Don’t Make These 3 Simple Mistakes

As much as I love and enjoy using the S Pen with my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, it’s surprisingly easy to break. If you use your S Pen with a foldable or a tablet, here’s what you don’t want to do.

1 Don’t Carry Your S Pen Without a Case

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When you buy your S Pen as an optional add-on, it comes with a case. At first, I thought this added unnecessary bulk, so I carried mine around loosely in my phone sleeve alongside my phone. This worked well until it didn’t.

What happened, you ask? I believe something pressed against the pen’s nib and broke it. After that, I was left with a pen I couldn’t write with, nor could I remove the nib. It was useless!

I searched around and found a solution on Reddit that worked. However, while removing the broken nib, I ended up damaging some electronics in the S Pen. Now, it doesn’t write reliably, either failing to register that it’s touching the screen or writing on the screen when it’s not actually touching.

So, to avoid a similar situation, make sure you put your S Pen in its case unless your phone has an S Pen slot—like the Galaxy S24 Ultra we reviewed.

2 Don’t Leave the S Pen Lying Around

A broken Fold Edition S Pen on a bed.
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The nice thing about a foldable is that you can get quite a bit done wherever you are, even if that’s in bed. The downside? You can get quite a bit done without getting out of bed.

Here’s my story: I was using Samsung Notes on my Z Fold with the S Pen when I had to run to the bathroom. I put the phone and pen down, then ran off. When I came back, I got back into bed absentmindedly and heard a crunch. The S Pen was curled up in the blankets, directly under my knee. It was a shattered mess.

There was no point in trying to find a Reddit post to help. I had to continue using my phone without the awesome S Pen apps I usually rely on.

Pay attention to where you put your S Pen. If you have a Galaxy Tab, put the S Pen back to the side of the tablet with the magnets that hold it. But if you have a foldable like me with no obvious place for the S Pen, remember to put it down on a table, in your pocket, or back in a bag.

3 Don’t Buy the Wrong S Pen

Two S Pen Fold Edition on a desk
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In case you aren’t aware, there are multiple types of S Pens. Don’t try to use the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s S Pen to write on a Z Fold 5; it won’t work and could damage your very expensive screen. For foldable phones, you need to buy the S Pen Fold Edition.

Okay, so what does that have to do with breaking your stylus? Well, there are multiple variants of the S Pen Fold Edition. The S Pen for the Z Fold 5 and Z Fold 6 have a different design from the S Pen add-on for the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4.

The former is much thinner—so thin that it can bend from everyday use. Will it break from everyday use? Not likely, but it’s more fragile. This is the one I broke with my knee by diving back into bed.

Fortunately, the Z Fold 5 is perfectly compatible with the older S Pen Fold Edition. I personally prefer the older model for other reasons besides durability. It’s a bit thicker and much closer to a regular pen, which makes it much more comfortable to hold. Sadly, it doesn’t fit in the S Pen holder of the Z Fold 4’s case.

Why does this matter? At $50, Samsung’s S Pen isn’t cheap. I don’t feel that bad about how much I spent on my Z Fold 5 since I managed to get it for 50 percent off MSRP. However, spending $100 on broken S Pens? That hurts. So, please don’t make the same mistakes I did.

The 6 Key Differences Between the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Fold 5

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 might not seem like a big upgrade over the Z Fold 5, but Samsung has improved the hardware and added some nifty features to deliver a better experience. Below, we’ll look at the main differences between them.

1 The Z Fold 6 Is Lighter and Slimmer

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is noticeably lighter and slimmer than the Fold 5. To be specific, it’s 1.3mm slimmer when folded (0.5mm thinner when unfolded) and 14 grams lighter. While it’s not the thinnest foldable on the market, it’s the slimmest foldable Samsung makes.

The lighter body will allow you to use the Z Fold 6 more comfortably with one hand. Extended gaming sessions on the big inner screen wouldn’t also be as fatiguing. Similarly, the slimmer design should allow the phone to slip into your pocket easily.

2 Minor Display Improvements

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 unfolded on white table
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A book-style foldable is all about its big inner folding screen. And the Galaxy Z Fold 6 packs two key improvements over the Fold 5 in this area.

While the display size remains the same across both models at 7.6 inches, the Fold 6’s inner screen can reach a peak brightness of 2,600 nits. For comparison, the Fold 5’s display tops out at 1,750 nits. The higher brightness should improve the screen’s visibility when using the phone outdoors under direct sunlight.

The Fold 6’s folding display is also more durable thanks to its “enhanced layers.” Essentially, Samsung has replaced the ultra-thin glass on the folding panel with a foldable thin glass, which is slightly better at withstanding sharp objects and external forces.

The Fold 6 packs one key improvement for the outer display. It has a slightly wider 22.1:9 aspect ratio, making it feel less cramped and ideal for one-handed use. For comparison, the Fold 5’s cover screen measures 6.2 inches with a 23.1:9 aspect ratio,

This is a welcome change since the cramped outer display has been a big issue with previous models. However, the OnePlus Open and the Google Pixel Fold pack an even wider cover display, and Samsung has plenty of room to improve in this area.

3 More Powerful With Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Like the best Android flagships launched in 2024, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. Qualcomm claims this chip is 20 percent more efficient and delivers 30 percent faster CPU performance than its predecessor. This should bode well for the Z Fold 6’s battery life, especially since its capacity remains unchanged at 4,400mAh.

Additionally, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3’s GPU is 25 percent faster and more efficient than the 8 Gen 2 in the Z Fold 5. And to keep the chip cool, the Z Fold 6 packs a 1.6x larger vapor chamber compared to the outgoing model, meaning thermal throttling shouldn’t be a problem despite packing a more powerful chip.

However, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is still a powerful chip, and you might notice the Fold 6’s faster performance only in heavy workloads. RAM and storage options across the two foldables remain the same: 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage.

4 Better Durability With IP48 Rating

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 in-hand (navy)
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A major issue with all foldables is their durability. Due to moving parts and the fragile folding screens, they cannot withstand the same daily abuse as typical smartphones. Samsung has made notable progress in this area over the years.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 has an IPX8 rating, meaning it’s water-resistant for up to 30 minutes in freshwater up to 1 meter. However, Samsung achieved an IP48 rating with the Z Fold 6. The newer model provides limited protection against 1mm or greater solid dust ingress.

While not as good as IP68 certification on today’s flagship smartphones, this is still a notable improvement. If anything, it takes Samsung one step closer to achieving an IP68 rating on its future foldables.

That’s not it, though. In addition to a more durable chassis made with “enhanced Armor Aluminum,” Samsung has strengthened the folding edge to better distribute shocks during a drop or fall.

5 Longer Software Support

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 in Silver and Pink on wooden table
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The Z Fold 6 ships with Android 14-based One UI 6.1.1 and packs some new Galaxy AI features. Earlier in 2024, Samsung rolled out Android 14-based One UI 6.1 to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, which brought Galaxy AI features from the S24 Ultra. And according to SamMobile’s report, Samsung is planning to bring Z Fold 6’s new Galaxy AI features to the Z Fold 5 as well.

Where the two phones differ in software is long-term support. Samsung promised four years of Android upgrades and five years of security updates when it launched the Z Fold 5. So, the phone should receive updates until 2028. However, with the Z Fold 6, Samsung promises seven years of OS and security updates, just like it did for the Galaxy S24 series.

Extended software support is one of the Galaxy Z Fold 6’s best features, as it easily trumps even its competitors with superior hardware and design in this area.

6 Higher Price Tag and New Color Options

Despite all the modest improvements over its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 has a $100 higher price tag. The base model with 256GB of storage now costs $1,899 instead of $1,799. The same $100 price hike applies to the higher storage variants.

With no significant hardware upgrades, the price increase on the Z Fold 6 is hard to justify. You can take advantage of various offers that Samsung runs occasionally to get a better deal, including boosting trade-in values of older devices.

As for colors, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 is available in five colors, all different from the Fold 5. This includes Pink, Navy, Silver Shadow, White, and Crafted Black, with the last two being exclusive colors you can only purchase from Samsung’s website.

If you own the Galaxy Z Fold 5, upgrading to the Fold 6 makes little sense. The improvements are modest and do not immediately stand out. The lighter, more durable chassis, brighter display, and better performance are welcome changes, but they won’t radically improve or benefit your workflow. I’d wait till 2025 to see what Samsung has in store for the Z Fold 7.

This New Browser Is a Productivity Miracle

Key Takeaways

  • Arc Browser enhances productivity with streamlined tabs and bookmarks, a customizable Focus Mode, and easy data import.
  • It boasts high performance, with lower RAM and CPU usage than competitors like Chrome and Edge.
  • Arc Browser is highly customizable, letting you tailor website appearance and sync data across devices.

Browsers like Google Chrome are amazingly versatile, but they can turn into distraction-driving machines when you’re working. Arc Browser is a hot new alternative, and it might be exactly the miracle you need to get productive.

What Is Arc Browser and Why Is It a Productivity Miracle?

Arc Browser is a new web browser that offers a novel approach to surfing the web. While other web browsers are simple to a fault, Arc Browser seeks to address distractions and inefficiency by providing features tailored for productivity.

There are a few things that make Arc Browser stand out. It accommodates and streamlines the habit of having dozens of open tabs by encouraging you to search them rather than to click on them, and it effectively combines bookmarks and open tabs.

Arc Browser also periodically closes and archives any tabs that you don’t pin, effectively giving you a fresh start every 12 hours and preventing an inevitable need for reorganization. (This feature is adjustable and optional, of course.)

Like any other tool, Arc Browser won’t provide a revolutionary increase in productivity if you don’t use it properly. It’s fantastic at eliminating distractions from your digital environment, but it can’t stop you from pursuing them anyway.

If you want a browser that takes a novel approach to tab management and provides a unique outlook on user customization, however, there’s no better option. And considering just how new Arc Browser is, we may see many more incredible features added shortly.

Why Should I Use Arc Browser?

There’s no shortage of reasons to use Arc Browser, but some of its highlights include easy data importing (making the switch simple) and fantastic performance. Here are some of the best characteristics of Arc Browser.

Arc Browser Improves Focus

using split view to focus on multiple tabs with arc browser

One of the best features of Arc Browser is its Focus Mode, which lets you clear out clutter and concentrate better on one subject. You can completely hide the sidebar and activate Focus Mode by pressing Ctrl + S.

When you’re using the sidebar, you’ll find that Arc Browser’s unique approach to tab organization minimizes distractions. The combination of bookmarks and tabs ensures that everything you need is kept close.

If you need to work from two tabs, you can access both while staying in Focus Mode by pressing
Ctrl + T
to add a split view.

Arc Browser Is High-Performing

comparing the performance of different browsers on windows 11

Compared to other browsers, Arc Browser also offers an impressive level of performance. Its RAM usage is typically 50% less intensive than Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome on my Windows 11 PC.

Arc Browser’s CPU usage also tends to be lower, though to a lesser degree. On my system, I found that Arc Browser and Microsoft Edge both usually had near-zero CPU usage (when not loading webpages), while Google Chrome tended to have elevated CPU usage.

Arc Browser Is Customizable

creating a new boost customization in arc browser

One of the most interesting qualities of Arc Browser is how customizable it is. You’re not just limited to customizing your homepage background and taskbar like in other browsers — you can also customize any website you visit.

You can create these website customizations, known as Boosts, by pressing Ctrl + T to open the command/search bar and entering arc://boost/new. Afterward, you’ll be brought to a page that allows you to pick a template or start a new Boost from scratch.

Some of the things you can customize using Boosts include:

  • website color
  • font
  • webpage size
  • light/dark mode
  • contrast, brightness, and saturation
  • custom code
  • layout

Arc Browser Supports Easy Data Import

importing my old browser data into arc browser

Like many other browsers, Arc Browser also makes switching simple through its easy data importing process. You can import bookmarks, passwords, extensions, and even your browser history during setup or at any point afterward through the settings.

Arc Browser supports data import from Chrome, Brave, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Opera GX, and Vivaldi, according to the website. This may vary by OS, as I found that only Edge and Chrome were offered on a Windows 11 system where I also use Firefox.

You can import your data by navigating to Arc > Import from Another Browser and following the prompts that appear.

Bookmarks will be imported as
Pinned Tabs

Arc Browser Is Great for Tab Management

learning about pinned tabs in the sidebar in arc browser

Arc Browser’s novel approach to tab management also makes it a unique (and compelling) option. It’s particularly helpful if you struggle to keep your tabs organized and find yourself frequently derailed by the task of sorting through them.

In essence, Arc Browser closes all tabs (except pinned tabs) every 12 hours. You can change this duration if you wish. Closed tabs are still accessible through your history but, in practice, you may find that you don’t need the majority of your tabs to stay open anyway.

Arc Browser Syncs Between Devices

enabling syncing between devices in arc browser

Beyond closing tabs, Arc Browser also minimizes redundancy by syncing between devices. This is incredibly helpful if you take your work on-the-go, since resuming from exactly where you left off is always as simple as loading the synced tabs from your other device.

There’s no requirement to use Arc Sync if you don’t want to, but the easy access to your spaces, folders, and tabs generally makes it worthwhile. Passwords, history, extensions, and profiles aren’t synced yet, but Arc will likely add support for these soon.

Is Arc Browser Worth Using?

Arc Browser isn’t distinct enough from other browsers to be worthwhile for every user, but its Boosts feature and unique approach to tab management make it worthwhile for users seeking extra customizability or a more dynamic workflow.

If you’ve found yourself even slightly interested, you should give Arc Browser a try. Setup is exceedingly simple and the program is supported on Windows, iOS, and macOS, so you’ll only need to worry about a simple uninstall process if it’s not for you.

How to Start Using Gemini 1.5 Pro for Free

Key Takeaways

  • Gemini 1.5 Pro is a versatile AI model with capabilities like transcription, summarization, and coding. It can handle up to 1 million input tokens efficiently.
  • You can access the free version of Gemini 1.5 Pro with rate limits or subscribe to the paid version of the model to leverage its full capabilities.
  • Alternatively, you can access the AI model if you’re subscribed to Google Advanced.

Google released Gemini 1.5 Pro in February 2024, but the model only became widely available in June 2024. Since then, it has seen rapid adoption, showing just how capable it is. While you’ll need to pay a subscription fee to access its complete suite of features, there is a way you can start using Gemini 1.5 Pro for free today.

What Is Gemini 1.5 Pro?

Gemini 1.5 Pro is a medium-sized model with a range of capabilities, including transcription, summarization, and coding. The model can handle up to 1 million input tokens, allowing it to process massive amounts of data and complex tasks efficiently. However, if you’re looking to leverage the full potential of Gemini 1.5 Pro, you’ll have to subscribe to the paid plan.

The input prices are as follows:

  • $3.50 per 1 million tokens (for prompts up to 128K tokens)
  • $7 per 1 million tokens (for prompts longer than 128K)

The output prices are as follows:

  • $10.50 per 1 million tokens (for prompts up to 128K tokens)
  • $21 per 1 million tokens (for prompts longer than 128K)

While exact numbers vary, Gemini 1.5 Pro’s enormous context window means it can handle more than 500,000 words at a time, with some estimates up to 700,000.

How to Use Gemini 1.5 Pro for Free

Although the version of Gemini 1.5 Pro with a 1 million token limit is behind a paywall, you can access a free version of the model, subject to certain rate limits. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Navigate to the Google AI for Developers page.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Select Google AI Studio from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Sign In to Google AI Studio.
  5. In the right pane, make sure Gemini 1.5 Pro is selected as the AI model.

You can now enter your prompt and view the model’s responses in the window.

Another way to access Gemini 1.5 Pro is if you’re subscribed to Google Advanced, which many compare to ChatGPT 4. While the subscription technically costs $19.99 per month, you get a number of additional perks apart from access to the AI model, such as up to 2TB of storage from Google One and integration with Google Workspace apps. If you’re unsure whether a Google Advanced subscription is the right choice for you, be sure to check if you’re eligible to sign up for a free trial.

What Can You Do With Gemini 1.5 Pro?

Gemini 1.5 Pro is touted as one of Google’s most capable AI models, but what exactly can you do with it? Here are a few things you can use the model for:

  1. Summarization: Whether you want to summarize the key findings from a report or dozens of numerical tables, Gemini 1.5 Pro can leverage its capabilities to extract the most relevant information and outline it in a clear and concise manner.
  2. Audio Transcription: If you need to transcribe meeting notes, Gemini 1.5 Pro can extract relevant speech from your audio clip for transcription while ignoring background sounds.
  3. Comparison: Gemini 1.5 Pro can compare different versions of documents or data sets and highlight any changes, as well as similarities and differences.
  4. Coding: You can also run and edit Python code within Gemini 1.5 Pro. This feature might be especially useful for developers who need to test or generate scripts.

Gemini 1.5 Pro is clearly a powerful AI model with an extensive set of features. While it has “Pro” in the name, don’t let that put you off. There’s plenty you can use Gemini for in your daily life.

Meta AI’s Suggestions Finally Make Instagram Enjoyable Again

While Meta AI is not the most well-rounded AI tool, there is one specific use for it on Instagram that helps me find more content to enjoy: asking Meta AI for posts and accounts about topics I love.

Finding Enjoyable Instagram Content Is Difficult

Lately, it has gotten more difficult to find content you want to see on Instagram. There are more ads taking up space on your home feed than ever. The test of unskippable Instagram ads may even make you want to quit using the platform. Digging through them to get to your friends’ posts or fun Reels is time-consuming. And the Explore Page is equally frustrating sometimes.

I find that my Explore Page shows me content I’ve already seen or even content I’ve already liked. But Meta AI can help you get to the content you want to see more easily.

How to Ask Meta AI to Find Fun Content For You

I have found two main ways to find quality fun content on Instagram using Meta AI. There are obviously tons of ways to interact with Meta AI, but these work the most reliably for me.

1. Ask Meta AI For Creators or Accounts

You can ask Meta AI to list accounts that post certain types of content, so you can follow them and add that content to your home feed. For example, I have a pet corgi, so I asked Meta AI to suggest some popular corgi accounts.

Meta AI will list accounts with clickable links to help you explore the platform. Depending on your search, it may even provide information about the type of content that the account posts.

2. Ask Meta AI for Reels

Meta AI notably won’t suggest static photo posts for some reason, but it is happy to show you tons of Reels. This allows you to tap a Reel to get right into what you want to see. Using my previous example, I asked Meta AI for Reels of corgis.

I could click these Reels within the message to visit them, making it an easy way to browse. I would definitely recommend that you try Meta AI, even if you don’t think you will like it. You can always mute Meta AI after you try it if it doesn’t work out.

Meta AI can connect you with online communities on Instagram that you will enjoy seeing and becoming part of. It is a great tool for widening your Instagram use beyond just seeing friends’ photos.

7 Features That Make the Galaxy Z Flip 6 Worth Buying

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 is one of Samsung’s flagship folding phones for 2024, competing against the likes of Motorola Razr and Razr+ (2024). Here, we’ll discuss all the standout features it offers that make it worth your hard-earned money.

1 The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Processor


If you’re looking to buy a new smartphone in 2024 and are hoping to get value for your money, performance is one factor you shouldn’t compromise on.

Like Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S24 Ultra, the Z Flip 6 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip. According to Qualcomm’s claims, the chip offers a 30% increase in CPU performance and a 25% enhancement in GPU performance compared to the 8 Gen 2 in the Z Flip 5.

2 Galaxy AI Features

Interpreter Mode working in two Galaxy Z Flip 6 models side by side

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 has all the best Galaxy AI features that Samsung introduced alongside the Galaxy S24 series. However, Samsung’s foldable lineup has a few new additions. One such example is the Photo Ambient feature, which allows you to set AI-powered wallpapers that change based on the time and weather.

Another Galaxy AI feature, called Interpreter, now works in Flex Mode. This feature essentially turns your device into a real-time translator, allowing both participants in a conversation to see translations simultaneously on both the main screen and the cover display.

Lastly, Samsung has added a Sketch to Image feature that generates realistic images from your sketches or drawings. You can also draw on top of the pictures you’ve taken to add realistic objects with ease.

3 12GB of RAM

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 back panels (all colors)
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Considering high-end Android phones nowadays ship with 12GB of RAM, we’re glad to see Samsung including 12GB as standard on the Z Flip 6. So, whether you go with the 256GB or 512GB storage variant, you get the same amount of RAM>

Coupled with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, you can already imagine how powerful this phone would be. It’s also the first phone in the Z Flip line to feature a vapor chamber, ensuring it stays cool during heavy-duty tasks like gaming and running multiple apps simultaneously.

Nonetheless, you can rest assured that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 can not only meet all your multitasking needs but also exceed your expectations.

4 4,000mAh Battery

Even though the Galaxy Z Flip 6 isn’t any thinner than its predecessor, it packs a slightly larger 4,000mAh battery. Also, since the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip is 20-25 percent more efficient than the 8 Gen 2, the Z Flip 6 should easily last you through the day. Hopefully, battery life is the last thing you’ll need to worry about with the Z Flip 6.

5 50MP Main Camera

Camera quality has always been one of the major downsides of flip phones. Thankfully, Samsung has addressed this with the Z Flip 6 by adding a 50MP wide-angle primary camera, which is the same as the one on the Galaxy S24.

Another meaningful AI feature you get has to do with the device’s camera. With Auto Zoom, FlexCam can now automatically detect the subject of an image and find the best frame by zooming in and out.

The Galaxy Z Flip 6 also uses Samsung’s ProVisual Engine, which allows you to capture images with incredible detail, even in low-light conditions.

6 IP48 Dust and Water Resistance

While an IP68 dust and water-resistance rating isn’t uncommon in the smartphone world, you’ll seldom come across a foldable phone offering it. The Galaxy Z Flip 6 breaks this barrier with an IP48 rating, meaning it’s not only water-resistant but also the first to offer some degree of dust resistance.

The IP48 rating provides protection from foreign particles larger than 1mm. While it isn’t the dust resistance rating we’ve been hoping for, it’s certainly better than what we’ve seen in other IPX8-rated flip phones.

7 Software Updates for Seven Years

In 2024, Samsung followed Google and extended the software support for its high-end phones to seven years. As a result, like the Galaxy S24 series, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 will also receive seven years of major Android upgrades and security updates. So, if you tend to keep your phones for a long time, the Galaxy Z Flip 6 could last you until 2031 with proper care.

Although we won’t say that the Galaxy Z Flip 6 is a revolutionary release in the world of foldable devices, it’s still an excellent option if you’re looking to purchase your first foldable phone. Samsung’s long-term software support ensures you won’t need to upgrade to a newer phone due to outdated software.

You Can Now Make In-Game Recordings on Steam

Key Takeaways

  • Steam has launched a Game Recording beta to allow users to record gameplay within the Steam client.
  • Access the feature by enabling the beta in client settings, then use Shift + Tab in-game to start recording.
  • While the tool is in beta and lacks advanced features, it offers a simple recording solution without requiring third-party apps.

Have you ever wanted to record your gameplay for Steam games but don’t want to deal with a third-party app? Steam’s Game Recording beta lets you record from right within the Steam client.

Steam Launches Game Recording Beta

Steam announced the launch of its Game Recording beta in July 2024. The tool is built into Steam’s overlay, which you can access by pressing Shift + Tab while playing a Steam game.

While the tool is still in beta, it’s still packed with various features including the ability to share clips and find highlights. Like other tools that let you record gameplay, Steam includes timeline highlights to help you find moments that matter.

Here’s all you need to know about getting access to the feature and how to use it.

How to Access Steam’s Game Recording Feature

To try out the feature, you will need to enable the beta in Steam’s client. To do this, open Steam, go to the top header bar, and click on Steam > Settings.

Once you’ve opened your settings, head to the Interface tab. Under the heading that says Client Beta Participation, click on the dropdown menu and select Steam Beta Update.

You will also see the Steam Families beta here, but it looks like you can only opt into one beta at a time. You will also need to restart Steam after selecting a beta so that the relevant tools can be made available.

How to Use Game Recording on Steam

Once you’ve restarted Steam with the beta selected, you will be able to access the Game Recording tool. After opening a game, press Shift + Tab to open the Steam Overlay. You will see a popup with the new Game Recording tool and can click on Get started to start using the tool.

accessing steam overlay with recording feature

This will open a popup introducing the Game Recording beta and its features. Click on Got it to start adjusting your settings.

getting started with game recording settings on steam

By default, game recording is set to Off/Don’t Record. To enable the feature, select Record in background or Record on demand. You can also set the length of your recordings and where Steam should store clips.

game recording settings on steam

When you’ve recorded clips in games, you can access them by going to the game listing in your Library and scrolling down to Recordings and Screenshots. The updated window is where your Screenshots would usually be located on your profile.

Click on Manage my recordings and screenshots to access a folder with your recent media from the game. You can then edit the recording by selection portions you would like to clip and share.

game recording on steam with clip option

Is Steam’s Game Recording Feature Any Good?

Since it’s in beta, the game recording tool is still in its early stages. For those who want to record long sessions or capture clips using Steam’s overlay, this is a simple tool that doesn’t require third-party software.

However, if you’re likely to forget you’re recording, you’d want a gameplay recording app like Outplayed that triggers when you hit certain milestones or events in games.

With Steam’s recording tool, game-added markers that signify highlights are only available for “timeline-enhanced games”. When I used the tool with Baldur’s Gate 3, no specific fights or events were highlighted on the recording’s timeline.

However, when I got an achievement in Apex Legends, a marker appeared on the recording timeline. Unfortunately, it did not highlight kills during the game.

Hopefully Valve continues to update the tool and we see more games with timeline enhancements that help flesh out the feature more. Right now it’s a useful tool, but is easily outmatched by other feature-rich game recording apps.

6 Features That Make the Galaxy Z Fold 6 the Best Foldable Phone

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 6 at its Galaxy Unpacked event in July 2024. Despite facing stiff competition from Google and OnePlus, these features make Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 6 the best foldable phone you can buy today.

1 Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Chip

A flagship foldable phone should pack the best possible chip, and Samsung does not skimp in this area. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip for flagship-level CPU and GPU performance. The Z Fold 6 features a bigger vapor chamber than its predecessor, which should also ensure better-sustained performance and heat dissipation.

The powerful Snapdragon chip is coupled with 12GB of RAM, so your apps should remain in memory for longer in the background. And while the base model ships with 256GB of storage, you can opt for the 1TB variant to ensure you never run out of storage space for all your favorite apps and games.

More importantly, the Qualcomm chip ships with a Snapdragon X75 modem, which is among the best basebands for mobile devices. It supports a wide range of 5G and 4G LTE bands, ensuring the Fold 6 can latch onto a network even in areas with spotty coverage.

If you want a foldable phone for effortless multitasking or gaming, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 has the raw horsepower to handle whatever you throw at it. This is backed by a 4,400mAh cell with 25W wired fast charging and 15W wireless charging support.

2 Samsung’s Thinnest Foldable Yet

A major issue with Samsung’s Z Fold line so far is the bulky design. With the Galaxy Z Fold 6, the company is addressing this problem to a large extent. It’s the thinnest and lightest Z Fold yet, measuring 12.1mm thick when folded and weighing 239g. When unfolded, the device is only 5.6mm thick.

For comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 measures 13.4mm and weighs 253g. The OnePlus Open, the only other major book-style foldable available in the US, also weighs 239g. However, it’s slightly thinner than Samsung’s offering, with an 11.7mm waistline.

A lighter body should make the Galaxy Z Fold 6 more comfortable to hold for an extended period.

3 IP48 Dust and Water Resistance

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 in-hand (navy)
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The best Android smartphones nowadays have an IP68 rating, making them dust and water-resistant. However, such IP ratings are not common in the foldable world. The Galaxy Z Fold 6 raises the bar slightly higher with its IP48 certification.

While previous Galaxy Z Folds were water-resistant, the Fold 6 is the first to have a dust protection rating. It’s still not fully dust-resistant, as the IP4x rating only protects from foreign particles larger than 1mm.

Besides the IP rating, Samsung uses a more durable chassis on its new book-style foldable with “enhanced Armor Aluminium.” The company also claims to have strengthened the folding edge to better distribute shocks from external impacts. Given how durability is a concern with folding phones, these are small yet noteworthy improvements.

4 2,600 Nits of Brightness for Outdoor Use

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 unfolded on wooden table with Buds 3 Pro
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A folding phone is all about the convenience of packing a big screen in a compact form factor. Unsurprisingly, the quality of the big, folding screen plays an integral part in this. The Galaxy Z Fold 6’s inner screen excels in this area.

The 7.6-inch 120Hz panel can hit a claimed peak brightness of 2,600 nits. This ensures it’s bright enough for outdoor use, even under direct sunlight. And since it’s an LTPO panel, it can ramp down its refresh rate to as low as 1Hz when showing static content to save battery life.

Plus, Samsung says it uses “enhanced layers” on the folding screen to reduce the crease visibility and improve durability. Considering the delicate nature of folding screens, any improvement in this area is always welcome.

Another highlight of the Z Fold 6’s folding screen is S Pen support. While the foldable does not ship with the stylus, you can purchase one separately and use it for sketching, doodling, and more.

5 New Galaxy AI Features

Samsung has been at the forefront of integrating AI into its smartphones and other devices with Galaxy AI.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is no exception, packing all the best Galaxy AI features that debuted on the Galaxy S24 series, like Circle to Search and Live Translate. The latter is getting even better on the Fold 6 with support for third-party apps.

For an even better experience, Samsung is introducing new Galaxy AI features on its latest book-style foldable. “Sketch to image” uses generative AI to convert your S Pen sketches into life-like images. For example, you can doodle a balloon on your child’s photo, and Sketch to image could replace it with a life-like picture.

Interpreter mode gets a new Conversation option that transcribes and translates speech from both parties in a conversation and shows it on the Galaxy Z Fold 6’s inner and outer screens. The feature supports 16 languages across 23 dialects.

Like the Galaxy S24 and other premium Samsung phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 6 gets free access to Galaxy AI until the end of 2025.

6 Seven Years of Software Updates

You may find foldable phones with better design and specs than the Galaxy Z Fold 6. However, Samsung’s offering trumps them all with its long-term software support.

Samsung promises seven years of OS and security updates for the Z Fold 6, besting every other foldable on the market. Even better, the Korean giant is among the first companies to update its premium devices to the latest monthly security patch and a new Android release. Theoretically, Samsung’s promise means the Z Fold 6 will receive updates until mid-2031.

If you buy a smartphone in 2024, extended software support should be a prerequisite, and Samsung’s foldable delivers in this area.

Although Samsung hasn’t reinvented the wheel with the Galaxy Z Fold 6, all the key features mentioned above add up to deliver a great overall experience. If you already own a foldable, the Z Fold 6 is not worth upgrading to. But if you want to purchase your first book-style foldable, you can’t go wrong with Samsung’s offering.

These 6 AI Tools Give You Real Job Interview Practice

Acing your job interview requires much more than a solid set of skills and experience. To land that dream job, you’ll need to present your best self and convince your interviewer that you’re the right person for it.

Thankfully, there are several tools that use AI to provide realistic interview practice that will help you perform at your best.

Zilta is an AI interviewer that conducts mock behavioral interviews and provides detailed feedback to help you improve.

To get started, enter your role, job description, and company. The AI then uses these details to ask some initial questions, which it follows with further questions based on your answers.

You can answer these questions by recording your audio, but the Premium plan provides an option for video as well.

After the interview, Zilta shares detailed, well-rounded feedback. Besides the content of your answers, it also comments on your speech and delivery. For example, it can highlight the excessive use of filler words. This helps you improve your answers and avoid common interview mistakes.

Perhaps the only downside is that you can practice just one interview for free.

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Huru is another tool that is available online as well as a mobile application. It has pre-made interview questions for over 2,000 job roles. But you can practice for any job listed on sites like Indeed or LinkedIn by installing the Huru Chrome extension, generating a QR code on your desktop, and scanning it with the mobile app.

As you answer its questions, Huru records your video and displays it during evaluation so you can assess your expressions and body language.

After the interview, Huru provides an analysis, discussing the accuracy of each answer alongside your grammar, speech quality, and confidence. It also suggests ideal answers and tips for better responses.

While it does help you with interview practice, there are a few drawbacks. First, it shows the questions and asks if you’re ready to answer. This gives you more time to think than you’d get in a real interview. Second, Huru does its analysis after every answer, which can take a long time and breaks the flow. It provides only one interview as a free trial.

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Interview School conducts mock interviews using its AI coach. It has a large number of pre-built interviews, but also lets you create a custom one. The existing library includes interviews for specific companies as well. For example, you can practice for the role of a Financial Analyst at Amazon.

To make your practice more realistic, it not only records your video but also shows an animated, human-like interviewer.

One of the things it could improve is the quality of questions. Most questions it asked me were quite basic and followed a similar theme. But you can solve this by creating a custom interview.

On a free plan, it does save your interview video for you to assess, but doesn’t provide detailed feedback using AI. Instead, it just shares an overall grade.

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If you’re looking for a free AI tool to practice for your interviews, Ava by Wizco is a great option. It covers both behavioral and technical questions in a single session.

It begins your practice session by asking for details about the job you’re applying for. This includes your field, role, company, job responsibilities, and professional background. Based on these, it generates and asks personalized questions. It can even follow up on your answer, asking you to share more details or specific examples.

The best part about Wizco is its detailed feedback report. First, it provides an overall summary and score, rating your attitude, confidence, communication, and knowledge based on your answers. Then it assesses each response, giving it a score out of 10, analyzing your tone and providing key takeaways.

On the downside, Ava by Wizco doesn’t record your video. So if you’re looking to assess your body language as well, it’s perhaps not for you.

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STAR Method is a technique to answer interview questions by describing the situation, task, action, and results. This simplified framework not only helps you highlight your experience but also provides a coherent way to communicate your thoughts.

If you’re trying to prepare interview answers using this technique, STAR Method Coach can help you perfect your responses. The best thing about this tool is that there are multiple ways it can generate questions. It has pre-made question lists for different job roles, companies, and skills. But it can also generate customized questions based on your resume or job description. And you can even supply the questions you want it to ask.

Once the questions are ready, you can choose between two modes: mock interview and guided conversation.

The guided conversation mode first asks you to answer the question. It then evaluates your answer and helps you to improve it, ensuring that it appropriately follows each element of the STAR framework. For instance, it asked me to provide more details about the situation part. After your answer is complete, it gives a score and feedback.

During the Mock Interview mode, STAR Method Coach asks follow-up questions with no assistance, more accurately replicating up a real interview.

Overall, I liked this tool because of the detailed follow-up questions it asks (which you will typically encounter during any interview), but there is no option to record your video.

If you found the STAR method useful, you can use these STAR templates to organize your answers.

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interviewsbyai is a simple tool to help you practice for interviews, using AI to generate questions and provide feedback. It asks you to paste the job description and then generates customized technical and behavioral questions.

You can answer these questions both by speaking or typing. After each response, the tool provides feedback and a sample answer so you can assess your performance. Once you’ve completed the interview, it again shows a summary for each question, highlighting the positives and negatives of your answer.

On a free plan, you can practice just three questions per month, so it’s more like a trial account.

From asking personalized questions to providing actionable feedback, these AI interview coaches offer you an excellent opportunity to practice. They can help you think on your feet and face tricky follow-up questions. But there are a few common interview questions you should prepare for beforehand.

Why I Never Delete Old Photos From My Phone

Key Takeaways

  • Unlimited storage options, including cloud storage and hard drives, make deleting photos unnecessary.
  • Photos of all kinds can spark memories and emotions many years later, including those you deem unimportant.
  • Old photos can be used in future creative projects or as historical records, and you simply don’t know what shots will prove useful.

The majority of people take multiple photos on their smartphone every day. And many more when on vacation or trip, at an event, or doing something more interesting than existing. Which means that the number of photos on your phone can massively increase over time.

However, despite this, I don’t delete any photos from my phone (beyond the blurry shots or those taken by mistake), and I heartily recommend that you never delete any photos from your phone either. Here are the reasons why…

Unlimited Storage Means Deleting Photos Is Unnecessary

The primary reason why I opt not to delete any photos from my phone is that there’s really no need to these days. Between cloud storage and (the many forms of) physical storage, there should be more than enough room for you to save every single photo you shoot from now until the end of time.

I personally own a Google Pixel and use Google Photos to store and organize my photos. Now, it is true that Google only offers a limited amount of cloud storage for free, with everyone able to rack up 15GB of content across Gmail, Photos, Drive, etc. I’m actually getting quite close to filling those 15GBs, but I still won’t be deleting photos. That’s because I have other options going forward.

I can pay Google a couple of dollars every month for masses more storage, or I can back my photos up to a physical hard drive and delete them from Google’s servers. I would rather do either of these latter options than delete photos from my phone and potentially erase a memory I can never revisit.

You Cannot Predict What Photos Will Spark a Memory

As I addressed in my article looking at why I never delete digital photos, you never know which photos will spark a memory years after they were taken. So that miscued shot that you could have decided to delete immediately could end up being a source of nostalgia many years later.

Photos are obviously snapshots of moments in time. But interestingly, it’s almost impossible to predict what photos will spark emotions when viewed at a later date. As an experiment, scroll casually through your camera roll now and mentally note which photos spark a memory.

Yes, the usual suspects will likely do that job; a photo of you and your partner smiling, your parents in their younger days, or a pet being cute. However, a picture of a building that summed up a cracking vacation, or a picture of a meal that made your mouth water can also do the job. Therefore, you’d be foolish to delete those photos that may seem unimportant when you’re scrolling through your shots.

The Subjects You Capture Will Not Always Be There

This is a tough aspect to write about, but the fact is that the people, places, and things you’re taking photos of today may not be there tomorrow. The most obvious example being photos of people who then pass away or leave your life for another reason.

As someone who has lost loved ones, any photos I have of those people that have passed are like gold dust. Unfortunately, I didn’t take enough photos of them while they were alive, but those I did take are important for obvious reasons. Therefore, I’m glad I never deleted any of those photos after shooting them; even those that are clearly far from perfect in terms of composition or quality.

Less important examples, but ones worth mentioning, are places and things. Those innocuous photos you shoot of your local town may, in time, prove to be important historical records as your town changes. As could that random shot of a new piece of technology you took as you opened it in a state of excitement.

You Never Know When Photos Might Come in Handy

Beyond the nostalgia and emotional support that old photos can offer, another reason to keep hold of them is the option of using shots in future creative projects. Whether that’s scrapbooking, digital art, or even gifts for a loved one. After all, you may have nieces, nephews, or even grandchildren in the future.

As you grow older and your hobbies and interests change, you may find yourself becoming more creative and needing access to old photos for a project. Childhood photos of an adult are a classic example, as they can be used to celebrate someone’s milestone birthday.

That photo of something unimportant that, right now, may seem surplus to requirements, could be a key element of a future project. You may not ever use it, but you may do, and it’s better to have a stock of your own original images rather than rely on other sources.

Tips for Those Who Decide Not to Delete Smartphone Photos

Now that you know why I never delete photos from my phone, and why I think you should follow suit, here are some tips to consider…

  • Never deleting anything means that organizing your photos becomes even more important. So, employ folders and albums as much as you can, sorting your photos in logical ways.
  • Don’t take the “Never” too literally. If I accidentally hit the shutter button and take a photo of the ground, I delete it. As I do with overly blurry shots where the subject is unrecognizable.
  • Try not shooting as many photos in the first place. Start thinking like an old-school photographer with a limited number of exposures, and shoot more carefully in the first place.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to never delete photos off of your phone. And, given the range of storage options available these days, there is no need to do so either.