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Rigiet handheld stabilizer review

Rigiet handheld stabilizer review

Smartphone cameras have become much more than just tools of last resort. But, try as they might, there are still things they will not be able to do well because of the constraints of space and physics. Low-light performance is one, stabilization is another. While even a little OIS helps, you'll inevitably need some outside help. That is where Rigiet comes in. Dubbed as the most advanced stabilizer for phones and GoPros, this portable gimbal is an extension of your own hand and arm, moving, bending, and holding steady in ways your own biological limbs cannot.

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Galaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced price

Galaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced price

Although it's off to a strong start, the hype around the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will most likely have died down after two or so months. Samsung, however, has a strategy that will keep its name in the news, though probably not all in a good way. According to Korean media, the OEM will be re-launching the Galaxy Note 7 in Korea by the end of June. Of course, it will be a refurbished version, and one that will have a significantly lower battery capacity and a matching significantly lower price tag.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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HP DreamColor monitors welcome Z31x, Z24x G2 to the family

HP DreamColor monitors welcome Z31x, Z24x G2 to the family

4K is practically done being the buzzword darling of the video entertainment industry. These days, it's all about HDR, be it HDR10, HDR10+, or Dolby Vision. But just as with hi-res images and videos, you'll need someone to create content with accurate and vibrant colors. That's where HP's DreamColor displays come in, promising color accuracy and automatic calibration for professionals. And with the new Z31x Studio and Z24x G2, the DreamColor range can appeal to every artist and creator, no matter the budget.

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Google Pixel 2 to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform

Google Pixel 2 to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform

This isn't exactly an earth-shattering revelation. Even if unconfirmed, it is pretty much expected. It is only fitting that Google's premiere smartphones for 2017 will run on Qualcomm's premiere mobile chip platform for 2017. So yes, the Google Pixel 2 will run on the Snapdragon 835, just like any high-end smartphone the second half of the year. Perhaps more interesting, however, are the rumors surrounding these three "by Google" Android smartphones.

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Xiaomi phones still not coming to the US, and it no longer matters

Xiaomi phones still not coming to the US, and it no longer matters

Another new Xiaomi flagship, another year of wondering when or even if the Chinese tech superstar will bring its smartphones to the US. And just as Xiaomi changed its VP for Global, so too has it changed its tone. Whereas ex-Googler Hugo Barra was more optimistic about Xiaomi phones coming to the US "soon", newly-minted SVP Wang Xiang was more cautious, reluctant even. Long story short, it's not going to happen this year. The longer story is that Xiaomi isn't even concerned about the window of opportunity that is quickly closing.

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Refurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi Alliance

Refurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi Alliance

It is no secret that Samsung still wants to salvage what little is left of the Galaxy Note 7's reputation. Whether that's a wise move or not is something we'll leave to the Korean OEM to find out. Also not surprising is the fact that this refurbished model has reportedly been seen at the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. That just means its arrival is coming soon. What is surprising, however, is to see the original Galaxy Note 7 making that same appearance and with the same certification as the refurbished model.

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Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Back at GDC in March, just before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched, Nintendo made an unprecedented revelation. It showed the tool it used to quickly prototype some of Breath of the Wild's gameplay mechanics and ideas. To make a long story short, it was practically a recreation of BotW's 3D world in the 8-bit 2D aesthetics of the original Zelda game. The developers should have expected that someone would be inspired by this. And, of course, it did happen. And so Breath of the NES was born.

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Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

No smartphone is going to be perfect. Even Apple's iPhones have their fair share of complaints and imperfections. Given how high-profile the Galaxy S8 is, it's really no surprise that there is a lot more noise being made about each and every potential defect or problem. Following complaints of red tinted screens, some Galaxy S8 owners are now finding themselves unable to charge their smartphones wirelessly even when using Samsung's own wireless fast charging pads.

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OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser

OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft is easily one of the most iconic females in the gaming industry. And although she started out as a rather inappropriate icon, she eventually matured into something more befitting a modern female lead. But despite the advancements in the game's series and lore, the original Tomb Raider game still holds a special place in fans' hearts. And now you can relive those experiences, or live them for the first time, right on your web browser, thanks to the open source OpenLara project.

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Elgato M4 Stand now turns your iPhone into the original Mac

Elgato M4 Stand now turns your iPhone into the original Mac

There is just something to Apple's Mac design that has people reaching for it decades after it has gone extinct. No, we're not talking about the candy iMacs but the original Macintosh. There hasn't been a shortage of attempts to emulate that computer. There's even an Apple Watch stand that turns it into a mini Macintosh. Appropriately, Elgato, who made that same W3 Apple Watch stand, has come out with the M4 for the iPhone to satisfy that craving for old-school industrial design.

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This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

Some things are never meant to be and this probably one of them. We've seen our fair share of gaming devices and peripherals magnified a hundred times their size, but almost all of those have been fan-made. This one, however, is as official as it gets. Sony has made a gigantic PS4 controller to celebrate the remaster of Parappa the Rapper, which is celebrating its 20th year. And what better way to make a big party than by having a big controller?

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