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Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition takes bezel-less to the NEX level

Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition takes bezel-less to the NEX level

What’s next for NEX? After earning the distinction of having the world’s first elevating front camera, Vivo has decided to turn what could have been a one-off name into a new line representing its innovation and, to some extent, its imagination. That elevating camera, however, didn’t turn out so well, commercially speaking. It cut too many corners in favor of that feature that, it turned out, few actually used. With the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition, the company isn’t pulling any punches and while it effectively removed the front-facing camera, it has come up with a lot more to make up for it.

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Groundbreaking Infinity Blade removed from App Store, hard to support

Groundbreaking Infinity Blade removed from App Store, hard to support

With the high turnover rate of mobile games, very you are able to achieve prestige worthy of the annals of mobile gaming history. Some achieve that through notoriety, others through sheer magnitude. The Infinity Blade trilogy, which remained exclusive to iOS to the very end, reached the hall of fame through pioneering innovation. Now, however, it will remain just that, a part of history no longer accessible today and for future generations as Epic Games has just pulled out all Infinity Blades from the App Store forever.

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Google Lens in iOS Search app makes it easier to see

Google Lens in iOS Search app makes it easier to see

Google isn't really one to shy away from competing platforms if it means making its products available there regardless. In fact, it even gains a strategic advantage, as seen in its presence on iOS. It isn't always on par with, say, Android but it eventually gets there. The latest to get feature parity between the two mobile platforms is Google Lens, whose visual search feature is now available directly from the Google Search app on iOS.

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Samsung just made its worst marketing blunder yet

Samsung just made its worst marketing blunder yet

As if the Galaxy A8s wasn’t controversial enough thanks to its “hole punch” cutout, Samsung manages to botch its launch even further by what is so far its most embarrassing PR error ever. In a very public way, Samsung has partnered with a controversial knock-off brand, mistakenly or intentionally presenting it as the original. This definitely beats faked DSLR shots or photoshopped bokehs.

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LG HomeBrew capsule-based system to make beer lovers’ dreams come true

LG HomeBrew capsule-based system to make beer lovers’ dreams come true

Capsule-based coffee systems like the Nespresso have made special brews and flavors more easily available without getting large, expensive machines. There are some variants of that system for sodas but sadly not for beer. That will all change next year because LG, of all companies is coming out with one at CES 2019. While it will also tie in with its smart home ecosystem, there’s really no getting around it. This one is made for the beer lovers who’d rather stay at home.

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Nokia 9 delayed by its own ambitions

Nokia 9 delayed by its own ambitions

There’s little doubt that HMD Global has successfully revived the Nokia brand singlehandedly. But despite being popular and doing well in the mid-range market, HMD Global has yet to launch what almost all could agree on to be its high-end flagship. That would have been the Nokia 9 if rumors and leaks are to be believed. Unfortunately, if those rumors are also correct, then that’s also the reason why we won’t be seeing it until early next year.

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Xiaomi Black Shark Gamepad 2.0 finally makes the Switch

Xiaomi Black Shark Gamepad 2.0 finally makes the Switch

When rumors of the Xiaomi-funded Black Shark started to circulate, mobile gamers were more than curious about the possibility of a phone that more or less turns into a Nintendo Switch-alike via removable controllers. When the first Black Shark came out, however, the crowd was disappointed by a one-sided affair. It seems that Xiaomi is finally making up for lost time and opportunity with the Gamepad 2.0 that finally does bring two controllers on each side to truly turn a phone into a mobile gaming handheld.

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Amazon continues the shopping season with Echo, Fire deals

Amazon continues the shopping season with Echo, Fire deals

Cyber Monday is long over but the great thing about its timing is that the next holiday isn’t that far behind. Which practically means there’s really no stopping retailers or you from extending the shopping spree. Well, at least until you run out of funds. Switching holiday themes, Amazon is putting up not a few but almost all of its hardware on sale. Naturally, not all of them will last that long.

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Rocketboard by Rocketbook pulls old whiteboards into the digital age

Rocketboard by Rocketbook pulls old whiteboards into the digital age

Businesses and offices are getting more tech-savvy in the tools they use to collaborate, from video conferencing to group chats to cloud file sharing. One such growing market is the digital whiteboard that tries to recreate the experience of markers and collaboration while burning a hole through your company’s pockets. Now you can save that money for more important things (like victory parties) with the Rocketboard, four magical stickers that can turn any bored whiteboard into an exciting productivity and collaboration tool.

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Tesla Autopilot could drive from home to work soon

Tesla Autopilot could drive from home to work soon

Tesla EVs have been involved in quite a few accidents, some fatal, and in all those that involve Autopilot, the company makes the same explanation. The feature is only meant for driver assistance, not full automation. Soon, however, it might have to change its tune, and its excuses, because based on still CEO Elon Musk’s tweets about mind-blowing features being tested, that’s exactly what Autopilot might soon be.

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Street Fighter V sponsored content unsurprisingly irks fans

Street Fighter V sponsored content unsurprisingly irks fans

If there’s one thing that binds all digital media and channels together, it would probably be ads. Be it the Web, video streaming, mobile apps, or games, ads have become an unfortunate fact of modern life that very few really like. Especially when you’ve already paid full price for the product. So it’s really no surprise that no small number of fans were unamused when Capcom announced that in-game ads were coming to Street Fighter V. The details, however, are even odder.

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Google Call Screen on OG Pixel, Pixel XL starts rolling out

Google Call Screen on OG Pixel, Pixel XL starts rolling out

While Duplex was immediately controversial, Google made up for it by putting its AI chops to something almost everyone wants to get rid of: spam calls. With Call Screen, Google has placed the ever helpful Google Assistant to act as your filter, protecting you against robots like itself. Initially launched for the latest Pixel 3, the feature has trickled down the evolutionary chain and has finally hit some owners of the very first Pixel.

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