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At its Google I/O conference held this past May, the search and technology giant unveiled a neat new feature which would first roll out to its own Pixel devices. Called Google Lens, this new feature pays a bit of an homage to Google Goggles, a rather popular tool that allowed people to get quick feedback on real-world objects. Take a picture of a statue outside of a sports stadium, for example, and Goggles could have told you who it was, and why it was deserved. Google Lens is going to be far more capable than Goggles, though, thanks in part to the recent resurgence of employing deep-learning and... Read more...
Apple's latest top-end iPhone may cost a cool $1,000 USD, but that hasn't stopped it from flying off of the shelves and into the hands of those who couldn't imagine not having the best possible iPhone available. Whether you like its design, its speed, or leading-edge technologies (like face recognition), the iPhone X has myriad features that comprise what is an otherwise very alluring smartphone, despite its cost. It seems that not everything is heavenly about Apple's new iPhone X, however.  There are usually a few caveats with every new device that in fact may not affect you personally, and... Read more...
High-end flagship smartphones get most of the press and stoke the most geek lust for shoppers. However, there is a substantial portion of smartphone shoppers out there who only want a device that can check email, take decent pics, and hit Facebook. You don't need a high-end $1,000 iPhone X for those tasks. All you really need is something like the Nokia 2 entry-level smartphone that has turned up on Amazon for pre-order. This little device sells for $99 unlocked is ready to use on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks, and includes a warranty. The smartphone is offered in black... Read more...
Back in the day, the way most people took photos was with a Polaroid instant camera of the sort that shot pictures out the front for you to watch develop before your eyes. That good old shake and wait just a minute Polaroid almost instant gratification is making a bit of a comeback with some retro photography fans, but today most people take pictures with their smartphones. Today, however, Motorola has unveiled a new Moto Mod for the Moto Z family of smartphones that is called the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer, that could offer the best of both worlds. Motorola writes, "Simply snap the... Read more...
Alleged CAD drawings of the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone have leaked online and the smartphone looks very much like the existing Galaxy S8. We see the same curved edges on the screen out front but with thinner bezels. The back does show a revised layout for the camera and fingerprint scanner. On the current Galaxy S8 models, the camera is a single-lens unit and the fingerprint scanner is directly to the right of the camera -- a position that many don't care for at all. The S9 drawings, which are originally sourced from Weibo, show a dual camera layout on the back with those cameras stacked in the... Read more...
T-Mobile has rolled out a new smartphone that won't have fanboys clamoring over specs and performance, but it looks to be a solid device for budget conscious users. The smartphone is called the REVVL Plus and it has a 6-inch full HD screen and dual rear-facing cameras with one being a 13MP unit and the other a 5MP. The front camera is an 8MP unit for selfies. Power comes from a 3,380 mAh internal battery promising up to 12 hours talk time and 16.5 days standby. The REVVL Plus comes in black with magenta accents only; which will likely play favorably to only diehard T-Mobile fans. The OS is Android... Read more...
The coming OnePlus 5T smartphone has graced us with another leak, and this time some of the specs have turned up thanks to a listing on GFXBench. The specifications according to the benchmark will include a 6-inch FHD+ display packing 2160x1080 pixels. That means an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is like the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Other specs rumored for the smartphones include a 20MP front camera and dual cameras on the back each offering 16MP. That rear cameras also tipped for tech that allows portrait mode and bokeh effects. Interestingly rumors also suggest that the front selfie camera... Read more...
Paying $699.99 for the Essential Phone? Ain't nobody got time for that. If you shelled out the full asking price of the smartphone on pre-order or early at launch, the bad news for you today is that the price of the smartphone has gone down again, with Best Buy chopping anther $50 off the asking price for the phone as it tries to move stock. With the additional $50 off, the smartphone is now selling for $449.99. The father of Android, Andy Rubin, and his company, Essential, certainly didn’t expect to be here with the fancy new device. The smartphone launched as a Sprint carrier exclusive, which... Read more...
Google has been taking some heat over the LG-manufactured OLED display used on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone, which was shown to suffer from screen burn-in problems, sometimes only with a few hours of use. Google stepped up and stated that this was normal with an OLED screen such as the one used on the smartphone. Apple is heading off future complaints about the new iPhone X and its Super Retina OLED screen with a support document that was recently published. The warnings include an attempt to inform users that with an OLED screen there are a few potentially annoying norms you must live with.... Read more...
Yesterday HTC unveiled a slick new flagship smartphone called the U11 Plus that it has curiously not decided to sell in the U.S. The official reasoning for that device to skip the States was because HTC didn’t want to offend recent U11 buyers. An interesting new report has turned up that will make you wonder if the U11 Plus isn't being offered in the U.S. for another reason. If you looked at the U11 Plus and thought that the specs sounded a lot like the Pixel 2 XL (check out our review), there is a good reason for that according to one report. It seems that Google was going back and forth on which... Read more...
Apple's decision to launch three different iPhone models has been met with a bit of intrigue since the plan originally came to light. Many figured that iPhone 8 sales might be sluggish as people held off for the fancier iPhone X. In China this has proven particularly true, as two major online retailers in China are already offering big discounts on the device to try and move iPhone 8 stock. Chinese e-tailer Suning.com is offering the iPhone 8 with discounts as large as 1,100 yuan, which works out to about $165.50 off the device. That discount makes it cheaper than pricing offered on the... Read more...
One of the biggest factors that has led to alleged issues with iPhone X production is said to be a shortage of functional TrueDepth camera components, which are used for Face ID. At one point in the production of the camera hardware, it was said that only 20% of the dot projectors, a critical component for Face ID, were functional. According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, those production issues have now been resolved. Kuo says that Apple "won't repeat" the supply and production issues with the 2018 iPhone models that it has faced with the iPhone X. Rumors have suggested that the Touch... Read more...
Over the last few weeks you might have seen a video floating around from a girl whose father worked for Apple. The first video that started all the hubbub centered on the girl and her father, who at the time was employed at Apple as an RF engineer (and states in the video he worked with Apple Pay on the iPhone X). That video shows her sitting in the Mac Cafe on the Apple campus with her father and filming a video hands on of her father's company-issued iPhone X. Presumably the father had one because he was on the engineering team working on the internals of the device. How exactly the father thought... Read more...
If there's a sleeper phone that's been on our radar for a while here, it's the LG V30. LG has been teasing this phone for what seems like an eternity. We actually got our first hands-on time with it a couple of months ago in August. However, LG has been conservative with its last couple of handset roll-outs, taking the same preview tease approach with the LG G6, where we got an early look prototype unit and firm rules of engagement with it before final production units arrived. The G6 was one of the first generation thin bezel phones on the market at the time and LG wanted to make doubly sure it... Read more...
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