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Google event’s recap: A bunch of new pixels

Last week Google announced some great devices and others that just confused me, at a really boring event. Google, keep them products coming, but also keep the event short next time. We still love you. To summarize last week’s event in two words it would be “Artificial Intelligence”. A direction all tech giants have been taking and focusing on. This event, Google expanded the uses of its Google Assistant and just added it to a bunch of new devices. Continue reading “Google event’s recap: A bunch of new pixels”

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SmartPhones

iPhone 8 – Why does it exist?

As we saw over the past week, the iPhone 8’s sales have been terrible due to the iPhone X, which most iOS fans are probably holding out for. In return, since Apple announced its new iPhones, we have been continuously hearing this question a lot, whether online or from friends, “Why did Apple make the iPhone 8?”. Well, it is really simple. Continue reading “iPhone 8 – Why does it exist?”

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Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users can now disable the Bixby button.

Samsung announced Bixby right before its launch of the Galaxy S8, but the digital assistant didn’t become available to users until recently. From the reviews, I have mostly seen online and from what I have heard from friends, I must say that Bixby is the most misunderstood digital assistant out there.  Continue reading “Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users can now disable the Bixby button.”

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HTC may soon be launching the U11 Plus

HTC U11

Two days ago, Google announced acquiring part of HTC’s smartphone team for $1.1 billion dollars. After this announcement, HTC confirmed that they are planning to and still working on launching a new flagship soon.

According to Frandroid, HTC  might be launching (in November) a phone that has similar features to those of the U11, which will most probably be called the U11 Plus. This upcoming flagship might be HTC’s first smartphone with a bezel-less 5.9-inch display.

Not much has been confirmed, leaked, or even speculated about HTC’s new device, except that it will be coming with a new display, and an IP68 certification (whereas the U11 had an IP67).

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Huawei surpassed Apple in sales – becoming the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer!

Just as expected and explained earlier in a previous post, Huawei did exceed Apple in global sales recently (according to counterpoint). This might not remain the case, as Apple’s new iPhones will probably return Huawei to its third position. Becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, even for a brief moment, indicates that the company’s goal to become the world’s first smartphone manufacturer (by 2021) isn’t impossible. Nonetheless, Huawei still has a long way to reach Samsung. This year, Huawei shipped 38.5 million smartphones, while Samsung shipped 79.8 million (Source: IDC).

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Samsung’s mobile bug bounty program – Rewards up to $200,000

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Image Source: Engadget

Good news to all programmers out there! Samsung just launched a bug bounty program, for those who are able to find “worthy” bugs. The program is aimed at finding bugs in both hardware and software. Continue reading “Samsung’s mobile bug bounty program – Rewards up to $200,000”

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Video reviews now available on Google Maps

Source: Techcrunch

Two weeks ago, Google introduced “video” to Google Maps (Android only for now). The feature is available to users that are part of Google’s Local Guides Program, a program that allows users to review restaurants, shops, and different areas they visit. Using this feature, users will be able to shoot 10-second videos right through the Google Maps app or to upload 30-second videos from their phone’s storage. Continue reading “Video reviews now available on Google Maps”

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iPhone 8  and iPhone X – Thoughts and impressions

With Apple’s recent unveiling of its new phones, we can only be sure of one thing, that these are really exciting times. I spent the better part of yesterday trolling people I know that are iPhone fans and woke up today to more than 10 messages telling me “They are good phones, what are you talking about?!” or something to that effect. Which tells us one thing, that some of my friends don’t get jokes.

I won’t be discussing the phones specifications/hardware/software, but rather focus on some features highlighted in the event. Here are my actual unbiased thoughts (as an Android user) on the new iPhones and those features (no bashing):

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Mobile AI processor by Huawei

Source: Huawei

At IFA 2017, Huawei announced the launch of the Kirin 970, its new SoC (System on a Chip) with AI capabilities, which the company is promoting as a mobile AI computing platform. The Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a 12-core GPU. It features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which when compared to the 970 CPU, should deliver 25 times the performance with 50 times greater efficiency. Which means that the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with less power. According to the company, in an image recognition test benchmark, the Kirin 970 can process 2000 images per minute, which is faster than any other chip on the market.

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Samsung launches world’s largest QLED gaming monitor at Gamescom

As a gamer, having a desktop monitor that has a great resolution and offers high FPS, is important for a great viewing and gaming experience. Last month, Samsung announced launching the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor, the CHG90, at Gamescom 2017.  Continue reading “Samsung launches world’s largest QLED gaming monitor at Gamescom”