Posted on March 17, 2018
With all the bells and whistles available these days, it’s hard for a new smartphone to create buzz. But the Galaxy S9 does just that. Ringing in with a number of notable innovations, the S9 proves there is still room to push the envelope in the smartphone space.
The Galaxy S9 includes a groundbreaking camera that adjusts to light like the human eye, a brighter, more colorful, more durable display and an updated design that gives you the full-frontal screen Samsung is famous for in a package that’s easier than ever to wield with one hand.
The Galaxy S9 is now available from CREDO Mobile. Let’s take a look at the highlights.
The S9 has a 12-megapixel rear camera that sets a new standard for smartphone photography. It’s the first dual-aperture camera in a phone, working much the same way as a standalone point-and-shoot camera. It adapts automatically to available light to deliver clear photos with no adjustment necessary.
Outdoors on a sunny day, the S9 narrows the aperture to avoid overexposure. Indoors at night, it automatically opens the aperture to let in more light. After you snap, the S9 deploys improved signal processing to reduce image noise and produce fine detail in almost every picture. The camera app even has a “food” mode that slightly boosts saturation to make colors warmer and the food look more tempting.
The Galaxy S9’s front camera is 8 megapixels with autofocus capability. The S9 shoots 4K video at 60 frames per second, as well as slow-motion video and super slow-mo.
The S9’s edge-to-edge screen is like a little infinity pool in your palm. The 5.8-inch OLED display renders vibrant colors and sharp images. Peak brightness has been stepped up to 605 nits, which is 10 percent brighter than the Samsung Note 8’s 540 nits. Turn on the auto brightness function and contrast increases when you’re outside so you can see what’s on your screen even in full sun. DisplayMate called the S9 screen “the best-performing smartphone display” it’s ever tested, citing its higher color accuracy, increased brightness and improved visibility outdoors.
Last year’s Galaxy S8 placed the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone to the right of the camera lens, rather than at the center. This bothered some users accustomed to a centered sensor because they kept pressing their finger to the camera lens by mistake. The S9 moves the sensor to the center and solves that glitch.
You can also open your homescreen via the phone’s novel combination of face recognition and iris scan. If face recognition needs help, iris scan steps in to verify you—and vice versa. This means your phone can ID you even in low light. Or you can open the S9 the old-fashioned way, with a tap, pattern, PIN or password.
If you use your S9 for work, you’ll appreciate Samsung Knox, a security feature that keeps personal and work data apart. This means you don’t have to carry a separate, secure “work” phone with you wherever you go.
The Galaxy S9 is built to fit comfortably in one hand. It features curved glass on the front and back, which makes it easy to hold. But if you do drop it, Samsung built the S9 with improved impact protection. The body transfers 20 percent less shock to the glass display if it hits the ground.
The S9 comes with IP68 water and dust resistance: the 6 means it’s dust-tight and the 8 means it’s protected against submersion in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. (In case you’re wondering, the IP stands for International Protection Rating.)
The Galaxy S9 has a headphone jack, which is an increasingly rare feature in a flagship smartphone these days. For listening without headphones, it has a pair of impressively loud stereo speakers—one top, one bottom—tuned by AKG Harman and enhanced with Dolby Atmos surround sound.
The Galaxy S9 is equipped with the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which is one of the fastest mobile chips on the market. That means better performance—fluid gaming, quick multitasking and no more waiting around while an app launches or a website loads.
The S9 battery offers all-day life and support for fast charging and wireless charging, although you have to buy separate chargers for both those functions.
For storage, the phone comes with 64GB built in. For more storage, there is a microSD card slot that gives you up to 400GB of expandable storage.
If you’re a current CREDO Mobile member, sign into Member Services and order the new Samsung S9.
New CREDO Mobile customers shop here.
Posted on March 14, 2018
On Saturday, March 24, students from across the country will be leading the March for Our Lives. They, their families and their communities will take to the streets in Washington, D.C. and cities across the U.S. to demand gun control and directly challenge the NRA.
If you plan to join the march—or just want to show your support—we have protest posters available for download here.
Since the Parkland shooting, the NRA has been under relentless scrutiny. Corporate partners have been abandoning the NRA in droves. And people all over the country have been publicizing and criticizing the amount of money their representatives have taken from the NRA. The March for Our Lives will be a powerful chance to build on this momentum.
For years, CREDO members have taken action to stand up to the NRA and advocate for gun control. Since Parkland, more than 280,000 people have signed our petition telling Republicans that they have to offer more than thoughts and prayers in the face of our gun violence epidemic. And we’ll be joining the March for Our Lives to amplify those demands and continue to challenge the NRA.
We hope you’ll join us—and bring your poster. See you there!
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Posted on March 13, 2018
Have you ever glanced at your phone screen and seen that you’ve a missed call—or three or seven? Argh! How did this happen? You didn’t even hear your phone ring. In fact, you’re quite sure it didn’t ring.
Before you trek back to the store to seek help from a phone genius, check the silent switch. Certain smartphone models have a small silent switch located on the top left side, just above the volume up/down buttons. It’s there so you can quickly turn off the ringer (and other alerts) and put your phone in vibrate-only mode—when you’re in a restaurant, say, or watching a film.
But it’s all too easy to move the switch to the off position by accident and miss incoming calls.
Here’s how it works. When the switch is pushed down, away from the screen, your phone is in silent mode and the switch shows orange. Onscreen, you’ll briefly see a bell icon with a line through it . When in silent mode, the alarms you set in the Clock app will still sound and calls from Favorite contacts will still ring. When the silent switch is up, toward the screen, the ringer is on. Onscreen, you’ll briefly see a bell icon .
So keep your eyes on the switch and your ears open. You’ll never miss a call by accident again.
Posted on March 12, 2018
The global order is changing, and 2018 represents a critical juncture. Mercy Corps’ CEO Neal Keny-Guyer addresses conflict, climate change and other issues that are affecting families around the world:
You’ve noted that we’re living in a time of unprecedented confluence of complex crises around the world – in places like Syria, Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Are these distinct events, or are they linked by larger forces?
The big force that’s laying the foundation for many of the crises we see today is conflict. As the World Bank has said, conflict is the number one driver of extreme poverty in the world. Twenty million people are at risk of famine because of conflict.
There’s no algorithm we could write that would magically reduce conflict. At Mercy Corps, we take great pride in the fact that we focus on the root causes. We’ve seen time and time again that you can bring people together from different tribes, religious backgrounds and sects, and if you can engage the leaders – and particularly the women and young people – you can make progress.
What you can’t do is put your head in the sand and believe these problems are magically going to go away. We are living through one of the great inflection points of our times. For the last 250 to 300 years, the locus of economic and political power has been centered in the West. That’s shifting. The global order is changing.
How has the thinking evolved around the role of conflict and violence in hunger?
During my lifetime, one of the great success stories has been the reduction in the number of people who go to bed hungry. The Green Revolution, gender equality, and investments in seeds, science and markets have made a huge difference. Read More
Posted on March 9, 2018
Travel season is almost here. Your bags are packed and your itinerary is airtight, but what about your mobile device? Check out these helpful tips that will make it easier for you to stay connected while travelling internationally.
Set up your device for international travel
If you would like to use your CREDO Mobile service for talk and text while abroad, you can conveniently set up your device for international travel use through our member services portal. We recommend setting it up at least 48 hours in advance of your trip to ensure all updates are in effect before your departure. If you are taking multiple devices, please follow these steps with each device you plan to take. You will only need to go through these steps once per device. That way, if you travel internationally in the future, you are all set.
Keep in mind that CREDO Mobile does not offer access to data internationally. Free access to Wi-fi can be found in many locations, though if you would prefer to have regular access to data, we recommend you purchase a local SIM card. See our Local SIM card use tips below.
To set up your device for talk and text while abroad, follow these steps:
- Login to Member Services
- Under Quick Links, select change services.
- Under International Calling, select Enable International Calling
- Under International Roaming, select International Voice & Text Roaming
- Keep in mind that both features must be selected in order for international service to work outside of the US.
- Click Add Services to Cart
- Click Review Cart
- Review your New Order Summary, then click Continue.
- Once you have thoroughly reviewed your order and the international roaming disclosure, click Place Order.
If you are having trouble setting your device up for international use, please contact our customer support team at 800-411-0848 for additional assistance.
Local SIM card use
If you know you’ll need regular access to data while traveling, purchasing a SIM card from a local provider may be the way to go. You may find it’s easier and less expensive to purchase a SIM card for international use once you’ve arrived at your destination.
If you do decide to use a local SIM card, please note that you will be paying another service provider for your text and data usage, not CREDO Mobile.
Tips for purchasing and using an international SIM card:
- Purchase your SIM card from a confirmed carrier retail location. This will allow you to ask carrier representatives questions, and receive any additional support you may need.
- Insert your SIM card properly. Check out this short video on how to select the right sized SIM, and insert it into your device.
- Be sure to retain your CREDO Mobile SIM card. You’ll need to re-insert it once you return to the U.S.
Other tips for international travel
Protect your device
CREDO’s Mobile Protection Plan can help protect your device should it be damaged, lost, or stolen during your trip.
Not all connections can be trusted, so be sure to use Wi-fi safely. To ensure you’re making a safe connection, and that your information and privacy are protected:
Use verified networks. Many hotels and retailers offer free Wi-fi access, just be sure you are connecting to the right network.
- Update your passwords prior to your trip.
- If you need to, make any app or software updates before your trip.
- Avoid online purchases if possible.
Don’t lose power while you’re on the road. Be sure you have an adapter that will allow you to charge your device safely. There are a number of versatile adapters that will work in multiple countries.
Support while traveling internationally
For security reasons, we block access to our websites from international traffic to protect our members safety. Therefore you will not be able to access the CREDO Mobile website or Member Services portal. Should you find yourself needing support while traveling, you may contact us at [email protected] or use the following number to contact our team: +1-571-730-5554.
Victory: Climate change denier Kathleen Hartnett White will not lead the Council on Environmental Quality
Thanks in part to the amazing activism by CREDO members, Trump withdrew the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White — who has a long history of climate denial and racist views — to lead the Council on Environmental Quality.
Nearly 175,000 CREDO supporters signed a petition urging the Senate to reject her nomination, and a CREDO video of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse running circles around her lack of knowledge of science and the environment garnered more than 2.5 million views.
This climate change denier has no business running the Council on Environmental Quality.
Sign the petition if you agree: http://credo.cm/uGYUfd
Posted by CREDO Mobile on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
We must never stop resisting Trump’s disgraceful regime, and your continued activism will ensure we will win even more victories in the future.
When Democrats in Washington stick to their progressive values and stand up for what’s right, CREDO is among the first in line to publicly give them credit.
But when anyone, including Democrats, actively undermines or attacks progressive values, we will not hesitate to hold them accountable.
So recently, when some troubling actions by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) — the campaign arm of House Democrats that raises tens of millions and provides vital support for Democratic candidates — came to our attention, we knew we had to act – by working with our friends at Justice Democrats and Our Revolution to launch an urgent online campaign and full public relations push to call out the DCCC.
Activism works. Thanks to the more than 178,000 CREDO members who took action and local leaders fighting on the ground in New Mexico, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke canceled the proposed oil and gas lease sale in Chaco Canyon set for March 8.
Trump and his fossil fuel regime were ready to hand over drilling rights near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park to the fossil fuel industry by putting up nearly 4,500 acres of land for sale in Greater Chaco, some of which lay within a critical buffer zone threatening sacred 1,000-year-old Puebloan artifacts and structures of immense cultural, historical and tribal value.
We couldn’t have won this victory without the activism by CREDO members, our environmental allies and local tribal leaders – so thank you to everyone who made their voices heard.
Within hours of the horrific massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — which took the lives of 17 people — Republican politicians were issuing their well-rehearsed “thoughts and prayers” social media posts and rejecting any calls for serious gun control reforms that would prevent these killings in the future.
But the very next day, the brave Parkland survivors took action. And in the weeks since the shooting, they have taken to the halls of the Florida legislature, Congress and the White House to call out the true enabler of these repeated mass killings: the National Rifle Association.
In response, the NRA has dug in its heels, rejecting any form of common sense gun reform and even empowering dangerous conspiracy theories to discredit the survivors. But the momentum for real gun control is on our side. Since Parkland, corporate partners have been abandoning the NRA in droves. And people all over the country have been publicizing and criticizing the amount of money their representatives have taken from the NRA.
CREDO stands with the Parkland students and everyone else who is ready to fight for real gun control and call out the NRA for its complicity in gun deaths and gun violence.
Here are five ways you can take action right now to stop the NRA: Read More
Posted on March 6, 2018
One consequence of human-caused climate change is extreme weather, including more intense heat waves. And a consequence of that is higher energy use at home. For example, a 2015 study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences estimated that a boom in air conditioning use alone over the rest of this century will nearly double residential electricity consumption.
This is what’s known as a positive feedback loop – and it’s a problem. If you want to be part of the solution, here are 10 easy ways to reduce power use in your house or apartment, five for the winter and five for the summer.
In the winter
- Turn down the thermostat. Lower your thermostat at night – you know this already, but you might not know how much energy you can save with this simple step. You can cut 1 percent from your heating bill for each degree you set back your thermostat, according to the Department of Energy. Turn it back for 8 hours every night and you can reduce your bill up to 10 percent per year.
- Use your windows wisely. During the day, open the curtains or blinds on any windows that receive sunlight and free heat will shine in. At night, close the curtains to keep heat in. When drawn during cold weather, most conventional curtains can reduce heat loss by up to 10 percent, says the DOE.
- Close the doors to unused rooms. If there are rooms in your home you don’t use a lot, don’t spend heat on them. Instead, close them off. Shut the vents in those rooms, as well as the doors, and it will take less energy to heat the rest of your home. Also: use an old towel to block the gap under exterior doors. A one-eighth inch gap under a door will let in as much cold air as a 2.4-inch hole in your wall.
- Insulate your radiator. If you have a radiator against a wall, cover the wall in foil. This will prevent heat escaping and reflect it back into the room. You can buy foil made for this purpose, or you can use plain-old aluminum foil. Also: large furniture will absorb heat from the radiator, so move it away (unless you’re sitting in it).
- Cover bare floors. Bare floors can pull as much as 10 percent of the heat out of your home. Cover them with rugs or carpeting to you save heat – and keep your feet cozy.
In the summer
- Close your curtains. Shut your curtains or blinds to keep out the heat during the day. Doing this can reduce heat gain by 45 percent, according to the DOE. Curtains are not as effective as blinds, but even a medium-color curtain with white plastic on the back can cut heat gain by 33 percent.
- Set your AC higher. If you use air conditioning, set it at the highest temperature you can tolerate comfortably. You’ll save 10 percent percent a year on your cooling bill by setting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees higher for 8 hours each day. Also: AC will not cool a room faster if you crank it down. Dialing the thermostat to 60 won’t get you to 70 any quicker. You’ll just waste extra energy and money.
- Make a personal AC. Put a bowl of ice in front of an electric fan. The fan will blow the cold air in your direction and keep you cool. This uses a lot less energy than air conditioning. Also: using a fan without ice will allow you to comfortably raise the temperature on your AC.
- Plant trees. If you own a home, plant more trees, shrubs and bushes around your house. They not only provide shade, but they cool the air before it reaches your walls and windows.
- Line dry your clothes. Clotheslines are making a comeback. There’s even a nonprofit, Project Laundry List, devoted to the promotion of line drying. And summer, of course, is the best time for line drying. The sun is available, and you’ll keep radiant heat from the dryer out of your home. Running an average electric dryer costs about $200 a year.