what kind of music is playing, others are comfortable only with white noise (people talking in a café, sounds of rain) while some need complete silence to work.

How music affects your brain

But let’s get back to mood. It goes well beyond the simplest explanation that ‘I heard a song I like, therefore my mood improved’. Music touches your brain, all of it. Music affects the limbic system, the prefrontal cortex and the parietal lobe. Music helps your brain release serotonin and dopamine, body’s natural happiness drugs.

That’s why music therapy is so potent. It has been used to help with autism, depression, even stuttering. Even marketing experts closely study music because they know that some tunes will encourage you to feel happier and spend more time in their stores.

The rabbit hole goes even deeper

We all have seen the Rocky movies. We all know how ‘The eye of the tiger’ makes us (and Sylvester Stallone) motivated to take on every challenge the world throws at us. But this goes beyond the song. Music affects the brain waves for way longer than the song lasts. The effect can last for hours and even days.

I know it all sounds very positive and at this point you may be wondering, can music have a negative effect on your mood. Here’s the thing, unless we are being tortured, we don’t normally have to listen to music we don’t like. If we don’t like a certain song, we turn it off. That’s why research on music’s positive effects on our mood overwhelms the negative. But there is some that clearly proves that ‘sad’ music has the opposite effect on us – it makes us less confident in our abilities and more depressed.

Any music works

The most surprising piece of research I’ve found claims that any music can have uplift your spirit. While there are favorites, like Beethoven, Queen, the aforementioned ‘The eye of the tiger’ by the Survivor, any kind of music you like from pop to metal can make you happy. Does that mean there are people that become happy by listening to Rebecca Black’s infamous ‘Friday’?

So, while you don’t have to fix your playlist, pay attention to music that makes you truly happy. But don’t set it as your alarm. Trust me on this.