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Tudor Dan

When I am not writing articles for Digital Citizen, you will probably find me disassembling laptops, working on my model airplane collection or playing indie games nobody ever heard of. Engineer by profession, I have a published book and a lot of patience to explain technology to anyone interested.
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FPS (frames per second)

What is FPS (frames per second)?

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 09.05.2022
If you’re new to gaming or videography, you might have stumbled into strange terms like FPS, frame rate, and refresh rate. In this article, we define FPS, we compare FPS to the refresh rate and see why it’s important to have a high FPS. Ever wondered how many FPS the...
Battery status

How to protect your smartphone’s battery

  • tutorial
  • Tudor Dan
  • 05.05.2022
If you recently bought an expensive Android flagship or the newest iPhone, you naturally want to take care of it as much as possible. You buy a screen protector, a case, and you try not to drop it. But what about protecting its battery so that it lasts longer? Charging...
Android widgets

12 most useful free Android Home Screen widgets

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 04.05.2022
Android Home Screen widgets are useful for displaying relevant information and accessing often-used controls on your smartphone. You can use widgets to check your e-mails, the news, or the weather, control media playback or even other devices. We’ve compiled a list of twelve free Home Screen widgets that we think...
Xiaomi Watch S1 Active

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active review: a potential winner

  • review
  • Tudor Dan
  • 03.05.2022
The new generation of Xiaomi smartwatches is here. The Xiaomi Watch S1 targets the users who are more interested in the design of their wearables, while the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active is aimed more towards sports and health enthusiasts. In this review, I take a closer look at the Xiaomi...
Battery status

How to tell if your smartphone's battery is dying

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 28.04.2022
If you are reading this article, it’s probably because your smartphone is acting up or you’re worried that its battery is nearing the end of its life. And you have good reason to worry about the longevity of smartphone batteries. No matter how well you treat your mobile device, eventually,...
iOS games

Best free games for your iPhone or iPad

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 27.04.2022
What would life be without games? A boring experience if you ask us. ? As many of our readers own and use iPhones and iPads, and some of us here at Digital Citizen also do, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of our...
Android widgets

How to add, modify, or remove widgets from Android

  • tutorial
  • Tudor Dan
  • 26.04.2022
Widgets can be incredibly useful, so it’s a good idea to know how to add or remove them from your Android smartphone. Android widgets are interactive and provide data, while also acting as gateways to apps. This tutorial shows you all you need to know on how to add or...
FPS (frames per second)

30 or 60 fps? What's best for smartphone video recording?

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 21.04.2022
Smartphone manufacturers have generally settled on having 30 or 60 fps available for video recordings, but some are pushing the boundaries, offering 120 or even 240 fps. Are they viable or just a marketing trick to make us buy more expensive and advanced, but not necessarily more useful smartphones? In...
Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos) review: Natural evolution

  • review
  • Tudor Dan
  • 15.04.2022
Finally, a compact Android flagship smartphone from Samsung. Ever since the Galaxy S7, Samsung’s top-of-the-range smartphones have only gotten larger and heavier. Not anymore! While the Samsung Galaxy S22 is by no means tiny, it’s still smaller and thinner than its Android competitors. Does this mean that Samsung made compromises...
Samsung Tab S8 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra tablet review: a premium experience

  • review
  • Tudor Dan
  • 06.04.2022
It’s a good time for Samsung: they recently released the excellent Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone lineup and the Tab S8 tablet series; they enjoy a comfortable lead in the Android market and constantly push the boundaries of technology with their products. Now, I’m not really a fan of tablets, I...
Realme GT2 Pro

Realme GT2 Pro review: A powerhouse with a matching battery

  • review
  • Tudor Dan
  • 04.04.2022
Realme GT2 Pro is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer that is part of the BBK group alongside other brands like OnePlus and Oppo. And quite the flagship it is! Realme has put all sorts of goodies in this smartphone: the world’s first 2K AMOLED flat display with...
Briar

Communicate safely during protests or emergencies with Briar

  • tutorial
  • Tudor Dan
  • 24.03.2022
When you protest for a cause, alongside thousands of people, it is very likely that the mobile network will stop working because of the sheer number of connections to a small number of cell towers. Also, in the event of an emergency like an earthquake or armed conflict, the communication...
Recording video

Smartphone video recording in 1080p, 4K, 8K: How much is too much?

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 23.03.2022
Smartphone manufacturers are doing everything they can to bring forward new and exciting features. Some are more successful than others, some are only there for marketing purposes. While an increasing number of flagship smartphones feature 8K video recording, is it really a useful ability, or is it just a fad?...
Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop 2 Pro

Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop 2 Pro review: Smart and dependable!

  • review
  • Tudor Dan
  • 22.03.2022
Xiaomi has recently launched its new lineup of air purifiers and robot vacuum cleaners. After reviewing the Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4, I was eager to test one of their new vacuum cleaners. I used the Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop 2 Pro for a week, and it was enough to discover...
Android apps

2 ways to block Android apps from accessing the internet

  • tutorial
  • Tudor Dan
  • 17.03.2022
Some Android apps access the internet too often, and you might not want that. Whether it's because they consume your data plan faster or they end up using too much battery, you might want to know how to turn off cellular access, Wi-Fi access, or both for specific apps in...
Mouse pointers

Download the 30 best free mouse cursors for Windows

  • misc
  • Tudor Dan
  • 16.03.2022
Are you bored with the Windows user interface? Are you tired of its default customization options? Then maybe it is time for you to make your desktop look unique by downloading, installing, and using a new mouse cursor theme. There are plenty of cool cursors available on the internet. Most...
Recuva

How to recover deleted files with Recuva (from SSD, HDD, USB stick, etc.)

  • tutorial
  • Tudor Dan
  • 15.03.2022
Don't you hate it when you accidentally delete a file, only to realize later that you need it? If it went to the Recycle Bin, it is easy to restore. But what if you permanently deleted it, with a Shift + Delete keyboard combination? Maybe you had those files on...
Mouse pointers

How to install custom mouse cursors in Windows

  • tutorial
  • Tudor Dan
  • 14.03.2022
If you want to change the way your mouse cursors look, you have two options. The easy one is to install a mouse cursor scheme that changes all the pointers from Windows. The other one is to set a specific pointer for each mouse cursor manually. If you want to...
Razer Zephyr

Razer Zephyr wearable air purifier review: protection with style!

  • review
  • Tudor Dan
  • 09.03.2022
Razer is one of the most popular gaming gear and peripheral manufacturers in the world. Their products have always been exceptionally well designed and engineered, and during the last years, their product lineup has grown with the addition of lifestyle devices (wearables, chairs, etc.). One of the more unconventional products...